Sunday, February 28, 2010

Back to Normal

Things always feel like they are in place when I am able to do my usual Saturday morning Costco trip. And that's what I did today. Thankfully the rain took a pause while I was there so nothing got wet.

Nothing really interesting to report about but I got a clue that I am getting older and older. I bought a case of paper and just putting it in the cart, then loading it in the car and after getting home, carrying it in the house was a struggle! Now my back hurts. At least it's better; this afternoon I couldn't even stand up straight! How pathetic, lol..


And I am sad to report that today I retired the pair of sandals I wear around the house. I've used them daily since 1998; I remember buying them during our trip to Hawaii, at K-Mart of all places. I think that's pretty good that they lasted nearly 12 years, which probably works out to about a dollar per year.


Why retire them? The left side is starting to leave black marks on the tile and linoleum. I tried cleaning them but that's not it - the material is just deteriorating so there's not much I can do unless I wear a sock over my foot and over the sandal, too.

The other day Julie and I went to McD for lunch. She likes their iced coffee. The one near us has a big sign up over the soda machine announcing that refills are only valid for the same visit. Haha, that's probably there for the same people who fill up their soda cups with onions, ketchup, relish and mustard at Costco and take it home with them.

Anyway, she asked the guy if there were refills on the iced coffee, and he said no, there aren't. I said we should take the empty filet of fish box to him and ask if there were refills for those.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Slow Week

There hasn't really been much that's blogworthy this week. Yes, I know that hasn't deterred me in the past but it's been busy so I can use the rest. Just a couple of things..

I was really rooting for Mirai Nagasu since she's a local girl in Arcadia, the city next door. Julie and I have been to Kiyosuzu, her family restaurant, several times so it makes it kind of neat that she did so well in her Olympic debut.

The restaurant itself serves good food, in case any of you ever want to check it out. It's on Baldwin Avenue just north of Duarte Road, and south of Huntington Drive. They have the absolute best Chicken Katsu I have ever tried - perfect crust and really tender, juicy chicken! Not at all greasy, either. This isn't supposed to be a food review column but I just had to add that because they really do make the perfect Chicken Katsu.

We haven't been there in a while, though. Unless you go early it gets really crowded and the tables are very close together in the small space. It isn't a place for lingering - you go for the food, which is very good.

Continuing on in the food vein, chicken in particular, I just thought I would mention that everything is now all over and done with my little skirmish with Koo Koo Roo.

In case you were wondering, they did contact me via e-mail, and I wound up getting a $200 gift card as a result. If you ask me, that's very fair and I am happy. I think it is a better deal than the official contest winners got because unlike their prize, which was a whole year of free meals but limited to one per week and $10 per visit, the gift card has no visit limit or expiration date. I mean, how much chicken can you realistically eat? I wouldn't go every week. And if I had a guest, that would easily run over the $10 limit.

I guess I could have held out for more, but I would have felt very guilty if I did.. so I "caved," haha.. I even feel guilty accepting what I did, but on the other hand I suppose had they still not contacted me I would be upset. But now it's all under the bridge - the guy who contacted me was very nice and like I said, I'm happy!

And that's what is happening.. like I said, not a very blogworthy week.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh My Goodness

I don't really have time to write anything today but I did want to share this Gold Box deal that was featured on Amazon today (click to enlarge).



Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Tiger

Yes, I know yesterday I said enough is enough with all this media attention directed toward Tiger Woods but here I am talking about him again today. A dear friend even sent me an e-mail voicing agreement with my blog post, saying everyone should leave him alone to deal with his problem.

I just wanted to say that I did not see his speech. I only saw a snippet, the portion that I suppose the media wanted everyone to see. I have to say that he did not look very convincing because he appeared to be reading straight off the piece of paper in front of him and looked sort of like a ventriloquist's dummy.

The newscaster said now it is up to the people to judge him and his speech.

Well let me tell you something - remember how back in grade school we had to take turns reading aloud from our story books? In elementary school we brought our chairs up to the front of the room to make a semi-circle in front of the teacher, and then each of us would read a paragraph or two or three from our "reading books." In high school English we'd take turns playing roles from various plays.

How many kids do you remember who did a convincing job of reading from the books like that? If your experience was anything like mine, which I am sure it was, you had a bunch of leaden, uncomprehending, monotone recitals of words on the page.

Tiger Woods is not a speaker, he's a golfer. Maybe if he had the ability to speak like John Edwards, he would be more convincing, right?

Now you might say, if Tiger was really sincere, he'd be speaking from the heart and not reading off a piece of paper. You may be right but you may be wrong. Who are we to judge? Tiger admitted that he did a horrible thing by cheating on his wife. You can't condone something like that but on the other hand, who are we to judge whether or not his apology was sincere?

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7(b)



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Balanced Diet

Is that the only thing that is newsworthy today - Tiger Woods? Good grief, give me a break. That's all those annoying people on the KNBC channel 4 news could talk about.. Tiger this, Tiger that. They might as well be the Tiger channel.

I am surprised they didn't pre-empt the Winter Olympics to continue coverage and analyze ever syllable he said today.

Yes, Tiger Woods is part of the news, but he should not be ALL of the news. He should be part of a balanced diet of news. Instead, it seems like everyone is getting fat on Tiger because that is all the news folks are feeding their viewers.

America is a land of obsession, I guess.

Here's the real Tiger:




Friday, February 19, 2010

Peace

Well I am happy to report my little skirmish with Koo Koo Roo is now over and everything is fine and dandy.

I received an e-mail from Alan, their VP of Operations yesterday, asking for a number where he could contact me to chat about the situation. I wrote back with my work number, he called a little bit after that and we did indeed have a good chat. Nice guy.

Apparently he and Cathy, the woman I had written my original e-mails to, weren't aware of the web site I had set up, nor that there was now a Facebook character named Roosevelt Clucksworth. I told him I'd turn all that over to him and send him the passwords to access the pages, etc.

As far as the contest results -- he said, and rightly so, that it was meant to be a fun thing and that he and his cohort Cathy had some lengthy discussions on what to do about my claim to fame. I think he was sort of waiting to get an idea of what I was expecting but to tell you the truth, by now I was no longer upset and thought the whole thing was pretty funny so I wasn't expecting anything.

He wound up saying he would send me a gift card for what I thought was a more than fair amount so I'm happy, and he seemed to be happy and so here we are with a happy ending. I went back and modified the web page I did and also changed the Facebook page.

Yesterday I told you about my review of that mediocre book I received from the Amazon Vine program. Before I edited it to complain about the fanboys and fangirls giving out "unhelpful" votes to unfavorable reviews, I had zero helpful and 4 unhelpful votes. Now there are 3 helpful and 8 unhelpful. But no one dared write a comment for fear of receiving my scathing retort, haha.. That book really is a mess. I'm not kidding.

And today was another Vine offering. Pickings were slim. I ended up sending for a set of 4 pliers.

Today's YouTube really doesn't have much to do with anything but I love this scene. It's only 11 seconds, so watch it!





Thursday, February 18, 2010

Helpful / Not Helpful

One of the items I chose to review for the Amazon Vine program last month was this book:


After reading several pages I concluded this was not a very good book. Rather than explain why, you can go to the product page and read what I had to say and what others had to say as well by clicking here.

What I noticed when looking at the reviews, mine included, was that the positive reviews garnered more "helpful" votes from customers and the negative reviews, or the ones with fewer stars, garnered more "unhelpful" votes.

Positive or negative, most of the reviews made valid points and what irked me is that just because someone didn't like the book, other visitors to the page found these reviews unhelpful. It kind of made me think the author's groupies were patrolling the page, dinging anyone who dared make an unfavorable comment.

So I edited my own review and made a comment about this, hoping to stir things up and get people to flame me but looks like nothing happened along those lines. That's a personal peeve of mine, how people judge a review not by its content but by whether or not they agree with it. Yeah, I guess I just can't leave well enough alone, haha.. but if you tell me I like to argue, I will tell you no, I don't.

Let me tell you, everything I wrote is the way it is. Other reviewers saw the same faults. This book simply ain't worth reading.

On another note, today I made peace with Koo Koo Roo but I already wrote enough for today so I'll provide more details in the next exciting episode of this blog.




Sunday, February 14, 2010

Follow Up

Since there really wasn't anything exciting to report from my normal Saturday Costco visit (except they were giving out samples of Mexican food and the pollo asado was very good so I bought a package), I'll just update you on the status of Roosevelt.

As of right now he has twenty-eight (yes, 28) Facebook friends! One person even thanked me for friending him up. I think that is pretty funny. You know, I could really go much farther than I have, but I don't consider myself to be a vengeful person. At least not after I've had some time to cool down about stuff so I'm just going to lie low and see how this all plays out.

Click on the pictures for a larger version. Oh, and go send a friend request to Roosevelt. I am sure he'd be happy to add another friend to his page!



(Ignore the video portion of today's YouTube.. well, you don't have to ignore it but it is posted for the music, not video portion. This was the only one I could find with this song) - Happy Valentine's Day!




Saturday, February 13, 2010

500th Post

Hey, this is the 500th post on this blog! So what am I going to write about on this momentous occasion?

About my ongoing bout with a certain Southern California fast-food chicken chain, that's what. In my previous post I said it is time to move on, and it is. So these are my parting shots.

What I did just a few minutes ago was to go to the Facebook fan page for that certain restaurant chain, under my alter ego name, half of which was submitted by me as part of their contest to name their cartoon mascot but for which they have not had the decency to acknowledge me. I sent friend requests from this alter ego to the 190+ fans on that page.

Amazingly, within only a few minutes, FIVE people responded and accepted my request. It has now been about 10 or 15 minutes since I punched the last "send" button and there are now SEVEN people who have become friends with my alter ego buddy. I guess people must not be very discriminating, haha.. and on a Friday night no less.

Okay, now let me say this:

I really do not care about winning any prize. The chicken is very good as is the rest of their food. But winning 52 weeks of free chicken ($10 limit per week) is overkill; I imagine I would use only a fraction of the prize.

What bugs me is how I was ignored by both the Senior Brand Director and the Vice President of Operations. I sent e-mails to them both, and heard nothing at all from either one. That smacks of just plain rudeness and a total lack of professionalism. I feel I have a valid claim to a share of the winning name and so do a majority of persons who voted in the poll on the web page I set up. Let me also add that I did not vote, nor did I encourage people to vote in my favor. I simply wanted them to vote. If it turned out I was wrong, then so be it but most people feel I have a legit beef with the chicken people.

Yes, it was just plain chicken to ignore me. How much would it have cost if they awarded me a share of the prize? At the most, $520. That's if I ate every single week. Even then, their actual cost would have been less since $520 is the retail price of the prize, not their cost.

Like I said, I don't care about winning any prize. I thought it was low class not to respond to me so I went ahead and did something about it in what I thought was a way that added some humor to the situation. At their expense, of course, for being so chicken about it - pun intended. I hope the new Facebook friends of Mr. Clucksworth get a kick out of it.

Now as I close this, there's a total of NINE friends.

As Forrest Gump would say, that's all I've got to say about that.






Thursday, February 11, 2010

Move Along

Well so far as of right now 35 people have voted in my Clucksworth poll, of which 4 people are retarded and said they don't feel I have a valid case, haha.. just kidding. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if I am wrong, I am wrong. But 31 out of 35 think I am right.

That's just 35 people, however. I am quite disappointed that the number of votes was so small.

There's better things to do in life so I plan to move on shortly. There are a couple of other things I have to do first, which I will tell you about after the fact but it should be over and done by the end of this week and then like I said, it's time to move along.

Actually I think I have a short attention span. I think of something that sounds like a good idea but then something else comes along so I change directions. Like the next idea I have, which I am keeping under wraps for now but you'll find out about later.

If you voted in my poll, I give you my most heartfelt thanks. If you didn't, well, I am disappointed but that's up to you.

Time to move along..





Monday, February 8, 2010

Need Your Help, Please!

Dear readers, I'm asking if you would please do me a favor and help me launch my campaign to get the folks at Koo Koo Roo to address the issue I raised over part of the winning entry in their Name the Cluck contest.

I've devoted a few blog posts to it already. Basically, part of my entry in their contest was the same name as what they selected as the winning name. But they did not give me credit for it, and so far have refused to respond to three e-mail requests that stated my case.

Sooo.. I am asking you, my readers, whoever you may be, to help me out. I will also be putting this on my Facebook wall and asking friends to help as well but this is the first place you will see it.

I have set up a web site that states my case, in poem form. My goal is to get as many visitors as possible, and to get as many people to vote in the poll on that site as possible. If you/they think I am right or wrong, so be it but I would like to garner as much participation as possible.

Please go here and check it out, then ask all your friends to do the same - read and vote... I would really appreciate it if you did. The site:

www.RooseveltClucksworth.com

My sincere thank you to you all!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Campaign

Whew, been so busy lately - no time to post any blog entries!

Be on the lookout for an announcement coming soon - I will be enlisting your help in a campaign to right the wrong I wrote about several days ago - about a certain contest in which my correspondence is apparently being snubbed.

So watch for my grass roots, free range, grain fed campaign to begin very soon!

Meanwhile, here's a joke someone told me the other day.

A farmer friend had always told me about a pig of his named Henrietta. From the very first day he saw the pig, he knew she was something special. He told me the first amazing incident:

"One day my daughter was playing in the backyard when somehow she got through the fence and ran into the street. Henrietta saw her, ran out to the street pronto, grabbed the girl and dragged her back to the sidewalk just as a car nearly hit her! She was safe and sound, just shaken up a bit. Henrietta saved her life!"

"Wow, that pig is really special," I said.

"That's not all," he told me. "One night when we were all asleep, a burglar broke into the house. He was gathering up all our valuables when Henrietta started squealing real loud. She managed to push open the door, tackled the burglar and kept him down on the ground until the police came."

"Really? Unbelievable!" I exclaimed.

"Believe it!" my farmer friend declared.

"Then there was the time the missus had something boiling on the stove and forgot all about it. The whole thing caught on fire. Henrietta got hold of the hose, turned on the water, carried it into the house in her mouth and sprayed the fire and put it out!."

"Totally amazing," I told him, shaking my head.

The next time I visited the farmer, I pulled up in the driveway and Henrietta came running out to meet me. Except she was dragging herself along with her two front legs because her back legs were missing.

"What happened to Henrietta?" I asked the farmer, very concerned.

"Well when you have a pig this special, you don't eat her all at one time."


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Alumnus

Today I was looking at the postings on Facebook and came across an announcement that a couple of my FB buddies from high school had become friends with another alumnus. She used to be my chemistry lab partner in Mr. Soloff's class way back in the 11th grade.

I clicked on her name to look at her page and there she was. And I found out she's a Harvard Law School graduate and now has her own law practice.

I think that's great - I'm really happy for her. Back in chem class I would never have thought she would wind up being an attorney. She just didn't seem the type (forgive my stereotyping...). She was a really nice person and didn't really say too much. Through the years I've wondered what happened to her so it was nice to run across her on FB and find out that she has done very well for herself.

It just goes to show what you can do if you apply yourself.

Okay that's all for now.. I'm super busy and have some work work to do but I wanted to write the above short entry for today.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Big Boy

Today I will turn from blogging about chickens, like in my last post, to burgers.

I found out that the Baja Fresh location in Pasadena at the corner of Del Mar and Lake Avenue is no longer a Baja Fresh but a... Bob's Big Boy! Oh my, I thought those had disappeared long ago.

I remember Bob's on La Cienega was our late-night rendezvous and hang out back in high school and early college days. We sure consumed a lot of their Big Boy burgers and fries even though the food was no better than mediocre. At least it wasn't too expensive. I think it was around $1.00 for their combo, including a side salad.

There's an incomplete web site you can look at; the food doesn't look very appetizing in the pictures (although yup, that is definitely the same hamburger from the old days.. gee maybe it is literally the same hamburger) and the menu only has breakfast items as of my writing this. Most of the links don't even work yet. Apparently Bob's is now a franchise opportunity. Maybe it always was, but I thought back in the day when there were lots of them around that it was a corporate venture. Oh well, what did I know - I was just a high school kid. It looks like now they're trying to make a comeback by offering new franchises.

If the food is the same, it seems they will have to rely on nostalgia to bring in customers because it sure isn't going to be the food that does it, haha..

Okay, now back to chicken -- if you haven't already voted in the previous blog post's poll, please take a moment to do so now. I still haven't gotten any response from the Koo Koo people and that don't seem right to me... They think they are roadrunner playing around with coyote or something. I hope I don't have to resort to going Crenshaw on them..