Sunday, June 26, 2011


Gee it's been a while since the last post.. June 12. I didn't realize it had been that long. I've been super busy with stuff.

Today we happened to be out in the area around lunchtime so we went to Philippe's. We got there right about noon and boy, was it crowded! It took a long time to get to the front of the line to get our dip sandwiches.

The sandwiches were pretty good, same as always, but I was thinking it definitely is not worth making a special trip for the food. It's crowded, the traffic is bad, it's right in the middle of urban blight and, well, I guess everyone should experience it once since it is a famous landmark but that's enough.

Today was load-up-on-food day.. Last year Julie won a $50 Claim Jumper gift card at work and finally we decided to use it for dinner. I made online reservations but it looked like we didn't need it. The days of the place being super-crowded appear to be in the past, perhaps because of the economy.

The prices aren't that expensive, though. And the food was good. They're known for large portions and they didn't disappoint. Julie had meatloaf and I had tri-tip and we both took doggy bags. If you want to add a small salad or soup to your entree it is an extra $4.69 and maybe that's where they hit you because the Caesar salads we both ordered were pretty small. If you just order the entree, the prices are very reasonable. The food was a lot better than our recent excursion to the North Woods Inn for a birthday party (I wrote about that back on May 31). That was an onslaught of oil, butter and grease whereas today's meal at the Claim Jumper did not have that sort of excess.

One of the things I received lately from the Amazon Vine program is a Lorex digital security camera. It came earlier in the week and I haven't even opened the box yet. I'm trying to think of where to put it - probably looking out to the front porch?

Oh and despite being busy, I still make time for Costco, of course. Last weekend they had a sample/display and were selling three varieties of bulgolgi - beef, pork and chicken. You could mix and match three packages for $10 so we bought a three pack, one of each meat. This was one of those "weekend only" deals of items normally not sold at Costco. The samples were very good.. so good that we went back the next day and bought two more three-packs since who knows how long it will be before they become a regularly-stocked item. We've made the pork and chicken so far, and they're both delicious. If this vendor happens to show up at your Costco, make sure and buy some.

That's all for now..

Monday, June 13, 2011

no wonder our kids are stupid

I was reading some reviews on Yelp about Joe's Pizza in Monterey Park. I've never been there; the pizzas look good in the pictures but the place has some pretty mixed reviews.

I thought I would reprint one of the reviews, a very critical (one star) one, not because of what the reviewer said about the eatery itself, but because this person is supposedly a teacher. This is exactly as it appears on Yelp:

I called Joe's Pizza today to order a Pizza, Joe answered and I ask a question, What to see if they could deliver 10 pizza to a school down the road in Monterey Park where I teach. But Joe for Joe Pizza acted as thought he had no time for me!

Joe, actually seem surprised that I was asking Question? He replied, abruptly "what can I get for you"! After that he rudely ask if I was done. He was so abrupt and short with me. He said, he had a customer., So what was I, not customer. Joe needs to go buy some class and learn customer relations.

This rude Guy Joe should not be in business with that attitude he has. He was so rude, I was going to order 10 pies for our classroom's Easter party! Will use another vendor!

No body needs that. Stay away from this Joe Pizza the owner is RUDE and lack the human understanding of the business and customer service.

Maybe Joe couldn't understand what this person was saying? Could be.. the reviewer should have mentioned where she teaches so we can make sure we keep our kids away from that school.

I; will be, later back?

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I've been watching the news and all the fuss they are making about this Weenie Guy who refuses to resign after admitting to engaging in sexting. The last I heard, some of his cohorts were calling for an investigation to see if he had broken any laws.

I realize none of us is perfect but it seems to me that our elected officials ought to be held to, and hold themselves to, higher standards simply because we have entrusted them to lead us. That also includes the responsibility to act as role models, and be examples of integrity and ethics.

Another thing they mentioned about these investigations was that it should be determined if there were ethics violations.

What seems incredible to me is that there should even be any question as to whether or not this guy should resign. I mean, if you have to even debate this, then either you really have no moral character or you work for the ACLU. That's why our country is headed down the toilet when it comes to morals and scruples and ethics and anything having to do with decency. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sung-bong Choi

Yesterday I featured a couple of silly YouTubes that I think are hilarious.

My buddy Donna sent me a link to another YouTube, this one on the serious side. Hey thanks for bringing tears to my eyes!! I really love stuff like this because it makes me feel so happy for the person.

Please watch the video and see for yourself. I wish him all the best and hope this helps take him away from the hardships he has faced in his life.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


It's been a few days so I thought I'd check in. I'm looking forward to retirement, whenever that is possible, haha..

There have been a couple of recent television commercials that make me laugh out loud every time I see them. The other day I wrote about how disappointing the Carls Jr. turkey burger was, but at least this commercial is hilarious (or at least I think it is - whoever thought up this one is brilliant).

Here's the other one that came on the other night:

Okay, that's it for today. These commercials are both so utterly stupid I couldn't stop laughing. Just wanted to let you know I'm still hanging in there!