Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Today's order chick took the up-selling to a whole new level:
Order Chick: Welcome to Sonic. May I help you?
Me: I'd like the #11 (*) with a strawberry limeade.
Order Chick: Would you like a cheeseburger with that?
Me: Uh, excuse me?
Order Chick: ((silence))
Me: Excuse me, what did you say?
Order Chick: Would you like a cheeseburger with that? Or, some french toast sticks?
Me: No. No...no.
Order Chick: Okay. Thank you.
I'm guessing the Order Chick originally intended to offer to add french toast sticks to my breakfast burrito order, but she wasn't backing down on that cheeseburger. Of course, I guess it's possible there's been a rush lately of customers placing their order and suddenly shouting, "Oh, wait! I almost forgot. I need a cheeseburger!"
(*) #11 - sausage, egg and cheese burrito; tater tots, drink
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Johnny Elton's wife, Johnny Elton, me, Kenneth, my sister Terry, Christel, my sister Bonnie and Cammie
Me, Terry, Johnny Elton and Bonnie (Johnny is a neighborhood friend who we've known since we were kids. He was so proud of the fact that he danced with all three "Ransonette girls" that he had to have a picture. It was also his birthday. Happy Birthday, Johnny!!)
We had our third Thomas Jefferson Port Arthur all alumni gathering last night at the Star Bar on Crockett Street and it was a huge success. We had well over a hundred alumni and guests there and everybody had a great time.
The Star Bar has recently reopened after being shut down for several months and it looks terrific. There's a "VIP room" with couches and a television and a private bar, a ping pong table, another bar and lots of other groovy stuff.
Best of all, my prayers to the party gods have been answered and the Star Bar hosts karaoke on Saturday nights. They're the only place I know of in all of our little corner of southeast Texas that hosts karaoke on a weekend night.
We had dinner at Pancho Villa's Mexican Kitchen which used to be Rio Rita's. The food was delicious except that Kenneth had issues with the color of his cheese or something. The margaritas were strong, but weren't as good as others I've had. I hope they expand their margarita menu. I miss my Grande Supremas.
Click here for a slideshow which includes a video. The video is dark, but it's my sister Terry and our friend Kenneth singing Mustang Sally.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Watch Ava's eyes in the first video. She's trying to play it cool.
"Something doesn't feel right."
"What the heck?!"
"Sorry, Nan. I ain't buyin' it."
"Me and Willie are just fine right here."
"Santa, if you hurt my daddy..."
"Okay, I'm done."
"Is he really leaving?"
"Thank God that's over."
Monday, December 22, 2008
Let's just start with the Grand-Fabulous-Ava, shall we? The first two are videos.
If you just can't wait for the stories, all the pictures are here. (The ones with the little triangles in the bottom corner are videos.)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
- It's always too damn cold.
- Have to get up too damn early.
- Deer stands are too damn high in the air.
- Duck blinds are IN the water and usually infested with red ants, nutria rats and snakes.
- It's too damn boring.
- There are no people.
- There are no bars.
- There are no restaurants.
- There are no casinos.
- The goal is to kill things.
- Wildlife, in general, freaks me out.
- Guns freak me out.
Did you know what the picture above was? It's a deer feeder. It's not only a deer feeder, it's an automated deer feeder. Several years ago, I heard some guys talking about their deer feeders.
"Wait a minute," I said. "Let me get this straight. You feed the deer all year long. Then you go out there during hunting season, after the poor momma deer and daddy deer and baby deer have been eating your corn or whatever all year, and then you shoot them?"
Not very sportsmanlike, if you ask me. That would be like a tribe of cannibals running the Golden Corral.