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Sidetracked = Late Night

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So the one thing that will often stand in the way of a productive evening is getting sidetracked by projects not on the list. In my effort to clean my apartment, I got distracted by unpacking my remaining boxes. This is probably a good thing as I found several CD's that I have been looking for and some additional DVD's. Also, I sorted through some boxes that I have been moving around for the last 10 years. Getting sidetracked with projects such as this only serves to move the completion time of the original list back by a few hours so it is a good thing that I am a night owl.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Marshmallow, French Vanilla and Egg Nog (Candy Cane on Sunday). Today we have our yogurt buy one, get one free for the yogurt from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, excludes XL).

It's your last chance to get a crème pie for $14.99 (regularly $19.99). We have several available in the store for walk-in purchase.

Saturday Distraction: What 2004 H…

Catch Up Evening

I'm a social creature. I like to go out and be around my friends. I love to people watch because I think that the interactions are fascinating. I like to stay busy. Sometimes, I need to clear an evening off and take time to catch up on things that I may let go during the week. A lot of times, I will do this on Sunday afternoons. This week, I'm taking the prime real-estate of Friday night. Cleaning up the mess of computer component boxes and giving the kitchen and bathroom a good scrub down may not sound like a lot of fun, but having a clean home afterwards is always a nice reward.

Besides, when the cleaning is finished, I'll have time to sit down and relax and do some reading. With everything else going on this week, I have let my reading go by the wayside. Tonight I should be able to make some good progress towards finishing The Screwtape Letters. It should prove to be a great start to a wonderful weekend.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocol…

Foreign Language

Last night, I took my newly built computer over to my friend’s house to see if he could figure out why my mouse pointer was not showing up on the screen after the loading of Fedora. He knows computers very well, while I know about computers. Watching him work and type in code was like watching a French film with subtitles in the French language on x2 speed. Every now and again, I would spot something that looked familiar and then I would blink and it was gone.

Assuming that the corrections work, I will soon have a new world opened to me in the form of the Linux operating system and will therefore have to learn a new language. If it doesn't, it looks like it is back to the chains of Microsoft. :(

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Marshmallow, French Vanilla and Banana Macadamia Nut. Today is $1.85 Cone Day (regularly $2.72).

The bagels have arrived! We currently have a full stock of all bagels (Blueberry, Cinnamon, Onion, Sweet Wheat, …

Spelling Bee

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It seems that most people have at least a little weakness where spelling is concerned. I, as was clearly shown by my quiz score yesterday, have spelling listed as my Achilles Heel. The funny or sad thing about it is how I frequently misspell (got this one right today) the same words constantly. It's like they are set in my mind one way and no matter how many times I see them corrected, I never learn. Although, it would be more appropriate to say that I never chose to learn. While spell check is a wonderful invention, it is also something that many people in my generation and the younger generations abuse.

Of course, one of the problems with spell check is that it will only catch the words that are misspelled. The words that are spelled correctly, but not used correctly, are rarely caught. A good example would be the words there and their or, as you can see by going to yesterday's entry, angle an angel. Go figure.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cho…

It's Alive!

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About a month ago, I began in earnest the effort to build a media computer from scratch. Over the first few weeks in September, I acquired all of the necessary parts. For a week they set in there boxes at my apartment until this Sunday. I started and almost completed my computer on Sunday. Monday, my friend who knows a lot more about computers than myself, came over and checked over the connections and dropped of the Linux OS. After he left, I made a few changes and connected the remaining wires.

At 1:15 AM, I took a deep breath and flipped the power switch on the back...nothing. You can only imagine my disappointment. However, the feeling of despair lasted no more than a second as I quickly realized that in my nervousness, I forgot to press the front power button. Deep breath again...press button...the computer quietly hums to life right before my eyes. In another few days, I hope to have the software uploaded and a fully functional media computer to take the place of my Xbox.

The Yog…

Beautiful Day

Wasn't that hot weather all worthwhile? The heat wave that brought the summer to a close has given way to wonderful autumn weather. It looks like the old AC has seen the end of its use at my apartment for the time being. With the cold of winter still a few months away, I look forward to some savings in the electric bill over the fall months. There is nothing better than being able to air out the home during these perfect days.

I am hoping to complete my weekend project this evening and finish building my new media computer. It was a fun, if not somewhat nerve racking, experience to put the media PC together yesterday from scratch. It is the first time that I have ever done any detailed work in a computer, and I can see way my friends have told me that they all hate building them. I just hope that I can share in the joy of having a new, working computer that I have built with my own hands.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, German Chocolate Cake,…

Milestone

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So it happened on the first day of fall that I found myself running over a mile for the first time in my life, if memory serves correctly. Less than 5 days after my amazement at being able to run 3/4 of a mile, I was able to press through to a full mile and a little beyond. Apparently, 6 mph is a quick pace to run, but it seems like a perfect stride for me. I think that I should be able to add a quarter to a third of a mile each week now. This self improvement thing is pretty cool once you give yourself over to it.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, German Chocolate Cake, Angle Food Cake and Banana Macadamia Nut.

Don't forget to come in this weekend and stock-up on our freshly baked cake loaves. We have some Pumpkin, Chocolate, Lemon and Pound Cakes available today. These loaves are regularly $19.99 or $18.99. This weekend, take them home to try for only $14.99.

Your Saturday Distraction: What Season Are You?

You Belong in Fall
Intelligent, introsp…

Summer's Last Stand

Today is the last day of summer and we are going to be reminded of the true power of Texas heat. Today's high will be 98 degrees, not the Nick Lachey band, but the actual temperature. After all of the nice weather that we have had over the last few weeks, it is hard to believe. This will be the hottest last day of summer recorded in Dallas. Thankfully, the next ten days shows a couple days of rain and only one a day near the upper 80's. It may be hot today and warm tomorrow, but autumn is just around the corner.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon.

This weekend is we have all of our Cake Breads and Pumpkin Breads on sale for $14.99 (regularly $19.99 and 18.99). You can still order any of the Cake Loaves for tomorrow if your order is in by this evening.

Friday Fun Fact: Once detonated, a thermonuclear fusion bomb takes only 600 billionths of a second for the ten main post detonation steps …

Run On!

As some of you may remember, I started running at the beginning of the spring. I stopped running after July started for a number of reasons. Now that the weather is cooler and I have had time to straighten a few things out, I have started running again. Three nights ago I did my first run of 3/4 of a mile on a ten minute pace. Last night I ran 9/10 of a mile on a ten minute pace. I'm not setting any records, but I am running without having to stop and when I finish, I feel like I could run more.

In many ways, the early training in spring prepared me for this. I'm running with a different purpose now, not trying to prove a point to myself or any one else, but general health. My goal is simple: 3 miles in 27 minutes in 3 months. Next year I'm running a 5K assuming that a treadmill translates to the great out doors.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon. Today is $1.85 Cone Day (regularly…

Back to Reality

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I hope everyone got the pirate talk out of them yesterday. My friends and I had a little fun with it. I even went so far as to wear my pirate shirt to trivia night. Trivia night wasn't quite as fun last evening. We had an expanded team with some fairly smart people, however, this did not help. We still lost and I don't think that the original members had nearly as much fun.

There is some enjoyment in ignorance leading to irreverently wrong answers, and there was little of this to be found last evening. Also, two of the new team members had loud voices that carried correct answers to other teams. Bad form. We may have to take a week off to try and come back with that losing spirit. After all, half the fun of trivia is learning how much you don't know while being with people that you do know.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon. Today is buy one get, one free from 6PM to 8PM (limit one, no XL).

Wack…

Argggg! What be today?

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Avast, me mateys. Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It not be easy to talk like a priate. Between pillagin' and plunderin' it be hard to learn the language. But if ye be brave and venture a forth, then today be the day for ye. Tis a fine way t’be speakin’ and tis a fine day t'be. If you care not for this, tis off the plank to ol' Davy Jones' locker with ye.

Linky to the ship me mateys.

Today, the Yogurt Flavors be: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon. It be a special day for JJ Pearce students too. Show us ye ID and get some booty: Free small yogurt!

Avast, Quiz Day on the Poopdeck: What Age Do You Act?

You Are 30 Years Old
Under 12: Ye be a kid at heart. Ye still have an optimistic life view - and ye look at the world with awe. (And ye know that Pirates are cool.)

13-19: Ye be a teenager at heart. Ye question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world. (Great Pirate Material)

20-2…

Lovely Weather

It was a lazy weekend. We were very busy on Saturday at the store and I think that I was a little bit worn out going into Saturday night. It is rare that I ever have to duck out early from an event, but I found myself in that position. I was spent. Thankfully, I was able to wake up on Sunday morning and managed to last the day without a nap. Naps are great, but rain and a nap usually equals sleep for me and that can throw off my sleep schedule for an entire week. It was a lazy weekend and that was just what I needed.

The rain was great. It is so nice to have a good and long rain storm. We need a few more, but I am thankful for the ones that we have had. The air is clearer and cooler. Today looks like the weather will be very nice. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy it.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Caramel, Juicy Raspberry and Lemon.

The Owner's Corner Tip of the Week will return next week. In place of it this week, here is a motivationa…

The Addison Life

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Oktoberfest Review: If you’re looking for a nice change of pace to sit and enjoy food and drink with some friends, then this might be a good event to try. The weather was nice. Sitting outside and talking can be accomplished anywhere, but the festive atmosphere and the carnival rides in the back ground make events such as this fun to attend.

The expense was present, but the price wasn't so high that an individual or couple would not want to attend. The food was good, but seemed to be a little too small for the prices charged. The event is sponsored by Paulaner who had exclusive rights to the bier sales. Ergo, the bier was a step above what you would normally find, but not the best that Germany has to offer. The price for a pint, four dollars, is very reasonable. Overall Grade: B-

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Grasshopper, Juicy Raspberry and Lemon. Tonight we have our yogurt buy one, get one free from 6PM to 8PM (limit one, excludes XL).

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Oktoberfest

Well, I didn't get around to Veronica Mars. It doesn't surprise me. However, I did manage to peel myself out of the recliner to start reading a new book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, which I am now in the process of enjoying. I think that it was a pretty good trade.

This weekend is the annual Oktoberfest in Addison. It will be the first year that I am able to attend this event and I look forward to the evening festivities. I love German food and no beer is better. The atmosphere should be nice with German music filling the air and people dancing to the tunes. As I have yet to make it over to Germany, I have to make do with Germany coming to me. Expect a full report tomorrow.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Coffee Royal, Grasshopper, Juicy Raspberry and New York Cheesecake.

Today, while they last, the Parfaits are $2.99 all day long (regularly $3.69). It is a great time to try one of these tasty treats. (Bonus: They are only three points for W…

The Cycle

One of the reasons why people love baseball, for those of you who do not understand, is the history of the game and the statistics that the history produces. Last week I watched a no-hitter. Last night, I got to see the highlights of a Texas Ranger hit for the natural cycle. Mr. Gary Matthews Jr. accomplished the hardest feat in hitting with his four for four performance by hitting a single, double, triple and home run in order. He is only the 13th player in the modern era (1900-current day) to hit for the natural cycle. Awesome! Congratulations!

On a sad note for some baseball fans, the Atlanta Braves were officially eliminated from winning their 15* consecutive National League East Division title. It was a long and wonderful ride for the Braves, the best in baseball's history. The closest to the streak of 14* straight division titles is the current streak that the NY Yankees have with 8. Congratulations on Atlanta's long and run and to the Mets on bringing down their divisio…

A Day in the Life

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Most people who read this blog probably believe that my week consists of trivia, reading, sports and work. They would be partially correct. I've got a fairly set schedule of events because my friends thankfully keep me busy. When I'm resting at home, I try to use my time wisely and do some reading. I try to avoid the TV trap by watching only a few shows.

One of the shows that I watch is Sports Center. During this time of year when the baseball season is at the high point of its pennant and wild card races and the football season is just beginning, I cannot stand sports center on the weekends. Let me just say that I love college football and I like the NFL. Nevertheless, you never get more than a few minutes of baseball coverage in each show when there are football games that have been played. It drives me crazy to have to sit through 45 minutes of football for 5 minutes of incomplete baseball coverage. I guess everyone has there burdens.

Trivia update: We finished in the middle…

Second Place Is Not That Bad

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This weekend my friends and I participated in another trivia game. This one was at Trinity Hall. They had been there several times before and thought that the trivia was a little more knowledge based rather than pop culture. They were right. If only we had brushed up on our Greek mythology we would have had first place. We finished second, one point behind the winners. While it is hard for me to say, sometimes second place is all right.

Coming fresh off our placing at the Trinity Hall trivia challenge, we boldly return to the Flying Saucer tonight to be knocked right back down. Least pride set in among us as I'm sure it will once again prove to be a humbling experience. But with the 10 dollar gift certificate in hand from our previous beating, it should make the evening a little better. Bring it on pop culture.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Coffee Royal, Grasshopper, Juicy Raspberry and New York Cheesecake. Today is Shake Day all shakes are $3.69 (reg…

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The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Coffee Royal, Grasshopper, Juicy Raspberry and New York Cheesecake.

Captivating

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The dentist appointment went well, and I have been told that everything is fixed and that I may resume my regular check up and cleaning schedule which I shall no longer put off. I have learned my lesson. Thanks to my friends that checked up on me yesterday. It's always good to hear from friends while recuperating. The good news is that the day ended up being pretty productive.

I finished reading two books yesterday. It is amazing how you can read a book the first time and never realize its deeper meaning until you read it again and you are in a different place in your life. One of the books, Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge, was given to me by my best friend a while ago. This is an amazing book that I seemed to completely misunderstand the first time through. It’s funny how that works. Sometimes we just don’t get it on the first attempt.

The other book was Dune, which I have now read at least 8 times. Yes, it is my favorite book, I’ve read the six book series four times and …

Back to the Chair

I’ve got a dentist appointment today. You won’t see me in the store. After four or so hours in the chair, I think that I will be ready to rest a little. I don’t like doctors. I really don’t like dentists. All of them over schedule and make you wait not only to see them but also once your in the room. The hardest part is the waiting. Well, the waiting and the drilling in the other room.

I think I’ll do some afternoon reading. It’s a very rare day when I am home by 12:00 PM. Heck, I might even put a movie in and drift away. Evening activities are out, that is all right because sometimes it’s nice to have a Friday night to sit at home. It makes you appreciate the ones that are spent with friends and family all the more. By Saturday, I think that I should be able to speak without too much of a problem. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Butterscotch, White Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Malt.

Friday Fun Fact: Johnny…

No-No

Blogs and email both have an interesting short coming: A multi-post part post or email will present the last part first and the first part last. Google Gmail does a great job handling this by linking all of the emails in a thread and presenting them in proper order. Unfortunately, there is not a great way to do this with Blogs.

On one of my other Blogs, I am currently in such a dilemma. My post that I have been writing for the last few days is going to require a follow-up. I know that I can denote this by writing Continued or Part II as the title the second entry. I read wonderful blog today that has four parts and clearly noted each entry. Nevertheless, I read it backwards as I would imagine most people would. Oh well, such is life in the blogsphere.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Butterscotch, White Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Malt. Today is $1.85 Cone Day (regularly $2.72).

Because of the Labor Day holiday, we will receive our shipm…

Worst Winners Ever!

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For the second week in a row, we had a small group at trivia night. Our limited brain power in regards to pop culture once again secured us a firm position at the bottom of the power rankings. It was a painful evening where even the waitresses took mercy on us in the final round and helped us with a few answers. Here is the best part-We won a 10 dollar gift certificate again! Apparently, the moderator enjoys watching us suffer for four straight rounds. This time he did say that we were horrible.

I mentioned the weather last week and I am so glad that I can mention it again this week. The weather last night was perfect and it looks like it is going to be great for September standards all week long. The cool breeze in the air last night made me excited for the up coming fall season.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Malt. Tonight, we have our Yogurt Special buy one, get one free special (lim…

A Friend In Need

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This weekend was a wonderful weekend for me to catch up with friends. Yesterday, I was able to see my best friend who, though it seems like months on end, I have not seen in a month. It was good to be able to sit down and talk again. Many times there are difficulties in our lives, but it is great to know that we are able to turn to others to ask for help. I'd like to thank her for being my friend through everything because that friendship means so much to me.

It looks like this weekend’s rain will leave us for a short time to return again next weekend. Wasn't it great? It seemed like the perfect weather to cleanse and renew after so many months of dry, relentless weather. Three weekends in a row would be fantastic. I am thankful for the rain that we have received.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana (after 7 PM), Peanut Butter (After 7 PM), White Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Malt.

Today, all UT Dallas Students get a free small yogurt…

Laboring Away on Labor Day

We are open from 12PM to 6PM on Labor Day. If you are traveling back today, we hope you have safe travel. If you are in-town, stop by and see us for a nice cool treat. I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

I spent Sunday with a group of old friends. The best thing about true friends is that time or distance never matters. When you step into a house filled with people who you have not seen for a good amount of time and everything in your lives has changed, it matters not because of the bond of friendship that exists throughout life. You simply reminisce about the old times, catch up with the new and move forward from there.

I hope that whether your Labor Day weekend was spent with your family or your friends, you had an enjoyable time and were able to relax for the week ahead.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Malt, Peach and Very Berry.

The Owner's Corner Tip of the Week will return next week. In place…

Music to My Ears

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Last night I got a chance go to the final rush event for my fraternity. It is a great time as the brothers get an opportunity to share what Kappa Sigma means to each of them. Of course, one of the fun things about events such as this is getting to see other alumni and catching up with everything going on in their lives. The hosts of the event are getting ready to have twins in the next two weeks and the father was proudly talking about having two new little Kappa Sigma boys. Some people can't understand why anyone would be somewhat active in a fraternity after college; I can't imagine it another way.

I've been enjoying the fruits of last weekend's labor all this week at work. The reorganization of my CD collection has greatly expanded the number of options that we have for music at the store. It's been a week of rediscovering Eisley, Peter Yorn, Depeche Mode 101, The Catherine Wheel, The Beatles and the Old 97's. I love music. It affects my mood as much as anyt…

Wild at Heart

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Yesterday I made the comment that the hardest part of growing up is admitting that you’re grown up; however, the one thing about guys is that you can never completely take the little boy out of them. No where is this more evident than a baseball game. At the Rangers game last night, I was amazed at the number of 55 plus year old men that came with their baseball gloves in the hope of catching a foul ball on the first base side.

Perhaps the more amazing thing is that I did not have mine. I would have, but I am not quite sure where it resides after the move. I have to admit that the site of these guys coming to watch the greatest game just as eager to get a shot at a foul ball as a ten year old made me smile. We manage to grow up, but I'm glad that part of us gets to hold on to that little kid inside.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Toffee Coffee, Toffee Nut, Peach and Very Berry.

UPS was kind enough to deliver the rest of our bagel order today. We now hav…