30 September 2008

Shana Tova!

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Today is Rosh Hashanah. For everyone who is celebrating, Happy New Year.

Today and tomorrow, you can get any 3 bagels out of the freezer for only $9.99.


What better way to start off a new year than with a little bonus baseball. Tonight, the Twins and the White Sox will square off in Chicago for a one game winner takes the AL Central match-up. This is the first time in the history of both franchises that they will play a one game playoff. The winner gets the right to face Tampa Bay in the first round. The loser gets to go home for the season.

The game tonight will set the final playoff spot, and the playoffs will start tomorrow. Here are the match-ups for the divisional series:

National League:

Chicago Cubs vs. LA Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers

American League:

Tampa Bay Rays vs. ? (Winner of Tonight's Game)
Anaheim Angels vs. Boston

29 September 2008

Weird Weekend

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Sierra deLite Day! Come in and get the great tasting Sierra deLite bar for only $3.25 today (regularly $4.50). This bar is one of our most popular bakery items and is full of chopped pecans, almonds, and chocolate.


It was a little weird in the college football word this weekend. Nine of the top 25 teams fell this week and six of those loses came at the hands of unranked teams. While I was sad to see Florida go down to Old Miss, I was happy to see that both the Texas and Penn State go about the business of winning. Both teams were properly rewarded with a rise in the rankings.

Speaking of being rewarded in the rankings, Alabama was well rewarded after collecting a victory in Athens this weekend against the Georgia Bulldogs. Moving up to number 2 in the nation in the AP poll, the Crimson Tide are at their highest rank in the polls since 1993. It looks like all of the hoopla about Nick Saban being the next Bear Bryant might just have some truth to it. His contract is now looking like money well spent.

With a favorable schedule of home games and only two more titans of the SEC in the guise of LSU and Auburn remaining, Alabama has put themselves in great position as long as they don't get ahead of themselves. After all, it is much better to be in the four through eight slots in the polls than it is to be in the one through three positions this early in the season.

While college football is always fun to follow, I like to support football of a different kind. On Sunday, Erica and I went to the FC Dallas game and watched the Hoops defeat DC United in a 3-0 beating. It was quite a good match to watch. The weather, while warm, was very nice with just enough of a breeze. FC Dallas put themselves in good position with the win and now sit only a few points away from a playoff appearance.

27 September 2008

Round One

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Password: Big Tex

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I forgot to post yesterday that the Galaxy Granola Not Sweet Vanilla variety arrived.


Last night, we got to see the first round of the 2008 debates. Unfortunately, there are two more of the Presidential debates and on Vice-Presidential debate. It seems like these are too often a rally cry to the bases rather than an exploration of our options. There was little substance beyond what can already be found on the plans put forth on both of the candidates websites. With such a long election cycle, it seems like we've already heard all of the rhetoric and catch phrases too many times before.

Despite its many faults, I did watch the debate. Like most of the talking heads, I agree that neither of the tow opponents won, but neither did they make any major mistakes. What I would like to see during the debates that might spice things up and make it more informative to the viewers at home is a pop-up fact check. Have independent non-partisan judges put up either clarifications of facts that are misleading, corrections of facts that are slightly fudged, or declaration of a fact as false with the true information presented to the audience. Now this would make debates interesting.

The baseball season is getting ready to bring its regular season to a close after this weekend. I would like to take a moment to congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays on their AL East Division Title. This marks the first time that an American League team has gone from worst to first in their division. This young team has managed to outplay both the Red Soxs and the Yankees in what is arguably the toughest division in baseball. Congratulations and good luck in the playoffs!

26 September 2008

State Fair!

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Today is the big day. The State Fair of Texas opens its gates to the public today with Big Tex welcoming one and all. The fair runs from September 26th to October 19th. As always, there is a host of events going on during the Fair's run from concerts to auto shows.

Of course, there is also just about every fried creation under the sun available at the fair. I don't think that anyone goes there and expects it to have a positive impact on their diet. As the baker here at work says, "The food at the fair makes Jack in the Box look like a health food store." Nevertheless, they do have some tasty creations on the midway.

The biggest part of the Fair's run for me is the Texas-OU game that is held each year. The Red River Shoot Out will be played at the Cotton Bowl on October 11th. Assuming that both of the teams avoid the same fate that USC suffered last night over the next two games, we could be in for a match-up of two top five undefeated teams going at it. I'd love to see that with Texas coming out undefeated after the game.

Regardless, the fall of the Trojans last night to the Oregon State Beavers means that the top ten will definitely see a lot of movement after this weekends action. There will be a new number one and movement along the other positions as well including the chance that one or two teams might drop form the top ten completely. It's going to be a great weekend for college football.

25 September 2008

EV1

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Parfait Day! All parfaits are $2.99 (regularly $3.99) when you ask for today's special.

Bagels have arrived! We have all varieties on hand (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, White, and Onion) as well as the pita and English Muffins. Get your fresh breads today.

Bonus Bagel Special: Get any three bagels out of the freezer (all three must come from the freezer) for only $9.99.


I got a documentary from Netflix last night that I had been looking forward to seeing for a while. With a short running time of 92 minutes, Who Killed the Electric Car is a short film that does a wonderful job explaining the electric cars that were developed in the mid-90's and the fate that awaited them at the turn of the century. While its bias is certainly tilted towards the electric vehicle and the owners who were so dedicated to them, the film does a good job of putting forth its case that the cars were created with good technology and had sufficient demand to make them a viable option for the automakers to produce.

It then explores why the product was never brought to the mass market. While the usual suspects of big oil and the automakers are presented, the film also looks at the role of the government at the state and federal level, and it brings us as the consumer into the question as well. In the end there was a lot of blame to go around, but the film does present hope for the future with current and new technologies.

If you're interested in seeing a sad piece of automotive history, then I highly recommend this film. It goes a far way in showing just how short sighted the entire automotive industry, including the Japanese automakers, are and how government interference in the market place can be used as a positive or negative force when it comes to technological innovations. Movie Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

24 September 2008

Pledging

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I always dislike pledge drives on my favorite radio stations. My wife and I both contribute to Power FM, and I use my personal donation allowance to support KERA. Unlike TV pledge drives on PBS which bring special programs to the station, radio pledge drives just tend to interrupt the shows.

With KERA, I used to feel bad since I ignored the request and didn't donate. So, there was a little bit of guilt there. Now, I feel a little annoyed that other people aren't giving quickly enough to end the drive. It's a childish thought, but I really just want to be able to hear my morning show on the drive into work. Nevertheless, I must commend KERA on how they have reformatted their drives over the years.

The first major change was to reduce the number of drives from four to three during the year. The second one has been to have daily goal targets that, when met, end the drive for the day. The third one, in place for this year's fall drive, was to move the pledge drive forward so that it does not interfere with the election coverage. This was a great move.

Quiz Day: The Autumn Test




Your Autumn Test Results



You are a dynamic, vibrant person. You aren't afraid to pursue your passions.

When you are happiest, you are calm. You appreciate tradition and family. You enjoy feeling cozy.

You embrace change. You love change. You see change as a rebirth.

You find solitude to be the most comforting thing in the world. Being alone with your thoughts feels very peaceful.

Your ideal day is spent in contemplation. You enjoy a quiet day where you can take time to think and day dream.

You are nostalgic. You can't truly appreciate something until it has come and gone.

23 September 2008

Flat Out

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On the way to dinner last night, I noticed something rather odd as my wife and I were driving along Preston. The front right tire had gone flat. It has been quite some time since I've had to change a tire, but it is thankfully a skill that, like riding a bicycle, does not seem to go away. I fiddled for a bit as it came back to me.

While no one is really looking for this to happen on the way out to dinner, it was a good opportunity to have the refresher course for myself and to show Erica, should she ever be outside of the range of AAA, how to go about changing a tire. I'm sure that she already knew this, but she was kind enough to be patient as I explained it anyways.

With the spare tire on the car, we proceeded to dinner at Fadi's Mediterranian Restaurant. The food, as always, was excellent. During dinner we struck up a conversation about Ramadan. While I was quick to point out the basic construct of the holiday, I was unable to, with certainty, give the reason for the month of fasting. Here is the simple answer:

Ramadan or Ramazan (Arabic: رمضان, Ramaḍān) is a Muslim religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is the Islamic month of fasting (sawm), in which participating Muslims do not eat or drink anything from true dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the person patience, sacrifice and humility. Ramadan is a time to fast for the sake of God, and to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance into the future, ask for help in refraining from everyday evils and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.-Wikipedia

For a more complex answer, click on the link above.

We went home after dinner to watch some more of Doctor Who season three. Unfortunately, we noticed as we pulled into the apartment complex that the donut tire had started to go flat. So, this morning I found myself at Discount Tire at 8:00 AM getting my tires patched. However, it is not as inconvenient as it sounds since we live less than one mile from a Discount Tire. They were quick, and I was finished within 30 minutes for no cost since we had purchased our tires from them. Bonus points to Discount Tires.

22 September 2008

Fun and Fellowship

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Shake Day! All shakes are $3.69 today (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

Gnu Flavor and Fiber bars have arrived back in stock. We have all varieties available again (Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Raisin, Orange Cranberry, and Banana Walnut.)


We stayed pretty busy this weekend between ITLPD and our church activities. Saturday night, we went to a dinner for diapers party that our Sunday school class had. One of the couples in our class recently had a baby. While we've already had the showers, the biggest need seems to be diapers. The dinner was wonderful and it was nice to have time with our classmates to spend talking and watching a bit of the LSU v Alburn game.

After church on Sunday, we went out with several people from our class to Cristina's Mexican restaurant. Our pastor joined us for lunch. It's funny to watch him walk into a restaurant because he seems to know half of the people there. The food was very good, and the time spent with everyone was quite enjoyable.

Another weekend also brings another round of results from the sports world. This is definitely the best time of year for sports if you are a fan. The convergence of baseball, football, soccer, and the upcoming basketball and hockey seasons make this a busy time. What we saw this weekend:

The United States defeated Europe for the first time since 1999 in the Ryder Cup.

The Yankees played their last game in the House that Ruth Built.

The Cowboys start their season 3 and 0 by capturing their first victory ever at Lambeau Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first ever playoff spot.

The Chicago Cubs clinched their second straight NL Central Division title.

LSU defeats Auburn in a great come from behind victory.

Alabama rolled over Arkansas and start their season 4 and 0 and setting up a match up of undefeated teams for next weeks game at the University of Georgia.

The new college football AP rankings are out.

20 September 2008

Octoberfest

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Thanks to my friends and our lovely host Sharon, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was a wonderful success again this year. There was a little less pirating, but we did partake in several films. One that was not piratical in any way shape or form was Mutiny. Not only was the film bad, it wasn't even bad in the good way. I have much higher hopes for next year's film viewing.

We seem to be getting a little older as a group of pirates. We were all ready to turn in before 1:00 AM. Pirates aren't supposed to have bedtimes. Alas, we all have real non-pirate jobs during the week and sometimes those can wear on you. Nevertheless, we did our best to celebrate the fictitious fun life of the pirate.

If, however, you feel like celebrating the real life of the German, the I highly recommend Octoberfest in Addison this weekend. Of course, there is more than just bier at the German celebration. With events for the whole family, today is a great day to go and enjoy the festival.

19 September 2008

Booty Abounds!

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Avast, me hearties! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today's Booty: We got in our shipment of Chocolite with the new one point Chocoalte Almond Coconut chocolate. We got in the second PB2 shipment of the week. This one has the newest product from them in the form of the Chocolate Peanut Butter. This product is also 1 Point on Weight Watchers®. We also got in a new assorted hard candy mix.





Green Tip: A steak might be an American institution, but it comes with a side of environmental costs. Central and South American forests are being cut or burned down to provide pasture. Effluent from feedlots pollutes land and waters, and each cow produces 300 liters of methane-a greenhouse gas-every day. Consider reducing the amount of meat you eat; while cows aren't problematic in and of themselves, modern mass-farming methods take a toll. [Brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

One of the things that my wife has at her job is flex time. I'm always a bit jealous when it comes to a Friday that she has saved up enough time to take off. It seems like it is every other week, but I'm sure it is closer to once a month. While I know she doesn't have a dream job, the flex thing is pretty cool. Random days off rock!

It's a perfect day to take off as well. The weather, while warming up a little, is still in that great range that gives us the warm but not hot weather during the day. The evenings have been just about perfect. The last few nights, we've been out on a walk with very little to complain about from the stand point of the weather. Even the bugs have seemed to disappear with the cooler front.

18 September 2008

Time Goes By

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On our walk last night, Erica said to me that this year sure does seem to be going fast. I told her that as you get older, time seems to go much faster. I have a theory that this time crunch goes on for about a 40 to 50 year period until you reach retirement. It would seem to me that time would then slow down again.

I guess that all time is relative to where you are in life. I remember in my childhood time was seemingly at a stand still. I couldn't wait to move on to the next grade. By the time college came around, things were moving quicker. Now that the days seem to mirror each other, the time has moved to a fast pace indeed. I can only imagine that adding children into the mix would increase that even more.

The change of the seasons and the upcoming holidays adds an increased element of speed. It's hard to believe that the State Fair of Texas is opening next weekend. For most Texans in this area, this event seems to mark the official start of Autumn more so that any notation on a calendar. The weather should continue to be nice for the next 10 days or so.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

17 September 2008

It's Electric

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Cone Day! All cones are only $2.08 today (regularly $2.77) when you ask for the special today.

We now have our PB2 back in stock! We've gotten a full load in today so we have plenty for the weekend.


GM announced its newest car yesterday at its 100 anniversary celebration. The Chevrolet Volt is going to probably end up being on of the most talked about cars over the next two years. Scheduled for a 2010 production date, it will have time to become a household name. Already, there has been much anticipation about the project.

At first look, I think that the car has a nice overall design. Although, the design does appear to follow the recent models from the Japanese automobile industry. It is supposed to be the most areodynamic car that GM has ever designed. It will be interesting to see what people think of the looks since it does not even resemble the concept version.

Still, the ability to go 40 miles without gas is pretty neat. I think that they could have done more if GM had not been so short sighted and killed the EV1 project. Nevertheless, it will be nice to have the option in the future to get a car of this sort. Moreover, Toyota has announced that they are working to bring their own version of battery powered car to the market by 2010 or 2011. This means that there will be competition in the market and that is a good thing for everyone.

Quiz Day: The Umbrella Test




What Your Blue Umbrella Says About You



When faced with adversity, you can be counted on.

You rise to the occasion when things are tough, and you are very dependable.



You are cool and laid back. Everyone finds you easy to get along with.

You are a good communicator and conversationalist. People pour their hearts out to you.



On a rainy day: you should spend the day catching up with your closest friends

16 September 2008

Know the Score

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In our continuing effort to trim down our possessions and organize our home, Erica did some cleaning around the apartment this last weekend. She did a fantastic job. Admit ably, she is a much better organizer than I am when it comes to paperwork, books, and boxes. I tend to go through things and then, after sorting out what is not needed, put things into general boxes. Since I almost always remember where I put them, this is not usually a problem. My wife, on the other hand, is a one who like to label. This is by far a superior method.

I would say that we are now only one trip to Goodwill away from cleaning out must of the unneeded or underused items in the house. The only other things that we need to do is sell the couch and the chair to free up more room, and we've got to take our old cell phones to a donation center. After a few months of elimination, we've gotten to the point where we could easily move into a one bedroom with a study.

If it was not for my large collection of memorabilia, we would have a lot more room. Easily one full closet is taken up by my collection of baseball cards, comic books, PEZ dispensers, and other oddball items from my youth. I like to call it the college fund closet. Nevertheless, I think that we've done a fairly good job.

15 September 2008

Beautiful Days

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Get your Sierra deLite bars for only $3.25 today (regularly $4.50) when you ask for today's special. This yummy treat has chocolate and nuts all rolled into a portable 2"x4" serving. Great for anyone who is on the go.


If you have ever wondered what my perfect fall weather day is, then today would be a good answer. A day that does not get too warm and has a nice cooler evening is a true gift. While it is true that I also love the colder weather during the winter, I can very much appreciate the days like today when they come during the fall or the spring. It is even a better gift when we get one during the tail end of the summer, especially when we get a whole week of them to close out the summer.

One thing that I find interesting about any ranking system that relies on votes is that winning is not everything. The University of Georgia has proved that in the AP poll the last two weeks. While the Bulldogs started out this year ranked at number one, they fell to number two after their second win of the year and have now fallen to number three after their third victory. While undefeated, the voters have been, thus far, more impressed with the other undefeated teams around the nation. Sometimes a win is just not enough.

On the other hand, the folks at Notre Dame have to be extremely happy with their first 2-0 start in a while. The defeat of their arch rival Michigan no doubt sweetened the pot. With their second victory of the season, I now have three of my teams starting out 2-0 or better this year. I just hope that the unscheduled off week for Texas doesn't get them out of their rhythm.

13 September 2008

18000

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It looks like the wind and rain that pounded our neighbors to the south is making its way up north today compliments of our friend Ike. While today and part of tomorrow should see some heavy rains and winds, the start of the week looks like it is going to bring us some traditional fall weather. We're even in for some evening where we make it into the upper 50's! :)

While we enjoy the benefit of Ike's aftermath with good weather, the residents in Southeast Texas will be cleaning up for weeks to come. Thankfully, it was not as bad as it could have been. Nevertheless, the devastation was significant. Currently, there is a large search and rescue operation that is underway. Of course, the clean up will take weeks.

12 September 2008

It's a Gas

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Green Tip: Around 17% of the cars on the road have gas caps that need attention, and the evaporation from the tanks for those autos accounts for 147 million gallons of wasted gas a year. If the gas cap on your car is damaged, loose, or missing, take time to visit the auto parts store and fix it. Evaporation wastes gas and adds to air pollution. [This fact brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

Happy Birthday Wishes to Benjamin Scott Folds. Ben Folds is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriter and is one of the best musicians at live performances. Starting out as the front man for Ben Folds Five, he has since gone solo with his mix of piano driven songs that always gets the crowd on their feet. If you haven't seen him live, check out his show. He's coming through Dallas in the next month or so.

11 September 2008

Seven

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Parfait Day! Get one of the favorite treats in the store today for only $2.99 when you ask for the special (regularly $3.99).

The bagels, pita and English Muffins have arrived. We have received a fresh shipment in of all varieties (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10).

Tomorrow, we start our creme pie weekend where all of our creme pies are on sale for only $14.99 (regularly $19.99). Call us at 972.644.2000 to place an order for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (Creme Pies: Chocolate, Vanilla, Coconut, Cappuccino, Lemon, and Strawberry.)


I had a conversation with the UPS man today about 9/11. I mentioned that it seemed like more that 7 years to me. He said that it seemed like much less to him. It's interesting to me, the difference in perceptions. When 9/11 happened, I had just graduated college the previous year and was trying to figure out what to do with my life.

While I have a feeling that the figuring out what to do part might be a continual quest, certain pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. Since that time seven years ago, I've became the manager of a small and successful business, married the most beautiful women in the world, joined a wonderful church, made new friends and lost some old ones, and maybe have gotten a few other things figured out along the way. The point that I made to the driver is that, with 7 years constituting just over 23% of my life, there has been a lot of change that makes that time seem like a great distance.

His counter was that, being older, it seemed like much less of a time period between the tragedy and today. Either way you look at the time issue, the fact will remain that the day will always be one of those that you have a crystal clear memory of if you were old enough to remember it in the first place. It is one of those pivotal moments in our nation's history and has shaped our nation and each of us as individuals in one way or another.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

10 September 2008

Mouse in the House

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Things that you don't expect to wake up to at 6:50 in the morning: "Buddy [the cat] caught a mouse...And, he's eating it."

After going to bed later than normal, it was not exactly how I wanted to awake. But, it was not lacking an element of humor. It seems that the cat, which I often, freely and accurately, refer to as dopey and lazy, has a little real cat in him after all. We started to notice him acting weirder than normal about a week and a half ago in the kitchen. He was guarding the door periodically and darting his eyes back and forth to the area underneath the stove and dishwasher.

To be completely honest, we both thought it was just the cat being weird. Have I mentioned that he's not the brightest? At no point and time did we actually hear any noise coming from the kitchen, so we figured that it might just be a little lizard since those occasionally sneak in to the apartment. We were both surprised to find out that it was something else completely.

Buddy, proud of his successful hunt, stood over his prize like a regal but wild cat. It was unexpected enough that he caught this little field mouse; however, it was even more unexpected to find out that the cat that refuses to eat canned tuna and canned chicken, opting instead only for the water within the can, knew to start eating the animal after the kill. So, at about 6:55 AM this morning, after recovering from the shock that our cat had some cat in him, I cleaned up the decapitated mouse from our foyer and disposed of it. At 7:05 AM, I went back to bed.

Now that the conventions are over, I thought that I would do a little non-scientific polling for the election. You've had a chance to look at both the candidates, so now we'll let Blog Things tell you who to vote for in 2008.

Quiz Day: Should You Vote for Obama or McCain?




Your Issue Profile: 52% Obama, 48% McCain



Truth be told, you're not really satisfied with either of the candidates.
You could vote for either of them. You are the typical coveted swing voter.

You may want to narrow yourself down to a particular set of issues in order to pick your president. Or, start looking at third party candidates. One of them might suit you better.

Tell me again why there is not a viable third party?

09 September 2008

Light Rain

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The blog is up a little late today. I had something that I had to take care of today that put me behind schedule. We'll call it a rain delay. Speaking of the rain, I'm glad that we're finally seeing a good spurt of it over the last few weeks. The weather has been very nice as of late. Nevertheless, I'm ready for some cooler evenings. One bad thing about the cooler days and mild evenings is that the AC does not kick on much during the evening. So, while it is not warm, it is a bit stagnate. Heck, I'm just ready for the cold weather.

08 September 2008

Big Weekend, Good Find

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Shake Day! All yogurt shakes are $3.69 today when you ask for the special (regularly $3.93-$4.62).


What a weekend in sports. There was a collective moan from much of the fantasy football world yesterday as Tom Brady went down with what could be a season ending injury. There was a great cheer in Dallas as the Cowboys dominated the Cleveland Browns in their season opener. The world of college football saw more upsets and has had some familiar faces return to top 25 status with the top 10 slots moving around quite a bit.

There was, of course, also baseball. Coming up on the closing three weeks, there are 5 of the six divisions still up for grabs. Four of the five are still highly competitive. Moreover, the Wild Card race could provide some excitement as well, but these look to be less of a race than the divisions themselves. Short of a miracle, the Yankees and the Cardinals appear to be out of the hunt. :(

Sports was not the only thing making waves in the news this weekend. There were a couple of hurricanes to keep track of in the Atlantic. There was the government bail out of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. And, there was the report of new poll numbers after the GOP convention. About the later, I heard of this blog on NPR yesterday called FiveThirtyEight.com. If you are a political junkie like me, then it is a must view site. I've also added a link to the site on the under the Enlightening Location section.

06 September 2008

An Odd Shower

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Butter Pecan, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Candy Cane.

Yogurt Special: Buy 1, get 1 free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one per customer, excludes XL).

Tomorrow's Special: Coke floats are $2.99 all day long (regularly $4.62).


I've got an interesting day tomorrow. After church, I'm going to a guys shower for one of the men in our Sunday School class. He and his wife had a baby girl last month. The theme of the shower is guys gifts for a baby girl. An interesting premise should make for some interesting gifts. I think that my gift, despite the fact that I am pretty sure the family is a football family, will be something to do with baseball. Perhaps a nice glove, ball, and hat combination for a small child.

This will end up being a long afternoon since I know it will break down into a game day with the NFL season starting in full tomorrow. I rarely watch professional football, but I guess I'll stick around for at least half the game. Besides, the best time to watch a game is with a bunch of other people. It seems to make the experience more enjoyable.

What has been very enjoyable is the weather. I think that the weather has finally changed for the good. We're still going to have some warm days, but the heat seems to have been beaten back for the remainder of the year. The mornings and the evenings are starting to get cooler. The AC is thankful.

05 September 2008

The Race Begins

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Butter Pecan, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Banana Cheesecake.

Sale Rack Day! Get 50% off the lowest marked price on all items on the sale rack (lowest two shelves on the back of the white rack). Find some great deals on chocolates and candies.

The bagels, pita and English Muffins have arrived. We have received a fresh shipment in of all varieties (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10).


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John McCain gave his acceptance speech last night at the close of the GOP Convention among roars from the crowd and, at times, protesters. In a setting that was designed to mimic the town hall style of delivery at which he excels, he gave the biggest speech of his political career. It seems that most of the points hit well with the base, however, there were exceptions. The exceptions were the most interesting parts.

Happy Birthday Wishes to George Robert "Bob" Newhart. Perhaps known best for the Bob Newhart Show in the 70's and Newhart in 80's, he is a life long comedian who has been in television since the beginning of the 1960's. He has also done film work and commercials as well.

Clearly, I forgot to post a comic on yesterday's entry. I got to caught up in hunting down the video. I've corrected that now for anyone that reads them.

04 September 2008

Painted Black

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Butter Pecan, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Banana Cheesecake.

Brownie Special: Buy any 2 brownies for 5 dollars today. (Limit 4)

Bagels and Pita will not be in until tomorrow because of the Labor Day weekend.


Last night, the world got its formal introduction to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. A speech that had its moments of humor and traditional red meat, also defined her upcoming role in the election. It seems as if she will play the standard role of the VP candidate, the attack dog. It will be interesting to see how this plays with the general electorate, but I know it played well to the base of the party.

One of the funnest moments of the speech had to be when the camera focused in on Palin's youngest daughter Piper who was holding the youngest son Trig. Piper must have thought that Trig's hair was not quite right because she started to fix it by running her hand over his head. This, however, did not work to her satisfaction. She then proceeded to lick her entire hand and comb over his hair with her palm. I've got to admit that Mrs. Palin lost my wife and me for a few minutes as we laughed our way through the innocence of the moment. (Video Link)

If you watched the speech last night and you would like to share your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

03 September 2008

Alarmed Cat

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate Malt, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Banana Cheesecake.

Cone Day! All yogurt cones are only $2.08 today (regularly $2.77) when you ask for the cone day special price.

We now have all five varieties of the Kitchen Table Baker's Crackers on hand. (Everything, Rosemary, Jalapeno, Sesame, and Aged Parmesan)


I'm not really an animal person. I did, however, happen to marry into a cat household which, I'll admit, does make for some interesting moments. Last night, as the wind blew through Dallas, was one of those moments.

I know that animals are more sensitive than we are. Wilson, the cat, had already been freaking out because of the high winds, but when we opened up the windows both upstairs and downstairs, we got to enjoy the show of him sitting in the middle of the living room alternatively sniffing in the direction of each window and then looking at us as if we had some control over the situation.

Later in the evening, he came slinking through the living room with his weird low level freaked out meow and plopped down between the sofa and the coffee table as if to seek shelter from the storm. It always makes me wonder if the weather is worse than what I think it is when an animal is acting that weird. Of course, it could just be that the cat is just plain weird. It is after all the same animal that meows along with the alarm clocks in the morning like a dog.

Quiz Day: The Back to School Test




What Your Back to School Personality Says About You



You are fairly driven, but the big win always seems a bit beyond your reach. You lack intense passion.

You are most likely to succeed if you are working with other talented people. You thrive on a team.

Your greatest skill is making something out of nothing. You don't need much to feel inspired.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is learning how to break out on your own. You still listen to authority figures too much.

The number one thing you're thankful is that you're you.. seriously!

02 September 2008

Lazy Labor Day

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pistachio, Chocolate Malt, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Banana Cheesecake.

Pasta Sale! All Carbo-Nada pastas are on sale for $3.99 each (regularly $4.99) when you ask for the special. (Limit 4)

Please remember that, because of the Labor Day holiday, the bagels and pitas will not be in until Friday this week. If you need some in the meantime, we've got them.

Also, you might have noticed that the Thanksgiving form was posted yesterday. We are now taking orders for Thanksgiving 2008. And, there is a coupon for prepaid pre-orders for the month of September.


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. I certainly did enjoy my time off from work. Erica and I got to go out to Tokyo One for a little sushi with our friends. After eating a bit of sushi, we did some lite shopping and then headed home to ride out the rest of the day relaxing on the couch.

Since we had finished the Doctor Who series we were watching, we put in Cowboy Bebop to continue where we had left off. This is one of my absolute favorite anime shows of all time. I find it hard to believe that it is 10 years old now. We finished off the second disc which leaves us four more. I getting excited about some of the up coming episodes.

Of course, the big news of the weekend was that New Orleans still stands. Hurricane Gustav huffed and puffed and did a bit of damage, but it came in at a Category 2 and missed a direct hit on the city. The good news for us is that the storm system form Gustav is supposed to bring us some rain and cooler temperatures tomorrow. While the cooler temperatures might not be long lived, the rest of the 10 day forecast seems to have the highs in the very low 90's. Bring on the fall weather.

01 September 2008

Labor Day!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Malt, Boysenberry, and Banana Cheesecake.

Happy Labor Day! We are open from 12 PM to 6 PM today.

September Calendar: (click to enlarge and print)



September Coupons: (click to enlarge and print)



Thanksgiving 2008 Order Form: (click to enlarge and print)