McDonald’s New Bacon Clubhouse Burger Judged, Found…

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 14:11 | Category : Life, Other Stuff
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no better than their other burgers, unfortunately. It amazes me how a chain that is synonymous with “burger” has such terrible hamburgers. The basic single hamburger is the best burger on their menu, and that’s because it’s that one with the least burger to it. I can only think of one place where I’ve had a worse hamburger, and that was years ago at a small local chain in south Mississippi which shall remain nameless. I thought maybe McDonald’s had gotten a clue with this:

McDonalds Bacon Clubhouse Burger

I mean, it looks pretty decent, right? Look at the fresh lettuce, those crisp strips of bacon, that glistening gourmet bun!! But alas, the reality was a big hunk of tasteless tomato, limp lettuce, limper bacon, and a bun that was just thicker bread than their normal bun. And a slab of that industrial-tasting McDonald’s beef-like substance. At least the fries were good.

The Tree Spirits of St. Simon’s Island

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 14:10 | Category : Other Stuff, Photography, Southern Stuff
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St. Simon’s Island is one of those lesser-known gems of the southeast United States. It sits about an hour north of Jacksonville, beside Brunswick, Georgia. It’s a beautiful little island community that has somehow escaped the overbuilding and commercialism that has afflicted places like Gulf Shores, Alabama. It has a nice white beach, although much of it gets submerged during high tide, and hundreds of live oaks that cover the island. And on some of these live oaks, you can find faces carved into knots on the trunk. Local sculptor Keith Jennings is the responsible party, carving his first spirit in 1982 when, as he says, he had “too much time and too little money”. This was his first spirit:

It doesn’t look like anything now, because the tree has, as Jennings puts it, “reclaimed” the spirit. This and his second spirit were in the yard of the house where he lived then. Here’s the second spirit, now being reclaimed by the tree:

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Battle Of The Post-Apocalyptic Survivor Groups

Monday, 22 April 2013, 15:54 | Category : Other Stuff
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I’m one of many (12 million+) who love “The Walking Dead”. I’m also one of the much smaller group (about 6 million) that also watches “Revolution”. Both post-apocalyptic dramas, one features civilization’s end brought on by zombies brought to life by a mysterious virus, the other brought on by electricity stopping due to an even more mysterious cause. And each primarily follows the efforts of one band of survivors trying to make a go of it. In each case, we eventually find that the obvious obstacle to survival (zombies, electricity not working) isn’t the real villain. But I started wondering – what would happen if these two groups faced off?  Let’s compare and contrast:

The Walking Dead features a group of survivors from diverse backgrounds, fighting to stay alive in a world where much (most?) of humanity has been killed or turned into zombies by a mysterious virus. The leader of the group is Rick, a former sheriff (or deputy, I forget) who has slowly changed from a law-abiding, upstanding citizen to a hard-hearted, sometimes delusional man whose son is even more cold-blooded. He leads an eclectic group that includes his son, who is not yet a teenager, a young Asian man, a country vet and his two daughters, a survivalist (Daryl) whose favored weapon is a crossbow, and a mysterious African-American woman. There were other main characters – Rick’s wife, the survivalist’s bigoted brother, others – but they were killed off as the show progressed. You can’t afford to get too attached to characters in The Walking Dead. They’ve been in various stages of “on the run” for three seasons now, although season two had them sheltered at the country vet’s farm for a while, until the zombies arrived again, and season three had the ensconced in an abandoned prison, threatened as much by another group of survivors as by zombies. One thing about the group in TWD – they look like they’ve been on the run in a world where civilization has collapsed. They look like they haven’t had a shower in months, nor a change of clothes. It’s a grimy, grungy bunch of folks.

Revolution likewise is set in a world where civilization has collapsed. In this case, all electricity and electronic technology has stopped working. The time lapse is longer – it seems to have happened several years previous – but the world still seems to have many fewer people in it. There’s a small band of survivors who are seeking – something. Honestly, I’m not sure what they’re after. Maybe it’s to find a secret device that started the whole mess. The group is led by a young woman (Charlie) and her uncle Miles, who in this show is something of the counterpart to TWD’s Rick – although his past is mysterious, he has a military background, compared to Rick’s law enforcement. In Revolution, the opposition isn’t zombies, though – it’s the militia, who have established an apparently despotic reign over the United States, or part of the United States, or something – they are headquartered in Philadelphia. The survivors in Revolution also have a crossbow! Charlie wields it, although her crossbow is not nearly so impressive as Daryl’s in TWD. And here’s another difference – the group in Revolution always looks like they just stepped out of the mall. Always dressed nicely, always clean and coiffed. It’s amazing how, in a world without electricity, they can always look so good.

So, if they faced off, what would happen? No doubt in my mind. It would be over in short order, and the Walking Dead gang would still be out there fighting zombies. The ex-military guy from Revolution would give them a little trouble, but he’s nothing they haven’t dealt with, while the Revolution crew haven’t seen anything like the bunch from TWD. Plus, as I said, the TWD crossbow is way cooler.

On A Side Note…

Monday, 21 February 2011, 11:26 | Category : Life, Other Stuff
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My nephew and his fiance successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last week, reaching the summit Saturday. Go Tyler!

Carrying the Mail

Friday, 1 October 2010, 15:43 | Category : Other Stuff
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USUS small truck

Reading about yesterday’s action by the Postal Regulatory Agency, wherein they denied the postal service’s request to raise first-class rates from 44 cents to 46 cents, I started thinking that the post office is, and has been, getting a bad rap. When you step back from all the complaints, her’s what you see:

For 44 cents, you can hand the post office a letter and have them take that letter for you anywhere in the United States, and in a couple of days, they’ll deliver it for you. Anywhere in the country. That’s not a bad deal. In fact, it’s a pretty damn good deal. And this from an agency whose competitors – FedEx and UPS, mainly – have been allowed to cherry-pick the most lucrative delivery categories for themselves.

I don’t drink coffee, but on rare occasions I’ve picked up a coffee-type drink for someone (I say “coffee-type”, because honestly I don’t know what else you would call the lattes and grandes and cappucinos that people drink now. Some people even still drink just plain “coffee”). It amazes me that they’ll pay $4, $5, $6 (or more) for one of those drinks every day. And then complain that mailing a letter is too expensive. In this day of email and Facebook and text messaging, sometimes you just need (or want) to send a letter. If it were up to me, I’d say make it an even 50 cents for first class postage. No need to mess with pennies, and they could use the extra money.