Like when I forget to give the day’s post a title.
Another Failed Trivia Night. Hey At Least I Won A Hockey Ticket
Last night I joined the crowd for trivia at Decatur’s Zucca Pizzeria. (side note: It’s wise to order pizza/calzone as such an establishment. Ordering the hamburger, even if it’s called an “Italian” hamburger with mozzarella and tomato sauce is not a great idea. Trust me.)
Another side note. Do you know the only word in the English language which has three consecutive repeating letters? I’ve put the answer at the end of this post.
Our team was charging along through the first half of the event. However in round three we hit a virtual brick wall — question after question stumped us.
At one point the night’s host asked a question, outside of the competition, whose prize was free Atlanta Thrashers tickets. Our team answered the question closely enough to score two tickets, one of which I claimed (I did provide the answer we submitted.)
Unfortunately my good luck did not signal a turn-around for our team as we failed to finish in the money.
When In Need Of Something Special, Avoid Decatur’s Kroger
I’ve resided in this part of the world long enough to remember when the little Kroger was once a Harris Teeter. After trivia I decided to pay the little Kroger a visit in order to pick up the items I needed for today’s potluck lunch at work and in the process avoid the ridiculously annoying Kroger in Edgewood Retail District.
Of course because this is a “little” Kroger it didn’t have a wide selection of items, including larger bags of frozen meatballs. It was off to the ERD to fight the shelf-stockers and and annoying patrons. At least I got the things I needed.
ITP Flickr Pic
This section is kept in the blog to remind me that I need to shoot.
RealiTV Update : Top Chef — The Fix Is In
For many weeks I’ve contended that the Final Four for this season’s Top Chef was going to be the Volt brothers, Kevin, and Jennifer. These four seemed to have skill at a level one or more notches higher than the rest.
I didn’t think that Robin’s dish was the worst one last week (although I was not upset to see her leave); It was just her turn to go. I didn’t think that Eli’s dish was the worst one last night; it was just his turn to go.
Last night was all about the proteins and the fancy presentations. For the QuickFire Challenge the cheftestants had to create a dish that was a protein, inside a protein, inside a protein. Jennifer took the contest and with it gained an extra thirty minutes for the night’s Elimination Challenge.
For the Elimination Challenge the cheftestants had to prepare their version of some fancy-pants “Olympics of French Cooking” competition of which I’ve never heard. Atlanta’s Kevin Gillespie decided to keep his food less complex than his fellow cheftestants and produces well-prepared food instead (it is still about the taste, right?). For his decision he received much derision. However, when push came to shove Kevin’s superb preparation over fancy presentation won the night. With his victory Gillespie also won $30,000 (hopefully to be invested, at least in part, in Woodfire Grill) and the chance to become a team member of the next US team to perform in the fancy-pants olympics.
The four remaining cheftestants will now compete in Napa Valley where we’ve been teased with new hairstyles, a potentially “showing” Padma, and some high-fallutin’ chefery. I know that I can’t wait!
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “net@night” podcast
Website Of The Day – I can’t believe that I’ve never recommended PriceGrabber in this space. PriceGrabber is a great site for seeing what many sites are charging for a given item.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Foot Mileage – 4.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 4, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August, September, or October)
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
TRIVIA ANSWER: “Bookkeeper” Technically variants of this such as “bookkeeping” are also valid English words, so I guess it’s not really the only one.