Oh February 29th, it’s good to see you again even if I cannot make it out to a Leap Year Day Hash today.
A factoid that you may not know about me is that at one point in my life I considered becoming an architect. Thankfully for all involved my hands and patience would never allow me to construct the models necessary to to become an architect, so I never pursued the career.
On Friday night I attended a lecture at the Goethe Zentrum given by a contemporary German architect. I found his work fascinating, and thankfully for me the lecture was spoken in English.
Though still not well enough I have tried to up my German game by listening to, and barely understanding, a German news radio station.
Practice, practice, practice…
Saturday Night RAW
I finally used my Scoutmob for Radial on Saturday night. When I arrived a little before 8pm the place was packed, and the staff overwhelmed. I was prepared to wait for a table but there was a single opening at the bar so I was able to be seated immediately.
Perhaps I should have waited for things to slow down.
At first there was confusion if one person could use a coupon for a dinner for two. I assured them that I was not trying to game the system, and after speaking with the manager we decided that I should take an entree home with me. I will explain why this is an important detail in a bit.
The $30 coupon afforded me:
- one appetizer
- two entrees
- two alcoholic drinks (of which I allowed myself one)
- one dessert
Given that I’d cycled that morning I was okay with eating a large dinner.
I ordered the “Bacon & Eggs” appetizer; four deviled eggs (halves) and four bacon-wrapped dates. This was the highlight of the meal. The eggs could have used a little more seasoning, but the bacon-wrapped dates were divine.
My one beer for the night was an Ode to Mercy from Wild Heaven.
After my appetizer I ordered a hamburger, cooked medium, and a chorizo-something casserole as my side. The entree appeared after some time and given that the burger appeared large, I cut it in half. It’s a good thing for me that I did, because the center was completely raw. [insert exasperated Gordon Ramsay look here] I flagged down the manager I sent it back. When a new burger arrived I cut it in half again and was pleased to see it cooked thoroughly. Whatever my casserole consisted of appeared to be little more than a brown glop baked in a ramekin — it was not very appetizing to either look at or eat.
Prior to ordering dessert I put in an order for fried chicken with mashed potatoes and corn soufflé to go.
Then I ordered the caramel spice cake and coffee for dessert. Upon arrive the spice cake looked great, however it was insufferably dry and very much needed the coffee, for which I had to ask a second time.
I wound up eating the fried chicken dinner I took home with me for lunch yesterday and was none-to-impressed with it either.
I’ll give the kitchen staff a bit of leeway because I clearly saw how slammed the place was all night long, but I shan’t be going back for dinner any time soon.
Why was the second entree so important? Turns out the way the Scoutmob coupon worked was that the entire meal is tallied, then the cost of the appetizer, entrees, drinks, and dessert are removed. However, the automatically-added 18% tip is calculated on the entire cost of the meal. So without a second entree the total would have been at least $15 less, reducing the mandatory tip. I still added a few extra bucks to my tip because I always tip 20% unless I receive horrible service.
So Close To Finishing TAR 4
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I managed to put in ninety minutes on the trainer. I’ve given myself a pass today. In doing so I’ve watched almost the entirety of Season 4 of The Amazing Race. I am down to the final two episodes of that season, and am curious to see who the winners were.
Preparing To Be Carless
No matter what the cost of my stupidity two weeks ago winds up being (I’ll find out on Wednesday) I am getting myself mentally prepared to be without a car for a while; the duration of this condition determined by the extent of the repairs needed. The only exception to this will be if I am still carless for the weekend of March 11th-13th, for which I have plans and will rent a car if necessary.
Why do this to myself? To punish myself of course! Oh, and to save some money.
If the weather cooperates I may even attempt to cycle to/from the office again! Whoa… Maybe all of this trainer time will pay off sooner rather than later.
Additionally I am going to attempt to sell things that are cluttering up my house on eBay in an attempt to recoup the cost of the repairs.
I might make good from bad out of this after all!
Hope your weekend was fantastic.