Once again I overslept and my required presence on an 8am conference call kept me off the trainer this morning. I need to start riding again as I need to prepare for BRAG Spring Tune Up in about three weeks!
Having Issues With Apple And AT&T
Yesterday Apple cleverly figured out a way to force me to update to El Capitan, their latest operating system that was released last year. I updated my iOS devices (iPhones, iPads) to iOS 9.3. In order to communicate with these devices using Xcode, Apple’s software development environment, I had to update to Xcode to version 7.3. It turns out that Xcode 7.3 is incompatible with Yosemite, Apple’s operating system preceding El Capitan, so in essence I was forced to update to El Capitan. So far, so good.
When surfing the internet, specifically sites like YouTube, at home I experience annoyingly slow data transfer. It’s gotten so bad that I rarely attempt to watch a YouTube video at home because I’ll experience the same sort of “buffering” delays I used to see on dialup modems in the 1990s. I won’t be surprised that if some day I read an article about a class action lawsuit against AT&T because someone figured out that they are discriminating against certain network traffic. If Google Fiber would make its way inside the perimeter I’d gladly switch, but until then I should probably contact AT&T and bitch to them directly.
It’s a damn good thing that I rarely get hungry because if I did last night I would have been hangry. I arrived at Venkman’s at about 8:15pm for my 8:30pm reservation and was informed that the Carapace show was running late and that I wouldn’t be seated until at least 8:45pm. I was finally seated at 9:00pm and ordered a late dinner.
I ordered the pastrami on rye sandwich, which came with french fries, as well as a side of chanterelle mushrooms served on yellow grits.
The food was good, but not stellar. First, for $13 I want more pastrami on my sandwich than just a couple of slices dammit! I don’t expect a mountain of meat a la Katz’ Deli in New York, here’s a Google Image Search if you’ve never been lucky enough to eat at Katz’, but I do expect to see the meat! The fries were plentiful and perfectly cooked, but I had to wait to eat them because I had to request ketchup. The grits were a complete disappointment; served scantly topped with mushrooms the grits were, um, gritty. Perhaps it was the larger grind (milling?) of these grits, but to me they seemed undercooked. And when I requested ketchup I also had to request a spoon for my grits. I may be a Northerner who knows little about eating grits, but it’s normally done with a spoon, right?
With the exception of the inevitable chattiness occurring around me the Jazz Jam was a success. The Jazz Jam is a weekly jam session organized by trumpeter Joe Gransden. During the entire night new musicians came on stage and played whatever instrument he/she had brought along. A few times singers joined the band and would belt out a tune.
Would I return? Absolutely, but unless the food improves I shan’t be waiting until 9pm to eat again in the future. Next time I need to figure out a way to get a table closer to the stage, for as a singleton I was sat at the two-top furthest away from the stage.
I’m Gonna Wash That Dirt Right Outta My Clothes
Don’t recall when the last time I did laundry, but I know that tonight I will be making an appearance at the lavanderia. I’ll most likely cap my night off with dinner at Pollo Norteño as well.