May 2009 Archives

Those of you familiar with TMI Thursday know that Lilu gets this train rolling here.  As she says,  "Join us all in humiliating the crap out of yourself every Thursday by sharing some completely tasteless, wholly unclassy, 'how many readers can I estrange THIS week??' TMI story about your life. Or hell, about someone else's!"

As you have read here before, I used to work at CVS. We once opened a brand new store in Maryland.  The key in retail when opening a new store is to hire as many people that appeared qualified, then the cream of the crop usually rises to the top.  We fired some people quick, like the guy who slept on the job, when he should have been watching out for fires (sprinklers not yet installed), and the kid who stole products from us before the store was open for business.  But we did keep some, including a hispanic woman in her late 30's.  We'll call her M.  M had 2 kids, I think. Her oldest was at the time, a 17 year old daughter we'll call D.

After a few months the store was open, we hired D as well.  D was hot.  All the guys working at the store, most of whom were high school kids, wanted to go out with her.  I was a college senior, and will admit she was attractive.  I was trying to go out with college women, not high school girls, so she wasn't on my radar.

However, apparently I was on hers.  One day, so came into work and checked in at the office, like she normally does.  I was in there doing some paperwork.

D: Want to go dancing tonight after work?
Me: <stammers> Uh, um, uh!
D: I know this great club.
Me: <now composed> No thanks.
D: <walking out the door> You're cute!
Me: <red faced and totally embarrassed>

There is a reason I was stammering and then embarrassed.  More on that in a minute.  The next day, M came up to me.

M: Why won't you go out with D?
Me: Nothing personal, but....
M: <cuts me off> Don't you find her attractive?

You are probably thinking what's wrong with you BMT?  Aren't you a man? A woman and her mother are pushing her on you.  Why are you telling me this boring story?

Me: Yes, but...SHE'S PREGNANT!

To clarify, D was pregnant, showing, and no, I was not the father.  Not a chance, because we were never together.  When I mean showing, it wasn't like she put on weight.  She was really showing.  I have nothing against pregnant women except I don't like to date them while they are pregnant with someone else's kid.

It didn't take long for me to figure it out.  D's baby daddy had left her and wanted nothing to do with the kid.  She was looking for a replacement.  Flattered as I might be, I don't need instant family.  Mom decided to try to help fill that void by trying to coax me into dating D.  Weeks later, D went out on maternity leave and I was transferred to another store (Whew!).  Never saw either of them again.

Maybe I should have named this "TMI Thursday: A Date Men Don't Want".

I was never really a fan of Green Day.  OK, so "When I Come Around" on Dookie was a pretty good single 15 years ago.  Then American Idiot was released in 2004.  That put Green Day in a whole new light for me.  American Idiot hit all the right notes, with great songs thoughout the album.

21st Century Breakdown, in contrast, is a mixed bag.  Don't get me wrong, the album is good and true Green Day fans will appreciate it.  But after the American Idiot, I expected another leap.  The new album breaks no ground for Green Day.  It's Green Day.  There are hits on it.  I bought the Deluxe edition off iTunes.  "Last of the American Girls" has a pretty good beat to it.  "Know Your Enemy" feels much like all of American Idiot with it's pace.  Good reason it was picked as the pre-release single.  On the Deluxe Edition, it comes with "Like a Rolling Stone", which is kind of a slow pop ballad.  It was good and still distinctly Green Day in sound, but not exactly all there.  And that's just the problem.

21st Century Breakdown sounds like Green Day, but isn't any different from any other Green Day.  If you are a Green Day fan, you'll probably want to buy it.  If you are a casual fan, like me, you might like it, but it's no American Idiot.  Buy it here on Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (Deluxe Version)' or use the Amazon link above.

IMG00034-20090328-2113.jpgWhen you think of subs you think of Domino's Pizza right?  For months, I've seen the commercials on TV, most notably during sporting events.  Then I needed the appropriate moment to actually try this.  We have also considered the Pizza Hut pasta and that was tested as well.  More on that later.

So The Sports Freak and I tried them.  And you know what?  Not bad.  We ordered the Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Parm, and Chicken Bacon Ranch.  There was consideration for the Veggie, but why would you?  633 calories compared to the Philly Cheese Steak at 695.

The subs were delivered to us and they were still pretty warm.  We each tried half of each sub, but probably only got through one whole sub plus a bit each.  The Philly Cheese Steak was passable.  Not as good as the real deal from Philadelphia, but better than many of the area cheese steak makers.  Only possible lack in this was the amount of steak.  I was surprised it turned out so well.

Chicken Parm was as expected.  It can be screwed up, but it wasn't by Domino's.  The chicken and sauce were flavorful and in the right balance.  Not too much, not too little.  The cheese was fine

The trailer for the group was Chicken Bacon Ranch.  We ordered it without the ranch.  I prefer ranch in my salad, not on my sandwich.  It was kind of a throw-in because Domino's was offfering a 3 for deal.  We could have gotten pizza, but opted against that.  While it wasn't bad, I think the bacon could have been more crisp.  The chicken seemed to work less well than in the Chicken Parm.

All three subs delivered on the oven toasted bread.  Not overdone to become a rock, but enough to keep the ingredients in and not spill out.  For fast/delivery food, I generally rate it only "re-orderable" or never again.  These fall in the "re-orderable" category.

The Pizza Hut Pasta on the other hand, "never again".  Like the blockbuster movie, maybe it's the hype and it wasn't really that bad.  But if you are going to sell the pasta that can fool Italians, it better deliver in taste.  It didn't.  On a different day, the Sports Freak and I ordered the Lasagna and something else.  Honestly can't remember the other one.  Maybe it was the Chicken Alfredo?  In any case, Chef Boyardee might give them a run for their money.  What does Pizza Hut have going for them?  It comes hot.  OK, maybe I was harsh, but marketing it as it fools Italians, must mean they have no taste buds.  Pass on these if you ever feel the need and make a simple pasta yourself at home.  More satisfying and probably lower in sodium as I felt like I needed a gallon of water after that meal.

Time to get my geek on.  Yes, this is a review of Star Trek the movie.  JJ Abrams reboot of the franchise is a success.  Whether you are a long time fan of Star Trek or ask why that dude has pointy ears, you'll be entertained by the movie.  You'll also be entertained by the follow up movies that I'm sure are coming.  I was disappointed that no one was dressed up for the movie.  But one of the people I was watching with the movie said "Those people probably caught it last night (Thursday)".  She's right.  The full review and some spoilers can be found once you jump to the whole entry.  If you don't want to be spoiled, stop here.

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