serendipitous reflections

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

McDonald's letdown

I know it's a shocker, but we went to McDonald's and were very disappointed by our food. We were coming back from Boo at the Zoo with Gracie and Clara Ann and they were starving so a Happy Meal seemed to be the perfect fix. They enjoyed a portion of their Happy Meals, but our food was less than good. Here's the message I sent to McDonald's through their website. (I figured there's no point in contacting the store...)

I drove through this McDonald's with my wife and our god daughters following Boo at the Zoo. They wanted a McNugget Happy Meal, so I decided to get some McNuggets too and my wife ordered a cheeseburger with no onions, add extra pickles. The Happy Meals were passable for the girl (they're 6 and 3, they don't know better), but I did not get the sauce I requested, so my McNuggets were dry, flavorless and barely edible. My wife's cheeseburger was loaded with onions, the cheese was half-off the burger and there were no pickles. The fries were cold and limp -- appearing uncooked -- so we didn't eat those. I did at least notice that we had no straws before leaving the parking lot, so I ran in and got us straws. Sadly, the only acceptable part of our "value" meal was the drink, which I could get anywhere. It's less a matter of the quality of the food, than the quality of the encounter. Clearly the customer's satisfaction is not a factor when so many requests go unaddressed. The onions were scraped off, so my wife could eat the burger. I choked down a few of the McNuggets without sauce before feeding the rest to the dog (he did like them, by the way). But the fries went straight to the trash. Overall, this simply reminded me why I don't crave McDonald's anymore. I guess I should just stick to the McD's Sweet Tea and get my food elsewhere.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

New camera

Jeni got the Canon Rebel she's been craving, and now we get to learn all kinds of new camera things -- like re-remembering how to use a true camera. I think I'll be spending some time on this site.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I've been trying to do more juggling lately. I want to learn some new patterns -- challenge myself some more. I was looking at Mill's Mess, which I thought I had been doing, but when I read a description I realized that I was off a throw. Hard to explain, because the trick is a "mess" but suffice it to say, I was off. So I found a video on YouTube and, after a few bumbled attempts, figured out where my hands were supposed to be instead of where they had been.

Here's Mill's Mess, the right way.

I've also come to learn that the trick I always called an Egg Beater, maybe for lack of a better name, is called a False Shower. It's one of my favorites.

I tried working on the Factory a little, but I tweaked my shoulder a while back and it's still not 100 percent, so this one is out for right now.

I did a little better with the Box today than last night.

My next challenge I think is Burke's Barrage, but we'll see.

There's a guide I've also been reading online. As long as I've been juggling, I've never truly gotten a grasp of Swap Site Notation. So I'm hoping Ben's Guide will help.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Finding time

We've been having great weather ... now I just need to find some time to walk.


Monday, October 04, 2010

Getting caught up

We spent the majority of the day Saturday in the yard. It's so nice to have it looking right again, cut, edged, hedges trimmed, beds redefined. I guess that's what it's like to have a nice weekend and time.


Friday, October 01, 2010

Our Country's Good

Jeni and I went to see Our Country's Good last night at USC. Jeni will be producing A Few Good Men with the director of Our Country's Good. Because of the play I didn't get on the Wii last night, and my plan to get on it this morning just to weigh in didn't work out either. (I like sleep.) Besides, that would be cheating -- weighing in at night once, then following with a morning weigh-in. So I'll do it tonight. I'm sure it will be better than the other night and the false high. At least it'll make me look good on the chart.

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