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2.21.2010

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Because I'm a good guy, I sat through Carolina this weekend (an eight year old movie I'd never heard of.) Funny line from it: "I'm not asking you to be a normal child . . . . I'm just asking you to be a little smarter about your crazy side, okay?"
  • And I finally watched Seven Pounds starring Will Smith. The more I think about it, the more I don't like it.
  • The daughter of the Austin/IRS/Crash pilot called him a "hero" over the weekend. I'll give her a break since she's the daughter.
  • Since seperating my shoulder over the Snow Day, I'm back to my jogging schedule. Even I'm amazed the pain has subsided.
  • Ate at El Fenix off Woodall Rogers this weekend. Is that the original location?
  • And this dawned on me the other day. You get your dining bill, you give them your credit card, they come back, you add a tip. Do they then go back and rerun the card to add the tip to it? I guess they have to. (But wouldn't it be smarter just to get the tip amount before running it the first time?)
  • And I finally saw the inside of the Meyerson Symphony Center. Meh. (Kidding. It's fantastic.)
  • Even Olympic hockey bores me. But I saw lots of people griping last night that the US/Canada game wasn't on HD -- I had it on HD, once I found it on MSNBC.
  • For news junkies only: Did you see the news footage about Israeli spies possibly/probably being behind the killing of a Hamas' leader (it made the news because of the security cams capturing their moves)? That was right out of the movie Munich.
  • I actually watched the first 13 "chapters" of R. Kelly's "Trapped In A Closet" this weekend. That was crazy. (I had always heard about it but had never seen it.)
  • Even though the constant Tiger Wood's apology analysis beat me down over the weekend, bringing in a "body language" expert almost caused me to destroy my television invention.
  • Some of the Olympic bobsledders had a bit of belly bulging out in those spandex suits.
  • I posted a crummy cell phone pic this week on twit pic which prompted Messenger photographer Joe Duty to reply "Very nice." Kinda made my day.
  • I like waking up in the middle of the night on the weekend and realizing I can go back to bed and sleep as long as I want. (Even though I'm still normally up before 8:00 a.m. anyway)
  • Probably interesting for lawyers only: Former Tarrant County judge Bob Gill has been accused in federal testimony by attorney Bill Ray of engaging in "plea negotiations" in connection with Motions to Revoke probation. (The best I can tell, attorneys would go up to the judge and ask "what are you thinking about giving my client if we contest the revocation?" That'd be good information to know).

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have wondered that too about restaurants and credit cards. At least at the ones at which you pay at the counter, they ask you many times if you would like to add a tip. Always wondered how that worked at the others.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I'm no Joe Duty - but that IS a very nice picture.

I feel the same about waking up on weekends and the pleasant realization that you don't HAVE to get up, (but then often do).
It's having the choice that makes it so nice, I guess.

Anonymous said...

The brunette has the best view in the house!

Anonymous said...

One big nose on that ugly woman.

Anonymous said...

Seven pounds sucked. I watched Breakfast on Pluto (thanks Ano) and it was a great little movie

Anonymous said...

El Fenix has been around since shortly after WWI. I don't think that is the original location on Woodall.

Anonymous said...

She should have spent money on fixing her underbite and that eagle nose instead of spending it on deforming her chest.

Anonymous said...

Credit cards are not run twice. The charge is pending until it is closed out at the end of the night. The tip is manually entered in, but the card is not run again.

Anonymous said...

You need to go try Don Jose the newest Mexican food restaurant in Decatur where Armondos was. Fantastic food and the service was great.

Anonymous said...

8:57
Is Don Jose's better than Casa Torres?
thanks

Anonymous said...

Your photo reminded me of Close Encounters of the Third Kind when looking up at the ceiling. I'm no photographer but that was a good photo, especially coming from a cell phone.

Anonymous said...

It's a good idea to pay attention to the amount charged to your card from restaurants. We ate at a local business once, and my husband used our debit card for the price of the meal, but no tip on the card. We left cash on our table for the tip. A few days later when he was reconciling our account online, he noticed that the charge from that restaurant was $3 higher than our receipt. After doing some checking, we found out that our server had penciled in a little extra tip for himself!!!

Anonymous said...

The owner of Don Jose's actually cares about his customers unlike the arrogant owner of Casa Torres! What a jerk!

Anonymous said...

The Woodall Rogers location is the original El Fenix (actually on McKinney) which opened in 1918. Ate there many times growing up in Dallas in the 60's and 70's.

Anonymous said...

Don Jose's was okay, but never will replace Case Torres!

Anonymous said...

Today's pic reminded me of that lame Eric Carmen song (but then, weren't ALL his songs lame?): Hungry Eyes
You folks bashing that gal are crazy - she looks just fine. And I'm talking about from the neck up

How old is that pilot's daughter? Cuz if she's over the age of twelve there's no giving her a pass. In fact, the FBI should be keeping a file open on her. Perhaps that apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. I'm not saying that killing anybody is justified, but killing a bureaucratic small-fry is petty, non-heroic, and doesn't make any valid statement. And what was the point of burning down his house? Heroic?! Hardly. Does insurance even cover torching your own home? He displaced his family

I noticed the physique of the bobsledders, too. Maybe Spandex isn't the best choice there. I guess they want somebody of size to push the bobsled, but it seems like you would want more muscle mass in the arms and shoulders like some of the other teams.
Even goofier is what some snowboarders wear. If the official team uniform is denim jeans and plaid, maybe it should stay in the realm of X-Games

If you can't get excited watching US/Canada play hockey, then you must really hate hockey. Those are the two powerhouse teams, and one is playing on home ice as the favorite for gold

9:04
I can't testify as to whether one place is better than the other, but I do know this: Casa Torres is waaaay overrated. They serve the average Tex-Mex fare, and folks go on about it as if it's fantastic

Anonymous said...

Both correct, original location and pending charge until the server closes the ticket.

Anonymous said...

did joe get a pic of the dead lady in the tub?

Anonymous said...

ibetitaintasgoodastacobale

Anonymous said...

I prefer the El Fenix across from Methodist Hospital in Oak Cliff. Great food!

Anyone know if Herd's Burgers is still operating in Jacksboro? I was considering motoring over on Thursday for a taste.

Final food comment: Anyone else notice the drop-off in quality in Mrs Baird's Bread since Grupo Bimbo bought the company? It is NOT the same product produced when the family was in charge.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

pic makes me hungry!

Anonymous said...

If you look at pending transactions on your bank account alot of times you will see a $1.00 charge after purchasing gas. They do that so they know the card is good. When they close out sells for the day or shift the total amount that you actually purchased goes through and the $1.00 pending transactions chages to a completed transactions for the amount you actually spent on gas. This works the same way for restaurants.

Anonymous said...

They run your card first to make sure the funds are available and the account is open and active. They then go back and change the amount. This guarantees they get their money for at least the meal.

Anonymous said...

Herd burgers is still operating - definitely pricey for the small burger you get, though. If you go, be sure to bring cash - they don't do cards.

I recommend trying the new Rock City Burger Company in Bridgeport - EXCELLENT BURGER!! My son was Herd burger's biggest fan - until he ate at Rock City! Rock City is cash or check only, no cards.

Francine Fishpaw said...

Olympic hockey is boring. However, I found myself very engaged in the curling matches. Wow, I have become dull and/or pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Rock City Burgers are the best I've ever had.

Anonymous said...

I'd call him a hero too if I was her. There's a surprisingly number of people in the country that feel the same way. And I doubt he displaced his family, I don't believe he was still married. A guy can only take the gov't screwing him over so many times.

Anonymous said...

TODAY'S RANDOM THOUGHT GIRL IS A GOOD ATTEMPT OF STAYING "ABREAST" OF FASHION........

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter whether you like Casa Torres or not. The whole point is that competition is GOOD for the consumer. You saw what it did to that Chinese restaurant behind Starbucks once the new place opened up @ the old Popeye's location. Either improve the quality of the product or shut down!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Rock City Burgers is very, very good. Be sure to get the Jalepeno Bun.

I have tried Don Jose's twice now. Blech. If you ever thought that Armondo's could not have gotten any worse, think again. The chips are the worst I have ever eaten at a Tex Mex joint. Seriously. Stale, Stale, Stale.

Anonymous said...

8:57; Wrong!!! You don't get out of Decatur much do you?

9:04; No way!!

Nice Pic!

Double Fake: Joe Duty

Anonymous said...

No matter what you think of Casa Torres, you have to give them credit for not being open on Sundays. Just their location across from 2 of the biggest churches in town would probably increase their weekly sales by 25%if they opened for lunch only on Sundays. It's the same reason Decatur will NEVER get a Chick Filet (I know someone in their corporate offices in Atlanta). They've already run the numbers on Decatur and because so much of the fast food business is via weekend travelers, not being open Sundays eliminates them from considering our fair city.

Anonymous said...

Today's photo is classy!

Ron B.

Anonymous said...

Yes, gotta give the daughter a pass on the "hero" thing.

Anonymous said...

12:20, what the hell is Chick Filet?

Anonymous said...

11:04 obviously you haven't had many burgers. Don't get wrong they do make a good burger, but in a year they'll just be another burger place in B'port.

Anonymous said...

I hate chick fillet, so don't care if they come here! As for Casa Torres, I eat out all the time in the city, and theirs is as good as it gets..anywhere. I've heard Don Jose's is awful by more than one person, so don't intend to try it.

We still have to eat on sunday; don't see why it's such a big deal to be open on sunday....it's not exactly sinful to eat.

Anonymous said...

I found Casa Torres and Don Jose the same. I wouldn't pick one over the other. I liked them both. The chips at Don Jose were great for us. They were not stale. I would pick them both over Dos Chilies in Bridgeport anyday.

Anonymous said...

We used to make the trip to Jacksboro for a Herd burger. Not anymore. Very very over priced and the hamburgers are alot smaller. Not good anymore since the dad is not cooking. As for Rock City burgers, yes they are pricey as well, but I do love the jalapeno bun. It is very good.

Anonymous said...

Casa Torres=Overrated clap clap overrated clap clap overrated clap clap!!!

Gracious One said...

I too have wondered about tipping after they have run your card,,how does that work,,why don't you find out and tell us Wise Co. folks.

Anonymous said...

You don't need a Chickfilet, you don't need greasy mexican food places and you don't need a good burger place either - you Decatur folks are too fat as it is.

You need a Souper Salad or something along those lines. Or better yet, take you lazy asses to the produce section of the grocery store.

Anonymous said...

Where is the Rock City Burger joint of which you speak?????

Anonymous said...

Girl in photo needs to spend less on boobs, so she had enough to help that "snoz" of hers.

Candance said...

My daughter sang at the Meyerson last year. It was kind of amazing.

Anonymous said...

What we need is a Jason's Deli!!! mmmmmmmm... great salad bars! Great sandwiches and soups! Bring it!

Anonymous said...

For a somewhat more healthy choice, Subway does pretty well. I agree that more folks would do better by just eating decent food at home.

Anonymous said...

Rock City Burger Company in Bridgeport is across the street from Sonic and next door to the Rental Zone. The burgers are fantastic, and my kids love the way they get to write their own order. If you go, plan on splitting an order of fries with someone, because it's a big portion.

Anonymous said...

4.5