Akemi had a hankering for dessert, so, once the dishes were done, we hopped in the car and headed over to Cheesecake etc. on Granville Street for a little post-dinner treat. Now I’m not sure what the “etc.” stands for in “Cheesecake etc.” but, judging from our experience last night, you ca be damn sure it aint “exemplary service”. Truthfully, the place has always had a bit of rep for its, uh, laid-back staff, so we weren’t expecting the royal treatment. Still, we weren’t expecting the serf treatment either.
We walked in and were told we could sit anywhere. After choosing a table a little off to the side, away from the crowded main area, we perused the menus, made our selections, then tried to wave down the waitress. Unfortunately for us, she was too busy serving other customers, taking orders, seating NEW customers, taking THEIR orders and serving THEM while Akemi desperately tried to get her attention. Clearly, that quiet side table had been a mistake.
And so we moved, abandoning our peaceful but forlorn little spot in favor of a table right in front of the hostess station and kitchen. High traffic area. Surely, they couldn’t miss us! We sat and waited. The waitress came and went. The hostess chatted with someone. We waited some more. Finally, Akemi, fed up, suggested we leave. I was a surprised. The Japanese are known for their patience. And their love of cheesecake. But it wasn’t enough for Akemi.
And so, we gave up and headed home, cheesecake-less but inarguably wiser. Next time, we’ll go for pie instead.
I pulled into the Safeway lot, parked, then proceeded to do my shopping. I always hit the same three places: Safeway, Whole Foods, and Market Meats. And not necessarily in that order. While Safeway is my stop for things like paper towels, cleaning products, canned pumpkin (keeps the dogs regular), and pantry items, Whole Foods offers more variety in the way of fresh produce. Market Meats, on the other hand, specializes in the very best pork, beef, lamb, and veal. If we’re in the mood for fish, then it’s off to Seafood City on Granville Island.
On this day, however, like so many other days, I was hitting the Safeay/Whole Foods/Market Meats trio. We finished up and returned to the car where I noticed a ticket awaiting me. According to said ticket, I had left the Safeway parking lot on food and, thus, had to pay a fine of $78.40 (or $61.60 if I paid within ten days). I won’t even go into the legal authority Diamond Parking possesses to pursue collection or where the hell they came up with the fine of $78.4o (as opposed to, say $71.37 or $35.82 or even $7643.12). Rather, I’ll just focus on the fact that, even if I do my shopping at Safeway, I’m expected to move my car around the block to metered parking the second I’m done if I plan to walk across the street to pick up a pork chop or – horrors of horrors! – two doors down to get some kale chips!
THE NFL BYE WEEK
Nothing but a transparent cash grab by the league. The teams still play a 16 game schedule, but the fact that every team gets a weekend off means a 17-week television schedule which, in turn, means more money in the pockets of the NFL. And what do the fans get out of it? Absolutely nothing. In fact, they get the reverse of nothing: an agonizing weekend without their favorite team. And if you happen to play fantasy football, it’s even worse because it plays havoc with your line-up – like, for instance, this weekend when my Snow Monkeys have to make do without their two best players, quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Marques Colston, unavailable.
THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL
Resident movie critic Cookie Monster is reviewing this one for our Supermovie of the Week Club. Um, yeh. Looking forward to his thoughts.
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