Archive for May, 2008

It’s All In Pun

Q. What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

A. Nacho cheese.

Eskobar

I recently discovered Eskobar. I found their music to be quite infectious. My favorite, so far, is their song “Someone New,” featuring vocalist Heather Nova:

Achieving Utopia: One Potato Pancake at a Time

I discovered a new breakfast place this morning: the Utopia Cafe (33rd and Belmont, Southeast Portland). The menu selection and prices are reasonable and, most importantly, the food was delectable. I had a Kielbasa scramble that was beyond awesome. And the potato pancakes were not only delicious but offered an alternative to my affinity for hashbrowns. Plus, the coffee didn’t taste bad at all. I’ll definitely be coming back!

Version 3 is Coming: Are You Ready?

Set a Guinness World Record, Enjoy a Better Web

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day (date TBD) to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

I pledge to get Firefox 3 during Download Day to set the Guinness World Record for Most Software Downloaded in 24 Hours.

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Trivial Matters

Do you like trivia games? Well, have I got one for you! I’m hosting a tournament at FunTrivia.com. Care to take your gray matter to the test? Join up and have fun!

Heavy Mettle

Iron Man

After several failed attempts over the past few weeks, I finally got to see Iron Man today and it was worth the wait! This movie rocked! Robert Downey Jr. was ‘Tony Stark’ with a capital T. The Downey Jr-isms were ever-present, enhancing the character’s realism. Gwyneth Paltrow as ‘Pepper Potts’ was effective and Jeff Bridges played the biggest asshole ever. If they ever make a sequel– and the end of the credit roll certainly points to one– I hope that they flesh out Terrence Howard‘s ‘Rhodey’ character. In this movie, he was nothing more than a bit part. What I immensely enjoyed about this movie was how they showed the evolution without making it boring. It poked fun at itself without being campy. And Stan Lee‘s predictable cameo made me nearly choke on a Raisinet. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, what the hell are you waiting for?!

Lightly Toasted Potatoes

Inside Hawthorne\'s Cup & Saucer CafeThis morning, I dined at one of my favorite breakfast places in Stumptown. It was seven in the morning on a Wednesday so naturally there weren’t many people there. It’s been a while since I’d dined there during a weekday so I wasn’t surprised to find totally different wait staff. My server this morning looked like a more pissed off version of Parker Posey. That is to say, she was attractive. 🙂

But good looks was most of what she had going for her. She was a horrible server. My coffee mug had air dried before I received my first refill; I had to grab my own sugar jar from the server stand; and she completely forgot (pronounced “ignored”) one table. It didn’t even seem like she was harried or anything. She just looked, well, pissed off.

And maybe she had every reason to be. For instance, none of the tables had sugar jars, which I believe was the PM Crew’s responsibility to place on the tables at the end of the dinner shift. I used to work in the restaurant industry and I remember that we always had to prepare the tables for the following meal shift. So there she was, by herself, juggling about five tables– all of which were asking for their sugar jars.

Uncharacteristically, my breakfast this morning wasn’t very good. The omelet was borderline tasteless and the breakfast potatoes, which I’d asked to be “a little more toasted,” was burned. Plus, they changed the recipe for their scones. I almost got pissed off myself.

I really should find more meaningful things to be annoyed with.