Last night we had one of the worst restaurant experiences we've ever had. We went out to eat at Applebee's with Scott, Pam, Brendan and Corey. Since we had eight total people in out group we had to wait for a little while to get a table big enough for us. Eventually we settled on two tables right next to each other. Our food arrived and everything seemed to be quite normal, but it would end up far from that. The first problem was a bottom bun of my hamburger that was completely soaked in grease, not that big of a deal, I just requested another bun. While I waited for my new bun (ha, ha, ha) Kelly found something very disturbing in her mashed potatoes. A finger from a plastic glove, not someone's finger, but the plastic finger torn off of the glove. Pretty nasty and even our waitress was grossed out by that one, along with the couple sitting at the table next to us. The waitress went back to get some different potatoes and then eventually came back with my new bun, which was so toasted that it was black on half of the bun. Oh well, at least I would now be able to enjoy my well done burger. Yeah well my description of well done does not include the center still being pink. I called the waitress back over and told her I was done, I couldn't take any more of this service. It just so happened that the manager was over talking to Kelly about her treasure and after he was finished talking to her he came over and I explained that I would not be paying for this hamburger after all we had been through. He asked if I would like another one to go, but at that point I just wanted to leave. After he offered something else I decided that the hot apple pie might be able to make up for some of our issues, and luckily that was easily the best part of the whole meal, besides the great company. I felt bad for the waitress because none of the problems were her fault, and even after all that I will still go back to Applebee's, although I may boycott the one south of town for a while.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Today marks the fifth day, in a row, that I have ridden my bicycle to work. It's not getting any easier yet, but I am enjoying the exercise. So far my handy dandy computer says that I have ridden 33 miles, with a maximum speed of 26.3 mph (which was this morning), and an average speed of 12.4 mph.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Today I filled up my water bottle, strapped on my protective gear and rode my bike to work for the first time. It was a very nice cool morning and at 5:00 am, there are not many cars out. My trip, on my new Schwinn bike, took a little over 17 minutes to travel 3.7 miles. My average speed was 12.8 miles per hour with a top speed of 19 mph. I'll have to agree with my wife, who said "See you really are a geek because you even bought a computer for your bike." As a result of this trip I can also say that the showers that my work had installed are a very nice feature, although next time I think I'll remember my towel.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Last night the girls and I went and checked out the newest bowling alley in town, Strikes and Spares, located on Grape Road in the old Spiece building. It's a small (20 lane) center but it is very high tech and quite nice. Touch screens are used to setup your bowlers, make any changes, or request service from the waiter/waitress who will come to your table and take your order. We had it setup so that when Megan was bowling, the gutter guards automatically came up, which was really cool. Another difference from any other bowling alley in town is that your pay by the hour and not by how many games you play. One of the best features is that it is smoke-free.
The girls had lots of fun bowling and asked if we could go again tomorrow.
Sunday, July 4, 2004
Friday night (and then Saturday morning) we spent some time at the Cove with people from my Mom's work. Her boss bought us all tickets to the 7:00pm Silver Hawks baseball game, which also was followed by a firework show.
We arrived about 8:15, thinking that the girls would not be able to sit through a whole baseball game waiting for the fireworks. The girls did very well as we watched the game. Mattey like to dance in the aisle while Megan was really into cheering and yelling "Charge" every time the organ played the appropriate tune.
It looked like we had orchestrated a great plan as the top of the ninth inning rolled around quickly and the home team was up by one. Three more outs and we would be enjoying a great firework show. That's when our plan fell apart. The visiting team scored a run to tie the game, the home team didn't score in the bottom of the ninth, and then nobody scored for another nine innings. Yes, we sat and waited until the completion of the eighteen inning game so that we could enjoy some fireworks.
It was worth the wait. The fireworks were great and the girls really enjoyed them. Well Mattey loved the colors but she sat with hands covering her ears most of the time.
Very large pictures are available in the Photo Gallery. The Photo Gallery is a work in progress. It's looking better than it did (meaning the pages now look like the rest of the website) but I'm having some technical frustrations with it.
Friday, July 2, 2004
Today marks my 14th year of being employed at Press Ganey. It seems like many moons ago that I started working there as a Data Entry Clerk. I've seen many changes in the workplace, over the years (some of which I'm not too fond of), but the fact is they continue to help provide a great life for my family and I.