Monday, December 30, 2013

Amore Monday 12.0

I ate at a new place tonight.  At least I guess it was new.  It looked new to me.  It was Carrabba's Italian Grill in Greensboro.

I ordered the Amore Monday 12.0.  12.0 was the number after the menu description for the item I wanted.  I guess it was the price, but it might have been the rating of the item on a 1-20 scale.  If it was a rating, then 12.0 seemed about right.  If it was the price, it should looked like this "$12.00".

I won't bore you with a description of the meal or the service.  Like I said the 12.0 could have been a rating.

I will however mention something I thought was a bit extraordinary.  Carrabba's has an open kitchen.  The cooks are lined up along the grills, fryers, ovens, etc.  When the cooks turn around there is counter where the waiters pick up the dishes.  It's all open for the diners to see.  We were seated right in front of the counter and I was turned to watch the cooking and the waiters picking up the food.

I noticed one poor cook was assigned to mind the fryer and make salad.  Making salad means throwing lettuce in a metal bowl and then tossing it around with the dressing and then pouring it onto a plate.  That's all he did all night - check the fryer and toss the lettuce.

But that's not the extraordinary part.

Here's what was extraordinary:  I watched a waiter (not our waiter) stick his fingers in a pitcher of wine.  He tried unsuccessfully for a few seconds to get something out of the wine.  I guess he was fishing for a bit of cork or maybe a fly.  When the fingers didn't work he changed to a spoon and that seemed to work much better.  He then delivered the pitcher of wine to its table and the guests seemed to enjoy it.

That's my review of Carrabba's in Greensboro.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Rockingham County under flood watch several days ago

It is December 27th.  The scrolling breaking news headline frantically announces "Rockingham County under flood watch".  Read the story and you will realize the panic was first announced on December 22nd.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Young Man Kilt at Trailer Park

They're both owned by the same company.  They both work out of the same office.  Oddly when they write stories the stories don't match.

Read one version here.

Read the other version here.

Did you notice the difference?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saxophone Story is Retired

It is December 22.  It has been posted since July 24.  It had a good run, but the saxophone quartet story has finally disappeared from the Review's front page.  Rest in peace, old friend.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Waste Management Opens Retail Store

I just received notice that Waste Management (yes, the garbage people) has opened a brand new online retail store.  Some of the fantastic things you can order include:

Trucks, shirts, hats, pens, party supplies and water bottles
Golf balls, shirts and hats with the Waste Management Phoenix Open logo
Sustainable items, including many made from recycled materials

Go here to shop for all your Waste Management goods:

Expect the Review to do a feature story on Waste Management's store in the near future.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

An Ad Left Out in the Rain

Is it me?  Do I need glasses?  The grossly out-of-date Danville/Pittsylvania County Fair ad on the Review's front page now looks all fuzzy, like it was left out in the rain for three months.

Check out the ad here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: County schools on delay Monday

It's Thursday, but still listed under the breaking news headline is the announcement that county schools will be delayed on Monday.  One more day and we won't be able to tell which Monday the Review is talking about

Monday, December 9, 2013

Charlie Bray Married 50 Years

The Reidsville Review published the announcement on August 25th and it's still on the front page.  Yes, that's right, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bray have been married for 50 years.  Get all the exciting details here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Irony of the Parade

I just watched the Draper Childrens Parade on WGSR TV (47.1 on your dial).

The first thing I noticed was the Eden Police Department (and every parade entry) throwing candy to the parade spectators.  Children and adults were dashing into the street to grab the treats.

This is terribly ironic considering it is unlawful for anyone, including the Police Dept., to throw candy out during a Reidsville parade.  The Reidsville City Council considers candy throwing to be too hazardous to the public.

I should note it is not easy to tell why it's called the Draper Childrens Parade.  With the exception of the candy throwing, an incredible clatter of sirens and horn honking, and a noticeable lack of dance troupes, it looks just like the Reidsville Parade.

Old Faithful

Can't get enough of the good stuff.

It's an oldie but a goodie.  It is now December 8th.  The Reidsville Review has had a story about saxophones posted on its front page since July 24th.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Weather Alert

It's December 3rd and under The Breaking News category the Review has posted a weather alert for November 25th.