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And one more for today

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, what a thing.  We’re one of two countries that officially celebrates a day of thanksgiving.  Us and Canada, that’s it.  As an aside, if you ask @fakeapstylebook, he’d say, Do not refer to Canada as “America’s hat” as it is offensive, instead use “Gateway to Alaska.”  All kidding aside, it’s really a wonderful thing.

Normally, in a more lucid state, I would be against the idea of an official day to give thanks for what we have.  My question first would be, to whom?  As an avowed atheist I take exception to holidays that focus around religious things.  See Christmas and Easter.  Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t enjoy the holiday season this time of year, but it’s entirely for secular reasons.  I enjoy the company of friends and family, the warmth and togetherness it brings.  But back from the tangent, I do enjoy this holiday, Thanksgiving. 

I think it’s not about prayer, or turkey sacrifices to the Christian god, or the shopping the day after.  What I like is that it is the least commercialized of any of our holidays.  That being said, Black Friday is a whole other story.  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, President’s Day, shit, even Columbus Day, all the sales and promotions.  Basically, they are congressionally authorized savings events.

It’s the one day of the year when you know everybody but the pharmacy and the hospital is closed for business.  Well, the bars, but we need them!  It’s a chance to relax and unwind before you throw yourself across the table, lunging at your relative who every year disagrees with you. 

Maybe, just maybe, we can remember this at some other holiday, really take a day off.  No sales, no promotions, no really big events.  Just something simple, something pure…

It just hit me, a National Vacation Day, or National *Sick* Day.  A day to whatever the hell you want!  Have fun with your family, enjoy a day with friends.  In my ideal world, as I am King in it, no one would work, except for the Doctors and Nurses and the Pharmacists, they’d get a different day, after we’re sober. 

I don’t know, I just like the calm that comes with Thanksgiving.  It’s the beginning of the end of the year, and for this year, I think we are all glad it will be over soon.

A Breakfast Unlike the Others

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I was in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky this weekend with my partner Andy visiting a great friend.

We had breakfast this morning at the Keystone Bar & Grill in Covington, Kentucky.  This is where the story begins…

There once was a restaurant called “Inn the Wood”, it sat on Calhoun Street in Cincinnati, opposite the University.  They had great food, good beer and always a good time.  The city and the university closed them up through eminent domain to make way for trendy shopping stuff.  It’s pretty said, but I digress.  They had a breakfast dish called the “Potato Crisp”.  It was the most simple, yet delicious food, I’d think, known to man.  It was simply created with crisped hash brown potatoes that were stuffed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and sour cream, then paired with an egg of your choosing.  I thought it was gone for good, this delicious breakfast food.  It was great any morning, hangover or no. 

Well, our friend tells us that the Keystone Tavern brought them back. We had to go!  Not only are they back, but they are better than ever.  I had the Southwestern which has Chorizo, Jalapenos, onion, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. It’s really a treat if you like Chorizo.  Served with light and fluffy scrambled egg, you are hard pressed to finish it. 

Below is an excerpt from the Keystone’s brunch menu:

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The Real MJ!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

My friends live near Cincinnati and their kid, MJ, is quite adept at climbing things, including this 10’ tall doorway.  Go MJ!  Take a look!

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