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[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 15:48:25 EDT from fleeb

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Sadly, Buca has really lost much of what made them wonderful. We no longer go there to eat.

I'd argue most chain restaurants have lost their way in this country. We find ourselves going to mom-n-pop places now, after I've scoped them out (which I realize is in contradiction to what I wrote earlier... but the key is that I have to check it out before having Melvin come).

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 16:29:21 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Melvin is bad luck with this, or just gets irritated when it doesn't go quite right?

[#] Wed Sep 03 2014 16:45:51 EDT from fleeb

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Melvin has extremely picky tastes in food, and I have had at least some luck at choosing restaurants that we both like. In that I'm wrong less than other people.

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 14:20:49 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Melvin should learn to eat more variety.

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 14:53:47 EDT from fleeb

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He should. He probably won't, but he should.

It's a source of humor and frustration.

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 18:08:36 EDT from vince-q

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2014-09-04 14:20 from wizard of aahz @uncnsrd
Melvin should learn to eat more variety.

Melvin sounds like my cat...

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 18:58:20 EDT from fleeb

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Melvin has a lot of cat-like qualities. Prefers to sleep in the day, stays up late at night, independant (but not)...

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 21:52:41 EDT from vince-q

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2014-09-04 18:58 from fleeb @uncnsrd

Melvin has a lot of cat-like qualities. Prefers to sleep in the day,

stays up late at night, independant (but not)...

I know quite a few folks like that....

[#] Thu Sep 04 2014 23:43:26 EDT from ax25

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Melvin sounds like my wife.  She would debate over food choices quite a bit when we were dating.  I was able to deflate the debate with an off-hand comment: "Well, if I am wrong, we will get the chance to eat again in a few hours."

[#] Fri Sep 05 2014 08:37:24 EDT from fleeb

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Heh, with Melvin, if he doesn't like it, he won't eat it. He'd rather starve.

We've had to turn away from many a restaurant because of this.

[#] Fri Sep 05 2014 09:27:33 EDT from vince-q

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Heh, with Melvin, if he doesn't like it, he won't eat it. He'd rather


Are you *sure* that's not my cat?

[#] Fri Sep 05 2014 10:15:01 EDT from fleeb

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I dunno. Is your cat black, and over 5' tall?

[#] Fri Sep 05 2014 20:41:16 EDT from zooer

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I was on a trip this week, they had an arcade where I stayed, the claw machine had a $25 Olive Garden card in
it. I figured after talking about how awful it is I could easily win it. Then I decided if I did win I would
send it directly to IGnat for all his hard work here.

Then I decided it wasn't worth trying.

I did try this different style crane/claw machine, I have never seen it before. It has a "key" that you move
left/right, then up. Once you release the up button the key moves forward. If it is aligned correctly it will
fit into the slot and you will win the prize. The prizes on the top were a Galaxy Tab 3-16meg or a Kindle Fire
HD. I figured the risk vs reward was worth a few bucks. I figured all three dollars would be lost. The first
dollar would be lost getting the feel or understanding of how the machine worked. Instructions were vague
pictures that make a Ikea
manual look well documented. I wondered how a machine giving out $100 Best Buy gift
certificates, Galaxy Tabs, and Kindle Fires could make money, that is some expensive products in there. Most of
the games in this room were prize games. I could see how people can drop $10 into a machine trying.

I laughed at the "Deal or No Deal" machine, the prize was 1000 or 2000 points depending on if you put in $1 or
$2. The first prize was awarded at 5000 points, you would win a $5 gift certificate to Best Buy. That means
you had to play the game perfectly and if you played the game perfectly three times, twice at two dollars,
once at one dollar you would get back the same amount of money you paid into the game. You had to send in your
tickets and request your prize. The machine operator must have been making money hand over fist.

[#] Mon Sep 08 2014 08:38:50 EDT from fleeb

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[#] Mon Sep 08 2014 09:44:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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For $400 (the cost of four "unlimited pasta passes") I could buy enough ingredients to feed my family "Sunday dinner" for at least that long.

[#] Mon Sep 08 2014 10:39:34 EDT from zooer

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It is a gimmick, don't question it.

[#] Sat Sep 13 2014 12:18:52 EDT from zooer

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Who knew there was a black market for horrible food and that people were willing to pay more for it than regular

[#] Sat Sep 13 2014 13:19:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Olive Garden ... meh. They're having their day in the sun but will decline eventually. Even now, the parent company is ripping them for being too generous with the salad and breadsticks.

My favorite chain is having tough times. Friendly's is closing a whole bunch of restaurants, including all of the ones in the greater Uncensoredland area.
It wasn't fancy food, but it was our favorite place to go for an inexpensive but decent meal out with the family. And they didn't pretend to be something they weren't, the way Olive Garden pretends to be Italian food.

[#] Sat Sep 13 2014 20:09:38 EDT from zooer

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All the Friendly's but one closed in this area. You can still get their ice cream in the store but the stores
have closed.

People I know have gone to the local I'll Live Garden and they said it was horrible. More horrible than other
I'll Live Gardens they have been to. No one thought an Olive Garden would make it in this area but it seems to
be holding for now.

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