Feb 292016
 

Dear people who write open letters to Donald Trump supporters,

I get it. I don’t like him either.

But I don’t think for a moment that your melodramatic screed is infused with the genuine concern you’d like me to believe it is.

Instead, I read it as passive-aggressive delight in the state of things.

The Republicans have—had—the most capable and distinguished field of candidates in a generation, and a boorish jackass is sucking up all of the oxygen in the room.

And I think too many of you like that.

I also think there is considerable sanctimony in those of you who would excoriate Donald Trump, yet hold up Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as a paragon of civility. They have consistently been as nasty and divisive as any ostensible American “leaders” in history. Their contempt for those who do not share their hard left values is obvious and deplorable.

Which is worse: being an obvious jerk, or being just as big a jerk, only smiling sweetly for the cameras?

Go cluck your tongues somewhere else.

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Feb 262016
 

fb1I had lunch with a few Rocket City Bloggers at Farm Burger today, over by Whole Foods on Bob Wallace. Farm Burger is a (surprise) burger restaurant that takes considerable care to source locally and sustainably wherever possible. It brings several gourmet burger toppings to the table, too. It’s a chain, but a small one: Huntsville seems to be only the seventh location.

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Farm Burger has been open less than two weeks, which is not long enough for a representative review. So these are just some thoughts on my experience, without a rating at the end.

(And, those who know me and my peeves well: yes, I actually went to an insanely popular fast casual restaurant at lunchtime right after it opened. Who knows when that will happen again?)

So, it’s order, pay, but then they bring it to you and bus tables. So that’s some mitigation of the model. There was a long line today, but it moved pretty efficiently. We didn’t stand any longer than ten minutes. (We also learned that the bar stools are full service, so I’ll definitely be remembering that.) Every Farm Burger employee with whom we interacted was pleasant, articulate, and intelligent.

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I had my indicator burger. For a burger place, the first one I always order is a cheeseburger with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. I prefer American cheese for this burger, but Farm Burger didn’t offer it that I saw, so I went with cheddar.

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My lunch was quite tasty. All of the ingredients were fresh. I asked for medium, and it was medium. And the burger itself was special. There really is a world of difference in the way this grass-fed, hormone/antibiotic-free, humanely handled beef tastes. It was the kind of experience that makes me think “hey, maybe I need to spend money for beef like this from now on, and just have it less often.” The fries are natural, cooked to just a bit brown, and delicious.

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House hot sauce! Very little taste to the cayenne, but the smoked ghost had a good flavor and a bit of heat.

Farm Burger has several local beers on tap, so I was pleased to enjoy a Straight to Ale Monkeynaut IPA with my lunch. I did give up caffeine for Lent, remember. Heh.

My lunch was $16, and $6 of that was my beer. Farm Burger is eminently reasonable on price.

The only negative was the noise.

Farm Burger is LOUD. Like, bar loud. Bar with a band loud. The crowd is loud. The kitchen is loud. The music is loud. Conversation is possible, but it takes some sustained effort. I could not have stayed in there five minutes with a headache. This will definitely factor into when I visit in the future. I would like to return, but I’ll be choosing slightly off-peak times at which to do so.

Now that I’ve successfully had my indicator burger, I’ll look forward to trying some of Farm Burger’s more esoteric toppings in the future. If you like burgers, this place deserves a visit.

 Posted by at 7:30 pm
Feb 252016
 
  • I attended the launch of the new Huntsville.org web site this morning. It’s very well done. I wrote a guys’ getaway itinerary for it.
  • Locals, Wynn Drive and Madison Pike is finished and opened. The old Wynn Dr. intersection now goes directly into Calhoun, and has been renamed Warhawk Way. (Lots to do on the Calhoun campus yet.)
  • All of the sudden (don’t you hate when people say that instead of “all of a sudden”?), my boys don’t want to play anything but Rocket League on the Xbox One. It’s soccer in a gigantic arena with the players in rocket-powered cars. It’s fun to watch. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl this weekend.
  • Sarah at The Jealous Crumpet has me curious about Pero. I don’t know that I’ve ever had chicory before. Stay tuned.
  • IndyCar starts two weeks from Sunday. I’m excited for the start of the season. This may be Tony Kanaan’s last year before (probably) moving to sports cars, so I hope he goes out on a real high.
  • Watch for a new restaurant review series on BoWilliams.com soon. As always, my restaurant reviews written primarily from a parenting perspective can be found on Rocket City Mom.
  • It will badly embarrass her if I mention her name, so I won’t, but I’m so pleased to be attending a longtime friend’s baptism this weekend. God bless you!
 Posted by at 12:36 pm
Feb 242016
 

Donald Trump will be here Sunday—not very far from our house, actually.

I don’t care a whit personally about seeing him. I briefly considered going for the blogworthiness of it all, but my pool of tolerance for truly large numbers of my fellow human beings is shallower than most even on a good day. As they are expecting 10,000+ people, I’m confident said pool would be exhausted quickly.

I wouldn’t call Trump the presumptive nominee yet, but it does look rather more likely that he’ll win the nomination than that he won’t. I think he needed a single strong challenger by now, and he doesn’t have one. The divided opposition gives Trump the inside track.

Holy shit. We really are just about to tumble down this rabbit hole, aren’t we?

 Posted by at 10:24 pm
Feb 222016
 

It’s been hard to find time to post the way I want to. I apologize. I have the thoughts, but when I have the time, I don’t have the focus. It’s frustrating. So what might blossom into a full post sometime?

  • We deserve Donald Trump, and the table couldn’t have been set more favorably for him.
  • I am staying off caffeine forever. It may be part of an effective strategy to recover some time.
  • The Upward season is much closer to the end than the beginning. It’s a major commitment, but I have such a good time with it. So blessed to be a part.
  • Now that I can fill the truck up for $30 again, I’m driving it more.

Maybe all the fruit will line up for something worth reading soon.

I did go to Earth and Stone for Rocket City Mom!

 Posted by at 10:08 pm

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