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cbertsch
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On the Other Hand. . .
To paraphrase Bruce -- please conjure up your best Australian accent -- after he has been driven to hurl himself off the wagon: "We're having Beaver for dinner tonight!" In other words, what's 7 x 7?

Mode: bedward
Muse: the absurdly loud a/c unit in our room

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tpratt From: tpratt Date: October 4th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is a 7X7 some sort of In-and-Out Burger kind of thing? You would think that I would be into that joint, for obvious reasons. Don't know why not - I mean, any place that does everything but tie a bib around your neck as far as making eatin' 'n' drivin' convenient must rule. Alas, IMHO, it suuucckks. The fries are weird (gimme the meat-flavored pre-frozen Simplotesque Mc D's ones instead), the burgers be pink in the middle more often than not (further exacerbating the need for Mad Cow related cognitive dissonance), the doughy whitebread clientele rivalled only by those who favor Krispy Kreme (and yes, Charlie, I do have a mirror. I'm just saying.)...nein danke.
Then again, maybe you aren't even talking about In-and-Out. In that case, I appear to have wasted another food-related rant for no good cause.
Glad to hear you are all enjoying your sojourn to lovely Anaheim. Ever checked out the Taco Bell Museum of Technology or whatever it's really called? Maybe Knott's Berry Farm? They have a ride there called the Supreme Scream that your better half would just loooove...;)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2004 02:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wasn't referencing In-n-Out Burger consciously, but was surely thinking of heading there during our trip because Kim and I do like the food. "Like," not "love." But it does the trick for us on camping trips and late nights after Disneyland when we want cheap sustenance after the Bean has fallen asleep. It matters a lot to Kim -- and a little to me -- that the Fast Food Nation guy says that if you're gonna eat a burger, you should eat an In-n-Out burger.

Funny, we've never seen a pinkish one. Kim would not approve. Maybe your local one is poor. The fries aren't up to Mickey D standards, I'll admit, but they also don't have that additive they also put in Marlboro Cigarettes, the one that makes them super-addictive.

Those sound like cool spots to visit in Anaheim, but ironic vacation destinations are few and far between when you have a highly sincere almost-six-year-old in tow.

Anyway, I'm psyched that you ran with the reference you thought you detected. I was actually talking about how the Cal thrashing of Oregon State helped to ease the trauma of the Giants' terrible loss to the Dodgers. My mind is often on sports, I'm afraid.

tpratt From: tpratt Date: October 6th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you're onto something when you say that the In-n-Out is subpar here in Mission Valley. Hope you all dug on the 'heim, all told. I'd never take the time to go to any museum sponsored by the inventors of the chalupa, myself. Heh. Knott's, though, all irony aside, is super-fuckin-cool. We can't wait to take the papa there. Can't blame you for sticking with the place you're already in the process of paying for, though. Tell me true, though, my friend - is California Adventure really worth a hot fart? We will make it up to Disney someday, especially when Mark is old enough not to be scared shitless by POTC and the Haunted Mansion (best ride EVER, 'tis true), and I need an honest opinion on this.
Damn glad to hear the Bean is true to herself, and props to you and Ms. Nicolini for helping to keep her that way. I know you can't, like, MAKE her do what you think is best, but damn. She sounds special. Nothing is more sad than some little kid more jaded than their parents.
Cheers-
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
California Adventure is only worth it as a complement to Disneyland. But it works really well in that capacity. The Redwood Challenge Trail is full of rope ladders and the like, with which over-stimulated children can unwind in active physical activity: doing instead of riding. The Electrical Parade is fun in a cheesy 70s sort of way, though Bean takes it gravely. The Ferris Wheel is cool and mellow. And the California Screamin' roller coaster is smooth and fast without being too intense. It's the best I've been on, but I've only been on a few. Oh, and the Bug's Life area for toddlers is pretty neat. The whole thing still feels like a work in progress, though.

I'm sure we'll do Knott's and Magic Mountain in a few years. But for now, Skylar still loves princesses and Winnie the Pooh enough to make Disneyland by far the best value. She is, however, showing much enthusiasm for going fast.

Thanks for the props on our parenting. It is remarkable how sincere and innocent she is. We've done a good job of sheltering from the bad and useless while still exposing her to tons of cool ideas. I'll pat myself on the back for once!

If only these trips didn't result in such a financial hole. . .
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