Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Sometimes you just really need some Burger King

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two employees of the city's ice skating rink have been fired for making a midnight fast-food run in a pair of Zambonis. An anonymous tipster reported seeing the two big ice-resurfacing machines chug through a Burger King drive-through and return to the rink around 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. The squat, rubber-tired vehicles, which have a top speed of about 5 mph, drove 1 1/2 miles in all.

The Zamboni operators, both temporary city employees whose names and ages were not released by Parks and Recreation Department, had to negotiate at least one intersection with a traffic light on their late-night creep from Idaho Ice World.

''They were fired immediately,'' said Parks Department Director Jim Hall. ''We're pretty sure it was just the one time. When we interviewed them, they didn't seem to be too concerned about it. I don't think they understood the seriousness of it.''

Hall said neither the $75,000 Zambonis nor their $10,000 blades appeared damaged, but the city could charge the employees with operating an unlicensed motor vehicle on a public street.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Three things I didn't know...but that don't surprise me

1. The frozen Margarita was invented in Dallas, and "it was coeds from nearby Southern Methodist University who really spread the drink's fame."

2. In France, you can take the wild mushrooms you've picked to any drug store to make sure you avoid toxic varieties, because "all pharmacists here are trained mycologists."

3. Lonesome Dove, a restaurant that's perfect in Fort Worth, is not doing so well in New York.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Quote of the Day

From a New York Times review of rapper The Game's new album: "Hi-Tek produced the slow-rolling "Ol' English," a tribute to the Game's favorite malt liquor and his favorite typeface, too."

Several of us have been having fun today thinking of new rap topics fitting the booze/font theme. Feel free to play along.

Laphroig and Century Gothic
Monopolova and Helvetica
Saucerne Sans Serif
Monotype Corosiva and Courvoisier
Dewars and Dwellers
Diploma and Dimple Pinch
Haettenschweiler and Goldschlager
Trebuchet Sauvignon
Malibu and ...Malibu

Of course, as fun as this is, none of us have attempted to actually write rap lyrics. Maybe this weekend.

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