Friday, 18 March 2011
Today marks my seven year anniversary with my current employer. My supervisor treated me to lunch at Potbelly. It’s kind of a cool fast food place because they toast the bread for their sandwiches (always nice when it’s cold outside) and they have live music. Some guy with a guitar today was singing and strumming “Dear Prudence,” among other great, classic tunes.
Sadly, I think this might be my final occasion being treated to lunch by this particular supervisor. That is, unless we both survive the imminent lay-offs and continue to have the same working relationship. I doubt it.
Not sure where I’ll be working next, but I’m gonna ask if I get a free meal on my anniversaries.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Today, our friends Ryan and Esther took us to Jun-bo, an “authentic” Chinese restaurant in Richfield. Our meal was served dim sum style, which basically means every dish the restaurant serves is placed on your table (unless you quickly decline) and you take a portion and pass it on to the others at your table. This, of course, is a great racket for the proprietors, as they manage to rack up your bill to a hefty total before you’ve even looked at the menu.
I must say, though, everything I tried tasted excellent – from the seaweed salad to the pineapple donuts.
Jennifer and I left with five – yes, FIVE – Styrofoam containers filled with food, and our friends had at least three containers in tow as they left. I think this must be some kind of a record; it was as if we both dined at a restaurant and did our food shopping for tomorrow and Monday.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
…Yep, we feasted on Jun-bo left-overs all day.
So, in taking my class this semester, I’ve realized there are some serious gaps in my reading list. So, come mid-May, I’m gonna try to correct that. Things I’m gonna read this summer:
-The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (friends just called him “Dante”).
-On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. Of course, the book’s full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, because people in the 18th and 19th century abhorred brevity.
-Common Sense and The American Crisis and The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason, all by Thomas “The” Paine. I want to read these because they are constantly referenced in other readings I do.
-A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (I don’t know, maybe I’ll wait until December to read this). I know so much about this book, I think it’s time to actually read it.
-The Koran, also known as The Qur’an, as dictated by Jibril, also known as Gabriel. Who knows, maybe I’ll become a Muslim?
-The Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Like Paine’s writings, these are vitally important in the history of our nation. I’d like to be able to say I’ve read them.
-The Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I’ve been on Hiawatha Avenue, and I just can’t see how anyone can write a poem about it. I’m very curious.
Also, did you know radiation is good for you? Ann Coulter said so on Bill O’Reilly, so it can’t be wrong. I’m moving to Japan.