Daily Archives: January 22, 2018

Sometimes Cheaper Is Better . . .

What work I got done today was done around the remodeling that’s being done in the office. So there’s pieces of sheetrock and sheetrock dust everywhere. A real mess.

Coming home this afternoon, I picked up a call-ahead order from the El Pollo Loco in Webster that’s right on the way home. Unfortunately this will probably be the last time I’ll be able to do that, since there was a sign on the door saying that they were closing permanently on Thursday, Jan 25th.

It’s never very busy so I guess it just didn’t make it. That does still leaves the one in Victory Lakes that’s actually closer to home, but it’s a real pain in the rear to get to, where it’s located in the shopping center. But I guess we’ll have to now.

Jan and I don’t consider ourselves ‘coffee connoisseurs’, but we do know what we like. In the past we’ve really liked Kroger’s house brand, Private Selection, which runs about $6.99 per 12 oz. bag (remember when coffee actually came in 16 oz. bags.)

But recently while I was at Wal-Mart, and knowing that we were low on coffee, I decided to take a chance on a couple of bags of their Great Value house brand. And at only $3.99 a bag. And we like it better.

It smells better when it’s brewing, more coffee like. And it has a much richer coffee taste too.

Sometimes cheaper Is better.

Looks like tomorrow will be nice enough, not really warm, but not raining and/or cool, either, to put up the other new bedroom awning. But we’ll see how it goes.

Jan and I had started planning on our next RV trip, coming up toward the end of June, when we’ll head up to Vandalia, IL for another big family reunion with Jan’s sister, Debbie and her family. And it looks like Chris, Linda, and Miss Piper, and Brandi, Lowell, and Master Landon will be there too.

Then coming home we’ll detour a little east and come back down through north Alabama to visit with my relatives for a few days.

While I was working on the websites last week, Jan and I were watching a Cash Cab marathon on GSN (Game Show Network). If you haven’t seen it, passengers hail a New York cab, only to find that they’re on a mobile TV game show.

As they travel to their destination, they’re ask questions of increasing difficulty and prize amounts. Along the way they get two Shout Outs, one mobile and one street-side. With the mobile shout out, they can call a friend to get help with an answer. With the Street Shout Out, the cab pulls over and they can ask a random person on the street for help.

If they miss a question, it’s a strike, and with three strikes they out. As in out of the cab. They’re tossed out on the street, hopefully not in a bad neighborhood. If they make it to their destination without striking out, they can take the money they’ve won and walk away, or they get a chance to play Double or Nothing..

Like pretty much all ‘reality’ shows there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you don’t see. Only about half of the contestants are actually random passengers on the street. For the other half , they’re recruited elsewhere to be on an unnamed game show and they get in the cab thinking it’s going to take them to the game show location, and then find out that the cab IS the game show.

When the random riders from the street get in the cab, they spend about 10 minutes with a production assistant who’s riding in the front passenger seat, signing waivers, learning the rules, etc., before the ride/game actually starts.

If they win money, they’re shown leaving the cab with the cash in their hands, but they don’t get to keep those bills. The production assistant take the cash back from them, and then they get a check in the mail with the taxes taken out.

Finally, the biggest winner on the show won $6200, while most winners are in the $500 – $1500 range.

It’s a fun show. Check it out.

Tomorrow afternoon we’ve got a get-together with RV friend’s Jan and Dale, once again at Cheddar’s.

The Word of the Day is:  Leonine

Thought for the Day: 

A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.


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