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Fazoli’s FAIL!

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by urbannight

I generally do not like Fazoli’s. But I was tired and in a lot of pain so, when Jeff went  through the drive through, I decided to get the Classic Caesar salad. It said it had chicken on it. I get home. No chicken. I look it up online. The description is as follows:

Classic Caesar
Chopped Romaine Lettuce with Roasted Chicken and Creamy Caesar.

There is no chicken on it. I called and complained. They are supposed to be sending me a coupon. I hope it is a free meal. Or a free salad. Since I don’t like any of their sauces or their pizza.

Almost an hour later, my roommate comes over with his meal. He ate the bread sticks and pizza ‘side’ first and waited a bit for the rest. He asked me to pick the chicken off his pasta sampler.  He has problems with chicken.  You know, like some people have digestive issues with pork.  So he doesn’t eat chicken.

The chicken, only on the top, was chopped up pieces and the correct portion size for a salad. Gee, I think we found the chicken. Only it had sauce touching the bottom half of all the pieces. And we know how I feel about their sauces.  Not to mention, my salad, that was a total rip off without the chicken, was already gone.

Yep, It Had Me ‘Steamed’ All Right.

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by urbannight

When I first started reading Katie MacAlister, I didn’t know if I would like her.  It took her a couple books to get her feet under herself and I really started to like most of her books.  But this one was awful. 

It starts with a very Twainish male lead, Jack, in a world that doesn’t seem to be our world and yet is not a steampunk world.   A scientist and Quaker (which is also not believable in the characterization) who seems to land in outragious adventures everytime he tries to go on vaction.  Think Huck Finn crossed with McGuiver or something similar.

Then an accident happens in his lab that throws him into another world.  An accident that isn’t at all believable.  Nanotech and Helium?  An accident with an experiment that would have been in a ‘clean’ room rather than a room where his sister could just wander in off the street and cause the accident.   Or if not a ‘clean’ room, then at least one with a lot more security.

Then we see the world of the female lead, Octavia.  It is supposed to be a ‘Steampunk’ world but it is more of an alternative history because the world’s political structures seemed to have diverged before the Victorian era and the Industrial Revolution. 

The back-story about her and her most recent romantic relationship is fairly interesting.

But the book falls apart as soon as Jack and Hallie from ‘our’ reality find themselves in the alternate ‘steampunk (NOT)’ reality.  For starters, he never takes it seriously.  He treats it like he has landed in a world-sized, science fiction convention. 

For a romance writer, she uses some the worst of the outdated concepts that authors moved away from a good 20 years ago or so.   

It went downhill so fast that this is one of the few books I’ve ever spent money on that I actually stopped reading.  It was so bad I couldn’t even justify giving it away. 

The sad thing is that if she had kept the two worlds completely separate, she would have had two really interesting stories to tell.  The attempt to force them into one story was a failure.

It seemed like a writing experiment that didn’t work but got published anyway because her name has a big enough following.  They realized they could make a profit off it before word of mouth got around about how bad it really was.

WordPress Fail

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by urbannight

A few weeks back, I wanted to upgrade my WordPress.  But I didn’t care for what was added.  It didn’t seem to make it worhwhile.  So I didn’t.  They seemed to have done something to make email notices of follow-up comments automatic.  So today I’m getting spammed with emails on new comments on any post I myself commented upon.  I’ve Unchecked the box but that did not stop the flood. 

So I tried to find a way to contect WordPress to find out what I need to do to stop this.  I found out that feature is now only available to people who upgraded their accounts.  But it said the forums were still available.  So I tried to access the forums.  It let me look at them, I wasn’t allowed permission to post my own question.

So I have NO venue in which to try and solve this problem.  I’m fairly upset about this and feeling this is a pretty big WordPress Fail.