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Ok. I haven’t posted on this blog in ages. I couldn’t even tell you why, Max. But it’s time to start writing again, and I’m gonna try to get another streak of posts going. And what better way to start, than with some quick hits?

– Yes! A Read More option!

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A few sports quick hits on this Monday night.

– Boy it’s good to have pro football back. It’s just great to have on in the background on a lazy Sunday. Having, for whatever reasons, multiple affililates of CBS and FOX, I am sometimes able to watch 4 games at a given time, which is awesome. Yesterday’s Baltimore Ravens game was the NFL debut for former UD quarterback Joe Flacco, and he did well managing the game, and he also ran for a 38 yard touchdown, which was impressive because he’s a big guy and he’s pretty slow. It’s been nice watching tonight’s Monday Night Football doubleheader, having non-stop football from 7pm until probably 1am.

– Local Delaware TV has been airing a commercial of former football coach Tubby Raymond do an endorsement for Jack Markell for governor of Delaware. I’ve only seen it on ESPN, but I’ve seen it so many times, it’s ridiculous. I wonder what kind of influence Markell thinks that a former college football coach can have on an election for governor. I’m sick of watching the same commericals over and over again, but I guess that’s what happen when I only watch ESPN.

– The Yankees suck. But Tom Brady’s out for the season and Billy Wagner is out for a year, so I can just think about that for awhile, while Carl Pavano and Sidney Ponson lead the Yankees to futility.

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This is a fast food restaurant review themed Quick Hits so it gets both the “Quick Hits” and “Restaurant Review” categories. Here we go!

Arby’s is a solid fast food restaurant and it’s the only one I know of that features Roast Beef, and a plethora of other kinds of sandwiches you normally don’t see in fast food restaurants, such as Turkey & Cheese and Italian Combos. Also, they serve seasoned curly fries in their combo meals, a huge plus. Salads and pastries are also offered.

Wendy’s, as always, is a solid choice for fast food. I recently saw, for the first time, a Wendy’s with breakfast selections. Options include their Signature Frescuit (combining a biscuit with the fact that it’s freshly baked?), Steak & Egg Sandwich, and the Big Breakfast Sandwich which has egg, cheese, bacon AND sausage; a meat lover’s delight. The latter sandwich was pretty good. Of course there’s the Junior Bacon Cheeseburger and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich for other meals, the fries are good, and a chocolate Frosty to top it off.

– Can’t go wrong with the $2.15 (in NY) meal of a McChicken and a Sweet Tea from McDonalds. In Delaware, it would be an even two dollars! Gotta love the home of tax-free shopping. Fries aren’t bad either. The Southern Style Chicken Sandwich, in my opinion, is overrated. The McChicken is much better… and cheaper.

– Finally, Burger King. I don’t know what it is with Burger King, but I’m not a big fan. The Cheesy Bacon Tendercrisp wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. They’re also heavily promoting a burger right now that has mashed potatoes on it. Even for me, that sounds kind of disgusting. Their fries also have a unique taste, and I can’t explain why, but I’m just not a fan of them.

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– These Office promos that have been on during the Olympics have been great! Here are links to two more:
#1 — Michael and women’s beach volleyball.
#2 — Dwight’s centathalon.

– Last night I watched an excellent Olympic table tennis match between Canada and Brazil. After taking a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, Brazil lost the 5th game. In the 6th game, Brazil was up 9-5, but then Canada took a 12-1 run, to win the 6th game and take a commanding lead in the 7th and final game. Canada reached match point in the game, but Brazil came back to tie it up, and then win it 12-10. It was a great match, and the flow of the game was very fast and exciting. I wish it was on TV more often. The only weird thing about Olympic table tennis is that the representatives from certain countries are people of other nationalities. The player from Canada, Pradeeban Peter-Paul, is German, and the player who represented Brazil, Gustavo Tsuboi, was Japanese. The American women’s doubles team consisted of two Chinese women. It’s kind of odd.

– Quick music review: Ben Folds f. Regina Spektor — You Don’t Know Me. I’m familiar with Ben Folds, but not so much with Regina Spektor, aside from what Max has shown me. So when I saw this new single released on Ruckus, I figured I’d take a listen. The song features lots of staccato piano and strings. Spektor provides a nice accent to Folds’ singing. The 3:10 song ends abruptly with Spektor singing and more staccato piano. All in all, a solid song to keep on the computer.

– I just got 27,544 in Snood! That’s now my #1 score, beating the previous #1 score of 27,056.

– And finally, a bit of site maintenance. The autobiographical page is up and running and a new banner image is up. It’s my old Buick reaching 200,000 miles. Sweet, eh?

That’s that.

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Still continuing with the dashes as bullets, since I still don’t know the code. Onward!

– So first, a little bit of site maintenance news and out loud thoughts. I changed the banner! It’s now an original picture of my old Buick reaching 200,000 miles. Also, it seems like the tags feature is most appropriate for keywords, while categories would be used for the Quick Hits series, or any other series that I may eventually have on this blog. Next, I think I should create at least another page for the top nav that this design features. Maybe I’ll also try to figure out how to make it so there’s just a little bit of text on the front page per post and have a jump for the full story. I don’t know. We’ll see.

– Indian food is so delicious. India House for dinner is quite a different experience than for lunch because for lunch I’ve always had the buffet, and the chefs choose what’s in the buffet. Every time I’ve gone to India House, with one exception, it has been for lunch. For dinner, there is no buffet, so you’re on your own for choosing what to eat. So after a bunch of friends and I ordered in from India House, I must say we did a great job ordering. Saag Gosh was a smash hit, Murgh Do Piaz was great, and some of the mainstays such as Murgh Tikka Masala, Rogan Josh, and the pakora were also excellent. I’d probably eat Indian food more often if the local places in NY weren’t so expensive, and if I could find an Indian food place in Delaware.

– Here’s something I don’t understand: The last two times I’ve gone to pump gas were at two different stations, both of which being stations I don’t normally go to. At each of these stations, the price that was on the sign was considerably lower than their nearby counterparts. What’s the deal? Well, it turns out that these prices are for if you pay with cash. If you pay with your credit card, the price per gallon of gas is up to $0.10 more, which would cause the price per gallon to be more in line with the other nearby gas stations’ prices per gallon. Interesting, eh? Too bad I don’t carry $60+ in cash with me all the time so I can fill up my minivan on a whim.

– Latest music download: Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits. I have never really familiarized myself with his music. I know that Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark, and Born in the USA are big hits and I’ve heard him on Q104 all the time. I think it’s time to give him a shot in my music library, and you can’t go wrong with a greatest hits album to get a good sample of an artist’s work. So that’s that.

– I can’t believe there’s a Barack Roll now. That’s hilarious!

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It seems that I have forgotten the HTML code for bulleted lists. I’ll figure it out eventually. But for now, here are some quick hits.

– I think I’m gonna try to write a list of assorted thoughts at least once a week. That will keep me writing often and hopefully with more substance than just Yankees related posts.

– I think my only reader, Max, doesn’t know about this address yet. Maybe I should tell him now. But I think it would be more impressive if I gave him this address after I wrote for a good streak of time… like maybe a week’s worth of posts, 5-7 posts. Then he could see that I’ve been writing and that I should be able to keep the writing going.

– It’s great to be early for a train, but I think it sucks quite a bit when you show up for a train leaving Grand Central at 10:05pm at 9:39pm. While I was more than guaranteed to get a seat, I’d say that being 26 minutes early is a bit much to sit on the train and wait for it to leave. But that’s what I did. Luckily, I had a copy of All About Jazz on me, and I read that. Interesting content in that publication, I’d say.

– Speaking of jazz, I saw Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra last night at the Jazz Standard on 27th and 6th, and they were awesome. Not only was the music awesome, but it seemed that they were really big promoters of the advancement of music in America, which is something that you don’t see from every musician. Many of the musicians in the band teach master classes and Arturo’s 13-year-old son, Adam, composed an excellent piece that the band played, and that featured a trumpet solo of his own that was also well done. Plus, if the great music just wasn’t enough, the jazz club offered food from Blue Smoke, located directly upstairs from the club, and their wings were fantastic.

– I can’t wait for The Office to come back (on September 25), and this The Office promo for the Olympics is just making me even more excited for that date to arrive.

– Segue to the Olympics! Jason Lezak and the US men’s 4×100 meter relay team last night had an incredible victoryover France tonight. I am positive that Michael’s Phelps’ reactions to the team winning will be played on TV non-stop for days, and girls around the country (and Chris Gage) will be in awe of his physical being.

– I wonder how long those last two links will stay up. Hopefully a while! I have no readers right now! hahahah. Also, I wonder what the difference between tags and categories are on WordPress. I should look into that, and then tag/categorize this post. No rush though; no readers yet! Finally, I think I should change the banner to something from one of my own photos. I’ll do that eventually, before I get readers.

– And no blog post would be complete without some Yankees stuff. Quicker hits: I can’t believe Sidney Ponson is still on this team. Jeff Karstens has thrown 15 shutout innings for Pittsburgh including a complete game shutout which was a perfect game until the 8th inning with two outs. A-Rod can’t hit in the clutch. Jeter’s hitting way too many double plays. Wilson Betemit is awful. I sure don’t miss Kyle Farnsworth, and the Yankees certainly don’t need him right now, but I feel that the bullpen is a mess. I wonder who’s gonna start on Wednesday. I’d go with Giese, with Rasner in the pen just in case, but I have a feeling he wouldn’t be needed. Finally, where is Melky Cabrera’s bat? He’s losing plenty of playing time now, and Matsui may be on the way soon.

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