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So this happened in 2002.

Two words: running mate.

Burger time,

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I have returned from the US, and I’ve more or less recovered from the jet lag and the 15-hour flight.

It was mostly the same deal as last year: a road trip from Chicago to Maryville-Alcoa and back, by way of Carbondale, Nashville and Cincinnati (rather than Indianapolis). Overall it went smoothly, apart from the occasional debilitating illness. Also, this time out we were unable to meet a few people we wanted to meet due to schedule conflicts and lost wallets. Anyone we were unable to meet, sorry about that, we'll make it up to you next time. 

Other than that, it was a pretty fun time. Here are the highlights:

1. Cheap books

We joined Books A Million and scoured McKay’s (both the Nashville and Knoxville locations), as well as Hastings and a couple other places. Here’s my take:

Note that I’ve read The Sirens Of Titan before, but for $5.97, I’m keen to re-read it.

Also, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and try some of the Star Wars expanded universe books. I’ve avoided them in the past mainly because I thought it was just too much to keep up with. I was also worried about the quality of the writing. But with all the excitement about the new movie and all, I just felt inspired to try a couple, though I’m sticking to Original Trilogy period for now. We’ll see how these two go and take it from there.

2. Conservative books for conservatives who read

In Maryville-Alcoa, I also visited a place called Ollie’s, which is sort of like Big Lots. It has a book section. It looks like this.

So I didn’t find much there. But I did notice a pattern in Tennessee bookstores, where (1) you see a lot of books on prominent display from authors like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Brian Kilmeade and various GOP candidates – particularly Donald Trump and Ben Carson. As opposed to, say, books by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Just saying.

I also noticed that a lot of these authors take up prominent space in the American History section. You kind of expect that with Bill O’Reilly, who seems to have a second career writing books about famous political assassinations of famous Americans (Lincoln, Kennedy, Patton, Jesus, etc). Glenn Beck and Brian Kilmeade, not so much.

Res ipsa loqitur.

3. Touch me I’m sick

I came down with stomach flu in Maryville-Alcoa. Laid me out for two straight days. Then my mom got strep throat. Then KT got both. Then the cat started vomiting. It was kind of funny after awhile. Anyway, everyone recovered fairly quickly, so our travel plans didn’t get seriously disrupted as a result. I did end up sleeping through Halloween, though.

I just hope my travel insurance will cover my doctor’s visit. I don’t have a lot of experience with American HMOs, except that even something relatively simple can cost you a fortune in consultation fees. The actual medicine was only $20.00.

4. Burger time

We ate a lot of burgers. This is probably unavoidable, though we did try to avoid the obvious stuff on the road.

The highlight: Five Guys, which is still our Gold Standard for fast food burgers.

The lowlight: Steak’n’Shake, which used to be the Gold Standard back in college, but these days seems to go down in quality every time we visit. The shakes are still good, and the food isn’t terrible, but it’s not something to look forward to anymore.

Best décor: S&B Burger Joint, which has a serious rock theme going on. It’s also the only burger place I’ve been to that requires an orientation session from the server. Good food though. Try the deep fried pickles.

5. Toll roads

Chicago is bristling with them. I discovered this last year, but this year we got caught up a little more than usual in the system, thanks to a few toll plazas where either cash isn’t an option, or we ended up in a situation where it was an unmanned toll booth and we had no change. You do have the option to pay online and you have seven days to do so (though you have to remember which toll booth it was, and what time you went through it). The fine for not paying is substantial, but I do find myself wondering how many people actually bother, or how rigorously it’s enforced.

6. There ain't much to country living

We stopped in Paducah, KY for coffee and gas. Inside was two guys in overalls buying wintergreen chewing tobacco. Outside was a pick-up truck with some bullet holes in the side. Meanwhile, in a rest area by the state line, I got into a conversation with the tour booth woman who told me about her 120-pound mini-pig.

Later, in TN, I found myself behind a pick-up truck with a bumper sticker that said: “Uncle Sam wants you to speak English.”

7. I’m bored of American radio

This year’s rental car didn’t come with a Sirius XM subscription, so I had to make do with standard radio, which is hard to do on a road trip where you can only stick with a station for so long until you drive out of range.

Making matters worse is that American radio is just terrible – it seems to get worse every year I come over. It says a lot when you find yrself settling for whatever classic rock station you can find, knowing that’s probably as good as it gets for decent music.

I did notice one trend I hadn’t picked up on before: talk radio on the FM dial. This may be old news to you, but I wasn’t aware that talk radio was in so much demand that the AM dial no longer had sufficient room for it. Unfortunately, this meant that in Tennessee, around 75% of my programming choices on FM were limited to news/talk, sports/talk and country music. The rest was either Top 40 or a classic rock station that was always just five miles away from bad reception.

8. Cheap gas

I paid $1.77/gal for gas in Maryville.

Thanks, Obama.

Well, that’s enough, isn’t it?

Back to the grind,

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I knew meat was good… but did you know it was this good?

[Via Mostly Forbidden Zone]

Pleased to meat you,

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This sums up about 70% of it, actually.

Road Trippin’

[Via Simple Dreams]

As for the other 30%, I’ll tell you about that as soon as I have time to write up my notes.

Expect guest stars. David Bowie! Kurt Vonnegut Jr! Col Sanders! Pigs!

And more.

Cruising for burgers,

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Cooking for Raccoons by Grendyl Harlapp

[Via Liartown USA]

Bon appetite,

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Burger King can kiss my ass, gibroni.

Background here.

FUN FACT: That menu makes me hungry.

The once and future king,

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Here’s what you missed:

Ye welcome,

Same time next year,

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They enjoy a cigarette after dinner.

[Via Weird Vintage]

Inspected and certified,

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Much less a 35-cent shrimp plate.

zombienormal:mpdrolet:The Willows Burgers and Malts, 1955 Joseph Fadler   Suppose you’re thinking about a plate of shrimp. 

[Via Gotankgo]

Cheap eats,

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Come and get ‘em.

[Source: jbcurio.]

[Via Tackorama]

Step right up,

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This just seems about right, somehow.

all the best for 2013

[Via Geek Squad Gang Bang]

The big squeeze,

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Dec. 13th, 2012 10:16 am
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lunatictoons:Salt Water Tabby

[Via Sloth Unleashed]

It keeps you running,

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Nov. 28th, 2012 10:59 pm
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Just like it says.

retrogasm: Spam Birds

[Via Retrogasm]

And this bird you cannot change,

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That’s why they call him Mr Giggles. I reckon.

[Via Vintage Scans]

Free recipes,

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Yr Fuck-Yeah-Science lede of the day:


Modern Meadow is pitching bioprinted meat as “a more environmentally-friendly way to satisfy a natural human craving for animal protein”:

Co-founder Andras Forgacs has sharply criticized the overall cost of traditional livestock practices, saying "if you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck."

So why not print it?

As you can imagine, there’s going to be resistance to the concept of printed food, which is why Forgacs tells Fast Company that they’re going to focus initially on 3D-printed leather products rather than anything edible.

Still. Printed meat!

If they can get past the regulatory/health issues, I do think there’s going to be a market for this. I don't think Morrissey will be tempted, no. But I can sum up the target market in three words:

Bacon on demand.

Fresh off the printer and onto yr plate,

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Or, “Absolutely Positively My Only Post About Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A”.

So. Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy does not like the gay peoples, and feels strongly enough about it that he’ll go on record in public and talk about how much he does not like the gay peoples. 

My take on this is no different from similar incidents where CEOs decide to publicly take sides on emotional wedge issues like gay marriage and gay rights in general. Which is this:

Gibbity gibbity gibbity ... )

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve eaten at Chick-Fil-A only once in my life. Possibly twice. I may have eaten at the one near Carbondale in the early 90s, but that was 20 years ago, so I don’t remember for sure. I definitely visited the one in Maryville-Alcoa, TN around four or five years ago, before their president’s political opinions became a Facebook meme. 

In any case, I wasn’t all that impressed with their chicken sandwich. So it’s a bit disingenuous for me to boycott a business I had no plans to revisit on future trips to the US, is what I'm saying.

Taking my business elsewhere,

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That’s one creepy tree.

For a kids restaurant, I mean.

[Via Biscuits For Smut]

The trees have eyes,

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That’s a misleading headline. But I did eat at a place called Garage Burger & Grill. Which had a garage theme.

Sort of.

BANGKOK GARAGE 01, Garage Burger And Grill, All Seasons Place, Bangkok, March 2012

See that picture on the wall in the upper right corner? I think that’s the king and queen of Thailand.

Anyway, I got the “My Thai” burger, which came with sweet chili sauce and a fried egg. It looked like this.

BANGKOK GARAGE 04, Garage Burger And Grill, All Seasons Place, Bangkok, March 2012

It was pretty good, I must say.

DISCLAIMER: I realize in some circles it’s not considered cool for Americans to go to a non-American country and eat burgers. I should stress that I had quite a bit of Thai food as well. But I confess I’m a sucker for local interpretations of the hamburger.

Also, c’mon, who wouldn’t try a restaurant with van seats?

BANGKOK GARAGE 02, Garage Burger And Grill, All Seasons Place, Bangkok, March 2012

That is a tasty burger,

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Got a light?

This is what I feel like right now. You've had days like this, surely?

[Via New Rider/Somebody Robbed The Glendale Train]

Roly poly fish heads,

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Shouts Meat, Meat, Meat to your Dog!

[Via Mostly Forbidden Zone]

Come and get it,

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