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Some People Never Partied Like It Was 1999

Remarkably similar to fiction…

Watching the Dallas Cowboys take a late fourth quarter lead (8 points, 17-9) in Minnesota against the Vikings instantly made me think of the frustrated home fans. More specifically, the stunned Viking fans instantly made me think of the most famous (albeit pretend) die-hard Vikings fan who was always accustomed to heartbreak as a citizen of Minneapolis.

Some people laugh at characters, situations and goofy storylines in sitcoms as mere foolish fiction with no basis in reality. However, as the clip above proved, TV and film has a strange power of being surprisingly prescient to future events (to varying degrees).

Just ask the Chicago Cubs and the writers of Back to the Future Part II.

Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 17 -15 Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

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Bacon: The Appetite Awakens

Salads.

Baked potatoes.

Pizza.

Eggs.

Burgers.

Chocolate.

And yes, bacon.

Everything listed above can be made more delicious with the addition of bacon. There are only a few undeniable truths in life, but one is the awesomeness of bacon. The alluring sizzle and signature taste is a welcomed treat at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

To celebrate today (Bacon Day), let’s enjoy a 20-second clip of How I Met Your Mother.

Ted’s reaction is legen–wait for it…

I just got a craving for bacon. Bacon is so good, especially when it’s thick-cut and applewood-smoked. The inviting aroma and that first bite…my goodness.

Oh yeah: dary!

High-fives all around for Bacon Day. 

How I Met My XLE

Today was defined by a classic milestone:

The second car.

The fully-equipped 2004 Solara in a bold, beautiful red body was a looker. No doubt about that. I was the recipient of this sporty gem just in time for those years in college when one needs to get away from campus sans the bus and its predetermined schedule. Maya (the Solara) served me well for nearly 10 years and more than 128,000 miles.

There were good memories and those moments I wish didn’t happen. These are the accidents when the car behind me was speeding and then rams into the back of the car, severely damaging the bumper. However, that Toyota-made bumper protected me, so point to Toyota.

Anyways, the day arrived when I needed some new wheels. The great steering, stylish finish, powerful engine, dependability, affordability and incredible safety record led me, after an exhaustive search of countless car models, to return to the land of the Camry.

A 2016 Toyota Camry XLE, to be precise.

After a successful and comfortable ride home from the dealership late tonight in the rain (good sign), one thing came to mind. Enduring the joys and periodic pitfalls of driving a car for such a long time results in unforgettable milestones (100,000 mile mark!) and nostalgic reminiscing.

I’m gonna be showing you something we can all relate to.

And yes, I played and sang along to “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers on many, many occasions.

Maya had great acoustics.

Sweet Serendipity

First off, it’s Friday the 13th. Hopefully, nobody sees any black cats, walks under ladders or steps on a crack that breaks your mother’s back. Today’s post has nothing to do with superstitious behavior. However, to help ensure that nothing bad happens, it feels like the right thing to at least acknowledge this freaky Friday occurrence.

Stay safe everybody!

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We never know who we are going to meet. Life is great that way. In a moment, you’re scrolling through a menu at a restaurant in Agoura Hills, California with a New Zealand-inspired menu. That apple and pear drink was too inviting not to RSVP to, especially on such a warm, sunny afternoon. As the waitress (who lit up the shaded patio area with her beautiful smile) took our drink orders, there was something about her that hinted at some hidden intrigue. There are polite, charismatic waiters and waitresses. And then there are polite and charismatic waiters and waitresses who are merely making a quick stop as a culinary transporter on their way to something big.

Our waitress was the latter.

With our delicious non-alcoholic fruit concoctions in-hand, a conversation was born of “what brings you out to southern California from Ohio?” After a minute of conversing, as soon as the word, “Broadway” was enunciated, the fun started. Katie (our waitress) told us that she had co-written a play that’s going to be work-shopped at The Mint Theater in New York City this June. She wrote a children-appropriate play, “Devil in the Deep” with Graham Russell, the former guitarist from Air Supply. The story is based on “Treasure Island,” which is enough to gain the attention of children and adults like, quite honestly.

Culturally, we’ve become familiar with stories of a waiter or waitress saying, “I’m writing a screenplay” or “I’m just waiting tables at the Cheesecake Factory until I get my big break!” But to meet someone who has written a play that is going to run in a theater in New York City for a month was quite incredible. A testimony of hard work. Another special moment from this past weekend was eating at a beer and wine selling tavern called the Ojai Beverage Company and sitting at a table next to Jason Segel of How I Met Your Mother and I Love You, Man fame. It just goes to show that we sometimes realize, and sometimes may not realize, who we’re sitting next to or speaking with.

Randomly going to a casual joint in Ojai on an overcast, rainy afternoon for the best fish tacos around (true story!) or engaging in conversation with a sweet waitress can change our days (and summer plans) in a matter of moments.

Talk about an off-the-menu special…

“Devil in the Deep”
The Mint Theater, NYC
Playing in June