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Harper Lee

“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

— Harper Lee


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Among the items on the new Chop House menu at the Olde Towne Tavern & Grille in Suwanee, Ga., is the Suwanee Strip steak, which I had medium-well with asparagus and cheddar mashed potatoes.

Happy Hump Day friends. This being another Wednesday, it means I have another restaurant review up on the travel web site UpTake.com.

OK, so the other night, the kids wanted to go back to Olde Towne Tavern & Grille in Suwanee, where, despite its proclivity to add extra e’s where they aren’t necessarily needed, the kid food is pretty good and the prices are a decent $4.99 with a side and a drink.

Our server handed me the well-thumbed-through menu and I was about to get down to business when she handed me another, thicker menu. This one for the restaurant’s new Chop House entrées. Well now, this is new.

While the old menu still has three steaks—chopped steak, Sirloin and New York Strip, as well as Prime Rib—this new menu was offering bigger cuts and more choices (all selections come with sides and a salad). OK, so my doctor isn’t going to be happy about my choice, but I’ve been good lately and deserved a treat.

To read the whole review, click here.


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Ace Frehley

“I can’t even read notes. But I can teach someone how to make a guitar smoke.”

— Ace Frehley

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John James Audubon

“ A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

— John James Audubon

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OK, so this last weekend, the boy had to spend a few hours on the computer doing practice Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, the Georgia educational system’s standardized testing. He did pretty well on the computerized pretest practice testing test tests, doing enough to satisfy the requirements, but jeeze, making him stay inside on 78-degree, breezy days just didn’t seem right.

The elementary school that the kids go to (they’re in fifth grade) always freaks out this time of year, and tries to trick parents into coming to school on a night a week before—usually with a student concert or play or something—and before the show starts, some administrator will get up and talk about how important it is for the students to do well on these test because it’s important for the permanent record and blah blah blah …

The upshot of the bait-and-switch (go for a concert, realize you have to sit through a warning about how important the testing is) is that they implore you to make sure the kids aren’t stressed out, get to bed early, eat good breakfasts the week of the testing. You know, all that good parenting stuff you don’t do the rest of the school year.

I can’t say the schools are teaching exclusively to the test, as the kids’ homework and subject matter has been varied, but I feel for the kids having to spend a whole week filling in little bubbles. I hated that when I was in school.

Via Graphjam.com


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Ella Fitzgerald

“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”

— Ella Fitzgerald

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So, here she is with her version of a Chocolate Bourbon Pie... a new Easter tradition?

OK, so the girl is not happy with my earlier post about her deviled eggs that should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning about the salt content. She claims she followed the recipe. Taste buds will argue against her.

But those eggs were not the only thing she cooked up for Easter lunch. She also baked, too. She has a couple of books with dessert recipes, and so far, she has been pretty darned good at it. This weekend, she wanted to bake a pie, grabbed the books and picked a recipe. I wan not in on the deliberation process, nor did I help in any way other than helping to hold a bowl or pot while she scooped out the contents.

It turned out pretty good. There were some things that she might do differently next time, and I’ll make those suggestions later. But for today, she’s very proud of herself, which makes me proud of her.


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