Sunday, October 21, 2012

Better feed Kay before she goes all T-Rex on the place.

There's a new girl in Fort Smith. Well, there are probably plenty of new girls in Fort Smith, but there is one in particular I know. Her name is Kay. She moved here from Missippi for a job as a perfusionist.  What a town to move to huh? Fort Smith, Arkansas. Hey! I did it too. It's not so bad.

Kay is a runner. Actually Kay is a triathlete. She's a pretty cool girl.

So, why does Kay get her special blog post? Well, really she doesn't, but she's part of the story, so she needed to be introduced.

Last night, I went to some historical thing with Kay. She's kind of nerdy and likes things like that. It was interesting. Well, we were going to grab dinner afterwards, and I suggested going to the German restaurant that is in town. After all, she is new in town, and it would be neat for her to see some of the things Fort Smith has to offer. I have always had a good experience at this restaurant.  That's obviously why I suggested it. I wouldn't suggest crap!

So, we get there.  Kay is hungry. She keeps saying she is about to get all T-Rex on the kitchen.  There was about a 25 minute wait for a table. That in itself is not a big deal.  They needed to hurry though because Kay was getting cranky! She kept saying she was, but I couldn't tell. I asked the hostess if I could go ahead and order a beer from the bar, and she tells me the bar is closed down because it is set up for Sunday Brunch. ??? It's a Saturday night a 7:30.  I don't think a restaurant should shut down things during prime dinner time for something that happens on Sunday, but that's beside the point.

Finally, we get a table.  We were surprised to see once they sat us at our table that nearly the whole restaurant was empty. When our hostess came over to us we mentioned that.  She said "well the people at this table just got up, sorry about your wait." What? We don't care about that! We care that it's not busy and we had to wait...and we are HUNGRY!!!

So I order a beer, and we order an appetizer and our meal.  They come back and tell us that they were out of the entree we both had ordered.  We then had to make a second choice. We were less than enthused, but it is what it is. 

They bring us some egg rolls on the house to apologize, and after we finish that we ask about the fried cheese we had ordered. She had neglected to ring that in!

I was ready for my second beer, and I was excited to try the next of three different Octoberfests that they had.  Well, they were out of the next one I ordered, so I ordered the next one, they were out of that too!!!  Grrrr...

So we get our food, we eat it...then...then...this is where it gets interesting...

Our waitress comes over and asks how everything was. Kay says "well, it was pretty underwhelming."

Want to know what the waitress says next???

She says "Well you did order the hamburger steak?" 

What?? You are blaming her underwhelming experience on what she ordered off YOUR menu? 

Here's the ISN'T what she ordered...they were out of what she wanted!

So I pipe in and no it's not her's the whole experience. I tell them I she's new in town, and I suggested this place because I like it, but the whole experience since the time we walked in the door has been unpleasant.

She then proceeds to tell us how it isn't her fault that we had to wait or that they were out of food. She tells us that the hostess is new, and apologizes for how the hostess had us wait.

I'm sorry, I know she's a waitress and some things are out of her control.  However, the blame game isn't good, and I like to see a waitress be apologetic. This girl was not.

It did have me laughing though. "Well you did order the hamburger steak." How hilarious!!!!  Duh Kay, order something better if you don't want to be underwhelmed!

Now Kay isn't going to let me pick where to eat again. My credibility has been shot down. Thanks German restaurant that I will not name.  Thank you much.

Our waitress ends up comping one of my beers...she then tells Kay that she hopes Kay will give them another shot. I tell her the only way Kay is coming again is if someone offers to pay for her food. I'm not sure I ever want to go back either.

See how disappointed Kay is?

One more thing is to be is soo sad but true that bad customer service will get written about and spread around more than good customer service. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

I love the sky.

Neat huh? Neat that a skydiver broke the sound barrier after doing the highest sky dive ever???

what a jump

I used to want to be an astronaut. I would go to the mini space camp every year. I loved the then I wanted to be an astronomer. I had glow in the dark stars on my ceiling in the patters of different constellations. I had a little planetarium machine. I LOVED space and all it was.

I still LOVE LOVE LOVE the stars. That was one of my favorite things about working at Astrocamp.  I loved working with the telescopes, I loved the showing kids everything in the planetarium, and I loved looking up at the constellations and pointing at them with the green laser pointer.

If it's dark outside, you can bet I am looking up into the sky to see if I can see the stars. If I am running, and it's dark outside, just watch me.  I will look up at the sky  with a big smile on my face. How wonderful all those stars are! 

My favorite constellation is Orion. I don't really know why, but it is. 

Leo...In the summer, Leo is neat to see, and you really do see a lion in the sky. 

Venus, Venus is so bright when you can see it.

I love the way Saturn looks in a telescope. It looks like a little sticker.

Wow, I love the sky.  the stars take my breath away. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If she weighed the same as a duck... she's made of wood

Monty Python!!! Especially Monty Python and the Holy Grail! I love that movie.  I remember some friends and I had a girl's movie night in college. I got to pick the movie, and I picked the Holy Grail.  I was told afterwards that I would never be allowed to pick a movie again. What??? 

Well, we have a place in town called the Movie Lounge. It's one of those places that play movies on a big screen while you eat and drink.   This Friday, they are going to be playing Monty Python and the Holy Grail! I am freaking excited!  I get to see this movie on the big screen?? What??

She turned me into a newt...I got better.

So, I used to work at this camp called Astrocamp. We had to perform skits for the campers.  My group did a Monty Python skit.  It was fun.  We accidentally broke a ceramic duck that belonged to the head maintenance guy after we promised we wouldn't.  It was caught on film.

What else floats?

Oh Astrocamp.  Ok, this blog is pure nuttiness.  That's ok.  I just want to ask you one thing:

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

That is all.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I love you fall.

That is all really. I love fall.  It's by far my favorite season!  I love apple cider and caramel apples. I love seeing the leaves change color and fall to the ground. I love the crisp air and cooler temperatures. I love that I get to start wearing my warm hats.  I love drinking the seasonal Octoberfest beers.  I just love fall.  I love how the air conditioner can be turned off for a while, and how the windows can be kept open. I love the smells!  I love it all. 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

2 months????

My oh my how time flies! I haven 't updated this poor little bloggy blog in over two months. I don't know how I let it slip away.  Everyone can thank Andrea for reminding me of my neglect.

So, when last I updated, I had just ran a 50k.  Turns out a lot has happened since then, so I figure I will just bring you up to speed.

*I turned 30. Yep. 30.  I am excited about it though. It's a new chapter in my life, and I'm excited about where I am.  I have the future ahead of me and the past wasn't that bad.  Life is good.  Crazy to think though...I've had this blog since December 2004!  If you are bored, and want to know what 22 year old me thought or was up to, go back and read.  Oh how times have changed. :)'s me at 22 with my dear cousin Sarah...

And, now here I am today at the good ole age of 30 with a couple spectacular people...

Age is on my side if I do say so myself. 

What else besides turning 30?

*I ran another marathon. That makes 4 marathons and a 50k since March. I may be insane.
*Then I ran a half marathon.
*Then I ran another half marathon.  Yes, I said I might be insane.  I'm not lying.
*I bought a bicycle! (actually Andy got it for me for Christmas and Birthday and every other holiday possible) and it's pretty :) and did I tell you I might be insane?
So now I've been riding it some, and it's fun.

*But then yesterday...I was bad...I put the bike behind my vehicle, then I got in my vehicle and started backing up. LUCKILY some people yelled at me to stop or else the damage could have been far worse. I can't ride it until I fix it, but I think it won't be too hard to fix, and I know the right people. I won't be doing that again.  I can tell you that much.

*There, now you are all up to speed. I promise I won't go two months with out updating this time. Promise!