August 7th, 2005


daisy_knotwise and I just got back from Augustfest where the closing music act was Joe Cantafio and the 101st Rock Division, which turned out to be a substantially better group than I'd expected. They'd recently done a tour in the Middle East, entertaining U.S. and other Coalition troops, which made for some interesting stories as well.

While the rest of the band was taking a break, Joe played a few acoustic pieces. So he's standing at the microphone, trying valiantly to introduce a song that he'd written for his cousin who died in Iraq, and there's this clueless individual standing three feet in front of the stage, talking loudly on his Nextel phone. After this went on for more than a minute, Joe finally asked someone to please shoo the fellow away.

There's a desperate shortage of common sense out there.

This Is Not the Buffet You Were Looking For

I went over to Rich's mom's house and knocked off eight games of APBA baseball today, splitting them to remain at .500.

daisy_knotwise asked if I wanted her to make stir fry or if we should go out for dinner and have the stir fry on Monday. Since the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow, I voted for fewer dishes, although -- in one of those perverse bits of logic that I occasionally come up with -- I ended up suggesting we go to one of the local Chinese buffets. (Gretchen's stir fry is not a Chinese buffer, nor is a Chinese buffet Gretchen's stir fry.)

When we got there, we discovered that the Chinese buffet had morphed into a Cici's Pizza, a buffet pizza chain that we weren't familiar with. I shrugged and suggested that we try it, since we've been looking for new local pizza to replace the pizzeria that closed due to a fire.

It's pretty much decent buffet pizza and the price was certainly low enough -- under $13 for both of us with sodas. The deep dish pizza was the best of the lot and actually worth ordering as carry out, with a lot of good spicy pizza sauce on top. The Caesar dressing for the salad had a nice bite. And the cinnamon rolls I had for dessert were really good, suggesting that they were probably really bad for me. :)

They also had an arcade in the back with an air hockey table.

I doubt we'll eat there often ourselves since there is better buffet pizza available about 20 minutes away at Perry's, but I might take the baseball league there for dinner under the right circumstances.