Archive for June, 2013

Restaurant Ad Campaign

I went to Nevada earlier this year. It was my first time there, and also my first time to go to a certain restaurant, about which I have heard people rave. Maybe this blog post could inspire a new marketing campaign for them.

After my experience, I composed a song. Remember that it was the spring, so there was a slight wind and it was not too hot yet. We visited the restaurant after driving back from some attraction. Picture that it is late, after the sun went down.

Without further ado, here is the song. I hope you like it

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of carnitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my stomach thin, I had to stop for a bite
There it stood in the strip mall, it could my hunger quell
I was thinking to myself, “This could be heaven or something else”
Then she asked for my order and she showed me the way
There were voices behind the counter, I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the restaurant called Chipotle
Such a yummy place (such a yummy place)
Such a yummy space
Plenty of food at the restaurant called Chipotle
Any time of year
You can find it here

There are more verses to write. I don’t have them all down yet, but here are some of the phrases that should go into the song:

  • her rice is cilantro-twisted
  • some eat to remember, some eat to forget
  • so I called to the cashier, please bring me my lime
  • and she said, “we are all just customers here, of our own device.”

Now if only I could find a good tune to go with the words… Someone contact the Eagles and see if they can help.

And from what I hear from people near a Chipotle, once you start frequenting a Chipotle, you can’t stop. To put it another way, you can check out any time you want, but you’ll come back later.

Or something like that.

Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness They go forth seeking food in their activity, As bread for their children in the desert.

Job 24:5

Blue Heron Bay

We celebrated the end of the school year with a trip to a waterpark. A nearby county park (Independence Lake) had spent a few million dollars on a glorified sprayground and we decided to see how it compared to a real waterpark. A real waterpark has areas to swim, or at least submerge one’s self. This place keeps prices down by not having any standing water – liability costs are lower and the “lifeguards” do not have to have any certification.

What exactly does Blue Heron Bay have? The best answer for that is a panoramic photo:

panoramic photo of the Blue Heron Bay splash park at Independence Lake Washtenaw County park

Now for the tour. First up, welcome to Blue Heron Bay.

photo of the entrance to Blue Heron Bay splash park at Independence Lake

Lots of spray stuff:

photo of the water features at Blue Heron Bay splash park at Independence Lake


A Parent’s Review of Monsters University

Yesterday I took the older kids to see Monsters University. We got tickets to an advanced screening – excuse me, screaming – of the movie thanks to my wife’s friend.

When my wife called me and asked if I wanted to take the kids to see the movie, my first response was to check the usual review sites to see the appropriate age range and if there is any objectionable material.

The sites I like to check are Common Sense Media and Kids in Mind. Those two sites give reviews that are helpful to concerned parents. But… they review movies after they are out. Since this was June 18th and Monsters University doesn’t open until June 21st, all I got from one site was the synopsis provided by Pixar (and nothing from the other site).

So I had to go off movie critic reviews.

Those were not helpful. Mostly they lamented that, although not a bad movie, MU just didn’t live up to the expectations of previous Pixar releases. They gave the storyline and some other tidbits, but none of them told me the things I cared about:

  • how scary are the monsters in this movie?
  • any inappropriate material?
  • it’s set at a college, so how is the frat party handled?

I’ll try to fill in those blanks so that parents who are wondering those things can have their answers for opening weekend.

The monsters (and settings) are slightly scarier than Monsters, Inc., and I did not see any inappropriate material.

My 9-year-old was eager to go and liked everything in the movie. My 7-year-old was not as eager to go, but he said he liked the movie. I was glad I did not take my 4-year-old, because it would have been too scary for him.

I’d recommend a minimum age of 6. That’s based on my family – your mileage may vary.

Petition Caution

comic about how the NSA is secretly starting a 'stop spying' petition to gather names of people opposed to surveillance

NSA Employee #1: So, people don’t want us spying on them, huh?
NSA Employee #2: That’s right, there are some troublemakers who don’t like us doing our job…
NSA Employee #1: We’ve got to find out who they are so we can thwart their efforts.
NSA Employee #2: What are you going to do, ask for their names?
NSA Employee #1: Exactly!
[online stop-spying petition]
NSA Employee #2: Brilliant!

In summary: You don’t want your information in some list? Great, just put your information on this list and we’ll take care of it. Thanks.

But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

Galatians 2:4

Bad Employees

We went to a restaurant on the way home from a book sale. The lot was crowded, but there were two spots available. I saw one spot had a sign in front of it, so I took the other one.

I assumed it was a spot for take-out or pregnant women or something like that. Here is a picture of the spot:

image of an empty parking spot

On our way out, my wife read the sign and made a comment like “That’s not good”. In case you couldn’t read the sign in the previous photo, here is a close-up:

image of an empty parking spot with a sign saying it is reserved for the best employee

And my wife was right – if no employee is the best employee, that must mean that all the employees are equally bad, right?

Or maybe he was just late that day, which would make him not the best employee anymore.

Or maybe part of his perks for being awarded “Best Employee” was that he got an extra vacation day.

Or maybe he happens to live close to the restaurant so he can walk or bike to work.

It doesn’t really matter – our spot was closer to the front door anyway.

When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,

Luke 14:8

Good Point

During the NHL playoffs, I heard the announcer recite a statistic that went something like this:

The team that scores the first goal in the game goes on to win the game about 80% of the time.

They then went on saying how it was important for their team to score first so they would have the advantage. They were implying that scoring the first goal improves a team’s chances of winning.

I think they were using that statistic backwards.

It’s not that scoring the goal makes you a better team; it’s that the better team usually scores the first goal.

Think about it – the better team usually wins the game. So we know that the better team usually scores more goals. If both teams have an even distribution of goals across time, then the team with more goals is more likely to score the first goal. Also the last goal.

What good is that statistic? How does it help anyone? Should teams concentrate on scoring the first goal because it will mean they’ll win more games?

I can produce a statistic that is equally helpful – the team that scores more points wins 100% of those games.

Don’t worry about scoring first. Worry about scoring more goals. Chances are good that some of those goals will be before the other team’s goals.

In summary, scoring first is not going to win you a game – being a better team is.

But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,

Romans 15:15

Summer Theme

It’s June, the start of the summer quarter. Time for me to update the theme on this blog.

As is usual, it’s not much of a new theme – all I did was replace the images.
Anyway, here’s a slightly new look. Don’t expect tweaks this time.

They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Mark 6:32