Monday, March 26
Well dumplings I start taping new shows for the 2007 season of WOMR
and thanks to the great jill matrix
There were a lot of things that could make my mom proud of my sister,brother and me: great report cards, a clean bedroom every once in a while, but the thing that really sent her into fits of joy was pushing us to further and further levels of just how far we could stretch our stomachs. And she had a "short list" of the best places to do it.
The Ground Round restaurant met all of my family's requirements for “our kinda restaurant.”
My sister, brother and I delighted in swishing our feet thru the
The very fact that we could order our meals from the table and not
My parents didn’t give a hoot about the root beer and peanuts. They
Mom would start starving us at 3 o'clock in preparation for getting
By the time we hit the Ground Round at 6:30, we were so hungry, we
“Two adult all-you-can-eat fish fries and three kiddies!” Mom would scream at the waitress before she could even open her mouth.
The flounder would arrive heavily breaded, with a mess of fries. Mom frowned on wasting precious gastric real estate on fries, but to be able to devour more then one basket of fried fish, you needed the
Later in high school, I visited the Ground Round with pals. When I
But the Ground Round wasn’t the crème de la crème of pig-a-thons for Mom. No, she much preferred the early bird special at the Blue Swan diner. Mom nearly caused a pileup the day she first drove past the Swan; she was mesmerized by the sidewalk blackboard advertising “ALL YOU CAN EAT.”
We weren’t thrilled about the Swan, it was a bright, 1960s-style
The all-you-can-eat part was their salad bar. The deal was you could order any entrée and get the all-you-can-eat salad bar for free, plus the early bird entrée specials were only $6.99 and included beverage and dessert.
Mom gave the salad bar high praise when she discovered that not only did it have lettuce, tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, canned chick peas, green bean salad and croutons but it doled out the big money too; tuna fish salad.
Mom quickly devised a scheme where she would order a $6.99 broiled sole for herself, a $6.99 broiled salmon for me and then just ask for bread and make tuna fish sandwiches from the salad bar for my brother and sister. Dad missed out because the early bird only lasted until 6 o'clock and he was barely home from work by then.
It should be noted at this point that only four kinds of fish existed
During the Blue Swan years, I ate so many canned chickpeas that it
It might not have been so bad if we’d been allowed to soak up the
But the gold medal of all-you-can-eat pigathons was reserved for the place far, far away and near to my parent’s wallet: the Thunderbird Inn. It was somewhere between the southern part of North Carolina and the northern part of South Carolina, I can’t recall, but it was the prime destination for our annual road trip from Jersey to Florida.
Mom would start starving us in Virginia, knowing the Thunderbird was coming up -- and for good reason. This place was the heavyweight of well … getting heavy. The Bird had a turnstile time system where you would pay your 6 bucks and could walk into this huge gymnasium place filled with Southern-style buffets and eat all you could stand until your time slot ended.
There was the 7-11am breakfast, the 11-3 lunch, two hours for the
We’d gorge ourselves on fried fish, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, corn-on-the-cob, cornbread and slabs and slabs of pecan pie. Mom sent us on repeat missions for cornbread and buttermilk biscuits.
After the incident referred to as “rice pudding wreck” Mom had wised up to what worked in her purse and what didn’t. The cornbread and biscuits were good hours later, if you didn’t mind the occasional ant.
Well I’m all grown up now, of course, and recently was feeling a bit
The food was less then mediocre of course, except for the steamship roast carvery, which was actually edible. Lots of old ladies filled the booths, and the familiar hint of blue in their wash and set brought back memories.
I didn’t want the cookies, never been a huge fan of cheap baked
I smiled, thinking of the little bundle as my tribute to Mom who went off to the great all-you-can-eat buffet in heaven some years back… but I made damn sure to get those suckers out of my bag before the ants arrived.
Wednesday, March 21
to catch up on my writing
working on my first show back
on other news
aint i poetic
Tuesday, March 20
boy that whole re-call the cat and dog food thing was scary shit
luckily my old ladie kittys food was okay
ill tell you when you're in the manufacturing end of things
does anyone have the inside scoop on how this happened?
Friday, March 16
well its another snow storm
just got back from 3 days in the MOHEGAN SUN
firstly from the second you step inside this complex
i think you're supposed to lose touch with reality
it was fun
i did win 300 bucks on a 25cent machine though
aint i special
Thursday, March 15
i saw notes of a scandal
Wednesday, March 7
no good deed goes unpunished
all this positive thinking
on other news
if the majority of people in this country
or am i thinking about this all wrong
would this be the time to really make a change
ive been a bit out of the political loop
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