Archive for February 19th, 2010


Wow! Can’t believe it’s the weekend already!

Following a busy week, it’s going to be just as busy for our family this weekend. Tomorrow my boys are taking part in a “Klondike Derby” with their Boy Scout Troop. They have built sleds that will haul their gear and they will participate in some form of competition where they need to use a compass and their sleds. Check back on Monday and I’ll let you know how it turned out!

Tomorrow, my daughter will be picking up and distributing the Girl Scout cookies she sold last month I’m sure the neighbors will be happy to see her show up with their orders. If past years are any indication, the supply we ordered for our house won’t last too long!

My marathon training schedule calls for an 18 mile run tomorrow morning. The weather forecast is favorable, so I’m planning on heading to the lakes in Minneapolis early for the run. It was a good week of training and I also booked my hotel in Green Bay for race weekend. Following the run, I am meeting up with some friends from our church for some fellowship and “simulated” golf at a local golf center. I have played the simulated game once before and it should be a good time. We are playing a “scramble” format, not sure what course we’ll choose to play.

Following church on Sunday, my oldest son has a basketball game. He plays on an “in-house” team, which is currently undefeated in their league.

On Monday, my wife gets to escape our winter for a couple of days with a business trip to sunny and warm, San Diego.

Things I Learned This Week…

*Following extensive new research and testing it now appears that “King Tut” died of an infection in a broken leg instead of murder that was long suspected.

Apparently, the King suffered a broken leg, developed a nasty infection and died in mid-January 1323 B.C.
Further research discovered that Tut appeared on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” in early January 1323 B.C. This now appears to be the first recorded evidence of the “S.I. cover jinx”!

*I learned what a “Double McTwist 1260″ is.

Thank you, Shaun White and congratulations too!

*Be careful what you say, it might wind up on the internet and the 10 O’clock News!

Actually, Mark Rogers, Owner of the “Legends” restaurant chain found this out the hard way this week. It seems on Monday, his downtown Des Moines restaurant was just a “tad” busier than most Mondays. There was an “in-service” day for teachers in the Des Moines Public School District and they were meeting at a nearby convention complex. During their lunch break, several of the teachers decided to dine at “Mister Rogers” establishment (with apologies to the late, great, Fred Rogers, I couldn’t resist). It seems one of the teachers got a little more than she ordered in the form of a hair that had somehow found it’s way onto her food! After being noticed, it was brought to the attention of the server, who according to the teacher and her dining party, didn’t really seem to care too much! Following a request to see “The Manager” that got nowhere, the owner, Mark Rogers was summoned. Much to the teachers surprise, the owner, allegedly got very angry and abusive. He “allegedly” let them know what he thought of teachers and told them never to return to his establishment!

Well, you can probably figure out what happened next…

An e-mail was sent out to teachers in the Des Moines area, of which, my sister is one, who forwarded it to me. The e-mail explained what happened and called for a boycott of the Legends chain. Soon, the e-mail was forwarded to thousands of people and the local news media picked up on it and it was suddenly on the local newscast. It was the worst case scenario for the restaurant, especially with the busy high school tournaments coming to town beginning this week.

A e-mail from the “Director of Operations” for the chain tried to “defuse” the situation. He explained the restaurant was under-staffed, employs around 500 hard-working people in the area, with current economic conditions, is struggling to survive, hadn’t anticipated the lunchtime “rush”, has always supported many schools in the area and that the owner is really a great guy, just a little “stressed” out!

Then it was Mark Roger’s turn to try…

Rogers went on a local TV station’s newscast and tried to explain how sorry he was for his actions and how he would very much like to “buy” lunch for the wonderful, tireless, hard-working teachers!

Not sure how it turned out in Des Moines, but it seems someone else has a television appearance scheduled for this morning to “explain” his bad actions off of the golf course. We’ll have to see how he is at damage control too!

The lesson…

Be careful what you say or do!

Happy Weekend!