May 23, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 73 (Donut deception, table duty, gouging gator and more)

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If you want to make food look more appealing, just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Or at least something that looks like powdered sugar. Take a look at this delicious donut:

The funny thing is, it's not a donut at all. It's a potato bagel from Costco. Maybe covering it in so much flour is a subliminal attempt to get you to buy it because it looks sugary. Whenever we pull one of these out the bag in our fridge, we grab a paper towel and dust off all the flour.


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You'd think a hard-core introvert would like to sit alone in a restaurant. But that's not my idea of a comfortable situation unless the alternative is worse. After some extensive playtime at the park, my family and a friend and her kids stopped at Chick-fil-A for dinner. I volunteered to hang out alone at the table to guard our stuff while everyone else braved the playscape in the restaurant. If you've ever been inside the play area at a fast food place then you know I made the right choice.


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My older daughter has just a few more days of second grade before summer vacation. Whenever we talk about it, she always asks, "Daddy, do you have to work during the summer?" I wish I didn't.


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With all the media coverage lately about self-driving cars, I'd like to issue a challenge to Google or whomever else is thinking about manufacturing these things. Please hurry up so self-driving cars are mainstream before my kids are old enough to experience the perils of driving.



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I don't know how I got on the junk mail list for a silly catalog full of overpriced outdoor furnishings, but check out the most ridiculous item:

Does anyone really need a $295 alligator drink table?


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Can you figure out what's happening in this picture of my family? To me it looks like one daughter is standing on the other daughter's head.


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Several years after Pope (now Saint) John Paul II's death, I'm still learning amazing things about him. At Mass last weekend, the deacon told the story of an American bishop who visited the pope when the pope's health was rapidly declining not too long before his death. The bishop was sad that this would likely be the last time he'd get to visit the pontiff. So the bishop said to him, "I'm so sorry that this is the last time I'll get to see you." The pope paused for a few seconds and said to the bishop, "Why? I didn't even know you were sick."

Well played, JPII!

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