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  1. TWEEEEEET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Judge Don sez: Lack of communication. kieplangdu didn't read your second (obviously light-hearted) post that said "We were very hungry" before replying. Hence, wrote a more aggressive post than we're used to seeing here. This is a classic case of misunderstanding, and not knowing each other. (I don't care much for Pho 88 Falls Church either, but yes, the reply was blunt enough where it stood out ... but if you read the words, there's nothing in there that's personal; kieplangdu just detests the restaurant.) Tell ya what I'm gonna do ... merge kieplangdu's posts into one, and only leave the information that pertains directly to Pho 88. Now carry on and give each other a hug.] REPLAY THE DOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. "Houston Restaurants Have a Hard Time Restricting Cell Phone Use" by Diane Cowen on chron.com
  3. [If anyone can figure out the final arrangement of restaurants, I'd appreciate being pinged in the future - right now, it's very difficult to get a grasp on what this restaurant group is doing (for our purposes, that is). This could easily end up having multiple threads, or not.]
  4. DonRocks

    The Rolling Stones

    Honestly? I'm just not that into outdoor-stadium concerts (it was at the football field). It was awesome seeing, emphasis on "seeing," Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but these concerts are only as good as the sound systems, no matter who's on stage. I do remember they had a giant "steel wheel" as the stage backdrop. Dizzy Gillespie at Blues Alley? Now *that* was something! We should start a "Three Concerts You Enjoyed the Most, and Why" thread - a small number like three (or five) really forces you to think and narrow things down.
  5. DonRocks

    The Rolling Stones

    ... and the other 5% he wasted. For the record, I drove down to Raleigh to see their "Steel Wheels Tour" at NC State University, Sep 16, 1989.
  6. DonRocks

    The Rolling Stones

    So ... Mick Jagger is the wealthiest person ever to attend the London School of Economics: fact, or urban legend?
  7. Corey had a major role as George L. Brady, Jr., aka "Repent," in "Lady in a Cage" (1964) Incidentally, this shot is James Caan's first-ever scene in which he had a substantial role in a film (to Caan's right is an ageless Rafael Campos, who was in "Blackboard Jungle" (1955). This occurs immediately after an uncredited scene by Scatman Crothers (Corey is immediately to Crothers' left).
  8. DonRocks

    Ronaldo or Messi?

    "Cristiano Ronaldo Finally Breaks Juventus Duck ... Then Promptly Scores Again" on edition.cnn.com
  9. I'm not sure if this picture captures the dish, but for $12, the beef carpaccio was the dish of the night. If I had one criticism of the dish, it was that the beef was cut too thick, which is the kind of criticism you're looking for. Even though it's not veal, they could make a wicked Vitello Tonato with this. Spread the world about Napoli Pasta Bar - it's a great neighborhood restaurant that any city could use more of.
  10. Given the punishment for being caught, this was an incredibly brazen operation. Someone "knew" the grapes were ripe for picking, and this must have taken multiple people several hours to perform (5,000 pounds of grapes). Plus, it was dark, and people needed to know the layout of the vineyard. How could this not have been either employees (8 of whom were supposed to show up the next day to pick the grapes), contractors, or (less likely) a neighboring winery? Has anything like this ever been done before in the history of the world? There are so many unanswered questions: Were Firefly Hill's crates used? If so, then it could have been employees, thinking that if they got caught, they could just say, "We were just getting an early start." I suspect all the clues needed to solve this mystery are already in the hands of police - a worst-case scenario for Firefly Hill would be if the "8 employees" were contracted, itinerant grape pickers, who turned out to be fly-by-night thieves ... this is entirely possible. Here is the original Facebook post:
  11. DonRocks

    Ronaldo or Messi?

    Anyone have any comments, regarding the Ronaldo vs. Messi question, about the total goal leaders in the UEFA Champions League? Would Eric's "Messi = unselfish" and "Ronald = selfish" comments have anything to do with the number of goals scored?
  12. The UEFA Champions League was organized in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, and reorganized in 1992 as the UEFA Champions League. --- UEFA Champions League, 2015-2016 Season (Ericandblueboy) UEFA Champions League, 2016-2017 Season (Ericandblueboy) UEFA Champions League, 2017-2018 Season (Ericandblueboy) UEFA Champions League, 2018-2019 Season (Ericandblueboy)