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Month in progress (will it ever end?) [Sep. 18th, 2003|08:50 pm]
So far we're having the September from Hell. However, things are
beginning to look up a little bit. Tonight we decided to try
someplace new for dinner -- in particular, Texas Land and Cattle
Company -- about which we'd heard reasonably good things. Not
fantastic, but good. We were still wary of our experience with Great
American Land and Cattle Company, previously described here. I
am pleased to report that we are no longer too concerned about that
place. While Texas L&CC may not be our One True Steak Place, it
will certainly do as a default. The food was pretty good. What
really impressed us, though, was one thing the server did: when he
gave willowisp her steak, he asked if she would please cut into
the middle to make sure it was done how she had asked. It took him
maybe ten seconds to ask and another ten seconds to follow
through. It's amazing how much difference one can make in that amount
of time: where the woman at Great American L&CC conveyed the
impression that we were bothering her, the problems were our fault,
and she really didn't have time to look after something we should have
averted in the first place, the guy tonight held an attitude more like
"My job is to take care of you two. I want to make sure your dinner
came out how you wanted." We were both very pleased. Dinner was
good, too.

In other news: here is the summary of losses and expenses incurred
that makes this a thoroughly expensive September so far. First, our
car got rear-ended and was a total loss. Second, a glass of water got
spilled on a keyboard, trackball, and network switch. Third, we've
got about a week's worth of rental car to pay off. Fourth, we now
have a new car: fortunately, we have four years to knock that one out,
which won't be a problem. In fact we intend to do it more quickly
than that. Fifth, the hard drive in my laptop is failing. The new
part is coming under warranty, but the time it has already taken me to
diagnose the failure, convince Dell technical support, and back
everything up, plus the time it will take me to rebuild the system
from scratch, is quite expensive. Sixth, our TV is apparently feeding
back a lot of current into the line, which knocks out our cable modem
every few hours. This might be the beginnings of a hardware failure
(short to ground, anyone?). It might also be related to being at the
end of a long chain of splitters. The TV is definitely a low-priority
item, but honestly, I'm getting sick of seeing expensive things fail.

On the good side, we no longer have the big ugly clumsy Buick rental.
Instead, there is a blue Honda Accord sitting in our garage. It took
a fair amount of doing to locate this car: there is exactly one of
them in this particular color and configuration in all of New Mexico,
Colorado, Arizona, and most of Texas. Once located, it took some
doing to find the best deal. This we did. Details forthcoming. I
like this car a lot.

I am absolutely exhausted. It's 10 'til 9. I'm going to do something
terribly decadent like go to bed an hour early.

From: netdancer
2003-09-19 03:14 am (UTC)
If steak/chicken/Midwestern is your thing and you have't already, you might want to try Texas Roadhouse.

Pretty much my default steak place, tho I don't know what areas they exist in.
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2003-09-19 04:06 pm (UTC)
We've been to Texas Roadhouse in Indy and Lynchburg, Virginia. At first I thought this place was Texas Roadhouse, mostly due to the bucket o' peanuts. Unfortunately the time we ate at TR in Lynchburg resulted in saga part the first, saga part the second, saga part the third, and a final conclusion.

The net result is that even though we're quite sure it was a flu-type virus and not food poisoning (We all had drastically different things; I never got the bug; Regina (the six-year-old) got it mildly; Andy got it seriously; and Heather got it severely enough to be hospitalized), Andy is very leery of going there. I really don't blame him, given how hard he got hit, and associating it with the last thing he ate is well within the pattern of human behavior. Thank you for the recommendation, though!
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2003-09-19 04:03 am (UTC)
WOOO new car! Does it go VROOM?
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2003-09-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
I was actually impressed quite a bit even before the "Please cut your steak to make sure it's done properly" part. Our waiter asked us if we'd even been here before and once Andy noted that "Texas Land and Cattle" != "Texas Roadhouse", we said "No". After welcoming us he asked if we wanted a sample of any of the steaks. I have never ever had that happen to me before at a steak place. It absolutely floored me.

Oh, and although the waiter at first thought steaks came pre-rubbed, it turned out they could special order for me. And it was really yummy. Ayup, I like the place.
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[User Picture]From: turnberryknkn
2003-09-30 12:10 am (UTC)
Eargh. Sorry to hear 'bout all your troubles. Hope the change of season makes for a change in fortune...

(And further sorry it has taken almost two weeks to catch up to this entry (actually, to be honest, I've given up about catching up on most diaries and am just trying to prioritize the most important diaries...).)
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