I’ve heard the horror stories about the Time-Warner conversion to Comcast, but up until this past weekend I hadn’t experienced it firsthand. Well, that all changed Friday when I found that I had been cut off… apparently I thought I had paid my bill and Comcast thought I hadn’t. So I got to spend my lunch hour at Comcast’s payment center in a line of 25 people. I got the problem straightened out, paid my bill and got a receipt, and when I got home Friday evening my cable/Internet was back on… sort of. It would be running, although at the speed of a 14.4 dialup connection, for 10-15 minutes, and then it would go out completely for 10-15 minutes. This cycle repeated throughout the weekend.
Luckily, it didn’t matter, because I wasn’t home much. Saturday afternoon the gang met at Texas de Brazil for TdB’s new Saturday brunch. In addition to the usual assortment of meats and the best salad bar downtown, we also enjoyed breakfast items such as waffles with maple syrup, bacon and sausage, and an omelet bar (you have to look for the omelet bar though; it’s kind of hidden out of the way). Here are a few pics:
This is Pete the Trivia Guy (center), who does the Tuesday night Trivia Bowl at the Saucer. Pete: “The other trivia teams are gonna read about this in your blog, and think, this is why the Rapscallions win all the time, by bribing the trivia master with free brunch.”
This is a pic of Texas de Brazil’s excellent salad bar. That’s fresh mozzarella right there on the corner.
A few more pics of the gang:
Thanks to Elliott and the entire crew at Texas de Brazil for an excellent brunch. By the way, did you know that you can go to their website and sign up for their eClub? You get an instant 25% discount for joining, and they’ll sometimes send you coupons for 50% off, and for complimentary birthday and anniversary dinners.
After brunch we took a two-hour nap break, then moved on to the Flying Saucer for Rapscallion Party III, where we proceeded to cash in our $395 worth of gift certificates won at Tuesday trivia since the beginning of December. It took us three and a half hours to drain the tab, but we did it. In fact, we stayed and drank for quite a while after the tab was gone. Most of the team threw darts, taking an hour-plus to finish games thanks to all the beer; I chose to move to the band room, where I stayed for all three sets of The Dempseys’ performance.
Sunday was the second installment of brunch at The Majestic Grille, and it’s clear that we have really made the place our home. We filled the entire bar area with former Sleep Out’s regulars, and bartender Tiffany is already becoming one of the gang. This week I had the Andouille sausage and cheese frittata, and it was delicious. My friend Clay sitting to my left had the vegetable and goat cheese frittata, and it smelled unbelievably good – that’s going to be my choice for next week. I took pics of both frittatas but I haven’t downloaded those from the camera yet. I’ll post ’em later in the week.
After about 5 huge mimosas, I decided I had heard enough of the show tunes Terry (aka Terrence aka Black Man), who was sitting to my right, was singing, and I moved on to the Flying Saucer with Clay & friends. Hung out there for the rest of the afternoon shooting pool. I did surprisingly well considering the amount I had to drink, going on a 4-game winning streak before Saucer regular Ken (who I’ve never, ever seen play pool before) took me down. I had no idea Ken was such a good pool player. Around 7 I decided to call it a night – for me, a relatively early night.
What a fun weekend… I can tell that Sundays are going to be play days from now on. I’ve been bringing the laptop and getting some work done while I eat and drink, but I think my Sunday productivity will be coming to an end for a while.
Plans for tonight… well, let’s see, it’s Pint Nite. Attn Flying Saucer: Please start hiring ugly waitresses so I’ll stop coming in and spending so much money there.
Outta here for now… I’ve got more pics and a bunch of other stuff to post, but if Comcast continues to misbehave my posting will be restricted to time spent at Wi-Fi coffee shops and bars.