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December 27th, 2003

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09:33 pm - Phoenix
The game in Phoenix could have ended better. My Hokies came back from a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game, but the Cal Bears kicked a winning field goal to the end the game. *sigh*

The drive out on Thursday went well, except for our plan to eat at the Cracker Barrel. They were closed for Christmas. Fortunately, there was a Denny's right across the street which was open.

The hotel we stayed at was in downtown Phoenix. This means that parking at the hotel was just weird, by my experience. I had to pay separately for parking in the hotel's garage, $7/day. On top of an expensive room. Bah, silly hotel. The room itself was comfortable enough.

I did catch up on Friday with Paul, the first boss I had in Salem. (Salem being the location of the job I had after I graduated from college until I moved to California. I say "Salem" instead of "TTC" because I had already worked for TTC during my co-operative eduation before graduation.) Dee and I joined Paul and his son for lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory, and then went back to my hotel and hung out in the bar until game time.

The hotel was only about 4 blocks from the stadium, however it really drained Dee to walk it on the way there for the game. Add hiking up 24 rows into the stands for our seats, and she was really worn out as the game started. This made me feel really bad. They opened the roof of the stadium for some fireworks, and closed it again after most of the smoke had cleared.

On the way back, we picked up a pedal taxi. Made the trip back a lot better for Dee, though she did get a little chilled from the air on her.

Today we did get a meal at the Cracker Barrel, and then headed home. We thought about stopping at some outlet stores in Palm Springs, but the parking lot was packed so we decided it wasn't worth it. We stopped for dinner out once we were back here, and ran by a store and picked up the DVDs of Onegai Teacher. I had grabbed fansubs before we left, and we watched most of them while we were in Phoenix, so we now have legit copies for ourselves.

Anyway, that's about it. I think I'll be collapsing in a few minutes. :^)
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Date:December 27th, 2003 10:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good trip!
Too bad abt the last-minute recovery of cal though.
ANyway, enlighten me ... what's a Cracker Barrel? I've heard of them often. What kind of food do they have? Is it at all related to the Cracker Barrel cheese that kraft (or someone) sells?
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Date:December 28th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
Not related to Kraft cheese at all. It's a big chain of restaurants that are located almost exclusively along Interstate highways, each with a little "Country Store" section that has a bunch of little knick-knack type stuff and some food items, like the apple butter & jams they serve.

Their food selection tends along what I could call "comfort food." Meatloaf, pot roast, that kind of stuff. They also serve breakfast all day long. Thinking back, I had a breakfast there but I forgot about their meatloaf, I miss their meatloaf. They have a slightly spicy red tomato sauce for it that I really like. *sigh* Of course I remember that now, not as I was looking at the menu. Just start here and you can see most of the menu.
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Date:December 27th, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
cracker barrel..! that little peg game they give to you while you wait is great. (maybe that was only in Indiana?)
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Date:December 28th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
I've been to Cracker Barrels in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, and another state or two, and to my memory every single one has the same peg game on the table. The only place out here I've seem them is Tiffy's, which is a little restaurant close to Disneyland. I can't do them to 1 peg, so I know I should just leave them alone, but usually I don't. ^_^

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