All you can eat buffets are places where you can pay a set fee and eat for a virtually indefinite amount of time. These restaurants differ from your average eatery as they forgo the paper menu and allow the customers to simply take what they want. The idea for a buffet was created by Herbert Cobb McDonald in 1965, and these eateries have become standard fare for years. The idea in for a buffet seems absurd, but when you think about it, a profit is always a possibility when everybody pays the same price but not everybody eats their money’s worth. There are many types of buffets out there, the “all you can eat” model can be seen in everything from soups to traditional Japanese cuisine, but not all buffets are created equally. I love to eat at buffets, but there are some that just don’t leave room for most people to eat much. I understand that some people like to eat spicy foods, but I’ve had all you can eat curry before, and while it was tasty I did find myself regretting the decision to go for all I could eat. All you can eat dining has become a great American tradition, and while some may call this type of consumption gluttonous, the owners and the patrons of these establishments will gladly continue to put their money into these interesting restaurants.
It has been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series Championship, and despite the team’s persistent futility, they always seem to have enough fans willing to root them on year after year. The Chicago Cubs have the longest drought between championships that any active professional team has ever seen, and whether it is by a curse, by error, or by act of fan, this team has managed to lose in seven World Series since their last. I am a Yankee fan, and I am relatively young, so I honestly don’t know what it feels like to go more than ten years between championships, but I can imagine that Cubs fans are elated to see that their team is literally eight games away from finally winning once again. The Cubs are quite possibly the hottest team in baseball at the moment, I know there are only four teams left, and that all four are playing incredibly inspired baseball, but the Cubs have one thing that all of the other team’s lack, and that is a “mad genius” manager in Joe Madden. Madden has seemed to find a way to galvanize this young and talented Cubs team to a level that has them believing they are not just capable of winning it all, but also into believing that whoever wants to win must go through them. Aside from the talent on the field, the Cubs also now have the general manager who was responsible for breaking the 86 year “curse” on the Red Sox and bringing them a World Series title so I would say history is on their side. If all of the facts about the Cubs don’t quite make the case for their possible World Series Championship, we also have the fact that the movie Back to the Future II predicted that they would finally win it all in this, the year 2015. I am fully on the bandwagon of the Cubs, they are a fun team to watch and a talented bunch. I would be glad to see the misery end in Chicago, and a World Series Championship trophy raised high in the north side of the Windy City.
Today is national dictionary day, the most recent in America’s long line of unnecessary national days. October 16th is the anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster, the man who compiled the famous Webster’s Dictionary. Noah Webster was a lexicographer in the late 1700s who decided he wanted to put together a comprehensive dictionary of the English language. It took Webster 26 years to complete his text, and in order to properly map the etymology of each word, he had to learn 28 languages. Creating this massive dictionary was quite a feat to undertake, when you consider the fact that Webster had to learn and decipher all of these words, it is no surprise that it took him so many years to complete. For years, dictionaries were considered purely academic texts, but in recent years with the rapid changes in vernacular and use, the dictionary has become more of a map of common lingo. The English language and all of its various dialects have seen a large amount of evolution in recent years, and with commonly used internet terms gaining steam, it is hard for many to keep up with “real” and “fake” words. The dictionary has become less of a comprehensive compilation of the English language and more of a museum of archaic words and phrases. The growth of information technology seems to have made the paper dictionary almost useless, while leading to a faster growth of online dictionary directories. For now, dictionaries are still being published, and libraries and academic institutions are still more than willing to stock their bookshelves with these massive publications, but it seems like there will be little use for offline dictionaries within the next ten years. In honor of National Dictionary Day, I will end this post with the definition of one of my favorite, scarcely used words, which can be found in your nearest dictionary.
obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
“they were served by obsequious waiters”
“We Real Cool” by Gwendelyn Brooks
The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.
We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
Today I found myself thinking about this old poem. I have read it hundreds of times, and probably written countless commentaries on it for school, but I feel as though the meaning of this poem evolves as we age. “We Real Cool” is a simple poem about some pool players in a pool hall, a place where “cool” people would probably hang out in the late 1950s. The lines of this poem state what they do, the first line seems positive enough, but the poem seems to spiral out into an extremely morbid realization at the end. The pool players are doing things that seem “cool” when one is young, such as skipping school, staying out late, drinking, and partying all night, but in the end they seem to realize that living in this manner may lead to an untimely death. While I was reading this poem today, I actually saw the the last line a bit differently, I saw it as though these pool players have reached the height of what they considered to be “cool,” and had nothing left to do in their minds, other than to die. In a sense this is a sad poem, life is about more than keeping up appearances or being popular, and if anyone lives for a certain status, where do they go once that status is gone? This poem encompasses the saying “youth is wasted on the young” perfectly, When we are young we really don’t worry about the future, we live for the day and hope to be ok tomorrow. This poem is short, but if it is read a certain way it can be incredibly deep. I will definitely read this poem again in 10 years, I may have a wider observation on it, or even a completely different view on the message these “cool cats” were trying to send in this interesting piece.
Fantasy football is a fickle little game. I posted before about how fantasy football has gained a significant following in recent years, and along with that following has come the online gambling that is weekly fantasy games. Weekly fantasy football leagues are the heavily advertised and not at all regulated flavor of the week. If you have ever watched any sporting event or even turned on a television show that is geared towards millennials, you probably have seen the countless ads for Fanduel and Draftkings, which are the two competing fantasy for money websites. These companies advertise a chance to win millions for dollars, by simply picking your favorite players and enjoying the games you love, but this week both companies have come under fire for the actions of their employees. An employee of Draftkings won $350,000 from Fanduel after leaking sensitive information about player ratings, then using that data to his benefit. The knowledge this employee had on players and the similarity of the two companies gave this individual a distinct and unfair advantage over his competition. Both fantasy companies have since barred their employees from playing on either site, but there are more issues with these games than just “insider trading.” The problem with these fantasy sports betting sites is that they are completely unregulated. I am not the biggest fan of government regulation, but these companies are controlling way too much money to be able to freely share data with employees who have a chance to make a financial gain from it. Many people have called these websites the new stock market, I just hope this whole fantasy sports betting thing doesn’t get out of hand. Too many people have too much at stake when it comes to sports betting and this whole ordeal may run them the wrong way. I expect some sort of regulation to come out of this mess within the next few months, but until then, I would be wary of putting money into fantasy sports.
College football is a sport full of rivalries and none have been more one sided and disappointing than the matchup of Miami and Florida State over the past 10 years. I have been a University if Miami football fan for years, and while they were a very good team when I was young, they have become less than a shell of the powerhouse they once were. Florida State on the other hand has seen mostly prosperity in the recent years, with a Heisman trophy winner and a National Championship in 2013. Over the past 10 years of this rivalry, FSU has won eight times, and they are an overwhelming favorite to win tonight. Miami looks to be improving, but they just have not managed to shake the stench of mediocrity in recent years. A win tonight will go a long way in shaping the future of the Miami Hurricanes, I expect tonight to be the night that Miami shows the nation that they are still relevant, and that they can and will contend for a national title in the near future. I am predicting a Miami win by the score of 27-17, the Hurricanes will manage to come out strong and keep up the tempo all game. Florida State is not a bad team by any stretch, but they are coming into this game slightly injured, and their five year win streak may lead to a bit of overconfidence. I can’t wait to see what happens in this matchup, I hope to see the Hurricanes win, but I’m sure the game will be extremely exciting and entertaining.
It has been a long time since I had some great barbecue, and today I decided to head to a nice Upstate New York “barbecue joint” called Holy Smoke BBQ. I was a bit apprehensive about going to this place, since barbecue restaurants are often “hit or miss,” but after learning about their large portions of St. Louis style ribs I had to give it a try. I went into the restaurant with the intention of just trying their signature ribs, and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and size of the meal. Most people go into a barbecue restaurant strictly for the meats, but I am one of those rare individuals who has to try all of the sides. The mac and cheese was probably the best I have ever eaten at a barbecue restaurant, and considering the amount of eateries I have patronized, that is definitely quite a feat. The service was excellent and the meat was extremely juicy and well seasoned. I generally am not much of a rib eater, but for these ribs I would gladly make the 45 minute trip from NYC again. If you are ever in the Mahopac, NY area, check out Holy Smoke BBQ you will not be disappointed.
I tried my luck at getting a perfect week, but unfortunately I went 11 for 15 on my week four picks. While 11 correct isn’t too bad, I’m sure I can manage to do better. Here is my shot at perfection. Week five is when teams begin to know who they are, and while every team is still technically in contention, this week is when we start to separate the “contenders” from the “pretenders.” In tonight’s game I have the weaker Texans defeating the heavily injured Colts. The Bills will bounce back and beat the Titans, the Ravens will defeat the Browns, and the Chiefs will win an easy one against the Bears. The Bengals offense will be too much for the strong defense of the Seahawks and they will manage to win, while the Packers will continue to roll in a win over the Rams. In the inter-Floridian matchup of two of the league’s weakest teams, the Buccaneers will defeat the Jaguars, and the Saints will stomp all over the hapless Eagles. The Falcons will beat the Redskins, the Cardinals will win over the Lions, and the Broncos will easily defeat the Raiders. I have chosen against the Cowboys every week, and with their current injury issues, and the fact that they are facing the league’s most impressive team, I would be a fool to choose them now. The Patriots will blow out the Cowboys this week. As for the prime time games the Giants, who have played extremely well over the past couple of weeks, will win against the 49ers in a very close game, and the Steelers will manage to get back to their roots of running the football in order to defeat the Chargers. Well there you have it for my week 5 picks, I am not 100 percent confident in my Thursday night pick but I think this has a great chance of being a perfect week.
The Major League Baseball season has finally come to an end. The longest season of all major sports in the USA has now made way for one of the most interesting postseason starts in sports. While the MLB season has 162 games, there is a very important one game playoff that takes place as soon as it ends, in order for two wildcard teams to make it into the real tournament. This year’s games feature the Yankees, the Astros, the Cubs, and the Pirates, four teams that have played as hard as any this season. The NL matchup for the wildcard pits two teams, that are extremely familiar with each other, in a nine inning winner take all showdown. The Cubs and Pirates are in the same division, so they have played a whopping 19 games against each other this season, with the Cubs winning 11 times. Although the Cubs have a history with the Pirates, season series records don’t mean much in the playoffs since it is up to the players and the fans to bring enough energy to get their team to another game. The Yankees and Astros have played a few games this season, but neither team has managed to show that they are truly superior to the other, I am a Yankee fan so my allegiance is set, but this game looks to be a tough one for both teams. The MLB wildcard games are the most exciting games of the season, four teams enter with only nine innings to show that they belong in the playoffs, I can’t wait to see who comes out on top as these teams will definitely give it their all in the hopes of reaching the championship round.
I have never understood why some people are so enamored with conspiracy theories. I understand that some of these theories are quite interesting, but I have never seen the value of believing or even following these notions. My basic stance on conspiracy theories is that they are useless to anybody that is not directly effected by the event to which they pertain. Conspiracy theorists general bury themselves in the issues they feel are being covered up, and they ignore any other opinions on an event or idea. I know that these individuals fully believe they are correct on a situation, but it is unhealthy to continue to push an issue that most people just don’t care about. Most conspiracy theories are ignored by many because they solve nothing, if a conspiracy is proved to be true, it leads to many questions but never a solution. Conspiracies have been around almost as long as civilization, and while some have been proven true, the number of proven conspiracies pales in comparison to those that are still up in the air. I have never fully jumped on the bandwagon of any conspiracy, and while I have heard of some that seem plausible, I understand that a conspiracy will never lead to any type of positive change or solution. I will continue to respect those who believe these ideas, but as for me, I will stick to getting my news from the hilariously unreliable news media.