FEBRUARY 29th is LEAP DAY 2020!

FEBRUARY 29th is LEAP DAY 2020!
It’s the End of February!  And there’s an extra day this year!

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LEAP DAY! FEBRUARY 29th every 4 Years!
Leap Days will occur in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, and 2048.
People born on Leap Day are called ‘Leaplings’, ‘Leapers’ or ‘Leap Year Babies’.
There are only about 5 million people in the world who were born on February 29.
The odds of being born on Leap Day are 1-in-1461.
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Leap Day is also known as Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day.
Leap Day occurs every 4 years to synchronize the calendar year with the solar year.
A solar year is the time it takes the Earth to complete a full orbit around the sun.
A solar year is approximately 365 days and 6 hours. So, an extra 24 hours accumulates every four years, which is why an extra calendar day is added to align the calendar.

Happy Hangover! – February 27th to March 6th
(And we get an extra day of Hangover too!)
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February 27th is National Kahlua Day!
Time for a cocktail
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Have a caucasian!

Eating / tortilla chips
Drinking / espresso and water
Practicing / makes perfect sense
Mastering / the Puppies!
Learning / to fly
Trying / to get rid of all of our stuff
Playing / with the Puppies!
Finishing / New Blogs Posts!
Reading / Old Blog Posts!
Writing / This Blog Post!
Remembering / Ann and Mario (of Blessed Memory)
Wearing / sweats and a knit cap
Cooking / chili
Working / ?????
Traveling / Spring staycation….
Voting / Democratic – no matter who the candidate is!
Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

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Just gonna leave this here.

MARCH 2020
“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” – Thomas Fuller, 1732

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Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras!

IT’S FAT TUESDAY! HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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Where’s the King Cake?

AIKO! AIKO! ALL DAY! MARDI GRAS!
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837.

BON TEMP ROULER! MARDI GRAS!
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! MARDI GRAS!
On Fat Tuesday, the parades end
and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday,
is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday.

Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.

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We cooked a nice meal at home and celebrated Fat Tuesday with family.
On The Menu: we made a big pot of spicy “cajun” chili with red beans, so we had a bowl topped with cheese, diced onion, and crushed tortilla chips; a salad with avocado and Caesar dressing, fresh cut pineapple, and warm “just baked” banana bread  for dessert with an iced espresso and later a beer.

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HAIKU 2020

HAIKU 2020

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Another new year.
Three hundred sixty six days!
The future is here.

Day after Christmas,
A cold December morning,
Happy Boxing Day!

December is cold
And still waiting for winter
A new year arrives

Let us drink to health!
It is far better than wealth,
And it lasts longer!

Fuckin’ Amateur!
He’s flunking haiku writing.
Mark it zero Dude.

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‘Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”

Celebrate ’20
Do a “J” for New Years Eve!
Happy New Year Dudes!

We have evidence!
Is this your homework Larry?
We want the Credence.

Jesus “the pervert”
Made a new film about him
Yeah, that creep can roll

Gotta Lotta Balls!
“F*ck it Dude, Let’s Go Bowling”
Nice collection Man.
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Time for a cocktail
Order a beverage here
Have a caucasian

Stuffed Tortilla
Filled with meat beans and cheese
Put it in my mouth

Sing for your supper!
Kenny Rogers’ cover tune
Dressed as the Dude

Jeff Bridges can rock!
Saw him at “Lebowskifest”
With the Abiders!

Watching Jeopardy
Check out the category!
Dude gets a mention

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Be sure to answer in the form of a question!

Super Bowl Monday
A National Holiday?
Eat, Drink, Watch TV

Stars in the night sky
Shine on crazy diamonds
Sing to the darkness

Coronavirus:
Mother Nature is pissed
Wants to kill us all

Social Distancing
Trapped in my peoplebox
I am so alone

Quarantine Day Eight
A Solitary Sunday
Woke up too early

“Safer at Home” Dude.
Has the whole world gone crazy?
This will not stand, man.

No, we mustn’t dwell
Have you seen “Empire Records”?
Always Rex Manning Day

When the doctor asks
“Would you slide your shorts down please?”
And cut to this song!

LIVE MUSIC for you!
Give it up for some Creedence
and John Fogerty!

A gold Ralphs Club card
My identification
And it’s all I got

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Wet earth and sunshine
You can smell it in the air
After the rain

Get the newspapers
The dogs are already fed
Now go back to bed

He killed Kenny!
Republicans want you dead!
Trump will kill us all!

RACISM! “Fake News” LIES!
“Lot of people are saying”
EVEN MORE BULLSH*T!

In-N-Out for lunch?
A double-double with cheese
Those are good burgers

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In-N-Out Burger
5-8-6-4 Lankershim
It’s not on Radford!

Hey! F*ck you Monday.
Another week of weekdays.
When is the weekend?
-Monday Haiku

Friday afternoon.
I’ve been “in a mood” all day.
Can’t even haiku…

Saturday morning
It’s a beautiful day
Hope you feel better

Sister Mary asks
Did you go to church today?
Up against the wall!
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Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe (in Encino)

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The Paris Baguette for dessert! They have pastries and cakes and all kinds of good baked stuff! And they have food (sandwiches, and other eats), and coffee too.
But it’s all about the pastries.

Located in Encino in the Encino Town Center (aka Town & Country) Shopping Mall, there’s a big parking lot that’s usually pretty busy.  But once you enter, it’s a cafe, clean, no frills, with lots of light inside. It also smells pretty wonderful with all the baked goods.

Outside there’s an open patio, raised above the level of the sidewalk that fronts on Ventura boulevard. Not really good for conversation because of traffic, but a good place to sit and people watch and also view the busy activity at the Encino Commons.

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Tiramisu Cream Puff!

On The Menu: Tiramisu Cream Puff! (got the last one)

Paris BaguetteEncino Town Center  Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA and various locations

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Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

Birthday Dinner Party at Mistral French Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA

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NOTE: We didn’t take pics for this Blog Post.
Originally we weren’t even going to write a Blog Post for this dinner party. So, only two pics of the food were taken (using the flash and we felt self conscious about doing it) .

Birthday Dinner Party early on Monday Evening. Reservation for 5:45pm.

Valet Parking ($7+tip) or Metered Street Parking? We valet parked.
We didn’t drive, instead we rode along as a passenger. There was FREE parking at the meters (because it was President’s Day, a national holiday) on Ventura Blvd across the street from the restaurant, but instead we paid to valet park the car.

(Hey, look it’s Michael Milken! They must be celebrating his Trump Pardon!)
NOTE: News about the Trump Pardons for the 11 guilty white collar criminals wasn’t made public until the day after our dinner party. Milken pled guilty to 6 felonies and was fined $600million on April 24, 1990: “I transgressed certain of the laws and regulations that govern our industry. I was wrong in doing so and knew that at that time and I am pleading guilty to these offenses.” He only served 22 months in Federal prison.

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

Birthday Dinner Party! Table for 10, ready and waiting when when we arrived. Only nine people showed, because one had to work, and only one person was 20 minutes late.

(Hey, it’s Rick Chambers, TV News Anchorman for KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles!)

Why is it so dark inside the restaurant?
Why do I need a flashlight (phone light) to read the menu?
Holy Sh*t! Look at the prices! This is going be expensive.
The Wine List is RIDICULOUS (as in That’s a helluva markup!)

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Mistral Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA (not our pic)

“Gracious personalized service presents traditional French cuisine that is beautifully complemented by our luxurious bistro setting. Your grand celebrations to convivial family dining are equally at home in our elegant Bistro. Having been named one of the area’s finest dining establishments for over 30 years, join us to experience our lauded cuisine in an unparalleled and intimate setting.” 

And then we had a really nice gourmet dinner. The food and the service were both great.
On The Menu: tuna tartare appetizer, Caesar salad, steak with garlic slices, fries, bread & butter, chocolate soufflé, vanilla bean creme brûlée, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a coke.

Sparkling or tap water? Tap water with ice.
Red Wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon
(they have a $30 per bottle corkage fee if you want to bring your own)
Cheese Puff amuse bouche – small and tasty, bite-sized, warm, crispy, cheesy puff pastry
Bread and Butter – fresh baked, warm and tasty
Tuna Tartare appetizer w/8 small toast slices, small endive leaves, and 2 cucumber slices
Caesar salad – (we asked to have it packed “to go” because everyone else had their salad course while we ate our tuna tartare appetizer)
Steak (medium rare) with Garlic Slices and Shoestring Fries

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Steak with Garlic Slices and Fries

4 Chocolate Soufflés with whipped cream (for the table to share)
We ordered 3 at the beginning of the meal and one was added:
Complimentary for the “Birthday Guest”
Served with a candle and a chorus of “Happy Birthday To You!’
We had a small taste of the chocolate soufflé but also ordered a Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée for our dessert (and we passed on the coffee/espresso and just drank coke).

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Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée

NOTE: As we enjoyed our fancy expensive dinner, we watched homeless street people walk by the large picture window that faces onto Ventura Blvd and it was really weird.

Mistral13422 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA  mistralrestaurant.com

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Gotta Whole Lotta Links!

Gotta Whole Lotta Links!
Gotta Whole Lotta Links!
It’s Monday again.
And it’s PRESIDENT’S DAY again too!
Do you have “A Case of The Mondays” today?
Well, you should take a day off from work and “ENJOY IT!”
Have a Happy Monday! It’s a National Holiday!

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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln! (February 12)
Happy Birthday George Washington! (February 22)
Happy Birthday Michael Jordan! (February 17)
Happy Birthday Paris Hilton! (February 17)
Happy Birthday Larry the Cable Guy! (February 17)

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON NO BUENO.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON NO BUENO.

TRIGGER-WARNING

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a mental health condition that’s triggered by a traumatic or terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, severe anxiety, depression, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, anger, insomnia, heightened reactions, panic attacks, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

NOTE: Triggered by a situation that was not of my making, extra frustrating because I  knew it might happen and gave a warning, and then my warning was ignored.

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Saturday – some time after 2pm:
I can’t focus. I can’t stop crying.
I’m going back and forth between uncontrollable anger and uncontrollable sadness.
Trying to countdown from 10 and can’t make it past 8….
For someone always “in control” this is beyond uncomfortable.

I’m starving because I didn’t have dinner last night and I want to make steak tacos, but as I was pounding the meat a few minutes ago I lost all interest in making food. And as I was losing it again, I thought maybe writing about how I was feeling would help, if not me maybe someone else.

My stomach is growling and bubbling with anxiety, and have a headache that feels like my head is in a pressure cooker, I’m feeling incredibly stressed and also ready to jump into a fight, but there’s no one here but me. And my heart feels like its gonna pop out of my chest like the creature in “Alien”….

There’s football on TV and I don’t care. The sound is off and I’m not able to pay attention to it. And I’m still on the verge of crying. Which is probably better than being balled up in bed weeping like I was 30 minutes ago before I went into the kitchen to make food.

KEEP IT TOGETHER. KEEP IT TOGETHER. KEEP IT TOGETHER.
IT IS NOT A JOKE.
The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

There are sirens from far away that set me off. I can hear them because I was sitting here in silence, and it’s a beautiful day outside, and the windows are open… but I can’t enjoy the beautiful day and I’m fucking sad. A few hours ago I was raging. Full of anger.
I still want to break something. Or grab a hammer or baseball bat and go to work.
But that’s not allowed.

Taking a lot of deep breaths and keep closing my eyes. And the fucking plumber is here fixing a toilet, so I can’t leave, not that I want to, but I can’t. And he keeps setting of the Ring chime to remind that he’s here fixing the toilet for hours.

And now I’m starving again with a fucking headache and the Ring chime keeps ringing. And now I’m crying again. KEEP IT ToGETHER.
It’s 5:01pm on Saturday. It should have been a nice day.
TOTAL FUCKING BUZZKILL.

Thinking, “should I edit this?” as I read what I wrote……. NO, just gonna leave it alone.
Probably won’t ever get published. PTSD is real. Depression is a killer.

Maybe we should talk about the weather. Out of the corner of our eye, I noticed football was over and boxing was beginning, so I changed the channel to the news and turned on the volume and it was the weather. Now it’s commercials. Volume off again.

Back to sitting here in silence, well not exactly, because the birds are making noise outside the window and the fucking plumber is still here.
Okay going to try food again. That will help with the headache I expect.
KEEP IT TOGETHER. Still just sitting here. 5:15pm
And now we’ve calmed down some, and we feel totally exhausted again. And our neck hurts from the stress. And the news is back on with the sound on and it’s the weather again on another channel. Timelapse of the Aurora Borealis in Finland… wow, we’d like to see that. news and commercials. MUTE.
Do we want food? I have to feed the dogs. 5:25pm

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6:50pm UPDATE: The plumber finished. I thanked him and he left.
I fed and took care of the dogs and then made food. It had a calming effect.
Steak soft tacos with fresh guacamole and cran-raspberry juice for dinner.
Dogs are happy, and resting quietly. I feel better now.
THIS IS NO JOKE. Keep it together. Breathe.

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NOTE: Our calm was restored, and the situation was corrected at 9pm. It was a very difficult day. I continued to work on this Blog Post but did not edit the original section.

People with PTSD are dangerous! There is a risk after the traumatic event of personality changes with serious individual and social consequences.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there are places to get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

Did you know that if you text 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE – teens, adults, etc. – who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.

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UPDATE: Very stressful Saturday, so we ate all of our See’s Valentine’s Day candies.

Update Monday February 17, 2020:
It took almost a day to recover (yesterday) and to return to “normal” and we are still feeling some after effects from Saturday’s freakout. Reviewing and reflecting on our feelings and trying to process it all. You don’t know about PTSD until you’ve been there.

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The Magic of Hollywood!

The Magic of Hollywood!
They paid to use the driveway last week.
And we got Craft Service access and a FREE lunch!

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Load In: Grip and Camera Trucks

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
They were filming next door again.
Hollywood is in my driveway today.
Ka-ching!


They filmed a “riding lawnmower” commercial with 65 people and staged the Grip and Camera truck, along with the Honeywagon and Craft Service on our street. We met the Location Manager last week and negotiated the use of our driveway for lunch with her.

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Lunch for 65 People (with tables, chairs, and shade structures)

Location filming is BIG BUSINESS for the City of Los Angeles and the other cities in the “Studio Zone” aka the “Thirty-Mile Zone”: a 30 mile radius centered at Beverly Blvd and North La Cienega Blvd used by union projects to determine per diem rates and driving distances for crew members and actors. The City of Los Angeles makes a lot of money on Film Permits! There are also requirements for Police, Fire and other City personnel to be employed by productions filming within the city and in public spaces.

NOTE: “Thirty-Mile Zone’ is the namesake of TMZ, the online Hollywood gossip rag.

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A FREE Catered Lunch on a Union Commercial Shoot with salmon, chicken & rice, vegetarian lasagna, salad, vegetables, a coke, and 2 sugar cookies for dessert

Shoutout to the hardworking CREW! Shoutout to the Caterers and Craft Service People who keep the Crew fed and hydrated on set (sometimes for 14 hours or more!).
And they also feed the neighbors too when required.

On the Menu: A FREE catered lunch with salmon, chicken & rice, vegetarian lasagna, salad, vegetables, a coke, and 2 sugar cookies for dessert. And a few BONUS trips to the Craft Service table during the day, because they had a pretty good spread.

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Striking the Caterer’s Table, Chairs and Shade Structure

The Magic of Hollywood! An hour later and they made it all disappear.
This was a UNION JOB and the Crew was totally professional!
If you need a great Craft Service person, Location Scout/Manager or Caterer DM me.

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The Habit Burger!

The Habit Burger!
“Respect The Burger”
The Habit Burger Grill!

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The Habit Burger Grill

Best “Fast Food” Burger? (it’s not fast-food, it’s fast casual)
It’s not In-N-Out Burger anymore (and “those are good burgers”).
It is The Habit Burger Grill!

The Habit Burger Grill’s Mission Statement:
“To become everyone’s favorite Habit, one burger at a time.”

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Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with Cheese, Fries and Onion Rings

On The Menu: Double BBQ Bacon CharBurger with double cheese (lettuce only),
fries, onion rings and a chocolate milkshake with whipped cream

“The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, ground beef, grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce and mayo served on a toasted bun.”

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Double BBQ Bacon Charburger with Cheese and Grilled Onions

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The Habit was opened in 1969 as a burger stand in Goleta Beach near Santa Barbara, California, by two brothers who borrowed money from their mother. The company is now headquartered in Irvine, California, and they have over 265 restaurant locations, and 23 are in Los Angeles.
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From http://www.thehabitburger.com:
About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring USDA choice sirloin steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and most recently named the winner of USA Today’s 10 Best in Regional Fast Food. The Habit has since grown to over 265 restaurants in 13 states throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington as well as six international locations.

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The Habit Burger Grill

ORDER UP! Place your order at the counter. Know what you want to order in advance! There is a big menu board. The menu is pretty simple: Burgers, sandwich variations on a burger bun (albacore tuna, tri-tip steak & chicken), salads, kids meals, sides, drinks and real milkshakes.

We recommend you speak loud and clear when ordering, and that you listen when they read the order back really fast. Why? Because they get the order wrong about 50% of the time…. Whatever the reason, the communication or the order between the register and the kitchen area is messed up. They use a ticket/receipt system, and somehow the cooks mess up the order half the time. And then they check the order at the ready counter and then read it back when they hand you the food at pickup, so you would think they could get it right.

AND SOMEHOW THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD ALWAYS BRINGS US BACK!

NOTE: On occasion, in the past, we have telephoned and/or emailed the Corporate Office with our complaints about errors in the burger order, and they have been great about apologizing and mailing us “Free Burger” coupons to compensate us for their problems.

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Always VERY CLEAN! There is a small interior dining area and a large outside patio at The Habit near us. We think the interior dining space is too small, but we often get our food “To Go”, so it’s usually not a problem. There are only two registers at the front counter, and when it gets busy there is often a line to order. The open kitchen allows you to watch the crew prep, cook and tray your food. There is a soda fountain/condiment bar with a pickled pepper buffet with three kinds of peppers (jalapeño, pepperoncini, and banana) to accompany your food.

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“The waiting is the hardest part.” – WAIT FOR IT! It doesn’t take that long.
Their slogan “Fresh is worth the wait” is front and center on the large square pagers they use to notify customers that the order is ready.  And the burger is worth it. You get hot and fresh cooked food (if it doesn’t sit too long on the order up counter) and it really makes a difference. It also removes the “fast-food” label and it becomes a “fast casual” dining experience. Whatever they want to call it, it’s a pretty good cheeseburger.

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The Habit Burger Grill – many locations (maybe one near you)

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February 2020

February 2020
(the second half, you know “Mid-February”)

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Happy Birthday Abe! (February 12)
Happy Birthday George! (February 22)
February 17th is Presidents Day! Have a Happy Monday Holiday!

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: (READ IT AGAIN)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground– The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be dedica-ted to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth. – Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863

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The Lincoln Memorial and The Gettysburg Address in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Ave as seen from the Old Post Office Tower in Washington D.C.

February is from the Latin word februum, or the more ancient februa, a Roman Spring festival of washing and purification. Name comes from the Roman month of Februarius.

February Birthstone: Amethyst (piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity)
February Flower: Common Primrose and the Violet
February Zodiac Signs: Aquarius and Pisces

The Full Moon on February 8th, 2020, is called the “Snow Moon”, the “Hunger Moon”, and the “Storm Moon”. In years when there is no moon (it’s the only month that may not have a moon), it’s called the “Black Moon”. The New Moon is on February 23rd.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

February 14 – National Organ Donors Day and National Ferris Wheel Day
February 14th is also National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

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Handmade Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

February 15 – National Gumdrop Day and National Wisconsin Day!

February 16 – National Almond Day

February 17 – National Random Acts of Kindness Day and National Cabbage Day

February 18 – National Drink Wine Day

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Rogue Valley, Ashland, Oregon

February 19 – National Chocolate Mint Day

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Girl Scout Cookies! Frozen Thin Mints!

February 19th is also Tug-of-War Day!
How To Play Tug-of-War: Place rope in the middle of a field. Tie a cloth to the middle of the rope. Set up marker lines 10-20 feet from the center of the rope. Split into teams and try to pull the cloth tied to the rope (and the other team) across your marker line.

February 20th – National Cherry Pie Day! National Muffin Day!

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Cherry Pie!

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Cornbread and Cornbread Muffins

February 20th is also National Love Your Pet Day!
and actually
Everyday is LOVE YOUR PET DAY!

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February 21 – National Caregivers Day! (on the 3rd Friday in February every year)
Honor the health care professionals who provide quality long-term and hospice care!
Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) founded National Caregivers Day in 2015. It was first observed in 2016. Thank a Caregiver!

February 22 – National California Day and National Margarita Day!

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Flag of the State of California

February 23 – National Banana Bread Day

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Baking Banana Bread!

February 24 – National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 – National Clam Chowder Day and National Chocolate Covered Nut Day!

FAT TUESDAY is also February 25th!

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Mardi Gras!

Bon Temp Rouler! “Let the good times roll!”
Mardi Gras! Aiko Aiko All Day!
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday. Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837. And on Fat Tuesday, the parades end and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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February 26 is Ash Wednesday
Lent begins (it ends on Holy Thursday, April 9)
Fasting for 40 days to remember the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

February 26 – National Pistachio Day (NUTS!)

February 27 – National Chili Day! National Strawberry Day! 

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And February 27 is also National Kahlua Day!
Have a White Russian, man!

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“Careful Man, there’s a Beverage here!”

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The Dude abides.

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February 28 – National Chocolate Soufflé Day

February 29th – HAPPY LEAP YEAR 2020!
If the last two digits of the year are divisible by four then it’s a leap year.
One Solar Year = 365 Days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds
(the time it takes the Earth to make one full rotation around the Sun)

Leap Day is also known as Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day

The odds of being born on February 29th are 1 in 1461.

The official Leap Day Cocktail recipe:
(Invented by bartender Harry Craddock at the Savoy Hotel in 1928)
Combine ice, a dash of lemon juice, 2/3 gin, 1/6 Grand Marnier, 1/6 part sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Shake, serve in a martini or rocks glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

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Mixologist Harry Craddock “The Dean of Shakers”

Harry Craddock “The Dean of Shakers” (1875–1963) was born in Stroud, England, and was one of the top mixologists of the nineteen twenties and thirties. He immigrated to the United States in 1897 and learned bartending at Cleveland’s finest luxury hotel, the Hollenden. He became a US Citizen in 1916 and is drafted into the US Army during World War I in 1918. He also worked at the Hoffman House and the Knickerbocker Hotel before returning to England during Prohibition (1920-1933). In London, he became a bartender at the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel in 1920, was promoted to head bartender in 1926, cofounded the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild with William J. Tarling in 1934, and then became the head barman at the Dorchester Hotel in 1938.
He once invented three new drinks during an interview with a reporter, and is credited with inventing a number of classic cocktails (among the 240 he claimed he created), including the Dry Martini, the Corpse Reviver #2 and his signature drink the White Lady. He retired in 1947 at age 74 and died in Kensington, England in 1963.
Harry Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” was published in 1930 by the hotel’s management, and is still in print today. Harry never got paid a hay-penny for it and it’s considered by many the most important cocktail book of the 20th Century!
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The Second Week of February:
National Kraut and Frankfurter Week
National Jell-O Week
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
National Condom Week
Freelance Writers Appreciation Week

The Third Week of February:
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
National Engineers Week
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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“How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?”

Major League Baseball Spring Training begins February 14!
The Dodgers Boycott Continues in 2020!
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BOYCOTT THE (LOSER) LOS ANGELES DODGERS
SPORTSNET AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

DO NOT spend a penny on any Los Angeles Dodgers’ tickets/food/merchandise
until the games are televised for FREE! We quit the Dodgers and have been Boycotting them since before 2015! We even got interviewed for an article in the Los Angeles Times.

WARNING! IT’S RANT TIME!
*AND WHAT ABOUT THE HOUSTON ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL!*

IS IT OKAY TO CHEAT? IS IT OKAY TO LIE?
IS IT REALLY OKAY TO CHEAT? REALLY?
Major League Baseball FAIL! It doesn’t matter what your team allegiance is, they got caught cheating! THE HOUSTON ASTROS GOT CAUGHT CHEATING! They confessed too….
And There is NO PUNISHMENT! There is NO PENALTY! There is NOTHING.
What does this teach the children? Is it really okay to cheat?
What does this say about honesty, integrity, truth and justice? Really?
What does this say about “America’s Past Time” and the United States?

“Baseball is something more than a game to an American boy; it is his training field for life’s work. Destroy his faith in its squareness and honesty and you have destroyed something more; you have planted suspicion of all things in his heart.”
– Kennesaw Mountain Landis (1866-1944), the first Commission of Major League Baseball
(member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a federal judge from 1905-1922)

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February is Black History Month!

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