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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Years ago, a friend asked to renegotiate a contract for plowing a supermarket lot. The owner of the shopping center came out one night to see why he needed more money. When he saw my friend gathering up shopping carts and moving them to the front of the store he said, "I'm paying you to plow, not move shopping carts! Those carts belong to the store not me. I could care less what happens to them..."

Mar 20, 2015
zippypinhead in Not About Food

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

Every time this thread bumps up to the top, I am humbled by what I started here.
In the past couple of years, my weight has stayed the same... just re-distributed due to other health issues.
I just wish I had the appetite from a few years ago.

Mar 09, 2015
zippypinhead in Not About Food

Unconscious Motives and Beer

One way or another ALL beer sales are due to marketing. Part of whether you actually like the beer or not also has a lot to do with marketing.

Dec 19, 2014
zippypinhead in Beer

Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

After the take over, I don't think there's anyone left at Anheuser-Busch old enough to remember when Schlitz was the #1 beer in America.
Schlitz went from #1 to a label that SAB MillerCoors brews and packages under contract in less than ten years.
A lot of the decline was self-inflicted but the American consumer is a fickle bunch.

Dec 19, 2014
zippypinhead in Beer

Help me plan an impressive and romantic dinner menu featuring California Spiny Lobster?

You're planning this on the assumption that you'll actually catch something while lobstering.... I hope you have a back up plan. ;-)

Dec 12, 2014
zippypinhead in Home Cooking


You could try a smaller version of a "Milk-can supper" from the PBS show America's Test Kitchen.

Nov 13, 2014
zippypinhead in Home Cooking

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

Bottles/kegs could come from any one of the AB plants depending on sales/production. But, most likely, Fort Collins CO, Fairfield CA, or Van Nuys CA.to save on transportation costs.
Can you start to see a logistical nightmare?
I have no idea who might be the distributor up there. I'm on the packaging side. Don't care once it's past the filler/capper.

Nov 13, 2014
zippypinhead in Greater Seattle

Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

I've been around major breweries in the packaging area for over 40 years. You wouldn't be able to make a "special" short run of bottles or kegs without most of the plant knowing about it. I've never even heard a whisper of anything like that.
Then, the distributor would have to track each keg and case to make sure it didn't get into the retail chain.
And, if you think that a distributor is going to tamper with a keg and run the risk of losing his rights to distribute, you're delusional.

Nov 13, 2014
zippypinhead in Greater Seattle

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Four years ago both the best and worst.
Had family and friends over for the feast. Good time had by all.
The next morning my dad passed away. I at least had the honor of serving his last dinner.
Just be thankful for family and friends. Whether you're having the traditional turkey 'n fixings or pizza take out.

Supermarket relabels "choice" and "select" USDA meat grades as just "USDA-graded"

Sarc is my second favorite 'asm...

Ads That Play Automatically

I'm using a work supplied laptop. Anything like that has to be downloaded at the home office. 600 miles away & the last time I showed up there was over two years ago.(great trick if you can get away with it)
My simple solution? As soon as the ad fires up, I go to another site.

Oct 06, 2014
zippypinhead in Site Talk

Does fresh apple cider exist in the UK?

Stayed with friends a couple of months ago in the Taunton area. Didn't ask what was in the scrumpy (as they called it) and didn't really care. Delicious stuff.

Oct 05, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

Does fresh apple cider exist in the UK?

Yummmmmm. Scrumpy... fantastic stuff...
Well, except for the whole morning after thing. That stuff kicks like a mule.

Oct 04, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

kitchen torch- uses besides creme brulee?

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned using it for heat-shrink tubing for electrical repairs.

Well, that, and scaring the crap out of the cat with the thing.

Oct 02, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

The food's terrible...and such large portions

I used to live near an Old Country Buffet. It seemed like every time I passed it the rescue squad was in front with it's lights going.....

Oct 01, 2014
zippypinhead in Chains

AB InBev eyes £75bn SABMiller takeover

I've been in the industry for over forty years. But,when Miller & Coors decided to enter a "strategic alliance", my thought was, "How can two mortal enemies get in bed together?"
A few months later, the next impossible marriage came together with Inbev taking over Anheuser-Busch.
That's when I figured out that there's smarter folks than me out there..... What better time to merge than when your largest competitor is taken over by another company....
Now I look at an Inbev takeover of SAB-Miller/Coors as "well they've taken market share from us so why not take 'em over and have almost all of the market....
I'm no corporate lawyer but, since both companies are overseas, does the US gubmint have any say in the matter?

Sep 16, 2014
zippypinhead in Beer

Help needed with clumping seasoning

So, you paid a dollar and got 50 cents of product out of it...
If you liked the spice, I would consider it a bargain and go buy more.

Sep 15, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

I really wouldn't stress too much about the whole thing. Sometime around 2026, the kid will pull some bone-head thing. (kids do that ya know)
But, it's gonna make you very thirsty. The stash of wine will come in handy at that time.
Best of luck from every dad in the world.

Sep 08, 2014
zippypinhead in Wine


The story is supposed to end with the corporate blowhard yelling at the gate agent, "Well f%&# you !!!"
And her response? "Even for that, sir, you'll have to wait in line."

Aug 17, 2014
zippypinhead in Not About Food

Women who don't eat much when among peers

Hopefully, at 11:00pm, you'll have something good waiting in the fridge for her.
If you already know the routine, you should have been prepared for it.

40 years of "blissful" marriage talking here..... Or, as I like to say, 40 years into a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

Lobsta Land, 6/15/2014

We've had quite a few trips up to the North Shore. Lobsta Land is one of our favorites, Never had a bad meal there.
Too bad about the outcome of the game. (I'm from Cleveland)

Participle Placement in Recipes

Best example I've seen:
Let's eat, grandma!
Let's eat grandma!

Remember, practice safe text.
Use commas,,,,,,,,,
And never miss a period.

Jun 12, 2014
zippypinhead in Home Cooking

Food or drink that gets you out of bed in the morning ?

Beer!!! ;-)
Actually for me, it's fresh fruit.
Coffee? Blech! Completely lost my taste for it last year in the hospital.

May 07, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

Rudest grocery checker remark

When I was in school, we had a game where you brought 3 items to checkout to see who could freak the clerk out the most......

Thursday lunch in Houston

My "go-to" spot just south of IAH is JImmy G's.
Much less worry than going to/from downtown.

Apr 22, 2014
zippypinhead in Houston

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

I always thought that the way to charge at a buffet restaurant would be a weigh in before 'n after.....And, charge per pound.... With some sort of minimum charge if you use the bathroom...

Apr 10, 2014
zippypinhead in Kosher

Migraines: Coffee vs. Coke?

Just in case any of the posting migraine sufferers is a smoker.

I used to have horrid migraines... quit smoking 26 years ago and haven't a hint of one since.

Apr 05, 2014
zippypinhead in General Topics

Cooking for a picky eater...

Or, as my grandpa used to say,
"Guys will marry gals thinking that they'll never change. And, gals will marry guys believing that they can change them.....
Both parties are usually disappointed."

Apr 03, 2014
zippypinhead in Home Cooking

Lots of first-time posters?

Hey! I resemble that remark!!!
(Too bad this message bored doesn't have convenient roll eyes)

Apr 03, 2014
zippypinhead in Site Talk

Food for non Patients during hospital stay

And, I would add the following;
Tell him it's okay to say he needs some "alone time" and respect it. Go find something to do for a few hours and then see if he's feeling like company.
Having spent far too much time in hospital, I found that there are times you just want to be left alone.

Mar 31, 2014
zippypinhead in Home Cooking