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A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

Closing would be best.

20 minutes ago
MGZ in General Topics

"Google it"

"Typing on a computer is NOT conversation."

It's not writing either. It is interactive and can be nearly immediate. It's its own amalgamated form of communication. Most folks are just trying to figure out how best to make it work. I'd bet similar reservations existed about telephone conversations too. New "rules" and etiquettes emerge. The ability to better communicate using the device is developed - by both the "speaker" and the "listener".

35 minutes ago
MGZ in Site Talk

On the road

To finally come back to the OP on this one . . . .

I'm a closet romantic when it comes to certain things - baseball day games, canned beers swimming in a cooler full of melting ice, sitting at the counter stools in breakfast joints. The road trip is likewise in that category. Nevertheless, like woodworking and mowing one's own lawn, it's falling into the domain of the purists, the nostalgic, and those still comfortable with themselves and the adventure.

Unquestionably, the Eisenhower System, cheap airfare, television, and WalMart have all conspired to destroyed much of small town culture, but its vestiges are still out there to be embraced. Not every kid in America speaks like they're auditioning for the reboot of The Hills; not every dining room table came packed with multilingual instructions and lettered bolts.

I'm pretty certain there will always be guys who use cufflinks and ladies who don't carry purses the size of hockey equipment bags. Likewise, there will always be those of us who see travel as life - it's not just getting from A to B, it's what comes up along the way. It simply doesn't seem wise to want to rush either journey.

42 minutes ago
MGZ in Not About Food

Responsibility

I think "caveat posterior" is what they told Kevin Bacon before filming the initiation scene in Animal House.

For those who've been living under rocks too long:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTafRh...

about 2 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

"Google it"

You mean, like "light","humor", "joke", "goof", 'spoof", "banter", "kid", "jest", "butt" . . . . even the aforementioned, "Xerox"?

Dang, jr, all these folks dun learned us some.

about 2 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

"Google it"

To Google is human. To Yahoo is serious.

about 22 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

Wall Calendars and Good Cafes-From Blue Highways

A cinder block building with a variety of cars outside is a pretty good sign of high quality chow at reasonable prices most anywhere in the land - especially if a couple of the cars belong to the local and/or neighboring police departments. (Unless, of course, it's a "Gentlemen's Club".)

about 24 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Are 9 Classic Candy Bars Better Frozen?

"Charleston Chews HAVE to be frozen!"

I think that's a law in thirty-nine States.

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics
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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

Exactly.

Way I see it, that guy's failing to see the big problem with raw food - it can't multitask like cooked food can.

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News
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‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

And TV's meant to educate!

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

"Google it"

Damn. I was hoping this was a thread about not using "google" as a verb anymore. I more of a Bing fellow (now that Jeeves has been dismissed from Ask) - quietly relegated to Rodney Dangerfield status.

Oh well, I guess I'll just take solace in the fact that I don't have to Xerox stuff anymore.

1 day ago
MGZ in Site Talk

Wall Calendars and Good Cafes-From Blue Highways

Hell, I'll bump this thread as I missed it many years ago. (We've been talking about the book elsewhere: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9830... ) To me, essentially, Moon's soulful approach, throughout the book, has always epitomized what it means to be a 'hound - and not just another foodie. I've always heard echoes of it in the original manifesto.

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

On the road

I hope you find it - and some day find an elusive "six calendar cafe". Truth be told, I'm still looking for the latter, so please share if you get to it first.

Another good read in the category would be Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. That one, Blue Highways, and Kerouac's piece are the holy trinity of American road trip writings.

Edit: I stumbled upon this while searching for another thread. I guess I missed it at the time: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/431488

1 day ago
MGZ in Not About Food
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Responsibility

"This conversation leads me to wonder who is, or would be, ultimately responsible if something untoward happened to a CH who took bad advice?"

Well, an actual opinion letter on the subject will cost you thousands of dollars, go on for many pages, and be peppered with sufficient qualifications, limitations, and restrictions to make you realize you should have simply spent the money on Powerball tickets. I once had a mentor explain to me that the art of writing such a document was to "say nothing, so well, over so many pages, that they think you said what they wanted you to."

Kidding aside, you might want to think of it as "caveat postor".* Fundamentally, it's the person who writes the post relied upon who would have to be sued and found by a trier of fact to be, at a minimum, negligent. Viacom/CBS's lawyers have positioned all the companies to be quite well protected from liability. They can't avoid litigation, but they've done a solid job of avoiding even having to pay for the costs of that.

NOTE: The thoughts and information contained herein are not intended, and should not be construed, as legal advice. The text shall not be relied upon in any way as the opinion of counsel. No attorney-client relationship exists. Nothing herein shall be construed as any offer or solicitation of legal services. By reading this, you further absolve and agree to indemnify and hold harmless MGZ, his associates, heirs, successors, assignors, and legion of fans, of any liability arising out of, or in any way related to, the contents hereof or of any other submission to this website and those affiliated with it.

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Frankly, monavano, your curiosity, given the general issues raised and the discussion spawned by this thread (as well as a couple of others recently), has led me to think that maybe in addition to being aware of what types of medical advice are offered, we might want to pay attention to some of the armchair legal opinions submitted. In the end, common sense may be the best advice - they are our words next to our screen names.

*OK. A little more kidding.

1 day ago
MGZ in Site Talk

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

How many do I need to win a giant, stuffed animal? (Sorta have my eye on the pink elephant. . . .)

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

Not sure what that has to do with over used TV cliches and buzzwords. You provided an efficient, much more accurate way of expressing the notion in under twenty words. It would seem the celebrity chefs would be better off with that approach as well. As it is now, it's like they're all sticking to the same "talking points".

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I had to quit that job when they discovered that I didn't have any tattoos.

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Responsibility

"if I were a lawyer at CH, I'd have probably had a stroke over some of the stuff that's left up on the boards here."

I wouldn't.

https://cbsi.secure.force.com/CBSi/ar...

There're enough belt and suspenders in there to pull up every pair of pants at a Lil Wayne concert.

2 days ago
MGZ in Site Talk

On the road

"I was going to suggest 'Blue Highways'"

Me too. That book's a gem.

2 days ago
MGZ in Not About Food
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"[B]ut fresh fish *is* supposed to smell clean and salty -- not like ammonia, not like rotting flesh, and certainly not like bleach!"

See. That wasn't hard, was it.

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Avatars -- describe? u/l a pic?

I got a kick out of this thread, but sadly, it has led me to discover that I appear to have lost the .jpg I modified to be my avatar. I'll put it up if I find it, but it's simply a photoshop filtered image of a guy tipping his cap. The gesture is the message. Wiki defines it: "A hat tip is an act of tipping or (especially in British English) doffing one's hat as a cultural expression of recognition, respect, gratitude, greeting, or simple salutation and acknowledgement between two persons." It's a gesture that, when warranted, I am also prone to employ in person.

Jul 23, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Responsibility

The "IMO" is silent.

Jul 23, 2014
MGZ in Site Talk
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Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I think that is 'literally' on the cusp of having its accepted meaning change. See, also, "cute" and "awful"

Jul 23, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

"Fresh fish smells like the sea" - it's such an over-employed over-simplification and people seem to be taking it literally.

"I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you . . . ." - OK, kudos to old Artie Doyle, it was indeed a very sound turn of phrase. Nevertheless, after all these years, why does every visited chef have to work it into their interview?

I'm sure there're others, but I'm not really giving this a hundred and ten percent - just kinda phoning it in . . . .

Jul 23, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

One of the less heralded perks of self-employment. Which, to adopt Mr. Bueller's words, "is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend [it]".

Jul 23, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Well, I'm presently barefoot . . . .

Jul 22, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Hell, you could easily litigate the meaning of "visible" for two years.

Jul 22, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Best bet is always the least restrictive and most precisely tailored to the desired result. As you can see, even in the instant case, interpreting what is a "tattoo" and what is "visible" are necessary.

Jul 22, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

For what it's worth, I have represented companies significantly larger than Starbucks; though, admittedly, only tangetially in the employment area.

Jul 22, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

You don't draw lines to salvage bad policy (that's how you wind up with the IRC). You reassess the purpose your trying to accomplish and change the policy. If it's the broadcasting of certain messages that is offensive, they can simply be prohibited (e.g. no obscenities, no political messages, etc.)

Jul 22, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News