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T.G.I. Friday’s & The Wild

February 24th, 2007

Since we haven’t been going anywhere with the kids the past few weekends they’ve been over, we thought it would be a nice change of pace to go out for lunch. We chose T.G.I. Friday’s because it’s close, we haven’t been there in ages, and they have a decent kids menu. We tried their new appetizer, crispy green bean fries, which were awesome. Everything else, from the service to the food, was just ok. The hostess was very bored and not very friendly and the waiter wasn’t much better. I don’t expect to be treated like royalty but would it have killed either of them to pretend like they wanted us there?

Honestly, I’m not sure why we even dine out anymore as more often than not I’m not impressed with the food. I’d rather make my own. Luckily the kids meals are cheap so the bill wasn’t bad, otherwise I would have been more annoyed. I didn’t appreciate that they brought out our food but neglected to provide utensils. Those are rather important when you order salad and spaghetti. In any case that place has been lumped into the same category as Denny’s: nice in theory but always a disappointment. Therefore I can’t see us dining there again.

Anyway, after lunch we played two games of Scene It Jr. with the kids. They sure know how to kill the fun with their constant bickering. The game is actually quite decent but they argue at every opportunity over who gets to ask the trivia questions. Who cares?!? Man, I’m sure I was just as annoying when I was a kid but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. The boy in particular gets so angry if he thinks it’s his turn to ask a question. He needs to take a chill pill.

After the game we watched Disney’s The Wild. We wanted to rent Flushed Away, but it was out. I wasn’t too sad, though, since I had planned to see The Wild anyway after learning that Kiefer Sutherland is the voice of the main character, Sampson the lion. The movie wasn’t anything special although it had some cute parts like when they were in downtown New York and the giraffe spotted a Toys R Us and was enthralled (you know, because their mascot is a giraffe also). The koala bear was my favorite, however. Oh, and there were a few scenes in particular where a Jack Bauer “DAMMIT!” would have fit in quite nicely. I even whispered it to Joe at the appropriate places and he laughed.

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