Sixty-plus year resident of Tucson. Widowed earlier this year. Like music, travel, hiking, woodworking and amateur radio.
Single but taken
I'd like to comment on the December 16, 2012 Sunday brunch, unfortunately, my fiancé and I never got to eat any. Mind you, on the preceding Friday we had lunch there and it was fine and other than the abysmal service at other lunch times, the food has also been good enough to entice us back. No more..
This morning, we decided to get breakfast out. We don't usually go for the bacon and eggs thing but today my fiancé wanted to throw healthy eating to the wind and get some. Her first thought was to just go to Cracker Barrel, which is reasonably close. In hindsight this would have been the best thing to do. Instead we decided to do Maynard's brunch.
I tried calling a number of times to determine their hours and to make a reservation but always got a message indicating that they were either "Handling another reservation or seating another guest and to please leave a message." So I left a message. The alternative was to go online and make a reservation. Their system actually takes one to Open Table. Since I use it often, and I never got a call from Maynard's, I logged on to Open Table. I actually wanted a morning time, but the first one available was 2 PM. So I made the reservation for 2 PM and we had a snack to hold us over while we waited.
It's a 40-minute drive for us so we headed out at 1:15. Arriving at Maynard's, heading east on Toole, we were presented with a roped off parking lot which left us stranded, because the stupid trolley construction has Toole blocked off to eastbound traffic. I had to turn around, while dodging westbound traffic and enter the parking lot from the wrong direction. This should have told me to forget the whole idea, but we persisted. Upon getting to the door we saw a hand lettered sign indicating that the place was closed to the public due to a private function. This deserved further investigation, since I had an email confirmation from Open Table for a 2 PM reservation, so we walked in anyway. A voice from behind us asked what we were doing so we said we were looking for the manager. The woman professed to be the manager, which is odd since their website says that one Frank Kobritz is the restaurant manager.
I told her that if in fact she was the manager, she wasn't very good at her job. She bristled at this fact and became defensive, telling us that, "The owner's daughter was getting married and the place was reserved for the wedding party." I congratulated the couple but restated my position that there was no indication 1) on the website, 2) on the telephone or 3) on Open Table that the place was closed to the public today and this was lousy management and a disservice to us.
At no time was there an apology or any attempt to make amends. A good manager would have offered some kind of compensation such as a free meal at a later time or across the street at Cup Congress today.
Tommy should try opening the doors at the (former) Unisource building at 1 S. Church. Not only are the doors massive glass but the hinge point isn't at the far edge of the door but is inset, reducing leverage. I can open them okay but my fiance who works there uses the automatic opener, particularly when her hands are full.
I always use the automatic openers (using my knee) in the downtown library men's rooms. Who wants to touch a door with wet hands after have the homeless mental cases in the country have gone before you? And you have to have wet hands, since there aren't any towels, and the air blowers are just recycling the dust mites off the aforementioned bums.
I think Tom should get out of town.
Sorry, in my previous post I used the wrong author; a quirk of the formatting on this page.
It should have been "Richard Grayson."
Apologies to all concerned.
Robert Ruckman beat me to it with his comments. It is frightful that so many (most) Americans are so ignorant of the Constitution. It's especially the pity that the writer of political commentary is so clueless.
Of course, considering how the Obama regime is dismantling the Constitution, maybe it really doesn't matter.
Local governments are always outbidding each other via tax credits and other inducements to bring some preferred company, sports team, etc. to their town.
Time after time that company or team takes advantage of the taxpayer largess only to pick up stakes and move on to someplace that offers them a better deal. Then the taxpayers are holding the bag for an empty building or sports complex that is nothing but a further drag on the government. Look no further than big-league baseball in Tucson for an example.
While Arizona might try to be "movie friendly" in other ways, tax credits for yet another special interest remain a bad idea.
Yes, Mike, facts are such troublesome things for some people.
Yes, life is short and I concur with everything you said.
One year ago, my wife and I returned from a similar trip; a two-week round trip Alaskan cruise out of Seattle (with a stop at Victoria BC) and another week in Seattle, Mt. Rainer and Mt. St. Helens.
Eight months ago my wife died, far too early in her life. I am so glad we got to do this trip together, yet I'm so sad that there are many trips that we didn't get to take and many little hurts and oversights that I am guilty of.
Give your significant other, spouse, child or good friend a hug and loving words whenever you can. You never know when they won't be around to hear you and then it's too late.
My girlfriend and I suffered through about 30 minutes before leaving. The photography was amazingly good, but couldn't make up for a bewildering plot.
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