The Daily Dose/Monday, March 25, 2024

The Daily Dose/March 25, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

CAPSULE DINER(S) REVIEW: Mo’s, Manitou Springs, Colorado, & Waffle House, Fillmore Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado: The diner is a nice piece of Americana that we like to take advantage of on the road. We’re generally traveling alone and there’s no reason to get too picky in this situation, especially when hunger and convenience coincide. 

Leading Off: Mo’s had two things going for it. The first was a hearty recommendation by the hotel staff and the second was its location, right next door to the hotel. It’s been around forever and occupies an old house and don’t forget your cash, because Mo’s doesn’t take American Express, or any other form of convenient, electronic payment. 

Uh-Oh: They were severely understaffed, too, with only a waitress and a cook. There were tables that needed bussing, orders to be delivered, and shakes to be made, though it must be noted the waitress went about her business with admirable calm. The service, though, was slow. 

OTOH: The food and atmosphere, though, were good. We sat at the counter, and our patty melt was good, and the onion rings, though not hand-battered, were very good. 

And In This Corner: We try to get to Waffle House as often as possible. We’re not sure why, either. The coffee and hash browns are very good, but everything is only good. But they are open 24/7,  key when you’re hungry at zero-dark-thirty. 

Dry, Technical Matter: Two elements made this Waffle House visit as good as any we’ve had: one was the atmosphere, what kids today might call a vibe. It was 0200 and the place was packed. We lead rather quiet lives and we’re not always open to vibes, but for some reason we were this morning. 

The second reason was the service. We got our usual, a sausage Texas toast sandwich, hashbrowns (scattered and covered), and a waffle…Usually, they bring it all at the same time and you’re juggling so that nothing gets too cold. 

The Greatest Day Since Creation: Brittany brought the sandwich and hash browns soon enough, but not the waffle, saying it would be brought by later. Her timing was perfect: the instant we finished the first course, there was our waffle, piping hot, asking only to be consumed. 

Get Your Official Daily Dose Rating Scale Right Here: A – The very best; B – Very Good; C – Good; D – OK; F – A steaming pile. 

Final Rating: A. We don’t pass out the highest rating too often here – and the rating is relative to other diners, not 5-star restaurants – but good luck topping either of these places for an all-American diner experience.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow is obliged to check himself out of the hotel he stayed at. Today’s Diary. 

The nite auditor at the hotel we stayed is either completely oblivious to anything going on around him or has no customer service instincts whatsoever…

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On This Date
Extra, extra, read all about it. 

In  1584 – Sir Walter Raliegh of England is given a patent by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a colony Virginia. Raleigh sent an expedition to the New World the following year, which landed and established a colony on Roanoke Island in what is now Dare Country, North Carolina. The colony was visited in a few years later, with all colonists found to have disappeared under unknown circumstances. Raleigh was arrested after Elizabeth’s death and convicted of treason. King James I pardoned him, though the sentence was later reinstated, with Raleigh executed in 1618.

In 1952 – The Kansas Jayhawks win the NCAA basketball tournament, defeating the St John’s Redmen 80-63 in Seattle. It was the first of four NCAA titles for the Jayhawks, and it remains the only runner-finish for St John’s. Previously, Kansas had defeated Santa Clara in the national semifinals, and St John’s had defeated Illinois, and this was the first NCAA tournament where four regional champions met in the semifinals. Previously, two regional champions had met in the championship game. 

In 1967 – The Turtles are at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first of three consecutive weeks with Happy Together. It was the sixth Top 40 hit for the group, their second of five Top 10 hits, and remains their only #1 song. The song also peaked at #12 in Great Britain and was Billboard’s 8th-biggest song of the year.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Basic human nature never changed; the collective human text demonstrated that incontrovertibly.
Fred Kaplan
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Alabama’s biggest hit on the Hot 100 was Love in the First Degree which spent two weeks at #15 in 1982.

Today’s Stumper
Match wits with Gaylon. It’s not that hard.

What was Billboard’s #1 song for 1967? – Answer next time!

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