Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I recently had the opportunity to go to a show that was a...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound.

I recently had the opportunity to go to a show that was a tribute to Neil Diamond. I had heard of this place before, a lot of good shows and performers, but never had the opportunity to actual attend. This location is about 90 minutes from where I live, and this being a night show, I wanted to try and get there early because night driving in an unfamiliar area with lots of traffic is not my cup of tea. I got there just before it really got dark, and I figured I would grab a bite to eat and ask for the final directions to the performance center. I made a turn at the first main intersection, which seemed to have a number of places to eat, and I saw Chili’s. I walked in and right back out, as they were standing in line waiting to be seated. The parking lot did not seem that full, and I was in no mood to wait in line.

Next, I spied a Cracker Barrel sign further down the road, and it being further off the main drag, I figured it would have fewer customers. My bad, repeat scenario; lots of parking spaces open but the store was crowded from one end of the store to the other. Doesn’t anyone eat at home anymore?! So here I am, stuck in unfamiliar territory, traffic buzzing all around me, and I was still hungry and unsure where my final destination was supposed to be.

Desperate, I pulled into a McDonald’s that was on the same road, and fortunately they were not that busy. This was my first attempt to use their kiosk to order my meal. It was pretty straightforward until it got to the part where they asked me to punch in a table number. I looked around and did not see anything that resembled a number on the tables, and it would not allow me to bypass this step.

So I punched in the number 22 and it was happy. I went to pay for my meal, and I received a second number (899) at the bottom of my receipt. Confused, I listened for either number to be called out, sort of like a weird game of bingo, and then I heard 22!

That is all I have for you today. As always, be good, do good and play safe.

– JR