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Hey Donkey

Posted by LOTGK on January 29, 2009

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Hey Donkey

Being a veteran of trade shows, I am quite familiar with the setup and mechanics of the ones I attend. Except for one show I was asked to attend and fill in for a colleague of mine.

Usually, I know what hall the show is located in and the name of the company I will be assisting, the personnel in the booth, and the booth row and booth number. That wasn’t the case for this show.

All I knew is the that it was located in the Nashville convention center and I was to be there Friday and Saturday. I asked my colleague how was I going to find where I needed to go.

He said he knew the first name of the contact, (Mike) but not the company name he was exhibiting under because they went under several names. However, he said I wouldn’t have any problem finding the booth. He said to walk into the show and listen for a man that sounded like Shrek!

Shrek! WTF? I asked, “That’s it! That’s how I’m supposed to find the booth? By listening for a man that sounded like the Disney cartoon character Shrek?” He assured me that I would have no problem.

My flight to Nashville was uneventful and I checked into my hotel and went to find Shrek in the convention center. Thankfully, this trade show was a small one, only about 300 vendors and about 600 booths lined up in 10 rows. (Some shows have thousands of vendors and thousands of booths)

I decided to start at the first row and work my way around the show. I walked up the aisle slowly listening to the people talking hoping to hone in on the Shrek voice. No luck in row one. None in row two or three either. As I turned the corner of row four, I heard a man talking very loud. With an accent. A Scottish accent. I heard him say, “Hey donkey, that’s not where that goes.” A few seconds later I came face to face with Shrek. He was talking up a storm and he sounded exactly like Shrek. And looked a lot like him as well. A blockhead, big ogre type shoulders, tall, round stick out ears, just sans the green coloring. Give him a club and he could double as Shrek.

I started laughing out loud. Shrek, (Mike) turned around and stopped what he was doing for a moment and sized me up. He then said, “Oh, look at the funny man. Who are you supposed to be?” I told him I was Patrick and was here to help him. He said, “Oh, that’s just great!” I told him, “Just don’t call me donkey there Shrek!”

My colleague forgot to tell me that Mike (Shrek) didn’t like to be compared to the cartoon character. Mike clammed up for a moment, gave me one of those upset looks that Shrek did and folded his arms and just stared at me. I couldn’t help it. I said, “Hey look, it’s Cameron Diaz!” (Princess Fiona, Shrek’s love interest) All weekend long I called him Shrek. After a while, he got used to it.

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Crocs – Ugly Ass Shoes

Posted by LOTGK on January 15, 2009

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Crocs Invasion Continues

Patty and I were in Gatlinburg, Tennessee a few months ago. We were walking along the Parkway enjoying the weather and the scenery when we happened upon this store front window. There in the showcase was a variety of multicolored Crocs, A/K/A the ugliest ass shoes ever made.

Now I’m not hating, I just cannot understand the appeal of these shoes. Unless you worked in the circus and wore a bright colored red wig with a red bulb nose and painted your face and known by the carnival name Bozo, then you have no business wearing Crocs. Seriously, where the hell else are you going to wear rounded orange plastic shoes with holes in them with no back to them?

P.T. Barnum was right when he said there’s a sucker born every minute.

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Stephen King’s Favorite Fish

Posted by LOTGK on January 4, 2009

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Stephen King’s Favorite Fish

Photo taken at the Gatlinburg, Tennessee Ripley’s Smoky Aquarium while visiting back in September of 2008.

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Calhoun’s Of Gatlinburg

Posted by LOTGK on December 9, 2008

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Calhoun’s Restaurant

Calhoun’s on the Parkway located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is well known for it’s excellent tasting ribs. I know from personal experience but tonight, I was looking for something else on the menu.

Our waiter brought out some hot delicious rolls with warm butter that were almost heavenly. He took our appetizer and dinner orders. Yes, its crazy, but I ordered the cheeseburger in a restaurant famous for it’s BBQ ribs. But, I had already had the ribs and they will be critiqued in an upcoming post.

Our appetizer was fried cheese sticks. Ten of them with a tangy tomato sauce. They were brought out in a timely manner and were hot and delicious.

Our dinner orders were delivered to our table right on time. The cheeseburger was hot, juicy, and delicious. I ordered it well done and it was perfect. The bun was toasted just right and had plenty of cheese. The fries were cooked to a golden brown, and were crunchy, and just right.

The cost was just under $20 bucks without tip which is pretty fair considering the quality and quantity of food served.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 4 out of 5 shots and recommends Calhoun’s of Gatlinburg for dinner.

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Maxwell’s Steak And Seafood – Gatlinburg

Posted by LOTGK on December 3, 2008

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Maxwell’s restaurant located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a great place to eat. Usually! As was the case, Maxwell’s did not have a long waiting list for dinner so we opted in.

Dining at Maxwell’s many times before, I knew what I wanted before the menu’s came out. Alas, that wouldn’t be the cause. Our waitress introduced herself and took our drink and dinner orders. She told us she was new here at Maxwell’s and still learning the ropes. I ordered the grilled chicken with lemon and a baked potato.

About 15 minutes later, our dinners arrived. As you can see, this was not what I ordered. It was stuffed chicken breast. At least the baked potato was correct. The stuffed chicken looked good enough and I didn’t want to spoil our waitress’s good spirits and first week of work so I accepted the dinner without telling her.

The stuffed chicken was well cooked, an adequate proportion, and tasted good. The stuffing was surprisingly good. Of course the baked potato was excellent. I love me some baked potatoes.

The cost was $17.00 without tip and was priced nicely.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 3 out of 5 shots and recommends Maxwell’s of Gatlinburg for dinner. I was going to fail Maxwell’s for getting the dinner selection wrong, but the waitress was new, she was nice, and the dinner was good.

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