Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No Sugar Free Ice Cream and The War On Drugs

My daughter, Melody, and I had dinner tonight at Sakura, a Japanese steak house in Olney.  It's a pretty good place for special occasions, and since we hadn't seen my in-laws since their anniversary party, tonight seemed like a good night to get together with them, even if we had nothing more to celebrate than the sun was out.  Personally, I like Ginza of Tokyo, in Fulton just off of Johns Hopkins Road, much better.  The chefs are a little more personable, and, frankly, the food tastes better.  But Olney is closer to my in-laws home than Fulton, and we try to meet them halfway.

Anyway, we had a nice meal, but just as we started to eat, there was a loud crack of thunder, the lights flickered, and it started to rain cats and dogs outside.  We were in the midst of a pretty bad storm.  The lights flickered again, and we thanked the Big Guy upstairs that our meal was already cooked.  There were many more patrons in the restaurant who hadn't been served yet, and if the power had gone out, things might get ugly.  I ate just a little bit faster.

We enjoyed the meal, but kept an eye on the window.  The rain didn't let up at all for at least 20 or so minutes.  It was a steady downpour.  When we finished eating, we were hesitant to get up because we didn't want to go out and confront the storm.  Dessert was sounding pretty good.  But the rain did start to diminish, and we headed out.  Melody and I decided we would get dessert anyway, over at Cheeburger Cheeburger.  We love stopping at this location of the burger chain because they have sugar free ice cream for their milkshakes.  I love them for this reason alone.  As a type 2 diabetic, sugar free is a good thing.

So we entered the restaurant and sauntered up to the counter to order our shakes.  Melody got her typical chocolate chip cookie dough and M&M's shake (blech!).  I asked for a sugar free black and white shake.  That's when the shoe dropped.  The lady behind the counter said they didn't have sugar free ice cream anymore.  I was incredulous.  I asked why.  She said they just didn't sell enough to make it profitable.  I said they should put it on the menu if they want people to order it!  I knew they had sugar free only because I asked every time we went there.  I was really disappointed.  It makes me angry that restaurants don't try a little harder to cater to diabetic customers, but I guess if there's no profit in it, they're not going to do it.  And that just depresses me.  It's bad enough that I have to live with this stupid disease.  Stupid genetics.


I always Tivo Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show.  Craig is one of the funniest late night hosts on the air, in my opinion, and I'm sad to hear that he's "retiring" at the end of the year.  Anyway, I start recording his show early so I can record the last 5 minutes of the Late Show with David Letterman and check out his musical guest.  Last night, he had on a group from Philadelphia called The War On Drugs.  I'd never heard of them before, and while their style of music isn't necessarily my favorite, the song they performed, "Red Eyes", was excellent!  I'm a fan!  Anyway, I immediately looked for the song on Amazon, and downloaded.  It's a pretty good song.  I don't know how to describe them other than the musicians are pretty good, especially the lead singer/lead guitar player.  Check it out.  It's a good tune.

Have a great evening, everyone!

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