Cab Action

I’m in London to see Kate Bush’s show again.  I had a suitcase with me this time, so I took a cab from Paddington to my hotel in Whitehall.


We encountered some very blocked-up traffic, and my cabbie said “Hm!”  Then he switched on the radio and it said that black cabs were blocking traffic throughout the center of London to protest Uber and its ilk.


My cabbie said “Shit!  It’s our lot that’s causing this.  I heard about traffic being blocked, but I though it was the bicyclists!”


He then made a heroic (and not very legal, in bits (if we got nabbed, he’d gonna blame me and tell the coppers I threatened him)) effort to drive me as close to the hotel as he could get, and I strolled the rest of the way.



Now din-din.

New Menu Fad Detected

Here in Utah, I have detected a new menu fad. I think. At least I can’t recall seeing this before anywhere:


So basically, they’re warning us that undercooked meat is dangerous. (And please no personal checks).

Ok… But I’m at a restaurant. I don’t want them to undercook my meat.

But there’s an asterisk. And what items are asterisked (that should be a word):


Err… meats… and mussels… and cheese… but cheese with meat…  And there’s bacon in the mussels!

They’re asterisking all meat dishes!  Which is (in Utah) basically all dishes.  Even the cheese and the mussels.

But not the potato chips.  Seems like a missed opportunity.

Anyway.  Is this just in Utah?  New law?  Did somebody get sick?

The wording on most menus is similar, but unclear.  “Undercooking your meat is baaad”.  But it doesn’t actually say “these are dishes that may contain undercooked meat, so if you die after eating them, it’s all your own fault”, which is probably what they mean.

America is so complicated.


Snowed Out In Vail!

Driving from Moab to Denver, it started snowing just past Vail. Going up a mountain pass.

When renting the car, I asked whether it had winter tires. He said “Sure! All-year radials!”

That apparently is rental car guy speak for “no”, and our car had like no traction and we stalled.


The view from the car on the tow truck

We were towed up to the top of the pass, and then we drove back to Vail, because the next pass is supposed to be even worse.

Longer vacation!  Yay!