May 2004



Today was a good day for the most part. It got off to a slow start when the Terminix man showed up over half an hour late. He managed to battle the latest ant infestation, and he thinks I may have caught this one just before it got really bad. Woooo! While waiting for the Terminix man, I did clean the filter for the pond’s pump and discovered that something like 5 worms had decided to make the filter their home. They are now well on their way to the sewage treatment plant.

Anyway, today was a love-hate relationship with Generica. One of the things I really dislike about America is the fact that no matter where you go, a lot of things remain the same: McDonald’s, Burger King, Chili’s, Applebee’s, and, well– Boston Market. I took Danny out to dinner in Greenwood after our trip to the Indy Zoo, and driving down US 31 I stopped at Boston Market because I have fond memories of them from Denver. Ironically, this is a prime example of Generica-and one of those things that isn’t good-I stopped at Boston Market precisely because it was a known quantity, not because it was something new and exciting.

The last time I tried something new and exciting in a strange town, I ended up spending something like $30 per person in Williamsburg for a nice, but not outstanding, seafood meal.

In retrospect, I would have chosen a different restaurant in Williamsburg, but I really liked the food at Boston Market.

For those of you who are interested, I do have pictures from the zoo, but I haven’t yet established my photoblog-something I started doing this morning, but I need to mess with stylesheets, templates, and whatnot before that part of the site becomes functional.

3 comments to Generica

  • Don’t forget two prime purveyors of Generica, Wal-Mart and Cracker Barrel.

    The only ‘different’ Wal-Mart I’ve ever seen is the one in Taos, NM, where local zoning regulations forced the company to adopt an adobe facade. It still sported the same damn parking lot though…

  • Jerry- Did you see the Mother’s Day incident at Cracker Barrel, where the Vegetarian Soup had the special mouse ingredient? Yum!

    Wal-Mart may be America’s most evil corporation… very frustrating.

  • Chris C

    I remember when I was in Jackson, WY three years ago that the Albertsons grocery store was built in a style other than standard. I guess the “Ritchie Rich’s” of the world are fine with screwing up my view but don’t like their vacations wonderlands to look like Generica. Hmm…