chocolate-covered bacon on a stick

Last night I had the Buffet o’ Blog staff over to my house, along with a classified secret guest.  Food was not specifically on the agenda, but foodstuffs were brought nonetheless.   There were chocolate chip cookies, which are always good, but the unique item we had (for which I’m writing this) was chocolate-covered bacon.  And it wasn’t just any bacon — it was Petit Jean peppered bacon.

The flavor was unique: the salty goodness of bacon, the spicy peppered seasoning of this variety, and the sweetness of chocolate.  And to make it even cooler, it was on a stick.

I didn’t get a picture this time, because it was quickly devoured.   But you can imagine.  At least this time, no one brought a “gut bomb“.  🙂

The collective conclusion was that it was awesome.  Although it probably would’ve been even better if it wasn’t peppered bacon, because adding spicy to the salty plus sugary mix was almost too much.  But I’d eat it again, either way.  🙂

stealing money to buy lottery tickets

This is an actual story from the news… it would be hard to make up something this stupid…

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A woman stole $2.3 million (1.2 million pounds) from her employers and spent the money on lottery tickets, buying as much as $6,000 worth of tickets a day in a bid to hit the jackpot, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Annie Donnelly, 38, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing the money over 3 1/2 years from her employer, Great South Bay Surgical Associates, where she was a bookkeeper.

(You can read more here.)

Even though she was the bookkeeper, you figure someone would’ve noticed money missing, especially after the first million or so.  But the stupid part is that this woman could’ve had millions of dollars yet spent it on lottery tickets.  How stupid!  She must’ve not thought this through…

modern art with Trump’s legal team and four seasons total landscaping

A few years ago I went to a “modern art” museum, and so much of it is really abstract where I don’t know what to make of it or some of it seems to be controversial to get attention. (I don’t mean just morally bad, but sometimes artistically bad to get attention, like flinging paint randomly at a mural or covering a bed in ham.) And in everyday life, it may seem like the arts don’t get as much attention as they used to. But there is art all around us, especially on the Internet, where countless people create art and share it solely for enjoyment (meaning not for money).

I recently came across a mock Lego set of the political debacle at Four Seasons Total Landscaping where President Donald Trump’s legal team including Rudy Giuliani made a “speech” (read: rant with baseless accusations) about voter fraud. (If you don’t know about this “big” press conference at the back of a landscaping business in a not-so-glamorous part of town, read about it here so the rest of this post will make sense. It’s one of those news events that was surreal, like “did that actually just happen?” At first I thought it was a parody, but it really happened.)

That was way too much intro for this, but let’s keep going anyway. Here’s the art that is parodying the event.

Here’s more info about it.

Something you might not have noticed is that all but one of the Trump 2020 stickers/posters behind the podium are the same. One of them says Trump / Pence. So the Vice President on the ticket gets one mention. That’s actually surprising, given that Donald Trump is the most narcissistic person ever.

There’s now a sub-reddit dedicated to this event. If you want to see some more humor about it but are scared to explore, here’s a few more:
here, here, and here.

Someone suggested Trump go back to Celebrity Apprentice, then when he fires someone, they sue and refuse to leave. 🙂 Do you think Trump would appreciate the irony?

Have you heard or made up any jokes about the situation? Here’s a couple:

Why did the Trump campaign book Four Seasons Total Landscaping? Because he ran his presidency into the ground. 🙂 You could also say he was intent on restoring lawn and order. 🙂 Okay, I’ll see myself out now…

gaming for bacon

Getting older doesn’t mean you outgrow video games.  But you do outgrow the tickets that come out of games at places like Chuck E. Cheese (or our local Larry’s Pizza).  Most (if not all) of the prizes are worthless to adults.  But imagine if instead of a ticket, you received a similar-sized piece of bacon…

As awesome as that would be, obviously there are some logistical issues with the machines distributing bacon.  So instead the machines could spit out bacon tickets which could be exchanged for actual bacon strips.  And if you were to break the weekly or monthly high school, you could win other prizes like nachos or pizza or milkshakes.  They could also occasionally give out vouchers for more gaming tokens.

Why hasn’t someone done this?  Of course these prizes are more expensive than the stuff you get now, but they would also be increasing the audience by a large factor.  Plus they get food at cost, so it’s not as expensive as you might think.  More adults would play the games, which would mean more revenue, which would also fund the purchase / renting of games that adults would enjoy more.  It’s a win-win situation!  Someone definitely needs to make this happen!