One day after the torrential rains, and the White Rock trail/lake looks much, much better. Major kudos (or "props" as the kids say these days) go to the Dallas Park Department (yay BAMF). The tree that just yesterday blocked my progress had been chopped up like so much wood that needed chopping.
Lawther, just north of NW Highway, is now dry.
And the bridge that was covered in water that came up to my knees the day before, now is just a few inches deep (mark).
So the obvious question is what I am doing in a bar that only the very old frequent. Well, back in the day -- 10 years ago, when i first was hired at Nortel -- we worked in the building that houses Swan Court. Many was the time that our meetings either started or ended up there -- but usually both. So, since my services at Nortel were no longer required, I thought one final visit to Swan Court would be nice. So, how was it?? Despite the abundance of the ultra geriatric, the place isn't that bad. It surprised me with Red Hook ESB and Broken Halo IPA on tap. For that alone I give this place a pass. It also had the usual suspects of bottled beer and a bar staff that knows how to mix up any drink. While waiting for my ex-co-workers, I had my obligatory crab cakes (hey, I love crab cakes). They were very nice with huge lumps of whole crab on a spicy aioli. Overall I give this place a solid B+. I'm not sure I would ever go there for any reason other than nostalgia. But with a nice beer-on-tap selection and some solid crab cakes, you could do worse.
2435 North Central ExpresswaySuite 102, Richardson, Texas 75080
Day one and I've nearly run out of things to do. So after picking up some groceries at Central Market, I decided, since Freebirds is right around the corner, to grab a burrito. I'm a fan of the Chipotle burrito. But I hadn't had a Freebirds in a while. So I thought I'd give it another chance. The verdict: it's ok. Chipotle is better. There are more choices at Freebirds, but Chipotle wins on the basics: better meat, better guac, much better rice.
NetFlix Receiving: Beating Blackjack (for my next Vegas visit) and Battlestar Galactica Season 2 Disc 1 – with no new episodes until November and much time to kill, I thought I would go back thru and watch them all again.
Today is the first day of the rest of my summer. My patience has finally paid off and I am officially laid off from Nortel. I was presented with a substantial package (giggle) this afternoon and ordered to not work for the rest of the year. The only downside of the greatest day of 2007 is that they no longer have Fransziskaneron tap at the Libertine. I'll probably never return.