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Starbux Treat Receipt Return Means $2 Afternoon Drinks

July 22, 2014

Unknown-1The ever popular program where you buy a coffee in the morning and then return in the afternoon with your receipt and get a medium (grande) sized cold drink for just $2.

In fact, it start Tuesday and may run through early August.

Happy Frappy everyone!

Cheesecake Day Is Coming, Run For Your Lives!

July 18, 2014

cheesecake-factory-special-400x400Can you tell I’m in a bit of a mood? And it’s not one that even cheesecake can fix.

Even so, I wanted to let you know that participating locations of The Cheesecake Factory will be celebrating National Cheesecake Day on July 30th and 31st (wait a minute, that’s two days, isn’t it?) by selling cheesecakes for half off. There’s no word whether the sale extends to slices or if it’s just whole cheesecakes.

Friday Funny: Tacky

July 18, 2014

I admit it, there are times when the news really gets me down. Planes shot down over Ukraine, a ground war in the Middle East and Rob Marciano is leaving “Entertainment Tonight” for ABC News even though I still don’t know who Rob Marciano is.

Then, I remember there are reasons to be happy and celebrate like the upcoming Monty Python reunion and this new Weird Al send-up of “Happy,” which seems like the perfect way to end the week.

And, in case you forgot, this is what the original version sounds like:

Free Cooking Classes at Pike Place Market on Thursday Mornings

July 17, 2014

I realize word of a free cooking class at Pike Place Market at 11 today may be a little late if you’re not already in the neighborhood, but there will be another one at noon and every Thursday from now until Sept. 26.

It’s a free cooking series called “From Farmers to Families and Friends” and there will be one at 11 a.m. and another at noon every Thursday through the end of the summer. The classes are designed to take the mystery out of cooking using local ingredients. Each class lasts 45 minutes, leaving time for questions.

The classes are held in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen. Reservations aren’t required, but you’ll want to get there early because there’s only room for 20 in each class.

Thursday Funny: Word Crimes

July 17, 2014

I learned a lot in college. How to write a gripping lead on a news story. How to get along with a roommate. Why you shouldn’t use boiling water to melt the ice on your windshield.

One of the biggest lessons I learned, however, is that a Weird Al Yankovic album/CD is not an investment in sound. Oh sure, the songs are funny and all and they make you laugh the first three or four times you hear them, but honestly, how many times can you listen to “Nature Trail to Hell in 3-D,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” “My Bologna” and “Polka Face” before you’ve had enough.

Ah, but a Weird Al video, now there’s a thing of beauty…and this is one of his latest. You don’t have to be an English major to love this one, but it helps…..

And, if you haven’t heard the song he’s parodying, here’s the original, “Blurred Lines.”

Wednesday Funny: They’re Just Faking It

July 16, 2014

The Cheap Bastard says goodbye to the World Cup soccer tournament with this little video that shows what real life would be like if it were more like soccer.

I probably watched only 10 minutes of the entire tournament, but still found this video funny and you will, too, even if you’re not a soccer fan. And if you aren’t a soccer fan, but need a little bit of context, you can watch this handy round up of injuries and see that today’s video is spot on.

Not only that, but longtime Seattle Seahawks fans will recognize one of the team’s old strategies for getting time outs at the end of a game during the Chuck Knox years.

Chocolopolis Teaches How to Host a Chocolate Tasting Party Tonight (7/15)

July 15, 2014

imgres-1It’s the second day of a long, hot week and you’re just not ready to return home to your hot home/apartment/condo/abode/residence/what-have-you, but what to do instead?

Why not attend a free class on how to hold a chocolate tasting? The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (7/15) at Chocolopolis on Queen Anne and is one of many events the confectioner is holding this month to celebrate its birthday. In fact, there’s a free happy hour Thursday night to celebrate the store’s launch of its single origin chocolate bars.

For a full list of free events, check out the store’s site.

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