Monday, November 30, 2015

Little Caesars Pizza Insights

I have never met anyone who didn't like pizza. Like most people, I really love pizza. There is something amazing about that magical food. I know all pizza is not created equal so it can make a big difference where you purchase pizza from.

Little Caesars is probably the most basic and cheapest pizza around. It obviously can not compare with any gourmet pizza establishments, but if you are hungry for pizza and only want to spend $5 it is the best option I know of. Most things get more expensive with inflation over time but their hot and ready pizza appears to be immune to price increases.

My biggest pet peeve with Little Caesars (aside from the quality) is the ambiance inside the stores. I am not expecting a dimly lit Italian restaurant with musicians playing in the background, but it would be nice if every time I give them my business they would not thank me by screaming "TWO PEP!" in my face.

"One Cheese, One Pep!"

Seriously Little Ceasars, your employees yell loud enough to rupture my eardrums with their attempt to notify the cooks in back that they need to replace a pizza from their hot and ready inventory. There has to be a better way than screaming around your customers. It's a fast food restaurant, not an off shore oil rig.

My other request for Little Caesars would be to put some olives on the pepperoni pizza. I'd pay $7 bucks instead of  $5 for a little more variety and flavor, but if I want that from them it nearly doubles the price and I have to wait over 10 minutes for them to make it. I guess I could always start a rival pizza company that serves delicious gourmet pizza in an authentic Italian atmosphere for 5 bucks. Never mind, I guess I'll just let them keep yelling at me.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The State of Blogging aka "Where are they now?"

This post will be kind of like a historical documentary. I wish I had black and white photos and Ken Burns to help me out but for now I am just going off of memory.

I started blogging in 2007. It was new for me to share my thoughts with strangers on the Internet, but I really enjoyed it. When I started blogging some of the big kids on the block were Sass, Jeanne, Dr. Zibbs, Candy, PeeWee, Eric, Pearl, Bee & Rose, Anna,  Kelly, Cheeseboy, Kristina P, Israel, Pedaling, MCat, Mami, and Crystal. I'm sure I have left off several others but since nobody reads blogs anymore they will never know.

Times were good and I personally felt that 2009 was the high Renaissance of blogging. With the growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and all of the other social media platforms, blogging took a punch to the gut and many of us scaled back significantly. Others just disappeared.

There have been times since then that I felt like Will Smith in "I am Legend" when I write a blog post. "If any of you are still out there, I will be at these coordinates on this date, don't give up hope, etc."

Nothing is more sad than when you click on a link that used to be a fun blog to follow and you see there has not been any activity for four years or even worse an error message or notice indicating that the blog has been deleted. I'd like to see a "Where are they now?" show that tells you which bloggers are still going and which ones are in a federal penitentiary.  Kind of like a high school reunion. I don't know what many of them are doing these days but I know Cheeseboy changed platforms and is now a superstar on Twitter.

In spite of the many changes to blogging, there are still some people who continue to blog. Retrospace and Semi Coherent Thoughts are still going and I see others still blog several times a year, but it is nothing like it used to be. I have to say that the two most successful bloggers from the original group in my opinion are:

1) Kal at Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness. He still rules Blogger. He has not been deterred by the decline in blogging and has to be the most consistent and prolific blogger I have ever seen.

2) Mary at One Perfect Bite. Her food blog is amazing and I salivate like Pavlov's dog when I hear it's name.I don't really consider myself a food blogger kind of  guy but I am totally impressed with her expertise and success.

Despite blogging not being what it used to be, I am still going to continue to blog. I'd like to thank all of the bloggers over the years who blessed my life with information, entertainment, and laughter.