Friday, March 13, 2009

Scrabble Deluxe

Danielle beat me at Scrabble for the first time ever* tonight, thanks to the availability of additional letters and multipliers offered by the ridiculous Scrabble Deluxe board. It extends a few rows beyond a regular board and includes quadruple multipliers for letters, which means that "quench" on the board below was worth 100 damn points.


Two and a half hours and 1400 combined points later, she won comfortably.

*Her previous victory occurred in a game when we allowed a non-word to be played to relieve congestion.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009 has a coupon code (MENU) which gives you 80% off its already-discounted prices on restaurant gift cards. Previously, a $10 gift card would cost $3, but with the coupon code, it's $0.60.

Each participating restaurant has restrictions for the gift certificate use -- no such thing as a free lunch, after all -- so check what you're committing to before you purchase. For example, it looks like most $10 gift cards are valid on a food purchase of $25 plus gratuity, so spending some money is unavoidable. The more draconian restrictions exclude drinks. Still, this basically amounts to free $10 or $25 gift cards to places I'd be eating at anyway.

After purchasing the gift cards, I was able to print them right away, with no wait for shipping. We're looking forward to putting these to use.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

fat boy burgers

WXMI shares the love for Fat Boy Burgers, which recently reopened less than two blocks from my house.

As a side note, I appreciate WXMI's attempts to facilitate spreading its content, but holy crap, I've never seen so much embed code for a video.

Monday, March 02, 2009


My dad and I went skiing at Caberfae on Friday. The conditions were difficult, as it was extremely cold and windy the entire day. The Weather Channel historical data shows that the wind chill was at or around zero the whole time, with a steady 15-20mph sustained wind.

But the highlight of the day was not on the slopes, but rather when I picked up a new freelance design job while we were there. Thursday night we discovered a brewery in Cadillac that has no website, and was therefore missing out on the business of out-of-town-brew-pub-seekers like us. I cold-called the owner and offered to meet with him on Friday morning. He agreed. Less than 10 minutes into our meeting, before I even showed him any samples of my work, he offered to pay me the 50% up front cost right there on the spot. I was stunned, but I naturally agreed. Either he's a very trusting man or I'm an excellent salesman. Either way, look for the new website for the Bear Claw Brewery and Grille coming soon.