On the Fox network last night was the highly anticipated return of Amys Baking Company & Bistro. Like millions, I watched Kitchen Nightmares, which featured the return of Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, the fire-ball couple who Gordon Ramsey walked out on at the end of last season. Millions of people developed a hatred for the couple, and their restaurant. I was not one of them. But I have to admit that their restaurant certainly has its share of drama. After watching the show, I have to sympathize with Samy and Amy. This is a classic case of the following saying:
There are three sides to every story, YOUR SIDE, MY SIDE, and THE RIGHT SIDE.
Amy and Samy may not be totally right. They may not be totally wrong. But that Chef is not exactly Squeaky Clean.
Is “Hate” Campaign Against Amys Baking Company Justified?
Ever since Amys Baking Company was first introduced on Kitchen Nightmares last season, the country has launched a National “Hate” campaign against Samy and Amy. Why, I ask? It’s no one’s damn business what they do. Most of the hate posts they have received are from people who have never met them, or have never been to Scottsdale, AZ. Who are those people to judge Samy and Amy Bouzaglo?”
Are Samy and Amy the bad guys here? Consider the famous Chef, Gordon Ramsey. This guy may be considered one of the world’s best celebrity chefs by many people. However, Gordon Ramsey is not the only renown chef out there. What about Robert Irvine, host of TV Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible? Mr. Irvine does basically the same thing as Mr. Ramsey. He goes out and tries to save restaurants that are in distress. The difference is, Robert Irvine does it in a tactful way. He knows how to talk to people without insulting them. I don’t think Mr. Irvine would say to an owner, “This dish looks like something that came out of a baby’s diaper”, or, “This tastes like s__t!”
Gordon Ramsey may be considered by many to be the best at what he does. However, it’s my opinion that he is not entirely right in the way he does it. Amy and Samy proved this point. The man curses like a sailor boy, and he talks to people like they are dogs. Samy and Amy were not going to tolerate this, and I commend them for standing up to the Chef, and holding their positions. The best food network, which is the TV Food Network has never had Ramsey featured on any show. I have always wondered about this, until recently. Now, it all seems very clear. Apparently, they want nothing to do with him.
If this restaurant needs saving, which I doubt, I believe Robert Irvine could save it. He has a gentle, but firm way of dealing with people. He could probably communicate with Samy and Amy.
I don’t live near Scottsdale, AZ. If I did, I would have dinner at Amys Baking Company. So would all the hypocrite bloggers in the Country who have been posting disgusting material about the restaurant. In fact, I think I would enjoy the food there. Some restaurants are better than others. I can’t ever remember eating at a restaurant where the food was totally bad. If this were the case, the local health department would probably order the restaurant to close down. I find it hard to believe the food at Amy’s is as bad a people say it is. Remember, the people who are evaluating the restaurant are prejudice.
If I could speak to Samy and Amy, this is what i would say to them:
“Guys, you are sitting on a gold mine. You are getting millions of dollars in free publicity. Your restaurant is the most famous restaurant in the country. Everyone wants to eat there. Take advantage of it. MAKE THE MOST OF IT!”
I thought the language in the United States was English.
This English, Spanish and NOW French stuff is getting out of hand.
I called my bank today and, as usual, I had to listen to a machine. There were 3 recorded messages.
The first message said “Dial 1 for English”.
The second message was in Spanish. I recognize Spanish when I hear it.
The third message was in another foreign language. I’m pretty sure it was in French.
I don’t know if there was a fourth message. After the message in French, I just said, “The HELL with it!” and just hung up.
On this day in history, in 1995, the very first baseball game was played in the brand new Coors Field in Colorado. The Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Yankees by the score of 4 to 1.
After the game, an idiot tried to toy with my mind by asking me the following question, “What kind of beer do they sell in Coors Field?” I ignored him the first time. He asked the question again. I decided to answer a stupid question with a stupid answer, and at the same time, throw it right back at him.
I said to him, “They sell Busch Beer in Coors Field. Now, I want to ask you something. What kind of beer do they sell in Busch Stadium?”
This ended the conversation, and he walked away whining, exposing himself as a first class moron.
Recently, I have been struggling with kind of an identity crisis. For the last three months, I have been afraid that I have turned into a crazy person. Then, it suddenly dawned on me. I have been hanging around some crazy people.
When you hang around crazy people, they try to make you think you are crazy too.
Since I announced the launch of the Merjeo T-Shirts, set for May 31, 2014, many people have asked the same question:
What is Merjeo ???
Now, I could be a philosopher, and say, “Merjeo can be anything you want it to be.” But I am not made this way. I don’t like to play mind games with people. If I am asked a specific question, I think it is appropriate that I provide a specific answer.
Merjeo Now, and Merjeo in the Future
The sole purpose of creating this website was my fascination with the Merjeo logo. After many years of planning, I finally made the Merjeo logo public. There is no better way to make something like this public that to create a website. After all, the web is, as you can say, where it’s at!
At the present time, Merjeo is a website where visitors can read and share human interest stories about everyday life. But the website was only the beginning. This is the base – a place to get the Merjeo brand known to people, and prepare people for better things.
In a previous article, I explained that my friend and former business associate wanted Merjeo to be a night club for teens. Since this idea, like so many of our ideas, just died away, I decided to do something with Merjeo. However, I was not very excited about the night club idea.
My mission with the Merjeo brand is the same today as it has been since Day 1. If you are one of the many who have asked the question, “What is Merjeo”, I am about to give you an answer.
Merjeo is a line of designer clothing and accessories.
I have worked with graphic design for many years. I have also designed clothing many times, but mainly for private use. With Merjeo, it is my intention to take my clothing designs to the next level. I have created many designs with the Merjeo brand. But for the present, I want to introduce it with the designer t-shirts.
We don’t know what the response will be to these T-shirts. We can tell you, however, that if successful, you will see Merjeo hats, sport shirts and handbags in the future. And this is still only the beginning. There is no way to predict how many items of clothing and accessories will bear the Merjeo brand.
Merjeo is no longer an Idea – Merjeo is a MISSION.
Love Takes All Forms
I’m sure everyone has heard of the legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi. One of Coach Lombardi’s all time greatest players was a defensive back by the name of Herb Adderley. Mr. Adderley was such a great player, that ESPN named him as one of the four greatest defensive backs that ever played. The other three were, Detroit’s Dick “Night Train” Lane, 49ers’ Ronnie Lott, and Larry Wilson of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Herb Adderley was a great football player. What was even greater was his obvious devotion to his Coach, Vince Lombardi. In fact, not very long ago, Mr. Adderley made a statement that He Thinks of Vince Lombardi Every Day, but He Does Not Think of his Father Everyday.
I can certainly understand where Mr. Adderley is coming from. It is a very good feeling to have known someone who had such an impact on a life. I can relate to the way Mr. Adderley feels, because I was fortunate to have, not one, but two people who made an impact on my life.
My Father passed away nine years ago. However, I do not think of him everyday. I have lost two other special people in my life. Thirty years ago, my Grandfather, affectionately known as, Pop, died suddenly. Almost four years ago, I lost my wife, Karen to lung cancer. I don’t think of my Father everyday. In fact, I really don’t think of him as often as I should. I do however think of Pop and Karen everyday.
Let the Dead Rest ????
This is not always the right thing to do. Sometimes this is true. Other times, it is not true.
Most people believe you should not talk about the dead. This is half true. If someone was not a very good person, then they should not be talked about after they are dead. If someone, like Pop and Karen, was a good person, and brought happiness to everyone around them, then they should be talked about. Saying good things about someone who has departed is a way to keep their pleasant memories alive. I talk about Pop and Karen to my mother all the time, and she loves every minute of it.
People should not say bad things about the dead,
People should say good things about the dead.
Love Makes Losing Someone More Bearable
Rather than grieve for someone you love who has passed on, try thinking of the good times you had with them. Have you ever heard the expression, “Love Will Find a Way?” Just keep honoring the memory of someone who meant a lot to you in life. If this expression is true, you will eventually see them again.
Every so often, I will watch a little TV in the middle of the day. I am usually tuned in to Fox 6, the Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. This is my favorite station. The reporters for Fox 6 are very professional, and probably some of the best in the country. I like some of the shows on Fox, especially Judge Judy.
Today, I was watching Divorce Court around 2:00 PM, and I said to myself, “This does not excite me. There has to be something better. I wonder what comes on next.” Then, I suddenly remembered something. At 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM, I used to watch Judge Joe Brown. Then, it suddenly dawned on me that I have not seen Joe Brown on TV for a while. Then, I asked myself, “Whatever happened to Judge Joe Brown?”
It did not take long for my question to be answered. While browsing the internet this evening, I accidentally stumbled across an article about the distinguished Judge – or I should say, the distinguished former Judge.
Judge Joe Brown is in Jail.
Earlier today, I was browsing the internet. I needed to have something repaired that I purchased about 15 years ago.
I stumbled across five websites that could handle this for me. Four of the websites had no link where I could contact them. The other had a link that took me over five minutes to find. When I finally found it, I was directed to a page that had nothing to do with contacting the Company.
Is This Good Business?
It seems like the bigger a business becomes, the less they want to talk to you. Lately, I have been running into the same problem when trying to deal with a small business. Perhaps the small businesses are trying to duplicate what the successful and much larger businesses are doing, which is:
Refusing to Talk to Anyone
Many young people today do not remember life before there was little technology.
The Telephone Over the Years
In the old days, there were no smart phones. Today, everyone in the family has a smart phone. This means that each family has at least 3, 4, 5 and possibly 6 telephone numbers.
Not very long ago, each family had only one phone, and one telephone number. Back then, if you called someone, you could always reach them.
Today, if you call someone, you will get a voice recorded message. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that, the more telephones a family has, the easier it will be to reach someone? You would think so.
I guess you can conclude that technology has been great for equipment. It has not been so great for the people using the equipment.
Merjeo T-Shirts to be Launched on May 31, 2014
Merjeo.com, your place to read Funny Stories and Comments About Everyday Life, is planning a product launch.
The Fun Site will be launching its own brand of designer T-Shirts. These T-Shirts will be made exclusively by Merjeo, and will contain the Merjeo label. The T-Shirts will be available to everyone at 12:00 noon on May 31, 2014. You can get these T-Shirts right here on Merjeo.com. There will also be several other places where these designer T-Shirts will be available. As the launch date draws nearer, we will notify everyone about where they will be available.
Your Genuine Merjeo T-Shirt can be easily purchased online. They will also be available in certain designer clothing stores. We feel very certain that these designer T-Shirts will also hit the markets for Ebay and Amazon. We will update this information as it becomes available.
As of the present, the Genuine Merjeo T-Shirt will be available in four designs, and, four colors. The design has reached its final stage of production. We will release the design on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, by 9:00PM Eastern Standard Time. All four designs, and all four colors will be released on this date.
The Merjeo T-Shirt will contain the famous Merjeo logo above, with the palm trees and the setting sun. In addition to the four designs and four colors, these designer T-shirts will also be available in various sizes.
The planning, production, design and marketing of these designer T-Shirts have been in the works for the last three years. Information about these designer T-Shirts will be available in various places on the internet. However, all new information will be released right here.
Hello, my friends.
I created Merjeo a little over a year ago, and have loved every minute of it.
I love to send funny stuff to my family and friends. After a while, that got to be too much. Instead of sending funny videos, articles, and what not to over a hundred people every day, I decided to post them to one web site, so everyone can see them. And here it is – Merjeo.
By the way, here is a picture of me on the right. This is not exactly the way I look, but I had to do something to make my identity a little mysterious.
Purpose of Merjeo
What I have been trying to do is make Merjeo a place where people can go and read about some interesting and funny stuff. It is sort of a way to just get away from it all, prop your feet up and just relax for a while.
I like posting stuff that others would like to post, but do not have the time, patience or the nerve to post.
History of Merjeo
Even though Merjeo is a little over a year old, there is some history to it. In fact, this is how I came up with the name.
About ten years ago, I was running a successful business. I eventually left the business because I wanted to explore other avenues. One of my clients was another business owner. He and I would spend hours talking to each other about coming up with great ideas. The problem was, we never followed through with any. There was one idea, however, that stuck with me, and one that I was not going to let go to waste. The idea was, a night club for teens. What we had in mind was a real night club that operated like a regular night club in every way except one, which was, not serving alcohol. Well, we kicked around a thousand names and finally came up with one – Mergeo’s. The original spelling was with a “g”, but I like it better with a “j”. Another idea we had about our teen night club was to have the palm trees as the logo. My client wanted a silhouette of a boy and girl. Well, I went to work on designing a logo for Mergeo’s. And to no surprise, like many of our other ideas, this one just died. But the name, Mergeo’s stuck with me for the next eight years. I was determined to do something with it, because this was too good a name to just toss away.
Well, what you see now is the beginning of what I want to do with Merjeo. I am now ready to move ahead with it at full throttle.
Response to Merjeo
I have been contacted by many people who have seen Merjeo. Many of these have been friends. Also, a good many of them have been professional marketing people who, I guess, want a piece of the action. Every one who has contacted me has said that Merjeo is unique, and like no other site they have ever seen. To a certain extent, this is true. If there is something to put on a website, and you don’t know where to put it, it will always fit on Merjeo.
Our New Product Launch
Usually when you hear that there is going to be a new product launch, your first reaction is, “Oh no! Here it comes!”
First, I will tell you the launch date. Then, I will tell you the product that is to be launched.
The launch date is May 31, 2014. And don’t worry. This is not going to be a product on how to get rich in an month.
Now that you know the launch date, I will tell you the product that is to be launched. Many people who have visited Merjeo become fascinated with the name and the logo. They seem to like the palm trees and the setting sun. Believe me, this was no easy task. It took me over a year to design this logo. The first logo I designed would have looked better on a soft drink bottle. I finally came up with the present logo, but not until I got the approval of my closest adviser, who happens to be my little sister. Many people have asked me if I can put it on a T-shirt. And this is exactly what I intend to do.
The Merjeo T-shirts will be available on May 31, 2014. Let me give you a little pre-launch scoop. These will not be Fruit of the Loom, Hanes or Jerzee T-shirts with the Merjeo logo on them. They will be genuine Merjeo T-shirts, made by Merjeo.
We don’t know what the response will be to these T-shirts. We can tell you, however, that if successful, you will see Merjeo hats, sport shirts and handbags in the future.
Nothing would thrill me more than seeing Tiger Woods’ caddy on TV carrying Tiger’s clubs in a Merjeo golf bag. This day is coming.
In a few days, you will see a picture of how these T-shirts will look. Come back. You will not want to miss this.
So, now you know the whole story, or as the late, great, Paul Harvey would say, “The Rest of the Story.”
Happy Birthday, Internet. You Are 25 Years Old Today
I want to take this opportunity to wish a very happy birthday to the greatest guy in the area of technology. His name is
Just think about it. 25 years ago today, certain terminology had a different meaning from what it has today.
- A guy by the name of Craig and a girl named Angie actually had hand-written lists.
- The word, ghost, was a noun, and referred to someone coming back from the dead. Now, ghost is a verb, meaning that your ad will not be posted, and you have been double-crossed.
- A web was something you would find in your house if you didn’t clean it regular.
- When you heard the terms, http, html, url, and xml, you may have thought they were small colleges that found a way to get into the NCAA Basketball tournament.
- People thought blog was a temporary ailment, similar to the gout.
- Spam was only something that could be purchased in a supermarket. It was in a can, and loaded with fat and cholesterol.
- A bookmark was an IBM card that you placed in a book so you would not lose your place.
- Social Media was simply hanging around the local Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, etc. Some may have thought of it as a disease.
- A tag was only something that the law required you to put on your car once a year.
- Cookie was only a small, crunchy, delicious snack treat.
- Yahoo meant that you were excited about something.
- Java was a tune made famous by the legendary trumpet player, Al Hirt.
- Password was a TV game show hosted by the late, great Allen Ludden.
- Ping was mostly known for their golf clubs.
- A server was only someone who brought food to your table.
- People contacted viruses, not machines.
- People who did a lot of research had to drive back and forth to the library. Now, the library is all but obsolete.
- Facebook could have been a number of things. It could have been a book for women on how to apply makeup in different ways. It could also have been a book on how to make hundreds of funny faces.
- Amazon was only a river in South America.
- Words like Google, Fark, Twitter and Wiki did not exist. If your were caught saying these words, someone would have thought you were trying to re-invent the English language, and they would have had you put is a straight jacket.
- CPA was the guy who did your taxes every year. Now, it means Cost Per Action.
- Internet was associated with fishing. Of course, this may still be true today.
Happy Birthday WORLD WIDE WEB.
This lawsuit has some National TV personalities outraged. People like Matt Lauer, Gayle King and Nancy Grace seem to be taking sides with the parents.
I can understand why the parents feel they don’t have to pay for Rachel Canning’s college tuition. But the high school tuition is a different matter. If she attended a Catholic High School, chances are, the choice of this school was that of the parents. I can speak from personal experience.
I attended a Catholic High School. Years ago, when I was about to attend high school, my parents make the school I would attend very clear to me. I had no choice. I was not happy with their choice, but had to make the best of it. I’m not saying that Rachel Canning’s parents made this choice for her, but I would be surprised otherwise.
Parents and Kids Owe Each Other
This is true. The kids owe the parents respect. But this is not a respect issue. This issue is about money. Rachel Canning claims that her parents threw her out of the house when she was 18, and the parents deny it. Whether this is true or not, this case is not about respect. It is about basic necessities, and parents providing for their children.
On the other side, parents own their children the basic necessities in life. High school is a basic necessity, especially if the parents decide where the kid is going to attend high school.
Children own their parents respect. Parents owe their children everything else. After all, children do not ask to come into this world. The parents make this decision. When making a decision like this, to bring a child into the world, the parents should follow through.
If parents don’t think they are getting the respect they should be getting, they should deal with it in private, not in a courtroom.
Ten Bikers Could Get 25 Years
A gang of bikes terrorized a family in a Range Rover on a New York City highway. Edwin Mieses was with them. He also claimed that he was not part of the brutal plot to terrorize the family.
Edwin Mieses was run over by the driver of the Range Rover. The driver was, no doubt, trying to protect himself and his family. This left Mieses paralyzed, and in question as to whether or not he will ever walk again. Ten bikers may face 25 years in prison. The driver of the SUV has not been arrested. Is it against the law to protect yourself?
Was Edwin Mieses Telling the Truth?
When Mieses heard about the ride, he went to join them, and then the incident occurred. Now that the incident is over, and Mieses is left in pretty bad shape, he claims he had nothing to do with the incident. But, he was with them. Does this account for anything?
Maybe he was not part of the incident, as he claims. But he was with them. Could he have stopped it before it happened? Who knows? I just can’t see him getting off with just a slap on the wrist, although this would be a moral victory for Mieses and his famed attorney, Gloria Allred.
I can understand exactly why Mieses is claiming his innocence. If you ever visit a prison, and talk to 50 inmates, 49 will tell you they are innocent.
After the dead man was pronounced dead by the coroner, he was placed in a body bag, and sent to the funeral home for embalming. Before the mortician could start the embalming, the man comes back to life.
I have known a lot of morticians over the years. Due to the nature of their work, most of them realize that life is too short, and they don’t get freaked out very often. For the most part, they have seen it all.
But I don’t care how calm and composed a mortician is. I think if any mortician starts to embalm a man, and he suddenly gets up and walks out, the mortician would immediately have to change his shorts.
Life is much too short to worry about things that you can’t control.
If someone does not like you, so what. It is not your problem. It is their problem. The worse thing you can do is worry about what other people think. Do this, and you will cheat yourself out of having a good life.
Besides, what other people think of you is none of your business.
Now that the Sochi 2014 games are over, I suppose everyone is having a let-down. I bet you are saying, “Wow, I can’t wait until the next Olympics.
Suggested Changes for the Olympics
The Winter Olympics are always held in the month of February. This is the month in which people are freezing their buns off.
Likewise, the Summer Olympics are usually held in August, and sometimes September. During this time of the year, people are burning up.
While watching the Sochi 2014 games, something interesting occurred to me. There, it was freezing outside. However, the athletes competed in sports that took place on either snow or ice. This makes no sense. If it is so cold outside, why do the athletes compete in something that is going to make them colder?
I have a simple solution for this problem. The International Olympic Committee should have the Winter Olympics during August, and the Summer Olympics during February. They should also move basketball to the Winter Olympics, because it is a sport that is played in the Winter time.
If the IOC does this, here are some adjustments and some considerations that should be made:
- The IOC can still call the Olympics held in August the Summer Olympics. Or, they can call them the Winter Olympics. In any event, have the winter sports in August, and the summer sports in February. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just assume that the August games will continue to be called the Summer Olympics, and the February games the Winter Olympics.
- Many of the winter sports, such as, figure skating, hockey, speed skating and bobsledding can take place indoors. The ice will be just fine, and the hot weather outside would not matter.
- With technology as advanced as it is today, I’m sure the IOC can find a way to put snow on mountains for the skiing events and keep it from melting. If technology can put ice in indoor arenas during the summer, it can put snow on the ground.
- With this new format, selecting a site for the Winter Olympics would be much easier. This way, the IOC does not have to select a city that they know will have snow on the ground. This leaves the door open for many other cities wanting to host the Olympics.
- For the Winter Olympics, which is now having the summer sports, the IOC should change their rule that requires track and field events to take place in an outdoor stadium. Therefore, the Winter Olympics should be hosted by a city with a dome stadium. New Orleans would be the perfect city. The city is flat, but this does not matter, since there will be no skiing events on mountains.
- For the marathon event during the Winter Olympics, runners can still wear shorts. Some cities are not necessarily freezing during February. On the other hand, if a runner is running 26 miles, he will not be thinking about the cold weather.
- Perhaps the athletes competing in cross country skiing can wear shorts.
- Finally, add golf to the Olympics. It does not matter which Olympics, Summer or Winter, has it. Better yet, add it to both the Summer and the Winter Olympics.
This would make the Olympics much better for everyone, especially the athletes. The events would warm them up in the cold winter time, and cool them off in the hot summer.
Good for You, Girl! I Hope You Make It!
I am with Paula Deen all the way. America needs her. And I don’t mind saying, I miss her a lot.
Think about the circumstances surrounding her, hopefully, temporary fall from fame. She was asked, on the spot, if she had ever used the “N Word”. Under the pressure, she responded in the first way that came to her mind. Many people would have responded this way. Many people also have big mouths that are attached to small brains. I don’t think this applies to Paula.
If an intelligent person is ever asked the question that Paula was asked, there is a correct way to respond without getting into trouble. Let’s assume a person is on the witness stand in court, and an attorney asks, “Have you ever used the N Word?”
This is the right way to respond to this question:”
“There are many N Words in the English vocabulary. Nice is an N Word. Neat is and N Word. So are Nifty, Near, Nostalgic, Nevada, North, etc. Son, you have to be more specific.”
If the attorney is a real horse’s ass, he will say:
“You know what word I am talking about.”
Then you say:
“No, I don’t know what word you are talking about. If you don’t ask me a straight question, I can’t give you a straight answer. I can only answer questions that are clear and specific. I don’t know for sure what word you are thinking about. I can only answer you, based on what you ask me.”
I don’t believe there is a judge in the world who would instruct you to answer the question. No one can tell any one else what they are, or are not thinking. Not even a court of law can tell you that you understand a question when the question is not very clear. Also, no attorney in the world would ask the specific question. Otherwise, it’s his ass.
TO PAULA: Good Luck Girl. I’m with you all the way.
The IRS Scammers are in rare form this time of the year
Since November, 2013, many scammers have been calling people claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents.
They call people, tell them that they are in trouble and threaten them. They tell the person that a policeman will call them back if they don’t cooperate. Then, they finally ask for money, and tell them where they can send it. Some even have a side kick posing as a police officer. If someone hangs up, the sidekick will call them back and threaten to come arrest them right away. Finally, when people are scared out of their pants, they just fork out the money.
The IRS does not operate this way
First of all, the real, true, one hundred percent IRS never calls anyone over the telephone. Second they never threaten anyone.
The IRS does not have to threaten anyone. All they have to do is call you, and you are already threatened.