Much to discuss. First, allow me to backtrack on my scorn for the Academy Awards, which I've peppered liberally in the comments of a few of your blogs. It has occurred to me, after having seen the preponderance of films that didn't sell many tickets making up the ranks of the nominated (with a few exceptions), that the whole Oscar fiasco is really much-needed attention for more artistic filmmaking. The big winner last night, No Country For Old Men, received buzz from the moment of its release not just because it was a good movie (or so we're told), but also because it was right in the wheelhouse of everybody's favorite award ceremony. I know more people who saw Transformers (a steaming pile of shit) than No Country, but because of the Oscars, we kept hearing about the latter for six months leading up to last night's coronation. Recognizing movies for their artistic merit rather than just their profitability is a good thing, but then I'm a crackpot liberal who believes in supporting the arts for stupid reasons like "just because I like them."
Next. If you live in Knoxville and are looking for an affordable and delicious breakfast, go to Market Square Kitchen or Waffle House. Only check out the Sunday brunch at Bridgeview Grill if you think $80 for four people to graze a breakfast buffet is a good deal. Sure, the food was good, but it's freakin' breakfast. It's supposed to be the cheapest meal of the day. Sticker shock.
Also, Chandler's Deli (thanks to Em at the Wigshop for the recommendation) is the real thing. Actually, it's not a real deli at all (not a bagel or cold cut in sight), but if you're looking for soul food in Knoxville, you've found it. I had the pulled pork sandwich, mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole, and all three were the best I've had in quite some time. Cheap, too.
Another also, finally made it to King Tut Grill. For those not from Knox, picture the absolute last place you would think of stopping to eat, and that's King Tut. Tiny cinder-block shack with peeling paint and almost no windows in a backwater part of town. And what the hell is Egyptian food and why would you want to find it in Tennessee? I'm still not sure about either question, but the place was interesting. I was actually disappointed in the food, but I did enjoy the cluttered Sanford and Son ambience of the place. It may be exactly what dining in Cairo is like, for all I know. It's definitely unlike any restaurant I've ever been to.
Enough with the Knox-centric business. My parents were visiting us this weekend, which explains all the adventurous dining. We knocked two places off my list of restaurants I'd been wanting to get to and also introduced the folks to Wii, so it was a productive couple of days. And Wii we did. Once our right arms were about to fall off, Courtney and I created bizarro Miis and played everything left-handed, the result being that now we each have a case of double Wii-arm. The really bad news is that I'm looking forward to going home and playing some more. The dark side is tightening its evil grip on me, the bastards. Who am I?
No, I haven't forgotten about all those great suggestions I received on Friday and plan to tackle some of them with little regard for my own health, safety, or sanity. Just had to get some weekend notes out of the way first. Thank you for reading.