[M.A.P.L.E. VI-25] Runza Legacy

This was a blog post that I had planned on writing shortly after returning from my spring break trip in Lincoln, but of course it got delayed for one reason or another. Nevertheless, I wanted to post about it, inspired by what transpired over spring break.

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[438/441] TBT: February 4, 2006

Based off my recent bus trip to Hoffman Estates, I figured that it would be fun to recall my first bus trip for a women’s basketball game… during my freshman year at UNL.  The details are not nearly as detailed as some of the other Full Journals that I have done.  This is the original journal, although I have made a few of the words links corresponding to previous posts, and also use [brackets] for a few clarifications.

Off to the Little Apple…

[M.M.X.I.V. 119] OPEN

The neon OPEN sign seen in many places of business.  Credit to turbosquid.com

The neon OPEN sign seen in many places of business. Credit to turbosquid.com

Many places of business will have a sign somewhere on their windows or doors to indicate either that they are open or closed.  It is something that I used to take for granted or not even consider, until I turned sixteen.

Why might that be?

(OCTOBER XXIV) Musical memories shuffle XI

This will work better now than if I had tried it the last few days, as this is the first time in almost a week that I made my post on the computer rather than on a mobile phone.  It’s the traditional music memories shuffle, so I’ll get right into it.  As a reminder, if a song has been listed before and has no other significance, I will list it but skip to the next one.

1) Get Ready For This by 2 Unlimited.  As might be expected, this was a song early in my career of sports fandom that I frequently heard at games, and the horns (or whatever is making the sounds in the refrain) are there for the pump-up effect.

2) Brother Louie by The Stories. During one of my late high school years (I think it was senior), we went to Omaha for one of the Passover seders.  This was a late night at Aunt Pam’s house, and therefore I fell asleep in the car heading home.  We stopped at a gas station along the way, and this song was on the radio.  Thus this song has become associated with late night car rides.

3) סיגל מאריס סאן (Segal by Aris San).  This song has an enjoyable combination of instruments, and of course I don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics (since I don’t understand them in Hebrew yet!)  However, this song came to mind since I have several friends with the last name of Sigel, Siegal, or any other transliteration of that Hebrew word.

4) The Horse by Cliff Nobles.  (Repeat, and there’s nothing else that I can immediately apply to this song.)

4b) The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.  In my junior year of high school, I had a day off work during one of the days of spring break.  Thus, I decided to go golfing at the North Forty, which has since been torn down 😦 .  On the way back, I heard this song on The Eagle, and it got stuck in my head all day.

5) Hard To Say I’m Sorry/Get Away by Chicago.  A few times that I biked to work at Runza, this song came up as I got to 7100S/2800E in Lincoln.  The “Get Away” part was a great way to get me into the work mood.

6) הגשמה עצמית מאריק ברמן (Hagshamah Atzmit by Erik Berman): Repeat!

6b) Sidewayz by Najee.  As mentioned in Post 1 of this series, I had no specific memories of this song, although it actually strongly resembles another Weather Channel song that I heard on the Local Forecast in Fort Dodge.  I was in the doctor’s lounge of the Fort Dodge hospital while Dad was at work, and naturally I kept myself entertained with The Weather Channel!

7) lose3 from Bridge Base.  It’s a buzzer.  Enough said!  (Turns out that it is the same buzzer sound effect that B107.3 uses on Battle of the Sexes!)

8) מגן אבות ממרדכי לוין (Magen Avot arr. by Mordecai Levin): The tune is mostly the same as the “traditional” tune that is used in Conservative services, but has a more upbeat feel to it, and is further accompanied by flutes and pianos.  Clearly, that is something that can be done outside of services, but it is a nice addition to hear it in a different way than I normally do.

9) Brown Eyed Girl arr. by Catatonics.  As usual, I seem to like the a-cappella version of songs better than the originals.  The solo went very well in this arrangement.  Granted, other than the concert itself, I have no particular memories that stand out of this arrangement of the song.

10) Haunted Hall from Donkey Kong Country 2.  This was one of my favorite stages in the game, despite it being somewhat difficult.  The music, as I alluded to in a previous post, bears an uncanny resemblance to “Night on Bald Mountain.”  Interestingly, it popped in my head today as I was riding to Jewel.

11) Interstate 80 Iowa by (unknown).  It’s a joking song about driving through Iowa, and seeing nothing but corn on I-80.  My favorite line: “There’s that smell again!”  I have Ryan Carlson from my freshman year at UNL to thank (blame?) for getting me into this song 🙂

12) Turn Your Love Around by George Benson. (Repeat!)

12b) Boss Battle I from Chrono Trigger. It’s a high-energy song, and although I liked “theme II” better at first, this one started to grow on me.  One time that it was on my MP3 player, and not in the game, however, was when I was entering the Mo-Pac trail from East Campus after eating at the Dairy Store, en route to the office.

13) It Better End Soon Third Movement by Chicago.  I get these songs confused all the time.  The building tension as the movement continues is a good lead-up.  Unfortunately, hearing this brings to mind the senseless violence that takes place on the South Side daily, and the highly-publicized acts.  It better end soon, my friend!

14) Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs. There is another memory besides the UNL band.  At the Saltdogs games, they often played the song when the opposing manager stepped to the mound, whether to replace the pitcher or not.  Other times, it was the “Jeopardy!” theme.

15) Pickem loser from The Sportsvoice.  It’s a “demoralizing montage” of sound clips after the person in the pick-em segment of The Sportsvoice on WNUR is judged to be the “loser.”  “You’re a loser.” “You’re despicable!” “Well, hello loser!” “Turrible, turrible, turrible.  Crazy knuckleheaded turrible!” “So go home and cry to your daddy!  You don’t cry here, OK?” “Why don’t you go back outside and talk to trees, or whatever it is that you do!” <Losing horns: wah-wah-wah-waaaaaaah…>

That’s it for this round.  Starting to get the repeats!

Today is the twenty-fourth day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.  That makes three weeks and three days.

Birthday memories

Today is my birthday!  Even people who don’t necessarily record their everyday events often tend to remember special days to them, such as birthdays.  Although I don’t have a full memory of every birthday that I have had since I could hold memories, a few of them stick out to me, even those before I started writing journals.  Here are some of my most salient ones:

*Sixth birthday: I was living in Fort Dodge at the time, and with some of my friends from Cooper Elementary School, we ate at Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue South.  The skies were dark and menacing, and it started raining heavily as we left.  My family was also doing a garage sale at the time, and by the time that we got back home, the floodgates opened.  There was so much water on Knollcrest Drive that a few of our neighbors took out canoes and we got to paddle down the street!

*Seventh and eighth: Evidently nothing memorable happened for me on these ones, or at least nothing salient sticks out.

*Ninth birthday: This was essentially my “last blast” in Fort Dodge, as the month before, Mom and Dad broke the news to all of us that we would be moving to Lincoln at the end of the summer.  On my ninth birthday, it was a great amalgamation of friends and family.  In particular, Papa provided a magic show at the Country Club in Fort Dodge, which was always exciting.  There was also a swimming party following, and it was billed as a triple function.  Not only for me, but also for Grammy (z”l) and Aunt Pam.  Also, Mom and Dad put a “Happy 9th Birthday” picture for me in the Fort Dodge Messenger.  Wow–it’s been 16 years since then, but I know people who still have that picture.

*Tenth birthday: It was a fun round of golf at the Ager Junior Golf Course in Lincoln, with some of the new friends that I had gained in my first year in Lincoln.  We ate lunch at Arby’s afterwards, and just like the previous year, there was not a rain cloud in sight!  The next day, we went to Seward, and the low dipped to less than ten degrees Celsius!

*Eleventh birthday:  My choices here were based off events that had happened in March and May of this year.  In March, my sisters did their birthday party at Laser Quest, and I had a blast (pun intended) at that, so I wanted to duplicate that for my birthday party.  Indeed, I did, and it was just as good, if not better.  In May of that year, Dad took us to Shogun, the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, and I had trepidation for going originally, as I was incredibly picky back then.  I enjoyed it, and it seems that Asian cuisine has become a staple of my birthday dinner ever since!  I plan to go to Koi tonight for dinner to continue that tradition.

*Twelfth birthday: This birthday began a family tradition of the birthday treasure hunt, suggested by Levi, since some of my gifts were Pokemon plushies, so as to make it like searching for wild Pokemon in the video game.  Later in the day, we went to the tract that contained our rapidly-building house.  The day itself, besides that, was fairly uneventful, although the negative of that night was before we got a seat at Shogun, someone in our party was talking about needles, and it brought back thoughts of when I got my finger pricked for a blood test… and suffered the same vagal reaction.  Go figure!  Thankfully, it had no ill effects other than the lightheadedness.

*Thirteenth birthday: Surprisingly, this one holds no specific memories to me!  Probably because I held the bar mitzvah three weeks later to be much more important.

*Fourteenth: Golf with Dad at Holmes Golf Course on a very hot day, followed by lunch at Runza on 70/Van Dorn and Pokemon League at HobbyTown in East Park.  This happened to be one of the last days that they had Tuesday Leagues, and the beginning of the end of the “fad” phase of the Pokemon TCG.  We ate at Lee’s for dinner, and then two days later, I headed to Kansas for the Duke TIP summer program.

*Fifteenth: I don’t recall anything special on this one.

*Sixteenth: I enjoyed the early day at home, and later in the day, went with Mom to the DMV out in west Lincoln to surrender my school permit in order to get my POP (provisional operator’s permit).  Then, two blocks away, the party began at Sun Valley Lanes.  We played two games, and the invitees, other than my family, were some of my teachers and school staff members.  Then, we ate dinner at Lee’s (oops, there goes the Asian tradition :p) Chicken, and the most salient gift that I got was from Mrs. Divis-Ellenberger and Paul “Pineapple”: a Hawaii button-down that I wore until it wore out!

*Seventeenth and eighteenth: Surprisingly unremarkable, or at least what I can remember, as both of these were prior to journaling.

*Nineteenth: This was the first birthday at which I have a journal about it.  Therefore, I cheat and look at it.  On this day, I went to Tifereth Israel for the AM minyan, since it was a Monday and I was just starting to re-discover my Judaism.  There wasn’t enough for a minyan, but we still did the parts of the service that were allowed.  Then, working at Runza for a few hours happened, and then I went to Hillcrest for a golf/water basketball doubleheader.  Being a terrible golfer, I shot 71 over 9 holes, but had a great time anyway.  Then, I romped to a 132-86 win in basketball, before heading to Papa’s for a magic show and a cross-cultural experience with Japanese exchange students on a summer experience.

*Twentieth: Somewhat of a repeat of the fourteenth, minus League, since it was a Tuesday.  The Runza, of course, was now the one on 27/Pine Lake.  And Shogun was the dinner, at its new location on Pioneers/Highway 2.

*Twenty-first: I started by biking to Edgewood in order to get to UNL for the REU work, but did only half a day.  I took StarTran twice, once to UNL and then to the DMV, where Mom picked me up after I got my horizontal license (i.e. the one without the “UNDER 21” warnings).  Returning home on the bus and then driving to the country club, I did only golf (no basketball), and as I wrote in my journal: “Theoretical score: 36. Hypothetical score: 50. Experimental score: 76.”  I’m regressing!  Dinner was at Tokyo Restaurant, and I passed on alcohol, deciding that I would delay my first drink until after my first hand, to come in Vegas a little over a month later.

*Twenty-second: This day was pretty low-key.  I did a lot of journal transfer, and there was no real activity, other than family coming over in the evening as we ate at home with a turkey dinner.  We enjoyed the pool, but the weather was somewhat dreary.

*Twenty-third: I was in Kansas City with the family for the beginning of Michael & Megan’s wedding.  We picked up Casey at MCI, ate lunch at Chick-fil-A, and then went to the Plaza for some shopping.  That night, the dinner was at Famous Dave’s in the Power & Light district, and this was the night that I formally named my “Two Rules of Drinking” as follows:

–> Rule #0: If in doubt, do not drink.

–> Rule #1: If Rule #0 is violated, my maximum in a day is one drink.

I have never violated both Rule #0 and Rule #1.

*Twenty-fourth: As usual, blueberry muffins were the breakfast.  This was my first birthday away from family.  As it was a Sunday, the main activity was League, and then in the evening, I played bridge online.  After all, everyone knows that I love playing card games!

*Twenty-fifth: The rest is yet unwritten.  I will shortly head to Northfield to play bridge, and I need to do laundry.  As I said on one of the earlier ones, Koi is my dinner plan.

Let the next quarter-century begin!