1. Wednesday, December 10, 2003

    i dont know about your town, 

    but in los angeles county the health department does inspections of restaurants and bars and places that sell food, and assigns a grade based on the cleanliness, or lack thereof, of the establishment.

    if they find vermin, unsatisfactory refrigeration devices, no hot water, or adulterated food, they will deduct points from the score and calculate a grade. any grade of an A to a C will allow you to stay in business. the grade gets put on your front window and you go on your little way.

    if you get less than a C, they shut your ass down until you fix your shit and get it together.

    the day before thanksgiving 1997, right around when this program was put into practice, one of the oldest and finest diners in los angeles, a downtown eatery called the pantry was found to be lacking and it was shut down from the first time since it opened in 1924. the pantry, you see, is a twenty-four hour a day diner whose motto ironically enough is “always open, never without a customer.”

    also interesting is that the pantry is owned by former mayor dick riordan, who was the la mayor at the time his historic eatery was shut down.

    some people wont go to a restaurant that has a C on the window. some people are even sketched out by Bs.

    i couldnt care less either way. you can have a good day the day the health inspector shows up, that doesnt mean you deserve your grade.

    i think this is why its a good idea to pray before each meal.

    miss montreal is over here. we did my laundry. we tivoed ryan and tristas wedding. she watched it while i tried to stop myself from jumping out a window.

    now we’re watching the billboard awards.

    how can television get away with being so bad?

    there needs to be a health inspector for tv shows.

    ryan and tristas wedding should have shut down that entire network for being shallow and bogus and overdone and so cheesy that children shouldnt have been allowed to be corrupted by it.

    now they have jessica simpson and nick hosting the billboard awards with ryan seacrest in the crowd.

    both shows deserve fs

    the president should be allowed to veto this shit.

    my tivo should allow me to give thumbs up or thumbs down at the end of a show cuz neilsen ratings just showed you how many people watched it, they dont tell you if they liked it.

    now the cast of the oc are presenting a billboard award.

    now i am pouring myself a tall drink.

    great photo by marc brown