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Bagel almost killed me (Post #250)


It’s the big number 2-5-0! That’s right, according to Blogger, this is my 250th blog post here. Bust out the party streamers.

So it was a really good day today. I found out I got an A on my test from yesterday, I had no classes, weather was good, and there is a box of Hibiki Disc Animals waiting for me in the apartment leasing office just waiting to be picked up tomorrow morning. However, as the title implies, I had a near-death experience earlier this evening. That is actually a huge overstatement, but hey, it was annoying. I went to St. Louis Bread Co. (er, Panera I guess for everyone else) earlier today for lunch; I got a sandwich and a salad. More on that later. The first story is about the bagel of death.

I ordered some bagels before getting my lunch. I specifically asked the old lady working the counter “do any of your bagels have nuts in them?” (If you didn’t know, I’m allergic to tree nuts. Jokes welcome.) She says no, only the banana-walnut something does. So OK, I figure, I’m cool. A dozen bagels was only like $6, so I figure I’d order a dozen, and they should tide me over for a week or so. I got some blueberry, cinnamon crunch, french toast, and mocha swirl (which are pretty freaking good). No nuts, no problem. Apparently a dozen bagels is bigger than I imagined, and I ended up getting this giant cardboard container full of bagels. It was reminiscent of the dumpster that space explorers opened to release Rita Repulsa. Later in the evening, I tried one of the mysteriously crunchy-topped cinnamon crunch bagels. Nothing seemed funny, until I was almost done with the thing, and noticed my mouth was feeling itchy. Having 22 years of experience with this DISEASE, I knew what was happening. I was allergic to the bagel, which apparently had some kind of nuts in the crunchy part, or maybe just some remnants. The old lady said there was no nuts in it! SHE LIED AND TRIED TO KILL ME. Luckily, I did not die and thus am around to tell you this tale of interest. Worry not, I will be calling them tomorrow to ask what the deal is, and why they put nuts in my bagel that was supposed to be nut-free.

Also, second small story. They were out of caesar salads, so I asked the old lady what else was good. She said “I like the Asian Sesame Salad.” After quickly realizing that she was not trying to hit on me, I decided to try it out, so I ordered that as the second half of my “You Pick Two.” I asked her again, specifically “does that salad have nuts or anything on it?” She looked at me like I was an idiot, and I know she was thinking to herself “why in the world would there be nuts on this salad?” Well guess what, I walk around to the food part of the counter, and see on the menu that one of the salad toppings in the salad I just ordered was ALMONDS. Yes, old lady at Panera, almonds are a nut. I was luckily able to tell the cook to not put them on in time, but COME ON. Stupid old lady, trying to kill me twice.

That was my interesting story for the day. I just ate a blueberry bagel and did not get a reaction. The poison must just be in the cinnamon crunch.

I took my M303 Market Research exam this morning at 8AM, the last final of the year. It’s summer! Oh man I’m going to have to try and figure out what I’m doing this summer…

I am seriously having one of the greatest days ever, most likely because I have no more school stress or anything like that. It’s not even 10AM, and I’ve been up for a while, it feels kind of nice. After my exam, I went to the office for a minute, then out to the college mall area. Although the weather is great and I’m having a wonderful day, I thought I’d share a few annoyances that I encountered this morning. It’s a good day, but still, complaints and observations must be made. Please, nod your head and laugh as we go through things that pissed me off in the mere 30 minutes I was in the real world:

1) Motorcycles in parking spots – I drove around the parking lot, and I see one last spot open. As I get closer, I find that it is not empty, but some retarded red motorcyle thing (might have been a moped). Parking spaces are measured out to fit cars! Your bike can go on the side of the building or in the grass or something. Heck, find a bike rack. I have a car, I should get the space. I’m tempted to get a cow catcher on the front of my car so I can just plow mopeds who think they deserve to park in a full spot. Oh yeah, he parked right in the middle of the spot, so if another moron on a bike came, they would each have to take up 2 full spots.
2) Trench coats – I went into Borders bookstore for a second, with no real reason. There was this greasy looking fellow in the magazine section standing and reading. You know exactly the kind of person I’m talking about: the dorky comic-shop guy/emo/social outcast who thinks he’s super cool by wearing a trench coat wherever he goes with his tie-die shirt and chain-attatched slacks. If you’re not a businessman and you’re not wearing a suit, DON’T WEAR A TRENCH COAT. Everyone knows you’re sad, your parents don’t like you, and you secretly aspire to be Silent Bob. You might as well be, they don’t, and you never will be. Also note that it’s sunny and over 75 degrees. The coat just adds to your stink-factor, so give us all a rest and quit wearing it. Let me also stick in here that emo and goth kids piss me off.
3) Breakfast – I walked from Borders to Bread Co. (Panera, whatever), because I was hungry and thought I’d get some coffee and a bagel or something. The line at Bread Co was out the door! I like going there, but let’s get real. If I want to spend $4 on breakfast, I’m not going to wait in line for 30 minutes with a bunch of old people and dorky looking white guys who think they’re intellectual because they sit down alone in a coffee shop and read. No one should be waiting to eat at Bread Co; it’s not that good. So, I left that place and drove to the “Bake House” which is on the way to my apartment. I’d never been there, but I assumed it was another coffee and bagel place. I was right, but also it is a very different kind of atmosphere. The easiest way to explain it would be to call it GAY. Even worse than Bread Co, it has a bunch of people who think they’re high class because they spend $5 on a day-old bagel. The place, even though it only sells stuff like coffee and sandwiches, had the decor (and size) to try and make you think you’re in a fancy restaurant. I looked at the menus and stuff and saw nothing appetizing, and the staff and customers both were pissing me off. I couldn’t take it. I left and went to Marsh to buy a donut.

That’s that. Hello summer!

St. Louis Retrospect

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It’s been a fun weekend. Sat around at home, watched movies with the family, went to Crestwood, saw Spider-Man 2 (awesome movie) with the Brink and Meg, went to St. Louis Bread Company (called Panera everywhere else), and just took it easy for a bit. It’s been great. Planning on waking up tomorrow, having Cecil Whitaker’s pizza for lunch, then driving back to Bloomington whenever I feel like it.

Things are noticeably different here (well, it’s been 7 months)…a lot of people are gone, or at least not as close as before. It’s definitely not high school anymore. I’m looking forward to finishing college (wow, seems a bit premature, doesn’t it?), getting some kind of job, and coming back to St. Louis every once in a while to check up on stuff. In the meantime, gotta get back to B-town to study hardcore for I-Core (that rhymes), and work on IUSTV stuff until Tokyo.

Also: I made Meghan’s AIM profile list of “things to be thankful for” (I even got #1!); so that’s good. Are you reading this, elf? Good times.

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