Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Novel Idea

As you've likely noticed, by the severe lack of blogging happening here at WBB, we've got a lot of stuff going on these days in our offline lives. Loree is in law school and working full time. I'm working full time, teaching and participating in FAR too many extracurricular activities. And, in my case, I got so burned out on the election so early that I haven't had much to say.

Anyway, Jon and I were taking a walk and discussing the plot of the novel I will write to make us millionaires this afternoon, and I figured it would be worth while to open up this novel writing concept to the full WBB crew. So, without further ado -- here's my novel idea -- The John Dillinger Fan Club -- after the jump.

So, now you're thinking... WTF Laura, why John Dillinger? Well, dear friends, John Dillinger was a bad ass during the depression, as I learned by watching the History Channel on my Saturday night. And surely he deserves a fan club of 12-year-olds who plot a bank heist in Sioux South Dakota in 1935.

Jon though, being the person he is, tells me that while this sounds like a great story, it will not make us millions, nor will it produce a summer box office smash. Therefore, the following elements have been added:
  • The kids don't live in 1935 -- they live in 2035 -- and they're called Crypto Kids who hack banks and give money to the poor in a twisted version of John Dillinger meets Robin Hood.
  • They have a "dude" in Jakarta (because all good novels and movies made for TV have a dude in Jakarta)
  • The kids have a vendetta against Lehman Bros. because it turns out that the original Lehman Bros were the descendants of John Dillinger's love child. And John Dillinger wouldn't be as big of dick head as Lehman Bros has been to the world.
So, the Crypto Kids in the John Dillinger Fan Club are apparently going to funnel money through a dude in Jakarta stolen from Lehman Bros and give the money in $1 increments to everyone in the world via electronic transfer.

So much for my period piece. Please add on to this amazing plot that will soon make me millions. I promise to dedicate the movie to all of you.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oh Sarah (To the tune of "Oh Sheila")

Seriously, Sarah Palin -- can't you just go quietly and graciously into the night instead of continuing to embarass yourself and humanity on this "media tour" of yours? Please?

This song is for you. Although a version that actually says "Oh Sarah" would be nice, I just think we need an excuse to listen to the sounds of Ready for the World.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Free Stuff on Election Day

You know, if there are two things I love, it's delicious, free snackies and ...uh...performing my civic duty.

But, clearly, my civic duty doesn't stop at voting. I'd be remiss to WBB's 5-6 readers if I didn't provide a quick roundup of free eats and drinks up for grabs tomorrow. (UPDATED on Nov. 4 to include more food and non-food related freebies and discounts...see below.)

Starbucks. Go in on Nov. 4, tell 'em you voted, and snag a free tall coffee.

Ben & Jerrys. Stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. and get a free scoop of ice cream. This nifty link can give you the nearest participating scoop shop.

Krispy Kreme. Free donuts. Patriotic donuts. That would probably taste delicious if they actually have a location near you.


Chick-Fil-A. Bring your "I voted" sticker to one of hundreds of Chick-Fil-A restaurants participating in this promotion to snag a free chicken sandwich. Mmm. (Not all locations are participating, so you might want to call your local one first to check it out.)

Shane's Rib Shack. The chain (mostly located in the Southeast) is offering free "Vote America" meals to voters, which include chicken tenders, fries and a 20 oz. soda. (Thanks to WBB reader Kelly for the tip!)

Wilco download. No sticker required. Just pledge to vote and download "I Shall Be Released," written by Bob Dylan and featuring Fleet Foxes. (Thanks, Greg!)

Hey, Cincinnati readers, a local discount!
It's not free, but it's good enough. Shake It Records in Northside is offering 10 percent off if you sport your voting sticker. (Thanks to Stef in the comments for giving us the heads up!)

Know of any more? Let us know in the comments!
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