April 25, 2014

Wisdom, via Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Today, a couple pieces of wisdom from the always quotable Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a man who made the ‘stache look good:

I always say that I regard legislation like buying a ticket to the theatre; if you are sure that you want to go to the show and have the money to pay for it there is an end to the matter. I may think you foolish to want to go, but that has nothing to do with my duty.

Found here.

And also:

We become persons by the increase of negations — of finite characteristics — but there is a cat walking over this as I write and I must stop for it gives me no chance.

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Pioneer Restaurant: Best. Fries. EVER. (or at least last week)

I hope I don’t exaggerate too much when I say that I may have found the best fries in Utah.

Ever.

Admittedly, it’s not the most accessible restaurant in town, unless that town happens to be Springdale, Utah at the gate of Zion National Park. I arrived by en route from Sand Hollow Reservoir, where I was staying,  by means of a road bike, so by the time I pulled up, the 40 miles I had traveled under pedal power had amply exercised my appetite up to a frenzy.

My Reuben was served warm (as it should be) and was delicious. The marbled rye was toasted, and there was just enough sauerkraut and pastrami filled in between the slices of warm bread to fill my stomach, but not too much to leave me filling stuffed. The meat was well cured and sliced just a tad above thin. It was among the best Reubens I’ve found. As I examined what was to be my last bite, I found myself looking at it longingly, wishing for more, not because I needed it–the portion was just right–but because I had enjoyed it.

Admittedly, not a great picture...and I'd already downed more than half the fries.

But enough about the sandwich. Let’s get back to those fries!!

They were crisp. So hot I almost burned my tongue.  Salted to perfection. Soft on the inside. They were delicious. Next time I am back in Springdale, I’m stopping for fries, I don’t care what time of day it is.

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