Let the feasting begin!
July 5, 2016 | When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to have a holiday, let it be a feast.
The usual suspects assembled for the usual holiday feasting: New York steak (hey, it wasn't any more expensive than hamburger), cucumber salad, an Indian-style vegetable casserole - all accompanied by copious amounts of champagne and followed by dessert.
On my last trip to Costco I came across pre-mixed margaritas with the Kirland label, so I picked up a bottle to try. The unanimous opinion is that there is no longer a reason to try to mix margaritas on our own — they were exceptionally good, just poured over ice in a salted-rim glass. Another discovery: good margaritas followed by cheap champagne is not good.
Rafe performed his usual role of keeping our glasses filled, at all times. He also filled in as grillmeister while I was preoccupied on what has to be the world's worst ticket-buying site, trying to get us tickets for Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy's dance tour this summer.
The website in question is LiveNation.com. Three times my purchase timed out before I could complete it owing to the fact that one had a choose the credit card being used. I chose Citi Visa, because that's what the card was, but it kept throwing errors, saying I had to correct the number (which, of course, was the correct number). In the end, it turned out that after I chose "Visa" rather than "Citi Visa" the transaction went through.
Then, it turned out that the "service charge" on each $69 ticket was a whopping $15.25!!!! Oh, did I mention that LiveNation is owned by TicketMaster? What a rip-off!
And as he is wont to do, Rèal brought dessert, which was absolutely delicious. The following pictures tell the tale:
A most satisfying 4th of July!
Last updated on Jul 5, 2016