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May 10, 2004

Free Giant Shrimp Day!
Posted by Teresa at 02:30 PM *

Some of you may remember my post, Free giant shrimp from the oceans of Mars, about Long John Silver’s offer to give everyone free giant shrimp if NASA finds conclusive evidence of oceans on Mars.

They did. They are. And today’s the day, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Comments on Free Giant Shrimp Day!:
#1 ::: John Scalzi ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 02:55 PM:

And I would so be at the Long John Silver's today, too, if I hadn't basically already had all the shrimp I could eat at a Chinese food buffet.

Good for LJS to give out free shrimp, although giving it out on a Monday, between 2 and 5 pm does limit their free shrimp cost liability to a considerable degree, does it not.

#2 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 03:05 PM:

I'm bummed. There's a conjoined LJS / KFC under construction about 1.5 miles from home. No way it will open by this afternoon.

(Well, the really sad bit: The plot where they built the place is on the edge of a wetlands area. A few months back, I took a break from my after-work walk to watch a medium-large bird of prey -- brown with tan speckles -- futzing around in the same spot. So, instead of a place where eagles chew on mice, it'll be a place for suburboids to chew on hush puppies.)

#3 ::: Bob Oldendorf ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 03:06 PM:

LJS has a store locator here:

http://clients.mapquest.com/ljsilvers/mqlocator?link=find

It's worth crossing the street for
(...mmm, shrimp...),
but not worth a drive.

#4 ::: Bill Blum ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 03:09 PM:

As a former LJS employee ( 2.5 years during high school, another 18 months during college version 1), I shudder to think about how this is going to be handled.

#5 ::: Michael ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 03:56 PM:

If only there was a LJS anywhere near where I could get by 5pm!!

#6 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 04:00 PM:

I got mine!

It was pretty tasty, too. I don't know that I'd want a whole meal of them, but I think they'd be great as an add-on, which appears to be how they're primarily pushing them.

#7 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 04:11 PM:

there are none near enough me to make it worth driving either....

#8 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 04:13 PM:

Giant shrimp and a pile of Peppermint Patties . . . all you need is a cup of green and red Jell-O cubes with Cool Whip and you'd have a complete meal!

#9 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 04:57 PM:

There's one near home, but I don't work near home and won't get there by 1700 local.

I'm glad they did this though.

#10 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 05:08 PM:

If I'd known earlier, I might have done it, but I found out a little after 5. Oh well, at least I'm living in the future.....

#11 ::: pericat ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 05:45 PM:

Stefan. Peppermint patties? And jello? grf.

grf grf grf.

#12 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 06:07 PM:

Alas that I am allergic to shrimp these days. But I think it's neat that they're honoring their oxymoronic pledge.

#13 ::: Jill Smith ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 06:19 PM:

As a sometime PR flack, I think it's pretty cool; though since I've only heard about it here, it is possibly poorly disseminated.

#14 ::: Janet Miles ::: (view all by) ::: May 10, 2004, 07:31 PM:

since I've only heard about it here, it is possibly poorly disseminated.

I recall seeing at least one advertising flyer in my local (Knoxville, TN) newspaper, and it's been on the marquee of the Maryville/Alcoa LJS for about a week. I admit that's not a *lot* of advertising, but they're not completely hiding it, at least in my area.

#15 ::: Yonmei ::: (view all by) ::: May 11, 2004, 01:57 AM:

Did you know the Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit have livejournals?

Opportunitygrrl writes about the sea and shrimps here.

#16 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 11, 2004, 02:11 AM:

I checked, but there weren't any outlets close enough for me to easily get to. Still glad to hear about it - it's the one bit of cheerful news this week.

And it's still a seriously cute bit of PR. :-)

#17 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 11, 2004, 05:29 AM:

Skwid: Remember - CD in slot; Shrimp in mouth; CD in slot; Pattie in mouth
Don't think LJS is in Oz. But Sydney is getting its second Krispy Kreme doughnut shop Real Soon Now in a place I can get to. In fact, I go past it twice a day. ... must ... resist ... [/shatner]

[<Phew!> Avoided mentioning seafood link there. Do you think I got away with it?]

#18 ::: Skwid ::: (view all by) ::: May 11, 2004, 10:17 AM:

Epacris: Now you tell me!
*slaps forehead, picks plastic shards from teeth*

#19 ::: Vicus Scurra ::: (view all by) ::: May 16, 2004, 08:46 PM:

Beware Greeks wearing shifts

#20 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 11:39 AM:

Ah, those shifty Greeks. Especially the polytropic ones.

KK Update: A sign appeared today on the doors saying "Opening in 9 days".
My current cunning plan is to sample one of each type over a few weeks just to get the UDTT over.
Is this likely to be possible? There are rumours they only sell in 1/2 dozens or more. Maybe I could take a bunch into work to share around, that way I'd only be able to get one.

#21 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 11:42 AM:

uh-oh. Sorry. Thought this was the thread where I described how the second Australian Krispy Kreme outlet was being built next to my bus stop.

#22 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 05:40 PM:

When I went to the grocery Saturday to get water on sale (construction workers killed a major water main and we couldn't use water for a day or so -- I keep water in my emergency shelf, so I took the opportunity to replace it cheaply), I was waylaid on the way out by little soccer girls. A dozen KKs for a dollar, and after telling them how much harder I'd had it when *I* did KK fundraising, I bought a box. I ended up giving half to my upstairs neighbor because there's only so much fat & sugar I can eat at one time.

In the US, you can buy KKs individually at the actual KK stores, but you'll see them in other retail outlets usually in dozens.

#23 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 06:07 AM:

When I visited my birth mother this year prior to going to Minicon, there happened to be a Krispy Kreme store near where I was staying, and we went in to see the production line running (which was interesting) and buy some fresh ones. I'd never had them fresh before, only bought in the supermarket.

I will certainly say that a freshly-made KK donut is the ne plus ultra of yeast-raised glazed donuts. That said, there are lots of things more interesting to eat than even the best glazed donut in the world -- given a choice between mediocre chocolate mousse and the best glazed donut in the world, I go with the mousse.

#24 ::: Jill Smith ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 06:56 AM:

As a New Englander transplanted to the DC area, I am a KK apostate (or perhaps just a heretic). I find them too sweet and still prefer my good old Dunkin' Donuts.

#25 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 07:08 AM:

Have had some quite nasty chocolate mousses (micce?). I prefer the plain toroidal cinnamon doughnut; will sometimes go for glazed version (the traditional Australian pineapple doughnut) or jam-centred orb type for a sugar hit - especially with strong unsweetened coffee, but iced (=frosted?) ones are far too cloying.

OTOH, one of my nicest food memories is on my only foreign trip, staying overnight in an obscure corner of Rome in a huge impersonal tourist hotel. Chris & I found the local tennis club just behind it had a small restaurant where we tucked into good local pasta, salads & the best chocolate mousse either of us has ever had. Also good espresso. (memories...)

Hope your water gets back soon, Marilee. We're wishing for rain here.

#26 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 12:19 PM:

The plural of 'mousse' should be either 'mousses' or 'mousse', depending on whether you come from Canada or Northern US border states, or not, disrespectively (i.e. it's 'mousses' if you don't).

A large group of mousse (I'm from Michigan) I should think would be called a herd. But what do I know? I've never seen a large group of them, even in Spring. (I have seen a small family grouping in my mother's refrigerator.)

And I made up a word again. Please don't kill me.

#27 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: May 18, 2004, 06:34 PM:

Yes, the water was back Sunday night -- I did a load of laundry including a pair of white pants and they were still white afterwards.

We have a Dunkin Donuts just up the road from me, and I do like their maple walnut scones.

My favorite thing of that type, though, is the maple bar and you really don't see those much anymore. My mother normally didn't let us eat sweet things like that, but whenever we took one of the Washington State ferries somewhere, my brother and I could each have a maple bar.

#28 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2004, 01:31 AM:

Have had some quite nasty chocolate mousses (micce?). I prefer the plain toroidal cinnamon doughnut

That's why I specified that the mousse should be "mediocre" rather than "nasty".

#29 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2004, 03:22 AM:

Maple walnut scones ... mmmm. Gives me cooking ideas. One of my favourites in the New Zealand Icecream range is the walnut & maple syrup flavour.

#30 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2004, 03:31 AM:

K-Day has arrived, and passed.
Rode past stop to next one, so photo of building & part of crowd from bus window is not the best. They opened a day earlier than I'd expected, so didn't have camera ready to get picture of balloons & other decorations in Wynyard Park.

American Cultural Imperialism! Right here in Harbour City!
Krispy Kreme opening at York St, Wynyard -- smaller image 400 x 300 (76 kb), larger image 1600 x 1200 (861 kb).
And that starts with "K" and that rhymes with "J" and that stands for "Junkfood"

Coincidentally (or dentally carious ) the film "Super-size Me" opened this week. It's about a man who tried living on Macdonald's meals for a month. He's been here for the opening & has slimmed down nicely <Sob. How do they do it!?>.

Next, the big D-Day 60th anniversary on 6/6 -- one of those dates we can agree on how to write :) -- next Sunday. Wonder if there'll be special screenings of The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan, etc? I suspect there'll be some political sniping about. The shrimp fed well that day.
AFAIK, virtually all the Australians involved in that first push were flyers with the RAF. There may have been some serving in the RN as well, but all the survivors I've heard of who are going over for the commemorations were airmen. Of course Nancy Wake was leading part of the Resistance who were chipping away at the Germans from behind.

Nancy Wake: The Inspiring Story of One of the War's Greatest Heroines (aka Nancy Wake: a Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine ) -- earlier known as the 'White Mouse', she's recently been called 'the real Charlotte Gray'.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007144016/qid=1085628545/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_8_1/202-3546897-4712622
by Peter Fitzsimons (not at Powells, haven't checked other non-Oz sites).

I found the best part was realising the type of outside support needed for effective resistance to occupation. Not often dealt with. Reader-reviewers have varied opinions: "everyone should read it - if only to realise that the war was fought on so many lesser known fronts"; "far too much hero-worship"; too much Steve Irwin-style ocker slang, etc. One criticises Fitzy 'cos he (according to reader) mixed up Eisenhower's leading of the Operation Torch Anglo-American landing in French North Africa in 1942 with Montgomery's leading of the existing British land forces in N Africa. Must check my copy.)

#31 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2004, 03:32 AM:

K-Day has arrived, and passed.
Rode past stop to next one, so photo of building & part of crowd from bus window is not the best. They opened a day earlier than I'd expected, so didn't have camera ready to get picture of balloons & other decorations in Wynyard Park.

American Cultural Imperialism! Right here in Harbour City!
Krispy Kreme opening at York St, Wynyard -- smaller image 400 x 300 (76 kb), larger image 1600 x 1200 (861 kb).
And that starts with "K" and that rhymes with "J" and that stands for "Junkfood"

Coincidentally (or dentally carious ) the film "Super-size Me" opened this week. It's about a man who tried living on Macdonald's meals for a month. He's been here for the opening & has slimmed down nicely <Sob. How do they do it!?>.

Next, the big D-Day 60th anniversary on 6/6 -- one of those dates we can agree on how to write :) -- next Sunday. Wonder if there'll be special screenings of The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan, etc? I suspect there'll be some political sniping about. The shrimp fed well that day.
AFAIK, virtually all the Australians involved in that first push were flyers with the RAF. There may have been some serving in the RN as well, but all the survivors I've heard of who are going over for the commemorations were airmen. Of course Nancy Wake was leading part of the Resistance who were chipping away at the Germans from behind.

Nancy Wake: The Inspiring Story of One of the War's Greatest Heroines (aka Nancy Wake: a Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine ) -- earlier known as the 'White Mouse', she's recently been called 'the real Charlotte Gray'.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0007144016/qid=1085628545/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_8_1/202-3546897-4712622
by Peter Fitzsimons (not at Powells, haven't checked other non-Oz sites).

I found the best part was realising the type of outside support needed for effective resistance to occupation. Not often dealt with. Reader-reviewers have varied opinions: "everyone should read it - if only to realise that the war was fought on so many lesser known fronts"; "far too much hero-worship"; too much Steve Irwin-style ocker slang, etc. One criticises Fitzy 'cos he (according to reader) mixed up Eisenhower's leading of the Operation Torch Anglo-American landing in French North Africa in 1942 with Montgomery's leading of the existing British land forces in N Africa. Must check my copy.)

#32 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: May 31, 2004, 05:48 PM:

I did the single weirdest thing I've ever done at an SF convention -- I escorted some out-of-town fen attending ConQuesT (Memorial Day Weekend, KC, MO) to a Royals baseball game Sunday afternoon. We lost in a rather pathetic fashion BUT they got twelve hits. WOOO HOOOOO we get free Krispy Kremes. One dozen per ticket stub!

After the game I showed them the Negro Leagues Museum, stopped by the house (we have a cat that needs a daily pill) and cruised through the Country Club Plaza before heading back to the convention at the Airport Hilton.

We also got to go to the hotel's storm shelter Saturday evening, tornados touched down about 10 miles north of the hotel site.

#33 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: June 01, 2004, 04:20 AM:

Paula, that does sound like quite an interesting weekend. I suppose the doughnuts could have been emergency supplies if trapped in the shelters.

Waited until the huge queues died down, then went & sampled varieties by getting assortment & sharing (like a Chinese restaurant). With eyes closed it's hard to tell the difference except for the ones filled with different flavoured goop. The sugar or icing really overpowers the flavour, so we could only manage a mouthful of each. Happy now that we've tried them & haven't developed a craving.

BTW, if you've tried to look at the pictures & been rudely rebuffed, I'll have to get to work on a "gallery" that's properly viewable. I do want to put more of my images online. (Now well over 10,000 digital images taken since I got my digicam in October 2002, so winnowing is tricky.)

#34 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2004, 03:29 AM:

Have moved those two photos to a public Yahoo photo album - see at Sydney City - the Krispy Kreme Event. May use additional albums for showing off other photos (have many, as mentioned above), but am also checking out other types of web image displays, like photoblogs, Spymac's galleries, etc.

Does anyone have experience with the pros & cons of different ways to do this?

#35 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: June 04, 2004, 12:18 AM:

Sigh. Having struggle with Yahoo. Any of you still out there & interested may - with determination & good fortune - be able to navigate your way to some images by reaching
My Photos and looking at what's available there.

#36 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: June 15, 2004, 01:20 AM:

US goes carb crazy - AFP (June 15, 2004) (Yahoo has same story with the headline "US companies scramble to meet low-carb diet craze" (Sun Jun 13).)

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The low-carb diet phenomenon sweeping America is forcing the food industry to scramble to meet the trend, ...The losers from the low-carb craze include ... the onetime high-flying doughnut company, Krispy Kreme, which has warned of lower profits for the upcoming fiscal year as a result of the low-carb craze ... The firm plans to introduce a low-carb doughnut later this year.

Putting "Krispy Kreme" and "low-carb" together -- indeed, the entire concept of "a low-carb doughnut " initiates considerable mental gymnastics in this sentient being. Maybe they'll scrape some of that thick sugary glaze off so we can appreciate the doughnut qua doughnut.

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