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Still going at B-Dubs

It’s 7:30 p.m., I’m still at Buffalo Wild Wings, and so is Brittany Mathenia-Tucker, who has been serving me today. She now has a very large group on the opposite side of the bar area. I’ve been very patient today, knowing she’s been swamped.

I brought two slices of red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factor for Lisa Toebben, but she isn’t working today. And this time, I went to The Cheesecake Factory at the Country Club Plaza, where parking is nearly impossible. I could have gone to Overland Park since i had time, but I figured I would save a little gas and try the other one. Not again. I’ll stick to what I know next time. Besides, I can keep my tax money in Kansas.

I have not eaten much today; only a chicken sandwich and fries. I am not eating wings because I don’t know if I can handle them. I’ve still got to check in at the Courtyard Briarcliff, but that won’t be a big deal.

I wish Lisa would show up. Oh well. If not, Brittany gets one slice, and the other goes to whomever shows up tomorrow, whether it be Brittany Davidson or Liz.

The trivia trio of Athena, Tusken and Zesto showed up a few minutes ago, and we’re having a good one going now. I’ve fallen behind, but oh well. I’ve had enough success today, including a 3-0 sweep of Rondo and Dig Dug. If Buzztime brings back its Smartest Bar competition for 2015, I’m recruiting everyone I mentioned, plus Larry (MIZZOU) and a couple of others to form a team. Tusken beat me out by a 239 points. Nice work.

The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 after a 25-14 victory at the Meadowlands vs. the Giants. The Cards were forced to play backup quarterback Drew Stanton in place of an injured Carson Palmer. Stanton wasn’t flashy, but he did not turn the ball over. Arizona’s winning score came on a 71-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr. in the fourth quarter. Arizona will probably end the night sharing first place in the NFC West with the 49ers, because I don’t expect Chicago to give San Francisco much of a game in the first regular season game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

The Chiefs were not as fortunate. They gave the Broncos a better game than most expected, but lost 24-17 to fall to 0-2. Kansas City has company at the bottom of the AFC West, as Oakland lost again, this time to Houston.

Also 0-2: the Saints. I am shocked. I thought New Orleans would dispatch Atlanta and Cleveland in the first two weeks and go into their home opener vs. Minnesota on their way to the NFC South title. Instead, Carolina is 2-0, and the Sainta are tied with Tampa Bay for the bottom of the “Dirty South”. Ouch.

I’m only going to be able to visit Buffalo Wild Wings tomorrow before going back to Russell. I have volleyball Tuesday and Thursday, and football Friday. I should be able to get back to KC later Saturday.

From Russell to the rescue

Friendship is a two-way street. You lean on your friends in your time of need, and they should be able to lean on you when they need someone to lean on.

I found that out today when I got to Buffalo Wild Wings in Kansas City.

It hasn’t been a good day for one of my dearest friends, Lisa Toebben. She had a couple of dust-ups with co-workers after they took away tables from her, and thus shorted her tips,, and also had to deal with a large group who did not tip her very well, leaving her only $15 on a $300 bill. Five percent? Give me a break. There was no reason on earth that tip should not have been less than $50. it should have been $60 if 20 percent is the benchmark, but i probably would have been over $80. She had to work very hard to take care of a lot of people and that’s the way they treated her. Pathetic.

I thought about not going to Buffalo Wild Wings today. i could have easily slept in, but i packed the car, and just before 11, I was on my way following a short stop at the office to download pictures Frank Mercer took last night at Russell High School sports scrimmages.

i could have easily gone straight to the Courtyard Briarcliff and crashed, because Lisa warned me there was a UFC event on tonight. in fact, I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had “Foots fatigue”. if someone would have said yes, i would have stayed away.

Nobody answered my query, so after checking in and bringing by bags to my room, i hopped in the car and drove onto US 169 and then I-29. i first stopped at the Hy-Vee on Northwest 64th Street to buy some more Abita beer. I bought Lisa a six-pack of Amber, and I got Amber and Turbodog for Brittany Mathenia-Tucker. Brittany isn’t working tonight, but hopefully she’ll be on duty Sunday or Monday.

I changed into one of the Hawaiian shirts I ordered from Dillard’s when I pulled into the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot. The shirts normally retail for $89.50, but i got them on clearance for $26.95. Not bad.

Lisa’s eyes lit up when she saw me. She loved the shirt, told me she and her boyfriend jeff really loved the beer, and she was so happy to see me. She told me about her bad day and i really felt for her. i promised her I would stay until she got off the clock, which means I’ll be here until 1 a.m., since she has to close tonight.

Liz is back today. She loves the shirt. She wanted me to get one in the first place.

I can’t believe I actually considered not coming today. i’m glad i did, because Lisa would have had a long, long day without me.