To round out the work week, here are five unrelated thoughts, with a minimum of explanation.
1. I don't know how long it'll survive the cola wars, but I have to say: Coke Zero actually isn't too bad. I'm not sure if it has all of the proverbial "cola taste" but it's got most of it.
2. In-n-Out Burger is, to be sure, fun to say the first 18 or 19 times. But their burgers? Vastly, vastly overrated. I'll take Fatburger or Carl's Jr. any day of the week and thrice on Sunday. Shoot,* I'd take McDonald's, Wendy's and BK, for that matter. And I'm glad In-n-Out potatoes are peeled on site and their fries are cooked in non-something-or-other oil. However, I am not glad that they taste like styrofoam. Memo to everyone else in L.A.: Get over it.
3. Neckties are just really stupid. Maybe this has already occurred to you - if not, indulge me and think about it for 20 seconds. What is their point? I say this as a former necktie devotee, and one of the founders of my high school's short-lived Twelfth Grade Tie Club.**
4. I strongly believe that if you listen to this song by the Redwalls, you'll be in a better mood after the song than you are now.
5. Go Ravens.
* Too much?
** I'm somewhat serious, and no, it was not a private school.