The last couple of weeks have been absolutely abysmal. To say the least.
But we still have to keep getting up and putting our pants on one leg at a time. If you are like me, they are just a bit stretchier these days. Comfy leggings and T-shirts are the official attire of the Great Quarantine of 2020.
Just so you know, quarantines are also challenging for gossip collection, but I managed to pick up a few tidbits from the frontlines for you.
Break it down now
Last Saturday night, a gentleman was strolling around the Murphy High School track. Don’t freak out! He was by himself so he was practicing safe social distancing. He was apparently also listening to some pretty rocking tunes on his headphones because right in the middle of his walk, he stopped and started playing air guitar like he was Slash or something. He was probably listening to the “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)!”
The official litter of the Apocalypse
One of Mobile’s biggest problems is that it is populated by litter bugs. You know the old saying, “only trash litters.” Well, we have plenty of trashy folks. There isn’t much the typical trashy Mobilian won’t throw out of their car — bottles, cans, diapers, hair, condoms, you name it! Just take a stroll down Springhill Avenue for a sampling.
But in these tough times, I have been noticing more and more latex gloves laying around. And it’s unacceptable! That’s nasty and dangerous. Making the city trashy is one thing but sick, too? No sir! No ma’am! Keep your corona glove in your car.
A bright spot
After Heroes Sports Bar and Grille owner David Rasp announced he was temporarily closing down both locations of Heroes and his other restaurant The Royal Scam due to COVID-19, he shared with us a letter he received that really brightened his day during an otherwise terrible week.
It seems Mrs. Jennifer Tschudy’s seventh grade language arts class at Grand Bay Middle School was working on their argumentative writing skills, and they were tasked with convincing their classmates their choice for “Best Restaurant” was the best. One of Mrs. Tschudy’s very talented students wrote a compelling argument for Heroes USA and it was chosen as the winner.
Here are a couple of the awesome passages from it:
“The mouthwatering wings at Heroes are so hot and fresh. The juicy chicken is never under or overcooked — it’s always just right and if it’s not they will redo it to your likings. The wing sauce drips off the wings like it’s raining.”
The student also really enjoyed the atmosphere.
“Some people like a very peaceful atmosphere, but at Heroes there is a great and fun atmosphere. The memories at Heroes are precious. One memory I had at Heroes was the last time I talked to my pawpaw.”
Oh, that makes me want to cry, especially considering the events of this week. Our memories are often at our favorite restaurants and are very precious, indeed. First dates, first kisses, birthdays, anniversaries, telling people we are having babies and yes, even the last time you talk to your pawpaw. I know our restaurants will be back, but this was a very nice reminder about why they are so important.
She had kind words for the staff, too.
“Finally at Heroes, the waiters are so nice and understanding. I would say they are as nice as Santa Claus. They understand everything like allergies or you being a picky eater. These waiters give you time to do anything such as look for food or talk. Heroes waiters are perfect, just like the restaurant!”
I love this so much!
We can’t wait to get back to Heroes either! And to all of our amazing local restaurants. Hang in there, guys! Our thoughts are with all of the owners, back-of-the-house staff and waiters “who are as nice as Santa Claus” and who are without jobs during this difficult time.
And thanks to Mrs. Tschudy’s student for brightening our day! I think cuisine editor Andy MacDonald may have someone after his job!
Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Stay safe and well and wash your hands like it’s your job. And remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Heroes lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!
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