Friday, February 12, 2010

Gem Show Gems

The world's largest gem and mineral show has arrived, clotting the roads and choking local restaurants with gem lovers from across the globe.

Of course, patrons of the gem show are quick to congratulate themselves for the money they bring to town--it's their ready-made excuse to indulge themselves in any manner of boorish behavior inside my confines.

Who would have thought people who worship rocks might not be world's most gracious diners?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Drought Resistant Strain by Mather Schneider

I thought that I'd make a non-restaurant-related post to let you in on some exciting news.  Regular People Reviews reader Mather Schneider has just had his first full-length poetry collection, Drought Resistant Strain, published by Interior Noise Press.  Mather himself made the cover drawing and I must say it looks downright gorgeous.

In case you missed the links up above, you can order this handsome, perfect bound, 128-page edition by clicking this word right here.  This is not your Ladies Literary Club fare, nor is it filth devoid of feeling--it's just right.  It's got humor and heart, a couple of things missing from a lot of poetry today.  It's got javelinas boxing each other right on the cover for crying out loud, and you know how The Restaurant loves a good battle.  But, like most things in life, it's the stuff on the inside that counts and I can tell you it will not disappoint.  Do yourself a favor and pick this up.  It also makes a great gift.

And just in case you missed the implication--People Reviews is so good it's read by poets.