December 14th, 2003


International Hide & Seek Contest ends...or does it?!

Reports are funneling in that Saddam Hussein has been captured alive. Apparently, he was in a basement in his home town of Tikrit... which is really one of the most obvious places to look, really. Next time I hear the US military is going to count to 100 instead, just to make things more interesting.

While it's got to be a relief to many Iraqis to know that Saddam Hussein is captured, the fun part might be what happens next. If there is a trial, I would *LOVE* to see the evidence that Saddam's lawyer comes public with. I can just imagine him going into depth about how the US helped him plan his chemical attacks on the Iranians....

Which is, of course, why we will somehow not be privy to it. The trial *WILL* be a joke, and that fact won't be lost on the rest of the world. Who knows... maybe Saddam's meals will be delivered with rusty razor blades, piano wire, and strychnine pills on the side. Where's Jack Ruby when you need him?

So, it appears we've caught our former dictator. Do you think we can catch our former terrorist someday too?

823 days, 20 hours 17 minutes, 43 seconds and counting...

Can't be better. Nope. Nuh-uh. Not possible.

Went to Pho Quyen 3, located at 1028 E. El Camino Real in Sunnyvale for lunch today.

I have had good and bad Vietnamese sandwiches before, but they all pale beside the wonder which is Pho Quyen's chicken sandwich.

For $1.95, they deliver to your table a basket containing about a 10" long french baguette, sliced down the middle and filled with chicken, lightly pickled daikon radish, carrots, cillantro, and other veggie goodness layered over and amongst chicken and a fresh -- obviously homemade -- mayonaise sauce, which obviously has something incredible and zesty added to it..

You pick up the whole thing and take the first bite, and immediately are stunned, because the roll is incredible... substantial... warmed inside as if it were freshly baked... providing a wonderful, comforting contrast to the fresh, crunchy, slightly sweet and vinegary highlights of the veggies, and the oh-so-good chicken and mayo sauce.

Wow. Just wow. There's no way that Subway, Togo's, Blimpies, Quiznos, or any of their ilk could ever compare. I may never want to make lunch again, and at these prices, I might not have to.