Thursday, April 25, 2013


You know how every once in a while I will make a declaration that something is "Robby Approved"?  Well, this morning I realized that I probably need a way to express my disapproval of things.
Sometimes, things need to be...Robby Rejected!

The first ever Robby Reject is...California Pizza Kitchen!

Why, you ask?

Well, last night I ate there for the first time. Here's what happened:

I wasn't feeling very hungry, so I decided to have a simple half Caesar salad.
What could go wrong?

When the greeter dude came to take our drink orders, I told him that "I just want water."

He asked me if I wanted sparkling water or still water.

In my head I'm thinking, "sparkling water at a pizza place? What kind of pretentious operation is this?"
So I told him that I just wanted regular still water.

I was pretty surprised when he brought me a fancy glass bottle of french water, already opened of course, so I couldn't refuse it...and poured it into a wine glass.  Now I am wondering how much this "glass" of water is going to cost me.

When someone says "I just want water," how does that translate into "I want your most expensive bottle of fancy french water"?  What happened to the complimentary glass of water that you get everywhere? Most places start you off with a glass of water even before they ask if you want to order a fancy drink...
At least it wasn't sparkling.

Not impressed.

Anyway, after a while the server lady came to take our meal orders.  Remember I had already decided on the half Caesar salad, which was only $6.

My choice was motivated more by my lack of hunger than the price, but I figured that I might as well try to save a couple of bucks if I wasn't going to eat very much...

So I tell the girl what I want, and she immediately asks me if I want chicken, shrimp, or salmon on my salad.
She said it in a way that made it sound like I had to choose one of them, like selecting how you want your steak cooked, or which sides you want.

So now I am thinking "I must not have read the menu very carefully, I didn't know the salad came with a choice of meat." Naturally I don't want to read the menu description again, so I just tell her chicken.

Turns out, the chicken wasn't included. It was extra.

So my $6 salad magically became a $10 salad.
Combine that with my $5 glass of water, throw in a tip, and my meager meal ended up being a little over $18!

I was not happy.  I felt like I got hustled.

So here is what I learned; if you go to C.P.K. and you want water, you must specify that you want regular free tap water, even if they don't present that as an option.  And when you decide what you want to eat, make sure you know what the item description is, and if they ask you about options you weren't aware of, you'd better find out if they are included before you accept them.

California Pizza Kitchen is pretentious and overpriced. They use trickery and circumvention to get you to spend more money.  I will not be going back.


Monday, April 22, 2013

The Grapist

Have you guys seen this super weird video?

It's one of those things that you probably shouldn't be laughing at, but for some reason you can't help yourself.

I'm still not sure what to make of it, but here it is.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

First Time for Everything

It isn't every day someone sends a text to let you know that they "despise" you...

This very thing happened to me today.

It sure caught me off guard.

I thought this person was my friend.

Apparently, I thought wrong.

This is probably the most hurtful thing anyone has ever said to me.

In fact, the whole text was needlessly unkind.

I just have one thing to say about this:

I am a great person, and if you can't see that, then it is your failing, not mine.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who Watches the Watchmen?

I recently finished reading the graphic novel Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

I loved this book! This was definitely one that was difficult to put down, and I suffered many late nights and drowsy mornings on its account.

I read Watchmen on my brother's recommendation, and I don't think I could write a better review than he already did, so please go check out his blog post.

I do have a few comments to add though.

This is only the second graphic novel I have read. The first was V for Vendetta, also by Moore.
For a long time I was kind of skeptical of graphic novels, thinking that they are pretty much just expanded comic books. Now that I've read some, I've realized that this is ok.  Being illustrated doesn't lessen the potential value of the story or themes.  Actually it makes for a rather unique experience, because rather than reading pages and pages of descriptions, you can spend that time studying the detailed images. Many of the pictures contain subtle clues about the story and characters that could easily be missed if you were to rush through it.  Good graphic novels are something to be savored.  It's actually quite refreshing to experience a quality story told though a different format. It's really a treat for the imagination.

Overall I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. Great story, incredible characters and dialog, amazing images, Watchmen has it all.

Seriously, every time Rorschach spoke, I was in awe. This book has one of the best opening monologues of all time. Sometime I need to re-read this book, and make a list of all of my favorite quotes.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Robby Spratt Superstar

My brother has been experimenting with Final Cut Pro, and made this short video after a recent IDPA shoot.

I thought it was pretty hilarious...and awesome.


(The video might not play through the blog, so you may need to watch it on YouTube.)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Note

I don't have very many memories from elementary school, and those that I do have are mostly unpleasant.
But I do have a few memories that I kind of like a little bit... Playing Pogs in the hallway, crossing the monkey bars at recess, soccer in sixth grade, and this one...

In fifth grade we had cubby boxes in the back of our classroom.

One day I opened mine and found a note inside.

It was a love note from a secret admirer.

My first one.

Actually, my only one...

I tried so hard to figure out who it was from.

I even tried matching the handwriting with several of the girls that I knew.

That silly note meant so much to me.

I knew it was probably just a prank, but I didn't care.

For some reason it made me feel hopeful.

I held on to that dumb thing for nearly two decades.

I kept it tucked away in a safe place.

I think I finally threw it away a few years ago.

Maybe I should have kept it...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Saddle West

A couple of weeks ago, my Dad and brothers and I went down to Pahrump, Nevada to attend a four day tactical shotgun class.

It was awesome!
I'll post more on that later.

This post, however, is to highlight the oddities of the hotel room we stayed in at the Saddle West.
We were so amused, that we decided to make a video.

Filming and editing was done by my awesome brother, Andrew.