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|Friday, October 25th, 2013|
If not now, then when?
The time has been flying by this year. It seems like only yesterday that I mentioned the gorillagator, a simple construct of confusion to try to draw attention to my message.
In reality, that message was sent over a month ago. During that time, the hours slipped to days and days to weeks. Many exciting things have happened to myself; I'm sure many exciting things have happened to you. I'm also sure that many terrifying things have happened to children and their families.
62 children enter treatment at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital every minute. That's nearly 60,000 children since I sent the last email. To put that number in perspective, that is more than the population of Greenland. If we expand that to the past year, they have been nearly 550,000 children treated. That is almost the population of Huntsville, Decatur, and all their suburbs combined.
Over the past 4 years, I have raised a little more than $3,000 for Children's Hospital of Alabama. As a result, I received a call from the organizers of Extra Life thanking me for my dedicated work and informing me that I was the top supporters for Children's Hospital of Alabama ... with my measly three grand.
We can do much better than that.
It may sound like I'm trying to have fun by playing games for 24 hours. It is more than that. It is me using my time and body as a catalyst. It is me putting my passion to work for a cause. It is me turning my love into something tangible.
I have been campaigning and fighting to give these children a chance for years. I have been asking you to help me support these children and families. I've been putting in countless hours of talking to people, impassioned emails, and carefully constructed tweets. I have been fighting with cutting edge, and sometimes expensive, technology to try to provide live streams of my marathons. I yearly put my body through 24 (and, this year, 25) hours of no sleep.
I do this to represent the countless hours these families sit awake at their children's side.
All I ask is a few minutes on a website and a few dollars. These few minutes and few dollars go a long way help people that are experiencing circumstances that only occur in our nightmares.
I also ask that you take one extra step. Forward this plea to those that you know. I can only reach a small fraction of a percentage of the people that may be able to help. Together, we can reach the world. I raise money for Children's Hospital of Alabama. As this message branches out, people may wish to support a hospital closer to their area. I have included a link to the list of people that have dedicated their time and have received no donations. Find someone on the list supporting your local hospital and give them a donation. Let them know that their time and effort are appreciated.
Together, we can do something great.
Together, we can make a difference.
Together, we all stand tall.
You can get more information at http://www.extra-life.org
My donation page is http://www.extra-life.org/participant/cgardner
The list of participants without donations is http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.eventParticipantList&page=629&eventID=512
|Friday, August 2nd, 2013|
Can someone recommend a good job discrimination lawyer? Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, it doesn't matter.
|Thursday, April 25th, 2013|
An evening of hanging out and enjoying the company of others while ingesting copious amounts of drink and food (yes, their grill is open all night), while I spin whatever the hell I feel like in the background.
I hope we see you there.
Next Thursday, 2 May 2013.
|Friday, October 12th, 2012|
Extra Life 2012 - The Final Plea ... Until the Next One
To whom is not concerned:
So, here we are again. We scream closer to the event, and the goal is not met.
I was approached by the ghost of feral platypii past last night. Well, approached is putting it lightly. I was mugged by the ghost of platypii past last night. He reminded me, in no uncertain terms that I have only reached the midway point of my fundraising goal. He then reminded me, in even less uncertain terms, that we are one week away from the event. There were other reminders past that, but this is a family broadcast. *shudder*
Now, let us be serious for a moment. The event organizers claim a personal story helps to tug heart strings, whatever those are...
I've been to Children's Hospital of Birmingham. I had to take Cora there to verify she was not going to die. Instead, she's just a ticking time bomb for the next generation, but I digress.
While I was there, I saw things. I saw child after child after child waiting for their appointment. I saw the most sublime displays of children's art juxtaposed with hospital sterilization that I could ever possibly imagine. I saw and heard things that only occur in the nightmares of parents, and I was only in the waiting rooms.
But I will never forget the 10-ish year old girl that came in for her regularly scheduled dialysis appointment ... as if it was just another Friday afternoon. She had her school books, a little snack, a book to read for pleasure, and a DVD, in case she finished her homework a little early. You know, everything you'd need for an afternoon hooked up to a huge medical machine that going to clean out all the toxins in your blood. As she entered the secured area, she warmly greeted all the doctors and nurses with the same familiarity that I would greet the staff of my favorite coffee shop as I stopped in for my morning cup of coffee.
I don't know the status of that little girl. I don't know if she's healthy or, quite frankly, alive. I don't even know her name, as I only heard it in passing for the 37 seconds our paths crossed. However, I do remember being incredibly moved and touched by her upbeat attitude about the situations, and I hope that my efforts last two Octobers got her, in some way, a little comfort.
And, if she is still with us, I hope we can get her a little more.
=== PREVIOUS MESSAGE FOLLOWS ===
If you are receiving this updated message, then you didn't feel generous the first time. Now, I tried to be nice the first time. I tried to send a simple, unobtrusive email message to get you into the spirit. Well, much like the bell ringers that I ignore in front of the Wal-Mart, you ignored me.
I probably should have seen that coming...
However, unlike those poor souls, I know how to contact you. And I can find out where you live. So, so, so, you better feel lucky that I'm too lazy to terrorize you people, but cause I could do it.
Remember, it's not for me, it's for those poor kids... and the feral platypii. Because, we can make more children, but platypii are hard to come by.
=== ORIGINAL MESSAGE FOLLOWS ===
It's that time of year again. The time when I beg you for money for charity. See, unlike those bell ringers outside Wal-Mart, I don't do it when you have ten bazillion holiday obligations...
Once again, I will be enduring a 24-hour marathon of gaming to raise money for Children Hospital in Birmingham. All the money goes straight to them, and you get to tell Uncie Samuel that you're good for that money. I'd REALLY like to break $1000 this year, as I have come REALLY close for the past 2 year to doing so.
This year, the event will take place on October 20th, beginning at 8 A.M. Once again, I will try to provide some web streams, etc, if you want to point and laugh (especially if I have to result to playing Dance Central at 4 AM to stay awake for the last part.)
Look at it this way, I'm going to badger you about this for the next month. You might as well donate some money so you can righteously tell me to shut the Smurf up.
You can place your bid at the link below. Feel free to spread the word to anyone and everyone.
I thank you. The children thank you. Several breeds of feral platypus thank you. Maybe, just maybe, doing so will help you feel the love felt by re-fried beans when lovingly hugged in a warm tortilla.
Enjoy your burrito.http://www.extra-life.org/participant/cgardner
|Sunday, August 19th, 2012|
Anyone want to carpool to Atlanta? Current Mood: ecstatic
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012|
Horse Show June 2 at Alabama A&M Agribition Center
The Tennessee Valley Arabian Horse Association will be holding a fun/training show on June 2nd, at the Alabama A&M's Agribition Center, in Huntsville, AL. All breeds and disciplines are welcome! We will have halter classes for Arabians, stock and color breeds, sport horse in hand and under saddle, hunt, western, and trail classes.
Keeping the focus on fun, there are even a lot of free classes for the little ones. Things like stick horse, doggie dress up, and the undie race don't even require a horse.
If you have a horse you wish to enter, it is only $7 per class. It is free to watch, and spectators are welcome!
For more information, please visit the website at: http://tvaha.com
Class list: http://tvaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012-Jun-Fun-Show-Prizelist.pdf
Entry Form: http://tvaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/EntryFormWord-New11-2011.pdf Current Mood: cheerful
|Tuesday, May 8th, 2012|
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2012|
HOUSE CONCERT - Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 7:00 p.m.
............................ a.k.a. Eric Dozier & JB Eckl ............................,
Please RSVP to: email@example.com or 256.651.2737
About The Show:
Suggested Donation: $15.00
Come & hear them at their Alabama debut! Reservations are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. :o)__________________MOANIN' SONS__________________:
Black & white, North & South, old & new, sacred & everyday – these are the lines Moanin’ Sons were born to blur. Their story begins in two far-distant places, around the same time. When Tennessee-born Gospel composer/choir director Eric Dozier was studying to be a Baptist preacher, Canadian guitarist JB Eckl was in the snow-bound Saskatchewan prairie, steeping himself in the lore of early rock & roll and sitting in with itinerant Chicago bluesmen on their circuit to the West Coast. However...
About Our Series:
This house concert is being hosted by the Hiebert family in Madison, AL. They have a lovely BIG house and we are so glad they are willing! Chez Oney house concerts is proud to do the promoting and whatnot. :)
|Thursday, March 15th, 2012|
Jobs open in Huntsville
Dear Huntsville Programmers,
I have a contact who is looking to fill some game developer positions in Huntsville... he's specifically looking for:
Game and Level Designers
Game programmers (experience with Epic's Unreal engine or VBS2 is desirable)
Web or DB backend programmers
3D Artists (specifically with game/simulation experience only)
If you're on the job hunt, please let me know and I'll forward you to him!
|Wednesday, February 15th, 2012|
|Friday, February 24th, 2012|
I know there are several taxis working around the area. And I know, from looking around online, that most have really varied reviews. Problem is, many of the bad and good reviews tend to be vague and excited enough to smell like competitors using review sites for free advertisement or company shills talking about how AWESOME such and such cab-ride was. Anyone have good/bad stories from personal experience?
|Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012|
i im turning japanesse
yaknow that deliciously addictive ginger salad dressing they're serve at shogun (also at Tokyo i've found)? is there play place in town that sells it by the bottle? failing that, anyone got a recipe for it, or know of a place online that sells it?
|Sunday, January 29th, 2012|
What's the best local nursery? I really want to get some roses and fruit trees (would like to try and switch over to a more edible landscape plan), but I'm new and don't really know what will do well here.
TYIA! :-) Current Mood: curious
|Friday, January 6th, 2012|
In Myrna's Memory
More info on the SUNDAY JANUARY 8th Memorial Celebration:Jim and Deanna invite anyone who would like to and who is physically able, especially personal friends and former workers and community of Pearly Gates, to gather at Pearly Gates between 1 PM and 1:30 PM for a short "hippie eclectic" blessing of Myrna's ashes and walking procession across the footbridge to Lowe Mill, about a 15 minute walk. At 1:30 Jim and Deanna will lock the door of Pearly Gates and carry Myrna's ashes from Pearly Gates to her final party and memorial event at Lowe Mill. This is not an orthodox Buddhist funeral procession, which would be silent. This procession, morel ike a New Orleans Jazz Funeral Second Line, may include singing, chanting, bells, drums, incense, prayer flags, sage--- as the spirit moves you.
Myrna's son Jim states: "I will be at Pearly at 1pm to open the door and meet folks. This will be informal or formal for those who wish to be what they are. You're allowed to get freaky and jiggy and silly and sappy and serious and sad all at the same time."
Others can greet the procession on the Lowe Mill side, but they will be way too early for the party. The work of set up starts at 2. Doors open to the public at 4.
And here are some more personal notes, things I've been doing and thinking about Myrna: (Chatting with my sister, I asked if it was good karma or bad form to be looking forward to this upcoming gathering as a major social event? She assured me it was all good to be celebrating life.) :)
While at Pearly a couple days ago, from the few jewelry bits and baubles on display, I bought a bracelet. I'd actually been admiring it for quite a while, and now it seemed right to have something tangible to remember Myrna by. The bracelet is made from round red glass "eye" beads linked in a silver setting. (I prefer to think of the symbol as being for wisdom and protection, rather than just denoting avoidance of the "evil eye") It just fits my wrist, is very comfortable and quite pretty. I think it's going to be a wear-always piece for me for a while.
I decided to bake two cakes to take to the potluck portion of the memorial celebration. One is my usual sort of sugary confection (a white--well, palest pink- layer cake made with sour cream and strawberry-mint greek yougurt). To celebrate Myrna's HIPPIE roots, the buttercream frosting will be in a tye-dye pattern. :) The second cake is a "natural foods" dessert, a Black Bean Chocolate Cake with Avocado Frosting, not vegan but gluten free and more nutritious (and hopefully tasty too). Myrna was a good cook; I wish I'd been around when there was a restaurant as part of Pearly, but that was before my time in Alabama. She was my kind of "flexible vegetarian", liked to cook and eat healthy, but didn't eschew an occassional sweet treat or a tasty bite of something non-veggie.
I donated two memorial books to the (Decatur) library, a copy of the RABBITS WEDDING for the children's department, and a copy of the photo essay nonfiction book THE MULE TRAIN: A JOURNEY OF HOPE REMEMBERED (in which Myrna is interviewed) for the Alabama Room collection. Since I was preparing a library display for Martin Luther King Day, I included a copy of a nice article the Huntsville Times had run about Myrna's life and activism, along with the library books about King and Civil Rights.
B. related that Deanna had told him she had seen Myrna's ghost the other day, helping to locate an item she was looking for in the aisles at Pearly Gates. I like the idea of that. :)
|Wednesday, December 28th, 2011|
So what's happening NYE around here? PLEASE tell me there is a decent costume party somewhere! :-) Current Mood: curious
Deanna McGrew and Jim Copeland announce a memorial event to celebrate the life of their mother Myrna Copeland. Remembrances followed by a potluck dinner and party (BYOB) and live music. More details will be announced later. Please save the date and spread the word! Feel free to share this announcement and invite others. Thank you.
SUNDAY JANUARY 8, 2012 4-8 pm
FLYING MONKEY ARTS/Lowe Mill
|Sunday, December 18th, 2011|
|Wednesday, December 14th, 2011|
I'm sad to report the unexpeceted death of a close friend, Myrna Copeland.
Myrna was in her 70's and owned and operated Pearly Gates, a natural foods store in Huntsville for the last 40 years. http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2011/02/pearly_gates_perhaps_the_origi.html
Originally from New York city, she was also a passionate dedicated Civil Rights activist,and has been mentioned in several nonfiction history books on the topic, such as THE AGITATOR'S DAUGHTER by Sheryll Cashin http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=20081116&id=QUIoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Or0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6685,93333
Myrna has also been a mental health worker and was an ordained minister. My fiance Barry & I were looking forward to accepting her offer to officiate our marriage ceremony, and I've often said in the time I've known her that "I aspire to be a fiesty and hip old lady like Myrna."
My heart goes out to her daughter Deanna, who ran the store with her, and to her son Jim., who interestingly is a professional bicyclist and previous Olympic athlete. It's so sad that they've lost both their grandmother and their mother within the last month or so.
I also feel badly for Barry; this is the second very close friend (one could say family of choice) of his who has passed away this year. He visited with Myrna almost every day, chopped wood and did other tasks for her, and occassionally worked part-time filling in as needed at Pearly.
I'm going to have a memorial book donated to the library in Myrna's memory; was thinking a copy of Garth William's THE RABBITS WEDDING (with it's 1959 banned book tie-in to civil rights) might be appropriate. :)
Today, for my lunch, I'll be eating some fine vegetarian blackbean salsa soup (that B and I picked up from Pearly earlier in the week) that Myrna prepared; I'll think of her, and she will be missed and remembered.
|Wednesday, December 7th, 2011|
Anyone heard of the Star-Fax record label?
At the reference desk, today, got a query about the Star Fax (also possibly Star-Fax or StarFax) record label that was out of Huntsville or at least worked in Huntsville in the 1950s and one artist in particular: Earl Mack. I have found on Amazon, the song "Oh I Love You So" and have found a few Rockabilly collections that have that song on it, but these are reprints and seem to be pretty vague about the original source. One of the collections on eBay mentions the "Star-Fax" label in passing and besides that I have found almost nothing.
According to the question, Earl Mack's real name would have been Earl Gene McRaney. Born '31, died just a few years ago in '03. Have seen no evidence of any other singles or any other work with/from that record label.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame did not seem to have anything. I've sent a brief query to the public library to see what they have. He was born more Southernly so it is possibly that someone around the Montgomery area has something, but I figured I'd toss this out there just in case someone was a local rockabilly scholar.
UPDATE. I have the following additional information, which might be of some interest.
The address in the last 50's, early 60s:
P.O. Box 1268
There were at least two styles of label. The Earl Mack track in question used the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5aEDSlKdbw
...later acts used a modified one (see: The Viscounts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--bFprDcLwE
Looks like the producer was By-Nash of Nashville, which was still around into the early 80s at least and might still be around, just in Florida now.
|Saturday, October 22nd, 2011|
Ben and Jerry's
Does anyone know where in Huntsville/Madison I can find Ben and Jerry's new flavor "Schweddy Balls?" I would really like to try it, but I haven't found a store that carries it so far (B&J here doesn't have it on their website). I also heard that some stores were refusing to carry it because of the name. :S
|Thursday, October 6th, 2011|
|Monday, October 3rd, 2011|
|Wednesday, September 21st, 2011|
that time of year
anyone know of any haunted attractions around town that need volunteers?
|Wednesday, September 14th, 2011|
|Tuesday, September 6th, 2011|
i find myself in need of a doctor. preferably on the north Huntsville university/sparkman area. any recommendations?
|Friday, August 26th, 2011|
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2011|
Anyone have any recommended temp agencies? Any you would say avoid at all costs?
TYIA! :-) Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, August 5th, 2011|
Does anyone know the story of the man who is always walking around Huntsville? He's usually got on jeans (that he has to hold up) and a white tshirt. I see him all the time and always wonder what his story is. Current Mood: curious
Just thought I'd let those that may be interested know that CT Gavin's is having a storewide sale.
Pretty much everything but feed is 15% off! :-)
I want to say that it runs through the 8th of August? Current Mood: content
|Sunday, July 24th, 2011|
The Airship Revenger Presents: Clockwork Cotillion III!
The Airship Revenger
presents their third annual ball: The Extraordinary Contraptions
are returning for another great live show. We are proud to be presenting for the first time Frenchy and the Punk
as well as the new Nashville sound: The Aeronauts
This year we are also going to be joined by Steampunk DJ Dr.Q
from Atlanta and local favorites joy_actual
and DJ naught
Alll this gets started with a steampunk crafters/artist exhibit and live performers! Emilie Pormen Bush
, steampunk author from Atlanta, will also be on hand signing and promoting her new book.
|Sunday, July 17th, 2011|
Are there any places in Huntsville or Madison that do children's equipment and clothing consignment or purchase?
Where I'm from there were a couple of independent thrift stores, and some chains, like Buffalo Exchange/'Lil Traders where you could sell used clothing and equipment.
It seems like there are 1001 places to donate something, but most of the stuff I'm looking at parting ways with is in REALLY good condition!
TYIA. :-) Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, July 5th, 2011|
Looking for mechanic recommendations, since the "check engine" light on my Cruiser keeps kicking on.
Preferably on the Southern end of Huntsville, but if they're good I don't mind driving.
TYIA! :-) Current Mood: curious
|Monday, July 4th, 2011|
4th of july disapointment
okay, that was lame. really lame. i want to see the fireworks show at the rocket center, and was very dissapointed. the news channels gave the impression that the shows at both the center and bridgestreet would be spectacular. and from the sound of it, bridgstreet was pretty good. the rocket centers was fucking lame though. it wasnt even really a show, it was a punctuation mark at the end of brisgestreets. you could count the number of fireworks they launched without running out of fingers and toes.
i have a creeping suspicion this was planned. bridgestreet gets the better show to lure people to the mall and spend money.
either way, im not at all happy about being mislead.
|Tuesday, June 21st, 2011|
Therapy on a Friday!
You asked for it so we are giving it to you: Thursday Therapy
is going to be on a Friday this week!
Guest DJ Maelstrom
of Birmingham's Euphoria Nights
will be on hand as well!
Hope to see you there!Doors open at 9 PM
21+ - $5 (free with out of town ID)
19 & 20 - $10
Therapy on a Friday Book of Face link
for more information. Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, May 25th, 2011|
|Thursday, May 19th, 2011|
Bar 109 Presents: Thursday Therapy!
THURSDAY THERAPY @ BAR 109
Join us this evening for all your dark alternative music needs!
Doors open at 9PM and anyone with an out of town ID gets in for free!
21+ - $5
19 & 20 - $10
|Thursday, May 5th, 2011|
|Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011|
well that sucked.
i'd just like to take a minute and express my gratitude to all the folks who came together to help us huntsvillians out in this pinch. Americans have a bad reputation for being selfish, greedy and lazy. but by god, when the chips are down we really come through for each other. i saw several groups from out of state running food kiosks and working emergency releaf. it made a huge difference.
thanks to you all!
now to go clean out my refrigerator....after 5 days with no power....gods help me.
|Tuesday, April 26th, 2011|
Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone here knew of a salon that will do henna hair dying?
Also, any suggestions for a (preferably cheap) place to get a hair cut? I never have anything done other than a trim, so all I need is that they're able to cut a straight line. Which is harder than you'd think, judging by the past results of some places I've been... :-/ Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, April 9th, 2011|
Car maintainance/Oil Lube Shops
Newbie to Huntsville here. :-) Living in Bailey Cove; so far we're really liking it. Nice area, good shopping, not too far from anything (well, except Kohl's... which is probably best for our pocketbook, LOL!), found a good church with a great "mom's morning out" program, etc.
What I have yet to find is a place to get my car serviced. It's due for an oil change, and of course I'm sure there will be some random things in the future that will need tending. Back in AZ, I just went to JiffyLube for oil changes, and we had awesome shops that we took them to for just about everything else.
So... where do you all suggest? Where do you all run away from screaming?
For what it's worth, I have a 2006 PT Cruiser, my hubby has a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, March 11th, 2011|
Need to get some invitations printed and am not sure where to go. Called Kinkos and they said their printers are mainly setup for full sized paper and they lose more invitations to jams than they are able to print (although this is where a friend did similar invitations awhile back). Anywhere else I should look? I've already got the invitations and I could do them on the home printer but our printer isn't so great so if it isn't too expensive I'd rather do them elsewhere.
|Monday, March 7th, 2011|
|Thursday, February 24th, 2011|
need some advice.
first, a little explanation.
my mother has been living with me for the past year or so, recovering from a serious illness. her own apartment has been sitting empty for the most part. during this time, the apartment above hers sprung a -serious- leak. this led to all kinds of icky-black mold and mildew growing in the walls and ceiling. because she wasn't living there at the time, we didn't catch this until a few weeks ago well after everything had gone to hell.
does anyone have any experience with cleaning up this kind of mess? how much did it cost? are there any local services that can help? any i should avoid? no idea if we could sue the person in the apartment above for the damages. it might not even be the same person living there anymore.
|Thursday, February 17th, 2011|
|Tuesday, February 15th, 2011|
My really, really, really mean cat and I are new to the area, and he needs to go to the vet. Can anyone recommend a veterinarian that is both compassionate and not afraid of really, really, really mean cats?
(Perhaps that all sounds ridiculous to those of you who have docile cats or none at all -- but trust me, it's an issue. And not just with inexperienced vets.)
|Sunday, February 13th, 2011|
Does any one know if the store "Clothes That Fit" is open on Sundays?
And if they are not... Does anyone know of any place else around town where I can get a couple pairs of jeans hemmed?
I suppose it doesn't have to happen tomorrow, but it would be nice.
|Friday, February 11th, 2011|
Alright, since our guest DJ (DJ D4T4KLY5M) got iced in and couldn't make it out of Birmingham for our last Thursday Therapy
we are having a special repeat event (well... I guess it's not a repeat really, but... it kind of is... sooo... whatever!)!
Birmingham's very own, DJ D4T4KLY5M
, will be joining us!
If you're from out of town (not from the Huntsville/Decatur area) you get in for FREE!
AND we have an oh-so-loverly drink special to boot!
Regardless if you like to just hangout, have a drink and talk, or shake your stuff out on the dance floor, come out! Come out! Come out!
Besides, it's Thursday night - what else do you have to do?
|Wednesday, February 9th, 2011|
Soul Burger is closing again on Feb 25th.
They're looking for a new place, so if you know of one, post it in the comments and I'll call it in to her.
Get your burger while the gettin is good. After that Five Guys is the closest I know of to what a Soul Burger tastes like.
And since I've disrupted your datastream with burger talk, I would like to condemn Shaggy's Burger AND Tacos for their false advertisement. There are no Burger AND Taco combos, you can get a burger OR a taco. SHAME.