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Watching the herd…

People are funny…

No, really. I find people intensely amusing from a distance. It's when I'm suddenly thrust among them that I start to freak out.

Yesterday offered another opportunity to watch an incredible number of them be foolish, which I suppose is better than their usual alternative of beating each other over the head with sticks…

Yesterday was the grand opening of a new restaurant called “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” over in 'Central Park', the local city-sized shopping complex. It's a theme-restaurant owned by Jimmy Buffet I gather, who also wrote a song using that line. The place is huge from what I read; about 7000 square feet and seats almost 500 people at a shot.

Anyways the restaurant opened at 6pm yesterday; people were standing in line at 8am. By noon there were so many people standing around outside that news crews showed up to cover “the story”. When Zeze and I drove by at about 7pm on the way home (we live a little over a mile from the place) there were still people standing around outside and the entire parking area for the little strip mall-esque place they put the restaurant was full. Which is peculiar as the restaurant is the only place open in the whole mall… Whoever ends up in the spaces near 'burger meca' will certainly be upset as their customers will have to park across the street at Circuit City and walk.

As Zeze and I slowly drove by, in awe of the raw numbers of people at what is basically a simple burger joint, I noticed that an amazing number of the cars were from out of state… Way out of state; places like Wisconsin…

Burger groupies?