Monthly Archives: March 2005

A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich… Brain Dripping

A bunch of years ago I started working full time and had a “Lunch Hour” (Well, 45 minutes, but’s another story). I tried the office cafeteria but was put off by the “$5.00 hamburger & a Coke” platter not to mention the 15 minute bread line that piled up since the entire building took lunch at the same time. I needed an alternative! I drove to the closest sandwich shop (Subway) and got a $4.50 “Sub & a Coke” but lost 30 of my 45 min tues in the acquisition which wasn’t worth the .50. I needed another alternative!

Enter the $2.50 Brown Bag Lunch!

I started brown-bagging it and never looked back. I quickly developed a formula for packing my lunch every morning – and it had to be in the morning or I’d forget the bag sitting in the refrigerator. The formula satisfied all of the major taste requirements and was this simple: Just remember The Four S’s!

  1. Sandwich – A standard Oscar Meyer (lite) bologna& mustard sandwich. This is the most important (and substantial) part of the lunch and almost NEVER varied. ($1.50 including cheese) See more below.
  2. Saltie – Fulfilling the need for something crunchy and saltie a pack of crackers (Keebler or Lance) or one of those “snack pack” sized bags of chips/doritos/gold-fish did the trick. ($0.25)
  3. Sweet – Ending the lunch munch would be something sweet. Often a banana, box of raisins, apple or single-serve apple-sauce pack. Of course sometimes I would splurge and have an nutragrain-bar, quaker-chewy-granola-bar, oatmeal-cream-pie or star-crunch. ($0.50)
  4. Soda – Diet Mt. Dew & Diet Sierra Mist were the most common just because Pepsi products were on sale more often than Coke’s products. If I could get it I enjoyed Diet Minute Made or Lipton Tea. My rule: Never pay more than $3.50 for a dozen cans. Once in a great while I would catch a 12 pack of Snapple on sale for around .50 a bottle and would grab a pack. ($0.25)
  5. I later added an extra “S” when I had to work past 7:00 I would have a Snack – This would invariably be a piece of fruit.

But back to the sandwich… here’s the PERFECT sandwich:

1 Slice of Bread
Cheese Slice
Bologna slice
Cheese Slice
Bologna slice
1 Mustard
1 Slice of Bread
Butter-top wheat or “Italian” style
Cheap “American” cheese-food
Oscar Mayer beef bologna rocks!
More calcium!
Louis Rich turkey ‘logna is good too
Whatever mustard is on sale!
They call this the “heel”

The table at the right is the actual “Nutrition Information” for the above Perfect Sandwich. My secret to remaining slim is cutting corners on the “perfect” sandwich. There’s too much sodium & fat in the regular bologna so I used the “Lite” or turkey variants for half the sat-fat. Cutting back to one (or zero) slices of cheese is another good way to cut calories but it’s about the only way I get calcium, so I’ll include one slice on most sandwiches. The mustard is on the bottom so to make sure it gets tasted by the tongue. Can’t forget the ‘bitter’ taste buds in the perfect lunch, ya know! The mustard, along with the cheese on the top forces the sandwich to stick together. The interior slices adhere with good old surface tension. Ah, it’s all so PERFECT!

Note: Never use Mayo! I’ve heard it is evil.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Servings Per Container 1


Amount Per Serving


Calories 430

Calories from Fat 280

% Daily Value**


Total Fat 26.5g 40%

Saturated Fat 13g 48%

Cholesterol 70mg 24%

Sodium 1405mg 59%

Total Carbs 30g 11%

Dietary Fiber 2g 8%

Sugars 4g  

Protein 13g 12%

Vitamin A 8%

Calcium 64%

Iron 12%

Thiamin 10%

Riboflavin 6%

Niacin 8%

Folic Acid 10%

**Percent Daily Values are based
on a 2,000 calorie diet.

ONE is the loneliest number… Brain Dripping

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When the Philadelphia Eagles got to the playoffs, the team adopted the “One” mentality: One City, One Team, One goal. It’s presumed that the one goal is a championship. Banners were hung. T-Shirts were made. Players were supposed to flash each other the “number 1” sign. All in all, it wasn’t a great promotion (What about the OTHER Philly teams?) and it never really caught on (outside of die-hard Iggles Fans). It’s really tragic now that they’ve lost the superbowl. Makes me want cry really. I’m sure it’ll get me fired up again next season, but until then… One truly is the loneliest number.

  • The song “One” was written by Harry Nilsson & made famous by Three Dog Night who had it peak at #5 on the billboard charts in early April 1969. This version was recorded by Aimee Mann for the Magnolia soundtrack.
  • In the first season of The Linc I took my camera and documented the fun… including the Eagles Fight Song!
  • This project required authenticity. The “one is unity. one is the heartbeat of this team…” text was actually stolen from a promotional Flash animation from PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  • The graphics were swiped from around the web. They were all used without permission. Feel free to contact me for any and all legal matters. Note: This is not a commercial website, and I don’t make anything off of these blatant copyright infringements.
  • The text that scrolls by quickly lists all of Philadelphia’s teams’ championship losses since the last time a Philly team won “The Big Game” – the 1983 76ers. Interestingly, every single championship loss since then has involved the other team repeating. The Oilers beat the Flyers twice (And repeated both times), The Bluejays beat the Phillies to win their second straight. The Flyers also lost to Detroit who when on to repeat. The Sixers lost to the Lakers who were winning their second championship in a row. And now the Pats have won two in a row. I wonder what they’ll call this curse. . .
  • No Eagles were harmed in the making of this animation.