Maguro Restaurant

Yesterday, I went up to Southern Pines to have lunch

with Deborah and Russ Savage.  They had just gotten over the flu the previous week.

I ordered the General Tso’s Chicken with Spring Roll and fried rice.  Russ had the Thai Basil Chicken lunch special.  I don’t recall what Deborah had.  These lunch specials are only $7 plus tax, with water.  The three meals came to a little over $22.

My meal was good, but looking at Russ’ food, I thought, “Now that looks really delicious.”  Russ bit into something that was spicy, and we finally demised that it was probably a slice of jalapeno pepper.

We finished and walked outside and talked in the parking lot.  We were discussing on what we were going to do the rest of the afternoon, but my stomach was upset and I bowed out to return home.

Next day, I decided to come back up to Southern Pines and to Maguro’s to try the Thai Basil Chicken lunch special.  On the way up, it started to rain and very quickly the rain came down so hard that it was difficult to see.  I would have pulled off the road if there was a spot, but the heavy rain was brief and I made it to the restaurant without further problem.

I sat in the first booth, just inside the entrance.  The male host recognized me from the previous day.

I ordered hot tea.  It was a green tea, and was in a cast iron tea pot.  The tea was in several bags and the tea appeared to be a relatively bright shade of green but looked minced and not the usual tea fronds.  I didn’t like the flavor, but drank several cups.  Reminded me of grass.

I ordered the Thai Basil Chicken lunch special with fried rice and a spring roll.  I asked the waitress if they had “hot mustard” and she thought quickly and said no.  I said, “That’s okay.”

The meal arrived shortly, I had been looking at things on my phone.

It was a good looking entre.  The chicken appeared to have been flattened and lightly breaded in small portions.  Some of the other ingredients were egg plant, jalapeno slices, spring onion, red, yellow and green bell peppers, mushrooms and onion.  The Spring Roll was more like an Egg Roll and was cut in half on the bias, with a sweet garlic sauce in a small bowl.

Thai Basil Chicken Lunch Special

The restaurant is relatively large with a large Hibachi section, a small bar area with TV and a smaller divided boothed area.

This was a good experience and good food for a great price!

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Officially, I do not have to wear the leg brace!

I had physical therapy scheduled for this morning, and tomorrow I am supposed to see the doctor regarding my leg.  I’ve only seen him once so far, and this morning the PT told me I didn’t have to wear the leg brace so I carried it out to my car in my hand and cancelled next week’s PT session.

This has been quite an experience since I passed out coming from getting the CPAP device, July 2, 2019 and fell creating a hairline fracture of my right knee.  The same leg where I had major surgery about 26 years ago after blowing out ligaments while playing tennis.  But, neither the pacemaker or my leg have caused me any real pain.  A little soreness for a few days after the pacemaker was put in, then some itching, where I think the hair was beginning to grow back on my chest (shaved for the surgery).  And, a few twinges of minor pain, for a few days, when I turned my leg the wrong way but no real pain while it has healed.

Still, the event has been equivalent to hitting the wall during an auto race at a great rate of speed.  I have fought depression and still do some, but the few friends and relatives I have, stepped in to help me when I was helpless, and fortunately, I was able to learn to drive with my leg brace on once I was shown that I could, if I moved my driver’s seat way back, get my leg while wearing my brace into the car and in reach of both the accelerator and the brake pedal.

I used the online grocery order service via WalMart and they offered home delivery for $8.  I only used this once, before I was able to drive again, and then one of my first WalMart walk-abouts was to return a couple of items that I had mistakenly ordered (16 oz. Olive Oil, and small bag of a Splenda/Sugar mix).  The olive oil was too small an amount, and I don’t know why I ordered something that actually had sugar in it.  Still I placed my order online on Wednesday, and scheduled it for 7 – 8 pm that Friday.  The WalMart delivery person knocked on my door at 7 pm and offered to put my groceries up, but I just said to put them on and by the dining table.  I don’t recall how much I tipped.

Things to remember:  Rollator from for $55.  A couple of plastic urinals.  A couple of extension grabbers.

Lost-n-Found: Samsung Galaxy S7

I’m coming back from lunch today and realize that I don’t have my cellphone with me.  I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t hooked up to the charger cable in my office when I left, and when I get back, no… it’s not there or in my pocket… or in the car, under the seat???

I think, that I must have left it at the Rainbow Restaurant at breakfast so I stop by there.  No they haven’t got a lost phone.

I go home.  It’s not hooked up to the charger by my chair.

I return to the office and login to Consumer Cellular to see if they have instructions for finding a lost phone.  They do.  Google Android Device Manager, which I had installed some time ago.


I go to Google Find My Device and it pulls up a map showing my phone appears to be in the parking lot next to the Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, where I ate lunch today.  *Later I realize that the icon for my phone isn’t showing in the parking lot, but in the exact location, in the building where the cash register is located… and that is where I picked it up later.  It must have fallen out of my pocket as I was reaching for my wallet to pay the bill.


I called and the girl that answered asked if it was a Samsung phone.  I said yes.  I asked if it had a green case and she said yes.  I told her I would stop by in about an hour and a half… I have a conference call at 2pm.

Boy!  That is really, really, really… great that it worked!

Duke English Only to Chinese Grad Students

Duke professor apologizes for English-only email to Chinese grad students

The reporter happens to be a Duke Grad Student, and a WRAL Reporter, and the story should have never been brought to the public.  It will be interesting to see if Duke does anything to the original “complaining” faculty and/or any other departmental leadership that may have their same attitude.  If I were the parent of one of these Chinese students, I would probably be thinking of pulling my child out of Duke.  Why?  Because the faculty came to Neely asking for her to point out the offending, Mandarin speaking, grad students so that the faculty could remember them in the future, if the students ever came looking for internships.

If you were one of those students, it means it would be a miracle if you ever succeeded with this kind of road block looming in your future.

SCENARIO:  Oh, your name is Wy Chang.  Hmmm…. let me see (shuffles through some papers), reads briefly and then responds.  There are a few others in competition with you and the decision hasn’t been made yet (in truth, the decision was made when you were speaking Mandarin loudly and offended this instructor).  We will let you know.

Neely should have never put in writing that certain professors had come to her about this.  But, I can see where she was just trying to do her job, advising students in an effort to help them succeed.  But, having to “work around” what she had no control over, the other instructors.  She wasn’t their boss, and in fact there may have been “higher ups” with the same attitude.  *This from another, earlier, email that seemed to point to departmental leadership having a similar outlook.  So, if Neely couldn’t change the facultys’ opinions of these students, she was left to try and give the students a “heads up” as to how not to “shoot themselves in the foot” or offend faculty that have their successful outcomes under the facultys’ control.

ADDENDUM (03/29/19):  I actually think WRAL took off my comment on the above article.  And, since I’ve seen nothing else regarding Duke doing anything about this I am guessing they weathered the storm.  It was never about the email to the students for me… it was about the faculty that came to her looking for pictures “to make a hit list of the selected students”.

James Prosser

This is an item that immediately caught my attention.  Well, if the article said that when Sheriff’s Deputies came to a man’s door to ask about an SBI investigation, and the man walked out his back door and shot and killed himself in nearby woods… and everything else you see about the man is so […]

Redneck BBQ Lab

North Carolina Weekend on PBS and Bob Garner was visiting.  He made the place seem much bigger than it actually was… but since, they have expanded and more than doubled the seating capacity.

I like their Pulled Chicken.


They were giving some of this away about a year ago, and this picture seems to have been posted a few days ago, so I hope they are selling this now.  It was great!!!  Very “earthy” in flavor.  It is turnips, although you couldn’t tell what meat they had used to season it with last year.  I thought the seasoning might have been hog jowl.

Lowe’s Foods – Southern Pines

XSeeZH1qD3TOP3u-NeeXY357FeA6G9LXxVMnhMQWo5kpX92IBI had breakfast at Famous Toastery in Southern Pines this past Saturday morning.  Afterwards I rode around Pinehurst and then decided to do some grocery shopping before heading back home to Fayetteville.


I stopped in to the Fresh Market and bought some Carolina Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, some olives and pickled cauliflower, Peppadews, a bag of potatoes, some Ale Nuts, Wasabi Peas, a loaf of whole seed, Rye bread, and some seeded crackers.

20180623_104726As I was coming up on Lowe’s Foods, I decided to stop in (I had not been to this location before.) and get some corn on the cob.  I did not wander about the store, but almost immediately found a Tomato Bar and saw some little yellow grape tomatoes.  If you were at a farmers market, it would be standard practice to try one before buying it.  I looked down and saw a sign that said just that… try it, get a container and fill the container.

20180623_104732I also started to take a few pictures of the tomato bar and a nearby Produce Manager asked if there was something wrong.  I said, “Oh, no.  On the contrary, there is something right.  These little yellow tomatoes are delicious.”  We had an extended conversation.  He suggesting that I try the larger red (local – greenhouse) tomatoes.  I bought one and had it 20180623_104723in a tomato and bacon, with mayo, on whole seed Rye bread sandwich for lunch once I returned home.  *It was a good flavored tomato.

I walked over and bought a couple of ears of corn on the cob, in the husk, and later realized it was a white, sweet corn.  The husks looked withered, but the corn was fine for my Frogmore Stew for dinner.

I didn’t roam about the store, but went to the checkout and stood briefly behind a man and his young daughter (a baby, but sitting up in the cart).  He started to move the cart around to the side of the checkout and caught the cart a couple of times on the edge of the checkout.  I almost said something like, “Well, he hasn’t even started drinking and he’s running into things.”  Not sure why I started to say that, unless I had subconsciously  picked up on the gist of his purchases.  *I stopped myself, and looked down at his purchases.  Not all, but most of the items were various beers.

I had purchased a mix-n-match six-pack of assorted beers at the Fresh Market.  *I don’t like the flavor of beer, but every once in a while, I think about giving it another try.  Here was my chance to try several beverages without having to waste my money on a six-pack of each.  I bought an Angry Orchard “Rose” that I had seen recently advertised.  One of the Stella Artois, another cider and a dark lager.

I tried the lager for lunch and yep, hated it, but I decided to use the rest in the Frogmore Stew.  I had the Angry Orchard Rose for dinner, and with a little “sweetner,” that became palatable, pleasant.  The Carolina Shrimp were large (21-25).  The Andouille Sausage was a little chewy.  The potatoes were good, and I added a chopped onion and the two ears of corn cut so that there were six smaller sections.  Added the Old Bay Seasoning, some chicken broth (beef would have been okay, if I had it).

Forgot that I left the corn on the cob in the husk and microwaved them for a little less time than I normally do, and then cut them up and added them to the stew for that last little bit of cooking and flavoring.

I used one of my mid-sized, glass bowls and put all the Frogmore Stew in it with just a little liquid.  I remembered from the previous time that I shouldn’t have a large bowl of liquid to slosh around, while I’m watching TV from, my easy chair;-)


Repackaging for 2x to 3x the price…

I’ve visited the Deli in Harris Teeter for many years.  While I am ordering some Pepper Ham and White American Cheese (Harris Teeter Brand) and having it sliced “sandwich” sized, I often look for other things… bread, olives, other cheeses.  I have bought the below item at least a couple of times.  This is Boars Head brand.  *I forgot that when I unwrap the paper, the salami is wrapped in plastic as are those shown to the right of the paper wrapped item.



I was in Lidl over the weekend, visiting a new location in Sanford, NC, and saw the below plastic wrapped salami.  7 oz. Dry Italian Salami.  I thought to myself, now this looks hauntingly similar to the salami I bought at Harris Teeter recently and it’s about half the price.


I’m not at home, as I am writing this, but the plastic wrapped salami non-Boars Head looks very similarly wrapped.  And, I tried a taste test last night and they are so much alike that I don’t think I could tell the difference without the packaging.

And, see below.  I paid $1.10 for a GALLON of milk, and $1.35 for the dill pickles.  This was at the Lidl in Havelock, NC (the first one that I visited).  I can tell a little difference between the Lidl brand of dill pickles, but the milk is “spot on” no difference for me.


I’ve visited about four Lidl locations.  Sanford was selling milk for about $2.10 a gallon.  Rockingham for under $2, Havelock for $1.10 and I don’t recall the Morehead City pricing for milk.