If you stumbled onto this blog posting doing a search for best meatloaf sandwich evar! Well there might be 2 things wrong with you. A) You skipped from page 1 to page 9900 on Google OR B) Your meatloaf sandwich standards really need to be improved. I guess it is possible for you to have clicked through via Facebook or Twitter I guess, but still who reads meatloaf sandwich reviews? Ok, maybe I should ask myself that question as I am the one writing about a meatloaf sandwich on a site that primarily deals with riding, fixing, and restoring motorcycles. Ok maybe we are all a little weird in our own way. I just wish the Arlen Barn existed outside the animated world of King of the Hill. (Geek Out!)
Annnyways... I am a sucker for meatloaf, good meatloaf that is. My wife of The Craft Shed by Katie makes a very deluxe meatloaf that tops my list of fav's, but when I am out and about if I see meatloaf on a menu or in a package I try it. Well here is one that I would not have believed if I hadn't seen it myself. Great Value's (Wal-Mart's house brand) Meat Loaf sandwich. Usually Great Value just knocks off a more known brand, but in this case I don't know what that is so I don't have a comparison, other than a homemade version.
Lets break this down shall we?
Well I have to hand it to the packaging it is much better than most of Great Value's other products. It at least looks appetizing and I like the addition of the instant mashed potatoes in the back round.
Once opened they look like something you would find at a gas station next to the 2000 watt microwaves. "I'm so hungry I could eat a sandwich from a gas station" - National Lampoons Vacation
Well lets put it this way. I could assemble this entire sandwich out of other meals found in the frozen isle. The bun is like any other cheap bread, that is frozen, the patty or "loaf" tastes like the Salisbury steak minus the gravy out of a Banquet TV dinner. The ketchup or catsup (its a regional thing) might as well be tomato paste and a pinch of salt.
It is edible and not the worst type of frozen food, but it could have been better. For about $3 (for 2!) it is better than the gas station sandwiches but I still wouldn't recommend it as an alternative.
Kid buys his first lawnmower, what his dad does is brilliant! A great way to teach a kid about the value of a dollar and hard work. I love the scissors for finishing up a quality job.
2013-2014 have been some good years for motorcycle enthusiast movies. First with Why We Ride (2013) and then later On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter (2014), like the title says two sides of the same coin. Both movies set out to say the same thing but do it in two totally different ways, yet they both end at the same conclusion. Motorcycles solve the world's problems-literally. On Any Sunday (1971) lit the torch and brought motorcycling to the masses, these films just keep the torch burning.
First up Why We Ride. In 2013 Director Bryan H. Carroll gave us a fresh take on the motorcycle documentary. Something that has not really been successfully attempted since Bruce Brown's On Any Sunday (1971). However rather than re-hash or try to be something it's not, Why We Ride took a look at motorcycling from a historical and sociological point of view. Why We Ride follows the history from the early days as a utilitarian vehicle that was once more practical and affordable than a car, through the "outlaw" period and into the modern, hobby era. The film focuses on the stories with in each motorcycle discipline through regular folk, or so it would seem, at the end is when they reveal who the commentators are which is a nice touch. Basically Why We Ride is a slow-mo epic with pacing to match, where much emotion is projected and explored. The main downside is your heart never gets much above a resting heart rate. All and all a must see for non-riders with a curiosity and established riders that want an ego boost.
Next up On Any Sunday, The next chapter. 2014 saw a release from Dana Brown, Bruce Brown's son. Motorcyclists will recognize both names, but will more recently recognize Dana's name from the epic documentary Dust to Glory (2005) about the Baja 1000. Dana Brown does it again with his updated version of his father's movie, and that is just what it is, a modern take on his father's legacy. One would think this is just a rehash, while the structure is somewhat similar the pacing is much more like Dust to Glory. Dana explores many motorcycle racing disciplines some from his dad's film and ones that didn't even exist back in 1971 and this is where the film really stands on its own. Unlike Why We Ride which is an emotional journey through the history of motorcycling, OAS-TNC gets the blood pumping right out of the gate with the first segment (spoiler alert) Robbie Madison jumping his motorcycle off an Olympic ski jump. OAS-TNC keeps this going meandering through other forms of motorcycle racing both new and old finishing off with the wholesome and inviting Day in the Dirt event.
The conclusion is simple, two sides of the same coin. If you want an emotional, historical and artsy look at motorcycling from its humble beginnings to the present day, Why We Ride is your film. If your interest is more centered around racing and the prominent figures within each type of racing then On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter should fit the bill. In my opinion if there was a way to combine these two movies you would probably have the perfect motorcycle movie.
After On Any Sunday 1971, these are required watching for anyone even thinking about getting a motorcycle. Verdict: watch both! Each movie fulfills what the other is lacking.
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