This past week has been very interesting. Starting on Thursday night Spiral Diner was visited by a couple of Indie Rock Stars. Conner Oberst (of Bright Eyes) and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) came in with a crew of folks to have some dinner. I was actually sitting directly next to them and had no idea until Sarah (DJ of the Local Treasure show on KTCU ) came and informed Amy, David, and I of their presence. Anyway, apparently several of our employees are big fans of Conner so it was an exciting evening for them. But it didn't stop there. The next night, one of our employees who is a huge fan of Bright Eyes made and executed what he called a "master plan" to meet Conner. Basically he took some food and put it in a delivery bag and drove it to the concert. He actually got right in, got a hug from Conner and was able to tell him how much of an inspiration he is. Good for him. At first Conner mistook him for a general fan. But when Justin said "I have a delivery from Spiral Diner" Conner did an about face and with a full smile on his face came back to collect. That's right he loves the Spiral Diner. Then later that night the band placed a huge order for delivery so another one of our employees that's a huge fan got to deliver that with Curtis along for the ride. When the got there with the food they were greeted with open arms and rushed past all the shoegazers standing near the bus hoping to get a glimpse of their hero. Now those of you who know Curtis know that his presence is a social lubricant. So of course they got to go hang out on the tour bus and have a long conversation. Which at some point got around to Curtis telling his tall tales of Papa Curtis. Apparently the guys from My Morning Jacket want to make a movie about it now. Of course being the good friend the Curtis is he suggested Fort Worth's own Best Local Filmmaker to do the job.

On Sunday Amy, Curtis, David, and myself got to attend an amazing show thanks to one of Amy's best friends and former roommate in L.A., Daphne Chen. She's in the band The Section Quartet which was opening for Sam Phillips. Now, I've never seen hide nor hair of this wonderful artist before. I was absolutely blown away by her performance and I'm very excited about owning every single one of her albums (except the earlier ones when she was a Christian Rocker. Thank goodness T-Bone came around and got her out of that mess.) Daphne's band was amazing as well and if for some strange reason anyone in New York is reading this please go check out their show on Oct. 22 at the Mercury Lounge when they will play Radiohead's OK Computer in it's entirety.

Spiral got a review in the Star-Telegram on Friday. It was generally a good review. I mean they gave the food high marks. But, seriously how many times can you call us quirky. Blossom was quirky, we're just different or weird or interesting or something but we are not fucking quirky. On top of that her overt food snobbishness came tumbling out in statements complaining about how she had to get her own silverware, stating that we have extreme piercings and exposed body hair, and apparently we weren't excited enough to see her because she complained about our greeting style. I mean, we're here to make food for people as equals not servants. I am happy to say that she ended her article with this wonderful statement, "Better quirky than corporate." And that sentiment, no matter how frustrating the title quirky is, makes this review a good review overall. At least she recognizes what we're going for. I guess it'll take a while for Fort Worthians to get used to the laid back style we have at Spiral. We treat our customers like house guest not masters. If you wanna be pampered and have your ass kissed go to some corporate crap place but if you wanna have dinner with some cool folks who actually care about you as a person, not just the money your spending then come to Spiral.


Anonymous | 1:10 AM

I declare war on the word quirky. I hate it. In trying to come up with a suitable definition for its fallacy in my 'I Heart Huckabees,' I came up with: the term used by unimaginative people to explain things they don't understand.


Anonymous | 7:46 PM

That should say my REVIEW of 'I Heart Huckabees.'

Just gettin' my perfectionist on.