I drove to Glendale, California today. I had to drive 120 miles to deposit money in my bank. Yeah, the closest branch is 120 miles away. One of the drawbacks of living in the middle of nowhere.

When I first parked I had put $1 in the meter and went to put the receipt on my dash when I realized that it wasn’t necessary. As I walked past the parking pay station a guy asked if I had paid with
quarters, I had. He handed them back to me and said the machine had spit them at him when he paid. So, free parking, yay!

I came to the conclusion that HSBC Bank sucks. First there are no local branches to where I live. Second, I drove 120 and had to pee. But could not because HSBC denied my request to use the bathroom. After I gave them all my cash!

So with very little cash in my pocket and doing the peepee dance I resolved to try the restaurant in front of where I had parked my car. I was greeted at the door by the host and I quickly explained my predicament. He directed my to the restroom.

When I was finished, even though I was broke, I thought I’d better at least buy a Pepsi or something and not be rude. I ordered and sat at the bar. While drinking I was watching the waiters walk around the what looked like lamb or beef on a spit slicing it onto plates at diner’s tables. I was hungry but broke. It looked awesome.

When I had finished I went to pay for the drink and was informed by the host that it was “on the house”. I thanked him, but left a tip. If you’re Glendale, California and looking for a place to have lunch, I highly recommend Carousel Restaurant on Brand Blvd. Nice people, yummy looking food. All in all, not a bad day.

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