Tales from the Critic: I Scream You Scream We All Scream for Taco Salad

I have had it with these mother trucking nightmares in my mother trucking head. They keep me up at night and make it almost impossible to fall back to sleep – especially after I check my e-mail at 1 a.m. and see that my guest for today’s show has to cancel her appearance due to a flight schedule change.

Nonetheless, after tossing and turning and constantly thinking about how I was going to compensate for the setback, I worked out while watching the finale of the season of “The Amazing Race” that featured a few blind-dating couples. I find it so strange that the overwhelming emotion exhibited by the first team when they cross the finish line affects me so greatly. I have no connection to these people except for having watched them race around the world for 12 episodes yet I cannot help but cry tears of happiness for them – even if one of the winners resembles a friend and former unrequited crush of mine.

Anyway, once I was able to compose myself, I got ready by bathing, eating and getting dressed. I wore a green shirt in honor of both Earth Day and the recently deceased loved one of someone for whom I care very deeply. After picking up donations to the food ministry for which I volunteer, I departed for the KPHX-AM studio, where I co-hosted Breakthrough Entertainment’s Earth Day Special with Dave Isaac…


The audio is available in the archive for your listening pleasure if you missed the live broadcast but let’s just say there was an awful lot of talk of sex on today’s show. We learned that our board engineer Eric Reinert is as hairless as an Olympic swimmer and that Dave has seen some attractive drunkards during his days here on Earth. Afterward, I picked up a baked potato I had gotten free for my mom’s birthday as part of a promotion at Jason’s Deli…


I took the baked potato to go and will enjoy it later this week but one of my favorite parts of going to Jason’s Deli is partaking in the restaurant’s complimentary soft-serve ice cream…


That was only my first of two treats today, though. I drove to Desert Ridge Marketplace and dropped into Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks…


There, I redeemed a coupon for a free slice of Kona Pie that I enjoyed with my mom in honor of her April 1 birthday…


I also stopped briefly at Ulta Beauty, where my mom redeemed another birthday coupon – this one for LancĂ´me Monsieur Big Mascara…


I had one final stop to make before traveling back home – El Pollo Loco, where I redeemed (you guessed it) yet another one of my mom’s birthday coupons for a free meal, which I took to-go…


After a short stop at home, I delivered the food ministry donations to organizer Karen and visited with her for a few minutes before returning home to finally enjoy the taco salad – slathered with salsa, dressing and cilantro – that I had gotten at El Pollo Loco…


I finished my day by watching the season finale of “24: Legacy” and the most recent episode of “Prison Break” before heading off to bed.

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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