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Jimmy John's atmosphere reminiscent of King's Drive-In
BY JJ. HARDER
For all of you culinary callow
freshmen, I’d like to take a
moment to tell you about an all
time classic restaurant in Lincoln.
It was called King’s Drive-In, a
’50s diner that told it like it was.
They served burgers and fries in
cardboard T-birds and the coldest
shakes in town.
And that was about it.
Signs on the wall read: “No
profanity except for the cook!” and
“We don’t eat in your bed, so don’t
sleep in our booths!”
It was a greasy spoon that was
straightforward, honest and good.
Unfortunately King's has shut
down in the past year, but another
eatery with the same bluntness
and in-vour-face aualitv has
Jimmy John’s doesn’t have a
jukebox and a Rock ‘n’ Roll theme,
but it has the same attitude as
First of all, the signs on the wall
remind me of King’s: “If you think
you have a reservation, you’re in
the wrong place,” and “Not good
looking, just good cooking.” My
favorite is “The customer is usual
ly right.” But there’s more to the
attitude than just funny signs.
JJ’s (not a self-serving name
mention for me) only serves sand
wiches, chips, pop, pickles and
But ‘only’ might be an under
statement, because these subs are
surely the best in town, if not the
best I’ve ever had at a chain. The
menu isn’t loaded with flashy fad
dishes to get attention. They have
15 subs and their number right on
JJ’s started in 1983 in
Charleston, 111., to, as their menu
professes, “aid students’ G.PA and
general dating ability.” It now has
128 franchises across the country,
stretching from Utah to
Jimmy John’s isn’t just a new
deli in town - it is the quintessen
tial college sub shop.
The staff at JJ’s won’t dally
around either. After I placed my
order, by the time I thought to
request the sub sans mayo, it was
already done (Coincidentally, they
put enough Hellmann’s on the
sandwich just so it’s not over
They’ll take your order quickly
and get you on your way. This
comes in handy if you’re late for
class and there’s a line of eight
people in front of you.
And a big line is not possible at
Jimmy John’s, it’s probable. Why?
Because the sandwiches do
everything that the others in town
can’t seem to do right. Subway’s
bread is so puffy it’s the whole
sandwich, vdtile JJ’s serves bread
that is smaller and a bit harder, but
just as fresh.
Blimpie’s is too skimpy on the
meat, but JJ’s piles on the protein
(see the Gargantuan sandwich).
Doozy’s lettuce seems to fall
out, but JJ’s sub stays intact.
M&N Sandwich Shop... well,
we all know there are a lot of prob- -
I’ve always been a good
Nebraskan and ordered a burger
whenever possible, but JJ’s actual
ly makes me hungry for a sub. Now
is where I would state that I will
never go to Subway again, but
ironically Subway and Jimmy
John’s share the same space at the
comer of 14th & O.
And I don’t mean they’re on
the same block; I’m saying you can
walk right from one to the other
through an open wall (and since
JJ’s only serves Coke, you can refill
on Pepsi in Subway).
So I may go to Subway again,
but only to get to JJ’s. One final
word of warning - the neon sign in
the window proclaims “Free
Smells.” If you’re not ready to eat,
don’t go in to let your nose check it
out. Between the straightforward
attitude and the great food, you’ll
be ordering right way.
Dull plot marks end of Highlander movies
BY GEORGE GREEN
jj> Hopefully, “Highlander: End
Game” will be just that, the end of
the game. The film is the fourth
edition of the boring Highlander
It begins with Connor
MacLeod (Christopher Lambert,
the star of the previous
Highlander movies) locked away
in a place called the Sanctuary.
Within this fortress, which
looks way too much like a minia
ture model, Connor attempts to
avoid the rampant killings that
have plagued his life by entering a
coma-like trance where he sleeps
continuously and is fed by
I don’t have the time or the
desire to fully explain the convo
luted fantasy scheme behind the
Highlander saga. But it basically
involves immortal men and
women (Highlanders) who try to
cut each others’ heads off in order
to increase their own power in a
big, bloody and boring battle
This movie has all of the attrib
utes of a bad action film: an overly
complicated plot, bad acting and
pitiful action sequences. Not to
mention that the film looks as if it
cost about $10 to make.
From the beginning to the
not-so-fantastic end, the film
takes avariety of confusing and
annoying twists. The film’s sci-fi
genre does nothing to relieve the
Poorly edited and created
flashback sequences further the
viewer’s confusion. These
sequences whisk viewers back
and forth between present
day New York City and past
events in Connor’s life and
the life of his relative,
Duncan MacLeod (Adrian
Paul, the star of the
Instead of introduc
ing characters and elab
orating on their lives,
these sequences con
fuse viewers to the point
of frustration. Quasi
religious symbols arrd
absurd supporting char
acters randomly pop up
during the scenes and
distract instead of
sequences also display
the movie’s poor costumes
and landscapes. The backdrops
and costumes were so bad that I
laughed out loud at them a couple
times. (I also laughed at the quali
ty of acting and myself for paying
to go to this poor excuse for a
Suddenly, after some random,
bloody killings, Jacob Kell (Bruce
Payne) releases Connor from the
Evidently, (It took me a while
to piece this together.) Kell has a
grudge with Connor because he
killed his surrogate father who
happened to be a priest (how
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ders the people whom Connor
loves and simultaneously tries to
acquire more power by killing
Paul and Lambert deliver lines
in the movie’s bland drama
scenes, which could easily get
actors a nomination for the worst
Payne is not as terrible as
Lambert and Paul but is definitely
not worth writing home about.
However, the pathetic acting
would be forgivable if the action
scenes were good. The only reason
people go to see these types of
movies is to view some blood and
Tragically, for all of us who
paid to see this garbage, the action
The martial-arts moves were
reminiscent of Ninja Unties days,
and the blood looked like ketchup
straight from the McDonald’s
And i really hated how all the
villains had retro 80s haircuts and
piercings. How can a guy take a vil
lain seriously if he or she looks like
One last message: Don’t go see
this movie! And if you really want
to see it, a cheaper and equally
entertaining alternative would be
to watch a cow sleep.
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Band's new label helps •
increase album sales
(1997’s) ‘Barrel Chested,’ which
was a loud album,” Best said.
“We got so sick of playing in front
of those loud amps every night
that we felt we needed a break.”
The mix of acousUc and elec
tric on "Everything You Thought
...” shows Slobberbone’s versa
tility and showcases Best’s song
The songs on the album will
hook the listener with simple
rock riffs, but don’t let that sim
plicity fool you.
Best’s literary, articulate
lyrics often take several listens to
decipher, but the payoff is worth
the extra effort.
“Everything You Thought...”
is Slobberbone’s first CD on its
new label, New West Records -
which bought the band’s old
label, Doolittle Records. .
Slobberbone about a year after
the band released its first album,
“Crow Pot Pie.”
album, “Barrel Chested,” helped
Doolittle land a distributing deal
•with Mercury Records.
Despite the rapid growth of
Doolittle, Best said New West
feels more like a real record label.
"Doolittle did a lot real fast,
but it always seemed a bit unor
ganized,” Best said. “I think it was
just a case of growing too fast.”
Best said he would go into a
record store wondering if the
store would even stock the
“Doolittle always has great
distribution deals,” Best said,
"Doolittle did a lot real
fast, but it always
seemed a bit
unorganized. I think it
was just a case of
growing too *ast ’
"but we never knew who was
doing the distributing. With New
West, I can always find the album
on the shelves.”
Best said an even better feel
ing is to see that the record is sold
“Yeah, it's cool to just see the
card and know people have been
buying the albums,” Best said.
He said the band’s hard work
on the road is starting to pay off.
He hopes Slobberbone’s fourth
trip to Lincoln is the magical one.
Despite sparse crowds on
past trips, Best said the band still
enjoys playing at Duffy’s.
“Andy (Fairbairn) has been
great to us,” Best said. Fairbairn
books bands at Duffy’s.
Fairbairn hopes local band
13 County, who will open the
show, will help draw some extra
fans to Duffy’s tonight.
Everything you thought was
right about music today can be
heard in Slobberbone, and even
if the crowd is smaller than Best
would like, Slobberbone will still
You can call him frank:
Record not for virgin ears
BY JAMES DUNN
joe Rogan began his career
in the world of martial arts. The
New Jersey native was a four
time Massachusetts state
Champion for Tae Kwon Do. In
1987 he became the U.S. open
lightweight champion in all
A bunch of his buddies at the
gym where he trained noticed
that not only was he a top-notch
kickboxer, but he was also funny
as hell. At the urging of his pals
Joe signed up for an open slot at
an open-mic night in a Boston
From there his love for stand
up stuck, and he began per
forming frequently in the
His interests turned to act
ing, and he secured a spot on
the NBC series News Radio
which featured ex-Kids in the
Hall legend Dave Foley.
Rogan played the dumb
electrician Joe whom he
described as a duinbed-down
version of himself.
Enough of the history. Let’s
talk about Joe Rogan’s first full
length stand up comedy record
ing “I’m Gonna Be Dead
In the classic tradition of
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and
Carrot Top (just kidding), Rogan
gets his points across by cutting
away the lard that surrounds
most people's thoughts. He says
whatever he wants whenever he
wants about whomever he
wants. That’s why this record
However, at times he may
seem a bit small-minded and
vulgar for the sake’ of being vul
gar. His flow on the mic and tim
ing (although not even close to
the great Bea Arthur) are what
make him funny.
This record is truly not for
I’m sure a lot of people won’t
get past the first track, which is a
short sketch about two men
working out. I really can’t get
into it right now, but it's pretty
dirty (tee hee).
Buy this alburp, and put it on
instead of watching the TV. If it’s
too offensive for you, give it to
one of your friends who’s not
such a wimp.
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