Feb 102011
 

If you write a blog, and nobody reads it, is it still a blog? Or is it just a bunch of words, hanging with the other billions of words, out there in the Internet ether? I guess I’m about to find out.

My name is Julie Pandl, and this is my very first blog. If you’re here, and you’re still reading, I thank you. If you have already thrown in the towel…have a nice day.

They tell me it’s important to have a blog. I’m not sure about that. I guess it depends on how you define “important.” I believe in the sharing of words and ideas, but I’ll be honest, on most days I prefer it when the exchange happens in person, at a bar, over a couple of beers. But alas, here I am, and here you are, so let’s get started.

Since I am a born and bred Wisconsinite, and a proud cheesehead-wearing Packer fan, I must first tip my hat to our beloved, World Champion, Green Bay Packers. The Thrill of Victory Thaws the Agony of Wisconsin Winter!

Aside from being a Packer fan, here are a few important things (in the interest of being up front) I would like to share with you, whoever you are.

  • Just in case you have stumbled into this blog by accident, I’m here because I have written a book called Memoir of the Sunday Brunch (available for sale on Amazon).
  • I am forty-years-old, but don’t be fooled, I have an inner sixth-grader that is alive and kickin’. You may see her in future blogs.
  • The book I am reading right now is called Truck—A Love Story, written by a fellow Wisconsinite named Michael Perry. Though I have never met Michael, and I believe he is married, I have a huge crush on him and I would like to be his BFF.
  • I am the baby of nine, which is probably why my inner sixth-grader remains healthy and happy.
  • I am Austrian, Irish and German. (Insert stereotype here and you’re likely to be dead on). Tends to avoid confrontation, yes. Likes to drink beer a tad more than she should, yep. Naughty, definitely. Stubborn, right again.
  • I don’t plan on offering any religious commentary, but I am a practicing Catholic.
  • I grew up in the restaurant business, so I know how to cook, though; I’m not a fan of recipes with more than five ingredients. (One exception: Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volumes one and two).
  • My vacuum cleaner has been in the middle of my living room floor for a week. There are almost always dirty dishes in my sink. My favorite television show is Deadliest Catch (rest in peace, Captain Phil). I am addicted to peanut M&M’s, and my favorite smells are Old Spice, grass clippings in April, and bacon frying on Sunday mornings.

Looking forward to sharing with you again.

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  5 Responses to “Let Me Introduce Myself”

  1. Ok, I know I am the author’s brother in law, but I have read the advance pages, and this is a great book. Anyone who grew up in a big family or worked in a chaotic restaurant kitchen or dealt with the death of a close family member – ok, everyone – will love this book. If not, I will personally refund your money!!!

    Bill Griffith

  2. I, like Bill’s comment above, loved the book. While I am not going to financially stand behind it as dear Bill will (Julie, I am sure you understand the kids do need to go to college)..you will love the book…. I am not from a big family and my only “real” restaurant experience lies in the booth at my local Culver’s, but that didn’t stop me from loving this book. I can say I enjoyed every word.

    Debbie Ponath

  3. I have not been part of the “lifer” crowd that surrounds Julie and got to know Julie as Pandl’s restaurant was in its twilight. However, I have been engrossed in the stories before the actual inception of the book. Nobody spins yarn like Julie Pandl (does “yarn” mean it’s lies in the realm of the untrue?) No one person can watch a single tv frame of a hand on a potato chip and laugh hysterically for 7 hours straight! What I am trying to convey is the depth of humor & meaning this book holds (I too, was honored to read advanced pages!) Julie, I will be so pleased to support this book! Get the sandwich board ready! Capital & Oakland, here I come!

  4. Hey Julie,

    I am your brother Jimmy’s age – my sister and law Susie sent this to me. Never really made a brunch at Pandl’s but regularly heard about them from Tom and Jean – you young punks were having too much fun. Congrats on the book – a great achievement. And say hello to Jimmy – been to Egans downtown a few times over the last few years and he is never there. All the best.

  5. Having worked within the Pandl’s organization for more than 15 years I am biased in suggesting this book as a must read but it is a must read. Julie excels at the written word and her humor at herself and her beloved family is spot on for anyone that knows them.
    Job well done Julie.

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