Murphy’s Top-10 "Combat" Laws Of The …


Locker Room: If there are two or more people in a locker room, their lockers shall be in close proximity to or immediately next to one another’s.

Supermarket Checkout: Whichever checkout lane you choose, there shall be a cashier change, price check, or check writer in front of you and all other lanes shall move more quickly than the one you chose.

Airplane: The crying/unruly child, most obese or largest person, and/or biggest asshole (the guy who keeps his phone on during takeoff, the undercover vaper, etc.) shall be seated next to you.

Traffic Jam: The lane with the fastest moving traffic shall slow to a crawl as soon as you move to that lane with the cars in the lane you were in whizzing past you.

Clothing: When putting on a shirt, pair of pants, sock or hat in the dark or when tired, it shall go on backwards, causing you to take it off, turn it around and put it on correctly.

Dryer: If there are at least two socks in a clothes dryer, one sock shall go missing, never to be seen again.

Golf: When hitting a shot, the ball shall hit a tree (even though we all know they are “90% air”) or come to rest immediately next to or behind said tree.

Phone Calls: Even though you rarely receive a phone call, someone shall call you as soon as you need to do something important (going into a job interview) or are otherwise in a rush (late for an appointment).

Car: Your car shall run out of gas, fail to start, or die at the most inopportune time or in the most remote place possible. The battery on your phone shall also be almost if not completely dead or there shall be little if any signal available at your location.

Price Check: Whether you have two or 50 items in the store checkout lane, at least one item shall scan with the wrong price, causing you to decide whether or not to hold-up the line for a price check or eat the price difference (which is ALWAYS more than the price listed on the shelf).

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Lawrence, Kansas: Overrated, Overpriced, and Underwhelming, A Bakery That Sells Burnt Bread?


1900 Barker Bakery And Cafe
1900 Barker Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: (785) 424-7609
Website: 1900barker.com
Prices: $$$$

Only bread, pastries, maybe some quiche, and coffees/teas available here, no real food, so think “European” style cafe, not the American variety where you can find a sandwich, soup, or more on the menu.
I thought the other popular bakeries in town were expensive – if you live in Lawrence, you know which two I am thinking about – until I stopped by 1900 Barker this morning.
I had heard they were a bit pricey, but that is an understatement! I paid $9 ($8.50+tax) for a loaf of (burnt) apple and raisin wheat bread, the most I have spent in my life in any of the 41 countries I have visited, including Switzerland, for a loaf of bread. Seems rather excessive to me.

It also seems as if everyone is giving 1900 Barker 5/5 Stars, jumping on the bandwagon for a new business off the beaten path. I think 5 Stars (Yelp, TripAdvisor, Zomato, TABELog) are given out willy-nilly by far too many reviewers, but my ratings are based on “value”, hence the name of this blog: “TravelValue”, what you get in terms of quality, service and price. So based on their absurd prices alone, I cannot give them more than 4 Bombs (2 Stars), especially when I take into account that the bread was burnt, even more so on the bottom than the top.

I hope they succeed, I really do. I hate for any business to fail (with a couple of exceptions in Lawrence, but that’s another review or two), particularly when they have large sums invested in a venture (the place used to be a run down laundromat). However, after the novelty wears off, people will require more value for their dollar. So, unless they bring their prices back down to Earth and stop burning the bread, I unfortunately do not see this venture being a long-term success.


CombatCritic Gives 1900 Barker Bakery And Cafe 4 Bombs Out Of 10 … More Bombs Are Better!

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Title: Overrated, Overpriced, and Underwhelming: This Bakery Sells Burnt Bread

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Translation for Civilians: BOHICA = “Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!”