Now that we're two weeks into November, it's hard not to start thinking about the holidays and bringing together families, friends ... you know, all that warm-and-fuzzy stuff.
And what better way to meet and greet than over a nice, cozy lunch? Yep, it's that time again. It's the third of our four annual Let's-Go-to-Lunch dates with the greats and near-greats of our world. We'll let you decide which of those categories each of the following falls under in our autumnal gathering of appetites:
º Dennis Oliver, Y101 radio personality: Since the two of us are in the same age bracket, Dennis and I always like to talk about music from the late 1960s and early 1970s -- the best era of pop music ever. I would like to hear his pick for the most underrated song of that period. One of my votes would definitely go to "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," by Honey Cone. Lunch at: the Coach House. It's close to where he works, and at his age I don't want him to have to travel too far.
º Daniel Craig, aka James Bond: The first thing I will tell him is that by the time he's done with his contract to portray secret agent James Bond, he will be viewed as the best 007 ever. If you have not seen "Skyfall" yet, please do so. And if you are a longtime Bond movie fan, take some tissues for the ending. Lunch at: Long John Silver's. I hear Englishmen are partial to fish and chips.
º Mark Spiegelhoff, CEO of the Quincy Family YMCA: Mark and his wife, Sue, are also big Bond fans. I'm sure we can fill an hour with no problem on the subject of whether Daniel Craig is a better Bond than Sean Connery. Lunch at: Subway at Wal-Mart. I always seem to run into Mark at Wal-Mart, so we might as well eat there.
º Diane Sawyer, ABC News: Stories after last week's election indicated Diane might have been a bit tipsy during ABC's coverage. Uneven behavior, slurred speech, etc., made her a YouTube sensation the morning after election night. I'll need to know what the deal was -- too much spirits, or too much caffeine? Lunch at: Riverside Smokehouse. We'll have the rib or brisket lunch special, and I'll make sure Diane has iced tea to drink, thank you.
º Bill Adam, retired Quincyan: Bill and I have two things in common -- we like baseball and are technologically challenged when it comes to anything involving computers. It's a good bet we'll talk more about the Cardinals rotation than we will the new Windows 8 operating system. Lunch at: El Rancherito. We'll have cheese quesadillas.
º Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan in the "Twilight" movies: The final chapter of the "Twilight" series opens in theaters Friday. Yes, I'll be there. I love the vampire-werewolf love story thing and can't wait to see how it all ends. My favorite character in this supernatural soap opera is Bella Swan, portrayed by Stewart, so obviously I want to know whether vampires and werewolves can really co-exist. Lunch at: The Red Cross. (We would probably have to be near a blood bank. She's a vampire, remember.)
º Kathy Brink, Big Brothers Big Sisters: Kathy's also a singer on the side, so she could sing a medley of Rod Stewart songs while I worked on my sandwich and fries. Lunch at: Arby's. That (relatively) new roast turkey club sandwich is dynamite.
º Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones: The group's 50th anniversary tour kicks off its U.S. leg soon, and I just read a show has been added in Brooklyn on Dec. 8. That's my birthday, so I'll buy Mick's lunch if he can hook me up with a couple of tickets. Lunch at: Firehouse Pizza. I think Mick will like those new mini-breadsticks.
º Vicky Egbert, Quincy Park District: What many people don't realize is that Vicky is a tremendous cook who makes the best breakfast burritos in town. Lunch at: As a thank-you for all the treats she provided me when I covered the park district, I'll take her to the nearby Hardee's at 12th and Jefferson for one of those "Little Thickburger" combos, one of the most underrated sandwiches in the world of fast food.
º Kate and Pippa Middleton, wife of Prince William and her sister: Kate can tell me what it's like to be English royalty, and I can tell her how I envision it to be akin to winning "American Idol." I'm not sure exactly what her sister does except be famous, but I've always wanted to ask her about the story behind her name. Lunch at: Taco Bell, where we will have Supreme Steak Chalupas (hold the sauce). I want to show Kate and Pippa my cultured side with this international-style meal.