EIGHINGER: Best things about lunch are food and food for thought

Posted: Jul. 29, 2014 5:15 pm Updated: Oct. 21, 2014 9:15 pm

One of my favorite points of any day is lunch. It's a time to recharge your personal battery through a combination of both food and food for thought.

I love a good conversation over the traditional mid-day burger and fries, be it about sports, TV, movies or the latest smartphone technology that I, of course, really have no clue about.

Four times a year -- once per season -- I offer a list of people I would love to break bread with, individuals I know would be excellent conversation partners. Here's my summer list of those I would love to supersize a sandwich with -- and why:

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer: For years, I have wanted to tell him he's a dead ringer for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia. Put a red cap with an "A" on the sheriff, and it would be impossible to hell the two apart. Lunch at: Burger King. It's close to Brent's office, and Burger King has the most underrated fries among the fast-food giants.

Norman Reedus, "Daryl" on "The Walking Dead": I would gladly pick up the check if he would just give me a few clues about to what expect when TV's No. 1 show returns in mid-October: Lunch at: Golden Corral in Hannibal, Mo. "Daryl" seems like a meat-and-potatoes type of guy.

Eric Orne, Quincy Notre Dame coach and assistant athletic director: Eric has a lot more free time these days since resigning as QND girls basketball coach. He can tell how it feels to now be a man of leisure. Lunch at: Fuji Steak House, where it would be a long lunch since Eric now has all the time in the world.

LeBron James, NBA superstar: The best basketball player in the world can explain his decision to go back "home" and play with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And I will tell him how refreshing it was to see him do that, not jump to a major media market like New York, Los Angeles or even Chicago. Lunch at: Daylight Donuts. LeBron and I can scarf down a few Deters chili dogs and then top them off with either some pastries or frozen custard. And then we'll go over to Pepsi Arena on the campus of Quincy University and play some hoops. I've got a mean crossover dribble I want to try out on him.

Pat Dunker, local contractor: I'll get him to tell me what his hair-styling secrets are. Pat is well-known for his hair "product." Lunch at: First Wok. I'll introduce Pat to the beauty of Szechuan shrimp.

Chris Duerr, local sportscaster: Chris is my favorite local NBA fan, but I still need to convince him of the greatness of Kyrie Irving. Lunch at: Kelly's. This is guaranteed to be a long lunch. Chris is going to need a lot of convincing, and we're both going to need a lot of that great salad bar.

Keri Russell, actress: She's one of the stars of the new movie, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and a favorite of mine from her work on "The Americans" TV show. I need to ask her about the film's special effects. I need to know how apes can ride horses and shoot guns. Lunch at: TCBY. Hey, nothing like a banana split for lunch every once in awhile. Or a mocha almond cone.

Ron Howard, movie director: He once starred as Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days." Now he's arguably the finest movie director in the world. He's also arguably the luckiest man in the world. He and his wife put their Westchester County (N.Y.) mansion on the market for $27.5 million. Normally, that kind of property takes years to unload, especially in today's economy. The Howards' house solid in two weeks -- at full price. Next time Ron buys a lottery ticket, I want to be next to him. Lunch at: Tiramisu, and he can buy. Then we're going to the nearest gas station that sells lottery tickets.


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