29 August 2008
They have been going off over there...and so has my stomach. I am getting hungrier by the click.
Check out this pic from one today's many articles.
Click HERE to read the full article on A Hamburger Today:
And the source photo comes from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccaviness/2625223578/
27 August 2008
So...what's my point? An entire strip of 14th Avenue a block away recently started getting repaved. Some of us locals got excited to learn not only was the city going the extra mile to make this street a lot nicer, they were obviously going to have to re-line the street as well. For the past years (at least the one and a half that I've lived here) many locals pulled in straight since it was more or less a free for all. That allowed for at least 80 spots up and down the street. I guess it may have been a bit dangerous when backing up onto the road. Sure enough, the city lined all of the spaces available to be parallel parking just the other day. My pics to the left were taken mid-project so you can only see some lines.
Well, the street and parking spaces do look nicer, they provide for better safety, and obviously prevent door dings. But we only ended up with about 40 spots. It would have been a lot nicer if they took a look around to see how many cars there are and gave us the 80 we need now or are going to need since the neighborhood is continuously getting younger. But I guess I can't complain all that much since there is free public parking and it's now clearly lined.
Let's first start with the menu. We sat at the bar and it took us a while to get menu's but when we did they were overwhelming. See the pic embedded. Can I assume this is why it's called "Big" Pink? ...Ginormous.I took some time to even order beverages, even though we sat right at the bar. To their credit, they were busy. We finally ordered and asked for everything all at once, beers, and entrees. Some time later we got our food: steak quesadilla's, meatball hero, and soup & salad.
My meatball sub was the only item near normal. The steak quesadilla's were pretty much overcooked and had nothing on them but steak and cheese. Where's the guac? Shockingly the salad was warm. 2nd time this month for us at a different place. Strange. Why is a salad left under a heat lamp? Is there some new process in the food service industry?
Our bartender/waiter was nice enough to get the soup/salad taken off the bill, but the only thing we really walked away happy with was a book of matches. (slick logo)
I'm not sure who this person is, but their wallpaper images are pretty cool. Nearly something for everyone. I haven't taken the time to read through his posts and have no idea if they are creating the graphics or just finding them all and posting them in a central location.
Anyway, good site to pass on.
Click HERE to check it out.
22 August 2008
I enjoy many of the forwarded email I receive from friends and co-workers. But they should really be cleaned up before being sent, i.e. strip them down of all of the garbage text and friends of friends email addresses and more important, send links instead of attachments.
Continuing to send large attachments is what clogs up email inboxes and the related mail servers, they make your inbox run slower and IT/Communication departments at work can isolate many of the offenders by mail file size.
Here are some tips...
- Strip out all of the forwarded text, email addresses, etc...from the body of the email.
- Then find the video on the internet, post the link in your new message.
- And finally, remove the attachment altogether.
I received a forward email today with this video named Capoeira Fighter.wmv attached. You can Google the title: Capoeira Fighter and if the video doesn't come up, add additional identifying words, such as "show off". I immediately found it on youtube.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2VwnBU1-iU
Check out my example below.
This video is hilarious. Watch this guy show off and then get knocked out.
Tell your friends who are offenders of this simple practice as well. After all this is the type of work behavior that ends up causing extra rules on everyone. Like attachment size limit, etc...
21 August 2008
Click HERE to read this great article I found on del.icio.us recently. The author, Abhijeet Mukherjee, goes on to list 21 other great articles on what to do and not to do when authoring your blog articles.
It's like a Cliff Notes for perfecting your blog.
It's lightweight aluminum frame makes you feel like you are riding on air. You really can't find a lighter bike in it's class. Part of the reason is Electra keeps the bike so simple by only using a coaster brake and not adding any others bells and whistles. Not to worry though, they use top end parts and spare little expense.
The cranks are where it's really at. Solid custom 3-piece cranks make this bike a real speed demon. For those of you who know little about bicycle components, this is one of the main things you should be shopping for. And also one of the main reasons prices fluctuate between different rides. Always, always, go with 3-piece. There is no reason to go with 1 piece unless you are purchasing a tricycle. This is one of the best examples. Most folks think a beach cruiser is a beach cruiser is a beach cruiser. That's not the case. It's all about weight, cranks, and style.
This cruiser comes in all black, has full size 26 x 2.125 tires and sturdy rims. Trust me, I have put my baby down a few times and she's still true all over. If you weren't looking for a bike, you should be now.
The one thing the event taught me is how popular Taylor and Rascal Flatts songs are. Nearly all of them were recognizable from local radio. The stage effects were great. The intermission entertainment of this dancing, singing, performing robot was really cool.
I definitely wish that country artists played at venues farther south towards or in Miami. We have to always go to West Palm Beach to see country music live. Will someone please tell me why there are no country concerts in Miami?
I live in a Condo building in South Florida with 56 units, and 1 parking space assigned to each. We have 7 visitor parking spaces, but the parking is starting to become more and more of a problem. This is because more than 7 of the apartments have 2 or more vehicles. And the bigger issue is that some of these individuals don't move their car from the guest parking so they never lose their spot. So basically we don't have visitor parking anymore. And this is quite ridiculous for everyone, even the offenders, since their friends can't park here either. Originally the building was built for 55 and over and typically each unit had 1 car or less, so it's only recently a big deal. I am trying to come up with the best plan but don't expect too much cooperation from some folks.
I am posting my draft of rules below. Please add some comments to help me out. I have also substituted other words/names for real names.
This parking program is to protect the the unit owner’s rights to their own parking spaces and to provide each resident with the best possible accommodations for their friends and family while visiting our building. Please recognize that when each condominium unit is purchased, only one parking space is granted in the sale.
1 Each condominium unit has one, and only one assigned parking space provided by the association simply due to how much land is available. Please see the drawing below for which spaces legally belong to which units.
2 All vehicles of unit owners, renters, and any other non-temporary residents must be registered with the condo association. A resident decal will be provided for each vehicle at no charge and must be displayed in the lower driver’s side front window. Registering each resident’s vehicle is the responsibility of the condominium owner and should be updated with the association as necessary (i.e. new vehicle, new resident, etc.). Each owner will be required to sign a memo regarding the Resident Parking Rules in order to obtain each decal and will then be held accountable.
3 Only registered vehicles with decals will be permitted to park in the assigned spaces for each unit. Unit owners can also choose to permit other residents to park in their assigned space only if written permission is provided to the association in advance. This letter of written permission will be kept on file with the association and must contain:
a. the assigned space being shared,
b. all named individuals allowed to park in the noted space,
c. all approved vehicles (Make/Model/License/…),
d. an effective date,
e. and an end date.
Each of these vehicles will also be required to be registered under the above guidelines.
4 Resident Parking decals can be obtained from Board Members during specified Office Hours by appointment only.
5 Our building requests that all residents and visitors to drive with a speed limit of 15mph while on property for the safety of children and others.
1 There are Guest Parking spaces reserved for building visitors only. Guest parking is not to be used as additional parking for units or residents that have multiple vehicles.
2 Each unit will be provided 2 guest parking permits at no charge that can be obtained from the association. Each owner will be required to sign the Guest Parking Rules in order to obtain each guest parking permit and held accountable for the rules. Visitors must hang this Guest parking permit facing forward on their rear view mirror. Lost or stolen guest parking permits will be recorded and additional permits will be provided at no charge. When permits that are used after being recorded with the association as lost or stolen will be treated as no permit at all and vehicles using these permits will be towed at the owner’s expense.
3 Vehicles that have a valid resident decal are NOT allowed to park in the Guest Parking spaces. A registered resident’s vehicle parking in a guest spot is a violation of these rules and is subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.
4 Visitors that are displaying the proper Guest parking permit are also allowed to park in their hosting resident’s permanent space. (Remember, no resident vehicles can park in the Guest spaces).
5 Visitors parking in the guest spaces regularly will have to comply with the Resident Parking Rules. This will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
6 All guest parking spaces will be identified with signage stating something to the matter of ‘These Guest Spaces are for visitors of our building only with proper guest parking permit. Violators will be towed.’
7 Guest Parking permits can be obtained from Board Members during specified Office Hours by appointment only.
1 All Vehicles without decal parking permits or Guest parking permits will be towed at owner's expense without notice.
2 Parking in front of the entrance way (awning near elevator area) will only be tolerated for a few minutes and is only acceptable for dropping packages and items off, unloading, or to be used during undesirable weather. Vehicles parked in this area are also subject to be towed at the owner’s expense without notice.
3 Washing of vehicles must be completed in the designated ‘car wash’ space. Parking is permitted in this location when following the above Guest Parking rules from 6PM to 7AM. This is not a parking space during the hours of 7AM to 6PM. Any vehicles found parking here during ‘car washing’ hours are subject to be towed at the owner’s expense without notice.
4 Alternative Parking: Our building has 56 units, 56 corresponding resident parking spaces, 1 car washing space, and 7 guest parking spaces. When parking secondary resident vehicles or for additional guest parking, the closest alternative parking option is one block away on 13th Avenue. The city offers many public parking spaces all up and down 13th Avenue just east of our building. The spaces are clearly lined indicating where to park and where not to park.
5 All Vehicles must be parked with the front facing in towards the parking block in resident or guest parking spaces so that license plates are easily viewable.
6 Please also note that any motorized vehicles (motorcycles, scooters, …) powered by a fuel source (gas, oil, ethanol, …) are not allowed to be parked in any of the building’s stair wells or within any of the actual condominium units. Violation of this rule will be considered a fire safety hazard. Fines will be imposed upon the vehicle owners or respective unit owners by the association and local officials will be brought into the matter if necessary.
7 Non-operational vehicles must be removed from our property. Vehicles found to be inoperable can be towed at the owner’s expense without notice.
8 Vehicles should not exceed 23' 6".
9 Boats, boat trailers, recreational vehicles, campers or similar cannot be left or stored on our property at all.
10 Parking anywhere near the building not on our property (not in a lined spot) is outside of ourcontrol and rules are not defined here. The city and nearby neighbors will be encouraged to ticket and tow vehicles when obstructing vehicles in nearby spaces, stop signs, through fares, or sidewalks and when otherwise not compliant with local law.
The Georgia Bulldogs may be the pre-season NCAA football favorites in a lot of polls, but there is only one way to go when you're ranked #1. And that's down. Mark my words... Georgia won't even win the SEC East this year.
19 August 2008
For Thursday, I'm happy to see Vandy start off the SEC season on the road at Miami of Ohio. Then from the left coast we have Oregon State at Stanford.
Friday night has some action but nothing to stay home for. (Temple at ARMY).
Saturday we really get to see some teams strut their stuff. USC at Virginia, Washington at Oregon, and Illinois at Missouri all look to be great games. FAU at Texas could be interesting, but we'll see how that goes. Alabama at Clemson is where I am setting my hopes for the day though. Let's see how Saban has settled the Tide in. And let's not forget that the Gators are playing host to Hawaii.
Then we've got the interstate matchup in Kentucky on Sunday with the Wildcats going to Louisville.
And finally, Monday night brings us another healthy dosage: Fresno State at Rutgers and Tennessee at UCLA.
You gotta love it. If it weren't for the BCS and the PAC10 ruining the potential playoff, this sport would be perfect.
18 August 2008
I convinced our building to get some new bins and post some signage in our laundry rooms to see if we could do a better job. The bins I ordered were a great deal and the signs turned out pretty slick after I got them laminated.
The only thing is that the residents aren't picking everything very quick. It's either that I spelled everything out too much and made things too complicated, they can't read, or just don't care. For years they have put all recyclables into the old bins only to be thrown into our building dumpster each morning by our maintenance man. The worst thing is that many of the residents actually thought they were recycling.
I thought about putting together additional flyer's to give to everyone explaining the new program, but didn't want to waste all of the paper (defeating the purpose of the whole thing).
If everyone in our building really recycled all of their paper goods, we'd have less trash and save money that way...in addition to doing our part for the environment.
4. When you're right, and all of the facts say you are right, you're even more wrong
3. There are more open, half full bottles of water all over your apartment than there are brand new ones in your fridge
2. Reality tv show reruns are on non-stop at your place...as if the first time wasn't enough
1. The Devil doesn't wear PRADA, she sits on your couch
17 August 2008
Here are some other pics we took on route...
14 August 2008
And how is it possible Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor are no longer with the squad either? Gone in the same year none the less.
I was a season ticket holder for 2 years, '05-'06 & '06-'07. Upper deck 400 section middle endzone tickets for $290/yr. I thought it was a great deal at the time. Getting in to the season ticket rotation right before the Dolphins got better. Now it's a few years later and who know how many games we'll win...1, 2, 5? I got out of the commitment after year two when I couldn't scalp my extra tickets for more than $10. Most people laughed at me for that much.
And now they are letting the Hurricanes play at Joe Robbie. Who knows what's next. I guess the bet is that if they fill up all of the seats combined between Saturday and Sunday, everything's gravy.
I think everything went down hill when Nick Saban passed on Devin Hester. The Bears really cleaned up on him. How much more exciting would games have been with a home town guy running back kicks like he does. -and this is coming from a Gator fan.
Instead, I took a picture of the burger I ate. I am not going to say a bunch of negative things, but I will say that I won't be headed back. To their defense, it was Friday lunch time. To my defense, I walked out thinking their burgers are frozen or just that bad.
13 August 2008
Here are two more links with the regarding the topic.
College Colors Day
College Colors Day - University of Florida
First, paste in the Google domain and search string: http://www.google.com/search?q=
Next, add each word that needs to be included seperated by plus symbols and no spaces. Here is an example: july+4+independence+1776.
The resulting URL should look something like this: http://www.google.com/search?q=july+4+independence+1776
I particularly liked the CTRL+Enter and the CRTL+Esc. If you didn't know them already either, you'll have to read or search the list.
I'm the biggest fan of shortcuts, not only do they usually save time, you don't need to use a mouse then.
Enjoy. Click HERE for the webpage listing.
It's an interesting perspective, and I think it could definitely happen. Listening to the father tell his son about 'petrol' back 20 years ago (now) is funny also.
Enjoy...Click HERE to view. (If it doesn't launch on its own, you'll have to click on the image of the future vehicles.)
Well, we ordered chili cheese fries for an appetizer...they were tasty and plentiful. Nothing award winning, but good. I ordered the standard burger from the menu, as there were a few other creations. It also came with a side and I elected for the house salad as I already had more fries in front of me than I should be eating in 2 weeks time. I forgot to mention we went on a Saturday, late afternoon, and sat at the bar. You can see the cool picture of the bar top here. Very warn, wormy wood, with sand in the grooves, and different coats of lacquer. Some areas of wood are even exposed. Anyway, I ordered my burger mid-rare with cheddar and got it a bit over medium. It was also extremely tasty and I can see why it made the recent list. The potato roll was what won me over and the cheese was melted perfectly. I think the service is what really dragged me down. Our bartender was quite occupied with other things, I don't know exactly what things, but it wasn't us. Overall, a good burger. It will never make my personal top 5, but I'd go there again.
10 August 2008
Have you tried to implement this pleasant green request by copying and pasting the tag line in your email signature and had problems? If you haven’t figured it out, the trick is that the graphic before the line of text is a character in the Webdings font. It’s actually the capital letter “P”.
So type out or copy the text section in the font of your choice. Then go back to the front and type a capital “P”, highlight it and change the font to Webdings. Lastly make it all the color green. Vioala!
P Please consider the environment before printing this email.
(If you can't view the Webdings image above and you are using Firefox it's because Firefox doesn't render Webdings and other symbol fonts by default. You can modify the fonts available so it works. Check out this article for instructions --> click here.)
Please let me know if these instructions worked for you; or if you have any additional tips to add this more efficiently. :)
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08 August 2008
I pasted some pics that me and my friends took last summer of us chowing down. Enjoy!
The site appears to either be constructed or maintained by SoFla Web Studio.
If you can't figure out the ones you got wrong, you can obtain the entire 2008 NCAA Football schedule HERE. This version has each and every helmet.
Here is a link to the website: USS New York
And here are some of the pics that you can find there..
This is because Microsoft changed the extensions of their common file types in their 2007 releases of Office products.
You have 2 options:
07 August 2008
This is one of the many reasons to live east of I-95 though. I say that typically because out a little bit west they always get drenched.
I'd have to say that I am fairly content with the results. Le Tub strolling in with the #1 spot and Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House in Lauderdale making the grade in the middle. I felt pretty dumb when I noticed Tobacco Road on the list. I don't know why I haven't been dining there yet...I guess it's because I've always been there late night. And Kingdom taking the #10 spot. I thought they were much better. But the posts I've read online recently says otherwise.
Well, read for yourself: South Florida / City's Best Burger list 2008
05 August 2008
03 August 2008
One of Hollywood's beach parks on the broadwalk just re-opened after a relatively short renovation. It looks great and was packed this past weekend full of families with kids. The soft blue bricks on the broadwalk path are sprinkled in throughout to attract new visitors.
Take a look and see for yourself...
It is definitely going to be another good year...a strong schedule with road trips already planned for 2 of the games. Here are some photos from the last two years to get energized.
Anyway, let's get to the burger story...
Many minutes later when we got to talk about food for our orders...I was excited to learn the answer to my burger question, "Are the hamburgers here frozen?" The waitress quickly replied with hand gestures and said "no, they patty them here", making a burger patty motion with her hands and arms. We all ordered and I selected the Jamaican-Me-Crazy burger with fried string onions, Jack cheese, and BBQ sauce.
About 25-30 minutes later our entree's arrived. My burger look very desirable...note the phone pic embedded. I got working on it...cutting it in half as I usually do. Finding that it was a mid-well and not a mid-rare. Either way, the burger was good. Unfortunately, the experience killed the taste. And my girlfriend's salad was warm, oddly enough, mushy mozzarella, and soggy lettuce.
I'll catalog this restaurant to my memory as I should have already...a better bar than a restaurant.
02 August 2008
Even though Shake Shack's presentation was traditional and minimalistic with the wax paper open wrapper...we were surprised to be given a big cardboard tray for a single burger. I guess most people wouldn't think twice, but since both my friend and I have been on such a big kick with recycling and the whole green thing, we were shocked at the potential waste. Especially when you see the line for the Shack bubbling out 50+. Here are some shots from our recent experience.
The burger was great and I would rate it very high. I'll definitely be back...who knows when. But there won't be any waiting in line in the winter for me. And no, that isn't lemonade. We ordered Brooklyn Lager's, but were given some kind of hef. It did the trick.