29 August 2008

Burger Madness

For those of you fellow burger lovers...you need to check out all of the recent A Hamburger Today posts.

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

14th Avenue public parking

Parking is really tight where I live in Hallandale. All of the surrounding condo buildings have between 30-70 units each and pretty much every building allocates only one parking space for each unit. That used to be good enough when all of the buildings were 55+ only. Nowadays visitor and extra parking is hard to come by at most locations on my street. Mainly because everyone is so lazy to walk 1 block.

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.

Big Pink, Warm Salad

I went to Big Pink in South Beach last weekend after an afternoon of bar hopping with some friends and have to report on the experience. Overall, the dining stop moved it off of my places to revisit, but no regrets.

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)

Desktop Wallpaper

Check out this blogger's site...

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.


It's finally here. The NCAA football season starts tomorrow night. 220+ days since the '07-'08 BCS National Championship. It seemed like a long time, but not anymore.

College Game Day...what else do I need to say.

22 August 2008

proper etiquette for forwarding email 'forwards'

How to forward 'forwards'...

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...
  1. Strip out all of the forwarded text, email addresses, etc...from the body of the email.
  2. Then find the video on the internet, post the link in your new message.
  3. And finally, remove the attachment altogether.
Doing it this way (properly) is probably on average 100 times smaller than just clicking the forward button and sending attachments on their way. Think about it, you are sending a large media file, a video, which you could not have done 10-15 years ago vs. a line of text.
For Example:
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.


Example forward:

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

21 great tips on writing blogs

- 21 Must-Read Tips To Write Better Web Content -

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.


the best beach cruiser out there...

If you are considering buying a bike to cruise around the city or back and forth to the beach, look no further. The Electra Coaster 1 is the real deal.
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.

Rascal Flatts Concert

My girlfriend and I went to the Rascal Flatts / Taylor Swift concert last Sunday in West Palm Beach. Although I have respect for the artists, I didn't have a killer time. I guess it was the combination of a late Sunday night before working the next day, Tropical Storm Fay moving in and it raining nearly the entire time, and the Cruzan Ampitheature is so far from our place.

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?

Parking Situation...Feedback desired

Hi to anyone out there on the web.

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.

Parking Program

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.

Resident Parking

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.

Guest Parking

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.

Bulldogs Celebration Penalty 2007...The Gators will get the last laugh.

Mark Richt and the Bulldogs may have beaten Florida in last year's battle in Jacksonville, but they are going to lose the war. Check out this awesome excerpt from the Jim Rome show.

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

Riding bikes to work is cool.

Check out this interesting article about some people that ride their bicycles to work in the Boston area on Boston.com (I know one of them). Click HERE to see the regular article and/or click HERE to see more pictures that are related.

216 hours and counting...

How awesome is it that the weekend college football kick's off, we have games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday? Life can't get much better...and it's Labor Day Weekend.

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

Trying to get others on the Green Movement

I have really been on the whole green kick lately. The city I live in is a bit behind...Years to be more precise. Hallandale Beach, FL only picks up paper recyclables from residences and condo buildings. They do however offer 3 satellite stations that other recyclables (plastics, glass, and metals) can be dropped off at. Here is a pic of the closest one to where I live, Three Islands.

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.

Michael Michael

My personal web log about my life of non-randomness. I just switched the title as attempt at a bit of humor from my name Michael Makis to Michael Michael. I discovered a few years back that the double is my actual name. My given name is Michael. And my last name is Makis, which actually translates to Michael in Greek. Go figure...Michael Michael.

5 ways to tell you are in a long term relationship...

5. Going to Walgreens turns into a shopping endeavor and takes more than half an hour
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

Hollywood Beach (FL)

Living near the beach in Florida is a tough life, but someone has to do it. He are some quick picks I took while lying on the beach yesterday (early) morning with my girlfriend. It's summertime, so the ocean is like bath water now and the air temperature obviously gets super hot also.

Hollywood Beach near Tyler Street looking North
Hollywood Beach near Tyler Street looking South

Here are some other pics we took on route...

Me, riding the best bike ever...Electra Coaster 1...all black on black on black.
Some land crabs near South Lake in Hollywood.One of the bigger land crabs in the bunch.
Me, riding into the sunset...more like the sunrise...

Nexxt Cafe

My brother was craving a burger yesterday for lunch so we drove south. We were headed towards a great spot in North Miami (Kingdom), but he wanted a bigger atmosphere with a better opportunity for people watching. We ended up on Lincoln Road headed towards one of the more bar oriented establishments, but were not satisfied with the menus upon arrival. Our decision was to stick with Nexxt Cafe, as I have had many good experiences there before and consider Nexxt a staple of the beach.

Surprisingly, they weren't packed to the gills like usual. They were busy, but multiple tables were open (see the pic). After waiting about 5-10 minutes, a waitress came over. We were ready to order by then...and both asked for iced teas. My brother ordered the classic burger and I ordered the Navajo Fried Bread sandwich. Our wait seemed like forever. Our waitress came over about 15-20 minutes later and checked with my brother to confirm the type of cheese he ordered. This clued us in to the fact that something was going on. After waiting several more minutes I asked her if our food was about up and she went to check...and came back to tell us about 5 more minutes. My objective here isn't to exaggerate, but our wait was definitely 30+ minutes. And this was a surprise for me as I have always had good experiences at Nexxt.

Our entrees finally came and at least they we looking good. The cheeseburger came with some undesired sauted mushrooms and onions, but we were so hungry, those just ended up on the side. My flat bread sandwich was great. The bread had a Taco Bell Chalupa taste, but 10 times better, both aestically and by taste. It had huge slices of avocado and everything was glued together with the perfect amount of cheese. I strived to eat the whole thing, but Nexxt has portion sizes for ARMY men. Not to say I can't eat a lot, but I was only able to finish about 90% of the sandwich. One thing I always wonder about when dining there is the food waste. Ohhh. The fries were great too. I asked for a side of barbeque sauce since I hate ketchup. Their portions are so ginormous. Even if nearly everyone takes a 'doggy bag' home, there still must be literally tons of food thrown out. Hopefully they give it away to bums or compost it somehow.

Even though we were very disappointed by the service, the food made up for everything. I'll definitely be back. I guess all we needed was some updates and some real expectations set. Maybe something like, "I never put your order in, Sorry, but I asked for it to be rushed though." Or, "We're still grinding the meat for your burger, it is going to be another 20 minutes."

14 August 2008

Dolphins rant

Will someone please tell me why the Miami Dolphins picked up Chad Pennington? They solidified the deal in a matter of minutes after the Jets picked up Brett Favre. Stop and think... Why didn't the Dolphins go after Favre then? Don't even bother saying he's not long term enough for the Tuna's new regime. What's wrong with wanting to win games?

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.

Go Gators.


I went on a cheeseburger mission a few weeks back on a Friday while I was in New York City and chose brgr as my mid point. Unfortunately, the only thing that I thought was great was the self proclaimed 'retro barstools'. They are awesome. Super heavy base in a brass color (I don't know metal types and I am not going to pretend) with brgr plated on the bases. I should have taken a picture of the stools.

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

College Colors Day

College classes are starting back up within days and NCAA football season follows right behind. I don't know when it was started, but apparently it's an annual celebration all of a sudden to where your College Colors on August 29th. But, why not take advantage of the day and where your alma mater's gear.

Here are two more links with the regarding the topic.

College Colors Day

College Colors Day - University of Florida

Google it

Do you find yourself ever telling others to "Google it" when they need some information? Most people nowadays actually know what you mean and can execute the internet query on their own. With these simple instructions you can build a link to the desired Google search for those that have no idea what you are talking about.

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

Keyboard Shortcut List

I was searching for a good shortcut/hotkey list the other day and found this one rather quick. Although it's not organized that well and could use some formatting, the content is there. And my search got cut short by time. Maybe someday I'll find a better one and revise this post. It's a great place to start for someone that needs to learn some basics or add a few more to their bag of tricks.

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.

Volkswagens in 2028

You have to watch this great video of how Volkswagen envisions cars will be in the year 2028. And how humans think of them. Pay close attention to the item on the bottom of the screen during the video.

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.)

Tobacco Road Cheeseburgers

I went to Tobacco Road this past weekend specifically to try their burger after seeing it high up in the South Florida AOL Top Ten List. It was nice getting back to Tobacco Road. I have had a few great nights there, crazy, but good times.

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

Green Signature: Please consider the environment before printing this email.

If you use email to communicate personally or at work, you have probably seen the closing line “Please consider the environment before printing this email”. Well warranted in today’s society of people wasting so much.

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.  :)

Other Search Keywords:  alternative, optional, tagline, trees, salutation, closing, road, ending,

08 August 2008

Le Tub now has their own website

I was stoked to find out that The Le Tub Saloon now has a website. The burger pic is fair (directly below), but I don't think it does justice to the daily meat sandwiches that they serve up. Obviously it's a real picture from my favorite waterfront eatery/bar, but they typically look better than that. Or maybe it's just because this one appears to be cooked well done. I can't wait until the next time I'm there...I'm starting to drool.Le Tub in my opinion deserves every award they receive (recent recipients of GQ and Oprah honors). I personally think they are the best in the country...and I've been to some pretty good places. The funniest thing is the cook's hate the awards and the servers try to get rid of the customers. I think it's all a ploy to keep the tourists out, which is fine by me. I was there one night and this younger guy and his girlfriend (or date) came in all dressed up and went right to the bar and asked "Is this the place with the really good hamburgers?" Hilarious enough, the bartender nonchalantly stated "No. That's the place next door." Pointing out and around to the right.

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.

NCAA Football Helmet Quiz

If you consider yourself a NCAA football fan...you really need to take this helmet pop quiz and let your score be known. Click HERE to download the quiz in Microsoft Excel format. The instructions are very clear and it's quite fun. There are 50 helmets in all...Good Luck!

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.

USS New York

I found out about the USS New York the other day through an email forward and thought I'd share it. It's was a really great idea to reuse some of the Trade Towers for a NAVY ship.

Here is a link to the website: USS New York

And here are some of the pics that you can find there..

New Microsoft Office File Extensions - Free File Converter

Have you received any documents lately on your computer and your Microsoft Office Applications can't open them? ...files that have .docx or .xlsx extensions, or similar...

This is because Microsoft changed the extensions of their common file types in their 2007 releases of Office products.

You have 2 options:
  1. Contact the document originator and ask them to re-save it with a '97-2003 file format (.doc, .xls, etc...), or
  2. Download and install a Compatibility Pack offered by Microsoft for free. You can find it HERE.

07 August 2008

Summer Rain

If you have never been to Florida in the summer time, you probably think it's all heat and sunshine. Take a look at this pic below. We get some of the coolest looking rain showers...or should I say rain stampedes that parade right through each afternoon. You can often see the rain coming at you looking like a moving wall.

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.

Best South Florida Burgers

AOL Local just released their best burger poll results naming the top 10 South Florida burger spots.

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

Soup & Sandwich for lunch

My lunch today was simple, but classic: soup and a sandwich. I warmed up a bowl of my girlfriend's great beef barley to go with my sandwich creation.

The sandwich I made consisted of Toasted Honey Wheat bread, Pepper Ham, Roast Beef, Cappicola, and Muenster cheese. Topped with a few slices of plum tomatoes and a few leaves of field greens. Oh yeah, and Crystal Sauce doused all over.
It was good! Next time I'll add some Pepper Jack Cheese and maybe use Rye bread instead.

03 August 2008

Charnow Park

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...

NCAA Football season is here!

Only 24 nights until the first college football game of the year and 26 days until the Gators kick off.

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.

Tennessee @ Florida '07

Florida @ Mississippi '07

The Grove @ Mississippi

Florida/Georgia '06

Banana Boat

I went to the Banana Boat in Boynton Beach, FL last night with my family expecting to have a good time like I have had on a few different experiences prior. Reflecting on past experiences, it may have been because I dined at the outside bar. After being seated in the inside dining room we waited quite a while to have a server running by ask us if someone has helped us yet...We obviously replied "no." After we finally got to order our drinks on the next drive by, we had to wait quite a while for them to come.

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

Shake Shack

After all the hype and checking out all the articles all over online, I finally made it to Shake Shack in NYC at Madison Square Park. I did have to wait in line but I got there with one of my best friends just after they opened @11 so there weren't that many people when we got in line. It still did take quite a bit of time, but that was because the threesome in front of us ordered for their entire floor at their office. The line piled across the park by the time we finished our burgers.

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.