LEGO Brand Retail
Jun 242007
 

You might wonder how that can be, but sometimes something is just so awful that it becomes laughable. That was the case when we visited the restaurant On The Border in Exton last night.

Let me start at the beginning. We arrived and were promptly taken to our table. Nothing wrong there. Well that was the last thing that went right! On the way to the table I stopped in to use the restroom. When I went in there was an employee in there brushing her teething and washing her face [basically taking a shower in the public restroom]. I figured she was cleaning up to head out; I was wrong. She had her bag on the counter blocking the sinks and the waste can, which made it rather difficult to wash my hands and exit the restroom.

After I got back to table my friend needed to use the facilities too. She told me the girl was still in there. [Now she was putting on her makeup.] We later saw her cleaning off tables in the section we were seated in. unless she is homeless maybe she should try showering at home.

Well that was the beginning of the end for us. Next up, appetizers. We got our basket of chips and salsa. Dripping on the table we decided to use the appetizer plates on the table. Big mistake. The plates were not only dirty they still had food on them from the previous people who used the table [maybe that bus girl should have cleaned the tables off instead of spending so time on cleaning herself]. Gross. So we put the dirty napkin that was covering the food on the plate back on top off it and asked our waiter to take it away. That was the last time he did something right for us.

He took our order and popped back around the corner twice to ask what we wanted [both times he was wrong…not a good sign]. We asked for more chips. We never got them. I needed more beverage, but he never came by to see if I needed anything else. He brought our meals out. Mine was fine and tasty too. My friend had gotten tortilla soup and a fajita salad, which he brought out together. Soup should have come out first, but no. And her fajita salad did not have the chicken on it.

He disappeared. She still needed a spoon for the soup and the chicken for her salad. We caught him as he was stopping by the table next to us and told him to bring a spoon and the chicken. By now I was half way through my meal and she did not even get to taste hers. So I go up to the hostesses and ask to see the manager. She finally comes out [it was dinner time so I don’t hold my wait for her against them]. I tell my story and as I do I can see my friend finally getting a spoon and then a little later her chicken comes out. I finish with the manager who has kindly offered to comp our meals for all the trouble then headed back to the table.

Once I was back at the table I learned that the folks at the table next to us were having the same amount of trouble with the waiter that we were. In fact they had to remind him to bring out a spoon for my friend. But it was pointless as the soup was already cold and disgusting. The table next to us had waited fifteen minutes for their check and when they got it had both their items and ours on it. So it had to go back to be straightened out taking another ten minutes or longer.

We were checked on by [what I think was] the head waitress. She apologized and confirmed that our meals were taken care of. Then our waiter stopped by to explain he was having a REALLY bad day [well no sh**]. Then he brought us the check. We weren’t supposed to get a check. But that was not the real problem…the check wasn’t even for our meals! When we pointed this out to the head waitress she told us he was being sent home. We’ll have to stop in again to see if he is still there, but I doubt it. So as you can see it was so bad there was nothing left to but laugh.

So in review the restaurant gets 4 out of 5 stars [food was good], but the wait staff [includes the bus people] get a half star out of 5 [and that is being generous].

Jun 112007
 

As an on demand service under the movie category I expect certain things. One of which is no commercials. They have put commercials smack in the middle of their films.

When I first heard about this new service from Comcast I was very happy, especially since we do not get the channels that Direct TV gets such as the Horror Channel and now the Chiller Channel. Hell we still haven’t gotten Boomerang yet! But my excitement was soon dashed when I watched my first film on this new channel. I use the term channel loosely since when you click on the “channel” it simply takes you to the on demand service [which you can access via the remote or going to channel 1 so why use up actual channel numbers for a service that is already supplied with a channel number?]

Back on track here. The first time I watched a horror movie on FEARnet I was bombarded with ads and this very big Fearnet logo [or bug] at the bottom of my screen. Which is really distracting. Especially when they decide to extend it across the entire bottom of the screen taking up a third of the viewing area. This alone was enough to keep me from viewing films that were featured on FEARnet through Comcast [although it is hard to be discriminating when they mix the titles into all film titles under free movies].

Well I broke down this weekend when I saw several films with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I really thought I could deal with the big bugs on the screen but little did I know that was not all. They have now added a commercial in the middle of the films! I can deal with them in the beginning of the onDemand films and shows but come on don’t put them in the middle of a feature film! I don’t even watch AMC any more because they change their format from commercial free to all commercials – this really makes Monsterfest suck every year.

So FEARnet is on my list of only watch it when something better isn’t on due to their forcing advertising down our throats.

Now on to Comcast and trying to get them to simply remove all the added OD channels and make them give us real channels for our viewing pleasure. Head over to Comcast.com and give them an ear full and let them know we want Boomerang, Chiller Channel and a bunch of other good programming they seem fit to allow the satellite companies to keep to themselves. If they don’t give them to us maybe we should all start heading to them.

The horror continues in FEARnet Sucks Part II

 

UPDATE: The website for FEARnet now points to ChillerTV. Is this a good sign? Not sure yet.

Jun 052007
 

Well the writing is on the wall for this great series. The powers that be have annouced that Battlestar Galactica will be ending with the fourth season which will be starting in November with a 2 hour episode but officially begins in early 2008.

The shows creators think the story was heading to a climax and agreed to go that direction. So the next 2 episodes will be the last for this great series. Sucks too since the fan base was growing. The licensing was only really starting — we got comics and we will be getting more toys [up until now only a hand full from the new series, but more are on the way].

I am sure the fans will still be able to get their BSG fix online and with the DVD releases. [for more on Battlestar Galactica head to ScifiSlacker.com].

While the TV series might be winding down the Battlestar Galactica comics are really gearing up. There have been several side stories along with the main BSG title and with Free Comic Book Day the beginning of Battlestar Galactica Season Zero.  Check ’em out!

Yahoo has the scoop on the final demise of BSG. (no longer at http://tv.yahoo.com/)

Jun 032007
 

This film, [amazon_link id=”B000XW5A50″ target=”_blank” ]Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus[/amazon_link], which is very loosely based on Diane Arbus is pure fantasy. The title an imaginary portrait does not even begin to touch on how imaginary this really is.

As one reviewer put it, this is “a modern day beauty and the beast”. Nicole Kidman does a nice job. Even if it is very similar to all the parts she has been playing lately.

If you want to know about the artist do not watch this movie. If you want to spend two hours watching a fairy tale this is for you.

As a photographer and fan of Diane Arbus’ I was really looking forward to this film and when I finally saw it I was less than impressed.
Twins by Diane Arbus
A few good resources for info on Diane Arbus can be found at these websites:

Jun 012007
 

It is the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars and everything seems to be turning into something from a galaxy far, far away. Take a look at the US post office for one. R2D2 mailboxes have been popping up in cities all over the country.

Darth Vader Wall GraphicAnd now FatHead is bringing us some great Star Wars wall graphics. Yeah, you know them from all the football guys they had done in the past. But thank god they have dipped their toes into the scifi world too.

If only we can get them to do some ships. Would they not look great on a wall of ceiling?! I would prefer some Star Trek over Star Wars but we won’t get into that since the SW license is so HOT right now and well Trek is not so hot.

Right now they have:

All they need are those ships!