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Sep 282007
 

bawlsI recently read on ThinkGeek.com about the Bawls Guarna drinks and thought I would like to try it. But I did not want to pay the high cost of shipping something I never even tasted via the post office.

Then I ran into the drink at my local convenience store and picked one up. High caffeine made me think perhaps I should try this in the morning so I let it sit until the next day.

My first impressions of the drink were, “not bad” and I stand by those first impressions. I do not think I would drink this on a regular basis, but will pick it up from time to time for the added boost, but not the taste. The taste was a little odd. The only way I can describe it is a liquid donut. It took me a while to figure it out but it tasted just like a glazed donut. In fact I had to run out and grab a Krispy Kreme Doughnut just to double check.

 It sure had the promised kick and I can certainly see where I would have been up all night had I drank it the night before. [Finally I do something right.]

Here is what bawls.com has to say about their drink…

Made from guarana, a highly caffeinated berry native to the Amazonian rainforest, BAWLS Guarana is the carbonated beverage of tomorrow with an extra kick.

Since its inception, BAWLS Guarana’s popularity has been growing across the country and the rest of the world, finding a huge fan base from people from all walks of life who enjoy the clean, crisp taste of guarana along with a powerful rush of caffeine.

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Guarana Flavor, Sodium Benzoate (as a preservative), Caffeine, Artificial Flavors and Caramel Color. Warning: These products contains high levels of Caffeine.

Nutrition Facts:
BAWLS Guarana 10 fl. oz – Serving size: 1 bottle; Calories 120; Total fat 0g; Sodium 35mg; Total carbohydrate 32g; sugars 32g; Protein 0g;

Sep 282007
 

Ever need to send a large file to someone only to find out it is too big to go through email? I have.

Most email services not only cap the size of the file but they also restrict or automatically remove certain file types too.

If you do not have access to ftp or a web server you could be fresh out of luck or making you resort to snail mail to send out your files. Until now that is. I just discovered a great service called Driveway.

Driveway is a free online service that lets you upload and share the files you want with anyone you want. It really couldn’t be simpler either. You can store and share up to 2 GB of files with each file topping out at 500 MB each, which should be more than adequate for the average user.

Files you upload to Driveway do expire, so this is not a permanent storage solution mind you. You do have 90 days from the last time they were accessed before the files do expired. Some similar services expire after only 14 days, which can make it hard to retrieve the files and may even require another upload if the person you sent them to does not regularly check their email or was on vacation.

Driveway is a great alternative to emailing them when trying to send large files like photos or video to clients, friends or family. Give it a try and start file sharing. It is free after all.

Sep 192007
 

The company that makes the Big Dog Feeder had briefly stopped manufacturing it due to a problem with the plant.

They are now back and ready to roll. If you have a big dog you should really take a look at these. They are available at ShopOurPets.com or DogToys.com for around $65.00, but isn’t your big guy worth it? The price may seem high but the Big Dog Feeder is made in the USA and not overseas, plus as the name says it is big.

What is a Big Dog Feeder? The Big Dog Feeder is 16 inches high making it easier for the bigger dog to eat at a more comfortable level. The legs are hollow so filling them with either sand or gravel will help to steady the feeder while he is chowing down. The stainless steel bowls are 4 quarts each [you get 2 — one for food, one for water].

Why a Big Dog Feeder? Because bending over to eat off the floor really isn’t good for your big dog. He can get GDV or Gastric Dilation Volvulus which is a scary technical name for bloating. The big dog feeder raises his eating level to 16” helping to improve his posture and therefore reduce gulping – the main culprit in bloating in dogs.

Older big dogs can now enjoy there meals pain free by not having to add stress to their joints by bending or crouching to eat.

The table top of the Big Dog Feeder measures 28” by 14” and has a raised outer rim to reduce floor spillage. The bowls remove easy for cleaning and are dishwasher safe to boot. With the bowls removed the table top can be easily cleaned with soap and water. The feeder even has the added value of a five year manufacturer’s warranty.

Sep 172007
 

This past weekend a car zipped past me with the license plate number of DVS-6660. By the look of the plate and the fact that it ended in zero, I think it was a random plate straight from the DMV and not a personalized plate. Why add that trailing zero if it was personalized?

Then this raises the question in my mind, did the owner notice that DVS sounds out as devious and did they also notice the mark of the beast – 666 on the tag. That alone would have had some sending the tag back but combining it with DVS might send some over the edge.

So if this was a random plate is there an EVL-0666 out there somewhere too? Or another DVS-0666? I would be willing to bet both EVL 1 and DVS 1 are both already on the back of someone’s car or truck.

Sep 152007
 

Licensed Star Trek caskets and urns for that final voyage…

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Eternal Image, Inc. (OTC:ETIM.PK – News), a public company engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of licensed brand image funerary products such as caskets and urns, today announced it has executed an agreement to design, manufacture and market a line of Star Trek(TM) branded funeral products. The line will include collector-quality urns, caskets, memorials and vaults. The international agreement encompasses the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Korea and Japan.

“After launching our company in 2006 with sports, collectible, religious and pet branded items, the agreement provides us with a tremendous opportunity to enter the entertainment industry category with an extremely popular and well-loved brand,” said Clint Mytych, CEO Eternal Image.

“These licensed-image Star Trek products offer true fans a unique expression of their commitment to the franchise. For many years fans have asked for these types of products – or made their own – and we believe the Star Trek audience will embrace the idea which will create a very strong demand,” added Mytych.

Eternal Image has begun the design process and expects to begin shipping urns and caskets to distributors in late 2007.

Building Q, a licensing and marketing firm headquartered in Medford, New Jersey, represented Eternal Image in the acquisition of the license.

About Eternal Image

Eternal Image, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI. The company is the first and only manufacturer and marketer of licensed brand image funerary products. Currently, the company offers urns and caskets that feature licensed images from Major League Baseball(TM), Precious Moments(TM) and the Vatican Library Collection(TM), as well as pet urns featuring the American Kennel Club(TM). For more information about EI, visit www.EternalImage.net or call 1-888-6-CASKET.

Sep 142007
 

My bad luck with food continues. It even extends to my cats now! Yesterday I came home with my cat’s favorite treat, Whole Life Salmon. But when I went to give him some the treats were not the same quality as the last time I bought a bag. They were thin and had the fish skin still on making it really hard to break into small enough pieces for a cat. So I gave him a few pieces and then called the company in the morning. They promised to replace the bag and apologized for the problem. I received the bag UPS today, two days later. Now that is customer service!

Oh but that is not the end of the store. We went out to eat tonight. Wing night, yum. I got a mixed bag of wings but when they arrived 6 were missing! The waitress went to check on them and brought them out later with a lame excuse that the cooks forgot to pull them out of the fryer, or something like that. But since they were now cold and dried out I would have to say she missed them when she picked up the order. Shame because other than that the meal wasn’t half bad. At least the company was good even if the food and service was a little off. I won’t be writing California Bar and Grill off the list just yet [this is only their second strike after all…we had dried out, jerky-like wings one other time and the manager wouldn’t do anything about it].

I wonder how long this bad luck streak with food will continue. I did however get nice responses from both Pepsi and McDonalds. So all is good there.

Sep 132007
 

Working in retail all my life I have always been caught up in the frenzy of Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Not many people don’t know what Black Friday is, but if you have been living in a cave all your life it is the day after Thanksgiving and the official start to the holiday shopping season. It is the busiest day of the year for just about every retail store in the U.S. That being said, it is also the one day of the year you will find outstanding deals only available in store on that one day only. Until now that is.

Some people thrive on the hectic environment brought on by the sales on Black Friday, but if you are like me you would rather stay home and not have to deal with it. Black-Friday.net has come to your rescue. No more waiting for the newspaper circulars and TV ads. No more waiting in line to get into the store just for your shot at a great deal before they are all sold out. Not only does Black-Friday.net give you the ads before anyone else, they also provide you with links directly to the products you want so you can buy them online without fighting /all the crowds. You’ll find ads for top retailers like Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target and more. Get started now by signing up for email notification when ads are updated.

So when planning your post-Thanksgiving shopping experience be sure to keep Black-Friday.net at the top of your list. They’ll help you wade through all the ads in plenty off time to get the items on your holiday list. Just think maybe this year you can have all your shopping done before midnight on christmas eve. Well maybe not, but with Black-Friday.net there is no reason to miss out on those special bfads.

Sep 102007
 

I came across this great list tonight and just wanted to share it with you folks. These are so funny. Makes me wanna go find some of these games at my local Microplay store and sit down for the weekend and jsut play with the gay 🙂

Check out the whole list… http://gaygamer.net/top-20-gayest-video-game-characters/

Sep 092007
 

CBS

Moonlight – Fridays @ 9pm
Ghost Whisper – Fridays @ 8pm
Jericho –

ABC

Pushing Daisies – Wednesdays @ 8pm
Lost – Wednesdays @ 10pm

NBC

Bionic Woman – Wednesdays @ 9pm
Chuck – Mondays @ 8pm
Heroes – Mondays @ 9pm
Journeyman – Mondays @ 10pm
Medium – Saturdays @ 10pm

FOX

New Amsterdam
The Chronicles of Sarah Connor

CW

Reaper – Tuesdays @ 9pm
Smallville – Thursdays @ 8pm
Supernatural – Thursdays @ 9pm

Lifetime

Bloodties – Fridays @ 11pm

Time to get my DVR set up for most of these! What will you be adding to your Tivo this season.

Sep 062007
 

I don’t know what it is with me and restaurants, but I am always having problems with them. Maybe I am just too picky, but I don’t think that’s the case. Don’t get me wrong I am picky. Food has to be good and what I ordered. But above all I am a stickler for customer service. If that is not there then it can ruin the entire meal.

Well I had all those problems with tonight’s meal.

We have ordered from this place before. Cobe’s Pizza Zone in Laureldale, PA [www.pizza-zone.com]. Usually we get pretty good service meaning correct orders and fast delivery, but of late that has really changed. The food was always pretty good too. Not 4 star restaurant good but better than dive good. It was a great place to get a sandwich or stromboli when you were too lazy to cook. But that too has gone down hill in a hurry.

Sometimes I do get all hopped up and stop frequenting a place because they screwed up, but this place was given four more chances and they blew three out of those four. So this was definitely the last straw. I am done.

100_1368.JPG Tonight I ordered a California Cheeseburger and that’s what I got, sort of. It was a burger and it had cheese, but no bun! [I have had this sandwich many times before so I know how it is usually made]. Okay, so it had bread but not the normal bun. It was a BAGEL!!! Not at all what I was expecting and definitely not the taste I was after.

When I called and asked for the owner I was handed off to someone who tried to tell me that is was a bun and I think he offered to make another and send it out to me, but now I think I was wrong on that. Because after I complained about his buns not be buns I turned on his dried out, tough, flavorless pierogis with burnt onions. I was told in no uncertain terms that is how they make them and no one has ever complained before then he hung up. So I called back and asked for the owner again. I was again handed over [I think to the same guy, but I am not sure] to someone. bagel burger 2I explained that I may have been disconnected or hung up on without my situation being resolved and I needed to know if someone was coming out with the right food or a refund. He did not know and said he had to talk to the owner thought I asked to speak to the owner?!?! Who was I talking to? He gruffly told me the buns were what the bakery gave him [I would look for a new bakery] and that they were bun [excuse they are bagels]. He went on to say the driver did not collect the right amount and we would not be getting any refund or replacement. I nicely said I would be throwing away the food and their phone number and hung up. [I then did just that after taking some photos first.]

As I said this was not the first time, but it is the last time we will get this poor quality of food and service from that establishment. It first started going downhill about two months ago when I ordered a cheese steak supreme [which is a cheese steak w/ fried onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers, extra sauce and cheese]. But I ordered it without the mushrooms as I do not do mushrooms. Well the new girl who took the order crossed out my sandwich and changed it to a regular cheese steak. So I did not get my extra cheese or peppers. I was sad when I got that one. That time when I called they gave me credit for the next time I ordered [okay they made good that time]. Next time I order I forgot my free sandwich but the Stromboli we ordered was about a third smaller than the last time we got one and not as good [something was up with the dough], but we ate it without direct complaint to the restaurant [so they never knew they were racking up points with us].

The time before tonight we were given that credit and the correct sandwich, but it wasn’t as good as it had been in the past. With all the problems, poor food and rotten service I guess it is no wonder we will never be returning to Cobe’s Pizza Zone. I just wanted to make sure to give you all a heads up and let you know your order with them will be like playing Russian roulette with food.

A quick rundown of the order and costs from tonight and what we paid

California Cheeseburger = $3.95
Pierogies = $2.50
Md. cheese steak = $5.95
10 Wings = $5.50

Our slip has a total of 13.15 which is the subtotal with tax before the wings were added.

Total should have been $17.90 plus 6% tax for a total of $18.97 [although you can kind of see a $19.00 on the bottom of the slip our driver only collected the $13.15 [he was asking for 13.25 but we won’t go there when they were already rounded up to their benefit]. So we paid $13.25 [that’s what the guy wanted after all] They told us the total was $19.00 [but it was actually $18.97] Then I told them to come get their crap food and refund me my money [they said no they did not owe me anything but my total after refund would have been $12.14. Looks to me like they owe me $1.12].

Sep 032007
 
New Mouse in the House

I just picked up the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 and I rather like it. Although I cannot seem to figure out exactly what makes it a notebook mouse over any other mouse. Maybe it is a little smaller than the other ones, which I like. Seems as if most of the Microsoft Mice […]