Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Adirondack Painting

We just had our house painted and I can't say enough about Adirondack Painting. They were simply phenomenal. They did everything we asked, and then some. The quality of their work was excellent, and they completed the job in a timely manner. The owner, Gary Galasso, kept me updated continuously on the progress and what they planned on doing next, every step of the way. Before we hired them we checked with other customers, and we did some price comparison. Their price was competitive, and everybody we spoke with gave them high praise, obviously deserved.

Without reservation, I recommend them for your next painting job. Gary can be contacted at (315) 493-6143. You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Watertown Ruby Tuesday

A brief review of the new Watertown Ruby Tuesday restaurant:


My wife and I and another couple decided to try out the new Ruby Tuesday for dinner tonight and I have to give it a mixed review. We expected a wait, and were not surprised to be told there would be a thirty-five to forty minute wait after we arrived. We were a little surprised when, a half an hour later, a young female employee came out and told everybody waiting that we would have an additional ten to fifteen minute wait due to problems in the kitchen. With already over a half hour invested we decided to wait it out, figuring that it would take us at least that long to get seating any place else. After waiting a total of fifty minutes my wife went in to check and see where we were on the list. Much to her surprise she was told we weren't on the list. Surprise Surprise! In the meantime, though, another employee came out and called us. There was a little confusion, but in the end we ended up waiting just about exactly how long they told us, given the delay due to the kitchen. Oh well, no harm no foul.

As we were being seated we noticed that only about 2/3 of the tables/booths were being used, so they did seem to be telling the truth about having some problems. It seems obvious that for some reason the kitchen couldn't keep up with a full restaurant tonight. That's all right, stuff happens. Our waitress was very cheerful upon greeting us and ensured us that the food would be worth the wait. Perhaps she was using a bit of hyperbole, because the food was decent, but not great. As many of you know, Ruby Tuesday specializes in burgers, so that's what my buddy and I ordered, while our wives ordered a seafood dish and a chicken dish respectively. Their dinners were fine, but while my friend and I both ordered our burgers cooked medium, his came out rare to medium-rare, while mine was medium-well to well-done. The taste was fine, but it's a bit aggravating to not have it cooked properly. The burgers were large, however, with lots of nice toppings, and the fries were quite good, although the portion was quite small. Definitely not in keeping with the size of the sandwich.

The waitress was quite pleasant throughout our stay, but not particularly attentive. Certainly not bad enough to affect her tip (we tip fairly generously - at least 20-25%), but it would have been nice if she came around a little more often to keep our drinks refreshed. Dessert was excellent, and reasonably priced. I don't remember what it was called, but it was more than big enough for two. Overall, the prices were good - My wife and I split an appetizer, I had soda and my wife had coffee, we had our entrees and dessert, and it came to less than $45. That is certainly less than we typically spend at Applebee's.

It wasn't a totally bad experience, altogether, but I think we'll wait a little while before we go back, just to give them time to get the kinks out.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

This year's TSO concert in Syracuse is Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 pm at the War Memorial. Presale tickets went on sale this Tuesday and were sold out by Thursday. The regular sale date for tickets will be announced soon.

My family is really psyched to go again this year. Last year was the first time we saw them, but we didn't have very good seats, as we bought them at the last minute. This year we took advantage of the presale and got seats down on the floor, about 20 rows back from the stage. It should be a fantastic show from there.

Take MIT Courses for Free!

Well, not really. But if you're interested in seeing what MIT classes are like, or would like to "try" one out, check this out.

MIT OpenCourseWare allows you to pretty much see everything involved in an MIT course. You get everything from a syllabus, to videos of lectures, to assignments with answers, to quizzes and exams with answers, and more. There is an extensive course selection in a variety of subjects.

I am going to try Introductory Biology first because I've had a great deal of interest in Biology lately. I even found a used copy of the textbook online for under $10, which I ordered through Amazon.com. If I like the format I'll continue to "take" the courses. It's great for subject matter you might be interested in, but don't want to spend the money on a for-credit course.