Archives for May 2008

Miller’s Ale House of Orlando

While we are in places we normally don’t go, we try and find some local eateries rather than hitting up the local Burger King.  Sometimes it works out for us, sometimes it doesn’t.  There’s always a winner in one place or another.  When we were in San Antonio, it was the County Line BBQ.  New Orleans had a little joint down on Decateur whose name escapes me.

In Orlando, or more specifically Lake Buena Vista, it was Miller’s Ale House.  It’s a borderline call as they are a chain restaurant, but it’s very regional (all but four of the locations are in Florida).  We went there the first time because they were within a very short walk of our hotel and after a day at Epcot, we didn’t feel like walking too much more.  The special of the night?  A 1.5 pound Maine Lobster and any steak off of the menu for $26.95.  I don’t know where you live or how much you go out to eat, but even for North Dakota, that’s a very good price for that meal.

And it was spectacular.  I had the lobster with a NY Strip steak.  The steak was blackened ( It’s a type/method of seasoning) to perfection and very tender.  The lobster was a good size and was by far one of the best lobsters I’ve had in recent memory.  On the side, I upgraded my fries to what Miller’s calls “Loaded Fries”.  Basically, they’re fries that have had cheese and bacon dumped on top of them.  Not exactly healthy, but darn are they good.  Especially with a little Ranch dressing on the side.  Add to that a very refreshing Pomegranate Mojito and you’ve got a recipe for a wonderful meal.  And when you’re all done, you’ve got to try the Captain Jack’s Buried Treasure desert.  Wow.

Miller’s Ale House impressed the first time around so we made sure to visit one more time before we left.  The food the second time around wasn’t quite as good, but was still well above average.  If you ever get down into the Florida area, check them out.  It’s good quality food at a good price.

Orlando in the Rearview

I’ve managed to successfully make it back from Orlando.  It was pleasantly warm (88ish all week) and it was in the 80s here today, so I must have brought some of it back with me.  You may send your donations for that to my PayPal account.

It was a splendid trip.  I got just enough sun and plenty of education.  Learned several new things about the software that we work with.  Oh, and I managed to successfully negotiate a pay raise too!  I had interviewed for a slightly different job with another company.  They offered it to me, but not at a price that I thought was all that great.  I went to my employer and asked them to match, and they did.  It’s good to think that they actually do care whether I’m here or not.

On the flight from Minneapolis to Fargo, I sat across the aisle from a newly minted stewardess flight attendant.  As I listened to her talk about all the stress and such in the few short months of training and about all the fun traveling that she’ll get to do, I was forced to reflect on what it would be like.  I left for Orlando on last Friday afternoon.  I returned on the following Thursday afternoon.  Not quite 7 days, but pretty darn close.  And it was too long.  How anyone can stand being away from home for that long is really beyond me.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like to be home.  I’ve spent a great amount of time and effort in making home… well, home.  And I’m sure that part of it is the fact that it’s all familiar and I’m a person who likes familiarity.  Can you blame me?  I don’t think so.

I’m not cut from the same cloth as the traveling salesman or the stewardesses of the world.   It’s good to be home.  Now, with spring going full steam, it might stay a little slower around here as I get things planted and fences built and who knows what else.  Besides, May is already turning out to be the slowest month of the year for stats and earnings, so I’m going to take advantage of it and slow down for a couple of weeks.

Off to Orlando

Things are going to be a bit quiet around here until late next week. I’m off to a training conference in sunny Orlando, Florida. It’s supposed to be in the 80s and 90s, so wish me best luck with my pasty white skin. 😉 I’ll leave you with a nice taste of what I expect.
Orlando Florida Sunset

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Sweet Camera Hack for Canon P&S Cameras

I like to take photos. I would absolutely love to have a nice Nikon D80 with a couple of nice lenses and use that for all my photo taking needs. What I have instead is a Canon S2 IS point and shoot. It’s not a horrible camera and certainly does some very nice things. Besides, the photos you make are more a function of the photographer than they are the camera.

Anywho, back to the subject of the post. Thanks to LifeHacker, I now have something fun to try with my S2 IS. A nice firmware hack that allows me a few extra features that I didn’t have before. Features like RAW that I really do want to play with. Now, if only I hadn’t bent my only memory card in half the other day, I could give this a try. Off to WalMart to buy a new card I guess.

UPDATE: I went up to Walmart and got another card and gave this firmware hack a try. And Holy heck is it awesome. All kinds of cool stuff can be done now. Makes a person wonder why Canon wouldn’t just give these options in an “Advanced” menu anyways?