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Restaurant Opinion / Re: Soulful Filling
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:41:25 AM »
Nope.  Not even close.  Neither I nor my family have nothing invested locally.

Military Opinion / Re: someone dropped the ball
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:30:49 AM »
It all depends on your opinion of what responsibility the "system" bears.  I view most suicides as selfishness and weakness.  We emasculate our men and teach them that their "feminine side" is better (to steal some 80's terminology for lack of a better descriptive).  We taught that "everyone is special" and that it's all about "self esteem".  We ended up with the most narcissistic generation in history.  What do you expect when the going gets tough and you have to sacrifice narcissism for the greater good and stomach some of those same things our grandparents stomached in WWII?  If we're going to brag about how this generation "stepped up" then we're going to have to stop taking the easy way out when the going gets tough and stop raising man-girls.

I just wanted to take a quick moment to say "thank you" to those of you who live here in Pulaski County and own businesses here.  I know it's a tough racket when your customer base is constantly shifting with deployments.  Expansions and contractions must be a tough cookie to deal with in such rapid succession.  I just wanted to extend a "thank you" to the local business owners out here who go out of their way to provide excellent products and services.  I'll save my opinion of some of the "chain" businesses that aren't locally owned for another discussion.  I came back to Ft Leonard Wood because of the good memories I had many years ago (yes, I actually had a CHOICE in the matter  ;)). 
I purposefully leave Ft Leonard Wood to do my shopping and make every effort to spend my money in the locally-owned mom-and-pop type restaurants out here.  I like the idea of keeping it local because I can get PX and Commissary type service anywhere in the world I go.  I can't get the kind of friendliness and service each and every one of you have extended to me in the months that I have spent here.  I'll keep my dollars local as best as I possibly can because I know that's the best way I can say "thank you".  You deserve it.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Country Cafe
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:17:24 AM »
It blows my mind when people walk into a place called "Country Cafe" and expect a 5-Star experience.  Places like this are supposed to offer good food at an affordable price--not filet mignon.  I'd hardly call it a dump.  I had the BLT and loved it.  It's a bit out of my way so I've only been there twice in the last year but it's worth stopping in for a bite if you're in the mood for something like that. 

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Joe's Korean Restaurant
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:14:29 AM »
I've eaten there and it's GREAT.  I like it because time is a factor after work.  You can go in and get a "to go plate".  Fill it up at the buffet and they weigh it.  They charge by the pound.  For little more than you would pay for a McDonald's extra value meal, you can fill up and get a drink at Joe's.  It saves time for me the couple times a month I eat there.  The place came under new management last year and the quality suffered.  It's back under the management of "Joe" and she does a GREAT job!  If you got turned off by the place when it came under new management, GO BACK!!! You won't regret it.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Dairy Queen
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:08:13 AM »
I don't know why anyone would eat at Dairy Queen when you can get ice cream and just about anything else at the Sonic next door.  I took my foot-long back inside after receiving it through the drive-thru window.  They didn't give me what I asked to have put on it.  I was going to ask to have it done correctly and I suddenly hesitated while talking to the manager.  I hesitated because I saw how filthy it was back there and didn't like the idea of my food going BACK into that filthy environment before I ate it.  She practically yanked the hot dog out of my hand when I indicated that I was just going to take it "as-is". 
The first two things I noticed after going inside:
1. Filthy
2. Rude
I'm sure Sadat is a real gem but his restaurant is an eyesore.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Soulful Filling
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:02:01 AM »
I found the price to be quite reasonable for the selection and quality.  I stuffed myself and it all tasted like home-cookin'.  Price is going to be a little higher for a new non-chain restaurant that has to absorb price increases that have been happening in the food staples sector.  It's real and it's probably here to stay thanks to the fact that we're turning our food into fuel for our cars which aren't going as far due to lost horse-power to this thing called state-mandated "ethanol".  The dollar and the market were in decline when this place opened which means that the food really isn't all that much more expensive.  The purchasing power of the dollar has declined and food staples have gone up. 
The price is really reasonable for what you get at Soulful Filling.  I'm definitely going to be a repeat customer.  You can't pay what you'd pay for an Extra Value Meal and expect to get the quality that you get at Soulful Filling.  You have to understand how a place like that operates (i.e. don't show up late).  If you don't want to go when the gettin' is good then go somewhere that sacrifices quality for quantity for the sake of mass turn-over of their menu items all day long.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Bulgogie House
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:50:59 AM »
You'll find better bulgolgi at Salami's at a comparable price but the people there are nice and there are a lot of great authentic dishes at Bulgolgi House.  Good stuff.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: El Jimador
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:48:34 AM »
I ate there last July and ordered the #1 lunch special.  I don't even want to tell you how sick I was because I'd have to move it to the "Over 18" discussion thread.  I got sicker than I got after contracting food poisoning in Honduras.  It only takes once for me.  I won't be going back.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Salami's Deli
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:45:23 AM »
I used to love going there....until I found a hair in my food.  I guess that kind of ruined it for me cuz the food is really good.

If you knew the steps Thomas takes to ensure the highest level of quality (including sacrificing profit for the sake of keeping that level of quality affordable) then you would realize that what you found was a fluke.  Thomas would have made it right with you if you brought it to his attention.  I have a hard time believing anyone who has ever had dirt under their nails would have been so completely turned off by a hair that they couldn't finish their meal and that they wouldn't have returned.  I'm guessing you finished your meal.

Restaurant Opinion / Re: Salami's Deli
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:42:28 AM »
I've been there once. I had the bulgoggie and it was good, different flavor than what I'm used to though. My only problem was the price was way to high for me to EVER return. Who wants to pay almost $10 for bulgoggie and a soda?!? not me

Here's the difference.  Salami's uses a cut of meat much much higher in quality than any of the other restaurants in the area that serve bulgolgi.  Compared to the bulgolgi at Salami's, all others in this area taste like low-grade cheap garbage.  You're also not going to pay $10 for bulgolgi and soda at Salamis.  You'll probably find it between $7-$8 which is QUITE competitive.  Take into consideration the quality of the meat in question compared to Salamis' competitors and you nobody else comes close to what you get for your dollar.  I won't buy bulgolgi anywhere else.

Business Opinion / H&R Block--what's the deal?
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:38:20 AM »
Okay.  What's the story with H&R Block?  Maybe I'm ignorant on the subject.  In the past I've hired accountants.  I've used Hewitt Jackson and Liberty Tax.  I've never had a bad tax preparation experience in my life.  I've even found the online tax prep services like Turbo Tax to be great. 
If you go to H&R Block, don't expect the person who helps you to be competent with their software.  Apparently they revamped their software and they have no idea how to use it.  You're better off using the H&R Block online software than you are to walk into their office.  Don't expect them to understand simple things like the tax implications for Traditional IRA contributions either even though their software accounts for that. 
Do H&R Block tax prep "professionals" receive any formal training or do they just go to an afternoon seminar to learn the trade?  It seems that it would be more wise to save a hundred bucks or so and use online software to prepare your own taxes.  Believe in yourself.  The common man is just as competent as the VFW Drive H&R Block tax prep "professionals".

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