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How do you carry?

Feel free to add specifics I the comments, if you'd like. I'm always curious to hear what others do.
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Primary gun only, no spare magazines
40%
Primary gun only, with spare magazines
47%
Primary gun, no spare mags, w/backup gun
1%
Primary gun, w/spare mags, w/backup gun
4%
Primary & backup, both w/spare mags
8%
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I find the poll very interesting in the results thus far.

+Shawn Buige My war zone comments have a purpose. I have been attacked, castigated, argued with, and generally put down for NOT treating my life like a war zone. Capacity, caliber, or condition/safety of carry are the usual issues. Funny.

I'm one of two people carrying a primary and backup without spare mags (sometimes) and a dozen who carry primary and BUG with no BUG spare mags (since I sometimes have a primary reload). And I'm one of the most risk averse about ADs. Which is really interesting looking at the stats and comments.
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Easter is coming up, so once again, is an Easter story I wrote back when I was writing a collection of children's stories I called, "Stories for Other People's Children"  This, specifically, was in response to a friend of mine who said she was tired of the characters in my stories always dying...apparently she's never heard the saying, "be careful what you wish for".

Anyway, without further ado...

Stories for Other People's Children - Billy the Bunny

Once there was a bunny named Billy. Billy the Bunny lived with the Bertrand family, in Brussels, Belgium. Billy was a huge fan of American fairy tales and children’s stories. Billy’s favorite fairy tale animal was the Easter Bunny. 

Billy thought the Easter Bunny tradition of hiding Easter Eggs was wonderful. Belgium didn’t practice the Easter Bunny tradition, but Billy was determined to change that and Easter was coming up, so Billy the Bunny knew he had to act fast. 

When Easter Sunday arrived and the Bertrand family left for Easter Mass, Billy the Bunny hopped into action. First he dug out his pastel pink sweater and put it on. One of the buttons on Billy the Bunny’s pastel pink sweater got caught on his whiskers and tore out a huge chunk of his whiskers and hair. It hurt him a lot, but Billy the Bunny knew it was a small price to pay for bringing the wonderful Easter Bunny tradition to the Bertrand family and Belgium. 

Next Billy the Bunny hopped into the kitchen and took the eggs from the refrigerator, filled a pot with water, put the eggs in the pot and started them to boil. When they had boiled long enough Billy the Bunny took them off the stove. Unfortunately, being a bunny, he didn’t have opposable thumbs and the pot slipped, spilling boiling hot water all over Billy the Bunny’s little bunny feet and burning him badly with many third degree burns. Billy the Bunny cried and cried, but he knew he had to keep going if he was going to spread the exciting Easter Bunny tradition throughout Belgium. 

With his sole unburned rear left foot, Billy the Bunny gingerly dipped and colored each of the eggs in bright and cheerful Easter colors. As he finishing dipping the last egg, his foot twitched and he knocked all of the colors over, spilling the permanent dye all over himself and the Bertrand’s brand new, snow white, shag kitchen carpet. The harsh chemicals burned Billy’s eyes, permanently blinding him in his right eye. Even worse, Billy the Bunny thought, he’d permanently stained the Bertrand’s brand new, snow white, shag kitchen carpet. Billy the Bunny felt horrible…and blind. But with his lone good eye, he looked at the kitchen clock, and he knew the Bertrand’s would be home from Easter Mass soon. And Billy the Bunny was still determined to share the Easter Bunny tradition. 

He quickly put all of his eggs in one basket and, on his one good foot, hopped outside to hide the eggs on the Bertrand family’s front lawn and in their bushes and beautiful landscaping. As Billy the Bunny hid the last egg and started back to the house he saw the Bertrand family’s car coming down the boulevard. Billy the Bunny knew he had to hurry and get back in the house so the Bertrand family would be surprised. He hopped and hopped as fast as he could (which wasn’t very fast, since he only had one good foot) across the driveway and towards the front door, but he tripped over a small branch in the driveway and fell down, breaking the big toe in his one good foot, which caused him to temporarily pass out from the pain. 

Billy the Bunny came to just in time to watch in horror as the tires of the Bertrand’s car drove over his lower legs and hips. As the Bertrand family got out of their car, Brunhilde Bertrand, the Bertrand’s 4 year old daughter and Billy the Bunny’s best friend, heard Billy the Bunny screaming and ran to his side. 

Many months later, after his whiskers and hair grew back, and the scar tissue from his third degree burns had finally healed, and he’d learned to judge depth perception with only one eye, and he’d learned to walk with his lower half in a wheeled cart and poop in a colostomy bag (and after the Bertrand family had replaced their brand new, snow white, shag kitchen carpet and not to mention the many hours of very expensive counseling and therapy for Brunhilde Bertrand who now wanted nothing to do with Billy, bunnies, Easter, or the Easter Bunny) Billy the Bunny was reunited with the Bertrand family, to whom he was a colossal burden for the rest of his days.

#easter #easterbunny #eastereggs #childrensstory #eastersunday
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Yup.  I read it to Matt.  He couldn't stop laughing. 
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Finally...an 80's remake that I'm looking forward to!
John Badham's cautionary, tricked-out helicopter action flick gets a drone-ified redo.
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What? You weren't all hyped for the remake of "Berry Gordy's 'The Last Dragon'"? With Samuel L. Jackson cast as Sho'Nuff?
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Yesterday I found out my family’s old farm (house, buildings and five acres (of the original 200)) are for sale again.  We quit farming in 1990, when I was 16 and a sophomore in high school, and eventually sold the farm in 1992, the weekend that I graduated high school.  

My mom and dad went and walked through everything earlier in the day and invited us out to go through it with them later yesterday.

So we did so I could show Jenny and the kids where I grew up.

Turns out it's in foreclosure and pretty much everything has either gone to hell and/or been destroyed from either neglect or intentional efforts.

Much of the house is unchanged, inside and out...and that's not a good thing.  Same siding, vinyl flooring, same carpeting, same paneling on the walls, etc as we put in when we sold it, but now 22 years older.  The windows were replaced at some point, though, so that's something, anyway.  The five bedroom house is now 8, with the rec room converted into two more bedrooms and one added in the basement.  One of the bedroom walls were even painted black and “starry” and nearly every door inside had an extremely strong exterior grade lock on it, with anti-intrusion panels around the knob.  Pretty much every door had a hole/dent punched in it, too.  

Most of the buildings are just gone or close to it. There were a couple even my dad and I wouldn't go in, much less Jenny and the kids. Support posts and cement blocks knocked out of barn and shed walls, roofs with huge holes or the bare wood exposed with no shingles left, steps and doors missing, windows broke out, and many of the building packed full of garbage inside.  Not so much garbage that you couldn't move through them, but a lot, just the same.

I’m pretty sure literally every roof of the house and all the buildings would need serious, serious work.  My dad’s estimate was that if someone bought it, it would take a professional roofer weeks if not a month to fix all the roofs.

I’m not even sure where you'd start inside some of the buildings.  Definitely fix the holes in the concrete/cinder block walls, replace nearly all of the windows, replace most of the doors, and then replace and reinforce a bunch of structural support posts.  That’s not even considering anything cosmetic (painting, lesser siding issues, etc) that would need to be done to the buildings.

So sad to see the farm that was in our family for 125 years neglected and destroyed like this.  

And the bank only wants...245,000 for it.  I don't think it's worth 200K, the shape it’s in. The amount of work that would need to be done...overwhelming.

Anyway, here are some pictures I took.  Once I got over the initial shock of how bad it was.

***edited to update the price.  it should have been $245,000.  Apparently I mis-heard my Dad when he told me the price they were asking.
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about 25 miles east of Madison, WI.
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On the radio this morning I heard an advertisement for an Android and iPhone app called PulsePoint, which is now available locally.

The app is released by PulsePoint Foundation and is rolled out in conjunction with local Fire, EMS, Health Care, Communication, 911, and Leadership/Elected Officials, among others.

What it does is send push notifications automatically to users when a 911 dispatch center receives a call for a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim needing CPR within a set distance (usually walking distance) of the SCA victim. The push notification goes out the same time as an ambulance/paramedic/EMS is dispatched.

The PulsePoint Foundation’s reasoning is that without blood flow to the brain, brain damage can occur in fewer than 8 minutes and the victim has little chance of being resuscitated after 10 minutes.

Accordingto the PulsePoint Foundation, even in the best circumstances, emergency responders typically take almost that long to arrive on scene. Having citizen responders who can get on-scene and start CPR quicker gives the victim a better chance of surviving.

When this app is rolled out to a community, as I said earlier, it’s done in conjunction with Fire, EMS, Health Care, Communication, 911, Leadership/Elected Officials and others. All of whom tacitly or outrightly agree that emergency responders simply can’t consistently, or with any sort of guarantee, respond in time to this kind of emergency situation.

Emergency responders can’t respond in time, so they’re turning to the citizenry for help.

Sound familiar?

You're right...it’s exactly like what so many of us on the pro-gun side argue for why we carry concealed firearms! In the event of a different kind of life threatening emergency, we also know that emergency responders can’t respond in time and we want to be able to help our loved ones, those in our care, and ourselves.

If only the self-awareness that’s shown here (related to this app, the reasoning behind it and the limitations of the timeliness of emergency responders) would extend to gun rights, concealed carry, etc.




As an aside, if you’re interested in the PulsePoint App and/or want to see if it’s available in your area, you can go here:

http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/
There’s power in your community—bystanders ready to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. But how can you seize that potential and activate your citizens to change patient outcomes? The answer is PulsePoint.
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Who said anything about encouraging, +Jeff Stevens?  All I'm saying is they should stop trying to prevent those who want to carry concealed weapons from doing so.  That's a far cry from encouraging.

As to the risk that may not be worth the cost, two points for you to consider.

First, for the past few years there have been somewhere around 9,000 homicides committed with firearms each year.  It's estimated, through numerous studies over the past 20+ years, including some by the Clinton Administration, that there are somewhere between 200,000 and 2.5 million successful DGUs (defensive gun uses) per year, with the "accepted" figure being somewhere between 400k and 800k, IIRC.  Admittedly, not all of those situations would have resulted in a death had a successful DGU not occurred, but I'd bet the number of homicides prevented is far greater than 9,000.

Second, according to the anti-gun Violence Policy Center's own data, there were 18 concealed carry permit holders who committed a homicide while carrying concealed in 2012...out of somewhere around 8.2 million concealed carry permit holders in the U.S.  That's about .0002% of concealed carry permit holders.  

So while it "*can*" make a situation worse, it really doesn't, and the risk (which is beyond negligible) is certainly worth the cost.
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First time out with my new Steyr M357.

Not bad, but not where I'd like to be, either.

The .357 Sig is definitely snappier than my .45's, even with taking into consideration that they're all metal, heavier guns than is the Steyr.

This one is going to take some extra practice before I really feel comfortable with it. (Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.)

Edited to add...This was also my first time shooting the Birds & Bullets ammo I bought recently. 124gr FMJ flat point reloads. Very shiny, very clean, and one extra rounds in the loose-pack box of "100".
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Looks like a good day!
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Quick poll...I'm thinking of getting a cheap .380 for no good reason other than I want one.

I've narrowed it down to the Bersa Thunder 380 or the Ruger LC380.

Go!!!
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Bersa Thunder 380
23%
Ruger LC380
77%
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Look at the P-64s on Gunbroker.  9x18 Makarov is right between .380 acp and 9x19 Luger.  Mine has a brilliant trigger and fits a PPK sized holster.  Steel frame.  Love it.
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Don't quote me on this, but I think the Marcus Movie Theaters in Madison, Wisconsin (of all places) are concealed carry friendly.

My wife and I went to see the latest Fast and Furious movie today, and I didn't see any "guns/weapons are prohibited" signs on any of the doors, as is required by Wisconsin law.

The AMC theaters do have those signs, though.

I guess I know where to go for movies in the future.


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They may not unless you accidentally expose it or print. If you are caught, it is a weapons violation and could loose your ccw permit.
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Sometimes...digital camo on your rifle just isn't enough. Sometimes, you just gotta...Car-mo.
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+Dean Ballweg The wheels look stationary because they're ghetto spinners. 
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As much as I hate being up before the sun, I've been loving the sunrises over Lake Monona as I drive in to work lately.  I decided to stop and take a couple pictures this morning.
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About a month and a half ago I ordered one of +Alien Gear Holsters  Cloak Tuck 2.0 holsters for my new Steyr M357 (4” barrel and a full length, double stack grip).  It showed up about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been carrying it on and off since.  Here’s my review, for those of you who are interested. 

FIT
The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 (AGCT2) fits nicely.  The large plastic (default option) belt clips are easy to get on and off and hold the holster securely in place.  The belt can still be slid (with reasonable effort) a bit to position the buckle in the correct place, if the belt shifts while putting the holster on.  I have found this NOT to be the case with the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe (CBSTD), which I personally found to be frustrating.  

The only downside I found is that while the CBSTD could be put on with only loosening my belt and slipping it in, I haven’t found that to be possible with the AGCT2.  It might be with more practice, but so far I’ve found I need to open my belt completely and unbutton my pants.  I’m hoping that’s only a practice/experience issue, but it’s too early to tell.  

The AGCT2 leather back is cut so the thumb can easily get around the grip, between the grip and your body.  I believe Crossbreed calls this the Combat Cut and charges an extra 5 or 7 dollars for this option.  My CBSTD does not have this “combat cut”.  While this provides a bit more leather surface area to disperse the weight/pressure of the gun a bit more, I haven’t noticed any significant difference in comfort from the CBSTD to the AGCT2.

Reholstering my Stery is easy and natural.  Granted, this is something I will hopefully never have to do while actually carrying, but while practicing at home, I found this to be marginally, yet noticeably, easier with the AGCT2 than with the CBSTD.  I suspect this has more to do with the particular handguns in question (a Steyr M357 for the AG, and either a Sig P220 Compact SAO or HK USP Tactical 45 (full-size) for the CBSTD) than it does with the holster itself.

FINISH
The finish appears to be of excellent quality.  The leather front is supple and soft.  The kydex holster is sturdy and well-shaped.  The neoprene backing/padding is soft and comfortable, though, given the size of a IWB holster of this style, I didn’t find it worlds apart in terms of comfort compared to the standard leather back of the CBSTD.  I found the factory retention to be a bit loose for my liking, but not exceptionally so, as since the retention can be adjusted, I found no real fault with respect to this.

FEATURES
Adjustable retention – The tension on the kydex can be adjusted to the user’s preference.
Adjustable height and cant – Both the height and cant are adjustable simply by removing and repositioning the clips.  The factory height has the top of the kydex about a quarter inch about the belt, for me, and the cant is set at the FBI’s standard 15 degrees.  I’ve not had to change either.
Neoprene-backing – the holster has a neoprene-back so as to be more comfortable for the wearer.  While I did find it more comfortable than my CBSTD, it was not a huge difference or one that, to me, would be enough to make me choose this holster in and of itself.
Swappable Kydex shell – The kydex holster shell can be swapped out, making it more cost effective for a user to switch carry pieces.  So, for about $13, you can have an IWB holster for a new piece, instead of $30 - $40 for a whole new holster.
Parts kit – the AGCT2 comes with a spare parts kit, that looks to include every spare part you might need (with the exception of the leather back, the holster shell and the belt clips, of course).  I haven’t had to use mine, and hope I don’t,  but it’s nice to have – especially considering I’ve lost numerous bolts and washers with my CBSTD.
Free Shell Trades for Life – If you know you want to permanently switch to a different carry piece, you can trade you shell for another for free.  For life.  For an unlimited number of times.
30 day trial – if you don’t like it, they’ll buy it back.  I like mine, but it is nice peace of mind when trying out a new company/brand of holster.
Warranty – They say if any part of the holster ever breaks, including the clips, they’ll replace it for free.  I’ve not had to use this (and would be seriously concerned if I had to, after just 2 weeks), but it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it.

COMFORT
I’m a big guy and finding a comfortable holster is something that took me a long time to do, and that was the CBSTD.  That’s also one of the reasons I was hesitant to leave the CBSTD and try something else.  I wear my IWB about approximately the 3:30 to 4:00 position.  Also, I’m admittedly out of practice with carrying as lately I’ve stopped doing it every day due to work issues.  Still, any time we go shopping or out and about, I am carrying.  

That being said, I found the AGCT2 to be very comfortable.  Within 5 minutes of first putting it on for the very first time, I barely noticed it was there.  Kind of that reassuring pressure feeling that a good IWB leaves you with once you’re used to it.  That’s also with it being ice-cold and fairly inflexible, as I literally picked up the box from outside our garage door, took it in the house, opened it, and put it on.  And I live in Wisconsin…and this was in February.  Having worn it now for a couple weeks, so it’s broken in, I pretty much don’t notice it’s there.   The weight is evenly dispersed.  The backing is soft enough and wide enough that even with my “additional bulk” it doesn’t create any undo pressure or pain.  Even when driving our minivan or or Camry, the holster is comfortable and doesn’t cause any issues with buckling or unbuckling my seatbelt.

CONCEALABILITY
I don’t wear tucked in shirts for my current job, but this holster allows for that.  With the untucked polo or button down shirts I do wear, even with being a big guy and the 4.0 inch barrel and full grip of the double stack Steyr M357 that I carry, the AGCT2 rides tight and close to my body, pretty much disappearing.  Being as it’s winter…and I live in Wisconsin…and it’s been a stupid cold February, I haven’t had any issues with printing, but since this holster rides as tight or tighter as the CBSTD that I used to carry with my aforementioned Sig and HK, and I didn’t have any printing issues with those, I really don’t expect to have any printing issues with this, either.  

COST
At about half the cost of the CBSTD, yet with extras and features that either aren’t available for the CBSTD, or have an additional cost, the AGCT2 is a great buy at $30-$40.

OVERALL
I’m very impressed with the quality of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0, as I am with its overall value.  It’s half the cost of the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe, which is widely considered to be the best of breed for this style of holster, yet easily matches them in terms of quality, value, features, extras, warranty, etc.  

Admittedly, I’m not doing a strict apples to apples comparison, since I’m not comparing the same exact handgun for each, but I did stack the Sig and the Steyr on top of each other and I was surprised to find that they’re basically the same overall size, due to the much lower bore-axis of Steyr’s design.  Roughly the same overall height, length and width.  I didn’t actually measure them, but I would estimate them to be within an 1/8 inch of each other for any given dimension, and that’s close enough for me.  Fully loaded, the weight of the all-metal Sig vs the metal and polymer Steyr is roughly the same, as well.  

All in all, I feel the comparison is pretty well matched and while I can’t say if it’s right for you, I can say it’s right for me, and it’s what I’ll be going with for this style of holster in the future.  

Let me know if you have any specific questions or if you think there’s anything I left out that you’d like me to add.

As an aside…it wasn’t my intent to knock the Crossbreed or their SuperTuck Deluxe holster (and I don’t think I did that), I simply used them as my comparison holster because that’s the only other holster of this style that I have, and that’s what I’ve personally used.
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I have 2 of the 2.0 holsters (.40 Sig and S&W .380).  Both are outstanding, and blow comfort away compared to my Crossbreed Supertuck.  

I'll use both for a year and see how they hold up for EDC.  My Crossbreed is in excellent shape after a year.
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(This is firearm-related, Mods, I swear!)

On the radio this morning I heard an advertisement for an Android and iPhone app called PulsePoint which is now available locally. The app is released by PulsePoint Foundation and is rolled out in conjunction with local Fire, EMS, Health Care, Communication, 911, and Leadership/Elected Officials, among others.

What it does is send push notifications automatically to users when a 911 dispatch center receives a call for a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim needing CPR within a set distance (usually walking distance) of the SCA victim. The push notification goes out the same time as an ambulance/paramedic/EMS is dispatched.

The PulsePoint Foundation’s reasoning is that without blood flow to the brain, brain damage can occur in fewer than 8 minutes and the victim has little chance of being resuscitated after 10 minutes. Even in the best circumstances, emergency responders typically take almost that long to arrive on scene. Having citizen responders who can get on-scene and start CPR quicker gives the victim a better chance of surviving.

When this app is rolled out to a community, as I said earlier, it’s done in conjunction with Fire, EMS, Health Care, Communication, 911, Leadership/Elected Officials and others. All of whom tacitly or outrightly agree that emergency responders simply can’t consistently, or with any sort of guarantee, respond in time to this kind of emergency situation.

Emergency responders can’t respond in time, so they’re turning to the citizenry for help.

Sound familiar?

You're right...it’s exactly like what so many of us on the pro-gun side argue for why we carry concealed firearms - in the event of another kind of life threatening emergency, we also know that emergency responders can’t respond in time and want to be able to help our loved ones, those in our care, and ourselves.

If only the self-awareness that’s shown here, related to this app and the reasoning behind it, would extend to gun rights, concealed carry, etc.




As an aside, if you’re interested in the PulsePoint App and/or want to see if it’s available in your area, you can go here:

http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/
There’s power in your community—bystanders ready to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. But how can you seize that potential and activate your citizens to change patient outcomes? The answer is PulsePoint.
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"Most of what follows is true."
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Heretic, amateur baker of fine desserts, (very) occasional (lately) writer, thinker, joker, genius, and "a thousand times more humble than thou art."
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Married with two beautiful, funny, super smart little girls, a new baby boy. Also, I have a cat that I am challenged daily to like.
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  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    Mass Communications, 1994 - 1997
    Bachelor of Science
  • University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County
    1993 - 1994
    as many general/basic requirements as I could get out of my way
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992 - 1993
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    Everything, it was high school. This is a stupid question., 1988 - 1992
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Senior Software Test Engineer at the National Conference of Bar Examiners
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We took home carry-out from here last night. It was our first time eating "at" this restaurant. Service: The person who answered the phone was very helpful. I explained that we'd never been to their place before and he was patient in answering my questions about the menu (which is hard to read online, but apparently being updated soon), and gave me advice about a couple different options I was curious about. When we got there to pick up our order, we were greeted immediately and passed on to the correct person right away to pick up our order instead of seated in the dining room. Decor: We didn't spend much time inside the restaurant as our order was to go, but from what I saw it looked nicely done. Either recently remodeled or very well cleaned and maintained. There is a good sized dining room and a separate bar area. It was decorated in (stereo)typical italian-american restaurant style (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Food: The food was very rich, bordering on too rich, however, with that being said, it was good. Here are some details, as well as an explanation as to why I only rated the food a "1". I ordered a small regular crust Maui pizza (canadian bacon, bacon, and pineapple (plus I added fresh mushrooms)). The crust is a bread style crust, chewy and soft on the edges and it held up nicely in the center. There ingredients were plentiful without being overloaded and overall the pizza was very good. My wife ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo and for my 4 year old daughter we ordered the Cheese Ravioli with Alfredo sauce. Both were very rich, almost too rich, as I said. Additionally, the Alfredo sauce was loaded with (sauteed?) onions, which overpowered the rest of the sauce and left an unpleasant aftertaste. This is part of the reason I only rated the food section a "1". The Fettuccine came with a slice of garlic bread which was very heavy on the garlic, and we also ordered cheese sticks, which were disappointing in that they were very thin, somewhat soggy, and overly greasy. This is the other part of the reason I only rated the food section a "1". The price seemed a bit on the high side, and the $1.00 upcharge to have Alfredo sauce instead of Marina sauce on my daughters Cheese Ravioli was both unmentioned and seemed like a "nickel-and-dime" extra...especially since one of the items on the menu is a "build-your-own" pasta which includes either Marina or Alfredo sauce for the same price. This 'upcharge' issue is why I only rated the Service a "2", instead of a 3, since we weren't informed about this at the time we ordered when it had already been established that we were a first time customer. In summary, the service and decor were good, my pizza was good, but the pastas left us feeling disappointed. We'll probably try them again, but this time we'll likely stick with pizza or maybe try the calzones that were also on the menu.
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Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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