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I can safely say this is the best burger I've ever had. A 14oz bacon cheeseburger from BW's Burgers. They're not too busy in winter, but they have an outdoor patio and get very busy in the warmer months (often have over an hour wait).
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I don't know who's having more fun: the dad or the kids.

+Andy Brommel​, didn't your daughter recently get a battery powered Jeep?
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That's awesome. Now he needs to find a way to get drive on the other side.
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DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE

I read a few articles on this site that really resonated with me so I decided to read their review of Star Wars VII and they nailed it! Devin Faraci does a better job of explaining my feelings of the new movie than I could. 

One thing I would add is I believe Episode VII was used to bridge the Lucas Star Wars universe to the Disney Star Wars universe.
Devin tells you what he thought of the long-awaited new STAR WARS movie!
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Saw it a second time last night, and since it's three weeks since its release I'm not going to care about spoilers.

Now that you say it +Doug McHone, if they'd waited to take his mask off in front of Han it'd have a bigger impact. UNLESS Rey is his sister. I've read some theories which state that given Han's reactions and treatment of Rey, she's his daughter but he doesn't want her to know that. The theory is after Kylo went bad, Han dropped his daughter off on Jakku and gave the Falcon as payment for watching over her (you can see his arm holding back young Rey during the flashback scene). If Rey turns out to be Kylo's sister, the mask coming off when it did has greater importance/impact.
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+Andy Brommel​, let me know when you've built a replica.
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I was talking with my wife the other night about the Iowa Hawkeye's recent win over Minnesota taking us to 10-0 for the first time in school history. We're ranked 6th in the AP poll and 5th in the College Football Playoff rankings. We were saying that we believe the college football world will dismiss us if/when we lose. We go 12-0 and then lose to Ohio State in the Big 10, we'll be forgotten. If we go 13-0 and go to the College Football Playoffs and lose both games, we'll be completely written off as over rated.

Our talk reminded me of this exchange in the movie "Moneyball" after the Oakland A's won 20 games in a row:
-Billy Beane: It's hard not to be romantic about baseball. This kind of thing, it's fun for the fans. It sells tickets and hot dogs. Doesn't mean anything.
-Peter Brand: Billy, we just won twenty games in a row.
-Billy Beane: And what's the point?
-Peter Brand: We just got the record.
-Billy Beane: Man, I've been doing this for... listen, man. I've been in this game a long time. I'm not in it for a record, I'll tell you that. I'm not in it for a ring. That's when people get hurt. If we don't win the last game of the Series, they'll dismiss us.
-Peter Brand: Billy...
-Billy Beane: I know these guys. I know the way they think, and they will erase us. And everything we've done here, none of it'll matter. Any other team wins the World Series, good for them. They're drinking champagne, they get a ring. But if we win, on our budget, with this team... we'll have changed the game. And that's what I want. I want it to mean something.
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This article sums up my disappointment with Spectre. I know it's doing well at the box office, but while there were some really solid visuals and action sequences, the plot felt forced and over-the-top; quantity over quality.

I'd comment more but it would involve spoilers.
When I left the latest James Bond adventure, "Spectre," I felt like its star, Daniel Craig.
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After seeing all four of Craig's Bond films since posting this I have to say that Quantum of Solace was better than I originally gave it credit for. Sure it came out during the writer's strike, but the plot was no worse than Spectre's.
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I appreciate movie reviews like this, and I look forward to eventually having time to sit down and watch it.
 
So the first thing I would like to say about "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." is that don't try to watch this unless you have the time to devote all your attention to it. I made that mistake the first time I watched it and lost interest in the first few minutes.  From the subtitles to the very intricate dialogue to the fact that they don't overtly explain some of the plot you have to really be watching to follow early on.
 
Later after the film pivots to more of an action piece it isn't as difficult to follow but if you don't get past the early scenes you won't enjoy the film. So the first time I watched this I was very disappointed in it. Watching it a second time I found it to be engaging and entertaining.
 
The story of Napoleon Solo, American Spy, and Soviet Spy Illya kuryakin coming together to face a global atomic threat bears only passing resemblance to the 60's TV show.  The story is much darker and much more serious in tone than the TV Series.  The interplay between the two characters has a comfortable feeling but very little about the tone really matches the earlier version. 
 
After the rocky start early in the film I found the plot to be entertaining and suspenseful. I ended up wanting another film to see these characters really gel as a partnership. This is hinted at late in the film, but there is no time for them to explore that new relationship.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. tries to distract from an unremarkable story with charismatic stars and fizzy set pieces, adding up to an uneven action thriller with just enough style...
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My wife called it, "The movie I wish Kingsman would have been."
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Hot Chocolate Cart from my building's fun committee! Reminds me of Pretzel Day from The Office.
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A Reddit user edited the recent Batman vs. Superman trailer to remove the excessive spoilers of the original.

This movie looks intense!!
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Hope the Diverging Diamond intersection is brought to the Hickman Road exit off I-35/I-80. The volume of traffic that goes through there, especially truck traffic, has far exceeded the old standard for 5+ years. This new ramp should alleviate some traffic, but nowhere near enough to justify the status quo.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A project that has been in the works for almost 15 years will open Tuesday afternoon. The Grand Prairie Parkway interchange is the first-of-its-kind in Iowa. It’s called a d...
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A football team may be good or bad any given year, but these kinds of stories show what kind of attitude a football program has. Proud to be a Hawkeye!

"With a flat-screen television to his right and a coffee table showcasing dozens of championship rings at his feet, Kirk Ferentz tells a story about garbage.

After a road game this season, two buses carrying the Iowa football traveling party pulled up to unload and hop on the plane. Ferentz was on bus No. 1. However, since it's customary to board the jet back to front, the Hawkeyes players on bus No. 2 disembarked first. So, bus No. 2 pulled in front of bus No. 1, and a manager stepped off, holding open a trash bag. As the players walked by, they tossed the remnants of their postgame sandwiches and snacks into the bag.

"Our bus driver is just dumbfounded," Ferentz says. "He said as long as he's been driving teams around, he's never seen a team do that. Well, I tell our guys: None of you guys have servants at home, I don't think. So, you can take your garbage and put it in the bag. It's not that hard.

"It's not his job to pick up our trash. That's just how we look at it, I guess. It's a little thing, but it's a big thing.""
Desmond King, C.J. Beathard and Iowa football just won't lose
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Just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood Jedi Knights.
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This place rarely disappoints and is exactly what you'd expect from a sports bar and grill. Lots of nice, big TVs showing a variety of sports, and the wait staff has generally been very good, or at least not bad. EDIT: I cannot remember when I wrote that review, but as of early-2014 the place has gone downhill dramatically. Their food is not as good as before, and their wait staff seem like they're unhappy/bitter.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Sometime during mid-2014 the management staff was switched out and the place got noticeably better. Employees were nicer and more on top of things. Bathroom is always clean. Only complaint, it's loud. The really high ceilings seem to amplify the noise of the soda and other drink machines so there's a dull roar in the place at all times.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
It's a local chain with this location "specializing" in pork. I haven't sampled much of the menu, but what I have had was as good as expected. The atmosphere and wait staff are excellent, though it can get a little loud when busy due to its very open nature, so don't plan on private conversations over a meal. Also, I eat here for lunch a few times per month and the food quality is very consistent. Two complaints: 1. The parking lot is very small. It probably fine for dinner, but at lunch the nearby Jimmy Johns is busy and uses up the little extra parking available. 2. Around late-2014 they switched from Heinz to their own ketchup. It's slightly sweeter and I've gotten used to it, but if given the chance I'd have them switch back. More restaurants seem to be doing this so it must be a cost saving measure.
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reviewed 10 months ago
We went here because the famous Maui Revealed guidebook recommended it very highly, and i can see why. Very professional staff, excellent facilities, private beach front to ensure privacy to luau guests, and outstanding food and drinks. Oh, and the show was top notch as well. We even had Miss Hawaii do a hula before the main show as a surprise. More expensive than hotel luau's, but you get a lot more value.
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I walk here for lunch quite frequently. After a few weeks the staff started to recognize me and now they've started making my sandwich as soon as I walk in the door. They're very friendly and good at their job, plus they seem to know how conversational you want to be, not being too talkative or too quiet. Food quality is also been very consistent, only occasionally getting slightly old bread (usually when I get a late lunch after 1:00pm).
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reviewed 10 months ago
Great view, but the everything else was over rated. Thankfully we were early and didn't have a wait, but I've heard waits can reach over an hour. Go elsewhere.
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reviewed 11 months ago
I (30) and my wife (28) have stayed here twice together (2011 & 2015) and she stayed here with her family back in 1995. There's a reason for the repeat visits. While the units aren't the most modern looking, they work like newer ones (WiFi steamed HD video quite well). The pool is fine, but kids probably won't like it all that much, but we don't use the pool since the beach is a 10 second walk away. Ultimately, we keep coming back because it's a great value. $300/night for a studio with a full ocean view during peak season is excellent. We love Ka'anapali because of the 2.5 mile long, well groomed beach and the culture of Whaler's Village and nearby Lahaina. Our favorite activities are walking the beach and eating lunch on our balcony watching the whales <1 mile from shore.
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