I’ve volunteered to take over the Tri County Networker’s web site administration. I decided to use WordPress (that’s what I use for this blog you are reading) for the base of the site. WordPress allows for other people to participate, without making them administrators. That way, each person can deal with their own section of the web site without me building a page for each business. I just have to build the backbone and my page, and they can build their pages.
At our meeting this morning, I introduced this concept to the group by giving them each a sheet of paper explaining this. Currently, the page www.tricountynetworkers.com is not pointed there. But, soon it will go LIVE.
After the meeting this morning, I came back to my office and got the backbone built. It’s a simple design with About, Members, Join Us and Meetings pages. Each member will place their pages under the Members section. Cool, eh?
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading someone’s blog. They said they would treat anyone who followed their blog to lunch. The catch was, they would have to travel to Webster, New York.
I bet he didn’t expect a follower to be just 20 miles down the road.
So, I’m now following his blog, and today, we met for lunch. He suggested we meet at the Red Robin in Webster, and being a burger fan, that sounded good to me.
Before I continue, I just must say, one can never have too many good friends. I recently read that at any given time, the average person only has a couple of “close friends”. The article also said that several decades ago, the average person had about 4 close friends. So, close friends are a rarity nowadays.
The hostess directed us to our booth, and we sat down and immediately started to chat. We were so busy chatting that the waitress returned a couple of times to ask if we were ready to order. Of course, we were too busy and hadn’t even looked at the menu. So, we took a break from our discussion and looked at the menu.
After a quick scan I had decided on a burger with blue cheese and onion rings. When it came time to order, my new friend ordered first. It was funny. He ordered exactly what I was planning to order. I just looked at the waitress and said, “The exact same for me.”
It was a fun conversation getting to learn about each other, and the jobs we’ve had in the past. It was all tied together with our love of photography. We talked to the point where the waitress came over and politely asked if we wanted to settle the bill, or if she should turn it over to the next waitress as her shift was ending. (Poor gal. Having waited tables, I understand where she was coming from, and we weren’t really being fair to her.)
So, the tab got settled and we continued to talk. (I’ll give my review of Red Robin at the end of this.)
I drove away feeling glad I took some time to drive to Webster and meet this gentleman. We obviously have the same taste in burgers and photography. If feels good to have made a new friend.
After my luncheon, I returned to the office to do some more work. Time just zipped by, but my new toy has kept me a little more focused.
I bought a Tascam recorder that fits in my pocket. It’s going to serve two purposes. The first is my “to do” list. I push the record button and say, “Remember to e-mail that new client”. Then, when I get back to the office, I plug it in to the computer and listen to the MP3 files on the thing.
The second purpose is to record conversations when out and about doing journalistic photography. As many of you know I’m doing a book on NY SR 31. (See http://www.GetItDoneOn31.biz and while you’re there, click on the KickStarter link. The project could use some financial backing.) This way, if I’m taking pictures of a diner along 31, and I’m talking to the owner, I can let the owner talk in to the recorder so I don’t have to try to remember all of what he says about the diner’s history. And, because it is actually a very high quality recorder, I could use it for video sound tracks…. if I ever shoot video.
This little Tascam is an amazing device. I will definitely use it the next time I get some guys together to sing some barbershop.
Again, I’m beat at the end of this day. I’m not 40 any more, that’s for sure.
Red Robin… the review…
Service – 4.5 (I’d have given our server a 5, but she was a little hyper vigilant. She just needed to tone it down a notch.)
Atmosphere – 4 (It’s a burger joint, but nicer than most burger joints.)
Cleanliness – 3 (Other Red Robin’s I’ve been in have been a little cleaner than this one. The bathroom deserves a 5, but the front of the house was tidy, but a little soiled looking. Our table was still wet when we sat down, and a little sticky.)
Menu Choices – 5 (For a burger place, their menu is focused, not too many choices, and attractive.)
Food taste – 4 (My burger was really good, but it is hard to give a hamburger a 5 unless it is exceptional.)
I like Red Robin restaurants. You don’t feel like your in a burger joint, but when you look at the kitchen, you realize, that is exactly what it is. It’s just disguised to look more like a T.G.I. Friday’s or something. That’s not a bad thing. After all, sometimes you want a burger place that feels like a sit-down restaurant.