Archive for the ‘Tulsa’ category

I Quit!

June 20, 2007

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Just like Michael Bloomberg… I’ve had enough of my Rebpublican party. I wanted to do this some time back and now… it’s done. I’m Independent and frankly always have been I just didn’t affiliate that way on the books. I do now.

Both parties have been working at polar opposites of the political spectrum far too long. And, the ONLY thing they’ll respond to, at the end of the day is… NO, NOT THE MONEY… it’s the voting. The Republicans had their mandate and squandered it: Spending went nutso; Tax law went haywire; Energy policy didn’t get tended to; and Immigration law was ignored. (But we sure can get a ‘do not call’ law passed at flank speed!)

Now, the Democrats have largely pissed away their 100-day sweeping reform pledge.

The whole lot needs to be tossed out and regular joes put in their places.

I’m a hugely patriotic American. Love this country. Always will. But when something rotten is going on before our eyes… Gotta call a spade a spade. We’re going down some very wrong paths.

Alioli WORST. Tapas. Restaurant. EVER!

May 12, 2007

(EDIT: This story is getting lots of local attention and apparently enough people have clicked through looking for the rest of the story that it’s kinda high on Google, Yahoo and MSN. Read on. It’s NOT pretty and now the TV stations are running with it but not telling the whole story. Sure Mrs. Price issued an email retraction ABOUT THE TIP. Terry Turner’s not addressed his saying terrible things to these ladies in front of other patrons and the local stations have totally sandbagged the full story. Terry, if you or any of your buds are out there… this story just went viral and is getting tons of hits. Probably ought to weigh in.)

I’ve asked if the following has been confirmed and it appears it has. I’m an ardent defender of Tulsa (not an apologist by a long shot). It’s my town and I want people to have an awesome time here whether visitors or residents. So, it is with a passionate bit of pressing the “publish” button that I warn you… If you go to Alioli’s Tapas Bar here in Tulsa… You do so with a little more input than you had before.

I am sending this story to you because I hope that when you choose a restaurant, you will keep this in mind. My friends and I were treated very badly at AliOli Tapas & Bar (3629 S. Peoria Ave.) this weekend and I want as many people as possible to know about it.

This weekend I went out to eat with some friends – there were four of Us including me. We went to Alioli’s on Brookside. We received Horrible service – some examples: the waitress told us we needed to wait 20 Minutes before ordering because the kitchen was too busy, I ordered a martini and got a margarita and the waitress lied to me and told me it was a martini,we asked no less than 4x for butter, we had to ask repeatedly to get water,we had to flag down another waitress to get the bread we’d asked for (which we thought ought to be complimentary since we weren’t allowed to order yet,but it wasn’t), our food was all served at different times so none of us actually ate together, one of the plates of food my friends ordered didn’t come out at all yet we had to ask for it to be removed from our ticket.

Because of the horrible service, we each only gave a 10% tip on our tickets. After we paid, the couple that was with us left, and Wendy and I were sitting at the table finishing our drinks. The owner came over to us and waved our tickets at us and told us that “In Oklahoma we give 15-20% as a tip”. I told him that we give tips based on service, and the service was bad. I said “let’s start with the fact that we were told by our waitress that we couldn’t order because the kitchen was backed up.” He said “That’s just the way it was tonight.” I said, “Well, that’s just the way the tips are going to be tonight.” At that point he said “Get out!” I said,”Fine we are leaving but we will make sure all of our friends know the way Alioli’s does business.” He then screamed “GET OUT” causing the Entire restaurant to stare at us. We called our friends who had already left and one of them called the owner. During that conversation he told her “We don’t want your fat ass in this restaurant.”

I have now checked my bank and it appears that the owner changed the Amount of tip on my signed ticket, adding an additional $8 to the tip I left.

Kristyn Price
Assistant to John E. Dowdell
Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Dowdell
2900 Mid-Continent Tower
401 S. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103-4065
Telephone: 918-583-7571
Facsimile: 918-584-7846

I’ll call Alioli’s later in the day and let them know this has been posted and suggest they make an opportunity to set things right with Kristyn and her friends. Based on the reviews accumulating at Yahoo!’s local ratings… this place has a history of problems.

EDIT: Kristyn’s confirmed everything EXCEPT cleared the air that the additional $8 did NOT go through on her credit card. That it was only “authorized” for more than the actual billing. But, in the end billed for the agreed upon amount. She’s also expecting a defamation lawsuit. Mr. Turner apparently wants to pursue all emails sent out about the matter. For WHAT GOOD PURPOSE!? Run Alioli’s well and this will go away.

Entreprenuers (of which I count myself) and their distractions! Sheesh!

Snowing Like It Means It!

November 30, 2006

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It’s snowing like crazy. At least by Tulsa standards.

Probably a good thing anyways. A little ice on the roads is often fatal around here… Folks tend to get really stupid about their driving (cell phones, speed or lack of). A LOT of ice on the roads just socks people away for a while and keeps people alive in a funny sort of way.

Sure is pretty!

ANY Radio Station Streamed RFN!

November 30, 2006

Oh… SO COOL!

http://kmod.radiohandi.com/ KMOD is a local radio station with one of the best morning programs in the nation (the Roy D. Mercer character has done some laugh your butt off funny stuff over the years).

http://krmg.radiohandi.com/ KRMG is a station that’s GREAT for local Tulsa reports (particularly for weather right now). But, they don’t stream in a Mac friendly way.

Radiohandi.com will take ANY four letter call symbol and turn it into a stream if you use it to make a fully qualified domain in your browser window. Friggin awesome! (hat tip to Tim O’Reilly… I love that guy!). I can take that Radio Shark off my Christmas list now!

Wish I could take the Akamai URL they’re using and pop it into iTunes… Anyone out there figures this one out lemme know in the comments. If I figure it out before you… I’ll edit the post with instructions.

Lunch with JP

August 17, 2006

Lunch with JP of Design Tastes Good was, well, tasty and… good.

I guess it had been over six years since JP and I worked together. I hired the firm he was the chief deisgner muckety muck at to redesign the experience side of Thrifty.com. They did a marvelous job by the way. Now, JP’s directing information architecture over at WinnerComm (having been around the block once or twice since then). They’ve done a ton of super cool stuff for ESPN over the years – video, interactive, web, you name it… they’ve done it (or will). If you need top shelf talent give them a shout. Tell JP Gerald said to call (just to prove to him I’m not the worthless sack of potatos he’s been told I am).

BTW, I know a lot of the rest of the crew over there from previous life and they’re all superbly talented.

Reminder… Tulsa Geek Dinner planning is queueing up. Interested parties who haven’t already signaled interest should do so RFN! Weathers starting to cool and there’s planning to do!

Tulsa Geek Dinner Anyone?

June 25, 2006

Thinking of having a Geek Dinner in Tulsa this summer.

Lots of these happening in Seattle, Mountain View, Austin, Providence and Boston. While Tulsa’s not exactly the center of the universe we’re darned close to the center of the country!

Anyone game? email me… geraldb28 (over at) mac dot com

I’d Do Anything For You Honey… [WARNING]

March 6, 2006

Are you male? A significant other?

Take this to the bank… WHAT YOU SAY TO YOUR SWEETIE MATTERS!

So, when you say those dangerous “I’d do anything for you” words… You’re gonna get hauled into the land of make-good-on-it-or-else. I just got roped into watching the OSCARS for the first time in,oh, a hundred years. From walking on the carpet and fawning over borrowed dresses and jewelry to lame speeches about how this one’s for all the little rapper wannabes. GAWD!!! THAT STUFF IS AWFUL!!!!

But, it’s THEIR awards ceremony. Much as I thought… how’d that guy get on stage?! I had to sit back and take it.

After all… I will do anything for my wifey! And she won’t let me forget it! 🙂

Michael Crichton + Fiction + AAPG = AWARD

March 1, 2006

There’s a big stink going right now about an award recently bestowed by a professional association (the ) and an author (Michael Crichton). Right or wrong? Who knows!? Did Sally Fields REALLY deserve that Oscar? How about Russel Crowe? Who knows!? The folks issuing the awards seemed to think so… It’s theirs to give. Leave it be! (But, no. That won’t do. Will it?) (more…)

Apple Wireless Keyboard For Sale

February 27, 2006

I have a barely used Apple Wireless (Bluetooth) Keyboard for sale.

918-813-9745

(Testing this out with Edgeio which looks like it works like a CHAMP!)

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