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The Table: Casual Class, Sad Risotto

Saturdays are great for doing many things, be they fixing the various broken/malfunctioning things that a busy workweek not allow time for or just sitting on a park bench watching your child(ren) play in the playground. They’re also great days for going to places that thirty minute lunches otherwise prohibit, such as a casual sit-down restaurant that just opened up downtown and the restroom contained within said restaurant.

The Restaurant: What We Came for in the First Place

Promising simple, well-made food from quality ingredients is nothing new, as the less-is-more trend is nothing new in the culinary world. However, for the area, a new face promising such things is always a welcome break from the well-tread landscape saturated by fast food chain restaurants.

The Good: Replacing the well-loved Mac’s on Main, there are many great things to look forward to at The Table. Immediately after entering through the familiar heavy wooden doors, one is greeted by a well-thought out, striking blue-grey with white trim aesthetic, tasteful lighting using the currently trendy retro light bulbs with the long elements and the bold, golden glow to cast a welcoming warmth and adding to the overall casual atmosphere. Above the bar, a mounted bicycle accompanies the confident message that The Table is the best place place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A bold claim indeed.

Wait times were short, fortunately, which was a relief since the first question after the initial greeting was whether or not we had a reservation. After a five to ten minute wait, a table that had been sitting bare for the entire time we were waiting. No matter, we were sat, drinks and appetizer ordered within five to ten minutes of arriving. Initially, we were a tad suspicious of the recommended tomato tart, worrying about the possibility of the eggs overtaking the flavor of everything else. Thankfully wrong we were, as the tomatoes truly shined, a sweet star setting high expectations for the entrees yet to come with its flaky crust, the right amount of eggs and oh, the tomatoes! Honestly, if I wanted a light lunch, I’d take the tart with a trio of well-prepared scallops or perhaps the hanger steak that came with the other entree ordered.

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Whiteboards: Christmas Time is Here

Christmas: a joyous time of the year for most, as people make plans to meet with their loved ones, both far and nearby, and non-retail business operations nearly grind to a halt under the massive weight of holiday cheerfulness. Who wants to balance the books for the year when there’s merry to be made and had by all but the most stringent of bean-counters? That’s what January the first is for, they say! While this was not always the case, for many wanted to do their due diligence in making sure their balance sheet was in fact as close to even on both sides as humanly possible before letting the eggnog flow, call volume was far below their usual volume, allowing for more whiteboard doodles, with a more decidedly secular Christmas theme than usual. Due to their fragile nature, I was only able to document two, one for me of Santa ready for flight, complete with flight goggles and a sleeker, more practical garb more akin to a flight suit than his traditional garments. The second was more traditional in nature, with the milk and cookies set out next to a fireplace and a Christmas tree, decorated to the nines and well-stocked to boot.

Santa, Flightmaster

Free of Bugs and Frozen Eyeballs

Dry Erase Marker on Whiteboard
2016

To say this was done prior to the fireplace scene for a co-worker would be a fib. I actually ended up doing this to help decorate my desk after doing so much to help others make their desks more festive, as was the purpose for the Christmas Eve scene. Not only had I run out of whiteboards to doodle on, I was feeling a tad burnt out at time, which would explain why while Santa is relatively detailed, he’s not particularly high quality or even finished really. His goggle lenses aren’t filled in, the beard is not but a blob and the fur lining depicted in the button line, cuffs, hat and hem are just as blob-like as the beard itself. The dingleball on the end of the hat shares the same fate, make this a nice doodle, but not much else. As usual, the overhead lighting manifests itself here as with every other whiteboard doodle, which irks me to no end.

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Relaunching Saylock.com

College is over for the time being, the books are stowed, the gears of knowledge creep at and ever slowing rate, rust gathering as slowly as it did last time I stopped going to school. Creak…creak…creeeeak… wait, what? Why does learning have to stop? Did it ever stop? Unlikely it ever will.

After letting the site lapse (again) into deletion due to financial hardships and lack of time, it is time to start anew! With more time and fewer x and y variables, I am free to do more with this and other online things. When I thought of doing this again, I thought to myself: what do I like doing? The best places to visit are places that are ultimately useful to someone other than the author. Someone else has to have the possibility to benefit in order for the ordeal that comes with site ownership to be worth more than a nickel or dime.

So what’s planned?

Photography: Though I have never made much off of photography, I still enjoy doing it some ten years later. Currently, the only commercial usage of my photo compositions have been firearm related, since I am currently employed in the retail part of the industry. Mainly, my photos have been featured on Gunbroker and as of recent, Instagram, all for the betterment of my place of employment. I enjoy capturing these devices with a camera in a strangely beautiful light, which especially recently, has not been the case in mainstream society at large.

Painting/Drawing: In addition to photography and digital media, I still create works using physical materials. One day soon, I’d really like to try my hand at oils, but due to having a rambunctious toddler and naughty cat, for now it is an item on the “to do” list. Acrylics and pastels seem to be safe materials to use, with the tot contributing regularly when the mood strikes her.

Bathroom Reviews: “Why would you honestly want to review the places where people defecate, urinate and do untold number of other things? Isn’t there already a place that does that?” Yes, but it isn’t my work, so I want to do it my way. Originally, it started as a project for a freshman college composition class which went well enough, despite the requirement of entering and writing about every bathroom I came across and trying to photograph them with no one else there. Once the project ended, I thought that was that and nothing more.

Sadly, nothing could be farther from the truth. Everywhere I go now, I find myself mentally rating it by cleanliness, decor if any, smells, sounds and other identifying characteristics. So if I still do it without really realizing it, why not write about it?

Firearms: It would not be a convincing online presence if it failed to cover one of the tenets of my life currently: shooting. Not people, as I rather never have to do that, but targets of paper and cardboard. Compared to the number of some of my regulars, I have but a few, but I like them quite a bit, but not to the point that I love them, as that’d be a bit weird. Like politics, I’ll be keeping the firearms posts mainly about my own experiences with them and do my best to stay away from one side or the other, as the discussion can become quite heated very quickly. Mainly, I’ll be talking about new guns I’ve read about, found at a local gun store, mainly work, or have personally bought. Since I compete from time to time, I’ll probably take some time to reflect on my results and the stages in what is hopefully an entertaining way.

Gaming: Not that I have a terrible lot of time to do so these days, but I do enjoy playing video games from time to time. With the arrival of the tot, I have limited it mainly to PC, as it usually doesn’t require expensive peripherals that are oh-so-attractive to munchkins with small, sticky hands. Someday, I will return to owning a modern console, but today is not that day. New games, mods, utilities and wanted games shall dominate this section.

Other Stuff of Interest: While the main subjects are listed above, other things that catch my interest shall have a home here, provided I can make a description of the topic entertaining to someone other than myself.

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