A&G Paved the ramp at the airport our airplane is hangared at. We asked if it would be necessary to move our airplane and were told the work would not be anywhere near our airplane. Within an hour, the A&G crew ran a Bobcat into the wingtip of our airplane, causing thousands of dollars of damage. The airplane had to be temporarily repaired with a special tape and inspected by an FAA inspector before we could be given a temporary permit to fly it 200 miles to the nearest repair facility where the fiberglass could be repaired and repainted. The airplane was out of commission for three months while this work was being done. Fortunately their insurance company was very easy to work with.
A few years back, Oyama transitioned from being a rather unimpressive Chinese restaurant to a Japanese teppanyaki/sushi spot that really holds their own. We don't do teppanyaki anymore (boring) but we've spent a lot of time trying all their sushi. They do some unique rolls. I'm especially fond of the Fiesta Roll, which features tuna and cilantro on the inside and jalapeo and a dollop of hot sauce on the outside. I'm also a fan of the Chirashi Sushi, which is a bowl of rice with a dozen or so pieces of sashimi. Oyama is the best sushi spot on the north/east side of town. If you find yourself on the south/west side, try Sushi House. You won't be disappointed with either one.
Coffee Smiths is a local coffee shop with a corporate franchise feel. It's "too nice". The coffee is fine. The pastries are all made from what they call "muffin pucks" which are frozen disks that turn into dry, crunchy muffins when you bake them. Lunch wraps and panninis are ok but there's no soup in the summer time and only one variety of soup in the winter. The owner has done weird things like put the Internet on a timer so it doesn't turn on until the store opens. This results in problems during the daylight savings time switch when it doesn't turn on until an hour after they open or turns off an hour before they close. The also have the thermostat locked down so the employees can't change it. In the spring when they haven't turned the a/c on, it can get up to 80 degrees or more and nobody can do anything about it.
Afternoon clientele tends to be all kids. They can be loud and disruptive. To their credit, the internet-timing, thermostat-padlocking fascist management has posted rules of behavior to address this, but it doesn't change the fact that it gets noisy in the afternoon once the kids show up.
i purchase my CPAP/BIPAP equipment and supplies here. I was initially disappointed that I needed an appointment to pick up my BIPAP machine, then I arrived to find someone without an appointment was in line ahead of me. As a result, the consultant/owner who was the only one there qualified to sell me a BIPAP machine was in a bit of a hurry because he was also installing a lift in a van. Despite this the people are friendly and the atmosphere is very casual -- almost non-professional. But there's a quirky hominess to this place and it's associated sleep lab that makes it fun to do business there.
After seeing one of the robodoctors at PCI who rushed in and out between golf games and failed to take time to answer my questions, I got a copy of my records and took them to Doctor Tearse. He spent adequate time with me and accommodated my request to be awake during surgery. He did a great job and within six months I was running again and feeling great.
This is a small store with an understandably limited selection of items, but I was able to find everything I was looking for, including a water belt that would accommodate my handgun. The staff was friendly and helpful. I'll probably check them out when I need a new pair of shoes.
My doctor recommended Physicians Choice for a sleep study after I told him I despise the golfers posing as doctors at the competing PCI sleep lab. I was initially put off by the casual atmosphere at Physicians Choice, but I think I got a good diagnosis. I was able to get in quickly, but they're only open three nights per week so my choices were few. For my second night I had to come in after my normal bedtime due to an earlier appointment, but then they took me first because the earlier patient was having trouble comprehending the idea of filling out the forms before you come to your appointment.
Physicians Choice is owned by the same people who run the Aim durable medical equipment company next door, but in the end I had a choice as to where to go for my equipment (I still chose Aim).
OSA is a questionable diagnosis in my mind, especially for those in the "mild" category. My BIPAP machine solved my snoring problem but has yielded no other benefits in terms of feeling more alert (I wasn't feeling non-alert before) nor sleeping any better (I still wake up a couple times each night) but the staff at Physicians Choice made it as pleasant as possible.
Why can't I get a decaf cafe mocha? You have the beans. You have the grinder. You have the espresso machine. WTF?
Java Creek is the best coffee shop and cafe in town. They have a great selection of coffees and espresso drinks, teas, and smoothies. They offer breakfast baked goods made fresh every day, hot breakfast sandwiches, lunch/dinner sandwiches and soups. They've recently added a selection of Prairie Soup Company soups, which are amazing.
Price is in the eye of the beholder. If you come here just to steal free wifi then I'm sure the prices look high. They're just fine and you get good value for your money.
It can be busy on Fridays so come a little early for lunch.
I'll try to make this brief. Future Systems set us up for monthly payroll tax payments when we should have been biweekly. IRS figured it out and charged us $1800 in fines and interest. Future systems used their access to our checking account to steal the money from us and pay the IRS. They refused to take responsibility for their mistake. When I asked, the said I had filled out "monthly" on our application. Upon reviewing the application we found I had put a question mark on that question because I had no idea what our filing frequency should be. Future Systems said they couldn't figure out our filing frequency because it would have required asking for past payroll numbers, and they were afraid we would refuse due to confidentiality. Of course they never asked, but we would've been happy to provide this information to them.
I gave them the opportunity to explain this to the IRS and get our money back. They wrote a letter that offered no facts, but only apologized for missing the filing deadline. Needless to say, the IRS did nothing. We fired Future Systems and wrote a letter to the IRS explaining how we had inadvertently hired an incompetent payroll company, and laying out the dates of when thing had happened. They refunded the entire $1800, confirming that they, too, agreed that Future Systems is incompetent.
I have since mailed a letter to them and talked to them a couple times on the phone. They have never apologized, and in particular, Linda, the owner, has never personally addressed this issue with me.
You have lots of choices when it comes to payroll providers. There's no reason at all to use Future Systems.