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What places/products would you recommend to a friend?

el Guapo

Capitalist
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We have a boycott list going. So why not an "I had a great experience with these people" list? I'll go first:

PRODUCTS-COMPANYS
JVC - I've had good luck with their products
Garmin - Rugged GPS
Volvo - Runs forever if you maintain it.
Uniden - Good telephones -RUGGED
Lands End - The Black Rip-Stop Briefcase - RUGGED.
The SKS Rifle - Plenty of good shooting for the money - RUGGED
Miller Beer - The Champaign of Beers and it is Union Made.
CDW - Computer sales - reliable
H&R Block - Never a complaint from me.
VistaPrint.com - Good values.
Crutchfield Car Audio Sales - Super customer service and good value.
The HALTI Dog Collar!!!
Boulevard Wheat Beer – A KC Micro
Belkin Products

PLACES
Andechs Monastery in Germany – Beer Utopia
Germany - I loved the tidiness level
Ft. Larned, Kansas - an old Indian fort in Central Kansas
The Konza Prairie - Near Manhattan, Kansas
Ft. Leavenworth, KS - History - Architecture - and people in green

BOOKS
Everything by Steinbeck and Jack London.

The Art of Johannes Vermeer
Vermeer : A View of Delft -- by Anthony Bailey; Paperback
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805069305/qid=1020739222/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/002-3122779-4832835

Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist
by Adrian Desmond, James Moore (Contributor)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393311503/qid=1020738759/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/002-3122779-4832835

The Elegant Universe : Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory -- by Brian Greene; Paperback
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375708111/qid=1020738848/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-3122779-4832835

Planet Dora : A Memoir of the Holocaust and the Birth of the Space Age by Yves Beon, Michael J. Neufeld (Editor), Richard L. Fague (Translator) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813332729/qid=1020738998/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-3122779-4832835

I'll add more as the mood strikes.
 

kms

Cyburbian
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the brownie-hot fudge dessert at TGIFriday's
a couple of Theodore Roosevelt biographies
Museum of Frontier American Culture in Staunton, VA
our local Mexican restaurant (owned and operated by Mexicans)
our County Museum of American Art
 

Cardinal

Cyburbian
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John McPhee - writer of some of the most compelling stories I have read - try "The Control of Nature" for starters

Culvers - for fast food burgers, there's none better, and they serve frozen custard

Taurus Firearms - my model 669VR .357 magnum is the best all-around gun I've owned

Midwest Express - the only way to fly
 

Dan

Dear Leader
Staff member
Moderator
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Good question.
  • NAD audio equipment.
  • Carver audio equipment, if you can find it.
  • Wegmans supermarkets.
  • Any barber shop where the radio is permanently tuned to a "music of your life" station.
  • IBM Type M keyboard.
  • L.L. Bean, and second clothing by Lands End.
  • Lutron light switches and dimmers.
  • Low to mid-end consumer electronics by any subsidiary of Matsushita.
  • Multiwave, at http://www.mwave.com
  • Any book by Edward Abbey, P.J. O'Rourke, Jan Harold Brunvand, William Least Heat Moon and Bill Bryson.
  • Any product of New Belgium Brewing.
  • Volkswagen Passat, B5 style (models between 1998 and present).
  • Linux Mandrake.
  • Lian Li computer cases.
  • Matrox videocards, if you aren't concerned about 3D performance.
  • Southwest Airlines.
  • Kansas City, Missouri. The nation's most underrated city, IMHO.
  • BBC America.
  • Virginia Department of Transportation.
  • TVOntario.
  • KBCO 97.3, Denver.
  • OXO kitchen utensils.
  • Stickley furniture.
  • Joe's Generic Bar, Austin, Texas.
 
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I'll agree with your Wegmans, other supermarkets dont even compare, and I'll add:

Fat Bob's Smokehouse, great barbecue and smoked foods
I'll agree on Uniden phones, it's the only one i can't break
Klipsch Speakers
Campbell's Chunky Soup, it neve lets me down
Estate Sales, where all good cheap furniture comes from
Oldsmobile cars, please dont leave me, I guess I'll have to go to Chevy
Sony, never bought a bad thing from em
Talking Leaves Books, supplying my course's books, and now coffee too.
Utz - The best potato chips ever, too bad I never get to rural Pennsylvania to buy any.
Indiglo - allowing me to know its 4am when it is.
 
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Wegmans Grocery Store (even though they have a shopper's card, they still kick all other grocery store butt)
The Halti dog halter (El Guapo will testify)
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
Perkins Restaurants (if you can find one anymore)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Burnett Park Zoo in Syracuse, NY
IMAX
Kurver Kreme Ice Cream in Albany, NY (incredibly long lines for incredibly good ice cream)
Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with Crisco instead of butter - much fluffier cookies)
Hodgeson Mill Whole Wheat Flour

That's my short list.
 

PlannerGirl

Cyburbian Plus
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OK my list

Saturn, on my 2nd one and loving them-looking at my 3rd *i lease* damn thing takes a beating and just keeps going and going.

USAA anything-those folks seem to have customer service down

Amtrak-the best way to travel without the BS of the airlines.

HP computers, again top notch customer support and had the same computer for 5 years, she is moody but still ticking.

Sees chocolets, now THAT is good stuff!

Levis, you can wear them and wear them with out them falling apart.

Im sure there is more

Danie
 

Chet

Cyburbian Emeritus
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My short list

(may be edited and expanded when I have more time)

Subaru - a bit pricey but they last forever
Anything made by Sony
Jewel food stores
Sam's Club
Clancey books
Briggs and Stratton small engines
Milwaukee Electric Tools - especially the cordless saws-all
 

gkmo62u

Cyburbian
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ESPN's Baseball Tonight
Courtyard by Marriott
Wispride Portwine Cheese Cold Pack
The National ZOO, Wash, D.C.
Shrek
Krispy Kreme
DrudgeReport
FoxNews
Fenway Park
Land's End Kids
Twin Boys




Dan: VDOT? I assume you mean Motor Vehicle Division and not the mind numbing bureaucracy of the State department?
 

PlannerGirl

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i HATE Vdot

standing in line for a grand total of 6 hours to get my self all set when i moved here, no one has any power to make any choices, no one seems to know english and dont give a rats back end who told you what.

these folks are the top of the top of bad gov workers.

D
 

Journeymouse

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  1. National Science Museum, London - especially the kid's section and the GlaxoWellcome wing as they have lots of flashing lights and buttons (oooooo, pretty!)
  2. The three peaks (the 3 highest mountains in England) - they're not especially high, but the scenery is some of the best in England, but against the Scottish Highlands or Snowdonia their beauty pales. They are a good hiking trip, though
  3. Mont Beuvray (mountain near Autun in Burgundy, France and site of Bibracte a Gaulish stronghold) - nice views and archeology
  4. Leeds town centre, West Yorkshire, England - some great modern architecture
  5. Jools Holland - modern, big band/blues/trad.-jazz style music - he plays live all over the UK and I think his music is cool
  6. Tom Jones, Reload Album - honest, Tom Jones does do some good stuff!
  7. Rum and Raisin Ice Cream from Thornton's (a confectionary chain)
  8. Samsung mobiles - they make cool toys despite the lack of games
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Tranplanner

maudit anglais
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McVitties' Jamaican Ginger or Lyles Golden syrup cakes - great with custard!

Cadbury's Caramel, and Buttons!

Steam Whistle Brewing Co. (renovated an old roundhouse and brew great beer in it!)

Any good English Bitter. Best type of beer there is. And no, I'm not a cloth-cap wearing retired gent.

The Toronto Transit Commission (still "the better way")

Andernach, Germany - nice little town, great scenery, great history.

Bath, England - some of the best architecture going.

London Transport Museum.

Hockey.

Donuts.

Ice Fishing.

Indian, Thai, Japanese and West Indian Food.
 

Mastiff

Gunfighter
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Good topic...

- Montechristo #2 cabinet select from Cuba

- Java Sushi in Truckee, CA

- Shoji's in Eugene, OR

- Bushmills Millenium Malt

- Sierra Nevada Stout

- Crashdown Diner in Roswell, NM

- Webb City Bank in Webb City, MO (Small banks still have great service)

- University of Arkansas track program (34 National Titles and still unpretentious)

- Mardi Gras (But not downtown or near the quarter... Go watch the local tradition of "greasing the balcony posts" instead.)

- Shrimp Po-Boys from any of a dozen Mom & Pop places along River Rd. outside New Orleans

- Pat's Steaks

- Death Valley in the spring

- Elk Haven lodge near Custer S.D. (What a fun place to stay during the Sturgis run.)

- The Mustang Ranch (Just kidding, they're closed)

- alt.sports.hockey.nhl.phil-flyers (Even though the team is currently made up of overpaid whiners and a GM with an ego so big people think he has a goiter.)

Perhaps I'll update the list as I think of more cool things.
 

Cardinal

Cyburbian
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A couple mentions of beer, so lets add:

- Alaskan Amber, wonderfully quaffable, perhaps the best beer made, but only available in the Northwest.
- New Glarus Uff-da Bock, mostly found just in Wisconsin.
- Randy's Funhunter's Oatmeal Stout, the best stout I've ever had (and I've had many), but only available at the brewpub.
 

nerudite

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I would recommend the following...

Trader Joe's -- The best place to buy groceries/wine/beer... almost anything!

Old Navy

Potato Knish at Jerry's Famous Deli (Los Angeles)

In n Out Burgers

Nissan Pickup Trucks (Pathfinder engine in a tiny truck... woohoo! 9 years with no problems!)

Jasper, Alberta

Elvas, Portugal (nice little hill town)

Orcas Island (WA) or Galiano Island (BC)

Beth's Diner (Seattle)

Taking the Bainbridge Island Ferry at sunset (Seattle)

Window shopping along NW 23rd in Portland (mmmm... with a pasta break at La Buca).

Alaska Airlines


That's it for now... I'm sure I'll have more to add later :)

-- Deb
 
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Oooh! Couple more....

Becky's Diner in Portland ME for breakfast
Fantastic Foods soup in a cup for lunch: Country Lentil, 5 Bean, Spicy Black Bean or Cha Cha Chili. The VERY best when you don't have time to go home for lunch - despite being all organic and vegetarian they are insanely yummy.
 

Jen

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Even if they didn't ask, I would still recommend to my friends the following stuff.

  • VW's
  • Sony
  • Sierra Trading Post (for deep discounts on name brand clothes and outdoor gear)
  • Bell's Brewery from Kalamazoo featuring "Oberon"
  • Eames furniture
  • Kitchen Aid appliances
  • Bissell Vacuums
  • Calphalon pans
  • Aries London Grill in Plainwell Mi.

Places
  • The Great Lakes State
  • My Backyard
  • Hollywood Beach Florida
  • The Island Nation of Puerto Rico

edited by jen, several times
 
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