asinine espn bar management

Hmmm … So, we went to the ESPN bar on the Boardwalk Disney in Orlando and expect just some typical bar food and a drink before going home and back to bed just after midnight last Thursday evening and we got probably the worst service ever.

The greeting we got something to the tune of there is no food service. You can only order drinks. At first, we were thinking about just leaving, but then decided what the heck. We might as well. So, one guy asks what some of the beers were. The waiter says, “it’s a beer”. He couldn’t give a better description for any of the beers! One guy orders a Jamison neat (no water, no ice). What’s is that? Shouldn’t you know if you’re a waiter? Oh well. No big deal.

I order the “Zone” drink, but asked for a shot of rum in in. I got the drink without rum in it. The person next to me ordered a milk shake. She got a drink with cream and shaved ice. Another guy ordered 2 drinks. He ordered the Zone and a beer. When he asked what kind of beers they were (menu just had names on it), the waiter responded with something like “it’s a beer.” When the drinks came, he just got the beer. When he asked for the waiter to get his other drink, the waiter said, “no, you didn’t [order the 2 drinks]” and he added that he couldn’t go back because the bar was closed and that the bartender was pissed that he even took the order.

When the check came, I was charged 6.50 for the rum. We called the waiter back and told him this and told him that there wasn’t rum and that he could taste it if he wanted to. He declined to taste it. He then brought his manager. The manager then argues with me and says that the recipe called for rum. The drink was special order – it wasn’t even on the menu! How could they have a recipe!?

The waiter said i should’ve told him there was a problem with my drink before the check came, but the bar was closed immediately after drinks were served! What was he going to do? Go back to the bar!? He told us that he couldn’t do that!

Later, the manager said that he was willing to take the drink off, but that we couldn’t tell him that he didn’t make the drink right while neither of them were willing to taste the drink.

They just took off the $6.50. They didn’t take off the whole drink like they said. They also charged an 18% gratuity as well!

So atop of that, we had to pay a very undeserved 18%!

Toyo Sushi on Sloat Blvd in San Francisco

This is yet another, Chinese owned sushi restaurant. We sat at the bar and the chef had a scared look on his face when my buddy asked me if we should do “omakase”. I’m fairly certain he didn’t know what that meant. This place is okay. Their “shari” (rice) really sucks. It had no taste – not salty, not sweet, not sour. Their fish though that day was very fresh and tasted very good. After one piece of nigiri, we did sashimi for the rest of the night. The chef at the bar was lame. We tried ordering from him and he seemed to acknowledge our orders, but never fulfilled them. He told us that he was very busy and we would have better luck ordering with the waiters. That was pretty disappointing. We took 3% off of his tip for that and I don’t expect to go there again.

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar – Honolulu, HI

This place is really friggin’ good! We were on Oahu just for 4 days or so and went to this place twice for dinner! Well, one of the reasons for this is because we knew that after leaving, we wouldn’t be able to revisit it very easily.

Of the two times we were there, we usually started with the premium Sake…don’t remember the exact name of it – it was one of the Junmais – the premium is the sweeter one though they’re both good. We’ve had the Sushi Pizza, which was pretty original and not bad. I’d prefer crispy seaweed, but it was still good. Unagi and Rice – the hot plate was very good – should wait until the rice gets harder before serving – rice from the bottom of the bowl is excellent. Yukari French Fries – taste like regular fries, but they’ve got a little twist – a little different taste that makes it just a little value add over some of the other places. The Rock Shrimp – it was good, but I didn’t find it was that good; better than most fried shrimps as the quality of the shrimp wasn’t too bad – you know how you can get fried shrimp from some places and they give you mostly batter – not this place. The Gyoza – awesome quality! Not too big, tasted good. Albacore Tuna Carpaccio – it was seared and was a little weird for me since I’m used to having it raw, but it was definitely good. Chicken Karaage with Spicy Tartar Sauce – the chicken was good; I didn’t need the tartar sauce. :) It’s optional. Stir-Fried Omelet Noodle – eh … friends thought it was really good. I thought it was okay – not something that I would have again because the tangy taste was a little weird for me. Albacore Tuna on Crispy Rice – definitely original, definitely good – must try. Beef Tataki with Balsamic Sushi – I liked the Tuna better, but this wasn’t bad – another original. For dessert, we tried the Chocolate and Cinnamon Honey Toasts and the baked banana. The honey toast is something that everyone gets. The baked banana was alright; tastes like your typical pan fried banana you can get at other places. Overall, A++ – I’ll definitely go back when I visit Hawaii again!


Sushi Dai is way better than Sushi Yamato in Tsukiji (Japan)

It’s really ridiculous how different the two sushi places are in terms of service while they’re right next to each other and look the same as well. They both have similar amounts of traffic as well.

Here’s a good review of Sushi Dai: … 4654633758

Another review for Sushi Dai: … -BR-1.html

    Sushi Dai had better service as even though we did the set (omakase), we were asked if there was anything that we didn’t eat. (I don’t like octopus or uni.)
    The egg in at Sushi Dai was hot and fresh where the one at Yamato was cold and looked like it sat there for a while.
    At Sushi Dai, we were given the items one at a time and told what they were. At Yamato, they just kept throwing stuff in front of us making it feel rushed.
    At Sushi Dai, we were offered different tastes for example, the choice between salt and soy sauce and a citrus flavored piece whereas at Yamato, they were all soy sauce flavored.
    At Sushi Dai, I was able to use chopsticks to eat all of my pieces. At Yamato, my pieces kept falling apart.


Wasabi & Ginger – San Francisco, CA

Wasabi & Ginger
2299 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

This is yet another Chinese owned Japanese restaurant. The food isn’t bad.

Spider roll was awesome +10

Nabeyaki Udon was okay +5

Raw fish was okay, but not fresh as I thought it would be according to other reviews -5

Bathroom was typical, but faucet was broken -1

No “irashaimase” (Welcome at the door) -1

Waitress didn’t know what shichimi was (flavor for Udon) -1

Boss was around, so service was good +5

Free ice cream! +5

So overall, I’d say, this place is pretty good. It deserves 4 stars.

How to get USB devices to work in Linux or the ESX console

Here is how I’ve gotten a couple of cdroms / usb memory sticks / hard drives to work.

1) modprobe usb-ohci
modprobe usb-uhci
(one of them should work, one may fail)

2) modprobe usb-storage

3) tail /var/log/messages
and you should see something like this:
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver…
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: scsi1 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: Vendor: SanDisk Model: Cruzer Mini Rev: 0.4
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: VMWARE SCSI Id: Supported VPD pages for sdb : 0x1f 0x0
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: VMWARE SCSI Id: Could not get disk id for sdb
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: :VMWARE: Unique Device attached as scsi disk sdb at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: Attached scsi removable disk sdb at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: scsi_register_host starting finish
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: SCSI device sdb: 2001888 512-byte hdwr sectors (976 MB)
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: sdb: Write Protect is off
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: sdb: sdb1 Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: scsi_register_host done with finish
Feb 8 14:50:56 supp15 kernel: USB Mass Storage support registered.

4) Now that we know that it’s sdb1,
Create the mountpoint directory:
mkdir /mnt/usb
Mount the device:
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb

That’s it. Your files should be in /mnt/usb. To check, just run ls /mnt/usb

In a case that you don’t have /dev/sdb1 there, which is what happened to me once with a Dell CDrom, I had to mknod the device.
After plugging the usb cdrom into the machine, /var/log/messages showed:

date hostname kernel: sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 10x/10x cd/rw …..

Unfortunately, if you type: “mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/mountpoint”, it will say:
“mount: special device /dev/sr0 does not exist” and that doesn’t do us any good. So what I did after that was:
cd /dev
mknod sr0 b 11 0

With that, /dev/sr0 existed and hence I was able to run:
mount /dev/sr0 /mnt/mountpoint

or, I could run:
ln -s /dev/sr0 /dev/cdrom
and run:
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/mountpoint

That’s it!