Report: Long Island’s Cleanest Restaurants 2012

Long Island may not have the grade system based health department reports on each restaurant’s door like in New York City, but there is another surefire way to tell if a restaurant cares about its storefront, kitchen, dining room and garbage areas: Their maintenance contracts.

Now, it just so happens that my dad owns one of the largest pressure cleaning companies on the eastern seaboard, American Dream Pressure Cleaning, used by a multitude of restaurants across long island and the surrounding states. His company cleans nearly every chain restaurant on the island, including Chili’s, Carrabba’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Friday’s, Red Robin, Famous Daves, Outback Steakhouse and the list goes on. Here’s where the ratings start to become clear.

These restaurants, all mapped here, are under contract with American Dream to be cleaned based on their volume. They are guaranteed to have cleaner dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and garbage areas in comparison to the many chains on the island that neglect to even clean their floors with more than a mop.

I’m going to be as clear as possible when I say that I’m not trying to promote his company, I simply want to open up a bridge between the restaurants that actually care for their store on the Island and those who neglect to. We need a way to have some fluidity between the kitchen and the customer – something people in NYC take for granted with their rating system. I know by means of personal accounts, business owner reactions and outright customer satisfaction that the stores American Dream encompasses are ones that I’d feel confident bringing my family, especially as a person who has seen the kitchens beforehand himself.

There have been stores I’ve tagged along to that had never before been cleaned by American Dream that had potatoes spread about the floor and grease caking the floor enough to skate across.  Companies who do not step up to the plate so they can save a few bucks should be ashamed of themselves for letting their restaurant remain as unsanitary as they are.

This is why I want to give you the list of clean restaurants. This list may not point out every restaurant that’s doing the right thing and cleaning their store using a commercial company, but it’s a starting point for other companies to do the same.

http://www.americandreampressurecleaning.com/see-our-stores-yourself/

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Solar Technology More Utilized in Ethiopia Than in America. Why?

A few days ago, I saw this image in Wired magazine. It’s amazing that there have been so many efforts to bring 3rd world countries to better standings, but why don’t we rely more on solar technologies? Well. Lucky for you, you’re reading this very post. I’ll tell you why. We [a collective word representing both our own government and the oil companies that hide behind it] don’t want to use it.

From a business and governmental perspective, why switch? We’re funding a war, which funds the economy right out of a recession. We’re funding hundreds and thousands of truck drivers and ship captains who import and localize oil. We’re funding the jobs in refineries. We’re funding practically all of our nation’s power plants and electrical workers.

Imagine the size of the infrastructure shift if we ever tried to switch from oil to solar!

The efforts to completely replace all oil tankers ships and trucks for the entire country would be a couple hundred thousand arms and legs to begin with, but hell, that’s not even the half of it. Gas stations nationwide would have to be closed to be converted to electric fill up stations. Then comes in the factor that ALL power plants would have to be converted to be able to receive these power-in-a-ship battery contraptions for distribution to homes so that the current power line system would still be utilized. Yo. Scientists. Good luck with that.

Now, solar energy isn’t completely a dud in this country! By all means, taking matters into your own hands is always an option. Good luck with paying for the installation though. The federal grant is only so much help.

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It’s Time to Reinvent the Wooden Pencil.

Do you see those pencils? Each and every one of them was used no more than a day or two. Unless you carry around a pack of eraser tops to put over the cracked off eraser tops, those pencils are essentially worthless.

Pencil manufacturers need to either start to pack eraser top replacements with their pencils, use higher quality eraser materials or modify the metal rings of pencil tops to be less prone to pinching the eraser, which causes them to break off.

Don’t get me wrong, mechanical pencils have their own quirks too, but at least those pencils often come with replaceable erasers or retractable ones so that after those 2 days of use, you can replace them and continue using them.

Who am I kidding… The wooden pencil will never change. They’re cheap to make and because they are, when they break, we just go right back to the store to buy more. It’s genius!

Did I just write 156 words on pencils? Yes I did.