Fluke Wine Bar, Newport, RI – A Mediocre Review

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 | Personal | No Comments

Fluke Wine Bar Restaurant, Newport, RIThe food was wonderful, our waitress was excellent, the view of the Newport Harbar at sunset was beautiful, but management killed our evening.

Dining at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, a local Newport restaurant, proved to be too good to be true.  We had heard good things about the restaurant.  Despite being there for drinks a few times, we had never actually had a meal there.

At the end of our meal, the manager came over to tell us we were taking too long and had to leave.  We didn’t think he even talked to the waitress, as we didn’t even have the check yet!  Why would you make a table feel bad, when they haven’t even been given the opportunity to leave when ‘hinted’ by a check being delivered.

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Safari Room, Newport, RI – A Bad Restaurant Review

Monday, August 15th, 2011 | Personal | 4 Comments

I apologize to everyone who reads this blog for the tech / web development content.  The following is something I felt the need to post regarding a bad restaurant experience I had (I have some obligatory tie in’s to web development, but this is mostly a restaurant review).

This past weekend, the wife and I were looking forward to having dinner at a new restaurant for us, Safari Restaurant & Lounge at OceanCliff in Newport, RI.  We don’t go to “nice” places much, but we are no strangers to “fancy” restaurants.  Needless to say, it let us down.

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To Tame the Perilous Skies

Monday, September 14th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

This is off topic for my blog in general.  It is very personal, but I’m so excited to get the opportunity to play a piece of music again I had to post it.

Not really mentioned on my blog anywhere, but I play horn (french horn).  I used to spend every minute of my free time playing music.  This was mostly back in high school.

I got the amazing opportunity to play with some of the most talented young musicians on Long Island back in the late 90s through groups such as Nassau Suffolk Concert Band, Long Island Youth Orchestra, and Gemini Youth Orchestra to name a few.

I have so many great memories of playing with those groups.  At the time I never realized it, but that was going to be the furthest I ever would take my music career.  In college music conflicted with computers, rehearsals got in the way of classes, and private lessons took too much time.

Recently I’ve joined a small community band in Newport, RI called the Newport Community Band (at Salve Regina).  A friend directs the band, my fiancee plays in the band, and I get to play horn.  I’m very grateful I get to play horn again, and be attempting some pretty cool music (last year we managed the Divine Comedy, and it came out sounding pretty good).  The band has achieved some things I never would have imagined from such a group, and always seems to surprise me.

We are going to be attempting to play one of my favorite pieces of music I have ever performed (with the Nassau Suffolk Concert Band back in 1998 I think) — To Tame the Perilous Skies (iTunes).

As a horn player, of course I like David Holsinger music.  I still get goosebumps up my arms every time I listen to the song, and it can’t be loud enough.

Below are parts 1 and 2 of a band performing the piece (not us).  It’s not the greatest quality but they do a fantastic job.  Give the music a chance, it’s really great stuff.

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