Though I didn't end up staying with Omni Eye, I did have a checkup and a thorough evaluation. Though the staff was incredibly overworked, they still managed to cater to my requests without hesitation.
Personally, if I was swamped with irate patients and loud, screaming children, I wouldn't be so cordial. Hats off to these optometrists who really knew customer service. Not only were the veteran doctors polite, but I watched as they impressed on each patient the importance of customer service.
Were you a teenager in the 90s? The 80s? The 70s? If so, this place is screaming for you.
Just like smoking in the school bathroom, house parties that are broken up by the cops, and sneaking back into your house before mom and dad notice you're gone, hanging out at this local roller rink is one of those memories that probably is best left in your adolescence.
Things have changed--the kids are gruff and seem more likely to snort cocaine in the bathroom and mug you than act like we prank-calling children of the 80s and 90s. I felt like a dinosaur, and a dinosaur whose awkward stares set him apart from most everyone else in there.
And since when do 11 year-olds wear low-rise jeans?
PROS: If no one else is there, you get to relive your childhood
CONS: If people are there, you get to see just how much times have changed
I was relieved to find Kendrick & Sons. They sent over two of their best to help us with a faulty water pump in our basement, and I must say that their professionalism was unparalleled to most businesses I've dealt with, plumbing or otherwise.
Getting to our water pump was easy; it was the cleanup afterward that impressed me. Though I didn't expect it of them, they offered to mop up the leaky water around the newly-fixed pipe. I thought that was my responsibility, but they took care of it! They were careful to remove all our personals so as not to get them dirty, and sensitive to our Asian heritage, asked us if it was OK that they kept their boots on in our house.
PROS: Service that will ruin you on other businesses
CONS: They don't do, say, auto repair or open heart surgery
Aikido is a fantastic way to practice passive self-defense. The instructors at Shin Budo Kai don't get enough credit; they are patient, accomodating, and communicate well. They show you what you're doing right, and most importantly, what you're doing wrong.
Martial Arts centers can be dangerous with newbies throwing each other around. It takes a good teacher more than it does a good fighter to safely learn martial arts as a means of defense as well as a means of fitness.
I'd strongly recommend Shin Budo Kai over the McTaeKwonDo's of Atlanta. There's something to be said about individualism and perfection.
PROS: Best martial arts instruction around
CONS: Aikido may be too passive for you; know about an art before taking classes
...the more they stay the same. I was dropped off at A Child's Night Out the summer before my 10th birthday. There were a vast array of activities, plenty of other kids around, and the counselors/caretakers (semantics, I know) were friendly enough.
I heard from my 9 year-old cousin that things haven't changed, however. Once you drop your child here, you have the option of buying a meal. The food again is substandard, mostly (what I'd imagine to be) prison-quality navybeans and pork sausage in an unidentifiable sauce. I suppose profit is a profit, but if I wanted to pollute my child's inner organs, I'd do it myself with candies and fried foods that actually tasted decent.
Apparently, the number of children per counselor hasn't changed at 15 kids per adult. This number encourages the large number of incorrigible bullying; I was shocked to hear that 14 year-olds were still being left at ACNO even today. There is intimidation, physical threats, and no adult intervention because they are either a) too busy or b) unaware of such behavior.
I'm sure the management means well. But I'd rather leave a child in a room full of R-rated movies. At least the child can fend for him/herself watching Steven Seagal. Leaving your kid at this place is like entrusting your lamb to a pack of hungry wolves. Don't do it...unless your elementary school-son/daughter is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 lbs.
PROS: When adults don't notice you, you don't have to eat nasty franks 'n beans
CONS: Plenty of opps for experienced bullies to pound on you and get away with it
My best friend and I took his ailing 12 year-old chocolate lab to Stone Mountain, quite the hike from Marietta. The reason we went is because the vets at Mainstreet specialize in certain aspects of their field.
We didn't know it, but the chocolate lab in question had cancer and was losing her sight in one eye. Another vet told us we'd have to amputate one of her legs (she broke it--we suspect she has osteoporosis or some degenerative bone disease). Thankfully, the leg was saved and our dog is just fine. The vets here not only did a fantastic job in prescribing pet meds and treatment, but they kept us in good spirits while we waited. I only wish my HUMAN doctor was this cool.
PROS: You won't find better--they're worth the hike
CONS: The snobs won't treat you, because hey...they don't "do" humans
I appreciate the little guys and gals who take on Corporate America. After all, Corporate America is not much more than the other little gals and guys who just did really well.
Eye Optique was an alternative to America's Best, and though I'm glad I checked it out, there were a few discrepancies that prompted my choice to return to America's Best. The doctors at EO were very skilled, no doubt about it. They were just as good, if not better than the optometrist at America's Best. Dr. Reimbolld is a skilled and congenial physician, and I was more than happy to see her.
The downside to EO is their selection in eyeglasses. They don't have the variety of America's Best, nor can they offer the same steals that America's Best does just because they're independent. If I could afford it, I would've paid the extra money to stick with EO as I'd love to support a local business. Unfortunately, my money tree only grows pennies.
PROS: You get more attention here than anywhere else
CONS: Woah, Ponch! I think Erik Estrada wore some of these frames in CHiPs.
I hate cleaning our air ducts. It's dusty, I'm allergic, and long story short, if I'm suffering, I'm the kind of grump who ruins everyone's day.
I thus decided to leave it to the pros, and was pleased to see that AADC was a lot less expensive than the other guys who may have popped up on this list.
PROS: It's not just a clever name--the prices are great
CONS: They left some dust in the carpet as they walked out--but we vaccuumed
They did a great job pressure washing our house's brick exterior. It's hard work--lugging that washer around is no easy task. They were diligent, and made sure they got every square inch of moldy brick outside before moving on to the porch.
The porch, however, was where I would fault APW to a point. They forgot to test the wood for rotting before pressure washing it, and upon application of water found that several bits of wood flew off our deck. Whoops. The only reason I wasn't upset was because they sincerely apologized, and there wasn't serious damage done--it's just that the paint came off with the dirt. We've since replaced parts of our porch.
Our house, however, is sparkling.
PROS: Diligent workers who keep their eyes on the prize
CONS: Sometimes the youngins get a little overzealous in washing
I was happy to have Treemaster take care of the dying oak in our backyard. I was lucky they did it, too, because Hurricane Isidore was about to make landfall in Mobile.
The only complaint I had about Treemaster were the hours; they're busy people, and their schedule is not very accomodating. However, they were clean, and left no splinters in our yard. I was surprised--it was as if the tree was never there!
PROS: They'll cut down Jack's Magic Beanstalk if you pay them
CONS: Call in advance--don't procrastinate like I did.