Monday, March 27, 2017

Jollibee in Jax!

So, I was excited when I learned, several months ago, that Jollibee was coming to Jacksonville. I had heard of this chain before, but had never experienced it. They opened last weekend. I did a drive-by, and there were just too many people, with a line around the building. I decided to wait. Today, I went. There was still a line when I got there, but it was not a large one.




The line moved quickly, and I went in and ordered. I got the Chickenjoy, with corn and rice, a peach & mango pie, and the frozen drink... the flavor is Ube according to the ticket. I'll be honest, I asked about the drinks, and I think I heard the young lady tell me that one was sweet potato and the other coconut. I couldn't hear her well - it was crowded and loud in there. I choose the purple one because purple is my favourite colour. (I'll try the other one next time!) The cashier was friendly, and gets an A+ from me!



I was able to find a seat, which felt like a miracle. Did I mention it was crowded? I sat down to wait for my food to be ready. It took a few minutes, but with the crowd, I expected that. One of the workers who was keeping the dining room clean stopped at my table. She asked what number order I had, and went to check on where it was in the queue. After telling me, she did the same for the table next to me, and I assume several others. The same worker stopped by later to ask how I liked everything. She was very nice and friendly. All the employees were friendly! A+ on customer relations!



I got my food, and it was yummy! Chickenjoy is their fried chicken, and it had a nice crispy coating and tasted delicious. The corn was fine, and the rice (with gravy!) was excellent! I enjoyed it a lot! I also enjoyed the hand pie. It wasn't too sweet, nor too tart. Just right! The Ube drink was interesting. It was a drink flavor I hadn't encountered before. I liked it. It had those little pearls (tapioca?) at the bottom, which made for an interesting texture to the drink. I take a while to drink a frozen drink of any size, so it came along with me when I left. I drank it all and enjoyed it! As I said earlier, I will try the other one the next time I go.
 
 

I will be heading back to Jollibee soon, probably within a month. I admit, it's a drive for me. Jacksonville is a large city, and pretty much each area of Jax is almost a small town unto itself. I'm in the Mandarin area, and this was out past UNF, on Atlantic & Kernan. Fingers are already crossed that they will open another location closer to me. Until then, I'll make the trek out there every so often to enjoy more Chickenjoy! 



Saturday, March 25, 2017

I went to Collective Con...

...and the best thing about it was leaving! 

Okay, okay, I'll be serious. Gonna give a review of this convention. To start off, I've been going to comic shows for about 30 years. While I understand that the nature of the comic convention has changed, that doesn't mean that I'm not looking for comics. Seriously. Comic dealers, collectible dealers, comic artists & writers, etc... Anime is fine. Cosplay is fine. Even a few celebrities. But I don't want to see shows that are dominated by cosplay, anime, and celebs. I go to buy comics!

I bought the tickets for this months ago, after this con's first strike. Con is the right term. After advertising a lower ticket price on Facebook, I went to the web-site and the tickets were almost twice as much. And no kid's rate. Most shows either have a cheaper rate for those who are 12 and under, or they get in free. Their customer service, when contacted, was terrible. They missed an opportunity to gain some good will. I eventually saw the tickets on Groupon, and for less than the advertised bait and switch rate. I decided to give them a try, since they are a local convention. I don't know how much the tickets got to on the web-site, and prefer not to. From the looks of it, they were trying for MegaCon prices.

So, pulling into the parking lot I encounter strike two. They charged for parking. This year, Collective Con was at the Morrocan Shrine Temple. I've been to shows at this venue before, and have never had to pay for parking. Until today.



So, we (my nephew and I) were early, about 15 minutes before the doors opened. There was a line. Not unreasonable (see photo). When the doors opened, it moved. What I didn't see was where to get tickets until we had moved up some. Fortunately, no one was in the Groupon line. We got our tickets quickly, and the people who had been behind us in line were nice enough to let us back in.

So, we got in. And it's hot in there. Bleh! It took us 45 minutes to take a turn around the entire thing, and we were done. Maybe 5 dealers with comics. 3 with super-hero action figures? Maybe 4. Lots of anime stuff. Lots of artists, and not just in the art room. Some cosplay stuff. Lackluster. 

The good stuff.... in order...



Someone had built a T.A.R.D.I.S., and my nephew took a pic of me in front of it. There was also a cool R2D2 replica in the lobby.
 
 

I got a Marvel Select: Electro action figure for $10 (normally they're $25)



I met Steve Cardenas, who played Rocky on Power Rangers. I got a signed photo from him. He was very nice, and since Rocky was one of my favourites, it was nice meeting him. Check out his Facebook page at http://facebook.com/stevecardenas123 Meeting Steve was the best thing about this show for me.

I got a few comics, mostly issues of Justice League and Brave & Bold from the 70's. $2 each.

I budget money for comic shows, with the expectation that I will spend more than half my budget. I spent maybe 25% of my budget, and that because I got the signed photo.

Sadly, this convention follows the trend of an organizer just wanting as much money as they can make. I've been to a lot of really good comic shows where the dealers and the organizers obviously made money, but at the same time I didn't feel like I was just there to have my money taken from me. For what I saw at Collective Con, this was a mid-level convention trying to charge like a large convention. They aren't even a mid-level convention, truth be told, but they are a little larger than some of the small shows in the area. $15 would have been a reasonable ticket price - parking included. 

Honestly, while we were glad to give the show a try, my nephew and I will not be returning. At least we've got MegaCon coming in May, and there are always small shows (the Comic Book Connection show being our favourite!) going on. And even though this show was a disappointment to me, I hope that others, especially younger fans, had a good time! There's room for several types of shows, and I hope that someone will organize a local, mid-sized convention that focuses on comics! I picked up some stuff, so it obviously wasn't a completely bad experience. "Meh" fits the bill nicely. 

All was not lost! We hit the Chinese Buffet for lunch afterwards. Yummy!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Retroesque Mix 3-1017 Volume 7




* I Break Down 2015 - Tommy Page
* Should Be Higher (Maps Remix) - Depeche Mode
* Chained To The Rhythm (DMC Remix) - Katy Perry f/ Skip Marley
* Cruel Summer (Select Mix) - Ace Of Base
* Everything She Wants (Scotty Boy Remix) - Wham!
* Made Up My Mind (909 Club Mix) - Safire
* The Beat Goes On (Offer Nissim Remix) - Madonna
* We Are Family (Long Version - 1984 Remix) - Sister Sledge
* There’s Only One Of You (7th Heaven Club Mix) - Nathan Sykes
* This Is How We Do (Chris Cox Mixshow) - Katy Perry
* Where’s The Revolution (Ewan Pearson Remix) - Depeche Mode
* Workout (Blueroom Mix Show) - RuPaul
* Thank You For Being A Friend (12") - Golden Girls
* Stumblin’ (Sec0ndskin Remix) - Sergey Lazarev
* Step Back In Time 2017 (Mastermix)
* September (Original Mix) - Throttle vs Earth, Wind, & Fire
* Pop (Select Mix) - N*Sync
* Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Alt. Break Remix) - Sister Sledge
* Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous (D1 Music Redux) - RuPaul
* Limbo (Boris Blank Remix) - Yello
* I’m Too Sexy (Tastemakers 12") - Right Said Fred
* Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Clivilles / Cole 1991 Hip-House Club Mix) - C&C Music Factory
* Fun (Eric Kupper Disco Remix) - Blondie
* He’s On The Phone (Eurotracks Mix) - St. Etienne
* Channel Z (Rock Mix) - The B-52's
* Constant Craving ‘95 (Eurotracks Mix) - Abigail
* This Is The Moment / Moment To Moment (Momentum Club Mix) - Ernest Kohl
* Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know (Hex Hector Club Mix) - Britney Spears
* It’s Raining Men (Almighty Mix) - Martha Wash
* Video Killed The Radio Star (12" Klub Mix) - Klub Kidz f/ Damian