Throwback: Falling in Love With My First Slice at West Islip Pizza

West Islip PizzaIf you didn’t know by my blogs already, one of my favorite foods is pizza. And the first place I remember having pizza was in my hometown of West Islip NY on Long Island.

And naturally, the pizza place closest to my house was called West Islip Pizza when I was a kid. As a local SEO expert, this is the golden goose of business names in an especially competitive market like the pizzeria business.

But alas, it was either sold or renamed to Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta in the mid-90s before the Internet was a thing. But back to West Islip Pizza, I remember the little man on the business card so well. I always asked myself, “why is that chef smelling the pizza?”

That little man always indicated that a good time would be had since I loved (and still love) pizza. Even the 2 most important kids in my life always ask for pizza and get it sometimes. Sometimes we order one and sometimes I make it.

But let’s throw back to the past again. My love for pizza has been around for a lifetime and West Islip Pizza sparked it all. It caused me to try slices in my hometown from the aforementioned Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta, Slices n’ Ices, Italiano’s and Cafe Europa in my formative years.

It’s inspired me to maybe, just maybe, go back to West Islip one day and try a slice from each pizzeria that exists there now and rank them from best to worse. Then again, housing a whole lot of pizza at 32 might not be the healthiest strategy… though, I’d work it off at the gym.

I’m curious what pizza everyone likes or liked the best from their time in West Islip…

Business Card Count: 37,002

Finding Dominican Republic Business Cards in the Most Unusual Places

My significant other and I decided to take a trip to the Dominican Republic right before Christmas since we wanted to get away to somewhere warm. After seeing how the hurricanes earlier in 2017 decimated the Caribbean, we decided to go there since they had an all-inclusive resort that was in our price range.

Like my prior all-inclusive resort trip to Antigua, I didn’t expect to get any business cards since we stayed on resort for most of it outside of one excursion. But shockingly, I found 2 cards in the most unusual of places.

Pepe El Lanchero VIP Tours

The first one was for Pepe El Lanchero VIP Tours that apparently do excursions throughout the Dominican Republic, which was somehow in the sand on the beach on my introductory day on the island. Oddly enough, that company was not the one who our excursion was through.

We wound up going ziplining through another company called Blue Travel Partner Services and it was a once-in-a-lifetime fun experience seeing the nature of the Dominican Republic while dashing through the air. It, along with relaxing/reading by the beach & pool, going clubbing, dining at the buffet & gourmet restaurants and enjoying plenty of drinks & our company was a nice combination for a vacation.

We stayed at the Bahia Principe Ambar Blue in Punta Cana and as I said, it was a wonderful experience. There were different sections of Bahia Principe and one had kids nearby, but it wasn’t like they were horribly annoying or anything. The first language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish, so thankfully my significant other is fluent. She joked that was like I was her boy toy because she spoke for me.

The staff there were top notch, as were the accommodations. The room was so nice with a comfortable king bed, though the pillows were too soft as all hotel pillows are, and a beautiful bathroom. The flaw of Bahia Principe Ambar Blue is that our minibar was never restocked once even though they went to the room everyday, sometimes twice, to clean it up.

The weather was in the high 70s-low 80s everyday and the water was somewhat cold as the afternoon got later. The whole area shouldn’t have naturally been this nice in December, but we were told on the excursion that our resort area was actually mountains until they were literally knocked down to make tourist attractions. Who would have thunk it?

Speaking of the excursion, I was also humbled by the lifestyle of the poor citizens of the Dominican Republic. The schools have barbed wire on the walls and one public school even only opened up 7 months ago, which amazes me beyond belief. It makes me glad to stay on the resort most of the time in my bubble.

Barcelo Dominican Republic

We didn’t stay at Barcelo, but I found this business card in the Dominican Republic airport of all places. It was literally on the counter as checked our baggage. Leaving Punta Cana was quite difficult since we were going back to the cold weather and our lives. Good thing Christmas was right around the corner and my work week is only 3 days and then New Year’s Day is off as well.

Business Card Count: 36,989

Rich Tree Service Gave Our Backyard Some Non-Christmas Tree Removal

Rich Tree Service

The symbolism of a Christmas tree is so representative of the holiday season from Rockefeller Center to the one in your own home. Today, I'm talking about a different type of tree: a dead one. More specifically, a really large dead one, a smaller … [Continue reading]

How My Company’s Office Building is Falling Apart

Vanderberg Painting

Sometimes, things go wrong in homes all at once. The same goes for the workplace, specifically the building where you work. And this is the case with mine. First, one of the toilets flooded water to the point where some of it seeped into our … [Continue reading]

Duane Park: My First-Ever Burlesque Show Experience in New York City

Duane Park

My significant other wanted to do something special over the weekend and she decided to take me out to Duane Park on Bowery in Manhattan. She told me she went to this burlesque show for her cousin's bachelorette party and enjoyed it. She also told me … [Continue reading]

A Fun and Romantic Sunday Afternoon in Princeton NJ

Carter Cavero Princeton NJ

Sunday is the Catholic day of rest. However, Sundays for me could be a great time to spend some quality time with the people you love. That was the case for this past Sunday when me and my significant other decided to take a trip to Princeton, New … [Continue reading]

Realtor Curtis Counts Left a Thanksgiving Apple Pie on Our Doorstep

Curtis Counts Realtor

The holidays are a time for giving. Not just for family, but in general. Everyone seems nicer around the holidays. Unless you're Black Friday shopping, then watch out. But getting back onto topic. One recent afternoon, my significant other came … [Continue reading]

Colonia BBQ: Discovering a New Hotspot in Front of Your Nose

Colonia BBQ Churrasqueira Portuguese Cuisine

Sometimes, it takes an arduous journey to find a good food place. In the case of Colonia BBQ Churrasqueira Portuguese Cuisine, it was right around the corner from my house across from my liquor store and near the dollar store. I enjoy good some … [Continue reading]

Getting a Quarterly Spot Spraying & Checkup From Terminix

Terminix Trenton NJ

Bugs have never really been a huge problem for me, more of a nuisance. A hatred of ankle-biting mosquitoes in the summer time. Though the house I bought did have a cricket issue of them being in the wall, so that was fun. I believe I got someone … [Continue reading]

Throwback: Max Seibert’s Unique Ouija Board Business Card

Max Seibert

I recently came across a business card that I enjoy that Max Seibert used to stand out while promoting his brand. It stands out to me because it's a Ouija board. I may like board games, but I've never used a Ouija board though I do remember having … [Continue reading]