The End of the Rampage


http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/04/new_splash_adventure_to_expand.html#incart_mce

It’s the end of an era at the former Alabama Adventure park.  The Rampage roller coaster is destined to be torn down and sold off.  A news conference was held today and it was revealed that the park would now only focus on water attractions.  The new name is Alabama‘a Splash Adventure Waterpark.  The park near Bessemer, AL has been getting a bad rap ever since a huge fight broke out last summer.  Much of the comments so far online has people not liking this news.

This question needs to be asked?  How in the world do you move a large wooden roller coaster?  Hopefully whomever the people who buy this coaster will put it to good use.  This is just the continuation of people bashing good things coming into the Birmingham metro.  People have gone to war on the comments over great things such as the new downtown ballpark to the new BJCC entertainment district.  Do those people just love going out of state to spend their money?  The Birmingham metro area needs to grow and offer new things for the people to do!

It’s just sad that another fun thing to do in the Birmingham metro is going away.  The coaster was ranked as one of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the country.  Now it’s heading toward the scrap yard.  The people needs to start working together to help bring new great things to do in the metro area.  Not bash each other online over something great planned for the Birmingham area.  Not everything can be placed in Shelby County.  Some people really needs to grow up!  I am just glad I live close to Atlanta; where all the fun’s at!

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Business Review: Chick-Fil-A


One of my favorite fast-food joints is Chick-Fil-A.  All they do is chicken and nothing else.  Their chicken is cooked fresh, their waffle fries are great; and their hand-spun milkshakes are yummy!  So the people at Chick-Fil-A mailed me a coupon for a free chicken sandwich.  So I went down to take advantage.

The Chick-Fil-A in Oxford, AL is very convenient off AL-21 right in front of Wal-Mart.  I went there during the late lunch rush and the place was packed.  Chick-Fil-A knows how to take care of their customers.  There are plenty of people up front taking orders so you do not have to wait.  And they even call you by your first name; that’s great service.  I ordered a chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a root beer to go.  I did not have to wait very long to get my food.  And even the manager handing out the people’s orders says thank you by your first name.  That makes me smile!

I have fallen in love with the spicy chicken sandwich since it came out.  The sandwich carries the right amount of heat.  It was a very smart move for the restaurant.  Each sandwich comes with two buttered buns, two pickles, and a hearty piece of breaded chicken.  Both sandwich’s tasted very good.

Each sandwich is very simple but tastes very good.  And for the people who watch what they eat.  They have grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken salad, soups, and chicken wraps.  For more information go to http://www.chick-fil-a.com/.

I noticed on the bag that Chick-Fil-A is hosting the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 on Friday May 4th in Atlanta.  Some of the special guests include Soledad O’Brien, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer, Roland Fryer, John Maxwell, Patrick Lencioni and many others!  Go to http://www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com/ for more information.  By the way there is no way I could afford the $239 ticket at all.  Well since being without a job for 10 months now.  Here is an sneak peak from the 2011 leadercast.

Legislative Roundup – Week 9


Well the folks down in Montgomery are back this week!  And boy you just have to hear about the general fund budget.  Every department is going to have huge cuts!  Some of the most extreme cuts include a 30% cut to the judicial system.  40% cut to the ethics commission.  And a 100% cut to the attorney general office!  Read the chart from the WSFA website.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/17337778/budget-proposal-would-zap-alabama-dept-funds

This is just sad!  Why are we not looking at our tax structure?  If we had a lottery and fair property taxes that included large land owners.  Alabama would not be in big trouble.  But we have to keep our taxes dirt cheap.  And the people who want taxes to stay super low expect the same services governments must provide.  Something is wrong here.  For the folks who want super low taxes.  Get over it!  Our taxes are eventually going to have to go up.  And if you don’t like it move out of the state.  That’s right; you will pay more taxes if you leave Alabama.  And for the large land owners and businesses who pay hardly any taxes.  How would you feel if you got no police or fire protection because of super low taxes?  You would not like that at all would you.  These folks can pay more taxes.  And if you don’t like then leave Alabama.

Speaking of something that needs to be cut.  Why have the legislators not cut their pay yet?  That should have been something that was cut long ago!  Now let’s talk about the Alabama charter school issue.  Governor Bentley and State Superintendent Tommy Bice (who I know) went down to New Orleans to tour charter schools that are in operation.  I believe the charter school issue needs to be approved in Alabama.  Charter schools are not needed everywhere in Alabama.  But in poorer districts such as the black belt and big cities; they are needed.  The only issue is how are we going to fund them?  We already have major budget cuts coming.  Once again the tax issue needs to be looked at in Alabama.  And no it’s not going to kill you to pay just a little more.

One bill that had huge support and passed is to provide tax breaks for new employees that are from the military.  This is a great bill but what about the people who have been unemployed for a long time?  I have been unemployed for around 10 months now!  I wish the state would help us in finding work but the career center in Anniston sucks!  There is one area that could be looked at in the budget cuts.