Category Archives: Off-Topic

This entails all posts that aren’t all that related to food.

Reflections on Dine at Joe’s

Is this goodbye? Not really…

I am sometimes asked, “What happened to Dine at Joe’s?”

Well–as you can see, it is still here. In retrospect, it was really a great blog project, and my first semi-successful attempt at blogging, though as one can see, it is mostly a digital record of some of the great places I got to eat.

The blog started while I was in field sales and I got to eat at many exciting places, as it was a large part of my job to entertain customers while dining out. And what a great time I had building Dine at Joe’s!

During the tenure of “Dine at Joe’s” (9/2011 – 7/2017), so many wonderful things have happened to me–much of which has been reflected here on this crazy food photo blog. Everything from getting married, to switching jobs twice, changing my entire career once, to my first overseas trip, to having the world’s most awesome kid. Many of these things have been more time consuming and are at a higher priority in my life than developing this blog.

With some of the good reasons that I haven’t been continuing to develop this blog, there has admittedly been some negative and sad reasons as well. I know that on a few occasions certain competitors, corporations, and people who didn’t have my best interests in mind used this blog to figure out where I was and what I was doing and would use it against me–sometimes successfully. I tried my best to turn a blind eye to this.

As time went on, with the rise in the trend of doxxing of people on the Internet, the ongoing privacy violations of people by major companies in Silicon Valley, and the biased targeting of those who create and share their opinions (which are sometimes critical) online, I became more and more concerned about sharing my honest opinions with the world. More and more people become absurdly offended with dumber and dumber things, and this behavior seems to be embraced more and more by society.

The “straw that broke the camel’s back” with me was when Yelp.com took down a review that had been written and viewable by the public on their website for almost a decade, suddenly stating that it addressed “culturally sensitive subjects in ways that reinforce negative stereotypes.” This was after they had made me one of their “elite” members for 8 years.

The result of all of this was that I stopped posting my opinions publicly here or anywhere else. I ultimately took down every Yelp review that I wrote (except for one that their crappy website won’t let me take down due to some cryptic “error.”) I ended up closing my Facebook account, and made decidedly less of the content that I create though my adventures publicly available. I’ve made my Tweets invisible to most of the public and tend to remove them all periodically. It’s remarkable that I even have an Instagram or Twitter account at all, any more.

For a most part–I haven’t looked back. The risks of being honest and transparent here or anywhere online has never ended up being worth the “reward.” Sadly, the result is that I’ve lost touch with a number of friends. (If you are one of those friends, I apologize–nothing personal.) But, such is life.

So–is Dine at Joe’s dead? No–certainly not. It’s more of a museum piece now, but it is still here. It is still a great database, and even is a bit of a time capsule in some ways. I may elect to update it from time to time, but there won’t be regular updates.

Though it can be expensive to pay for the upkeep of this website (I’ve never had any advertising on this or any of my sites, and though I have “donations” listed on this site as a joke, I’ve never taken any…) I’ll keep it up.

I do want to say thank you to those who have viewed this blog. If you enjoy my content, come join me over at joesbucketlist.com. I hope that my new blog will provide even more opportunity to create content that the world will find enjoyable, all while rising above some of the more unfortunate parts of the world we live in today. Hey–I’d rather write about things I love anyway than things that I don’t. I hope that Joe’s Bucket List will give me that opportunity more and more.

Thanks again, everyone!

Announcement: New Category – “Comfort Food”

Ahhhh, comfort food.  What is it?  I can’t define it exactly–but it has to have a lot of carbs and (of course) a lot of calories.  And it has to give you that special, nostalgic, warm feeling.  In any case, you’ll know it when you see it.

For some excellent examples, use the pull down menu on the side-bar of this website.  (See the pull down menu to the right.)

Alternatively, you can click here to browse the warm, comfort food goodness.

Note that EVERY post on here is now categorized fully–tagged by location, cuisine, special location, and meal (and course, where applicable.)

As always, if you have any suggestions for future features, please post about it.  This can be done anywhere on Dine At Joe’s!  I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

A Quick Update

Due to technical difficulties, updating this blog became kind of difficult–Wordpress messed with their mobile app.

 

However, Dine At Joe’s is not dead!  I took the opportunity over the past few months to spend time categorizing each post correctly.  So, you’ll see that each post is now tagged by location, and categorized by meal / cuisine / etc.

 

The app now seems to be working well!  So expect some more updates soon.

Southwest Airlines Special Liveries (and where they are right now!)

Today, I offer a quick distraction from the normal food pictures that I post here…

One of the really cool things of Southwest Airlines are how we do our unique plane liveries (i.e. – paint jobs on our aircraft!)  As I’ve worked at Southwest, I’ve travelled to airports, and I always get excited when I see one of our special liveries on the ground!  I’ve always made a point to take a picture of special livery aircraft the first time I see it somewhere.

Today, Southwest released the “Tennessee One” (which at one point was the same plane that was the SI one!).  You can watch the official video from Southwest here.:

Tennessee One

As I looked for these planes while I was waiting for flights, I wondered–how could I predict where the planes were?  Or if I was landing in one of our larger airports (Midway, McCarran, Skyharbor, Orlando, etc), what planes would I see?  Were there any heading my way while waiting for a flight?

Well, one weekend, I solved that problem.  Each of these planes have a story (mostly related to our history, to marketing, or to the locations we fly), and here’s a list of all of the ones that I know of that either ARE or WERE painted with special livery.  You can see where they are today!  (If no history shows up, that bird may no longer be in the air for us…)

(Special thanks to FlightRadar24.com for making this possible!)

Name Registration
2,000th 737NG & 5,000th 737 produced 2,000th (N248WN), 5,000th (N230WN)
35th Anniversary N238WN
500th 737 N281WN
Arizona One N383SW
“Beats One” N909WN
California One N609SW
Charles E. Taylor One N289CT
Colleen Barrett Classic/Heroine of The Heart N714CB, N266WN
Colorado One N230WN
Florida One N945WN
The Fred J. Jones N201LV
Green Plane N222WN
Heart One & Two N8642E & N8645A
The Herbert D. Kelleher One N711HK
Illinois One N918WN
Jack Vidal One N601WN
The June M. Morris N607SW, Original, Canyon Blue
Lone Star One N352SW
Maryland One N214WN
Metallic Gold One N792SW
Missouri One N280WN
Nevada One N727SW
New Mexico One N781WN
Nolan Ryan Express N742SW
Penguin One N280WN
Shamu N713SW, N715SW (No longer Shamu)
Silver One N629SW (Original, Silver Paint, Now, “Canyon Blue”)
Slam Dunk One N224WN
The Spirit of Hope N443WN
The Spirit of Kitty Hawk N300SW, N301SW, N302SW
Spirit One N793SA
Tennessee One N922WN (Originally, the “SI One” (for Sports Illustrated))
Tinker Bell One N912WN
Triple Crown One N409WN
Warrior One N8301J

 

Bay Area Maker Faire – Maker Paella & Cupcakes

  

Dine at Joe’s meets Roller Coasters?

Those who know me in real life know the absurd passion that I have for roller coasters.  I should really have a Roller Coaster website also.

 

Here’s an illustration of combining the two concepts.

 

Jasper’s – Ribs and Pork Tenderloin – 31st Birthday Dinner

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Me and Chef Quincy – Cofounder of the Twisted Root Burger Co

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Shakes – The Bopper – Alicia’s done with Residency!

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Lovin’ the Bacon

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