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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Travel Tech: Defective Garmin Vivoactive - Welcome To The Wall Of Shame

If you travel as much as I do and are active (walking, hiking, golfing, swimming, etc.), a good activity monitor or smart watch is indispensable. I bought one from Amazon.com a little over a year ago and am I sorry I did.
The Garmin Vivoactive ($179) worked fine for about six months, monitoring sleep and the golf function worked OK. When walking (golf) or during travel (we walk a lot), it kept track of steps and was quite useful, but I use an elliptical trainer for much of my cardio and the Vivoactive was/is totally useless unless your arms are swinging.

After 5-6 months, it quit syncing sleep on a regular basis and a month or two later the golf function stopped working altogether. For golf, it give you basic yardages (front/center/back of green) and keeps score, but that's it. It has difficulty recognizing the golf course you have just arrived at, even with GPS, so you have to remember to sync it via Bluetooth with the Garmin Connect app on your phone, a real pain in the butt.

For the past several months the golf function, one of the primary reasons I bought it, quit working altogether. It can find the course, but when you click on the course you want to play, it starts "downloading data" and "transferring data", but then goes back to the main menu. Once on the course, it sometimes would start working, but FOR THE WRONG COURSE. The course I play has a short Par 4 2nd hole, but the Vivoactive lists the 2nd hole as a Par 5 and the yardage does not work at all.

This "smart" watch is a piece of junk. I wasted $179 for a digital watch when I could have paid $30 and gotten a better Casio with more functions than this thing has now. Garmin came out with the Vivoactive HR just weeks after I bought this garbage, but did not bother telling me that I could have bought an upgraded watch with a heart rate monitor for a little more if I waited a few days. I do not know if the Vivoactive HR is any better than the Vivoactive, but it could not be any worse.

The watch stopped working altogether in July 2017, dead as a doorknob. I will never buy a Garmin product again because of their lack of customer service and the junk they sell. DO NOT BUY A GARMIN VIVOACTIVE!

CombatCritic Gives Garmin and Their Vivoactive 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "WALL OF SHAME" ... More Bombs Are Better!






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Title: Travel Tech: Defective Garmin Vivoactive - Welcome To The Wall Of Shame

Key Words: Garmin, Vivoactive, watch, GPS, smart watch, golf, steps, activity, monitor, active, Portland, Oregon, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, product, business, review, Yelp

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond Any/All Repair"


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Canby, Oregon: Hey Douglas, Nurse This ... You Suck!

Douglas Nurseries
23524 S Mulino Road
Canby, OR 97013
Phone number: (503) 266-9419

I contacted them by email about a rather substantial order (50+ trees at $14-$20 each), but after three weeks and no reply, I decided I did not want to do business with such an unprofessional company. There are plenty of businesses that will appreciate a $1000 order.


Do not waste your time with these fools.

CombatCritic Gives Douglas Nurseries 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My WALL OF SHAME ... More Bombs ARe Better!









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Read Chris S.'s review of Douglas Nurseries on Yelp

Title: Canby, Oregon: Hey Douglas, Nurse This ... You Suck!

Key Words: Douglas Nurseries, Douglas, nurseries, nursery, trees, plants, shrubs, bushes, Canby Portland, OR, Yelp, YouTube, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, Wall of Shame

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska: "Le Bouillon" Translates To "Salty Food" ... BOOAH!

Le Bouillon
1017 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Old Market, Downtown
Phone number: (402) 502-6816
Prices: $$$$

Not good. How this place averages four stars with 170+ reviews on Yelp is beyond me.
As I always say before a review of a French restaurant, "I love French food", but I did not even like Le Bouillon.
We came with a party of 12 from a conference at UNO as well as 2 last minute add-ons, but staff refused to add an extra table at first, making us squeeze into four small tables pushed together with just two small baskets of bread for 14 very cramped people. They told us that they were "fully booked", but less than half the tables were occupied all evening and a glass walled room with two giant tables sat empty next to the entrance. They finally got a clue and brought an extra table jusr before the first course arrived.
The server asked immediately what we wanted to drink, but there was just one, very extensive (at least 20 pages of small print - hundreds of options), wine/drink list for 14 people on the table. There were only a couple of wine options offered by the glass starting in the $9-$10 range and most bottles were well over $100 a pop with several approaching $1000. Feeling perplexed by the poor start, we stuck with water.
The server then dropped a rather heavy butter knife on my arm as she was setting the table for the first course. Things were spiraling downhill fast. They had no moules (mussels) or escargots (snails), focusing their menu on the Raw Bar instead (no thanks - I do not eat un/undercooked animal flesh), so we passed on appetizers. 

"Where's the beef?"
Beside a couple of $9-$13 soups and salads, everything had meat/fish (my wife prefers to eat vegetarian whenever possible), so the only options to her liking were the Le Bouillon Burger ($14) and the Croques Monsieur ($16). The only things that peaked my interest were the Wagyu Hangar Steak ($26) and the Cassoulet ($21), so she went with the croques monsieur and I the cassoulet. Hers came with a bit of salad and mine with nothing, so we both, unfortunately, ordered a side of Frites (fries) with Aioli ($6).
The croques monsieur had two huge, thick slices of egg battered toast, but barely a hint of ham and cheese. It was so salty that my wife could barely finish half. My cassoulet came out with the top burnt, so I mixed it up only to find mostly white beans and a couple of small pieces of ham and bacon. There were no noticeable "garlic sausage" or "duck" as advertized on the menu and it was also very salty, so I gave up after trying to eat half of my $21 white bean casserole. The fries looked very nice, but were very thin and crispy (almost burnt), hard to eat with fork or fingers, and EXTREMELY SALTY. All other attendees had similar complaints of salty food and fries.
When they cleared the table, nobody wondered why so much food remained on all of our plates, so I mentioned to the server how salty the food was, especially the fries, so they removed them (just the fries) from the checks. At $42+ for water, half of a salty sandwich, and half a bowl of salty bean soup (minus the soup), this was one of the poorest values in recent memory.

CombatCritic Gives Le Bouillon 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My WALL OF SHAME ... BOOAH LE BOUILLON!







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Le Bouillon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Title: Omaha, Nebraska: "Le Bouillon" Translates To "Salty Food" ... BOOAH!

Key Words: Le Bouillon, le, bouillon, French, restaurant, Old Market, old, market, menu, Omaha, NE, Nebraska, Portland, Yelp, YouTube, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, Wall of Shame

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blindster.com Sells Defective Products

Blindster.com
400 North Sam Houston Pkwy East, Suite 1050
Houston, TX 77060
Phone number (888) 256-8672
Website blindster.com
Prices: $$$$




We bought seven 2" deluxe faux wood blinds from Blindster.com, but the first five boxes we opened had faulty products inside. ALL had bent headers to one degree or another and the tilt mechanisms were either disengaged, broken or faulty.

The headers are made of thick, rigid sheet metal, but every blind had a dent in the header from small and somewhat noticeable to big and extremely obvious. Fortunately, the header cover hides the bent metal on the inside, but the dents are clearly visible from the outside.

The tilt mechanisms are cheaply made with a single plastic gear controlling a hexagonal metal rod (1/3" in diameter at most) running the entire length of the blind (over 82" in two of the severn blinds). In every case, the hexagonal rod was disengaged from the gear attached to the cord pulleys that operate the tilt of the blinds, causing me to have to detach the blinds and repair the mechanism in order for the blinds to tilt. In one of the 82+ inch blinds we purchased, the bar and pulley were disengaged and even when I reinserted it, the tilt function would not work. After much trial and error, I finally got the blinds to tilt, but it is so difficult to pull on the cords that operate the mechanism that the blinds disengaged from the mounting brackets, fell, and hit my wife in the chest. They are still very difficult to maneuver and will eventually break as it is only a matter of time.

I contacted Blinster.com on their website contact page and through their advertised social media accounts, but after several days I still had not heard back, so I made a video and posted it on YouTube.

CombatCritic Gives Blindster.com 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My WALL OF SHAME ... More Bombs Are Better!






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Title: Blindster.com Sells Defective Products

Key Words: Blindster.com, blindster, com, online, website, retailer, merchant, blinds, blind, shutter, shutters, window, windows, Yelp, YouTube, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, shopping

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"


Monday, September 18, 2017

Overstock.com Should Be "Out Of Stock".com: Communication Sucks

Overstock
1790 S. 4800th West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Glendale, Salt Lake City
Phone number (800) 843-2446

Website: overstock.com
Prices: $$$$

Offered by an Overstock supplier, Unique Bargains, we ordered a pair curtains only to find out after all of the other stuff we ordered at the same time arrived that they were out of stock. Nobody bothered contacting us. I had to send an email to the supplier, Unique Bargains, asking where our order was, only to find out that they were NOT in stock after all. I replied to the email 4 days ago, asking when the curtains would be available, but both Unique Bargains and Overstock.com have ignored my inquiry. UNSAT ... BOOAH!

Unique Bargains
Phone: (650) 279-0778

CombatCritic Gives Unique Bargains (And Overstock.com) 1 Bomb Out Of 10 On This Transaction And A Spot On My WALL OF SHAME ... More Bombs Are Better!








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Title: Should Be "Out Of Stock".com: Communication Sucks

Key Words: com, CombatCritic, curtains, furniture, internet, online, out of stock, overstock, Overstock.com, retail, retailer, shop, shopping, TravelValue, review, Yelp

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lawrence Kansas: Adios Fuzzy's!

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
1115 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone number: (785) 841-8226
Website: fuzzystacoshop.com
Prices: $$$$

I am a loyal Fuzzy's patron and disabled veteran and have ordered on the phone for pick-up for nearly four years at their Lawrence, Kansas location. 

I just made a batch of guacamole and called to order our dinner, but the young man on the phone said" we're too busy right now and are not accepting take-out orders". Seriously? Too busy to take my money? What kind of operation are you running in Lawrence?

I have given Fuzzy's high marks on my popular blog and Yelp, Zomato and Tabelog reviews, but that has now come to an end as I will never set foot or call-in to Fuzzy's again. 

Adios amigos!

CombatCritic Gives Fuzzy's Tacos (Lawrence, Kansas) 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "WALL OF SHAME"






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Title: Lawrence Kansas: Adios Fuzzy's!

Key Words: Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Fuzzy's, Fuzzy, taco, shop, Lawrence, Kansas, KU, University of Kansas, university, Massachusetts, street, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, restaurant, menu, review, Yelp

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lawrence, KS: Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Crappy Attitude ... Papa John's

Papa John’s Pizza

918 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone number: (785) 865-5775
Website: papajohns.com
Prices: $$$$

There are no photos, sorry, you know what Papa John's and their pizzas look like and this review has nothing to do with pizza. 

If Nathan, the manager, is any indication of quality at this location, they are in deep kimchi and their far less than "stellar" 2.5/5 rating on Yelp seems to indicate that fact. If I were the owner of this location, I would be very, very concerned, but then again, they churn out pizzas for KU's famished and undiscerning student body whether or not their quality standards and customer service are terrible, which they are.

This was the second time we have ordered online for pickup at this location and it will be the last. Their website sucks. They text me their "specials" EVERY FRIDAY, but I usually delete them and wish I had this time as well. I followed the link, chose the crust, size, sauce, and toppings for each pizza, only to be told, after going through this with two pizzas, that the promo code (PJ40) they texted me was "INVALID". I tried again and received the same message, so I went to their "Specials" page where I found a two topping extra large (16") pizza at $9.99 each ... BINGO! But when I clicked on the link that came up advertising that special, I was told "this page doesn't exist", so I tried again with the same absurd outcome.

I finally ordered a couple large pizzas for pickup because by this time we were famished and went to the store with order in hand. I tried to tell Nathan, the manager, about the difficulties that I had with the website and ordering what we wanted, but he refused to listen to what I was saying, insisting that I had received the "PJ40" promo code discount when, in-fact, I had ordered the large (14") two topping pizza specials ($7.99 each). I continued to try to explain the situation and the problems I had with the website, but Nathan obviously was not listening ... "uh huh, yea, uh huh", so I said "you really don't give a shit do you?". He told me there was a Help Line I could call if I was not happy, pointing to a decal on the side of the pizza display case.

Then, when he went to retrieve my order, even though I had arrived 30 minutes after ordering (the email I received said they would be ready in 15-25 minutes), our pizzas had not even been made yet. He lied, telling me they were in the oven, then ignored me other than telling me to "get out of the way" when the next customer arrived. Seriously? Get out of the way? Is that any way to talk to a customer? You know the answer to that question. After another 10-12 minutes, our pizzas were finally ready and I departed, giving Nathan my card and telling him to read my review on my popular blog and on Yelp.

The taste or quality of the pizza is irrelevant at this point, being the same mass produced pies you can get at any Papa John's in the U.S.A. It is the nerve and unprofessionalism I have now experienced on two occasions at this same location and from the same person if I am not mistaken. Nathan should be counseled and put on double secret probation if not fired. He gives this location specifically and Papa John's in general a bad name, leaving a bad taste in my mouth ... literally.

CombatCritic Gives Papa John's And Nathan The Manager 1 Bomb Out Of 10 And A Spot On My "WALL OF SHAME" ... More Bombs Are Better!


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Papa John's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Title: Lawrence, KS: Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Crappy Attitude ... Papa John's

Key Words: Lawrence, KS, Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Papa John's, papa, John's, John, pizza, Mississippi, CombatCritic, TravelValue, travel, value, restaurant, menu, review, Yelp, Zomato

Translation for Civilians: FUBAR = "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"