Bradley Finnearty

Southeastern Ohio's most interesting webmaster. Web designer, graphic designer, photographer, dad, husband, Cowboys fan and all around nice guy.

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Posted by Bradley Finnearty on May 6, 2016

13 of my favorite inspirational quotes

Being a person who has dealt with bipolar depression all my life it is easy to get the feeling you want to “give up”. Not giving up, keeping up the good fight, etc. 

I am not by nature a glass is half empty type person. But there are times when my mind tells me that there is no reason to keep fighting, it is over. Being positive helps in every aspect of life, from physical health to mental health and in your dealings with friends and family.

Do these types quotes and memes help? I can’t speak for all people but for me they help me to realize that failure, that being down is all part of life. It is not getting down that is bad but not getting back up is not acceptable.

I hope these quotes make you feel better like they do me.

Posted by Bradley Finnearty on February 19, 2016

Diamond Jims Pizza, Hot Dogs and Tater Tots.

“If I’m out of town and I’m in a situation where I have to be creative, it has to be hot dogs because that’s my comfort food.”

 Ester Dean

Diamond Jims Hot Dog. Great

Hot dog from “The Dog Pound” at Diamond Jims Pizza in Downtown Lancaster, Ohio.

One of the great things about supporting local restaurants is the wide variety of unique food that you can find.

I found out that the American cookout staple is much more than that. That again was taught to me by a local business owner like so many other things that I have learned.

Diamond Jim’s is owned by the same folks who own Jimmy’s Jaw Breakers. I enjoyed one of their great hamburgers in the fall and wrote about it.


Read my review of Jimmy’s Jawbreakers here.


Hot dog and tater tots.

Gourmet hot dog and tater tots.

Bobbi and I were looking for “something different” and decided to try Diamond Jim’s. We were tired from a day of running errands so this was a to go proposition. I went inside to order and loved the feel of the establishment. The menu of hot dogs was huge, I never knew that a simple hot dog could be garnished in so many ways. I had previously heard of “gourmet hot dogs” but had never had the opportunity to try one.

I opted for one with sauerkraut, chili sauce, cheese and onions. Bobbi is not a sauerkraut fan so hers had onion, chili sauce, bacon and cheese. I am going to admit that it probably was not a good idea for someone with high cholesterol to get the one that I got, but then again you have to live a little don’t you. It was good tasting, meaty and fresh. Well worth the money just as Jimmy’s Jawbreakers are. The side I ordered was tater tots. They do not offer fries. 

Tater tots from Diamond Jim's Pizza in downtown Lancaster.

Tater tots from Diamond Jim’s Pizza in downtown Lancaster.

Not being a tater tot fan fan I begrudgingly ordered mine with hot dog chili sauce, green onions, sour cream and cheese. That definitely was not a mistake. I have never had tater tots with anything other than ketchup or ranch dressing. The mixing of the flavors with something as simple as a a ball of hash brown potato’s is a novel and wonderful idea.

All in all it was good food. I enjoyed the hot dog immensely and the taters were more enjoyable than I could ever have imagined before I tried them.

That just goes to show that when it comes to dinning you should never have a closed mind before trying something. It sometimes takes a long time to learn the lessons that your mother tried to teach you.

Finally the pricing was fair for the amount of food that we got. We paid about $14 for all of it.

 This is an unsolicited review of a local business. We did not receive any type of compensation for this review.

 

 

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Posted by Bradley Finnearty on February 8, 2016

Sandy Sues Silver Diner. Great Atmosphere With Better Food.

“Anybody who doesn’t think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy.”

Calvin Trillin

A nice warm day in January always makes Bobbi and I want to get out and enjoy the day. On this day we decided to head to the Hocking Hills Market to visit the craft and antique malls. When we arrived we decided to give Sandy Sue’s Silver Diner a try. The one thing I can say is that it definitely was not a mistake to do that.

Bobbi at Sandy Sue's  silver dinerFirst thing when you pull up in front of the diner is you just get a feeling of nostalgia, that is for those old enough to remember the old road side diners that dotted the roads in the past. Not all of them were “silver diners” but you can not mistake the feeling. It was about the same.

When entering there was one of the old time jukeboxes in the entry way. I am sure that it played digital music instead of 45 records, but all the same it was still there. The counter was in clear view with a couple of older gentlemen setting at the end of it talking.

We took our seats and was quickly waited on by our server who asked if wanted something to drink and returned with those drinks promptly.

Fries, Fish and Cole Slaw.We were given time to look over the menu and make our choice. I opted for the fish tail, fries and coleslaw. Bobbi chose the Chicken Chile. Again the order was made quickly and delivered to the table hot. That was impressive as there were two other tables of people there who arrived about the same time as us.

I have to say that I have been to a lot of restaurants in my life and had a lot of sea food. Until my experience at Sandy Sue’s the best fish I had ever had was at a little sea side diner in North Carolina. That was until now. The fish was tender, flaky with a great flavor. The Fries were perfectly done and that is saying something. I am very picky about my fries. I don’t like them if they are to crunchy, to hot or cold or to soft. These were in my opinion perfect. I will say that I was not a fan of the slaw. It was just not to the texture I liked. The flavor was okay, but the texture left some to be desired. But that is my opinion and you know what they say about opinions. They are like arm pits, everyone has some and most stink.

Interior Sandy Sues Silver DinerBobbi offered me some of the chicken chili that she had. I have to say a small offer as she was engrossed in it. I can understand why. It was really great chili. Not to spicy with a great flavor. I will definitely get that the next time we go. That is if they have it. It was a “special” and it was also the first time they offered it. I have to say it was a great “experiment” on their part.

So the atmosphere was great, the food was exceptional what about the pricing? Well that makes it three for three. Our check with the above described food and two drinks came to $16. That makes it worth the short drive out of town to eat there. If you are a tourist in the area visiting Hocking Hills State Park or one of the other attractions in the area you will do yourself an injustice by not stopping by and getting something.

We are going to make it one of our regular dining establishments.

This is an unsolicited review of a local business. We did not receive any type of compensation for this review.

 

 

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Posted by Bradley Finnearty on February 3, 2016

17 Images of the Teays Valley Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Game.

My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.

Isaiah Thomas

Cool and Interesting.

What I find cool and interesting about a girls junior varsity basketball team is simple. The coach is a young Kim Craycraft, Teays Valley Girls J.V. Basketball coach.twenty something first year coach. She also has a squad made up almost entirely of Freshman students with the exception of one loan Junior. The team also at the time of this posting is setting at 500 with a win over Bloom Carrol.

I mean that is a lot to deal with. That is a great accomplishment for a first year coach and a squad of Freshmen players. But the coach Kim Craycraft has a great roll model. She looks up to WNBA great and Southeastern Ohio native Katie Smith.

So what she has is the task of creating her future. Not only her future, but the future of her players and the senior team over the next few years. But that is Kim. She loves the game, she loves her girls and she loves the school that she graduated from.

The thing that was easily notable was that the girls look up to Kim. They also have a desire to play and do their best. There were several who were not afraid to tie up the the opposing teams ball handler. They attacked the ball on defense and they fought through the game. Sure they had inexperience. But that didn’t stop them.

So is what is happening at Teays Valley High School extraordinary? Some would say yes, some no. But to me it is at the very least “cool and interesting.”

Posted by Bradley Finnearty on January 17, 2016

17 Images From The Honoring Traditions: An Eastern Woodland Native American Celebration

“Our job is to be an awake people…utterly conscious, to attend to our world.”

― Louis Owens

In it’s 13th year “Honoring Traditions, An Eastern Woodland Native American Celebration” once again returned to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster Ohio.  Native American drums and dancers were on display to inform the visitors about Native American Culture and customs.

 

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