Monday, December 13, 2010

Supercam t-shirts!

Supercam t-shirts make a great gift for your favorite Auburn fan (or yourself!).  Get them for Christmas or for the BCS National Championship Game versus Oregon.

There are three designs:

Adult shirts are $20, youth shirts are $15, with a discount for bulk orders.

[Update: the t-shirts have sold out]

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Where kids eat free or cheap in Birmingham

Having kids eat free or cheap is a great way for a restaurant to bring in people who otherwise may not stop in for a bite. This list is for anyone looking for free/cheap places for your kids to eat in the Birmingham, AL area.

Know of a place that's missing in this list? Let us know in the comments below & we'll add it!

(Be sure to call ahead to make sure the offer is still good!)

Everyday deals:
  • Chappy's Deli (280) 6 & under w/ adult meal, 12 & under for $2.50
  • Cicis Pizza (Brook Highland & Palisades) 3 & under free w/ paying adult, 4 - 10 buffet for $2.99
  • Golden Corral (Hoover) 3 & under free, 4 - 8 $3.99, 9 - 12 $4.99
  • Golden Rule BBQ (Pelham) 1 kids meal per adult meal; closed on Sundays
  • Ihop 12 & under, 4-8pm (call to confirm)
  • Johnny Ray's BBQ (Hwy 119 & Hwy 31) under 12 free w/ each adult entrée
  • O’Charley's 10 & under free w/ adult entrée, up to 2 children per adult
  • Quizno's (all locations)
  • Sweet Bone’s for $2.99
Monday deals:
  • Applebee’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 12 & under for 99¢, 5 - 8 pm
  • Golden Corral 10 & under, 1 kids meal per adult
  • Logan's Roadhouse 2 adult entrées $13.99, kids items $2.99
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill (Mtn Brook, Lee Branch, Patton Creek & Alabaster)
  • TGI Fridays 3 and under
  • Whataburger (BOGO free 5-8 PM)
Tuesday deals:
  • Backyard Burger
  • Chick-Fil-A (Inverness & Montclair)
  • Guthries (Hoover) after 5 pm
  • Jason’s Deli (Inverness) after 5pm.
  • Johnny Rays BBQ (Chelsea)
  • La Dolce Vita 12 & under w/ adult entrée
  • Logan's Roadhouse 2 adult entrées $14.99, kids items $2.99 
  • Lonestar Steakhouse (Trussville & Lakeshore) 2 kids eat free with 1 adult purchase
  • Moe's Original Bar B Que (Vestavia, Hoover & Lakeshore) 3 children eat free w/ adult entrée, dine in only
  • Moe's Southwest Grill (280, Lakeshore & Vestavia)
  • Momma Goldberg’s (Homewood) $1 after 4pm
  • Pizza Hut kids eat free from buffet w/ adult purchase
  • Roly Poly (Patton Creek)
  • TGI Fridays 3 and under
  • Texas Roadhouse 12 and under
  • Zaxby's (Hwy 150)
Wednesday deals:
  • Amigo's (Riverchase) BOGO free of select combo dinners
  • Applebee's - kids eat for $1.99 after 5 pm
  • Bob Baumhower’s Wings 2 kids eat free w/ adult purchase of $10
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Alabaster) $1.99 kids mean w/ purchase of reg. menu option
  • Costa’s Mediterranean - with coupon from their site.
  • Cozumel's Mexican Grill (Pelham) BOGO free of select combo dinners
  • Dave's Sandwich Shop (Hwy 31, Hoover formerly Schlotsky's) 1 child per adult entrée
  • Doodle's Cajun Cuisine (Fultondale) 1 kid eats free w/ adult entrée
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Logan's Roadhouse 2 adult entrées $14.99, kids items $2.99 
  • Po Folks (Alabaster)
  • Q'doba Mexican Grill (Green Springs) kids eat free with adult entrée after 5 pm
  • Schlotsky's Deli (Inverness) kids eat free 4-9 pm
  • Smith's Oysters & Steaks (Crestline Park) kids eat free w/ adult purchase
  • Up the Creek (Hwy 150) kids eat for $1.99
Thursday deals:
  • Backyard Burger
  • Baumhower's Wing's
  • Captain D’s 2 kids meals per adult dinner
  • Mariachi Grill (Vestavia) kids meal free w/ adult entrée
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria (Hoover, Hwy 31) 12 & under, $.99, dine in only, all day 
  • Pizza Express (280) 2 free kids meals w/ drinks w/ the purchase of 1 large pizza & 2 adult drinks
Friday deals:
  • See Everyday listing
Saturday deals:
  • Lonestar Steakhouse (Trussville, Lakeshore) 2 kids eat free w/ one adult purchase, 11 am - 4 pm
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria (Hoover, Hwy 31) 12 & under, $.99, dine in only, 11am - 4pm
  • Salsaritas
Sunday deals:
  • Birmingham Barons Game w/ purchase of game ticket
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 99¢ with adult entrée
  • Dave's Sandwich Shop (Hwy 31, Hoover formerly Schlotsky's) 1 kids meal per adult entrée
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Hooters
  • Indigo Joe’s
  • Jason’s Deli
  • La Dama Pizzeria (Liberty Park) 2 kids per adult purchase, 4 - 9 pm
  • Maria's Mexican Restaurant (Hwy 31, Vestavia) 10 & under eat free w/ adult purchase, all day
  • McAlister's Deli 2 kids per adult purchase
  • Q'doba Mexican Grill (Green Springs)
  • Pizza Express (280) 2 free kids meals w/ drinks w/ the purchase of 1 large pizza & 2 adult drinks
  • Salsarita's (Homewood - SoHo) 1 kids meal per adult entrée

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blues on Pandora + current traffic status and live cameras on I-65

"blues isn't the music, it's what's inside you"

I'm listening to some great blues today at a Pandora station I created:

alley ramblin' blues

For anyone driving in Birmingham along I-65, between Southside & I-459, I created a page that shows a live Google traffic map with live traffic cameras from the ALDOT:

[edit: UAB's homepage server is being phased out. The new URL is:]
Birmingham's current live traffic status & I-65 cameras (from Southside to Hwy 31)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nothing exciting to post about today, just wanted to get used to sharing thoughts, plans, etc., more often.

This weekend is another busy one. Fixing up things around the house & yard + we have Amy-Renee's wedding to go to tonight! :)

MG & Miriam are out studying right now while Elias & I are cleaning up, fixing up and (well, Elias at least) playing in the yard.

We have a lot of projects coming up, some of which we'll post our experiences with here.

Most importantly, our 55+ year old house has horrible breathing in the attic. Ideally, you want your attic area the same temperature as the outside (within 5-10 degrees F). When we had loose fill fiberglass insulation blown into the attic, we told them we wanted soffit baffles installed so that the insulation wasn't blown to the edges of the attic. Did they? Nope. :(

On top of that, the house doesn't have soffit intake ventilation or any outgoing roof ventilation. It only has two gable vents, one each on the north and south ends of the house. That's it.

The general rule of thumb for ventilation is to take the square footage of your attic and divide by 150 to get the total amount of ventilation you need. Split the needed ventilation between the incoming and outgoing. Our current ventilation is woefully inadequate and is causing a number of problems, as you can imagine.

Ridge ventilation would be nice. Our initial plans are to move the loose insulation away from the edges and install soffit vents. Next, we'll either install a ridge vent or a solar powered exhaust vent in the north side gable vent. The north side is sunny while the south side is shaded all day.

As we go forward, hopefully we'll be able to put pictures, steps, etc., here for anyone interested.

We also have to fix leaks around the exhaust vents for the gas water heater and the fan in the 2nd bathroom, fix the gutters and the ends of the gutter drains (including regrading some of the landscaping around the back edge of the house), redo the air conditioner's PVC drain line (it comes down, goes up a little bit and then goes back downhill before even leaving the crawlspace), patch up some ducts in the crawl space, remove all the cursed privet in the back yard, etc.