Open Thread: July 16th Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “Open Thread: July 16th Edition

  1. I have a large propane tank (partially filled) to get rid of. Where/who can I take it to? There’s no name on the tank, so I’m not sure who to contact about disposal/removal. Thanks!

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    • Yes they Open tomorrow. Key 103.1 will be there and here is the information from their Website….

      GRAND OPENING BAJA FRESH
      JULY 21ST NOON-2PM
      JOIN TOMMY JORDAN FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF BAJA FRESH
      5595 SPECTRUM DRIVE
      BOGO BURRITOS. 32″ TV GIVEAWAY AND KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

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      • i can’t seem to find that on their page…. I just see opening soon… I tweeted them to find out when they are opening and was told to check Facebook! can you post the complete url you founf that at? hate to drive over in the rain and get a locked door 🙂

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      • I just got back into town and found the promo coupons in my mailbox and the sticket on the newspaper I still get simply because I prefer paper.

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      • Went yesterday evening and walked right up the counter, so I figured the wait wouldn’t be that long. Ordered right away and waited…20 minutes for my food. Place got slammed as I was waiting for 10 minutes. People sitting in the place were also waiting and not happy. Food ended up being good, but they are experiencing those opening pains…Hope it get better.

        Did notice an owner who treated his entire family. I believe he even took another familiy’s order for his own. Manager and line runners had no sense of urgency and there five cooks who looked like they’d never seen a ticket before.

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      • My experiences on 7/22 were similar. I went midday, so I expected to wait a bit, but I did not expect to wait 40 minutes. The kindest word I could use for the experience is “chaotic”.

        They had no pico de gallo on their salsa bar. I told someone who looked confused and pointed to the HOT HOT red salsa. I told her no, that’s not it… so she went to the back, and came out with a small bowl of the pico. Everyone swarmed it and it was gone in 5 minutes. It wasn’t restocked the rest of the time I was there.

        They were running two ordering lines with two registers. Great… but one small problem: The cash registers were issuing the same order numbers. It’s really not helpful for them to call “#76” and have two customers come up and try to figure out whose order it should have been.

        There were very long periods of time when NO food came up. I know, because I had nothing better to do but watch while I waited for my order.

        They assured me the “held the lettuce” on a burrito plate, but I got it home to discover they did not. (Hot lettuce is slimy and disgusting.)

        They could not properly ring up a Carnitas Tostada even though it’s on the website’s menu.

        Food was average. (Tostada shells were a bit chewy, rather than crunchy, pico seemed less than fresh when they finally did bring it out.) It’s mysterious that they would have food freshness issues on day #2.

        We’ve driven to Germantown for Baja before, so we know we enjoy their food, but the experience was frustrating. We will give them a few months before returning, in hopes that they work out the kinks.

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    • Depends on how far you want to drive. The Finger Lakes in New York are beautiful and it’s about 5 or 5.5 hour drive up hwy 15.

      We also enjoyed going to Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania – about 2 or 2.5 hour drive. Swimming, boating, camping, etc.

      I’ve never been there, but I recently read about the Greenbrier in West Virginia on someone’s blog. Looks beautiful (but pricey!).

      Finally, if you want a city trip you could take the train from BWI to Philadelphia (or the train from Harrisburg). I actually really enjoy Philly – especially the Old Town and Society Hill areas. Reminds me a little of downtown Frederick and there’s a lot of history there.

      There’s tons more depending on what you want to do and how far you want to drive. We’re lucky to be so central to everything.

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    • Lancaster, PA is not too far away and you can Explore the lives of the Amish and maybe see a show at “Sight and Sound” Theater.

      Also, I have heard VERY Positive things about Great Wolf Lodge,,,,If you have kids it is even a Bigger Plus for them!!

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    • Charlottesville has everything. Less than three hours away, great restaurants, music, bookstores, hiking, history, shopping. We go 2-3 times a year and never get tired of it.

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    • Liz, Google “C-ville” for Charlottesville’s equivalent of the City Paper. There is a South African restaurant for crying out loud. (In the interest of full dsclosure, I graduated from UVa. in 1993 when Dave Mathews tended bar at Millers and the DMB was the local group with the Kinkos posters stapled to the telephone poles.)

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  2. For a beach trip with a 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive, try New Jersey – Bay Head and Point Pleasant Beach area are very nice. No Bay Bridge to go over!. Nice shops, restaurants, great seafood!

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