I'm going on vacation with my family tomorrow. We'll be gone for about a week. Where are we going? Before I answer that question, let me just say it's been kind of a tough year. Sierra Mist is gone, I don't have a TV show on, the standup is going okay, but when you get done with the travel expenses (blow), there's not a lot of money left over. So I feel good that we're able to take a family vacation at all this year.
We're going to Youngstown, Ohio. Why Youngstown? For starters, it's Ohio's eighth largest city. We've been to the top seven, and it's always been a dream of our family's to round out the top eight. Also, there's lots to do in Youngstown, including the Steel Museum and a walking tour of distressed properties. If you like fine cuisine, as the wife and I do, Youngstown boasts several fine establishments. We were anxious to try Rachel's, a local steakhouse, but after reading the following review, I am rethinking that decision:
from boardman, OH
gave an overall rating of
on February 19, 2008
When entering into Rachel's, you are greeted by the most immodest looking child I have ever seen. She carries herself with no class, and thinks the less clothing she wears, the better! I am shocked that this is what the owner wants at his door. The food was extremely overpriced, and my steak was overcooked! The cooks were coming out of the kitchen using fowl language and all my husband and I could hear during dinner was the the rap kitchen music! The owner was rude and the service was terrible! I'd NEVER go back!
Yikes! The overcooked steak I could handle, the immodest looking child I could tolerate, but once you throw in rap kitchen music, consider this camel's back broken.
Anyway, we're staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites. Yes, they have a pool. No, it is not filled at this time of year. The kids are disappointed, so to cheer them up I told them every day that we are there they can each pick ONE item from the vending machine. Cheez-Its and Starbursts may not be the most nutritious lunch, but if there's one precedent I don't want to set while on vacation it's "eating healthy." They get plenty of fruit roll-ups at home; we don't need to be food Nazis while on vacation, too.
Some other attractions: the Southern Park Mall, which has a JC Pennys AND a Sears AND a Dillards!!! Youngstown may be eighth in size, but when it comes to shopping, I think you'll agree with me that it's clearly number one! Also, I''ve heard rumors about a place where you can get discount smokes, so I'll be looking into that. And there's an an art museum (we're going to skip that one).
So it should be a "fun" time. My only concern is how the kids will behave on the bus ride there and back. Guess we'll find out soon enough. See you in a week!