Month: February 2011

Theme restaurants of the past

Last Sunday my wife (Dee) and I attended “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” play at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center. It was a good play and I recommend it to anyone. It is strange how one event spurs your thoughts to some other subject. I was thinking of the play and for some reason I started to think about theme restaurants that have been in Denver in past years. They are gone now but I have memories to share.

The first one I remember is “94th Aero Squadron” This was located just south of the east,west runway of Stapleton International Airport. The building was built to look like a farm building of World War I vintage. It had sandbags around the building and replicas of machine guns near the entrance. The thing that I remember the most was the “ready room” this was a room located in the basement and it was decorated like a room where World War I pilots prepared for their next combat mission. They showed black & white movies that some times could be quite graphic. I remember one about a bull fight and the bull gored one of the horses. Need I say More? The restaurant was situated so that you could view the planes take off and land. It was an enjoyable experience. However, I don’t remember how good the food was.

I don’t remember the timeline, but I think the business closed expectantly. After a period of time the building conveniently burned down, how strange.

Another memory was the “Traildust Steak House” located near I25 and Arapahoe road. Their gimmick was to display ties that they supposedly cut off from customers if they walked in with a tie. The walls were covered with the bottom portions of ties. Apparently they were doing well and opened up another location in Westminster. Again, I don’t remember the timeline the Westminster location closed and later the Arapahoe location was closed.

Brittany On the Hill is the next restaurant on my list. This was located east of I25 maybe 92nd & Grant. It was high on a hill and had a nice view of northern parts of Denver. We are not much for reservations and we just take our chances to get in. One Saturday we decided to go there and when we got there they informed us that the entire restaurant was closed for a wedding reception. I don’t know how much that cost, but, I know I could never afford to pay for a trick like that.

Baby Doe Matchless Mine took the same steps as the previous examples. Located west of I25 near 26th Avenue. The theme they displayed was an old Colorado gold mine. The view of downtown Denver was very enjoyable. Again I don’t remember how the food tasted.

I also remember another restaurant near I25 just east of the freeway. You could see the building from the freeway. The building looked like and old Dutch windmill. I don’t remember the name. I think it was something like “Old Dutch Mill”. One of their gimmicks was to place  an empty coffee cup on the foot of the waiter and poor the coffee from the pot into the coffee cup resting on the waiters foot.  Apparently, the coffee pouring through the air was suppose to enhance the flavor of the coffee.

They are all gone now. All I have are memories of these food establishments. They all seemed to be busy when we went there. One will really never know why they disappeared, but I would speculate that tons of money was lost. I am sure there are theme restaurants taking their place. We just have not had the interest to find them. At our age we must watch our diet and be more careful on what we eat and how much. Today we look for coupons in the paper and senior discounts at the restaurants we go to.

One wonders how Casa Bonita and Simms Landing has survived the test of time. What is their secret?



I am not a fan of the news media. In my opinion the news media is not informing the country, they are slanting the news to fit their agenda whatever that is. I received this in an email and agree that the media is misleading the American public again. History tends to repeat itself over and over again.

General VoNguyen Giap.

n viet gen

General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader

of the North Vietnam military. The following quote

is from his memoirs currently found in the

Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi :

‘What we still don’t understand is why you Americans

stopped the bombing of Hanoi . You had us on the

ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder,

just for another day or two, we were ready

to surrender! It was the same at the

battle of TET. You defeated us!

We knew it, and we thought

you knew it.

But we were elated to notice your media was

helping us. They were causing more disruption in

America than we could in the battlefields. We

were ready to surrender.

You had won!’

General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed

what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not

lost in Vietnam — it was lost at home. The

same slippery slope, sponsored by the US media,

is currently underway. It exposes the

enormous power of a Biased Media to

cut out the heart and will of

the American public.

A truism worthy of note: 

Do not fear the enemy,
For they can take only your life.
Fear the media,
For they will destroy your honor.

Another get your account information scam

Do they really expect anyone to respond to emails like this?

Attn; Beneficiary:

The Board of International Monetary Fund/World Bank and Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic are here to notify you of your payment inherited funds of $1.2M USD have arranged to be transfer to you through HEADQUARTER WESTERN UNION SERVICE After the meeting held on 11th of FEBRUARY 2011. with His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC DU BENIN (DR YAYI BONI) to avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the global or fraud stars Bankers, and you are required to reconfirm your name and address were you want your fund to be send through HEADQUARTER WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.

The maximum amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrow is the sum of US$5000.00.until the total fund is finished. In order to resolve this problem, please email Western Union Money Transfer Solicitors Fund Verification Department:

And We have already transfer your first $5000.00 so Contact Foreign Operation Manager western union DR. BEN TOM, for re-new and reconfirm of your file and He will also send you M.T.C.N for your picking up your first $5000.00 with info below.


E-mail: (
phone; +229-984-868-53
Yours in service.
Ms.Pate Finance Minister.
Federal Republic of Benin.

Another scam letter

I get the feeling this e-mail is a scam

Office of the Minister of Finance
TEL: +234 807 266 4115 (Hot-Line)

Ref: FMF/SGH/231/09

Date: 12th February 2011.


Release/Transfer Notice for your due Funds (US$3,500,000:00).

Payment File No: A.

24Hrs Service

It is very important that the recipient of this Letter should call this office in order to confirm it to us that this very Letter was received by the true beneficiary.

You are advised to read this Letter very carefully because every paragraph explains what you need to know about the Release and Transfer of your due Funds.

At this point, we wish to remind you to stop all further contact with any person or person(s) whom is not recommended by this Ministry. Our Intelligence Monitoring Unit (I.M.U), Code of Conduct Bureau, Legal Unit and The Nigerian Police Force (N.P.F) have already apprehended some of those suspects whom attempted to divert your Funds.

You are advised to stop all further contact with some scammer you have been dealing with, that have defrauded you of huge sums because they are WANTED criminal suspects.

As the honourable Minister of Nigeria, I work on behalf of the Paying Bank of Nigeria (Guaranty Trust Bank) under the supervision of the honourable President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We are glad to announce it to you today that the honourable President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Accountant General of the Federation have collectively Approved and signed the Order to Release and Transfer being the certified documentation authorizing us (The Federal Ministry of Finance) to credit your nominated Bank Account..

A copy of the Order to Release and Transfer have been forwarded to our international remittance department for the onward crediting of your Funds.

In other words, we put it to you that we are ready to remit your said Funds into your choiced Bank Account because we have a 3-4 working days time constrain to Pay-off each beneficiary short-listed to be Paid by this Ministry. Our Legal Unit have already reviewed your Payment Files and they have passed it on to my desk for me to Pay you accordingly, so be rest assured that you will receive your due Funds as soon as possible.

Officially, you will receive your due Funds via an “Electronic Wire Transfer” which will enable your Funds reflect in your choiced Bank Account within 48hrs after effect. This mode of Payment is defined as one of the best and safest mode to remit huge Funds internationally as it is absolutely different from the usual swift transfer which takes longer time. Most Banks within the United States of America, Europe and other developed countries operate with the “Electronic Wire Transfer” for international transfers because it is a recent innovation in the Banking industry.

Certainly we shall transfer your valued US$3,500,000:00 from the Sundry/Suspense Account of the Federal Government of Nigeria being the official Account for international/foreign Payments/debts. A Sundry/Suspense Account can be defined as a secret Account owned by a government and operated by certain assigned government officials being the authorized signatories whom must sign before Funds can be remitted from such account. For this very account no form of direct withdrawals can be made from it except a Bank to Bank wire transfer which must be Approved by the honourable President being the principal signatory to the account.Consequent to the fact that I am responsible to Pay you, it is still my duty to enlighten you on the accurate steps to take in order for you to gain full possession of this said Funds being Approved in your name.

In the combat against fraud, Funds divertion and Funds delay, we have re-lenghtly ensured that several foreign beneficiaries have been Paid accordingly in order to retain and rekindle our country’s reputation on the global map because this recent government dispensation is focused and targeted to relieve all foreign debts as mandated by The Senate, The National House of Assembly, The Federal Executive Council (F.E.C), Code of Conduct Bureau and The Federal Ministry of Finance (F.M.F). Already, alot of foreign beneficiaries have been Paid by this Ministry so yours will not be an exception considering the fact that the honourable President have Approved your due Funds today dated 12th February 2011.

In accordance to section (1) paragraph 9 of the Settlement Edict Law of The Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1992, it is imperative that you provide us with the below listed information so that we can Pay you.

1. Full name.
2. Bank Name and Address.
3. Bank Account Number.
4. Routing Number/Swift Code (very important).
5. Your Residential Address.
6. Your mobile or home telephone Number.
7. A form of identification (I.D Card or Driver’s License) is also required for official references.

The TRUTH is what we stand for. TEL: +234 807 266 4115

This Official Letter is being issued to you by “The Federal Ministry of Finance” in collaboration with The Presidency.

Copied to:

The Accountant General of The Federation.
Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank).
The President’s office.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga
Minister Of Finance
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
Direct Tel: +234 807 266 4115

The Federal Ministry Of Finance. The Federal Ministry Of Finance. The Federal Ministry Of Finance.

Hi capacity laptop battery

I have had this Dell B130 laptop since 2007. It was the cheapest laptop I could find at the time. I was planning on taking a trip to Italy and I wanted a laptop to download the photos I was planning to take on the trip. The main reason was just a source for backup of all the photos I planned to take. It worked well for that purpose. However, with the original battery I was lucky to get over an hour and half of battery time. This was ok because I was always near a power source.

Now I have a reason to use the laptop that may require more time on the battery than available with the original battery. I went to the Dell website to see what was available from Dell since it was a Dell product. The battery they offered had a price of $137.00. This shocked me. I paid less than $500.00 for the complete laptop. It was obvious to me that Dell was not really interested in supplying replacement batteries.

I then went to my second choice of I found a super-capacity Lithium-Ion battery for only $40.81. I decided to try it because that is what I was expecting for just a standard replacement battery. This battery has 8800 mah or twice the capacity of the standard battery. This was ordered Feb. 6th and it was at my doorstep yesterday Feb. 10th. Only four days delivery with free freight and no sales tax. This kind of service and pricing sure makes it difficult for a local retailer to compete with.

I installed the battery and I am very pleased with the performance and life of the battery. Fully charged the battery indicator shows around six hours  of working time before a recharge is needed. This is more than I need and this additional battery life has re-ignited my interest in this four year old laptop. Sure, it weighs a little more and the height of the battery sets the back of the laptop maybe one half or three quarters of an inch higher. These minor problems are easy to accept because the advantages more than outweigh these minor changes.

For example, this morning I started the laptop on battery around 7:30 this morning. I periodically used it through out the morning and it is now 11:30. Checking the battery life indicator and it still shows a remaining charge of over 5 hours. If this true I am more than satisfied with this high capacity battery and now wish I would have considered one long before now.