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Hamburger Joe’s and the average burger

We go to North Myrtle beach all the time.  For years, I’ve been told I needed to go to Hamburger Joe’s.  Well, last weekend I went.

Hamburger Joe's sign

It’s odd.  It seems like these places take on some kind of mythical status in the minds of tourists.  It seems like a dose of salt air improves the taste and atmosphere of some of these ‘great’ places.  For me, I don’t get it.  I guess I’m hard to impress when it comes to ‘going out to eat’.  For me, it’s just not the same kind of event it is for a lot of people.  I want good food.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting down all the ‘tourist’ type places to eat.  Some of them have some good meals.  I’ll get to that in another post.

Let’s get this out of the way…is it a bad place to eat?  Absolutely not.  Our food was good and the service was excellent.  The prices are very reasonable.  It’s a good, casual place to eat at the beach.

Hamburger Joe's Menu

Now, would I wait, like at all, for a table?  Absolutely not.  That’s my point here.  If I were at home and wanted a burger and knew there was a place like this to go, I might go.  But, if I had to wait on a table to eat there, I’d just go to Sonic.  If I were at the beach with my family, I definitely wouldn’t spend the time waiting on a table.  We’d hit somewhere else and spend that time together.


The good:

  • It’s a cheap place to eat.
  • The food is decent.
  • The service is good.

The bad:

  • Nothing bad really.  It just wasn’t as good as what I’d been led to believe.
  • They only take cash.  In today’s time, I completely don’t understand that.  I know they’re trying to save the 2 or 3% cost for taking cards.
  • Some guy.  I don’t know who he was but there was some guy that worked there that kept hovering around the front door.  He’d walk in.  He’d walk out.  He’d walk in.  He’d walk out.  He’d snap his figures awhile, then start over.  I got the feeling he was hoping more people would show up or something.



I love my big TV but…

At times on this blog, I talk about movies.  I love movies.  I know we all love our big TVs that go along with our big movies.  However, there might be a few little people in our lives we should consider.  The statistics are a bit troubling:

TV falling statistics

As larger TVs get cheaper and more popular, the risks for injury from falling TVs goes up.  A large screen TV falling onto a small child or toddler can easily cause severe head injuries and brain damage.  It sounds stark I know, but some of these heavier TVs have the potential to crush a small child.
Televisions are seen as a source of interest and fun for small children.  Perhaps they might try to to ‘touch’ one of their favorite characters.  They might try to climb up a tall dresser to get to the TV.  In many cases, this is asking for disaster.
Here are some simple solutions that might help keep your children safe around TVs.

  1. If possible, mount the TV to a wall.
  2. Don’t set the TV at the very front edge of the stand.  Move it to the back of the stand if possible.
  3. Avoid placing large TVs in an area where children play unattended such as a bonus room.
  4. Don’t put televisions on tall dressers or stands that weren’t designed for a TV.
  5. Don’t put toys or interesting objects on top of or near the TV.
  6. Talk to them about the dangers of touching the TV.
  7. Consider securing the TV to a piece of furniture or the wall.  There are several products on the market that will allow you to easily do this.  Just hit amazon and do a search in electronics for ‘tv safety strap’.

We all enjoy our big TVs.  Let’s just make sure we secure them properly and/or observe a few safety rules so we can all enjoy them together (including our sweet little people).