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The Baffling Mystery Of Odyssey Theaters In Downtown Dickinson, North Dakota

What Odyssey Theaters is doing in downtown Dickinson, North Dakota, is a baffling mystery to me.  I have so many questions, I hardly know where to begin.

There is a shortage of parking in downtown Dickinson.  The paved parking lot behind the Post Office, which is also across the street from City Hall, which is also behind the Lilly Pad Apartment building, is always full, and is greatly needed.

The only way that this area of downtown Dickinson functions, with people going to the Post Office, City Hall, Lilly Pad Apartment Building, the Eagles Lodge, the Senior Citizens Center, Bernie’s Esquire Club, and other businesses, is because of this large paved parking lot.

It was insanity, for the City of Dickinson to sell this parking lot to Odyssey Theaters to build an eight-screen movie theater complex.  Where are the customers of the Post Office, City Hall, Lilly Pad Building, the Eagles Lodge, the Senior Citizens Center, Bernie’s Esquire Club, and other businesses supposed to park now?  Or, where are the customers of this Odyssey Theater complex supposed to park?

This whole downtown area of Dickinson, which is a mix of businesses, apartments, and homes, already has most of the on-street parking spaces taken up, even with the existence of this large paved parking lot.  Once this large paved parking lot is gone, where is everyone going to park?  How could the City of Dickinson, or Odyssey Theaters envision people parking three or four blocks away, taking up the on-street parking spaces of apartment residents and home residents, and this whole thing not being a disaster for everyone, the City, Odyssey Theaters, downtown businesses, downtown residents, and customers?

Another facet of this, which is puzzling to me, besides the shortage of parking, is the character of this neighborhood not being suitable for an eight-screen movie theater complex.  To begin with, this area of Dickinson is not modern, glamorous, fashionable, up-scale, metropolitan, and it has some accessibility problems.

For instance, many of the apartment buildings and homes in this neighborhood are old and not in the best condition.  These apartment buildings and homes are low rent, with unkempt yards, untrimmed trees, broken sidewalks, and old beat up cars.  I live in one of these downtown neighborhoods, and there is theft, vandalism, and drug activity.  Why in the world, would Odyssey Theaters think that people with money would want to park their $50,000 truck, Cadillac Escalade, or Lexus in a neighborhood like this, at night, in the dark, and walk four blocks to a movie theater?

In this downtown neighborhood in Dickinson, the people within walking distance of this proposed movie theater complex, very few of them will use this movie theater complex.  Most of the people in this neighborhood don’t have an interest in this sort of thing, some are elderly, some are worn out from their job, some don’t go out at night, and some don’t have the money for it.

There are some younger middle-class families with children in Dickinson that would like to go out to the movies.  However, middle-class moms from better neighborhoods are not going to like having to park on the street, in the dark at night, in this old neighborhood, and walk several blocks to this movie theater complex.

Here is why movie theater complexes work well at shopping malls and shopping centers, but less well in an old downtown neighborhood:

Malls and shopping centers have very large paved parking lots which are clean, well lighted, with good visibility, where families can get everyone unloaded from the vehicle in a safe manner, and get organized.  In an old downtown neighborhood with on-street parking, the lighting is not as good, you and others are not as visible, street traffic is passing directly beside you, your vehicle unloading and walk has more obstructions.

Malls and shopping centers are usually surrounded by family restaurants and fast food restaurants.  In an old downtown neighborhood, there may not be any family restaurants or fast food restaurants, which is the case in this downtown location in Dickinson.

Malls and shopping centers allow patrons to get inside out of the weather, and then go do other things before or after the movie, such as try different food vendors, shop for clothes, jewelry, electronics, toys, etcetera.  With a stand-alone movie theater complex in an old downtown neighborhood, there might not be any other food vendors, or retail shops open after 6:00 p.m., which is the case in this downtown location in Dickinson.

From what I have seen in Dickinson, virtually everyone over 50 years old does not like to go out at night after 6:00 p.m., for any reason whatsoever, they want to be home.  They do not even go out to dinner after 6:00 p.m.  The people in Dickinson between 40 to 50 years old try to make it home by 7:00 p.m.

The people in Dickinson between the ages of 30 to 40 who are married, they like to be home by 7:00 p.m., and then they are home for the night.

The single people in Dickinson under 40 years old, and the married people under 30 years old, some of them stay out late, going to bars and restaurants, or socializing.  However, I think that many of these people who do go out at night in Dickinson, don’t have much interest in going to movies, they want to eat, drink alcohol, and smoke.

With cable television, satellite television, Netflix, and the internet, I don’t think that many people in Dickinson have an interest in going to a movie theater, they would rather be at home.  Because of the weather in North Dakota, people living far out in rural areas, and North Dakotans liking to drink and smoke, I think that they prefer to stay home and not go to movie theaters.

There are just a few younger middle-class and lower middle-class families that would enjoy going to see movies at a movie theater in Dickinson, but with it being located in the old downtown neighborhood in Dickinson, this is not very appealing or convenient for them.

I don’t know why no one from Odyssey Theaters saw the things that I have pointed out.  I am interested to see what happens.  I do not think that they will have very many customers after the first few months of operation in Dickinson.


The Nicest Girl That I Have Ever Met

About six weeks ago in Dickinson, North Dakota, I stopped at a business that I have been going to for the past five years.  This time, there was young lady working there, who I had never met or seen before.  She was so friendly and nice to me, that I couldn’t believe this was happening.

I said to her, “You are so nice and friendly, that you must not be from Dickinson, where are you from?”  She said, “Dickinson, I am from Dickinson, but I know what you mean.”

She continued to smile, smirk, and act silly a little bit.  I liked her very much.  In order to not be rude, too forward, or inappropriate, I asked her just one more question, which I don’t even remember what I asked her, but her answer was that she was going away to school in August, and she told me where.

I would have liked to have asked her one hundred questions.  I mostly wanted to know how and why I had never met her, seen her, or heard about her before.  I had so many thoughts in my head, I wished that I would have met her a long time ago.

Even just seeing her and talking to her briefly every few days, and looking forward to seeing her, would have cheered me up very much.  Living in Dickinson, for me, is like being in prison.  The people in Dickinson are so mean, nasty, unfriendly, uncooperative, unhelpful, scheming, and undermining.  The women in Dickinson, are fat, overweight, unattractive, glaring, scowling, sneering, snarling, and leering.

I couldn’t believe that this young lady was from Dickinson, but anomalies like this happen sometimes, like Marinna Marsh for instance.  Like Marinna, who is married, I thought that it would be best for me to stay away from this nice, friendly, attractive young lady.  I didn’t want to bother her, make her unhappy, or make her uncomfortable.

I deliberately tried to stay away from this business, because I didn’t want to see this young lady again.  It would be too much for me, being reminded that there is someone like this not far away, but that I couldn’t go see her, for so many reasons.  As much as I liked her, I would probably never be able to have a relationship with her, of any kind, because I am nearly 50 years old.

I don’t feel like I am 50.  It is like I don’t know.  I feel more like I am about 8, or 20, I don’t know.  I do feel more tired than I have ever felt before, more weak, and I have more health problems, which make me feel like I am going to die soon, so I must be old.

On Monday, August 27, I had to go to this business again, and I thought that this young lady would be away at school by now, that she wouldn’t be there.  She was there, acting as silly, nice, and friendly as ever.  I was trying not to smirk or smile the slightest bit, but I was failing, and she started to smile, so I tried not to look at her.  I told her that I remembered talking to her before, and I asked her one question.  She answered, then scooted away.

I would have liked to have asked her, what her name was.  I would have liked to have been able to say more to her.  I wished that I would have met her sooner, I wished that she was not leaving.  I hoped that I didn’t make her uncomfortable.  I really had not expected her to be there.  I didn’t get the chance to say anything else to her, which was for the best, because it probably would have made her irritated or angry, I thought.

After I left, I tried to put myself in her position, to try to understand how she perceives things, what she wants, and what she thinks.  I vowed that I would not go back to this business until she was gone.  She told me that she was leaving Friday.

On Tuesday, I knew all day long that I was not going back to this business, that is what I promised, right?  I intentionally went to another business, to make sure not to go anywhere near her.  But, at this other business, there was an unexpected problem, where I could not get what I came there for.  I said to myself, “Fuck it, I am just going to go there, even if it makes her mad.  I will just get yelled at for bothering her, and I won’t say anything as I am waiting for the thing that I came for, that would just make everything worse.”

When I walked in, she was there, and she greeted me by name very happily and friendly, as if she was glad to see me, and was expecting me.  I just said, hello, and I didn’t ask any questions of her.  She continued to be very friendly, nice, smiling, and silly acting with me for a little bit, and then she went away.  I learned her name, and then everything made more sense for me.

Two years ago, I wrote a series of three blog posts titled, “Bohemians, Romanians, Gypsies, and Reincarnation in Dickinson, North Dakota”.  What had been the main inspiration for me to write these three blog posts two years ago, was this young lady’s relative, named “Emily”.

Though I never mentioned “Emily” by name in these three blog posts about “Bohemians”, Emily was one of the main causes for me to look up, read, and learn about the Bohemians that settled near Dickinson, North Dakota in the late 1800s.  Unlike everybody else in Dickinson, Emily was always very nice and friendly to me.  Emily was attractive, fun, funny, affectionate, and outgoing, and was nice to almost everyone, including people who were not from Dickinson.

I did mention in these three blog posts from two years ago about Bohemians, that Emily did have a very unusual last name which is found no where else in the United States, and that I wished I could tell it, it was so unique.  I will tell it now, it is “Zastoupil”, and this young lady that I am writing about in this blog post, has this same last name.  Yup, she is Bohemian, just like Emily, and Marinna Marsh.

I am not going to look at her Facebook page until she gets settled into her Fall semester at school, so that she isn’t too stressed out when she sees notification that I looked at her Facebook page.  But I did look at her Twitter tweets, which answer about fifty of the questions that I had wanted to ask her.

Miss North Dakota Organization Backs Cara Mund

Earlier today I wrote a blog post article about Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, and her protest of how she has been treated by Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and Miss America CEO Regina Hopper.

I was shocked, angered, and disgusted at the treatment of Cara Mund by chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, who both decided on their own that Cara Mund was not smart enough to speak on behalf of the Miss America organization or women’s issues.  Eight months ago, the two of them began trying to push Cara Mund aside, shrinking and diminishing her role more and more, in an attempt to silence her.

I am sorry that Cara Mund’s year of being Miss America has been ruined by Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper, which should have been filled with endless opportunities to travel, speak, do interviews, meet people, and interact with people to bring attention to the Miss America organization, women’s issues, and other social causes.

In order to correct this situation with the injustice that has been done to Cara Mund, and the Miss America organization being taken in the wrong direction by Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper, I suggest that Cara Mund replace Gretchen Carlson as chairwoman of Miss America.

Later today, I saw an article in the Bismarck Tribune newspaper where it said that the Miss North Dakota organization almost immediately came out in complete support of Cara Mund, backing her up in her complaint against chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper.

This Bismarck Tribune newspaper article is very good, not only is the Miss North Dakota organization supporting and backing up Cara Mund, it is in agreement with Cara Mund’s allegations, and was aware of Cara Mund’s mistreatment for some time.  Here is the link to this article https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/miss-north-dakota-program-backs-cara-mund-in-miss-america/article_791beb16-e5b1-5d4c-9f68-16a748a92ee3.html

It looks as though roughly twenty-five other states have joined together in requesting the immediate replacement of the entire board of directors of the Miss America organization.

Maybe Cara Mund Should Replace Gretchen Carlson As Chairwoman Of Miss America

I began reading and learning about the Miss North Dakota USA pageant after meeting Codi Miller in the summer of 2014.  I liked Codi, and I wanted to learn more about her, so I looked her up on the internet and I saw that she was Miss North Dakota Teen USA in 2009,  Miss North Dakota Rodeo in 2014, and that she was competing in the Miss North Dakota USA pageant.

Up until that time, I didn’t know that Miss America and Miss America USA were two entirely different pageant organizations, until people began fervently correcting me when I used these titles incorrectly.  I didn’t like beauty pageants, at the time I thought that they were detrimental and damaging to women.  I wished that Codi would not compete in these pageants, and I couldn’t understand why she did it.

Prior to the Miss North Dakota USA pageant in November, I saw a few press releases and Facebook posts about who the contestants were.  Though I didn’t want Codi to win because I wished that she would stop, after seeing her most recent photographs I thought that most certainly she would win.  I was astonished when she didn’t win, and I was angry about it.  I believed that there were politics and other things involved in the judging, unrelated to who was the most beautiful.

But Codi was very gracious about it, poised, and composed.  She and her family never showed or expressed any anger or bitterness about it, and she tried again next year.  There were many things that I began to understand and realize.

These pageants are a huge investment of time, effort, work, energy, and money, not just from the contestants, but from their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends, and sponsors.  For each contestant, there are personal trainers, nutritionists, aestheticians, hair stylists, photographers, clothing retailers, jewelry retailers, and sponsors that put in a great deal of time, effort, work, energy, and money.

Each of the pageant contestants has so much at stake for themselves personally.  Doing well in each phase of the competition can lead to an overall win, and continuing on to the national pageant, or placing as runner-up, or other recognition.  But in addition to what is at stake for these contestants personally, they don’t want to disappoint their family, friends, supporters, and sponsors either.

Something else that I realized, was that the pageant contestants couldn’t begin preparing months in advance, they had to live many years of their lives getting ready for these pageants.  For instance, as teenagers, these young women could not get into any trouble at school, could not get into trouble in the community, could not send offensive text messages, could not post anything controversial on Facebook, could not join a dating website, had to be careful about what photographs were taken of them, and could not do a lot of things that other teenagers do, such as date very many boys, get drunk at parties, experiment with alcohol, sex, drugs, or driving fast.

Any women who wish to participate in beauty pageants, everything about them, and everything they have ever done, will be scrutinized.  So in addition to being “perfect” in the pageant, they had to be “perfect” for years and years prior to the pageant.  So, it takes years and years of work and effort to be a contestant in a beauty pageant.

In February of 2018, a friend of mine who was involved in making arrangements for the Rodeo in Grassy Butte, North Dakota, which is a charity fundraiser for the Home On The Range Orphanage, asked me if I would like to work with Codi Miller and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund.  I said that I didn’t know if this was a good idea, I had written several articles about Codi, and I thought that Codi might not like this, he had better ask Codi first.

In thinking about this, what was funny to me, was that Miss America Cara Mund and her assistant would probably be expecting and assuming that I would be starstruck by Cara and be a nuisance to her, but they would be taken aback and puzzled when I paid more attention to Codi.  Upon hearing an explanation for this, it would be a relief to Cara, and funny to her, but tremendously irritating to Codi.

I knew that I would have to be on my absolute best behavior in order to not annoy or anger Cara Mund, Cara’s assistant, and Codi.  When I began reading about Cara Mund, and I saw that she graduated from Brown University, I thought there is no way that this is going to work, there is going to be an argument right away, and all three of them are going to gang up against me.  Apparently, my employer thought the same thing, that surely I would get Cara Mund and Codi mad at me, so he wouldn’t allow me to work with them.

Because Brown University is an Ivy League school, which are notorious for producing head-strong, opinionated, liberal, know-it-all women, I could see Cara reading one of my blog post articles after a discussion with Codi, and then all three of them planning for the right time to corner me and attack me together for writing that shit about women.

Still, it might be nice to be attacked by Cara Mund and Codi Miller for a change, I thought.  Maybe I should just let them go on a tirade against me for about five minutes to get it out of their system, and then it would be over.  I tried to read some more about Cara Mund, and I couldn’t find very much information on her.  I did see that there was some criticism of her for not being very visible or available during her time as Miss America 2018.

When it became closer to the Grassy Butte Home On The Range Rodeo in August, and completely clear that my employer was not going to allow me to work with Cara Mund and Codi Miller, and I no longer had to worry about getting into an argument with Cara or Codi, I went ahead and wrote a blog post article about the Miss America pageant discontinuing the swimsuit phase of the competition, due to Gretchen Carlson becoming chairwoman.

In June of 2018, Gretchen Carlson announced that the Miss America pageant will no longer have pageant contestants being judged wearing swimsuits.  In a CNN interview, Gretchen Carlson made the following comments, “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge.” Carlson also said the new Miss America competition will be more inclusive to women of “all shapes and sizes.”

Before I spent more time learning about the Miss America pageants and the Miss America USA pageants, I believed that these pageants were detrimental, damaging, degrading, and humiliating to women.  But once you understand how much time, energy, effort, work, and preparation is involved, from not only the contestants, but their family, friends, supporters, and sponsors, you would see that it is not detrimental, damaging, degrading, and humiliating, it is mostly a lot of hard work.

In the blog post article that I wrote in late July about the swimsuit phase of the competition being discontinued, I used some analogies comparing Beauty Pageants to sporting competitions or academic performance and scholarships.  We wouldn’t try to handicap or penalize tall people for being better at running and jumping than short people.  We wouldn’t try to handicap or penalize short people for being better at wrestling or weightlifting than tall people.  Why would we try to handicap or penalize attractive, healthy, in-shape, physically fit women in a Beauty Pageant to make things more fair for fat, overweight, out-of-shape, unhealthy women?

Continuing to compare Beauty Pageants to sporting competitions or academic performance, in athletics and academics, some people are naturally gifted, and some people have to work much harder.  In athletics and academics, everyone begins with completely different abilities, some with more aptitude and ability than others.  In sports, academics, or Beauty Pageants, everyone starts out with different and unequal abilities and natural gifts, some people will have to work much harder than others in order to compete and be successful.

In state and national Beauty Pageants, the competitors have both natural beauty and they have put in a lot of work.  Some women have had to exercise more, train more, change their diet, pay more attention to nutrition, improve their posture, change the way they sit, stand, or walk, improve their vocabulary, become a better speaker, organize their thoughts and what they say better, learn to be more outgoing and less introverted, pay more attention to news and world events, be more observant of what other people think and feel, take more interest in what other people have to say, or be more confident.  Each of the women competitors have had to work hard at various things, that may come more naturally to other women competitors.

Once you stop and think about it, this is crazy and insane, that Gretchen Carlson would like to remove the swimsuit competition from the Miss America Pageant, in order to make things more fair for the fat, overweight, out-of-shape, unhealthy competitors, penalizing and handicapping the naturally beautiful and hard working competitors.

In the third week of August 2018, Cara Mund released a six page letter protesting her treatment by Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and Miss America CEO Regina Hopper.  I was shocked that Cara had to write such a letter, and by the way that she was treated which she described in her letter.

Before I summarize what happened to Cara, I want to emphasize how Cara should have been treated after being crowned Miss America 2018:

  • Cara should have been treated with the utmost respect, courtesy, and cooperation by the Miss America organization.
  • Cara should have been kept informed by the Miss America organization of all possible speaking engagements, events, interviews, and opportunities to speak on behalf of Miss America, young women, and social causes.
  • The Miss America organization should have sought out every opportunity and outlet for Cara to speak on behalf of the Miss America organization and young women’s issues.
  • The Miss America organization should have maintained weekly professional communication with Cara regarding her schedule, opportunities, possibilities, and happenings within the organization to keep her informed, and to try to maximize the success of Cara and the organization.

It is shocking, upsetting, and disgusting to me the way that Cara Mund was treated by the Miss America organization.  What should have been one of the best years of this young 23 year old’s life, was instead ruined and taken away by Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper.  This is how Cara was treated by the Miss America organization:

  • Though the Miss America pageant judged and vetted all of the contestants in the state pageants to select a winner from each state, and then judged and vetted all of these state pageant winners to choose Miss America, which was Cara, Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper then later decided that Cara Mund was not fit, good enough, or smart enough to speak on behalf of the Miss America organization or on young women’s issues.
  • The Miss America organization began to not inform Cara of any speaking engagements or interview opportunities, and instead Gretchen Carlson began personally trying to take the place of Cara at any speaking engagement or interview opportunity.
  • The Miss America organization began to try to take steps to make it appear that Cara was not available for speaking engagements or interview opportunities, and began characterizing Cara as being unreliable.

Here is a link to Cara Mund’s six-page letter: https://bismarcktribune.com/cara-mund-letter/pdf_bdb98d8a-646e-54e8-830a-8905366ec2cf.html  .  When you click on this link, and get to this letter posted by the Bismarck Tribune, click on this letter to read all six pages.

In this letter, Cara Mund points out that she is not stupid, she graduated with honors from Brown University with a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations.  Her senior year thesis was on the Miss America organization.  She worked for Senator John Hoeven in Washington D.C., and a public relations company in New York.

During Cara’s year as Miss America, it was pretty much ruined by chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, who treated Cara like she wasn’t smart enough or knowledgeable enough to speak at important events or interviews.  This is the exact opposite of what the Miss America organization is supposed to do.  This organization is supposed to empower young women and give them every opportunity to speak about issues concerning young women.

Since Cara’s year as Miss America was ruined, and she was not given the chance to speak on behalf of the Miss America organization or advocate for young women, I think that a good way to fix everything all at once, would be to replace chairwoman Gretchen Carlson with Cara Mund.

Gretchen Carlson is not suitable to lead the Miss America organization as shown by her mistreatment of Cara, and the direction that she wants to take the pageant, to no longer focus on “physical beauty”.

Cara is able to relate completely to what new Miss America contestants will experience, and how they should be treated.  I think that Cara is qualified to lead the Miss America organization, that she deserves the chance to be heard and advocate for young women, and that this whole situation can be turned into something that will be inspirational and positive for young women.

Wolverine Not Far From Dickinson, North Dakota

Today is August 16, 2018.  I want to document several up-close Wolverine sightings not far from Dickinson, North Dakota, occurring over the past several days.

The reason why I want to document these recent up-close sightings in North Dakota, is to bring awareness, because it is believed that there have not been any Wolverine in North Dakota for over 150 years.

On April 24, 2016, a ranch hand working near Alexander, North Dakota shot and killed what was confirmed to be a Wolverine.  At the time, this was the first confirmed Wolverine sighting in North Dakota since the 1850s.  You can read many newspaper reports about this, here is one of them from the Bismarck Tribune newspaper: https://bismarcktribune.com/wolverine-confirmed-in-north-dakota-first-since-s/article_5b29d55e-617b-5935-a1f8-0b95d9da864f.html

For the past several nights, a friend of mine has watched a Wolverine, which he believes to be a male.  He has watched it from as close as twenty-five feet, for three minutes.

Upon discussing his recent sightings, another friend of ours, has seen this Wolverine a couple of times in the past several years at this same location.

This group of people who have seen this Wolverine in this location, have no intention of harming this Wolverine.  A couple of these people have kept their mouth shut about it for several years, thinking this was the best way to handle it.  This probably is the best way to handle it, because this Wolverine appears to be comfortable and confident where he is living, no one bothers him.

I am not going to disclose the location, or any of the people involved, because I think that this is the best way to handle it for the well-being of this Wolverine.  I only want to document this for the sake of making people aware about the existence of Wolverines in North Dakota.

I am including a short video of a Wolverine in Montana.  I don’t know why the Wolverine in this video didn’t kill the adult deer, Wolverines are known to attack deer, elk, moose, and wolves.

I Am Again Recommending That Men Go Look At The “Escort of Italy” Website

Almost one year ago, I wrote a blog post article about the “Escort of Italy” website.  This website, and this escort service, is one of the most amazing, fascinating, and impressive things that I have ever seen in my life.

I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for about six years, where there is a shortage of women, a scarcity of attractive women, the women who are here are mean and nasty, and prostitution is not allowed.  When I look at the “Escort of Italy” website, I can’t believe that such a thing exists, but it’s true.

Before I go any further, and provide any links to this website, I need to caution everyone, that you will see nudity on this website.  Because of the cultural difference, and acceptance of prostitution in Italy, when you are on this escort website, if you click on any of the women’s photographs, it will give you the age, height, weight, and nationality of each woman, and what she is willing to do sexually.

To save you some time, if you want to see the largest number of escorts at once, click on the tab for “Travel Girls”.  Click on the escort named “Rozy Model”, for instance.  She might be the girl that I would ask for.  That’s what you do, you pick and ask for the girl that you want.  The “Travel Girls” are more expensive, I think that you have to pre-pay for a large amount of time and pay travel expenses.  The other escorts in the towns of Milan, Rome, and Florence are almost as pretty, and they cost about $250 per hour.

Here is a short excerpt from the “Escort of Italy” website.  If you click on any of the differently colored text in this excerpt, it takes you to this website:

“You are welcome to our high class escort agency Italy, offering you the best female escorts Italy for hotel or private dating, exclusive girlfriend experience, travel and vacation escort with charming Italia girls, VIP escort girls Italy for business occasions and many more. If you are looking for pleasure and comfort, then you have come to the right place. Our elegant Italy escorts will meet the most subtle expectations of a lonely man who is eager to find love and companionship in Italia. We offer our clients the finest attractive escorts in Milan, escort girls Rome, and Turin escorts. Our Italy escort agency provide both incall and outcall services for the guests and residents of the country.”

It kills me, that rather than suffering through living in Dickinson, like being in prison, for only $250 each week, I could look forward to being with “Rozy Model” or “Fiona”.  I suppose it could be worse, I could be living in North Korea.

Review Of J&J Chinese Delivery In Dickinson, North Dakota

Whoa!  I am going to have to completely change my review of J&J Chinese Delivery to DO NOT USE!

Last week, I was looking through something that I received in the mail titled, “The Local Business Guide Directory”, produced by the Dickinson Press.  Towards the end of this advertisement booklet was a small ad for “J&J Chinese Delivery”.

I was aware that there had been a restaurant on Main Street in Belfield called the “J&J Chinese Cafe”, but this restaurant had closed down about a year ago.  I felt bad for the owner of this restaurant, the food was good, but there were just not enough customers in the town of Belfield.

I had not known that the owner of the J&J Chinese Cafe had moved to Dickinson, and was now cooking food at his house, and offering Chinese food for delivery only.

I looked up J&J Chinese Delivery on the internet, and there were listings for it in Dickinson.  I clicked on the Facebook page of J&J Chinese Delivery, if you look through their photographs, they have three photographs of their menu items with prices.  As you are about to read, Their Prices Are Not What They Say They Are!

I called J&J Chinese Delivery, and asked if they had “Beef with Chinese Vegetables”, they said they did, and it was $9.99.  I said that I wanted to come and pick it up, they told me that I could not pick it up, they had to deliver it.  I asked how much for delivery, they said $2.00.

My food was delivered in about twenty minutes.  Though I got “Beef with Broccoli”, not “Beef with Chinese Vegetables”.

Warning!:  I have to absolutely give this warning, because of both my first order, and my second order a few days later.

When my first order was delivered, the charge was a little over $12 including tax and delivery.  I had a $20 bill ready for when the delivery person came.  I planned on giving the delivery person $3.00 extra, but he said, “I don’t have my change bag with me.”  So I ended up only getting back $3 from my $20 bill, paying $17 for my $9.99 order.  If you are old enough to know, this is a common scheme used by delivery people, taxi drivers, etcetera “I don’t have change for a $20 bill”.

Remember, I wanted to go and pick up my order, but they told me that this was not allowed.

Two days later, I placed an order for Szechuan Beef, which their menu says is $9.99.  I asked how much my order would be on the telephone when I placed my order, and I was told $15.17.  When the delivery person arrived, they asked for $17.17.

Today, when I telephoned to place an order, I asked about their prices, and why they are not what they say they are, and at first I did not get a straight answer.  Then, the person at J&J Chinese Delivery told me that their delivery charge is now $5.00.

Fuck J&J Chinese Delivery!  I don’t mind paying a $2.00 delivery charge which is enough for a business to pay a delivery driver about $10 per hour, and then giving the driver another $3.00 to boost their income so that they can make money in what they are doing.

A delivery driver should be able to make at least five deliveries per hour, so they should be able to make $25 per hour with an hourly pay plus tips from the customer.  But what I suspect that J&J Chinese Delivery is doing, is trying to make money by not allowing customers to come and pick up their food, and charging $5.00 for each delivery, which I do not believe is all going to the delivery person.

In any case, Fuck J&J Chinese Delivery.  The very first thing that I am going to do tomorrow, is call the City of Dickinson Health Department, Restaurant Licensing, Business Licensing, and City Residential Zoning to complain about J&J Chinese Delivery operating out of a residence.

I can not stand dishonest, scheming, lying , treacherous people, especially if they are immigrants who receive abundant generosity when they are allowed into our country, and then they turn around and try to rip people off.

What do I mean, rip people off?  The King Buffet Chinese Restaurant in Dickinson probably has to pay at least several thousand dollars per month for rent in the T-Rex Shopping Center.  On top of that, the King Buffet Chinese Restaurant has to pay $1,000 to $2,000 per month in utilities.  Then pay employee wages, plus pay more money for employee payroll taxes for workers compensation and social security.  Also pay sales tax, business license, property insurance, liability insurance, and bare all the costs for tables, chairs, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and glassware.

At the King Buffet Chinese Restaurant, it is all you can eat, and you can have the hibachi chef cook in front of you, whatever raw meat and vegetables you want.  With a drink included, this costs about $13.00.

So to me, it is treachery, scheming, underhandedness, and dishonesty that J&J Chinese Delivery which operates out of someone’s house, is going to advertise many menu items for $9.99, but it ends up costing you $17, when J&J Chinese Delivery doesn’t have high rent for a commercial space sit-down restaurant, high utility bills for a commercial space sit-down restaurant, have to pay for property insurance, liability insurance, tables, chairs, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, glassware, waiters, table clearers, dishwahsers, and payroll taxes on these employees.  But they try to charge you more than a local restaurant which has way, way more costs to bare.