Some random thoughts and observations from this past weekend's experiences exploring Long Island.

1) When a restaurant positions itself as a "small plates" eatery "made for sharing," I immediately wonder if they're actively marketing and advertising themselves to the gastric bypass surgery market.

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2) Who knew that we had British cannons from the War of 1812 on display at Belmont Lake State Park? Pretty cool for us history buffs. The lake, however, could use a pool skimmer or 20.

3) The newly refurbished Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon is pretty dope. Loved the two water slides.

4) When the guy running the karaoke at a public place sings the first three songs, maybe it's time to reconsider things.

5) Props to Chris, the nicest and most informative Staples cashier I have ever encountered.