Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea is returning to Atlanta’s Punchline Comedy Club  for 2 full days of amazing comedy!! Friday June 17th with 2 shows  and Saturday June 18th with 3 shows!  Get your tickets and laugh your ass off!!

I love Caroline Rhea–she is my favorite female comedian legend (Craig Shoemaker is my favorite male comedy legend–oh CRAIG!)  and I always have to take two Advil BEFORE I see her.  Why? Because I have a lack of oxygen from laughing so hard.  I asked Vikki to please spank me last year during the show so I could regain consciousness.

What I love about Caroline Rhea is something that not many comedians can do.   She can adapt to any situation and be quick on her feet.  Her timing is like my sex–very quick!  Enjoy a night out at Atlanta’s Premiere Comedy Club now in their new location at The Landmark Diner in Buckhead! (Corner of Piedmont and Roswell Road.) The Punchline, celebrating over 30 years of Atlanta’s Best comedy. Tickets HERE!






After the show get a great sleep here!

Recipe For Success

VSoft 2009 Logo Cropped

I spent the past two days as Host & Emcee of a conference for VSoft, a global information and technology provider of process improvement solutions for financial institutions. (I know, a little intense sounding but a delight for people in the banking industry who use their software.)  The event titled “Recipe For Success” took place at the Westin Buckhead (love those Heavenly beds which by the way are Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, I looked.)  One sure recipe for success is an event company that is prepared from start to finish. CCP Events led by Terry Singleton and her team were all that a host and emcee like myself could ask for. Bravo!

The day started around 8:30 a.m. with Chef Rebecca Lang who blended her recipe for Black and White Mint brownies with the ingredients of being successful in the marketplace.  (I especially loved the cooking tips she mixed in during the presentation.) The brownies were fantastic–thick and chewy.  And who doesn’t love chocolate at 9 in the morning, right?!

After a long day of seminars and product reporting, we had a team building experience. Chef Challenge! Chef Challenge divided everyone into 6 teams.  They were: “Eggheads” & “Sweetie Pie” making the Apps, “Spicy Chefs” and “Georgia Peaches” making the salad and “peaNUTS” and “Hot Tamales” making the dessert.  The chef team at the Westin provided all the ingredients and perhaps they knew better of us novices in the kitchen as they nicely laid out plastic sheeting to protect the carpeting! The team of judges (Hotel employees) judged on overall first impression (I had many but couldn’t say them out loud), Creativity and product utilization, Presentation, Timeliness, Taste/Flavor Combinations and Team Spirit/Team Work/Passion & Energy.

The competition was hot as a kitchen.  All the wannabe chef’s assembled their creations influenced by their favorite adult beverage which made for a truly exciting hour!! The desserts were creme brulee and that meant blow torches–STAND BACK! I was even hand fed Jalapeno cornbread by one team member!  Perhaps he thought it would influence my decision for a winner. (The winner in my mind at that point was the cornbread.)  I, however, was not voting but loved the personalized attention.   Once the hour was done and dishes submitted, we all sat down and the fantastic service staff at the Westin Buckhead served up the teams creations to thunderous rounds of applause.

The winners? Eggheads led by Jon Reneslacis for Apps, Georgia Peaches led by Don Walton (who has another career in salads!) and Hot Tamales led by Charles Wiggins for Desserts.  We were fed a lot of ingredients over 3 days. So what did I learn? Never put good knives in the dishwasher (loosens the handles and dulls them), use foil with the dull side up as food is less likely to stick (who knew), wood cutting boards are safe to use and for check imaging software development & providers, along with data processing and more, I choose VSoft.

It’s People who make a company even greater than their products.  Amy Garrett who was my personal “chef” helped create the recipe for this very successful event. And thank you to Chairman Murthy Veeraghanta, President Shekar Viswanathan and their team for tremendous hospitality.  The V in VSoft stands for Versatile: Flexible + Innovative + Nimble + Global. Through their own staff, customers, clients and partners I experienced tremendous versatility in a company that sees tomorrow–today.  These are all the ingredients in a real recipe for success.

You may enjoy my blog on another competition! CLICK HERE.

C & S Seafood Oysters–BEST in ATL!

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Way to go C&S seafood, voted by Meridith Ford of the AJC as BEST!  Meridith says ”


1) C & S Seafood and Oyster Bar

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “For a landlocked city like Atlanta, a classic fish house is a refreshing change from the usual steak-and-sushi gig, and C & S proves its mettle when it comes to making simple preparations — broiled or chargrilled fish, elegant but simply prepared with sides of roasted fingerling potatoes and haricot verts — into big, bold plates of beauty.”

Tom says “C&S is a classy ‘joint’ from yesteryear with tastes and style that will have you coming back.  Love their organic liqueurs too!  The grill roasted oysters are A M A Z I N G!  I licked the shells (gently.)

See a Zoo in a different way!

Aidan plays the blues…for Africa!

My God son Aidan Hornaday is only 8 years old but he has the heart and soul of someone many years his age.  Aidan loves to play harmonica and turned his passion into raising money.  He’s raised over $3,000 for orphans in Africa to help fight intestinal parasites.  $1.00 buys four pills and so far has raised enough money for 12,000 pills!!!  When I was eight years old, I was playing with G.I. Joe’s (and Barbies-Joe wanted a date you know.)  I am extremely proud of  him.  As a matter of fact,  Aidan caught the eye of Ellen DeGeneres and her producers.  Way to go Aidan! Love, Tom.

Deals, saving money

Click HERE to learn about saving money on your Taxes!

So I love a deal and who doesn’t…As you see deals around town, ways to save money,  send them to me and I’ll post them.

Comcast Cable:  Did you know Comcast may provide you with a reduced rate on your cable?  Call Comcast @ 404-266-2278 and follow prompts for “change in service/thinking of disconnecting service”.  I phoned Comcast and they offered me a $15.00 a month reduction in service for 6 months!!

Natural Gas providers:  Current fixed rate plan with GNG is $0.789 a therm.  Mention promo code DCMC to get your .10 per-therm discount.  1-866-665-9464.  Offer ends 4/4/2010.

Furniture:  We found DHI Furniture clearance center at Mall of Georgia has amazing deals on quality, name brand furniture.  up to 70% off! Visit their website by clicking here.

Magic Jack: People are ditching their landlines and using their cell phones.  Did you know “Magic Jack” allows you to simply plug a device into your USB port of your computer then plug in your standard land line telephone and make phone calls?  It’s FREE for local/long distance the first year, then just $20.00 a year after that.  Compare that for all the monthly fees you are paying your current phone provider at home.

Clearance: For example, in Target, always check the clearance sections at the ends of the aisles facing the walls….you have to walk past all the  “end caps” on each aisle to find the “clearance” and as of late, there is merchandise on clearance in different depts.  Did you know Wal-Mart has a clearance section? They’re scattered around the store.  Hunt them down.  And don’t forget retailers deeply discounts merchandise at the start of next season.  For example, all summer clothing, outdoor furniture, pool equip, garden supplies are all marked way down.  For example, end of summerTarget has 75% off above ground pools and 7,000 btu air conditioners!

GODADDY: Buying a domain? Always Google “” to get the link for $6.99 domains (.com) and that’s good for 1-10 years! Just remember your name, address and phone you register with  each domain purchase is then placed on the “WhoIs” website for the world to see so if you want your personal information to remain private, use your P.O. Box or business address, phone.  Speaking of phone, see “Google Voice” for info on your very own FREE phone number!

ONLINE COUPONS:  When you shop online and get to checkout page and see the box that says “coupon code” or “promo code”, that’s when you open up another browser window and do a google search for that  companies coupon code.  For instance,  you’re at and in check out do a search for coupon code…or free shipping.  Always type what coupon you want in a search to narrow the results.

Online Member deals:  Go to gmail or the provider of your choice and sign up for a “junk email” account.  Then use this email address for signing up for companies member rewards programs or online coupon delivery emails.  You’ll often times get deals that only members receive and not avail. to the general public.

Google Voice:  Here is something really cool and it’s FREE!  I really love Google.  They are always re-inventing the wheel and adding to their offerings.  Get a Gmail account (Free) and then sign up for Google Voice.  With Google Voice you can choose your phone number from most any area code and then that number can be set up to forward to any phone you want!  Forward to your cell, home phone, fax machine, a friends phone–you name it! With Google Voice you can listen in on messages being left (like the old answering machines where you didn’t pick up), record the conversation, ignore the call and more. Plus, every voice message is transcribed and then emailed to you!  Check it out now: Google Voice

Home Goods:  This store is a division of T.J. Max but the selection is HUGE and the prices are amazing.  This store is a destination for anyone looking for quality at off price savings.

Costco: While shopping my favorite COSTCO recently a vendor cooking up a new brand of pizza offered me a sample.  I really enjoyed it and she then told me to use my Costco coupon for $3.00 off a box!  I didn’t have the coupon with me (usually sent to members in the mail.)  She informed me that you can use ANY coupon from the current sales flyer on ANY item and the correct amount will be deducted as if you had the actual coupon.  So as an example, I scanned the box of pizzas and then scanned a coupon for a package of Kleenex (also in the current sales flyer) and the $3.00 for the pizza was deducted!  We love the convenience of that.

More to come

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