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GamingAfter 5 years of part time game development, I quit my job to dedicate myself full time. I'm also launching my first game. AMA!

Feb 4th 2017 by dragonslumber • 58 Questions • 50 Points

Spring is coming right up on us again, and it's time for muddy floors and carpets, get the hair out of your furniture, and some of y'all are gonna fuck up your vacuums. I'm here to make that go easier this year. Proof

First, I want to apologize to so many redditors who reached out to me and didn't get a reply. It's been a very difficult last several months for me. I hope you'll forgive me and that I can still be of use to you.

So, there are some interesting new developments in the premium vacuum world. Riccar and Miele have both introduced new BAGLESS vacuums and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The robotic vacuums are getting better. And, there are FINALLY full sized CORDLESS vacuums coming onto the market.

Let's get into this!

So, on to business...here's the copypasta. First AMA (archived) Second AMA (Open) Last AMA (Open) YouTube Channel Here's some basics to get you started: Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will almost always: 1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning). 2) Be in service for much longer. 3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables). 4) Filter your air better. Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is. Things you should do to maintain your vac, regularly: 1) Clear your brush roller/agitator of hair and fibers. Clear the bearing caps as well, if possible. (monthly) 2) Change your belts before they break. This is important to maintain proper tension against the agitator. (~ yearly for "stretch" belts) 3) Never use soap when washing any parts of your vacuum, including the outer bag, duct system, agitator, filters, etc. Soap attracts dirt, and is difficult to rinse away thoroughly. Types of vacs: 1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well. 2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright. 3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often. 4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction. My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they're talking about.

Q:

5 years of development is quite a looong time, how do you keep motivation through all these years ?

A:

Why do you think the food service industry is more willing to give people a second chance? I feel like many other industries are not as open to hiring people who are trying to get back in the workforce.


Q:

Wow you almost look like a completely different person!

Did your speech adjust pretty well? Not to assume that you had a terrible speech impediment or anything, but years of speaking a certain way and then having it change had to be kind of different.

Branching off of that, what was the hardest adjustment?

A:

I had mine done in 2007 and everything has been great since apart from blurred vision when I have been using a PC for example all day.

As I never had "normal" sight before is this something that all people get?


Q:

Because of your last AMA I bought a Panasonic bagged canister vac (because I can't afford a Miele) and it's great. Thanks for your service. What would you recommend for a robo-vac in an area with laminate floor and lots of dog hair?

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I invested over 50k$ in the game over the course of the last 5 years. Investing that much money makes for a very strong motivator. It's a lot to lose if you decide to give up. Plus, I would hate to disappoint all the amazing artists who worked on the project. Thier contribution should be rewarded.


Q:

This industry is more forgiving, they are looking for people who work hard, they want people who show up and they are hiring. Its the perfect opportunity for people to have a second chance

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For the vast majority of my life (from the age of about 12 onwards) I've had a distinctly pronounced lower jaw and chin. For better or for worse this has assimilated itself into how I identify with myself and has heavily influenced my own self-image. Losing this trait was probably the most difficult change to adjust to, as I now have a pretty average lower jaw and chin (which is of course a good thing). However now some time has passed I've grown to appreciate the more balanced appearance to my facial features and don't feel so jarred when I look in the mirror.

In terms of speech I used to talk with a lisp which is now thankfully not the case, and aside from this I also speak much more clearly and with greater projection. The tone of my voice on the other hand has barely changed at all, which surprised me to be honest.


Q:

Great question. Even without having LASIK people can suffer from computer vision syndrome. Below is a link for more information:

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/computer-vision-syndrome#1

We recommend dry eye treatment for our patients as well as the 20/20/20/2 rule. This rule is to take a break from the computer every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and then blink your eyes twice.

Here's a blog regarding dry eyes for your information:

http://www.iqlaservision.com/blog/3-stages-dry-eye-treatment/

A:

If you're going to get a robotic vac, I'd recommend Neato or Miele models.


Q:

Will you be releasing games for consoles in the future?

A:

Have you ever had a problem with the people you have employed. If not, have you had a problem with customers viewing your restaurant?


Q:

I lost a lot of weight (20kg) quickly (2 weeks) due to cancer treatment last year and I can relate to this. It's a strange thing to be looking at a different guy in the mirror.

How long did it take you to recover from old normal to new normal? I presume there was some wicked bruising etc.

A:

Why is LASIK still not covered by insurance but they will pay for glasses or contacts every year?


Q:

I had a Neato, but the battery wouldn't hold a charge for crap. It was great for the first few weeks, but then it couldn't even finish a room without needing a recharge. I always let it run in a closed off bedroom while I vacuumed in another room.

A:

I would love to do so, I met some great people while I was at PAX. If Arelite Core is popular enough, I would love to bring it to the PS4, XBOne, Switch, 3DS, whatever the people would prefer. It would tie in super nicely with the console origins of JRPGs for sure.

And, because my next project will be in Unity, it'll be a lot easier to port once the time comes!


Q:

Nothing outside of what you would encounter in a normal restaurant, in fact we probably have less. Our biggest issues are more finding ways to help our students overcome their issues more then incidents taking place at the restaurant.

A:

I started to feel myself again roughly 5-6 months post op. Before this point I'd catch myself in some random reflection somewhere and jolt a little at the face staring back at me.

Familiarity slowly crept in and now the opposite is true- I look back at old pictures of myself and wonder how I managed to walk around in public looking the way I did.


Q:

Some companies do cover for LASIK but not all of them. It is because it is an elective procedure. Many companies do offer it, so check for yours. For example, I work with many companies helping them offer their employees discounts. Ask your LASIK center or company if this something they might offer.

A:

Have you contacted them about a replacement battery?


Q:

I would absolutely love the Switch, since it is launching, there isn't tons of games to compete with since Nintendo is spreading out game releases. And a 3DS port would be nice on the go.

A:

Can you serve alcohol at your restaurant? If so, are there any challenges w/ your employees?


Q:

I'm post double jaw surgery for two years now and I can totally relate to this. I see old photos and cannot believe how insecure I was and how much my confidence level and overall mental health has improved. It seems superficial, but the way I looked was definitely a disability for me in many ways. Congrats on your new life guy!!! You look great!!!

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  1. Is it true that one should avoid certain sports after having LASIK done? I've heard conflicting answers to that.

  2. How cool is the equipment?


Q:

I've always though roomba was best? What's the difference?

A:

I definitely agree, it's just a matter of having the time to do so. Also, because it was coded in XNA, I would have to do quite a job to make it compatible, but I'm more than willing to do it if Arelite Core looks like it'll be a hit!


Q:

Yes, we can definitely serve alcohol. If someone is doing a 12-step program or something similar they don't necessarily have to work behind the bar. They are required to know the spirits but they don't have to be around the spirits.

A:

Cheers. In a couple of weeks I'm booked in to attend a post surgical research survey seminar that's being held by my maxillofacial surgeon. I plan to attend to make sure they're aware how much it helped me both physically and psychologically and to ensure others get the same opportunity I did for treatment on the NHS.


Q:

During the recovery period, yes. I recommend patients to not do contacts sports for at least 2 weeks due to complications that might arise while the eye is still healing.

I've personally have treated many athletes and they have gone to participate in their sports with no problem. A great example of athletes getting LASIK and still performing their best if Chris Paul from the LA Clippers.

http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-seeing-benefits-after-offseason-lasik-procedure/

A:

Roomba has a weird pattern algorithm for cleaning, which is very inefficient. The Neato and Miele models use a logical mapping algorithm.


Q:

Can I play your game?

A:

How do you find former inmates for your staff—do they come to you through a referral program or do you post the jobs online, or...something else?

Also, congratulations! Rehabilitation and restoration of people who have criminal backgrounds is a special passion of mine and I love stories like yours!


Q:

I had it about 5 years ago. Best decision ever.

A:

How often does lasik cause permanent loss of vision?


Q:

What kind of fucking coffee are you drinking?

A:

The game will be available in full on February 8th, on Steam and other distribution platforms. Trust me, it'll be worth the wait!


Q:

There are a number of different routes. We teach in prison, have connections with local judges, parole officers, etc. We also get good responses from our stories and features in the media.

A:

Agreed.


Q:

Great question! It is virtually impossible to go blind from LASIK since the procedure takes place on the surface of the outer cornea which does not affect the optics of the inside of the eye. It is very rare for loss of vision since LASIK has been around for 25 years so surgeons are better equipped and have more experience to prevent this.

A:

I didn't get to Costco yesterday for my 2 pound bag, so I'm drinking 7-11's Brazilian Dark since it's cheap and isn't fucking burnt like everything at Starfucks.


Q:

Thank you for answering. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

A:

What has been the reaction around Cleveland with you hiring convicts at an upscale restaurant?


Q:

If you sing at all (or even casually) did this surgery have any effect? Do you notice a difference in breathing?

A:

I had lasik 6 year ago and now I have a noticeable double/triple image looking at LED lights when my eyes are dry. If I was your patient, should I go see you?


Q:

Ruta Maya coffee from Costco is fucking gangster.

A:

Thank you, and likewise!


Q:

Very positive. We're the pride of #CLE. People have really embraced it and they're quite proud of what we've accomplished. We've received national recognition, which highlights how proud CLE is. More than $8 million has come through the doors. It's been a smashing success.

A:

As soon as I woke up after the surgery I remember being able to breath through my nose (although it soon clogged up with blood) and thinking 'this is the easiest I've been able to breath my entire life'.

It seems my retruded upper jaw had constricted my airway to a small extent.

Also my singing sounds just as awful as it did before the surgery.


Q:

Yes, dry eye is prevalent even without having LASIK so it's best to treat that first to improve your vision.

Here's some information we provide for our patients in regards to dry eye syndrome.

http://www.iqlaservision.com/dry-eye-treatment/products/

Hope this helps!

A:

I'm not familiar with it. I will have to check it out.


Q:

50 000$ on what? Do you plan on making that back? How much does the game cost to purchase?

What tools did you use to develop the game?

A:

What has been the most negative experience you have had with an employee or applicant?


Q:

Thanks for answering!

EDIT: Would you recommend the surgery?

A:

At which age do you think people really should look for LASIK? It's possible to do a second surgery if the vision gets worse after the first?


Q:

and isn't fucking burnt like everything at Starfucks.

Damn truth! Everything in starbucks that includes milk tastes too strong and burnt.

At one point in time, Starbucks was good. But then the fad came up where every boss'es intern/assistant would be there during lunch time and get a couple. This caught up. Now its just a brand and nothing more.

A:

That is a lot of questions, so I'm breaking it down into 4:

  1. Everything was made custom for the game. It has over 100 unique animated monsters, about 100 NPCs, 30 different locations, a soundtrack with 30 pieces, etc. Big games mean bigger budgets.

I also lost around 10k early on when I hired an indian art contracting firm, which submitted work which was either terrible or plagiarized from other sources.

  1. I'm hoping to be able to make back my budget, but I don't expect it'll happen in the short term. Maybe in the long term with Bundles and other venues. It definitely cost a lot more than I anticipated back in 2012.

  2. The game will be 16$ at launch, which is to say 20$ with a 20% discount for the first week.

  3. I used C# with Microsoft's XNA Framework to develop the engine. I actually started a week after Microsoft discontinued development of XNA. Oups.


Q:

Attitudes, mostly poor attitudes, coming in with a sense of entitlement.

A:

I would recommend the surgery 1 googleplex %


Q:

As long as your prescription is stable and not changing you can get LASIK at 18 years old. The key is to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate first.

A:

And when I fucking ask for a SMALL amount of ice, so I can drink it right away, and they fucking make the shit tepid!!

I need to sip my Brazilian and calm down.


Q:

Sorry to hear you lost a significant part of your budget due to shoddy/unprofessional practice. I'm surprised by the ammount of plagiarizing that goes on even today..

16$ is £12 for those UK redditors.

Overall how would you describe your 5 year experience of making 'Arelite Core'? The positives and negatives? The lessons you learnt on creating, financing, delegation on this project, and what other ideas you have next. I'm interested in playing this game myself, thanks for linking the steam page.

A:

Do you take reservations? I'll bring my clients next time I visit Cleveland for business.


Q:

a pretty average lower jaw and chin

you have a beautiful profile. your jaw-line is enviable to most men. And something has happened to your eyes that is indescribable, but they are very easy to get lost in your mirthful grin.

A:

Is there a best age range to get the surgery done? I am 22 and have worn glasses since 2nd grade.

Also, how likely is it that my eye sight will go back to "normal" after a few years?

Is it painful?


Q:

You said you really don't like Rainbows because of the water filtration, but how do you feel about steam vacs for cleaning carpets? What's the difference?

A:

Overall, I would call Arelite Core trial by fire. I didn't go into this wanting to do a solo project, I just failed to find the right people to work with me, which led to this model. Losing 10k was definitely one of the low points of my process, and it wasn't the only one.

I think most of my failures weren't from a lack of knowledge. I probably should have networked more, but I was head down in work so much it was tough to find time to force myself to do so. It is a necessity though so I definitely need to work on that for the future. I think I was a bit naive as far as working with people, I expected those whom I hired to do a great job, to give it their all in the same passionate way that I did, but ultimately we're all flawed human beings and that was a learning process as well. Not to say that I didn't meet amazing people, and those might be the biggest positives, the people I've worked with for years, producing hundreds and thousands of assets. It's great to open your e-mail inbox, see the name of one of your artists and know that something great for your game is coming right up.

Financing is interesting, because I did it all myself, through my life savings and a full time job. I did look into Kickstarter later in the process, but I found it difficult to make the numbers work, between Kickstarter's cut, the time it would take to manage, the potential physical rewards, not to mention that I would be taxed on it. I was going to ask for 10k, and if I reached it, I expected to make only 5k, which is still a lot, but it would have required a lot of work to get there, before, during and after, so ultimately I didn't feel this was the right project to do so.

Above all else, I think Arelite Core is going to struggle because even though I consider it a great game which can stand amongst, the SNES classics, it's 2017 and JPGs are somewhat out of fashion. There have been some exceptions, Undertale really captured people's imaginations, but overall I don't think it's a good time for the genre, and probably doubly so considering it's style. Future projects will definitely have more realistic expectations and scopes, launch much faster and even if it reaches a lot fewer people, still manage to be successful because I'm not spending as much.

Right now, production has started on a racing / obstacle avoidance hybrid with a friend, and I have ideas for a metroidvania, a twin stick shooter, a card strategy game, etc. That being said, it's easy to have ideas, but I'd rather focus on those which won't be a production nightmare like Arelite Core. That means picking projects where I know I'll have the right artists, and with a scope which won't take 5 years to complete. I'm doing this full time now, so I need to set up more realistic projects which can sustain me.

Thank you for your question, I hope you enjoy Arelite Core when it comes out! Tell your friends _^


Q:

Always, give us a call at 216.921.3333 or visit our website edwinsrestaurant.org

A:

Thankyou Mr Captain Farts.


Q:

We like to perform LASIK on patients that have stable prescription. I'm comfortable doing surgery on an 18 year old as long as the prescription is stable based off the patient's history of exams. My enhancement rate is less than 1% meaning most of my patients do not need a re-treatment.

There is no pain during the surgery. There might be some discomfort afterwards for about 4 hours but most people don't experience it. The sensation you may feel is like when you tear up near an onion.

A:

Let me hit you with some copypasta from an expert in the field:

from /u/lolzergrush:

I did carpet cleaning work to put myself through college and grad school, it was great money because people use cheap vacuums and their carpets get filthy. Buying a good vacuum is absolutely true and you have no idea how much money you save yourself in the long run.

We used to charge $0.35 per square foot, that worked out to about $1000 per average-sized house to do good carpet cleaning because all of our competitors did shit work.

The number one problem was that most people didn't vacuum properly, so they had to get their carpets cleaned every few years and they were always filthy.

  • Never ever buy a bagless vacuum. Just don't. Buy a good one with HEPA filtration (or S-class if you're in Europe). Buy one that is warrantied for commercial work. That means it is made of quality parts. Even brands on the cheaper side like Sanitaire and Eureka will work fine if they are the true commercial line. Just don't buy ones that say "professional" but are actually marketed towards residential: they will break down in a year if you use it more than once per week.

(I do not, personally, recommend using a commercial vacuum in your home, but rather, a premium residential vacuum.)

  • Properly adjust the brush roller so that the bristles sweep the carpet, not dig into it. The tips of the bristles should just barely touch the bottom of the pile and it should offer no resistance.
  • Change the bag regularly. Just buy them in bulk for a year, you should get them for about a dollar per bag.

(This depends greatly upon vacuum type chosen, and bag capacities of various vacuums. This can vary greatly, but remain cost effective)

  • Never wear shoes in your house, and if you have pets vacuum at least twice as often. Also vacuum after every event.
  • If liquid is spilled on carpets clean it up immediately. Keep putting dry towels down and stand on them, then put a fan on the damp spot.
  • If you must clean them, hire a professional (not Stanley Steamer) to clean them using extraction. Shampooing is a last resort for very heavy soil, and should always be followed by extraction. Never hire coupon cleaners, or anyone that doesn't have a license & insurance.
  • If you insist on cleaning your own carpets, never use a Rug Doctor or any carpet cleaning machine that is rented out by chain retail stores, you might as well use a shop vac and a water hose. Go to a janitorial supplier and rent a professional extractor, RTFM, and vacuum your carpets completely before you extract. You can rent an air mover or just buy some cheap box fans but either way you need to dry your carpets completely after extraction.
  • Listen to everything /u/touchmyfuckingcoffee [+10] says about selecting and caring for your vacuum. He knows his stuff.

Do all that and your carpets will never need cleaning, you'll save yourself a crapload of money and your house will be healthier too.


Q:

$50k and 5 years of your time invested into gamedev is a huge gamble, and I have a feeling many others would agree. During your 5 years, have you ever lost interest in Arelite Core, and either wanted to switch to a different project or quit gamedev all together?

A:

What were the most difficult obstacles to overcome in getting your business off the ground, and successful?


Q:

How did people who knew you react to your new face? (Friends, family, acquaintances etc.). Did anyone not recognise you? Any memorable reactions?

A:

So big question I've always wanted answered. I am big into astronomy and one of the things we deal with is something called "floaters." Basically the eye fluid breaking down and creating pockets of higher or lower refraction that can obscure diffuse and dim objects in low light. Can you tell me if LASIK increases, decreases, it has no effect on these? Also, how does LASIK affect someone who uses telescopes and binoculars regularly? Thanks!


Q:

Why aren't quiet vacuums a thing?

I had heard that someone made one once, and no one bought it because they associated loudness with doing a good job at cleaning. The solution seems simple: add a suction power gauge that lets you know if stuff is blocking the vacuum's hose.

A:

As a creator, I always have plenty of ideas and I wish I could pursue them all. I definitely didn't start Arelite Core with the expectation that it would take that much money and time to complete, and there were definitely some days where morale was on the floor. I remember a week in summer of 2014, where three of my contracted artists quit at the same time. It was rough, I didn't think I could complete it.

But I was committed, by then, I had spent so much money and time already, I didn't want to see it all go to waste. I never lost interest in gamedev however, it's my passion and there is much I would sacrifice to be able to do gamedev.


Q:

All the obstacles have been great opportunities. The one in particular was raising capital. It took years but made great relationships.

A:

Most friends and family hid their initial reactions from me for the sake of politeness, however after a few months most confided with me that it was a big shock when they first saw me but that they were pleased it all went smoothly.

My most memorable post-op experience actually happened roughly 6 months after the fact, while I was walking down a railway platform to catch a train. I'd happened to bump into an old university friend who I hadn't seen in a couple of years and who wasn't aware of the surgery. I called out his name as he passed by but he just looked at me as though I'd killed his cat.

After messaging him over Facebook to confirm it was me he admitted that he didn't even recognise me due to my sudden change in appearance.


Q:

Lasik usually does not affect floaters. However, it is possible for the floaters to be temporarily more or less noticeable if they may move into or out of the line of sight. There are treatments for severe floaters and we can refer you to some doctors that specialize in this treatment.

A:

Don't worry; Quiet vacuums do exist. Miele and Sebo are some of the quietest vacs on the market.


Q:

What were the main challenges faced during development of Arelite Core and what advice would you give to prospective game developers trying to penetrate the industry?

A:

What reaction did you usually got when you told someone about your idea of starting this program?


Q:

Well at least you're off the grid from the NSA

A:

Hi, thanks for the AMA. I am -7.5 in one eye and -7 in the other. Is there a lower limit where you wouldn't offer LASIK? Are any risks increased when the degree of correction is bigger?


Q:

We got an ElectroLux at Lowes (before I read you AMA), Consumer Reports ranked it well and it got good marks for being quiet. What's your opinion?

I also just did a partial restore on my Hoover Windtunnel, the adjuster snapped and it was starting to stick. 17 years old and its as good as new except for the cord (replacing it was too hard, going to find a shop to replace it)

Based on you recommendatiosn we'll likely get a Meile Animal model soon because neither is really great on stairs, and now we have carpeted stairs...

A:

Because I was essentially a solo dev, I needed to really take a lot on my shoulders. Of course I knew going in that I would need to program an engine and design the game, but there's also the consideration of management, hiring people, marketing. It's more than a full time job, and I already had a full time job which provided the money to finance this project.

Perhaps above all else, as a game developer, you need to network with other devs and people in the industry. It's almost a cliche at this point, but it's true, who you know really matters. And the more you work with other people, the more you help them out, the more you'll be helped out in return.


Q:

You are a fucking idiot, or something similar to that.

A:

I used my old passport during a flight to Germany late last year and the airport face recognition scanners didn't detect any facial discrepancies.

I've yet to decide if this means they're super intelligent or super stupid.


Q:

Hi! It depends on other factors such as your corneal thickness and the shape of your cornea. I'm comfortable doing LASIK on prescriptions up to -10.00 if everything else is normal.

Another procedure I offer is the Visian ICL procedure for high rx cases. There's benefits of this such as no dry eyes and no glare and halo.

Here's more information about the ICL procedure:

http://www.iqlaservision.com/services-view/visian-icl/

A:

I'd have to know which model Lux you got. But, regardless of what CR says, I look at vacs from a technician's perspective first and foremost.


Q:

What's your professional background ?

A:

How have you mastered fine dining, breathing, AND remembered your name?


Q:

How was the recovery?

A:

I got laser surgery in November 2013 and I still a man unable to shoot lasers out of my eyes, when can I expect this to happen?


Q:

I have a rowhome with two sets of stairs of carpeted stairs and a mix of regular carpeting and hardwood. I have a dog.

Without going over 3-4 hundred (but tell me if it's dumb to skip on a 440 one etc), can you give me advice on what to buy so I don't need to think? After each one of your threads I get into review hell on amazon, see my price creep up and end up getting nothing.

A:

I have a degree in computer sciences and I worked for 3 years as a programmer for a company that made flash games. Otherwise, I’ve mostly been a web programmer for the better part of the last 12 years. I also did a lot of writing in my spare time, but never professionally.


Q:

It's just life. It's the world in which I exist and the world in which we exist. It's like asking a boy, "How do you become a man?" It's just the way it is.

But isolation from the outside helps. Keeping clarity.

A:

Probably one of the most difficult experiences I've ever had to go through physically. I was one of the unlucky ones and had severe swelling post-op, which when combined with having your jaws wired shut and your nose blocked with dried blood makes breathing almost impossible. In the first 3 days of recovery I had two panic attacks because I was so worried that I would vomit from swallowing so much blood and it wouldn't have anywhere to go...

I was on a purely liquid diet for 6 weeks (even lumpy soup had to be blended until it was completely liquid), and then I had my jaw unwired and could eat mushy food that could be eaten without chewing. At 8 weeks I started to chew soft food very very slowly.

Recovery from this type of surgery is long and rather tortuous. Strangely one of the hardest parts wasn't the not eating bit but actually the sleeping upright every night bit.


Q:

Give it 17 more years. I'm almost there, approaching 20 years since I had mine and I heard you get it at the 20 year mark.

A:

Man, your place was built by a vacuum masochist. Are you a strong person? Can you get that budget up to $600-700?


Q:

How was your experience with steam-greenlight? How long did it take for you to get enough votes & how did you promote your game while in greenlight?

A:

Do you have any favorite stories to share about people who have worked at Edwin's and have now moved on to other things?


Q:

I had a similar surgery (both upper and lower) and on the third day had a reaction where I could not stop throwing up liquid. I seriously considered just giving up on life that night.. what an experience. But here we are today :) you look great.

A:

What is your favorite part of an average work day?


Q:

I think that's what makes people balk at the high price tags. People are used to vacuums being disposable and only lasting a few years. Like /u/touchmyfuckingcoffee said, treat it as an appliance. Spend big, lasts for a lot of years. Miele wouldn't have such a long warranty if they lost money on the deal. Their vacuums last at least the length of the warranty.

A:

I started the greenlight process in January 2014. It was a painless process, I was already well enough into development at that point. It took 151 days to get greenlit, which I felt was really long and a red flag which pushed me to try to market the game further.

I wrote a post-mortem back then if you're interested http://www.indiedb.com/games/arelite-core/features/steam-greenlight-four-months-later-an-early-premortem


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They're all favorites because our graduates have shown great courage. But Lynn graduated in 2016, and has since bought his own hot dog cart, Udi Dogs. He comes by the restaurant every few weeks so the staff and students get to enjoy his food. I loved being able to send Darwin, our current sous chef, to France, too.

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I also had a bad time roughly 4 days post op- something happened at the lefort 1 incision site at the base of my nose and I began to bleed severely. Annoyingly a lot of the blood was draining to the back of my throat and I wasn't in a position to spit it out..

This was probably one of the only times in my life where I truly entered 'survival mode'.


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Thanks for this non-medical related question!

My favorite part of the day is doing surgeries since it's very rewarding to guide patients through this nerve-wracking process and see them the next day extremely happy and excited with their new vision.

I had my LASIK procedure almost 20 years ago and was extremely happy with my vision. (I still see 20/20 til this day!) I decided then to focus my medical training on LASIK so I can help people see and enjoy their lives without dealing with glasses and contacts!

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It's not like Electrolux didn't cut their teeth on vacuums that would cost ~$2000 or more in today's dollars.


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Do you plan to make games appealing to all genres, or are you going to stick to one?

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Is Darwin going to a culinary school? That sounds amazing.


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Yikes! Did you end up skeletal thin?

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Aqesome, thanks.

Your thoughts on Lasik vs PRK inn the long run?


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What are your opinions on Kirby vacuums? I used to sell them so I'm a little biased, do you think they're worth the money for the power before l behind them and warrantee ?

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I definitely want to branch out. I'm currently in the prototyping phase of my next game, which is a mix between F-Zero and obstacle avoidance, in 3d, in Unity. And I have a friend who does voxel art so that might happen in the future as well.


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Our goal is to help our graduates get jobs in other restaurants to broaden their experience and leadership skills, but Darwin was so strong that, after graduation, we hired him as a sous chef. Now he's able to mentor and teach while he's also learning himself.

I told Darwin, like I tell all of our graduates, never stop learning but if you're set on going to culinary school, make sure you spend a few years in the industry first. You'll be surprised at how much you know and can learn just by doing.

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I lost roughly a stone in weight during recovery, but have since made it back thankfully and then some.


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Both are great procedures. It just depends on your case. I prefer LASIK since the healing time is faster and there's minimal discomfort after the procedure. Most of my patients drive to their post-op appointment the next day!

PRK is good for patients that have thinner corneas or have a suspicious looking topography. The only disadvantage of PRK is the longer recovery time and immediate improvement of vision.

Hope this helps!

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Since this is the first Kirby question of the day, I'll go ahead and make it thorough.

I make more money repairing Kirbys and selling their consumables. Last week alone, on a slow week, I raked in over $600 in Kirby repairs...on 4 vacuums. I also get at least a dozen calls a week from people who regret buying them and want to sell them.

Kirby vacuums cannot compete against modern vacuums in terms of a) maintenance costs, b) consumables costs, c) deep cleaning (through the carpet padding), and d) filtration.

  • Kirby's impeller motor design is a low-suction, high-airflow system. This prevents it from cleaning the carpet padding, and down to the subfloor, leaving your home dirtier. This applies to the air you breathe as well as the cleanliness of your carpet. They clean the surface quickly and efficiently, but that's all.

  • The price of bags for the new Kirby's are ~ $8.6/bag. Miele's premium imported bags are ~ $5.4/bag. Kirbys also lack a separate exhaust filter to keep the air clean.

  • Kirby's factory warranty is only 3 years, with a refurbishment program that is not free, and costs more every year your vacuum ages. Miele has 7 year basic and 10 year premium warranties. Riccar's warranties vary based on model but are comprehensive and cover for 4-8 years.

So, all that for a vacuum that weighs as much as a boat anchor, can't get under any furniture, and is a pain in the ass to use.


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Do you ever considered making a science-based 100% dragon MMO?

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The concept of the business, is a great stepping stone btw. What is he hiring process like? Do you recruit or do people come to you seeking work?


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Wow, what a difference with just mm.

How are people treating you.

Severe underbites seem to be depicted with a low iq in movies and on Tv, did you experience that as well?

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Hi Dr. Lin. Thanks for the AMA. I've been told my my doctor that my eyesight is borderline too bad for LASIK and I should consider the option of implantable contact lenses. What is your take on this procedure and it's risks?


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What do you think about a rainbows?

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Absolutely, you can look forward to the "I dragoned with science" MMO, coming to a Dreamcast near you in 2020.


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Process is simple. Sign up, interview, GO. We don't recruit, its all about word of mouth. The difficult part is the first three weeks, which is like a boot camp, a lot of people don't make it out.

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I felt as though strangers tended to judge me very quickly on appearance, and wouldn't necessarily take what I had to say very seriously, which made my day job as a technician difficult at times. Also an annoying side effect of my severe underbite was a strong lisp, which also contributed to the overall appearance of being 'stupid' or 'unconfident'.

My lisp has now thankfully gone, and I feel as though strangers are much more warm to my appearance now than they were before the surgery, which although being a positive change, does make you realise how superficial we as humans can be to those with facial deformities.


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I perform this procedure as well and think it's a wonderul alternative to LASIK if your doctor feels like it's the best option for you. There are risks involved that are not found with LASIK but they are very minimal. A good surgeon will be able to give you the results you want.

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I'm not a fan. Water isn't a great filtration medium and you lose a great deal of suction trying to pull the debris through the water.

There are more reliable, better filtered, and lower maintenance options out there.


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You talked in an earlier comment about releasing a piece of free dlc. How does that work from a technical and design standpoint, (Programming and implementing dlc has always baffled me as I'm an aspiring game dev but I'm very interested in using dlc.) Also how does the free dlc fit into your business model, is it just for the hardcore fans?

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I can imagine it is tough maybe adjusting. Like the work in the culinary area is demanding. Mental toughness


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I also have an underbite, so I'm very curious about the procedure.

How expensive was the surgery? Also, were your teeth still aligned after the procedure?

My jaw is also shifted to the left, but I also have an underbite.. so my teeth would be misaligned . :(

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I understand that a sedative is given prior to the surgery and that the surgery is brief, but have you ever had to manage a patient that had a complete panic attack during the procedure, and how was that managed?


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=[ I love my Kirby... All $1800 of it.

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The DLC has two aspects, a small story section for something I was interested in telling which is only referred to during the main campaign, as well as the colosseum mode which I had to remove from the main launch because it needs a lot of polishing.

I think any DLC is made for hardcore fans, but it's also an opportunity for people who didn't hear about your game the first time around to see it and maybe check it out. I'm not adding a lot of content with this one so I didn't feel it was necessary to charge for it, it just makes the game a better value.


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You nailed it, toughness, especially mental toughness is what you need to succeed in life

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I had the dental splint removed 6 weeks post-op, and I distinctly remember the uneasy sensation of my teeth not meshing together as they should. I was told that this is completely normal, and that the orthodontist will make fine adjustments in the coming months to bring my teeth together harmoniously. This is exactly what happened, and they now fit together perfectly.

My surgery was performed in the UK under the supervision of an NHS maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon. I luckily didn't have to contribute to the overall cost of the surgery.


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Yes, I've had over 50,000 patients during my surgeon career and I have met cases where patients panic but it is usually before we start the procedure. I like to talk to the patient before hand what specifically she will expect during the surgery and post. We also do offer medicine which will calm the nervers. I've never had any serious episodes in my career.

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I'm glad you're happy with it and sorry you didn't get it for MSRP or less.


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How much sleep have you lost to thoughts of the game not being well received? What was your income prior to leaving your job?

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So we have the restaurant boom in Cleveland, but it's threatened by lack of good staff. How is the institute responding to this issue and how in demand are the students?


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Mash up ramen and swallow it whole once you can open your mouth wide enough. For the first week protein shakes will be your life but make sure you use something to squirt it to the back of your throat. Milk breathe after a few days just about had me gagging.

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Is it true that you're temporarily blind after LASIK? I'm interested in getting it someday but that scares the ever loving crap out of me.


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How much for a new identity ?

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I don't lose sleep to the game not being well received, I was losing sleep over not being able to finish on time.I was always stressed out at my previous job because of that, too much to do but I also had a full time job. I was making around 40-45k CAD before taxes, so at least a third less. I'm in my mid-30s though, so that's not really much for a guy with a decade of experience, and it was tough finding a place elsewhere. Plus, all that money was going towards my games. Now I'll make a lot less, but I'll get to own my business so I think it's not that bad a trade off. And if it fails, it'll still be more satisfying than what I've previously gone through.


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The restaurant boom is, in fact, true, but the general idea of lack of good staff is not the problem; it's a lack of training. It's restaurant owners who don't know how to train or don't want to train because they expanded into too many restaurants too rapidly.

We don't have a difficult time running a fine dining restaurant. We have a waiting list of people who want to be involved. And it's not the staff, it's the training. We get people in here with no experience, and we train them to be the best.

We respond by training to the top and training leaders. Currently, there are 40 restaurants who are on a list waiting to hire, so the demand is high.

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I very quickly tired of readymade protein drinks/smoothies and found strong tasting soups to be the more satisfying and likely more nutritious option. I blended mine with copious amounts of double cream for both its calorie and calcium content.

I'd also recommend a dissolvable vitamin C and zinc tablet just after you wake up every morning.


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After the LASIK procedure your eyes are still healing and your vision may be blurry for a few hours but you are not blind. It's virtually impossible to go blind from LASIK since the procedure is only on the surface of the eye.

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Everything you have.


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Have you ever considered a game where you just walked around with a big black dick and beat people to death with it?

A:

What's your favorite meal to cook at home?


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how did sneezing go, while your jaws were heading/wired shut?

A:

Why hasn't word gotten out about the greatness of Riccar vacs? We bought a Supralite in 2008 and that baby is still as good as the day we bought it. It's a snap to service it too. I assume it's a marketing thing, but seriously. Best vacuum ever.


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I don't need to, Saints Row pretty much did that already.

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I'll be honest, I don't get a lot of time to cook at home, when I do its something like cereal, or a simple breakfast with my wife and kid


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This is actually something my surgeon had a serious conversation with me about before the surgery. Sneezing directly post-op is a huge no no, and you must try to avoid any sneeze triggers such as staring at bright lights and breathing in pollen/dust etc (who likes to stare at bright lights anyway?). If you do accidentally sneeze it's possible to rip all of the internal stitches out and bleed profusely, so should be avoided for obvious reasons.

Luckily I managed to avoid sneezing throughout the first 4 weeks of recovery, but it was harder than you'd think!

A:

I'm glad you're happy with it. Reviews like yours will help.


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Any info on the butcher shop or is it still in the planning stages?

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I also got this surgery about 10 yeas ago (I was 16, I think). I was swollen for years after. The not being able to eat real food bit was torture, especially when you are eating with your family and they are over there munching on pizza rolls eyes I found the not-throwing-up part hard, as the anesthesia and pain killers made me woozy. Did you have any trouble with that?

Also, what was your first "meal" after you got your mouth un-wired? What did you wish it could have been if you were magically all healed and able to eat anything?


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What are some vacuum brands that you recommend?

A:

Plans being drafted and roof being fixed now. Construction should start in May 2016.


Q:

My first 'meal' in inverted commas after being un-wired at 6 weeks was scrambled eggs with brown sauce, but let's face it that's not really a meal, despite tasting like the greatest food of all time while I was eating it.

My first proper meal came about 9 weeks post-op and it consisted of my favourite 'New Yorker' style beef burger from a local gourmet burger restaurant.

Of course I had to deconstruct it and eat it in sections - I could only open my mouth about 2 finger widths and tired easily- but it tasted like pure heaven nonetheless!

A:

The three best brands in the US market are (not in order) Miele, Riccar, and Sebo.


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Time travel or 2017? :)

A:

I had the same operation last summer, how did you feel when you had your first solid meal?


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What's your least favorite vacuum?

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2017, I get my years confused from time to time


Q:

I was so happy I almost cried.

I've now come to realise that human beings need to eat solid food not only for physical wellbeing but also for psychological happiness.

A:

Most of the products by Dyson. Shark vacuums aren't much better.

That being said, either would be better than a <$100 piece of shit Bissell, Eureka, or Dirt Devil.


Q:

I'm not a felon, but I love your program! How can I be a part of it?

A:

have you ever seen GradeAUnderA?


Q:

I have now.

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It's not about bagless, per se. It's about the brands, themselves.

Dyson used to make pretty decent vacuums. Now, all the shit they put out has horrible airflow, shitty nozzle base plates, and they churn out vacuums with known problems, cashing in on the fact that a HUGE number of owners won't ever file warranty claims, and then churn the same shit out after they've "fixed" a problem or two.

Shark doesn't put their parts out on the market for guys like me to be able to repair them for our customers. Instead, they want you to ship your vac back to them (both ways) for repairs. They've also had many complaints about their warranty service. Combine that with shitty designs and shitty materials, and you get a less than ideal vacuum.


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Thank you for what you are doing! The system makes it so hard for ex convicts to make a living and avoid reverting to crime once they are out of prison. You are doing an awesome thing giving these folks a second chance at life. How passionate are the employees? Do you look into what they were in prison for, if so whats some of the common crimes they did time for?

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I had the same operation in 1990. Do they still require your jaw to be wired shut for 3 weeks afterwards? Did you get constant post-nasal bleeding into your stomach (I was often vomiting up black congealed blood).


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Should I expect a vacuum to be able to pick up lint from a medium pile carpet surface if the brush isn't spinning (mine doesn't)? Wondering whether my Dyson DC07 is from the decent years.

We've had a Dyson DC07 for over 10 years (heck, it may be close to 15 years), and my only complaint is that the bristles are too stiff and thus fuzz the carpet. I never cared before, but we recently went from crappy old carpet to new medium pile. The model doesn't have any height settings, so I can't adjust the bristles to barely touch the carpet surface. Vacuum is in great shape and works fine otherwise, so I haven't been able to bring myself to spring for a Riccar yet.

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Our students are here 50 hours a week for little pay, the have homework and papers due weekly, if that's not passion I don't know what is.


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In my case I was tightly 'banded' shut. This meant that they wrapped tight elastics between the top and bottom brackets of my braces to keep my teeth closed. I was also required to wear a dental splint for the first 6 weeks post op in order to keep my teeth in the correct alignment.

I don't think wires are used anymore to wire the jaw shut after this type of surgery, unless you severely broke your jaw during an accident and weren't wearing braces at the time.

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I think the problem with your Dyson is that you need a new belt set installed. If the brush isn't aggressively turning, you're not getting cleaning. If it's been more than a couple of years, you also need a whole filter set installed. Probably around $100 for everything.

But, it still won't clean like a Riccar.


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As a Frenchman, I wanted to know, what is served in French Restaurants? Since you're fine dining, I can't imagine it being things like Pot au Feu or Potée Bretonne, but except Foie Gras, nothing comes to mind when I think of fine dining which is very French.

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Congratulations on your transformation. You look now similar to Gary Oldman (as others also pointed out), which I think is a good thing. My question is a bit of a sensitive nature: Do you worry about carrying these traits into your offspring and would you show your gfriend/wife your old pictures at some point or take it by chance and worry about it later if the features surface?


Q:

My wife insists on the shitty $49.99 bagless vacuums from some company you never heard of. Whats a good way to sway her to buy a better one?

Also. She has long hair. Its pain to clean the spinning brush. Whats the best way to remove hair from it?


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I have thought about the potential of passing on this trait, and to be honest it does worry me slightly.

Although hopefully by the time this is an issue with any of my future progeny I'm hoping advances in orthodontic technology would allow such a problem to be fixed non surgically during infancy >crosses fingers< .

A:

Cheap is very costly! Imagine how much you would be able to spend on a good vacuum with all the money you've wasted on shitty vacs. Ask her why she hates clean carpets and air. Seriously, most people just don't realize that there is a qualitative and quantitative difference in the quality of product and cleaning when spending money on appliances.

Ask her if she'd spend $50 on a refrigerator and expect it to get the job done. Your vacuum is a more important appliance because it's the only one you have that cleans your living space and air. Eww...

Check my post history; I have a video which will help you with that hair.


Q:

What drove you to start this program?

A:

About 2 years ago, a friend of mine bought a canister Miele. While it is the quietest vacuum i have ever used, i'm not sure it's more powerful than my hoover bagless. My question is if i empty out the canister every time before using my hoover versus a bagged vacuum cleaner with the bag say half full, is the performance of the bagged still better than the bagless model? Have you also played around with the new Miele Blizzard CX1 bagless?


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I got arrested and found a mentor who taught me about perfect practice.

Here's some more color: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/17/us/cnnheroes-brandon-chrostowski-edwins-cleveland/

A:

You need to understand that Miele bags, in particular, allow for maximum suction and airflow until they're completely full. So, even if your Hoover bagless had freshly washed filters and a clean HEPA filter, it still can't out compete the Miele.

That being said, the better Hoover bagless models out there perform far better than many bagless vacuums.


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Did you ever felt like giving up and what did you do in such situations?

A:

I've got a Miele S7000 with a torn up hose that's currently held together with duct tape. How do I get a replacement or repair?


Q:

No, its been tough at times, but in tight or difficult times its about pushing through and fighting for the cause

A:

Take it on down to your local Miele dealer.


Q:

How have members of the Cuyahoga County justice system treated you and the restaurant in the community? How have they reacted to the project, whether that be personally or within the context of policy and government?

In my experience, the Cuyahoga County judicial system seems a bit harsh toward offenders, both on a case-by-case basis and systemically. I wonder if that's your experience, and if so, how that has affected Edwin's, or how Edwin's has affected the system.

Thanks for all you do and keep up the amazing work.

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That's painfully obvious. Thanks!


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They've been extremely receptive to it. Not only do they dine here, support us in public forums, but they've even gone so far as to set up a culinary club inside the county jail that we helped with, and they have put resources behind it.

Understand their justice system accommodates many municipalities.

We have a strong re-entry court and, if you look at the state of Ohio, we have more than double the amount of people coming home after prison than that of the second-largest county, yet our recidivism is lower than they state average by half a percent.

It may be a tough system, but it's a good system.

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Glad I could help.


Q:

Where do you see Edwin's in the next 10, 20 years? How do you hope to expand your mission and brand?

A:

If I'm cleaning a theater (short carpet flooring tiles everywhere, vacuuming after every show, 3 shows a day, every day) what is the best vacuum I can use? There's popcorn, there's candy, etc.


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By having the best culinary school in the country and being a civil rights leader for returning citizens. By also continuing to do what we're doing already. The campus was first, the building for the butcher shop is ready, after that it will be a bakery, cheese shop, etc. We're isolating each one of the skills in the school and teaching in a real world environment. We are affecting every aspect - the culinary aspect and the school aspect. We're also teaching a culinary program in all state prisons. The fact can not be denied that every human being deserves a fair and equal second chance.

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Man, that is a shit job for a vacuum. Check out the ProTeam XP1500. It's an old Electrolux design that's been licensed out to different companies, and this is my favorite clone. It can take all kinds of abuse without problems, and the bags are available in bulk for dirt cheap. Plus, with HEPA filtration, it won't leave a lot of dust in the theatre after.


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I love the wraparound model of offering training, employment and housing. By investing in the properties that house students or new business ventures, you are also making our communtity a better place. I am really excited to see things unfold. Edwin's is my favorite restaurant in Cleveland...I can't wait for the butcher shop and bakery to open!

A:

Why are they pushing bagless so hard? They suck.

They're dirty, they don't work well, and you spend more time cleaning the canister and their multiple filters than vacuuming.

I can't be the only person that's noticed this right? I bought a $45 bagged Bissell to replace a $200 bagless Eureka. In addition to being a more powerful vacuum I just throw the dirty bags away and don't have to clean anything.


Q:

Thanks, appreciate the support!

A:

You're preaching to the choir, bro. They're making these vacuums specifically to those who have drunk the bagless-koolaid.

Some people simply do not want to mess with a bag, and these vacs are for them. At least with these brands, you're getting far more powerful motors, better filtration, and rock-solid warranties with a built in dealer-repair network to make things easier.


Q:

your most memorable worker(s)?

A:

Question regarding this. I received a Dyson big ball animal + allergy for my birthday last year. I'm obsessed. Do you have any recommendations on cleaning/maintaining it other than cleaning out the internal components every now and again? Thanks for doing this AMA!


Q:

Kelvin Bailey, from where he started to where he is now.

You can see a little more about him on life after edwins here http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/17/us/cnnheroes-brandon-chrostowski-edwins-cleveland/

A:

You've pretty much got it. You can check out youtube, armed with your vac's model number to see if there any any maintenance videos available.


Q:

I had lunch in a restaurant with a similar MO in Charlotte, probably about 8 years ago, and loved it.

Do you keep in touch with similar businesses, e.g. To discuss business strategies and experiences, or collaborate in any other way such as marketing?

A:

I just bought my first Miele (C3 Kona).

First of all, the hype is real. I'm ashamed to have called myself a Dyson owner. 2nd, apart from standard filter/bag replacement, any tips for a first time Miele owner?

Anyone reading this with indoor allergies, it has made an instant impact on my wife's allergies. She was having to go in for weekly acupuncture to help with her migraines caused by allergies. After 2 days of furious vacuuming the whole house (normally would have killed her) she claims to feel as good as she did coming out of acupuncture. So, hesitate at the price tag all you want, this thing will end up making our lives cheaper.


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Good q. We try to reach out to other players in this space but pretty buried in what we have going on. Please send me info about the restaurant in Charlotte as I would love to check out.

A:

I'm so glad to hear you're having such great performance from your Miele. Welcome to the club. Here's some tips:

  • Let your bags get completely full (bag indicator) before replacing them to save money. Many bagless converts don't understand how much they can hold.

  • Always start with your height adjustment set to the highest setting and working it down just until it starts to vibrate the carpet and NO lower. This will give you the best agitation and airflow combination.

  • Unplug your cord by hand and walk it to the vac before retracting the cord, and let it go in in a controlled fashion. This will help it and your winder to last much longer.

  • Be conscientious about how you use your hose, and try to avoid crimping it or stepping on it. You don't want to damage your wires inside the hose.

Take it in every 3-5 years just for a thorough inspection, so as to get out any trapped hair in the powerbrush and to make sure all else is running smoothly.

Hope that helps!


Q:

Live in Cleveland and shared your story on Facebook a few weeks ago when it made the front page. I could only hope to have an impact like you in the community. Do you guys have volunteer opportunities?

A:

What do you think of Numatic, if you've ever encountered one? Particularly Henry? I don't think they're very popular in the US. My mum had one for 20 years, tried out several others and then got another Henry. Also, he's cute.


Q:

Thanks for the kind words! We depend on volunteers for lots of things - you can reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Marie, at volunteer (at) edwinsrestaurant.org who can share more.

A:

I hear they're great vacuums for the price. They've just recently begun importing them, and the costs are very high. So, I haven't had a chance to personally play with one yet.

But, basic is good and reliable, and I hear that's what they are.


Q:

How long does it usually take for one of your workers to do a complete turn around? From being a convict to a total success?

Do a lot of them come in with a "me against the world" attitude or do they come in knowing it's time to turn things around

A:

Would brand would you recommend for house cat pestering applications?


Q:

I think the better question is how long does it take a human being to achieve their goals? We've all made past mistakes, so we're always striving to be better, we're always striving to improve as individuals.

I do think that someone who's done a long stretch, it takes at least a good six months to become more human because a length of time in prison affects someone's self-esteem and morale.

A:

Eureka and DIrt Devil vacuums are particularly noisy, and if you get one of the cheap ones with no exhaust filtration, then you can blow dirty air at them too.


Q:

I've been diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder and have a PCL-R score of 33/40. Meaning I'm a psychopath.

A lot of people like me end up going through the prison system, would you/have you hired someone like me (knowingly)? If so then what pros/cons do you think there would be/have you noticed?

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But it won't actually vacuum up the cat? Boo!


Q:

Yes, you could be part of our program. We have a tough first 3 weeks to see if you can handle the intensity of the the industry. We have come across many people with different issues and we make sure there is a strong network to support all of them. Your honesty about the situation can make it better and easier, if you are willing to understand the issues you face we will be there to help you through them.

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Shop Vac.


Q:

I have worked with former inmates in the past and I know it can be difficult adjusting to life in the real world after their release from prison.

Could you tell me about some of the support services that you provide members of your program with outside of your restaurant?

A:

has your opinion of dyson changed since the last AMA?


Q:

You're right, its a big transition. We offer whatever someone needs to accomplish their goal. If we don't have it in house we go to our strong network of supporters, diners, etc., most of whom are highly rated int their field of work. We have a case manager that helps with any social needs, connects them with child care, social services, etc. We also have attorney that helps with legal woes (driver's license reinstatement, child support, custody battles, etc.). We also offer a family class to build stronger families. We have a handwriting analysis expert who has become more of a counselor. We also offer housing for students and alumni. On top of that we have a staff that cares about each student as if they were a member of the family.

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Fair question. With the absolute disaster which is the new filterless models, I can only say my opinion has changed, but not for the better.


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Brandon, I think this is awesome. This is the only way we're going to help people turn their lives around. We can't throw them in a cage for 5 or 10 or 12 years, then turn them loose and expect them to succeed in a world that left them behind.

I love what amount to grassroots efforts like this. Rachel's House in Columbus does some of the same support stuff it sounds like you're doing, aimed at women returning to society after drug and prostitution offenses.

Can you talk a little more about the beginnings of your work, or point us to more writings? What kind of support or pushback did you get from the Parole Authority in the beginning? Was there a lot of doubt on their end? How difficult was it to get into the prisons for classes?

And a last q, if you want: care to comment on the ODRC decision to get rid of the system's farmland and that decisions's effects on diets and such?

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What's your take on "Roombas"?


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Here's a link to a few of my recent op-eds: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/06/02/op-ed-heeding-the-humanity-of-former-prisoners http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/prison_gave_me_a_recipe_for_fr.html

We didn't get any push back, we got support. Parole officers don't want to see people fail. They want solutions for success. We also had zero resistance from prisons for our classes. Re: the ODRC decision, its unfortunate but I understand there is a cost associated with that. I thought it was great opportunity for them to learn valuable skills and where food comes from.

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As far as robotic vacs go, I prefer Neato and Miele models for their logical cleaning algorithms. My concern with robots is them dragging around animal waste or vomit. Just Youtube that shit.


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Is the business model viable? Could someone do the same thing without the 501 status?

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This is why I always do a check of the floor before I turn the roomba on.


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Yes and No, you would have to cut out a lot of the extras such as housing, case management and other perks our students have. If you work had enough its possible.

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If you're home when it's happens, that's great. I think that's usually the problem.


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Do your employees ever suggest recipes and if so, what was the weirdest recipe and what was the best recipe?

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Oh exalted lord of all that is vacuum-related, is there any news about your collaboration with Riccar? (Side note: Still trying to convince my wife to let me get a canister. Best I'll be able to do is a Panasonic, but it's sure as shit going to be better than the Dyson/Bissell/Hoover trio of terribleness that we've had before my Future Vac).

Thanks, as always. You're my favorite AMA-answerer.


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Yes, they do. The weirdest was bleu cheese ice cream. They come up with recipes for our specials all the time, so come in for dinner to try the best ones.

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I'm fairly certain that somebody at Riccar made promises they shouldn't have and the project was cancelled.

I say fairly certain because no one at Riccar, particularly the woman who made me the offer, could be bothered to return my calls or emails.

I'm sure they enjoyed the free publicity, though.


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Were you ever afraid to fire anyone?

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I am about to spend lots of money on my dream Miele canister vacuum. Is it worth it? Which would you recommend? Trying to stay under $700.


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No. There are certain issues that we have 0 tolerance for and are easy calls to make. The other times we have to let someone go are because of effort and we give many opportunities to succeed so it is an easy call to make. No fear when being fair and doing the right thing.

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You know I think it's worth it. My Miele is 25 yrs old and works better than 90% of new vacuums, with virtually no maintenance.


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having 2 felons in my family I certainly would say thank you for what you do, its certainly hard for them to find gainful employment at this point. I have had the idea of doing something similar but with something similar to a thrift store or habitat for humanity type store, what advice would you give me?

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What do you think of the cordless vacuums coming on to the market?

I have 3 bedrooms with carpet, the rest of the house being tile/laminate. I vacuum the carpeted areas maybe once a month, if that. I live alone and have no pets, so it doesn't get too bad. It's really the hassle of dealing with the cord, cord getting tangled up/stuck on furniture, having to re plug and carry the cord+vac to the next room etc. Whereas with a cordless and I can pull it out, use it and then return to the charging station. Would love to know your opinion on the cordless vacs. The Dyson v6/v8 have gotten good reviews, but not sure how reliable those review sites are.


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in spirit, don't stop working towards your goal. Don't EVER stop. After that, six things: one, write business plan; get it out of your head and make it vulnerable.

Two, incorporate. Take up space in our world.

Three, get your team together.

Four, develop a brand.

Five, start doing it.

And, six, and now you're ready to start raising capital.

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The problems with the Dysons is their short run-time, shitty airflow which chokes on anything, and the lack of suction will leave your carpets dirty.

The Riccar Supralite cordless is a much better option. It's got a ~1 hour run-time, good suction, and a lightweight design that can get under much of your furniture. What it lacks is any accessories for other cleaning. You might want a separate portable canister for that.


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Yo who's the biggest Cleveland celeb you guys have served?

I'm originally from Cleveland and I'm really excited to see people like you helping to revitalize the community. Keep up the great work!

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Looking for a bagged vacuum for a small, 1br apt. Sub $200. Any recommendations or save up for a better one?


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For food Michael Symon Michael Rhulman

Politics Senators Sherrod Brown

entertainment Al Roker (cleveland native)

Sports: Joe Jurevicius

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You're not going to get much worth having for just $200. You'll get much better options at ~$400. I'd go with a good compact canister vacuum. Panasonic has some good ones for lower prices.


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You mentioned the 3 week boot camp a lot...I'm curious, what does that entail?

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Okay. So, save up it is. Thanks for the response!


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Gastronomy, Culinary Math, ServSafe, Menu Knowledge, and a number of other things all very intense training.

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When you're ready to buy, drop me a line. I'll come up with some options for you.


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Are you aware if any of the employees did time together?

Do they talk about prison at all during casual conversation? More specificallly, have you ever heard "prison rules!", jokingly or not?

And just from your viewpoint, what's the ratio of ethnicities in your employees?

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I have a dog that likes to change his Coat more than my girlfriend changes outfits. What shall I get? Mostly carpet apartment with linoleum kitchen. I realize this is a stupid and easy question. But I have never thought about this until I cam across this AMA


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Yeah, there have been people who did some time together.

To your second question, not really, but you do hear students recall some moments, particularly as it relates to cooking techniques inside.

In an average class, it's 90% African American and 10% white, and there are certainly more men than women.

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Really, all you need is a premium vacuum. This is your invitation to visit your local vacuum shop and really get to know what your options out there are.

Just avoid all box stores.


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Hi Brandon! I work at a nonprofit in Nashville that helps formerly incarcerated people find employment so I love what you're doing. Employment and job training is absolutely the biggest factor in reducing recidivism. Also, a big fan of the wrap-around services you offer. Have you had any trouble with finding interested employees or with retention? And have you had any trouble with community support and fund development?

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What is your opinion of Simplicity uprights? I bought mine about a year ago and love it. What are some things as an owner I need to be aware of when caring for my unit? I live alone with no pets so I don't think I'm very hard on the unit. Thanks for doing this AMA.


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We have close to 100 restaurant in the city who have hired our students, and a list of about 40 who are waiting for students to graduate. We are trying to make the community better and they are behind us fully!

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Simplicity vacuums are very good indeed. They're built by the same company that makes Riccar, and are often used to vet parts for upcoming Riccar models. Keep your brush roller clear of built up hair, fibers, etc., and have it into the shop once every year or two, just as a preventative maintenance measure.


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It's my understanding that many kitchens develop quirks or rituals that become a part of the kitchen's culture. Have any of these kinds of peculiarities emerged in the kitchen at EDWINS?

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Is it safe to put a vacuum on my penis? Asking for a friend


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Long running joke, our director of culinary arts, Gerry Grim, been with us from the start. Any word, say like Cherry or Blueberry becomes Gerryies or bluegerries

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Don't stick your penis into a vacuum cleaner.


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Hi Brandon, I just want to say that as someone who lives 5-10 minutes away from your place, it's been a real pleasure. My parents brought me up there last fall, and I really didn't know what to expect. However, I was absolutely blown away by the service and hospitality. My question is, what is the most memorable instance of a former worker leaving to do something else?

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With Valentines day coming up, whats the best vacuum for the lady in my life??


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To many to mention, I do love when a student comes back to talk about his experiences somewhere else though

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Do you want to die a violent death?


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How much extra does your insurance cost?

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Does your job suck?


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No extra cost. At the beginning there was a bit of difficulty finding insurance, but the rate is the same as a typical restaurant. The greater difficulty was more about finding the travelers insurance ( coverage for visits to prison). Liquor and all that wasn't too difficult.

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Not as much as your mom.


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Oh shit, I live right down the road from this! Anyway, my question is this: Do you have problems promoting the business sometimes? I would expect a restaurant run by reformed convicts wouldn't have the most popular ad campaign...

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All of the information you've provided over the years, and yet it is this comment that makes me the most sad that your business is not local to me.


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I work with inmates working in Correctional Industries. We also run a cafe, staffed by female inmates, which is open to the public.

Do you find a good deal of your business is for the novelty factor?

We get a ton of people that drop by because getting served by inmates is a weird and strange experience. It's amazing how often people say, "Oh, they're just like normal people."

Thank you for the work you do, I sincerely believe giving someone a purpose and a chance is the best way to keep recidivism rates down and make a real change in someone's life.

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People in this thread are posting vacuums that are north of $1,000. I didn't even know those got that expensive except for the Kirby an old coworker's wife ended up buy for about $2K after the interest of the crazy monthly payments.

What sort of vacuum can/should a peasant like me buy for my house?


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No, we do not, we are charging $34 for a french hamburger, the novelty wears off if the quality isn't there.

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How much would you spend on a refrigerator, air conditioner or water heater?

Because a real vacuum is an appliance and should be budgeted as such.


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Are there any aspects of your training programme that are different to other restaurants' training programmes which are designed to educate your workers on the cons of reoffending/show them the pros of employment?

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How much would you spend on a refrigerator, air conditioner or water heater?

A few hundred probably. Would take some research I guess depending on needs.

My background is in computers. I know that buying the cheapest product generally isn't a good idea, and there are things that are way overpriced. And if you're sort of a lax user, there are some quality middle-of-the-road products you can get that will serve you well. What are those sort of things in the vacuum world?


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We are more aggressive, each student works every position in the restaurant. To the second part of your question, there are no lessons on why not to re-offend the trick is to provide more powerful yes. If we can keep a student more focused on accomplishing their goals the temptation to return to there old way becomes a less powerful yes.

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You want good, but middle of the road in price and performance? Panasonics and Kenmores fit that bill.


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Im assuming the customers know the fame around the restaurant. But do you ever still get a shitty customer?

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the most memorable repair you had done?


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A majority do know about what we do but many still do not. This restaurant is no different than others and we still get our share of the shit. I will tell you that we are not a cheap restaurant and if we do not deliver then we reap what we sow!

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That's tough to say. I've had lots of fun and challenging jobs. But, the ones that stick out were the nastiest.


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My fiancée and I are going to EDWINS for valentines day this year. Any suggestions?

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Go on


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Oysters, Paupiette, Venison, Chocolate Pyramid!

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Oh, you know how stupid and thoughtless people can be. You can just imagine the shit they'd put in a vacuum...literally.


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Would ever branch out?

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I can never seem to keep the air filter vents clean. The dust stuck in the metal part never wants to come out. I am good about replacing the filters but the actual medal part is never clean enough for me. Same thing with any vents in the house really. Is there a special brush or something else to help me?


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We want to build deeper not wider, that why we have done the butcher shop and campus, we want to expand on our neighborhood and where we are. We have 166 graduates, they are our expansion.

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/01/09/edwins-to-open-butcher-shop-in-buckeye-neighborhood-in-mission-to-better-lives-of-many

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2015/09/edwins_second_chance_campus_co.html

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What you need is a good strong-bristled brush with 1-2 inch bristles. Straw brushes can work well, but can damage cheap paint. Stay away from metal brushes. Have a partner handy with the vacuum nozzle right at the vents as their being cleaned to get rid of the debris.


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What would you recommend for a 2 story carpeted home with two short hair terriers, a long haired husky, and a stupid cat?

I would prefer a bagged upright, but am open to anything. I know the pet hair is a major concern with how some of the roller bearings are set up.

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You're better of with a canister vacuum than an upright for your kind of home.

That being said, Riccar's uprights have the longest hoses you've ever seen, and many accessories to handle the pet hair.


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My vacuum at home has a problem where if you turn up the sucking power too much, it sounds like the bag 'catches' on something and the sucking power is greatly reduced. So I can only use it on the lower power settings. Any idea what this could be?

Sorry it's hard to explain.

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It sounds to me like you've got an obstruction in your duct system somewhere. You can check youtube for videos to help, or get it to a local vacuum repair shop.


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Thanks for another AMA. I've got a Miele and the power cord now doesn't stay out, it now always wants to retract into the vacuum. Is there an easy way to fix this myself, or should I take it in?

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You should take it in. It's likely an easy fix for a Miele tech. There's a small brake in the system that might need adjustment.


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I need a good vacuum that can handle long hair. Does such an appliance exist?

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Of course vacuums like that exist. The trick is to pony up the extra cash for a premium vacuum, which will be much more efficient at picking up the hair.

Also, once you have a vacuum, be sure to regularly maintain it by cleaning out any hair built up around the brush roller, or other places in the vacuum. ALL vacuums require this kind of maintenance.


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What is a good affordable workhorse of a vacuum for cleaning my basement, car, random stuff I don't want to use my main cleaner for?

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How about a shop vac? You can get just about any accessories you need to tackle the odd jobs.


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What's your view on Siemens vacuums? My parents have a Siemens z6.0 and it leaves the floors absolutely spotless. I currently have an old Dyson and it gets clogged more than it gets used..

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Siemens vacs are great, but very rare in the US, so I haven't gotten any experience with them.


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Happy to see you back! Bought a Miele based on your comments in the last AMA and am thoroughly satisfied with its performance. The Dyson has been relegated to the playroom, since it does suck up Legos easily. <EvilMomLaugh>

My question: how frequently should I have my Miele upright serviced professionally?

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Thanks! I'm glad to hear you're happy.

Assuming you don't have any repair issues that require a visit to the shop, get it in every 3 years for a thorough inspection to make sure everything is working properly and buttoned up.


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Thoughts on central vacuum systems? Side question: Are they bagless or does that just depend on the type you get?

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CV systems are good options for cleaning your home. So many people love them because they get the dirt OUT of your home....Well, to the big bag in the main unit, usually in your garage.

I wouldn't recommend converting an existing home to a CV system because the cost is prohibitive.