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Blue Man Group

by on Dec.27, 2010, under Vacations

Went to the Blue Man Group last night at Universal Studios Florida. Unfortunately I was unable to take pictures during the show. The show itself was entertaining. Not just a musical show, but skits that interacted with the audience. The three man group did all the stage performances from playing on the drums, playing the pluming tubes to catching paint balls in their mouth then creating an awesome picture.

Will Tomanek, Tammy Tomanek and the Blue Man.

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Buy Art Give Art

by on Dec.04, 2010, under Buy Art Give Art, Charlottesville Virginia, Tomanek Collection

Today was “First Fridays” in down town Charlottesville, Virginia. The night was cool with cloudy skies, but the folks of Charlottesville were out looking. But not only was it First Night, it was the kick off of Buy Art Give Art. (Video) I was at Skylight Studios tonight and met with lots of friendly local shoppers. I wonder how many shoppers tonight actually bought a piece of art.

What I found to be the greatest thing about Charlottesville is the people of this small college community. It is nothing like the other towns I have lived in. The Charlottesville community is what I consider “Alive“. There is always something going on.

Having said that, I did my part today as a community member. I did “Buy Art Give Art” tonight!

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Kate Miller-Heidke Corner Lounge Private Performance

by on Jul.11, 2010, under Corner Lounge Private Performance

Last night I attended a show hosted at the Sound Studios in Charlottesville Va. The event was put on by 106.1 The Corner and recorded live for the Corner Lounge. FREE Beer was provided by Starr Hill.

I will say this was another great private event put on by our own local radio station 106.1 The corner andtheir one and only Program Director Brad Savage. Another great group of Corner VIP folks from around town and some out of states folks that wanted to get in on this one time event with Kate Miller-Heidke.

The performance was outstanding with a great little interview conducted between Brad and Kate. All this topped of with a CD signing.

Great show Brad!

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Charlottesville, Va storm 6-24-2010

by on Jun.30, 2010, under Other items

I will say that this was a pretty bad storm that brought a lot of businesses to their knees. I will be adding more information soon to include some pictures that I took. Yes I was caught in the middle of it. And what a mess did it create.

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Don’t ignore it! Report it!

by on Apr.03, 2010, under Other items

I will be launching my new take on this latter on this weekend. This would be my campaign to take slow down crime. Wait why am I concerned about crime? Could it be because it is all around us and all people do is ignore it. That needs to STOP. And I will show you how we, from our grand kids to our parents can help.

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CoCo View 2010 vacation

by on Mar.28, 2010, under CoCo View resort

Caribbean Reef Shark

2010 dive trip was great. While Virginia was recovering from the big snow storm, I sat back and relaxed in the sun. Well that is not exactly true.

The days were full of diving. Four dives a day with some nice hot meals in between.

We did get hit with a nice storm one night that played havoc on the Island Internet service not to mention the electric. But the resort has always ensured that the electric was up and running by using their backup generators.

I did take a quick photography course with Tim. The how to, and how not to with my new camera.  Canon G11. Macro is great topside, I do not recommend it underwater unless you are using a good flash. All my macro shots where blurry due to the shutter speed really slowing down in the macro mode.

The highlight of the trip was the shark Dive. And I only took 600 plus pictures in the 47 min dive. Yes continuous mode. That was Worth the money. Now if I can just sell my pictures and get some of that money back.

www.TomanekCollection.com

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Applebee’s Restaurant

by on Mar.28, 2010, under Restaurant Reviews

2005 Abbey Rd, Charlottesville

Presentation: The pictures in the menu look great!  But just like on that potato chip bag, what you get is surely not what you saw.

A few weeks back my wife and I decided to use our gift certificate and get a meal on the way home. I ordered up a 12 oz Ribeye,  garlic mashed potatoes along with a side of mushrooms. The ribeye was very tasty, but the mushroom never arrived. After I consumed the steak I asked the waitress if she wrote down I ordered mushrooms.  She went to the back and brought me back a cold bowl of mushrooms and said she found them sitting on the counter. And charged me for them.

Service: Was very poor, our waitress spent most of the time listening to the life of Elvis Presley that some other patron was explaining to her.

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CoCo View Resort

by on Feb.13, 2010, under CoCo View resort, SCUBA Diving, William B Tomanek Travels

I am heading back to Roatan in 7 days. This is a yearly event that I have had the honor of participating in for the past few years.

CoCo View Resort is located on an island off the island of Roatan. The atmosphere is so relaxing affter a day of diving you never want it to end.

A typical day for a SCUBA diver at CoCo View. Well lets just say, my day. I am up very early in the morning. Slap on some shorts, shirt and footwear and head to the dining area with my laptop. I am usually there before the cooking staff arrive. I get on the internet and check the weather and my email. By then someone arrives and starts up the coffee maker. Nothing like having the first cup of brew in the morning. Slowly more guest will trickle in an suck down that first pot.

Once breakfast has been devoured it is time to get your self dressed for the day’s first dive. I am now using a 5mm compared to my first 100 dives in a 3mm. I do like the 3mm better. It was less restrictive.

Each group is assigned a boat, driver, and dive master for the weeks stay. So there is no confusion of where do I go today.

Once everyone is on the boat and ready to depart, the dive master will give you the briefing of where we will be diving for the morning trip. Each boat departure consists of two dives. First is a deep dive at one of the many dive spots and the second is a drop off dive out in front of the resort.

Upon completion of the morning dives it is time to cleanup, dry off in get ready for lunch. After lunch it is back to the boats and out for two more dives. How long is each dive, well that is up to you. The boat leaves when everyone is safely back on board. It is NOT one of those dives where they say “we will be down for 45 min and back on the boat” Your air, your partner’s air and mind decide when it is time to end the dive. No one tells you lets go, dive over. You enjoy the dive stress free.

Then there is the dinner meal. And to this point I have not mentioned how good the meals are. Do not come here with the intention of loosing weight. The food assortment is so GOOD. Well let’s just say, you want to try it all.

After the big meal it is relaxing time. That is if you are not planning to do a night dive. Yes a night dive. FUN, FUN, FUN… These are group dives or just a dive with your partner and are done at your leisure. You decide when to go out, you decide when to come back.

These are controlled by a tracking system using a signup sheet, diver tags and a marking strobe. When the fist diver goes out the strobe is placed on a down line. All divers out will place their tags on the down line. When they return from the dive, the divers pick up the tags and return them to the shack. Last diver in brings the strobe light.

Now it is cleanup, dry off and relax time. Or in some cases “Bed Time”. The dining area also has a bar, pool table and assortment of games you can play. Up stairs you will find a big screen TV and a library of books to keep you entertained.

So we are looking at four dives a day, or five if you have the stamina. Every day there are venders on the Island to show you what they have to offer. You do not have time to hit the main land if you are up to four dives a day. So the venders bring their crafts to you.

During the week if you do want to hit the mainland of Roatan, there are sever day trips planned. Shopping, Iguana Farm, dolphin dive and other attractions.

Overall it is a nice, friendly resort to dive at. Great food! Great staff! Great support personnel!

Not to mention you can see a lot of sea life. www.TomanekCollection.com

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The Series “Hostile Remains”

by on Jan.17, 2010, under Other items

Coming soon. Well we may need a publisher to help out with this project.
www.HostileRemains.com

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Pictures For Sale

by on Jan.10, 2010, under Other items, Tomanek Collection

Pictures for sale by William B Tomanek

Pictures for sale by William B Tomanek

Want to buy an Under Water picture for your hallway or a nice set for your office? Finally my site is up for selling pictures. This was no fun task, and it was costly.

The site can be accessed by going to www.TomanekCollection.com and selecting the proper link. I hope the info is correct, this should be fun.

If you have any questions about special orders, give me a call.

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