Big Doings Today

The paint over of the Extreme Tailgate sticker has been corrected. A new sticker was applied this morning. It missed two games but we won anyway.

The Jeep was winterized (put the roof on) and given a good wash.


I Am Thankful For

Glide dental floss. Superb.

The fact that I don't do much Christmas decorating.

Indoor plumbing. And my bidet.

My football team is 11-0 and a swell bunch of guys.

Prilosec. Otherwise I would digest myself in stomach acid.

Dogs. I love them all.

The love and companionship of my spouse. She makes me laugh.


Old Sparky


I finally flipped over the Weber Ranch to reveal the born on date. EE is 1999.

16 years and going strong.


Turkey of my Friends








My New Love

Someone left two big cans of Stella Artois at the first tailgate of the season. It's not unusual to end up with a handful of Natural Light or Bud Light. I usually just toss them because each one of the aforementioned is undrinkable to me.

But the Stella Artois had me intrigued.

Three ten packs later my taste testing is almost done. I love the lightness of the beer, yet it has a pronounced hop flavor....not too strong however. Gotta say this will be a regular for me along with Ultra and regular Michelob beer.

Happy American Thanksgiving everyone.


I Love Dreams

I dreamed I was in a generic Caribbean beach bar. The bar tender recommended Peter Pan beer in a white and red bottle.

They 17 cents each and the minimum was six.

I said no thanks but she insisted it was the best beer ever. "It tastes like what ever you want it to taste."

It was the best beer ever. Perfect taste, temp, and foam.

Happy November

Me, in another life, with my cousins. 1961ish. Wow!



I'm headed to Durham today for a couple of birthday celebrations. My mother is 91 today and very much with it.

My old childhood/college buddy is turning 60. Thank God we haven't aged a bit.



September...any September

September sucks for me. People and animals I love die in September. My father died in September. My wife died in September but came back after 45 minutes of effort. I've lost jobs in September. It's not a warm, fuzzy month.

See these two fine dogs? Both were named Galaxy and both died at 5 ½ years old. Both became ill in September.

Needless to say...the name Galaxy is retired.


Actual Vacation

Not since 2012 have I had a relaxing vacation away from it all. I am attempting one now. Just me and the Mrs and 4 dogs. Sleeping late, eating whenever, is heaven. No office calls, nothing. I'm living on two bars...AT&T bars.

In 2013 is was my back. Out for the entire summer recovering. I was just well enough to go to St Croix with a large group who didn't get along. It was a stressful time. Miserable.

Last year was another summer recovering from back surgery. Then a hurried trip to the island that wasn't very relaxing. Had I forgotten the art of vacationing? Where is my cocky swag? Always worry swirling in my mind.

This summer a sick dog kept us home. We nursed Galaxy all summer and she finally died in spite of our efforts to save her. Another summer without our usual travels.

Then we got a call. A spot opened at the campground at Southport. We jumped on it, found a house sitter and too off. We hadn't used the RV for two years.

So here I sit, boxers and tee shirt in a trailer, with no one to answer to, and happy as a lark.

I need to recharge.



Our sweet baby died on her on this morning. She was 5.



I'm on the Next Mars Mission

At least my name will be etched on the lander. How cool is that?


Game One Preview - The Slider

As it happened, the NFL scheduled The Houston Texans as our 2015 home opener. In keeping with a food theme for our occasional opponents, my thoughts naturally turned to beef.

Last year we discovered that sliders of any type make for great finger food. They are good, easy to build, Easy to handle and multi task, and pair well with a wing and beer. We had pulled pork sliders, pulled beef sliders, meatball sliders, and traditional hamburger sliders. This year expect the addition of chicken and pork tenderloin sliders.

Sliders lend themselves to indulgence because one is only dealing with a few bites. So pile on the cheese, grilled onions, rich sauces, and veggies.

We were fortunate to be gifted 228 Angus Beef, whole muscle from the short rib and chuck sliders from Bang Bang Burgers. They were immediately frozen and are waiting for September 20.

Last night I was able to observe the owner Of Bang Bang making the perfect beef sliders from a batch of previously frozen patties.

Just a bit of kosher salt and course ground black pepper season each side as they cook on a medium heat griddle. When they sweat, it's time to turn. Salt and pepper again and add cheese.

Meanwhile, the Kings Hawaiian rolls are lightly toasted on each side.

In just moments I had perfection in my hand. It needed nothing else. Great taste, moist, beef and cheese cooked medium. Just the slightest pink in the middle.

I hoovered up a second slider to confirm my previous thoughts. I can't wait until September 20.


My Friend is Missing

Guy Garman is a competitive man. Today he attempted the world record depth scuba diving. 1200 feet. He hasn't been seen since 6 AM this morning.

His Tanks for the Dive


MOD is Maximum Operating Depth

I'm sick thinking of the possibilities.


Sexual Deviants of Summer

Jared Fogle - the Subway guy likes little girls. Bummer.

Bill Cosby - he likes pudding.....pudding his dick where it doesn't belong. Drug induced forced sex is criminal.

Bruce Jenner - threw his dick away. Now she's happy. Okay.

The U.S. Supreme Court - any hole goes under the law. Okay.

Me? Give me time to adjust please.

Happy August Y'all

So excited that fall is approaching. I used to be able to I actually enjoyed heat in the 90s. Not so much anymore. I sleep better on cool nights. It's the lack of sunlight that throws me into a crud come winter time.

Football is so near and I like that. Opening week for college and the next week pro ball opens. I love those two weeks. For about three years I'd go to St. Croix on college opening week. Then I'd return for the Super Bowl.

But alas I haven't travels much in the last two years. Maybe we can get some RV time in this fall.