Friday, January 10, 2014

Oh, you can stick a fork in me, I'm done.

I guess I've lost both my muse and my mojo.  

Truth be told, I haven't much felt like writing this blog for the last year or so.  I guess my blog love left me about that time.
So at this point, I'm gonna take a step back and officially say I'm done.  

Oh I'll still be around from time to time to comment on some of your blogs.......but for now, I just don't have the energy for this blog.  

I've really enjoyed writing it over the years.  I've been on Blogger since 2009 when I followed fellow blogger RiPPa over here from Yahoo 360; and I blogged on that site for a good five years or so too.
See you in the funny papers...............

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What's your go to dish?!?


I love this time of year.  

I like the holiday season because it's an excuse for family to come together and break bread....while watching football.  Don't get it twisted, I love my Steelers and my Crimson Tide!!!  Some people are fair weather fans.  I proudly support my teams whether they win or lose.

But enough about football....this post is about my love for good food.....and how much I love to cook that food.
I'm quick to say that I've got a wait problem, I can't wait to eat.......and it's true.  I love to eat and I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat.

When I say that I really do love to cook, it's true and I've loved to cook for years.  Over the years, I've learned to cook a slew of dishes. Some of the dishes that I enjoy cooking the most are found within this post; they are lobster macaroni and cheese, jambalaya and red beans and rice.  These are some of my go to dishes.  These dishes will keep you warm when there's a chill in the air.
What do you like to cook?!?

...and even if you don't like to cook, what do you like to eat?!?

Some time ago I went to DaenelT's blog called "Living outside the stacks" and she had a recipe in one of her posts for something she called Homemade Potato, Corn and Shrimp Chowder.  It sounded absolutely delicious and I keep thinking about it; so much so, that I'm definitely gonna make it before the year is out.

If you're not familiar with her, you should check her out and check out the recipe as well.

http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/throw-back-thursday-homemade-potato-corn-and-shrimp-chowder-in-the-kitchen/


Tell me, what do you like to cook?!?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The "Reggie" movie

After much thought and consideration (not really), I've decided that when the "Reggie" movie comes out, I'd like to see either.....
Terrance Howard
or Jeffrey Wright in the title role.
 
 
Yeah, yeah I know, there's probably never ever going to be a "Reggie" movie.....but we've all gotta have dreams right?!?
 
 
 
Okay, now that I've told you who I'd want to play my title role, which actor or actress (living or dead) would you want to play you?!?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I'm a bit of a nomad.

Before anyone gives me any grief.........I know I haven't been online much lately.
 
 
Just like all of you, I'm dealing with this thing called life as best as I can......and lately it's been kicking my ass!!!!
 
 
For the last eight years, I've been living in the state of South Carolina.
But I've always been a bit of a nomad, so when an opportunity to move to the state of Florida came my way recently, I jumped on it.
 So this coming weekend....I'll be moving to the sunshine state.
 
When I said I was a bit of a nomad....I only say that because so far I've lived in California, Mississippi, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, New Jersey....and for the next few days, South Carolina.
 
I'm definitely gonna miss the shrimp and grits!!!
 
I know people that have lived in the same city for their entire lives and I've lived all over the country.  I can't say that I'll always stay in Florida.......who knows where life's journey will take me next?!?
 
Where do you live?!? Where have you lived?!? Are you a bit of a nomad too?!?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Heil Hitler!!!

  Dammit!!!!
 
This morning I couldn't sleep, so I got up early, made coffee and started shaving.  Then my alarm went off.  I don't know why I wasn't expecting it, but it did startle me momentarily.  Long enough for me to alter my down swipe as I was shaving....and shave off a little too much of one side of my moustache.  After shutting off the alarm, I surveyed the damage to my moustache and tried to even it out.
 
But.........it ended up being just a tad bit too short.   Actually, it was more than a little short, it was noticeably short.
  I've been wearing a moustache for years.
Whenever I don't have a moustache, I've been told that I look like I have cancer.  This morning though, I didn't have many options.  I mean,  I know it's just hair and it'll grow back. 
I wanted to keep my moustache in the worst way.

Truth is though, Adolph Hitler ruined the little moustache for everybody. I can't walk around looking like Der Fuhrer, so I had to shave mine off. I can't wait for it to grow back.
 
I guess I'll have to do without.
 
I can't have people walking up to me yelling "Heil Hitler!!!"
Dammit!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I went to see a movie.

 Last night I went to see Pacific Rim.  I really enjoyed the movie, I thought it was awesome!!  You may not know it by reading my blog posts, but I'm really just a big kid at heart.
 Growing up I loved seeing those old movies with someone in a big rubber monster suit.  Truth be told, I've probably seen every Godzilla and Gamera movie at least five times.
 Last month, I did see Man of Steel. I really enjoyed it as well.  Some people go to the movies to be wowed by Hollywood.  Me, I'm just looking for a two hour distraction that doesn't make me regret spending my admission..........and the price of popcorn and jujubees on.  I liked this Superman movie, but I liked the last one too.  I'm a big fan of the superhero genre of movies......don't tell anyone, I'm trying to be all hard and whatnot....and be a dork as well.
What type of movies do you like?!? What's the last good movie that you saw?!?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I've got a weight problem, I can't wait to eat!!!

I was going through some of my old blog posts today.  For no particular reason, other than killing some time; though in truth I was looking for one post in particular. I finally happened upon the post that I was looking for; one that I wrote more than two years ago called Morbidly Obese.
 
I wrote that post because of two separate incidents where I watched two rather large women devour food in a couple of restaurants that I was eating in when they decided to eat like "a couple of hogs slopping at a trough" (in my best Alabama twang, of course).
 
I was thinking of that post because of something I witnessed this past weekend at a local Piggly Wiggly.  If you're not familiar with Piggly Wiggly, it's a grocery store; and there are many of them here in South Carolina where I live.
Anyway, each Piggly Wiggly has a deli area where they serve hot food on a buffet.  Where I wouldn't necessarily be tempted to eat off a buffet at most any grocery store (or buffet in general); I must say that the food sold off the buffet at my local Piggly Wiggly is excellent.
 
The fried chicken, fried fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans, candied yams, fried okra, peach cobbler, hot rolls and sweet iced tea could have easily come off my mother's table.  The food is just that good.  So good, in fact, that there is always an ample line waiting to be served.
 
Sunday I was in the grocery store picking up a few items. I wasn't there for the buffet; but trust me, there were plenty of people that were. 
One particular customer stuck out in my mind, because she was very loud and very very big.  Without a doubt, she stood out to me because of her size. While I was walking by and lusting after that delicious looking fried chicken, she was placing her order.
 
A few minutes later when I was checking out, she was in the line ahead of me; and she had opened up her box of food in the line and she was standing there eating a chicken leg.
 
While that chicken looked damned good....and it did.  Nothing was so serious that she couldn't have waited until she got her big ass home to start eating that chicken........and licking her fingers, while waiting to check out.
While I will probably never see this woman again, I will certainly remember her as the big greedy woman who couldn't wait to get home to devour that yard bird she was chewing on in line.
I see a lot of overweight people, I know we all do.  You might be overweight yourself. After all, one in three Americans is overweight.  That's one hundred million big collard green eating people in this country.  That's a lot of big people.
Why are there so many overweight people in this country?!?
 
It would be easy.....and foolish to say that they're all just greedy like the woman I observed going at that yard bird; and the other two women from the previous post.
 
I don't believe that greed is the answer across the board, though I do believe it's the answer in many cases.
 
You don't usually become morbidly obese by mistake.  Usually there are a fork and knife involved and not a lot of exercise. Though there are times when health issues do contribute to this problem.
That said, this country seems to have a love affair with greed, both economically and psychologically; and I think that goes without saying.
 
 
In the last few years, a slew of "eating events" have cropped up around the country, dedicated to celebrating the man or woman that can eat the most hot dogs, pies, chicken wings, pizzas....what have you.
Is that a good thing?!? Is it pure entertainment or ultimately does that speak to the lower base desires of human nature?!?  In a world where people are starving and still others struggle to afford healthier foods, should we be celebrating gluttony?!?
When people around the world look at us from the outside looking in, I can understand just why they hate us. We're our own worst enemy.
It seems to me that healthier foods tend to be more expensive than fattening foods.  Fattening foods are usually inexpensive. I think that has something to do with much of what I see in my fellow Americans.  Not to mention the fact that healthier foods are not quite as tasty.
 One thing that happened as a result of that post I wrote back in January of 2011 was that one of my longtime blog mates took offense to the post. She expressed her dismay over the subject matter and how she felt it was mean spirited and never came back to my blog.

When I write these posts, I use a little humor to downplay the seriousness when speaking to each subject.  Though I may be passionate about the topic, I'm not trying to be mean spirited and I don't ever intend on hurting anyone's feelings.
I absolutely love to eat. 
 
I've got a weight problem, I can't wait to eat. 

I don't have a problem making that statement because it's absolutely true.  I make it a point to try and eat healthy foods for the most part and I exercise on a regular basis.  If I didn't exercise and eat healthy at least most of the time, I'd be overweight as well.
 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I'm sorry, but I'm not calling it "the n-word".

It's been a long time since I could claim to be anywhere near politically correct; and this late in the game, I absolutely refuse to use the term "the n-word".

I think the term itself is laughable......it's downright silly. 
It seems to me that at least once a year, one of our so called heroes or some idiotic comedian or some such drunken fool or lame duck politician winds up being taped using that word that Paula Deen clearly throws around like someone working the cash register at a McDonald's might use the term "Big Mac". 
I don't use the word myself, it's just not me. Out of respect for myself, my children, the way I was raised, my family at large, the world and the many fine people that came before me.

I just think that the casual use of  that particular word is rather ignorant. 

But..... should occasion present itself where I might be forced to use the word, I'm just not gonna call it "the n-word".
But I don't understand why we continue to act shocked by the casual or even not so casual use of this word or other hurtful slurs as part of the regular vocabularies of these people that Hollywood or the media would have us look up to. 
This is America.

It is what it is.

It's the land of the free, the home of the brave and our legacy was built on the backs of enslaved people and racist notions.

The racism train in America is never late.  Let's not pretend that isn't our countries legacy.

Do we really believe in our heart of hearts that these few people that end up getting busted talking like this are the only ones that do use words like this on a regular basis?!?

I mean......really?!?
So why do we continue to be and act surprised?!?


Why?!?

Anyone who is offended by the use of this word and others like it......shouldn't EVER use this  word or other hurtful words themselves.


I don't use the word....or this silly term.  I don't use it and I'm not going to.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

If marijuana were legal..........

 The times they are a changing........

There was a time in this country in the not too distant past when marijuana was derided as a "gateway drug" or something used by ne'er-do-wells that generally look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo or Snoop Dogg. In the last few years though, attitudes are changing.  People are taking a second look at marijuana, perhaps seeing it in a different light.  Or maybe it's just all those people that have been smoking it on the low for years are coming out of the closet?!?
 In some parts of the country it's a legal substance.  And it would seem that more and more Americans think it should be legal.
 Pros:
* Stress reliever
* Increased appetite, food subjectively tastes better.
* Reduced nausea
* Induces drowsiness, so it can be beneficial to sufferers of insomnia and sleep deprivation

* Holds usefulness for chronic pain
* mood lift, euphoria/laughter
* creative, philosophical or deep thinking : ideas flow more easily
* increased appreciation of music. More aware of, deeper connection to music.
*A increased awareness of senses. (eating, drinking, smell)
* change in experience of muscle fatigue. Pleasant body feel. Increase in body/mind connection.
* pain relief (headaches, cramps)
* boring tasks or entertainment can become more interesting or funny

Cons:
*Could lead to other drug use
*that funky smell* clumsiness/general goofiness
* paranoid and/or anxious thoughts

*overuse could lead to depression
*dizziness, confusion light headedness
*difficulty with short term memory like forgetting where you left your lighter and rolling papers
*hacking, wheezing and coughing
*having to order a pizza or buy various junk foods due to the munchies
If marijuana were legal in your state, would you smoke it?!?

I wouldn't.....but maybe you would?!?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Yo!!! Can a brotha get a courtesy flush?!?

 
It happened again Friday; and every single time it happens, I just want to scream!!!  Once again I found myself shouting into one of the stalls in the men's room asking, "Hey....can a brotha get a courtesy flush?!?"
 
I really hate doing that.  I don't want to have to call anyone out. I don't want to have to ask.  But we've got a few men in our office that regularly use the men's bathroom on my floor that will routinely emit odors that would offend a pig's nose.
 
Usually when one of those guys is in there, some decent person will shout "code black" if they see someone else getting ready to walk into the men's room behind one of them.
 
It's as if they're trying to peel the paint off the walls. They smell the same way I would imagine a wild gorilla would smell if it's diet were too high in fiber.  All of them are big burly dudes.....but they've gotta have some serious health issues going on.  No one's insides smell like that for no reason at all. In the very least, they need to change their diets for all of our sakes.
 
There's actually three of them, there's............
Uncle Fester
 
We call him Uncle Fester, well.....because he looks like Uncle Fester from The Addams Family. His bowels are lethal and he's not opposed to allowing you to smell the full wrath of them.  He's actually the reason that I wrote this post.  When I was presented with his stench when I walked in the bathroom on Friday, I demanded that he immediately give me a courtesy flush.
 
He did.........but that was too little and far too late.  My nostrils were thoroughly offended by that juncture.


There's Beetlejuice....no not that Beetlejuice, this one.  I had to ask him for a courtesy flush one day last month. Dude's so ugly that I don't know what else we'd call him.

and there's 'Squatch, since he kinda resembles a Sasquatch.  He's a big burly hairy mofo who spends most of his day eating one unhealthy snack after another and he has the utter audacity to snack on prunes at his desk as well.  I've had to request a courtesy flush from him a couple of times since we've worked together. Because of those prunes he's so fond of there's a guy in the office that refers to him as "juicy farts", but that's just too disrespectful....even for me.
 
The three of them have been known to clear a bathroom quicker than Kryptonite will kill Superman.  And the simple truth is, they've got no shame in their game.  Although I don't believe that any of them had ever heard of the term "drop and flush", I've acquainted all three of them with it more than a few times.
 
Nasty bastards.
What is so hard about being considerate enough to respect your coworkers?!?  It's not as if they're the only people that actually use that bathroom.
Why in God's name would anyone want to subject another living soul with the smell of their insides?!?  Common decency would suggest that everyone employ the drop and flush method.
 It's just the right thing to do.
 I don't want to have to demand a courtesy flush from anyone, but if push comes to shove, I will.
Why is it so hard for some people to provide the rest of us with a timely courtesy flush?!?  It's just the decent thing to do.