Sunday, July 05, 2015

Grand Parking Lot

For those of you not in the industry, a car carrier in the trucking world is called a "parking lot".

I took this photo and sent it to my Aunt and Uncle because they just bought a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee

It was my trucker-style congratulations card.

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2014: True Independence

2013: Pyrotechnic Parade Across The Midwest
2012: Plane, Train, Or Automobile – Just Get Me To Canada!
2011: Hello, Kitty. Who’s Your Friend?
2010: If It’s Good Enough For Homeland Security, It’s Good Enough For Me
2009: The Top At Dock
2008: Night Interrupted
2007: Just A Train And A Tree
2006: This is One Lawn Boy I Have No Desire To See Naked
2005: Not So Cuddly

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Bring On The Bright, Bursting Skies At Night, Bring On The Thundering Booms

We are spending the 4th of July in the South.  They're not known for the biggest fireworks shows in the country -- that distinction would go to New York City -- but they do have more places selling fireworks 24-hours a day than any place I've ever been.  I don't know the reason someone would need fireworks around the clock, but if you do, you now know where to go.

We're off until Tuesday, so I'm hoping to catch a few decent fireworks shows as we meander from South Carolina back down to Florida.  And I hope where you may be, you also get to see the night sky light up with color and celebration!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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2014: Have A Berry Happy Fourth Of July!
2013: Relieved Of Civic Duty Just In Time For America's Birthday
2012: Blind With Patriotism
2011: Independence In The Town Of The Big House
2010: It’s So Much Prettier
2009: Soap Box Derby – Spavinaw Style
2008: Eddie’s Independence Friday
2007: Miss Independent
2006: Independence Day
2005: The Mother Road To Independence

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Weirdest Reunion Ever

Wednesday night's dinner was a Hawaiian Luau with hula girls and fire dancers.  Hundreds of Landstar BCOs (Business Capacity Owner - that's what Landstar calls their leased drivers) donned floral garb while making their way through the open bars and buffet lines.  The drinks flowed freely, the food was plentiful, and the energy in the room was high.  Ed even got onstage and did the hula with one of the coconut-bikini clad girls.  I have video, but I'm pretty sure he won't allow me to release it.  

This morning the festivities continued.  At breakfast (hello delicious yogurt parfait!), we were entertained by two guest speakers:

The first speaker was Ed Hochuli, a well-known NFL Official who regaled us with stories and video clips of games he refereed, players he's known, and how a good attitude makes up for not having skill when it comes to success in your field.  I was kind of lost after the first football reference and my eyes glazed over during much of the sports-related pep talk, but he was an energetic speaker for sure.

When I first heard the name I said, "Hochuli?  I know that name."  The reason I knew the name is because Ed Hochuli's brother Pete, a lawyer, was a friend of my step-father's from years ago. He's now a Pima County Juvenile Court commissioner in Tucson.  And I also learned that Ed Hochuli went to the same high school I did!  Small world.  Ed Hochuli is a lawyer by trade and has a firm in Phoenix, where he currently lives.  The NFL thing is his side gig.

The second speaker was Commander Kirk S. Lippold, USN (Ret.), who was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole at the time it was attacked while in the Yemen port of Aden.  He recounted the events of that day, when 17 U.S. sailors were killed.  His speech was about "Leadership and Accountability When It Matters".  Something that comes in handy for small business owners when your goal is to run to a successful operation.

After the breakfast meeting, we were on our own for the afternoon.  Some crazy people went to the theme parks, Ed went to the pool, and I decided it was too hot to leave the room so I stayed in, enjoyed the silence, and read a book.  Then I took a nap.  All that activity was exhausting and I needed to be well-rested for the evening's dinner event.

Here's the pre-dinner cocktail hour.  This is probably the first time you'll see this many truckers in one place not wearing a leather biker wallet attached to their pants with a chain.  Although one guy was wearing a Peterbilt baseball cap.  What the hell??

There were over 550 BCOs and their guests in attendance.  It was a big crowd.

When you see all of these drivers being honored for millions of safe driving miles and realize they're just regular people, it's pretty impressive.  Most men credit their wives for their success (smart), and others tell how their families are the reason they get out there every day and do what they do (sweet), others talk about how they got to a million miles or more (safely), and yet others talk of their love of the road and the dreams they are able to realize from behind the wheel of a big rig.

Most of the drivers honored seemed to be from the South and Midwest based on the states I saw represented on the screen as each driver accepted their award.  Not too many from the western states and just a few from the Northeast. There were 138 One Million Mile Safe Drivers, 16 Two Million Mile Safe Drivers, 10 Roadstars, and one BCO Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  There were three (I think?) women in attendance accepting their awards, and we even had a Million Miler who was an Elvis impersonator that sings to nursing home residents in his hometown of Clear Lake, Iowa. The crowd loved him.

Then at the end of the evening, the 
pièce de résistance - and probably one of the biggest reasons people even come to the event - the truck giveaway.  Last year Ed's name was called from the people in attendance, and even though he wasn't chosen, it's a heady experience thinking you can possibly walk away with a brand new truck.  Every BCO in attendance has a chance to be part of the drawing.  On this last night of the event they draw three final names, which meant Ed could have been called again, and put them in the pot with the other two names picked at the first function.

Ed didn't get called this year, but sitting there waiting to see who wins keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Once chosen, they give each lucky driver a mock truck to stand behind with a key to turn.  If they turn the key and their truck lights up, they're a winner.  This year's winner had the greatest reaction.  Surprise, shock, then complete joy! His wife joined him on stage, they hugged, and you could feel how genuine his response was by his facial expression and body language.  When he gave his little acceptance speech he told of how his father was a truck driver and his wife's father was a truck driver and then choked up as he dedicated the winning of the truck to both of them.  It was actually quite touching.

As Ed said when we got back to the room, "You know, these events - BCO Days and this Million Miler thing - it's like the weirdest family reunion ever.  You don't really know anyone, yet you get together every year and mingle and have drinks and eat food and laugh."

It is kinda like that.  There are hundreds of people so there's always going to be folks we don't know and probably will never talk to, but we have met several drivers over the years and were even approached by people we met at last year's Million Miler event on the day we arrived.  It was nice to be remembered.  The first night we sat with the same people we met the night Ed was inducted, and tonight we sat with another driver couple and several Landstar employees and their spouses.

We had a great few days and I look forward to next year's weird family reunion.

Tomorrow, back to work.  I need to start accumulating my miles.  I've only got about 500,000 more to go for my award. 

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2014: River Alarm

2013: A Face Only A Mother Sniffer Can Love
2012: Rolling In The Deep
2011: A Castle On A Bluff
2010: The Skies Really Are Friendly, No Matter Who Is Flying In Them
2009: Eddie Beach Feet Friday
2008: Panoramic
2007: My New Motto
2006: Fake It Till You Make It
2005: Feria Colour Strands

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Celebrating At The Creek

Hilton Bonnet Creek Lobby photo courtesy of
Today we arrived at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. It's a beautiful resort. The photo of the hotel lobby above is from the hotel's website, and it actually really looks like that.  The hotel was built in 2009, and in resort years that's young!  The place looks great and being connected to the Waldorf Astoria, another Hilton property, doesn't hurt.  The amenities offered between the two properties is fantastic.

We're here for the Landstar 2015 BCO All-Star Celebration.  Ed was honored last year, so this year we just get to kick back and enjoy the food, drinks, entertainment, and socializing.

We checked in - the room is big and beautiful - and has everything you'd expect from a Hilton Resort.  Great bed, sitting area, giant desk, big screen TV, gorgeous bathroom, the works. 

After we dropped our stuff in the room, we checked in at the registration desk and picked up our bag of swag before hitting the lunch spread.  The food was great.  Just sandwiches, but really delicious.  They also had hot pretzels (love!), a fruit and cheese service area,  
a nice selection at the beverage service area, and Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars for dessert. Wowza.
After lunch we spent some time exploring the resort before heading back to the room to unwind before the big Hawaiian themed Luau dinner. 

We were originally planning to stay six days but at the last minute, cancelled our extra nights.  I'm so regretting that move right about now.

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2014: Show Ed Some Love And Crank Up The Good Luck Vibes!

2013: Canada Or Bust! 
2012: Salena Scissorhands
2011: The Bald And The Beautiful
2010: Here To Win, Here To Stay
2009: Her Bosom Is Heaving, His Member Is Throbbing
2008: Worn By The Sea
2007: Spinning In The Night
2006: Forget Country Music! We Have Bungalows Full Of Breasts!!
2005: I Demand An Explanation

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Patriotic Blooms

We made a quick stop at the Petro in Kingsland, Georgia and while Ed ran into the store, I noticed the flower pots at the end of each fuel island.

Flower pots!  With bright, colorful flowers.  They were plastic - my mother would fully approve - but they were still flowers.  And it was really nice to see each fuel island blooming with a burst of color. 

Thanks, Petro!

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2014: Someone's Going Home With This

2013: Hey Cutie!
2012: I’ll Have To Pry It From Her Dead, Cold Fingers
2011: Straight Talk
2010: Who Knew There Were Things To Do Other Than Eating Pie?
2009: 157 Years Of Light
2008: Call Me. We Have Telephones In Nebraska Now.
2007: Reach For The Sky
2006: Sorry, no post on this day.
2005: Sorry, no post on this day.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cutting Through The Rain To Get To The Sunshine State

We haven't hit as much rain as the people in Texas and Oklahoma have been experiencing, but we did go through a few torrential downpours.  We are deadheading 790 miles to pick up our next load so we can get to Florida for the Million Miler event next week.

They're holding it this year at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando.  The hotel has a nice pool and a lazy river, so I might spend some time there - Ed wants to float the lazy river - and they're adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria which has some great restaurants and a spa.  We may spend some time there too.

There is no way you'll catch me in any of the Disney parks in July, on a holiday weekend, when kids are out of school.  I can't think of a worse hell.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Power On The Potomac

This is the Morgantown Generating Station, located on the banks of the Potomac River in Newburg, Maryland.  It is a coal-fired power station that supplies large amounts of electrical power to the Washington DC metropolitan area.  It is capable of powering 1.2 million homes.

These pictures were taken from the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge which is part of U.S. Route 301.  The bridge is located at a dramatic bend in the river and marks the line between the Lower and Upper Potomac River Estuary.  It's the only Potomac crossing below Washington DC and was opened in 1940.
According to, at approximately at this point in the river, there was a famous ferry that ran from Morgantown, Md. to Mathias Point in Virginia, as early as 1705.

The ferry was part of the shortest route between the capitals of Maryland and Virginia and served as a principal link in the journeys of many early Americans including George Washington, George Mason, and other founding fathers.  Nearby is also the site of one of the river crossings by John Wilkes Booth after his assassination
 of Abraham Lincoln.  

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2014: Ma And Pa Kettle Lived Here
2013: "License, Registration and Insurance Card, Please"
2012: Welcome To Hell
2011: When She Passes Each One She Passes Goes Ahhhh
2010: The Key To Being Funny
2009: Wishes Really Do Come True
2008: Eddie Plays It Safe Friday
2007: What Road?
2006: I’m STILL Looking To Get Me Some Good BBQ
2005: Say Cheese!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Love

photo source: CNN
Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights nationwide, a landmark victory for gay rights.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote, "No longer may this liberty be denied.  No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."

I've always joked that "the gays" loved me. They do.  I have a lot of gay friends. And I love them. I also love that they now have the same right as I do to make their love for their someone special official. No matter where they live.

Like these two guys did, who've been together for 54 years.  FIFTY FOUR.  For anyone to say that their love is different, or perverse, or going to be the demise of a nation, has more than a few screws loose.  These guys have been living their lives for 54 years, together, loving each other, unbeknownst to you, and it didn't affect your life one little smidge. Did it? No.

It doesn't affect you.  And it doesn't affect me.

A lot of people think being gay and gays getting married is wrong because the bible says it's wrong.  Really?  Well, since they're going to pull out the Old Testament scripture, you know what else the OT says you're not supposed to do?  Lots.  Eat bacon. Or shellfish.  Wear clothing of mixed fabric. Cut your hair. Shave your beard. Get tattoos. Hold a grudge. Drink wine. Work on Sunday.

Wait, there's more.  Divorce.  Getting remarried after divorce.  Premarital sex.  Lusting after someone.  Wearing sexy clothing or flashy jewelry. Gossip. Cheating (or even thinking about cheating). Having a child out of wedlock. Eating too much (gluttony). Using birth control. Wearing the clothing of the opposite sex (what, no boyfriend tees? button downs? flannel shirts? jeans?). Oppressing the poor and vulnerable.  And that's New Testament stuff.

Wow.  We're in a shitload of trouble.  In fact, every single person I know is going to the fiery depths of hell according to this.  And let's not even get started on Caitlyn Jenner. See, here's the thing - you can't really judge others because they sin differently than you. And although we all do it - I'm super-judgmental regarding just about everything - some of us don't agree that laws should be made to prevent someone from enjoying something just because you don't.

Well, except for the gun thing and the pedophile thing.  There's no reason for the average person to own a gun (other countries get by just fine without armed citizens) and there's certainly no excuse for doing anything inappropriate with a child.  Those people have a special kind of hell in store for them and there absolutely should be laws and punishments for anyone who even thinks about it.

But let's get back to the gay thing.  Most of the opposition is coming from religious, conservative, Republican, bible-thumping people. Don't skewer me, those are the facts. Almost every person who's spoken out has made some connection to religion or God or the bible.  And there are people who think this Supreme Court decision means the end of times.  Can I just say how ridiculous that is?  I mean, it's actually laughable. I seriously cannot fathom how a person not only thinks it, but then lets the thought fall out of their mouth. It tells me they're so removed from reality that they think what they're saying has merit. They don't have to agree with it, but calling for the end of times?  C'mon.

There's a long list of predictions for things that are supposed to end the world as we know it. They have never and will never come true.  These predictions date back to...well, let's just say Jesus was probably sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee and reading about the end times from his copy of Chiseled Stone Tablet Daily.  

But let's look at something that's not so rooted in radical religious thought.  Someone online said that the country will fall apart if marriage equality gets passed, and that no country who has sanctioned gay relationships has ever remained intact.


Well, except for these countries:

The Netherlands (2001)

Belgium (2003)

Canada (2005)

Spain (2005)

South Africa (2006)

Norway (2009)

Sweden (2009)

Argentina (2010)

Iceland (2010)

Portugal (2010)

Denmark (2012)

Brazil (2013)

England and Wales (2013)

France (2013)

New Zealand (2013)

Uruguay (2013)

Luxembourg (2014)

Finland (2014)

Scotland (2014)

Ireland (2015)  

Tell me again how these countries are falling apart?

And then tell me why the United States is behind all industrialized countries (and even some less developed countries) when it comes to things that are important - peace, quality of life, education, literacy, reading, science, math, linguistic diversity, global competitiveness, freedom of the press, health care. 
Yet we lead with murder rates, oil consumption, gun deaths, teen pregnancy, and incarcerated persons, among other crap you don't want to be first in.   

We can't even get it right with the food we eat - the United States has no federal laws banning GMO use, yet "more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs".

We have climate-change deniers.  People who aren't even scientists just spoutin' their scientific opinions.

Shit, we can't even get internet that's faster than other countries.

Perhaps the anti-black, anti-Mexican, anti-Muslim, anti-healthcare, anti-public transportation, anti-everything, including the anti-gay sentiment, has to do with America's "willful embrace and exaltation of ignorance...evidenced all around us". Clearly, lack of knowledge and information is preventing critical growth in some people.

We're not going to fall apart because we give equal rights to the citizens of our country.

Your life isn't going to change ONE SINGLE IOTA because a few gay people get married.

Use your brain.  Think critically.  And stop letting the bible, your mother, or your grandpappy's voice in your ear tell you what's right and wrong. Have some common sense. You don't have to like it.  You don't have to agree with it.  There's tons of shit I don't like or agree with, which if you're a regular reader you already know.

This decision doesn't take away any of your rights.  NONE.

It just makes the lives of others a little more beautiful.

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2014: Unfuzzed

2013: I Think We May Be Following A Derecho. Or Is It An Izquierda?
2012: This One Time, At Summer Camp…
2011: Into The Wild
2010: It Was Clear The Moment You Opened Your Mouth
2009: Eddie Captures A Sunset Friday
2008: Pelicans Enjoying Their Rule Of The Lake
2007: Bigfoot
2006: There Is A Reason People Try To Repress Certain Childhood Memories
2005: Painted Ladies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

From I Love Lucy To The Lily Of The Valley

Approaching Chautauqua Lake in Western New York State.
After leaving Westfield, on our way to Virginia, we traveled through Jamestown, New York. In addition to having a beautiful lake in the area, the first Wegmans we ever visited, and a great little parking spot that puts us in the middle of the action but not in the middle of the public eye (because we know how finicky people are when they see trucks parked all willy-nilly), Jamestown also has a connection to one of the most famous women in TV history.

Lucille Ball.

She was born in Jamestown.

Lucy's birthplace houses a museum and an annual comedy festival in honor of TV's wackiest redhead. 

This building, on the southern end of town, features the world's largest I Love Lucy mural. It depicts an image of Lucy, Ethel, Desi, and Fred as they cross the George Washington Bridge on their way to California.  The episode was called "California, Here We Come."

It's at 34 West Harrison Street - we were traveling South on Washington Street to get to State Route 60 - and it was visible on the left side just as we crossed the Chadakoin River.

We've been to Jamestown a few times now but have still not visited the museum.  And no, we haven't seen that hideous sculpture either. One of these days I'll take a tour of all things Lucy to pay homage to the woman that brought us Vitameatavegamin (a skit that I actually memorized and performed in middle school).

We eventually left New York and crossed into Pennsylvania for a scenic drive through the Allegheny National Forest. Along the way we drove through Ridgway - a place that was once "the home of the Gilded Age lumber barons", and whose historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 - where I was able to snap a quick picture of the Elk County Courthouse, completed in 1880.  

This next home is also located in what Ridgway calles their Lily of the Valley Historic District. I photographed it because I just love all the stone.  It is the the 1890s Hyde House, one of the few stone buildings still in existence.

According to
Living Places, Harry R. Hyde (1872-1954) was a leading local lumberman who served as president of the Elk County National Bank and the Russel Snow Plow Company, who were producers of plows used to clear snow from railroad tracks.  In the Historic District document it says that he and his brother George erected this house for their widowed mother, Elizabeth.

I really love when we're able to get off the interstate and travel through small towns across the country. My favorite part of the entire U.S. is the Northeast, so to be able to get through New York and Pennsylvania these past few days has been a real treat.  

And, although I love winter, I kinda think the best time to see these towns nestled in the mountains is during the time of year when the trees are lush and the lawns are green.

Next up, the Cumberland and Shenandoah Valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. 

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2014: We Were Ear!!

2013: This Disturb's Me 
2012: Not Sure The Money Will Follow
2011: Trucking Al Fresco
2010: 3000 Miles To Squidland
2009: It Could Be Africa If It Weren’t For The Schlitterhahn
2008: How To Ace A Job Interview
2007: Diver Down
2006: Day Tripping
2005: Nipple Rock

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Don't Try This At Home

This video was recently published to a trucking website. Watch it - try to ignore the incessant barking at the end, I know it's annoying.

This scenario is not at all unusual for us to encounter on the road.  In fact, the very same thing happened to me.  
It was a Saturday night in Montana.  I was driving, Ed was sleeping. It was dark and raining.

A pickup truck merged onto the interstate and I'm guessing thought I didn't get out of his way fast enough because rather than falling in behind me when the on-ramp ended, he rode the shoulder next to me and then pulled in front of me.

As soon as I saw him on the shoulder, I moved over into the left lane. Then he moved into the left lane in front of me.  
I slowed down to put some distance between us and moved back into the right lane. Then he moved back into the right lane.

Left lane. Right lane. Left lane. Right lane.

I tried to stay back away from him but he kept slowing down, decreasing the distance between us.  He slowed, I slowed.  He eventually had me down to 30 miles per hour and wouldn't let me pass.  I called 911 and described to the operator what was happening, but while I was on the phone with her, the guy exited the interstate.  She told me she'd dispatch the call locally. A few minutes later, I got a call from a Montana State Trooper.

I repeated the story to him, told him where he exited, gave him a description of the vehicle but told him because of the dark and rain, I couldn't get a plate number.  I didn't want to get that close to him.

The trooper told me I did the right thing staying back from him, but that he couldn't get to me because he was 30 miles away at a Cowboy Cookout in Lolo.

This really does happen far too often. Cars cutting us off.  Crossing three lanes of traffic to get off an exit. Driving too fast in snow and ice. Thinking they're going to teach us a lesson by braking hard in front of us. They don't realize how unsafe their actions are both for themselves and others around them.  And, like this guy, it could cause them to drive home with $600 in tickets.

Pass this post on to your friends. Post the link to it on your Facebook page. Tweet it. We need to raise awareness in every way possible.

Thank you, and drive safely!

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2014: This Place Is For The Birds

2013: Get Your Travel On
2012: An Art Deco Tower In The Panhandle
2011: Traffic Might Just Have Saved My Life
2010: Joining The Ranks
2009: The Daily Rant Goes Farther East Than Ever Before
2008: What He Does When I’m Sleeping
2007: Now You Don’t Have To Go To The Ghetto To Get Crack
2006: Satchel Pitches A Great Question
2005: A Night In Yakima

Monday, June 22, 2015

Along The Shores Of The Unpredictable Cat

New York isn't all about the east coast, you know. And New York City isn't its only attraction. There are so many beautiful places in my home state, and even I have yet to see them all. This weekend we were in Western New York, in a town that sits on the shore of Lake Erie.  

Our first stop was Westfield, located in America's Grape Country, the oldest and largest grape growing region in the United States outside of California, and the largest Concord grape growing region in the world.

You're familiar with Concord grapes - they're the ones used in Welch's Grape Juice and Welch's Grape Jelly - two staples of any American kid's childhood.  The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of my youth were made only with this brand and flavor of jelly, and it's still my choice today.
Overlooking Portland Harbor is the Barcelona Lighthouse.  It was built in 1829 to help guide sailors on Lake Erie. It has the distinction of being the first natural gas powered lighthouse in the world.  
Directly behind the lighthouse is Lake Erie, the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes of North America. It's said to have gotten its name from the Iroquoian tribe that lived in the area but there's also some speculation that its the other way around, and that the tribe got its name from the lake. Either way, they called it Erige - which means cat - because of the lake's unpredictable and sometimes violent nature.  
That may have been the way the Native Americans saw it, but the only cat I saw was a serene beauty, basking under the gorgeous June sky.   

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2014: I Think I Saw A Nimbostratus
2013: Ed Breaking Bad In The Lap Pool
2012: View From The Bridge
2011: Small Place, Big Flavor
2010: La Vita è Bella
2009: He Looks Much Better Here Than On The Penny
2008: One Of The Few Places In Iowa NOT Under Water
2007: We Need A Manager On Register Three Please!
2006: Mobile Misses
2005: Idaho?? YOU Da Ho!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Links To Food Dominate This Post

photo:  CORE architects
I'm not a Hello Kitty fan per se, but I'd definitely be happy to fly on this delightful looking craft

Taking pictures is one of my favorite things to do on vacation.  Am I really reading that I won't be able to use them here on my blog, or to make money from them?

Buddha Bowl?  Never heard of it.  But I'll tell you right now, I wouldn't need to be on a diet to eat one of them.  They look absolutely delicious!

Their style sense is clearly handed down from their mother.  I'd love to see more young girls dressing like Sasha and Malia.

Cheesecake in bite-sized portions?  Yes, please.

Gnocchi is possibly my most favorite food.  And paired with asparagus, fresh peas, and morels?  To die for.

Even if you don't have time, you can make something tasty.  Can you tell I'm hungry?
source:  bon appetit
My father used to make his own version of the Calabrian Chili Oil.  Except he just called it "hot peppers in oil".

Green living in Canada.  I love the one in the first photo.  See more of that one here.

Crispy broccoli and crispy artichokes?  I'm definitely hitting the produce aisle this weekend.  

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2014: 30 Miles To Spokane

2013: Truck And Sky
2012: Not Despicable At All
2011: Slice Of Summer
2010: Time Suck
2009: The Spirit Of Sharing
2008: Sailor Boy Friday
2007: Cozy Dining
2006: It’s All About Me
2005: Alien Land   

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Good Deeds Of Summer

Loading in Alabama, with 30,000 pounds of machinery headed for New York.

A few clunks on the trailer during the loading process caused me to open the back door to check on Ed.  The rush of heat that smacked me in the face almost made me forget why I went out there in the first place.

I felt so bad for all the guys working in the heat and humidity (although they're probably used to it), that I cut up a bunch of cold, juicy watermelon, packed the chunks into red Solo cups with a plastic fork for easy eating, and went back outside to hand them out to the six guys working in the heat.

Then I quickly retreated back to my air-conditioned oasis.

Good deed of the day?  Check.

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2014: The Mountain Was Out

2013: Small Town Bullshit. Big City Nothing.
2012: She’s Political Coming And Going And Doesn’t Even Know It
2011: Old As She Was, She Still Missed Her Daddy Sometimes
2010: Crafty Little Bugger
2009: Beauty For A Buck
2008: What My Thoughts Sound Like When Left Uncensored And Ultimately, Formed Into Words
2007: New York Style
2006: I.H.O.P.G.
2005: Sorry, no post on this day.