Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I've only had kale once in my life.  My sister-in-law's brother's wife made it for us.  She sautéed it with garlic and I think a little splash of vinegar.  I can't remember.  It was good.  But then, she's a great cook.  She probably could have sautéed shoelaces and they would have been delicious.

Then Ed and I went to breakfast and saw a Kale Tonic on the menu.  Kale Tonic??  It had Kale, Fuji Apple, English Cucumber, and Lemon.  Fujis are my favorite apple, and I like cuke and lemon.  And it's a cold drink.  We thought it might be refreshing.  We decided to get one and both sample it.

It's green.

VERY green.

Neon green.  


I have to say that the color was a little off-putting.  I've never had a green drink.  I'm not a juicer.  Shocker, right?

And no, I've never even had green beer on St. Patty's Day.  Not my thing.

We sipped.  I didn't taste any kale and neither did Ed.  Although how could I know?  I'm pretty sure I don't even know what kale tastes like.  I did detect apple, but no cucumber flavor.  Cucumbers are so mild anyway, do they even have a flavor?  And no lemon.  I love almost anything with a citrus zing and I wasn't getting that flavor.  Ed didn't get either.

So it was mostly a mild apple juice served up in liquid the color of antifreeze.  I probably wouldn't order this again.

I've decided I'm definitely in the #NeverKale camp.  

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Blue And Yellow Make Green

2014: An Instagram Glimpse Of Interstate 64
2013: More Fun Than Mr. Potato Head
2012: Triage
2011: They Claim To Have The Most Sky
2010: No Escape
2009: Help Wanted. Must Have Own Cassock.
2008: It’s All An Illuuuuusion
2007: Tipping Point
2006: Snap Decision To A Healthier Life
2005: Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

He Needs A Personalized Plate

Really, dude?  

This guy parked like this right in front of the restaurant we ate at.  Prime spots, one lane over from the door.  

I can understand if you're paranoid about your car and don't want anyone parking next to you, but park like this on the other end of the lot, where it's wide open and you can take as many spots as you'd like.

This guy chose to be a douche. 


This is why people get their cars keyed.

He probably should consider a personalized plate.  I have a few ideas.

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Get Down With Oscar

2014: Embrace The Heat Of Miami
2013: Oh, To Be A Kid
2012: Kind Of Like A Virtual Celebrity Bodyguard
2011: Jack & Jill Went Up A Hill To Fetch Some Aircraft Parts
2010: Live Longer. Live Better. And Be Sure To Have A Devil Dog Once In A While.
2009: How Can You Not Be In Love With The Man Who Invented Kisses?
2008: And We Wonder Why We’re The Fattest Nation On Earth
2007: Star Gazing
2006: Only A Southerner
2005: Do You Take Wolfgang Winkelmeyer To Be Your Lawful Wedded Husband?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Boys And The Barn

We went to Pottery Barn yesterday and I decided I want to live in the store.  I loved everything in it!

A friend of mine sent me information on how to create Mood Boards - collecting images of what you like and placing them in a collage-like layout.  Sort of like when I used to cut pictures of cute boys out of Tiger Beat magazine and arrange them on the corkboard in my teenage bedroom.

I can tell you right now - it was lot easier to arrange cute boys from a magazine than it is to decide on home decor.

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Not Your Average Meme
2014: Marine Transport

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wake-Up Call

7:00 a.m.

Ed and my brother supervising the move of a shipping container from our property.

An early start to our day off.

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2015: Chippin' It
2014: Dreaming Of A Craftier Life
2013: A Surprise In The Park
2012: A Little Red Water Never Killed Anyone
2011: Instantly Sexy
2010: Natural Light In Waterloo
2009: So, What Brings You To My Neck Of The Blogospher?
2008: Eternity Is Going To Be SO. MUCH. FUN.
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: That Eddie Guy
2005: Pee Bum Head

A Chair Is Still A Chair

Even when there's no one sitting there.....says Luther Vandross.

I've been shopping for home decor, and let me tell you - I am overwhelmed and confused.  There's so much great stuff!

I've hit World Market, Crate & Barrel, Pier One, Ross, Target, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and Circus Furniture (stupid name, and going out of business) just in the last two weeks.

I've gone into the rabbit hole online at too many websites to name, and I've seen so many styles I like I don't know what to do anymore.

I am utterly paralyzed when faced with a decision.  I've always been a little bit like this - hard to narrow down from many choices I love - but some things are a wee bit easier then others.

I need a "look".  I need to zero in on something I'll want to look at for a long time.  Buying a couch is a big deal when you have to look at that giant thing everyday.  And a color scheme??  I like them all.  How can I possibly choose?

What I really need is an interior designer.  Stat.

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Summer Calls For Cukes!

2014: Nature's Bounty Fills My Fridge
2013: Bags, Boxes, And Bikes
2012: Wrappers Delight
2011: Breaking The Spell
2010: It Never Ends
2009: 275 Square Miles Of Brilliance
2008: Four Standards, One Newbie
2007: Semantics
2006: 36 Hours Of Hell On Earth
2005: 11:11:11

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Theatric Reading

photo credit
Fascinating.  I never knew.  Classic Hollywood’s Secret: Studios Wanted Their Stars to Have Abortions.

I need to read that like a million times:   How to stop being annoyed by life.

Ever since I first heard the Kitty Genovese story, I've been interested.  More about it HERE.

The Europeans even make better windows.

If I saw one of these, I'd die on the spot.  

The mind of Donald Trump.  Are you sure you want to go there?

Photographer's block?  Here are some ideas.

Oh. My. God.  And I thought Powell's was a mecca.  This place is stunning.

We live in the city of the "Boneyard" they're pulling jets from.  Here's an old post about the location where they keep the planes.

Turning photos into paintings.  This is awesome.

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The Trout Capital Of Oklahoma

2014: Looks Like A Regular Moon To Me
2013: Laundry Options For A Modern Trucker
2012: It Can Only Mean One Thing
2011: It’s Like Cheers, Where Everybody Knows Your Name. OK, So It’s More Like Where Just One Guy Knows Your Face.
2010: Social NOTworking
2009: Scattergories
2008: Time Isn’t The Only Thing That Flies When You’re Having Fun
2007: Anything I Want
2006: Burglar And Idiot Proof
2005: Virginia Is For Lovers

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Into The Mouth Of The Wolf

Map created by Auto Europe. More information can be found on their Italy ZTL zone page.

Our first visit to Italy was in October 2010.  It was a great trip and we made some beautiful memories.  For our first European trip, we were surprised at how smoothly everything went, from the plane ride, to the car rental, to the hotels, to the public transportation.  We had no problem navigating anything.

Or so we thought.

In July 2011, a full nine months later, we received a traffic ticket for a violation of the Italian Highway Code.

What??  We were professional drivers.  Ed had over 2.5 million driving miles under his belt at this point and he did almost all the driving in Italy, especially in the major cities.  There's no way he violated anything.

But, that just wasn't so.  As I mentioned in my post from then, we saw but didn't fully understand the restricted driving zones (in Italian, the "zona traffico limitato") in Rome.

Recently I was contacted by Auto Europe because they came across that post back in 2011 and thought their content would be of interest to my readers.  Well, hell, yeah.  I love to share this kind of information.  If it helps a fellow traveler, I'm all about it.  Of course, he could have also sent me the address of an outstanding gelato shop...

If you're planning a trip to Italy and need a rental car, I highly recommend you brush up on the rules of driving.  Seriously, if you're going to Rome - or I'd imagine any other major city - you're just not going to have time to pull out your Italian-English dictionary to understand what the signs mean.  Italians are the craziest drivers I've ever encountered.

Check out Auto Europe HERE.  They not only handle the car rental for your destination, but they'll also arm you with invaluable driving information. 

And, they're also giving away a 7-night Italian Road Trip Escape!  It ends on August 6th, so click HERE to enter now.

In bocca al lupo!

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We Have Our Very Own Air-Conditioned Theater

2014: A Real Weekend
2013: Gary Hits Me Up With Another Gem
2012: After Dinner Pusch
2011: Moments Before Sleepy Time
2010: Bakin’ It The Fake Way
2009: The Elegant Gathering Of A Life
2008: My, What A Nice Berg You Have
2007: The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Grapes Being Crushed Into Wine
2006: There Are No Words To Explain The Misery Of A Three Digit Temperature
2005: New York State Of Mind 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Find Yourself

I've been super-fortunate this summer to have been asked to do not one, not two, but three product reviews.  The first one was on the Wilson Electronics Mobile Cellular Signal Booster antenna, the second one I'll be doing today, and the third will be upcoming, so keep checking back.

It's no secret I love my cell phone.  It's my lifeline.  And if I can manage my life from a handheld device, I'm happy.  Our new truck, which Ed named Betty, can be remotely started and unlocked from an app on my phone.  It's great.  I can start the truck from inside a store and it's be cool when I get to the parking lot.  I love gadgets.

Which brings me to the latest product I've been fortunate enough to be introduced to.  It was designed in Germany, has won awards, is military grade quality, and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Its name is ZUS.

It's a car charger - which charges your devices at twice the speed of other car chargers - and car locator. That's right, it finds your car for you!  Which, for me, is a blessing in disguise.  Because although I always remember where my cell phone is (remember, it's my lifeline), I don't always remember where I parked my car.

Ed and I have been using it for a few weeks now and it works like magic.  Once you set up the app on your phone, it automatically connects to the device when you get in your car.  When you park and turn off the car's engine, it saves your last known location in the app.  

It has Parking Meter Alerts - here in Tucson, that would only applicable downtown since we're really not a place that uses parking meters - and sets a parking timer for you.  We actually did use this feature when we went downtown to the planning and zoning department and it worked great. I used to use my phone's timer feature for this, but I like that ZUS reminds me to set the meter alert.  

I used the device's built-in GPS to find the car - Ed dropped me off at the mall and then went to park the truck.  When we were done shopping, I told him not to tell me where the truck was, that I wanted ZUS to find it.  And it did!

This feature is really more helpful than one might think.  I gotta tell you, it's great more me.  As I get older - and yes, I know I'm not even 50 yet - I have often forgotten where I've parked my car.  One time, I left the mall from a different location than I entered and lost at least 20 minutes looking for a car that wasn't there.  I'll let you imagine the words I was muttering under my breath.  If I had this device, I'd just open the app and be led to my vehicle without any added annoyances.

This is definitely something I'd use while on the road.  Maybe not necessarily to find the truck - I mean, really, how hard is it to forget where you've parked an 80-foot semi? - but definitely when we rent cars to explore.  Usually when we're exploring, I'll make a note of where the car is parked (cross streets, address of a nearby business, color of house we're parked in front of) so I know I can find my way back to it.  When you're in an unfamiliar place, the last thing you need is to lose your car.  So I'd definitely take this with me and use it to find my parking spot.

If I did want to use it in the truck, or my mother's car, or Ed's pickup, I can.  The device can be used in multiple vehicles and still be accessed from one phone.  Handy.

Another feature, but one I haven't used yet, is the ability to send the location of where you parked the car to a friend or family member.  From what I've been told, to share the location, it's as easy as tapping the icon at the top left corner of the map to send it.  Easy peasy!  

If you're interested in getting a ZUS of your own - or buy one as a gift - check out their website HERE.  There's more information and a video for those of you who don't like to read.  

Go on now....find yourself.

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2015: Bringing Back The Library Card
2014: Moab Muster
2013: Farm To Garden
2012: You Know You’re Getting Old When You Start Carrying Your Own Sugar
2011: America Runs On Dunkin’
2010: Los Links!!
2009: Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
2008: Intense Eddie Friday
2007: It’s An iPod, Not A wePod
2006: Doing The Wade
2005: It’s A Numbers Game

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Junk In The Trunk

One man's junk is another man's treasure they say.  That's definitely the case at Carpenter Avenue Classics, where the automotive art is hand-crafted.

The Carpenter Avenue Classics website is coming soon, so keep checking back!

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Clean Panties In The Corner Pocket

2014: Total Throwback Thursday
2013: Attack Of The 50 Foot Chicagoan
2012: The Art Of The Merge (And Other Simple Courtesies Of The Road)
2011: Montana Fluff
2010: Stop The Presses!
2009: Fiesta Ed Friday
2008: Crotchety Old Woman
2007: One Side Of A Coin
2006: Why Oh Why
2005: Sign Of The Times

Friday, July 08, 2016

Shiny Happy People

I saw these two figurines at Goodwill today.  I stood there looking at them pondering whether to buy them.  They were solid wood, carved, but didn't have any markings on them.  They were probably cheap reproductions from China but they were heavy, and solid. And kinda cool.

I didn't buy them but I think I might be going back.  They're happy looking figures and they need a new home.

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2015: The Oedipus Driving Complex
2014: Summer At Percy Priest
2013: Heat And Humidity Abundant, Wind Nowhere To Be Found
2012: Delicious Eats And Healthy Treats
2011: Special Seasoning
2010: Two Truck Drivers, A Writer And A Photographer Walk Into A Bar
2009: Taking The Express To The Heartland
2008: TIT-illating Sights On The Road
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: Embracing Your Inner Bike Riding Hussy
2005: It Takes A Village To Wake A Child

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Spring Break

Lisa and I on the shores of Waikiki, 1985.
During my senior year, my little friend Lisa (I was 5' 8", she was 5' 2") and I decided we weren't going to do Spring Break in Daytona like almost everyone else in my rural upstate New York high school.  We wanted to do something different.  

I don't remember who said it, but one of us blurted out, "How about Hawaii?"

We instantly agreed it was a great idea.

So we immediately started making plans to go to Hawaii.  It was the longest plane ride of my life. Thirteen hours.  New York to Los Angeles to Honolulu.  There may have been a stop in Dallas or Chicago, I don't remember.  But it was a loooong friggin' trip.

We stayed in Waikiki, at one of the Outrigger properties, not far from that hotel with the big rainbow on the side.  It was the first time I'd ever been that far from home.

I was 18.

It was a great trip, lots of laughs, and lots of good memories.  It'd be over 30 years before I'd go back.

Last year our cruise stopped at several Hawaiian islands, one of them Oahu, and while driving around Waikiki I tried to recall where we stayed, what we did, what we saw.  It was Ed's first time to Hawaii - the only state he'd never been to - and he loved it.

I certainly hope I don't have to wait as long to go back!

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2015: Moving The World
2014: Shoving Off
2013: Bean By Day
2012: The Honey-Do List
2011: Following The Trail Of The Father Of Our Country To The Place Where A Cuckoo Flew Over A Nest
2010: Amid The Corn
2009: I’m Going To Be A Millionaire!!!
2008: How I Do Love A Colorful Lunch Plate
2007: Lucky Sevens
2006: My Head Has Been In The Clouds For Weeks
2005: Chunky Cheese