What is in a Platform?

From years past, I have struggled to get regular readers on my blog.  I think that is partly why I let it expire in 2005.  Nobody cared.  I certainly did, but that wasn’t enough to keep things going.  This time, I want to make things different.  I want to grow my blog, and to do so, I need subscribers or regular readers. Google to the rescue!  I did a search and found a number of blog posts on building readership and subscribers, and  a number … Read more

Bang Bang Shrimp

If you have ever been to Bonefish Grill and tried their Bang Bang Shrimp, you will agree – They are the best appetizer in the world.  Ok, maybe not the world, but they are certainly the best in my town.  I am not the biggest fan of shrimp but I still love them.  But, at the local price of almost $10 bucks per appetizer, we rarely go there too eat.  Wednesdays is another story, as they have Bang Bang Wednesday, and the dish is only … Read more

Beginning Running Training

About a year ago, I had made the decision to get into shape.  I had been unemployed for 6 months ( stupid economy), and during that time, I dropped in weight from 227 down to about 205.  I attribute that weight loss to nothing more than not eating out for lunch, and cooking more dinners at home.  It’s quite amazing what can come from having to cut costs.  I had just turned 40, and although I was losing weight, I was certainly not in shape.  I doubt I could … Read more

It’s a Sloppy Joe story, after all

Many years ago, the wife and I had a favorite Sloppy Joe mix that we would occasionally have for a quick meal.  It was also a cheap fix, so it was all good.  I would guess about 8 or so years ago, they stopped selling our preferred brand at any of our local stores.  It was called Not-So-Sloppy-Joe by Hormel.  We looked everywhere, but not in Colorado anymore.  We tried a few other brands, and they were just horrible.  so, we have been on a Sloppy Joe hiatus ever … Read more

OMFG!

This is crazy!  With all my unhappiness about customer service in this nation as of late, I FINALLY have a positive story to share. If you would jump into the WAY BACK machine, and arrive somewhere around 2005 (our best guess) you would find us buying a new garden hose caddy.  You know the type, where you hook your hose (garden variety, dummies) to this box (mind out of the gutter, now) and you wind it in.  Bonus for it not looking completely like a trailer trash … Read more

Getting back in the saddle

Yes, it has been a long time…  I have spent a ton of hours over the weekend, trying to get back into the mindset of blogging.  I used to have a ton of ideas floating around my head, enough for dozens of entries at any given time.  I just had to reach in and grab one to post.  Now, I still have those dozens (if not more) ideas floating around, but my internal editor dismisses them as garbage even before I can start to get … Read more