Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 2009


Hope you had a happy, safe New Year's Eve...

Here is to a great 2009!!!

Christmas Days 6 and 7...Plus Vegas

Continuing on with my 12-Days of Christmas...

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying...or was it 6 mini-bottles of Gray Goose Vodka arranged into a container made to look like a nest...

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Seven Swans-a-Swimming...actually it was 7 bags of different flavored goldfish and packages of bubble bath...


The tale of woe and misery that I promised? Well, it is coming...Friday.


The week before Christmas, most of my family got together for our annual Vegas was was wonderful...we all had a great time. It was special this year because it was the first year my sister Esther and her husband Brock were able to go...They loved it!

Anyway, so many stories, so little time, so I thought I could just toss up some pics of everyone and if you like, you like...if you don't, well, don't look no-mo...

Monday, December 29, 2008

24-Hours is Not Enough

December 29. Usually Christmas is over by now. Many of you are already getting rid of your tree, putting away the decorations and finishing the left-overs...not me.

My tree is still proudly standing.

My decorations are still up.

The leftovers will be part of my diet for the better part of the next couple weeks.

And Christmas is STILL going on.

Why? Because my beautiful, bride-to-be is giving me the 12-days of know the 12-days of Christmas right? It goes something like this:

On Christmas morning, the first day of Christmas, I got a box of Harry and David pears!

On December 26, the second day of Christmas, I got 2 bags of Dove Chocolate and a Turtle candy bar.

On Saturday, the third day of Christmas, I was taken out to a great French dinner with 3 courses.

On Sunday, the fourth day of Christmas, I got the Black Crows greatest hits...get it, Calling Birds.

Today, Claire went really crazy...she apparently got up at 5:30am, drove 10-miles over to Virginia Beach and got 5 Krispy Kreme doughnuts, drove back to P-Towne, got ready for work, then came over, presented me with 5 "golden-ring" doughnuts and had breakfast with me...

I don't know what else is in store, but the next week will be fun!!!


So I have a story of mortification and amazingly huge is one of those moments that everyone has in their lives where they would like to just crawl in a hole and is like one of those Southwest commercials (Wanna get a way?)...but since I don't have permission to share it, I can't. I am hoping to procure that permission this week.

Until then, Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

"...and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

Please take a moment to reflect on this day...why we celebrate it and what it means to you...if you don't know about Christmas and what it is to know who this guy Jesus was, feel free to drop me a line and I can tell you all about him...One of the coolest things I can tell you about Him is that He IS NOT mad at you...He loves you...He longs to have a relationship with you...and this day is about Him...Merry Christmas!


And for your Christmas viewing pleasure...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Track Santa

Wanted to make sure you were keeping up with Santa tonight...Just follow the link below and you can see where he is right now.

Merry Christmas!

NORAD Tracks Santa

Friday, December 19, 2008

Keeping up with the Claus'

As Christmas is approaching, I wanted to make sure you were all following Santa...Specifically his blog.

Yes, Santa is a blogger. You can read it here.

He has stories about first encounter with a talking Reindeer and where elves come from (hint: they are humans and no, they don't have magical powers), this fall's Reindeer Games and even the New Sled that was delivered to him this summer.

Just like the last few December's, Santa is bloggin daily, so make sure you pop in and read all about what is happening in his world.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We Will Prevail

Do you need a pep talk? Do you need an uplifting moment?

Let me provide you with that one moment in time that gives you the energy to push onward.

Let me rally you for the work that remains to be done.

You may need to brave the mall. You may need to attack Walmart on Christmas Eve. You may even need to prepare for time with the family you have a rough time with.

Whatever it is you prepare for, maybe I can give you the inspiration to go on with the fighting spirit we here at Team Bogart know you have deep inside your soul!

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes @ Yahoo! Video

Monday, December 15, 2008

Will You Stop Touching Me!!

I walked through the mall on Friday afternoon and was amazed.

No, not at the crowds...It really was not all that bad.

No, not the sales...I actually was shocked that more things were not on bigger discounts.

It was the pushy sales people.

I was accosted no less than 9 times walking from Nordstroms to the front door.

"Sir, can I ask you a question." No you may not.

"Sir, c'mere a second, I would like to show you something." I bet you would missy, but I don't think Claire would appreciate it very much (what? I looked good. What else could she be asking me about?)

"Sir, can you spare a moment? I want to show you this body lotion." Oh my goodness. When did the mall become the den of Hussies?

"Sir, do you live in Virginia? You do? Well, do I have a deal for you! All you have to do is take off your shirt and flex"


I might have made that last part up.


Claire and I got a Christmas card from some friends and it was a very nice picture of the two of them and their dog. It was a very nice picture and it prompted Claire to decide it would be good for us to send out our first card. So, we spend a couple hours Saturday night (I know, we party like rock stars) picking out the best pictures to put on the card, design it on (I heart Costco) and ordering...On Sunday, we picked up the cards and Claire was so excited. The pictures look great and we spent 2 hours addressing and stamping cards last night.

So, Bogart and Claire are sending out our very first Christmas cards together.


Very excited about this week...I have 2 interviews, plus a Tuesday trip to DC to see some very good friends that live in Denmark, a dinner in P-Towne with those very same friends on Wednesday night, an appointment with my personal Nordstroms shopper and finally a flight to Vegas for a long weekend with the Fam.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thunder Thursday

Exciting Thursday 'round here...first, I got calls from most of Claire's family in the morning because South Louisiana looked like this:

Pretty cool, huh?!

The last time they had snow (Christmas 2004) Claire was in Iraq...the time before that? Claire was 12 years old.

This snow thing does not happen down there very often...guess Global Warming is finally taking hold.


The other Big Thing that happened on Thursday? Claire and I went to see the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert in Virginia Beach. It was a "Thank You" from the United Way for Claire serving on their board...

We had a blast. The music was great. The United Way even provided food before hand.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


When will the weatherman learn?

I am a San Diego boy...this whole thing about "weather" I just don't get.

For today, I ordered 70 degrees AND sunny. I did not order 70 degrees OR sunny, but for some reason that is what I keep getting. Today it is 70 with rain and thunder. This past weekend, it was Sunny, but 36 degrees and windy.

It is time that he get it right. Sheesh.


Last night, Claire made a sweet dinner that I thought I would pass along for those of you struggling with the last bits of Turkey or dreading the Christmas leftovers...

She took turkey, a green apple, 1/2 an onion, pepper, salt, olive oil, mayo, shredded cheese and a clove of garlic, threw it into the food processor and ground it all together...After letting that mixture rest for an hour, wrapped the mix into tortillas and baked at 375 for 12-15 mins.

With a little garlic ranch and hot sauce...wowee.


Wedding planning is hard. Just had to get that out there.

Monday, December 8, 2008


So, it has come to my attention that I owe a few people a heartfelt and hearty "I AM SORRY", in no particular order, here are my apologies:

1. Claire's mom...I am sorry that I did not mention that YOU made the wonderful egg and sausage dish last week. Your cooking inspires much of how Claire and I eat and it was poor form for me to suggest that anyone other than you made that egg dish. I look forward to eating it again at the wedding!

2. Claire...I am sorry that I did not mention in this post that you actually made the Chicken Pot Pie and that it was wonderful. I should also mention that it fed both of us lunch AND dinner the next day. Your cooking is heaven sent and I always love the home style that you bring to your lovingly prepared meals.

3. French People...I am sorry that I have made fun of you all my life. I was taught that you were nothing but "cheese eating surrender monkey's", but as I learn more about how you helped us become a nation and the gift of General Lafayette, I realize that you taught us about good timing and how to win a war. If it were not for your sacrifice and dedication to helping the Americans become, well, Americans, I would probably have really bad teeth, drink tea, eat spotted dick and talk with a cockney accent.

4. My friend and commenter Nashville?!?...I am sorry that I am going to spank you with your own ping-pong paddle during the wedding celebrations. I know it will be hard for you to go home to your wife after I leave STIGA emblazoned on your posterior, but you will just have to suck it up because you can't stay in VA after the beating I will lay on you.

Any apologies you need to drop?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ten Bucks is Ten Bucks!

"Hey, ten bucks is TEN BUCKS!!!"

That was Teddy's response to my question "Why the heck did you go for a ride in an industrial strength dryer?"

Yes, there are a lot of amazing things you do when you are a poor college student. Some people become a street performer...some become street walkers. Some students sell blood or become a mover...some even get a job....but not Teddy. He got in a dryer at the laundromat and bounced around for a got hot and he got dizzy, but "hey, ten bucks is TEN BUCKS!!!"

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


So there have been many questions about this mysterious "Yifties" thing that I put on the Thanksgiving menu...they are also found on my family's Christmas menu.

So what are they? Well, I don't know for sure, but the story is that a family from Northern Europe befriended my grandparents...Yifties was a dish that they brought from the "Old Country".

My grandparents loved them so much, they insisted on getting the family recipe and they became a family holiday staple.

They are very easy to make, very pretty to present and taste fantastic...even for someone like me who is not the biggest Cranberry fan.

So, at the risk of exposing all the family secrets, here is the way to make Yifities....

3 Ingredients....

Home whipped whip cream
Cranberry sauce (canned is fine, jarred is better, homemade is best...but no orange!)
Ritz Crackers

Take the Ritz Crackers, put them in a ziplock and crush them up. It will probably take 2 full rolls of Ritz.
Make the whipped cream by taking heavy whipping cream, beating it to stiff peaks, adding in vanilla and sugar. You want to make sure it is not too sweet as that turns the Yifties into a dessert as opposed to a cranberry sauce substitute.

Now, layer the ingredients in a clear bowl...Ritz Crackers, Cranberry Sauce, Whipped Cream. You should have at least 2 layers of each, but the bigger the bowl, the more layers you will have.

They are sort of a parfait, but not.

They are best if made the night before (store in the fridge)...this allows the flavors to fully come together. Serve chilled and with the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, not with dessert.

Let me know what you think? Those of you who have tried them, thoughts?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey for me and Turkey for you...I like eating turkey in a big brown shoe.

Just in case you are still fighting the turkey left-overs, here are some ideas for finishing them off:

Turkey Pot-Pie:
1 pie crust
1 can of corn
1 can of peas
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup creme
1/2 onion
Turkey until you think there is enough in there...then throw in 1 more handful
Salt, Pepper and Garlic to taste

Put a pat of butter and the diced up onion in a medium to large sauce pan...sweat them for 3-5 mins...pour in the corn and add the garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for another 3 mins...put in the Cream of Chicken soup, 1 can of milk, 1/2 cup of creme and turkey...warm through. Add the peas, mix them in, then pour the mix into the pie crust...bake at 375 for 15 mins...enjoy.

Turkey Quesadilla
Take a tortilla and butter one side...put turkey, fresh thinly sliced pear and brie cheese on the unbuttered side. Cook in a fry pan until cheese is soft and turkey is warm...enjoy.

Turkey Omelet
This one is easy...saute some onions in butter....add a handful to turkey...warm through. Pour 2-4 beaten eggs over the top...salt, pepper, garlic and any other seasoning to taste.

Turkey Nachos
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
3/4 cup salsa
1 cup cubed cooked turkey or chicken
Tortilla chips
Combine soup and salsa in a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Stir in turkey; cook until heated through. Pour over bed of tortilla chips and serve hot.


What else do you do with your left-overs?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Visitors

It is quiet here. Very quiet.

I have had company since November 20th and now that everyone has gone home, it is quiet.

I loved the visitors (Claire's parents and my buddy Teddy) and had a wonderful time so it is strange to be back home alone.


Bird day was wonderful! We ate some toast and had some coffee to start the day, then off to our 5k Turkey Trot. While it was not the best organized race I have been to, we had fun and all 3 of us (Teddy, Claire and me) put up our best times.

We headed home and ate another breakfast...this time it was quiche. Well, I don't want to call it quiche because Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, so I will say we ate an egg and sausage dish.

We rested from our eating and began to eat again.

A turkey, a spiral cut ham, green been casserole, Yifties, garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin creme brulee, homemade egg-nog, buttermilk biscuits, sausage/cheese biscuit bites, wine, Irish whisky and milk were all consumed at some point.


Claire and I were able to reserve the house we are going to get married in. 11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 3 stories...the kitchen has 2 fridges, 2 ovens, 2 stoves, 2 dishwashers and more counter space than I know what to do with.

It also has ping-pong, pool, flat screens in almost every room, a spa and basketball hoop.

Did I mention it is on the sand at the beach?


Better bring your A-game Nashville?!?...I will not be beaten at Ping-Pong!!!


Claire and I are looking forward to a little bit of downtime, but we are worried that there won't

be much of it...why you ask? Well, here is what the calendar looks like over the next 6 weeks...

This weekend, Claire flies to Denver for 3 days. We have 16 miles to run on Saturday morning before her lunchtime flight.

The following weekend, Claire has her Navy Reserve Drill weekend and we need to squeeze in an 18 mile run.

The weekend of the 20th brings us to Vegas for my family's annual trip and a 20-mile run.

We have Christmas weekend open...we are even thinking of just going to the movies on Christmas day and seeing 3 or 4 flicks.

New Year's weekend we are driving up to Philadelphia for some sight seeing.

The weekend after that, we have a marathon and 1/2.

The weekend after that, we are chaperoning a high school ski trip for my volleyball girls.

Whew...did I mention we have wedding planning to do? And that we are getting married on February 28?

We still don't have a caterer...we have not ordered invites...and we have not put together the music that we are going to be playing all night.

So little to do, so much time....wait, reverse much to do, so little time.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving...Woot Woot

On this second favorite holiday...I hope you find things to be thankful for...not just the cliched things, but also the little things that only you know how dear they are.

I am thankful this day for the big things...friends and family, a God that loves me and a country I am proud to be a part of...I am thankful this day for little things like baseball and chocolate chip cookies, good coffee, sushi, good music and garlic mashed potatoes...I am thankful for silly things like online bill pay, the Wall Street Journal and Blogging. I am also thankful for the life that I have been entrusted with...

I am especially thankful this year because I know what it is to be loved by someone who doesn't "have" to love me...someone who chose me...someone who said yes when I cheesily asked her to marry me.


On Friday, I will be continuing a tradition that I stole from some good friends of mine...I am going to buy a Christmas tree, decorate it and sing Christmas songs all day.

I will then put presents under the tree to taunt Claire.


Scotty and I are supposed to be doing a Turkey Trot on Friday morning...that should be fun.


I hope your Thanksgiving is great!

Monday, November 24, 2008

"That's Not Very Funny"

As most of you know (or can tell if you have read my blog long enough), I am a fairly conservative person...not just politics, but also in many of the choices I make in life. Sure, I am an adventurous eater and traveler, I want to skydive, basejump and kite-surf and I like to ride a motorcycle, but I don't know that I have ever really been called is more of a controlled, daring conservative. This includes my is typically clean and tasteful. Usually trending to one-liners, witty retorts or funny least I think they are funny.

However, Claire said to me that one of the things I found funny was clearly "guy humor". No, not GAY humor William, GUY humor. It was a little bit on the risque side and while I found it funny, Claire was not laughing, nor did she take pleasure in my devilish joy.

That reminded me of my mom always insisting that the Three Stooges and Bevis and Butthead were clearly a "guy thing". Which, of course, made me begin thinking about the difference between "Guy Humor" and "Girl Humor" and I know it is more than just how we Experience It.

I think some of the differences could be pointed out best by example...

Girl Humor is the laughter that follows a wise-crack that some fashion guy makes about a woman on America's Next Top Model. Guy humor is the laughter that ensues when said woman falls off of the runway during her turn.

Girl Humor does not find sex, kicking cats or punching each other even the wee-bit humorous. Male Humor is entirely based in some way on one of those three things.

Girl Humor means laughing with Rosie O'Donnell. Guy humor means laughing AT Rosie O'Donnell.

Girl Humor can be catty. Guy humor is almost always downright mean.

Girl Humor rarely appreciates bodily functions. Guy Humor relies on them.

Did I get it right? Did I miss any differences?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Considering Ramen

They say that necessity is the mother of invention...I think it has more to do with boredom, but that is a debate for another blog. Instead, I want to share a little about cooking one of life's most important staples. Ramen. I came across an article about Ramen Noodles and started thinking about all the things Ramen.

My mom eats them while still slightly crunchy...I like them that way too.

My sister boils them, pours off the soup, fries them and then makes them like chow mein.

Claire cooks them, pours off the soup and mixes in mayo.

Then of course there are the Prision Recipes...Cheetos Flavored...Spicy Slam Ramen...Jailhouse Ramen Pizza...Orange Chicken Jail Ramen

How do you eat your Ramen?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tiger Attacks

Around mile 14 of our dehydration odyssey this weekend, Claire and I began postulating the best way to fight off a tiger attack. You know, just in case one escaped from the zoo and went into the state park we were running in.

Claire remembered that while she was in Kuwait, she read about an escaped tiger in the newspaper. The article said that if you encountered the animal, the best way to survive would be to offer it an non-essential body part.

So our plan was to let Claire hold out her left arm to be which point I would jump on the beast's back and choke it out.

Think that would work?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Death Becomes Me

Claire and I are in the middle of our training for the Disney Marathon in January...this weekend, we had to do a 15-mile run, so we thought it would be great to visit one of the great Virginia State parks and do some trail running.

When we arrived, we found a map, plotted the course and took off. Sure we forgot our water at the car, but we would be circling past the car at mile 6(ish), so we could just grab it then.

16 miles later, we found the car. Somewhere we missed a sign or the trail is stupid.

16 miles is a long way to go without proper hydration...

Did I mention Claire had 1 piece of toast, 4 hours prior to running...and that was it?

16 miles is a long way to go having only eaten a piece of bread that day.


People swear up and down that trail running is easier on your knees and back, but I have a tough time believing that. I can't tell you how many times I came down awkwardly on a root or an unseen hole, jarring my back and turning my ankle. Claire kept telling me to look down as I run, but she forgets that at 6'5, many branches are lying in wait to decapitate me.


On Saturday, we spent 6 hours running errands...which translated into man speak = shopping.

Bed, Bath and Beyond (x2 locations) and Nordstroms...that was it.

Come to think of it, that is crazy. 6 hours at both places and all I have to show for it is some pewter wipes and a fiance who looked smok'n on Saturday night (she had her makeup done at Nordstroms).

Maybe I did win that deal.

Going out to dinner and seeing Bond tonight. Wooohooo!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Answering Two RFI's

Fulfilling two requests...

#1...from my very good friend Stacey...8 things:

Eight Favorite TV Shows
1. My Name is Earl
2. The Office
3. Top Chef
4. 30 Rock
5. Iron Chef
6. Bizarre Foods
7. The Colbert Report
8. CBS Sunday Morning

Eight Favorite Restaurants

1. Pamplemousse Grille
2. Commander's Palace
3. Szechuan Mandarin
4. N9ne Steakhouse
5. Georgetown Cupcakes
6. Di-Chan Thai Restaurant
7. Todd Jurich's Bistro
8. My own kitchen

Eight Things that Happened Yesterday

1. Volleyball
2. Dinner with Claire
3. Read the Wall Street Journal
4. Cooked a pizza
5. Visited the chiropractor
6. Fixed my car stereo
7. Had a lunch of roast duck, kous kous and hot wings
8. Made myself sick on gourmet popcorn

Eight Things to Look Forward to:

1. Kickball
2. Thanksgiving
3. Christmas
4. Claire's parents visiting for a week
5. My buddy Teddy coming up for Thanksgiving weekend
6. The Disney Goofy Challenge
7. Getting a job
8. Wedding

Eight Things on my Wish List

1. New Job
2. Moving out of an apartment
3. Flat Screen
4. Having Claire as my wife
5. A Yellow Toyota FJ...with the roof racks!
6. Jumping out of a plane
7. Finishing my masters
8. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eight Things I Love About Fall:

1. Cooler weather
2. The smell of fires in fireplace
3. Pumpkin everything!!
4. Getting ready for Christmas
5. Time with family and friends
6. Christmas Music
7. Thanksgiving
8. October baseball, college football and the NFL

#2 from reader Stacie...6 Random Things...

1. I sleep on my back
2. I am a morning person
3. I have a crazy obsession for all things chocolate chip cookies (with NO NUTS!)
4. I have a cigar humidor, despite only smoking five or six cigars a year.
5. I like the taste of a good scotch, tequila, vodka and rum, yet I can still count on one hand how many times I have had too much to drink.
6. I pray, multiple times every day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


This past weekend, Claire and I visited Chicago. It was a great time with wonderful food and a lot of cold.

When I arrived there last Wednesday it was 70 and sunny. Reminded me of a great fall day in San the time Claire got there Friday night it was in the low 30's and it was even snowed on us as we went for our training run on Sunday morning.

One quick note then some pictures...I have said a number of times that Mexican food outside of SoCal or Mexico just did not add is usually bad and often inedible, but a place in Chicago made me rethink this. Claire emailed me late Friday and said that she had surprise dinner plans for I picked her up at the airport, we dropped off her stuff at the hotel and we walked a couple miles to a place called Salpicon.

It was wonderful. We had a flight of tequila to start us off with appetizers of Tostaditas de Tinga (Crispy small tortillas mounded with shredded pork and chorizo in a roasted tomato-chipotle sauce topped with Mexican crema and avocado) and Queso Empanizado (Sliced Panela cheese lightly breaded and fried, seved with a salsa de molcajete and a roasted tomatillo-serrano sauce).

All of that was a GREAT start...we shared a special for dinner, it was a roasted quail served on a chipotle sauce...AMAZING.

We skipped dessert, but a number of them looked great!! If you are in Chicago, I highly recommend this, a couple of shots:

On Saturday night (prior to a great Italian dinner) we visited Millennium Park. There was a lot of cool things there including The Bean, a public area for concerts and a couple colorful walls called the Crown Fountain...
We followed that visit with a drink and snack at the John Hancock observatory...we had front row seats for a great view and had a wonderful time!
Just look at the view!!!

On Sunday afternoon we visited the Navy Pier...they had a collection of Tiffany stained glass windows and was a great way to end the trip!


I did have a chance to give a quick press conference at the request of Pres-Elect Obama and Senator McCain. Being in Chicago, it made sense for a peace maker like me to put those two together and to assure the public that we have to continue to hope for a brighter future for America. As you can see in the pictures, Pres-Elect Obama loved what I had to say and Sen McCain was a little more unsure.

For the record, there is no truth to the rumors that Pres-Elect Obama has offered me a cabinet post. I told him I was not interested.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Awe

Today is Veteran's Day. A day that is getting big play in the news and warm-fuzzy commercials.

For me it is a day that I can thank my father, both of my grandfathers (who are no longer here) and now, my fiancee.

So thank you...thanks both Gramps and Grandpa. Both of you spent years overseas fighting battles for our country...thanks to my father for spending that time in Vietnam...and thanks to Claire for volunteering to go to Iraq.

All of you sacrificed more than I will ever know. I hope I can continue to convey the awe and appreciation I have for who you are and what you did.

Thank you...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Turning in my Man Card

Growing up, I often spent my summer's in Nebraska visiting my grandparents. For a city boy like me it was a wonderful adventure.

Sometimes the G-Rents were living in a farming community, other years they were living in a ranching community. I got to experience driving a tractor, cultivating corn, rustling cattle, and other miscellaneous "country" adventures...this included Branding Day.

Branding day was a celebration. The family and ranch hands would get together to grab the newly born calf's to inoculate them, brand them and in some cases castrate them.

Of course the castration led to the most obvious thing you would do to celebrate...

Eating Testicles...
Yes, we would castrate those poor bulls that were not going to be bred, put the little testes in a pot, clean and cook them. Then we would have a feast of testicles. Sounds like fun, no?

Well, that is what we did. And when I came home from that trip, I felt so guilty for partaking I went to every guy I knew and apologized for dishonoring the race of Man by eating an animal's "Family Jewels".

I still feel pangs of guilt whenever I see a cow.

Sorry little thing...I knew not what I was doing.


No, they really did not taste that bad. Yes, I have had them fried, boiled, grilled, broiled and steamed...I would probably do it again.


Thanks to this post over at WWoW for reminding me of that trip!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Photos of the Rents Visit

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and pops came for a visit. 5 days with them. We had a great time, a lot of site seeing, museum visiting and, of course eating.


Claire's parents are next...they are coming out for 7 days the week of Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to it!


Claire and I are in Chicago this weekend...I had a work trip there this week and she is joining me tonight for the weekend. She has never been there before and we are super excited to see yet another classic town. Just hope that the cold does not kill us.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Celebrate Capitalism

On Sunday when we were headed back to the airport to fly back to VA, I saw a beautiful site...It moved me so much, I had to take a picture to share it with you:
That's right, gas UNDER two bucks a gallon. I felt rich. It made me want to go out and buy a Hummer or a Bus.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations Are In Order

Congratulations to Senator Obama...nay, President Elect Obama.

I hope this concludes any discussion in America as to which country provides the best opportunity for its citizens. Any child, regardless of race or background, can truly be anything he/she wants to be.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trip to Indy

This past weekend, Claire and I flew to Indianapolis for a wedding. I have to say, my thoughts on Indy and the reality of the city were very different...

If you have never been there, close your eyes for a second and picture what you think Indianapolis might be like. Come on, do it. Seriously.

What did you picture?

I pictured something like this:

A run down city that was more farm land and heartland...instead, what I found was this:

A vibrant city full of beautiful sites. A city that embraces the arts. A progressive city with a lot of good food, walking trails and activity.


Claire and I were there for a wedding of some friends. They held it at the newly renovated was a great setting.

The bride wore the dress her mother and grandmother both got married in, cut the cake with the same knife her Grandparents and Aunt/Uncle used to cut the cake on their 50th anniversaries. The cake was made to look like a stack of books and each seat had a brand new book for the guests to take. I think the bride and groom bought the top 300 selling books over the past year and made sure everyone got to take one home.

It really was beautiful.


Of course, Claire and I found time to walk that entire city including the zoo, the botanical gardens, a couple of "wineries" and a few museums. We had a wonderful time!
Did you remember to vote today? If not, get out there and do it. Seriously. What is taking you so long?