Tag Archives: LIFESTYLE

Random Musings About Life on the Big Sandbar.

As some of you know we spend our summers in the Outer Banks. Marianne’s father built a cottage there back in the late 60’s, way before it got all touristy and whatnot. Anyway, with Irene passing through last week it got me to thinking about life at the beach and all that goes with it. By the way, Irene shot up behind us on The Sound side so the cottage escaped unscathed. This time.

It was another eventful summer with lots of visitors. Some stayed with us and some stayed elswhere, but I think everybody had Continue reading Random Musings About Life on the Big Sandbar.

As You Drink a Cold One on Monday

America has been taking the first Monday in September off since the late 1800s. The holiday rose from the labor violence of that era as a reaction to the growth of the unionism and collective bargaining. It is a day whose purpose is to honor the efforts of those who fought so hard to attain better conditions for the nation’s working classes.

In the decades that followed, the day has come more to mark the end of summer rather than a day to acknowledge the reason for the holiday itself. Labor Day is a day Continue reading As You Drink a Cold One on Monday

Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!

Lucas Perie recently offered for sale on eBay a very simple ink drawing of a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad on plain white copier paper. He clearly and honestly stated in the ad and description exactly what people would be bidding on and the ad included two photos of the drawing, one of the front and one of the rear of the HP TouchPad. As you may know, the bidding on the original auction reached close to $100,000.

Well, just when you think people aren’t that crazy, along comes living proof that P.T. Barnum was more than correct when he famously said, “There’s a sucker born everyday.” I was browsing the headlines Continue reading Barnum Had it Right…Everyday There’s One Born!

Parker J. Pfister, Master Photographer

I’ve written about Parker J. Pfister before. Many of you around our area may remember him as Jason Pfister who graduated from McClain High School in the late 1980s. Jason was always a creative and talented person and in the years since leaving Greenfield he has carved out quite a name for himself in the world of photography, especially wedding photography.

Jason has garnered many honors, is a sponsored representative for Continue reading Parker J. Pfister, Master Photographer

Placenta Jerky! WTF?

I’m not going to claim any historical or medical accuracy for some of the things I’m about to say but it seems to me that regarding women and childbirth, things started getting a little crazy back in the 60s.

Remember the dawn of the “natural” child-birth era when women, along with their husbands, were expected to jointly attend child-birth classes where the expectant mother learned to properly breath while the husband mastered techniques of Continue reading Placenta Jerky! WTF?

Okay Sam, UNCLE!

For several years I’ve waged an internal war between the forces of buying American made goods and trying to support mom and pop businesses versus buying whatever is most affordable, even if it means buying the import and/or going to Wal-Mart. Well, last week Sam Walton may have brought me to my knees Continue reading Okay Sam, UNCLE!

I’m Eatin’ Dog Food!

For several years I’ve been buying meat that has been marked down because the “use by” date was fast approaching. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this meat and the only reason it is marked down and labeled “Manager’s Special” is to cover Continue reading I’m Eatin’ Dog Food!

Who’s middle-class?

I recently read a post on Facebook that read, “the lower and middle classes need to stand up to the government.” The context of the statement was that the rich and powerful were too rich and powerful and affecting too much control on our economic and political systems.

Problem with the statement, to me, is that the lower and middle classes don’t really Continue reading Who’s middle-class?

LEMON

I am sick of LEMON.

Who, in his/her infinite wisdom, decided that LEMON was to be the scent du jour? Must I have everything–from Pledge to Windex–smell like LEMON? I liked the old smell of Windex! I even saw “lemon meringue pie” scent on candles!

Detergent, dishwashing liquid, bleach, disinfectants, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, soap, body wash, moist towelettes, carpet deodorizer, deodorizing wipes, bathroom cleaner, oven cleaner, dishwasher detergent, car deodorizers, computer screen wipes, air dusters, leather cleaner, mop pads, insoles, shaving cream, paper towels, cartridge filter cleaner, nail polish, car cleaners, wood shavings for pet boxes, and ant aerosols (what do the ants care?),–all LEMON-scented!

But today it went past all sensibility–I saw LEMON-SCENTED PAINT–now one’s whole house can smell like lemons!

via Sue’s News.

Ice Cream, Yummy. Reagan Wasn’t Always Wrong!

Sunday will give me a perfect excuse (not that I need one) to have a big DQ Banana Split. Ice cream is my favorite food and I celebrate July every year.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2011, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 17.

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

Restaurant Reviews Welcome!

If you’ve followed my writings over the years you know I am always in search of a good place to eat. Recently my wife and I have been enjoying EAT in Hillsboro. Right next door is a place called Vickie’s Home Cooking which someone reported to have, “the world’s best onion rings.” Well, that’s quite a claim but if you’ve eaten at Vickie’s and would like to comment on your experience, please do.  Continue reading Restaurant Reviews Welcome!