Archive for December 2014

My Favorite Childhood Memory "Rod & Custom Shows" With My Old Man

My Favorite Childhood Memory "Rod & Custom Shows" With My Old Man
It was a year ago this week that my father had his post bypass surgery stroke and never regained consciousness. For the next four months we cared for him as well as expected (as he went through 300 miles and five different facilities), until he left us for good the morning after Easter. But in... Read more »

Don't Let Your Wedding Ring Go Down the Drain

Don't Let Your Wedding Ring Go Down the Drain
So last Saturday morning I wasn’t paying close attention and didn’t have the strainer in the bathroom face bowl and I went to open a pack of disposable razors and the package ripped opened and razors went everywhere and hit my wedding ring and it bounced in the sink and went down the drain. I... Read more »

The First Christmas Without My Old Man

The First Christmas Without My Old Man
This is the my first Christmas without my father since he passed in April. Its honestly been strange (I’m not sorrowful but have emotional moments), now I hadn’t lived under the same roof with my father in 15 years and with us being 300 miles apart, our Christmases were not really close. The highlight of... Read more »
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Christmas Trees: Live Versus Fake (Dead)

Christmas Trees: Live Versus Fake (Dead)
As a kid growing up the next best thing to presents and Santa Claus was the Christmas tree. Up until I was 10 years old we always had a fake (dead), tree, it was nice but all that changed in 1986 when we got a cat (Ruffy), who kept trying to climb the tree and... Read more »

The Truth Of Youth Sports Including Jackie Robinson West Little League

The Truth Of Youth Sports Including Jackie Robinson West Little League
It was reported this morning by DNAinfo Chicago on Tuesday morning that a complaint had been registered against the Jackie Robinson West (JRW), on their residency and eligibility. Now later in the afternoon Little League stated that the JRW team “meets residency regulations.” Now I understand “The Spirit” of Little League is that the teams... Read more »

My Childhood Heros: Sacramento Kings Interim Coach Tyrone Corbin

My Childhood Heros: Sacramento Kings Interim Coach Tyrone Corbin
My first basketball hero (after the tragic death of Simeon All American Ben “Benji” Wilson), was former DePaul University star Tyrone Corbin. I can’t honestly say what first attracted me to Tyrone’s game outside of that he was a simply solid basketball player that just got better every year. He wasn’t on the level of... Read more »
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Is This DePaul Mens Basketball Team For Real?

Is This DePaul Mens Basketball Team For Real?
For the first time since the 1993-1994 year the DePaul Blue Demons Men basketball team is 6-1 to start a season. I was senior in high school and would attend DePaul the following summer but I knew members of that team and they were a talented bunch lead by Tom Kleinschmidt. But many of us... Read more »

The Clapper: The Worst Christmas Gift I Ever Recieved

The Clapper: The Worst Christmas Gift I Ever Recieved
The worst gift I ever got at Christmas ended up being the last Christmas gift from my late grandmother (in either 1995 or 1996), talk about getting the last laugh. Momma Nan was a serious old woman but I can’t help but laugh at my experience with the clapper. Best thing is I’m pretty sure... Read more »

My Favorite Cars: 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Regency

My Favorite Cars: 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Regency
The collector car market is taking off again as the economy seems to rebound along with many collector cars coming on to the market as estates are settled and owners are selling classic cars with increased values. But if you want to know what motivates buyers for these cars its simple, nostalgia. The pictured car... Read more »
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How To Make The Best Ham Ever

How To Make The Best Ham Ever
This recipe is using a regular precooked store bought spiral ham. I actually bought it from my local Aldi because it was smaller (8lb), and cheaper ($ 17), so it was the right size and price. I set up my barrel pit for indirect grilling (but you can use a regular charcoal grill though a... Read more »
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