May 2009 Archives

Don't Try This At Home

Stop Draggin My Heart Around - at 60!

By Bob on May 18, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

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Be still my beating heart.  The one and only Stevie Nicks (is there another one?) is 60, touring and still smokin' hot.  It's not remarkable that this Boomer-Babe has reached retirement age.  What IS remarkable is that she's able to do it in rock-star style. 


She's currently out on tour with Fleetwood Mac while releasing a new solo CD "The Soundstage Sessions" AND a new solo concert DVD "Live in Chicago".  Stevie's the freakin' Energizer Bunny all dressed up in a black Morgane Le Fay wedding dress, top hat and enough scarves to perform the "dance of the seven veils" 50 times over.   And that's before intermission.


Stevie's Never Had a Face Lift

and quit Sun tanning 32 Years Ago. 

Good Call.

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Daily Distraction

Barbie at 50

By Bob on May 12, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

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Another Boomer has celebrated a milestone birthday: Barbie.  Of course, since she's Barbie, nothing much has changed.  She's still single (Ken had commitment issues) and from what I can tell, her personality today is just as plastic as it was 50 years ago. 


Like the rest of us, she's gone through careers - some worked out (Model Barbie wasn't much of a stretch) and some didn't (Rodeo Barbie never could get back on that horse).  And don't get me started about her experimentation phase.  Midge said it was only one time and they were both drunk on tequila shots. 


As the photo clearly shows, the years have been tough but she's probably looking better than Ken.  I hear he's lost most of his hair, put on 40 pounds and spends entirely too much time on Facebook.   


If you'd like to see Barbie in action today, check out the link for "Cougar Barbie."  Yeah, it's a little mean, but I hear she was a real bitch when she drank.  At least that's what Skipper and P.J. tell me. 


Cougar Barbie


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The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies

By Bob on May 11, 2009 9:00 AM | Read More

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I don't know what I was listening to in 1971 but, Ray Davies and The Kink's "Muswell Hillbillies" blew right by me. 


Charlotte discovered it thanks to Cole, our vinyl-loving son (record vinyl, nothing KINKY) and it's become a permanent fixture in her car CD player. 

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Don't Try This At Home

This Place is Going to the Dogs

By Bob on May 11, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More


I took our dog to the veterinarian today for his Spring check up.  To be perfectly honest, he's not really my dog.  He's our son Cole's dog.  But now that Cole's off at college, Spike has become my dog.  I don't know who's more disappointed in this turn of events - the dog or me.

"Spike" is a terrier mix who's only claim to fame is that he's about 90 in dog years.  If he keeps going much longer, Willard Scott will give him a Smucker's Shout Out on "The Today Show."  I can't wait. 

"Well, what's 90 in dog years?" I say, realizing as the words leave my mouth that I am now making no sense at all. 


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The Changeling

By Bob on May 9, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

I don't think there is a more talented American filmmaker than Clint Eastwood.  He's the  quadruple threat with an ability to write, direct, act and even score award-winning films. 

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Daily Distraction

How to Beat up Anything

By Bob on May 6, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Ok, I'll admit to owning at least one copy of the "Worst Case Scenario" handbook. I mean, c'mon you never know when you'll need to get out of quicksand and an alligator is swimming towards you. 

The How to Beat up Anything (www.howtobeatupanything.com) site, however, leaves the Worst Case guys in the dust (sorry fellows, love your work but there's a new sheriff in town).  Want to know which weapon to choose if you're ever thrown into the Roman Coliseum and have to fight to the death?  How-to-beat-up-anything will tell you (spoiler alert - DON'T CHOOSE THE WEIGHTED NET). 

What if you find yourself fighting Mark Wahlberg and a T-Rex?  The How-to-beat-up-anything guys have you covered on this one, too.  Ditto, how to beat up someone from Delaware, singer Aimee Mann and (my favorite) how to beat up a Trojan horse.

It's all funny stuff and (at least partially) serious.  As for that tip on how to get out of quicksand?  Email bob@boomerbrief.com and I'll tell you how to do it.  I don't think the Worst Case guys would mind me passing along that important information.  Seriously dude, this could save your life some day.

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Here's the Dish

Hot & Cheesy Chicken Dip

By Charlotte on May 5, 2009 9:23 AM | Read More

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this new take on a Tex-Mex favorite.   Inspired by a recipe from Kraft's Velveeta box, this quick, satisfying appetizer has become a go-to snack supper around our house. 

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Guest Room

It's More Than Personal

By Bob on May 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Read More

Paige Blankenship.jpg Paige Blankenship authored this Guest Room post and we hope she'll write some more. 

In addition to being a corporate public relations expert, she's a southern girl with an ear for language and an eye for bad manners.  Like all GRITS (that's Girls Raised In The South, for the rest of us), Paige loves her momma (Becky) and wishes her a happy Mother's Day.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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