December 2009 Archives

Daily Distraction

The Best Food Ever!

By Bob on December 29, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

I don't believe it's an exaggeration to call this the BEST FOOD EVER INVENTED.  I don't know (or care) how Justin and Dave (the brains behind J&D's) came up with this great BACON FLAVORED POPCORN, but they did and the rest is tastebud history.  

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Don't Try This At Home

The Dreaded "Best Of" List for 2009

By Bob on December 28, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

This is the time of year when everyone from Matt Lauer to your Mom makes their "Best Of" list for the year. 


I don't necessarily hate these lists.  In fact, I take a perverted pleasure in seeing whether or not their list and my list have anything in common.  It's kind of like a blind date or arranged marriage.  Neither of us really has much in common, but it's kind of fun to see if the lines ever intersect.


So, here's your opportunity to label me a Geek, Geezer or so far out there you'd need the Space Shuttle to find me.  As they said at the beginning of the Amanda Knox trial, "let the judging begin."


 The Boomer Brief Best of 2009


Best Chance of Making it to 100

Rowdy Yates 271.jpgClint Eastwood.  We grew up with him as Rowdy Yates and forgave him for Paint Your Wagon.  Put up anybody you want, but Boomers, this guy's got staying power.  The runner up is our dog, Spike.  Spike is about 90 in dog years.  Me?  I'm about 7½ in dog years, which explains my sense of humor. 

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Daily Distraction

Give the Gift That Sucks This Christmas

By Bob on December 22, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

This ad comes from the "What Were They Thinking?" Dept. 

Here's a handy tip for all you Boomer guys out there.  If you don't want your wife to go all MRS. TIGER WOODS ON YOUR BEHIND you'll stay away from gifts like this.


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 Thanks to our friends at Copyranter for this nice little piece of Christmas Cheer!

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Remotely Possible

Wii Fit Plus

By Charlotte on December 21, 2009 4:07 PM | Read More

Working out has become more game than chore since I changed coaches, swapping Wii Fit for new Wii Fit Plus. My latest trainer has me biking, skateboarding and keeping step with a marching band - in addition to exercising - all in the comfort of my family room.

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"Inglourious Basterds"

By Cole on December 17, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Quentin Tarantino has long endured the criticisms -- juvenile, amoral, historical fetishist, cultural tourist -- but with "Inglourious Basterds", the writer-director wears his barbs like Medals of Honor. 

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Daily Distraction

Just Another Chip in the Bowl...

By Bob on December 15, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

If I'm hearing this correctly, I think they're singing:

"We don't need no en-chill-la-das"
"We don't need no sauce control"
"No carne asada in the classroom"
"Waiters leave them chips alone"
"Hey! Waiters! Leave them chips alone!"
"All in all it's just another chip in the bowl"
"All in all you're just another chip in the bowl"

Watch the video and see what you think.

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Don't Try This At Home

We Came in Pieces for All Mankind

By Bob on December 14, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

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So Charlotte decided to accompany me to this hoity-toity lecture series Cole and I have been attending this fall.  Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon (not this guy) was giving a talk on space tourism and the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.


Sounds like a rockin' good time, right? 


Well, Charlotte didn't have anything better to do, so she decided to check out the spaceman and have dinner on another planet.  By "another planet," I mean somewhere other than our kitchen.


This was her first time attending the series so she didn't know what to expect.  Sure, Cole and I tried to brief her, but there was obviously something lost in the male/female translation.  How was I supposed to know she needed to know what SHOES to wear? 


 You avoid hitting any college student bigger than you, or one that says DUDE a lot.

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Daily Distraction

Merry Christmas Golfers!

By Bob on December 8, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Boomers, all I'm saying is that if I gave this gift to Charlotte I'd wind up with a putter in a very uncomfortable location.

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The Ugly Truth

By Bob on December 2, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

The Ugly Truth isn't so pretty.  It's probably because I've seen this story a thousand times before.  I'll explain.  I'm thinking the pitch for this romantic comedy went something like this:

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"Sweet William EP" by Johnny Flynn

By Cole on December 1, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Last year on his debut album, Johnny Flynn's jaunty folk-ballads honored his countrymen in lyrical breaths of Yeats or Wordsworth, but on his new release, the Sweet William EP, the British songsmith embodies a different literary tradition: the unfinished novel. 

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Daily Distraction

The Anti-Griswold

By Bob on December 1, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Boomers, if I lived next door to Clark Griswold I'd be tempted to do something like this, too. 

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My friend Jesse Owens sent me this great photo to put me in a holiday mood.  In addition to having a keen eye for Christmas cheer, Jesse's about the best executive recruiter in the country.  Check him out at Merle Owens & Associates in Bedford, TX.

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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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