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June 2010 Archives

Daily Distraction

Don't Make Me Come Back There!

By Bob on June 29, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

I think this little girl gives new meaning to the phrase, "Drama Queen". I'm sure Mommy will forgive her in 10-20 years.

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Don't Try This At Home

Glen Beck Gets Bewitched

By Bob on June 28, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

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As a hospital waiting room connoisseur I thought I'd seen just about everything. Internets, I have to tell you I was wrong. I hadn't seen everything until yesterday. That's the day I saw everything.

 

There I was jammed into the outpatient waiting room at the Baylor Surgical Hospital in Fort Worth. It was mixed group. Different ages, genders, ethnicities and affiliations to whomever they were waiting on.

 

You've seen the scene. People come through the surgical waiting room double-doors dazed and often a little emotional after sending a loved one off to be sliced open. At first they're quiet, almost reverent. Then, they find a comfortable place to sit down and set up camp.

 

These waiting rooms usually have magazines older than the people reading them. I understand from the reading material I've seen in these waiting areas that MAN HAS LANDED ON THE MOON and that our beloved PRESIDENT LINCOLN was assassinated at Ford's Theater. See what you miss when you let your subscription to LIFE MAGAZINE expire? Jeez.

 


I halfway expected the waiting room to stop talking, put down their vending machine Doritos and Zip Lock bags of diced pineapple and hang on his every word.  

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on June 28, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

#25 They Really Do Become Their Mothers - 2.jpgThey really do become their mothers. They really do become their fathers. It's unavoidable.

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Daily Distraction

The Only Flowers You Should Ever Give A Guy

By Bob on June 22, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

The Only Flowers You Should Ever Give A Guy.jpgMaybe this bouquet is her way of calling him a pig. Ummm....bacon!

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Don't Try This At Home

Meanwhile Back at The Ranch

By Bob on June 21, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

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It's Not a Job It's an Adventure. Remember that line?  It was used by some forgotten advertising agency to sell kids on joining the United States Navy.

 

What a load of crap.

 

I should know.  Like most Baby Boomers, I had my share of junk jobs. With summer approaching, there'll be plenty of kids off to their first "adventure". Ah, the memories.

 

Charlotte worked for Kmart in Arlington and spent most of her time dodging Blue Light Specials. 

 

I sold men's clothes at a now-defunct retail chain at Arlington's also defunct Six Flags Mall (anybody remember The Ranch?).  That's where I learned "circle selling" from Roger, a 30-something black-haired lothario with a pencil-thin moustache.

 


The Ranch was a little like working a Louisiana chain gang. If your sales average wasn't high enough you'd spend the night in the box. 


 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on June 21, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Popped Collar.jpg#24 The only acceptable reason to pop your collar is to avoid a really serious neck burn.

 

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Don't Try This At Home

Collywood Critter Cam

By Bob on June 17, 2010 6:41 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I live in critter country which I've documented before. It's not that we live in the country (au contraire!) we live in COLLYWOOD (what some of our friends and new neighbors who used to live in Bedford, call Colleyville). It's one of the nicest suburbs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

 

We're both native Texans and Collywood...er, ville...has been home for about 15 years. We like it here. Trouble is, so do critters.

 

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Corkscrewed

Fritz Cabernet - Dry Creek Valley

By Bob on June 17, 2010 6:05 AM | Read More

Fritz Cabernet - Dry Creek Valley

This delicious red is comprised of 92 percent Cabernet and eight percent Malbec. It's full bodied with velvety tannins with notes of cherry, cocoa, tobacco and ripe plums. The palate delivers a hint of blackberry with a touch of pepper wrapped in a rich envelope of dried currant.  

 

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Here's the Dish

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

By Charlotte on June 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Read More

When we're craving comfort food and short on time, nothing beats this creamy mixture.  It delivers hearty chicken-and-gravy flavor without involving a lot of preparation or clean-up.

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Daily Distraction

Somebody's Taking This Global Warming Thing Into His Own Hands

By Bob on June 15, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Somebody's Taking This Global Warming Problem Into His Own Hands.jpgAl Gore tells me he snapped this picture this winter just north of Wasilla, Alaska. From the looks of it, I'd say this Global Warming s*** is getting serious.

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Don't Try This At Home

Flying With The Eagles

By Bob on June 14, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

The Eagles (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit & Joe Walsh) are back on the road this summer with another "retirement" tour. These boys are banking some serious cheddar into their IRA's and for good reason - their shows are GREAT.

Here's my Boomer Tip 'O the Week for anyone who has never seen these guys in concert. STOP what you're doing right now -- log on to Ticketmaster - and buy your tickets (they're in Dallas June 26). They have dates around the rest of the country pretty much all summer, so if you miss them in Big D, book your vacation around one of their other shows. You won't be disappointed.

Charlotte and I gathered up some good friends on their last stop through Dallas and saw their show at the American Airlines Center. They played all their hits mixed in with some of their new songs (btw, pretty good). These Boomer Rockers still have their sense of humor. Henley called that Eagles tour their Assisted Living Tour.

Our friend Gene probably summed up what we were all thinking after the show, "If this was the assisted living tour, I hope they come back for the Alzheimer's tour!". We all agree Gene'o.

Here's some video from our Eagles excursion to the AAC:

  

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on June 14, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Five Second Rule 2.jpg#23 The five-second rule is really just a guideline.

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DVDelicious

An Education

By Bob on June 10, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Every once in a while you run across a jewel box of a movie - something small, rare and easy on the eyes. If you're in a hurry my Boomer friends, that's my three-word review of An Education. It's a gem.

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Daily Distraction

A Sign You Should Stop Eating Hot Dogs

By Bob on June 9, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

There only a few places I'll eat a hot dog. From the looks of this sign, I'll be taking China off my list.

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Here's the Dish

A Taste of the '70s

By Charlotte on June 9, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

We bought 30-cent-a-gallon gas, wore hot pants, watched the "Summer of '42" and rocked out to the Rolling Stones' #1 hit "Brown Sugar." 

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Daily Distraction

Why You Should Never Trust A Facebook Profile Picture

By Bob on June 8, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

The next time you wonder why your Facebook friends never seem to age, remember this video.

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on June 7, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Hemingway Was Right.jpg#22 Hemingway was right. The greatest thrill in life is to be shot at and missed.

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Don't Try This At Home

Sea Sick

By Bob on June 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Read More

The tragedy of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico goes deeper than the one mile depth of the well head.

 

When the well exploded some 40+ days ago, 11 people lost their lives. In the days, weeks and months to come, tens of thousands will lose their livelihoods.

 

As a Boomer and Gulf Coast groupie what I was seeing on TV was starting to make me sick to my stomach.

 

So, before we let CNN make up our minds about the situation, we decided to check it out for ourselves. Charlotte and I loaded up our humongous carbon-footprint SUV and headed down to Gulf Shores, Alabama to check it out.

 

SPOILER ALERT -- We LOVE GULF SHORES, ALABAMA and the people in the area. They're nice in a Deep South kind of way and even though we're from Dallas/Fort Worth they seem to tolerate LIKE us. And while I'll never get used to waitpersons asking me if I want SWEET TEA, we have a cultural bond that no blow out can blow up.

 

Which makes what we found even sadder. Sure they put on their game face - and after winning a national championship (I had UT in the betting pool prayer chain, too but you can't win 'em all) there's nobody better at rising to the occasion.

 

These people are hurting. Even the toughest ones are more than a little scared. And the whole area has what Mel Brooks would call HIGH ANXIETY. It ain't pretty.

Click on the video for a first-hand look at what we found.

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Out of the Closet

Metallic Mix Ruffle Dress

By Charlotte on June 3, 2010 8:05 AM | Read More

I stumbled on a sleek, special-occasion dress when shopping at Southlake Town Square's LOFT with my friends Shelley and Linda. The fitted design has a bright, white cotton top with trendy, pleated ruffles at the neckline and a shimmery, gold-threaded skirt.

 

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Dust Jacket

Golf

By Bob on June 2, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Henry Beard's Golf is the perfect Father's Day gift (Hint: It's June 20) for any man who has ever picked up a club. It's irreverent, educational and laugh-out-loud funny.

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Daily Distraction

This Can Hurt You In So Many Ways

By Bob on June 1, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

This Can Hurt You In So Many Ways.jpgI think I've found the answer why the Swiss were neutral during WWII. Their weapons weren't only powerful, they were DELICIOUS!

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In the Mirror

IT Cosmetics New Confidence in a Compact

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Some beauty bloggers try any and everything. But I'm pretty picky about what I test, especially if I'll be putting it on my face. Unfortunately, I'm on the sensitive side and making a wrong choice could (and has) cost me days, even weeks of recovery time. Yikes!

That's why I'm big on brands I know and trust like IT Cosmetics. They're one of my fav anti-aging makeup and skincare lines. Think Bye Bye Lines Serum, SuperHero Mascara and much more. The folks at IT work with doctors to develop serious beauty solutions based on ingredients that are both cutting edge and good for your skin.

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Playing Favorites

Grace & Frankie

In the mood for a quirky comedy? Netflix' favorite female odd couple, Grace & Frankie, returns to the streaming service March 24th. For those of you who haven't discovered the quirky Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin series it may be one for your watch list.

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