September 2010 Archives



By Bob on September 29, 2010 3:05 PM | Read More

Remote Controls Have Mute Buttons for a Reason-200.jpg#38 Remote controls have a MUTE button for a reason.

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Daily Distraction

Maybe This is Why Pontiac Isn't Around Anymore

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

This 1950's ad for Pontiac reminds me that yes, we have evolved over the last 60+ years. Then again, maybe not. A close look shows that this happy couple is enjoying the back seat...something that remains popular to this day.

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Daily Distraction

Ron Burgundy Lands Anchor Gig in Russia

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

I'm Ron Burgundy and I'm not wearing pants...seriously dude, put some pants on!


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Remotely Possible

iPhone & iPod LEATHERskins

By Bob on September 20, 2010 8:57 AM | Read More

It's no secret that the iPhone and iPod are the most popular electronic gadgets on the planet. Both Charlotte and I have them and they're always by our side.

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By Bob on September 20, 2010 6:47 AM | Read More

Guilty Pleasures are Ok-150.jpg#37 Guilty pleasures are OK. Remember, God created Captain & Tennille for a reason.


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Taking Off

Woodstock Museum

By Bob on September 16, 2010 6:48 AM | Read More

You know the old joke, "If you remember the 60's you probably weren't there". Well, dust off your love beads Boomers 'cause I've gotta deal for you.

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Your New Boss is Younger Than Your Kids - Now What?

By Bob on September 15, 2010 6:03 AM | Read More

Today's job market sucks. For many Boomers, the only thing that sucks worse is finally landing that new job - only to discover that your boss is the age of your oldest child. Now what do you do? How do you create a happy work environment that'll keep you employed at least until the mortgage is paid off and the last kid gets out of college?

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Daily Distraction

How to Make a Good Impression

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

This puts makin' copies in a whole 'nother light. 


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By Bob on September 13, 2010 6:44 AM | Read More

If You Have to Explain it it wasn't that funny-150.jpg#36 If you have to explain it, then it wasn't funny.

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Don't Try This At Home

It's Not Easy Being Greasy

By Bob on September 13, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

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You know your summer is probably gonna SUCK when the only thing on your highlight reel is a bureaucrat smiling and saying, I'M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP YOU.


As we say in Texas...Yeah, buddy...


Well, that's what the summer's been like for anyone impacted by the British Petroleum Oil Spill. You remember that don't you? That little environmental faux pas that dumped, I dunno, a HALF BILLION barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Yeah, that one.


Early in the summer, all you had to do to file a BP damages claim was call a toll-free number - get a claim number - then get that Egyptian guy from the History Channel to hunt through your attic until he found the Ark of the Covenant submit some documentation showing how much you were owed.


The bureaucracy is like dealing with an illegitimate love child spawned by a drunken three-way between the DMV, Veteran's Administration and Post Office.      

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Boomer Beauty Bonanza

By Charlotte on September 10, 2010 1:55 AM | Read More

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for all products-2 cropped 2 -350.jpgBob and I have teamed up with Kymaro Health & Beauty for the mother-of-all glam giveaways.


Valued at more than $180, this extreme-makeover-in-a-box includes everything you need to turn heads whether running errands or attending a class reunion. It includes the 13 flattering finds described below to take you from drab to fab in minutes.


·         Top, Bottom and Cami Body Shapers - Slip on these seamless fashion fixers and inches disappear. Designed to mold and hold, they comfortably shape problem areas, hugging your body to create smooth lines and sexy curves.



Read on for details on how you can win our extreme-makeover-in-a-box.


Hurry! Contest ends Sept. 23!


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Dust Jacket

The Dead Janitors Club

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

The Dead Janitors Club: Pathetically True Tales of a Crime Scene Cleanup King isn't for the faint of heart or squeamish. But then, if you're picking up a book about crime scene cleanup, you have to know it's not going to be the sequel to Heidi.

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Remotely Possible

Mobile Help

By Bob on September 7, 2010 7:18 AM | Read More

Like most Boomers I'm a member of the "Sandwich Generation". You're probably a member, too. We're the Baby Boomers with children on one side - our aging parents on the other side - and we're in the middle. Yep, that's me.

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Daily Distraction

Snow White Got Busted

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

I guess it was only a matter of time. Word on the street is that Dopey was the one who ratted her out. Snow White Got Busted.jpg

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

You're Only as Cool as the People You Hang Out With-150.jpg#35 You're only as cool as the people you hang out with.

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Pirate Radio

By Bob on September 2, 2010 6:16 AM | Read More

It's only fitting that Pirate Radio have an Arrrrrrrrgh rating. Sorry maties, couldn't resist. But what's a movie about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll without the, you know, S. E. X.?

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Home Runs

Eat Pray Love Journal

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Read More

Everyone encouraged me to journal when I was down last year.  My sister Pam sent me a small, sweet spiral notebook including some of her favorite Bible verses, which I still add to and keep with me. My friend Bev gave me a gorgeous, gemmed book perfect for recording the many thoughtful gifts I received so that I could send thank-you notes.

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Fridge Finds

Dibs 140-Bite Value Pack

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 9:55 AM | Read More

Our normally empty nest assumes a flutter of activity when my sister Pam and nephews Jake, 16, and Zach, 11, visit. Aiming to be the cool aunt, I always plan adventures for the boys, stock up on sweet treats and organize a family cookout-and-swim-day to beat the Texas heat.

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Age Management

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 8:49 AM | Read More

Boomers, if Father Time has his way, we're all headed for wrinkles. As our skin ages, it naturally looses volume becoming more susceptible to lines and sagging.

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In the Mirror

Vichy Neovadiol Gf

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

Menopause isn't for the meek. Besides delivering hot flashes, sleepless nights and memory loss, the onslaught of erratic hormones can impact our faces. Declining estrogen levels combined with genetics and sun damage can cause skin to sag, dry out and loose elasticity (and the guys wonder why we're depressed).

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Don't Try This At Home

Dead Men Don't Have Sex

By Bob on September 1, 2010 6:20 AM | Read More

You ever have one of those dreams where everybody's starring at you and you don't know why? Then you look in a mirror and say WTF?! I'm NEKKID!?


Well, internets I'm having that dream right now - except it ISN'T A DREAM.


You probably think of me as this goofy old bastard great guy with a cool high-tech blog. Well, that's all true. But, it's only part of the story. Here for the very first time, I'm going to reveal two things you don't know about me:


1)     I'm also super good looking, and

2)     I know what it's like to fight CANCER


OK, number one is total bullshit. Number two is absolutely TRUE. Here's the story.


I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003. And since I'm in a business that's pretty much based on IMAGE - I opted to tell only family and a few friends that I had cancer. That is, until now (CSI music goes CHA-Chung!).


When I got the BIG C the doctors recommended a radical prostatectomy. For those of you keeping score at home, "radical" means they removed my prostate and some surrounding tissue in a 3 ½ hour operation.


The Universe responded with a loud, NO DICE, BOB. So, I told the universe to SUCK IT (sorry Universe, but you had that one coming).     

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Dallas Cowboys America's Team

By Bob on September 1, 2010 6:15 AM | Read More

AP Cowboys cover-300.jpgLike most Texas Boomer males I grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys on a small black and white TV in my parent's den. I have vivid memories of the infamous "Ice Bowl"; hating Vince Lombardi and Buddy Ryan and watching Tom Landry pace the sidelines in his famous fedora.


Thanks to Dallas Morning News reporter Ed Housewright and his fantastic new book, Dallas Cowboys, America's Team: Celebrating 50 Years of NFL Championship Football, I don't have to be content with foggy memories from my 50-something brain. Housewright's captured my beloved team, its unforgettable track record, influential coaches, and star players in a gorgeous pictorial history drawn from the Associated Press' expansive photo library.




We're giving away a FREE copy of Dallas Cowboy's America's Team and 10 gift certificates for Dibs ice cream.
To enter, email enter@boomerbrief.com and tell us the name of your favorite Dallas Cowboy, along with your name, street address and phone number.
Hurry! Contest ends Sept. 9!

The pictures alone would be worth the price, but there's a whole lot more. It's seasoned with anecdotes and statistics from its spectacular wins (and heartbreaking losses), eight Super Bowl appearances - even the cheerleaders are covered (err...make that uncovered, but you get the idea). The book includes almost 200 historic color and black-and-white photographs documenting the team's remarkable record from its founding in 1960 through today. Special appendices feature profiles of the Cowboys' stadiums, a presentation of the team's unique Ring of Honor, and records and playoff results.


Dallas Cowboys, America's Team: Celebrating 50 Years of NFL Championship Football is a must-have for every Cowboy-loving Boomer male.


DALLAS COWBOYS, AMERICA'S TEAM by Ed Housewright; 192 Pages; $27.00  

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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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Playing Favorites

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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