January 2011 Archives

Don't Try This At Home

Like Looking in a Mirror

By Bob on January 31, 2011 6:42 AM | Read More

So the other day my friend Jayboy shoots me an email.


"Would Charlotte and I like to join him, his lovely wife Rebecca and two other couples on a trip to Santa Fe for a three-day weekend?" Me? Hell yeah.






Who you callin' Geezer?

Jerry Williams, Debbie Williams, Gene Tyler, Shelley Tyler, Jayboy Elder, Becky Elder, Miss Charlotte & the other guy


I looooove me some NEW MEXICAN FOOD. 


I know Miss Charlotte loves her some New Mexican food, too. Anything HOT with jalapenos, red chilies, green chilies, she's all over it. She likes it spicy. Just like her bloggers...baDaaBOOM...thank you, I'm here all week...


Next thing I know I'm walking down a ramp at the Santa Fe airport watching big-ass tumbleweeds blow across the tarmac. Seriously y'all, it looked like something out of a John Ford western. Half way expected John Wayne to ride up on a horse, throw a lasso around it and drag it into a hangar.


On the way to the Plaza Real Jayboy tells us he's got us covered. Lunch at The Shed. Dinner reservations at the Inn of The Anasazi and Santacafe and Becky's fave, drinks and music at La Cantina. Everyone's a winner.


Jayboy knows ME LIKE FOOD. But, I ask What're we gonna DO? Ski? It is, after all, WINTER. Santa Fe has nice snowy mountains and well, again, it IS winter. Nah, Jayboy says. The plans are to Eat, Drink, Shop, Drink and Eat.


Charlotte heard the word SHOP and was all "YEA" or something like that. I honestly couldn't tell you. She said it in such a high-pitched squeal that only the Santa Fe coyotes heard her. Me, well I pretty much said the same thing - but in an understandable voice - when Jayboy said EAT.



We had this wine-fueled, Jesse-Colin-Young-Everybody-Get-Together-Try-And-Love-One-Another vibe goin' on.

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Guest Room

How to Keep Those New Year's Resolutions

By Bob on January 31, 2011 6:30 AM | Read More

My friend, mentor and legendary Fort Worth ad-genius Jerre Todd once told me his secret for keeping a tidy desk.

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By Bob on January 31, 2011 6:27 AM | Read More

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Go for the Glow (It's FREE)

By Charlotte on January 28, 2011 6:00 AM | Read More

Like many baby boomers, I've been known to go to extreme measures to get a tan. In the '70s, my girlfriends and I would drench our bodies with baby oil or, even better, baby oil mixed with Mecuricome. Then lay out baking for hours in my parent's backyard, at the community pool or on the reflective roof of our little garage.


You can guess the result. Although aiming for a dark, appealing shade of bronze, I always wound up bright red and peeling (ouch!). Not what you'd call a fast learner, I'd wait a few days then repeat the routine hoping for, but somehow never quite achieving, a different ouFake Bake Logo.jpgtcome.


Today, I try to be smarter. I still admire sexy, golden brown skin. But I've found it's less painful and much easier (not to mention healthier) to obtain it out of a bottle. I like using a sunless product like Fake Bake Self-Tanning Mousse because it involves no harmful UVA/UVB rays, takes only a few minutes and leaves me with all-over glow that doesn't rub off.



Want to score a winning tan? Read on for details on how you can get a glow on compliments of the sunless-tanning experts at Fake Bake.  (Yes, it's designed for guys too!)


Hurry! Contest ends Feb. 10!


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Dust Jacket

She's Got Game

By Charlotte on January 27, 2011 8:07 AM | Read More

Normally, I'm just not into sports. But with Super Bowl XLV in our backyard, I'm finding it impossible to ignore a historic event that could bring more than 100,000 fans and hundreds of millions of dollars into my hometown. (To be clear internets, the game is in ARLINGTON, not Dallas, as my Facebook friends are quick to point out.)

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Taking Off

A Perfect Day in Santa Fe

By Charlotte on January 26, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

Readers of both Conte Naste Traveler and Travel & Leisure rate Sante Fe among the top five destinations in the U.S. And after a great getaway with our globetrotting friends, Jay and Becky Elder, as guides, Bob and I echo that emotion.

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Daily Distraction

You're going the wrong way...!

By Bob on January 25, 2011 6:33 AM | Read More

How do they know where I'm going?

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Out of the Closet

Saying Yes to the Scarf

By Charlotte on January 24, 2011 8:10 AM | Read More

Call me late to the party. Scarves have been trendy for some time but it took this year's ruffled, bold print and brightly colored designs to win me over. Now I'm hooked on this versatile, statement piece.

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By Bob on January 24, 2011 6:24 AM | Read More

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Home Runs

Wellness Mats

By Bob on January 20, 2011 6:30 AM | Read More

It won't come as a surprise to anyone who's read The Brief that my feet and I have this love/hate thing going on. It's not that I hate my feet. It's just that they THINK I hate them for all of the crap I've dealt them over the years. Three surgeries later and they're still bitching about the abuse. Geez, give a Boomer a break (well, I kinda did that already - in about 8 places, but I digress).

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Daily Distraction

Elvis is still the king...of the universe

By Bob on January 18, 2011 6:29 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

We Won't Get Fooled Again

By Bob on January 17, 2011 6:40 AM | Read More

The other night I got a text from a local talk show host asking if I'd like to talk about all us Baby Boomers hitting retirement age. This has become a popular topic since, I dunno, there are about 78 MILLION OF US and about 10,000 are turning 65 each and every day.


That's a pretty big BOOM. It's so big in fact, that in media terms it's what my friend Sam Gioldasis used to call a BIG DAMN DEAL (BDD).


So, when my radio friend asked if I'd like to comment, I said something like, "Sure, I can forsake our reader millions of readers out there on the world wide internets to impart my Boomer wisdom to your vast listening audience." Of course I said this in my head, in reality I texted back "Sure" and then went back to watching Pawn Stars on The History Channel.


I'm not a political guy. I've got friends who are - like yellow dog democrat K.T. McLeaish out in Odessa and Bev Mann in Colleyville. Me, not so much. I've pretty much abandoned politics since I voted for Richard Nixon because he promised to end the war and my draft number was 24. I still vote in every election and have an active interest, but I'd rather this blog be about something other than David Axlerod's porn star moustache or Caribou Barbie's reality show.

Here's a little something that'll have you dragging that Fender guitar out of the closet 


Are we to blame because our Dads came home from saving the world and were, err, ready for some luvin?

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By Bob on January 17, 2011 6:21 AM | Read More

If the 60's taught us anything -200.jpg#54 If the 60's taught us anything, it's that we can survive almost anything.

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Beating the Beer Belly Blues

By Bob on January 17, 2011 6:15 AM | Read More

I think it's a given that most Baby Boomer men know very little about their bodies. Don't get me wrong. We're not stupid. It's just that our knowledge, is shall we say limited to the basic below-the-belt topics like erectile dysfunction and colonoscopy jokes.

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Charge! with this Free Gift from Black & Decker

By Bob on January 14, 2011 6:08 AM | Read More

Now that Winter is firmly in control of most of the country (OK, we're blessed down here in the South, but we try not to rub it in) batteries - just like Baby Boomers - are running low on energy. Our friends at Black and Decker have the answer for beating the cold weather energy drain with a couple of great products.


Black & Decker's 500 Amp Instant Jump-Starter

We've all been there. We run out to the mall during one of the dark dreary days of winter and when we get back the car won't start. There's no more helpless feeling thank looking for a good Samaritan with jumper cables in a deserted mall parking lot. Black & Decker - Jumping Car - 300.jpg


With B&D's new 500 Amp Instant Jump-Starter, help is as close as the trunk of your car. All you have to do is connect the Jump-Starter's cables to the battery's positive and negative stubs, and instantly start your vehicle. The Jump Starter's low-profile, space-saving design makes the Jump-Starter easy to store and it provides approximately 20 jump starts before needing recharging.

When you get back home, simply recharge the unit by plugging it into an ordinary outlet for the next time. The Jump-Starter offers a quick start to standard vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, marine equipment, outdoor/lawn equipment 12 volt batteries. About $99 at major retailers.


We're giving away 1 FREE Black & Decker Prize Package

that includes one, 100 Watt Power Inverter and one, 500 Amp Jumpstarter.

Enter by emailing your name and shipping address (no PO boxes) to: Enter@BoomerBrief.com.

Hurry, promotion ends January 27!


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Dust Jacket

The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer

By Bob on January 13, 2011 6:33 AM | Read More

Jonny Bowden's The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer - The Surprising Unbiased Truth About What You Should Do To Prevent Disease, Feel Great, And Have Optimum Health and Longevity (whew!) is the perfect book to begin 2011.

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Daily Distraction

You think it's snowed a lot where you live? Ha!

By Bob on January 11, 2011 6:11 AM | Read More

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In the Mirror

Facing a Big Chill

By Charlotte on January 10, 2011 3:24 PM | Read More

Winter weather can play real havoc with your skin. If I'm not careful, my face gets red, my lips chap and my poor hands hurt. So when the temp drops like we're experiencing this week (lows in the 20s in Texas), it's time to pour on the protection.

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By Bob on January 10, 2011 6:18 AM | Read More

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Cemetery Junction

By Bob on January 6, 2011 6:27 AM | Read More

Cemetery Junction, the latest film by Brit wit Ricky Gervais is a movie Baby Boomers will love. Of course, any film with a soundtrack that includes Mott the Hoople's glam-rock classic All the Young Dudes is bound to get any Boomer's attention and this coming-of-age tale doesn't disappoint.

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Guest Room

How to Raise Your Adult "Children"

By Bob on January 5, 2011 6:52 AM | Read More

Boomer parents find themselves in an interesting spot these days because we're part of the "sandwich" generation -- wedged between our elderly parents and adult "children". It's a tough situation that's getting tougher in this suck economy.

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Daily Distraction

From the "After the horse has left the barn" dept.

By Bob on January 4, 2011 6:04 AM | Read More

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By Bob on January 3, 2011 6:57 AM | Read More

You're either on the bus or off the bus-200.jpg#52 Ken Kesey was right. You're either ON the bus or OFF the bus.

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Don't Try This At Home

Oh Thank Heaven for 2011?

By Bob on January 3, 2011 6:14 AM | Read More


I had a vision last night when I woke up at 1:03 a.m. to turn off the alarm on our piece of s*** wonderful Viking refrigerator.


No, it wasn't running off to Baja with the last of the Christmas turkey. It was just letting me know that it was too warm and everything was about to go bad and smell like dumpster yogurt.


I knew I had to act fast. So I began eating the immediately perishable contents of our refrigerator.


That's when it hit me. No, not diarrhea. My vision of 2011. In my slightly warm yogurt-eating delirium I saw a vision of 2011 and I thought I'd share it with you - my friends on the world wide internets. Here's what's coming out of the Viking fridge and into our lives this year:



In a bold move, the football world will be shocked when Jerry Jones names Ernie of Sesame Street as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Former coach Wade Phillips will just laugh it off by saying, "it's not the first time Jerry's had his hand inside a puppet."



Gwyneth Paltrow will become the next big country sensation thanks to her starring role in "Blah, Blah, Blah, Something, Country". It's a movie no one will see, but every Texan will love, because we're all waiting for that Urban Cowboy Chic look to get hot again and make getting drunk at Billy Bob's fashionable one more time before we die.



State Fair of Texas foodies are in luck, because Ford will sell a deep-fried F-150 pickup (only 45,000 coupons) at this year's event. Heart surgeons at UT Southwestern will applaud the idea, because now they can perform the first quadruple bypass and oil change. Grey's Anatomy already has this penciled in for an episode during May sweeps. John Goodman will guest star.



 This change in appearance will force DFW residents to stop referring to him as "Skunk Head" and begin calling him by his Christian name: "Finfrock the Weather God."

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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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