Start flipping channels in May and you'll still come across at least a dozen sunscreen commercials each day. This momentum keeps going until the "back to school" sales start in earnest, and then we don't hear about sunscreen for about 9 months. That doesn't make sense for Texas, though, or at least southeast Texas. Most … Continue reading The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…
I've lived in Texas my whole life. Our so-called "state snack" is tortilla chips and salsa, which makes sense, I guess. You can't throw a rock in a town without hitting either a church or a good family owned Tex-Mex restaurant. It's a party staple and sleep-over go-to.
If I had balls, they'd well and truly be busted to glass shards by now. Yesterday was a "quicksand day" (I got that from Keanu Reeves in "The Replacements."): Okay, that was about football, but mine was about work. The analogy still works. When I screw up at work, it's one thing. When I can't … Continue reading Surviving a day made out of quicksand…
My Copy: 9781585441662 (image from Brazoria County Historical Museum online) I gotta admit, other than the fact that it was a museum-trip impulse buy, I'm not entirely sure why I picked this book up a few years ago, though I did thumb through it for some visuals a couple of times. Hey, I'm a history … Continue reading Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.
I guess that requires some explanation for the torches-and-pitchforks crowd. One would think that skipping the meat and going full on vegetarian or vegan would be a great thing, let alone the raw food diet. Hey, something that skips adding excess fat, sugar, and all the things we've been told are going to kill us … Continue reading Eating Fruit is Bad for the Teeth (But Good for the Body)?
I was amending my goals list on my tracking site (food intake, exercise, mental health, etc.) and was about to put down "pray at least one time a day." But I stopped, because it hit me: who exactly was I praying to, or what? I'm looking for another job again. The first few ideas didn't … Continue reading The Power of Prayer (for the no-longer-religious)?
Ah, the summer is ending, Shark Week and it's equivalents are done by now (unless reruns are around the corner), and SyFy will hopefully slink off into its closet to get its brains bashed out and come up with better stuff. I thought this was fake when I first heard about it. I mean, Sharknado? … Continue reading #034–Blitz Q: How the hell did “Sharknado” come to exist?
My Copy: 9780762449378 (image from amazon.com) Part 1 review here. Part 2 review here. Part 3 review here. It turns out I miscounted the number of stories. There are only 27, not 28, so this last review of The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons will have only 6 short stories to review. This was … Continue reading The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (#4 of 4), edited by Paula Guran
To make it a fairer fight, and not to malign Gojira's/Godzilla's power too much, I'm using the 1954/1956 version that I saw in its entirety. We've got enough "atomic" troubles coming out to risk adding another, right? Besides, I like 50's "B" monster movies and having "Perry Mason" in one. So, the to-do list: This … Continue reading Godzilla vs. My To-Do List
So, the third part of this book is a mixed bag of flavors and tastes. This is where some of that "personal preference" comes into play. but with so much variety there's something for everybody to enjoy: