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.:: Wednesday, October 31st ::.

~ 09:56 AM ~

"...bad jokes..."

Neale is dressed as static cling. Hopefully, a picture will surface.

I slept better last night. A cup of warm milk helped.

No No Man Pt. 2

.:: Tuesday, October 30th ::.

~ 04:06 PM ~

"...shiny and glossy..."

I had trouble sleeping last night and really got no quality sleep. I felt sleepy when my alarm went off and realized I should not teach today. So, I used my first ever sick day. I have never called off class during the regular semester. I called off once during the summer but that was weather related. A sick day every ten years is probably pretty good. Overall, I chalk up the sleepless night to a fluke. Occasionally, I will have a situation where I get up in the middle of the night and something will pop into head. I have to attempt I don't use the best advice about sleeplessness: 1) I drink alot of water...easily 1-2 gallons a day and 2) I never get up and move to the couch for some late night TV. But, I will be changing the staying in bed situation. I am also going to try the warm milk cure too.

I worked from home and got many things done. I also cleaned up the house. We are going for a walk when Neale gets home. It is 72 here.


.:: Monday, October 29th ::.

~ 07:52 PM ~


We went for a walk. It was in the upper 60s here.

Neale made a brisket for dinner. It was in the slow cooker and needed more time.

Yesterday, I made an adult mac and cheese that did not spare a calorie. Tasty though.

Bathroom Mirror Trick
Mircale Beer Diet (Not safe for work)

.:: Sunday, October 28th ::.

~ 12:55 PM ~

"...the myth turns out to be true..."

The pie turned out ok....still not happy with the crust. Bucks won.

Old and rare
Amazing Lost Cities
Viking Kitties
Learn French

.:: Saturday, October 27th ::.

~ 06:18 PM ~

"...Time was drifting, this rock had got to roll
So I hit the road and made my getaway
Restless feeling, really got a hold
I started searching for a better way..."

I am making deep dish pizza for dinner. I have yet to purfect this recipe. I have a new crust recipe tonight. Will Neale bring me carry out from Giordano's?

Ellis and I are waiting for the Buckeye game. Go Bucks!

This dog can move
Mad World
Music Folk
If Bill O'Reilly was a rapper?
European Men are sexy

~ 12:44 PM ~

"...if I wait long enough, will you come to me?..."

I am enjoying a Dierberg's soup (Tomato and Rice). This is my first one. They are tasty and all-natural.

A coworker is having a housewarming & Halloween party. I am going for the housewarming part as I don't feel like wearing a costume. I played a joke on Neale last weekend with my fake blood.

Neale and her mom, Debbie, left for Chicago at ten. She will be back tomorrow.

I may brew today. I need water. So, I will stop on the way back from the party.

Satan slept here

.:: Friday, October 26th ::.

~ 01:26 PM ~


It was a rainy day here. The sun has poked out. We are going for a walk later I was told.

I rehung the doors I redid. I am debating doing anymore this year. It maybe too cold. I replaced the switch in the bathroom since the dimmer we bought for the back room could not be used in there.

Neale got Chinese last night. In order to make delivery ($15), she had to get me something. So, I had leftover vegetable fried rice for breakfast. Tasty.

Couldn't Get It Right

.:: Thursday, October 25th ::.

~ 07:09 PM ~

"...good deeds..."

Happy Birthday to Mom Sut. Love ya Mom.

I made stuffed cabbage leaves for dinner. It was better than my first attempt.

Neale is headed to Chicago this weekend. She is spending time with her Mom downtown on Saturday.

We are going to the Peter & Paul Community Services event run/walk. Neale and Ellis will walk. I will run it. This year I am doing the Turkey Day run again.

Politics for Dummies
Is it Christmas?

.:: Wednesday, October 24th ::.

~ 06:05 PM ~

My committee meeting went quick. I find that fellow faculty enjoy the streamlined nature of the diversity meetings. I should order food though.

Recipezaar was handy for planning my menu.

I made my chili and the minestrone last week. The cream of asparagus was ok. I still have the butternut squash to do.

This time in my office helped me get caught up on grading. I have essay exams but it helps the students.

Free stuff
Baseball Field Guide

~ 03:11 PM ~

"...I want to be a tree climber..."

We got out last inspection done for the backroom.

I got to workout but not walk. I had a haircut at noon. Also, I have a meeting at work so I needed to head over early. I needed the time catch up on grading (midterms).

Farnsworth House
good dog

.:: Monday, October 22nd ::.

~ 07:08 PM ~

"...people you have around you..."

I made ginger snaps. I had extra ginger and I never tried the recipe. It took two days as the dough had to chill overnight.

It was a rainy day but Ellis and I found time to walk. I graded and worked out. I also placed another coat of stain on the doors. I sealed the front door landing as well.

New rules

.:: Sunday, October 21st ::.

~ 04:50 PM ~

"...don't forget Maaaark Mulda..."

Yesterday, we went a walk on Grant's Trail. People stopped us to pet Ellis. Then, we made it to Frank's Market, which is this small market a Big Bend we always drive by. Then, I built the smoker, sanded & stained the doors. The peppers smoked for 6 hours. Tasty.

Today, we went for a walk. Neale went to Sweet Tomatoes. I started my chili. I stained the doors. Then, I washed the curtains in our living room. I never liked the landing in our front door because the previous owner/home abuser got paint on it. So, I removed the metal strip, sanded it, and stained it (Pine). I started a brew. I am doing a hefe today.

I decided to make smaller batches of Mead. I made another on Friday. They are gallon batches.

Nice homes

.:: Saturday, October 20th ::.

~ 12:39 PM ~

"...I never want to be old
And I don't want dependants
It's no fun to be told
That you can't blame your parents anymore..."

The soup turned out well. I decided not to add any pasta or rice. Neale had Fortell's pesto cheese for dinner despite carving the newly reopened after the fire House of India.

We are going for a walk soon and I am going to sand the doors. Also, I am gathering supplies and building the smoker today. About 5PM, I am going to pour a tall beverage, listen to Prairie Home, and smoke my peppers.

Local town figure leaves the pitch

.:: Friday, October 19th ::.

~ 04:23 PM ~

"...keep my name out your mouth..."

I made crockpot minestrone for dinner. First time.

~ 12:47 PM ~

"...I guess you don't..."

I made this for lunch: Penne Curry

  • 3 cups of cooked penne
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • big pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon of yellow curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 3/4 vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup of Cream (optional)
  • Heat the oil and water in a frying pan. Add onion and salt. Cook onions until translucent. Add curry and flour while stirring constantly. Cook flour for a minute before adding stock. Add stock and stir to combine. Reduce heat and allow to thicken. Stir occasionally for 15 minutes. Add cooked penne and coat.

    On my ride home on Wednesdays, the KDHX program "Juxaposition" has a weekly curry recipe of the week. The pasta dish was the recipe of the week.

    ~ 11:02 AM ~

    "...I want a cheeseburger....I want a hot dog...I want a milkshake..."

    It is a cloudy day here but Ellis and I will get a walk in after I workout. I also have some grading to do.

    Rhymes with Orange
    Followed the Wave
    Seat time
    Stuck in a Moment
    Vegan Restaurants
    London Zoo

    .:: Thursday, October 18th ::.

    ~ 08:45 PM ~

    "...pinion ..."

    The single burner I order arrived so the smoker project is a "go" for this weekend. I will pick up the can with lid, grills, wood chip box, thermometers and chips tomorrow. I am smoking my homegrown jalapanoes, some red jalapenos, some poblanos, and some habaneros if they are available.

    I made a cream of aspargus soup for dinner. I do not agree with the recipe on the handling of the asparagus. First, I would have roasted the tips. Second, water? Adds no flavor so why use it? (Yes, thanks to Emeril...I watched the show in 1999 for that...has it changed? Ah, no) Third, hot milk? C'mon some cream is needed. Since fall is here (ok, it was 81 today), I am in the mood for soups. The smoked chiles from Saturday will become part of the chili this weekend.

    My new drill (Ryobi 18V) arrived Wednesday and it is really nice.

    I have mowed the lawns for the last time this year. But, I will reseed. I may plant in the new backyard beds this weekend. I have to check to see what the selection is at the local box store.

    Deeper Shade of Soul
    So Far to Go

    .:: Wednesday, October 17th ::.

    ~ 03:02 PM ~

    "... gimme back my son..."

    Married to the Sea

    .:: Monday, October 15th ::.

    ~ 04:46 PM ~


    Since I have plenty of peppers I decided to make smoked jalapenos with a homemade smoker. Alton Brown's smoker rig was also helpful but I prefer metal over cardboard.

    AB's smoker

    .:: Sunday, October 14th ::.

    ~ 10:13 PM ~

    "...This is the Christ..."

    Neale went to Chico Jones and the Gardens with Dolores. I vacuumed the backyard and sanded another door. Neale was worn out from last night so she took a nap when she got home. We went to Balaban's with Dolores and Joe for dinner. We had not been there since New Year's and they are under new management. The desserts were great.

    We may join Dolores and Joes at Llywelyn's Pub for the Indians game.

    ~ 02:46 PM ~

    "... no cars go..."

    For Us
    Life on a Chain
    Choose not

    .:: Thursday, October 11th ::.

    ~ 06:48 PM ~

    "...I turn to my computer like a friend..."

    We turned the heat on. Well, Neale turned the heat on. I could and do stand lower temps in the basement. It is 57 in the STL right now and getting down to 41. My jalpanoes are still outside but they are hearty plants. I will bring them in soon and start them with a grow light over the winter. The tomato plants were not a success due to not knowing the nature of their enemy (the squirrel) but I have had good heat from my pepper plants.

    I got out Neale's slanket. There was much rejoicing. She has had the slanket for over a year and half thanks to the Firefox extension....StumbleUpon.

    I did the shopping for our party today. Almost done.

    French Fry Covered Hot Dog

    .:: Wednesday, October 10th ::.

    ~ 10:54 AM ~

    "...the artist and the butcher..."

    We are getting ready for our party this weekend. I am finishing the yard work this Friday.

    We got Modest Mouse tickets.

    Bad Dog
    Useful Websites for a change

    .:: Monday, October 8th ::.

    ~ 09:33 AM ~

    "...except for the bullets and the bombs..."

    Ellis is 2.

    Ellis Vid of the Day

    Cat frog

    .:: Sunday, October 7th ::.

    ~ 08:07 PM ~

    "...she saw me there..."

    ~ 02:00 PM ~

    "...ball control..."

    We went for a walk, Debbie came over to offer Neale some decoration advice, and we stopped by Tilles Park for the APA event. There were not other corgis.

    Now we are starting the hanging of items in the back room. We should be done with it today.

    Whoopi Ti

    .:: Saturday, October 6th ::.

    ~ 09:36 PM ~

    "...motel hell..."

    Neale went to find hinges, wall decs, and door rugs. I installed another blind and cleaned it. Another coat was applied to the screens in the main window. I cleaned the couches and furniture in our back room. Next, I worked on the tables we will use at the party next weekend. I didn't get a chance to use my Ryobi reciprocating saw. I have realized my Makita (10+ years) cordless drill is dated. So, I have searched Ebay for a replacement.

    Neale has a new layout for the room. Debbie is coming by to look at it. We are going to an APAMO event tomorrow.

    I made this for dinner. I enjoy her website.

    Riches +1
    le film
    b b in a boxcar

    .:: Friday, October 5th ::.

    ~ 03:33 PM ~

    "...odds were in my favor..."

    I replaced one of our blinds and painted the main window again. Tomorrow, we are moving the furniture back in since the doors we be off. Neale is searching for better brushed nickel hinges.

    Coach Hines

    .:: Wednesday, October 3rd ::.

    ~ 06:24 PM ~

    "...what a mess..."

    I worked on the room today. There is only 4 things left on the punch list. Neale is hunting for proper hinges. The stock brass ones are not wanted.


    .:: Monday, October 1st ::.

    ~ 09:44 PM ~

    "...drinkin' doubles alone don't make it a party..."

    We are down to ten things to do in the back room. The detail stuff like changing hinges, alittle grout, and one more switch.

    The Mets are out. There was no rejoicing at Sutcliff Manor but we were not surprised either.

    The dumpster is gone.

    Tempted by Trouble, Driven by Depravity
    A Train in Bangkok

    .:: Sunday, September 30th ::.

    ~ 06:49 PM ~

    "...the monkeys are loose..."

    Yesterday, we painted and I finished most the electrical work. Since our ceiling fan cannot use a dimmer, we need to use a regular switch. The ceiling fan operates on a remote, which is a nice feature. Then, we went to the Taulbee Family Reunion with Steve and Joan. After that was a visit at Judy's new loft in Alton.

    Today, I cleaned up our cooler, filled the hole for Mr. Slim with foam, filled the last edge of grout, primed the fill spots, demoed the basement bath and painted two doors. Neale finished one window. She was at a soccer game, returned Judy's Bose Radio (there was a flaw), and picked up some stuff at Home Depot.

    Think...No, really
    A dictionary
    The Sexy is back

    .:: Friday, September 28th ::.

    ~ 07:57 PM ~

    "...its good..."

    The carpet was installed today and I installed the ceiling fan.

    and the Ellis Vid of the Day.

    We had dinner with Steve and Joan at Pho Grand. We had a drink at Absolutely Goosed. They went to watch Anna play soccer.

    ~ 10:48 AM ~

    " the island..."

    I am waiting for the carpet guys. Last night, I painted and Neale did some after her affidavit. The room is coming together as small things like vents and outlet covers. Today, I want to install the ceiling fan.

    As for the Mets, things are not good. There is still time but it has been brutal to watch.

    Don't Mess with Bigfoot

    .:: Tuesday, September 25th ::.

    ~ 08:34 PM ~

    "...a flap?..."

    Neale painted tonight. I needed a break. Tomorrow, I will paint though before I leave for class. Mr. Slim (our heater) gets reinstalled. The wall where it is located is done. I have Thursday to get all the brown done. The brown is over half finished. The windows and the doors are last pieces really. On Friday, the carpet is installed so we want to be done with the painting. After the painting, there is the last grout and electrical work.

    US History

    .:: Monday, September 24th ::.

    ~ 09:03 PM ~

    "...I think you're smart..."

    I painted for 5 hours today. Neale painted for 2. We have most of the brown done and the doors have their first coats. The main window will take a few tries given its shape.

    Ellis and I went for a walk. I have a new workout design for the Soloflex routine.

    I also started the backyard landscaping project. I have some black landscape tarps down and anchors in place.

    adult images and you
    Stop me before I sub-reference again

    .:: Sunday, September 23rd ::.

    ~ 07:19 PM ~

    "... paint..."

    What have you painted today?

    Sick, Sick, Sick

    .:: Saturday, September 22nd ::.

    ~ 04:07 PM ~

    "...there will be suffering..."

    Ismael is done. He worked for 45 hours. Today, we did the trim and finished the grout. One tile moved over night so it was reset. The funky brick we use to have was not the best surface and we learned how to do that better in the future. I was chaulking the trim edges and using wood filler. Ismael uses an air nailer so the trim is well placed.

    We are taking it easy for a few hours and then heading out to dinner.

    Only as good as your last lecture

    ~ 08:43 AM ~


    Today is the anniversary of our first date. I asked Neale out for dinner and we went to Mogger's, which became our regular spot in Terre Haute. At the time, it was probably the best or second best place for a good meal in that town. We are going to Miso tonight. Neale knew I was an "ok guy" when I wanted to get a drink after dinner (their beer selection is excellent) and we talked about few things. Needless to say, she did not leave my apartment until late and we stayed up talking. She said she knew that night I was the guy she was going to marry and I was convinced a few weeks later.

    Ismael is here and we had to reset one tile. He is doing the trim right now.

    Your dog wants chocolate
    Big Sugar

    .:: Friday, September 21st ::.

    ~ 04:08 PM ~


    ~ 10:15 AM ~

    "...certified in writing..."

    I am painting today. I am finishing the prime coat and starting to paint the finish color. So, I am painting in two shifts. The prime needs about 4 hours to dry but we have a fan and the sun on our side. Next Wednesday Mr. Slim comes back and the carpet goes in next Friday.

    $15 a day
    Nice places for books

    .:: Wednesday, September 19th ::.

    ~ 08:22 AM ~

    "...dried red chiles..."

    Yesterday, I demoed the doors and Ismael installed the new ones. Neale chalked the corners and I primed a wall. I also got some of the ceiling primed but the prime was sucked up by the walls. Neale is picking up more prime today. We should have the painting done early next week. Next Friday, the carpet is being laid. Everything is going to plan and we should down to just detail work soon.

    Dirty south

    .:: Sunday, September 16th ::.

    ~ 08:07 PM ~

    "...not two separate people..."

    We sanded the back room. Neale left at 4 for Ed's birthday party. I probably put 2.5 hours into the sanding. Then, I cleaned the front yard, the gutters, and the roof. I need to repair the flashing around the furnace vent. I mowed and trimmed too. There were a few limbs that needed to be removed from the tree in the front yard. Neale got back around 7 and said the party went well. Britt and Kelly's new kitchen looked good. I gave Ellis a bath. He enjoyed it.

    Get Up Stand Up

    ~ 10:45 AM ~

    "...not the revolutionary kind..."

    And just for a laff....the Ellis vid of the day. (file size: 3.8MB)

    ~ 09:33 AM ~

    "...waitin' for a signal to change..."

    We mudded and taped yesterday. Ismael mixes a drier first coat that sets fast so we could do two coats. I learned a little about mudding and I was better than last time. But, the drywalling was better so there was no gaps and the screws were set. Maybe in the future, I can do the work myself.

    We knocked off around 2 and rested for an hour before heading to Jazz Fest. Nice turn out is Webster and we had a spot down by stage right. So, we were next to the trains but in an open parking lot. Ellis got his share of attention and did well. After the music, we were hungry so we stopped at Dewey's for pizza and ordered "Fracture", which was not that good. The reviews seemed positive but I fell asleep.

    In another late night cooking adventure, I made a hearty vegetable soup in the slow cooker.

    We are sanding today. Probably riding soon. Kelly and Britt are welcoming viewers to their kitchen and we are celebrating Ed's birthday.

    Vegan blog
    Block cell blocks
    Earache my Eye

    .:: Friday, September 14th ::.

    ~ 11:31 AM ~

    "...I'm not a woman..."

    We passed our drywall inspection and are ready to mud & tape. I am painting the fire box later today.

    Neale got a good deal on Italian porcelain and we are surrounding the hearth with it.

    Ismael and I spent last night finishing the drywall. The piece above the hearth is glued and we braced it overnight.

    No doubt about it
    Mr. Roger's Farewell
    Man O f War
    STL neighborhoods

    .:: Wednesday, September 12th ::.

    ~ 09:41 AM ~

    "...oh, will I?..."

    I had a rough day at work. An event we planned had to be rescheduled to another room and it creates anxiety. It worked out in the end. But, I feel totally responsible for the small confusion. We will try to minimize that (or hopefully, eliminate it) in the future. LCCC is getting use to having events like other schools so we have a learning curve to work around.

    Ismael insulated all and drywalled half of the back room last night. He will finish today and start taping/mudding on Thursday I believe. It looks great. Neale is shopping for tile tonight. I am meeting the carpet guy this morning but he is running late.

    We are going to the Webster Groves Jazz and Blues festival this year.

    Feasting on Asphalt has made me hungry for borscht. I have never had it but I enjoy new soups.

    You admit your opponent’s premises but deny the conclusion

    .:: Sunday, September 9th ::.

    ~ 07:27 PM ~

    "...hotter than Ellen Barkin..."

    We slept in, went for a family walk, and then to the Saint Louis Art fair. The food was ok and art was expensive. So, pretty much an art fair. Then, we went to Whole Foods for supplies. As we were walking in a woman had the child carrier she had perched on top of her cart fall. The kid took a 3 foot drop but was uninjured due to the clam shell shape of the child seat. Everyone, including us, were shocked by what we saw. Luckily, everyone was alright. We found some cheese for more pesto later this week and a great sheep's milk truffle cheese for snacking. I made Neale a flank steak (quick marinated with soy sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme) with a wine sauce (cab sav, butter, green onion, and salt/pepper). I seared the steaks in olive oil and then under the broiler to cook.


    .:: Saturday, September 8th ::.

    ~ 06:18 PM ~

    "...And so it goes another lonely day
    Your savin time but your miles away
    Your fly was drownin in some bitter tea
    For seeing lost opportunity..."

    The chili turned out well and the new chile powder was pretty good. Neale enjoyed my cast iron corn bread.

    Today we removed the old heater, finished the blocking, and drywalled. We need to insulate the walls but Ismael lost his truck for a few days due to the previous storms. Here is the day:

    77 degrees, 85% humidity

    Sarlaac Pit ship... Fett's Vette?

    drywall + glue + bracing = covered fireplace

    new the foam?

    We are taking tomorrow off so everyone can spend time with their families. We are going to the Clayton Art Show. We resume work on Tuesday.

    Lions meet owners...oddly Ellis and I greet each other this way too

    .:: Friday, September 7th ::.

    ~ 11:22 AM ~

    "...roy hobbs..."

    Rainy day here and we lost power for an hour this morning. It pushed back my day an hour. The power blinked a few times before we lost it.

    I have some demo to do today.

    I made homemade chile powder last night for a batch of red today.

    Chile powder:
    3 Tbsp. paprika
    1 Tbsp. ground cumin
    2 Tbsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. red or cayenne pepper
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    3 Anchos, diced
    2 Chipotles, diced
    1 Haberno, diced
    2 Pasillas, diced
    3 New Mexicos, diced

    Woodland Chiles
    Bad Habits that cost you $$$

    .:: Thursday, September 6th ::.

    ~ 11:37 PM ~

    "...real deal ..."

    Ismael was over again. He could not make Wednesday because he got a promotion at his job. Tonight, we continued the blocking and should be able to drywall the ceiling tomorrow. I have to remove the interior door tomorrow, cut the hole in the ceiling for the electrical box, and move a light switch.

    Doggie Cam
    Is that a coin in your ear?

    .:: Wednesday, September 5th ::.

    ~ 02:41 PM ~


    Since I had lunch/dinner around 3:30 yesterday, I have not felt my best. I did not anything unusual but Neale was also having similar problems with a congested head. She is congested today but feeling a little better. My stomach is still not 100% so I skipped my workout & walking. Neale & Ellis attempted to walk but the rain came and drove them back. I have had two pretty bland meals and I feel a little better. I plan on making my night class and Neale was able to work at home.

    The building inspector surprised us this morning as we were expecting him this afternoon. But, he had good news. The only surprise was the lack of depth in the firebox. From the back of the hearth to the front edge of the brick needs to be 16 inches minimum but 20 inches is preferred. Since we are covering the existing brick with drywall and new tiles, we can easily add some width with more bricks or cider blocks and add some framing. The inspector liked our insulation idea (foil wrap) and wanted us to consider the electrical. We do not need anymore outlets so the wiring will stay the same. He spotted a crack between the two foundations (garage & living area), which he encouraged us to fill in. I filled the gap with some chaulk and took care of the old lighting fixtures, which we will not use. The new lighting will be from the new ceiling fan. I also cleaned the area and fixed a board from last night.

    ~ 07:37 AM ~

    "...don't drop it..."

    Ismael started work last night. We replaced or fix the blocking in the room. We also applied liquid nail to any surface that would take it. The first inspection is today. I have to fix one board and finish securing the old wiring.

    Neale is working at home today.

    Some Beer

    .:: Monday, September 3rd ::.

    ~ 08:15 PM ~

    "...a million snacks are standing by..."

    Ellis' dog swim photos have been posted on the photos page. He liked the interaction with other dogs but can take or leave the actual swimming.

    Dachau KZ photos were also added. I have a student that is a WWII buff and she wants to see them. I forgot to post them sooner.

    We went to the dog swim and tried to find dinner. I recommended House of India but they are closed due to a small fire (happened late July/August), so we went to Olympia (Greek), which was closed. The next option was Del Taco but Las Margarita was the choice while watching "Legends of the Fall".

    ~ 12:58 PM ~

    "...waste your life..."

    We are taking Ellis is a dog swim in Hazelwood. This year I am wearing swim trunks so I get in the water with him.

    soul jerky

    .:: Sunday, September 2nd ::.

    ~ 05:46 PM ~

    "...complicated game..."

    We played tennis at the courts in Saint Louis Hills' park. Neale won 6-2 but most games went to deuce. Then, we went to Mom's Deli, which does not have a website, does not care it does not have a website, does not want to be listed in Sauce, or accept Visa. Yes, it a cash operation and DAMN IT they like it that way. Great bread, staffed by young ladies exclusively, and they do not mind if your dog comes in. I had the cheese on wheat and Neale got a turkey on white. The potato salad is on the "mustard side" so she passed and I thought it was ok.

    We came home and went back out to Lowe's in SOUTH South County because Ismael had seen fireplace mantles there. We found them and their price was doable to the person that decides about the prices (i.e. Neale). The stuff from Home Depot was 5X higher and takes 21 days to order, which is not in our time frame. We also checked out interior doors. Since we took the scenic MapQuest route to the Lowe's we saw alot of South County, which is usually not our area. On the way home, we stopped at the batting cages and I hit three rounds of slow pitch softball in preparation for the off chance I get to play this year. I also did a round of slow baseball. Nice cages but the slow pitch was coming high and the baseball low. Neale spotted in three swings how much of a pull hitter I am and challenged me to hit some to the right side. The stance that was working for me was a "Moises Alou" style with no real stride.

    Then, we played adventure golf at the Concord Bowl, which had the batting cages, rock climbing, beach volleyball, and bowling. Neale won with 43 strokes to 51 on a 37 par 18 hole course. We stopped at Dierbergs for some libations and we ordered some Chinese food. Neale watched "Snatch" and had a better impression of it. I have 3WK streaming and "The Natural" on AMC on mute.

    Overnight, I made barbeque sauce in the slow cooker since I did not have any and I really do not like eating corn syrup, which is food in most store brands. Recipe:

    2 tablespoons red pepper flake
    1 large Onion -- finely chopped
    2 14 oz. cans of organic stewed tomatoes
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons white vinegar
    1 tsp dry mustard
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon salt and pepper
    vegetable stock to thin

    ~ 11:17 AM ~

    " to prove..."

    I have had 3WK streaming for 24+ hours and it is pretty good. I am hearing things I have not heard in years, some stuff that I originally passed on (later REM, for example), and songs I have never heard (Catherine Wheel...Shocking). But, I have realized that it seems like they play from some artists more than others. U2 is on now and I never heard them before on 3WK but I have heard alot of Catherine Wheel and REM. I made them a donation.

    Entourage has its season finale tonight.

    We are playing tennis soon and I will see what I can do with my time today.

    Root of all Evil
    The Hauntening

    .:: Saturday, September 1st ::.

    ~ 10:45 PM ~

    " theory..."

    I worked in the entertainment room for 45 mins. and the backyard for less than a half an hour. I vacuumed the room, flattened some nails, and filled the crack in the wall. Neale checked out the mantle options.

    ~ 03:26 PM ~

    "...bang bang...."

    We met Ismael at 10AM and went to Home Depot for supplies. After looking at the walls we decided on using a thinner insulation. Plus, we checked with Webster and we do not have to frame in the room. We decided against that because of the size of room too. We also went to Lowe's for a few things. I also picked up a multimeter and glow sticks for emergency situations. Our door person came at 2PM and we discovered that the doors do not need to be custom made. The demo exposed the existing frames and we found out they were standard doors, which saves money and time.

    The Mets are on but I do have plans to accomplish today.

    The previous journal has been archived.

    Free Four
    Beer Hunter is dead

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