Gateway Harley-Davidson Chili Cookoff – December 2014

I have been wanting to put our chili into a cookoff for several years now, pretty much since my wife and I “perfected” my mom’s recipe. (Not that you can actually perfect your mom’s recipe, just sayin’.  Anyway…)

Gateway Harley-Davidson is hosting a chili cookoff this Saturday, December 13th, from Noon to 2:00 PM.  If you’re not entering your own pot of chili, you can eat all the chili you want for 2 hours for a $5 donation to the Missouri U.S.O., and you get to vote on which chili you like the best in each category.  Kathy and I are taking up a double pot of our chili goodness, which gives you another reason to stop by.

Here are the details from Gateway H-D:

Chili Cook Off

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 12pm2pm

Location: 3600 Lemay Ferry Road Saint Louis, MO 63125

Chili Cook Off

Saturday, December 13th 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Have your batch of Chili ready to serve by 12:00pm. We’ll do tasting until 1:45pm with awards announced at 2:00pm For those that just want to taste the creations of others, we’re asking a $5 donation. Judging will be based on People’s Choice.

Categories: Hottest Most Unique Most Traditional Best Over All Space will be limited so please sign up today!

Welcome to Mizzou, SEC!

So, how many times have we heard “Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!” since the university joined the conference? 100? 1000? A lot.  Too many, for sure.

When I read this article, I immediately thought “Welcome to Mizzou, SEC… get used to it!”

Obviously I do not speak for everyone at Mizzou, but my personal feeling is: “I’m OK with that!”

This is how we roll.  We celebrate. Hard. The fans in our stands really are the “extra man” in our games.  $25,000 is a small price to pay to see the wall breached at Farot Field, and frankly, I think we can afford it.  I’m even going to go out on a limb and say that we could start collecting $1 donations from fans at the gate on gameday to cover the cost, and the fans wouldn’t even blink.  That would be a blatant violation of SEC regulations, so that’s not going to happen (nor do I suggest/recommend it).  So, we’ll just keep crashing the wall.  Get used to it.

Welcome to Mizzou, SEC. :)

369 Days – 0 Cigarettes

That’s right… I celebrated one-year cigarette free Sunday afternoon at 13:30 CST.  When I walked out of the vape store a year ago with my first vape purchase I had a pack of cigarettes with only 4 missing in my pocket, and I fully intended to smoke them while I made the transition to vapor.  I went to light one up when my wife and I got in the car in the vape store’s parking lot, and my wife said “well, I thought maybe you’d just do the vapor until you NEED a cigarette.”  So, I didn’t light up at that moment, and when two weeks had passed, I still hadn’t lit up.  So I tossed that pack of smokes, still missing just 4 squares, in the trash.

I haven’t bought or bummed a cigarette, or so much as a drag from a cigarette, since that day.

MANY times over the last year the “need” for a cigarette (or two, or three, or twenty…) definitely came up.  Less and less as time has gone on, but the beginning was very difficult, and there were 2 or 3 REALLY bad days earlier this year where I found myself on the way to the gas station for my favorite brand of smokes.  Thankfully, mainly due to my wife, I ended up at my vape shop instead of the gas station where my real support group kept me on track.

At 365 days, figuring a MINIMUM of 25 cigarettes a day, that’s:

– a minimum of 9,125 cigarettes I have not smoked…
– a minimum of 46 cartons of cigarettes I have not purchased…
– a minimum of $2070 I have not spent on cigarettes (at $45 per carton, Camel Lights).

I kind of got off track on writing about my vapor experience, but recently I’ve started writing more and am getting in the hang of doing it more regularly.  Now that I’ve got my “365 days without a cigarette” post written, I’ll spend some time over the next few weeks sharing more stories about my transition from cigs to vapor over the last year, as well as some vapor recommendations and suggestions, and reviews of the vapor hardware I’ve bought and used as well.

If you’re on the vapor trail, trying to give up the chemical tobacco sticks, hang in there…  there are a lot of things working against you, but you CAN make the switch and be successful at it.  Promise.

Skid Row is not a Third World Country

As long as we continue to have this problem right here at home in the United States, I refuse to support any “World Hunger” or “World Homelessness” or “World Healthcare” initiatives.  Don’t ask me for a $1 at the drive-thru for hungry people in Africa when we can’t (or don’t) feed, cloth or provide shelter for our own.