Confession No. 148 – When it rains, it pours. Goodbye old friend.

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Chester is gone. My feelings are no different than what so many people, myself included, have experienced. The grief and mourning of losing a four-legged family member. Chester was our grey and black-striped short-haired cat. He came to us about six years ago as a wily personable kitten, born of a feral mother who’d been […]

The RV Chronicles — My own ‘Old Yeller’ story

Emotions are a fickle thing around these parts lately. I’m told such is the norm after going through a catastrophic event like Hurricane Harvey. But my mind is comparing the loss the Jimmy Rockford — a travel trailer — with ‘Old Yeller,’ and that might just take the melodramatic cake. If you’re among my 19 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — General Tso’s Chicken Wings

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Of all the Chinese joints I’ve ever eaten at, only one has creative enough to re-purpose two of its most popular menu selections in coming up with a newfangled appetizer. General Tso’s Chicken Wings. I first saw General Tso’s Chicken Wings little more than a year ago at a restaurant in Seabrook, Texas — only […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Homemade Smoked Pastrami Sous Vide

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Dateline: June 30, 2017. Citi Field; Queens, NY. Mets vs. Phillies. Though the hometown starter whiffed a dozen visiting batters, this wasn’t exactly a game for the ages. But the ballpark fare — hot pastrami — turned out to be a taste of Seventh Heaven. Now, I’ve been to a lot of baseball parks through […]

Confession No. 147 — Beef jerky says a lot about a person

One never truly knows when he might be reduced to questioning his own scruples. Such self-conviction was rare for me … until Hurricane Harvey virtually destroyed our home.  A co-worker — the same guy who hung pictures in my office after a year of seeing them stacked on the counter — approached me this past […]

Confession No. 146 — Blessed are the helpers … and pure in heart

It’s been at least 10 years since I first heard the phrase ‘Do not rob someone of a blessing.’ My wife said these words to me when my father gave me $800 to buy a set of tires. ‘But Catherine, I asked for a $400 loan — for two days — so we wouldn’t have […]

Confession No. 145 — Bleach, pork and beans, and an overflow of tears

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Strawberry fields really are forever. And it was here that I cried today over a gallon of bleach, a couple cans of pork and beans — and a slew of wonderful people. Catherine and I were headed to the grocery store to find some food and cleaning supplies when she diverted our trip. ‘A lot […]

Confession No. 144 — The flood water is just the beginning

Mario and me after a(nother) exhausting day.

Our days and nights have become a blur. We overdrew our energy supply a couple days ago and are operating on adrenaline fumes and combustive emotion. I’m so exhausted that I had to double-check with my wife about today’s day and date. Such, as I’m learning, is just one of the many effects of the […]

Confession No. 143 — The sun shines on Houston

It’s been said that the sun will come up tomorrow, and it did in Houston on this late August day. That bright light truly came much earlier for my family, though I wanted to doubt its presence.  “We’ve never had best friends,” my wife said to me. “Mario and Linda are our best friends, I […]

Confession No. 142 — The human condition is alive and well

Yours truly, with Mario ~ Easter Sunday, 2017

So long as you believe everything you see, read and hear these days, the human race is going to hell in a hand basket. We care nothing about anything. Except maybe ourselves. I held similar beliefs … until a few days ago. My family and I are residents of the greater Houston area. My 19 […]