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This Girl/Dude? that the chihuahua is giving a side-eye to is Harald Glööckler. Many of you probably have never heard of this person (It looks like the Chihuahua hasn't either). Let me give you the run down on this Fashionista. Harald is, a female-to-male pre-op cholita who has hit the fashion world by storm after introducing a line of "Gloth" Glamour Fashion clothes (Whatever the Hell "Gloth" means) He/She is also introducing a line of Doggie Accessories. That is what he is doing here. Scaring the Hell out of poor little dogs at the introduction of his Doggie Fashion Line.
I Don't Know what is worse, seeing him in person or that big scary picture he is standing next to of him and a furry chihuahua (The Last Pic).
The dude/dudette obviously has no fashion sense...look at what he is wearing! No way I am going to put my dog through that. The other dogs would be laughing their ass off and making fun of him!
My Kids love Mac 'n Cheese. We go to nice restaurants like Olive Garden and they order Mac 'n Cheese. We have usually used the Kraft Mac 'n Cheese at home or my wife will make some using pasta and melting some velveeta or some other type of cheese.
I am going to surprise my kids and my wife and try a recipe that was sent to my inbox for Homemade Southern Style Mac 'n Cheese. This sounds delicious. Thanks to J.W. for sending the recipe.
Homemad Southern Style Mac 'n Cheese (serves 6)
4 T butter
4 tsp all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half
salt & pepper to taste
8 ounces elbow macaroni noodles
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Boil macaroni to al dente, strain, and set aside. Be sure to salt the pasta water and don’t rinse the noodles. In a sauce pan, melt butter and whisk in the flour until a smooth paste-like consistency is reached. Add in the milk, half and half, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from the heat and pour into the macaroni noodles that are sitting aside. Stir well and mix in almost all of the cheddar cheese. Transfer immediately to a baking dish and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese on top. With the oven set to 350*, bake covered for 10 minutes then remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes, setting the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes. Broil until the top is golden brown (watch carefully). Remove from oven and have the wife and kids chow down!
I will take some pics and post them when I make it. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.
Many of our readers wanted to see more of the beautiful Natalia Velez. Natalia was our Hottie of the Day back in January of this year. (Check out that post here). As always, we want to keep our readers satisfied so here are more pics of Natalia. Enjoy!
Hope your week has been great! I made the move from Iowa to Texas for College and then we almost made the move again this summer (Guess we will have to wait a year and move next summer). Anyway, I found this a week or so ago while looking through some of the folders on our desktop computer. It is perfect advice for any of you Northerners who are thinking of moving or just traveling down south. You might even want to print this one out so you can have a reference while you are down here. Keep it in your wallet or post it on your visor in your car as a handy reference guide.
Advice for Yankees Moving South:
1.Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later how to use it.
2.If you forget a Southerner’s name, refer to him (or her) as “Bubba.” You have a 75% chance of being right.
3.Just because you can drive on snow and ice does not mean they can. Stay home the two days of the year it snows.
4.If you do run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
5.Don’t be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store.
6.Do not buy food at the movie store.
7.If it can’t be fried in bacon grease, it ain’t worth cooking, let alone eating.
8.Remember: “Y’all” is singular. “All y’all” is plural. “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.
9.Get used to hearing, “You ain’t from around here, are you?”
10.Don’t be worried that you don’t understand anyone. They don’t understand you either.
11.The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.
12.Be advised: The “He needed killin’” defense is valid here.
13.If attending a funeral in the South, remember, we stay until the last shovel of dirt is thrown on and the tent is torn down.
14.If you hear a Southerner exclaim, “Hey, y’all, watch this!” stay out of his way. These are likely the last words he will ever say.
15.Most Southerners do not use turn signals, and they ignore those who do. In fact, if you see a signal blinking on a car with a Southern license plate, you may rest assured that it was on when the car was purchased.
16.Northerners can be identified by the spit on the inside of their car’s windshield that comes from yelling at other drivers.
17.Satellite dishes are very popular in the South. When you purchase one it is to be positioned directly in front of your trailer. This is logical bearing in mind that the dish cost considerably more than the trailer and should, therefore, be displayed.
18.Tornadoes and Southerners going through a divorce have a lot in common. In either case, you know someone is going to lose a trailer.
19.Florida is not considered a Southern State. There are far more Yankees than Southerners living there.
20.If you are cursing the person driving 15 mph in a 55 mph zone, directly in the middle of the road, remember, many folks learned to drive on a model of vehicle known as John Deere, and this is the proper speed and lane position for the vehicle.
I just found out that my buddy Rodney and his lovely wife Cheryl are expecting a baby!!!!CONGRATS!!!!
We had a get together at On The Border on Sunday afternoon.Jimmy and Celeste and their two kids were there along with us and our kids, and of course Rodney and Cheryl.
At one point when they ladies were out by the lake outside the restaurant with the kids, Rodney asked Jimmy and I for some advice about fatherhood.We started listing a few things, but there really are too many to list in a short time.Jimmy said “You should make it your next Free Advice Friday column.Brilliant idea Jimmy!!!
So here it is.A special Free Advice Friday edition especially for Rodney (and any other men out there who are going to be daddy’s soon)
1. Catch up on sleep now!!!-- Once the baby is born, forget about sleeping through the whole night.Your wife may say “Don’t worry tonight, I will take care of the baby when he/she wakes up” but it doesn’t matter – The baby is going to wake both of you up.You can use earplugs, put an extra pillow over your head, whatever, but the cry of a hungry or wet baby will wake everyone in the house up.And when you do sleep, it will be for 2 or 3 hour intervals, not a whole night.It will be a good year and a half or two before you can get a good night’s sleep, so sleep, sleep, sleep now while you can.
2.Exercise before the baby is born – Get in shape now.Trust me, after the baby is born you will not have the time nor the energy to run or work-out.Look at me!!When my daughter was born, I weighed 160 lbs.I was running everyday and worked out from time to time.I was in good shape.I was running the mile under 6 minutes.I even had a mini-sixpack!!! My son was born 2 years after her.In that 2 year timespan, I went from 160 to 182 lbs, my abs disappeared and the mile – I ran it in about 7 ½ minutes!!!Embarrassing!!Just when I was starting to get my energy back and getting ready to work out again, my son was born.What do you think happened?You are right, a repeat of my physical ordeal with my my daughter. I went from about 175 when he was born to 200 lbs!!!!!!My God, I am a mini-whale!!I tried to run the mile last year and I did it in over 8 minutes.I think the last time I ran a mile in over 8 minutes was when I was in like 3 grade and my little legs took short strides!!You will probably be averaging 5 hours of sleep a night, at best (And not 5 hours in a row, 2 here, 3 there), then a full day of work, a commute home,, then getting dinner ready, help with the cleaning, then to bed.You are so exhausted by 7 PM that the last thing you feel like doing is running for a couple of miles or going to the gym.SO EXERCISE NOW!!!GET IN SHAPE!!!
3. Be sensitive to your wife’s needs – Rub her feet, her back, cook for her, do what she asks you to do now while she is pregnant.It will come in handy when you want to go to a Longhorn game with the guys after the baby is born.You just have to say “but baby, Remember how I pampered you while you were pregnant?”and that usually works.
4. Hormones = terrible mood swings – She can be an angel one second and a woman scorned the next.You could be on the couch rubbing her feet and you squeeze just a little too hard and she may kick you and start yelling at you like you broke her foot.When this happens, get away!!!Leave her alone.Let her have her space.Go to another room and get on the computer, read a book or go for a walk.It is best to let the hormonal rage play out in private.
5. Hormones can equal fun!! ;)It is a fact that female hormones increase during pregnancy.#4 above is one of the negative consequences of this, but there is a positive.Women usually “are in the mood” more often when they are pregnant.Both of you should take advantage of this while you can.Do it as often as possible.Once the baby comes, kiss your sex-life goodbye for a year or two.You have to wait a few months after the baby is born to resume your love-making due to medical reasons (Which I will not go into).Problem is that after that time, other reasons enter into the picture that impede your sex-life.Reasons such as stress and fatigue.You both will get the little one to sleep and think “Finally, we have some time to ourselves, let’s hop in bed”You will hop in bed, but instead of nookie, you will both fall asleep from sheer exhaustion.And just wait until the first time that you and your wife are “having fun” in the sack and your baby decided that is the exact moment he/she is hungry and wants milk!!!!That will probably happen about 3 out of every 4 times that you do it.What a mood breaker!!!!!!!
6. Watch all of the R-rated movies that you want to see now.Once the baby is born, it will be cartoons and family movies.No violence, No Sex!!Many couples will buy another TV and use that one for the kids.They put cartoons on the kid TV and then go to the other room and try and watch a movie.Great idea, but there is a problem – Most kids want to watch TV with their parents!!!They will cry and beg for you to sit with them and watch the cartoon.We have two TV’s and it was not until recently that we have started to be able to watch PG13 and R movies without interruption from the kids.And our kids are 5 and 3 years old.So watch 9 ½ Weeks, Terminator, Reservoir Dogs, and Hangover now, while you have the chance. Well Rodney, that is a partial list.I hit on the main things.Just know I am always there for you buddy.If you need any advice, let me know.Good luck and it was great seeing you.Hope to talk to you and Cheryl soon!!! Anyone else have advice for Rodney or any other fathers to be?Just leave a comment.
I am starting to write some travel posts from my days of traveling in the 90's. I have most of these saved on the computer or written in a journal. I could probably write 200+ posts about my travel adventures, and I probably will over the next few years. So stay tuned!!!
This entry was about a bus ride I took in Bolivia. I was going from La Paz to Rurrenabaque down in the jungle. The whole trip was almost 25 hours long! Of course there were some stops. And this was in Bolivia, where most of the buses are in poor condition. This was a trip from Hell!!!
Anyway, at about 3pm yesterday we rocked around to the bus terminal to catch our small bus down to Yolosa at the bottom of the hill (around 30minutes away) to catch the connecting bus to Rurrenabaque. We get there to find a jeep already full of tourists heading for the same bus. Celia managed a spot inside the tray of the jeep whilst I was left to clamber on the back hanging onto my backpack for the half an hour venture. Not too bad considering the rain had stop and the scenery was quite remarkable... We get to Yolosa to find we have an hour to wait for our bus. Bus arrives, typical Bolvian bus man comes yelling at us all in Spanish to basically get our stuff up on top the bus. We heave our packs up and they are tied down. Bus continues on the one of the most dangerous stretches in the world. I make a decision no to look out the window as we nevervously wait for trucks to pass in this single lane road. Then it gets tricky. We get to a section of the highway (and I say highway in the most basic sense) where the road actually goes through a river. A river that has had rain stream into it from the mountain rains of the last few days. Im talking at least grade 3 rapids. I kid you not this bus was chogging through this river with no regard for this body of water. Im amazed we got out alive but the trip goes down hill (well uphill as it was) from here. We get to a town not far from the river, Celia nearly dies from street chicken (never eat street food in Bolivia kids) and our bus driver says we are stopping in the town for an hour as they repair the bus. Some repairs are made; lots of sparks, fire and more yelling in Spanish, an hour later we are on our way.. A little further along the track the bus is pulled over by the police. Bus Search! Everyone off the bus and show all your documents. They searched my bag, nothing found! ;) At this point I am thinking there is nothing else that could go wrong. I plug in my ipod, listen to to sleepy tunes and start to doze off... As we slow down to let a truck pass the bus slides off the road and into a ditch. The bus driver makes an attempt to get us out only to slide us further down the hill and deeper into the ditch. After an hour or so of digging us out we finally get back on the road and on the way. 15 hours later we have arrived to Rurrenabaque, base of the amazon. They make good pancakes here and also good banana bread by the road. Buy Banana bread from the road kids, just dont get to Rurrenabaque by road, I think well fly back to La Paz....