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12-23-2015 Journal – Wings & Things Nite!   1 comment

With just three shopping days left the better-half and I decided we needed to get out of the house and have a good meal at one of our favorite spots.  She was jonesing for some smoking hot chicken wings and our first holiday visitor arrived as well and he needed to relax a little after his trip. There was only one place we could think of that fit the bill.

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We made our way to the Great Lost Bear, located in Portland Maine.  If you like good food, a giant selection of beer on tap, and a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere this is the place.  It’s a dark and cozy bar/restaurant with a really diverse group of customers.  Since I’m not much of a beer drinker a decided to try something new and interesting for my beverage selection.  I received a extra tall glass of Woodchuck Cherry Cider.  I know one thing for certain, I’ll be drinking a lot more of that stuff in the future. It was semi-sweet, fruity, with an alcohol content of approximately 5.4%.  It was awesome.

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‘How do you pick just one?’

We all arrived with huge appetites and proceeded to chow down.  I tried something new called the Barbecue Hot Mess.  It’s layered in a Mason jar with Mac & Cheese on the bottom, then baked beans, then pulled pork w/sauce, then cole slaw, and finally topped with a big fat jalapeno popper. I was lucky to get this picture because I could barely control myself. I made short work of the whole mess and it was just incredible.

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It was a miserable night weather-wise but the food and drink made up for it.  Just as we were leaving the bar the rain which had been pouring down for hours stopped.  The late shopping crowds appeared to out in great numbers regardless causing the traffic to be much heavier than normal. 

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For those of you who live in and around the many metro areas in this country that are constantly clogged with traffic you need to understand what I’m saying.  In Maine traffic congestion is considered to be a line of twenty cars during rush hour. Really heavy traffic requires a line of forty cars.  One of the biggest adjustments I had to make after moving to Maine was the lack of traffic. I came from Boston where I spent at least an hour a day sitting on Rt. 128. In Maine I’d have to travel fifteen miles to even find a small traffic jam.  Do I miss Massachusetts . . . that would be a big Hell No!

We still  have a few Christmas items left to wrap and more food preparations to complete for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners but really that’s just part of the fun. My better-half who claims to love being surprised is chomping at the bit to see her gifts but this pleasant torture is something that I look forward to every year. I drop lots of meaningless hints which mean absolutely nothing and it just drives her crazy.

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08-02-2014 Journal Entry – Festive Festivities!   Leave a comment

I’ve been so busy of late I decided to take today off.  My only task this morning was to can another ten jars of Bread & Butter pickles.  The garden is producing ridiculous numbers of cucumbers, zucchini’s, and beans, making it a little difficult to keep up. 

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‘After’

I really hope to get a little reading done over the next few days. Last weekend we visited a local fair at St. Matthews church in Limerick, ME. This is an event that we try never to miss. It’s a three day event and draws quite a crowd from southern Maine. It consists of a huge flea market where you can still find a treasure or two for a very low price.  Over the years I’ve found quite a few jewels and this year was no different.  I found two stainless steel stock pots in like new condition without a mark on then for $15.00. If I tried to buy them at a retail store it would have been more like $50.00.

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There were crowds of people everywhere but as always the biggest crowd was in the book tent.  Tens of thousands of books, sorted on tables, and being rummaged through by hundreds of people.  I normally am able to buy enough books to keep me reading for most of the Winter for less than $20.00. It’s hardback books for a buck and paperbacks for $.50 each.  I bought so many I had two make two trips to the car to unload the bag.  I may be a big fan of the Ereader’s but at these prices I’ll take a step back to reading actual books anytime.  I still like the feel of the book in my hands and turning each page manually.  An Ereader is more convenient to be sure but old habits are hard to break.

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‘My Winter Stash’

Another thing I look forward to are the french fries.  I’ve been on a no-carb diet for almost a year but there are certain occasions that demand that I eat some greasy, salty, and crunchy fries.  I pigged out and with the help of my better-half, her daughter and her husband, and the grandson, we totally destroyed a giant box of fries along with half a bottle of ketchup.  It was sinfully delicious.

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The grandson who is just now starting to speak spent most of his time near the tent where they sell used children’s toys.  He was drawn to a hot looking plastic Camaro with flashing red lights and shiny decals.  That should keep him occupied for a week or so making it an excellent investment.

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They offer some minor gambling with a chuck-a-luck wheel, a greenhouse selling plants, and a host of other food booths.  The odd clown or two doing face painting for the kids and a huge barbecue cooking area loaded with roasting beef and chicken.  The aroma is almost overwhelming.  I like all of it except for those clowns that always seem to roaming around the grounds and showing up right next to me. After all these years they still creep me out.

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‘Yikes!’

The better-half, the daughter, and the grandson are leaving on a road trip tomorrow heading south to Delaware and then on to Ocean City, Maryland. They’ll be meeting up some of her family members for a few beach days and a night or two on the Boardwalk. I guess I can expect another silly baseball hat and T-shirt to add to my collection. That also means a week off from everything on my better-half’s Honey-Do list.  I’ll be able to read a few books, relax on the deck with the cat, and clear my head a little. 

It should be a good week for us all.

06-01-2014 Journal Entry–The Texas Trip!   Leave a comment

I’ve spent the last few days complaining about United Airlines and the  terrible time they gave me while traveling. So today maybe I should calm down and thank my nephew for being such a good host. I’d hate to make people think that my entire Memorial Day weekend had been totally ruined because of an unfortunate incident when it really wasn’t.

I managed to drag my camera around with us during my visit and took a few hundred photos.  I thought I’d share some of them with you today,  These first few are of the highlight of the trip as far as crazy delicious food was concerned. The name of the place is The Hard Eight and this was the line at the entrance when we arrived.  You could smell that barbecue for miles around.

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As we waited in line the smell of cooking meat was overwhelming and as we approached the grill station it got even worse. This is their outrageous version of a menu hanging on the wall.

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And then you walk to the grill and see this.

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You can almost smell it just by looking at these pictures.  You choose your meat, it’s placed on a tray covered with wax paper, it’s weighed and priced and then your off to the dining room to choose your side dishes.

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We enjoyed the band playing C&W music as we ate and OMG was it incredible.  We ate until we couldn’t move and then just sat there to enjoy the atmosphere for a few minutes.  The prices were reasonable and I’d recommend this establishment to anyone going anywhere near Dallas.  It’s barbecue heaven.

This was just day one of the trip and I have many more photo’s that will follow in the next week or so.  I also feel somewhat obligated to introduce all of you to my new best friend and Texas bedmate. She made me feel right at  home and actually snored and kicked less than my better-half does in Maine. Her name is Pepper.

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Thanks for a great time Mike.

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