People Just Need To Chili Out

In Texas, saying “I’m putting beans in the chili” are fightin’ words.

If you want to start an argument in the Lone Star State, all you have to do is say you’re a Steelers fan. If you want to start a fight, you can disparage John Wayne, or you can serve beans in your chili.

Those of us who grew up in Arkansas were pretty particular in how we made our gravy, but not so much about how we made our chili.

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No Pressure Infomercials

I have become a connoisseur of infomercials.

Those of us who don’t sleep well know about a world of entertainment that those who do sleep well don’t. Infomercials.

The vast wasteland of middle-of-the-night TV is laden with products you didn’t know you needed.

And, just like TV shows, infomercials have a regular season. Infomercial season begins around Thanksgiving, peaks prior to Christmas, and continues through January.

I’m especially fond of the ads that feature any type of cooking device. A conical-shaped cooker that looks ...

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A Realistic New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s resolution is to eat more.

I have no idea whose idea it was to start the New Year with an unrealistic commitment, but this year I’ve decided to set an achievable goal. So, I’m going to eat more.

Sure, there will be times when I’ll fall off the wagon and eat less, but unlike previous years when I promised myself I’d eat less and then ate more, 2015 will be different.

For those of us who frequent Facebook, one of ...

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All I Wanted Was An Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Set

All I wanted for Christmas was an Evel Knievel Super Stunt Cycle with Gyro Launcher.

Once upon a time long, long ago (1973), every eleven-year-old boy in America wanted to be Evel Knievel.

Moms in 70’s America worried about a lot, but if they had a son between 8 and 18, they worried about Evel Knievel.

Mr. Knievel made his living wearing a skintight American-themed jumpsuit and cape while driving a motorcycle 100 miles per hour and jumping over buses, cars or anything ...

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Toilet Paper Should Go Over The Front Of The Roll

Toilet paper should roll over the top, not the bottom.

I believe that one of the best ways to determine if a relationship can work, long-term, is to assess whether your potential partner rolls the toilet paper over the front or the back of the roll.

This simple, yet telling observation is one of a handful of ways you can find that special someone who is right for you.

If the other person insists that you have to conform to their way of ...

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Saying Goodbye To A Major Appliance

You know you’ve been married a long time when getting a major appliance is the highlight of the week for both of you.

With the joy of a new dishwasher also came a little sadness. The old one had to go.

It sounds ridiculous, but our things become part of the family. Not so long ago, I watched as a rep at the cell phone store turned off my phone to activate a newer model I’d bought.

As I watched, I felt like ...

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All Strung Out

Thanksgiving weekend is a special one for husbands. We put up Christmas decorations under the direction of our wives.

There are many things no one tells you before you get married, but one of the best kept secrets that women successfully hide from men is the mandatory hanging of the Christmas decorations.

While single men across the nation ring in the holiday season watching sports in their underwear, married men bundle up, put on their mountain climbing gear and hang from the ...

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1,000 Channels and Nothing on TV

This will be hard for some to believe, but once upon a time, TV was free.

Sometimes, I think about what it was like before we had a thousand TV channels.

It makes me recall when three little channels used to offer a heck of a lot more to watch.

I can remember the first time I saw HBO. This was the late 1970s, and it was truly amazing to see a TV channel in someone’s home that played uninterrupted movies. I can ...

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Can You Name All of The Cars You’ve Owned?

How many cars have you owned?

By my count, I’ve owned or co-owned 23 automobiles. That’s in 38 years of driving, so that’s a different vehicle about every year and a half.

Yes, I’m a car nut.

However, I didn’t change vehicles every year and a half. Some I owned for as long as 10 years. I’ve also owned as many as five at a time.

The 23 doesn’t count the vehicles I drove before I had a car that was actually mine. I ...

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Admit It. Some Holiday Recipes Are Just Awful

Every family has a recipe that no one likes, but no one’s willing to admit it.

So, what’s the recipe in your family that sends shivers up your spine whenever you find out it’s being served?

With the holidays fast approaching, I began to think about the joys of holiday feasting. Which then made me think about all of the family gatherings, which then made me think of the inevitable dish of Jell-O with fruit in it.

I’ve always hated Jell-O. Even Bill ...

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