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Old 04-03-2010, 07:22 PM   #3941
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Sounds like RVing to me.
Last night I slept in the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, at the Jonesboro (Arkansas) Holiday Inn. Nice free breakfast buffet, too.

Frank drove, and I read to him from my Kindle most of the day yesterday, and we discussed the books. It was fun, like having a book club with just two members.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:08 PM   #3942
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Road trip!

Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. Surprisingly good for being in the middle of nowhere. Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush were blooming like crazy all along the roadways.

Early BBQ dinner at Smitty's, just about the most Texan place you can imagine. You have to stand in line in the smoke at the indoor wood fired pits to buy brisket, ribs, and sausage by the pound. They give it to you wrapped in brown paper and you take it into the dining room (which is, thankfully, air conditioned and smoke-free) where you buy beans, slaw, and potato salad. No plates. You eat off the brown paper.

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Early BBQ dinner at Smitty's, just about the most Texan place you can imagine. You have to stand in line in the smoke at the indoor wood fired pits to buy brisket, ribs, and sausage by the pound. They give it to you wrapped in brown paper and you take it into the dining room (which is, thankfully, air conditioned and smoke-free) where you buy beans, slaw, and potato salad. No plates. You eat off the brown paper.
Did you happen to see the recent episode of Food Wars, pitting brother (Kreuz Market) against sister (Smitty's Market) in a small-town BBQ smackdown? A family feud led to the two splitting up and opening separate BBQ joints.
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Local food radio show guy broadcast from Lockhart today. He must have been a yankee because he kept going on about sauce and sides. He went to four places, Black's, Kreuze's, Smitty's and some other place I've never been to. He tried to get them to talk about why Smitty's and Kreuz's split, but they wouldn't go there. I guess the wounds run deep, even though the split has to be a decade old or more.

If I remember the story right, it's a good lesson in how not to bequeath a business to your kids. Daddy Schmidt left the building (the place now called Smitty's) to his daughter, but had sold the actual business to his sons. Sometime after their father's death they had a falling out over rent and repairs. I think the daughter's husband did competitive barbecue on the side, maybe he had a hankering to run a restaurant. in any event the Schmidt brothers opened up Kreuz's (they had a parade and drug a bucket of coals from the old pit to the new place), and the old Kreuz's became Smitty's and is run by the Fullaloves (sp?).

I did learn one thing from yankee boy's broadcast today. I've always felt that Kreuz's brisket tended to have a lot of fat, while at Smitty's I just order it lean and it comes like I like it. Apparently, if you want lean beef at Kreuz's the thing to order is Shoulder Clod. Learn something new every day.

I eat at both places, and Black's as well. But the atmosphere at Smitty's is very historic. If Texas had a cathedral of barbecue, Smitty's would be the place.



My next barbecue pilgrimage will have to be to Lexington (east of Austin) to Snow's. Open only on Saturday, all they sell is brisket, and they close when they run out. I've heard that they open early and almost never make it to lunch time before they've run out.
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Did absolutely nothing on Friday! Success!!!

Today I put gas in the lawn mower, pulled the rope once , and it fired right up....as it always has...then I mowed the lawn for the first time this year!
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Spent most of the day drugged out on painkillers for a tooth I had cracked last weekend and subsequently had crowned Tuesday. It's not looking good for me...may have to have a root canal if the pain doesn't subside. Yucko! Not a fun way to spend your Easter weekend!

Oh well, I will survive - and I am thankful for pain killers! Makes me think about how much people used to suffer from stuff like this in the past when we had no pain medicine (and why they'd drink!!!)
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Oh well, I will survive - and I am thankful for pain killers! Makes me think about how much people used to suffer from stuff like this in the past when we had no pain medicine (and why they'd drink!!!)
I can come up with many reasons for taking med's.
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I can come up with many reasons for taking med's.

Oh yeah, the list is endless! LOL!
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Doing what? And should this require pictures to be a worthwhile thread?

I bought "my first iPod" a few days back and I've put some time into building playlists and loading it up. I also ended up getting taunted into overhauling three mini blowdryers for our kid. Spouse's 20-year-old model was beyond redemption (plastic brittle fracture) but the other two were worth saving and have been passed on to the next generation.

I also spent Friday and Saturday avoiding doing our tax returns. The avoidance is doing so well that I think I'll go surfing today...
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Pictures would be worthwhile if I were about 20 years younger. It's best I leave it to the imagination now...
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After (1) another free, lavish breakfast buffet, (2) doing some real estate drive-bys all morning, and (3) hitting Boston Market for our Easter dinner, we drove a little over an hour up I-44 to Lebanon, Missouri to look around. One more place to cross off our list - - it didn't really do much for us. I hadn't seen it since the 1960's, but Lebanon is still a little too small and quiet for me.

Tomorrow we may wander about through northern Arkansas.
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We went to a local American Legion for a fundraiser breakfast buffet, all you can eat mode, for the ungodly price of $7 per person. I had a fabulous western omelet, sausage links, pancakes, bacon, home fries, coffee, OJ.
We left stuffed to the gills.
I had looked at Easter brunches and saw stars at the $35 per person price at a casino nearby. NOT!
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We went to a local American Legion for a fundraiser breakfast buffet, all you can eat mode, for the ungodly price of $7 per person. I had a fabulous western omelet, sausage links, pancakes, bacon, home fries, coffee, OJ.
We left stuffed to the gills.
If you have lost weight again on your Wednesday weigh-in this week, I am going to feel really aggrieved, and very envious (the breakfast sounded wonderful - I had a banana and nut bagel with cream cheese, and several cups of macadamia nut coffee after riding our bikes to our regular Sunday coffee shop)
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TANSTAAFL - If you paid for lunch, the beer would be cheaper.

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TANSTAAFL - If you paid for lunch, the beer would be cheaper.

You're just envious...

I chose freshly scrambled eggs, enough bacon to satisfy an ER-forum member, hot biscuit, orange juice, coffee with real cream, and more.. Frank selected raisin bran, yogurt, biscuits, hash browns, milk, and more... and only two guests at the motel other than Frank and me showed up for it by 8:30 AM. What a great way to start the day!

Oh, and Boston Market gave us 20% off on our lunch due to a seniors discount! They didn't even ask (yes, we look THAT old! ). Doesn't bother me. I'll take it.
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If you have lost weight again on your Wednesday weigh-in this week, I am going to feel really aggrieved, and very envious (the breakfast sounded wonderful - I had a banana and nut bagel with cream cheese, and several cups of macadamia nut coffee after riding our bikes to our regular Sunday coffee shop)
Not likely...I gained back 3.5 lbs since my lowest point of 168.5 lbs. HOWEVER, I have 3 days until weigh-in to do some yard w*rk and burn some of that breakfast off. My habit is to have 1 big meal a week where I totally misbehave and eat spartanly the rest of the time. My weekly Chinese buffet habit is on Wed BTW, AFTER weigh-in
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My So & I have gone on a low carb diet and so far we are both losing weight . Of course today was not great I made a ham ,scalloped potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce . We need to get back on track tomorrow .
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I'm enjoying my no-responsibility day -- morning stormy with a cozy fire and lots of piano practice. I have a boneless leg of lamb in the oven with mondo amounts of garlic stuffed into it, plus rosemary from the garden and carrots. If it tastes as good as the free sample we got from the hairnet brigade at Costco, we're golden.
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Got up about 9 o'clock and skipped breakfast so I'd have room for a really good, early dinner! We went to our favorite restaurant a few blocks from home, and had their Easter Special.....a nice tossed salad, tomato juice, Roast Leg o' Lamb (lots of it!) with mint jelly, seasoned rice, green beans, a toasted English muffin (which I has them slather some melted garlic butter), and cherry jello for dessert.....all for a whopping $9!!! It was excellent!!!
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After Easter morning church, had a nice breakfast at home. Drove to Burlington (VT) and "socialized" our new dog by walking on the Bike Path along the Lake. (Lake Champlain.) He was happy and so were we looking at the beautiful lake and the Adirondack Mountains across the water. (It can be wicked cold here in the winter but a day like today just brings everyone out.) After we got back home, went to dinner at a nice restaurant near our home. A nice day.
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