Day 56

February 25, 2017 – The Mardi Gras of Chili®

Sertoma Chili Cook-off 36 is almost in the bag. If you hurry, you can still make it down there in time to see Shawn Munday, then the Dirty Saints are closing it down.

This was a fun day. I didn’t get out of bed as early as I’d planned, but it’s all good. I stopped at the convenience store to get cash from the ATM and buy a cup of coffee. The kid at the counter saw the logo on my shirt and got really excited. He told me that eleven years ago, his dad’s team took first place as crowd-favorite and the official judging. Dad still has his trophies and the recipe. Dad and son (the clerk at the convenience store) are planning to try again next year, to see if the chili recipe has withstood the test of time.

When things were slow in my area, I got to go to the party – I was able to hear a bit of Thrillfall, Laura Ashley, Pearl Nation, and Chris May / Marcus Chatman. They were all wonderful.

I had a few bites of chili – my personal favorites were The Boys & Girls Club and Mediacom. In the “restaurant” division, my favorite was Iguana Roja. They were all delicious! As for adult beverages, what brand and how much I had is none of your business. Suffice to say, I did not deprive myself.

The booths, as usual, were over the top. So many fun / funny themes, but my top three picks were AECI’s Chocolate Factory, patterned after Willy Wonka’s, Expedia’s Alice in Wonderland, and Classic Lawn’s Dr. Dandelion’s Diabolical Laboratory.

Now I’m home, packing away all my swag and Mardi Gras beads. Oh, I almost forgot! I scored a totally sweet UPS hat! Aren’t you jealous?

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Day 55

February 24, 2017

Tomorrow is the Sertoma Chili Cook XXXVI (think Super Bowl). Tonight I went to help get my area set up, had a team meeting, then wandered around taking pictures and enjoying a few adult beverages. If you’re in the area, like to eat chili, like to drink beer, and enjoy raising money for the Boys & Girls Club, you should definitely stop by! This video is from last year, but definitely catches the spirit!

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Day 54

February 23, 2017

I haven’t Tom’d you for a while. A friend of mine sent this link and I can’t stop watching it. Put your earbuds in for this one…

::fans self:: Oh my, is it hot in here or is it just me?

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Day 53

February 22, 2017

Make-up — this one is about people having hissy fits over SNL. Please listen closely, because George Stephanopoulos says Sean Spicer thinks Melissa’s impression of him is funny. 🙂

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Day 52

February 21, 2017

Another make-up, another fantastic SLN video. I love Kate and hope she becomes a yuge star!

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Day 51

February 20, 2017

Again, doing make-ups for the days I’ve missed. Another SNL video, I love Melissa, and I think this is sheer genius!

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Day 50

February 19, 2017

Doing make-ups for the days I’ve missed. I’m exhausted so you’re getting videos as space fillers. Bringing the funneh!

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365 Writing Prompts – Day 49

February 18, 2017 – Not a prompt, just me rambling again.

A good friend of mine sent a link to this video right after it was published in 2013. It scared the crap out of me. I’m sure there are very plausible explanations to debunk the whole thing, but if it is a fraud, it’s a very good one.

Today, while wandering aimlessly, it popped up in the “watch it again” list on YouTube’s home page. While watching, I experienced the same creepy feeling as the first time I saw it. Have a look and see what you think.

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365 Writing Prompts – Day 48

February 17, 2017 – ‘Ancient depictions of angels show them as almost Eldritch Horrrs, but all the scriptures say they’re good. What is really the truth?’

Two quotes from Greg Widen that have stuck with me for over twenty years. They’re from his 1995 movie The Prophecy.

  • Did you ever notice how in the Bible, whenever God needed to punish someone, or to make an example, or whenever God needed a killing, he sent an angel? Did you ever wonder what a creature like that must be like? A whole existence spent praising your God, but always with one wing dipped in blood…would you ever really want to see an angel?
  • I’m an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why.

It is my sincere prayer that God never wants to make an example of me (although, I believe He already has, but that’s a story for another time), and if he does send an angel, he/she is for my protection rather than to rip out my soul. And, like the man said, I don’t really want to see the angel.

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