Photos of the February 2011 Texas Valley freeze [photos]

Just some quick photos of the big freeze here in the Texas valley. It doesn’t look like much compared to what I’ve seen when I lived in Dallas and Oklahoma, but to the original residents of the valley, this is epic.

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All car windshields were iced over.

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Hats to cover your head with? Gone (@ the local WalMart).

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Gloves? Nothing but one or two non-insulated work gloves left (again @ the local WalMart).

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Ice scrapers in the Texas valley do not exist. The closest things you can use are putty knives or hard rubber squeegees (and both of those were sold out.)

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We’re due for one more day of freezing weather, but this weekend we’re back in the 60s and the coming week is forecast for low 70s.

Hugh Jackman says he does look like Clint Eastwood

Way back in November 2010, my gorgeous wife noticed that Hugh Jackman looks a lot like a young Clint Eastwood.

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Eastwood and Jackman

Today Hugh Jackman said he noticed that too in an interview with Geoff Boucher of the LA Times.

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GB: How much you weighing?

HJ: Right now, I’m at 210.

GB: Wow, so you’re going to be bigger this time? Last time, you looked about, what, 190?

HJ: Yeah, right, I was 190, something like that. I don’t know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren said with the last one, ‘Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine.” He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger.’ He’s going to come down after he gets done with all the black-tie events over and done with.

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I said Hollywood needs to remake “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” with Hugh Jackman as the Man With No Name back in November. Any bets on how long it will take the studios catch on they’re sitting on a blockbuster with Jackman?

Ketchup, HFCS, Heinz waffling, and other critically important things

I have a confession. I love ketchup. Love it. Between ketchup, Tabasco Sauce, HP sauce, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Cattlemen’s BBQ sauce and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, I’m good for most meals.

So when it was time to reload on Ketchup, I noticed Hunts had a semi-new “no HFCS” variety on the shelves.

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Go Hunts!

Heinz, however, has two different brands of ketchup, neither of which are clearly labeled to distinguish the difference in product. Heinz’s “normal” ketchup label looks like this…

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…and it still uses HFCS.

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The second ketchup product label from Heinz is almost identical to the first label, but an additional “Simply Heinz” banner on the label…

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…means this product uses real sugar and has no HFCS!

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Come on Heinz! Quit waffling! Grow a pair! Put a big honkin’ label that says NEW NO HFCS CRAP IN THIS MONKEY! Calling it “Simply Heinz” says to me the HFCS lobby has you guys scared.

Anyhow, I thought such critically important matters deserved a Friday blog post, so here we are!

A drive through (and pick up a drink) store called Hit and Run? [PHOTO]

I’ve been on the road again this week, and recently I was passing through deep (deeeeeep!) southwest Texas when I saw this awesomeness off the road. A drive through and pick up a drink store called “Hit and Run”.

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Stores like this are all over the place in Texas. Drive up, grab a drink and some snacks, and keep on going! But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite so ballsy, though. (pun intended)

Cold beer! Getcher cold beeeeerrrr! Cold beer!

Is it me, or does Hugh Jackman look a lot like a young Clint Eastwood? [PHOTO]

So my gorgeous wife and I were enjoying being in our new home this weekend, and as we were flipping through the channels, we found the Clint Eastwood movie of all Clint Eastwood movies was on… “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”.

As we were watching the big finale, my wife does a double take, grabs her laptop, looks up a few images in Google, and says “Hey! Hugh Jackman looks a lot like a young Clint Eastwood.”

I looked over at her laptop…

Hugh Jackman = A young Clint Eastwood


… and damn. He sure does.

Hey Hollywood! You’re so jazzed on remakes, how about remaking “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” with Hugh Jackman as the Man With No Name? I can totally see Hugh nailing this part. And there hasn’t been a good western out in a few years, so a big budget movie like this would probably pull in some major moolah.

And in case you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the big finale….

Whaddya’ think?

Sir-Loin you say?

I haven’t posted for awhile because I’ve been traveling all over Texas. Plus I’ve got major projects piling up that I’ve gotta’ blitz through as fast as I can, so my free time is actually somewhat less than zero right now.

Anyhow, on one of my recent travels through south Texas, I found the elusive Mr. Loin.

Mr. Sir-Loin.

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You know, with the stones to have a tag like “Howdy My name is Sir-Loin”, I kinda’ wanted to give them a try. But I didn’t have time for a sit-down lunch and wound up drivin’ through a local Whataburger instead. Maybe next time.