Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gator Bowl

Anyone have interest in going to the Gator Bowl?  I plan on going and wanted to see if we could get together and buy a group of tickets.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


My procrastination caught up with me today. I was going to go stock up on Zingers and Twinkies (since the union would rather not have jobs at all), but I was late to the game.

I had to settle for donettes--which are good too, but not what I was hoping for.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Extreme Home Makeover

James, your former home has officially been converted to the local party pad. The hot tub was installed yesterday. I think the pole is coming in this weekend.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chicken Fried Steak Review

Tried the Chicken Fried New York Strip at Jack Allen's Kitchen.

It was good, but as usual, the breading had little adhesion. Maybe one day science will advance to the point where we can get this stuff to stick to the meat.

Friday, October 12, 2012

1911 Finally Came in

We ordered a Kimber Grand Raptor II from a local shop about a year ago. It finally showed up.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bulldog Club RV Parking

Can any of you Bulldog Club members get me a parking pass for an RV for the Oct. 13th TN game?  The only free parking is at the horse park which is way too long of a walk for a fat kid.  Wish I could have made it down for the A&M.  Actually still might come for the day, but will have to wait and see. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bait Vending Machine

Saw this in Florida. Pretty good idea.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


On James's suggestion, I picked up a Flowzie. Collapsible huggies are a must if you're on the go, but this is ok for home or special event use. You're committed to finishing your drink if you hit the button. I can only assume that any unattended, Flowzied drinks you leave around will be irresistible to some fool hitting the button. But, if you're ready to "Hit it and Quit it" get a Flowzie.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Keeping Austin Weird

Background on Keep Austin Weird.  Let's just say, minus Vegas, Austin has some of the most exotic people watching known to man if you are interested in seeing some oddball peeps.  A common topic of discussion among the less weird is where exactly do these people work that allows them to look like that?  The conversation usually leads to a few of the local food chains that specialize in having wackos preparing and serving your food which leads to someone saying, "there can't possibly be enough of those establishments for all of these nuts" and everyone has a good chuckle.  Well, I've found an actual office environment I can add to the list.

For my current job I've been working as a consultant that serves as an embedded resource with various teams/companies.  Of course the final verdict on most of these places is wow...they suck and I'm glad I'm not a permanent employee there, but one office in particular takes the cake.

To say that this office embraces diversity would be an understatement.  I'm not positive on their hiring process, but I'm guessing there must be some sort of points system based on your quirks, tattoos, piercings, and general lack of a "normal" appearance.  The less mainstream, the more likely you are to be hired.

My words cannot provide the correct justice, but I'll do my best to explain some examples of what I mean:

  • Electronic cigarette guy - this guy has a mo-hawk, wears camo cargo shorts everyday, and routinely smokes his electronic cigarette in most meetings he attends (and at his desk).  And I haven't been close enough to tell whether he's puffing the e-cigarette or the real deal, but I routinely see him outside for smoke breaks throughout the day.
  • Pootie Tang - This is the white/Asian version, but he comes complete with the glasses, super-skinny frame, and the braided pony-tail.  All he needs is the fur coat and he'd win the look-alike contest.  He's not on my team so no word on whether he actually talks like Pootie...but that would be awesome..
  • The Canuck - I can't knock him so much for this, but he is a profuse sweater.  On a daily basis I see the sweat bands forming on his shirt front, back, and pit area while doing nothing more than sitting at his desk or attending a meeting (inside).  Maybe I should introduce him to the magic of an undershirt.  Anyway, he sort of sounds like Jeff Spicoli with the exception that you'll also get more "aboots" than you can handle.  I've also calculated that 70% of his sentences end with "etc, etc"
  • Ron Jeremy - I can't speak for his bedroom manner, but this dude is about 5 foot nothing and is significantly larger in diameter than me.  I only call him Ron Jeremy because of the resemblance with his hairdo.  I'm guessing this guy does the majority of his clothes shopping at souvenir shops and Spencer Gifts since he's always got the "funny" t-shirt on.
  • John Kruk - Seems like a good ol' boy...probably somebody Luke would enjoy hanging out with.  I'm not sure I've seen a day go by yet that he hasn't had some sort of sports apparel/jersey on.
  • Summertime Santa Claus - Has the full, white beard and typically wearing shorts, white socks, and sandals.  He's also very jolly as I can hear his laugh throughout the day while he's discussing random thoughts and music with John Kruk.
  • The Historian - I'm seeing a pattern with this guy.  Come Friday afternoon around 3 PM he usually strikes up a conversation about various historical facts/empires which typically last a couple of hours or at least I'm usually out the door so not positive exactly when they stop.  I've overheard more about Roman and Persian history in the last few weeks than I ever heard in school.
  • Michael Bolton - Think more of the long-haired version, but picture him like he's starring in a role on Dazed and Confused.
I could go on, but this is even starting to bore me.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Chapter: Columbia, SC

Austin has been good to me since college, but soon I'm going to be breaking up the Korean double-team on our street as I've accepted a new job and I'll be taking my talents to Columbia, SC.

Next week we are headed out to do a little house hunting and then I start my new job after Labor Day.  Shey and Maci will be holding down the fort in Texas while I do a bit of commuting, and then we plan on our full move in October.

The Backtoms Tailgate is still on for the Texas A&M game on November 3.  The tailgating trailer has been secured and as it gets closer we can work out some of the details.  I put in an order for 10 tickets which are allegedly spoken for, but tickets are still available as best as I can tell if you are ready to commit.

Beer Tip

If you've glanced at the Yeti owner's manual you've probably noticed the Magic of Rock Salt section. James tested it out last weekend. The only problem was it froze the cans to an undrinkable state. If you've had the beer on ice for a while, pull them a little early to let them thaw.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Backtoms Tailgate

I think the general consensus this year was to shoot for the Texas A&M game on November 3 for the annual tailgate.  So let's make that happen.

I've contacted the same place we rented the tailgate trailer from last year and we can get the same setup again.  If we want to do that we should act sooner rather than later to make sure we can get it.  For those, that didn't make it...it is a sweet setup:
7x14 Tailgating Trailer
55inch LED Samsung TV Outside 
Bose 10 SoundDock 
CO2 Keg Tap 
10x20 Tent
15  Logo Chairs 
3 x 6foot Tables with Table Cloths
50inch Samsung TV Inside 
Frozen Margarita Maker 
Dish Network with Locals, Sports Package and ESPN GamePlan 
3000 Watt Honda Ultra Quiet Generator 
On Site Staff

No problems with anything being stolen and we were able to lock up our stuff in the trailer during the game.  The location was awesome last year as well.  We basically need to show up with food & beverages.  Let me know if you are in and we can divide the cost appropriately and start getting some plans together.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pizza on the Big Green Egg

Nunnrey got an XL BGE last weekend, and we put it through its paces yesterday on pizzas.

We used the plate setter with the legs down, and the XL pizza stone.

We ran it with the top and bottom vents wide open. Just about there on the temp.

Once the needle maxed out, it was time to bake.

In all, we did five pies with two of Nunnrey's dough recipes and one of mine. I think Nunnrey's were all King Arthur Bread Flour, and mine was a blend of KA Bread and some Type 00 I picked up at an Italian market. They all came out pretty good. We were letting them cook in the 2-3 minute range. Check out that bottom.

I forgot to shoot the temp during peak heat, but this was the stone temp after we had wrapped up. I'm guessing we were closer to 700F in mid-bake.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Had some Wickles Picklestoday. Pretty tasty, gonna have to try some of the Okra next. Thanks for the tip Michael!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Punch Top Can

This is my first test of the Miller Lite PTC. As I've discussed with a couple of you, I thought the concept was a good incremental step towards the ultimate beer can. I think the next iteration should be a removable bottom. Invert can, remove bottom, enjoy. After which, I think we should abandon simple gravity-fed devices and have cans with a CO2 charge in the bottom with a DRINK button. I think that should get us to the point where you're not wasting time, but I'm keeping an open mind.

Also, congratulations to Nunnrey on his recent marriage. It was good seeing the out-of-town folks that made it in. I'm not sure anyone is aware of this tidbit save my wife. The ceremony took place on a golf course (that's not the part a lot of people don't know...), while I was standing around waiting for my turn in pictures I found an almost new Titleist Velocity ball. That was a nice treat to go with all the free beer that night.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nunnrey's Bachelor Party

The wolfpack is heading out to Vegas the weekend of March 31. Forecast is calling for a 80% chance of a good time. Let me know if you're interested.

Friday, February 24, 2012