Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Three Spooky Places I Want to Visit

Sometimes it’s just fun to visit weird and spooky places. And with Halloween coming it’s always fun to find those places and visit them. Here are three spooky places that I want to visit.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829; it was a model prison for its day. The prison housed prisoners until the 1970’s. It housed Al Capone, and Pep the cat murdering dog. Yes, the story goes that the governor sentenced a dog to a life sentence in 1924 for murdering his wife’s cat. The prison was also used in the filming of the film 12 Monkeys. The scenes in the asylum were filmed there. And in the fall the prison hosts Terror Behind the Walls which is one scary haunted house tour.

Chicago’s Englewood Post Office

Now I know that there are some of you reading this thinking why do you want to go to a post office in Chicago if you don’t live there? It’s simple. The Englewood post office is built on part of the ground where the hotel of H.H. Holmes stood. For those of you who don’t know, he is credited as being the first American serial killer. His murdered his victims and then melted the flesh off of them and sold their skeletons to medical schools so students could study anatomy. It was the 1800’s so people were were even more horrified than we are today when they heard about his crimes. The original building burnt to the ground, but it is believed that part of the original bricks from that building are underneath the Englewood post office.

The Old Detroit Train Station

Personally, I find all of Detroit to be a little spooky anymore, but it once was a great city. The old Detroit train station was a hub of activity. And it was beautiful. As train travel declined, the old station was abandoned. It’s still there, but the paint is peeling, and its windows are broken out. I’d love to see the inside of that building even though it is pretty creepy.

So what creepy places would you like to see this fall?

Music to blog by Almost Human by Voltaire

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Red Potato and Green Pea Salad

Okay, potato salad always gets knocked for not being too healthy. But we all love it. So here is a version that is a little healthier, and of course it tastes great.

Here’s What You Need

1 lb. of new red potatoes
½ cup of olive oil
1 celery stick chopped
1 ½ cup of frozen peas
Juice from a fresh squeezed lemon
½ cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Here’s what you need to do

Cut your potatoes into smaller pieces, and boil them until they are soft. Add your lemon juice to your olive oil. Once the potatoes are soft, add the olive oil mixture. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir. It’s pretty easy to make, and it tastes great. 

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Charlie Leavy Music Review

Charlie Leavy is a female singer/songwriter from the UK. While she is young, she was born in 1996, her music shows maturity. Her voice is sweet and she has talent. And she can play her guitar. And her new release The Best Damn Ride is worth listening to.

The first song on the cd is The Way Life Is. The lyrics take a look at why people act the way they do. She questions why the news focuses on trivial events, why people who have so much often make wrong choices. She questions where we put our priorities in life. It shows an artist that is looking around the world and sees what is happening.

And I really enjoyed the song Summers Day Runaway. It’s a song about a relationship. It’s how you feel good in relationship, and it captures the small moments in a relationship. It focuses in on that special thing that we really enjoy about a person. The music is simple, and goes well with the lyrics.

I think I like her music because she sticks with what she knows and sees in life. Her music is honest because she doesn’t try to add a lot of glamour to it. She sticks with acoustic guitar and vocals for the most part. She doesn’t try to overshadow her talent with loads of extras. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enhance the music with rhythms and other instruments. She just has focus. She understands her strengths. And that is the sign of a musician who will grow to be a good performer in my opinion.

So listen to her music, and let me know what you think of it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Quest for the Ultimate Hot Dog 2

Yes, hot dogs are an important part of the summer season, and most of us love them. They are a fun food that you can get really creative with. And there are loads of hot dog stands and restaurants that have done just that. In my quest for the ultimate hot dog I visited The Stand this week.

The Stand is a hot dog stand that serves a variety of dogs. It also sells ice cream. All of the items they sell are well yummy is the only word I can use to describe them. I mean coney dogs and ice cream are a great combo right? The Stand is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and it’s been around for a few years. It’s open seasonally, so you have to get your dogs while the weather is warm.

Like I said they specialize in coney dogs. And they have a good selection of their own creations. When I visited The Stand, I got a coney dog along with a Texas Coney Dog. The coney dog had the normal coney sauce that we all love. But the Texas Coney Dog was awesome. It had bbq sauce along with bacon bits. And they added hot sauce. It was fabulous.

The Stand is primarily a drive thru stand, but you can sit outside at picnic tables. And they do have car shows at the location. So if you’re a fan of classic cars this is a great place to go on those nights.

The dogs are great, and it’s just a fun place to visit. But do they have the ultimate hot dog? Only time will tell with that one.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

If I Had a Million Dollars

Once again it is time to look at how I would spend my mad money if I had a million dollars.

First a sniffing kitty dress by Zoe’s Lollipop with a kitty appliqued sniffing flowers.

Second a surprised girl kawaii plush by WonderTreasures. I love the expression on the plushies face.

Third Disney Aristocat Rhinestone clip on earrings from Clips and Sugar. I mean how could you not say these are cute?

Fourth French Cat Notebook by Brave Moonman

Finally, a pair of Kawaii Cat Eye Sunglasses by hunny milk t

Let me know what you think of my picks.

Music to blog by Toda Le Noche by Los De Abajo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Nine Year Old and an Uzi

I heard the news that a nine year old shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi. It made me wonder about how a nine year old and an Uzi wind up together. Uzi’s aren’t the typical gun that you need to teach your child gun safety about. How did this happen?

We often judge the parents of children who forget to take their child with them when they run inside a store on a hot day. We judge parents whose children use drugs. There are all kinds of ways that we judge parents. And I believe that I try to avoid doing that. I don’t know the circumstances around many individuals’ actions. But in this case I am judging the parents. Yes, I’ve said it. This incident never needed to happen.

This isn’t a story about gun control as I have heard in the news. To me it’s a question of good judgment. Why is a child being taught to use a weapon that has no clear use in daily life? This is not a weapon that is used for hunting. It is not a weapon used for personal protection. It is a weapon that is meant to destroy. Why would parents want their nine year old daughter to know how to use an Uzi? I can think of no rational explanation. Did they allow their daughter to use the Uzi because she wanted to? Um, the word no is acceptable. Did they think it would be cute to have pictures of their daughter firing the weapon? Well the picture certainly is being seen by a lot of people, nobody is saying it is cute. Or did they believe that it was like a handgun? There is a reason that most people don’t own them.

So parents of this child, I do feel bad for you. I am sorry to hear that your vacation has had this unhappy event occur while you were relaxing. I’m sorry to hear that your daughter was now knows how realistic gunshot wounds look. While I question your judgment on this event, please don’t spend the rest of your rest of your life beating yourself up. Please don’t play the blame game. Please help your daughter get past this event. And use your experience to make better choices in the future. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rosie the Maid

Remember Rosie the Maid from The Jetsons? Remember how the show kind of promised us all a robot maid in the future? I’ve been looking forward to this all of my life. I’ve had so many tasks that I wanted Rosie the Maid to complete for me. But I have to admit there is one chore above all that would be given to Rosie immediately. You see I love my cats, but there is a down side to owning cats. You have to change the box.

I’ve never understood how such small animals can create such a mess. The boys aren’t very tidy in the box, and this does seem to frustrate the queen of the house. And she feels she needs to dig her way to China every time she gets in the box. I believe she does this to try and make up for the boys lack of tidiness. But the litter does go a flying when she begins her digging. There is litter flying around in the box, and well of course as it flies some of it goes out of the box. The box is a pain. But it is oh so necessary to maintain because the little queen doesn’t like it if her box isn’t tidied every day. And she lets you know by leaving you surprises.

So you see, I need Rosie the Maid. She would be an essential part of my household. And I hope that the promise of a robot maid comes true soon.

Music to blog by the theme from The Jetsons