Breakfast 12oz can of Coca-Cola. Available world wide.
Green Chili burrito Los Dos Molinos Mesa, Az Order the number 5 combo green with beef if you survive you'll be addicted for life. runner up The Burger House Miami, Az.
Pesole/Menudo TaqueriaJalisco Broadway and Alma School Mesa, Az Don't be such a gringo try it you'll like it.
Cocktail decamarones y pulpo. TaqueriaJalisco Broadway and Gilbert Mesa, Az So good you may change you're mind about illegal immigration.
Chips and Salsa Los Dos Molinos runner up Islands Hamburgers several valley locations.
Horchata Salsitas Main and Country Club Dr. Mesa, Az Cold creamy cinnamon and vanilla goodness made fresh daily.
Steak My house. Farm fresh dry aged choice beef provided by Chapman Cattle Co. Welch, Ok.
Hamburger sit down restaurant Triple prime cheeseburger Ruby Tuesday's various valley locations. It's like a butter sandwich that tastes like beef. Runner up. The Firehouse Apache blv. Tempe, Az I'm not sure they are still open. The light rail may have killed them.
Hamburger fast food In and Out Burger. The valley, Las Vegas, SoCal. Double Double animal style no lettuce or tomato Runner up Fatburger. Same locations as In and Out. Order you're burger with a fried egg and grilled onions.
Hotdog Chicago style Al's Hotdogs Power & Brown Mesa,Az Firedog with everything. a suitable replacement for the long lost and greatly missed Dad's doghouse. New York style I haven't found one yet. Open for suggestions. Charcoal grilled Ted's Hotdogs Broadway & Mclintock? Tempe, Az
BB -Q Texas style Cooper's BB-Q Gilbert & Ray Gilbert, Az I over heard some people from Texas compliment Jeff ( the owner and my cousin) on the brisket. That's the only endorsement you need. Note to family members. Jeff has a cool old ariel Photo of the dairy hanging on the wall.
Fried Chicken fast food Charly's Chicken and BB-Q Miami (Miam-uh) Ok. Local for me is relative.
Pizza I don't have a favorite. Open for suggestions. I prefer New York style. I think Nelo's is over rated.
Submarine sandwich Che ba Hut North side of Dobson Rd. across from MCC Mesa, Az I don't like hippies or potheads and lesbians make me uncomfortable. You will find all of the above at Che ba but the the food makes the trip behind enemy lines worth it. I order the five-o. Lots of pork products. It's almost as good as the gone forever big joe's pastrami dip from Dad's.
Chinese Buffet. Hong Kong Gourmet Main st. west of Dobson Mesa, Az A little expensive but good varietyexcellent quality and full of some of the fattest people you will ever see.
Doughnuts. Cafe Du Monde French Quarter New Orleans, La. Beignets, the king of all doughnuts. Nothing else comes close. Don't say KrispyKream because you don't even know. Alternate source Ralf Brennen's Jazz Kitchen Downtown Disney adjacent to Disneyland Anaheim, Ca Just as good as New Orleans for double the price.
Restaurants that aren't very good but we all still eat there
Pete's Fish & Chips Main and Mesa Dr. Mesa, Az Natives talk about this place like it's something special. When new comers try it they say " what the hell? this food sucks!" Before long they begin to crave it fortnightly like the rest of us. No onion rings on Friday.
Autumn Moon Chinese Buffet I've eaten here hundreds of times in the past thirty years. Every time I do every time I get sick, and yet I all ways go back. Is this what it's like to be a woman in an abusive relationship?
Matta's Mexican Food Higley and Brown Mesa, Az Yes that location is correct. When I noticed they had closed the original location on Main street after at least fifty years in that same building I realised that half the reason more than half the reason I ate there was the atmosphere and memories of the building. I'm not sure I'll ever set foot in the new place. I wonder how long it will be before the City of Mesa buys the old building and tears it down so they can add another vacant lot to their collection.
I started watching the HBO mini series John Adams last night. ( I rented the first two episodes from netflix.) The show has receivedexcellent reviews and so far I'm in total agreement. If you have any interest in American history I highly recommend you check it out. In the second episode there is a scene depicting John Adams leaving his family behind in Massachusetts to attend the continental congress in Philadelphia. As he is riding away on his horse a young John Quincy Adams watching his father leave proclaims " I hate the congress!" I rose half way out of my chair and shouted at the television " I hate the congress too, two hundred and thirty three years later I hate congress!"
In my gone country post I mentioned a mysterious tank that emits billowing white smoke when opened. These tanks are high pressure containers used in the livestock industry to store vials or straws of semen in liquid nitrogen ( hence the white smoke) to preserve it for future use in artificial insemination breeding. One Sunday after church David Chapman was talking with another rancher in his ward about his need to refill his semen tank. By refill he meant refill with liqued nitrogen but he did'nt specify this. An older Sister in the ward was eavesdropping on the conversation and after a while she had to speak up.
Her: Brother Chapman what are you tawkin 'bout?
David: my semen tank.
Her: yore what?
David: my semen tank.
Her: I thaught thats what you said. What's it for?
David: I keep semen in it.
Her: Whar do you keep it?
David: In the barn.
Her: Why on earth do you have a tank full of yore semen in the barn?
David: It's bull semen we use it to breed cows.
Her: (laughing hysterically, blushing intensely, with a sudden look of comprehension on her face) I couldn't figure out what in the world you were up to.
I rented a movie last night called Moma's Boy. It was a pretty mediocre film but it made me think. The film stared Jon Heder, it was rated PG13 and wasn't to offencive but I couldn't help thinking the whole time I was watching ,that the star of this film was a member of the church and it made me a little uncomfortable to see him in that role. I shouldn't be judgmental (after all I was watching the thing) but it caused me to consider how challenging it must be for members of the church who work in the entertainment industry to pursue their careers and still maintain standards. The rest of us of course are no different. How often are we guilty of not letting our membership in the church interfere with our lifestyle. How many of us approach living the gospel on our own terms. Home teaching appointments aren't made because the in laws invited you to Sunday dinner. Meetings are missed because of a big sporting event or season finally. Callings aren't accepted or go unfulfilled because someone doesn't like to speak in public or they hate to go camping or their not a people person. Hobbies and travel keep us from attending church every two to three weeks. A desire for success causes us to make questionable ethical and financial decisions in our careers. We live in the world and I believe we're expected to enjoy and be grateful for all the good things this life has to offer. It's all temporary though, we each owe God a death. Do we really want to trade the Kingdom of Heaven for the petty amusements of this life?
I feel much the same way abut women as I do about dogs. It's not that I completely dislike them It's just that there are more things I don't like about them than I do.
I think it's funny when a toddler falls down. I think it's especially funny if they fall off a piece of furniture. My favorite is when this happens in church. Last week during Sunday School someone's two year old took a header off the stage and bounced down the stairs. cool.
Never ask someone to do something you're not willing to do you're self.
A major part of leading is teaching. We all have experienced the frustration of being criticized by someone for doing something the wrong way and yet they can't be bothered to show us the correct way of doing it.
Be prepared. Don't expect subordinates to bail you out at the last minute.
Pick people you trust. Trust the people you pick. Don't micromanage and don't be afraid to let people fail to some degree.
It's not necessary for a leader to do the work. It's absolutely necessary for a leader to insure the work gets done.
No one leads by consensus. Comities ,advisers, staff meetings, all serve the vital purpose of providing information. Leaders use this information to make decisions. Don't let a desire to please others allow them to influence a decision, It's you're responsibility not theirs.
All ways respect the people you lead. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Don't assume that just because something is inconsequential to you it's not a major concern to someone else. If someone trusts you with a problem listen with respect and then try to help them find a resolution that works with their strengths and builds up their weaknesses.
Lead with confidence. Nobody is perfect and humility is a virtue but constantly talking about you're failings and mistakes only serves to undermine peoples confidence in you. When you make a mistake don't announce it to everyone just correct it and move on.
Don't let you're personalty overshadow you're authority. Respect the office not the man. Every legitimate leader stands on some form of authority. Personal affectations such as hair style, facial hair, fashion and general demeanor can serve as distractions from the authority under which a leader operates.
Communicate Take the time to give clear and concise instruction.
Act like you give a damn. The military requires it's people to be in the proper place at the proper time in the proper uniform. No one respects someone who is chronically late, absent, and inappropriately dressed.
When I was a little boy my Dad would tell me stories about his time as a working cowboy and amature bull rider. This naturally made me want to be a cowboy when I grew up. My Mom was raised on a dairy and frequent visits to the farm further exposed me to the country life. I have fond memories of riding on the tractor cutting alfalfa in a seemingly endless journey up and down the fields. Helping my cousins feed the calves was also fun although I'm sure it was sheer drudgery for them. There were also mysteries on the farm. A stainless steel keg that emitted a cloud of white smoke whenever it was opened and as a four year old boy I could not think of any explanation for my Uncle Newell's habit or putting his arm shoulder deep in a cow's butt. We lived on an acre lot and for a while we would raise a cow for beef. It didn't take long for my parents to decide that was more trouble than it was worth. ( cows have a habit of getting out just as you're leaving for church) so we just started to grow weeds on our land like most of the other urban ranchers. The reality was I lived more in the city than I did in the country and it didn't take long before I became more interested in city boy things and forgot all about being a cowboy. As an adult I've all ways had a secret respect for real cowboys and open contempt for the urban cowboy posers. This contempt reached it's zenith during the great Garth Brooks country music crises of the early 1990's It seemed like over night half the people I knew traded in their white Nikes and Guess jeans for polished ropers and obscenely tight Wranglers. I never was a big fan of Depeche Mode but when they were replaced by Billy Ray Cyrus I had to make a stand. There was no was I was jumping on that bandwagon. The worst thing was that every time we drove past a dairy or feed lot all my new "cowboy" friends would start whining about the smell. I all ways liked the smell. It reminded me of my childhood. So about two years ago my good friends David and Lana Chapman had a midlife crises and moved to cattle ranch in northeast Oklahoma. Well it only took about a week of visiting the ranch seeing real cowboys doing real ranch work and I caught the bug. When I grow up I want to be a cowboy. My boots aren't polished, my Wranglers aren't tight and my western clothes from my hat to my spurs have all been stained with mud,blood , and manure. Yippieki a.
I opened this blogg back in January but I got so frustrated trying to figure out how to use it I just gave up. Well the last few months I've really enjoyed checking out the bloggs done by my friend's and family so I decided to give it another go. I still don't know how to work this thing I'm not a computer guy and "you're world scares me". To add to my frustration I'm a product of Mesa Public School's English for gifted students program witch means I have no idea how to construct a paragraph, I don't know when to start or stop a sentence and I can only spell my name correctly about 50% of the time. I do understand however that I'm supposed to feel sorry for myself because some of the other kids in school won't understand what I'm talking about. Last but not least my football coach was my typing teacher. As long as I brought him a Big Gulp Dr Pepper I didn't have to attend class. The results should be obvious.
I would like to explain the sombrero/Chinese hat I have on in two of the photos I posted. It turns out that when a straw hat gets rained on it tends to shrink and curl around the edges when it dries. I have reshaped this lid (that's cowboy talk for hat) since those photos were taken and it once again looks like a cowboy hat. I went ahead and posted another photo of me wearing a lid that hasn't lost it's shape. I'm so vain.