Archive for December, 2005

Thursday Beefies

December 29, 2005

A little something special for all the boys of RoD!

A little something special for me!


Not Your Normal Beef Blogging

December 28, 2005

Ahhhh…work. After being off for the past 2 weeks, it really sucks to be here today. I’ve really been enjoying the mini-vacation. It’s been nice to have time to spend with all the friends who have been here from out of town, and to sort of putter around without thinking about the constraints of time.

For Christmas Eve Day, I spent my day driving through the Texas Hill Country in search of BBQ. Our ultimate goal was to get to the Salt Lick, in Driftwood, southwest of Austin. The weather here has been beautiful…in the 60s and 70s with clear blue skies, perfect for a lazy drive.

Here’s a shot of the Blanco River.

This was right outside of Wimberley. According the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce, Wimberley was designated one of “America’s Ten Best Small Towns” by Travel Holiday Magazine. There’s a thriving arts community here and one of my co-workers described it as a little hippie town. There were several galleries and antique shops and not a Wal-Mart in sight. It’d be nice to spend a day meandering around town and to also check out some of the local swimming holes when the weather heats back up.

So after getting a little bit confused about which road I needed to be on, we finally made our way to the Salt Lick. Now I’m not going to claim that this is the best BBQ in Texas, but it’s pretty damn good and there are a couple of things that are kind of enjoyable about it.

1) It’s located in a dry county, which in Texas means you get to bring your own beer or other alcoholic beverage of choice. Not such a big deal to me anymore, but when I started going there 10+ years ago and there were over 30 of us going…well, we never took along a keg, but we always had a few coolers that were packed with plenty of Shiner Bock to help wash down the habanero bbq sauce.

2) You’ve gotta take along plenty of floss and an empty stomach because for those of us who are gluttons, you can get the all you can eat brisket, sausage, and pork ribs. Family style comes with sides of beans, coleslaw, potato salad, bread, pickles, and onions, but that just interferes with the consumption of meat. The hell with that nonsense. You’ve got 2 hours to gorge your piehole before they kick you out, so you should try to make the most of it. You should also go on and save some room for the blackberry cobbler.

This is just a plate of meat, but there were only 2 of us. For larger groups, they’ll bring it out on a platter. Just be sure to count how many platters you go through…trips to the Salt Lick aren’t remembered so much by events related to the trip as by how many platters of meat you went through.

This shot is just for Res…all the sausage you can eat.

This kind of sums up the whole Salt Lick philosophy.

It should also be noted that this slaughterhouse that goes through thousands of cows each year is located just a couple of miles from Barsana Dham, one of the largest Hindu temples in North America.

Beef…it’s what’s for dinner.

Bake-Off Winners

December 26, 2005

Not all packages have been received by the judges. Please be patient, as the awards ceremony has been moved to Ukraine Christmas on 06 January 2006.

Happy Holidays and a wish for a bright and productive 2006 to all.

Christmas II

December 24, 2005

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am brining you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, goodwill to all!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing which has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’

Luke 2.8-15, New Revised Standard Edition, alt.

To those who have seen
The Child, however dimly, however incredulously,
The Time Being is, in a sense, the most trying time of all.
For the innocent children who whispered so excitedly
Outside the locked door where they knew the presents to be
Grew up when it opened. Now, recollecting that moment
We can repress the joy, but the guilt remains conscious;
Remembering the stable where for once in our lives
Everything became a You and nothing was an It.

W. H. Auden, “For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio”

Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long;
beneath the heavenly hymn have rolled two thousand years of wrong;
and warring humankind hears not the tidings which they bring;
O hush the noise and cease your strife and hear the angels sing!

Edmund H. Sears, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” (3rd verse, alt.)

The way the cookie crumbles…

December 24, 2005

I just want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who participated in the 2005 Republic of Dogs Holiday “Yeah, we said ‘Holiday’, what are you going to do about it??” Bake-Off. The judges are starting the receive the packages, and I’m sure we’ll have some results not too long after Christmas. I had a great deal of fun preparing my entries, and it got me in gear for some major baking. The felicitous result of all this is that I now have mountains of beautiful cookies to share with my family tomorrow. Mostly, though, I was just happy to be able to send something good to a few of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know since I moved my cybershack over to Blogger. I wish we could have all just gotten together for a seriously cookie-oriented holiday party, but…well, maybe next year. In the mean time, I’m off to prepare this:

to take to my parents’ house tomorrow. I suckerishly volunteered to bring dessert for Christmas dinner.

Happy holidays to my friends, old and new!

Christmas I

December 24, 2005

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2.1-7, New Revised Standard Edition

To discover how to be human now
Is the reason we follow this star.

W. H. Auden, “For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio”

Cobag Alert

December 23, 2005

This is the kind of guy who is defending you in the unjust Bush Olympics. He and Brian-the-Cobag should go out together. They’d make a lovely couple.

I heart a man who addresses his small penis issues with a gun and a penchant for calling me “a chick”.

Note to self: In 2006, allow only women in my bedroom.

Friday Beefcakes

December 23, 2005

It’s Friday folks, which means double beefies for the holidays!

Fifth Day Of Christmas

December 23, 2005

This one is for our friends, Gavin, Gregor, Pinko Punko, Professor Booty and Yosef at 3bulls.

We think for Madame Rouge and Almost Infamous, you have to double the pleasure, double the fun!

This one goes to the Well Rounded Nerds. It’s just zany enough to piss off boy toy Chuckles!

This one is for Grishaxxx, Secret Blog Lover, Our friends at Sadly No! and Geenie Cola. He’s hot and y’all better just agree. (This is AG’s favorite, so you are all extra special).

This one is for Blue Girl. There is just something hot about him in his red state shorts.

*These were supposed to go in order of number of men, but the pictures and blogger was dispensing the drama today!

It just won’t be Christmas without fear and duct tape

December 23, 2005

Josh Marshall wants to know:

When was the last time there was a major terror alert? They were something like a regular occurence for the eighteen months or so before the 2004 election. And through 2004 the administration pushed the line that al Qaida was aiming to disrupt the elections themselves. But as near I can tell there hasn’t been a single one since election day.

Through 2004, of course, critics of the administration routinely questioned whether the frequency and timing of the various terror alerts were not all or in part for political effect.

How do we explain what appears to be a night and day difference between the year prior to November 2004 and the year since in terms of terror alerts and scares?

I assume the question is rhetorical, since I think we all know full well how to explain that difference.