I have seen my future…

And I do not like what is coming.

I’m talking about medical care. It is going to really suck when I get to the age that I require more medical care.

I was driving the wife to various appointments this week. It was an awful experience. There is no medical care. There are only specialists performing procedures. There is no coordination between specialists (unless they think a malpractice suit is in their near future).

You will have to be your own general contractor when it comes to your healthcare.

Doing the Jobs America Won’t Have


The program is really quite simple: we insource design, outsource manufacturing, import a subsidized consumer base, and offload social costs. And we do it all selflessly for The Economy. But besides he and we, others benefit as well. Blue collar workers no longer need take dirty and dangerous work that can be performed much cheaper by Mexicans. Similarly, grueling STEM studies and pointy protractors are but shades of the past for American students, whose services are hardly now required. There are no losers here.

Whoever is behind that blog is really funny.

What He Said…

The Audacious Epigone has the call on the Cowboys game correct.

Happy New Year!

Maybe I’ll do some more posting this year.

How’s that for an overly demanding resolution?

Here’s Mine:

Take a look at my cool new job title:


Get yours here.

Merry Christmas!

Here are the Deuce and Ace on Christmas morning:

Deuce and Ace Christmas 2014

The Weight

Nick Lowe, Mavis Staples and Wilco:

A nice version of one of my favorite songs.

Chicken for Dinner

This is a very typical dinner around the White Rock Kitchen. Roast chicken. I can take, in this case, a 6lb whole chicken and have it on the table in less than an hour. Not bad when you consider that I walked through the door at about 6:30pm. We do tend to eat a little late in the evening at White Rock Kitchen, but we do eat together most nights. I like having dinner with the family.

Here’s the chicken at the start:

Here I’ve cut the backbone and the keel bone out of the bird:


Because I didn’t plan ahead, this will have a white trash aspect to it. I next rubbed the bird down with some olive oil and seasoned it with regular ol’ Lemon Pepper Seasoning. We have this in the large container you can get from Sam’s. Here’s the chicken ready for the oven:


Notice that I’ve cut the knuckles off the drumsticks and have also taken off the wing tips.

Don’t forget to slash the bird at the wing joint:


And between the leg and thigh:


I put this in a 400 degree oven.


You can see my cast iron skillet that I use to cook the bird. The cast iron was put into the oven empty and was preheated along with the oven.

You will have a hard time overcooking the bird. I sometimes use a temperature probe and cook the bird to 160 degrees internal temperature in the large part of the breast. Sometimes I just look at it. Sometimes I get involved in something else and it will come out of the oven kind of shriveled up. It has always tasted good. It has never turned out dry. With the skin and fat left on the bird, the meat will remain nice an moist.

Here it is straight from the oven:


It fell apart when I took it from the skillet to cool:


After resting for a few minutes, here it is cut up:


It was delicious.

Ancient Mosaics

Check out the pictures here:


As a kitchen designer, I am often working with tile mosaics in the backsplash. They rarely look this good.

This is a terribly sad picture

I really feel sorry for this woman, the owner of a cake shop in Ferguson:

Cake Shop Owner

What was done to her shop is a real injustice.

Found at David Thompson’s place