Monday, September 29, 2014

What drives you?

We are all quite well aware of the saga that has become the electric car.

Very good companies like General Motors have had great failure in producing reliable, long-range versions, yet one company continues to build a cult-like following and continues to grow and grow.
Tesla is a company that is certainly doing things right. Well, as right as you can with huge government subsidies to keep your business afloat.

Tesla, named after the famed inventor of modern AC current, and of so many other electrical advances, builds cars that are 100% electric.  No, you can’t top it off with gas if you run out of juice, and no, you don’t charge the batteries when you ride the brakes.

Charging at the Super Charger (FREE) in Limon Colorado.
What you do get, is a seriously long-range electric car that will spoil anyone... Yes, even the BMW owner or the Mercedes Maven and the Lexus Lady.

I had the luck to speak with Richard Levy at the charging station in my home town. The Tesla charging station is a bit of an anomaly, as none of the locals seem to know what the hell it is, or how you use it.

Richard was traveling a return trip from Northern Maine to Albuquerque in his Tesla model S.  And this isn’t the first time he’s done it.

When I introduced myself as the Big Kahuna, (Driving a filthy dirty farm pickup and toting my son who was fresh from football practice) he didn’t seem too impressed, yet still took the time to chit chat with me and answered all of the intelligent questions that I could throw at him... And most of the really stupid questions as well.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ICE BUCKET

Well, it took a while, but our friend  +Ben Pape AKA @Hopperbolic has nominated us for the ALS Challenge.
In return, we are nominating @BgKahuna our friend Brandon Orr with Nebraska Brewing Company and Shawn Martin from +Coastlines and Tan Lines

Support ALS Research and awareness, nominate your friends!

~Cheers!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daiquiri Day 2014

It doesn't get much more elegant or simple that a good daiquiri. Since today, Saturday, July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, we thought we'd share a little lime and rum goodness with you!

No, I'm not talking about the slushy machine versions of the daiquiri we have been inundated with over the years, the one that comes in every flavor from strawberry-mango to Chicken and Waffles.

We are talking the real life daiquiri, fashioned from ingredients that just cannot help but bring tropical memories to your glass.

This was the drink of choice for one of our inspirations, Ernest Hemingway. But do you know how to make a proper daiquiri? Enjoy this great video from the makers of the "Official" unofficial rum of BigKahuna, Papa's Pilar.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Are you here for the beer or the glory?


I only ask this rhetorical question because of a new change in the official definition of "Craft Beer" by the brewers association. One of our local news channels covered the story HERE.

Apparently, at some point, the brewers association considered craft brewers to be the people who were "small" and "independent" and apparently only included breweries following the German Purity definition as set forth in Reinheitsgebot, which was introduced in 1487 and intended to keep beer pure. Interestingly enough, it was the first consumer protection law on record.

As I see it, a craft beer is more than a name or a definition! I have the ultimate respect for those who are crafting ultra high quality products in the Bavarian tradition using nothing but water, malt, hops and if absolutely necessary, yeast.

The Brewhause at KC Bier Company
We had the opportunity to sample some amazing brews, including the very first batch of beer, and a few samples directly from the fermentation tanks, at the Kansas City Bier Company last April. I have absolutely no issue labeling this traditional, small and independently owned brewery, "Craft Beer!"

As I define "Craft Beer" a lot of brews qualify for the title! Notice I didn't say breweries!

Let us take Miller 64 for example. It is brewed by a massive corporation..... Um... Well... Ok, so I am joking about 64! But all jokes aside, how long before New Belgium is successful enough to eliminate themselves from the "Craft Beer" label?  Does their company success take away from the quality of their brews? Do odd ingredients like Lychee, cocoa, pepper or flowers take away from the innovation of the brew masters? Would a grain bill that included rice really make you think less of your summer cooler beer?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Crab Daddy's

There we were, sitting at the beautiful Sirata Beach Resort... Watching it rain on our vacation! But not to worry, we had a car and a guide book, and it was time to eat!

Florida vacations mean lots of different things to different people, but I’m going to be perfectly honest; we go to eat.

Our vacations typically consist of copious amounts of seafood interrupted by periods of relaxation. We love to get the fresh seafood that you simply cannot get in Colorado. Sure, we have some good seafood restaurants, but it’s just not the same as having fish next to the water.

We read about a new restaurant / pub called Crab Daddy’s in one of the brochures of where to eat in St. Pete’s and decided to give it a go.


Located at 678 75th Avenue, Blind Pass Inlet, Saint Pete Beach it was less than a 5 minute drive even with the rain.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A return to paradise!

I am usually a big fan of sites like trip adviser and yelp. Social media has done well for me over the years, and I usually trust it. That said, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to see what is actually being said.

We returned to the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete’s Beach Florida last week for the third time, and I already have $150 stashed for our return next year. I guess that’s all the deeper you need to dig here, but you also know I don’t float any BS here. I just tell it like it is and let you make the decision. But some of the reviews on major travel sites will lead you to believe that the Sirata is outdated and dingy... Simply NOT the case!

The Sirata offers 382 hotel rooms right on the beach including 170 one-bedroom suites (We have never seen the suites).

We have always forked out the extra cash for beach front rooms, but nearly every room in the place has a view of the water, so if you are traveling on a budget there are no worries.

The last time we were at the Sirata was in June of 2012, I wrote about it HERE. They have done some updating since then. There is still a beautiful beach, three pools, one hot tub, three restaurants and they were considerate enough to leave the ocean right where we left it. The updated rooms are beautiful at very least. The color palate matches perfectly with the blues and greens of the gulf that you see just off of the balcony. The beds are comfortable and the AC works well. The footprint of the Rum Runner Bar and Grill has expanded and a pavilion accommodates wedding parties and reunions like a champ!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Means to an end

It's no secret that I hate blogging from the iPad, but since I was stuck on a flight from Charlotte and Tampa, I have no choice.

First, I want to publicly thank US Airways for their world class gate agents. And it's a good thing they have such great gate agents, because the idiot that checked us in in Denver last night made it nearly impossible to get our seats even remotely close together! Kinda important when traveling with children!

Even with this flight having 10 empty seats, they have the second largest guy on the plane sitting next to me, I am the largest! Lol! Good thing weight and balance is pretty forgiving on an A320!

Then there is the deaf mute with African sleeping sickness that has the window seat. I put my ear phones in, I can her her music pounding over my Jimmy Buffett, so I assume she is deaf...or soon will be!

When she walked up to the row, where most people would say something like, "excuse me, that one is my seat," she waved her hands franticly, grunted and mumbled as she stumbled in her fashion wedge sandals and fell into her seat, pulling the window shades down as she sat, buckled up and immediately went to sleep. So I assume she has African sleeping sickness.

Fortunately, I get to fly a few times per year, , so it's not the end of the world, but still, I paid for this seat, you're just passed out, open the damn window!

So well, what can I say, I love flying...as long as I get to be PIC or at least get to sit with my wife, but is the means to an end!

Well, we are gonna be landing in about 15 min, and then we'll be looking for some beach action to bring to you!

To heck with my old schedule of posting, I'll post when I have more funny news, brews or beaches to share.....

~Cheers

Buck!