Monday, February 9, 2015

To Skate on Thin Ice

Discovering new styles.

I have to admit that I tend to have some eccentric qualities that some people may find difficult to deal with.

My attention span only has two levels, on or off.

When something grabs my attention, it gets my full attention for a period of time, but when I lose interest it drops to absolute zero! This often makes it difficult for me to "get into a book." And even those that I do dig, I often drop in short order.

I cannot tell you the last book I read that wasn't a Caribbean themed adventure / mystery... Until last week.

This up and coming author has completed his novella called "to skate on thin ice" by Jack Terry.
The novella is available in PDF for free just by CLICKING HERE. You can download the book, read it online, or take it to your iPad or Kindle.

Author Jack Terry
To skate on thin ice is a story of a pop star determined to live in the country with the love of her life while trying to make plans to scale back a hectic music career.

There is no murder, no steamy sex scenes (Thanks Jack!) and not a palm tree to be found.

I once thought these to be prerequisites for interesting reading, Terry has proven that theory wrong.

An easy reading story of faith and love comes together in surprising fashion and contains a good bit of reflection on life and love.

The story is short, and presumably a primer for a full novel.  It is anything but a time commitment. Reading a few pages per night on one of the busiest weeks in recent memory, I was able to finish it in less than a week. A few hours on Sunday would also do the trick.

I see great things coming from this author, even if it may take me some time to get through a longer novel, so if you are a reader, and if books make you happy, I'd certainly suggest that you hop on board with this boat before it sails.

Thanks for checking in, and have a great week!

~Cheers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Funny Man!

I like to consider myslef fairly creative, and some of my friends even consider me to be fairly funny! Unfortunately, I must bow down to Jimmy Fallon today!  The man is a genius... and a fairly good singer / rapper too!


Monday, February 2, 2015

The redneck weekend!

Many of you have asked me how my salty soul survives the harsh Colorado Winters?

Well, first, Colorado winters are not really that harsh. We hit 70  a few days ago... Not bad considering Key West was only 68 that day.

Secondly, you take your escapes as you can. The most Important point I can make is that not all escapes need to involve airplanes and rental cars, beaches or islands.

With both kids full swing into Basketball, we have been running many different directions at once lately.

After late night basketball practice on Thursday, followed by birthday dinner for my daughter, then basketball camp and 3 basketball games on Friday, one blown tire (that took till LATE to fix) followed by early morning games for both kids (30 miles apart) on Saturday and keeping the office and ranch together, I'd say we have been a tad busy of late.

When the opportunity for 36 hours of rest and relaxation presented itself after the second game on Saturday, we did what we always do... Go like hell!

But no beach vacation is planned and we damn sure were not headed to the Super Bowl. So what's a Kahuna to do?

Head home, pack a backpack, grab a few dollars off the desk, book a room online feed cattle, water the cat, check the dogs and head to town!  Less than one hour from no plans to rolling!

Because we live a long way from big cities, a town like Colorado Springs makes a nice getaway, but even if you live in a city, you can just go to the other side of town! The fact is, escapism doesn't take a small plane or Jimmy Buffett's credit card! Although that would be nice!

We took the kids out for dinner at a “sit-down restaurant” and then hit the Holiday Inn for some swimming. Believe it or not, the end of January makes a swimming pool feel a lot like the Beach to a bunch of rednecks.

When the kids realized that we had a microwave in the room, they talked their way into a can of Chef Boyardee and some TV.

I know that people think I'm crazy, but craft beer pairs really well with Junk Food!

Two of my favorites are IPA and Twinkie's and Gueuze with Fruit Pies! But on this night, it was 2014 LaFolie and Spaghetti-Os

With an early start, and two kids that play ball like crazy, you knew dinner and a snack wouldn't last long... Enter the worlds greatest app!

Did you know Dominos delivers right to your motel room, even at 10 p.m.?

Pizza delivery is Another great treat for a country kid who lives 15 miles (one way) from pizza that doesn't come out of the freezer.

Pizza is Italian food, Italian food calls for wine! Wine calls for a cork screw and that brings me to the second most important point of this article.

Always carry a corkscrew... ALWAYS!

I Normally carry two when we travel, but the backpack is my carry on bag and TSA acts like they have a contract with the makers of twist top bottles... Therefor I had no such device. Unfortunately, neither did the front desk, the pizza guy or the convenience store near by.

Cork screws are cheap! Buy a half dozen and stash them randomly in your life. Glove boxes and toiletry bags are prime locations.

Even without a glass of wine, we had a great time and proved that, again, we can entertain ourselves on quite a tight budget and without going too far from home.

We hope you get a chance for some low-cost fun sometime soon. Let us hear about your adventures!

Have a great week everyone...

~Cheers

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series