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DQ Surprise!
Posted July 27, 2006 at 01:45:10 PM by Bean in the Plugs category
Work's been pretty hectic/busy for the past month or so. Today, I was feeling stressed and a tiny bit crazy in my brainhole, so I decided to head to DQ for a 6-piece chicken strip basket. For those of you who may not know, this is a drinkless combo-meal (ingenuis) that comes with 6 strips of chicken, fries, two peices of toast, and a tub of gravy (yes, gravy). It's great, and I highly reccomend it.

A DQ6PCSB will usually cause my spirits to rise - and today was no exception. It was delicious. But get this: THEY GAVE ME 7 STRIPS INSTEAD OF 6! Hell yes!

Mood++

PS - It should be noted that since I noticed Lucky (thats what I call #7) late in the meal, my gravy was not partitioned properly. I allocated the portion sizes based on 6 - so Lucky had to meet his demise un-gravy-coated. But still... 7 STRIPS! No complaints here.
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SDP 2006
Posted July 20, 2006 at 10:29:19 AM by Bean in the Parties category
Due to a lack of:
  • Time
  • Planning
  • Intrest (my own and others)
SDP 2006 is cancelled. The end.
A Win!
Posted July 12, 2006 at 09:57:13 PM by Bean
Today, after work, Stevie P and I headed to the Clark County city-county building to sit in on a rezoning hearing. There were signs near the entrance of our neighborhood that mentioned something about patio homes, and we both wanted to know more. I was under the impression that the developers of our subdivision were trying to rezone part of the neighborhood so that they could put in smaller garden homes and duplexes - not a great thing for existing homeowners.

For reference, I drew a rough picture of Sunset Hills (where we live). The part shaded in green is the developed area, which is about 75% full of homes in the 140K-200K range. The dingy brownish area at the bottom is not yet developed, but is zoned for housing just like mine, and is what I thought the hearing was for. As it turns out, the hearing was actually for the red shaded area along Horizon Drive, which is the primary entrance to Sunset Hills (the other entrance is a "construction entrance" for now).

Patio homes nearby is one thing, but patio homes along the main entrance is another. I had not planned on speaking at the hearing, but when I realized what exactly the petition was calling for, I felt obligated. As it turns out, some slimy developer (McMahan) bought the 1 acre plot along the northwest side of Horizon Drive and was planning on cramming in four 2-family duplex homes. That's eight 1100 sqft half-homes with 1-car garages and virtually no back yard, front yard, or driveway. These homes would not be part of our subdivision per say, but would use (and be on) our main entrance.

The developer made his case and then the board called for nearby homeowners to present questions and concerns. Steve and I were 2 of about 8 people that got up to make statements on the record against the rezoning (Big props out to Amy Graff, Mr. Popp, and the others that stood up). My main concerns were that patio homes at the ENTRANCE of a subdivision would be an eyesore, that the homes did not fit in with existing homes, and that the 1-car garages would force the duplex-dwellers to park on the street and cause a lot of congestion at our primary entrance. I have to admit, I was pretty nervous when I spoke, but I knew what I wanted to say, and I said it.

In short, we won. The board passed along a unanimously negative recommendation to the commissioner - which virtually guaranteed that this development will not move forward.

It was great to see a group of concerned homeowners come together, stand up, and be heard. I've been in a bad mood for a few weeks (for various reasons), and this was just what I needed. BANG!
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Bedding
Posted July 11, 2006 at 04:00:30 PM by Bean
Stef and I currently sleep on a pillow-top, innerspring, queen-sized mattress. I hate it. I never sleep through the night and I am never really very comfortable. I wake up 4-5 times per night so's I can stretch and pop my back and reposition myself in a slightly mo betta position. Now that I'm getting older and crankier, back-comfort is becomming more evasive as I sleep. The results are less and lower-quality sleep.

I need a new bed. Unfortunately, I don't really know much about beds - so I thought I'd petition beanblog readers for suggestions and/or ideas. So step up and contribute! Tell me what works. What should I buy? How much will it cost? Help me sleep!
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Shipwreck
Posted July 10, 2006 at 08:26:15 AM by Bean in the Recipes category
Stef and I went on a 14 mile canoeing trip Saturday. We left from Cave Country Canoe's Milltown Livery around 10AM with empty stomachs and a full cooler. Around 4PM, we arrived at the end with full stomachs and an empty cooler. It was a great day... mid 80's, sunny, lots of spotty shade from the tree's lining the river, and cool water.

After canoeing, we made our way to Buffalo Trace to go camping. We did the normal camping thing - and tested out our new fatty tent too. In the morning, I made shipwreck.

Shipwreck is a breakfast food that probably has many other names and many other variations, but here's how I make it: Set an iron skillet over a hot fire and drop in a pound of sausage. Brown this, then set it aside on a paper plate. Leave the fat in the pan (it's also okay to leave a small amount of the sausage itself). Cut up two potatos (skin on) and put them in the sausage fat - add some butter if there isn't much fat left. The taters have to cook for quite a while... maybe 15-20 minutes. When they have 5 minutes left, add a chopped up onion and a healthy amount of salt and pepper. Once the onions and taters are all brown and crispy, dump the sausage back on top. Throw the greasy paper plate in the fire for fuel. Stir to combine and let it go for a few minutes, then crack 2-3 eggs over it whole shebang and stir, stir, stir. Serve with ketchup (and hotsauce, if you rikey). Delish!

After chowing down on shipwreck, we packed up and came home. I ate the leftovers for lunch. Good times. In related news: we are probably going to canoe/camp a few more times over the next few months, so if anyone out there is interested in making it a group adventure, let me know!
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Superstars
Posted July 03, 2006 at 05:14:01 PM by Bean in the plugs category
While flipping through the local home magazines, Stef came upon one of John's "Superstars" ads. It funny in it's own right - but I especially like the Batman-esque shout-out's to the TBS. For this, I rate it a BANG!.
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