• Rock Island Auction video

    My dagger will be in this very same auction!

    If you'd like to help a brother out, make a bid. A very large bid, please! hahahaha :)

  • Putting my dagger up for auction

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    If anyone would like to bid on it, here's a link!


  • Unqueered Melody!



    I was coming in to work this morning around four thirty and thought I'd turn on the radio for a little company. The night was at it's darker just before dawn stage, and the only sound I could hear was my tires singing on the blacktop, and it was getting a tad hypnotic!

    Tuned in to a local oldies station and the first thing I heard was the opening to "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers. Now, I liked the song well enough when it was released in 1965, but in later years I also saw the movie "Ghost" (my personal choice for one of the schmaltziest movies ever made) and to be honest, it sorta queered me on the song. Every time I heard it, Whoopie Goldberg would pop into my head! Trust me, that's not the kind of mental image I want to pack around all day!

    Why couldn't it have been Demi taking up residence in my brain?

    But, this morning was a bit different. It seemed totally fresh, like I was hearing it for the first time. And, it was incredible!

    I was like unqueered all of a sudden! Whoopie was nowhere to be found in my head! Yay!

    In my humble opinion, Bill and Bobby's vocal tone and range have not been matched or surpassed by any pop singer to this day. Even as much as I like LeAnn Rimes, her version pales in comparison. 

     So turn your volume up, and if you have the time, give it a listen. This is the original stereo version released in 1965.

     Enjoy it, I know I did!

    PS: Thanks to @amateurprose for the much better title!




  • Froggie Went a Courtin'..........



    And he did ride, uh huh!

    Kermit porn!!!!!

    Didn't see any sign of a sword or pistol, tho. This guy's obviously a lover, not a fighter!

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    Saw these two hooked up frogs outside work on the parking lot a couple of weeks ago. They started out beside a pair of dolly legs of a trailer that was due to be picked up soon, so I nudged them with the toe of my boot to move em out of harms way before the driver showed up for the trailer.

    Thought it was odd that the male totally ignored me while the female struggled to hop off with him on her back.


    So I Googled!

    Seems that's very acceptable behavior for frogs of all species!

    When the male assumes this position, known as Amplexus, he will stay there for hours or even several days til the female is ready to lay her eggs, at which time he fertilizes them as she lays them. If they're in water he goes into a form of hibernation so he has no need to surface for air, or search for food. The female goes on as normal, bringing them both up for air, and looking for assorted buggies to nibble on!

    So, simply said, the female goes on about the business of life, self preservation, and preservation of the species, while the male could not give a flying crap less!

    He would just as soon be squished by a tractor-trailer than give up on the "sweet spot"!


    Mother Nature's a hoot, ain't she?

    Happy Hump Day, Xangaland!

    And Frogtown, too!




  • Socks came to dinner!



    Amanda, AKA @the_rocking_of _socks, was looking for a folding table for her bakesale for the "No Child Goes Hungry" campaign. I offered to loan her a couple, so we were playing message tag on FB as to when she'd like to pick it up, and were getting nowhere fast, so I told her if they would come by around 5 I'd throw some steaks on the grill and we'll have dinner ready.

    She said that sounded great to her!

    You can check out her No Child Goes Hungry FB page here.

    She came over around 4:30, and she brought dessert.

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    Pineapple upside down cupcakes!

    I had a nice 1 and a quarter inch thick flat-iron steak, so I sliced it into 4 pieces cause I thought her hubby David was coming too, but he had a prior engagement.

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    Brushed both sides with garlic infused olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and grilled 5 minutes per side. Slightly more rare than medium rare, and delicious!

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    Thinly sliced french bread, brushed with the infused oil, and grilled.

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    Karen sauteed the crab cakes while I was watching the steaks, then drizzled 'em with, what else, Sweet Baby Ray's dipping sauce.

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    She also nuked the taters, cause we didn't want to light the oven.

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    And of course, there was shrimpz!

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    Garden salad tossed with homemade (by Buddly) basalmic-red wine-dijon-garlic vinegarette, and topped with crispy, lightly salted jalapeno slices.

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    I think Amanda was sending a pic to David, just to rub it in a little! hahaha

    But not to worry, we sent him a huge plate home as a midnight snack.

    I got your back, man!

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    The aftermath!

    Oh yeah, Karen made iced tea, with lemon. I can't drink it without lemon!

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    Now, that is two satisfied women!

    Ahhh, the prowess of Buddly!

    Bon appetite, all y'all!



  • It was time......



    Nay, some would say way, way past time!

    This old deck needs pressure washed in a bad way!!!!!!!!

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    The last time I cleaned this deck was around 15 years ago, using a gas powered 1500 PSI pressure washer, that took 3 days and was a heck of a lot of work!

    Around 4 or 5 years ago, Karen bought me a little electric pressure washer as a Christmas present, and it was still in the box, unopened, in the basement. In my know it all male mind I'm thinking, if the big pressure washer took 3 days to do the job, this tiny little thing will never work!

    Hahaha, was I ever wrong!

    Got it out of the box Saturday morning and it worked perfectly! Light weight and easy to use, no chemicals needed at all, we were done with the larger section by 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Couldn't have been easier!

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    As an added bonus, I found something Matt likes to do!

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    By Sunday afternoon we were done with the main parts of both sides of the deck with a little bit of cleanup left to do around the outside and the deck poles. Matt said he'll take care of that this week. Woohoo!

    Check out the difference!

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    It's hard to believe that deck is 28 years old, it looks like new!

    If you agree, rec this post?

    What better way to celebrate the rebirth of the old deck than char broiling some inch thick rib-eyes on the old grill?

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    Look at the wood around that grill! Amazing, ey?

    It's warm weather, grilling season is upon us again, and Buddly's back.

    Bon Apetite, all yall!



  • Clouds over the Ohio



    The flood waters finally went down over at Virginia Point so I drove over at lunch to look around.

    Though it had been grey and overcast all day, the clouds were spectacular!

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    The work on this old river never stops, low water, high water, or come what may, the cargo and freight keeps moving!

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    Hard to believe the 1st of December is only two days away, and it's in the mid sixties here today!

    Won't be for long, tho. Lows in the 20's and highs in the 30's coming this weekend!

    Speaking of work, I should be getting back to mine, lol.

     See ya next time, peeps!





  • If You Don't Like the Weather in Kentucky........



    There's an old adage around here that says "If you don't like the weather in Kentucky, stick around a couple of days, it'll change!", and it certainly rang true last weekend!

    Friday and Saturday were unbearably hot and humid with temps around 100 and not a breath of air stirring anywhere. Sunday started out the same, but by mid afternoon torrential rains and high winds blew through, dropping the temp about 20 degrees and breaking the humidity. Labor day morning broke with the temps in the 50's, grey and drizzly was to be the name of the game, with highs in the mid 60's.

    A perfect day to stay inside, stay dry, and make a big ol pot of Buddly's 3 Bean Chili!

    First, as Socks would say, we start with the setup!

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    1 and 1/2 lbs of lean ground chuck

    1/2 lb Jimmy Dean's Hot Sausage

    1-8 oz can of tomato sauce

    1 cup tomato juice

    1 16 oz can petite diced tomatos

    3 tbsps fresh chili powder

    Hot sauce

    3 different types of canned beans

    1 medium onion, diced

    6 cloves of garlic, minced finely

    1/4 cup each hot bannana pepper rings and chopped jalapenos

    12 oz bottle of beer! (forgot to get it in the picture)

    Salt and pepper to taste


    Crumble the meat in a large pot or Dutch oven.

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    When it starts to brown, add the onion and salt and pepper.

    When well browned, I use that little strainer thingee to drain the fat off the meat into a bowl in the sink.

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    After draining the fat, add the minced garlic and peppers, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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    Add chili powder and stir to evenly coat the meat mixture.

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    Add the beans. Rinse white beans and kidneys, but use the chili beans as is, broth and all.

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    Add tomatoes, stir, and simmer another 5 to 6 minutes.

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    Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring often for an hour or so.

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    I use about 2 tbsps of Texas Pete and 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of black pepper. Just for reference, adjust to suit your tastes.

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    Looks like it's ready to serve, and I'm hungry!

    Sprinkle with a little cheddar cheese, a dab of sour cream, some crispy saltines, and I'm ready to eat!

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    Bon appetit, y'all!!!




  • I'll be back. Soon, I hope!



    Kinda new at this heart attack stuff. I had no idea that two heart attacks, triple by-pass surgery, replacing of the aortal valve, and repairing a mytral valve could take so much out of a man!

    It's been a little over three weeks since the surgery, and I'm finally able to get up and about by myself for a bit at a time. I'm seeing five or six different doctors on a weekly appointment basis, and start cardiac therapy next Tuesday.

    My appetite is slowly coming back, so that's gotta be a good sign, eh!

    I can not thank all of you enough, friends and non-friends alike, that flooded my hospital room with well wishes and cards! As well as the posts and comments made on here wishing me well. They all meant so much to me, they truely did.

    There really is no place else online quite like Xanga!

    Buddly will be back.

    Grilling season is not over yet!