Sep 30, 2014

31 in 31: The Sickening

A vain attempt by a formerly prolific blogger to review 31 new (to me) horror films in the 31 days of October. We did it last year and it was a gas. Can we do it once more? Let's find out.

So I decided I'd do it once again. For Old Glory's sake, or something like that. I'll be reviewing one new (to me) horror flick over the next 31 days in this space. I've done a bit of research over the past week or so to see what's interesting out there. I'll be choosing some films from that list and some I will just randomly watch.

It should be a whole heap of fun. Or at least give me something to write about over the month of October.

Join me, won't you*?

*Seem like that should be accompanied with an evil cackle. Right?

Sep 17, 2014

31 Days Redux?

Hey kids!

So last year I did this silly blogging experiment/thing. I watched and reviewed 31 new (to me) horror films in the 31 days of October. 31 blog posts in 31 days. It was an ambitious blogging enterprise, but I somehow pulled it off.

Wanna know the full extant of my blogging activity since last October?

Five posts. Five fucking posts. Five mother-fucking posts.

I officially a blogger.

But I'm thinking of doing it once more this year. For two reasons.
  1. I kinda wanna start blogging again. And this might kick-start that effort. Although, apparently, it didn't work for me last year.
  2. I really fucking love horror movies. Even bad ones. ESPECIALLY bad ones.
So this is where you come in. If I get at least five yes votes for doing this again this year, I will. But if you are in with me now with your vote, then you had better be with me for the entire month of October. Because I'm not doing this for my health, people.

The Blogger Formerly Known as B.E.Earl

May 19, 2014

Food/Booze blog is back!

Hey kids,

Going to start posting over at the collaborative Simmer, Sip, Share blog once again at the request of a Twitter buddy. I'm planning on this year being the Summer of BBQ, so I start it out right with a review of a local Texas-syle BBQ joint nearby.

Dixie's Smokehouse Three Rib Combo
Go on and check it out, if you are so inclined. Expect to see the bulk of my blogging being done over there this summer. And maybe some posts from some familiar faces. Ya never know!


Mar 16, 2014


photo credit: me
Popped onto Blogger just now only to see that I've only posted one entry all year so far. And that was back on January 1st. It appears that I've temporarily given up on blogging. I'm not officially quitting or taking down this site. Shit...this crap will be here for as long as Blogger/Google allows it to remain here for free. I just don't see myself blogging anytime in the near future. And it doesn't mean that I won't find some crazy blog inspiration from time-to-time in the future. I might. But right now...I just don't see it happening.

But there's good news! You can find me and certain brief updates of my life on a couple of other social media platforms! Huzzah!

Twitter - @VerdantDude
I've been on Twitter for several years and over 6,000 tweets. Big whup. Follow me here for updates on what I'm drinking, what I want to drink and what I'll never drink again. Or something like that. In other words, my tweet cloud has the word bourbon and pretty much nothing else. If you like bourbon and the occasional interesting and/or clever thought, then you should be following me on Twitter.

Instagram - @verdantearl
I've been told that my Instagram feed makes me look like a crazy, food-obsessed, alcoholic cat person. Yup...that seems about right. Food, booze and cats. That's pretty much what you are going to get from my Instagram feed. The occasionally odd pic that doesn't fit into that narrow description. Like the pic I took last week above. First 60+ degree day we had this year so far. So we went to our favorite local restaurant and found that they had tables set up outside. We embraced the outside seating and had a few drinks and some small bites to eat. I looked up and saw the nearly-full moon placed perfectly between those road signs. Snap. So even when one of my pictures doesn't seem to be about food or drink...yeah, it probably does.

But that's all I've got going on via social media right now. I've got a sneaky-ass Facebook account, but I'm not really sharing that with anyone. I just don't use it, nor do I want to start using it. So there.

Jan 1, 2014


Because he's been doing it all freakin' year and for as long as I can remember, Dave Simmer (Deux) gets my nod for best blog of the century. He's the fucking man.

Do it to it, peoples. 

I wish that I could something similar for for my own little corner of Blogosvania. I mean the doing it all the time part, not the best blog part. That's purely subjective, although I'm nearly always right when it comes to these kind of things.

2013 saw a dramatic downturn in blogging activity for me. A turn of the screw that I'm not entirely jake with. There are certainly things I can do about it in 2014. Writing more would be a good start. In fact, I have started writing more. I began a novel and a few short stories. Nothing to write home about (see what I did there?), but it's a start. I will share more once I'm comfortable with my voice. Could take a while, as I'm currently finding it whiny and inane.

It's nearly 5am here and I'm finding myself longing for more whiskey and cured meats.That might be my tagline for 2014. "More whiskey and cured meats".

What do you think?

Dec 4, 2013

Recipes for the Big Fella

A few days ago, our pal the Chef posted a recipe for a spicy lamb stew.  It was one of those recipes that I
knew I had to make immediately. I remarked that it seemed like more of a chili than a stew, so I made some slight changes to the recipe.
  • I couldn't find the particular chorizo that I wanted, so I went with a lamb merguez sausage instead. Very mild, but with an incredible taste. 
  • Since it "felt" like a chili to me, I couldn't help but add a can of peeled San Marzano tomatoes. 
Besides those small changes, I was pretty faithful to the original. And it came out delicious! The lamb shoulder and sausage offered a much, much different flavor than any chili I have ever made or tasted before. Gia called it her very favorite chili, but she's been known to do that before.

Looking tasty with a dollop of sour cream
By the way, if you aren't reading Chef's blog, fucking should be. Great recipes, great stories, great commenters (if I do say so meeself). You'll be a better soul for having visited, I can assure you.

He mentioned wanting some of my own recipes. So I thought I would go back in the blog logs and post links to all my old recipes. Enjoy or don't at your own risk. Cheers!

Phew! I feel like I'm missing some. I KNOW I'm missing some. And I still have a bunch of recipes and food porn that I haven't gotten around to posting just yet. Seems as if I've been posting my food porn pics on Instagram without sharing the recipes over here. Sinner. It'll happen. One of these days.

By the way, I have 46 (now 47) posts that mention bacon. Is that a lot? Nah....

Nov 18, 2013


Following Dave's lead, I'm jumping on the "Things You Don't Know About Me" meme thingy. And, as Dave did, I'm making no promises that I'm not repeating anything I've shared here before. Because I've been doing this for around eight years now and I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday. So here goes:
  1. I seriously considered a career in the military when I was younger. Seems like a total disconnect to the neo-hippie persona that I foster nowadays, especially my disdain of guns. But I was "this close" to signing up for a career in the Navy when I was in High School. Like scary close. My dad was a Navy guy, but not a lifer. I just had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Even did a year of ROTC (Reserve Officer's Training Corps) once I got to college. Backed out right at the point where I was going to have to sign on. I'm sure I made the right choices, but I always wonder were that other path would've led. 
  2. All that being said, military funerals really affect me. Went to one last Friday for a gentlemen that I didn't even know served. Turns out he was a WWII vet, although I don't think he ever saw combat. It all ended while he was still in training, I believe. My father had a military funeral as well. He was in the Navy on a carrier during the Korean War, but he never saw any direct combat either. Good. Kinda ensured that I would be here to fill out this silly meme, ya know?
  3. School and I didn't mix well. I was an awful student even though I managed to get decent grades. If I just applied myself, it would have been a much more awarding exercise. But I knew it wasn't for me. Several years out of college, a friend got me to help her study for the GMATs, which was the test you needed to take at that time to get into Graduate School for your Master's Degree. I helped her out and wound up taking the test with her. Which led me to take several courses at a local university for my MBA. But I felt like I got nothing out of it, so I never finished my degree. Again, I think I made the right choice, but I still wonder.
  4. That disdain for schooling translated in an related inability to teach things to people. It's why I was an awful boss for so many years. I struggled with understanding why my subordinates couldn't just "do the job" without me spending what seemed to be endless time teaching them the job. And when I get frustrated with people for not understanding things that came easily to me, I took it out on them and wound up doing triple the work myself. I probably would be better at it now, but I'm no longer a corporate drone. I hope I would be better at it now.
  5. That friend I helped with the GMATs also wanted me to take scuba lessons with her. We had a modest flirtation that never went anywhere, couldn't go anywhere for many reasons. But she knew I had/have this phobia of the ocean, so she signed us up. On the day of the first lesson, I bailed. Just didn't want to do it. So she goes and is "buddied up" with some guy who was there alone as well. They become involved, he ruins her life and then they get married. Yeah, I got the order correct there. She STILL married him after he fucked her over badly. The pattern continues. I don't regret not going on with the scuba lessons myself, but I often wonder how different HER life would have been. But since I have no idea how her life is now, I try not to think about it all that often.
  6. I like to think about traveling more than I like the actual experience itself. Don't get me wrong, I like being in interesting places that I've never been before. But the process of getting from point A to point B at any given time is something I've come to despise. So much so that it definitely affects my desire to experience new places and things. Maybe I'm just bitter that personal transporter devices haven't been invented yet. Yup...definitely bitter. 
  7. In my heart, I've always wised that I worked with my hands for a living rather than pushing a pencil or tapping on a keyboard. I'm not handy around the house at all, but I occasionally break down and get something done on my own. A ceiling fan installed, a light fixture replaced (kind of the same thing), some minor plumbing. And when I do those things, I feel more pride than anything I've done for my actual job all week long. It's not something I can really change. I've tried some wood-working and metal-working in the past, but I just don't have it in me.
  8. There are, however, several things I can do better than anyone else I've ever met. I'll just leave it at that.
  9. I have no idea how many things I should come up with for this list.
  10. I turned 47 today. But some of you already knew that. :)