Shanghai Hong Kong Egg Fu Yung; Fortune Cookie Always Wrong…

….or is it?

Who remembers where that little rhyme comes from? Props to whoever gets the reference.

Anyway, this past Thursday I was eating at my favorite Chinese restaurant here in Abilene called SzeChuan (which also happens to be one of the top 100 in the US and was ranked #1 a few years ago!) and something odd happened to me.

As with most places of this sort you get a complimentary fortune cookie with your tab. I never put much stock into fortune cookies but they’re a source of entertainment for sure. So I cracked it open and lo and behold there was absolutely nothing in it! I mean nothing! Not so much as a blank slip of paper. Just an empty void.

I sat wondering “what the hell is that supposed to mean?” Again, I don’t put much stock into fortune cookies but I couldn’t help but be a little confused.

Well, I think Saturday gave me the answer to that. As I played a bagpipe medley of “Flowers of the Forest,” “Wings” and “Scotland the Brave” at my dear friend Shawn’s memorial service I couldn’t help but feel that emptiness – one that reminded me of my poor empty cookie two nights prior.

To add to that void, when I dropped into Vagabond (the pizza joint I always rave about) and the head bartender (who is also a very close friend) told me that the co-owner’s dad had died that week I almost lost it. The entire crew at Vagabond is like a 2nd family to me. Though I’d never met or even talked to this person, it was like rubbing salt into a wound. Luckily I was given the opportunity to pen a hand-written note sending my condolences and reminding her how much she and the entire family there mean to me.

So I guess for once a fortune cookie was right. The empty cookie was a fortune (or is that a misfortune?) tale of the feelings to come. Alas, we shall push on right? That’s all you can do I guess.

Have you ever had a prophetic fortune cookie, or do you more agree with the old adage? Let me know what you think!

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Welcome to Sunday Social

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Rachel McKee~Illuminated Literation

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Song Lyric Sunday 4/29/18 – Angel (Fleetwood Mac 1979)

Song Lyric Sunday is upon us once again and this time the theme is angel. This is somewhat of an appropriate topic for my situation this week as yesterday we committed my dear friend’s soul back to the universe in a rather moving memorial service. Somehow I managed to play a few tunes on the pipes while tears gushed out of my eyes. I don’t know how I did it but I did.

Though this song doesn’t have much to do with that, the one-word title does match the challenge. Here then is the song “Angel,” a 1979 song by the group Fleetwood Mac and one of two songs by the same title by the same band (I don’t much care for the first one admittedly). Anyway, this song was on the album Tusk and was written by Stevie Nicks.

Sometimes the most beautiful things
The most innocent things
And many of those dreams pass us by
Keep passing me by

You feel good
I said it’s funny that you understood
I knew you would
When you were good
You were very, very good

So I close my eyes softly
Till I become that part of the wind
That we all long for sometime
Yeah

And to those that I love
Like a ghost through a fog
Like a charmed hour and a haunted song
And the angel of my dreams
Angel of my dreams

(You said) you feel good
I said it’s funny that you understood
I knew you would
When you were good, baby
Mmm, you were very good

I still look up
When you walk in the room
I’ve the same wide eyes
Now they tell a story

I try not to reach out
When you turn around
You say hello
And we both pretend
No great pretender

So I close my eyes softly
Till I become that part of the wind
That we all long for sometime

And to those that I love
Like a ghost through a fog
Like a charmed hour and a haunted song
And the angel
Angel of my dreams

Angel of my dreams

I still look up

I try hard not to look up
Ooh, yeah

That girl was me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Track a ghost through the fog
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

A charmed hour and a haunted song

Track a ghost through the fog, baby

Ooh, you try hard
But you’ll never catch me
Yeah
Source: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fleetwoodmac/angel83573.html

Well that’s it for me for this week. Hope you enjoyed it as always. See you next week.

Beer/Cigar Reviews – La Fin du Monde and Exodus 1959 50 Years

Welcome to another one of my beer/cigar review blogs where we take a look at some notable (and not-so-notable!) products. I’ve got an awesome lineup for you tonight so let’s just dive right in, you’re gonna want to stick around for these.

As always, we’ll start with today’s beer selection:

La Fin du Monde

This offering from Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec, Canada is a Belgian Style Trippel weighing in at 9% ABV and 19 IBU with an unspecified gravity rating.

Pour is a hazy yellow-orange color with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around for a good long while. Aromas of yeasty bread, banana, wheat malt and hints of citrus and clove. Rich flavors of yeasty wheat bread, lemon and banana on the front of the palate with notes of vanilla and clove on the finish. Medium in body and high carbonation, this beer drinks way too easily for its ABV and would be easy to quaff.

As with virtually any Unibroue product, this one is a real treat for lovers of Belgian style beers. Do yourself a favor and check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Rating: 4.5/5.

Exodus 1959 50 Years

This offering from Torano cigars comes in a 5.5″ x 52RG Torpedo vitola and features a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and long fillers.

Two clips with the Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter revealed a perfect draw producing plentiful thick, medium/full bodied smoke. Flavors of leather and dark chococlate tantalize the palate straight away with both black and red pepper on the retrohale and a slight oak bringing it all together.

The first third is almost identical with the exception of a sweet cream entering the draw and the pepper diminishing slightly. Very bold and complex flavors all around.

The 2nd third sees a fairly big transition as the leather and dark chocolate take a back seat and notes of fig and toasted almond come to the forefront. Pepper hangs on but very subtle by this point. The last third goes very heavy and earthy. Ending at 1 hour and 10 minutes for a truly impressive burn time for the size and bringing in a wallop of strength – matching the body at medium/full.

Excellent construction with a straight enough burn to not require any touchups and the ash holding on about half the stick at a time.

Excellent cigar all around. Lots of flavors, transitions and an excellent burn time. For about $6/stick you just cannot go wrong with this one. Rating: 4.5/5.

And that’s a wrap for today. Have you had either of today’s offerings? Let me know what you thought!

Welcome to Sunday Social

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Rachel McKee~Illuminated Literation

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Song Lyric Sunday 4/22/18 – Sister Christian

Our challenge for Song Lyric Sunday this week was brother/sister or siblings. A tough topic for sure and I tried like hell to find something other than the first song that popped into my head but try as I might, brain dead me was unable to come up with anything so my default pick it is I suppose.

According to lead singer and bassist Jack Blades, the background of this song is, “Kelly’s [Keagy] sister’s name is Christy and so he was writing a song about his little sister growing up in a small town in Oregon and cruising up and down the street on a Friday, Saturday night, you know, motoring, everything like that, but it was ‘Sister Christy.’ He’s singing ‘sister Christy oh the,’ and we all thought it was Christian.” Alas, the band decided that “Christian” sounded better than “Christy” so the name stuck. (Source: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/08/24/real-story-behind-night-ranger-sister-christian.html).

So here then is “Sister Christian” – a power ballad by the band Night Ranger (written by Kelly Keagy):

Sister Christian
Oh, the time has come
And you know that you’re the only one
To say, okay
Where you going
What you looking for
You know those boys
Don’t want to play no more with you
It’s true

You’re motoring
What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight

Babe, you know
You’re growing up so fast
And mama’s worrying
That you won’t last
To say, let’s play
Sister Christian
There’s so much in life
Don’t you give it up
Before your time is due
It’s true
It’s true, yeah

Motoring
What’s your price for flight
You’ve got him in your sight
And driving through the night
Motoring
What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight

Motoring
What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight
Motoring
What’s your price for flight
In finding mister right
You’ll be alright tonight

Sister Christian
Oh, the time has come
And you know that you’re the only one
To say, okay
But you’re motoring
Yeah, motoring
Source: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nightranger/sisterchristian.html

I know, totally lame pick this week but oh well. Been a long day.

Meeting A Fellow Blogger

kittens

For the first time in almost two years of my blog, I got to meet a fellow blogger! “Laina” over at The Silent Wave and Who Loves Kitty, being true to the name of her personal blog, made the 4.5 hour drive out to Abilene to collect two adorable kittens and take them to their forever home.

About the time her beloved Murphy passed away my sister’s cat gave birth to three kittens, two of which made it. As our rule here is only two cats in the house, we had to re-home the offspring and, as the timing worked out, the stars lined up so that she and her husband were able to give them the home they so deserve.

Laina and her husband arrived at home headquarters around 11:15 AM to come have a “meet and greet” with my family and their two new fur kids. Much as I expected, it was love at first sight (not that I had any doubts whatsoever – I’d been sending Laina weekly updates and of course she just gushed over all of them). After hanging out at HQ for awhile, I led them to the Taylor County Taphouse here in Abilene for lunch and drinks where we shared lively conversation, lunch (with excellent gluten-free options for them) and drinks. It was truly a special time to share.

After a quick pit-stop to top off fuel and get refreshments for the road, they arrived back at home HQ to collect the prize. We said our final goodbyes to the little bundles of fluff, Laina and I pressed up against one another in a hug that seemed to go on forever (not that I mind – I love hugs – and she said I give the best hugs!) and they got back on the road to return to San Antonio and I retired back to the house to cue up NASCAR. Timing worked out perfect.

It couldn’t have been a better day for it either – warm enough to sport my shorty shorts and show off my multiple pieces of body art (so she got the full experience of who I am!) but not too blistering hot as to make her car drive miserable.

A little sad to see the cute little kittens go, but they couldn’t have gone to a better home. They will be well-cared for, happy and healthy. I have no questions about that.

Thanks for the company today, Laina. I truly enjoyed it. Hopefully we’ll cross paths again sometime soon. I know you’ll be great furparents to the two kittens. Just be sure to inundate us with pictures as they grow up. It’ll be much appreciated.