Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Couple Of Local Issues

After reading a few blogs this morning and some Peoria Journal Star links< i've got a few comments to make.

Some guy leads the police on a high speed chase, causes an accident and runs into a building and gets six years in prison. A woman yanks a gun from her purse and in a crowded room takes a shot at another woman and gets six months. While I thinking the former may be a bit harsh, what the hell is with the latter? Six months for discharging a concealed firearm at another person. If you want my two shiny lincolns, something ain't right there.

Yes, the upcoming smoking ban. I don't give a rat's arse who does and does not enforce it and who gets the money. And as Scott O'Brien says enough already in the media. Which brings me to another semi-related subject. Sully selling Sullivans. I know there is a lot of wild speculation to as why and what was reported. However, Sully made this comment to me right after the law was passed: Its a damned shame that I can't smoke in MY own bar anymore. Then there was some other tirade. But I do wish Sully the best of luck as he has brought some of the best joints to downtown Peoria.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Evil of MySpace Continues

We all hear the stories of people ending relationships via e-mail, text messages, voice messages, etc. We heard of the story in which a 13 year old girl in St. Louis killed herself over a ficticious friend on My Space.

Here is a new one. We had an employee stop showing up for work. Of course, we assumed this person quit. A relative of said person came into our place of business and we said "Hey, what is up with "Judy"? The person responded that "Judy" said she had left a message on one of the manager's My Space page that she quit.

Since I am the only manager with a My Space page (which I rarely use or check), I checked my My Space page. Nope...no "I Quit" message. So, I wonder which job "Judy" quit? Apparently she "My Spaced" the wrong person, if so at all.

So, I guess in this day in age, it is now appropriate to quit your job via a My Space message?

It is getting more and more strange all the time.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Peoria Bumperstickers (I'd Like To See)

Yesterday on my way to work, I'm sitting at the corner of Prospect and War waiting for the left turn arrow to appear so I can head west on War. Now, I have as fast of foot, or faster, getting off the brake onto the accelerator as the next person...no procrastination in this department. You'd have to be John Force or Tony Schumacher to beat me off the line. As I'm making sure there were no more Peoria fabled red left turn arrow runners in the intersection, I just start to accelerate and this ass in a Blazer behind me is laying on the horn. Just another incident to help me understand from where road rage comes. This guy HAD to have his hand on the horn ready to honk if I didn't move the split second the light changed. Of course, the bumper sticker "Keep honking, I'm reloading" came to mind. And that is what brings me to this post. Some serious, some not, but here are Peoria bumper stickers I'd like to see:

(A picture of something resembling the University of Kansas jayhawk on the left side): AWHK!! NO NEW PROPERTY TAXES IN PEORIA!!

DETROIT 416; PEORIA 16
Apparently Their Thugs Are Better Shots

SAVE THE KELLAR BRANCH!!
Help bring industry and jobs back to Peoria

WANT A MUSEUM? HOLD A BAKE SALE!!
No additional taxes to support Boondoggles.

PSST!! WANT TO BUY A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR $877,500?
CALL Ken Hinton at 309-xxx-xxxx

OOPPS!! YOU JUST PASSED ANOTHER CASH ADVANCE STORE!

IF THE ARROW IS RED, DON'T RUN IT...SOMEONE MAY HAVE ROAD RAGE.

END THE HRA TAX!!
The "TEMPORARY" Tax has gone on for 20 years!!

$100 A DAY LATE FEES
Help The Library Raise $26 Million Without Tax Increases.

OSF ST. METHODIST:
The Only Hospital With An Interstate Running Through It.

ANNEX PRINCEVILLE!!
So Peoria Can Move Farther North.

THIS CAR IS NOT RUNNING UNATTENDED!
I'm standing behind you with a cocked .357 Magnum.

PEORIA: A Rivers Silts Up Through It.

BLOOMINGTON VS. PEORIA
WTF, Peoria Developers!? They STILL Have More Chain Restaurants Than We Do!!

BUILD THE TRAIL!!
Those Aren't Gunshots You Hear In The North Valley; They Are "Exercise Stimulator Devices".

MY CHILD ISN'T AN HONOR STUDENT AND WALKS DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET!

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BLOGS THERE ARE IN PEORIA?
$10 SAYS YOUR DUMB ASS WILL SHOW UP ON ONE OF THEM

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cheaper Cable?

Yeah, right. Cable subscribers wish. But follow this theory.

When I first moved into my Peoria home in 1995, I had Insight (or whatever it was called then) Cable. After about 2 years, ya know how it goes, relationships go bad and I switched to Direct TV. I swear, every since then, at least twice a week, I get some sort of offer, etc. to re-subscribe, get a package deal with internet and cellphone, yada, yada, yada. Now take the postage (yeah, it is tax deductible for them, I'm sure) and multiply it by everyone who has ever quit subscribing to cable. Now how much money would that be in postage alone, not to mention printing, etc.? Seems like they could save that money and reduce cable rates. I mean really. After 10 years you'd think someone would think "Hmmm....the guy at 101 Smith Lane* hasn't responded to the 1500 pieces of mail we've sent him, maybe we should take him off the list".

* 101 Smith Lane is not my real address and I apologize to anyone living at 101 Smith Lane whose home gets egged or TP'ed.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Mom Rocks!

I know I've made a few mentions of my parents, but I try to keep my family off of my blog. I've mentioned that my mom should run for president as things would get sorted out and dealt with big time.

However, mom shows up yesterday with Christmas Cookies!! Springerle, Aunt Katie Cookies (non really a cookie...a cross between a brownie and Texas Cake bottom, semi melted marshmellows on top of that and frosted with chocolate frosting), honey cookies and these chocolate cookies with white icing I swear has a hint of peppermint in them somewhere (but she says no). Also, a big bowl of shophisticated meatballs (a souped up version of Swedish meatballs) and spaetzle.

I'm not leaving the house and I'm not sharing.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Press Release From Willett's Winery

As most of my faithful following know, I work on some projects with Dan & Cris Willett at their winery in Manito. Early next year, they are sponsoring a recipe contest. Here is the press release sent to me by Cris:


Willett’s Winery & Cellar to SponsorRecipe Contest


Willett’s Winery & Cellar is hosting a series of contests beginning in January, 2008. The kickoff will be an Appetizer Contest to occur on January 12th from 4-6pm. You may create a new recipe or experiment with a favorite, but you MUST have one of Willett’s Winery & Cellar wines included as an ingredient in the recipe. Bring your recipe and the prepared appetizer dish to the winery on January 12th, where judging will begin promptly at 4:00pm. There will be 2 awards given on the night of the event. The “People’s Choice” award as decided by those tasters in attendance, and a “Pro’s Choice” as determined by Chef Kevin Roecker and other professionals in the food business. You must register to have your special creation judged, by calling the winery at 968-7040. There is no fee to enter the contest, but total entries are limited to 30.

During the evening, you can enjoy a “Cooking with Wine Demonstration” by Chef Kevin Roecker. This will be a fun, interactive event! You do not have to enter the contest to attend the event. Of course you will be doing some tasting of contestant’s recipes. Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Future contests will occur in the months of February and March and will include the categories of Soups/Salads, Entrees, & Desserts. Awards will be given each evening. An “Owners Challis Award”, as determined by Dan & Cris Willett, will be selected from one of the winners and will be announced in April. The winner of the Owners Challis Award will receive 2 tickets to the June Wine & Dine Experience, where the winning recipe will be featured during the appropriate course prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker, and paired with Willett’s Winery & Cellar wine!
Ladies & Gentleman, start your ovens!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Logan's Steakhouse

I know, I know, you just called the culinary police on me because I have eaten at two chain restaurants in a very short period of time. However, if someone invites me AND picks up the tab.......

Logan's is in East Peoria next to Granite City Brewing and the new Embassy Suites Hotel. No wait for a table on a Monday night; guess everyone was somewhere else watching to see if the Patriots could go 12-0.

This is one of the joints where it is OK to throw your peanut shells on the floor. I guess I have a hard time doing that because when I do, I'm waiting for my mother to say "Kevin William, you don't throw food on the floor" and then get a quick crack on the backside. But, when you are in Rome....

My DA ordered a small sirloin\shrimp and vegetable kebab combination. I ordered the NY Strip, rare, Brewski style and a baked potato. The salad that came with it was nothing exciting: lettuce, diced tomato (which is nice that you don't have to cut it), red onion and some other veggies with blue cheese dressing. I must give kudos to the dressing; it didn't taste like it came out of a jar\jug. If it did, wow, I'm impressed. If made from scratch, well, good for them.

My steak came out and rare it was. For my taste, they went a little nuts with the seasoning, though. It was topped with very thin and very crisp onion rings, herbed butter and sat on top of a bed of Michelob Amber Bock stewed onions (Brewski style). A tasty combination, but I'm not sure the Brewski onions was worth the $1.49. The steak was pretty good, but it suffered from my post below. The potato was a properly baked baked potato and insanely hot. The sour cream they dolloped on top flowed off like molton lava. My DA was happy with her choice. The broccoli she ordered with it was some of the brightest green broccoli I've seen!

With a couple of beers, I think the bill was right at $50.00. As I said, I didn't pay.

Yeah, I'd go back.......sooner if it wasn't a chain......

See You Around The Table......

An Open Letter To Steak "Providers"

Dear Mr. Meatcutter, Restaurant owner and anyone else who cuts and serves steaks:

There are a lot of people in the Peoria area who enjoy a good steak. I am one of them. However, as a fan of the New York Strip Steak, I rarely eat steak when dining out or buy steaks. Why is that, you may ask, if you love a good steak?

On top of every strip loin there is a layer of fat. Underneath that layer of fat is a layer of tough silverskin. Silverskin is almost pure protein and when you cook it, it becomes very tough and chewy. It doesn't make for a pleasant steak eating experience. The issue is 99.9% of restaurants, meat counters, etc. trim the fat really close and it makes for a nice looking steak, but that silverskin is still below the fat.

Please trim the fat off and get rid of the silverskin. I don't care if you charge me more, I'd expect it, but I'd rather pay more than saw and chomp through that chewy crap.

You cut the chain off a filet before you cook or display it and it is rare to see a ribeye with a 2" fat tail anymore, so why can't my beloved NY Strip be de-silverskinned?

Thank you for your understanding. Now go trim that shit off :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Mixed Emotions

I'm cleaning my home office a bit today and I came across my REO Speedwagon "Live! You Get What You Play For" CD. One of my favorite recordings, but in album form, because they cut Gary Richrath's guitar solo to get this 2 album set onto one CD. I have always been fascinated by the guitar solo in the song Golden Country...to me, it is mind boggling. As the song is playing, I'm thinking to myself "I wonder if there is a live video of Gary playing this on You Tube"? Excitedly, I get to You Tube and what I found greatly disturbed me.

There are several people who have taken the song and have made video compilations from various pictures. Before I go on, my interpretation of the song Golden Country, written in 1972, is telling the government of the richest, most powerful country in the world that it has serious social issues in this country and they need to quit turning a blind eye and do something about it. Of course, there is the theory that the song is about we have enough issues here, quit messin' around in other parts of the world. As the Vietnam War was still going on when this was written, I guess I can see this taken as sort of a protest song.

"Golden country your face is so red
With all of your money your poor can be fed
You strut around and you flirt with disaster
Never really carin just what comes after
Well your blacks are dyin but your back is still turned
And your freaks are cryin but your back is still turned
You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
The time has come for you my friend
To all this ugliness we must put an end
Before we leave we must make a stand

Mortgage people you crawl to your homes
Your security lies in your bed of white foam
You act concerned but then why turn away
When a lady was raped on your doorstep today
*Well your blacks are cryin* but your back is still turned
And your freaks are dyin but your back is still turned
You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
The time has come for you my friend
To all this ugliness we must put an end
Before we leave we must make a stand, oh yeah......"

* in the live version this was changed to "the red mans dying"

Though written 35 years ago, the words still hold true. However, I disagree with these videos. Why? Some of them have tragic photos edited together and watching them, they point the finger at GW Bush. I'm not a GW fan and I don't agree with some of his policies, but to put Vietnam photos, photos of starving children in some third world country, nuclear bomb explosions and what appears to be California brush fires seem out of place and probably have little to do with GW. While I agree with what was trying to be said in 1972 still holds true today, I think these videos on You Tube have little to do with the song, the Katrina photos being the exception. Of course, there is the lyric "or your country will burn" and the video people have a heyday with the World Trade Center towers on fire.

I guess everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it.

However, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy one of the best blistering guitar solos ever put on vinyl.

GRRRRR.....

I started a post, but decided to move it to my other blog, It Just Slays Me. Going back to keeping some of the negativity off of this blog and back to reporting the idiotic things I encounter and other sorts of bitching over there.