Between 40 & 50

The ramblings of a middle-aged man


August 2016

Today we had a Mexican-themed pot luck lunch at work. Why do I always feel like I’m getting screwed on the pot luck? I bring a homemade dish – today was chili con queso with lots of salsa and ground beef, as well as a bowl of queso blanco. I put some serious effort into making them last night.

I don’t care about getting recognition for my hard work. What ticks me off are the people who float along, bringing paper plates or napkins. What the hell is that? If you bring something so trivial, you should also be required to bring a secondary item. Maybe a bottle of Dr. Pepper, a bag of nachos, or some condiments at the very least.

Am I alone in my disgust for people who take advantage of the pot luck? It always seems to be the same flakes who bring the lame stuff. I’ve also noticed that they’re the ones who tend to eat the most. Keep your eye on those slackers!


Another Good Book

Recently I wrote about how much I enjoyed The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about World War II, focusing on the Normandy Invasion up to the Battle of the Bulge.

Following that book, I picked up a copy of Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly, which was also spectacular in a similar, but different way. Killing Patton explores the final months of World War II and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of one of America’s greatest Generals, George S. Patton, Jr.

During the course of World War II, General Patton made a plethora of enemies on both sides of the lines. The Germans were absolutely terrified of his tactical brilliance and knew that his was likely the one army they couldn’t defeat. Hitler actively sought ways to eliminate Patton from command. On the Allied side, he pissed off all of the High Command, most of the other General Staff, Senators, the President, and just about everyone he interacted with. If he didn’t have the rousing success in battle that his army did, it’s highly likely that he would have been relieved of duty for any one of his numerous PR blunders, such as slapping a soldier who was in the medical tent for “battle fatigue.”

General George S. Patton, Jr.

Patton’s death is highly suspicious and the details are extremely shady. Continue reading “Another Good Book”

Pokémon Go – Level 22 Sucks

Thought I’d do a quick follow up to my recent post about Pokémon Go.

I’ve finally reached level 22 over the weekend and have discovered that it might take me until the end of time to reach level 23. I need to earn 100,000 EXP to move to level 23 and I’m off to a horrific start.

The problem seems to be Continue reading “Pokémon Go – Level 22 Sucks”

Friday Fox – Amber Smith

Each Friday I feature a baker’s dozen images of a 40-something lady who “gets my motor running.”

Amber Smith

Honestly, Amber Smith may be the biggest Friday Fox challenge there is. Her mainstream credits are few and far between, so trying to remember her from anything that isn’t porn is tough. She did have a bit part in Howard Stern’s movie Private Parts, but I only remembered her once I re-watched the film. Look, nobody is looking up Amber Smith for her acting talents, they want to see her in the flesh. She started out as a model, attempted to transition into mainstream Hollywood with roles in Private Parts and L.A. Confidential. Apparently that didn’t work out and she ended up going into softcore & finally hardcore flicks. Let me tell you something, she may be the hottest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. As a straight man, I can even say with complete awe that even her hair is sexy. Amber is beautiful, intelligent, and multi-talented. She is definitely high on my list of qualifiers for “The Perfect Woman.” She may not overtake Kate Beckinsale as #1 on my list, but it’s close. They certainly didn’t have gorgeous women like Amber at my high school!

Amber Smith Nude

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Pokémon Go Update

I’m continuing to play Pokémon Go and have discovered an odd element to the game. In past weeks I’ve read quite a bit about how Niantic has screwed up the game by making it harder to catch Pokémon as you gain experience and levels. Since I’ve been a low level player, that hasn’t really had an impact on my game. Until recently.

After travelling to a city rich with pokéstops and Pokémon, I leveled up pretty quickly. At this point, I’m level 21, about to be level 22. It was after hitting level 20 that I noticed something odd.

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First Day of School

The first day of school is upon my family. The Kids were not exactly thrilled about having to get up early (or go to school), while The Wife and I couldn’t wait for them to be gone!

The Girl starts her Junior year of high school. We know that our time with her is limited, so we’re taking every opportunity to treasure each of these moments. She hates the fact that we want to take pictures of everything, but hopefully, one day, she’ll be thankful we did this. This morning we took some great photos of her as she was heading out the door and she made us promise to not post them to any social media site, website, or any other place where someone other than our immediate family could see them. Bummer! I was ready to share them all to Facebook.

On the flip side was The Boy. He LOVES having his picture taken and wants the entire world to see it. So, I’ve posted tons of his 1st Day photos on my personal social media channels. Of course grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, etc. are liking the photos. I probably get more likes for the 1st day of School photos than anything else I post.

Do you like seeing the 1st day of school photos? Continue reading “First Day of School”

School starts for the kids tomorrow. I cannot wait! Unfortunately it means my summer of sleeping in comes to an end, which is a bummer. On the other hand, it also means that the kids will be going to bed at a reasonable time and leaving the house before I do. One of my most favorite things in the world is the quiet time I get in the morning when The Wife has gone to work & The Kids are down at the bus stop. It’s only about 15 minutes, but it is heavenly!

What are you looking forward to most as your kids (if you have any) head back to school?

Friday Fox – Salma Hayek

Each Friday I feature a baker’s dozen images of a 40-something lady who “gets my motor running.”

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek shot to stardom in the second film in Robert Rodriguez’ “El Mariachi” trilogy, Desperado. I will never forget the scene that introduces us to Salma’s character, Carolina. Two cars smash in to each other because both drivers are completely distracted by Carolina’s strut down the dusty street. It certaily helps that the dress she’s wearing accentuates every curve of Salma’s amazing body. If I saw Salma walking down the street in a tight dress, I wouldn’t be able to take my eyes off of her either. After her amazing Desperado breakout, Salma has continued to show off her significant acting skills. Who will ever forget her entrancing dance in From Dusk Till Dawn? Lots of guys I know would kill for the chance to be on the receiving end of such a sultry and intoxicating dance. Beyond the cheesecake, Salma has developed into an incredibly talented actress. The Academy Awards noticed Salma’s significant acting skills, honoring her portrayal of artist Frida Kahlo in the movie Frida with a Best Actress Nomination. With Frida, Salma also moved into the business side of Hollywood, serving as Producer. Salma continues to work both in front and behind the camera, creating hit after hit. They certainly didn’t have gorgeous women like Salma at my high school!

Salma Hayek Nude

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Beauty of the Olympics

No doubt about it, some of the hottest women in the world are currently competing in the 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro right now. In honor of their style, grace, beauty, skills, and more, I thought I’d share a bakers dozen images of some Olympic babes. Enjoy!

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