Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BBQ Championship?! Yes, please!

Remember when I posted about the awesomeness that was the BBQ Championship?  Well we finally went!  It was everything I had hoped and dreamed.  In preparation for the event, Jaron and I went for a long run so we could feel a little less guilty about stuffing our faces.

After the run, we rushed to get ready, met up with David (sans overalls) and headed over.  By the time we got there we were staaaarving!  There were so many booths giving away samples of their BBQ and it was AWESOME!  Jaron may have thought he was in heaven.

Every competitor had their smokers out, cookin’ and smokin’! The smokers are almost as big of a deal as the food itself.  Some of these things were as simple as a barrel, others were super fancy-pants that were painted to match the RV that towed it there.  Here are a few of my favorites:

That's a dragon.  Smoke comes out of its mouth.  Awesome?  Awesome.

 That's a Jeep.  And a smoker.  Double awesome.

This may be inappropriate...but its the most awesomest of all.

We must have tasted a billion samples of BBQ, but The Shed still stands as my favorite...

 ...after this one:


Monday, March 14, 2011

Toto, We’re Not in Miami Anymore…

This past Wednesday, as I was driving to work, I got a phone call from my boss telling me to turn around and go back home because there were tornadoes. (Since we have to drive for work, tornadoes hinder productivity.)

So I’m driving back home and thinking, “What the heck do I do if I see a tornado? Do I drive away from it? Do I pull over and hope that it doesn’t eat me!?” The only knowledge I had of tornadoes is from the tornado drills we did in elementary through high school. So it’s great to know that if I were in a school building at the time the tornado hit, I would know exactly what to do. However, seeing as how I was not in a school, but in my car, a little bit of panic hit me. All I could think of was this scene from Twister:

So I’m supposed to pull over and hope that there is a water pipe above 
ground that I could tie myself to with leather straps? Awesome.

Obviously, I’m not familiar with tornadoes. Back in South Florida, we didn’t have to worry about these. We worried about hurricanes, and even then, we knew days in advance it was on its way.

So here is what FEMA says to do:

If you are in: Then:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building) Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.
A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelter Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.

Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

Good to know, now! Luckily, I got home right before the storm hit. Here is what these lovely tornadoes did near my apartment:
This used to be a BP….then the tornado knocked it on its bootay.  Some say this was 
Mother Nature's way of saying, “Thanks for the oil spill!”   Burrrrrn.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Bows!

Back when I first moved here, I posted this about fashion trends here in the South.  This caused a HUGE influx of requests for bows.  (Ok, maybe just one...My Aunt Debbie had to have one for her granddaughter/my cousin Vikki's littlest, Isabelle). 

So I went to get her one and OH MY GOODNESS.  I walk into the store and I had to take a step back.  The store sells bows.  ONLY bows.  Every wall is lined from top to bottom with bows.  Bow overload.

I think its so funny that the South is covered in bows, and I have never seen a bow store in South Florida! Time to start the trend, Issy!

PS:  The store monograms all of their bows, and ANYTHING for that matter.  They had bows in all colors and sizes...I bought Issy the smallest one!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

In Response to the Station Wagon Post.....

My dad (aka PopDaddy - because he is that cool) commented on this post about my first car, the 1986 station wagon.  This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this means the following:

1.  My dad figured out where you type a web address to visit a website.
2.  He successfully got to that website.
3.  He navigated the website and figured out how to leave a comment....

 He added, "I think I was ripped off"

Dad, if you are reading this, I am very proud of your new found internet skills.  Maybe now its time to get an email account?

PS- I think you win the Most Embarrassing Car Award.