This week's My Town Monday post is going to be a few thorns short of a full mesquite, a few gallons short of a ten gallon hat, or of you prefer a few lies short of a genuine Texas tall tale. In other words, I'm feeling a bit lazy so this is going to be a half-assed version of My Town Monday.
I so close to the end of Plundered Booty that I can smell it. (That sentence is going to read really weird for those of you unaware I am writing a novel title Plundered Booty.) This is a long holiday weekend as well so there are many factors to my reluctance to write a long drawn out post about Amarillo, but the blunt truth is up not up to doing any of the research required to pull of the ideas I have in mind so this week's edition is purely my opinion. Take it for what you will. Given that this is a three day weekend I stuck with three as the theme. Well, three and meat but then again meat is the underbelly of most of my posts.
TOP 3 GOOD THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN AMARILLO
3) Despite having a population of nearly 200,000 it feels much smaller. Traffic jams? only if a wreck is involved or the space shuttle makes a "surprise" landing at the airport.
2) People are friendly and it is rare that I go to a social event without running into to somebody I know.
1) It is more politically correct to call yourself a carnivore than it is to be a vegetarian.
TOP 3 BAD THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN AMARILLO
3) The town is prone to being narrow-minded about new things and people that are different than the accepted norm.
2) Hail, it's windy. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Amarillo is the second most hail prone city in the US and the third windiest. Sorry Merry, Chicago didn't even make the top ten.
1) Amarillo sits smack dab in the middle of the best fishing places in the country. You might think that was a good thing, but unfortunately, it is three hundred miles no matter which direction you go to find these places.
TOP 3 PLACES TO CLOG YOUR ARTERIES.
3) El Bracero Mexican Grill - Home of the "La Parrillada" which is a little grill chocked full of meat, grilled onion, and roasted jalapeños that they bring right to your table. They have a variety of tasty meat options and you get to pick two. My recommendation is the Cabrito (goat) and quail. And before you ask no i do not eat he peppers,they're green aren't they.
2) Bl Bistro -- This place is too pricey for me to eat at regularly but it is owned by a guy I graduated high school with and it is one of the few places that serves elk from time to time.
1) Coyote Bluff Cafe - Greasy fries, tasty burgers, thick steaks and cold, cold beer. Need I say more. Don't let the seedy appearance of the place fool you. It's good.
I could go on using the power of three to talk about things in my town but like I already said, I'm lazy this week. so here's my offer. Something you want to know about Amarillo? Curious about my city. Here's your chance. ask me any question pertaining to the town or anywhere in the Texas Panhandle for that matter and I will answer it to the best of my ability. Wanna keep the theme of three going and know the top 3 places to get drunk, the three ugliest people, the 3 worst jobs, the 3 best jobs , just drop a question in the comments and I be like the jeeves fella and pop back with some sort of answer.
Also participation in My Town Monday has slacked recently so encourage others to take part if you get the chance. Here is a link to my original post talking about the idea. Go read it, and then post a little something about your town, because I'm curious about things in your neck o' the woods.
And be sure and stop by Reid's blog to wish him happy birthday.
LINKS TO MORE MY TOWN MONDAY-ers
Debra - Village of Peninsula, Ohio (Be sure to stop in and sign up for her contest)
Linda McLaughlin -- Anaheim, California
Terrie Farley Moran (Women of Mystery -- New York City, New York
Barrie Summy -- San Diego, California
Mary Nix -- Olmsted Falls, Ohio