Friday, February 15, 2008

a subLIME idea

Hope all of you had a fun and exciting Valentine's yesterday. My wife and I drove by a local jewelry store yesterday right at five o'clock and the lot was full. Of the thirty or so vehicles parked out front, only a handful were not pickups. Why are we guys so inept at planning ahead? The good news is that most of us are now safe until Mother's Day. Of course, if your wife's birthday or your wedding anniversary falls between now and May you better remember, so pull out you calender and check those dates. No scratch that. If you are a guy there's a good chance nothing is circled or written on your calender.

Peeve Alert! Why can't restaurants like Applebees, Chili's, and TGI Friday's list their drink prices on the menu? Sure they'll gladly list a buck eighty nine for a glass of tea, but the powers that be feel it necessary to hide the price of a margarita. Of course you can't just order a margarita. The over-chipper, bad-joke-telling, laugh-at-anything-you-say- even-when it's-not-funny wait staff at these places always say things like. "You want the hubba-dubba bounce-you-on-your-bubba margarita, or our megatron maxi-rita? "

Make me want to scream, "Just pour some Triple Sec over ice, throw in some tequila and squeeze a line over it!" Hell, they could bring me the lime and I'd do that part myself. Nothing I like better than to abuse fruits and vegetables. Especially green ones, though limes aren't all bad since they go well with grilled meat and a variety of booze. Matter of fact i declare Limes the greatest of all green fruits and vegetables ALL HAIL the mighty LIME!
Can y'all tell I'm in a cantankerous mood today?

Actually I'm feeling quite good. The writing is going well, albeit slower than I wish, but what else is new. Springtime and the start of fishing season isn't all that far off, though it is cold and windy today. I can breath out of both nostrils. Yeah, that sounds weird but have clear nasal passages is one of those things you take for granted until one or both is plugged up like a three-year-old after a cheeze-whiz binge.

Okay, enough of my rambling. Now an idea. I want to start a new blog phenomenon. You know along the lines of Thursday Thirteen, Wordless Wednesday, Tuesday Confessional and a variety of other weekly features that multiple blogger do. I want to start My Town Monday's.

I'm always curious about my fellow bloggers and how the places they come from. I have a million questions and this seems like an easy way for all of us to get to know each other and learn something in the process. The topics should be endless. From Why you moved there? Work, family, climate, or maybe like me you never crawled far from the crib. Then there is why you stay. Why you don't. The history of how your town was settled. Other notable events. You can attach pictures of unique things and places. Who knows I might visit your town, and be in need of a great place to eat. Everyplace, I don't care how small, has something interesting about it. So let's hear it. Who's on board? I plan to start Monday and if you let me know ahead of time, I'll provide a link so others can check out the ring of bloggers participating in My Town Mondays.


Jenster said...

My husband will be all over the "lime is the best green veggie/fruit" thing. He doesn't eat much that's green, but he did bring home some limes along with the case of Corona yesterday.

I love the My Town Mondays idea!! I probably won't get to it this Monday, but I'll definitely do something soon!!

Penelope said...

I like "My Town Mondays".

Count me in . . .

-- P

WordVixen said...

I'm in! I dunno about every week, but I'll try to get something up this Monday.

Matter of fact, Saturday, hubby and I are planning on hitting a place of interest here in town.

And as for limes? Oh yeah! I be diggin' da limes. I prefer lime-ade over lemon-ade... I put lime juice and ginger in almost everything I cook. Gimme limes, baby!

The Anti-Wife said...

Why not, but which of my towns do you want? The one I grew up in, went to high school in, went to college in, lived in for 11 years, lived in for 1 1/2 years or lived in for 22 years? Huh?

Stephen Parrish said...

My town is good for one Monday, but then will run out of charm.

Marla said...

Happy Belated Valentine's Day. We never plan ahead in that area either. We just decided not to exchange gifts on that day.

Chris Eldin said...

Heh heh--Stephen and I must've grown up in the same town.

I think it's a great idea. I'd like to see how this progresses. And the little details can help our writing along too. I'm in.

Patti said...

i love the my town idea...

also, here's a great gift to get yourself: a lime tree. go to home depot, they have them now. put it in a largish container on your porch and you will have limes all year round. and let me tell you that these babies are so delicious you will never ever want to buy one from the store again.

now, go, and give the gift of limes...

Charles Gramlich said...

I like the idea and will try to get involved but I can't promise anything at present. So much going on, so little time.

Jess said...

Travis, you always make my day.

Count me in for My Town Mondays.

Lana Gramlich said...

My Town Mondays sounds like a good idea. Of course, I have all kinds of links related to my town on my blog already...
In addition to your admiration for the lime, may I point out that chicken may be the best bird in the world. So easy to cook, so delicious & good for you (& they're not even cute, so killing them's not so hard, either.) All hail the mighty chicken!

Ello - Ellen Oh said...

THat sounds like a great idea! I would love to read about all the different places people hail from! But are you sure this new feature won't take away from your writing time?

ANd I love your cantankerous moods!

Travis Erwin said...

Jenster- Jump in when you can.

Jason - I like spam, but only fried with taters.

penelope - we need a cats perspective but no pics of hairballs.

Vixen - no long term commitment necessary.

anti wife - I's say where you are living now, but any or all will teach us something.

stephen - You are one of the ones I'm most curous about.

marla - plans, what plans?

christine - I'm curious too

patti- I had a lemon tree once and my wife's cat ate it.

charles- you and Lana could tag team the my town posts.

suv mama - you going with the new or the old?

Lana - it is a testament to chicken that everything is said to taste like it.

ello - Don't worry I'm still plugging away, but doubt I make the Easter deadline now that my main computer died.

Sam said...

I am SO craving a Margharita right now. Preferably frozen, made with lots of lime.

~grace~ said...

I've noticed that priceless margarita phenomenon.

I will be reading "My Town" but don't think I can' participate as of yet. Maybe in a while.