It’s Not All Bad

I feel as though some of my recent posts have been a little “Debbie Downer”, which wasn’t my intent.  Just sometimes life does wear you down a little.  But it is not all bad and tonight my wife and I started watching Seasons 3 of Game of Thrones and The …

That’s Just What Jesus Said Sir

So if you are a real Python fan you’ll know what Brian says before this quote: That’s right: “There’s no pleasing some people.”  And ain’t that the truth.  Sometimes I feel no matter how hard I work or bend over some people are just not satisfied.  I try not to …

Signs of the Times 4

So, I saw this sign at a market stall recently. It’s one of those messages that you can apply to all of life. The post-jumble sale desolation of the table wares just set it off brilliantly. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a sign of the times to …

Goodbye Hugh

Hard to imagine a world where Playboy magazine did not exist.  I don’t know much about Hugh Hefner but dying at 91 with a 31 year old wife by his side I think he had a good innings.  I know every real drinking man has enjoyed his product and I’m …

Goodbye Tom

Wow it really seems that the greats are popping off sooner and sooner.  I don’t know if this is because I’m getting older or not, but either way 66 is too damn early to lose a great artist like Tom Petty.  I literally was just talking about Tom Petty in …

The Final Leg

So when this year began I had a number of things planned to celebrate our Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years Later Kitchen Renovation Hell! First Class Max Tomorrow (today in fact) we drive to the Woodlands to see Matchbox Twenty as the final leg in our celebration.  Rob Thomas …

WORK is a Four Letter Word!

When you are a kid you think your parents have it all sussed out and you can’t wait to become an adult – it looks so amazing: no school, no chores, loads of spending money, no one telling you what to do, … The wise kids realize before they become …

The Vinyl Experience

It was great reading through some of the Consul’s Vinyl stories.  If you are over forty you probably have one, but if you are under forty you probably have no clue what us old duffers are talking about.  Because I moved to the USA 27 years ago it coincided with …

25 Years Later

So according to the clock on the wall my wife and I have now been married 25 years.  We won’t really celebrate until “tomorrow” because everyone else is asleep now.  There is no one on the planet I have spent more time with or more meaningful life experiences than my …

Hurricane Harvey

Texas is a big state and luckily where we live we have not be hit too badly by Hurricane Harvey.  But boy has it hit the state hard.  We’ll be digging our way out of this for years and the cost will be well over $100 billion.   We’ve had almost …

55 going on 39

Yes we are all getting older and reflection is a important. My good lady is 55 years of age too – seven months older than me in fact.  But she looks amazing.  A lot of the reason has to do with the fact she works out at least two hours …

Gentlemen Prefer

What a difference a hair colour makes. So, Erin Moriarty is a screwed up druggy brunette for most of  the film Blood Father, but then she goes blonde when she converts into a good daughter under Mel’s influence (while on the run from a sicario). Now, is this a terrible …

High School Independence Day

As I have said, we don’t talk about politics on this family blog. But I had to laugh at this spin on July 4th from Dazed and Confused, Linklater’s paean to the end of school in Texas 1976. It shows why you should remember everything your teachers told you!  

Now we are 55

Barometers. Comparators. Benchmarks. Now and then I catch myself remembering and reflecting on what was my Dad like when he was the age I am now. Similarly, we all think of the people our age we know, colleagues, old school friends, celebrities, and wonder how we’re doing in comparison. Just …

TransEuropeBrExpress

This is a family show so we try to keep politics out of it. Britain is a split nation of the gash-size unknown since those miners struck for gold, or was it for their jobs? These days, it’s all about getting in your referendum to get out of a larger …

Popular Culture

The Drinking Man’s Diary is really the center of Popular Culture.  Mostly this is thanks to The Consul and his insight, but  I  like to think I play my part every now and then, however small.  A great example is this post from over four years ago.  Firstly, if you …

Kitchen Renovation Hell!

A unique hell that I believe is reserved strictly for married men is the innocently named: Kitchen Renovation. Over 18 months ago I agreed to a modest renovation.  After a period of three months I tripled the budget and now this was a major event which made my wife the …

Signs of the times 3

The British are a nation famous (in our own heads) for being animal lovers. Sometimes this fails us when animals are in competition, as with this touching warning sign, pointing out the dangers of sheep worrying. It reminds me of that question asked by a precocious child on Outnumbered: Who …

A Change Is As Good As A Rest?

I hear the old English phrase: “A change is as good as a rest” and think what an utter pile of horse shit. At 54 I’d be happy to keep things ticking along the same way for the rest of my life.  I really look forward to the same routine each …

20oz, 12oz, and now 11.2oz

So after a number of false starts I’ve spoken to Justin at Specs (I was unable to use their slow arse website) and will be ordering once a month the following beverages via the telephone (512-263-9981 – Amy + Daniel): 1 Case of Fuller’s ESB 11.2oz 1 Case of Alaskan Amber …

Eleven Inches

In answer to the question posted by The Consul about what size a Max would be: “Eleven Inches” is my final answer.  You can always rely on The Consul to remind me of good times.  My Dad (who passed away over 17 years ago now) loved living in Bolney and …

A Taste of Home

Good to see Max back from his holidays. What I want to know is whether he sampled the latest drink from his hometown. Whatever will they think of next?   Fancy a Magnum? Or a Methuselah? Maybe even a Melchior for you, sir? I wonder what size a Max would …

Come Home

One of my favorite posts on this blog is the Jewson one.  This cracks me up because I remember so clearly the situation and how “Hunt felt the full force of the breeze.”  It also makes me happy as I think about how close Kentucky and I were at the …

Beer Order Online

So I’ve lamented at some length how tricky it is to get quality European Beers here in Texas. So over the last few months I’ve been trying to expand my reach to find better beers.  I’ve tried online, but the Land of the Free can’t ship beer in Texas … …

London Pubs

So after a brief 24 hours in Sussex our chauffeur sped us to the heart of old London Town staying at the Waldorf  Hotel slap bang in the middle of the West End.  What a perfect location and just ten minutes away from Covent Garden where I worked over thirty years …