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 …

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 …

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 …

It’s Not ALL About Sex!

So although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the exception that proves the rule, you need more than sex to keep you going in life.  Every now and then you need to laugh and after this wonderfully funny post by The Consul I was inspired to track down some early …

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 …

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 …

First Class Max

Ever since I turned fifty I’ve only flown First or Business Class – hence the name: First Class Max.  Now this is not as impressive as it sounds since I don’t fly much, which in a way does actually make it more impressive as there are no “frequent flyer bitch miles …

Bags Packed, Boots Shined, Ready to Roll!

So our trip to the UK is to begin in twelve hours and my boots are shined up for the occasion.  They say “Money can’t buy you happiness.”  And they are right, but a nice pair of $1300 Lucchese hand-made  boots certainly make me happy.  I’ve owned these babies for almost twenty years, and …

Getting a Round In

So we have not checked in on the now ex CEO of Jordan Publishing for five years.  It seems that Jordan publishing was sold over a year ago, but he is still looking for a new gig: is currently undertaking project work, whilst looking for a new challenge, following the successful …

The Princess Phenomenon

So after the big success of Beauty and The Beast my wife and I were enjoying another “real-life” version of a Disney Classic: Cinderella.  To my surprise, and deep joy, the lead part was played by the beautiful Lily James whom I first mentioned here. But what really struck me as …

Beautiful Americans

Even though the Americans can’t seem to keep the fruit out of their beer and cider they know their women and not many are finer than a daughter of an American Acting family, the Baldwin Brothers and Stephen Baldwin’s daughter in particular, this years winner of the #1 slot for the Maxim’s …

Damn Americans

I’ve lived in Texas for half of my life and am really getting concerned about the American approach to Beer and now Cider.  I posted here about how much I like Austin Eastcider’s Original Dry Cider.  But it seems American’s love to fuck with a good thing and like to add …

Travel and Terror

So in one week we’ll be flying into London.  Just one week ago eight people were senselessly murdered by terrorists just 2.5 miles away from our hotel.  Of course you wonder if you should still go, but we all know if we cancelled our plans because of possible threats, they …