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 …

When Less Is Something

So if you are one of the 2.5 avid readers of this blog you’ll know that my favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually.  I freaking love that movie!  A couple of years ago The Consul mentioned that a sequel was in the works, but nothing came of it.  Then the …

All The Pounding You Can Handle, Bitch!

As we have seen as you get older looking good is not enough, you have to exercise to feel good.  This goes against pretty much everything I have practiced for over 50 years.  However, about 12 months ago I started to take my weight and my exercise regime more seriously.  It …

The Amazing Power of Aging

It is really good to see The Consul looking so good – boy is that the body of a Greek God or what, and especially without the fur.  The old phrase: You’re only as old as the woman you’re feeling which I refer to in this post should be tempered slightly, …

The Weight is Over

Well, that’s something Max and I have in common. He’s lost 30lbs. I’ve dropped from 14st to 11 and a half stone. In your fifties you have to get a bit more body conscious. As the years pile on the pounds and the middle-age spread thickens, it’s a good time …

At Least It’s Not A Horse!

My beautiful daughter owns two horses: Buddy + Bandit.  Both horses were given to her and therein lies the rub.  Everything to do with horses is expensive, and just because you get one for free doesn’t mean things will be cheap.  At the low-end you’re talking about $500 a month …

No One Died

So after over three years I’m resurrecting the most missed blog on the internet: The Drinking Man’s Diary. Apart from the obvious void of quality drinking blogs I’m doing this because I recently decided to update all of my old Drupal blogs to WordPress and when I started reading the …

A Wonderful Merry Christmas!

Christmas is here again – the family is in bed and Christmas day is still one sleep away – but we are here. The most perfect night of the year. My wife and I rotate through three Christmas movies: Love Actually (my favorite), The Holiday, and Four Christmases (a recent …

A Perfect Year

Turning fifty was one of my best years ever! My family and I went to see the amazing Paul McCartney in concert I spent a short vacation in New York City with the Judge My business continues to grow My kids are turning into fine young adults My wife still …

Grain Fucking free?

So our beloved blog has been quiet for a while. Both The Consul and I were all tapped out. For me I had such a great time in the UK, nothing much could top it so I really have had nothing much to say. With Lou passing I was forced …

I Still Love Her!

I just find out that one of my favorite singer/song writers of the last ten years is a big fan of our current President. I shouldn’t be surprised but it still saddens me when someone as obviously intelligent as Brandi Carlile falls for his bullshit. I expect it from The …

Season 2 Sarah Much Hotter!

So I put The Consul through the whole first season of Life whilst in England. This was only eleven episodes due to the writer’s strike that hit the USA in 2007, but even so he soldiered through. Of course since getting back I’ve been re-watching Season 2 for the third …

The Death of the British Pub?

So as much as I have heard about so many pubs closing in the UK, I did not witness many issues whilst I was there. Yes they serve more food and some pubs have clearly got a bit carried away with the amount of space set aside for dining, but …

Over the hill

So, Max has come and gone. Veni, vidi, vici. A lot of walking was done. A lot of drinking was done. But at some point we have to return to work, and boy have we returned to work. Just remember: if the product’s free, you’re the product. Wise words, my …

Perfection

So stories will be told about the 50th birthday celebration of 2013, but they will not come close to my memory of the fortnight I have just spent in England. My view might be clouded or viewed with rose colored classes, we can even call it “Max’s World”. If I …