Top 5 Driving Distractions

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I’m sure in the “good ole days” people use to read the newspaper during their daily commute. Before the cell phone in the 80s, people had to string two dixie cups between their automobiles to better communicate with their fellow man. Texting has made everyone look like a drunk driver swerving all over the road. I can’t wait until VR devices are augmenting reality while driving.

Eating

What’s better than waking up on time and sitting down to breakfast with your family? Well, the answer is balancing a bowl of cereal in your lap while trying to navigate 3 lanes of traffic because you missed your exit that you take every day.

Beating your children

If you don’t have one of those fancy DVD players integrated into your vehicle, then your kids are going to be wild. Make sure you have something that will reach, you gotta keep at least one hand on the wheel

Vanity

You can’t check your mirrors enough! Point it towards you so you can’t see the 18 wheeler bearing down on you because you want to make sure your eyebrows are even. Impossible.

Advertising / Traffic Messages

Remember texting and driving? Well, billboards that flash, blink, and require reading are just a bad. How is this any different? They will gladly tell you how people have died while texting and driving as you read the stats and tumble end over end into a ditch.

Is couponing worth your time?

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Coupon Fairy Delivered!

I’m not talking about saving a ton of money. I’m speaking about saving a bunch of time by not clipping coupons. It seems like every time I try to use a coupon the cashier reads the fine print trying to find a loophole so I can’t save 10% on a bag of cat litter. I don’t clip coupons from a newspaper either. Yes, they still sell newspapers despite all the climate normalizing tree-hugging in this world.  All the food advertised is terrible for you. I have yet to find a coupon for grass-fed beef,  cruciferous vegetables,  or a bag of dried pinto beans. Instead of clipping digital coupons and adding them to your BJ’s membership card, how about taking a play out of Costco’s book. Don’t make it a game, just put your items on sale with no coupon required. The only coupon I clip is the checkbox next to the subscribe and save selection on Amazon.com

Coupons make you spend more because most have a threshold to meet. You end up buying something you don’t need as a filler because you needed to spend $100 to get $20 off.  It’s really simple math, just take your hourly wage and calculate how much wage you lost during that time. Save a ton, don’t clip none!

Best way to cook a steak.

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Weber Grill at the Weber Grill, Chicago

I’ve been eating steak since before I had teeth. Anyway, that’s what my hope is. My thought is my parents would put a freshly grilled steak in the blender and feed it to me in baby food form. However, in my adult form, I’ve adopted the reverse sear method of cooking a steak. It’s very easy and gives you consistently delicious results. Because of this method, my spouse will remind me to never order a steak if we go out to eat.

  1. Purchase a 1″ thick steak. Ribeye or New York Strip is my favorite cut. I’ve been using ButcherBox for a few years. It’s expensive but the quality and convenience are worth it.
  2. Get yourself a quarter sheet rack pan (allows airflow)
  3. Cover the entire steak in coarse kosher salt. This is a wet aging process to pull some of the moisture out of the steak.
  4. Place steak on pan and rack and refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours. (flip it about 4 hours in)
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. I’ve been using the super smoke setting on my Weber Pellet Grill for about 10-15 mins on a cold steak. The smoke flavor is unreal
  6. Cook in the oven or smoker until the internal temperature reaches 115-120 degrees. This is at the blue rare stage. Pull it sooner if you want a rare steak.
  7. Rest for 10 minutes, you too, you’ve been working hard
  8. Coat the steak in peanut oil and add more seasoning if you like, I suggest Montreal steak or a simple coating of coarse black pepper. You need something to help build a crust.
  9. Heat your grill as hot as it can get. My Weber goes up to 600, but you want a minimum of 500 degrees for searing.
    1. Alt Method: Heat a cast iron skillet as hot as you can, but don’t touch it with your index finger. To know it’s ready, drop a few beads of water in the skillet, if they disappear immediately, then it’s ready.
  10. Sear on both sides for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. While adding a few spoonfuls of ghee to give it some extra juice.
  11. Rest for 10 more minutes.
  12. Eat your steak, it should be nice and medium rare with a nice crust on the outside.

How to argue on social media.

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Do you know someone always on the opposite side of your opinion? I’m not talking about your spouse, it’s supposed to be that way. But someone who always starts out their response with “Well, actually…”

Star Wars vs Star Trek, DC vs Marvel, Republican vs Democrat vs some weirdo 3rd party, Christian vs Pagan (Don’t even get me started on the Religious subcultures, that’s an issue that loses more friendships than any)

Some people like to hear your opinion first so they can play “devil’s advocate” and get on your nerves. It’s tough to be friends with people like this. How do you deal with it? Well, you can always ask a bunch of follow-up questions if they are the type of person that makes statements. The best way is just to keep quiet and not share your opinions. Someone can’t shoot you down if you don’t give them any ammo. Read Twitter posts, and Facebook status, and just grin and move on. But you can’t right? So if you must be right all the time, unleash your best with no mercy and enjoy no friendships. Remember the Devil’s advocate is just another demon.

How to respond to important text messages.

My text message response time is quicker than ever before because of the new iOS features. But as you can see there are still ways to distract your driving friends. Just type “urgent”, really? That’s all it takes to derail your friend into the ditch? The easiest way to drive yourself into oncoming traffic is to simply turn off the feature.

But how quickly do you respond to text messages?

  • Spouse and Children = Within 30 seconds
  • Parents and siblings = Within the hour
  • Coworkers = within 2 hours (if you are dumb enough to give them your personal number)
  • Friends = Depends on if they need something, if they do, then never respond.

Is gun control the answer to gun violence?

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Drugs used to be illegal, but people still did drugs. Abortions used to be illegal, but people still killed their children. Guns don’t commit crimes, people do. Can you control people? No, you can’t. Can you control guns, drugs, and abortion devices? Yes, you can make them challenging to get for the average person, but people will still find a way to do what they want. You will not be able to fix this world with man-made laws. You can do your best to contain people with legal boundaries, but the depraved nature of man will go beyond that. One of the first acts of murder ever committed was done with a rock, kind of hard to ban those. People will always find ways to kill each other. It really sucks.

Rules are meant to be broken…

This is probably one of the most common sayings in our slippery slope society. Rules are NOT meant to be broken. Rules are meant to be kept! Rules keep us safe. Rules set boundaries. Rules are put in place because we don’t know how to behave.

One thing that we don’t want to do is change the rules just because everyone is doing something a certain way. That’s the difference between ethics and morals. There is a concept of right and wrong, and gray areas just show confusion and ignorance about ethical principals.

Drinking and Smoking at Walt Disney World

There used to be a shortcut to Storybook Circus beside Space Mountain. The path was lined with outcast smokers who are escaping frantic park-goers by calming themselves with a blast of hotboxed nicotine. You had to be mindful if you took your kids down this path to potential cancer. They would get about a month’s worth of 2nd and 3rd hand smoke which may have been enough of a taste to lead them to become lifelong smokers.

I don’t know if you ever could, but I know you can’t drink alcohol at the Magic Kingdom. You can still booze it up at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios for those of you who can’t have a good time without alcohol. However, it doesn’t stop smokers with cigarettes of an electronic nature. No that’s not pixie dust, it’s vapor clouds.

Is Theme park preferred parking worth it?

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Legoland, Universal Studios Florida, and Disney World offer “preferred parking”. It seems like a needless expense, but it depends on how long you stay in the park and how stubborn you are. I like to stay all day at a park because I refuse to waste money on those park tickets. However, I’m too frugal for parking upgrades. I’m remorseful on my way out of the park when I’m having to walk those extra 5 miles to my vehicle. I’m not a fan of waiting on the parking lot tram and the extra 10 minutes it takes for the “final” boarding call as people climb on top of the tram like it’s an escape from a war zone. The real war zone is free bus transportation.

How to select and wear flip flops.

IMG_1221It’s that time of the year again! Well actually, to some people, the time never left. Flip flops are not meant to be worn anywhere but poolside or at the beach. As a matter of fact, you really shouldn’t be driving in flops. People are bad enough at controlling their vehicles, let alone with some dangling footwear. So, change into your flops when you get to the pool or beach.

In Public

Why take chances that your little piggy that went to market will be crushed by a wayward buggy or a can of spinach falling from an end-cap.

Take good care of your feet if you are going to expose them to all of humanity. A festering, infected, ingrown toenail doesn’t need a flip-flop, it needs a doctor, especially if I can smell it.

Why is it that people who wear flip flops barely have the energy to lift their feet from the ground and shuffle around like a patient who just had a double hernia operation? I guess that’s better than the natural sound a flip-flop makes. Couple that with someone who knows how to chew gum and you have a one-man band of flappy clappy snappy annoyance.

Flip Flop Relatives

I don’t understand the house shoe or “slipper’ out in public. You know what I’m talking about, the slipper that has transformed into a slide because the person has mashed the heel because inserting the foot completely into the slipper was such an arduous task.

The finger shoes don’t make sense to me. “It’s like walking barefoot!” I’m pretty sure humans invented the shoe because we got tired of walking barefoot, stop trying to devolve.

Closing

In this crazy world, we live in, you never know when something will burst into flames and shards of glass will be covering the floor. You should always be sure-footed, laced up and ready to help those whose feet are lacerated because they didn’t want to spend the extra time putting on proper footwear.