General Sports Disappointment

Usually this is a pretty good time of year for sports watching for me.  I stress “usually” as the Colts are horrible and only appear to be destined to get a high draft pick from their performance this season.  More on that later.  The Blackhawks have always been exciting and entertaining to watch the last 7 years or so.  This season they are really struggling.  So, I can always go with option 3, right?  Well, the college football option is not making me jump around with excitement either.  The Longhorns are in the beginning of rebuild with a new coaching staff and players inherited from the previous staff.

As I struggled to watch the Colts this season I noticed that no matter who is in at QB the playbook looks like a Sega Genesis video game playbook is being used.  Nothing creative and certainly no mis-direction in hopes of utilizing the players you have on the field.  This offensive line will get yet another QB hurt and let’s be honest, it cannot block for any RB that they put in the back field.  I wish they would have traded Frank Gore anyway in hopes of getting some draft picks and allowing him not to suffer through this.  I would really like to see this entire staff gone at the end of the season, if not earlier for the head coach.

I along with so many other Blackhawks fans hoped that with bringing back Sadd and Sharp the team would jump right back into a certain consistent groove.  So far in this young season it has not been that way at all.  With the youth movement on the blue line there appears to be progress in the positive direction.  The same can’t be said about the offensive side of the equation.  With a team of talented veterans and very capable youngsters one would think that there would be decent production.  Not true in this case.  The offensive production of the Blackhawks did not only drop, I think it may be below ground.  So, Coach Q has turned on the line blender once again.  Way earlier then normal from my perspective.  If things don’t turn around in the couple of weeks I will be extremely disappointed.

Is Shortwave Radio Dead?

For those who have listened or currently listen to shortwave radio know that the number of shortwave radio stations has gotten smaller.  Not only that but many broadcasters have cut back their number of areas they are trying to target.

Many people read many people in Australia became quite upset when services were cut within their own country.   Many people complained that these radio service was a vital source of information.  It is unfortunate that many governments and companies are losing sight of the importance of shortwave radio.  While the internet is nice, it does not work in all situations.

Shortwave Listening – Part 2

It is quite amazing that over the 4th of July there was plenty of activity on the shortwave bands.  With North Korea test launching a “ICBM” they were more than happy to brag about it on the limited broadcast schedule that they have.

The South Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese were all broadcasting their concerns of what appears to be happening in North Korea.  It was eye opening to learn that he has tested missiles 17 times since taking power.  That is more that is father, the previous ruler, tested during his entire time in power.

Shortwave Radio Listening

I do a fair amount of traveling and camping as well.  This allows me to do a little shortwave radio listening.  While there are not as many stations operational today as there once were it is still interesting to listen to people from around the word.

I have a couple of smaller radios that are about 1/16th the size of the radio that got me interested in the hobby in the first place, the radio shack DX-100.  Growing up I used to go to a small barber shop where they had a DX-100 that I could listen to when I would go in to get my haircut.  Who would have ever thought that something so small would have such an impact on me.

So, I am going to get back to listening and enjoying a station from New Zealand.

Back again

Well, after another stalled start to keeping my blog up to date I am at it again.  I really need this outlet to speak my mind and improve my writing.  Sometimes my mind works faster than my fingers.  I have to work on it.

The heat wave continues

We are in the middle of a heat wave. Thankfully I can come home from work and jump into the pool. While the pool is a little warm by swim standards it does cool you down. You even feel a little cold when you get out.

Hopefully our temperatures will drop about 10 degrees in the near future. That make is easier on all of us.  Well, that does not look like it is going to happen any time soon.

Time to jump into the pool that is 90 degrees to cool off.

Why 1 and 1 is giving me headaches

About 3 years ago I decided to change to 1 and 1 as my blog host.  Everything was running smooth, that was until I decided to run a WordPress update.  Then my blog became corrupted and unusable.  Their customer support was less then helpful to say the least.  I was told at least twice by 1 and 1 support that my domain was not pointing to my WordPress blog.  How funny, run an update and it crashes your blog.  It is quite disappointing that this is what a host has become.  Give us your money and we will give you little to nothing.

Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce

The Evil Cowboy Bath For The Chicken
The Evil Cowboy Bath For The Chicken
Almost Ready To Go On The Grill
Almost Ready To Go On The Grill
The Final Product
The Final Product

A few weeks back I attended Zest Fest in Irving, Texas.  It was filled with vendors from around the US showcasing theirs hot sauce and salsa products. There was also BBQ sauces and rubs to be had as well.  This is the third time I have attended this event and every time it is slightly different.  It is a real good time and I encourage you to attend.

While I am not a fan of the ghost pepper one particular vendor caught my I.  I have to admit, the logo sucked me into go to their booth.  After talking with the guys from Evil Cowboy hot sauce I had to try it.  Wow, it was great.  Not a burn your face off sauce but an honest nice smoky flavor sauce with some heat.  So, I had to buy it.  I was excited to use it as soon as possible.
I made some bacon wrapped chicken nuggets marinated in Evil Cowboy sauce for a recent campout.  They went fast and everyone loved them.  So, if you are looking for a tasty ghost pepper sauce give Evil Cowboy a try.