Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Product Review: Doritos JACKED Enchilada Supreme

The first bite threw me off a little bit.  There was a different texture than what I was expecting.  Kind of hard to explain... they were crunchier, but not crispier, than regular Doritos?

The flavor is advertised as being "bolder."  I would agree with that.  They definitely did not scrimp on the cheese powder.  Nacho cheese is the dominating flavor, followed by a spicier finish.  I wouldn't say it tasted like enchiladas exactly.  More of a salsa with taco seasoning aftertaste.

Bottom line:  I liked it.  Hot enough for me, but not too spicy for my wife's more refined palette. (She's my barometer of spiciness.  What I consider mild is typically a lot hotter than what she would say is mild.)

I would buy them again, but probably wait until they're on sale.

Rating: 4 out of 5 ghosts.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Milo's Rant Against Waste

I made this a while ago when xtranormal.com was a free site.  I was going to do a whole series of this character Milo, a loveable curmudgeon.  Sadly, this is the only one that exists to date.

I won't pay.  I won't.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Product Review: Herr's Kansas City Prime Steak Flavored Chips

First impression: these chips are huge! Some of them were as big as my entire hand.  Seriously.  I'm glad I bought the "family" size.  A smaller bag might've only had four or five chips in the whole thing.

The flavor was unique, yet strangely familiar.  Even after eating quite a few of these massive chips, I couldn't quite pin down what I was tasting.  Fortunately, my lovely and talented wife was able to utilize her refined palette and assist me.  And she nailed it!

The taste is beef flavored ramen noodles.  They taste like potato chips coated in the brown powder from the foil packets of beef ramen noodles.  I guess it's up to you whether or not that is a good or bad thing.  Personally, that happens to be my favorite flavor for ramen.

Overall, I like 'em.  Not quite as good as Late Night Cheeseburger Doritos, but I'd buy them again.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 ghosts.

Monday, April 16, 2012

There Are No Accidents

Someone once told me, the hardest part of being a parent is not laughing at the things your kid says while you're trying to be stern.  I have found this to be true on many occasions.  Like this afternoon, for example.

Juju, our 4-year-old, has been on a Kung-Fu Panda kick lately (no pun intended).  He was carrying around a plastic water bottle which he did not have permission to have.  We told him to be very careful with it so he wouldn't spill any water in the living room.  Sure enough, just seconds after we said it, he dropped the bottle on the coffee table, soaking the clean laundry that was laying there.

"Darn it boy, didn't we just tell you to be careful or you'd have an accident?" I shouted while mopping up the wet table. 

And, like a little Dragon Warrior, he solemnly replied, "There are no accidents."

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Top 5: Favorite Current NBA Players' Names

Just on the off chance that anyone actually reads this, I just want to make it clear that I am not making fun of anybody here.  As a writer, sometimes I just enjoy the way certain words and syllables sound together.  To me, these names are like little tone poems, sometimes pleasing, sometimes intriguing, sometimes challenging... And I like basketball.  Tote.

So, here is my top 5 names of current NBA players:

#5) Marcin Gortat
(Bonus: He also has the best nickname - The Polish Hammer!)

#4) Von Wafer

#3) Luol Deng
(When he dunks on you, you say, "Deng it!")

#2) Thabo Sefolosha

And the number one pick goes to....

#1) Serge Ibaka

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Just Shut Up and Dance!

When our 4-year-old is running around and we have the TV on, we always try to find something to watch that is either: A) kid friendly, or B) not kid inappropriate.  So, this afternoon we had America's Best Dance Crew on.  Seemed like a safe choice.  Nothing real offensive there, and lots of colorful characters break dancing and flipping and whatnot.  He sat and watched it for a while, then trotted off to his bedroom.

Next thing we know, he comes back to the living room with an armful of toys.  He separated three of them and put them on the table, then started making the other toys jump and flip around.  Then, he made the three toys on the table talk to the toys on the floor.

It wasn't until I heard him say, "Nice, clean lines," that I realized what he was doing.  He was playing ABDC.  The three toys on the table; Ernie, Jeff Wiggle, and Buzz Lightyear, were the judges, and the other toys were the performers.  Ernie was the mean, hypercritical one.

I love the way his little mind works.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Product Review: Doritos Dinamita Nacho Picoso

After what happened last time, I was hesitant to buy another bag of what my wife now refers to as  "The Devil's Chips."  Well, call me a glutton for punishment, but I went in for round 2 against the Dinamita.  To quote The Joker (Jack Nicholson's version,) "I make art until someone dies."

There are peppers pictured on the bag, but the flavor on these chips is nacho cheese and jalapenos.  I got a nice little afterburn, but, thankfully, not nearly so severe as the Chile Limon's scorching.

The combined flavors of cheese powder and jalapenos should always equal instant success, but, sadly, that  was not the case here.  Julie commented that they smell terrible, but I call that a matter of opinion.  I didn't hate them, but I probably won't buy them again.

Rating: 3 out of 5 ghosts.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Splitting Hairs

Got my haircut today at 11:15 AM.  I didn't tell anybody at work what was happening.  I just left shaggy, and came back shorn.  (The spellchecker is trying to tell me that shorn is not a word.  I choose to defy you.)  Basically, I woke up like this...
And turned into this...
But, I feel a little bit like this...

 I used John Lennon because I am told several times a year that I resemble him. I have been told the same thing about Vector too, but I don't like that comparison because Vector is ugly and I am quite handsome.

I had this idea to try to grow my hair out one last time before I'm 40.  Kind of a last hurrah (or hair-rah?)  My ultimate goal was a Kurt Cobain thing, where the front hangs all the way to my chin.  Technically I have a few more years before the self-imposed deadline, but I think the short hair is what it's going to be.

But, this is what I plan to look like when I'm 60...