Thursday, January 31, 2008


Gene Hackman

Has anyone else noticed that one of the greatest American actors of the last 40 years has been quietly absent from the Hollywood landscape. According to Gene Hackman hasn’t been in a movie since Welcome to Mooseport in 2004. I bet you’re surprised, as I was, to find this out.

How can this be, you ask? Trust me I know what you’re saying.

It’s a tough task to give anyone, search through one day of American Cable TV programming and NOT find at least 1 movie that has Gene Hackman involved in it. I’m not sure that it could even be done. I mean the man has at least 1 movie on TV every single day. Now because of this fact it’s easy to see why Eugene Allen Hackman has been gone nearly 4 whole years without anyone noticing. HE’S BEEN HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT!

You look at the weekend programming on TNT and TBS alone, you’re bound to find at least 2 of his movies any weekend of the year. So that leaves me at this… WHERE HAVE YOU GONE GENE HACKMAN?

Gene please shoot me an e-mail, just wanna make sure everything is ok.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What do you do with your change?

It's all pocket change
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
What do you do with your pocket change? I bet, if you’re like most people you have some kind of jar, dish, bowl, bottle, bag or bucket you toss it into full of coins that’s not to mention that change in your car. In my car I have change all over the ash tray, glove box, floor, seats and I even have a nifty little coin holder that hides in the center console that’s full and all the loose change floating around in the console its self. I know I’m not alone, I’d bet most anyone has change lying around in this way.

I have an uncle that has a few 5 gallon water bottles FULL of change stashed away in his basement. By his guess he’s got a few thousand dollars in those jugs. Thousands of dollars… doing nothing, except collecting dust. Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, people have saved money in lots ways, Stuffed in mattresses, shoe boxes, jars and even big ol’ water jugs. But in this case it started out as something simpler than that.

In the case of my uncle I think it started out with a bowl. He’d come home at the end of the day and toss his change in a bowl he keeps on his work bench. When the bowl was full he’d dump into a bigger container. When that container was full he’d dump it into a bigger one until he’d filled up an entire 5 gallon water jug. But it all started with that bowl and no simple way to do anything with it.

So when I think about my bucket of change, my uncle’s water bottles and everyone else that has change lying around it’s got to be millions and millions of dollars just sitting. Why? Well because it’s a pain in that ass to carry change all the time and it’s even a bigger pain in the ass to count it and roll it up to take to the bank for deposit. Now I’m not the first one that’s had this thought which is evident by the existence of companies like CoinStar. Their cool little green kiosk can be generally found in the front of your local grocery store and if not CoinStar then some other reasonable facsimile of it.These companies like CoinStar charge fees to sort and count your spare change, Which a lot of the time is reasonable enough considering what a pain it is to do it the old fashion way.

Now we get to my point in this whole thing. Why in the world do banks just let companies like CoinStar just have this business? Now it seems to me that for the banks to stick a similar automated sorting and counting machine in the lobby for customers to use is a no-brainer. How much money could that open up to spending, who knows. So come on big banks… Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase here’s an opportunity. Figure it out… Rolling the coins and marking them with my account for deposit is a real pain in the ass. There's a little common cents for you... haha get it common cents.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Today I was bringing home groceries and it struck me… I’ve never seen anyone in my building ever bringing in any groceries…. Or anything for that matter, strange. What the hell do these people eat?
My "Welcome" Mat

Sunday, January 13, 2008

11... The New Dozen

11...!!! The ***New Dozen***!!!!!!

11 Flour Tortillas….??? So I’m looking at this bag of tortillas… why would it be 11? Not 10 or 12 but 11. Maybe because 11 is perfectly divisible by 1... Or is that 11 is what they call a “Baker’s 10”... I don’t know . Ok, I just made that baker’s 10 thing up. I’m thinking that someone ordered the bags wrong and they figured what the hell. Nah…. It couldn’t be that simple. Oh well I’m off to make 11 tacos.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Originally uploaded by bigluketx

Pizza Pizzazz!!!!! I love this thing... I got it a couple years ago for Christmas... Although it is kinda of a silly looking contraption it does make a pretty good pizza.... If you're into doctoring up your pizzas from the freezer you'd love this thing.... This one here is a BBQ Chicken Pizza I threw together on a pre-made crust.

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Day I Turned 29

The Day I Turned 29
Originally uploaded by bigluketx
Yesterday (Jan 3) was my birthday. I turned 29, I'm sure that was the most interesting thing you've learned today. I haven't blogged in awhile, I've come close a couple times but nothing has really struck me.

I actually kinda of like this picture of myself, generally I don't care to look at myself in photographs. I took it in a rush at about 5 minutes to midnight. Then I rushed to post it to my flickr page so it would be up before January 3rd had passed.

So Happy Birthday to Me, Take a look at the cake my sister made me.