Sunday, August 31, 2008

Monte Cristo Sandwich in Kansas City

Bennigans, a formerly good chain of irish-themed restaurants introduced me to the Monte Cristo - a ham and turkey sandwich, deep fried and served with jam. However, they left a small smoking crater (chapter 7) and the sandwich is no more. I found a review of a good one in Memphis, but that's a 500 mile one-way drive. THEN, the Pitch newspaper noted in their review that the One80 saloon in Westport has, "a top-notch Monte Cristo sandwich."


Alec and I are heading to Westport!

Shoot, Shovel & Shut Up by Ralph R. Reiland

Shoot, Shovel & Shut Up by Ralph R. Reiland: "Robert J. Smith, director of environmental studies at the Cato Institute, provides the lesson that the government is teaching: 'Make sure there is nothing on your land that might attract wildlife or rare species. It will merely bring oppressive attention from federal bureaucrats.' The solution that people have come up with when they spot something that's allegedly endangered on their property? It's called 'shoot, shovel and shut up.'"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Report cards on Kansas judges are online

If you're like me when you look over the ballot there's 20 names of judeges with a 'yes' or 'no' box to retain them. I figure if I never heard of them - they didn't foul up enough to make the papers - they keep em. Now there'll be more information coming out - this story in the KC Star has some details: Report cards on Kansas judges are online

Official Kansas tags for motorcycles running low | 08/28/2008 | Official Kansas tags for motorcycles running low
"Parts of Kansas are seeing an unexpected side effect of higher gas prices and a government glitch: Official tags for motorcycles are running low.

The problem is bad enough that counties with plentiful plates are being asked to share with other counties.

“We are out of motorcycle tags, and we don’t know when we’ll get more,” said Reno County Treasurer Clark Miller. “We’ve gone through 50 of them in the past two weeks. We’ve begged and borrowed from other counties, but we can’t get more. The state says they will send us more, but I can’t give you an answer on when we’ll get them.”"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Guard invites public to see rockets fired at Fort Riley | 08/27/2008 | Guard invites public to see rockets fired at Fort Riley:

"A Kansas National Guard unit is inviting the public to come watch a live fire exercise at Fort Riley next month.

The 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery will fire its multiple launch rocket system during an exercise on Sept. 13. The rocket system is capable of firing rockets to support ground units, return fire when attacked or attack targets for larger units, such as a division.

The system can fire 12 rockets in 60 seconds, aimed at up to six different targets. It has a range of about 20 miles to more than 180 miles. Spokeswoman Sharon Watson said the exercise is part of the battalion's regular training schedule and that there are no pending deployment orders. Currently, there are about 500 Kansas National Guard soldiers deployed.

In 2003, the unit deployed to Iraq for 12 months. It traces its history to the 1st Kansas Artillery, formed in 1868. Soldiers from the battalion have served in every war since the Civil War, including awards for service in campaigns in Muese-Argonne, Alsace, Lorraine, the Aleutian Islands and the European Theater.

The battalion has armories in Hiawatha, Sabetha, Marysville, Concordia, Horton, Atchison, Salina and Abilene.

The exercise is scheduled to begin around 12:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will move the public to a viewing area."

Sweet - and that's a Saturday. Guess I'll have to call up to the Fort to check the arrival times, etc.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Outdoor comfy?

Outdoor comfy?
Originally uploaded by kcsporttour
Cat has been very confused with the whole new carpet / painting thing. Now she's wondering why her comfy chair is out on the deck...


Originally uploaded by kcsporttour


I started using Twitter to see if it has any application for Sprint - and found it mighty useful for quick posts about what I'm doing. So I added a feed at the top right of the page.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pole damage

Pole damage
Originally uploaded by kcsporttour
Lady hit a lightpole at 80th and Metcalf. Shes fine, but the pole dropped over a powerline taking out my electricity briefly

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How to make a Smoker from a Trash Can

How to make a Smoker from a Trash Can
Grilling is cooking meat by the direct application of high heat with a gas burner or an electric heater. Grilling is simple since temperature is easy, but doesn't bring any new flavors to the party.

BBQing is cooking meat by the direct application of heat with charcoal or wood. The burning of the fuel adds flavor to the meat. BBQing requires more skill since the flames must be managed to prevent burning or low temperatures.

Smoking is cooking meat by the indirect application of heat with wood at low temperatures. Low temperatures are considered around 225. The smoke of the burning wood adds significant flavor to the meat.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Riding Again

Out riding again - on the 'new' 1998 Ducati! Gorgeous day today...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

How Far Can You See? - TIME

How Far Can You See? - TIME
"At sea level the curvature of the earth limits the range of vision to 2.9 miles. The formula for determining how many miles an individual can see at higher levels is the square root of his altitude times 1.225. Thus on a clear day at 1,000 feet a person with normal vision can see 39 miles; at 10,000 feet, 123 miles; at 25,000 feet, 194 miles. With good visibility a pilot at 25,000 feet can see Germany from the English Channel; at the same altitude over Tunisia he can see the middle of Sicily."

From the Monday, June 21st 1943 edition of Time Magazine.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Originally uploaded by kcsporttour
Alec with a wicked big shovel

Will England, mobile on the mogul