February 6th, 2004

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

music adventures, at last, again

For those of you who are relatively new to these here parts, music adventures used to be a semi-regular feature whereby I shared with you what I listenend to.. and, boy do I listen to a lot of stuff. Some of it is new, some of it is "new to me", and some of it are tried-and-true favorites. In return for suffering through a middling, self-indulgent review, you get a couple of links to maybe try something you've never heard before.

That's how we play the game, now on to the adventure....

You will have to pardon this edition. I went through a phase a couple of months ago where I was listneing to a lot of mainstream pop, so, it's not like a lot of this is ground-breaking stuff you've never heard of... bear with me, they'll get better. ;-)

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    Brak-Highway 40
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

to train or not to train

So's I wake up this morning and there is a message on my Qualcomm asking me if I am interested in becoming a trainer on this dedicated account I run.

Just like that out of the blue.

Hmmm. I've given it some consideration before. The pros and cons usually look something like this:

1) More money. Trainer/trainee trucks are typically operated like teams - higher miles/longer runs and the trainer makes ALL the mileage pay while the trainee make a flat fee. Trainees can be in training up to 8 weeks and after the first couple of weeks, they can at least drive out their 11 hours every day with little to no supervision, only on the harder things like backing, etc. Once they are at that stage, the truck can roll pretty much 24/7, one person drives, one person sleeps. That earning potentnail has not escaped me - nearly twice the miles for the half the work? How sweet is that?

2) Another person in the truck from time to time would help break the monotony of travelling alone. Plus just the abiity to meet people would be interesting.

1) I'd hafta find some place to ditch my cat the weeks of the year I have a trainee on board, which presents a problem since I don't really keep a residence nor do I really know anyone who would be willing to take her in sporadically for weeks at a time. This truck has beome her home as much as it is mine.

2) I've grown very accustomed to doing whatever I want, whenever I want. Being a trainer would be a commitment to having another person in that equation at least 6 months out of the year. I would have to make space for them, physically and mentally to accomodate them.

I told them I'd think about it and let them know the first part of next week. Actually, if it weren't for the cat situation, I'd probably do it. It's not like I couldn't decide later that I don't want to do it anymore. Any o' you Lexingtonians want a part-time house pet?
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

the big texan

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Coming across Arkansas and Oklahoma today I kept seeing billboards for this place in Amarillo, Texas, boasting that it was the home of the free 72oz. steak.

Think about that. 72oz is a 4.5 pound cut of steak. But, free? I noticed there was an internet address on billboard. So, I decided to check it out when I got to Oklahoma City. I love a good steak and I keep seeing this billboard, so I've pretty much decided that, while I'm in cattle country such as this, I'm going to eat me a steak dinner tomorrow, I might as well see what the catch is.

So get this, The Big Texan is a restaurant featuring this 72oz steak. It is a $50 dinner which comes with a shrimp cocktail, a salad, a baked potato, a roll, and this monstrous slab of beef, however, your meal is free if you can complete the meal in one hour. The entire meal, in one hour.

According to thier website, over 30,000 people have attempted this feat, and only 4,800 people have been successful. One guy ate the entire meal in 9.5 minutes! Another dude at two of the meals in one hour.

Now I'm a scrawny little guy. I know there is no way I will be able to eat it in an hour. I probably wouldn't be able to finish it, period. If it weren't for all the extra crap, I'd say no problem... I can put away some steak. But the salad, shrimp, potato and dinner roll are gonna fill me up.

Still it is tempting... if nothing else, for the story I'll have. While $50 is pretty steep for a meal, I just may go for it.