Make your own Pizza night!

This week has been a tough one for me. Ive been all over the state not to mention an emergency trip down to Houston due to a scare from an ill family member as well as my CRX dying on me in Dallas. The Distributor went bad on me after being in the car only 4 months. Apparently from what Ive been told by many fellow CRX owners, the distributors are a very sensitive part to these cars and unless you buy an “O.E.” replacement you are going to have problems. The one I purchased when I was having other issues with the car was brand new from Oreilly Auto parts and was made in China not Japan. Needless to say its a good thing I had a spare because Im back on the road. Its terrible that I can not get reimbursed for having to tow it back home.

So I said all that to say… I needed some good food and wine! What better than to make your own pizza!

The wife and I invited our close friend Nicole over who just recently turned 21 to celebrate and help us eat all this pizza! We all 3 prefer thin crust pizza and lots of veggies on ours as you can see. There were tons of left overs!

I also experimented with something new a BBQ chicken pizza with onions and 2 kinds of cheese. This one was my favorite!

Now the wine….
I have been on this quest to understand Pinot Noir and why people like this grape so much. I honestly still do not see what many see in it as opposed to many other fuller bodied varietals. Ive been drinking Pinot all around the world and This one was from Mendoza Argentina this time.

09 Salentein Reserve Pinot Noir, Mendoza Aregntina – 17.99 –
One thing I noticed about this Pinot was that it was very well balanced. The acidity was not as prominent as you find in many other Pinots. The fruit was mostly strawberry which I am finding is something that you find in more South American Pinots than other regions. I actually like this Pinot because well it did not remind me when I drink it every time that it was a Pinot. There was some nice soft tannins that also showed up later after being open a while. All around it was a good wine at a good price point.

2009 Domaine Santa Duc Rasteau Rouge Les Blovac, Rhone, France -16.99
After the last Brown Bag Wine night and hearing @Friscokid49 talk about how 09 was a phenomenal year in Rhone, Ive been on a quest to find a bottle that would match what he brought that night. Sadly I have been really disappointed with the Rhone reds Ive been finding. This one was part of that group. While the wine had a fantastic deep color and quite a bit of blueberry fruit, I could not get over the Bret. that was on the nose. I know the French love this in their wines because they feel it expresses the “Terroir” But for me I just could not get over it.  Also on the palate was a very airy feel almost like c02 that was not removed. Made me almost think that this wine needs to age for a few more years. Again Im pretty sure the french love this in their wines but for me it just was not worthy of the price. It did do quite well though with my BBQ pizza and the tannins and mouthfeel were disguised when paired with that cheesy monster of a concoction. I will say it was way better with food than without. Maybe some who love this style of wine will appreciate it more so than I

2010 Cap*Rock Bingham Family Vineyards Dry Grenache Rose, Texas High Plains – 10.99 –
I really liked this wine and loved that it was from Texas! I tasted it on my last trip out to Lubbock and was saddened that I only brought back one bottle. I had tasted so many wines that day that things were kind of running together taste-wise. Since the new Specs has opened in Dallas I now have access to this wine and love the quality for price that this wine shows. I firmly believe wines like this will put Texas on the map more so than some of the over priced wines that are being pushed through the Texas wine blogs.
The wine is simple and has a nice berry finish which as you let it sit open a while really shows it self. It caters to the novice wine drinker as well as the more experienced. The nose also does not have the powerful strawberry aromas that you find in most Roses.

But I can say all kinds of things but Ill let this be a testament for you. Our newly 21yr old friend Nicole loves this wine. She is not a wine drinker by any means and has always wanted sweeter wines. This is the first wine I have ever found that she likes. Ive tried other SPW’s (silly pink wines) and none please her palate like this wine does.
To me that says allot and is worthy of some respect even if the wine is pink.

Nicole still has issues learning how to open a bottle of wine, so here is her is a picture of her practicing.  I bought a bottle for her Birthday and she said it took her 10 minutes to figure out how to open it. So funny, after I showed her a few tricks to using this type of corkscrew she quickly became a pro!

Last night was a blast… Good food, a good friend and Time with my beloved wife and family! It was what I needed!

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Stay out or be shot!

Today’s sign comes from Overton, Tx

I remember the stats back in the 1990s were that the average Texan owned 3 guns. I am pretty sure that since that was 20 years ago that number has greatly increased.
I also know that there is a group of Texans that do not own any guns so the amount of fire power that the average armed Texan possesses is probably higher than 4 guns!

This sign actually bothers me somewhat and is why I am bringing this up.
Yes, it appears that this person has issues with trespassers on his property but to clearly state “stay out or be shot” I find threatening, I will explain…
Im not a lawyer in any way but I do know that here is Texas if it is daylight hours and someone is on your land without your permission you do not have the right to shoot them. Now if its dark those laws change. Yes the offenders might be doing something illegal by trespassing on your property but in example, and my own personal situation, what if they are with your insurance company for a building or barn that you just insured. When you sign the policy you most of the time give that insurance company the right to inspect that building during daylight hours (sometimes without your knowledge) And if you shoot someone without asking questions that is assault!
Ive had this happen before, One time I was on someones property where a new home was being built. The insurance company requested that I verify the new home had completed construction and that it was occupied. After I did the job I was requested to do, and was about to leave the property, I  was almost rear-ended by a large van speeding down this very narrow dirt driveway. The driver got out of the van waiving his chrome .357 magnum  and demanded to know what I was doing. He drilled and yelled waiving his pistol at me demanding to know why I was on the property. I showed this crazy person proof of who I was and what I was doing on the property, thankfully he holstered his gun and the apologies started to flood out. He stated that there has been issues with people stealing and vandalizing the property and thats why I was met with such force. (By the way, thats something you do not want to tell an insurance company)
In actuality, this armed man was the trespasser and I was the victim.
As I mentioned the man was very apologetic, but how can you apologize to someone after waiving a huge pistol in front of you shouting threats?
Later on I found out that the person who drew the gun on me was a local sheriff deputy who knew the laws and violated them anyway!  I also discovered that the property belonged to this deputies ex-wife, he did not have permission to be on the property per the divorce decree and specially armed!
**Just a side note: anyone who has gone through concealed carry classes or TECLEOSE certification knows that when an officer draws his gun it is in the intent to kill. There is none of this “shoot to injure stuff.”**

This is one of the reasons why I have issues trusting small town/county law enforcement.
Many times, as in this case, I have seen them use the law and their position for their own agenda not to mention violating those laws for their own personal situations.
It seems that East Texas is a hot spot for this kind of activity as every year some small town police officer or Sheriff gets in trouble for using their position of law enforcement as their own personal gain.
Ok, so now Im getting off my soap box but I had to share this story that still bothers me to this day.
So if you are in Overton, Tx “Stay out! Or be shot!” and even if you have the right to be there, the locals might cover up what actually happened!”
As I always say, “Only in Texas”

DFW CRX meet 2012

I had the opportunity this weekend to attend a local get together for fellow CRX owners in the DFW area. This was the first meet I have ever attended and honestly I did not know what to expect.
I know almost everyone has driven down the road or stopped at a traffic light and seen what many call a “ricer” someone who is sporting large amounts of aftermarket body enhancements as well as the notoriously large spoiler, which is usually blocking the drivers rear view, and not to mention overtly large coffee can muffler which makes the car sound like its going fast but in actuality is not! These things are what I call “all show and no go” This meet was a complete opposite of that, these were actually the vehicles that every “ricer” wishes they could own because they are the genuine article.
Now if any of you know me and who I am you are thinking “Why James do you drive a 1990 Honda CRX? its small, and only has 2 seats and…its OLD!”  Well the answer is quite simple, it gets 45-50 miles to the gallon, its paid for, and is very reliable. There was allot that went into these little cars and the workmanship that Honda Motors produced in the 1990s catapulted them into one of the most reliable auto makers in the world. Not to mention these cars were for the most part built in America. The quality workmanship was proven  last year by a man named of Joe LoCicero who drove his 1990 Honda Accord a documented one million miles.

I had a great time talking with all the fellow CRX enthusiast, and learned a few new things about maintenance and repairs of my CRX. I also realized how rare my CRX is when it comes to body and overall “stock” appearance. As you can see in the photo a good majority of CRXs have been modified or as many of the owners have commented “riced out.”
I was totally unaware that they were going to give out an award for the most original CRX that showed up and to my shock I was awarded best in show because mine was “stock.” The judges said that mine looked to be the most original because it was untouched even though it had 3xs as much mileage on it than most of the others. I was honored to receive this award and honestly felt that there were other owners that deserved it more than me. The award was a generous gift card to a local gas station where the judges suggested that I could use it to fill up my gas tank (which only cost at current fuel prices $20)
Another shock to me was that I was the oldest person there. Im almost 31 and the closest to me was 27. Its quite humbling to be thought of as the “old man” in a group full of Crx owners who know probably 4 times as much about Hondas than I do. Matter of fact I think a few there were younger than the cars they brought 🙂
Here are a few more pics from the event….
By the way, the white one is mine!