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This is a little blog about everything. Enjoy!



Updated: 2017-09-08T16:29:35.429-07:00

 



Halloween Funness!

2010-10-22T15:22:40.601-07:00

It's almost Halloween. Pumpkins, candy, and the most important part:

Charlie Browns Halloween Special!!!


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Also, here's some fun links for cool pumking carving ideas

Extreme Pumpkins: http://www.extremepumpkins.com/
The Pumpkin Lady: http://www.pumpkinlady.com/

Here's my 2009 Spider Pumpkin and Stacy's Owl Pumpkin.



Baby Posts!!!

2010-10-07T20:19:52.903-07:00

Matt the Superhero...

Just updated the Daddy Blog - Check it out... http://mattthesuperhero.blogspot.com/



The Breeze

2010-09-14T08:46:59.964-07:00

Here's a quick story.

As many know, I'm work at a restaurant. I had just finished a little mini rush, and had just enough time for a potty break. So I go, and come back to find like 15 billion orders waiting for me. I'm pretty sure the local media must have just announced the coming Armageddon. Needless to say, there were a lot of orders. So I wash man hands, glove up, and get back to making food. It's pretty busy, but I'm busting out meals like no other. 

Suddenly, I turn to hand out a tray, and I feel a breeze. A breeze that I shouldn't feel. 

Yeah, I had forgot to zip up my fly. How embarrassing is that? The barn door was open for the whole world to see. FYI, it was a little chilly in the kitchen too. 

Luckily, I was able to slip away, and zip up before to many people noticed. But geez...



The Importance of Pink Flamingo's

2010-08-26T11:14:11.939-07:00

So there is one important aspect of every Yardoligist. (and yeah, I made that up.) 

And that of course, is a set of pink flamingos!

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By the way, I expect comments on this Holly. :)




NEW Posts!!!!

2010-08-26T06:05:41.363-07:00

Check out some of my new posts:
- Matt the Superhero - http://mattthesuperhero.blogspot.com/




I have issues...

2009-09-01T13:03:11.877-07:00

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So, I just packed for a cruise that's 40 days away.

I have some issues. I couldn't help it, but what do you take. I've cruised before, but I always overpack. At this point, I just want to aim to underpack. The big questions I have are this: Should I pack more than 1 set of dress pants. I have a few shirts, but I can just rotate these with the set of pants. How about bathing suits? these are priority. I've got 2 that fit and 2 that I can wear without getting banned from the waterslide.

I'm only taking 1 set of shoes, my dress shoes and my flippy floppies, of course. I thought about taking my running shoes, just in case, I have a need to work out. (Yeah right. I'm there for the food and the fun.... and desert!!!)

Another reason I want to be on top of what I take, is that I know I'm going to need to save room for Stacy. She'll pack plenty, and I'm not sure how much luggage I'll be allowed on the flight. Plus, I'll have to carry it, and I'm lazy.

Anyways, its still 40 days away, so I shouldn't worry too much, but as they say, "God is in the details."



Woohoo, 40 days until vacation

2009-09-01T11:48:24.439-07:00

I am so ready, and today I booked my flights.

It's gonna be a great time. So far our itenarary looks like this, flying into Tampa on Saturday and we sail away on Sunday. Monday is a day at sea. Snorkeling and shopping in Grand Cayman on Tuesday. Snorkeling and exploring Cozumel on Wednesday. Then we head to Belize on Thursday and Honduras on Friday. Finally, we have a day at sea on Saturday, and return to Tampa on Sunday.

Our return flights, leave Tampa and lay-over in Atlanta. Then on to Indianapolis.

So for the next few days, I'm gonna be posting almost exclusively about this trip. I'm excited. Really, really excited. I think, in the last 50 days, I've watched Captain Ron 20 times, read numerous travel logs, and have researched every snorkeling spot in Grand Cayman.



Colts Game

2009-08-22T10:41:02.216-07:00

Talk about a conundrum, my buddy and I won tickets to the Colts/Patriots game in November from a Colts Costume Contest hosted by McDonalds. His costume was crazy. We had a full Colts ensemble including Pom-Poms, Painted Faces, Cape, and a Yellow Goal Post potruding from his shoulders. This is where the problem begins. He's going to have to change his costume a little, and he's a little pissed about it.

So, what should we do? Just drop the goal posts from the costume, try to get in and just change the outfit if he's not allowed. I'm afraid that if he wears the full costume, he'll get stopped and then a big fat black cloud will hang over the entire game.

Here's a picture of his costume:
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Hurricane Bill, doesn't scare me.

2009-08-19T06:11:48.827-07:00

First off, I'm in Indiana and Mr. Billy Hurricane will only cause a few showers at its worst. I'm not going to have to worry about its 150 mph wind. Nope. It doesn't scare me.Here's some info on some truly historic hurricanes:Hurricane of July, 1502--Was a storm that the great explorer and discoverer of American, Christopher Columbus, predicted would strike the island of Hispanola. He used his prediction to warn the Governor of Hispanola, Nicholas de Ovando, who had 30 ships in his fleet set sail back to Spain. However, the governor ignored him, and refused Columbus' request to stay in port at Santo Domingo. Within two days the storm struck in the Mona Passage between Hispanola and Puerto Rico, and sank 21 of the 30 ships, and killed approximately 500 sailors.Tempest of 1609--At the time that the first ever colony in the United States was being developed, a strong hurricane menaced the Western Atlantic in the weeks following the departure of a fleet with 500 colonists left Great Britain for the New World. The ships then met with the maelstrom head on, and scattering all the vessels. Most were able to survive the onslaught of Mother Nature except for the flagship of the fleet, the Sea Venture, which was deposited in the infamous "Isle of Devils." Nevertheless, those who were on the ship still managed to reach shore, and received a much better fate than those, who had already situated themselves in the colony. The story of the Sea Venture was the basis of William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest.Great Hurricane of 1780--This storm was one of several that year, which was one of the worst hurricane seasons in the era prior to record taking. Winds were estimated to be Category Four strength at 135 mph. This storm, which affected the Southern Windward Islands including Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, Martinique, St. Eustatius, and near Puerto Rico and Grand Turk Island, is believed to have killed approximately 22,000 people. Of that total, between 4,000 and 5,000 people were killed on St. Eustatius. Martinique had an estimated 9,000 people killed including 1,000 in St. Pierre, which had all of its homes destroyed.George Washington's Hurricane of 1788--This hurricane, which began its drive toward landfall after nearing Bermuda on July 19th, proceeded on a west-northwest course into the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and then into Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay region absorbed the worst that the storm had to offer. Most notably though, this storm is remembered for the way it was described by the father of the United States, and first president, George Washington. By the time the storm reached Washington's home in Mount Vernon, it was likely to have been a moderate tropical storm with winds about 50 mph.Miami Hurricane of 1926--This storm hit at the worst possible time for the fledgling city. Incoporated in 1896 following the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway by Henry Flagler, the city of Miami was at the end of its first boom period early in 1926. The storm also served as a lesson for those wishing to go outside during the eye's passage. Forming a few hundred miles to the East of the Lesser Antilles on September 12th, the storm passed to the north of Puerto Rico on September 15th. Accompanied by a late issued hurricane warning, the storm arrived in Miami on the morning of September 18th. Winds peaked at 128 mph, and the pressure in Miami fell to 27.61 inches of Hg, or 935 millibars. The storm surge ranged from eight to fifteen feet, and caused $150 million dollars in damage then, or $1.7 billion today. If a similar storm hit the Miami area today, it would cause an astronomical $87 billion in damage.Hurricane Hazel-[...]



Oh my heaven, I just turned 27!

2009-08-15T08:51:34.710-07:00

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Yep, today is the day. I'm officially 27. Doesn't seem too much different, but I did wake up with a cramp in my left foot. And I think I'm shrinking. Slowly.

Thank you to all my friends and family that wished me a Happy Birthday and too those that will. That is what makes this day so special. Knowing that people still think about me.

Stacy, I love you.

Many thanks,

Matt Quasebarth



Black Bean Salsa Recipe

2009-08-14T07:50:13.181-07:00

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Found on the Food Network Website.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 2 cups dried black beans, cooked in salted water until tender, cooled (about
  • 2 cups)
  • 1 cup small diced red onions
  • 1 large fresh jalapeno, seed and cut into small dice
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Crispy corn tortilla chips

Directions

Combine the first seven ingredients in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lime juice and olive oil. Mix well. Spoon into a serving bowl and serve with the chips


Original Article: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/fresh-tomato-and-black-bean-salsa-recipe/index.html




Floribean Art

2009-08-14T07:45:43.301-07:00

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With the Buffett concert this past week in Indianapolis, I wanted to do a post covering some interesting art available for Parrotheads. First, we have the Floribean art of Gary Farmer. My favorite works are his "Beach Bars" and "Beach Huts", which are all Buffett themed.

Also, Teri Gardiner, does some fantastic Margaritaville art. All are filled with bright, vibrant colors to celebrate Parrothead themes.

More info:
Gary Farmer - Floribean Art
Teri Gardiner - Margaritaville Works



The Art of Liu Bolin

2009-08-14T07:31:49.725-07:00

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The Blend-in Guy...Just recently, I came across the fantastic artistic illusions of Liu Bolin. Most notably, he uses his environment (a telephone booth, a graffiti'd wall) to create an image in which he blends. It's kind of a trip, and hard to explain. According to an online article, "He claims they make a statement about his place in society. He sees himself as an outsider whose artistic efforts are not always valued, especially in his native country. Standing silently in front of his chosen scene, in locations all around the world, the 36-year-old uses himself as a blank canvas. Then, with a little help from an assistant, he paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. It means people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is nearby until he begins to move."


Original Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1201398/Now-you-dont-The-artist-turns-Invisible-Man.html

Additional works by Liu Bolin: http://www.artnet.com/artist/425227158/liu-bolin.html



An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof

2009-07-31T11:10:29.074-07:00

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In 'An Embarrassment of Mangoes', you get to travel with Ann and Steve as they venture out into the Caribbean. Putting their careers on hold, Ann and Steve take a 2 year sail on their boat, Receta, and visit such wonderful places such as the Bahamas, Granada, and the Dominican Republic. Basically, this book is put together from Ann's journal as she makes the voyage. Also, this book offers some great recipes that really add an excellent element to the book. Here's a few of my favorite recipe:

Luperon Papaya Salsa pg 101/102

Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish.

1/2 large ripe papaya, diced (about 2 cups)
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into 1/2 rings
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 small hot red 0r green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons fruity olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine papaya, cucumber, onion, cilantro, and hot pepper. Set aside.
2. Whisk together the oil and half the lime juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Tass with papaya mixture.
3. Taste before serving and adjust flavor with additional lime juice.

Serves 4. I added mango. Yellow or White onion can be used instead.

Coo-Coo (Caribbean Polenta) pg 131

3 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil.
2. Gradually stir in cornmeal. Lower heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan.
3. Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Allow to set for a few minutes, then cut into squares and serve warm.

Serves 6 to 8. If you are really adventurous add okra. Thinly slice 4 okras and cook in the coconut milk until soft, before adding the cornmeal. Slices of coo-coo are also excellent grilled. Brush lightly with olive oil and grill until crisp on both sides.



Paper Rock Scissors Quote

2009-07-28T18:08:07.608-07:00

Quote via Unquality Website:

"I understand how scissors can beat paper, and I get how rock can beat scissors, but there’s no fucking way paper can beat rock. Is paper supposed to magically wrap around rock and leave it immobile? Why the hell can’t paper do this to scissors? Screw scissors, why can’t paper do this with people? Why aren’t sheets of college ruled notebook paper constantly suffocating students as they take notes in class? I’ll tell you why, because paper can’t beat anybody. When I play rock paper scissors, I always choose rock. Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their paper I can punch them in the face with my already clenched fist and say, oh shit, I’m sorry, I thought paper would protect you, you asshole!"



Afternoon Work Conversation #2

2009-07-28T18:05:41.567-07:00

Me talking to group: "Okay, so if I gave you a million dollars every-time you pushed a little red button on a box, but someone dies every time its pushed, would you push the button?"

J: "No, i would not want anyone to die and it's could be someone you know."

Me: "But its a million dollars"

J: "I wouldn't do it."

Me: "I would."

J speaking directly to me: "Button pusher."



Afternoon Work Conversation #1

2009-07-28T18:02:09.730-07:00

Me: "Hey, J, if you could domesticate any animal what would it be and why?"

J: "Polar Bear"

Me: "That's cool. It'd be fun to have a bear on a leash. You could walk it down the highway."

J: "Yeah, or maybe an eagle."

Me: "Also, cool. Eagles are so much better than hawks. Could you imagine whistling, and then having a huge bald eagle swoop down and land on your shoulder? It would put those hawk tamers to shame because who wants a hawk when you can have an eagle or a Polar Bear."



Free Mini Bowl Passes

2009-07-22T13:23:46.997-07:00

Anybody interested in a free game of Mini Bowl at the newly opened Incredible Pizza in Greenwood? I've got 11 free game passes. Drop me a line if your interested.

Incredible Pizza - Now open in Greenwood.



5 years of Marriage

2009-07-21T21:25:27.552-07:00

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I love you, Not only for what you are, but who I am when I am with you ~ Roy Croft

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. ~ Antoine De Saint Exupery

Today, Stacy and I celebrated our 5th year of marriage. We spent a marvelous day downtown petting elephants and sharks, (image) chasing butterflies, and trying to capture a seahorse on film during a visit to the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens. (image) (image)
We also treated ourselves to some wonderful pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company for lunch (image)
and dinner at Indy's best seafood restaurant, McCormick and Schmicks.

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. ~ Margery Williams (The Velveteen Rabbit)





Pleasure Week 7/1 - 7/7: Matt's Guilty Pleasures 2

2009-07-02T18:11:29.211-07:00

Okay, don't worry everybody, this post isn't going to be dirty. In honor of National Pleasure week, I am going to do some posts about my favorite guilty pleasures.

"Pleasure is commonly conceptualized as a positive experience, happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. ..."

So for day two of Pleasure week, I would like to delve into my fascination with Taco Bell. Yeah, I know, I work there, but that still explain my addiction. It's good stuff.

Damn near cocaine for the digestive system. But I do love it, I love all the good stuff. The crunchwraps, the cheesy gordita crunches, even the chalupas. If I could buy a gallon of lava sauce, I would. It's delisch!

You know, I love the stuff so much, I could walk into a store that was out of everything but cinnamon twists and leave happy. I feel guilty to admit that, but its true.

Baja blast is a blastin' good time.

Here's a secret pleasure, have you ever had a piece of flatbread fried and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar? I have and its awesome.

What's your favorite Taco Bell item? Let me know.



Pleasure Week 7/1 - 7/7: Matt's Guilty Pleasures

2009-07-01T20:19:36.271-07:00

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Okay, don't worry everybody, this post isn't going to be dirty. In honor of National Pleasure week, I am going to do some posts about my favorite guilty pleasures.

"Pleasure is commonly conceptualized as a positive experience, happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. ..."

For my first post, let's cover a very deep and secretive pleasure. Most men will admit to it. Some just fantasize about it, but most go all out. My first guilty pleasure has plagued me since early adulthood. I bet you can already guess it.

That's right, fantasy sports. Since my brother first introduced me to Stratomatic, I've been playing fake, simulated sports games. There's nothing like the thrill of battle that comes from whipping friends based off of the statistics of your favorite sports heroes. From stratomatic, I developed a passion for online fantasy sports leagues. Currently, I'm participating in 4 different leagues spanning 2 sports. I'll likely continue to join leagues in Fantasy football, basketball, and maybe even hockey!

It's geeky and my wife doesn't understand, but its addicting and I love it. Just recently, I estimated that I spend on average about 20 days a year playing fantasy sports. Wooha! Jesusgeek put it best in his blog when he wrote, "I've been asked, "Why do I love fantasy sports so much?" It basically boils down to the fact that I hit all three characteristics of the perfect fantasy fan: 1) I'm a control freak. This allows me to have control over my team and do with it what I wish. 2) I get to create. Any sports fan has always said, "If I owned (insert favorite team) then I would ..." Now it's our chance. The best part is we can do it for free versus paying 600 million for the team. And 3) I'm a stat geek. I love stats. 99% of all fantasy sports is all about the numbers. I played fantasy hockey a few years back for the first time. I knew and still know nothing about the sport but I won my league. How? Because I payed attention to the numbers and not the names on the jerseys."

Additional Information:
Stratomatic
Jesusgeek Blog
How to play fantasy sports



NBA Draft 2009

2009-06-25T15:21:49.782-07:00

I almost missed this post.

Last year we got Rush and Hibbert, and I wanted Koufos. I still think he would have been a better pick for the Pacers. This year, I want Jeff Teague (with his Indianapolis ties) or Ty Lawson, who seems ready to step in and contribute right away. Heck, I would be happy with Jrue Holiday, but please don't take Hansborough (he's nothing more than collegiate fluff) or Jennings.

If we end up with Jennings, we get the same style of players we had with Artest.

Go Pacers!



Indy Palomino's New Summer Menu

2009-06-25T12:49:43.305-07:00

Just got an email about the new summer menu at the Palomino and a special deal for diners who stop by this weekend.Just thought I'd share. Here's what it says:-----------------------------------------------------------To celebrate the arrival of both, Chef Amanda wants every table that dines with us this Friday and Saturday (6/26-27) to receive complimentary fresh mixed berries with zabaglione for dessert. Make a reservation by calling 317.974.0400 or at www.palomino.com. Let us know that you are coming in for “summer berries” and we’ll bring one to your table. Starting today, stop in and try some of our fresh new summer entrees: Little Neck Clam Linguini in a spicy white wine sauce. Grilled King Salmon served with an artichoke remoulade, fresh grilled asparagus and a vine ripe tomato and basil salad. Chicken Under a Brick (you’ve got to see it to believe it) served with a traditional panzanella bread salad. Summer Ravioli stuffed with spinach, ricotta, artichoke hearts and pine nuts and topped with a roasted yellow pepper coulis and sweet pea slaw. Brick Oven Roasted Lemon Dill Salmon topped with Greek tzatziki cucumber sauce and served with a summer fennel salad. Gyro Spring Lamb Burger on focaccia bread topped with cucumber, tomato and feta. Oven Roasted Long Bone 20 oz. Ribeye, char crusted in our 600 degree oven. How about this for a sweet summer deal? Join us each Wednesday for half priced bottles of wine! Pick any bottle off our new summer list for half the regular price. All day, every Wednesday this summer. Palomino | 49 W. Maryland Street | Downtown Indianapolis | 317.974.0400 | www.palomino.com Palomino is located at:49 W. Maryland StreetCircle Center Mall #189 Indianapolis, IN 46204Phone: 317.974.0400Fax: 317.974.1865-----------------------------------------------------------[...]



Qball's Beer Review: Fat Tire Amber Ale

2009-06-25T10:46:31.877-07:00

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Qball's Beer Review: Fat Tire Amber Ale

Unfortunately, not everything lives up to the hype. Although it is well-balanced and malty, it offers up a slight biscuit taste. Not hard on the palette, but not spectacular. It's really more of a basic crossover beer for someone wanting to try craft beers, but unfamiliar with the options.

Additional information on New Belgium Brewing Company
Brians Belly - Beer Review


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing Company


Style / ABV:
American Amber/ 5.2% ABV



Qball's Beer Review: Jockamo IPA - Abita Brewing

2009-06-25T10:18:27.512-07:00

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Qball's Beer Review: Abita ~ Jockamo IPA

Coppery, slightly hazed reddish orange. The pour produced a slight pour and an orangish head. Good looking brew with a sweet citrus smell. For an IPA, the beer was balanced but less hoppy than traditional IPA's. It's a very drinkable beer, but only a mediocre IPA.

Additional information on Abita Brewing


Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Company


Style / ABV:
American IPA/ 6.5% ABV