Lunch Inflation

lncmnyI usually go out for lunch on weekdays.  Mostly to get away from the office and also because a man needs food.  It is suddenly getting very hard to eat lunch for less than $10.00.

I think Subway is the only place I can go to get a meal for under $10. Schlotzkey’s (another sandwich shop) costs $10.03.  The  price of the sandwich looks great at $5.79 but if you want a small back of chips and a small drink it suddenly doubles the price.

Many dining and buffet restaurants easily cost more than $10 plus a tip.  I usually just get water.  I guess water is the way to go nowadays to fight the inflation a little.  At the end of the month, I have usually spent $250 just on lunch.  Not that I can’t afford it but it’s the principle.  That means I spend $3,000 a year just on rushed lunches.  Holy Guacamole!

I remember, only around ten years ago, I could easily lunch out for around $5.00.  I even kept a lunch log for a year or more.  I wish I still had it to compare.  Project forward another ten years and we will expect to spend $15-20 on a burger and fries.  Especially if the $15.00 per hour minimum wage becomes a thing.  Can you imagine?  Even those getting $15.00 an hour won’t be able to afford lunch.

Somebody needs to hit the reset switch.  Set prices and wages back where they should be and let’s start over.  Just divide everything by 10 and only the number change.  You will have 10 times less money in your bank account but it will still buy the same amount of stuff. Elect me as your supreme leader and I’ll take care of it.

I plan on bringing my lunch at least twice a week now.  Not only will I save $960 I will be eating healthier.  Unfortunately it will be less satisfying.  All food tastes better when somebody else makes it.   I guess I’ll get used to it.  It’s all for the best.

 

Trip Report – Nude Beach Corpus Christi

San Antonio sucks and circumstances came together yesterday so I decided to set off on a spontaneous road trip to get some beach time.  I haven’t really gone anywhere special in a very long time so the time was ripe for a getaway.  There’s a spot that I’ve been looking to check out for a few years but never took the time.  It’s just a little south of Corpus Christi on Padre Island.

I gathered a few supplies together and hit the road.  It took me about 3 hours to get there from San Antonio.  After a quick stop at Subway for a 6″ veggie delight is made my way to the beach.  Traffic was a little heavy since half of the world was going to the beach on Saturday.

Google photo. Forgot to take a picture. New bollards are much larger.

The area is at the boundry of the regular beach and Padre Island National Seashore park.  Bollards are set up in the sand to prevent anyone from driving on that part of the beach.  That effectively cuts off access to the riff-raff.  Park right there.

I brought along my bicycle so I could easily travel a nice distances from the common people who don’t appreciate speedos or nudity for unfathomable reasons.

It was hot but the humid wind coming off the ocean kept it bearable.

I loaded up my bike with water, towel and sunscreen and set off down the empty beach.  At the start there were a few people brave enough to wander more than 10 feet from their car.


About half a mile I ran across one guy on a lawn chair still wearing clothes.  Weird.

At maybe around a mile I was completely alone with nobody as far as the eye can see.  This is special!  One is seldom alone anymore in this crowded world.

There was nothing but beach, sun, and birds to keep me company.  Nice!

I had planned to just get a nice speedo tan this year but how could one resist.  It was a matter of minutes before I found myself naked.

I applied sunscreen and played in the water and the sand for a while.  This is the best thing ever.  I wished I had brought my frisbee to toss into the wind and catch it when it comes back.

Occasionally the park ranger would drive past in his four wheeler.  You could see him coming way in advance.  I either put on my swimsuit or sat in the water and waved.  It would seem unnecessary for him to tell me to get un-naked with nobody else around but best not to push it.  If I was there with a group I might have risked it.  I doubt he would have really cared.

 

After a while I thought I might ride my bike a little further down just to see what there was to see.

Naked bike riding is fun.  I highly recommend you give it a chance.

 

Eventually three hours had passed as I frolicked around.  It was nearing 4:00 so I decided to head back to the car.  I was glad I brought my water.  I was getting rather thirsty.  Love my Yeti cup!  Keeps Ice forever!

I loaded up my car and hit the road for Port Aransas to visit the best restaurant in the world.

If you’re ever in Port Aransas, eat at The Crazy Cajun.  I’ve been going there since I was in school.  They opened in 1980 something and I’m glad to see they’re still there.

 

They have lots of cajun food but you HAVE to get The Hungry Cajun.  For about $16.00 you get corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes and crab.

MMMMMMMMMM!  The best.

Do it!  Do it now!

 

After dinner I like to go down to the marina and watch the boats come in as the sun sets.

There was a nice little wooden floating covered patio where I spent at least an hour looking at all the boats come and go.

 

 

I considered sitting on the edge and dangling my feet in the water but as I looked down a Sea Turtle was picking algae off the side of the patio.  That would not have been good for my toes.

 

 

The marina is full of all kinds of boats.  I looked at some of the sailboats and imagined myself sailing the Caribbean going wherever I pleased.

Note to self:  Watch YouTube and learn how to sail in case you ever decide to steal a sailboat.

 

 

The sun was setting and I lost my shade so I decided to head to the hotel.

I braved the long line at the ferry and made my way back to the mainland to my motel.  I recommend the Best Western at Ingleside and was lucky that I made my reservation online this morning.  The world is booked up.

I slept well and woke up around 7:00 for the condimental breakfast then headed back up the highway to Mundania.

All in all, it was an inexpensive and enjoyable getaway.  I must do this more often.  Now that I know of a great place to enjoy the beach naked I will do it for sure.  I wish I didn’t always have to do it alone.

Also: Sunscreen is amazing.  Three hours in the direct sun and I didn’t get burned.  I’m impressed.

 

 

Beach Trip!

I woke up early this Saturday morning to a strange buzzing sound.  After walking around the dark house and out in the yard I discovered my neighbor’s air conditioner to be making a horrible racket.  A very loud buzz that can drive a man insane in a few minutes.

Maybe it would be a good day to get the fuck out of town.  I haven’t really gone anywhere in who knows how long.  I spend most of my weekends puttering around the house which is perfectly fine to me because being at home is like being on vacation.

Today I’m feeling like I want go get some sun and water and run around in my speedo or naked.  I decided a spontaneous trip to Corpus Christi and Port Aransas might be in order.  I went online and booked a hotel.  I could have driven there and back in one day but why push it.  Sleeping in a hotel is part of the fun.  It’s a cheap trip.  The hotel, gas and food should cost me less than $200.  Totally worth it at twice the price.

I plan on taking my bike and riding down a blocked off part of the beach where cars aren’t allowed.  I’ll wear my little red speedo and maybe go naked if the beach is deserted.  What fun!

Yes. I’m going alone.  I have two people who I could ask but one would just not appreciate the awesomeness and the other can’t stay overnight.

That’s fine.  I prefer do do as I please and not be encumbered by dragging someone along who is only partially self-aware.

This should be a nice get-away.  Look for the trip report tomorrow.

 

Do glasses make your eyes lazy?

glassesMy eyesight was awesome until I hit 40.  They warn you but you never expect it to happen to you.  Suddenly I was unable to read menus in restaurants and the small text on my phone. Begrudgingly I started to wear reading glasses which restored my close up vision to perfect sharpness.  My distance sight is still fine so I don’t wear them except for reading and computing.

It kept feeling like my vision was getting worse and worse.  Now I can’t see shit up close without glasses.   I was concerned that wearing reading glasses causes your eyes to get lazy and lose the muscle that keeps them in focus.  I read that it is not true but I’m beginning to wonder about that.

A few days ago I decided I would go without my glasses for a while and see what happens. At first I couldn’t see anything and had to strain my eyes.  After a few days it wasn’t so bad.  Now, the text on my monitor is still a bit blurry but I can manage fairly well without my glasses.  At times it doesn’t seem quite so bad.  There are still times when I need them but for the most part, I don’t have to feel blind without them.

I tend to think that the things I read on the internet are true.  You would expect to be able to believe what you see on reputable health sites.  I’m thinking not so much.

There’s no doubt that my vision without glasses is better now than it was when I relied on them.  I’m going to continue my experiment for another week at least.  So far so good.

 

Properly watching Naked and Afraid

I occasionally watch Naked and Afraid on the Discovery Channel.  I’m not a huge fan but if there’s nothing else on, I’ll watch it.  Of course one should be naked while watching so I hope you’re doing it right.

I’m doubt I have the survival skills to last the whole time in such harsh environments.  Still, it might be fun to try it for fun.  I wonder if people get together in groups and go out in the wild and pretend to be on the show.  I would do it.  Too bad I have nobody to go with.  Anyone???

 

Dreamblog – The Jewish Party

I was at my brother’s house where he raised fish for sale.  I was helping him feed the fish and take care of the tanks.  There was one tank that I just finished feeding when I noticed a sign that said do not feed, religious fish.  Meaning the fish were not supposed to eat in order to stay kosher or something.

I was hoping nobody would notice but his wife came along and started picking the food off the surface of the water.  My brother was furious with me for ruining the whole tank of fish.  I felt like an idiot.

A lot of people started arriving and it turned into a party.  It was obviously a Jewish celebration with the music and dancing.  I was walking through the kitchen when I found a man and his wife following me.  The man put his hand in my back pocket and followed me as I walked.  I figured it was some kind of weird Jewish custom so I didn’t totally freak out.  It was still very bizarre.

I’m not Jewish and only know one Jewish person.  I kind of like the Jewish people because they are so family oriented and have customs and traditions.  I have nothing.  I never know what my dreams will turn up.

 

 

Built my model house

It’s July 4th 2017.  I am happy to have a day off from work.  Really not knowing what to do to celebrate Independence day, I decided to just stay home.  It’s far to hot outside and the world is far too crowded anyway.  I asked myself, if I could do anything I wanted on my day off, what would it be?  The answer was stay home and enjoy the time.  Besides, where’s lonely guy going to go all by himself anyway?

I had a brain idea the other day to build a scale sized model of the house I want to eventually build.  I did some googling and ended up on Youtube watching Adam Savage build a model of his childhood home.  It looked easy enough so today I popped by the store and picked up three sheets of foamcore board.  Thanks Adam!

I already had a 3d drawing I did on my computer using Google Sketchup and another using a program called SweetHome so I already had the dimensions on record.

I spent a good portion of the day measuring, cutting and hot-gluing my model together.  It’s far from finished but at least I have the basic framing done.  I might also build some furniture and accessories.  I’ll probably print out flooring and tile and glue it to the floor and walls where appropriate.  It might end up being rather detailed by the time I’m done.

You can see the room layout.  The roof slopes from 8 feet in the back to 12 feet in the front.  The large front room will be the kitchen and living room.  The back side is divided into the bedroom and the bathroom.  You can see a piece of the roof that shows how it overhangs the front to shade the top windows which will be electrically operable for air flow in nice weather.  It has a nice 10 foot wide porch that stretches the whole width of the house.  I’m really going to enjoy that.  I’ve always wanted a large porch to sit in my old-man rocking chair.

All the rooms are very large and spacious including the bathroom which will have huge shower and laundry rooms.  The kitchen is huge an will have a lot of counter space plus a large island.  I never have enough counter space in my current kitchen.  The whole house has a fairly modern and clean look while being very simple to build.  The simplicity is reminiscent of early house design before families exploded and houses became unnecessarily large McMansions.

It’s a 1/24 scale model and the design is completely my own.  I probably should have gone into architecture.  Apparently it’s in my blood.  I understand my father built a scale model of his dream house once too.  That’s kind of cool to know since I don’t remember much about him.

I believe I will be able to build this house pretty much all by myself.  I did the Sketchup model board by board as if I was actually building it.  That took me a very long time but that was during my last job where I had nothing else to do for 8 hours a day.

I really like the way this foam-core model turned out.  I impressed myself again.  I never cease to amaze myself.  It just goes to show that one can do anything he puts his mind to.