Friday, March 8, 2019

Bacon-Wrapped Honey Dijon Turkey Breast

Had you at bacon, didn't I?

First you brine the turkey breasts for several hours and then rest at room temperature for a couple more, so obviously this is a "start in the morning" recipe.  Using parchment paper per the directions will make wrapping it up a breeze and getting the bacon seems positioned underneath will keep it together.  Add the coating of Dijon mustard, mayo, honey and thyme and you have a feast worthy of giving thanks!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Entangled Soul

This is the second book I've read that was written by my former colleague Tom Ireland.  It tells a story of how the massive human expansion across the galaxy, powered by the instantaneous transport of people, goods and energy, is at risk.  Tom is an excellent writer and I'm hoping he's working on a third sci-fi book.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Small Bar Table

This simple yet ingenious table at Walnut Grove Country Club makes eating at the bar more comfortable and less messy.  It's just two equal-height boards running beneath, about four inches tall, screwed into the wood surface from below.  Moves your dinner about a foot closer to you. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Vizio Class Action Lawsuit

I was quite surprised when I turned on my living room TV and a message that a class action settlement was available to owners of certain Internet-connected Vizio TVs, which you can learn more about at the link below.  Turns out that Vizio TVs, by default and not clearly explained, collects information on what you're watching and feeds that back to Vizio.  So on top of filling out the settlement form, I went into the "Reset & Admin" section of the TV's settings and turned off the "Viewing Data" option to prevent further tracking.  Now they won't know that I'm binge-watching the first two seasons of The Good Place.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Around The World In 80 Days

We attended this play at The Loft Theater in Downtown Dayton last week and it was amazing how five actors pulled off playing thirty-two parts while both convincing the audience they were taking train rides, sailing on ocean steamers and facing capture, typhoons and other near-death experiences while making you laugh the whole way.  The play runs through March 17th, so there's still time to grab your tickets.

Friday, March 1, 2019


Do you peel potatoes, carrots and other vegetables just away from you or do you peel in both directions?  As you can see below, I'm a both directions guy and it took only 24 seconds to peel this spud.  You do need to take a little more care not to cut yourself as the blade is coming towards you, but using short, rapid strokes is my solution.  I suggest trying it first on a long vegetable like a carrot, where it's easier to maintain distance between your two hands.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


During our first-ever visit to Field and Stream ,we spotted this "MyPod", which we could have used on many occasions watching various outdoor sports in, let's say, "less than ideal" weather conditions.  They come in single and two-person versions with an "XL" option for each.  You can even get custom lettering to support your team or make your personal statement.  This is awesome!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Barnes Wildlife Control

After a raccoon decided to break into our chimney and stay for, thankfully, only a few days, it was time to have new chimney caps installed, repair and seal up the chimney and have a crown coat applied.  Can't speak more highly of the technicians from Barnes Wildlife Control that diagnosed the problem and performed the repairs.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Coronary CT Angiography

A Coronary CT calcium scan, which I had 2014, detects the accumulation of hard plaque in the arteries of the heart, but the newer Coronary CT angiography detects both hard and soft plaque, giving doctor and patient a much clearer picture to set an appropriate course of treatment.

The short version is that the procedure starts with a little medication to slow and stabilize the heart, followed by an injection of radiocontrast dye as the scanner makes a 3D image that a specialist can evaluate.  Hardest part is holding still for a few seconds.

The closest place to Dayton for this type of scan is the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, Kentucky.

Monday, February 25, 2019


Twenty-two years ago, at around age 41, I traded being nearsighted, able to read a book within inches of my face but needing glasses or contact lenses for distance, to become farsighted and needing those $10 reading cheaters, which I have pairs stashed all over the house.  More than a fair trade for me, and I've been able to drive, run, ski and golf unencumbered ever since, in fact, all these years later my distance vision is still absolutely perfect.  The investment is Lasik surgery has been well worth it.  I can't imagine how much better corrective eye procedures must be today.