Tried two food chains this month based on recommendations. I’ve only been once so far to each place and as a general rule, unless the food was vomit inspiring, I’ll give a place a second chance.

The first was a Chick-fil-A in Austin. Got a basic spicy chicken breast. It was ok. Nothing special and not something I would recommend. We’ll see how round two goes.

The second was Firehouse Subs. The last time I went was years ago and I honestly couldn’t remember if I liked it or not so I had to do a first time/repeat. That time for a repeat was tonight. I got a steak and cheese. The first few bites were good but the more I got into the sub the less I enjoyed it. This was a 12″ sub. Maybe I should have stuck with the basic 8″. The place reminded me of Yeller Sub but not as good.

This is probably why I’ve been staying away from chains and trying to eat healthier. At least I didn’t add any extra weight during thanksgiving. Now the gauntlet of the winter holidays is coming up.

Santa’s Fallen Angel

Thanksgiving: The Final Frontier

I’ve said this before and I will continue to say that this really does feel like the last real holiday left (Ok, maybe July 4th as well) where the commercial drama is less of an issue. I’m not including Brown Thursday, Black Friday or Cyber Monday in all of this. This is that time of year where people actually get together and spend time with each other. Yes, there may be lots of eating, drinking and watching football but overall it’s still family time. Something people don’t have to look forward to that doesn’t involve some expectation that they might need to produce some kind of gift that is ‘deserved’ and not earned. Oh well. Time to stop writing and get back to family time.


I’m not talking about riding my bicycle although that is usually the first thing people assume. I’m talking about my motorcycle. I’ve only been away from it for a few days and I am feeling the loss of its presence and feel more strongly the hunger to get back on. It’s one of those things where you might have a hard time understanding what it’s like to ride until you ride.

I’ve read and heard about the connection riders can feel to the world and the environment and now I understand it first hand. In the car I feel like I’m in an enclosed space or disconnected from the world. A feeling I didn’t know until I started riding by the way. The car becomes an extension of my enclosed and disconnected house. But on the motorcycle…

When I’m on and riding down the street I see and feel the world around me. The motorcycle now becomes and extension of me and grounds me into the world. I see and smell it, not always for good with a car or truck with pushing out a bunch of crap from the exhaust.

Sitting here writing I feel the longing to be on the open road and just ride. Wind around me and the beauty of the world around me even if that beauty is only the local park. As I become a more experienced rider and take longer trips I’m excited to see where my new connector and I end up in the country. Planned and unplanned road trips await.

Life the Adventure

-Santa’s Fallen Angel