National Fried Chicken Day is…

National Fried Chicken Day is…

This auspicious day is the perfect occasion for me to reflect on the importance of regularly consuming vast quantities of… well, of fried chicken, of course!

One of life’s mysteries which I cannot explain is that I’ve loved fried chicken for as long as I can remember even though it was never served a home.

That is just a bit weird, isn’t it?

And even though I eat if frequently, I don’t make it at home, either.

I know my way around the kitchen and make all kinds of other stuff. But not this life-giving delicacy.

As great as it is, it’s certainly true that frying this fowl at home is no light undertaking.

You need a Dutch oven, or at least a skillet with some serious depth to it.

And getting a good result means giving up a very considerable quantity of high-quality cooking oil, and not one of the cheaper ones. Peanut oil or coconut oil are preferred.

And then you’re left with a vast quantity of used oil. Yes, it’s not too different from the situation we shade-tree mechanics face when we’re thinking of changing our car’s oil in the driveway. And what to do with it after… yeah, that can be an issue.

So maybe I’m not the only one; maybe lots of lovers of what just might be America’s favorite dish head to KFC or Popeye’s in huge numbers but eschew tossing chicken pieces n’ parts in their skillets at home!

This wonderful feeling of relief, of knowing I’m not so different from my chicken-lovin’ friends, will buoy my spirits 30 minutes from now when I’m standing in that long line of hungry guests at that KFC right around the corner from me!

I wonder if they know what day it is?

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Honey, I forgot to duck!

Honey, I forgot to duck!

…said Ben never!

But enough silliness! Some of you may remember when that somewhat unusual phrase was uttered by Ronald Reagan back in the early ’80s.

I’ve never said that, because when I’m around waterfowl of any variety, I whip out the camera and just begin to duck away!

I duck early. I duck often. I duck every chance I get.

The banner photo today is of one good opportunity to duck that presented itself at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa not too long ago. I have not featured it on my blog until now.

I’m just tickled pink at the thought that this photo could very well be the best duck pic you’ll see all day!

Hope you get out soon to see something good beyond those confining walls which encapsulate you through most of your day.

And it wouldn’t hurt to take a photo or two!

 

 

Accepting my home confinement for now, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

PS: I’m not saying that this fellow is definitely a duck! I’m much better at photography than I am at waterfowl identification. If it’s not, and you know what it actually is, please straighten me out with a comment! Seriously!

 

 

Hoppy Easter to my friends!

Hoppy Easter to my friends!

I have just a couple of thoughts for you early on this Easter morning.

The first is that I wish all my friends who commemorate this day a most joyous Easter! If this holiday has little or no meaning for you as a religious observance, let me say that I wish you a delightful spring, full of new, budding insights and lots of time and opportunity to reflect on beginnings,  new growth and moving in new directions! And a burst or two of youthful energy and inspiration thrown in for good measure!

The second thing I want to get into in today’s post is that I don’t have a lot of use for April Fool’s Day. Although an occasional prank may tickle my funny bone without making me loathe the prankster, I find about 90% of what goes on on AFD to be really annoying and I believe it all too often degenerates into a thinly-veiled exercise in bullying and humiliation.

It’s such a good thing that a lot of people no longer find humor in some of those overly-done, passive-aggressive capers that used to be all the rage on the 1st of April!

There is a lot of buzz right now about the fact that Easter is falling on April Fool’s Day this year. I couldn’t remember it ever happening. As it turns out, it did back in 1956. So there aren’t a lot of folks around who have actually experienced this rare event. The next time we’ll see these two very different celebrations fall together will be 2027.

God only knows what kinds of crazy stuff some folks may get into today!

It’s possible, I suppose, that some who can’t bear to let AFD pass without doing something outrageous in the name of fun will find a way to roll together religious ardor and springtime pranksterism! No doubt we’ll hear of some such thing before the 2nd of April rolls around!

In the likely event that such stuff does happen in the next few hours, I’m thinking that yours truly will most likely not be impressed.

The Easter day truth is that wishing my peeps a “Hoppy Easter” is about as far as I’m willing to go in creating mischief on this “eggstradinary” day!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Ben is not the owner of this fine photo

 

 

 

 

Photo of a random ship

Photo of a random ship

I know what you’re thinking! What a lame title for a blog posting!

Okay. You got me…

But somehow, it seems to fit.

This just might have been one of my worst photo sessions at the beach. Ever! But somehow, I like this pic.

I can’t get a really sharp focus on ships on the horizon with my Canon Powershot. That’s not a knock, I do like this camera.

But it has auto focus and that, of course, has its limitations.

I’m not the very best model of a photographer. Or a human being, for that matter. But for all my limitations, I’m still doing the job!

It’s true I’m out of warranty, but I most definitely should not be boxed up and sent back to the manufacturer!

So, here’s an imperfect pic that I still somehow find appealing.

Give it some love, people!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Just a Real Quick Follow Up!

Just a Real Quick Follow Up!

Just a quick follow up from that earlier post today about National Drink Wine Day here…  I did go with a Pinot Grigio. Yeah, it’s a cheap one. But I still get credit for commemorating this awesome day!

I’ve never been the kind of guy to leave out an important detail!

Hope your day rocked!

 

Enjoying the occasion just a tiny bit too much, I am,

Besotted “Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Today is National Drink Wine Day!

Today is National Drink Wine Day!

I’ll bet most of you didn’t know. I’m happy to do my part to let you know about really important things like National Drink Wine Day. It’s what I do. You’re welcome!

This evening, after work, I’ll do my part to celebrate this momentous occasion.

If you pull your weight, I won’t have to drink an extra glass to compensate!

Whether you imbibe or not, I hope this Sunday is  fine day for you; I’ll be checking in again in the near future with another post of monumental importance!

 

 

Bulldog Ben

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile