Only One Breakfast Choice Today

Only One Breakfast Choice Today

I found out last night that today is National Pancake Day. So, of course, this puppy was going to have pancakes for breakfast no matter what!

As it turned out, I had no milk in the house, so I ended up at my favorite eatery in the whole wide world. That would be Cracker Barrel.

Here’s the disclosure: I do work there, so you might think that’s what’s behind my glowing recommendation.

But that’s not the case. I did not come to love it after working there; I work there because I loved the place.

I love everything about it. The food, the distinctive Southern theme and ambience. The consistently excellent service. Love it all.

And the yummy pancakes are a part of that!

Now, it doesn’t matter at all how or where you celebrate National Pancake Day! I care not one whit about that. IHOP and Perkins would also be excellent choices today!

But you must shove pancake matter and some awesome flavor of syrup into your pie hole before the clock strikes midnight!

You simply must!

And if you’re not sure where you want to get in on the fun, remember Cracker Barrel is open until 10 PM and we serve breakfast right up until we turn off the grill!

 

 

Full of pancakes and contentment, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Additional note: this blog posting is based on my own impressions and opinions of a well-known and well-loved American restaurant chain and is not any kind of official communication from CBOCS Inc.

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Searching for the Meaning of Life

Searching for the Meaning of Life

This brief blog entry simply cannot be appreciated or understood unless you’ve cast your eyes over the accompanying photo. And, yes, I took the pic myself. No issues about ownership, copyrights or any such thing. And, if you must know, this humble sign adorns the north wall of the bar in my fave barbecue joint. In my fave beach town.

Having gotten the preliminary stuff out of the way, let me state for the record that I do not believe that the true meaning of life can be found in this lighthearted aphorism; it’s merely there to keep the wall from looking bare and, perhaps, to amuse the drunks who spend way too much time and money reading silly plaques tacked to the walls of our many infamous watering holes here in the Sunshine State.

The message of that damned sign does not seem to grow more profound with each lager lifted to my lips. I’ve never shared this barroom bromide with friends, nor incorporated it into an update on Facebook. (No need going to my Facebook page to verify that statement!)

Let’s be real. Life’s true meaning cannot be divined by reading this sign no matter how much beer you’ve quaffed.  I just like it because, as I stand right on the threshold of qualifying for social security, I think it just might be true! Not sure my doctor would vouch for that, but, it could be!

Now I think I’ll ponder that message one more time as I order one more beer…  Ashley!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

This gem is coming back around because today’s National Beer Lover’s Day. It debuted back in July of 2016. It’s NBLD and it’s a Friday. No better day to enjoy a cold beer!

© 2016 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

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