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The Texas Moron Meetup (Bumped) September 28, 2010

Posted by Michael in Entertainment, Family.
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Here’s the plan:

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE.

  • Friday Night Pre-Party Moron Hook-Up

7:00 p.m. Texas Time

The Spirit Grille

4030 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, TX 75038.  972-717-7575

Bar and bistro within walking distance of the LaQuinta & Casa Michael.  The food is actually pretty good. I like the chicken fried steak and the fish tacos.

Smoking allowed in the bar.  It’s a genuine “local” bar.  If you are a karaoke singer, you can do it here on a Friday night.  Don’t worry, you won’t have much serious competition.  Texans suck at karaoke. Karaoke singers in Kansas City are better than Dallas, and they aren’t very good in Kansas City. Trust me.

  • Saturday Morning Hangover Brunch

10:00 a.m. Texas Time

Home of Michael & Cathy

Serving up Bacon, Eggs, Fresh Bread (just for PajamaMomma — we somehow have two bread machines), Waffles, Coffee, Juice, etc., and Genuine Vermont Maple Syrup (acquired by us in Vermont after the CT Moron Meetup).

  • Texas Moron Shooting Spree

2:00 p.m. Texas Time

Elm Fork Shooting Club outdoor range or DFW Gun Range indoor if the weather is foul.

BYO Guns, Ammo, Targets, Eye & Ear Protection, or they can be acquired at either of these places, or just borrow them from somebody.  Availability of guns and ammo is not really an issue.   For example, Michael can loan you Dave’s .38 revolver and a full box of ammo.

  • Texas Road House BBQ Party

4:00 p.m. Texas Time

Home of Michael & Cathy, featuring our new sound system and a Pandora channel.

Serving Beef Brisket BBQ from Mr. Lamm’s Heavy Metal BBQ, and Stone Oven Roasted Chicken, along with sides such as Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Fresh Veggies, Chips & Salsa, Pie  etc.

Pool and Spa open, so bring swim-gear, flip-flops, etc.  Bonus — it sounds good around my pool and patio.  (There are four Klipsch fake-rock stereo systems in the backyard, powered by a dedicated Denon amp, a speaker control panel, power management, easy  control from the remote with a touch-screen pad to a CPU, and a cooling module.)

Other Helpful Information:

Still need lodging?

LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 4225 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving TX 75038,
972-261-4900 (within walking distance of Casa Michael and Spirit Grille).  It’s cheap and clean, according to Geoff.

If you want to go upscale, across the street is the Four Seasons Resort and Club with a respected golf course. Most people seem to be opting for the La Quinta.

Our home and the La Quinta are right between DFW and Love Field, both reasonably priced cab rides (i.e., cheaper than going downtown).   If you need local transportation, please let us know.  Actually, don’t tell us, email Dave in Texas.  He should earn his pie.

If you are definitely planning to attend, please let us know, along with whatever name you are planning to use so we can alert the guard gate.  This will make your entry into our gated neighborhood much easier.  Meaning, “DoubleplusUndead” is probably not the right name to use with the gate security guys.

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1. kevl - September 16, 2010

It sounds so wonderful! Please play some 80s music on Pandora in my honor. Love you guys.

2. Michael - September 16, 2010

Please play some 80s music on Pandora in my honor.

We will do some ZZ Top just for you.

3. HayZeus - September 16, 2010

I question the wisdom of posting this publicly on a site that gets so many lurkers, but whatever. Half you people are going to show up armed, anyway.

4. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Hey Michael, is the Spirit Grille the place you took us to last time? If so, they have the best bacon cheeseburger I’ve ever had.

We can’t make it this year, 😦 but next year we’ll be living in Texas, so that is my consolation.

5. Michael - September 16, 2010

Yup, same place.

6. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Best damn burger EVER! I’ll miss you guys.

7. MCPO Airdale - September 16, 2010

Michael & Cathy – I’m so disappointed that I’ll be unable to attend what looks like a wonderful, wonderful time. It’s my sincere hope that you have the most enjoyable time! Maybe next year.

8. Cathy - September 16, 2010

We can’t make it this year, 😦 but next year we’ll be living in Texas, so that is my consolation.

Woo-hoo!

Sorry you won’t be able to make it — but we’re in for the long-term, huh, Honey!!??!

9. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Yes we are! *hugs Cathy

It looks like there are more jobs in Dallas, so we may be in the same city — yippee!

10. kevl - September 16, 2010

Moving to Texas?! That is awesome. I loved it there. Took me about a year to get acclimated, but after that it was great.

11. daveintexas - September 16, 2010

Soon we will have all of you here.

And then I’m gonna cut loose.

12. Andy - September 16, 2010

I’ll be there. Looking forward to sending some lead downrange … oh, and booze.

13. xbradtc - September 16, 2010

Geoff might find this interesting, either for here or for the mothership:

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/09/los-angeles-comptroller-discloses-111.html

14. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Moving to Texas?! That is awesome. I loved it there. Took me about a year to get acclimated, but after that it was great.

KC, I’d love to hear about your experience there. I’ve been there on visits and for work and it just suits me!

15. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Soon we will have all of you here.

And then I’m gonna cut loose.

hahaha! Watch out, everybody!

16. daveintexas - September 16, 2010

Oh yeaaaaaah.

True story (I don’t think she’d mind me sayin so), KC told me at the Ohio SB git together about her years in Texas. She and her fam lived less than 30 miles from here.

Lucky for her I didn’t know that when she was here.

17. Michael - September 16, 2010

And then I’m gonna cut loose.

I think that means he will stop trying to control his flatulence.

Lipstick, you probably do not want to encourage that.

Just sayin’. I’m pretty sure you do not want to be downwind of Dave when he “cuts loose” a big one, spawned by his Atkins diet.

I’m real sure of that, actually.

18. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - September 16, 2010

I’ll finally learn if Michael is the Batman of the 70’s with long pointed ears and the stylized cape and gloves with long feelers off the sides, or that less impressive 80’s look Batman.

19. Cathy - September 16, 2010

And then I’m gonna cut loose.

*imagines Dave with a knife & bra straps dropping*

20. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

If you watch the movie “Batman Returns” and freeze it at the right moment, I’m there. I was a stand-in and got roped in on a scene.

21. Michael - September 16, 2010

Lipstick, what minute and second in the scene on the standard Blu-Ray DVD?

22. geoff - September 16, 2010

Geoff might find this interesting, either for here or for the mothership:

Thanks, xbrad, but I’m kind of out of blogging this week. I’ll get back into it next week.

23. geoff - September 16, 2010

If you watch the movie “Batman Returns” and freeze it at the right moment, I’m there. I was a stand-in and got roped in on a scene.

…and if you haven’t witnessed my stirring performance as “Bar Fly #2” in The Flintstones Movie, then you don’t appreciate how the full range of human emotion can be conveyed by the subtle yet sensuous stirring of a drink.

24. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

Lipstick, what minute and second in the scene on the standard Blu-Ray DVD?

I don’t know. Penguin is making his campaign speech and the audience starts throwing vegetables at him. I’m in the front row throwing stuff, wearing a brown hat and a fur collar. Little bit to the left of center.

25. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

You crack me up, geoff.

26. Mitchell - September 16, 2010

Whatever. I’m hijacking this thread. Lipstick’s husband is selling me a gun. WOOT!

27. Lipstick - September 16, 2010

We’re so happy it’s going to someone we like!

28. Cathy - September 17, 2010

Whatever. I’m hijacking this thread. Lipstick’s husband is selling me a gun. WOOT!

Mom! Mitchell is hijacking the thread and he’s gotta gun. *whine*

29. mesa in Texas - September 17, 2010

Huh?

30. kevl - September 17, 2010

Lips I lived north Dave in Waco. (Insert Waco joke here). My kids were little, so I was home most of the time. Summers were hotter and longer than I was used to, but would probably be completely bearable for you.

I can’t recommend any good seedy bars, except the Continental Cowboy. There was a good dance place and DAMN those cowboys are incredibly hot. One asked me to two step with him; of course I did, even though I have no idea how to two step. Mr Kevlar tried to look menacing as he watched us, but I held on to that cowboy and pretended to trip and fall several times so he could catch me and say “whoa there, little filly.” Sigh.

I loved that town and the people. I had just started reading Ace’s before we moved back to Ohio, otherwise I would have likely met Dave and fled much sooner.

31. Dave in Texas - September 17, 2010

HAHAHAHAH. The Continental Cowboy Club off Valley Mills?

Damn. You got guts. I played a gig there when I was in college at BU. Remember that scene from The Blues Brothers? Chicken wire in front of the stage and beer bottles flyin?

Yeah.

32. kevl - September 17, 2010

I did not dance at the Continental Cowboy. Just had a few beers. I like seedy bars. Interesting people hang out there.

33. Dave in Texas - September 17, 2010

I don’t suppose you checked out the strip joint next door, “Two Minnies”?

Interesting people hang out there too. And by interesting I mean more chromosomes than us.

34. kevl - September 17, 2010

No I did not go to the strip club. I’ve never been to one and that did not seem like the best place for a first experience.

35. daveintexas - September 17, 2010

For someone who don’t know nuthin about em, your hunch was spot on.

36. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - September 17, 2010

I like seedy bars. Interesting people hang out there.

If you’re ever in Flint, check out the Aloha Lounge or the Torch.

Good times, good times.

37. sandy burger - September 17, 2010

Interesting people hang out there.

Well if you’re ever in San Jose, this place is definitely… interesting.

38. kevlarchick - September 17, 2010

A gay bar Sandy? I would do that. I’m not into the chicks, but the men can seriously dance. You could escort me.

39. sandy burger - September 17, 2010

A gay bar Sandy?

Not usually. (It’s a gay bar on Mondays and Wednesdays, I think.)

40. daveintexas - September 17, 2010

It would be important to know which days.

41. PattyAnn - September 17, 2010

“but next year we’ll be living in Texas”

*licks pencil lead. Marks M/M Lipstick off list. Casts eyes toward Laura and Scott and arches eyebrows provocatively*

42. lauraw - September 17, 2010

*wags eyebrows back*

It’s not like we’ve never talked about it. Especially now that one of my sisters lives there.

43. daveintexas - September 17, 2010

And we have no state income tax, and not one but TWO (admittedly brief) growing seasons!

44. kevl - September 17, 2010

Texas is a great place. I loved living there and would go back if the opportunity was right.

45. Cathy - September 17, 2010

*reads comments #42 and #44*

*gets on knees*

*prays fervently for a PERMANENT Texas Moron Meetup*

46. Texas Moron Meetup Update « Innocent Bystanders - September 23, 2010

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47. roamingfirehydrant - September 25, 2010

I am bringing pecan pie and probably something else chocolate.

48. Cathy - September 25, 2010

Kinda would like to get some estimate on the head-count, so if you guys would email me a thumbs up or down, it would be much appreciated. I’ll email out a guest list by mid-week coming up.

49. Lae Quinta Motels - September 26, 2010

Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.And this is **La Quinta Motels** site/blog. It pretty much covers ###La Quinta Motels## related stuff.

50. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX - September 28, 2010

I’ll be there Friday evening and Saturday evening – Hubs might even tag along! Don’t know about the breakfast or gun range, though – it’s going to depend on if we can find someone to watch Rebecca.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

51. lauraw - September 29, 2010

This post needs to get bumped, methinks. Time draws short.

My dear husband Scott will be representing the W’s in Tejas this weekend. I’m also shipping a cake to the party.

🙂

52. Andy - September 29, 2010

Laura, please tell me Scott is driving down in the BANGLAR PARTY VAN!!!

(it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, just tell me)

53. lauraw - September 29, 2010

Yes Andy, he is!* Isn’t that great!

*this is a lie

54. Dave in Texas - September 29, 2010

I gots a pickup truck.

Almost as good.

almost

55. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - September 29, 2010

NO LAURAW????

Now who’s hump will I stroke?

Damn it damn it damn it. Now all I have to look forward to is pie, and having my pic taken with Cathy, Mover and Shaker of the Tejas TEA Party.

56. kevl - September 29, 2010

Sigh. Wish I could be there. Maybe next time.
Miss you guys.

57. Retired Geezer - September 29, 2010

Me, Mrs. Geezer, Skinbad, Kevl and LauraW will have our own pity party.

Drinking will be involved.
Well, except for Skinbad…. you know.

58. BrewFan - September 29, 2010

I’m afraid I’ll have to go to the pity party too. I was so looking forward to peeing in Michael’s pool…

59. Dave in Texas - September 29, 2010

I wish you suckas could be there too.

60. harrison - September 29, 2010

Dave, if Brewfan and I mail you some pee, would you pour it in Michael’s pool?

61. geoff - September 29, 2010

Me, Mrs. Geezer, Skinbad, Kevl and LauraW will have our own pity party.

Hey hey hey! I’m pitiful too!

62. Lipstick - September 29, 2010

Me too. But dang, that was a fun time last year.

63. Dave in Texas - September 29, 2010

>> Dave, if Brewfan and I mail you some pee, would you pour it in Michael’s pool?

Why don’t you mail me some scotch and I’ll take it from there?

64. Lipstick - September 29, 2010

Dave is the middle-man.

65. Dave in Texas - September 29, 2010

I’m a “broker”

66. geoff - September 30, 2010

Dave’s got a “Just in Time” stocking system with “First-In First-Out” inventory control.

67. Dave in Texas - September 30, 2010

I am a logistics kinda guy.

68. lauraw - September 30, 2010

Everything is logistics, and logistics is everything.

Math? Chemistry? Law of Gravity? Love and marriage?
Fruit flies? The human digestive system? A new suit?

Logistics.

69. wiserbud - September 30, 2010

Logistics.

and turtles.

70. kevl - September 30, 2010

Yes, I’ll be drinking. You know why? In addition to missing you all, I we are having a Family Portrait done. Ugh and Ick.

Family portraits are gay, expensive, gay, and ugly. And gay.

We’re supposed to wear “coordinating Fall colors.” Does anyone have anything to lend me? I’m thinking anything sweat, food, mucus, or puke stained will be a big hit with my Mom.

71. daveintexas - September 30, 2010

football jerseys?

72. lauraw - September 30, 2010

Oddly enough, food, mucus, and puke all come in shades of coordinating Fall Colors.

73. lauraw - September 30, 2010

Cake is packed.

Hope it gets there ok!

74. daveintexas - September 30, 2010

metoo!

75. kevl - September 30, 2010

I should have sent a shirt to Wiser and let him “wear” it for a week

76. Will - September 30, 2010

Logistics SOLUTIONS!

77. Michael - September 30, 2010

Cake is packed.

Did you personally pack it?

Meaning, is it going to get here looking like a frosted pancake?

I remember you bitching years ago about packing something relatively simple, like a grandfather clock. You don’t always have the best attitude about these challenges.

78. Michael - September 30, 2010

It’s not like packing shit is rocket science. You got yer bubblewrap, you got yer peanuts, you got yer sheets of brown paper, you got yer roll of tape, you got yer stamps that say “THIS SIDE UP” and “FRAGILE” and “PERISHABLE GOODS” and similar dire warnings, and you got an assortment of boxes.

You can train a monkey to do this.

79. Michael - September 30, 2010

You also bitched about an outboard boat motor. I was somewhat more sympathetic. Those suckers can be heavy for a delicate girl like you. On the other hand, the hump would be a useful counterbalance to handle that kind of weight.

80. Retired Geezer - September 30, 2010

LauraW did an excellent job sending me some Tubers.
However…
UPS dropped the ball on this end and never notified me that they were here…. until a week later.

The ones she sent previously are still doing fine.
I’ll even post a picture.

81. Cathy - October 1, 2010

Sorry I’ve been out of commission lately. Just wish EVERYBODY could be here together this weekend. Certainly understand that is not possible. Hugs all ’round either way.

*checks to do list*

Well. Gotta go. Love and hugs and see some of you very soon.

*giggle*

82. The Lovely Janis - October 1, 2010

We will miss everyone too! Have a great time!

Hugs to all can’t wait for a report!

83. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Cake will deliver at some point during the next three hours.

Please refrigerate it thoroughly before you try to take the plastic wrap off the icing.

Michael, I think it is a little mushed, but I did that kind of on purpose to prevent it from moving around in the cooler.

Slightly mushed cake is still edible and better than completely smashed cake.

Trust me, after one bite you won’t care if the presentation was inelegant. 😉

84. Lipstick - October 1, 2010

What kind of cake is it?

85. lauraw - October 1, 2010

When I was in my teens I adapted an old Sicilian Cassatta recipe to modern American tastes.

It’s pretty kickass.

Cream filling of ricotta and Gran Marnier in between paper thin layers of poundcake, covered with a buttery coffee-infused bittersweet chocolate ganache.

86. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Oh, that reminds me, you should warn any teetotalers or non-coffee drinkers (read: MORMONS) about what’s in the cake.

87. lauraw - October 1, 2010

(was that slick and subtle enough?)

88. Lipstick - October 1, 2010

Holy smokes, that sounds like a work of art! How do you get the poundcake so thin?

89. Dave in Texas - October 1, 2010

I’ll eat their part.

I’m ok with that.

90. Russ from Winterset - October 1, 2010

Laura used her grandmother’s old “heroin cake” recipe?

91. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Well not *literally* paper thin. But really really thin. I used to use a piece of sewing thread to cut the layers but now I have a really good thin knife for it.

92. Michael - October 1, 2010

Michael, I think it is a little mushed, but I did that kind of on purpose to prevent it from moving around in the cooler.

Aw jeez, I was just teasing you about your occasional Christmas ill humor of years past. It sure sounds like a real treat.

93. Michael - October 1, 2010

I’m BBQing the brisket right now with mesquite in MLGTHMBBQ, by the way, and a fire is heating up the stone oven for four chickens. Hopefully doing the protein in advance will make it easier tomorrow. I sure hope somebody is going to be hungry. We are going to have a ton of meat.

94. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Me? Ill-humored in December?

noooooo

95. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Scott asked me last night, “What the Hell is a brisket?”

Me: I don’t know, I asked them that before. I know it’s the same tough piece they use for making corned beef.

Him: …

Me: It’s supposed to be really really good after they’re done working on it. Let me know how it goes.

96. Dave in Texas - October 1, 2010

A brisket?

It’s fork tender when you smoke em like that. Very tasty.

97. Michael - October 1, 2010

“What the Hell is a brisket?”

*eyes go wide, jaw drops to floor*

98. Michael - October 1, 2010

You are correct, by the way, that it is a tough piece of meat that one would not ordinarily use, but it works great for BBQ, cooked for many hours to make it tender with low indirect heat and lots of smoke.

99. Lipstick - October 1, 2010

This brisket is on my “to do” list:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/brisket_baby/

100. lauraw - October 1, 2010

I’m sure it will be wonderful. Scott’s going to have to take it easy eating, so he doesn’t pop his old sutures 😉

101. Michael - October 1, 2010

The cake arrived and it looks fabulous. It was still cool from the cool packs, insulation and styrofoam vault.

It took me about an hour to unpack it. I had to use my chain saw. That cake could have survived a plane crash without serious damage.

🙂

102. Michael - October 1, 2010

And yes, it’s in the fridge right now and I did not disturb the plastic wrap.

103. lauraw - October 1, 2010

Awesome! Please set it out for an hour or two before serving so that the frosting softens?

*big puppy eyes*

104. Michael - October 1, 2010

Will do.

105. BrewFan - October 1, 2010

I miss you guys. Have fun. I think I’m going to have a GERD attack tonight just for old times sake.

106. Mrs. Peel - October 1, 2010

Brisket melts in your mouth, lauraw. Promise.

107. roamingfirehydrant - October 4, 2010

Oh my word, lauraw, that cake was delicious.

Michael and Cathy, that was the best party I’ve been to since I reached drinking age. Thank you, and I hope to show you Alabama hospitality in the near future.


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