Just Walt's Mental Meanderings
- Vista, California, USA
- August 22
- I'm a 60 year old guy who lives in Vista California with my wife. I spent the 30 years before moving to Cali in Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
And I have 2 grown children, a son and a daughter who live in Virginia and Iowa and a 22 year old step-daughter lives with us here in Vista. I'm a proud grandpa with 2 grandaughters living in Virginia.
I like to write about a whole variety of things from my kids to cooking to politics to the car industry to my status as a "Cheap Bastid" and "Old Fart" and just random thoughts.
And I really love writing about cooking really good, homecooked comfort food cheap. That's why they call me the Cheap Bastid.
By the way--all the stuff I write is my stuff and you can't use it without my official OkeyDokey
MY RECENT POSTS
- Prepositions in the Age of
February 28, 2013 01:52PM
- A Little Rainy Day
October 11, 2012 02:05PM
- So Maybe I Shouldn't Even
Bother to Vote
October 06, 2012 09:13PM
- Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming
of a White President"
September 19, 2012 11:25AM
- Errors, Errors, Booted
Grounders, Epic Fail, Errors,
September 05, 2012 01:11PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks David, I needed
that. I miss the "good old
May 09, 2013 06:18PM
- “But what am I going to
do with the lifetime supply of
Spring I bought at
April 22, 2013 02:29PM
- “A stupid thought that
has been going through my head
quite a while now is
March 01, 2013 12:23PM
- “Thanks, Don
February 28, 2013 03:49PM
- “David, I agree with you
100% on this & in fact
rare (for me)
February 04, 2013 08:53PM
Walter Blevins's Links
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I have to confess that I am follicly challenged. Yes folks, I’m pretty bald and have been for a good long time. I gave up long, long ago trying to disguise it or compensate for it.
OK in the late 90’s a couple of times I tried to grow a… Read full post »
This is an election year. I was going to say that it is a political year, but they all are, aren’t they? And it seems like each election year things get just a bit worse. More millions are spent from the deepest pockets that can be found on increasingly slanted and… Read full post »
Ann Landers once provided her definition of chutzpah in her column. She wrote that chutzpah is the young man pleading for mercy from the court because he is an orphan—when he was being sentenced for murdering his parents.
That’s kind of what’s been going through my… Read full post »
You know, I keep probably 30 or more spices in my kitchen cupboard right next to the stove. And I use pretty much all of them at least from time to time. I can whip up a pretty good spice blend just by rummaging around with an idea in/… Read full post »
Interesting question isn’t it? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been all over the national media in the last several days.
He’s professing his loyalty to Mitt Romney and his efforts to secure the Republican nomination for President. He’s touting the official Republ/… Read full post »
The old Cheap Bastid hasn’t been around for a while. There’s a couple of reasons for this. I’m unemployed and looking for work again and just haven’t had the inspiration to do much writing about anything, let alone food (even though I’m cooking every day now)/… Read full post »
Here's something I just came across on Yahoo news. In the world of political advertising the lines between promotion, position, advocacy and just plain tawdry are getting ever more blurred.
Yesterday's Super Bowl game saw some interesting ads. One of the most popular was an ad by C… Read full post »
We’re all getting older but sometimes you think to yourself, Wow, I can’t be getting THAT old! That’s what I thought this morning when two different short news stories caught my attention.
One was about actor Robert Heyges. He played Juan Epste… Read full post »
It’s taken me 2 months but that bird is finally gone. Well not completely. We’re having the last of the turkey noodle soup tonight with home made French bread and I’ve got a bunch of turkey stock that will last me several months.
But that damned… Read full post »
Bloomberg News just reported on an interview today with Warren Buffett. He echoed his earlier sentiments about how the rich should be paying a higher rate of tax.
While some may take it as a swipe at Mitt Romney, Buffett put himself in the same category. Buffett said that the/… Read full post »
Once upon a time, in the later 1980’s, I lived and worked in the small city of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This town of 9,000 was the county seat of Door County which was, and still is, one of the largest destination tourism areas in the Midwest. I ran the County’s Chamber/… Read full post »
Play this while you read—it’s one of my all time favorites:
Yes indeed, it’s all about the numbers. Even as there are news reports today that there were fewer unemployment claims filed last week than any other week in several years. But that doesn&rs/… Read full post »
My wife and I really enjoy TNT’s “Southland” (formerly on NBC which was stupid enough to cancel this well-written, well-cast, well-directed and well filmed show).
So, we we’ve been anticipating it’s “season premiere” which has been promoted on Facebook… Read full post »
About a month ago I did a post on my recent experience serving—albeit briefly—on a redevelopment committee for the City of Vista, CA where I live. It was, to say the least, an interesting, although brief, experience. If you recall, a month after I was appointed, the Cit/… Read full post »
Here we are, January 3, 2012. It’s Iowa Caucus night. It’s the night Republican contenders/wannabes/candidates have been anticipating for months now. Regrettably the preening and posturing is just getting into high gear.
Most Americans, I think, wonder why the proc… Read full post »
I just got this video from a old friend of mine named Jon Lange. Jon now runs the Y in Missoula, Montana in case any of you are from around there (then you could look him up because he's one of the all-time good guys).
Anyway he posted this video on… Read full post »
You can have your “Idol”. You can have your “X-Factor”. I’m a huge fan of NBC’s “The Sing Off”. It’s the only performance show on TV that features vocal music in it’s pure form without histrionics and divas.
The 3rd s/… Read full post »
Just for fun today and to nudge you a little further into the spirit of Christmas. If you don’t get a laugh out of this then there’s no hope.
I’m salivating just thinking about the food in this post. Last year I managed to photograph most of the dishes I made for Thanksgiving. And quite frankly, I’m doing the same menu this year.
Start to finish it takes me about 7 hours. I’ll start Wednesday night/… Read full post »
Many is the time when my wife and I have gotten to talking about our fathers and how interesting it would have been for the two of them to have met. One was Hispanic from Kansas and the other was a farm boy from the hills of Kentucky. Both of them/… Read full post »
Cheap Bastid has done enough Cheap Bastidly cooking and writing by now to be entitled to express an opinion or two. So that’s what I’m going to do today.
I’m going to take a swipe at ABC’s new food show “The Chew”, a cutsey play on “The View”, and take… Read full post »
A while back I wrote about one of my “big scores” at Costco—a year’s supply of Irish Spring. Now, I was going to say “dirt cheap” but that’s just too cheesy a pun to put into the context of shower soap, so I won’t say it.
Anyway, it’s been great… Read full post »
Just thought I'd pass on fun Halloween wishes. I've got to work tonight so I'll miss all the goblins and ghosts and witches that come ringing our doorbell. It's one of our favorite nights of the year seeing all the little ones anxiously expecting treats.
Here's the jack o' la… Read full post »
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has announced that it will file a suit in San Diego today claiming that orcas at Sea World in San Diego and Florida have been “enslaved for years and should be freed under the Constitution’s 13th amendment” according to an article in the S/… Read full post »
Look, I don't read great literature. I prefer to read books that entertain, and occasionally enlighten, in a mindless way that lets me escape. I'd rather read a light novel than watch TV 95% of the time.
So when a blogger on OS recently did a post about favorite opening lines… Read full post »