My Secret Santa Wants me to Carve Something

Reddit.com’s slogan is “The Front Page of the Internet”, and it could be very true. It is a very large website with tons and tons of content. Several years ago, some Reddit users started an online Secret Santa where users would be randomly matched to each other to buy gifts for each other. Since Reddit is so large, the Secret Santa turned into the largest Gift Exchange ever by surpassing Guinness records.

This will be my seventh year being a part of this gift exchange. Over the years I have received some great gifts. Etched glasses, model cars, phone chargers, and even Black’s Brisket.

When you sign up you are given the opportunity to fill out a profile so that your Secret Santa can use to determine what to buy. I don’t fill out this profile. I simply input my Social Media profiles and let them decide what to get me by stalking me! It’s worked out great! This year was no different.

Pictured are two gifts I received from my giftee. The book that introduces me to Wood Carving arrived first.┬áIt’s titled The Beginner’s Handbook to Woodcarving. I was slightly overwhelmed because it requires some hand tools I didn’t have BUT to my extreme surprise a set of hand carving tools arrived the very next day! I can’t wait to try it out. I’m hoping to post some carves here as I try them.

You can get a copy of the book for yourself here.

Great Pizza Doesn’t Have To Be Rectangular

I like pizza. Most people do. I had a friend in elementary that didn’t like it. Rectangular school cafeteria pizza is the thing of memories! I used to give Arturo the Grandma Cookies my mom packed for me in my lunch box in exchange for the pizza he didn’t like. That’s when my bully turned into a best friend.

Nowadays I eat my pizza like most non-chicagoans, pyramid slices. 

My favorite pizza joint is a small place in Brownsville called Jersey’s Pizza. It’s not a fancy place. No brick, wood burning oven here. From what I’ve seen, their oven is nothing special. Some might say the pizza is not that special but I fell in love with it immediately after my first bite. Maybe it’s the grease, as you can see in the pic! 

A few of us after church a had a fun discussion about greasy foods. The greasier the better was the resounding sentiment! 

If you find yourself in Brownsville, or if you just want to try a new pizza spot give Jersey’s Pizza a shot. 

 

I had Hot Dogs at a Mexican Joint..

Kramer had an internal alarm clock. I have an internal food/restaurant database. A few weeks ago I overheard my co-workers talking about a Mexican Restaurant in Weslaco,TX. I wasn’t in the conversation (maybe I was actually doing work!) but I heard them say it was so good, it was on International Blvd, and that you can sit outside if the weather is nice.

As I left work, I asked for the name and saved it in the database. The name was Nana’s Taqueria.

So, as the missus and I asked ourselves many, many times where we each wanted to eat my brain ran a query and out came Nana’s Taqueria. Off to Weslaco we went. Nana’s is pretty easy to find on South International Blvd. Look for the house looking restaurant with lots of lights.

It was a nice night out so we sat outside .It’s very homey because it must’ve been a home at one time. Unfortunately, I was not really wanting Mexican but the Mexican Hot Dogs sounded great! Bacon wrapped, topped with diced tomatoes, cilantro,onions, and guacamole. Hold the onions please!
Very good dogs! I never would have guessed cilantro would be the perfect topping on a hot dog, but it was so good. I want cilantro on all hot dogs now!

Would definitely go back there and would recommend!

Oh ley!

Someone is very smart at Nana’s. Sombreros are strategically placed throughout the backyard to entice the selfie generation.

Adirondack Chair

Had been almost a year since I did some wood work, so I was eager to get back into it. I have been smoking some meats a lot recently and have been in need of some outdoor chairs. Found a simple Adirondack plan from Home Depot and Ana White so I gave it a go. As the comments stated, the stringers were the most difficult part, but got it right on the second try and only ruined one stringer! Actually, what was the most difficult part was getting that first screw in. I totally stripped it and had to use a screw Extractor. On the first screw!

It was not the first screw to be stripped during this build. I had to do plenty of pre-drilling and a few more extractions. All and all, a great learning experience. The chair is comfy but probably needs cushions.

Fear of Flying

I am not ashamed to say that I am terribly afraid of flying. Even though I worked at an airport for around 2 years, watching planes land all the time, I am still terrified. I really wish I was not so afraid. Especially after watching videos like this:

Cockpit View of Landing in Los Angeles, California

Now, That’s A Ladder!

More then meets the eye!

When I bought my home, John Lightner came out to do a home inspection and he broke out one of these ladders. First thing I said was, “Now, that’s a ladder!” He laughed and said he hears that a lot. Well, four years later, and Forty Dollars cheaper because of clearance I got me one. I figure I will be needing one for my freelance work. So enjoy the pics!


This is my favorite part! Two little ladders!

Thirteen Feet!!

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

No, not that kind of pimping!

As I said yesterday, I will be doing freelance Technical Support now so I went out to local businesses offering my services. I was nervous at first but after the first few offices it started to be fun. Everyone I spoke to was very nice. A few offices already had someone but they still took my card. What I heard the most was, “oh, we have someone from corporate”. When my business picks up I shall be naming it digiSal: Corporate, or something like that.

Some offices were happy I stopped by since they did not have anyone so that was a blessing. There was one place I really did not want to go in but then I thought “what if they turn out to give me the most business.” Any guesses as to what place that was? It’s on Stuart Place Rd.

At first, I did not know what to say when I got to an office but by the end I was saying “I wanted to stop by and offer Technical Support for your computers. I have a home office in Palm Valley so I would be close by.” If I got past the receptionist I would elaborate more to the office manager about my experience and even offer up my limited web site creation skills. Of course, the Palm Valley line was only for offices in my ‘hood.

What would you have said? lol

Know When To Fold’Em

Back in June of this year, I took a chance and started a job that was almost totally out of my range of expertise. As most of you know, I am a computer guy and for five years I took care of the network at Valley Diagnostic Clinic, so I was a tad burnt out and I was eager to try something new so I took a job at a dental office in Port Isabel. The job was mainly book keeping and other duties that could be qualified as an Administrative Assistant.

The best way I can describe how I felt towards the end is by saying it was too much for my brain. Too many numbers and too much stuff to keep organized. I also felt like I was bound to mess something up pretty bad, so I forfeited. Not right of way though.

A few weeks prior, I spoke to my boss about it and through that talk we developed a system that could potentially help me out but in the long run I thought it would help out who ever would take my place.

So what am I going to do now? Well, instead of trying to land another Full Time gig I am going to do freelance technical support. I took Monday off, so today is my first day. lol After I press publish, I am going to talk to some offices about my services.

Please pray for me and contact me if your office, or know of an office, that needs my help.