Big Johns BBQ Is For Sale

One of my top BBQ joints has to be Big Johns BBQ in Harlingen. My personal favorite thing to eat there is the Sliced Brisket and Sausage Sandwich. It is the sandwich to which all other BBQ joints are compared to. Except for that rare occasion when the sandwich is not good, it always has the right amount of grease and fat! Whenever I go to a new BBQ place, that is almost always the first thing I order and no other place has been as good. Pretty close but not as good.

Does that make Big Johns my favorite? I think so.

But now it is for sale! I literally lost sleep the other night as I tossed and turned thinking how GREAT it would be to buy it! I don’t know much about starting a business, much less a restaurant business, but it has always seemed like it is hard to open a new restaurant that lasts in Harlingen. So maybe it would be easier to take over one that has been around for a long time. The trick would be not to mess up a good thing!

As I tossed and turned, I thought about how cool (and hard) it would be to keep the food the same but eventually change it but have a “Big Johns Classic” still on the menu. The “Classic” would have all the BBQ flavors, grease, and fat that made Big Johns last all this time.

Of course, what is a BBQ Joint without Mac n Cheese and Corn Bread?? So those would go on the menu right of way!

I think if I can lure people to go with me to get a burger 30 minutes away at Wallbangers, I can lure people to have some BBQ at a restaurant I owned.

Reading Audiobooks

I guess I should say, Listening to Audiobooks.

It all started when I drove up to meet my brother upstate to pick up his kids. It was a long drive so I thought it would be cool to listen to a book. I couldn’t decide on a book so I chose a book I had started to read few years go. “Cell” by Stephen King. It was so good. The drive up flew by because I was so into the book. The drive down was another story. I had to actually talk to my nephew and niece! Oh, talk and play word games.

Anyway, so when I started working in Port Isabel, I knew I would use that 45 minute drive to listen to books. “Cell” was a really long book and just as good. It got so good that I would lay on my hammock here at home listening to it.

I tried another Stephen King book after that but it didn’t do anything for me. It was the “Dark Tower Series”. I still have the whole series in Audiobook if anyone is interested. A few chapters into it I turned it off.

So then I started asking people for recommendations. My friend Christi recommended “The Partner” by John Grisham. Forget it. I was hooked to Grisham books and Audiobooks after that. That was such an awesome book. Every book is compared to “The Partner” now!

As I said, I was hooked to John Grisham books after that so I have listened to “The Associate” and “The Street Lawyer” since then. I tried “The Last Juror” but it just didn’t do anything for me. They were not as good as “The Partner” but still really good. I have all of John Grishams books ready to listen to but took a break and started listening to some books my bosslady recommended. She got hooked on “The Partner” as well.

She recommended to me three books by Mitch Albom. “Tuesdays with Morrie”, “For One More Day”, and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. I listened to “For One More Day” and it too was really good and very sad. “Tuesdays with Morrie” started off ok but it turns out Morrie should have wrote Hallmark cards because that’s what it turned out to be. Cheesy advice from a dying old man. Normally, I wouldn’t read what a book was about but with a title like “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” I was compelled to find out if I would be reading some self-help book with a so-called Christian twist to it. It doesn’t appear to be so but it does sound like it is going to be Hallmark-y so I am going to pass on it.

Since I don’t like reading what a book is about, that is why I didn’t write what these books were about; the ones I liked anyway. So, if you know me well enough to trust my judgement, then read or listen to these books too.

I’ll probably start another Grisham book tomorrow unless someone can chime in before then to recommend something.

Mello Yello

Just call me Mello Yello!

I am now the new owner of a new used 2005 Colorado Z71 that happens to be Yellow! I got her two weeks ago from today and finally got the dealership to give it a good wash (on a rainy day), so I took some pics of her.
I had a pretty bad experience with Ed Payne Volkswagen out of Brownsville, TX and even though I would get 100 dollars for a referral I would not recommend them to anyone. Yes, I got bad credit and I did have a hard time getting a car loan BUT Ed Payne was not the only dealership willing to work with me, but they were the only ones with a truck I liked.
My friend Rob says to never talk numbers with friends about a car you purchase so I will just say that they were selling this truck a little high for what it is but I was also just wanting to get into a truck really bad so I over looked it after getting shot down by them at the low ball figure I gave them. In the end, they sold it to me for 1000 dollars more then what I had offered but supposedly it was because the bank was taking a chance with me.
On test drive, what I really did not like was the interior. It is a gray color, when I like dark colors. My first Colorado was a Dark Gray so I liked that. Secondly, the interior was dirty and had not been cleaned by the dealership. When the deal was done the salesman said he would pick up the truck the following Monday to have it washed. Did he do it? NO!
What he did do, was harass me at work (Adri can attest to that) about calling some 1-800 number for a new customer interview or something. I thought this was to evaluate the salesman so I waited a day to do it. Turns out it was to verify information on me and on the truck. Turns out the bank thought the truck had leather, sun roof, and power seats.
So when I called the following Monday to see about getting the truck detailed all I got was a call back the following day to come in to sign some more papers. Man, I was a little angry. On my way home, I called the sales manager and let him have it about not getting my car cleaned, no full gas tank and just about being disappointed about it all. He apologized a lot, promised to clean it, fill up the gas tank, but I still had to come in to sign more papers.
Well, when I finally went in today to sign the papers it turns out they wanted me to give an additional 1000 dollars because of the mistake THEY did when they submitted the wrong information to the bank. PFFFFFT
I was ready to leave the truck there and walk home when they finally said they would eat the 1000 dollars. So guess what? My payment went down about 30 bucks. That’s about 1400 dollars off the truck loan.
They washed the truck, and removed some of the stains in the upholstery but will have to take it in somewhere to have it done right.
Here are a few more pictures:

Two Week Notice

This is my Two Week Notice letting everyone know that as of tomorrow, I shall have two weeks at the new job. 🙂

Sorry for the late notice.

Above is the pic of the cake my VDC friends, and acquaintances, secretly had made for me. Christi even sneakily had me email her the drawing of Elvis that her own brother drew so she could put it on the cake! Very Very Sneaky.

The day before they had also done something sneaky. SEE HERE

I really miss the people at VDC but I am really enjoying my new job at Port Isabel Dental Associates.

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Where on Earth is Sal?

I know, haven’t blogged in forever. Sorry.

I will be heading up to Victoria, TX to meet my brother to borrow his kids so they can help mom, who has had some back surgery, at her house.
On the left on my blog and below you should see a map that will show you where I am at. I am using my G1 phone and Google Latitude to display it.
Anyway, thought it would be cool.

It will tell you when the location was last updated so press your F5 key to refresh it 🙂



Meeting in Alamo, TX

Revive us again!!

Brother Robert Setzer preached a revival meeting at my church this passed week but he is also preaching at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Alamo this week so Juan and I went over last night to get a little Jesus. A little Jesus? Man, we got a whole bunch of Jesus. Well, I did anyway.

I was supposed to meet up with Juan over at his house but I had a little mobile phone malfunction that had me running late. Juan ended up picking me up instead. I was outside the house eating a bolis while I waited. As he pulled into the street I noticed he didn’t have his Fog Lights on. I turned around to get my stuff and as I turned around again, he had them on. That was weird, and funny.

As we drive over to Alamo, following the speed limit of course, we talk, and have some laughs. So by the time we get to Alamo we are in good spirits. As we walk in to the church, Juan says, “Maybe they shaking hands right now”, because we are running a tad bit late. Sure enough, as we walk in everyone is on their feet greeting everyone. As we walk in, I say “we were here the whole time”. 🙂

We took a seat next to Brother Bob Hawk. His son in law was my first preacher after I was saved. Brother Arnold Woodard was preaching interim before our current preacher, Mark Laiklam.

I have said this before, and I will say it again. God keeps the best singers and musicians to himself. I say that because there was some serious singing and piano playing that night. From our very own Preacher’s Wife to some teenage girls. All of which were singing to the Lord and bringing down GLORY! It was awesome!

By the time Brother Setzer took the pulpit we were all ears and ready for the Word. Well, I was anyway. He preached out of Galations 5 and touched on many subjects such as getting off track in our Christian walk and about not judging others.

After the services, Brother Dale Kincaid, preacher and friend from Cornerstone, showed us around the church and told us about the plans he has for the church and showed us how God is blessing.

Lots of people were fellowshipping in the church but I joined Juan, Dale, Bob Hawk, Robert Setzer, my preacher Mark, and his son Luke outside the church. We were out there talking and laughing and talking about things of God. Bob Hawk told us a sad story about a Christian man who died and whose family told Bob NOT to preach at his funeral but to say only a few nice things. Robert Setzer went on to say “What a sad day when someone will ask a preacher not to preach.” Bob Hawk preached anyway! Amen!

While we were talking this drunk man came up to us with his hands in the air. When I first saw him I thought he wanted money. He wanted something more. He wanted JESUS!

Brother Bob Hawk is a missionary into Mexico so he can speak better Spanish than most Mexicans I know so he talked to the man. Prayed with the man. Got on his knees with man. The drunk man named Domingo sobered up real quick and professed to have taken Jesus into his heart. He told us that he had been wanting to come inside the church. That these past couple days he had been getting close to the door but never made it inside. I’m so glad we don’t have to go inside a church to get Saved! Jesus came to my house and saved me. Jesus saved this man outside the church last night.

I am praying he shows up tonight.

After all this, the people started pouring out of the church as if God was keeping them in there while He saved this man.

Shortly thereafter, we all went to a new What-a-burger in Weslaco and filled the place up with Christians. We had a good time! A great time.

Friends or Acquaintances

I think back to the jobs I have had since I was sixteen and for each job, accept maybe one, I can tell you that I have gotten close to people with whom I have had the pleasure to work with. So close that I would never imagine not being in contact with them for the rest of my life. The sad thing is, I can’t tell you where those people are today.

The job I have now is the longest job I have had so naturally it is the place where I have grown closest to the most people. 
Today, two of those people are no longer going to be working with me and I’m worried. Worried that the friendship will dwindle and will become something that existed only among the walls of our employment.
The three of us have expressed that the friendship will go on and that we were never simply acquaintances.

One Thing I’d Love To DO

The one thing I would really love to do is be a photographer of some sort. I used to really love to take pictures. Sure, I still cary the camera with me in the car but I can’t remember the last time I took a picture.

I have the mentality now that everyone has a digital camera no matter where I go so why bother taking it down. 
Need to change that.