May 312016
 

Oh, I loved you so, Windows Phone. I was certain we’d be happy together forever.

To be fair, there were minor issues from the start, but we either minimized or worked through them together, as young couples should. However, when we began to have serious problems, I consistently felt more committed to the relationship than you did. You know, sometimes I’m going to pull more than my half, and sometimes you’re going to pull more than your half. But if I’m pulling 65-70% all the time, that’s not sustainable.

It’s over. I’m sorry.

Ex-wife on left; current girlfriend on right

Ex-wife on left; current girlfriend on right

The final straw was Christy getting me excited about trying to give Instagram another go, only to discover that there isn’t a single decent Instagram client on Windows Phone. If all of the features worked in any one of them, I could have made do. Alas, no. The best one I tried wouldn’t reliably repost to Twitter.

Couple that with the fact that my phone hasn’t been able to properly handle my local 60GB music library in over a year, and I’m done.

The Instagram client on my Fire phone works fine, and I’m excited about having Amazon Prime music back again. I don’t see the Fire and me together long-term, but I’ll pal around with her for right now.

No problem with that, as long as I’m being honest with her.

 Posted by at 12:07 pm
May 282016
 

For a few months in 2016, every week or two I’m going to have the hottest wings available at a different area restaurant and give you my thoughts.

huntclub1I met Paul at Hunt Club late last week for lunch and fellowship. Hunt Club Subs n Grill is on the southern end of a shopping center near Palmer on County Line Road in Madison. The location has been a bit of a Bermuda Triangle of restaurants. Several have come and gone. Hunt Club has hung in, and I suspect will make it.

Paul and I chatted with our personable server Melanie about the offerings. There is a lot of wild game on the menu here (want an elkburger? this is your place), as well as wings recommended enthusiastically to me by no less than four people. They have mild, hot, and extra hot heat levels. The hottest are extra hot with redneck seasoning, so that’s what I ordered. I got ten wings for $9.80 before tip. The menu mentions celery. I received none, though I’m certain such would have arrived promptly had I inquired. I didn’t bother. Melanie was cheerful and responsive throughout our lunch.

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Quality: 10/10. Bravo!

My five drums and five flats were among the finest wings I’ve ever been served in my life. They were wonderfully robust without excessive fat. They were cooked perfectly, with impossibly crispy skin and juicy meat. They arrived at hammer-down temperature, and I happily obliged. These were as good as it gets, folks.

Flavor: 8/10. These have a classic buffalo flavor, with a black peppery bass line. They are blessedly without the excessive saltiness that plagues hot wings all too often. There is nothing to call truly extraordinary here, but there is no insult whatsoever. These are at the top of a conventional buffalo wing experience. Enthusiastically gobbled.

Heat: 5/10. Two more clicks, and I’d call this entire experience insurmountable. Instead, we’ll stop at formidable. Heat here is not trivial, but no problem for a chilehead, and eminently manageable for a civilian. I think we have here cayenne with (as mentioned above) a black pepper undercurrent.

Hunt Club’s Extra Hot Redneck wings are some of the very best in the Huntsville area, and they deserve your serious consideration. (Certainly drive the small additional distance here if you’re normally a Cricket’s person.)

 Posted by at 7:03 pm

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