Apr 292017

This location of this restaurant is closed.

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.

Lea had a work reunion this evening at 306 Barbecue in Greenbrier (where the Greenbrier Bar-B-Q, aka “the new Greenbrier,” was located). I went in with a positive opinion of 306’s pulled pork from the location in Athens and assumed that would be my play, but then I spied wings on the list.

306 in Greenbrier is full service (and even has beer on the menu!). I had the large plate, with 10 wings and 2 sides for $11.99. The 10 wings without sides are $8.72, and 20 are $16.35. Available flavors are Mild, Hot, BBQ, and Zingy Hot Buffalo (the hottest).

Quality: 9/10. These wings were beautiful. They were perfectly smoked, and cooked perhaps just a moment more after being sauced. They were big and meaty, with very little fat, and at well under $1 each outside a combo, a fine value indeed.

Flavor: 7/10. A pleasant smoked flavor hits first, with a buffalo harmony chiming in after a chew or two. Onion and garlic are prominent without dominating. All of the flavors complement one another well.

Heat: 2/10. It’s hard for me to detect much beyond black pepper generating the meager heat here. There may be just a faint bit of red pepper from a Louisiana sauce in the mix? I doubt I’d even warn someone who didn’t like spicy food about these.

If you’re ambivalent about heat in your wings, or you don’t want them to be hot to start with, 306 is serving some fine ones.

 Posted by at 7:52 pm
Apr 282017

My work is never done here, it seems.

Guys, set just a spell with me and let’s go over some things again to make sure we’re all “singing out of the same hymn book here,” as an old boss of mine was fond of saying. Dig:

  1. If a woman is your wife, you should definitely try to have sex with her.
  2. If a woman is a wife, but not your wife, you should definitely not try to have sex with her.
  3. If there is a woman who is your wife, then you should definitely not try to have sex with any other woman, even if she is no one else’s wife.
  4. There are many women who are receptive to harmless and enjoyable flirting—if you can flirt without being a creep.
  5. If you can’t flirt without being a creep, then you can’t flirt. Don’t try.
  6. You can have sex with any woman you want in your mind, and no one will know except you and Jesus.

Gentlemen, let’s learn, know, and live the above, please. We’re trying to have a civilized society here.

Thanks much.

 Posted by at 9:21 pm
Apr 272017
  • Today is the sixth anniversary of the worst day of the Super Outbreak. On April 27, 2011, a record 218 tornadoes touched down, killing hundreds and erasing entire swaths of community in seconds. God be with those still grieving. And let us pray for continued deliverance from a similar event.
  • Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, has died at 56. RIP, Shortcake.
  • In only his third start, Josef Newgarden has his first win for Team Penske! Congratulations, man!
  • Operation Roller Coaster Ride goes well so far. I’m concentrating on building healthy habits. My back is hurting less already.
  • The Earth and Stone sign is up and lit in Madison! Won’t be long now! (No, the irony of this bullet immediately following that one isn’t lost on me—but I’m never going to stick with any lifestyle that completely denies me something I love anyway. The key is frequency, not elimination.)
  • Been a bad year already for ticks at my house. Keep your grass cut; keep your pets medicated and checked; and keep yourselves checked.
  • Ashleigh still has a long way to go, but her mother saw her eyes this week. Please keep her in your prayers.
 Posted by at 4:29 pm
Apr 252017

I started to type “I’ve been overweight my entire adult life,” but that’s not true. I was in phenomenal shape when I was selling cars, and for the first year I was at Intergraph. I weighed 165 pounds.

I haven’t quite doubled that, thank God, but I did record a 310 yesterday.

I’ve blogged so many times about losing weight and then not done it, and I’m not going to go on and on now. I have an interesting motivation this time, though—one I think may well stick. Heart disease and diabetes risks finally hitting home? No. Tired of feeling and looking bad? Yes, I am, but that’s not the impetus. Ready to wear the massive wardrobe you can lose weight through for the next two years? Yes, but ditto.

It has been the horrifying realization that at my current size, I am likely ineligible to ride most of the roller coasters at Busch Gardens. And we’re going to Busch Gardens this year.

What kind of shit is that, Bo? You can’t be bothered to literally add years to your life and feel better, but the thought of losing a thrill ride or two clicks you over?

Yup. Dunno. Not gonna dig too deep into it. Just gonna try to keep the fire stoked.

Maybe I’ll track my progress on a blog sidebar. Haven’t decided yet.

 Posted by at 9:29 am
Apr 242017

Here is a much better look at what we’re getting for our trade-in of Madison Square Mall to the universe. (If I figure out whether the video can be embedded later, I will.)

No doubt this looks very appealing, and it’s amazing how well they can bring it to life with current technology, isn’t it?

If this project really is going forward, then it’s reasonable to presume that solid market research supports the decision to build and open it. It certainly does seem like a bunch at one time for the area, though. (And Lea wondered about parking. Good question.)

Now we need a monorail circuit, using existing rights-of-way wherever possible (which really should be most of the route), connecting MidCity Huntsville, the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Parkway Place, Lowe Mill, Huntsville Botanical Garden, the new development at Gate 9, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and Bridge Street.

I have done a detailed cost analysis of this monorail and determined to my complete satisfaction that it will cost more than I have to give to fund such a project.

However, there are many people in Huntsville with more than $90, and I’d think they’d be highly approachable to help fund such a tremendous and technological legacy for the technological center in which they made their fortunes. I mean, I’ve listed eight stops. What should the naming rights for those cost? What about the legs between them? What about the trains themselves? What about the project in general? That’s closing on two dozen super-donors right there…

 Posted by at 10:31 am
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