Short Notes – 8.27.13

Ok folks, need your help… God’s Country still has a Drive-In movie …. yes a Drive-In.  We don’t have a movie theater but we do have a Drive-In…. and MANY MANY MANY young memories have been made at that Drive-In theater!  Next year, digital conversion will shut-down Drive-in theatres around the country, but Honda is sponsoring the Project Drive-In to save these great pieces of Americana.  I ask you.. .go Vote for Tiger Drive-In in Tiger, GA and help save mine!  Thanks!

A beautiful love story.

The Ranting Chef is this week’s Tuesday 10 feature.

Today the Life’s Playlist features Otis Redding.  (Note of trivia, when I was doing my student internship SO SO many years ago, Otis Redding’s youngest daughter Karla was my instructor.)

When Pat Robertson and others like him spread their viscous lies, my first thought is, WWJD?


aug 27

Tuesday 10 – Pat Geyer AKA The Ranting Chef


It’s no secret, I love the blog world.  I find that some of the most creative writers are represented here.

I enjoy learning from the best and striving to become a better writer because of their talents.  One of my favorites is found at the site “The Ranting Chef.”

Check it out,

Pat Geyer is the Ranting Chef, he describes his site as….

Like to cook? Check. Like to eat? Double check. Can’t shut him up? You betcha…

The Rantings of an Amateur Chef is the bloggings of Pat Geyer, an amateur chef living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. While not making his living in the kitchen, he spends as much time as he can there. He explores recipes, restaurants, gadgets and anything else related to cooking and eating.

I was honored when Pat took the time to respond to my Tuesday 10 questionnaire.  His answers are below….

Pat Geyer, The Ranting Chef

1)Excluding family members, who inspires you?  I am most inspired by people who have a love for something and they make it their life. The Food Network’s Alton Brown is one such man. He loved food and science and despite significant challenges decided one day he was going to create this quirky show (Good Eats) and never looked back.

2)What is your guilty pleasure?  I’d have to say most of my pleasures are the guilty kind. One that stands out is Snyders of Berlin Barbecue potato chips. I swear they make them with some illegal drug.df8fbfc90f0a5b5c6a17a1d03ca328da
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?  Other than my wife and kids (easy choices), I would choose my parents. Growing up my parents exposed my brother and I to many different experiences and either made or purchased a wide variety of foods. We were always required to try everything, even if we didn’t finish. Because of this, I learned to love new foods, new restaurants and new experiences. I cannot imagine life any other way.
4)What is your favorite sandwich?  I can’t just list one. The first was one from my grandfather – a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. It sounds bad, but once you survive the heart attack, it will be one of the best sandwiches you ever ate. The second is the West Side Monte Cristo sandwich from The Melt Bar and Grilled ( (pic – westside-monte-cristo.jpg). The last is one that I’ve made for my blog, the Corned Beef Grilled Cheese (link – You can’t choose just one!
5)What is the best professional advice you ever received?  Do what you like because life is too short to hate your job.
6)As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?  I loved Dr. Seuss. My favorite was “Did I Every Tell You How Lucky You Are?” but all of them worked at various ages.
7)Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?  George H W Bush
8)What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?  On September 11th, 2001, I was in charge of a unit that provided support to our nation’s financial institutions. We worked long hours and kept a number of banks resilient in the days following the disaster helping to prevent a financial disaster to match the original tragedy.
9)If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?  I think spending a day with Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) would be just awesome. Life just rocks when he is along.
10)What is the best meal you ever ate?  This question is no fair to ask someone obsessed with food. How can you choose from the Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Copper River Salmon in Seattle or gumbo in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Should I choose my grandmother’s Sherry Chicken and Rice, or my mom’s Harvy Wallbanger Cake? Forced to choose, I would have to say Thanksgiving dinner. My father made the best turkey, red wine gravy and stuffing and my mother added her homemade mashed potatoes and pie. I’ve added some darn good cranberries to the mix. The best meal on earth! (Link to recipes –
Thanks for participating Pat and thanks for the knowledge and enjoyment you provide at !

Life’s Playlist….. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding


Life’s Playlist….. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding