Friday, December 30, 2022

Last December 30th I had written that I bought a new Zippo
Armor® Brushed Chrome Windproof Lighter as a practice run
for my 2022 Birthday Extravaganza (which again starts next
week). Well, I have been carrying this lighter now every day for
one year and I still REALLY like it. It is almost my favorite (my fav
being my Zippo Horseshoe Embossed lighter that I have semi-retired).

And this lighter has indeed turned out to be easier to grip and hold onto than
my last Zippo which was brushed chrome front, back, top and both sides.


Some folks have an issue with the need to refill a Zippo to keep it
operational. For more than a few years now it has not been a problem
for me. Once a week, on Wednesdays, after work, I refill my Zippo, my
lotion and my sanitizer. It just takes a few minutes and I am good to go.

With this schedule I have never run out of lotion or
sanitizer and my lighter has never gone dry.

And a zippo makes a good fidget item as well, if you
are into that sort of thing, which I sometimes am.

 Happy Anniversary ZIPPO!

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

"Halloween Ends" was released to 4K/Blu-ray/DVD today. I quite
naturally had to make sure to pick up my very own copy. Truth be
told, I am not in love with Halloween Ends. The whole Corey
Cunningham storyline did not excite me. I am not a Corey fan.

But I have not seen the movie since it was released to Peacock on
Friday October 14, so who knows, I  might change my mind.
Doubtful, but.... At any rate, I am pretty much a Halloween
completest so I had to have the movie in my collection no
matter how I feel about it.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas 2022 From Your Friends at
El Rancho De La Tex.


"Little Guys with BIG GUNS!"
We sure hope you all had a great Christmas. We did
over here at The Ranch to be certain. After a fantastic
home cooked meal with ham, baked potatoes, corn, peas,
carrots and dinner rolls, we settled in to watch "The
Terror of Tiny Town" on the 10 foot screen. Tiny Town is a
western starring all little folks.
Great fun.


I've never really mentioned this before, but here at The Ranch
we do observe Christmas with all of the decorations and the
fixins, but we rarely, if ever exchange gifts. It is just something
that we have not done for years and years. It is a long story.

But tonight my mom and my son surprised me with a gift.
I opened it up and it was "Renegade: The Complete Collection"
on DVD. Something that I had been wanting for a LONG time.
To their surprise and mine as well I became quite emotional.
Actually very emotional. You see, I love Lorenzo Lamas, Reno
Raines and Vince Black and he means a lot to me. I know, weird.
But that's just the way it is,

Thank you mom. Thank you my son.
I will cherish this gift for more than one reason.

What a great Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The beautiful Christmas tree at my beloved dentist's office.
Where yes I indeed did just have two days of kind of
emergency work done. To not have had the work done
would have left me in considerable pain throughout the
holidays and during my upcoming Birthday Extravaganza.

NO BUENO.

So I elected to go in and have it taken care of over the last
two days. Instant relief both physically and emotionally.

My dentist and his staff ROCK. My bill does not.

But hey, no more pain! HOO-RAH and HUZZAH!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

R2-N2
(Robotic Droid - 2nd Generation Series Napkin)
Manufactured by Subway Automaton.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hey, don't worry about it.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Big Lots says, "MAKE IT A MOVIE NIGHT."
That sounds like a plan to me says I.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Here is another Zippo lighter that I own. I think this may be
the first one I ever bought. I purchased this one from the
National Rifle Association sometime in the early mid 1980s.

This lighter I did use for lighting cigarettes as I smoked at the
time. Most likely Winston 100s, Marlboro or More Reds, or
all of them. I used this lighter a LOT.


Here is a closer up of the attached logo on the Zippo. This
lighter is in really good shape considering how much I
carried and used it.



The markings on the bottom indicate that my lighter was
manufactured in 1974. Wo. That's a long time ago.



And lastly, here is the box it came in and the little
information sleeve that was included. I have not used
this lighter for years and years and I will never use it
again. It will be another one of those little things that
I want my son to have.

Huzzah!

Friday, November 25, 2022

We put our Christmas lights up yesterday. Our lights go
up on Thanksgiving Day and come down on January 1st.
Those are the rules.

Last night after a Thanksgiving dinner (which could only be
described as being absolute PERFECTION) prepared by my
mom, we settled in for a viewing of Home Alone 2: Lost
in New York. What a fantastic Thanksgiving Day we had.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

 
~ Happy Thanksgiving 2022 from El Rancho De La Tex ~

Saturday, November 19, 2022


That's a long tail ya got there, buddy.
(My mom took this picture.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Hooters and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Well, they do have one thing in common... wings.
Yeah... that's it, wings.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

"Them what pass this here way should take 'eed."

Duly noted.

Monday, November 14, 2022

I bought a couple of patches at the Army Navy store. I usually
buy only one at a time, but these two I didn't want to let get away.

United States Cargo Star Ship Nostromo is a commercial hauler
owned by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation from the movie
Alien (1979). And Cowboy Up? Well... that is something I need to
remind myself to do from time to time.


Here they are at home
on my bedroom door.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Knife day at El Rancho De La Tex!
More than a few times when I renew my National Rifle
Association membership they throw in a free knife as part
of the deal. Now these are not good knives by any stretch
of the imagination. I usually just put some oil on them and
pack them away for my son to have one day as pieces
of interest.

But this last knife? Look at those scratches. Nothing worth
doing anything about. It's just a bummer that on top of it being
a not good knife it is this dinged up. So.... I oiled it and
packed it away. Next!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

It is Saturday night and I know what I'M doing.
Easy chair, hot chocolate and my Guide to Gluing.
Tonight is SIZZLING!

Living the dream.

Friday, November 11, 2022


~ Veterans Day 2022 ~

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


A little fox or coyote in our driveway last night.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022


I voted today.
November 8th, 2022.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

As I mentioned in October we played our yearly miniature
golf game on my son's birthday and we once again did
manage to keep out of the water. We've been pretty
lucky over the years.


I also won some pretty sweet prizes in the arcade.
#madskillz

Friday, November 4, 2022

The other day....
Another snake in the driveway.
He's a purdy one.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

I don't know who this is but he is
life-size and and he is at the Indian Store. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 
I look to my left as I wait for the
flagman to give me the go ahead.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

It is a new month and a beautiful new
day here at The Ranch. Happy November!

Monday, October 31, 2022


Happy Halloween 2022 from your friends at
El Rancho De La Tex!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Only two days left for this year's SPOOKTOBER.
Hey "Man or Beast" at Halloween Express!
Let's show 'em how we feel about that!
10/4 good buddy. Great job.
Let's do carry on.


Get your Star Wars on with this Tuscan Raider
mask, or as we rebel scum call them, Sand People.
(Spirit Store)


Halloween Express has pitchforks o' plenty.
But DON'T PLAY WITH THEM.
Playing with the pitchforks is
a big Halloween Express no-no.


And the last one for today, an
Oversized Clown at the Spirit Store.

It's been a fun month here at The Ranch and
tomorrow is the BIG DAY. Have a FANTASTIC time
out there boys and girls!
Be safe.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

There's nothing like a good ol' fashioned Serial Killer
mask and this one at Halloween Express is GHOULISH!


I hung up the Camp Crystal Lake sign that I
bought at the Spirit Store this year. It looks good
with my previous year's purchases I'm thinkin'.
I like it!


Thanks buddy!
(celebrity endorsement not 100% official)

Friday, October 28, 2022

"Sorry, we're DEAD," says the sign.


"Not YET we ain't," says the rat.


"Heyyyyyyy. How'd YOU get in here?!
My monkey, such a ham," says I.

Sign is at Halloween Express.
Rat is at the Spirit Store.
Monkey is at home.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

SpongeBob SquarePants is pretty popular
this year. Everybody loves SpongeBob
(and Patrick).
See the look on that kids face?
Yeah, that's love, man.


This Krusty Krab windbreaker would be cool
year-round, IF... it were made for that,
and I am sure it is not.

Both of the today's items are at the Spirit Store, which I think
is actually called Spirit Halloween, but it will always be
the Spirit Store to me.

There are only 3 nights until Halloween.
Spooktober is going by WAY too fast.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

This is an Official Fun World Ghost Face
Collector Set. Steep price, but hey... Fun World.
(Halloween Express)


Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
onscreen at Borden Cinema!

I'm a teenage Frankenstein,
The local freak with the twisted mind.
I'm a teenage Frankenstein,
These ain't my hands,
And these legs ain't mine.*

*Alice Cooper / Robert William Athis

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Spirit Store
presents Ben Affleck as Batman.

Monday, October 24, 2022

A 100 years ago some kid's mom made him a homemade costume
so he could finally go trick or treating, but a bunch of brats made fun
of him for that costume. As a final insult they locked him away in a barn
not knowing that it was haunted by a family who starved one winter and
perished there. The poor kid died in that barn and became the seven foot
Possessed Pumpkin! Now he TORTURES neighborhood
kids every Halloween. Hole-eee cow!


...in other news.
This is what I used my 20% Spirit coupon on. It was between this
Camp Crystal Lake sign and the SCREAM knife that I showed on
Friday, October 7, 2022. And like I wrote then, it was kind of a no brainer
considering how much of a fan I am of the Friday the 13th movie series.

I will show a photo of it when I hang it up. I really like this sign.