Dragon Gas Chili (2015)


Dragon Gas Chili
Serves: 15

1 8 oz. can Light Red Beans
1 8 oz. can Chili Beans
1 8 oz. can Dark Red Beans
2 8 oz. can Black Beans
1 6 oz. can  Sliced Jalapeno peppers
1 4 oz. can Red Chipotle paste
6 Hot Italian Sausage
1 8 oz. can Red Enchilada Sauce
1 Squeezed Lime
2 Small Haberno Peppers
1 Packet Old El Paso Chili Seasoning
1 tsp cumin

Directions: Remove casings from sausage, brown sausage pieces. Stem in enchilada sauce. Squeeze a lime, dice the habernos (leave seeds for kick). Pour all the contents into crock pot for 6 hours on low.



100+ Characteristics Every Man Should Have

I have found there exist a number of lists purporting the qualities every man should have. Not completely satisfied with any of them, I came up with a few of my own.

These are just a few I came up with in about an hour. The list is not completely exhaustive so if you have some add them as comments below.

100+ Characteristics Every Man Should Have

1 Accurately Measure Items

Measure twice, cut once saves frustration and gives you the ability to plan and build

Avoid lotion

Greasy hands are for mechanics not your dainty little elbows.

Backup a trailer

You don’t want your friends standing around nodding their heads when you can’t back up the


Balance a check book

If you cannot manage money you’ll end up paying someone else to – poor money management.

Basic Difference between gun calibers (link)

Don’t go shooting your mouth off or joining conversations where you cannot follow.


A man slaving over a smokey grill is the modern equivalent of a cave man.

Be able to describe the difference between 1080i and 720p (link)

To know quality and match your gadgets is the epitome of modern man.

Be Aware of the Cardinal Directions (link)

If you cannot sense north you’re bound to get lost.

Be Romantic

She may not remember to lift the seat, but she’ll always remember the roses.

10  Birthstones

You’ll avoid it, but remembering her birthstone will shorten your visit to the jewelry store.

11  Build furniture from a kit

Once you can read a book real literacy is following the pictures for pin A in slot B

12  Calculate square footage

You can buy more, but buying too much is wasteful and makes you look like a dolt.

13  Cast a Fishing Pole

Throwing a ball like a girl is one thing, but when you can’t cast past the dock you’re stuck with

bluegill forever.

14  Change a car tire

You’re not getting a flat when it is convenient. Showing up late with dirty hands makes for a

better story.

15  Clean a wound

Infections are not nearly as cool as the being pick out glass out road grit from your wound.

16  Clean windows

If you cannot see past the grime no one else will either.

17  Conduct an animal funeral

It doesn’t just gain you points in compassion, but disposing of an animal or pet is the best way

to move on.

18  Converse about world events (link)

Your experience matters when you can draw conclusions about the price of corn in Brazil.

19  Dance without music

She’ll think you’re spontaneous, you’ll feel like James Bond.

20  Defend Yourself in A Fight

Getting a black eye is not so bad when the other guy’s girl had to protect him from you.

21  Difference between kilo-, mega-, giga-, and tera-

100 gigs are better than 1,000 kilos

22  Draw a map for directions

They’ll remember you for good or evil – give them proof with your accurate directions

23  Dress Casual, Business Casual & Formal

Denim and cowboy boots are never good for church, nor are shorts and a t-shirt at work.

24  Drive a Manual Transmission (link)

Ferrari doesn’t make an automatic transmission in Formula One racers.

25  Drive a Nail (straight)

You can hit it all day long, but if you can’t hit it straight you’re not going anywhere.

26  Drive defensively

When you can survive stupid drivers it makes it easier to yell at them.

27  Estimate distance accurately (link)

Driving 1 kilometer and a mile are very different in a city.

28  Estimate the height of something taller than you (link)

Laugh at the guy who cuts down a tree landing on his house. Don’t be the guy.

29  Estimate the volume of material

Measure twice, fill once.

30  Find an answer using reference material (not internet)

They use to make these things called books, information was better vetted.

31  Fix a bicycle tire

You ride on 35 psi, you walk on 0.

32  Flirt without being disrespectful or offensive

She’ll appreciate the flattery, it never hurts to be nice.

33  Generally know the horoscope sign for a given date

Tell them you’re a Leo and they’ll be more likely to follow you.

34  Give a Gift Without Expecting Something

Tell them something nice, they’ll thank you. Give them something and they’ll remember you


35  Give a sincere compliment (link)

Knowing how to be nice will get you further than being nice.

36  Greetings in another language(s)

If you only speak to people in your time you’ve missed a world full of experiences.

37  Have readily available tools for basic jobs

If you can’t fix something because you don’t have a wrench – you’ve got bigger problems than

broken stuff.

38  How to Tie a Tie

At some point you will need to go somewhere ties are not optional.

39  How to Use levers and their components

Simple machines are more than effort and load.

40  Identify precious stones (link)

The receipts are different for turquoise and topaz. Rubies are for slippers not a girl’s best friend.

41  Iron a Shirt

Clothes have creases, just not all over.

42  Jumpstart a car

It is hard to explain acid burns when you don’t know the difference between + and –

43  Lift and carry your significant other

Carrying her a couple of feet goes further when her feet stay dry.

44  Lines from Classic Guy Movies (link)

Tom Cruise only repeats line someone else writes too.

45  Make a Salad With More than One Type of Lettuce

Iceberg is not the only green.

46  Make At Least One Meal Well

You may tire after a week of the same thing, but you live longer.

47  Make things water resistant

Water belongs in pools, puddles and poetry not the middle of your living room.

48  Military Ranks (link)

Generally speaking Captains are not Private about rank.

49  Mix and pour cement

Soupy cement doesn’t set well for steps.

50  Move an Object alone weighing more than you.

You don’t have to lift an elephant to move it somewhere.

51  Mow a Yard

Unmowed patches of grass look worse than an unmowed lawn.

52  Multiple ways to utilize duct tape

Nothing is ever broken for he who can hold the world together with duct tape and bailing wire.

53  Operate a DVD / TV

Eventually you’ll get a break from romantic comedies.

54  Parallel park a car

It is ironic that people don’t like their bumpers bumped.

55  Patch a hole in the wall

They’ll never ask if they don’t see it.

56  Perform Basic Maintenance of a Vehicle

Didn’t the dealer make enough money from you when you bought the car?

57  Perform CPR

Giving breath is so easy, you’re not using it anymore.

58  Perform mental math (link)

Four out of three people will believe anything with numbers.

59  Phonetically read another’s name

They didn’t choose their name, don’t make them hate their parents all over again.

60  Pick Out a Cologne

Nice cologne, but don’t marinate in it.

61  Player from a local sports team

You don’t have to be a season ticket holder to know their names.

62  Polish dress shoes

If you’re as polished as your shoes they’ll never look down around you.

63  Pour a carbonated drink without spilling

It doesn’t take much to tilt a glass to serve without making a mess.

64  Prepare and paint a wall

Nobody has to be an artist to paint a wall well.

65  Produce more than they consume

Contributing to society means providing more than you take.

66  Professionally shake hands

A firm handshake and a smile goes a long way.

67  Properly Tip in a Restaurant

Sections of society support their families based on the service they provide for you.

68  Put out fires

You can’t rule your universe if fire rules you.

69  Read a Map

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are.

70  Read a popular book about spies (link)

Only in fiction do men live like men dream explore your potentials.

71  Recognize when you are boring someone

Listening means while your speaking you hear the reaction of your words.

72  Remove a car stuck in mud

If you’re going to off-road you’ll have to get back on road sometime.

73  Remove a tick

The sofa is safe, but life happens outside.

74  Repair minor electrical problems

Taking a shock is awesome, avoiding it is Divine.

75  Research products before purchase

Caveat emptor – dissolve the hype.

76  Reset an electrical breaker

It is almost as easy as flicking a switch

77  Ride a Motorcycle

Two wheels, 500cc, open road – priceless.

78  Row a Boat / Kayak

Because it beats being stuck on shore.

79  Run Fast When you Have To

We don’t fear leopards, but sometimes it is fight or flight.

80  Separate and wash clothes

You can wash a load without them all coming out pink.

81  Setup a a computer

Sometimes the Junior High kids are in school.

82  Setup a tent

It is the best way to keep the boogey man away.

83  Sew a button

Don’t be helpless, it is just a needle and thread.

84  Sharpen a Knife

The best to cut a side of meat.

85  Shave Without Nicks

Right tool, right job. You don’t have to participate in daily self-mutilation.

86  Shoot a gun

Go ahead, make my day.

87  Show someone else constellations

These tales have come down through the ages, carry on the traditions.

88  Start a Fire

Cooking or clinging, fires have defined man through the ages.

89  Stop Bleeding

The life you save may be your own.

90  Sweat copper tubing (link)

Real men use fire to build things.

91  Swim

Nobody needs to call you Flipper, but you do have learn to swim.

92  Tell a clean and funny joke

Leave them laughing, be invited back.

93  Temporarily Fix an Appliance

Nothing should stand between a man and his pop tart in the morning.

94  Throw A Spiral (link)

You’ll never be Joe Montana, but you can throw a wobble-free ball.

95  Tie a dozen knots

Granny is not a knot, sheepshank just sounds cool.

96  To Catch and Dispose of Rodents

They have a place just not in your home.

97  Turn Off the Water Main

Control your lifeline during repairs and improvements

98  Type with more than two fingers

It is a modern world, join us

99  Use a Fire Extinguisher

It is there for a reason and the reason is not decoration.

100  Use caulk

You can fill voids of doubt and understand with caulk.

101  Way to start fire without matches or lighters

Man has evolved, fire has not.

102  Wrap a gift

Half the fun is when they tear through your artistic efforts.

103  Write a letter (not email)

How many emails have you ignored, how many letters have you kept?

104  Your suit size

A wardrobe is more than waist and inseams


The Cult of Done Manifesto

“I believe mimicry is the second most flattering thing someone can do. When someone writes your biography while you still breathe – this is the truest harbinger of greatness.”Paul M. Done

Dear Members of the Cult of Done,

I present to you a manifesto of Done. If it is noble to do, it is worth completing. If it cannot be completed, it was not worthy to start. If someone asked you to do it and they don’t like the result your time has been wasted. When dealing with lesser creatures you must learn to communicate with them below their nature level to make them believe they are superior.

The Cult of Done Manifesto

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

Poster #1 of the Done Manifesto

Poster #2 of the Done Manifesto

Doping Sports League (DSL)

Doping Sports League DSL

I do not condone doping in sports or drug use by anyone. The thought has recently occurred to me that as pervasive as drug use is in sports and the claims it creates an unfair playing field there needs to be a solution to address the problem. The solution I developed was a Doping Sports League (DSL). The DSL would be an organized league to include all sports where performance enhancing athletes compete against each other. Their competition would put athletes with natural skill, developed talents and the  best scientific modifications against each other. The league would not require doping tests and athletes would maintain their competitive advantage by keeping their doping exploits private from others.

As with any league it would necessary for a Commission to lead each sport. The inaugural commission would have their roots in present-day sports league with particular knowledge in their field. The following list includes potential officers (not no claim or assertion for doping are any basis for these nominations)

Commissioner: Barry Bonds
Ombudsman: Marion Jones
Goodwill Ambassador: Lance Armstrong
Operations Director: Floyd Landis
Chief Medical Officer: Arthur Ting, M.D.
Public Affairs: Tiger Woods
Board of Directors:
A.J. Allmendinger
Andre Agassi
Clint Boyer
Jose Canseco
J.C. France
Hulk Hogan
Mark McGuire

Lessons About How to Treat People – Day 5 of 5

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

Young boy donates bloodThe doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

This concludes the series of lessons about how to treat people. Each one of us are born naked, helpless and dependent on others. It is only as we serve, sacrifice and consider others needs that we progress as a human family. May we each take these lessons and apply them in our lives.

The complete list of these lessons may be found here.

Lessons About How to Treat People – Day 4 of 5

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”