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Free Range Eggs

Today we purchased a gigantic box of 15 dozen free range, organic eggs from Hills Foods.  Eggs stick around our place as long as whiskey stays around Mel Gibson’s apartment…not long.  The 15 dozen bulk purchase was bold but we are confident that we’ll be able to crush the food before it goes bad.  Upon arriving home after a round of golf and practice, I split a couple eggs into the pan to try out our nutritious additions to the fridge.  They turned out pretty good!

The eggs were cooked in a teaspoon of coconut oil- the cooking oil of choice in our household.  I prefer my eggs sunny side up and I simply let them sizzle until I felt the yolks were cooked right.  I used Mediterranean Sea Salt and EXTRA bold peppercorns…simple but tasty.

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The key to good sunny side up eggs is having the base of the yolks slightly firm but the top half oozing out.

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If you are not a fan of sunny side up eggs, you can always try them a different way.  We did some hard boiled, halved, and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  Delicious!

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Visit Your Local Art Gallery

The purpose of this post is to introduce you to some reasons to visit an art gallery.  Many of us either do not know if we are artistic, or assume that we do not have the creative gene.  The cool part is that most of us are artistic but we do not seek ways to bring it out of us.  Anyone can enjoy an art gallery and the following sections will inform you on why you should go soon.

Reason #1: Emotional Art
Most art galleries have at least one piece that really catches your eye and connects with you.  It is worth going to your local art gallery to experience a piece of art that affects your emotions.  It may be an expansive painting of a cabin in the woods- similar to one you spent time at as a child; it may be a sculpture of a parent cradling their baby- similar to the moments of your young adulthood; and it may simply be a beautiful piece with such amazing detail that it shows you the beauty of our surroundings.  No matter who you are, there is likely a piece of art at your local gallery that will emotionally affect you.

Reason #2: Inspiring Art
Going to an art gallery and focusing on the isolated pieces of art forces you to appreciate the beauty in the work.  While there are many artistic pieces that surround us daily, it is easy to overlook them with all of the commotion going on around us.  A painting on a wall in a hallway might get diminished by the rush of people walking by or a nicely sculpted buliding might go unnoticed by the traffic racing along in front of it.  When you go to an art gallery, the pieces are independantly placed to allow you to get immersed in the art in front of you.  Once you recognize the beauty in the art work on the walls in isolation, you start to pick up artistic works in your daily life.  So get out an go to an art gallery so you can learn to appreciate art and start recognizing art throughout your day to make it a better one.

Reason #3: Its Cheap
An art gallery at a major city is typically around $15 to visit.  While this may seem a little steep, it is well worth the money.  A movie is almost as expensive and a sit down lunch often costs about $15.  These are things that people go out and do a ton, which is great, but I think budgeting for a rare art gallery visit would make their week more fulfilling.  The range of pieces at an art gallery are quite diverse and you get exposed to paintings of all kinds, photography, sculptures, and other artifacts.  You can walk through and admire as quickly or slowly as you would like so a visit should fit with almost anyone’s schedule.  With all of the different forms of art, you might even leave inspired to learn how to paint or sculpt.  If you were to pick up a wonderful hobby because of your visit to an art gallery, it would certainly be worth that $15.

Some ideas for those interested in visitng an art gallery:

  • Go with a friend- it is often pretty fun to discuss favorite paintings afterwards or compare personal tastes in art as you go through the gallery.
  • Visit different galleries- exhibits change about every month so can see an entirely different.
  • Visit art galleries on your next trip or vacation.

Get out and see what your local art gallery has to offer and feel free to comment on what your favorite piece was.

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Drive a Manual Transmission Car

Driving your car can be made a little more awesome by choosing to drive one with a manual transmission.  This post is limited to those searching for a new car or could be kept in mind when you eventually get a new one.  The purpose of this post is to get you excited about driving and make it fun again by getting rid of that mindless automatic transmission and get you in control of your car with a manual transmission.

There are a few benefits to driving a car with a manual transmission rather than an automatic, outlined below:

  1. Sticker price on car is cheaper
  2. Greater control of the car
  3. A TON of fun

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  1. Cheaper sticker price.  Manual transmissions will often saveyou $1000 or more initially because they are cheaper for the car-maker to manufacture.  Repair costs are cheaper for manual transmissions as they are simpler than automatics.  When treated properly, a manual transmission can even outlive the car showing their durability.  There is a word of caution as the savings are not like they used to be as automatic transmissions have become equally as fuel efficient.  Some say that you could face costs of replacing the clutch, but since all of this site’s visitors are champs behind the wheel, you do not need to worry about something as silly as that.
  2. Greater control of the car.  Automatic transmissions take away the control you can have over your car.  With a manual, you can control the engine power and torque by shifting basically anytime you want at any speed.  You can downshift to get more power when facing an incline and interact much more closely with the car.  So when Grandma Gertrude is driving at 17mph on the right, drop that sucker down into 2nd, punch the gas, and rip by her in style!
  3. Have more fun.  You are far more engaged when driving a manual transmission.  Remember when driving was a thrill?  When you first got your license and actually had fun behind the wheel?  Well you can get those days back by shifting manually and have an engaging experience behind the wheel.  Downshift in corners, listen to the engine come to life driving off from a stoplight, and become the controller of your car.  Even an old, powerless car comes to life when you can get the engine revving so bring out the inner kid in you and have a ton of fun behind the wheel by driving manually!

Comment below with your fun experiences driving manual or what manual transmission car you are considering getting next.  Enjoy the benefits of driving a manual and your time on the streets will be a lot more fun!

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