Post 1000, Central BBQ, Doctors Visit, I 40 240 Construction, Shelby Farms Lake Expansion, New Bike Lanes Shelby Farms


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Post #1000 Memphis. Let the party begin. Really, has it been 1000 posts? It only feels like a mere 960 posts.

Since I took the day off for a 4 day weekend, I attempted to make the most of it. The day started with a visit to the doctor’s office for a checkup. “You are disgustingly healthy”, he said. Well better than the opposite I guess.

Next on the list? Lunch. How about some Central BBQ Nacho’s.

Central BBQ Nachos

Can’t go wrong.

Next on the list of things to do? A bike ride to Shelby Farms. I want to check out the new bicycle trail around the expanded Patriot Lake. It was hot outside. HOT. As I approached the I-40 and 240 interchange, I see that the construction project is stillllllll….. on going.

40 240 construction Greenline

When will the “progress” end? I appears to be a big mess to me.

Onward, to Shelby Farms. I rolled through the park, getting closer and closer to Patriot Lake.

Shelby Farms Park

Can you imagine commuting through this park (TWICE!) daily? Beautiful. And the state wants to put a highway through it. Makes you wonder.

I finally reached the northern part of Gate 1.

Shelby Farms Gate 1 closed

The above photo is looking SOUTH at the very low Patriot Lake. From here you have to turn right (west). But… use the bike lane on the southern edge of the drive around the lake. At first it was very confusing. The lanes for motorists and bicycles have yet to be added. None of us knew where we were going. (Hint. Paint the lanes BEFORE you open the road and bike lane to park visitors.)

Shelby Farms Bike Lane

I guess the BLACK stripe is supposed to mean “bike lane”. I’m kidding, slightly. If you are going to paint a bike lane, paint it PRIOR to opening the road around the lake. And there was only ONE bicycle lane symbol painted when I rolled through. No, that is not a “small car lane”, it’s a bike lane.

Shelby Farms Patriot Lake Expansion

The lane meanders along the park on the western side. Some grass is already growing on the new hillsides.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane 3

The above photo was taken near the NEW park gate. The path circles around back east again.

If you are heading from Germantown TO Shelby Farms, you will find this sign below next to the old park entrance.

Shelby Farms Bike Lane 2

The above photo looks to the north, cutting off access to the older, eastern section of Patriot Lake. The new section of the bike path is nice. More signs are needed at the center of the park though to point out the bike lane. As one cyclist commented as I was riding the path back, “They sure messed this up”. And motorists were travelling well over 20 m.p.h (posted speed limit) on the new road circling the lake. Maybe the sheriff’s department can take care of that.

Good day to be off from work. And I have 3 more days off in a row to enjoy.

See YOU back here for more bikes, bbq and 1000 posts. Cheers.


Second Line Memphis, Memphis Ribs, The 80’s


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11 weeks of our summer program at work has come to an end. 55 days of hard work is now complete. Lately I have worked weekends and evenings. But this week I will have a 3.5 day weekend, which is very much-needed.

Mid-morning we headed over to Second Line for brunch. Arriving 15 minutes to 11:00 a.m., our first thoughts were “we have gotten here to soon”. Doors open up at 11:00 a.m., but there was already a line of a dozen people waiting to get in. The staff member at the door joked that people would soon be camping out over night just to get in the door Sunday morning.

This would be my FIRST visit to Second Line, but not my last. After looking over the menu, I decided on the chicken gumbo, with cornbread PLUS a side of red beans and rice.

Second Line Memphis

So how was the brunch? I was not a fan of the corn bread. The flavor of the dish was overwhelmed with “butter”? The chicken gumbo? Good. I am a big fan of gumbo. Nice flavor, although our friend said she thought the gumbo was thinner this time around (the gumbo was thicker in the past). The red beans and rice? ORDER THIS! Delicious! Overall the service was very good as well as the food. I’m sure we will return in the future.

Like ribs? These are the ribs I cooked on the grill last week.

Memphis Ribs

And yes, these ribs turned out great. I used Corky’s rub on the ribs, plus crushed red peppers and crushed jalapeno. Heat to go with the meat.

Lastly, I discovered some old photo’s from the 80’s.

High School 1980's

Funny thing is, all of the these guys are friends of mine via Facebook. Guy on the far left is an accountant. Next up is myself (second from left). When I turn my head sideways and point to the camera, that’s when things get out of hand. The fourth guy from the left is in a band that tours the world. The guy second from the right became a drill instructor in the army. And the guy on the far right is an IT administrator. None of us knew what we would become. Nearly 30 years later, we still remain in contact. Yes the 80’s were a fun time.

Maybe I can get in a bike ride this week. Maybe. Cross my fingers :)

See YOU back here for more Memphis restaurants, the 80’s and Memphis bbq. Cheers.

Strano Restaurant Cooper Young, Mojito, Margarita, Memphis Beer, The Secret Island, Journey Memphis 2014, French Press


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And… I’m back. A very busy work week, combined with family in town, left me with little time to post items. After 52+ hours of working… I’m exhausted. The plan for today? Do nothing.

I have posted about Strano in Cooper Young in the past. Good restaurant at the corner of Cooper and Young. And… they have happy hour prices from 5 -7. My former barista Trevor is now bartending at the joint. He makes some very good drinks. We walked in and sat at the bar. First up? A margarita.

margarita strano memphis

Good drink for a hot afternoon. Beer on your mind?

strano memphis beers

Strano serves local and regional beers. Need some High Cotton? They have it. Strano also serves Wiseacre and Memphis Made beer. I wanted a Saison by High Cotton, but the bar was out of that particular beer. I ordered the Yazoo Hefe instead. Very good beer.

How about another drink? Tennessee Water was next on the list.

tennessee water strano memphis

Beautiful! The drink is made from watermelon. Try one. You will like it.

Next up? Mojito.


Delicious. ORDER THIS. Really.

If you like fresh herbs used in mixed drinks, these herbs are grown at the restaurant itself. Can’t get fresher than that. We also ordered something to snack on while having a few drinks. Goat cheese and bread.

strano memphis

For the record, I am not a fan of goat cheese (or any other kind of cheese). This plate was good. Last week we tried the pizza at Strano. The pizza was good too.

In an attempt to make better coffee (instead of pre-ground coffee), I purchased a coffee grinder AND a French press.

French Press

How do I make FRESH coffee? The process took some experimentation. The first attempt was a failure. The beans were not ground up enough. (The beans are meant to be ground “course” whatever that means.) My second attempt was much better. I ground more beans slightly finer and added more near boiling water. The concoction was left steeping for 4 minutes. The second attempt made a much better coffee.


Now I need to find the perfect bean.

Books. Not enough time to read lately. I need a good book that is an easy read. A new book comes out next week that should fit the bill. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are back with a new novel. “The Lost Island” PREVIEW is available for free at After reading the preview, I know I will buy the book. Can’t wait. I have yet to read the first two books in the series; I may have to go back and explore those. (I’m not one to read a series of books in order. I like the challenge of reading the books out of order.)

That 80’s band Journey is coming to Memphis soon. If you like the hits, check out this show. Total “sing-along” festival. I remember working a Journey show many years ago. Back then it was a “sing out loud” show. If you grew up in the 80’s, you know all of the words to all of the hits. I checked out and the show consists of one hit after another. I’m in. Mud Island, Saturday 9/13/2014, 8:00 p.m.

Journey Band

Done. I’m beat. My bike ride to coffee shop? Done. Laundry? Done. BBQ Ribs? Working on it. See YOU back here for more books, bikes, classic rock and drinks. Cheers.


Central BBQ Construction, Hueys, Young Avenue Deli, Cafe Eclectic, Best Memphis Burger 2014, Shelby Farms Park Construction


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Manic Monday Memphis. Once again, Monday has bested me. But wait. What about the weekend?

Took my bicycle out for a ride to Coffee Town Saturday morning. Coffee, classic rock and my bicycle. Best things in the world.

After my coffee and eggs, I rolled back towards Cooper Young. Where do I go for lunch at? How about Hueys? I rolled west, down Central Ave. As I was riding by Central BBQ, I noticed a bit of construction going on in the parking lot.

Central BBQ

The joint is still open and you can eat there, but a large trench has been dug up. Not sure exactly what is happening at Central BBQ. Could they be expanding the lake? Heart of the “pork”?   ;)

I took the photo and continued on to Hueys. Texas Toast Burger. Extra jalapeños. Spicy. Good.

Hueys Texas Toast Burger

Hueys has some of the best service in town. Hands down. Love me the Texas Toast Burger. Thanks Hueys.

Saturday evening we headed over to Cafe Eclectic (N. McLean location). We have been here in the past. I ordered up the grilled cheese sandwich with a side of hash browns.

Eclectic Cafe Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My wife ordered the burger and fries.

Eclectic Cafe Hamburger

We topped the dinner off with an ice cream sundae.

Eclectic Cafe Sundae

What did I think of the meal? The grilled cheese sandwich was okay at best. The hash browns were EXCELLENT. Best part of the plate. The burger had very little taste to it. The sundae? Very good. If it is seven o’clock and your restaurant has few people inside, there may be a problem. Just sayin’.

Sunday. After a visit to Home Depot (more plants for my flower bed), we met up with a friend at Young Avenue Deli. “You’re not afraid someone will stab / shoot / kill you for your bicycle?” Ummm…. no. She used to live in Midtown! That’s what you get for living in the “bubble” for so many years. Go outside the gated community! Again, another miss at Young Avenue Deli. The chicken salad sandwich was off. The grilled cheese sandwich was cold. My burger was okay at best. Got to try harder Memphis. Maybe the Best Memphis Burger Festival will change the way people cook at local restaurants. We stopped by the event last year. Good stuff.

Best Memphis Burger Festival 2013

Best Memphis Burger BIG Burger

Good food, music and the money goes to a good cause. Make plans now.

Which brings us to Monday. I began my bicycle ride at 6:45 a.m. Wayyyyy to early to be awake. For anything. Especially on a Monday. I put the pedal “s” to the metal (?) and moved a bit faster this morning. Fast enough that I took 5 minutes off my morning commute. What I was looking for was the Shelby Farms Park front gate. It was supposed to be closed for good (the NEW entrance is .25 miles further north on Farm Road). The gate was open this morning and this evening as well. Weird.

By the end of the work day, my mind was numb (“dumb?”). Much more difficult for me to exercise after a mentally challenging day. I took my time during the ride home. I didn’t race anyone along the Greenline. I didn’t set any records. My brain had been abused pretty good today. Since it is late Monday evening, time for a “drank” or two.

See YOU back here for more bikes, parks and Memphis meals. Cheers.


Shelby Farms Construction, Shelby Farms New Gate, Rain,, Soundbot Speaker


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Thirsty Thursday Memphis.

gordon biersch wheat beer

The temperature was cool this morning, and the weather made for a nice ride. I must have been in a good mood, I took 5 minutes off of my ride this morning.

Riding my bicycle through Shelby Farms… Construction. I received an email last night from the park. The main gate at Farm Rd. and Walnut Grove Rd. will permanently close beginning Monday. The NEW entrance will be located a quarter-mile north. (Last night there wasn’t a map associated with the new gate. Checking tonight, the park has provided a nice map regarding the new gate.) Read more about the new gate at Shelby Farms here. My only question is if I the pedestrian / bike path will remain open from the top of the hill at Shelby Farms, to Walnut Grove Road and Farm Road. Guess I will find out soon enough.

More construction. If you want to see the lake at Shelby Farms, you had better hurry to see it.

Shelby Farms Construction Lake drain 2

That water is fading fast.

Shelby Farms Construction Lake Drain

The above photo looks like The Mayors Lake from last year. But the Mayors Lake is full compared to this small lake near the visitors center.

Speaking of Shelby Farms, as I was biking home this evening I ran into another cyclist waiting for the light to turn green. He asked me, “Do you work around here?” Me – “Uh yeah.” Him “We did a bicycle ride last year together.” Wow. He remembered me. I just looked it up. That ride was May 15, 2013. Although my bicycle hasn’t changed, he upgraded to a better bike and pro gear. We talked for a short while about riding. He was on his way to downtown (!) from Shelby Farms. And he left me in the dust. See you next year… if I can keep up.

Oh yeah, back to this evenings ride. Rain. There was mainly drizzle falling on me on my ride home. No worries, but I am getting very tired of stating “ZERO” chance of rain. I checked the weather map at 4:30 p.m. today. There was a HUGE rain cloud to the west of Memphis. Are you kidding me??? can’t see this ginormous rain cloud? Who is running the website? Or do they just make weather predictions up? Luckily for me, rain didn’t pour down on me during the ride home.

Lastly, I ordered a blue tooth speaker for my shower. Had to have it. Gotta listen to music while getting ready to ride in the morning. Yes the device works and it was only $15, or about that.

Sound Shower Speaker

The device charges from your computer and the battery is supposed to last 8 hours. Fine by me. I just hit the classic rock button on any one of my devices at home. (I can’t keep track of all of my devices.) I won’t spend money on many things, but I will spend money on music (classic rock) and gadgets. Gotta have gadgets.

Get ready for a post in the near future about my latest acquisition.

Done. My “perdiction” is a few drinks, then bed. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers, and classic rock. Cheers.

Elwoods Shack, Cooper Young, Alchemy Memphis, Growler Memphis, Busters Memphis


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Manic Monday Memphis. Are you staying dry? Here comes the rain.

Last Saturday we tried out Elwoods Shack (4523 Summer Ave). The place is located next to the Lowes parking lot (RIGHT as you look at the front of Lowes).


Do not let the decor fool you. This may be a hole in the wall place, but the food is good (and so are the portions). I ordered up the fish tacos

elwoods fish tacos

and my wife ordered the bbq sandwich.

elwoods bbq sandwich

Both dishes were good. The seating area is small inside, but there are picnic tables outside to sit on. Perfect for that fall weather coming up in a few months. Walk inside and order your meal to the left. Give them your name, and the staff will bring your order to your table.

I dusted the bicycle off this morning at 6:45 a.m. and headed to work. With a starting temperature of 80 degrees outside, I was in for one hot ride in the early hours. An older cyclist caught up to me a few miles into my ride. We spoke about the weather, and the cold front moving into Memphis. “How long does it take you to get to work?” he asked. “Me? One hour and 15 minutes.” This guy said he sees me daily at Shelby Farms, riding through. That would be correct.

Since the rain was supposed to start falling at 5:00 p.m., I had my wife pick me up from work. If I only had one extra hour, I could have made it home on the bicycle. We decided to stop in at Young Avenue Deli for dinner buttttt…. the power was out. Cafe Ole had power, but their juice was flickering off and on. Sweet Grass was also closed due to power issues. Weird. We had a go at Alchemy in Cooper Young. Yes, we have been here in the past. I always get the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup.

grilled cheese and tomato soup alchemy memphis

My wife ordered up the sliders.

alchemy memphis sliders

Both dishes were good. What’s new at the joint? They have changed the menu into “Starters”, “To Share” and “Large Plates”. Which is a good idea. In the past you would order a few small plates and share those. My wife really enjoyed the burgers.

We watched as the weather turned worse in Cooper Young.

Cooper Young Storm

The wind took the large valet parking umbrella down the street. Valet dude chased the umbrella down Cooper. Once he had the umbrella in hand, the wind took him back the other way down Cooper. That’s some wind for ya.

After dinner I stopped in at Growler Memphis to see the beer list. Good things are on the board. Lots of Wiseacre and local brews. I must return and pick something up. I do believe you can now run tabs at the “beer store” (as I like to call it). Friendly and knowledgeable staff here, plus a good atmosphere to sit and have a beer.

Memphis Growler Store 2

Memphis Growler Store

Oh yes, I nearly forgot, liquor stores in Tennessee can now sell mixers and average beers. Wow! Tennessee is no longer living in the 1800’s. Here are a few items I purchased the other day:


The Tilted Palm Bloody Mary Mix is good. Spicy to boot. The Christmas Ale is good too. And then there is Fireball. Hold on tight if you are doing shots of the cinnamon stuff. All of the above was purchased at Busters on Highland. Wow. You mean I can buy mixers now in a liquor store? That is like buying eating utensils at a food store. They kind of go together.

Done. See YOU back here for more beers, bikes and food. Cheers.

Pig on Pig, Little Free Library, Soul Fish


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The weekend continues Memphis!

Bike ride to coffee-house? Check.

Laundry done? Check.

Ribs on the grill? Yes, yes, yes.

memphis ribs

I am trying something slightly different this time. Pig on pig. That is correct, bacon on ribs. This should be very interesting.

Earlier today we stopped in at Soul Fish for some lunch. Again I ordered the two piece catfish plate, with fries, hush puppies, and mashed potatoes.

Soul Fish Memphis 2

That plate was good. My wife ordered the chicken salad.

Soul Fish Memphis

Very good as well.

We also stopped by a couple of Little Free Libraries.

Little Free Library Memphis TN

Not to take books out, but to put books and magazines in them. If you are in Cooper Young, there are more books in there. Go get ‘em.

Done. Time for a small bit of television, finish up the ribs and maybe a drink or two. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and ribs. Cheers :)

Fourth of July Memphis, Angry Balls, Busters Liquor Store, Bicycle Flat, Pool Party, Outdoors Inc, High Cotton Brewery, Cooper Young Bicycle Corral


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Weekend Memphis. Or should I say “holiday weekend” Memphis? I was asked at work what would I be doing this weekend. “Nothing. I am planning on doing nothing.” Work is grinding me down. I need a three-day weekend.

Thursday night was “Angry Balls” night. Good stuff.

angry balls

By the way, Busters Liquor Store made a big change when it came to the new liquor store laws that took effect 7/1/14. Now you can purchase low gravity beers in Busters, along with mixers, wine bottle openers, ect. (the store sold wine, but the state of TN would not let citizens purchase wine bottle openers??? Why does the state insist on torturing citizens. It’s a liquor store! Mixers??? Ice??? People use these items with wine and liquor. It’s like selling nails and screws, but not hammers or screw drivers. State laws make no sense!) I picked up some Angry Orchard (since I can buy low gravity beer in the liquor store now!) and Fireball to make “Angry Balls”. (one pint cider, one shot Fireball)

I spent Friday changing ANOTHER tire flat on the bicycle. What; three flats in three weeks now? Something is not right. To make matters worse, I broke my seat post pump Thursday evening while fixing a flat. The pump lasted me for three years. Good little thing too. I even took the pump apart to fix the problem, a gasket had slipped off. After putting the pump back together, the gasket slipped off again. Time to buy a new pump.

Then it was off to a pool party in Midtown. We ate chips, dips and burgers till we were stuffed. STUFFED!

fourth of july party 2014

The party was nice and relaxing though.

Saturday morning started with a bicycle ride to Republic Coffee. I took a chance; I didn’t take an air pump. Here we go. The ride was uneventful. Had me some coffee and “eggs in a basket” which made my morning.

eggs in a basket republic coffee memphis

Next stop? Outdoors Inc on Union. I need a new bicycle air pump. When I walked in, an employee recognized me from my rides at Shelby Farms. We chatted some about our bikes and the miles we put on the bikes. I then picked out a $15 air pump.

The next decision was what to do now. How about High Cotton Brewery? I climbed up to Madison, then headed west in the bike lane. After Cleveland, the lane ends. I’m on my own. But then I saw a family of four biking on the side of the road ahead of me. I passed dad and the trailer. I put myself behind mom and the daughter and let them lead the ride. After a short time, I turned south and wound up at Sun Studios. There were so many people outside, a police car was parked in front to direct traffic. After moving through that crowd, I headed on over to High Cotton Brewery.

High Cotton Brewery Memphis 2

Very nice set up. Few people were in the brewery so early in the day.

High Cotton Brewery Memphis

I parked my bicycle outside and ordered a hefeweizen at the bar. Then I took a seat at a table and enjoyed that beer. The High Cotton Hefeweizen is an easy drinker on warm summer days. The High Cotton Saison is also a very solid beer. Try one, or both. I like the outdoor area at High Cotton, except it was already warm outside.

High Cotton Brewery Patio

Closer to the fall, the patio will be an excellent place to sit and drink a beer.

Beer glass empty, I headed back to Cooper Young. Again I took Madison east. (I have toyed with the idea of taking a bus back east down Union with the bicycle. Just an idea. I could probably drink more beer and have a safe ride home.)

Before I went home, I stopped off at First Congo Church to check out the new “bicycle corral” in Cooper Young.

Cooper Young Bicycle Corral

The corral takes up one car parking spot but can hold 10 bicycles. Easy. Overton Square would make a great spot for one of these. (Although there is a bike rack in the Overton Square garage.)

Overton Square Parking Garage Bicyle Rack

And yes, there is a bicycle rack by Boscos. Yet you still see bicycles tied up at The Bayou entryway. And yes, there is also a rack by Studio On The Square.

Done. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and coffee. Cheers :)


Morning Bike Ride, SanDisk Sansa Clip, Ice Round Mold, Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Extender


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Waffle Wednesday Memphis. Get some.

Bike ride to work this morning. I swear there are some mornings that I feel as though I am asleep while riding my bicycle. By the time I get to Avery, less than 1 mile away, I am NOT asleep (a bit of a climb). THAT will wake me up.

My new media device arrived yesterday. The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is pretty much plug and play.

SanDisk Sansa Clip

I plugged the device into my computer and started to copy and paste music from the computer into the SanDisk. It couldn’t get easier. I only had time to load up a few gigs of music, but it was enough.

This morning I plugged the SanDisk into my Imaingo (think small speaker) and placed the speaker on the handlebars. Here we go. The SanDisk worked very well. You have a skip button and a volume button. That’s pretty much it. Simple, but works well. Also the device is very small. I imagine it would be very easy to plug-in headphones and “clip” the Clip+ to a shirt.

I also received my ice round molds.

Ice Round Mold

Think LARGE, round, ice cubes. Just add water to the mold and freeze. The next step is to add liquor. I must try out the new LARGE ice cubes tonight. For the next batch of large “round” ice cubes, I will have to make a half cube since TWO large cubes do not fit in one glass.

The next item in the post? NetGear N300 Wi-Fi extender. Complicated? No. Again, plug and play. In less than five minutes the thing was working. And the Wi-Fi connection outside on the patio? That works just fine as well. Easy.

Done. Plans for Friday? Brewery Day! And bikes. And food. See YOU back here for more bbq and beers. Cheers.

Greenline Construction, Memphis Flood, Wolf River High, Newks Salad, SanDisk Sansa Clip, Stone Ice Cask


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Monday Memphis. What a day.

I started out on my bicycle ride to work early. And the morning was so humid. Wow.

As I biked closer to the I 40 / 240 construction zone, I wondered what the construction site would look like with all of that rain we recently received. Well the soil washed onto the trail in the construction area.

Memphis Greenline Construction

Thank you TDOT for bringing in all of the mud to the trail. We appreciate it.

Next up was the Wolf River passing under the bridge.

Wolf River Memphis Flood

That river is high! And wide as well. “Water, water everywhere…”

By the time I stopped in at work, my shirt was completely wet.

Work, work, work.

To finish the day, my wife picked up some salad from Newks.

Newks Salad

The best part of the salad? Jalapeños! I love the heat. The salad was demolished in a matter of minutes. Delicious!

And the buying continues. I ordered a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB media player. Why? I am tired of using an iPhone to play music. I can’t keep adding music (my 8GB is full) and I can’t keep buying more and more memory (read BUY NEW iPhone). The SanDisk has 8 gigs of memory AND you can add a card with MORE music. The reviews are great, easy to add music to and the best part is the price; $37.00. Beat that Apple.

I also picked out a Stone Cask Ice Round. What? Think “large ice molds”. Why? For drinks. Make drink. Add ice. Make drink. Add ice. Make drink. Add ice. How about add ice ONCE. I have been wanting something like this for some time. I figure I would try the product out. $8.00.

Done. The time is nearly 9:00 p.m. and I have yet to have a drink. Correcting that problem in 3….2…..1….

midnight kiss drink

See YOU back here for more bikes, drinks and Amazon (crack). Cheers.


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