Whiskey and Tacos. Nuff’ Said.

whiskey and tacosI’m sure there are lots of great taco joints in Chicago, but until I visited the Bullhead Cantina a few weeks ago, I hadn’t found one.

I’d rank this place in the top ten taco joints I’ve ever visited, and the best on this side of the Mississippi.

I tried the carnitas, the fried chicken, and the avocado tacos. The avocado was my favorite, and one of the few veggie tacos that I would recomend. What sets Bullhead apart from most Chicago taco joints is that spicy actually means spicy.

I’d recommend this place on the strength of its tacos alone, but the Bullhead Cantina features a twist that puts it over the top; Whiskey. Lots and lots of great whiskey. I enjoyed my tacos with a whiskey flight, and later ordered a manhattan. Their select is great from the bottom shelf to the top.

Bullhead offers a daily special featuring a taco, a shot of whiskey and a PBR for $6. My advice, skip the hipster-brew and focus on what makes this place truly awesome: whiskey and tacos.

New years, & dead horses

3617699757_c8f3c7092d_bLong ago, my mom passed on some great advice derived from an ancient Dakota tribe saying:

“when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

There’s no sense in whipping the horse, or digging in your spurs, or threatening it. It’s already dead. You may find yourself brooding about how unfair it is that the horse is dead. You might be angry with the man who sold you the horse. You may even be sad, and sit around reminiscing about the good times you had with the horse. But none of that is going to get you any further down the road.

2013 was a rough year for my family. At one point, it felt like the whole stable died. We cashed in every bit of support offered from family and friends and may never be able to thank them enough for it. It took a lot of work, but eventually, we found a new horse.

Over the holidays, a few of our friends told us stuff like, “things happen for a reason” or “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Sorry, but I don’t buy that.

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ~ Lou Holtz

Things don’t just work out for the best. You have to make them work out. If you find yourself in a place where you need help, ask for it. If family or friends are offering their support, swallow your pride and accept it. You may be able to learn from the negative things that happen in life, but don’t dwell on them. Sometimes, there’s nothing to be learned. More than anything, the faster you get off the dead horse, the sooner you’ll be back on the trail.

I’m happy to put 2013 in the rear view mirror. For 2014, let me leave you with my favorite New Year’s toast:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Suess

Photo credit David Clow.

Five weird things you didn’t need to know about Denver International Airport

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 11.58.04 PMDenver International Airport (DIA) is one of the busiest airports in the nation, but did you know it’s also the caffeine hating home of the New World Order?

According to Foursquare, I’ve been to DIA at least 50 times. Here’s some crazy stuff I’ve learned over the years.

The gargoyle in baggage claim

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As the airport neared completion in the early 90’s, bugs in the automated luggage delivery system delayed the grand opening. It was such a mess that they eventually scrapped the whole system. The debacle was even featured on the History Channel’s Engineering Disasters show.  As a result, a gargoyle now guards the baggage claim area to ward off the evil spirits that crashed the old system.  Works for me, I just want my bag now, thanks. Continue reading “Five weird things you didn’t need to know about Denver International Airport”

The Koval Distillery

lions-prideI’m highly skeptical of any bourbon producer that’s not located in Kentucky, and I generally feel like you can replace the word “organic” with “overpriced.” So the local buzz around Koval was initially lost on me.  Then, my wife set us up on a tour of the Ravenswood-Chicago distillery. This place is legit.

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 9.03.15 AMIn addition to a full tour of the facility, we were able to sample several different products, including a really good Four Grain and my favorite, the Oat.

If you’re ever looking for a unique date night, or just want to see a world class alternative grain distillery, be sure to check it out.

Fun with QR Codes

First, a little history. My friend Dan fancies himself a master Rick Roller. Not only is he good at Rick rolling people, he’s expert at avoiding the Rick Roll himself. He’s so good, that several of us set up a bounty to be awarded to the first person to prove he could actually Rick Roll the master.

I used a URL purchased months ago called lendcamp.com, installed wordpress on it, embedded the famous YouTube video, and laid in wait. Months later, the topic of mortgage conferences came up while texting with Dan, and I asked him if he was going to LendCamp. His delayed response was, “is there really going to be a LendCamp, or was that the most elaborate RickRoll ever devised”? MuhuHaHAHAHa! Continue reading “Fun with QR Codes”

Spring Desktop Cleaning

I habitually save stuff to my desktop so it’s handy while I’m working on a project. Before long, my computer desktop is as cluttered as my real desktop. I did some spring cleaning in my office today and it’s looking brilliant. But I also took a minute to clean up my computer desktop as well. This GLD hack will show you how to do this super fast! Continue reading “Spring Desktop Cleaning”

iPhone Photo Time Suck

How many different ways can you photograph the same subject with your iPhone?  I find myself getting sucked into the Twilight Zone of Getting Less Done when presented with trivial specimens of flowers, insects, bricks ……I could go on and on.

Isn’t that the point?  There are so many applications and so little time!  Sometimes I go walking with the family and by the time I look up from taking a photograph, they’re gone!  I don’t realize how time just flies from under me, and all for a photo.  The Art of Getting Less Done is not easily attained. Continue reading “iPhone Photo Time Suck”