HJOj_SKjmQIGQwfbde_0DpO42c0 That Drawer in the Kitchen: 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Special Night For Special Kid! Take Me Out to the Ball Game - America's Coach: Bobby House & Team MVP: Razz

The following story is about a friend of mine, Bobby House, baseball and a young man named Razz.

It was written as a Facebook comment by Bobby's wife Tammy.

I will post Tammy's thoughts unedited.

WARNING: Kleenex Alert! 

My husband, Bobby coaches the Varsity fall ball baseball team for Forney High School. Bobby came home from his game last night and I’ve never seen him on such a high. You see there is a kid with disabilities they call ‘Razz’ on there that the boys love and he is a part of the team. He doesn’t get to play much but just being a part of the team is a thrill for him. This kid is pure heart, the kind of heart Bobby wishes all his boys had.
Last night before the game, Bobby asked Razz if he could pitch. Razz said, “Coach, I got a fastball, a slider and a curve!” Bobby just smiled and said, “That will work” and told the team as soon as they got a good lead, Razz was going into pitch. His eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and his teammates came thru for him scoring lots of runs. So there was Razz warming up every inning waiting to get his turn at pitching, finally Bobby told him Razz you are going in the 3rd inning.
The 3rd inning comes and sure enough Razz heads to the mound to pitch. Would you believe the very first batter he strikes out!! The crowd and teammates go crazy cheering and ends up only having to pitch to 4 more batters before getting 3 outs! He runs off the mound with a huge smile while his teammates go nuts, surrounding him, jumping and screaming in excitement for him. Bobby said it was the single, greatest coaching moment he has ever experienced.
He said after the game, he gave the game ball to Razz. He said the excitement and smile on his face was like he had won the World Series. I love this man! The passion he has for coaching these kids and seeing them succeed just melts my heart. But more importantly to hear countless stories on teenage suicides and bullying on the news, to finally hear a story of love, compassion and acceptance from a group of teenage boys could sure teach a lesson to a lot of teenage kids out there. Because on one night on October 23, 2013, it was definitely Christmas morning for a very special kid, his teammates and one really big hearted coach!

I played baseball on a team with Bobby when we were teenagers. He was a great teammate then and, in my opinion, even better as a coach for young men today.

America, Bobby is exactly the kind of man we need as role models for the young people of our country, the kind of Dad kids need in their lives and an example for all of us to follow.

Well done, Coach Casa.

As for Razz....you, son, are my new Hero. You have set the bar high for all of us with your display of courage, spirit of competition and your love for the Game of Baseball. And I am willing to wager that Baseball, America's Pastime, loves you right back.

Keep throwin' Heat, my man, keep throwin' Heat.

Somebody got a Kleenex I can borrow? I have something in my eyes.

Monday, May 27, 2013

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Some gave all....

"Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace -- a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.

- President Ronald Reagan, May 25,1981

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Help the Victims of the OK Tornado & Get Continuing Coverage of the Recovery Effort

Americans are stunned by the horrific damage and deeply saddened by the loss of life caused by the EF-5 tornado (the strongest tornado classification) that leveled hundreds of homes and killed at least 51, including ten children and two infants, in the Greater Oklahoma City area this past Monday, May 20.

Please read the rest to find out how you can help the tornado victims.....click here.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My 10 Year Old Daughter Shows Us Her Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies!

My 10 year old daughter, Isabella, stars in her very own YouTube video on my wife's YouTube Recipe & Cooking Channel, "MishMawsh and Other things".

Today Issy shows us how to make Peanut Cookies without flour or baking powder!

It's a simple, quick recipe that is sure to please all the kids (including Dad) in your family!

Enjoy, y'all!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Bunny Cake Video!

                                  HAPPY EASTER!

My wife and two little girls had a blast making this Easter Bunny Cake. From our family to yours - Happy Easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lower the Crime Rate by Giving Jury Duty Pay & GEDs to Gangstas!

That Drawer in the Kitchen is now open.

Today we will take a look at the American system of jurisprudence.

Our justice system, while occasionally flawed, is still the best system in the history of mankind. In our justice system a man is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers. If he is found not guilty, he's a free man facing no further prosecution from the government.

This is as it should be.

GED Proud
In Cleveland, Ohio they do things a little differently when a man is found not guilty. They give the defendant  their jury duty pay!

Is this a great country or what?

But there is a catch to this "gift" to the Not Guilty Guy, because he seems like a nice young man, despite being charged with kidnapping and felonious assault.  The catch? Our juvenile delinquent has to get a GED ASAP.

This is a fine idea.

Except it is a fucking stoopid idea.

Why is it stoopid? What makes these dumbass jurors think that if this kid, who's 19 by the way, gets a GED that he'll have an epiphany and leave the gang life behind? With a GED this young hoodlum can go around Cleveland and shout to all whom will listen, "I got a GED! Now I can be a high school drop out with a GED and still do gang stuff to the citizens of Cleveland!"

Did I mention that the defendant was accused of kidnapping and felonious assault?

He may even start a trend amongst gangstas all over the country. The gangs will replace those stoopid looking red and blue bandanas hanging out the back pocket of their jeans with GED Certificates! And they'll owe all this pride in their new found GED to the jurors who were too damned stoopid to see guilt when it was staring right them in the eyes. Fucking asswipes. The new motto for the Bloods or the Crips can be: "We may be drug dealing, prostitute makin', extortionists and cold blooded killers, but we all have GEDs!!!" Now these Blights on Society can make change for a hundred on their next crack cocaine deal.

It's not out of the question that this young man, and others to follow, will be charged with another crime in the future and the verdict will be quite different.

I say we should lock the guilty bastards up and give them a sentence in line with their crime, put then on a chain gang and work the vermin until they drop from exhaustion every day for the duration of their sentences. Oh, yeah, and tell them to shove that GED up their asses, provided of course that they don't have something else shoved up their asses, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

How's that GED shit workin' for you now, dickweeds?

These plagues of society are breathin' my air.

Case and That Drawer in the Kitchen are now closed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Blogging Friend Celebrates Her 1st Blog Birthday!

I have recently been introduced to some new bloggers. You'll find many of them in the "Blogs in the Drawer" gadget on the left hand side bar. There are some very good blogs there, so when you get a chance I heartily urge you to go on a "Click & Read Binge".

One of the blogs listed in "Blogs in the Drawer", 25ToFly and the young lady who runs the place, Becca, is celebrating a very special occasion today - its First Blog Birthday. That may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but to a blogger, it's a helluva deal. Imagine if you will, trying to write something entertaining and witty every day of the year. Or almost every day of the year. As a blogger of two and a half years, let me tell you it ain't easy. At all. Hell, in my Facebook and Twitter timelines, I see many people struggle to write a coherent thought in 140 words or less. Imagine writing several hundred (or more) every day. Do you smell what the Junk Drawer is cookin'?

Back to 25ToFly...Becca notes: 
What you are about to read is an excerpt from my very first blog post, written exactly one year ago to date and apparently before I knew what a tag or a decent title was.

This post will mark the beginning of an experiment for me.  Today will be spent exploring this place, and figuring out what it is all about. I have a specific job in mind for the future, in a place far from where I am now. Being efficient in WordPress is one of the skills I will need if I ever hope to get there. If my course changes between now and then, I can, at the very least, eliminate “Create a Blog” from my bucket list. [...]

Becca is a very talented young woman and she has an inspirational story to tell about how blogging has changed her life.
I'm sure that she would love to hear from you, so click on over to 25ToFly for the rest of the story, get inspired and wish Becca a Happy Blog Birthday!
This story is now safely tucked away in That Drawer in the Kitchen.

***Photo from 25ToFly***

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Organized Chaos That is "That Drawer in the Kitchen"

I have one. You have one. Everybody has one. Rich or poor, tall or short, black or white, they've got one.

I'm talking about That Drawer in the Kitchen.
You know the one. The one that has everything but kitchen stuff in it. Open up That Drawer in the Kitchen and you won't find silverware or spatulas, you'll discover duct tape and paper clips, small nails and screws, pens, pencils, small appliance owner's manuals and Sharpies, with nary a kitchen item in sight.

That Drawer in the Kitchen is a place were nothing makes sense, but everything makes sense. Think about it. That Drawer in the Kitchen is the haystack where the needle can be easily found. It may look like a small tornado organized it, but I bet you a dollar to a donut that right now you could go open That Drawer in the Kitchen and within a few seconds find a small nail or screw. I also bet you that there are people all over the country headed straight for That Drawer in the Kitchen looking for a nail or screw at this very second.

As far back as I can remember every home I have ever been in has had That Drawer in the Kitchen. TDITK is as American as red beans and cornbread or Granny's apple pie. A tradition. A birthright. A mini hardware store right there in your kitchen.

Everything I've written thus far is a metaphor for this blog, That Drawer in the Kitchen. It will be about nothing, but it will be about everything. I'm not sayin' that I am gonna be writin' about nails, screws and small appliance owner's manuals, but I will offer you a smorgasbord of topics, some of my own choosing, others from some of my favorite blogs, still others from my Facebook page or my Twitter time lines.

You never know what you might find until you look.

So, let's take a peek in That Drawer in the Kitchen.