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Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich.. from Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box has come out with yet another exciting sandwich that I for one cannot wait to sink my teeth into.  Thanks to my past reviews of Jack in the Box menu items, they've once again reached out to me and have supplied me with the following info about the new Jack's Blazin' Chicken Sandwich.

This chicken sandwich is Jack’s hottest sandwich yet. The new Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken has spicy crispy chicken,  Ghost Pepper Ranch sauce, and sliced jalapeños.

Check out the new commercial..

Since the closest Jack in the Box is about 30 miles away, I'm thankful that Jack is sending me some Jack Ca$h cards to help facilitate a review.   I love spicy food and I can't wait to see just how hot this sandwich is.  My video review is forthcoming, so keep an eye out for it.

 Catch up with Jack online:

Jack in the Box: http://www.jackinthebox.com/


Retro Dad trick #221.. "The snack decoy"

With a family of five, it's a safe bet that somebody in some part of my household will be hungry at any given moment.  During the course of my trip through fatherhood, I've developed a few tricks to ensure Daddy-O is never lacking in the morning, afternoon, or midnight snack area.  Here is one trick that's worked particularly well for me over the years..

1.) Pick out any random food package.  
(the less appealing the food is to young folks.. the better!)

2.) Hide your favorite snacks within the package.  
Voilà! A decoy to preserve your "Dad Snacks" for emergencies.

By chance.. your brood may get suspicious or wise to this trick, so it may behoove you to be a little more sneaky err.. creative.  A simple way around this problem, is by further camouflaging your snacks.

The snack decoy trick has always worked well for me personallyJust don't tell my kids, or bride!


Bada Bing! Your source for a great retro hair cut in Northern Colorado

2310 17th Street, Greeley Colorado

There's a hair studio located in Greeley Colorado called "Bombshell".  What makes this salon stand out from the competition, are the people who work there.  You could have all the razzle dazzle and retro goodness in the world, and it would mean nothing without good people standing behind it.  Each and every member of the staff are class acts, and do a heck of a job.

Maybe it was because I was so used to old school barbers cutting my hair, but I always kind of had an aversion to gals giving me haircuts.  However, I met a very nice dame named "Jo" a few years back, and she has been my personal barber/stylist since.  She has recently went out on her own and is leasing a space inside Bombshell.  Her personal business name is none other than 'Bada Bing'.

From the get go, you will find Jo truly impresses.  She actually listens to what you would like in a hair cut, and can really deliver.  When I first met Jo, I told her my old man was a barber from way back, and that he always cut my hair with shears rather than electric clippers.  She seemed to be channeling my old man when she uttered the exact same words he had spoken years before by saying.. "Your hair is too thin to be cut with clippers".  She was absolutely right, and was the first person to make this observation since dear old Dad.  While I have a full head of hair, it's thin and fine.  If my hair is too long or too short, it simply doesn't look good.

Jo took several minutes to study my hair from all angles before taking a pair of shears to it.  She then said, "Don't worry.. I get your style, and I've done lots of retro cuts and styles like pompadours and rockabilly cuts".   At this point, I realized that I finally found a stylist that was going to give me what I wanted, and not one that was just going to try and get me out of their chair as fast as possible.  She succinctly cut every section of hair on my head specifically to its needs rather uni-formally.

I've had so many stylists and barbers cut my hair over the years that simply started cutting away with little or no thought to what they were doing.  Almost all of them pick up a pair of clippers and say "What number do you want?"  Getting scissor cuts my entire life, I initially had no clue what this meant.  Upon asking for a scissor cut, several stylists and barbers have even physically shown signs of annoyance.  I've had barbers comb my hair straight down over my eyes and cut it straight across like a bowl cut.  Little or no care went into understanding my style, nor tailoring a haircut to match.
So many stylists prefer the ease and speed of razor cuts, that it seems like a good scissor cut is becoming a lost art.  This seems to be more the case at what I now refer to as "Clip Joints" or "Chop Shops".  These are the big chain shops where you're herded in and out like cattle.

The 'Bada Bing' experience by Jo..
Getting a haircut by Jo is a pretty relaxing experience.  For starters, you get around half hour in her comfortable leather barber chair.  After your hair is cut, a hot steamed towel is gently placed over your face while your hair is washed and rinsed out.  After your shampoo, you are dried off with a towel, neck line shaved clean, dusted down, and your hair is styled to your liking.  She does an exceptional job in this regard, because when you leave the shop, you don't have the typical post cut itchiness from pieces of cut hair on your neck, in your ears, on your face, etc.  All of the products she uses are of the highest quality, so you walk out the door smelling, feeling, and looking like a million bucks.

Jo is a throwback to how many old school barbers used to operate, only updated for the 21st century male.  One things for sure..  this enlightened 20th century cat has never had anything but good experiences with Jo, and I will keep coming back for years to come.

If you're in the market for a great retro cut and style in Northern Colorado, make sure to call Jo at Bombshell to set up an appointment.  You will be rewarded with an experience (and superb cut) all unto itself.

 Bada Bing! @ Bombshell
Josephine - Mane Tamer
cell: 307-221-6897
shop: 970-356-3065


My new "Bat" hat

I found this dapper hat during my most recent retro treasure hunt, and it was pretty much an instant buy.  Seeing as how I've had a lifelong obsession with the history of Bat Masterson, it truly is a miracle that I haven't bought a Derby hat before now.

Growing up in Colorado, there was no shortage of Bat Masterson stories told to me by western history buffs, and history class teachers at school.

Bat Masterson was somewhat of a renaissance man, and succinctly an enigma to me as a young boy.  A few hats he wore (no pun intended) were gambler, buffalo hunter, fisherman, army scout, sports writer, columnist for the 'New York morning Telegraph', and of course.. U.S. Marshall who helped tame the west.

 Bat Masterson late 1800s

Rich tales about Masterson still abound in Colorado to this very day.  He hung around with the con man "Soapy Smith" and the Soap Gang in Denver Colorado.  He was a marshal in Trinidad, a sheriff in Pueblo, and roamed the Colorado boom towns of the era.  Every story I ever took in, made this Colorado boy's imagination run wild.  And..  whenever I come across a new tale I haven't yet heard, I feel the same exact way.  Masterson was one of the most feared shooters in the west, drawing his gun from across his body, a cross-draw if you will.. rather than side-draw, which always fascinated me as well.

Gene Barry as Bat Masterson
Bat Masterson TV series 1958-1961

If the myths, stories, and grandiose tales weren't enough to fill my youthful mind, I discovered the Bat Masterson TV series during the early 80s, and it eventually became one of my favorite western series of all time.  The series portrayed Masterson as a tough guy and gentlemen, who only used his six shooter as a last resort.  In fact, he used his cane as a weapon more often than his gun in most episodes.  As a kid I was amazed at how he gracefully wielded it, as if it were an extension of his arm.  He would effortlessly use the gold handled cane to disarm and incapacitate his foes.   I still love the show to this day, and currently have my DVR set up to record episodes whenever they air.

The Hollywood movies of recent years might persuade one to believe that Bat Masterson was a stand out with his Derby hat.  However, when you take a closer look at hats that people of the time period wore, the Derby was immensely popular across all social classes.  It's told that U.S. Marshall's like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp considered most folks wearing large brimmed hats to be trouble makers.  I always thought that to be ironic, since Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid all wore Derby's. 

The Derby is definitely a fun and sharp looking hat with a ton of great history behind it.  I'm not sure how often I'll be wearing this latest addition to my hat collection, but I have a sneaking suspicion I will be slipping it into the rotation on a regular basis.


The Ghost of General Lee

I got this beauty in the mail the other day..

This is the Ghost of General Lee model kit made by Model Products Corporation ( MPC ) back in 2010.   I'm was and still am a huge fan of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series.  On the 26th of October, 1979, one of my favorite episodes “Ghost of General Lee” aired on television.  You can see Rosco P. Coltrane on the packaging getting scared out of his wits by a glowing General Lee that's apparently back from the dead.

In this episode, the General Lee is stolen by two pool hustlers who drive it into the pond while being chased by Rosco.  For all intents and purposes, everyone believes that Bo, Luke, and the General have drowned.  When Boss Hogg comes up with a scheme by claiming the Duke Boys stole from him before their demise, they figure the only way to prove their innocence is to haunt Boss and Rosco by making the General Lee look like a ghost.

MPC created this kit of the infamous ghostly General Lee that even features glow in the dark plastic parts!  I would love to put it together just to see what it looks like in the dark, but this box displays so nicely, I don't think I'm even going to open it.  I may have to buy another one at some point to assemble, and if I do.. I'll make sure to post some pictures of the completed model here on the blog.


Flashbacks abound while retro treasure hunting

I got the chance to do some retro treasure hunting this week for the first time in months.  Just like during so many of my other excursions, I came across a few items that took me right back to my younger years.  Check out what I found..

My grandfather had one of these lighted magnifying gizmos that he used to read the bible and numerous publications with.  This must date back to the 60s or 70s from what I gather.  Close inspection shows that this one had never been used.  A steal at $1.49.. I went ahead and snatched it up.  While I won't be using it to read, I do have plans on using it for some of my hobbies like model building, bicycle restoration, and working on electronics. 

My mother bought me all manner of Avon cologne over the years when I was a kid.  I remember my brother and some of my friends owning Avon chess piece decanters like the ones above back in the 70s.  I couldn't believe there were multiple unopened sets of these decanters in one of the thrift stores I visited.

Boxed sets like this really make me want to get one of those new VCR thingy's.

My mom had a crock pot just like this one when I was growing up.  I'm pretty confident that this thirty something year old crock pot still works incredibly well to this day.  They really don't make appliances like they used to.

Before the days of weed eaters, this is how I used to edge the lawn after I was done mowing.  I used a pair of yard shears exactly like these for years, and am surprised I didn't get carpal tunnel syndrome from using them.

This retro treasure hunting session has lit a fire under me to start doing this more often.  Whether or not I end up buying anything, these treasure hunts usually offer up an exciting and nostalgic walk down memory lane.   I'll make sure to share any new finds from future treasure hunts right here.