Two More Days . . .

Well, we’re down to the last two days of our gate guarding adventure. Monday morning about 9 am we’ll head over to the Gate Guard Services yard for the night. Then Tuesday morning we’ll head out for Celina, OH to meet up with Nick and Terry on Sunday to help them get ready for the upcoming Eastern Gypsy Journal RV Rally that will kick off with Early Bird parking on Sunday, September 2nd, with the Rally itself starting on Monday,

Along the way we’ll spend one of our five nights in Sikeston, MO, which just coincidently happens to be the home of Lambert’s “Throwed Rolls” Cafe. Funny how that stop just happened to work out. Besides the one in Sikeston, they have two other locations, one in Ozark, MO, and one in Foley, AL, and we’ve eaten at all three. Funny how that just happened to work out.

Besides Lambert’s delicious country cooking, the free pass-arounds, (fried okra, black-eyed peas, fried potatoes, etc.) there’s the fun of hearing “Heads Up” and seeing a softball-sized roll sailing overhead. Here’s more info on how this got started at Lambert’s,

We’ll also spend one night in Vernon, IL to visit Jan’s sister Debbie and her family. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Finishing up, here’s what we were doing three years ago before Nick’s rally in Celina.


Thought for the Day:

Dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive.


Wings and more Wings…

Originally posted on September 25, 2009

As I said, today was pretty much just an errand day.

We’re at the Sleepy Hollow Lake Campground in Corfu, NY, a little east of Buffalo.

Sleepy Hollow Lake


It’s the only park we’ve ever stayed at that has a petting zoo! They have alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, and emus. Not bad.

Petting Zoo 1

Petting Zoo 2

Petting Zoo 3

Petting Zoo 4


And for some strange reason, it also has its own fire truck!



Not sure that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

After sitting outside with Mister awhile, we headed out looking a good place to have lunch.

While looking for, what turned out to be an out-of-business Mexican place, we stumbled on Quaker Steak and Lube, a restaurant with, not surprisingly, an automobile theme.

And really good food.

Besides a full menu, they also specialized in Buffalo Wings. I noticed that besides the normal ones, they had ’Atomic Wings, so Jan and I decided to try a sampler plate of 5 wings.

Wing Chart

Wing Chart

According to the SHU (Scoville Heat Units) chart on their menu, regular Buffalo wings rate a 3000 of the chart. Really, really hot wings rate a 30,000.

Their Atomic Wings come in at150,000 SHU!

Jan ate two wings and I ate 3. They were hot, very hot. But I’m not sure they’re any hotter than the hottest ones that Hooters has.

But for the rest of the day, our lips did tingle and feel like they had been sunburned.

After lunch, with our tongues still tingling and our eyes still watering, we drove over to Sam’s Club for some ‘stuff’.

Heading back toward home we stopped off at a Walgreens that had flu shots available. Jan wanted to get one. This is just for the normal flu. The Swine (H1N1) Flu shots won’t be available until sometime next month.

As usual, I didn’t get one. As I tell Jan, “I depend on the kindness of strangers”. I figure if everyone else gets a shot, then I won’t need one.

I haven’t gotten a flu shot for years and I haven’t had the flu for years. And pretty much every time I got a shot in the past, I’ve gotten the flu.

So there.

We also stopped off at a NAPA Auto Parts so I could buy a new battery for the truck. We’ve had a couple of instances recently where our truck wouldn’t start, so I wanted to take care of the problem.

I installed the new battery in the NAPA parking lot so I wouldn’t have to bring the old one back later.

Later that evening, we decided to have more chicken wings. This time from the place that created the first Buffalo Wings in 1964 and started the whole thing.

It’s called ‘The Original Anchor Bar” and is located in Buffalo, of all places. The place is really a family Italian restaurant and has been around since 1934.

The wings came about when some friends of the owner’s son showed up right before closing one night, and the son asked his mother to fix something for them. She took a bunch of chicken wings that she was planning to use for soup, deep fried them, and then dunked them in a sauce she had been working on for another recipe.

And a legend was born!

This being an Italian restaurant, besides an order of Spicy BBQ Wings, we got a cheese and pepperoni pizza, and an order of Pizza Logs, kind of like Italian Egg Rolls. All very good. And we had leftovers.

Then it was back home to get ready to head out tomorrow on a two day trip to Celina, OH for the Eastern Gypsy RV Rally.

More tomorrow…



2 Responses

  1. We’re looking forward to seeing you guys soon.
    Safe travels.

  2. WOW, you made it!! Glad you get some free days off too!! You are SO right about those flu shots…last one hubby got permanently damaged his liver….yep, sure did!! Thanks guys, we really needed that. As I often remark: “Well, why do you suppose it is called practicing medicine? They are practicing on US!!” There sure are lots of terrible germs these days…makes you wonder how they just happened to come along. We have friends and kin who have been terribly ill all winter. I remember as a kid looking forward to summer cause we were never sick then…so WHAT IS GOING ON??

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