My newest story in Discover St. Clair is sure to get your stomach growling. It focuses on a handful of meat-and-three restaurants in the area all cooking up some darn good Southern cooking. The story mostly focuses on what these restaurants offer for lunch and dinner, but I have to recommend the breakfast at Huggy’s Diner. Best French toast and pancakes I’ve had in a while.
Look Up In The Sky ….
I’ve been a little negligent keeping this blog up to date, but, hey, better late than never. Anyway, I had a really cool piece published in the January issue of B-Metro Magazine on several experimental pilots throughout the Birmingham area. I’ve become fascinated with the idea of someone spending the time, money, and energy to build their own airplane, and then having the cojones to actually get in the darn thing and fly it himself. This article gave me the chance to explore that idea.
I interviewed a handful of local pilots and got to fly in a couple of interesting planes for the piece, taking the controls for a few minutes as well. My favorite of the two planes was, without a doubt, the 1946 Erco Ercoupe, owned by Mr. Johnny Ward of Shelby County, Alabama. We took it up in the air late in the afternoon on a beautiful October day in central Alabama. It’s an open cockpit plane, so the experience is similar to riding around in a convertible with the exception of being about 1,500 feet in the air, of course. We flew over several local landmarks including American Village and my Alma mater, the University of Montevallo. If you ever get a chance to fly in one of these, don’t pass it up. Heckuva lot of fun.
I didn’t get a chance, however, to fly in the Breezy, much to my disappointment, although my wife was thrilled those plans fell through. Another time.
Also, I need to give a shout out to the photographer on the story, the always brilliant Beau Gustafson.
Read the story here.
Drifting classic lambo in the rain.
Photo fun with a Coca Cola sign at Superior Grill, Birmingham, Alabama. Image created with #Snapseed #superiorgrill #birmingham #coke #cocacola #funky #kitsch
Broadway Joe Stylin’
While the game itself is turning out to be a dud, Joe Namath added his own sense of style to the Super Bowl this evening, styling a full-length, fur coat. Who else but Broadway Joe could pull this look off.
By the way, it’s shameless plug time. I have an interview with Joe Namath in the current issue of Tailgater Monthly magazine. I had a chance to talk to him for about an hour last fall, discussing an array of topics, but mostly the events leading up to his famous prediction in Super Bowl III. Now 70, Namath still has that sense of humor and a unique perspective on his role in sports, pop culture, and being the man largely responsible for turning this annual football game into a de facto national holiday. Read it here, and send me a note to let me know what you think.
If it makes you feel better, I’ve always doubted your talent, and I still do. — Brian Hacket to Helen Chapel on Wings.
A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. — Milton Friedman in response to the new, despicable mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio.