Bruce’s First Pedicure! - July 2013

(Bruce) In order to celebrate our 22nd anniversary, Tracy came up with the usual present that wives ask for: a mani/pedi.  Only this time, she wanted me to join her.  Reluctantly, I decided to give it a try in the spirit of outsidethenest.


Eagles Cover Band - September 2013

We had One of These Nights where the nostalgia never stopped.  Took it to the Limit by dancing and singing along with the boisterous crowd at Tolbert’s in Grapevine, Texas.

We brought a stack of playing cards to play spades while waiting for the band to start.


Always a great idea when you're living Life in the Fast Lane...until Bruce's Lyin' Eyes gave Tracy the opening she needed to win the game! The Band gave everyone a Peaceful Easy Feeling and there was no Wasted Time as they played all the great hits until the Tequila Sunrise came up over Main Street (oops, Main Street is actually a Bob Seger song!).


This band is certainly far from a Last Resort!  (Soooo written by Bruce! Right?)


Le Freak - October 2013

Le Freak bills themselves as the Greatest Disco Band in the World.  What is scary is that we actually owned the right clothes for this groovy night. 

We joined our friends, Steve and Tammy Anderson, at the Glass Cactus in the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.  The Glass Cactus is a great spot for listening to live music.  They have a really large dance floor as well as some good dining fare, all of which can be enjoyed inside or outside on their extra large patio overlooking Grapevine Lake.  Consider going there on a Friday night during the summer to watch the weekly fireworks display over the lake!


Southlake Town Center Wiener Dog Races - October 2013

Once a year, the Southlake Town Center celebrates Oktoberfest.  It’s a weekend-long celebration including food, arts and crafts, music, and the best of all: The Wiener Dog race!

Over 150 dachshunds from around the metroplex take their shot at racing down the track for the right to call themselves the fastest wiener in Southlake.  Creative wardrobe for the wieners is strongly encouraged.



Michigan State Homecoming - October 2013

(Tracy)  Hard to find many people who bleed green and white much more than Bruce.  He loves his Michigan State University.  So, for the first time, I decided to join him for MSU homecoming 30 years after his final year there.  The weather was unseasonably spectacular for mid-October (blue skies and 75 degrees!). We were joined by lots of former pals and well as his sister, Sharon, and her hubby, Craig, (both MSU grads) and his mom, Sunny, who also attended Michigan State back in the late 50's!

Bruce’s old roomie, George, scored some amazing seats for the game, 40 yard line, 10 rows up.  And, the Spartans whipped up on Indiana to send the crowd spilling back into East Lansing in search of all the rowdy restaurants and bars.  The group hung together until well after midnight telling old stories and remembering the good old days.

We also had a lot of fun visiting his junior and senior year off-campus houses.  The current college residents in both houses let us walk down memory lane.  


Saturday Morning Starbucks Rides





We are trying something simple and new. Instead of getting in our car to go to the gym, we are riding bikes. We take a little detour to Starbucks on the way!






The Kessler

Originally opened in 1942, the historic Kessler Theater (, in the south Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff, is now the home to eclectic and acoustic musical acts from all around the country.  We could wax on poetically about how cool this place is, but we think it's better to lift some of these quotes from their website, since they really capture the magic of this place:

“The Kessler Theater is one such gem, an Art Deco beauty … for a slice of real life, there’s always the Kessler.” - Ben Fountain, New York Times

“The acoustics and ambience are spectacular – the Kessler is a true ‘listening room’ with emphasis on the artist-audience connection.” - Dallas Morning News

“The Kessler is one of the best listening rooms I’ve ever been in, and was shocked by the hipness of its environs.” - Joe Nick Patoski, author, Willie Nelson, an Epic Life

“I think it’s the best music venue in the country.” - Eric Nadel, Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Live Music Fan

We love this place and hope you will too.  Here's some pics to give you a better feel for it.  Check it out:

Giddy Up - PBR Iron Cowboy Rodeo 2014

Once a year the best of the best of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) converge in Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium, where appropriately the Cowboys play) for the Iron Cowboy rodeo event.  This year, it was set up with a March Madness bracket….win and move on, lose and you're done.  Since my wife is from Beaumont, TX, has a ranch in Johnson City, TX, and grew up with all this Cowboy stuff, it didn't take much to get her to go with me.  I'm a Cowboy wannabe.  In fact, it all started when I was driving from Florida to California in December of 1988.  I woke up one morning in Van Horn, TX, looked out the window, and thought I had fallen into a John Wayne movie!  Mountains and open ranges were everywhere!  So, 45 minutes later, when I saw a Tony Lama boot factory sign (in El Paso), I had to pull over and check it out.  Three pairs of boots later, I had christened myself as a lover of all things Western.  Then, six months later I met Tracy, (in California) and it was cemented.  Texas here I come!

We took it all in, including the Fan Zone from parking lot #4.  If you want to get your Hee Haw on, including clothing, boots, hats, saddles, music, etc., then the fan zone is right in your wheelhouse.  

Here's a gallery of photos from our experience: