Close match to my first truck, 1962 Chevy

Classic Chevy Truck


I saw this the other day in a parking lot close to my house.  It’s a much nicer version of my first truck I had.  I bought my first vehicle at the old age of 15, from a little old lady named Ms. Alexander.

She lived in our little town of about 600 people, so I can verify that she was in fact little and old.  The truck sat out under an old tree on her property behind her house and my dad saw it and said that I needed to buy it.  Of course that meant using my money.  Which I had in the bank because when I was born they gave me a cow.  That cow had a calf, the bull calves were sold and the money went into my savings account.  The heifer calves were kept and all the process was repeated with their offspring.  So on and so forth that by the time I was 15 I had several thousand dollars in the bank.  They did the same for my sister.  Kind of a college plan for poor farmers.

My truck was a 1962 Chevy, stepside, like you see above.  Also blue, but mine was much more faded as it was original paint.  Mine also didn’t have the fancy white cab.  Mine was a 3 speed on the column or more commonly known as a “3 on the tree”.  Straight 6 – 234 engine.  It went 0-60mph in about 30 seconds, but that was just fine, it was a blast!  It was 99% original, it had an after market rear bumper.  Heavy duty steel.

Did I mention it was cool….cool looking…and cool during the winter but not cool in the summer because the air conditioner was non-existent.  My kids will never understand…

I loved that old truck and like a dummy I sold it when I went to college.  I wished I had it now.  I would like to think that it would like a LOT like the one you see above.

I don’t care about having all original.  I want something I enjoy to drive.  Texas summers were fine when I was growing up and the a.c. was 2 windows and 2 vents open.  Now, I prefer a little condensed air.

Also, a little more power would be nice.  Something that can spin the tires without having to pop the clutch on wet pavement would be an added bonus.

Oh, well, that’s all for memory lane today!

You have Won! Either $50,000, a trip to Mexico or a TV!

Have you ever received those letters in the mail?  Informing you that you have won!  Then it tells you what you have one, either this awesome thing, this great thing or this good thing.

Well, when I was a kid, back in the 80’s, my parents “won” something and inquired about it.

It turns out all they had to do was listen to a guy talk about some great vacation property in Arkansas and they were guaranteed to walk away with their prize AND a free meal!

Well, I remember going.  The presenter was slick and sharp and the food was good.  I kept thinking what it would be like to be RICH!  We were not poor, but I wasn’t allowed to have name brand tennis shoes until I could pay for them myself.

Well, the other day I was visiting my parents house and out in the garage, guess what I see?  Our PRIZE from that day so long ago…

3rd Place Prize

Guess what, it still works!!!!

New House Before and After

New House Before and After

Well, we finally decided to buy a house here in the Houston area.  It was exactly where we wanted and it took some expert negotiating but we got it done.  When you see the before pics, you’ll understand why we had so much negotiating power.

Alison acted as the general contractor and head designer and did a great job!  We even had people we didn’t know asking to see the progress and ask her for ideas and contact information.

From “Sunshine Yellow” to a soothing grey

The realtor told the people living here to change the paint color and they’ll get more offers.  They refused.  The entire house was yellow and purple.  It was as if we stumbled into a LSU fan’s dream home.  However, the carpet was stained in every room.  So, it was a complete do-over.  We spent about 60 days on fixing this place the way we wanted it.

Kitchen Before and After

Once again, Alison took over and picked out everything.  This is my favorite room of the remodel.

Kitchen take 2

All those hours watching Chip & JoAnna paid off!!!!

First Impressions

Had to do something here.  This ended up being one of the harder jobs and more time consuming.  We did a lot of the work ourselves.

There’s the Purple

And everyone had to help!

No Union Workers
7 yrs old is just right to start work!
I’m not exempt

And we couldn’t forget about the back yard

Drink Please!

Come on by!  I’ll post more later, but we are ready for guests now!

I like a job where you can prep by watching Fixer Upper.  We still have some work to do, but the hardest stuff is done!

A change coming my way! Headed to Next Era Energy

I received the offer letter and have accepted.  I’ll be in charge of safety for a division of Next Era Energy.  I have been following them for a while.  In my ethics course for my MBA program, I googled ethical companies and Next Era (and their parent company Florida Power & Light) received top marks.  It will be a nice change of pace from where I was at.  I can’t wait to get started.  I’ll update more later!!!!!!

Beautiful 427 Yenko Camaro Engine at Mecum Auction Houston 2017

427 Yenko Camaro


This beautiful engine was attached to a 1969 Camaro at the Mecum Auction in Houston 2017.  If I only had $100,000!!!!

I’ll probably never buy a true Yenko, but I’m ok with a fake.  The auction was fun, saw several original Mustang Shelby Cobra’s that went for $100k +.  One of them went for $250k.  Could you imagine paying that much for a car that you will rarely drive?

JB Smoove and Us at Rich Eisen Show

Brant, Alison and JB Smoove at Rich Eisen Show

Quick wits and great style sums up JB Smoove (@ohsnapjbsmoove) and interestingly enough, me…  Just agree and move on.

For those of you that don’t know, JB is on Curb Your Enthusiasm, with the ever funny Larry David.

We got the pleasure to listen to JB for a few hours during the Rich Eisen show while they were filming in Houston this past week for Super Bowl 51.

Go to the Rich Eisen show to see clips, he interviewed Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and the always friendly Bill Belichick.  It was the most I have ever heard Belichick say.

By the way, JB is much taller than I thought.  I would guess right at 6ft 4in.  Check him out on Curb Your Enthusiasm and watch his interviews from press night at Super Bowl 51.  Great stuff!

“Interviewing” Rich Eisen, Super Bowl 51, Rich Eisen Show

Rich Eisen Show Super Bowl 51


Great Day!  My wife and I went to the Rich Eisen Show in downtown Houston the other day (#REsb51).  He was extremely nice and after the show he came out and talked to everyone.  His crew was great, the guests were great.  I even got to ask him a legit question.

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, if you ever watched ESPN, you got to “know” Rich, Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott, Chris Berman and many others.  In college I watched ESPN nearly every waking hour.  Once Dan and Rich left I followed them.  I watch the Dan Patrick show and Rich Eisen show without fail.  When I was working in Africa, I couldn’t watch (because our band-width was horrible), but I could listen.

So this past week, I got to see Dan Patrick, listen to Berman interact with our crowd and actually got to talk with Rich.  It was a dream come true for me.

So, what was my question to Rich?

“Which interview made him the most nervous?”  I was a bit shocked with his answer, but he went on to explain.  It was one of his music hero’s.  If you watch his show you might could guess it, Bruce Springsteen!

I asked him if he ever got nervous with sports stars and he said, nope!

I’ll post some more pics with his crew (the Chris command center), which was beyond great.  Loved it!

Anyway, it was great time and it made my day!!!!!

Butler Family VACA in Honduras via Carnival Breeze


Here we are at our stop in Honduras during Christmas.  This was our favorite spot.  We even took some Christmas gifts for our guide’s children.  He took us all over the island and to his house (per our request).  I could live on the island tomorrow!

We went to a little restaurant where we were the only people there.  My wife asked how they prepared everything, and they let her go into the kitchen to help cook.  The owners little boy was glad to have some kids to play with.  We ended up staying there for several hours.

The mangroves where GREAT, so much fun!

We were the LAST ones back to the ship!