Friday, August 26, 2016

I need to make more money

I'm about to move to a new place. Move in is September 1st. I have to prorate rent on my current place for three days, 1st thru 3rd, so I can move out and clean the place. It'll run about $210 for those three days. I have to pay $2,100 for the first month's rent. I have connection and reconnection fees for utilities.

It sucks!

This will be an extremely rough month financially, particularly because it follows an already tough month of August.

In August, there was school registration for both children, one college sophomore and one high school senior. Books for the college student. Band registration and fundraising as well as theater performance dues for the high school senior. Both need new laptops for school. One of the current nine-year old laptops is dead and the other one is dying.

I had to put our family pet's recent surgery on a payment plan with Care Credit. If I don't pay the $1,700 within eighteen months, I'll pay a whole lot in deferred interest.

I already had a payment plan for a recent ambulance ride and E.R. visit for the wife. That started out at like $1,400.

I also have a few more payment plans and just paying outs of accrued debt with interest that won't end for at least six months to a year.

But I try to remain positive. We have our health (barely/mostly). We have a place to move to (as long as nothing goes wrong). I have a job to pay for necessities as well as all this debt (well I have credit to pay and then some money from the job to make payments towards the credit).

So, life is good!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chili Pepper Grill Food Truck

I didn't much care for walking very far today for lunch so I decided to partake in the offerings of an available food truck on campus, the Chile Pepper Grill food truck.

What you see is (from left to right, top to bottom) the Alambre and Cowboy "deluxe" tacos, asada and a carnitas tacos from the food truck. Their menu on the side of the truck said the deluxe are $3.00 each and and the regular tacos are $2.00 each. However upon payment, she only charged me $7.50. Weird but I'm not complaining for saving $2.50.

Anyway, I've had the tacos from Chile Pepper Grill before. In fact, all these I've had before except for the Cowboy and they taste the same as I vaguely recall. The meat is still fairly flavorless for all.

One thing I do notice is that the bacon on the Alambre has changed. Before I think I described them as bacon bits/chunks. This looks to be more like bacon slices.

Either way, I really only recall tasting the flavors of lime juice and the green salsa (the peach/orange is too damn hot for my tastes) that I put on the tacos.

So, I will probably eat from Chile Pepper Grill food truck again (1) if they are the only truck or food provider and I'm starving or (2) someone else purchases the food. I'm not saying it tastes bad. I'm just saying it just really doesn't taste...at all.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chacho's in San Antonio

I just remembered I had eaten at Chacho's off Poss Rd in San Antonio. I was down there for a competition for my youngest. There were a couple of parents we were with who were familiar with the area and recommended this place. The group consensus was that we'd give it a try.

On the night we went, I think it was a Saturday, it was pretty hopping...packed and busy. Interestingly, there were a lot of 'Mexicans' there. I quoted it because they could be Latino, Puerto Rican, Spanish or whatever so I loosely generalize them all as 'Mexicans.' There were also a lot of Black and Caucasian diners as well as a few Middle-Eastern types. Point is, is that this place seemed to appeal to the masses.

Anyhow, the menu had many choices to select from like burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and nachos. The pricing seemed alright and inline with many Tex-Mex restaurants around Dallas like Desperados, Enchilada's, Matt's Rancho Martinez, Chuy's and such.

I had the fajita taco dinner combo. I figured it was a dish that couldn't suck no matter where it's served. It was served fairly quick especially with the rush the restaurant was having. It was good. Not overwhelming or overly exciting but just tasted good.

This is the Bean & Cheese version of the Pile High Nachos. I didn't order it but a friend did. It looks much larger and more filling than it really is. I mean it is filling but it LOOKS very filling. Unfortunately, the way they make it isn't conducive to making sure the bean and cheese gets in between the nacho chips. It's essentially a pile of nacho chips with bean and cheese poured over the top. As quickly as the nacho cheese starts to thicken and the already-thickness of the beans, it doesn't have much of a chance to absorb and seep into the chips. I did have a taste of the nachos and just like the taco dinner combo, it was just good. It didn't make my mouth water and say I needed a dozen more bites but also didn't make me say, "gross."

All in all, I'd say it was worth trying out this place...a seemingly popular place with the locals in this part of San Antonio, Texas. Would I make a point to return if I'm in the area or recommend it to someone I know who will be? Probably not. But I'm always willing to try new and interesting restaurants whenever I get the chance to travel.


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