Homer's Travels: What Makes A Great Weekend? Saturated Fat!

Monday, September 28, 2009

What Makes A Great Weekend? Saturated Fat!

This weekend was really delightful. It was highlighted with the visit of the Matron of Honor (MoH) and Best Man (BM). They drove down on Friday to get away from stuff at home - notably all the construction noise at their condo. It's nice to be the pressure release valve every once and a while.

The highlight of their visit was a trip back to
Brownville, NE to attend the biannual "World's Almost Largest Flea Market" and "Animal Swap." We were accompanied by my Mom, garage sale and flea market enthusiast. The flea market was pretty impressive. Several blocks of vendors selling old stuff, rusty stuff, junky stuff, and all manners of cool stuff. We really didn't see any of the animal swap - disappointing. Maybe next time.

The day was a little drizzly at the start which kept the crowds down a bit but most of the vendors, probably over 200, were open for business. Since we wanted to look at it all we started with an early lunch at the Lyceum Bookstore and Cafe. I had a BBQ beef sandwich with chips. This is where it started. 49% of my daily allowance of saturated fat. It was yummy.

With our bodies refueled, we walked through the vendors and ended up buying some cool stuff for the house including an old ring of barn keys, an old rusty egg basket, a deep red
mum to set in the rusty egg basket, and a framed set of old yard sticks. This last item is the neatest. It sounds, and is, a little odd. 10 Yardsticks stacked and framed like a picture. It will probably get hung up in our mildly eclectic living room.

After we got all shopped out, we headed over to the Dredge Meriweather Lewis just to find it closed. That's too bad since I think the BM would have liked the tour.

We headed out of town ... slowly. The bridge over the Missouri is being restored and it was down to one lane. As we crawled over the high bridge we didn't see any cars on the road ahead but we still moved forward. It was like some space-time anomaly. We couldn't figure out how we were moving ahead when there were no cars moving on the road ahead of us. We finally decided that a truck going into town must have jumped the light and had started up the bridge, stopped, then backed back down. Of course for the truck to back up the cars behind it had to back up as well so it took us a while to squeeze by the truck. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't some wormhole or time vortex involved.

We stopped at a truck stop for some snacks. Jumbo Milky Way bar. 61% of my daily allowance of saturated fat.

The evening was reserved for Notre Dame football. Dinner was steaks on the grill, mashed potatoes, and peas. 59% of my daily allowance of saturated fat.

The last straw for my diet was a trip to Dairy Queen. I had a medium Chocolate Extreme Blizzard. 130% of my daily allowance of saturated fat.

So for Saturday, I ended up with these numbers (percentages of my daily allowances):

Saturated Fat: 316%

Cholesterol: 168%
Calories: 146%

I'm surprised I survived. Was I more careful on Sunday you ask? Burger Lust with the brother in law, TE, and family. 110% daily allowance of saturated fat. 129% for the entire day. I did stay away from chocolate and ice cream so I consider it a success.

The weekend was just right. It was one of those weekends where you smile contentedly when you reflect back upon it. The BM and MoH can visit any time. They're a great excuse to eat crap, talk politics, and to have a great time with great company. They just can't come right before my next blood test.


  1. Dude, I can hear your arteries pounding from out here! LOL

    Really, though, the title of this post was just about perfect all on its own. :)

  2. GH: A good title can make or break a post.

  3. Saturated fat is awesome goodness! Ok, it's better once in a while.

  4. I only gained a 1/2 a pound. Not bad considering. Thanks for the great weekend.

  5. I didn't gain any weight! I should have had a larger ice cream from Dairy Queen ... next time I won't make the same mistake!

  6. WIfe, MoH: Strange huh. I lost a pound. You're welcome. The weekend was fun and refreshing.