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Eating contests and Eating challenges around Kona & Denver

A Penny Saved...

OK, many of you seem put off a bit by PayPerPost. It is really easy, but whatever. So to those who are put off by it, you have got to make some money in some way/ One way is to learn about penny stock investing on Stockwire.com. The MySpace for the Penny Stock investor!

This site is always free to you and you will find investing video tutorials, a message board, stock profiles, a blog, and e-newsleters. How can they make all of this information available to everyone for free? Heck I do not know but just check it out and see how amazing it is!

Another One

I got mail. It seems someone did a search on Flickr too. They found this "skinnyboy". This is not me either! Promise! Unlike the other photo to which I possibly could relate, this one is just plain weird. Keep them coming so we can clear the air!

Information Overload!

In a game of Trivial Pursuit not too long ago I answered correctly when asked something about "an actress has been nominated 14 times for a Daytime Emmy. Name the character she portrays on a popular soap opera". I paraphrase, but who WOULDN'T know that? C'mon! There is a site that has the absolute best coverage of All My Children! The site is stacked with daily updates, late breaking news, spoilers, and message boards. If you got t work all day you miss the edge-of-your-seat goings on in Pine Valley. But do not fret because one stop to this site and you can get all caught up and then some! Oh, and by the way the answer is Erica Kane played by Susan Lucci! Duh!

Whoa Whoa!

Hey I was looking at some photos on Flickr, and I did a search on "Skinnyboy" to see what came up. Well, uh, this one did. I want to go on the record right now and make sure everyone knows that this is not me. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I could maybe even see myself doing this. But it would not end up on Flickr. Hopefully.

Review: Raising Funds

Fundraising has always been a rite of passage for school kids. A new site has terrific school fundraising ideas. Cookie dough, healthy ideas, and scratch card fundraising are some of the new angles to use to raise funds.

Yes, kids banging on your door to sell you magazines is a pain, and who does not hate the parents who corner you at work to buy the braid bread, but it is all for a good cause. Hey, potential fundraisers, check out the new ideas to go at it a new way!

Big Burger

I saw this photo and quick story over on SupersizedMeals. The restaurant is in Australia so it wouldn't be that convenient to get there. But it sure looks good!

Review: MyPodCast.com

Free Podcast creation and hosting?!? No way! WAY! There is this sweet site out there that is all about making it easy for anyone with something to say to record, publish, and air their own podcasts. Podcasts are radio-style shows delivered over the Internet to your computer that – unlike streaming audio – you can listen to anytime and anywhere. And you can make money doing it. If you like money then check them out!

Do You Prefer Limp or Hard?

The IFOCE converged on Bikinis Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas on January 27th for the 2007 Bikinis Bar and Grill World French Fry Eating Championship. Here is my trip report. The full Flickr slideshow can be viewed here.

Ouch, a Friday afternoon is a bad time to go to the airport.

I am dazed and confused after waiting almost an hour in the security line. But focus on the shirt. Billy, the shirt kicks ass! The logo rocks!

I get to Houston. No problems with that. Getting to the airport at least. LEAVING the airport, now that's something else. I'm good with maps and I can navigate quite well, but HOLY SHIT! There are one way frontage roads, and signs on the right side of the road when the exit's on the left, and those signs say "exit on the left" when you are at the exit, and left lanes are u-turn only...yeah, whatever. And on the drive to Austin, I knew I was on the right road so it's OK but there was no sign saying "Austin XX miles" until I saw one saying "Austin 63". It's 163 from Houston to Austin, so no sign for 100 miles. But I digress...

Dinner. Chocolate milk.

Strong bones and teeth and a healthy coat. Foodarama.

I am driving from Houston to Austin. In my mind I thought it would be a quick 2 hours. I had even plotted the way on MapQuest. So I'm driving, and it's 8pm. Then 9. Gotta be getting close, right, it's been about 2 hours. Uh, no. I look at the MapQuest print out and it's 163, not 123. Crap. It's no big deal now but I had booked flights thinking it was around 2 hours between, not 3. Also part of it was that I was not driving too fast. Not because I didn't want to, but the Kia was pulling 7K on the tachometer at only 65mph. Yeah because I had the automatic in 3rd instead of Drive. Oops. I didn't find that out until I was about 2 miles from Austin. Not like the big bright "3" shouldn't have given it away earlier!

Here's where I spent the night:

Yeah not in the Embassy Suites. In the backseat of the Kia. I had folded the rear seats in hopes that it would be flat and I could stretch out. But no. Big hump.

But in the morning I did score some breakfast at the hotel. Muffins, fruit, cereal, and juice. Made-to-order eggs and pancakes were for hotel guests only. Damn elitists.

Nice spread. And free!

Banana. While eating it, I could not help but notice...

How soft and supple my hands were. You gotta understand how rough and scaly they are in Denver in the winter. Sure, humidity always smooths them, but never this fast!

Before going to BBG I figure out how I'll motor out back to Houston. With my miscalculation I know it will be tight. But that's for later.

The venue, Bikinis Bar & Grill, is easy to find and it's kind of funky. The stage is set up outside in the parking lot. It's a beautiful day.

I was looking forward to meeting Seaver Miller and Dale Boone. Dale, unfortunately, withdrew right before the event. But Seaver introduced himself. Seems like a super nice guy. I don't know the top guys that well, but Seaver may well be right up there with Tim & Conti as far as the nicest.

Seaver also has "The Achiever" on back of his coat. He can't wear this on his helmet when fighting fires, but does he wear the coat? Forgot to ask.

Stage is ready.

It looks in this photo like there is plenty of room to stand, and there was. But, if you took a step back you'd go over the edge. George even said to us very clearly: "Do not step back!"

Joey mugs.

George getting the crowd going.

The fries being brought out on trays.

The trays were each 5 pounds. The fries themselves were crispier than I would have expected. I thought as the fries cooled they would become soft. Limp, if you will. They were not too salty, but more spicy like fries at Arby's. The fries were quite delicious and run a close second to the Three Brothers pizza in good-tasting-contest-food. Rich was correct when stating that these Bikini Fries are hard because "their abundant flavor can easily distract an eater from the task at-hand".

Joey, Tim, Chip, Seaver and Larry wait to be called to the stage.

This is my 5lb tray before eating. The picture does not show the mound nature of it. In 10 minutes I'd get down 1.9 pounds.

Man, there must be some sort of performance anxiety or something. My first couple of contests, yeah, I didn't know what was going on. But by now I should be able to do in IFOCE contests what I can do when I'm not in a contest. It's not getting to the mouth. That's fine. Or where it goes. My problem, when it matters, is getting the food down. I don't know if my esophagus constricts or I stop swallowing or what.

After the 10 minutes, we had to go back to the kitchen for the weighing of the trays. Yeah, everyone's tray got weighed but I don't think it was handled that well. I didn't see anything so I'm not implying anything, but if someone wanted to eat a few more fries to better their total or do some other shenanigans they could. And why not do the weighing on the stage? The winners had already been announced, so some fans could leave knowing their guy won or got second or whatever, but some might want to hear that this guy ate that, this other guy ate that, and compare the actual finishes to what they thought would happen. Or whatever. Every contest just seems to dissolve after the eating is done. Wouldn't the sponsor want more interest to keep going? Anyway, we go on...

Chip's tray getting weighed.

Check out the rack on that guy!

Afterwards, even though I had no time to waste in getting to the airport...

Soft serve, bee-otch. Finally. I don't know why I always seem to crave that after a contest. Up until now it had never worked out for one reason or another, but this time I was not passing it up. McD cone.

Oh yeah, and the contest shirts. Quite cool. I'll post some photos when I get mine out of the laundry.


Review: Keeping the Books

With this PayPerPost, it seems that soon I might have to look for someone to do my accounting. It is a problem, but a nice one to have! There is a new site out there that can provide bookkeeping services to small businesses and small business accounting. It is tough to find bookkeeping for small businesses – either they charge you a bunch or mess with your system.

At this site you can purchase Quickbooks Online at a discount to the normal monthly charge, buy more bookkeeping services for a flat monthly fee, or purchase payroll services for a flat per-employee fee. Also there are some really good articles. So check it out!

Austin - Fries


That a Good Idea!

Hall "Hoover" Hunt has posted his first poll. His poll is sort of inspired by the NCAA football polls of the coaches and the media. Only he won't poll college football coaches but rather eaters and observers of the competitive eating scene. I think this is a super idea!

Millionaires Only, Please

For any of the readers who are millionaires, and looking for real love, click over to the best site for millionaire dating! If you are a man looking for a lady, or a lady looking for Wealthy Men, this is the site for you! The site says it best though: "meet as friends or be a sugar daddy or sugar baby". That's all good, everyone should find what they are looking for!

The site has a great photo section and a cool search tool. And best of all it is free! But should the clientele care if the site is free or not? Anyway, check it out if you're in to it.

In-N-Out Is Out?

Check this story over at AHT. I've only been to an In-N-Out once, in Las Vegas, and it was OK but the variety of the menu leaves a lot to be desired. Burgers, fries, drink. That's all on the menu! True, the In-N-Out food is of higher quality than BK, Wendy's, and others but In-N-Out really fills a niche. An In-N-Out would not last long at a student union. They can go to the In-N-Out that is opening in the city.

Save More $$$ on your Car

From MSN. Here's the other 10: (see the other 10)

Letting a brake squeal turn into a brake job
Not complaining when your warranty claim is rejected
Not keeping records
Buying an extended warranty
Overinsuring. Never skimp on liability, but why buy collision and comprehensive insurance on a junker you can probably afford to replace?
Assuming the problem is major
Not changing the fuel filter
Not knowing how to change a tire. Have you even looked at your spare?
Not keeping your tires properly inflated
Car washes

A Word from Our Sponsor

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Save $$$ on your Car

I saw this on MSN. Good ideas. Here's the first 10:

Premium gas instead of regular. Buy the cheapest gasoline that doesn’t make your car engine knock. All octane does is prevent knock; a grade higher than the maker of your car recommends is not a “treat.”
3,000-mile oil changes
Taking false economies. Better to replace a timing belt on the manufacturer’s schedule than to have it break somewhere in western Nebraska
Using the dealer’s maintenance schedule instead of the factory’s
Using a dealer for major services. Independent shops almost always will do the same work much cheaper
Using a dealer for oil changes
Not replacing your air filter and wiper blades yourself
Going to any old repair shop
Changing your antifreeze every winter
Replacing tires when you should be replacing shocks

Sun, Sand, Florida!

A few days ago I put up a (paid) post about a site where you can find all kinds of vacation homes for rent by the owners. There are listings all over the United States. I am pleased to announce that this sponsor wants me to talk specifically about their florida home vacation rentals. Choices are available all over the state. From the gorgeous beaches in the panhandle, to the quirky coolness of the keys, and up the lovely eastern coastline! They have every area covered! The winter has been cold and snowy here so I imagine there might be other people too who might want a break. Check them out and find your spot today!

Remember This?

Billy at SupersizedMeals always seems to find some good stuff! A post from the 17th does not disappoint. I am sure a lot of you remember the classic commercials from Wendy's -- Where's the Beef? In the story are links to two other interesting posts, and the unforgettable commercial itself!

Review: The Big Day

Hey guys. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Make it simpler on yourself and go online to get your Valentine’s Day Gifts. Beer Liquors has a wide variety of gifts. Perfumes, flowers, gift baskets. All kinds of things. And they have gifts for her and for him! They have many Beer Gift Baskets!! Check them out!

Go W Go!

I have added a cool counter I found that is a running tally of the financial cost of the Iraq fiasco shit. Come on, Bushie, drive that number higher! Doin' one heckuva job!!

Review: Get a Mortgage

As you know I work for a mortgage company: Aurora Loan Services. Yes, all be it in the IT department, but I have picked up on some good tips about loans. Tips about things like mortgage fraud, hidden fees that always seem to pop up, and other stuff that makes the borrowing process seem daunting. Another Mortgage company does a good job helping consumers fully understand the ins and outs of borrowing. They go to great lengths to protect customer data and they have a huge mortgage directory, lots of forums, and tons of other helpful content. Check them out and find out more!

Now That's a Meal!

So in IFOCE competitions we may eat grilled cheese or pizza or hot dogs. That's all good stuff! But look at this!!

They're eating BRAINS!

Review: Need A Break?

If you been a frequent reader of this blog or have read through the archives you know I have a lot of stories about my vacations. Here is a site that is easier than all that. The site has all kinds of rentals by owners. Yes, all are by owner vacation rentals! That is a great idea!

They have listings for every state in the United States. Thousands of condos, villas, and cabins! Go on the site, select where you want to go, and see what is available.

And if you are an owner and want to list a property that is super easy! It might pay off!

So take a look!

Not Food Porn!

Wow! So the site where I found this picture said the guy drank beer all night long and then put a pizza in the oven. A couple hours later he remembered the pizza! I guess pizza and beer do not mix.

Review: This Site Will Kick Your Ass!

This PayPerPost thing is not all bad! Who would have known there is a site out there for fans of mixed martial arts. Not only is it just for fans, it is really for fantasy MMA. With www.dogsarefunyes.com being sort of about the competitive eating sport, I think you readers may possibly find something valuable on the MMA site.

So check out the MMA Site and see what’s up!


So over the weekend I *finally* got my blood test results in the mail. You may remember I went a while back to get a good reading on my cholesterol level. It could have potentially been really high - not a shock if it was. I had the number 213 in mind.

But it was not too bad: 206. Could be lower, but it's OK. LDL (the BAD cholesterol) is 114, a bit on the high side (under 100 is optimal). HDL (the GOOD cholesterol) is 75, nice and high from the above 40 that is optimal. Not too shabby!

PPP Concert Entry!

PayPerPost and a radio station in Orlando are running a contest. I made a short video about my most exciting concert experience! The videos must be only 30-45 seconds long. One grand prize winner will receive $500 cash!

Check out my video *here*. And the 3 videos with the most views go onto the grand price round so view it as much as you can! Watch my PayPerPost Concert!

The sound check here was before SNL began that evening. A buddy of mine produced the performance portions of the show and was checking the cameras.


It's January 13, 2007. Me, T-bone, mes and Shamalamalama converge on the International House of Pancakes on Parker & Orchard. 4:30pm.

If you haven't had IHOP pancackes before, they are good. Very good.

Here I am before ordering, just thinking about the pancakes:

Last week T & I stopped in at IHOP for a bite. At that time I did not know IHOP was having the all-you-can-eat. I did OK that day, but wanted to try it again..

On the menu there are 4 ayce options. 3 options have eggs, hash browns and meats. The 4th option is pancakes only. The first 3 options start you out with 2 pancakes, and then you can reorder by stacks of 3. The 4th options begins with 5 cakes:

Now stacks of 3:


Wow, these are good! This is my first reorder still so they are good now.

The syrup is delicious but very sweet. Thanks for the alternatives, guys. 2nd reorder. 9, 10, 11:

3rd reorder. Still good. 12, 13, 14:

4th reorder. 15, 16, 17:

5th. 18, 19, 20:

Still good. See:

6th. 21, 22, 23:

7th. 24, 25, 26:

OK, on 26 it's getting to me. Sugar overload I think. Well that and all the pancakes:

This is what's left. I had reordered one more time. So 27, 28, 29. And then had them add on 1 more cake. 30.

But I only could get down half of the final four before a little bit came back up. Thankfully it stayed in the mouth but that was a good point to stop. So I ate only half of the final four, so we deducted 2. 28.

T's sheet keeping track of the inhumanity:

Looking back on it, I do think I would have passed 30 if the reorders were ready and brought to me in any timely fashion. Seriously, I'd ask for each reorder when a reorder was brought to me thinking that would make it so a new reorder was ready and waiting when I was done with the previous stack. But no. I'd finish a stack and it was always 4, 5, or 6 minutes before another stack was in front of me. We determined that the problem was not with the server. They'd put in for another reorder right away. Both in the computer and with the cook. The problem was with the cook. I guess he did not believe the server when they reordered so he never cooked anything until he was told again. Mas rapdi, por favor! But whatever. It won't be that way next time!

Here's the pancake info again. Keep in mind this is per pancake, before the syrup and butter is added:

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