Author - Chuck G.

10 Strange Flavored Beers

Beer Bottles

Californians love their Napa Valley wines. Texans, however love their beer. Nothing like having a beer while watching a game of football. Or after a long hard day's work; sit down with a malt liquor and relax. Times have changed. No longer are Mexican and Belgium beers the talk of the town. The new trend is about that 'extra' flavor you would not have considered would mix with the beer. Try it. You might like it - or not.

1. Banana Bread Beer
Who doesn't enjoy good homemade banana bread? But in beer? Seriously?

2. Stone Saison
Full of spices for the cook in you who loves to put spices in their food.

3. Clamato
Tomato and clam. We offer absolutely no explanation on who would want try this flavor.

4.The Dissident
Made with dark candi sugar and Oregon Montmorency cherries - yummy!

5. Chili Beer
Texans like their food hot and spicy. What about their beer?

6. White Beard
Double chocolate cherry flavor - definitely for chocolate lovers.

7. Krait Prestige
She wants champagne. He wants beer. A compromise.

8.Crème Brûlée Stout
Have a sweet tooth? Cream dessert beer is your answer.

9. Mama Mia Pizza Beer
Pizza and beer is a perfect couple.

10. Hell or High Watermelon
Watermelon is refreshing, just not sure in beer.

Which strange beer would you try?

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Storage Wars New York: Candy Olsen Stays in Shape Dancing

Candy Olsen

You’re not a gym person.

But you NEED to EXERCISE to get into SHAPE.

You may also live in an area where the climate isn’t conducive to a daily 30-minute walk or jog.

Or,  you may not be keen on the idea of running around the neighborhood in spandex.

There’s an alternative to the gym to get fit.


It’s a great way for people of all ages and physical abilities to get fit and stay in shape.

Plus side is that dancing doesn’t feel like a work-out because you’re having fun.

Dancing is a total body workout that uses all of the major muscle groups and provides heart-health benefits.

You will tone your muscles, burn body fat, and increase balance and coordination.

Candy Olsen, one of the stars of Storage Wars: New York, says:

I always tell people, take dance class!

There are a variety of dances classes to choose from depending upon the area in which you live.

  • Bar Method
  • Ballet
  • Belly Dancing
  • Bollywood
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Line Dance
  • Modern
  • Salsa
  • Swing
  • Tango
  • Tap

That’s just to name a few. You will find dance classes for children, beginners, and for senior citizens.

Why does Candy Olsen highly recommend dance class?

I love it. I feel better, more like myself when I'm in shape and in control of my body. Dance class makes me feel like I can do anything and do anything someone else wants me to do. To me it makes sense stay in shape keep. My dance teacher growing up told me dance class was like putting money in the bank, that even the bad days were an investment to a slow steady movement forward.”

Remember, in a beginner’s class no one has a clue to what they are doing. Everyone's awkward, so you can relax.

If you make dance part of your regular routine, you will see how your body builds stamina and endurance, and how your muscles will increase in the ability to work hard for longer periods of time without fatigue.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that dancing is SEXY?


What's your favorite type of dance?

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Cool Tiny Pocket Gadgets


1. Alcohoot

Remember back in the day when gadgets and electronics were big? Boom boxes we carried over our shoulders as we walked down the street. Huge cell phones that hung on our belts. Big is out. Small is in. The smaller the better. Take a look at these tiny but still practical tools and gadgets. You know you want one, or two, or three.

Weekend bar hopping is fun with friends. Be responsible and check your alcohol level with this police grade technology device. Plug the gadget into your cell phone headphone jack to test. Either keep the party going or call it a night.

2. Scrubba Wash Bag

scuba-wash-bagFive ounce pocket washing machine for camping outdoors (or grungy college students). Cleans clothes in minutes by using an internal washboard. That's what pounds the dirt out, along with a small amount of water with soap.

3. Cigarette Lighter Stun Gun

lighter-stun-gun Need a light? Need protection? You can have both.

4. Fire Extinguisher

fire-extinguisherDesigned to put out a small fire quickly and it only cost $1! Is the roast on fire in the oven...

5. StickNFind

stick-and-findCan't find your keys, your wallet, or your mate? Circular gadget the size of a quarter that will attach to just about anything or anyone.  You will need to download the companion smartphone app which will alert you if you are separated by the object or person more than 100 feet away.

6. Treasure Wheels

treasure-wheelsForgot your hand truck while you are cleaning out a storage unit. Tiny gadget is a micro version of the mover’s dolly. Pair of attachable braces with wheels - move furniture in a snap.

7. Wallet Flask

wallet-flaskItalian leather. Slim. Holds credit cards, cash, and 2 ounce shot of your favorite liquor.

8. Epic Keyboard

epic-keyboardWant to send a few long emails while you're out and about? Bluetooth-enabled device connects to your cell phone or tablet. Lights up a fixed keyboard pattern with ultra slick laser beams. Better than lugging your laptop everywhere you go.

9. Zippo Handwarmer

zippo-lighter-warmerWant to keep your hands warm up to twelve hours? Lighter contains an odorless catalytic warmer. It's cool and warm.

10. Cardsharp Knife

card-sharp-knifeDon't be fooled by its size. Rust-free stainless steel surgical blade - oh yeah. This little puppy can cut through just about anything. Cutting edge cool!

Which tiny gadget was your favorite.

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10 Hot Female Celebrities Born in Texas

Kelly Clarkson

1. Kelly Clarkson - Forth Worth

Texas born and bred hot female celebrities in the US from television, movies, and music. A few of these female stars sound and look very southern. The rest, you may not have had a clue.

Pop singer who gained recognition for winning the first American Idol competition in 2002 is winner of three Grammy awards.

2. Eva Longoria - Corpus Christi

Eva-Longoria--Texas-CelebrityTelevision and film actress who has received two Screen Actor Guild Awards.

3. Selena Gomez - Grand Prairie

Selena-Gomez-Texas-CelebritySinger and actress who has won ten Teen Choice Awards.

4. Jennifer Love Hewitt - Waco

Jennifer-Love-Hewitt-Celebrity-TexasActress, producer, author, television director, and singer-songwriter who has won three Saturn Awards.

5. Jennifer Garner - Houston

jennifer-garner-texas-celebrityTelevision and film actress and producer and winner of a Golden Globe Award.

6. Angie Harmon - Dallas

Angie-harmon-texas-celebrityTelevision actress and producer who won the Gracie Allen Award.

7. Michele Rodriguez - San Antonio

michele-rodriguez-celebrity-texasAmerican actress, screenwriter, and disc jockey who won an Alma Award.

8. Piper Perabo - Dallas

piper-perabo-texas-celebrityTelevision producer and film star who won an MTV Movie Award.

8. Jessica Simpson - Abilene

jessica-simpson-texas-celebrityRecording artist, actress, television personality, and fashion designer won three Billboard Music Awards.

9. Gina Carano - Dallas County

gina-carano-celebrity-texasMovie actress, television personality, fitness model, and former mixed martial artist who became the first American woman to win a Muay Thai title in Thailand.

10. Beyoncé Knowles - Houston

beyonce-knowles-celebrity-texasSinger and actress who has won 473 awards so far in her career.

Who is your favorite Texas born female celebrity?

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Courtney Wagner Travels to Portugal and England

Where in the world is Courtney Wagner?

This summer, Storage Wars: New York TV reality star left the Big Apple to tour with CHERYL.

Who is Cheryl you ask?

Not who, but what:

CHERYL is a four-member artist collective and band of hand models based in Brooklyn, New York, specializing in creativity. Courtney-Wagner-English-Pub

She arrived in the United Kingdom just in time to watch the England vs. Costa Rica World Cup soccer game with the locals.

Courtney went full on local and watched US vs Germany game at a proper English pudoubledeckerbusb. When in Rome, I mean London...

Fashionista kept her curves in shape by jogging through Finsbury Park which is a public park in the London Borough of Haringey.

Of course it would not be London if she did not spot a small fleet of double decker buses.

Bet you are wondering if Londoners really eat fish & chips? Not sure. Courtney ate a hot dog. You can take the gal out of New York but you can't take New York out of the gal.

She also went to Brighton Pier and found the most perfect street to call home (outside of NYC).

Brighton-streetShe did party on the beach at the A Leste festival held in Maderia, Portugal. Courtney wandered through the streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

Wagner listened to Fado music (a type of popular Portuguese song, usually with a melancholy theme and accompanied by mandolins or guitars) during Festival of São Antonio.

Did you know Courtney was in a rock band? Okay, maybe not one that plays actual instruments. Call it more of a Paper Rock Band. Wagner participated in a Paper rock interactive art installation video shoot event.

Courtney-rock-and-rollIt was intense!

While this article did not quite place her summer activities in chronological order; one thing is for sure - Courtney Wagner rocked out her summer!

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10 Weird Tacos You May Want to Try before You Die

Moth Larva Tacos

1. Moth Larvae Tacos

Who doesn't enjoy Taco Tuesday? I have but one question to ask, "What exactly is being served on Taco Tuesday?" What is a taco, you ask? A shell made of corn or flour tortilla stuffed with a type of protein, veggies, and topped with cheese. Traditionally, yes. Trendy? Not anymore. Here are ten weird tacos you may want to try before you die, or not.

I don't know if the moth larvae is cooked or still alive. I'm not sure it really matters.

2. Chocolate Ice Cream Tacos

chocolate-tacoIt's dessert! I think someone took a waffle cone ice cream and folded it. Okay, I would eat it... But only because it's chocolate.

3. Pancake Tacos

pancake-tacoWhy is this pancake folded? I think the cook had trouble flipping the pancake, don't you?

4. Cup of Tacos

taco-cupWhere's the shell?

5. Spaghetti Tacos

spaghetti-tacoCan't decide to cook Mexican or Italian for dinner? Combine the two and you get... Uh, we're unsure. You try it for us.

6. Dorito Bag Tacos

dorito-bag-tacoYou're out of taco shells. Next best thing - Dorito chips. I'll take one to go, please.

7. Pasta Shell Tacos

pasta-shell-tacoMaybe you don't like spaghetti. Here's an alternative with pasta shells stuffed inside a taco shell.

8. Fried Avocado Tacos

avacado-fried-tacoI can see a vegetarian eat this, however, the fried avocado took the 'healthy' right out.

9. Strawberry Waffle Tacos

strawberry-waffle-tacoAnother taco dessert. It's like IHOP on the go.

10. Bacon Shell Taco

bacon-tacoBacon contains about 9 mg of cholesterol and 5 mg of pure fat. I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at this photo.

Which taco would you try?

Please leave your thoughtful opinion in the comment box below.

Candy Olsen Dances in Cirque Du Soleil

Candy Olsen

Where in the world is Candy Olsen?

This summer, Storage Wars: New York TV reality star left the Big Apple to dance in Cirque Du Soleil production 'Scalada' in Andorra, Spain.

Scalada is an exclusive show combining spectacular acrobatics, costumes, lighting and scenery to tell the story of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Theme highlights the contrasts and colors presented by Andorra’s awe-inspiring landscape as the seasons change. It is an open-air show like no other in Europe hosted in a special outdoor stage in the capital city Andorra La Vella.


The world’s most famous circus company ran 17 performances of ‘Scalada’ in a 2000 seats open-air auditorium. Another 3,000 people would take advantage of free standing places at each of the one-hour performances.


Candy Olsen took a moment to stretch next to a beautiful mountainside.


Dancer Extraordinaire Olsen took this photo as she also made time for some siteseeing in Lisbon, Portugal.


Off for a quick stop for a cup of coffee in Lisbon.

After amazing performances in Spain and time out in Portugal; time for Fierce Candy to PAR-TAY with her friends!


Candy Olsen stayed light on her feet and as fierce as fire through her summer living the gypsy life of a dancer.

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Thrift Hunters: Meet the Cast

Thrift Hunters

SpikeTV’s new series Thrift Hunters  premiered January 4th following the coattails of the return of Auction Hunters.

The show follows business partners Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman.

Bryan is a Bostonian who had a penchant for digging through garage sales as well as looking for merchandise to flip at record shows throughout the Northeast.

His career began in camera sales, used office furniture business, and a luxury automobile dealership. Bryan became a top-notch negotiator, a top salesperson, and then climbed the ladder into a management position. He then turned his finely honed sales skills into a full-time power-seller on eBay.

Jason is a Midwesterner who frequented flea markets, garage sales and antique stores with his grandma, mom and aunts. He worked at record stores and learned to sell extra inventory on eBay. That’s when things turned that he began to buy and sell for himself to supplement his income.

He left his job to try thrifting full-time. He met Bryan at an eBay event and together they forged, “Thrifting with the Boys” which is a membership free group dedicated to help and mentor other eBay sellers by sharing hints and tips about acquiring items for resale at thrift stores.

How good are their mentoring chops?

Three members from their closed “Thrifting with the Boys” Facebook group shared how they bought an item for a small price and sold it for a huge profit.

  1. $10 in camera equipment - sold for $900
  2. $40 old car headlamp – sold for $1400
  3. $2 book – sold for $1200

Bryan and Jason’s favorite places to thrift shop are:

  • Savers – 250+ stores
  • Salvation Army – 1500+ stores
  • Goodwill Industries – 2500+ stores
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul - LA and Long Beach
  • Deseret Industries – 45 stores in the Western states

Why should you watch?

Bryan and Jason are NOT actors. They are bonafide thrift hunters and you just might learn how to flip an unassuming item from a local thrift store into $$ profit.

Do you thrift hunt?

Please leave your insightful thoughts about this new series in the comment box below.

Have You Found a Vehicle at a Storage Auction?

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Clothes, books, jewelry, household goods, and tools are what you would expect to find at storage auctions. Maybe you found cash, gold or silver inside your locker. Or even collectibles or antique furniture.

Have you found a car or motorcycle inside a storage unit yet?

In an episode of Auction Hunters: Pawn Edition Allen and Ton won a ’68 Stingray Corvette at auction. Doesn’t seem real that you’ll find a car at a storage facility, does it?

Here are a few vehicles bought at storage auctions.

  •  1965 2-door Cadillac fully restored
  • 500 separate pieces to a 1959 Cadillac discovered under a tarp — fully restored valued at $50,000
  • Suzuki Sport Bike with super low mileage
  • 1972 Chevy Impala
  • 1969 Chevelle
  • 2 Mopeds about 30-years old still in good running condition
  • 1972 Convertible Ford Mustang
  • 1923 Model T

Then one of the rarest finds of all. A 1966 Shelby GT-350 Mustang one of only 1,100 original made and in near perfect condition. Car believed to be property of automotive designer Carroll Shelby. Car sold at auction for over $2 Million.

The vehicles listed above are just a few “reported” finds. Do note that across the USA there are many abandoned vehicles left behind inside storage units for whatever reason.

They’re out there ready to be discovered and that’s reality.

UGLY Could Be Worth Millions!

Ugly Bowl

People like pretty things. That’s the norm. Pretty clothes. Pretty houses. Pretty jewelry. Pretty items you find inside a storage unit that you believe will fetch you a pretty penny.


Don’t dismiss the ugly because it could be worth a fortune.


Art is subjective, yes. However unless you’re an art history major or antiquities dealer you’ll dismiss a collectible because it’s plain or hideous. But what is it really worth?


Recently reported on the news (March 2013) a person bought a $3 ceramic bowl at a yard sale. Off white in color (blah) with leaf petal designs on the bottom. The bowl is not pretty by definition but it’s almost priceless. It originated from the Northern Song Dynasty in China and it’s about 1,000 years old. It sold at Sotheby’s for $2.224 Million!


Bring on the UGLY!




Woman saw a painting tossed in the garbage on a street in Manhattan. She liked the vibrant colors and hey, it was free so why not take it. She unknowingly recovered a lost painting by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo titled, “Tres Personajes.” Sold at auction for $1 Million!


Chinese Monkey Fountain Head


If you think monkeys are cute, take a look at this Chinese Monkey Fountain Head from the 18th century. Stolen from China around 1780, the monkey fountain didn’t resurface until 1987. Sold at auction for $1 Million!


Andy Warhol sketch


Man buys five paintings for $5 at a Vegas yard sale. He liked one painting enough to have it reframed. Inside the painting he found a sketch by Andy Warhol when the artist was only 10-years old. Any other kid and that sketch would be worthless, but this Warhol was valued at $2 Million!


Abstract art


Woman buys a $5 painting at a thrift store that could be a lost Jackson Pollock painting. Lack of providence and evidence created such speculation that the story became a documentary. Currently the painting sits in an art gallery with a $50 Million price tag.


Oh, and the last painting below is clearly a Picasso. Pretty, no. Not on this planet. Sold at auction for $100 Million!  If by chance you come across art that looks like a Warhol, Pollack, or a Picasso at a yard sale, thrift shop or storage auction — don’t toss it out. Sure it’s ugly, but if it’s the real deal the value could be a beautiful fortune.


Picasso painting