Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tequila Day....Revisited

When you are writing for the blogosphere it is amazing which posts are the most read.  For years my most read post was Tequila Day.  An ode to a cement block hideout bar with outstanding food.  Then road construction claimed the place and another hideout went dark.  Rumors whispered that Tony's would re-open in a new, swanky location.  Years passed.

I am pleased to report that, under a slightly new name, my Tequila Day joint lives.  It is very pretty, very new, very clean...and without the attached ten unit motel which was an ultra hideout if ever there was one.  But.....

The same home-made chips and salsa....

and...the main event......the BEST carne asada steak ANYYYWHERRREEEE

with a home made Tamale on the side.  As it should be.  Add an ice cold draft Dos Equis Amber and a shot [or two?] of

my all time favorite Tequila........and I can confidently report that although the hideout nature of the place is gone.......the food REIGNS SUPREME.

And....if, as the shadows lengthen, a one-handed man who  just drove into town from Nevada in a 1976 white Cadillac Eldorado convertible walks in with a mysterious message just for you...ignore it at your peril.  I have warned you twice about this.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ribbons In The Sky

She was always a bit embarrassed when I would post this on Valentine's Day.  I always posted it.  And I always will.

Please hold the one you love closely if you can.  Or text.  Or call.  Just let them know.  Send a Valentine in some fashion.  When you do, know that your gesture will be my Valentine too.

P.S. I apologize for the ad in the video.  The Epic and I do not endorse the ad but I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it.  ML

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I Have Dreamed.....


Three hundred and sixty five days ago she needed to go to the hospital for a routine bug or something.  The hundredth such visit.  No worries.

Sometime tonight I was reading to her as I always did at bed time.  It was a bit later in the night than usual.  She smiled at me and rolled onto her side.

Three hundred and sixty five days from tomorrow morning I walked out of that building.  A dazed expressing on my face.  Carrying her pillow.  It was all I had left.

A blink of an eye and one of the brightest candles ever.  Just. Went. Out.

I don't think that tomorrow is going to be a very good day.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Signs of the New Age

I figured it was time.  My ring was there for 30 years.  That mark will probably never go away.  And I hope it doesn't.