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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Made in Texas by Texans (Just Like Me) or Howling at the Moon!! (Just Like Me)

 Texas Corn Bread

As you can see, last night was cornbread night, here at the crib. It's funny how our tastes change as we grow older. I remember as a kid, I didn't really like cornbread. To tell the truth, I did like cheese either. I like them both, now. (probably too much). I make my cornbread 'Texas-shaped'. How do you do that, you ask? I use my 'Texas-shaped' pan. I can't remember where I bought it, but I've had it for about 25 years.


Shall we talk about the weather? Today, it's pretty nice. I think it's going to be 60° with the low tonight of 30°. The skies are clear, and the wind is lite. 24 hours ago, we had a huge, boiling cloud bank move in. Yep, snow, and the whole Winter howling thing happened. It lasted for about three hours and then dried up. I gotta say, that's my kind of snowstorm.

 The big news from yesterday was that I applied for my Social Security. It's about half of what I was counting on, but they gave me a solution. Just keep on working until I'm 70, and it ends up being a pretty decent number. Will I do that? Only if I have to. I turn 62 at the end of the month and become eligible for early retirement income. Okay, I took the 62 and will get my first check in March.

I remember when I was 12 years old and my Papaw (Grand Father) took me to the Social Security office and signed me up.

While we're on the subject of Texas and Texas shaped, I have to include Texas music, right? Here are some tunes from my friend Kent Dykes. Not many people know him by that name, they just call him Omar of Omar and the Howlers fame.  Clicky..

Featured in 
Mojave Moon
Angelina Jolie movie

Playing with Jimmy Vaughn
Stevie Ray's Brother

All Star Omar!!

Omar and his band have been my friends for a long long time. I have been privileged to play my harmonica with them and have booked them for concerts ( that I promoted) several times. Here's the ad from last year's concert....

Buffalo Chili Bang

Omar and Michael Ultra
How's that for shameless self-promotion? Can it get any worse? Only thing I can think of is a picture of me and Omar! (Okay, I have no shame) (really I do but won't admit to it in public). 

Do any of you have any experience with reverse mortgages? I have started fooling around with the idea to cash some equity  out and go ahead with the purchase of my toy hauler. I think I would get enough to go ahead on the road and leave my castle in the hands of a real estate agent. I think the market will eventually come back around. It always has.

I really do hope your New Year is going good. 

Michael Ultra                                 


  1. Ha, Ha, Ha, I love it. Two pans in a pod or something? When I'm feeling particularly decadent, I put maple syrup on my cornbread. Yum.

  2. Love the pan. I got my first SS check last year and it definitely wasn't all that much. Better than nothing though. And I wasn't going to work to 67 or whatever they said to get more. Just wasn't going to happen.

  3. Oh I have to go gets me a Texas pan. I don't even know why I don't have one! I love jalapeno cornbread :-9

    1. I found a couple for you. Here is the cheapest...

  4. Great pan...and I do LOVE cornbread. Reverse mortgage too big a subject to cover here but please be careful and do lots of research before you go that route. You do not get anywhere near the full value for your home and the younger you are the less you get. They can be a live-saver to those in need but I would only use one as a last resort. Just do your research.

  5. Michael, I never pictured you as such an old guy! ;oD I would also take the money and run.

    I'm not sure where you live. Is there a college or university nearby that draws new faculty? Often they have listservs, and it might be a sweet deal to get an academic family in there renting. Generally good credit risk and other things a landlord appreciates.

    The Good Luck Duck

    1. Sweet Rain~Age really is just a number.(so I've been told!)

  6. Brother...I have heard of Omar; I like him...have you ever heard that before???? AND by the way....GREAT photo of the two of you!!! May I ask who your photographer is??? hahaha THAT was an awesome night of tunes and friends!

    1. SueB~Thanks for taking that pic.(and understanding me. A job in itself)

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog... glad you did as it made me smile seeing the Texas pan, being a Texan myself, guess I am going to have to keep my eye out for one when we pass through Texas again this spring...