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One recurring feature I’m going to do here is a post called, House Call. Basically it’ll be me making a snack mix, getting some beer, taking it to someone’s house and taking some photos of the house and anything unusual in it. If you have something different in your house that you’d like to show off, please email me and we’ll set up a time for me to stop by. I’ll bring snacks and beer!
For the debut of this idea, I asked my friends Phil and Karen Luciano if I could stop by there house in Germantown Hills. Most people from the Peoria area are most likely familiar with Phil, he’s written a column and features for the Peoria Journal Star since 1988. Check out this feature he wrote about some weirdo from this town that packed his bags on a whim and moved to New York City back in 1993:
In addition to writing for the Peoria Journal Star, Phil teaches at Bradley University and Illinois Central College. He’s also the President of the board of directors for the Friends of the Children of Haiti and he’s co-hosted a couple of radio shows in the past. His lovely wife Karen works in the insurance field and is originally from Canton where she was a cheerleader for the Little Giants.
I kind of invited myself over, so I’m going to make a extra-special snack mix to take over for this House Call. One of the curious things Phil emailed me about hanging out at his house, was he said we could “burn things” in his back yard. I’m interested to see what that means, so let’s make the snack mix and head on over!
My old snackologist mixing bowl got lost in the move, so I bought this new and improved one. Okay, time to start mixing it together.
Okay, here we go, carefully pruning and dividing the different snacks into one tasty mix. Please remember that I'm a board certified snackologist and you shouldn't be doing this at home unless you have the proper snackology certification.
And bingo-bammo, here we are at the Luciano household in Germantown Hills!
And here's the host and hostess of the very first MBIP House Call, Phil and Karen Luciano. Note that the picture is taken in the garage. That's because instead of focusing on the house, I thought I'd snap pictures in the garage, because it's probably the coolest garage in Central Illinois. Follow along and you'll see what I mean.
Before we start the tour, it's time for some snacks...
Here's a collection of some vintage beer cans. Love the Falstaff can, I forgot all about that beer!
In case you haven't noticed, beer is a recurring theme in this garagical museum.
Do you know how tempting it was to shake this Etch-A-Sketch?
This reminds me of the year, 1981. And anyone who knows me knows that that's a thinly-veiled drug reference, so let's just move on.
Coolest BBQ Apron in the world!
Okay, this is the biggest 8-track collection I've seen since 1976, but check this out...
They've got an actual working 8-track player in here! All of a sudden I feel like a senior in high school again!
I saved the best for last, Phil has the Bowl Mor Bear in his garage. I spent a good chunk of my youth at that bowling alley playing pinball, smoking cigarettes and just being a little punk-ass juvenile delinquent, so it’s nice to see Bowl-Mor lives on in Phil’s garage! You can read about the Hamm’s Bowl-Mor bear in Phil’s columns, just click, here, here and here.
Phil promised we’d burn things in his back yard and it looks like the burning portion of the evening is about to begin!
Houston, we have fire!
More wood is added to the fire. I have to admit, I’m loving this!
Yep, he’s throwing a ladder on the flaming pile, this is starting to get good!
From the fire to the frying pan...okay it’s a grill, but you know what I’m talking about. Time for dinner to soak up the many beers I’ve had during this house call!
While Phil likes to burn things, the pork chops he cooked on the grill were done to perfection! It was a great night, and big thanks to Phil and Karen for having me over! It was great night and a wonderful House Call!
Daily Slideshow—Photos via the internet, Photoshoppery by me!
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Greg and Dan with comedian Emo Philips.