Monday, November 20, 2017


While Malcolm was still at student at University of Texas and the baseball season had been over for sometime and the holidays were approaching. Malcolm had decided come the Thanksgiving break he’d forego the trip back to California and wait till the Winter break. The decision didn’t sit well with his family having not seen him for sometime, the news that he’d be home for Christmas seemingly made things alright being Christmas was his mother’s favorite holiday. 

Upon making that choice Malcolm wondered who he’d spend Thanksgiving with wondering if he’d try his hand at cooking trying to re create a dinner on his own, maybe venture out to a restaurant, or join in on someone else’s Thanksgiving day? The question loomed large as he realized he might have made a mistake not going home. He could count all the Thanksgiving days he didn’t share with his family on one hand so when the topic came up with Candace as they were talking in the dark room approaching the break she didn’t give it a second thought to inviting him to her family’s get together. Malcolm was gracious in his gratitude for her inviting him and immediately began questioning her on how her family celebrated Thanksgiving Day. 

Candace told him the story of last years get together, which called for the family that was still local to meet at her parents house. This meant both sides of grandparents, as they were still vibrant in there old age, it also involved her mother’s best friend and her husband, Candace’s younger brother, and her Dad’s single business partner. The house would be filled with the same culprits this year with the addition of Malcolm. 

Candace went on that it was really easygoing day of feasting on delectable food, football, and the oddball stories her dad would tell to get a laugh. At one point Malcolm had a question what her family would think of him coming to thanksgiving feeling that it could be misread by her family members and guests to which Candace told him “We’ll just have to make sure we don’t get caught.” she said with a wink and a smack on his backside. Malcolm had to smile as things with Candace were still a bit unclear to what they meant to each other at that time, yet what was clear they enjoyed each others company. 

So as the two were leaving campus for the break Malcolm asked if he should be mindful of anything come Thanksgiving day’s dinner, to which she only told him to dress nice, but not too nice and maybe bring a bottle of wine for her mother. The heads up was good to know for Malcolm, which in the days in-between researched wines and purchased one that had high ratings all across the board a Diamond Heart pinot noir and put together an outfit that would make his mother proud. 

Before leaving his house the day of Thanksgiving Malcolm called his family back in California wishing them well, then he turned his attention to the day ahead of him. He knew there was really nothing at stake as he and Candace were merely friends, but meeting the parents was always nerve racking, yet meeting the entire family was definitely putting Malcolm on edge. 

Candace stopped by to pick up Malcolm and the two drove out to her parents house. Along the way she share little antidotes about each family member so by the time they reached the house Malcolm was feeling as if he had a sense of everyone in their own special way.

Upon entering the home the smell of scrumptious Thanksgiving food being prepared filled the air. One by one Candace greeted and introduced Malcolm to her family. The welcome was heartwarming, as Malcolm felt welcomed like he was part of the family. Candace had Malcolm give her mother the bottle of wine he had researched before taking Malcolm out and showing the bit of property her family owned finding that moment alone to be their usual selves. Candace even showed Malcolm her room still pretty much like she left it before moving out after high school. The walls of her room were covered in boy band posters, stuffed animals everywhere and school photos from throughout the years. 

Malcolm then joined up with the men in the den watching football and sipping bourbon and soda. Candace’s dad sidled up next to Malcolm hearing he was the starting centerfielder for the Texas Longhorns baseball team he shared the memories he had playing ball as a crafty second baseman. 

When it came dinner Malcolm was set next to Candace as her father gave grace and everyone began to dine. Numerous topics of a mild manner were discussed at the table as one question was offered to Malcolm to how his family held Thanksgiving? Malcolm then shared how at the table while eating everyone would one by one share what they were thankful for that year. Candace’s father liked that idea and started the trend in their family giving everyone the chance to share. 

At the end of the night after a whirlwind of deserts and family banter Candace opted to take a drive with Malcolm taking him to her favorite spot to just watch the stars. They then looked at the stars and talked the night away before heading back to Malcolm’s and getting cozy grateful to share together in a Happy Thanksgiving year.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017


After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.  (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

Having been wowed by the first John Wick, I was naturally compelled to see the next chapter as well. I would say the novelty of this story of this relentless fashionable hit man the second time around wasn’t as strong, but this is where story is important. In the second chapter we get a bit more of the layers pulled back to the life and lifestyle of John Wick. This is where when I am expecting action and I get a story it draws me into the who this character is. I have also found that John Wick is a graphic novel series, but I am not too familiar with that, but I’d have to say I am looking forward to a chapter 3. So for John Wick 2 I give it 4 out of 5.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Welcome to another Able Abe Studios Art Share. I am calling this one "Poolside chat". If you have a better caption please leave it in the comments   ...GO!!!

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Monday, November 13, 2017


The following morning after the company fiesta, Malcolm and his team, were graciously served a traditional Peruvian breakfasts of Tamales and Pan con chicharron in the spacious guesthouse where they were all held up. The house was built to look like a relic from a distant era, but had all the amenities like running water, central air, and even wifi. 

By the time Malcolm’s team had finished breakfast and a moment to relax Mr. Arguello and his daughter Marta came to greet the team and head off on the tour of the grounds and see how tequila was made the Toro Perfecta way. They all headed up in to a caravan of vehicles to begin at the point where the process starts. They arrived to a vast field and as far as you could see was rows and rows of blue Weber agave plants. Originally these plants were native to only Mexico, but in time ventured southward through others trying to develop their own methods for making tequila. These spiky and spinney leaves of the plant when ready, which takes about 7 to 8 years to mature, are cut away by hand by workers called hermadors to get to the center or the plant which is called the pina. 

The best pinas are then cut into quarters where they are then steamed in brick ovens for 72 hours so that the starch of the pina can be turned to sugars. The then steamed pinas now a reddish brown are shredded and then ground by a massive stone wheel to crush out the agave nectar, which takes about two hour. 

Yeast is now added to the juicy mash to start the fermentation process, which turns the sugars to alcohol. This form of alcohol is then transferred to small copper still and the distillation process begins taking the potent liquid and distilling it twice over to create a tequila that is about 55% proof. The pulp is then strained and they then add purified water, which brings the proof level down to 40%, which is easily more drinkable and ready to be bottled. 

Here bottles ready to be filled are turned upside down and sprayed with the high potency tequila for sterilization purposes then turned right side up and filled to perfection with drinkable tequila. The bottles are then corked and labeled. Come to the end of the line in the tequila making process Mr. Arguello proud of his product held it up like a treasured artifact or piece of jewelry. 

Yet for the true tequila connoisseur, that Mr. Arguello was, the treasure could be found in the warehouse where they aged there tequila in white oak barrels from as short as 6 month to numbers of years on end. This blend of tequila Mr. Arg├╝elles explained was overseen by one man his Master distiller Enrique Vega. Mr. Vega then showed Malcolm and his team the difference aged tequila takes on and it is in the color, taste and bouquet, which is the thing he tests for from each of the barrels stored in that warehouse. 

As the tour finally came to a close the group shared their favorite moments and insights that may have sparked some ideas. After a long day of touring Malcolm and his team with a guide from Toro Perfecta ventured into the nearest city to continue their observation of the culture as well as team building with a bit more tequila. Mr. Arguello and his daughter Marta headed back to the homestead as something’s had come up that needed their attention, but would be in touch with them the following day. Malcolm still obsessed by Marta demeanor and engagement would have enjoyed seeing her ride with them into the city, but soon found out he’d be more than occupied with what the likes of Peru could offer.      

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Saturday, November 11, 2017


When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities, they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them. Written by jjmcmanusnbalshiite (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

I knew when I first saw the trailer to SPLIT and saw that it was written and directed by M. Knight Shyamalan I knew I was going to have to see it regardless. I know in the past M. Knight’s films have been critiqued heavily, but I have always viewed him as a true auteur in the same sense as a Hitchcock or Bergman. So upon finally viewing SPLIT I was very ready. I thought SPLIT was extremely well made. I felt the trailer in a sense gave away a few of the interesting twists in the film, but outside of that definitely an intense thriller. Many of the conventions in kidnap/survival films like these were done away with, which was refreshing to see a new take. I also felt the performance by James McAvoy was spot on, which was another draw having seen him in FILTH. So for SPLIT I give it 4.5 stars.

Friday, November 10, 2017


Back with another Able Abe Studios Art Share this one I am calling "On sight" and like always if you have a caption that may fit better drop it in the comments ...GO!!!

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Monday, November 6, 2017


The arrival of Malcolm’s family made for a pleasant diversion from the dreary mood he was in due to his injury. He had yet scheduled a surgery, but he was definitely not going to finish out the season either. Being in that limbo of “what now?” fogged his mind and so the surprise visit helped as a welcome distraction for the moment. 

Malcolm’s parents had been married over 20 years and still seemed to be madly in love as they dotted over their grandchildren from his brother and his wife and Malcolm’s sister and her boyfriend. The once lonely house was now full of cheer and the laughter of young children. Malcolm’s Mom had brought a pot of his favorite dish shrimp gumbo and she was preparing to heat it up on the stovetop. She surveyed his fridge and pantries to see how he was living finding that they were bare yet full of protein shakes and condiments, that a bachelor would have. She started making a list of ready to prep dishes she could prepare and freeze that would be ready for him at a moments notice. 

Malcolm’s father having seen the game that Malcolm injured himself wanted to connect with his son and see where his head was at knowing how hard he had worked to get to the majors. He then delivered a talk Malcolm had heard 100s of times over the years growing up that seemed like part bible parable and something from a movie. He spoke on how being an adult meant responsibility and how growing through tough times made you a stronger person. Malcolm was glad to hear every word his Dad delivered to him on the balcony looking out at the ocean in the distance. 

At about that time is when Malcolm got the call from his coach with the team docs on the line to discuss him coming in with the doctor from the hospital he saw to make a timeline from his surgery to his recovery and return. Everyone on the phone line seemed optimistic, yet they knew the remaining year for Malcolm was shot. Malcolm accepted the orders of the team and would show up at the team workout facility the following day. For now Malcolm tried to stay clear-headed and pleasant with his family around, but in the back of his mind he had to wonder. 

Malcolm then visited with his brother and his wife showing them the pathway he takes to get down to the beach having their kids as little tag a longs. He even talked with his sister and her boyfriend making hints to when the two may get married. 

By the time Malcolm and everyone got back from the beach his Mom had a wonderful meal prepared from what she could scavenge fro Malcolm’s fridge and pantries to go along with the gumbo. They all then went out on the balcony to dine together enjoying each other’s company. Yet there was still an elephant in the room, which was Malcolm’s future as a ball player. Malcolm soon approached the topic. He shared what the doctors had told him and that he’d be heading in tomorrow to talk with the team staff to asses his injury getting a second opinion and develop a timeline for his recovery after the surgery. 

Come that night and sleeping arrangements were made for the children and other family members, Malcolm stood outside on the balcony looking at the stars. Here he had a lengthy conversation with his brother on varying subjects, but mainly about life letting him know he could make it through this tough time. 

The next morning Malcolm left for the workout facility while his family stayed at his house. His mother would soon venture out with his father to shop for the items on her list, while Malcolm’s brother and sister and their significant other enjoyed the beach, pool, and downstairs basketball court with their children. 

Upon arriving at the facility Malcolm was met by a small group of reporters wanting to know the latest on his injury. Without discussing too much, as his arm was still in a sling, he tried to keep it positive letting them know basically things weren’t so black and white. After the meeting today he’d have a better idea of what he was going to face. Inside the facility Malcolm met with the manager, team docs, and specialists. They soon got to examine him thoroughly and diagnosed the problem. Their suggestions started with surgery and a possible recovery time of six months, give or take a few. It then really began to sink in, as the given timeline would mean Malcolm would miss the start of spring training of the following year. It wasn’t devastating news, but the idea that the surgery may not fix all the problems was a bit worrisome. 

On his drive home knowing his family would be soon leaving and getting back to their lives he began to see the days coming ahead of him growing darker as he’d be alone in his recovery. He thought back to when Candace had stayed with him in the off-season of his first year and how enjoyable that was and how great it would be if she could be their now. 

Malcolm didn’t wait too long before sharing the news of what lied ahead for him as a ball player with his family. He spoke with optimism in his voice, yet the gravity of the situation weighted on everyone. So at that point Malcolm shared a joke that brought back the levity to the family as they sat down for one more family meal in such a trying time. 

The next day Malcolm sent everyone off with love thanking him or her for the visit. In the silence that remained upon their absence Malcolm wrote out an ad looking for a roommate knowing the company may be helpful in his time of recovery.

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