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King’s Bierhaus . . .

I  spent the morning making and testing a number of mostly cosmetic upgrades and changes to the website. I guess the customers are happy with it also, since the number of daily orders is back up to normal levels.

And even better, my client did come through with a floor jack for me to borrow for tomorrow.

The engine roughness that I noticed when I got the truck back hasn’t improved, so when I got to my client’s this morning, I got out my phone to check for any fault codes that might apply to the problem.

I used the Torque app on my phone and a Bluetooth OBD2 Scan Toot module that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port.

Bluetooth Scan Tool

With the engine off, turn the key one and tell the app to look for any fault codes, and the one that came up was P0308, which is Cylinder #7 Misfire. Almost certainly my problem.

The modules are only about $12 on Amazon, and they not only give you the code, but tell you what it means. So no more looking up the code in the little book that comes with your cheap scan tool, or buying a much more expensive scanner. And it will clear old codes too.

So  $12 and you’re done.

Normally we eat at home on work days, but since I want to do the truck brakes tomorrow, and not really be rushed, I thought we’d eat out tonight, and then stay home tomorrow. Especially since we’re going up to Sugarland on Sunday to meet up with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon for lunch.

And since we’ve been in a German mood lately, and we’ve been driving past the new King’s Bierhaus on FM646 in League City, we decided to try it for dinner.

King's Bierhaus

Walking in we found kind of a German Bierhaus/Sports Bar fusion,

King's Bierhaus Inside

with the waitresses dressed in German-style Dirndl dresses and a couple of guys in faux-lederhosen, which was pretty much just cut-off blue jeans.Probably not a lot of places sell short leather pants here in Texas, at least not for guys.

I started off with a 1/2L of Spaten Oktoberfest beer,

King's Bierhaus Spaten Oktoberfest

after finding out they didn’t carry the RauschBier (Smoked Beer) we had in Bamberg.

Then we started off with a Sausage Sampler Plate,

King's Bierhaus Sausage Sampler

with a Sliced Brat, a Spicy Kielbasa, and a Kasewurst. All very good.

Especially with some of the Spicy Sweet Mustard we brought home from Regensburg.

Regensburg Mustard Jar

Next up,  Jan got her long-time favorite Jaegar Schnitzel with Spaetzle Noodles and Red Cabbage,

King's Bierhaus JaegarSchnitzel

White I got the Bavarian Platter,

King's Bierhaus Bavarian Sampler

with a Wiener Schnitzel, a Bratwurst, and Kasewurst, along with Austrian Potato Salad, and Homemade Sauerkraut, and an extra side of the Red Cabbage.

Jan said her Jaeger Schnitzel was actually better than the one at Der Lindenbaum in Fredericksburg, TX, her gold-standard for comparison. And she like the Spaetzle Noodles and the Red Cabbage.

I thought the sausages and the Wiener Schnitzel were really good, but I was kind of disappointed in the Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, and Potato Salad. They were all kind of tasteless to me, especially the Red Cabbage, which I normally really like.

I don’t think there was any cloves, or sugar in it, or maybe just not enough.

For dessert, we split a delicious piece of their Cream Cheese Apple Strudel.

King's Bierhaus Cream Chese Strudel

Really great, and one where we had dueling forks scrabbling for each bite full. And as usual we sample a lot of stuff like this on a first visit, we had lots to bring home.

We’ll certainly go back, but next time I’ll probably just get the Sausage Sampler and my own piece of the Apple Strudel.

Coming home we stopped off at the WalMart/Murphy’s station in Texas City to top off the truck, and it was down another penny, to $1.95 a gallon. I like where this is going.

Thought for the Day:

A train station is where the train stops. A bus station is where the bus stops. On my desk, I have a work station…



Goldilocks Eggs . . .

We were out the door about 8:50 this morning for the drive up to Webster for my Dermatology appointment to check out my Photo Dynamic Therapy treatment back in December.

The doctor want to check for any remaining lesions. I knew I had a couple, but I was hoping he would just be able to freeze them off, so I wouldn’t have to have my head fried again. And he was, not only taking care of the two I knew about, but a few more he found.

I was in and out in about 15 minutes and don’t have to come back until December for check up.

Then it was off to have breakfast once again at SnoozeAM. This place is always busy, with a 10 minute wait, even on a Thursday morning. But always good.

But once again, I ended up with Goldilocks Eggs. I always get the Snooze Classic,

Snooze Classic Egg Breakfast 2

with three eggs over medium, 3 strips of crispy bacon, fruit instead of hash browns, and an English muffin.

But for the 2nd time they somehow managed to cook each egg of the three, three different ways. One of the yolks was cooked solid, over hard, while another one was so lightly cooked it was almost sunny-side up.

However, the third one was just right.  But I have absolutely no idea how they manage to do this.

Then we headed back home for a few hours, before Jan’s appointment at 2:30, with the same Dermatology office, but at the much closer League City location.

Hopefully I’m going to be able to borrow a floor jack from my client which will make changing out my truck’s brake pads on Saturday.

Wrapping up, Brandi sent over a copy of Landon’s 3rd grade STAAR Test results. STAAR is the acronym for Texas’s “The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness”, which is given every year from the 3rd grade through the 8th.

Landon's Master Level Award

And turns out that he tested better than 81% of ALL Texas 3rd students in Reading, and better than 84% of ALL students in Mathematics.

WOW! Way to go, Landon.

Tomorrow it’s back to work putting some final touches on the website.

Thought for the Day: 

Isn’t it funny how red white and blue represent freedom, unless they’re flashing behind you.


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