Monday, July 6, 2009


They say, 'everything is bigger in Texas' and that goes double for the steaks. Just south of the 'beef capital of the world' is the the 'panhandle' town of Amarillo. It is home to The Big Texan Steakhouse. On any given day 1 or 2 people will attempt to eat a 72 oz. steak...if they succeed, they get their meal for free...if they fail, it ends up costing them $72.

As we sat eating our much smaller meal, a young man from Las Vegas sat down to challenge the reigning heavy-weight champion...the 6lb piece of beef (only 4.5 lbs once it was cooked). In order to win the free meal he had to finish the steak in less than one-hour as well as a baked potato, two fried shrimp, a dinner salad, and a bread roll. That my friends is gluttony at its finest. The 240 pound kid from Nevada won the fight with over 10 minutes to spare. While that seems amazing, the record is actually held by someone who was able to eat the whole thing in less than 9 minutes.

But, the real entertainment was the small band that went from table to table playing for the guests. They approached our table, one with a guitar, another with a violin, and the third with a bass. We requested a couple of more modern songs that they weren't familiar with so they decided to play George Strait's 'Ace In The Hole'...a great song, lyrics below.

You've got to have an ace in the hole
A little secret that nobody knows
Life is a gamble a game we all play
But you need to save something for a rainy day
You've got to learn to play your cards right
If you expect to win in life
Don't put it all on the line for just one roll
You've got to have an ace in the hole

If you're headed down a one way street
And you're not sure its the way you wanna go
In money or love or all the above
Have a little more than what you show
No matter what you do
No matter where you go
You've got to have an ace in the hole

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