And the Toby for Outstanding Building of the Year goes to… (Cut to rival building management teams dressed up in tuxedos, sitting on the edge of their seats.)

The Toby Awards?
The Toby Awards?, by Toby Marks on Flickr

Makes me wonder what a Toby looks like. Today, too sick to care.

Being sick on a trip is the worst. I’ve mostly been sleeping every spare moment I get. Managed to catch a pretty decent cheese ball of a movie, though. It was old school campy fun in the best way. Nicely captured the feel of old 80s schlock-horror movies like The Gate and Return of the Living Dead.

Beyond the Gates

The Year in Pictures — 2017 Edition

Some of my favorite pictures from the past year. See the full set on Flickr.

Pumpkin Latte Beer and Ace Pumpkin Cider

Coffee, Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Latte Beer
Coffee, Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Latte Beer, by Toby Marks on Flickr
This year while out shopping for turkey and wine, I discovered a couple of very fallish, and very Thanksgiving-appropriate beverages I thought I’d share with you all. One is a new seasonal coffee brew from my favorite DFW brewery Martin House, and the other is a special cider I haven’t seen in three years — Ace’s own extraordinary Pumpkin Cider. Read on!

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Cauldron Skittles with Review the World

Joined once again by nostalgia blogger and good friend Brian Hammons of, Augie and I team up to complete our trilogy of Skittles reviews, this time looking at the legendary and rarely sighted Cauldron Skittles variety, now in its second year on store shelves. Does the candy itself live up to the promise of its bright orange bag? We find out, and the answer may just shock you. (It probably won’t.)

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