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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 11 | September 2012 | theVIPmag.com
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Why you should
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Which type of man are you? Jarod Cain, 33, of Beaumont conjured
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07 vip home
07 Building an extreme
man cave
14 Renovating the Kyle
18 vip style
18 Skincare for men
21 What kind of man are
29 vipersonality
29 Jay Bruce and other
pros on life in MLB
33 The many secrets of
Richard Simmons
37 vip worthy
37 SE Texas’ most
eligible bachelorettes
40 food&drink
40 Barbeque secrets
from the pros
42 vip spotlight
42 SE Texas events
46 vip adviser
46 Are these 10 activities
really sports?
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49 Calendar
49 Crossword puzzle
50 vip voices
50 Shining a light on
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What is it?
A designated place where a man can do what a man wants to do, whether it’s play
poker, tinker with tools under the hood of a car, listen to the whine of a table saw while
creating satisfying mounds of sawdust, cheer on the Cowboys, Texans and Saints, or
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bout 20 years ago, customers
began requesting custom theaters
from homebuilders Richard and
Benjamin Guseman of Beaumont.
“We decided to fll that niche
in-house,” Benjamin said, “and the percent-
age increases every year. One of out eight of
the larger homes we build wants a dedicated
Homeowners crave the convenience
and comfort, Benjamin said. High defnition
resolution has revolutionized the home theater
experience. The sound and image quality
available today can provide the same goose-
bump inducing, hair-raising experience of a
multiplex, without the hassles.
Reclining in a leather chair in a darkened
room with the temperature just the way you
like it appeals to those who love flms, but
don’t love trying to fnd a parking spot in a
driving rain, waiting in line to buy tickets, then
sitting in cramped, sticky seats while listening
to rude people carry on loud conversations
that ruin the evening for those around them.
As vice-president of Guseman Enterprises,
Benjamin works alongside his dad in land
development, commercial and residential
sales and construction, but has become the
go-to man for custom theaters. He designed
and built the system in Richard’s and Tanya’s
home in the Estates of Montclaire, one of
three sub-divisions the Gusemans developed.
The 27 x 32 feet room has 12 Berkline
leather theater seats with electric reline. A
popcorn machine, fully-stocked candy drawer
and refrigerator in the adjoining game room
provide snacks and drinks.
At the time of installation in 2005, the
components to the Gusemans’ home theater
were the top of the line, producing an incred-
ible sound capable of flling 10,000 square
feet of space. “Yeah,” Benjamin laughed, “It’s
Richard Guseman’s
Home Theater System
• Runco projector
• Genelec 11.2 sound system
• Lexicon digital and video processing
• Sony Blu-ray Player
• Creston automation system
Benjamin’s recommendations:
Number one is proper design. Screen
size, speaker locations and seating
should be chosen to ft the space. Any
one insuffcient or improperly installed
component can greatly diminish the
experience. Next comes a high-defnition
video display, whether projection or
monitor. The sound system should fll the
room, run by the source components:
satellite, Blue-ray, cable and internet
access. The ease of user interface is
critical. If the remote doesn’t function
well for the user, frustration sets in.
What good is a top-of-the-line system if
you can’t operate it easily? The theater
should be a dedicated room where
the sound and ambient lighting can be
8 September 2012 | theVIPmag.com
he man cave
can please both
men and women,
Richard Guseman
said. “Men need
a place where the fun is
centered. They can enjoy
sports and play poker, hoop
and holler away from the
rest of the family. Women
like it because it gets
the men out from being
Must-Have List
1. Poker table
2. Flat screen TV
3. Bar
4. Well-stocked refrigerator
5. Comfortable seating
He took it a step further,
with two electronic game
machines, a popcorn
machine and margarita
machine. >>
theVIPmag.com | September 2012 9
ave Bourquein believes
every good man cave has
four components: a dedi-
cated separate room with
air-conditioning, a stereo or
fat-screen TV, and whatever else lets
him pursue his passion. Dave’s man
cave is every auto-loving man’s dream:
a garage and shop with everything
necessary to completely re-build a
classic car.
Dave began with basic tools, then
through the years, moved up as he
could afford to. He now has a shop that
includes a 2-ton Lode Rail overhead
crane, multiple work tables, commercial
air compressor, sandblaster, welding
machine and more. Each plays a role
in restoring classic cars, like the 1969
Camaro SS that he worked on for
almost a year.
“I see buying tools as an on-going
process that allows the user to be
prepared to handle whatever handy-
man challenge comes his way. I will be
collecting tools until I die.”
Like the rest of his shop, Dave’s
butcher block work table is organized
for ease of use, with the hand tools
used most often laid out in a row. At
the other end of the table, a line of air-
compression tools hangs neatly from a
rack. Air compressor drops are spaced
around the perimeter of the room and
a blast booth allows him to sandblast
smaller pieces.
“I spend an average of two to four
hours a day in the shop. It’s set up to
get things done easier, faster and more
Although his wife, Lisa, shares his in-
terests, she limits her time in his space.
“I stay away,” she laughed. “I like
knowing he’s happy, even when he get’s
lost in something he loves.”
When Lisa hit a jackpot in Las Vegas,
she bought Dave a top-of-the-line Ger-
man miter saw.
Dave smiles.
“She’s wonderful.”
Dave Bourquein’s Must-Have List
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vip home
iving in Old Town, Jennifer Byrd often admired a
large, red-brick Colonial-style house in the neigh-
borhood. The house had changed owners several
times, and when it next went up for sale, Jennifer
and her husband, Jason, bought it.
Shortly after they moved in, neighbors and other acquaintances
began sharing stories of the former occupants, the Kyle family,
making Jennifer curious to learn more. However, with three young
children, researching the history of the home never made it to the
top of the to-do list. When the McFaddin-Ward House Museum put
out a call last spring for Old Town homes to become part of their
“preserve our past” tour, Jennifer knew the time had come.
On the Record
Jennifer attended a training meeting at McFaddin-Ward about
how to get started and where to look for historical information. She
left fred up to get started. “I thought, ‘This is going to be my mo-
tivation.’ I like to write and research, so this was up my alley and it
helped answer some questions I had about the home.”
From their neighbor, Betty Wells, the Byrds already knew some
oral history of the home’s original owners, Wesley W. Kyle Jr. and
his wife, Carol Tyrrell Kyle, the granddaughter of Captain William
Casper Tyrrell, the philanthropist who donated the Tyrrell Histori-
cal Library to the City of Beaumont.
Fittingly, Jennifer began her research at the Tyrrell Historical
Library, where she researched city directories and books on promi-
nent citizens. She was able to view the original building permits
Inspired to “preserve the
past,” Old Town resident
Jennifer Byrd researches the
history of the “Kyle House”
text by CHeryl rOse photography by lee e. sTInsOn
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The Kyle House was designed
to resemble this home in Colo-
nial Williamsburg. It was owned
by George Wythe, a leader
of the patriot movement in
Virginia, a delegate to the Con-
tinental Congress and Virginia’s
frst signer of the Declaration of
Independence. General George
Washington used the house as
a headquarters before the siege
of Yorktown.
Our Town
In April, the McFaddin-Ward
House Museum hosted a series
of events highlighting the
advantages of preserving local
history. The events included
self-guided neighborhood
tours. Through posted signs,
participants could read the
stories of more than 40 homes
in the Old Town area. These
stories are available at http://
The next tours are Oct. 18-25.
Read about the project or call
the museum at 409.832.1906
to see how you can be part of
preserving Beaumont’s history.
Collecting Stories
Though getting started on a
history research project may
sound intimidating, it can also
be fun, believes Judy Linsley,
the curator of interpretation and
education for the McFaddin-
Ward House Museum. “We are
here to help you,” she said. “We
would love to assist anyone
interested.” For the “Our Town”
series, scholarly writing and
in-depth research are not re-
quired. Oral history, anecdotes
and even present-day tales
can be included. Linsley said
with the available resources
of the McFaddin-Ward House
Museum, the Tyrrell Historical
Library and Lamar University,
amateur researchers may be
surprised how easily they can
uncover some basic back-
ground about their home.
with sketches of the home. She also went to the county courthouse,
where she pulled the property deed records.
From this documentation, she learned that the house sits on
four lots that were originally part of the W.P.H. McFaddin estate
that were sold to clear debts in 1937 and 1938. Kyle purchased the
lots from two separate sellers in 1945 and 1947. The 4,200-square-
foot house was completed in 1950 for $40,000.
Oral History
Though the facts were interesting, what Jennifer really wanted
was the stories. With the help of her neighbor Betty, Jennifer
tracked down Emilie Kyle Chenault, the daughter of W.W. and
Carol, who currently lives in San Antonio. Byrd began email-
ing with Chenault, asking her questions about the house and her
parents. Between Betty and Emilie, Jennifer learned many personal
and surprising details about her home.
The story goes that Carol visited Colonial Williamsburg in
Virginia and was very taken with a famous historic house built in
the 1750s, the George Wythe home. According to Betty, W.W. Kyle
hired Jasper architect Arthur K. Stone, a Kyle family relative, to
recreate the façade and grand entry of the Wythe home. After hear-
ing this story, Jennifer looked up a photo of the Wythe House and
realized the resemblance is astounding. Emilie, who has also visited
the Williamsburg landmark, noted that the similarities end after
the entryway.
From her research, Jennifer knows that Carol put a lot of time
and thought into the details of the home. “Carol loved this house,”
Jennifer said. “She wanted to mimic the Wythe House exactly.”
For example, Carol imported the handmade, exterior bricks from
Mexico to provide an aged look. She bought the chandeliers in New
Orleans and she commissioned a San Antonio artist to make the
outdoor sconces and mailbox.
In addition to the house, there is a separate maid’s quarters.
Though no one ever lived there, Jennifer has heard that Carol >>
photo courtesy
COlOnIal WIllIamsburg
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employed two maids and a driver. The spacious grounds bloom in
spring with azaleas, camellias and crepe myrtles, all favorites of her
mother, according to Emilie.
After W.W.’s death in 1973, Carol added an elevator from the
ground foor to the master bedroom, a breakfast room and a large
library with paneling that conceals hidden bookcases. She lived in the
home until her death in 1997.
Unique Character
The individuality, architectural details and location of the “Kyle
House” attracted the Byrds to buy the home in 2006. They admired
the ceiling medallions, the winding stairway with its intricately-carved
banister, the ornate trim carpentry and the grand scale of the rooms
and entry. The elevator is a novelty for visitors, who often ask to ride
in it. Jennifer appreciated the lift when she was pregnant and carrying
toddlers. Now, she only uses it for hauling laundry up to the bedrooms.
The Byrds are the ffth owners of the home. The only major reno-
vation thus far was done by a previous owner, who fully updated and
modernized the kitchen.
For Jason, the combined lots and large rooms are perfect for a fam-
ily to roam and play and still have privacy. “We own a piece of Beau-
mont history and we know that there is no other home like it,” he said.
“The character of the home could not be recreated today, at least not
economically. After speaking with Kyle family members, we believe
the original owners would be happy a family lives here.”
Respectful Stewards
Though Jennifer would like to work on their landscaping and Jason
would like to add a pool in the future, the Byrds have no plans to re-
model or renovate the house. “We don’t want to change it or modern-
ize it,” Jennifer said. “I like it the way it is. I like to honor the history
of the home. I just think it’s a gem.” VIP
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Well, here’s the good news: They
can pretty much do for you what they
do for us: Keep your skin looking
fresh, clean and – yes – younger.
Many men have a love/hate rela-
tionship with skincare. They want
to reap the benefts of a skincare
routine, but they’re 1) afraid it’s not
the most masculine thing they can
do and 2) just aren’t used to thinking
about it.
“Men are a little more hesitant to
use skincare products because, for
most of them, it’s never been part of
their routine,” said Michele Ruppel,
owner of Spa Della at 8109 Gladys in
Beaumont. “But more and more men
are asking about skin care.”
Alisa Lemoine, principal at Tic
Tac Day Spa & Salon, 3015 Dowlen
Road in Beaumont, agrees. She said
that once guys start to talk to profes-
sionals about their skincare needs,
they begin to get to more comfortable
with the idea.
“Being well informed by a profes-
sional makes all the diference,” she
And skincare knowledge is espe-
cially important for men in climates
like here in Southeast Texas, she
added. Heavy sun exposure can be as
damaging to men as it is to women,
of course.
So, yes guys, you need to be
taking care of your skin. But don’t
worry, it doesn’t have to be a two-
hour-long daily process that looks

ess up, guys. The women already know your secret desires.
We can see it in your eyes. We’ve even caught you in the
act. We know you’re curious about our side of the medicine
cabinet and bathroom sink. You kid us about our creams
and lotions and potions, but you secretly wonder what they
are and what they do and, more importantly, what they can do for you.
18 September 2012 | theVIPmag.com
s k i n c a r e
vip style
like it combines voodoo, alchemy
and speaking in tongues like
some women’s routines do.
Here’s a basic daily skincare
regiment that Lemoine and Rup-
pel suggest you follow:
1. Cleanser
Step one is a good cleanser,
preferably unscented. Men tend
to have larger pores and more
active sebaceous glands than
women, so they also tend to have
more oily skin. Not dealing with
the natural oils on and in your
face can clog pores and lead to
breakouts. So, daily cleansing is a
must. But don’t just grab any bar
soap, as most of them overcom-
pensate and wind up leaving skin
“There are non-perfumed
cleansers targeted just to men,”
Lemoine said.
2. Exfoliant
Even daily cleansing can’t get
at the goop that builds up in your
pores. A gentle scrub gets to the
deep-down dirt, sloughs of dead
cells and keeps your skin looking
“Any kind of exfoliant will
be helpful, whether it’s a scrub
or chemical such as salicylic or
lactic acid,” Ruppel explained.
“It also exposes the hair follicles
on the face for a closer, smoother
3. Moisturizer
A simple, unscented moistur-
izer will keep your skin from
getting dry and hydrate it, which
keeps it plump and younger look-
ing. It also helps prevent razor
4. Sunscreen
The hot Texas sun can wreak
havoc on any skin, making it look
old before it’s time. Sunscreen
can help you avoid that, as well
as protect you from skin cancer.
It’s really that simple. If you
want to take it a step further,
look into a cream for the eye area;
regular application of a lip balm
like Chapstick can’t hurt either.
But, don’t worry, there’s no
need to be experimenting with
your wife or girlfriend’s lavender-
vanilla moisturizer and apricot
face scrub. There are options that
are made just for you.
Just about every skincare
company, like Mary Kay, Avon
and those you fnd in depart-
ment stores and pharmacies, for
example, has whole lines of prod-
ucts designed with men in mind.
They’re mostly pretty similar
to those used by women, but in
general they are unscented (or at
least lightly scented with more
masculine aromas), and their
packaging is a little less precious.
So there really is no reason
to not to take care of your skin,
even if it’s not something you’ve
thought about in the past. — or
maybe because it’s not something
you’ve thought about in the past.
“Men generally don’t see the
importance of skincare the way
women do, “ said Rhonda Griggs,
of Nederland, an independent
beauty consultant for Mary Kay.
“They’re hesitant to try, but once
they do they like our products and
usually become loyal customers.
“With the way the environ-
ment is today,” she added, “it’s
more important than ever.”
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his sports fan suffers acute withdrawal
symptoms if he can’t get his daily dose
of ESPN. He can recite game stats at the
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be an armchair athlete and play on the offce
softball team.
His look: Sports all the time doesn’t have
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shows his eye for the sartorial with a cool pair
of kicks accented by contrasting socks. He may
have just as much fun getting dressed as he
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Reading list: He loves to read Sports Il-
lustrated magazine and biographies of his sports
heroes. A favorite read is Moneyball: The Art
of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.
Calico Joe, John Grisham’s baseball tale, is also
on his list.
Music: Any sports-related song or theme
song for a sports program – think Are You Ready
for Some Football? by Hank Williams Jr.
Car: Something sporty but manly – an SUV
should ft the play.
His great date: Going to the game – foot-
ball, baseball or basketball, depending on the
season. Afterward, he and his date will go to a
sports bar to relive game highlights. Go team!
Must-have accessories: A smartphone
with SportsCenter updates sent constantly. At
home, he owns the TV remote-control gadget.
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uave and sophisticated, this
lover boy is on the prowl all the
time. He’s romantic, charm-
ing and attentive. He makes
women feel special and is addicted to
his power of seduction. Once his prey
is charmed, he’ll make his move. Then
it’s on to his next conquest and another
notch on his bedpost.
His look: His bold use of color will
clue you in that he knows what the
ladies like. Purple is the power color,
and the white belt adds an extra touch
of fair. From the tailored jacket down to
the square toe of his shoes, you can be
sure that his attention to detail will also
translate to the ladies.
Reading list: He reads GQ magazine
for the latest updates in fashion and
sophistication and Barron’s fnancial
magazine for investment tips. His latest
favorite book is Fifty Shades of Grey by
E.L. James – a tale of an erotic affair.
Music: He’ll listen to whatever his
current lady-friend likes, but he prefers
classical and jazz.
Car: A sports car – something sleek
and sexy like he is – perhaps a Jaguar
or a Porsche.
His great date: He’ll pick up his
date just a tad late, to heighten the
anticipation. He’ll beg her forgiveness
and offer his apology along with a
dozen red roses. Then he’ll take her to
the best restaurant in town – the classic
wine-and-dine move. After that, it’s off
to a classy nightclub where he’ll glide
her around the dance foor whispering
to her how beautiful she looks. Then it’s
back to his bachelor pad for a nightcap.
Mission accomplished.
Must-have accessories: A
smartphone with an extensive contact
list (replaces the little black book of
yesteryear), pocket comb, travel-size
bottle of cologne, breath mints and a
well-tailored jacket to offer a shivering
damsel in distress.
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Reversible leather belt, $40; Modern ft jacket,
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his outdoorsy guy listens to the
call of the wild. He wants to be
outside doing something, not
just lying in a hammock guz-
zling beer. Hunting, fshing, running, hik-
ing, biking, horseback riding, kayaking,
swimming, sailing, wakeboarding – he’s
up for just about anything active.
His look: A man of nature can
express his personality while enjoying
the outdoors in this modern ensemble
with a touch of color. A puffy vest looks
cool while keeping him warm and is
balanced by the slim-ftting shirt. If he
looks this good in the great outdoors,
you know he’s got some style.
Reading list: He’s got a subscription
to Outside and his favorite special-
interest magazine and likes to read
action-packed novels including The
Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men
Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
and Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among
Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer. If
he’s in a humorous mood, he’ll go with
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales
of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Al-
lison or Carl Hiaasen’s Double Whammy
– a dark comedy about murder and
mayhem at a bass tournament.
Music: Country and/or rock. Jason
Aldean pairs nicely with Nickelback.
Car: A pickup truck or SUV – some-
thing big enough to hold all his outdoor
equipment and pull a trailer.
His great date: A day at the lake or
river with his date, his faithful dog, a full
cooler and plenty of sunscreen lotion.
Must-have accessories: The
list can be endless depending on his
chosen outdoor activity. But since he is
outdoors, he’ll need a GPS and a cell
phone with stellar reception in case he
gets lost or needs help. Yeah, like that
will ever happen. With a good knife and
a frst-aid kit, he can handle just about
Outft provided by Butch Hoffer: Melon
pocket tee, Southern Marsh, $30; Down
sweater vest, Patagonia, $150; 514 lim straight
jeans, Levi, $58; Heritage daypacks, The North
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omputer chess anyone? This
lovable yet often socially chal-
lenged soul is obsessed with
technology. He must have the
latest electronic gadget and be plugged
in 24/7. His job usually entails a mega-
load of computer work – deciphering
data, writing code, running programs.
He’s probably a scientist, engineer or
mathematician, but he could be an art-
ist or a musician.
His look: Geek is the new cool.
Rules go out the door when he keeps
things sleek in similar tones of gray,
black and blue. Reiterate intelligence
with specs and a traditional cardigan
while adding some cheekiness with
polka dots on the iconic male acces-
sory, a necktie.
Reading list: Wired magazine and
video-gaming magazines. He enjoys
science fction and fantasy including A
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
and The Third Gate by Lincoln Child. For
a fun read, he’ll pick up The Hitch-
hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas
Adams or his favorite manga.
Music: He listens to techno music,
of course. Like his technology, he wants
constant upgrades, whatever the genre.
Car: He drives a vehicle with out-
standing engineering, perhaps a BMW,
Mercedes Benz or Volkswagen. (If he’s
not earning an engineer’s salary, he’ll
buy a used model.)
His great date: Is there a Star Trek
or Comic-Con convention happening
somewhere nearby? Booyah! No? Darn
it! He and his date will just have to
settle for beer, corn nuts and a mara-
thon session of Halo at his bat cave.
Must-have accessories: The latest
smartphone, iPad, and laptop computer.
His shirt pocket holds a pair of reading
glasses, a mini-screwdriver for quick
tech repairs and several pens.
Outft provided by Express: Fitted black
button up shirt, $60; Shawl collar sweater, $80;
Polka dot skinny tie, $50; Photographer pant,
$70; Black frame glasses, $30
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ou’ve seen that swagger and
sneer. With the cocky bad boy,
it’s all about him and his needs.
He does what he wants, when
he wants to. You don’t like it? Tough.
He’s unpredictable and unreliable. He
treats his partners badly, but they keep
coming back for more of that magnetic
macho sexuality.
His look: The black leather jacket is
the trademark bad boy outerwear, and
this guy keeps it stylish by mixing in the
subtle gray. Skinny jeans and a slim-ft
shirt will tempt the ladies even more to
hop on his bike. Just make sure you’re
ready for a wild ride.
Reading list: Are you kidding? He
sticks to automotive and motorcycle
repair manuals and the list of drink
specials at the biker bar.
Music: Hard rock because he’s as
hard as a rock.
Car: He’ll drive a muscle car. If he’s
a biker, he’ll go with a chopper or a
crotch rocket. He wants to look tough
and move fast.
His great date: He’ll pick his date
up when he freakin’ feels like it, and
they’ll go to the local dive for drinks and
a few rounds of pool. Then they’ll head
to the tattoo parlor for some fresh ink.
Must-have accessories: Cool
shades, a toothpick, gum, various
weapons and his bail bondsman’s busi-
ness card.
Outft provided by Express and Buckle:
Stretch deep v-neck, Express, $23; Leather
belt, BKE, Buckle, $33; Rocco slim ft skinny
leg, Express, $88; Leather bomber jacket,
Express, $198
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f it’s broken, he can fx it. The handy
man is a jack of all trades and a
master of many. He’s smart, inde-
pendent, reliable, outgoing and great
with his hands! He’s not afraid of hard
work and takes pride in his fnished
His look: A man who works with
his hands knows how to relax. In his
downtime, you’ll fnd this easy-going
guy in something comfortable but fun.
Personality shows through with a color-
ful tee and classic Converse sneakers in
a sweet shade of blue. Anybody need a
lightbulb replaced?
Reading list: He has subscriptions
to This Old House and The Family
Handyman magazines. He likes to read
Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child be-
cause Reacher is very resourceful when
it comes to fxing things and getting out
of jams.
Music: He prefers classic rock – the
Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who,
John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen,
Bob Seger. It’s solid music for a solid
Car: A pickup truck with a huge
toolbox in the bed.
His great date: After a hard day,
he’s hungry! He and his date will head
to his favorite restaurant for a hearty
brew and a three-course meal. After-
ward, they’ll hit a club to listen to a rock
band and dance.
Must-have accessories: Safety
glasses, tape measure, tool belt – he
never knows when he’ll be called into
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“Yeah, I was in the Show. I was in the Show for 21 days
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handle your luggage in the Show – somebody else carries
your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice,
the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room ser-
vice, and the women all have long legs and brains.”
-Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) in “Bull Durham”
outheast Texas and baseball go together
like crawfsh and hot sauce. The region
has sent a number of native sons into
professional baseball, in addition to the
players recruited by Lamar University’s winning pro-
gram who later move up to the Show. Three ballplayers
with local roots, two retired and one active, share some
perspective on life as a major leaguer.
Life on the Road
Professional baseball players major in travel. “Big
league travel is awesome – private jet planes, big hotels,
money in the pocket,” described Mark Petkovsek of photos by The ASSoCIATeD PreSS
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Beaumont, a retired pitcher with a nine-year
career in professional baseball. “I really liked
that travel, getting to go diferent places, but
you’re basically only home three months out
of the year. It’s a bit of a grind, every two to
four days packing your suitcase.”
And though the majors hold some glam-
our, the minors…not so much. Beaumont
resident and retired professional player
Jason Tyner’s journeyman career through
several organizations up and down gave
him a perspective on both lifestyles. “You
endure the minor leagues to enjoy the major
leagues,” he said. “The big league lifestyle
is very easy. You play almost every day, but
you have more of days. You travel by private
planes to places like New York City and Los
Angeles and stay in really nice hotels with
a room to yourself. In the minor leagues,
you’re bussing or fying commercial with
layovers. You share a hotel room and don’t
make near the money.”
The stratospheric salaries of celebrity
players create a misperception about the
earnings of the majority of professional
players, Tyner believes. “Everyone thinks
you’re making millions of dollars, but most
minor league players do not make very much
money,” he said. “I made $850 a month my
frst minor league year.”
Another misperception can be that the
rivalry fervor and player idolatry of fans ex-
tends to the players. “When you’re on a ball
team, you’re seeing people a lot diferently
than you do from the stands, like a husband-
and-wife-type thing,” Petkovsek said. “Most
Mark Petkovsek
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Beaumont native
Mark Petkovsek
played for Monsignor
Kelly High School
before pitching for
the University of
Texas. He was a frst-
round draft pick of
the Texas Rangers. In
his nine year career,
he also played for
the Pittsburgh Pirates
and spent four years
with the St. Louis
Cincinnati Reds
outfelder Jay Bruce
grew up in Beaumont
and played for West
Brook High School.
He was drafted 12th
overall in 2005, and
has been a two-time
Jason Tyner of Beau-
mont attended West
Brook High School
and Texas A&M Uni-
versity. The outfelder
was a frst-round
draft pick of the New
York Mets. In a career
spanning 12 years,
Tyner played for mul-
tiple organizations,
including the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays and
the Minnesota Twins
The Rookie Favorite Sports Movie The Sandlot Rudy
“Men at Work” by
George Will
Favorite Sports Book “The Life You
Imagine: Life Lessons
for Achieving Your
Dreams” by Derek
Jeter with Jack Curry
“Field of Hope: An
Inspiring Autobiography
of a Lifetime of Over-
coming Odds” by Brett
Butler, Jerry Jenkins
Brisket Crawfsh or Brisket? Crawfsh, for sure Crawfsh
Josh Hamilton,
Texas Rangers
Best Player in Game Today Andrew McCutchen,
Pittsburgh Pirates
Joe Mauer,
Minnesota Twins
I like the coast,
from the laziness to
angling to hunting the
Best Thing about SE Texas The slow pace,
friends, family and
the good-hearted
We’re big beach
people I met were very genuine.”
Only a few players stay with the same team
for a whole career, Tyner explained. It’s more
common to play for several teams with diferent
teammates, providing the opportunity for a
broad acquaintance throughout the leagues. “I
never went to a city where I didn’t have friends
already,” he said.
Beaumont native and outfelder Jay Bruce
has enjoyed several years of stability with the
Cincinnati Reds. He views the major league life-
style as a whirlwind. “It’s fast-paced,” he said.
“A lot of travelling in and out of cities, with
teams in and out of Cincinnati. Then before you
know it, it’s the All-Star break. Then, it’s the
end of the year. Then before you know it, you’re
starting all over again.”
Since he considers himself a slow-paced guy,
the opportunities to come home to Beaumont
are a respite from the hectic lifestyle. “Beau-
mont is home,” he said. “I feel like when I get
there, I can take a deep breath.”
Heroes and Inspiration
Most young boys have a favorite team or
player that inspires them though most don’t get
to meet them. For Tyner, former San Francisco
Giant frst baseman Will “The Thrill” Clark
was a favorite. Tyner’s major league debut was
in June 2000, playing for the New York Mets
against the Baltimore Orioles. Clark was there
on the Orioles roster, though on the disabled
list. He sent an autographed bat over to Tyner,
congratulating him on his debut and wishing
him luck in his career.
Petkovsek loved the Cincinnati Reds when
Jason Tyner
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he was a boy. “Johnny Bench
was the man for me as a kid,” he
said. “As I got older, Tom Seaver
was fun to watch.” Sharing the
dugout with two former St. Louis
Cardinals, Bob Gibson and Den-
nis Eckersley, was inspiring for
Petkovsek. He described how Eck-
ersley, a frst ballot hall-of-famer,
would share his self-doubts and
struggles with the rookie pitchers,
giving Petkovsek comfort that it
was OK to be nervous.
Bruce has also gotten to meet
a couple of his childhood baseball
heroes, Ken Grifey Jr. and Derek
Jeter. Bruce idolized Grifey as a
child. When Bruce was frst called
up to the majors, Grifey and he
were teammates briefy before the
Reds traded Grifey to the Chicago
White Sox.
Bruce met Jeter at this year’s
All-Star Game and still has a few
stars in his eyes. He had read
Jeter’s biography in high school
and found it very motivating.
Meeting Jeter in person was
satisfying, if brief. “He’s a super
nice guy, super genuine,” Bruce
said. “He’s a true class act. He’s
one of the icons of this league and
I think he’s deserved all of it.”
The Joy-Luck Club
As their career arcs waned,
Clay Buchholz
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: Pitcher
High School: Lumberton High
College: McNeese State University
and Angelina College
MLB draft: 2005, Boston Red Sox
MLB debut: Aug. 17, 2007 for the
Boston Red Sox
Also playing
in the MLB
Brian Sanches
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position: Pitcher
High School: Nederland High
College: Lamar University
MLB draft: 1999, Kansas City
MLB debut: June 1, 2006 for the
Philadelphia Phillies
meaning more minors and less
majors, the travel and distance
from their young families just
became a trade-of Petkovsek
and Tyner were unwilling to
make. Petkovsek now works in
sales for the family business at
Tiger Safety. He and his wife,
Heather, have two sons ages 10
and 13. Though the boys are
playing baseball, Petkovsek’s
main athletic goal for them is
to fnd a sport that they love,
having fun rather than slogging
through. Looking back at his
own playing days, he feels lucky
to have gotten a college educa-
tion and career out of something
he enjoyed doing so much.
Tyner and his wife, Annie,
have three children ages two
to seven. Tyner still gets to be
involved in baseball every day as
the co-owner of the Southeast
Texas Baseball/Softball Acad-
emy. Even from the coaching
side, baseball remains fun for
him. “I wanted to play baseball
every single day of my life,” he
said. “If it’s fun, you aren’t going
to get burned out.”
At only 25 years old, with
luck, Bruce is still early in his
career. “Hopefully, I’ll be play-
ing for a long time,” he said.
“I have the opportunity to do
something special. I don’t take it
for granted. I truly enjoy every
minute. It gets hard sometimes,
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ou know what he looks like. The sparkling
tank top and barely there short-shorts. That
hair. Perhaps you know he wasn’t always in the
greatest shape. A New Orleans boy in love with
his hometown food (and it showed), he turned
himself into America’s loudest, dancingest,
sweatiest, most-recognizable ftness icon.
But did you know Richard Simmons turns 64 this year? Speaks
Italian? Read the pope’s color aura (gold, yellow, orange, green)? Did
you know that pseudo-Afro on his head is the result of three “hor-
ribly painful” hair transplants, 4,000 follicles each time, necessitated
after a crash diet at age 19 turned him bald? You may not know that he
describes himself as an “extreme Catholic,” who will, in a quieter mo-
ment, pray with you. He’ll embrace you, close his eyes and tears will
form. He’ll whisper in your ear that God is looking out for you from
above, and that He created only one of you, so take care of yourself. >>
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And then, he will burst into a
chorus of Captain & Tennille in
that inimitable tenor — Do that to
me one more time. Once is never
enough! — just to remind us that,
after all, he is Richard Simmons.
But the biggest thing you don’t
know about the man born Milton
Teagle Simmons is that he’s in
on the joke. You may see him as
an exercise icon or the butt of
the joke — he doesn’t care either
way. You can laugh with him or
laugh at him, as long as you’re just
laughing. This he wants you to
Richard Simmons will headline
the Gift of Life’s second annual Ju-
lie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon
Run/Walk in downtown Beaumont
on September 29, one of the 200
days each year Richard Simmons
is on the road, giving motivational
speeches, posing for fan pictures
or promoting whatever new prod-
uct he has out.
Richard Simmons travels
everywhere dressed like Richard
Simmons. On most trips, Sim-
mons has fve pairs of tank tops
and shorts with him, including a
crystal-encrusted black top with
the word “SWEAT” in ruby red
(he has hundreds of diferent ones
back home in Los Angeles).
“I’ve never seen him in jeans,”
said his longtime manager Michael
Catalano. “It’s not his style.”
When not at his personal
appearances, Simmons does not
leave his hotel room. Rarely does
he do restaurants because people
are always curious about what’s on
Simmons’ plate. Also, he thinks
those in the same dining room as
Simmons get self-conscious about
eating in the company of a ftness
guru — wouldn’t you feel weird
asking for extra sauce with Rich-
ard Simmons at the next table? So
he prefers room service.
An early passion for food
The frst word (or so he claims)
that came out of baby Simmons’
mouth was a portentous one:
“kitchen.” Growing up in New
Orleans in the 1950s, Simmons
would head to the French Quarter
every day after school and sell pra-
lines on the street corner.
By 8th grade, Simmons
weighed more than 200 pounds.
In his autobiography, “Still Hun-
gry — After All These Years,” he
wrote: “While other kids my age
began exploring their sexuality, I
spent time exploring food. Food
became sex for me — it became my
Simmons’ weight made him
the target of bullies. The only way
to fend them of, he found out,
was through laughter.
“In high school, I could get
beaten up all the time, or I could
be something better. I became the
court jester.”
That’s his schtick now. Here is
a man who acts on his impulses —
he sees, he reacts. It is why Sim-
mons is prone to hugs, seconds af-
ter meeting you. He will grab your
hand and kiss it with an audible
smack of the lips. When he enters
a building, he goes through the
revolving door twice for comedic
efect. It’s campy and over-the-top,
and you don’t quite know how to
react, except to think Omigod. It’s
Richard Simmons.
Doing God’s work
In the mid-‘70s, Simmons
opened Slimmons, a health club
that catered to the overweight (he
still teaches classes there today).
The success of his club led to
fame and television stardom. He
appeared as himself on the soap
opera “General Hospital,” and
later hosted a syndicated daytime
talk show.
“I do this because I’m supposed
to do this. Every morning when I
get up, I ask God what he wants
me to do, ask him to lead me to
the right people to help them.”
His voice breaks. It’s the frst
of several times this day he’ll
cry while reminiscing about his
younger days, and how this has
shaped his life’s mission. Mention
that kids today will live a shorter
life than their parents because of
their eating habits, and Simmons
chokes up, his ebullient voice
turned into a whisper.
“All I’ve found are snake-oil
salesmen who want to sell these
overweight and obese people pills
“I do this because I’m supposed to do this.
Every morning when I get up, I ask God what
he wants me to do, ask him to lead me to the
right people to help them.” — Richard Simmons
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and shots and surgeries. I didn’t
think that was ever going to hap-
Life at home
One big thing you and I don’t
know about Richard Simmons is
his personal life. He rarely dis-
cusses it, and when prodded, says
there is none to speak of.
“There are sacrifces you have
to make. I don’t have a lot to ofer
one person. I have a lot to ofer to
a lot of people.”
He says he has very few
friends. He calls himself a loner.
He lives in the Hollywood Hills
with two maids and his Dalma-
tians, which he named after char-
acters from “Gone With the Wind”
(Scarlett, Pittypat, Melanie).
When he’s out of town, he calls his
house every night to talk with his
dogs, and sing to them.
His says his life companions
are the fans who line up for hours
to tell Simmons their life stories,
who sum it up in the few seconds
they have together.
Inspiration and humor
On a recent event at a Wal-
greens, Richard Simmons is
greeted by 200 or so people.
“Hiiiiii everybody!” Simmons
practically yells out. He walks past
the stacks of Pringles Cheddar
Cheese chips on sale, past the
cashier and plops himself on top
of a table.
Simmons sports a blue
“Sweatin’ to the Oldies” tank,
with blue-and-white striped shorts
that barely cover his upper thigh.
The frst person waiting for
him is Joan Ochwatt, who is 72 but
looks several decades younger. She
credits Richard Simmons. Ochwatt
has built an exercise room in her
home, where she works out to
Simmons’ tapes every day.
“I used to wear this shirt,”
Ochwatt said, showing of an
extra-large Richard Simmons T-
shirt. “And look at me now!” She
poses with the “after” exuberance
of a before-and-after shot.
One high school boy, a football
player type, asks for a picture.
Simmons takes a few steps back
and, with a running start, jumps
on the kid, wrapping his bare legs
around the waist of the visibly
bewildered student. Camera bulbs
fash. “Straight to the Facebook
page,” the student said, catching
his breath.
Simmons spots a woman eating
ice cream in line. “What are you
eating?!” Richard shouts. “Secu-
Just as quickly, the moment
turns quiet. An obese woman
approaches Simmons. Even sur-
rounded by people, no one can
hear what the two are saying
to each other. You see they are
staring into each other’s eyes. Sim-
mons whispers something, and she
nods. He grabs her by the hand;
they bow their heads and begin to
pray together.
Long after the crowd disperses
and night falls, Simmons wants to
fnd a quiet place to talk.
He heads straight into the em-
ployee washroom. He plops right
down on the spotless foor, cross-
legged. He takes several deep
breaths. The past two hours — the
people, their stories, the emotional
feedback — have overwhelmed
Richard Simmons begins to
weep again.
“I just hope I help some people,
that’s all.”
Minutes later, he’s back by the
cosmetics aisle, singing snatches
of music and posing for group
shots with the Walgreens staf just
as they return to their shifts. And
his audience is laughing, as they
always do, just as he wants. MCT
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Where do you like to hang out?
Divine Wine, Elena’s and The West
What is your ideal frst date?
Sushi and drinks, then going out
dancing afterwards.
What turns you off? Over-conf-
dence and negativity.
What do you like to do for fun?
Shop, go to the beach and hang out
with my friends and family.
What is the worst pick up line
that you’ve received? You don’t
look old enough to be in this bar.
What are the top three qualities
that you look for in a guy? Fun
personality, generosity and good
cooking skills.
What advice can you give to a
guy looking to meet a girl like
yourself? Just be yourself, don’t
try too hard.
What meal would impress you?
Stuffed pork tenderloin – it’s my
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On the water or at home.
What is your ideal frst date?
Something outside of the box and
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What do you do for fun? I like
road trips with friends, biking, and
What is the worst pick up line
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What are the top three qualities
that you look for in a guy? Tall,
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What advice can you give to a
guy looking to meet a girl like
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Jennifer Turner
Age: 30 Occupation: Lawyer,
Orgain, Bell & Tucker
Where do you like to hang out?
Wine Styles, Goodfella’s and at
What is your ideal frst date?
Start off with drinks, and then go
someplace fun for dinner – I like
Thai or sushi. End the night with ice
What turns you off? Arrogance.
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renovating my new-to-me but old
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What is the worst pick up line
that you’ve received? Haven’t
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What are the top three qualities
that you look for in a guy?
Consideration for others – not just
me but for people in general, conf-
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What advice can you give to a
guy looking to meet a girl like
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Ubi Caritas, the non-proft
Beaumont ministry that has
provided healthcare to the
uninsured since 1998, is
holding its fourth annual
Date Auction on Wednes-
day, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at
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food dining
text by Jane McBride
photos by Scott eSlinger
ith combined experience that
covers almost a half-century,
few in these parts have more
expertise in barbecue than
Leonard Broussard of Broussard’s Links +
Ribs and Rich Courville of Courville’s Special
Events and Catering.
Mr. Broussard, as most folks call him, has
been standing over a pit since the 1970s. “I’ve
been at it a little while,” he laughs.
“Big Rich, as his friends call him, began
barbecuing when he was 19. He’s 53 now and
has been cooking for a living for 18 years.
Start with the right meat
It doesn’t matter if it is pork or beef. What
matters are the all-important streaks of fat.
“You have to have good, choice meat. You
learn how to spot it from being in the business.
You don’t want something with too much fat,
but it can’t be all lean either,” Broussard says.
When it comes to brisket, one of the cheapest
cuts of meat, be proud of that layer of fat.
“Don’t have it trimmed. The fat left in the
brisket is what gives the brisket its unique
favor, which is like no other cut of meat,” Rich
Prepare the meat properly
Forget marinating or covering in any
secrets from the pros Barbecue, Bar-B-cue,
BBQ or Bar-B-Que?
An often quoted explanation says that Barbeque
comes from the French, “de barbe a queue,” from
chin to tail, meaning roasting a whole animal on a
spit. Not so, say others, who believe it came from
the West Indian island of Hispaniola in the seven-
teenth century, referring to natives who erected a
frame of wooden sticks over a fre in order to dry
meat. They called it a barbacòa. Of course, that
word also is reported to refer to a bed of wooden
slats suspended about three feet off the ground. If
you’re a journalist, you follow the Associated Press
Guide: Barbecue.
When it comes to ‘cue, the conversation we
care about is not how to spell it, but how to cook it.
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kind of sauce. That’s for grilling. Barbecue
starts with meat covered generously with
a dry rub. Broussard says it doesn’t matter
which seasoning you choose. “You might
have your own preference, or it can be a com-
mercial rub.”
Rich creates his own rub, which has salt,
red, white and black pepper, smoked paprika,
brown sugar, garlic powder and onion pow-
der. He rubs it down 24 hours before cooking.
As you can guess from the name of the
business, Broussard specializes in homemade
all-beef links, but serves up a lot of ribs, too.
If you want sauce, he’ll put it on the side or
sauce it after cooking.
Step away from the oven
Barbecue is prepared on a pit. Period. It
doesn’t have to be a big, brick pit like many
barbecue masters use. It doesn’t have to be
an expensive stainless steel pit. Rich uses a
rotisserie smoker at his business, but he also
has a Brinkman smoker and a Big Green Egg
at home. “It’s a ceramic smoker and takes
very little wood to maintain the heat. The key
is to lock in and control the heat at 170,” Rich
Heat control is important, whether you
use a barrel, pipe, Old Smoky or other pit,
he says. “The key is very simple: good clean
surfaces, no old ashes, and a drafting area or
vents that can be adjusted so you can control
the heat.”
Choose your wood
“Good barbecue needs to be smoked. You
grill a steak. You smoke barbecue,” Broussard
says. His wood of choice is oak.
Rich agrees. “It adds favors that I like,
and most of my customers like. The key is
diferent types of meat taste better with dif-
ferent smoke. With pork, you use fruit wood
– plum, apple or cherry to give it great favor.
Peach, pear, apple and orange marmalade all
go good with pork and fruit wood intensifes
that favor. With red meat, you use red oak,
hickory, mesquite, or pecan.”
Whatever the choice, it must be good, dry
seasoned wood – never wood with sap like
pine, cedar, fr or spruce.
Get the temperature and time right
“You need to know how your oven or pit
cooks. You need to know the hot spots and
what have you,” Broussard says. “Just like all
microwaves don’t cook the same, all pits don’t
cook the same. You can’t rush good cooking.
Take your time.”
The biggest diference between barbecu-
ing and grilling is time and temperature, Rich
says. Grilling is high heat for short periods of
time. “The art of ‘cuing is being able to put
a piece of meat on a low temperature for a
long time. It’s favorful because it’s had lots
of time for the heat to slowly melt the fats
through the meat and favor it. There’s noth-
ing better than a good, slow roasted, smoked
whole chicken. Because of the fat, the dark
and white meat melt together.”
That great barbecue brisket favor comes
only with time and fat, Rich adds. He begins
by trimming away the silver membrane on
the rib side of a St. Louis cut, which he fnds
to be meatier.
“We put the fattiest side facing upward
and smoke at 170 degrees for 15-18 hours, it
eventually breaks all the protein down and
the fat drips through the meat and onto the
other briskets below it. It keeps it juicy and
favorful. We’ve won a lot of brisket contests.
If you hold a rib in your hand and meat falls
of, it’s done right.”
Rich’s Rib Secrets
“I season my ribs with a paste using
mustard as the base, with a littler red pepper
and brown sugar. I rub it all over the ribs 24
hours before cooking. I fre the pit up to 285 –
300 degrees. I cook my ribs until I notice the
shrinkage exposes the end of the rib bones
3/8 to ½ inch. That’s roughly 2 ½ to 3 hours.
Then I take them out of the smoker, let them
reach room temperature, then wrap them
in Saran Wrap and put in the cooler. I get
them icy cold. When rib day comes, I get the
grill as hot as I can get it, and make a simple
honey favored barbecue sauce with brown
sugar and a little Jack Daniels. I get my brush
out, put those ribs cup side down on the grill
and paint the backside with the sauce. When
I start to see the cut end of the bone begin
to sizzle and bubble, I turn it over and paint
the other side. In just a couple of minutes,
the cut end of the bone starts to sizzle. That’s
when the protein lets loose. You’ve got your-
self a mouthful of darn good ribs.”
“You can’t rush
good cooking.
Take your time.”
–Leonard Broussard
“Different meats
taste better with
different smoke”
–Rich Courville
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7. Mudding
oooh, “muddin’.” If you live in Southeast Texas
this is a term you hear probably way too often.
Mudding is when four-wheelers and other ATVs
are taken out and basically just run in mud. It’s almost a
contest to see who can get the dirtiest, whose ride can
get the muddiest and who has the most fun doing it. This
is one of those they-never-grow-out-of-it things where
men still enjoy playing in dirt with their friends.
Best times and places: For a true off-track mud-
ding experience fnd a friend with a deer lease.
1. Fantasy Football
antasy Football has turned into a one billion dollar
business annually. Frank Deford, famed writer for
Sports Illustrated, claimed that fantasy football was
the number three most popular sport in the nation behind
only NCAA Football and NFL football. The valid question to
ask here is, why? Well, in the old days, football fans rallied
behind their favorite team. While that is still true, fantasy
football now requires that participators watch all games
showing their lineup, and not just the Cowboys. With fan-
tasy players coming from a range of teams, every single
NFL game has someone’s money or pride riding on it.
Best times and places: August through January,
any bar or man cave in America
5. Disc Golf
here is a Professional Disc Golf Association and a
Disc Golf World Championship. I’m pretty sure this
one totally qualifes. According to the PDGA, disc golf
is a “fying disc game in which individual players throw a
fying disc at a target. The object of the game is to traverse
a course in the fewest numbers of throws of the disc.”
Best times and places: The Golden Triangle Disc Golf
Association plays in parks all over SE Texas (check them
out on Facebook), and there is a professional disc golf
course in Huntsville called Shawshank.
6. Bar Games
very bar I’ve walked into over the last two years
has either had a game called Golden Tee Golf or a
guy griping about the fact the place doesn’t have
Golden Tee. Golden Tee Golf is a massively popular video
game that can only be found in some arcades, bars and
probably Tiger Woods’ house. Golden Tee has a pretty
legit lead over other bar games at the moment, but
games like darts and pool can still allow for a friendly,
competitive game while having a drink.
Best times and places: Any time. Any sports bar.
s a woman, there are elements of male sports enthusiasm that I have con-
cluded I will never understand. However, as I have a number of male friends,
this enthusiasm is somewhat inescapable as most Happy Hours I join in on
are littered with conversations on the topic. What is interesting, though, is the
variations of what is considered a “sport” now to these men versus the “sports”
of years and conversations past.
These “alternative” sports are redesigning the typical man cave and the schedule for “guys
nights.” Frankly, after talking to them all about these sports, I couldn’t decide which of the top
two was more popular, so a tie may be in order.
text by AMAnDA CorBell
Are any of these reAl sports?
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10. Washers
ashers is another friendly, yet competitive game to
pass the time. Basically, give a man an object to
throw into some sort of target and suddenly it’s a
sport. This is a backyard ritual for any barbeque, crawfsh
boil or birthday party and someone will always play.
Best times and places: Honky Tonk Texas in Silsbee
has a Washer Tournament every Thursday night. Other-
wise, you can buy your own set online (or even better yet
make one) and invite the boys over.
9. Online Gaming
all of Duty, Madden, MLB The Show and other
games can be played online against other players
from around the world (sometimes while even
talking live with them). Long gone are the days of having
to play Zelda alone in your bedroom.
Best times and places: Your living room sofa or any
place with a good internet connection. (ok, maybe not
at work.)
8. MMA
MA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is the new boxing. It
is a full contact sport combining all varieties of
martial arts in an almost-anything-goes style
fght. Basically you just watch two other guys beat the
daylights out of each other.
Best times and places: MMA fghts have become
popular in the Southeast Texas region with regular
events taking place at Ford Park and several of the
casinos across the state border.
2. Poker
hen an amateur 20-something named Chris Mon-
eymaker won the World Series of Poker in 2003,
the sport grabbed the nation’s attention. Since
then, every “average Joe” has picked up a deck of cards
in the hopes of retiring off a good hand. The beauty of the
game is that any guy, regardless of his background, can
sit next to Phil Ivey and have a shot in beating him. That
doesn’t happen when the same guy goes for a ball with
Derek Jeter. If you have enough time and money, you can
play against the best players in the world. Men love this.
Best times and places: While casinos are the obvi-
ous choice, there are underground back-door games all
over the place (if you know the right people).
3. Hunting
unting and fshing are about as manly as it gets,
though they clearly do not gender discriminate.
Being two of the most basic survival techniques,
these sports have been in existence since the beginning
of time. Southeast Texas is chalked full of hunters and
fsherman, those who do it solely for sport and those
who do it as a career. The opening of deer season may
as well be a recognized holiday. It also serves as a right
of passage for a lot of young boys when they take their
frst hunting or fshing trip.
Best times and places: November-January for
hunting, Year-round for fshing. Check the Texas Parks &
Wildlife website for schedules and license requirements.
4. Beer Pong
eer pong combines two of men’s favorite things:
beer and a ball. The object of the game is to throw
a ping pong ball across a table in hopes of landing
it into one of several cups of beer at the other end of
the table. If a ball lands in a cup, that cup of beer is to
be consumed by the opposing team. So yes, it’s just
a drinking game. Best times and places: Any party,
fraternity house, get-together.
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Mixed Culture
Los Originales, De San Juan
and Lil’ Rob, 6 p.m.-midnight,
Montange Center (409) 951-9608
or (409) 880-1715.
Salute to Real American Heroes
6 p.m., Wesley United Methodist
Church, Beaumont. Tickets $50.
(409) 839-2983.
First Thursdays on Calder Avenue
5-9 p.m., downtown Beaumont.
(409) 833-9919.
Ronnie Milsap
Nutty Jerry’s, Winnie. Tickets $20,
$30, $40, $55. (877) 643-7508 or
“A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum”
Presented by the Beaumont
Community Players, Betty
Greenberg Center for the
Performing Arts, Beaumont.
(409) 833-4664 or www.
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September 29
Get a jump start on Breast
Cancer Awareness month with
the Gift of Life’s annual 5K run/
walk in downtown Beaumont.
Registration starts at 7 a.m., with
an opening ceremony at 7:30
a.m., and the race beginning at 8
a.m. The event kicks off the “pink
and teal” festivities in downtown
Beaumont, which includes
interactive booths and a picnic in
the park with ftness guru Richard
Simmons. (409) 833-3663.
great dates in september
Lamar football
home opener
September 8
The Lamar Cardinals play
their frst home game of the
season against Prairie View
A&M. Tickets start at $60
and are available at
lamarcardinals.com or by
calling (409) 880-1715.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. Other home
games this month include
Sept. 22 vs. Langston and
Sept. 29 vs. Southeastern
Charity Date Auction
September 12
Ubi Caritas, the non-proft
Beaumont ministry that has
provided healthcare to the
uninsured since 1998, is holding
its fourth annual Date Auction
at Madison’s in Beaumont. The
event features an auction of
date packages with some of the
area’s most eligible bachelors and
bachelorettes. Cocktails start at
6 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 per person or
table seating is available from
$75-$125. (409) 832-1924 or
(409) 656-1157.
Anniversary Gala
September 7
Help the Museum of
Southeast Texas Art celebrate
its 25th anniversary with fne
dining and entertainment,
6:30-10 p.m., This year’s
honoree is Texas artist Paul
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3 One of the founders of Roca-Fella-
6 Banking machine
8 2009 RB for the NY Jets, ___
10 Last word of “America, the
11 Bottom of a royal fush in poker
12 Author ____ Rice
14 Allow
15 “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”
remake star, Jessica ____
16 Music player at clubs
18 “Dream Lover” singer, Mariah
19 “Hotel California” singers
21 Fathers
24 Hugh Jackman character in a
2009 flm
28 Going on as scheduled (like a
concert for example)
29 Radio band
30 Internet laughter
32 R and B singer, R. ____
33 “I’m like a bird” singer, _____
1 Actress, _____ Portman
2 New Orleans Hornets coach in
2009, Byron ____
3 ___ of Arcadia
4 Greeting
5 Pitsburgh’s NFL team
6 “Up” star, Edward _____
7 Boston state, for short
9 The city Augusta is in this state
12 “20/20” network
13 Actress, ___ Long
16 Deciliter, for short
17 Pearl Jam song from their album
20 “My ___ Sal”
21 Popular Las Vegas singer, Celine
22 Two-letter Scrabble word
23 Founder of a major computer
24 Stir-fry pan
25 Back to square __
26 Kilmer of “The Saint”
27 Sylvester Stallone’s nickname
31 Old, for short
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Dick Dowling Day
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sabine Pass
Battleground State Historic Site, Port
Arthur. (409) 971-2559.
Neighbors and Concerts in the Park
4-8 p.m., Rogers Park, Beaumont.
(409) 838-3613.
Mexican Fiesta
Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center,
Port Arthur. Pageant, pinata party,
food booths and folkloric dancing.
(409) 724-6134 or (409) 504-3791.
Texas Country Music Show
7:30 p.m., Palace Theater, Kirbyville.
(409) 423-3319.
Spindletop Roller Girls Roller Derby
6:15 p.m., Ford Exhibit Hall, (800)
745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Hope Women’s Resource Clinic Gala
7 p.m., Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites,
Beaumont. (409) 898-4005.
Texas Gator Fest
Fort Anahuac Park, Anahuac. (409)
267-4190 or www.texasgatorfesst.com.
Beaumont Art League Rummage Sale
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Beaumont Art League,
Beaumont. (409) 833-4179
“A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum”
See previous listing.
Texas Bar-B-Que Festival
5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-
midnight Sept. 15, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 16, Claiborne West Park, Vidor.
“Ten Little Indians”
Murder mystery based on Agatha
Christie’s, “And Then There Were
None,” Port Arthur Little Theatre,
(409) 727-7258 or www.palt.org.
Symphony of SE Texas Concert
7:30 p.m., Julie Rogers Theatre, (409)
892-2257 or www.sost.org.
Running Dead 5K
Zombie apocalyptic-themed 5K
obstacle course race, 8 a.m., Paradise
Water Park, Silsbee. Register at www.
runningdead5k.com. (409) 385-7946.
Italian Night Fundraiser
6-10 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena
School cafeteria, Port Arthur. Tickets
$25. (409) 962-3011.
Lot Party
Food, bikes, music by the House
Rockers, 11 a.m., Cowboy Harley-
Davidson. Beaumont. (409) 840-6969.
The Big Event
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Parkdale Mall. Car
show, barbecue cook of, family
entertainment. Free. (409) 898-2440.
“BRA-vo! Applause for the Cause:
Survivor Project Gallery Exhibit”
Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Art
Museum of Southeast Texas.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum”
See previous listing.
Texas Pecan Festival
Lions Park, Groves. (800) 876-3631 or
Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Art
Museum of Southeast Texas
Ron White’s Mortal Compass Tour
7 p.m., Julie Rogers Theatre,
Beaumont. For mature audiences.
“Ten Little Indians”
See previous listing
Walk Like MADD 2012
Lumberton High School, Lumberton.
Registration 8 a.m., walk 9 a.m.
Movies in the Park
“The Smurfs,” 8 p.m., Perlstein Park,
Beaumont. Free. (409) 838-3613.
Chevron Phillips Charity Golf
3 p.m., Bayou Din Golf Club,
Beaumont. (409) 866-0976.
Halloween and Brimstone Haunted
Museum and Spookhouse
Beaumont. Hours: 7:30-11 p.m. Sept.
28-29, Oct. 5-6, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20,
Oct. 26-27, and Oct. 31; and 7:30-
10:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28. (409)
“Ten Little Indians”
See previous listing
g u e s t c o l u m n
vip voices
text by Holli Petersen
i! How are you? How’s
your prostate doing?
You read it right.
Your prostate.
To be more specifc,
when was the last time you had it
Now, if you’re female and reading
this, please don’t ask your physician
to check your prostate. I promise that
your prostate – or lack thereof – is
completely fne.
But, if you’re a man, listen up!
Because, this one’s for you.
After all, it’s National Prostate
Cancer Awareness Month and,
through my work with the Julie Rog-
ers “Gift of Life” Program, I’ve had
many the awkward conversation with
strangers about their most manly of
I’m not an urologist, an oncologist,
or even an expert, but I’ve learned a
thing or two about prostate cancer.
All my years of experience are
culminated in one universal truth.
Turns out, men and women are
very diferent from one another!
Shocker, I know!
If you go back in time to the
prehistoric era, you’ll remember that
women were made to be gatherers.
Because most of us don’t have a lot
of berries and nuts to harvest these
days, we tend to gather together in-
stead. And, what do we do when we
gather together? Talk, of course!
Men, I’m going to clue you in to
the fact that we talk about every-
thing. (So, yes, you might as well
start blushing in the presence of your
wife’s girlfriends.) We talk about our
children and our jobs and occasion-
ally we talk about our health. And,
we have no problems reminding each
other that it’s the time of year when
we need a little “lady tune-up” with
the jolly ol’ gynecologist.
But, men don’t do that, do they?
True story. I once interviewed an
amazing prostate cancer survivor
who admitted to golfng immediately
after his diagnosis and then waiting
weeks before telling his wife. He said
he just wanted time to plan out what
to say and… well… the clubs were
already in the car.
Now how many women do you
know who would do that? Heck, I
can’t even go to the grocery store
without calling someone to tell them
about it.
Most of the time, when men do
gather together, it’s not because they
want to talk about their prostate
And, that’s a shame because men
tend to listen to other men. And,
right now, it is really important that
men listen.
We need you to listen when we say
that prostate cancer screenings save
lives. We need you to listen when we
say that one in thirty-six men will die
of prostate cancer. We need you to
listen when we say that the fve-year
survival rate for men whose cancer is
diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.
We need you to listen when we say
that there are organizations like the
Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program,
who provide free prostate-specifc
antigen (PSA) blood test screenings,
diagnostic evaluations and cancer
treatment for men without health
After you’ve listened, we need you
to talk. We need you to talk to other
men, even if it’s uncomfortable, even
if it’s embarrassing, even if it’s the
bottom of the ninth and the bases are
We need you to talk because this
year an estimated 28,170 American
men will lose their lives to this highly
treatable disease.
We need you to talk because it re-
ally is a matter of life or death.
We need you to talk because we
need you.
So, be a man. Get checked. VIP
Shining a
light where
the sun
don’t shine
50 September 2012 | theVIPmag.com

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