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									SEPTEMBER 2008

CystiC Fibrosis Foundation’s 1st annual breath oF liFe Gala honors

Larry Choate

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Billy is a victim of prostate cancer.

That’s because prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Arkansas men. Almost as many men die of the disease as women die of breast cancer. Nearly 30,000 fathers (like Billy’s), grandfathers, brothers and sons lose their lives to this disease each year. But prostate cancer can often be cured when treated early, and a few simple tests can help detect it. Ask your doctor about a yearly PSA screening for prostate cancer. Because men aren’t the only ones who suffer.

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Join us for the Kickoff to Men’s Health at Arkansas Urology! Learn more about men’s health issues while enjoying food, fun and games for the whole family. Put yourself in the driver’s seat and challenge your friends to a remote-controlled replica NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Enter to win tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game or a baseball autographed by Angels all-star outfielder Torii Hunter. And don’t miss the antique car and hot rod exhibition! Saturday, September 27, 2008 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Arkansas Urology, Little Rock Campus Visit for more information!


Free prostate and testosterone-level screenings* are available for men who have never had a prostate screening and who meet the following criteria: • Men 50 years or older • Men 40 years or older with a family history of prostate cancer • African-American men 40 years or older *Limited to the first 200 men Call 501-219-8900 to schedule your screening.

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PUBLISHER David Larkan EDITOR Lee Ann Larkan

Publisher’s Note:
My mother passed away in April of 2006. She was 75 years young.

COnTRIBUTORS Contributing Photographer Jason Burt PAGE DESIGn AnD LAYOUT Deborah Szewczuk TODAY’S MAn MAGAZInE Published by: RML Media, LLC P.O. Box 13030 Maumelle, AR 72113 SUBSCRIPTIOn For information on subscription rates for delivery to home or office please e-mail us at: GOT A GREAT IDEA? WE WAnT TO HEAR IT! Please e-mail us at: ADVERTISInG SALES Please e-mail Marla Webb at: Cover Photo by: Jason Burt

Among others, two qualities stand out about my mother: her sharp, intriguing mind and her tenacious determination. These two qualities enabled her to endure many years of illness and still face each day with renewal.

September marks my 50th birthday. As I reflect on my life and prepare for this benchmark birthday I also pay tribute to a woman who dedicated much of her life to molding me into the man I am today. She was a caring, loving and constant presence in my life, doing all the wonderful things a mother does. She was there for me when I met some of life’s inevitable difficulties offering support, insights and advice. I am not saying we always agreed but it added another dimension to that of mother and son—we became great friends.

So, as I blow out that small firestorm caused by 50 burning candles, I’ll also blow a kiss to the heavens and celebrate life with a passion.

Thanks, mom.


September 2008

The Magazine that Suits You

On the inside
TRAVEL Sixth Street – Austin, Texas
6 The Arkansan’s Guide To Not Hating Texas


10 Blowing into the Windy City

Eureka Springs Eateries
14 Bargain Eateries

FEATURE Larry Choate

18 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 1st Annual Breath of Life Gala

Dancing Rabbit Golf Course
23 Golfing in Mississippi

Health Update

26 Ins and Outs of ACL

Men’s Health Fair

28 Yearly Screening – The Key for Banks

DOLLARS AnD SEnSE Think Direction, not Perfection
30 Financial Organization

TAILGATInG RECIPES Hey You! Meet Me in the Parking Lot!
32 Recipes sure to please


34 How to Build Olympic Style Muscles 36 Pigskin Preacher






Scott Stirlin


T he Arkansan’s Guide To Not Ha ti ng Texa s
We all know the only reason any prideful Arkansan would dare cross that line in Texarkana into the enemy territory they call Texas would be to watch the rivalry between the states’ flagship universities play out on the gridiron. Any other motive (except maybe to enjoy a Whataburger, but even this must be done in disguise) would be borderline blasphemous. But if you’re a loyal Razorback fan and your only option is to head to Austin to watch the Razorbacks and Longhorns play on Sept. 13, you might as well enjoy it. I know what you’re thinking: the words “Texas” and “enjoy” can’t be placed in the same sentence, there’s some sort of law against it. No such law actually exists, your uncle just told you that because he was a closet Longhorn fan who was afraid of being outed. Of course you’d rather be caught watching On S ixt h , t he beer a marathon of “The View” while is cold , t he music sipping on cosmopolitans and getting a pedicure than seen is good and the with a smile on your face in the food is Tex- Mex state of Texas, but you know what they say – when life deals and ba rbeq ue . you Texans, make Texanade. Fortunately, a strip along Sixth Street in Austin makes the Texanade, Austin-distilled Tito’s vodka or Texas-brewed Shinerbock go down easy. If you’re not familiar with Sixth Street, think of it as Fayetteville’s Dickson St. on steroids or the drunk little brother of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. When the sun goes down in Austin, Sixth Street turns into a bastion of live music, drink specials, cowboy boots and beautiful women. Go ahead, it’s all right to smile. Located in downtown Austin, Sixth Street is just a short walk away from the concentration of the city’s hotels. From Congress Avenue to Interstate 35, Sixth Street’s entertainment district is loaded with bars, restaurants, a couple of tattoo parlors, and even a micro-brewery movie theater. It seems like live music blares and bouncers shout the drink special of the night every door you walk by along the seven-block stretch. And with so many establishments to choose from, the competition for patrons means the drink specials really are special. Dollar beers are easy to find, with $2 you-call-its and shots also a popular ploy to draw in customers. You’ll never pay a cover, and once you walk in, the entertainment and people surround you like UT’s defense will try to do to Casey Dick. It’s not hard to dress for Sixth Street, because anything goes. From a well-groomed man in a tuxedo to and old bearded man wearing nothing but a thong, the clothing runs the gamut. That brings out another part of Austin – it’s pretty weird. “The Museum of the Weird” fits right in on Sixth Street – if you buy a shirt they’ll give you free admission. The oddity of the town and the people is something the natives acknowledge, and, like Texans tend to do, take pride in. In the souvenir shops on Sixth, “Keep Austin Weird” tiedyed shirts hang next to shirts that unsubtly announce I’m From TEXAS.” Punk rockers, cowboys, emo kids, rappers, hillbillies and tourists all walk alongside each other on Sixth Street – an interesting exhibition of diversity. On Sixth, the beer is cold, the music is good and the food is Tex-Mex and barbeque. From the queso catfish at Paradise Café to the jalapeño stuffed shrimp at Iron Cactus to the beef brisket a couple blocks away at Stubb’s Barbeque, the unique tastes of Austin’s food are as pleasurable as the blend of sounds projected by the amplifiers, drums and horns of all the city’s bands. Known as the “live music capital of the world,” Austin doesn’t disappoint when it comes to tunes. Whatever your tastes in music are, it’s likely you can find something you like any day of the week. Country, rap, ska, rock, jazz, blues and some stuff that can’t even be classified into a genre all play a part in the music scene. Only on Sixth


Street can you find government placed street signs limiting parking areas for bands only. Texas’ capitol building in Austin stands seven feet taller than the country’s capitol in Washington, fueling the belief that “everything is bigger in Texas.” Sixth Street definitely follows that maxim, showing just how big of a party is possible. The streets are blocked off to cars on weekends as the sidewalks overflow with partygoers eventually heading into lounges like Sapphire or Mooseknuckle, music venues and rooftop parties at Maggie Mae’s and the Blind Pig Pub, and themed bars like Coyote Ugly and the Chuggin’ Monkey. If you’re feeling extra wild and want to force a Texan to draw that Razorback tattoo you’ve always wanted, there are places for that as well – just make sure they use Razorback red ink instead of Longhorn burnt orange. Across the street you can go into the Bobalu Cigar Company and buy a cigar right after watching an artisan hand-roll one on the spot. The heat in Austin is dry, a lot more bearable than humid Arkansas heat, but if you head out to Sixth Street in your Razorback garb after the game, you might feel the heat of a Longhorn fan’s glare. After all, they don’t put their Longhorn stickers upside-down on the back of their cars like we do in Arkansas. But be the bigger man and buy your opponent a 16 ounce can of Lonestar beer (it’ll probably only cost you a dollar) and offer a toast to Sixth Street – the place where disdain for a rival turns into enjoyment of a unique place, even if it is in Texas. And remember, it’s OK to smile, just don’t admit to it when you get back home.

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Blowing Into The Windy City
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY: Scott Stirling At the end of a largely boring, but easy drive from central Arkansas up 600 miles of interstate, lies a city where you couldn’t be bored if you tried. The Second City, the Windy City – whatever you want to call it – provides a bit of everything a traveler could want; indeed, Chicago has it all. Towering skyscrapers, one of the best sports scenes in the world, Broadwaystyle theater productions, parks designed more for entertainment than relaxation, great public transportation, unique and outstanding food, interesting neighborhoods, and yes, even beaches, show the diversity of the nation’s third-largest city. It’s a place where you can take a road trip with your buddies, vacation with your family or even fly up for a getaway by yourself.

Take a pair of comfortable shoes and block off a day or two just to walk around the city and take in all it has to offer during your Chicago trip – there’s plenty to see. The Sears Tower (233 South Wacker Drive) tops the city’s skyline, and at 1,450 feet, claims the title of tallest building in North America. You can see Chicago and all the way to Michigan from the Skydeck for $12.95 per adult. The John Hancock Center (87 North Michigan Avenue) stands just a few stories below the Sears Tower but offers just as good a view of the city. Tickets to go up to the observatory run $15, but you can get nearly as good of a view without paying an admission fee at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor. The drinks are far from cheap, but the view doesn’t make that $12 cocktail seem so bad. There are no windows in the men’s bathroom of the lounge, but – not to encourage any mischief – the view out of the windows of the women’s bathroom is said to be spectacular. Millennium Park (201 East Randolph Street) hosts a bevy of stunning architecture. A concert pavilion that looks like it came to Chicago from the future, fountains with digital photos of children spitting water all over the real children playing below and the Cloud Gate sculpture, “The Bean,” which could be one of the most interesting mirrors in the world make Millennium Park a must-see. Best of all, it’s free. The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street) is a shopper’s paradise. Loaded with upscale department stores, fancy restaurants and five-star hotels, this mile can make your checking account go from magnificent to desolate in a hurry. At the end of your walk down the Magnificent Mile, you’ll find Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue), a playground for all ages on Lake Michigan. The pier is loaded with shops, theaters, concert venues and a Ferris wheel not meant for folks with a fear of heights. In the same part of downtown you can walk around the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue) and literally touch much of the world’s history. Built into the walls of the building that houses the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WGN-TV, are pieces of historical sites ranging from the Parthenon and Great Pyramid to the Berlin Wall and White House to the site where De Soto first landed in Arkansas.

mozzarella cheese is placed directly on the dough, followed by a heap of toppings and then marinara sauce is placed on the very top. After a serving of this gooey goodness you’ll never look at that delivered pizza the same again. You can order one of these pizzas where the style was invented at The Original Gino’s (several locations) or Giordano’s (several locations), among others. You’ll probably want to order a cold pitcher of Chicago-brewed Goose Island beer while you wait for your pizza, as it takes about 40 minutes to cook the massive dish. Pizza isn’t the only thing Chicago has a unique take on. The Chicago-style hot dog is an all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun loaded with mustard, onion, sweet relish, tomatoes, sport peppers and a dill pickle spear. Ketchup is a no-no on a hot dog in Chicago, but once you bite into one made their way, the seemingly unusual toppings are justified by the great combination of flavors and textures. You can get a dog at the Superdawg Drive-In (6363 North Milwaukee Avenue) or any hot dog stand on the city streets.

No trip to the Windy City is complete without a slice or two of Chicago-style pizza. Only the deepest stomachs can handle more than a couple pieces of Chicago’s version of the pizza pie. It’s as deep dish as deep dish gets and layered a bit differently than the pizza we’re used to in Arkansas. A thick layer of

You’ll also want to try an Italian beef sandwich complete with grilled peppers and onions; the Italian beef is a part of most menus in Chicago. You can also get food from around the world in the Second City. Eat Mexican food in the district known as La Villita, Korean food in Little Seoul, and other unique dishes in Greektown, Little Italy and Chinatown.

With five teams in the “Big Four” sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) with a collective history like no other, it’s no wonder Chicago was named the Best Sports City in the U.S. by the Sporting News in 2006. Whether you catch a Cubs or White Sox game during the summer or a Bears, Bulls or Blackhawks game during the winter, there’s always a lot going on in the Chicago sports scene. Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison), the “Friendly Confines” as it’s called, opened in 1914 and is Chicago’s No. 1 destination for any baseball fan. Far from the luxurious stadiums so many major league teams now call home, Wrigley’s biggest appeal is its history and atmosphere. The ivy-covered outfield walls, bleachers filled with die-hard Cubs fans drinking Old Style beer and the aura surrounding a field where Babe Ruth called his shot, Ernie Banks said “Let’s play two,” and Harry Caray sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” will send chills down any baseball fan’s spine. Almost as big of a draw as the field itself, is the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark nicknamed “Wrigleyville.” Part of the Lakeview neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Wrigleyville is filled with bars such as Murphy’s Bleachers, Harry Caray’s Tavern and the Cubbie Bear. The area has a great atmosphere, maybe a little surprising considering the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. US Cellular Field (333 West 35th Street) is the home of the city’s American League baseball team, the White Sox. The Sox won the World Series in 2005 and usually put a competitive team on the field. You can get to US Cellular by getting off at the 35th-Sox stop on the “L” train, Chicago’s elevated train public transportation system. Using a combination of buses and the “L” you can get anywhere you need to go without driving while in Chicago. You can pay by the ride or by buying a visitor’s pass from the Chicago Transit Authority at Chicago’s airports and currency exchanges. The pass will give you unlimited rides on the “L” and buses during your stay. When baseball and summer have passed, you can watch the NFL’s Bears play at Soldier Field (1410 South Museum), and the NBA’s Bulls at the United Center (1901 West Madison). Hockey can also be seen at the United Center as the NHL’s Blackhawks call the arena home.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 wiped out about one-third of the city, but sparked the rebuilding of the city and its rise to one of the country’s largest. The world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built in Chicago in 1885. Chicago’s Sears Tower became the world’s tallest building when it was built in 1973, but lost the title to a skyscraper in Malaysia in 1996. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport was considered the world’s busiest before Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport took the title away in 2004. Legendary gangster Al Capone, who often spent time in Hot Springs, called Chicago home. Chicago is one of the final four cities being considered to host the 2016 Olympic Games, along with Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. The city has a population of 2,833,321, the third largest in the U.S. behind New York City and Los Angeles.



Bargain EatEriEs

In The Extraordinary Escape-Eureka Springs
So you think you can’t find a good meal under $10 in a tourist town? And surely there are none for under $5, right? Well, think again. Known for its variety of award-winning, world-class restaurants, the destination known as The Extraordinary Escape is also home to dozens of bargain eateries offering small meals under $5 and more sumptuous ones from $5 to $10. From an entire menu under $5 at Harp’s 57 to fine dining establishments with an under-$10 bargain option, there are great, low-cost meals all around town. Let’s take a little tour.

East UppEr Loop
Heading into Eureka Springs from the east on U.S. 62, you’ll encounter many low-priced meal options. Whether or not you’re attending the Great Passion Play, the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (12-2 p.m.) is only $6.50. DJ’s Drive-In, near Passion Play Road, opened this spring. All breakfast items are under $4. All burgers are under $5, as are chicken wraps, salads, and extra long chili cheese coney dogs. Kids’ menu meals are under $4 and adult meals are $5-7. The Route 62 Diner has some breakfast meals under $5 and plenty between $5 and $10. Corn dog baskets and regular-size popcorn chicken baskets are under $5. All other meals are $5 to $10. Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are under $5 at Pancake’s Family Restaurant. Other breakfast selections as well as lunch sandwiches and burgers are priced from $5 to $10; most dinner entrees are under $10. For those with large appetites and small budgets, Sheridan’s Ozark Buffet has all-you-caneat meals. Breakfast is $5.95, lunch is $6.95 and dinner is $8.95. The sandwiches are priced at around $5 at Catfish Cabin. Dinners start at $7 and include hush puppies, baked potato or fries, and three side dishes. Across the street is Café Soleil. Their lunch offerings include sandwiches and pizzas from $7-10 and salads and pastas starting at $7. Near Gaskin’s Switch Village, Big Daddy’s Taco Shack is new this year and has, in my opinion, the world’s best 99-cent beef tacos! Larger beef or veggie tacos are $1.50, chicken tacos $1.75. Their big burritos are under $5 and the mammoth Big Daddy burrito is $6. Also under $5: hamburgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, tostadas, chili and taco salads. Grandma’s Beans and Cornbread in Pine Mountain Village has beans and cornbread, soup, chicken dumplings, sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs, and salads under $5. Grandma’s Meal is $4.50 and includes a sandwich plus applesauce and a drink. Most of Forest Hill Restaurant’s breakfasts are under $5.00 (eggs, French toast, biscuits, waffles, pancakes.) Lunches between $5 and $10 include Caesar and spinach salads, BLT, ham and cheese sandwich, and lunch pizza. Sparky’s Roadhouse Café has a three-bean chili for about $5, a wide assortment of sandwiches and burgers priced from $5

to $10, and dinners starting at just under $10. Nearby, Shawbee’s Big Dawg Saloon opens weeknights at 5 p.m. with 1/3 pound burgers for under $10. McDonald’s, Subway, and Pizza Hut all provide bargain meals and are all located on Hwy 62. That’s also where you’ll find Bunch’s Quick Check with breakfast and lunch items price under $5. Just south on AR 23, try the biscuits and gravy for $2 (small) or $3 (large) at The Coffee Stop.


WEst UppEr Loop
If you’re heading into town on U.S. 62 from the west, you’ll first see the Smokehouse Café, across from the Razorback Observation Tower. Their sandwiches and most breakfast selections are under $10. They come from near and far to eat at Bubba’s Barbecue at 60 Kings Highway (facing U.S. 62 West.) Lunches are all $5-10. Dinners start at $9.95. Marquee’s, now under new ownership, has all meals under $10. They’re on Hwy 62 West in the former Caribe’s location. A little further west, the Rowdy Beaver offers a lunch buffet with salad bar, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert for $8.95. Soups, salads, burgers and other sandwiches range from $6 to $10. The Pine Hill Restaurant’s sandwiches are just under or over $5. Dinner entrees start at $9.95.

thE QUartEr
One of Eureka Springs’ newest restaurants is the North Star Juice Bar and Café. It’s on Wall Street, a block west of The Quarter on U.S. 62. Their organic vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and exotic juice drinks are all under $10. At the Little Bread Company, located in The Quarter, you’ll find a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items all priced at between $5 and $10. Just west of there is the Lumberyard Bar and Grill, where sandwiches, nachos and burgers are priced from $5-10. Got a hankering for Mexican food? La Familia, across from The Quarter, has kids meals priced at $3.95. Almost all lunch and dinner adult entrees are between $5 and $10.

DoWntoWn: soUth Main strEEt
Bargain eateries also abound in the heart of historic downtown. Local Flavor, 71 S. Main, has varied breakfast and lunch offerings starting at $6.95. Their hearty dinner salads are $7.95 and up while other dinner entrees begin at $9. All of the Pied Piper Pub’s entrees, except steak dinners, are $8-10. It’s located at 82 Armstrong, near the Bank of Eureka Springs downtown. Across the way, Cafe Luigi on Main has Early Bird specials and pizzettes for under $10. An appetizer plus a salad is also under $10. At 75 S. Main, the Tiki Torch offers good burgers and sandwiches for $5-10. Geraldi’s, at 61 S. Main, serves pasta dishes, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads priced between $5 and $10 and pizzas starting at $7.50. Upstairs at 55 ½ S. Main, Rick’s Firehouse Pub has hot and cold sandwiches, chicken legs and Brauts for $5-10. Rosie’s Funnel Cakes, across from the Auditorium, has corn dogs, hot dogs, Polish dogs, bagel dogs and nachos all under $5. Trolley Ice, across from the courthouse, serves hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos and pizza slices all for under $4. Add a drink and tax and it’s still about $5. Just across the pedestrian bridge, at 12 ½ South Main, is the new Eureka Swiss Café. Everything on the menu, including their loaded potato bar and sandwiches, is under $7.

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DoWntoWn: north Main strEEt
Not far away and down a flight of stairs is the Mud Street Café at 22g S. Main. They’re open for breakfast and lunch and all meals are $4.75-10. The half-order of veggie hash-browns for $4.75 contains freshly cut home fries and vegetables. Across the street at the New Delhi Café, 2 N. Main, their entire menu is under $8. That includes the Indian buffet, sandwiches, and their famous hamburgers and veggie burgers. Breakfast offerings are all under $5. A block away at 35 N. Main, Eureka Live’s entire menu (sandwiches, ribs and brisket) is under $7. It’s all under $5 at Harps 57, new this year at 57 N. Main in the Main Street Marketplace. Prices range from $1.57 (remember the fried bologna sandwich?) to $4.57, including tax! With prices like that, the tamales and chicken quesadillas are fast becoming local favorites. Further up Main, Café Santa Fe has $5.50 and $6.50 lunch specials. And at 179 N. Main, you’ll find much more than ice cream at the Ice Cream Delights Sandwich Shoppe. Tuna or grilled cheese sandwiches, Frito pies, chili, and soup are under $4. Most sandwiches are under $5; the Reuben is under $6. Burgers start at $6.50 and dinners are $7.50 and up. Sonny’s Pizzeria, at 119 N. Main, has been a tourist favorite for decades. Order the large pizza with two toppings, split it four ways, and it’s about $5 per person. The Pizza Bar opened in May at 13 N. Main, offering seniors and kids under 5 an all-you-can-eat buffet for $4.95. For everyone else it’s $5.95.

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DoWntoWn: spring, cEntEr, MoUntain strEEts
Lightweights like me can make a meal of one of the many appetizers at the Balcony Bar & Restaurant in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. For the hungrier, 26 of the 37 lunch and dinner entrees are priced between $5 and $10. Just across the street, the Daily Roast is in its first full year of operation. Their smoothies, made of 100% fruit, make a very healthy light lunch for $3.25 (12 oz.) and $3.75 (16 oz.) The coffee drinks are made from the only freshly roasted beans within 50 miles. The Oasis, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has a large number of Ark-Mex entrees all priced at under $10. Enter near the New Orleans Hotel, on the stairway connecting Spring and Center. On a stairway leading from Center to Main, Henri’s Just One More Grill offers salads, sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers priced from $5 and $10. Patio dining in the heart of the historic district is available at the Eureka Grill, at 71 Spring. All the burgers, sandwiches and salads are $5-10; the rainbow trout and tuna Cubano are $9.50. Just around the corner at 10 Mountain, nearly everything on the menu at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar is $9 or under. That includes their burgers, sandwiches, salads and 12” pizzas. For A Few DollArs More Even a few of Eureka’s many fine dining establishments have options for the bargain-conscious. All the breakfasts at the Gazebo Restaurant in the Best Western Eureka Inn are under $10. Lunches, served Fridays and Saturdays only, are also under $10. Myrtie Mae’s, in the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, has an all-you-can-eat Salad Bar, including soup, for $5.95 and a One Trip all-youcan-carry Salad Bar for $4.95. Breakfast selections are $5-10. Burgers and sandwiches run from $3.50 to $7.50. Dinner entrees start at about $9. You can make a meal of the vegetarian chef salad ($6.95) or the grilled chicken breast salad ($8.95) at Ermilio’s, 26 White Street. The same is true of the classic Caesar salad ($6) at the Grand Taverne Restaurant and Lounge in the Grand Central Hotel and Spa. At Rogue’s Manor, 124 Spring Street, the baby-back BBQ ribs are $9. And yes, there are meals under $10 at the celebrated and historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa. In Dr. Baker’s Lounge, most of the lunch soups, salads and entrees are priced from $5-10. The War Eagle Mill Breakfast Buffet in the Crystal Dining Room is $9.95.

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CystiC Fibrosis Foundation’s 1st annual breath oF liFe Gala honors

Larry Choate

The word ‘commitment’ is bandied about a great deal in this day and age. Often its application belies the qualities of the person of whom it is used. But no one involved in the business and banking communities of central Arkansas will deny that one of the area’s genuine paragons of commitment – to his work, to the community, to friends and family – is the Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank in central Arkansas, Larry Choate.
Text By: Lee Ann Larkan and Chris Glover

Choate’s road to leadership of one of Little Rock’s most successful banks – one that, perhaps more than any other, has shown an active interest in the community – has been a long one. But Choate himself will agree that the road, and the people he has met along its way, have profoundly shaped his approach not only to running a bank, but to seeing to it the bank and its employees remember that their job, fundamentally, is to serve. Larry Choate was born July 10, 1947 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. (With a nod to Merle Haggard, Choate shows his characteristic sense of humor by observing that he is therefore an original “Okie from Muskogee”). He attended high-school in nearby Tahlequah. Memories of Tahlequah and the years he spent there bring a visible mixture of amusement and sorrow to his face. It was there that he met Joe Ed Sutton, a young man who shared many of his own interests, and whose parents were both teachers at the high-school he attended. To this day, Choate and Sutton remain best friends, and share fond memories of high school in Tahlequah. “Mrs. Sutton was a great cook,” Choate recalls with a grin. “I found every reason to be there at dinnertime.” But humor aside, Choate remembers the Sutton’s nephews, Karl and Chris Branscum, with great – and agonizing – clarity. “The two boys were afflicted with cystic fibrosis (CF)

and watching them decline was something I will never forget.” He and Joe Ed were precociously sensitive to their plight. “You wouldn’t think that two high-school boys would stop and take the time to realize the magnitude of CF, but we did. We saw a stopping point in these two bright and promising lives and it made us appreciate their courage and fortitude.” Karl and Chris Branscum passed away at the ages of twelve and thirteen, but their memory has lasted with Choate to this day. And yet the two young Branscums were not the last CF victims that Choate would encounter in the course of his life. One of the most influential people in Choate’s life was and is Burt Stacy. Choate recalls with amusement their first meeting. “Burt was the president of the Bank of Bentonville. I was working at the Village South National Bank in Tulsa. One afternoon Burt walked in totally unannounced and said ‘I’m Burt Stacy and I want to buy your bank.’ I told him ‘Well, it’s for sale!’ Within thirty days an agreement was finalized. The result was the first bank in northeastern Oklahoma owned by another just across the border in Arkansas.” But the encounter that day was, for Choate, just the beginning of his friendship with Stacy. And yet ‘friendship’ only partly describes their relationship. Particularly early on, Stacy bore the stamp of mentor. His banking ideas influenced

“Some people are the cornerstone individuals that are called upon over and over again to help make a difference in people’s lives of our community. I knew it was my time and my calling to step up and help make a difference in fighting Cystic Fibrosis.”


Choate’s own profoundly. As Choate explains, “Burt is truly a pioneer in creating a retail look in the lobbies of our banks. He brought the personal-service feel back to the industry. He put popcorn machines in the lobby, encouraged tellers to be more friendly and personable, and created sitting areas in the bank for times when heavy business had customers on their feet. He also conceptualized the idea of extended banking hours for customers so that we offered our customers service when they needed it.” Choate gratefully acknowledges Stacy’s influence: “Our bank today is shaped by his ideas.” Even in the midst of his work with Stacy, cystic fibrosis brought itself to Choate’s attention. Stacy’s grandson had CF. “I saw on a daily basis,” Choate says, “How a child full of life can be affected by CF. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see a child battling this illness.” CF would appear again in Choate’s life, when he moved to Little Rock. Haskell Anderson, one of the bank’s regional managers, also has a son who is afflicted with CF. As a result, Choate was, and is, struck that CF affecting just 30,000 people nationwide has affected him closely on three separate occasions. Choate’s sense of calling is understandable. “Some people are the cornerstone individuals that are called upon over and over again to help make a difference in people’s lives of our community. I knew it was my time and my calling to step up and help make a difference in fighting CF.” Choate has brought Arvest Bank into the fight which he says is just the bank’s way of operating. Employees of the bank actively volunteer to raise CF awareness. In fact, for that very purpose they participate in the Great Strides walk in Little Rock. And this year, for the first time, Benton hosted a Great Strides walk. An associate of Arvest chaired each event.

“We all sit together at Pleasant Valley sharing stories, and sometimes laughing until we cry. My wife loves it when I come home from there because I’m always in the greatest mood.” For a man of Larry Choate’s experience, the laughter and the tears are emblematic. He is a man that strives to make a difference in children and young adult’s lives afflicted by CF. To him, it’s a gift of love. To him it’s a calling.

On Saturday, September 27, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will honor Larry Choate with the 2008 Breath of Life Award for his energetic support of the foundation. But Choate is modest about the distinction. “This event is not about me. It’s about getting recognition and awareness for the foundation.”


Although a significant amount of people are afflicted with CF in the United States, many drug companies will not commit the funds needed to conduct the research required to find life saving treatments. The foundation hopes to raise $75,000 through the event. Ninety-percent of the money raised will go directly to CF research. “That makes a big difference to me,” says Choate. “Breakthroughs are on the verge of happening. This money will be part of those breakthroughs. If ever anybody wanted to be part of something great, something they can really make a difference in, then this is it.” Choate’s commitment to banking, and to using his prominence in that industry to advance such an important charitable cause, reveals just one side of a complex, humane, and fun-loving man. Choate and his wife Mitzi have been married for twenty-seven years. They have two sons – Scott, 35, and Dustin, 23. The family is close. “The best gifts I have ever received are my two sons and my wife. They mean everything to me. I talk to my sons on the phone every day and enjoy being involved in their lives. And at the end of every day, I love coming home to my wife. She is my soul mate.” Choate also speaks with great fondness of his brother Ron, just a year older, and his younger sister, Jo Ann Downer. “Ron is just a great person all around. He possesses the discipline and high morals anyone would want to be around.” Of Jo Ann he says “When my brother and I were growing up we never realized the impact we had on her life. We knew she loved us but not until later did we find out how much we meant to her and the influence we had on her life. If you have a little sister, let her know how much she is loved and how special she really is.” With both family and friends, Choate enjoys playing golf at Pleasant Valley Country Club. “I’m not the best golfer in the world,” Choate admits, “but I’ve found you don’t have to play well to win, you just need to know how to wager.” I have a way of wearing my friends down until finally they give me strokes.” When not laughing at his struggles he looks forward to PVCC’s seventh hole (“It’s an easy 8 but a difficult 4!”), and he is passionate about watching BOTH Sooner AND Razorback football. A unique signed football signed by the likes of Barry Switzer, Billy Moore, Cliff Powell, Jim Mooty and Jerry Lamb is displayed prominently in his office. Choate enjoys sharing stories of Razorback and Sooner football, past political events and the rich history of Arkansas at the country club. “We all sit together at Pleasant Valley sharing stories, and sometimes laughing until we cry. My wife loves it when I come home from there because I’m always in the greatest mood.” For a man of Larry Choate’s experience, the laughter and the tears are emblematic. He is a man that strives to make a difference in children and young adult’s lives afflicted by CF. To him, it’s a gift of love. To him it’s a calling.

Photo by: Jason Burt


the breath oF liFe Gala
The Arkansas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) will honor Larry Choate, chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Little Rock and supporter of CFF with the 2008 Breath of Life Award at its first annual Breath of Life Gala, on Saturday, September 27 at the Doubletree Guest Suites. The gala has significant importance, as its first Breath of Life Gala being held in Arkansas. The Breath of Life Award is given to an outstanding person or organization who exhibits exceptional dedication to the fight against cystic fibrosis, who contributes their time and talents to further the research supported by CFF, who inspires community involvement and who spreads awareness about CF. “Larry Choate and Arvest Bank have earned a reputation for being passionate about supporting the community in many different ways,” said Robb Fiser, Breath of Life co-chairman. “Similar to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s dedication to continuing to search for a cure for a life-threatening hereditary genetic disease, Larry has illustrated his commitment and dedication to each of his community’s projects, and specifically CFF. Having lost a family friend to this disease, Larry knows the importance of finding a cure.” The black tie event features an evening of surprises and entertainment, all lead by master of ceremonies, Today’s THV meteorologist, Tom Brannon. The night will begin with a cocktail reception and exclusive silent auction at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction and dinner. The auction will feature many outstanding items, including an elite trip for four to the Kentucky Derby. The event is set to raise $75,000, with 90 percent of the total given directly toward Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research and programs. A table at the event is $1,500. Tickets are available for $150 per person and sponsorships are available. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the US. A defect in the CFTR gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CFF-with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundationsthe median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-sponsored, non-profit organization committed to finding therapies and ultimately a cure, and improving the lives of those with the disease.

Photo by: Jason Burt

For more information on cystic fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation visit pi | www.dancingrabb Mississip The Oaks | Choctaw,

Don’t let the name fool you, this pristine Choctaw tribal layout in central Mississippi is a real test of skill. Because of its wider fairways it is considered player friendly and is definitely worth the trip to experience it.

Embodying the finest, grand traditions of the game, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is anything but rough around the edges. Like the course itself, no expense was spared when planning the amenities that would ultimately define Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s unique charm & personality. Every classic golf amenity was considered. Every modern convenience included. Next door, Silver Star Resort & Casino and Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, also a development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, offers its guests round-the-clock gaming action in a relaxed atmosphere where even first time players are treated like VIPs. Additionally, there are thirteen distinctive restaurants on site for casual and fine dining. Big name entertainers appear regularly in the Silver Star Convention Center, while music and dancing are nightly events at the Starlight Lounge. And last but not least, there’s a richly-appointed spa and salon relaxation center, which is available to all guests.

tHe Course:
Nestled quietly among ancient pines and hardwoods, each of the par masterpieces embraces the gently rolling hills and valleys indigenous to this part of the country. Meanwhile, over two miles of spring-fed creeks and streams weave their way through the lush Bermuda and Zoysia fairways and Bentgrass greens, lending both challenge and beauty to the picturesque environment. The creation of internationally renowned golf course designer Tom Fazio and PGA great Jerry Pate, each of the dramatic golf holes bears their indelible mark, while still retaining the character and grandeur of the great Southern woodlands from which they were masterfully carved.



Course at a glanCe
Par 3 Handicap 16 Championship Tee: 209 Yards This long par 3 will test your mid to long iron play. The only safe way to play this is to hit the putting surface. The green slopes from back to front, making any shot that goes long a treacherous putt or chip.

Par 4 Handicap 14 Championship Tee: 367 Yards You can hit a driver to a mid-iron off the tee. The left center of the fairway is ideal, providing you with the best angle to attack the flagstick. Don’t be too aggressive because trouble lurks long and left. Par 4 Handicap 4 Championship Tee: 468 Yards The right half of the fairway is perfect, but avoid the fairway bunker. The slope on the left of the green will help shots that go left back onto the putting surface. The green slopes from left to right, making any up and down difficult from right of the green.



Par 5 Handicap 10 Championship Tee: 536 Yards If you avoid the fairway bunker on the right, it’s decision time. Lay-up or go for it. Either way the right side is the safest shot. Any stray shots left could lead to bogey or worse.



Par 3 Handicap 12 Championship Tee: 190 Yards This hole will play shorter due to the elevation change. The green slopes away from you, so don’t be too bold attacking the flagstick because water is waiting for your golf ball.


Par 4 Handicap 9 Championship Tee: 387 Yards Hitting the fairway is a must with this tee shot. If you find the short grass, another good birdie opportunity awaits you.


6 Par 4 8 Handicap Championship Tee: 424 Yards The ideal tee shot will leave you between 150 and 120 yards into the green. Anything longer could run through the fairway into the rough. A beautiful view awaits the approach shot, but pay attention, trouble awaits any misdirected shots.
Par 4 Handicap 2 Championship Tee: 446 Yards Aim the tee shot just inside the fairway bunker, but don’t try to bite too much off. The approach shot is into a very deep green, so distance control is a priority.

Par 5 Handicap 13 Championship Tee: 566 Yards This is a definite 3 shot par 5 because of the dogleg at the green. The second shot must be long and far enough left to give you a good look at the green. The best strategy here is to just take what the hole gives you.



Par 4 Handicap 7 Championship Tee: 421 Yards A tee shot down the left center is ideal. The standing pine guards any approach shots to the green from the right half of the fairway. A creek guards the front and right of the green.


Par 4 Handicap 18 Championship Tee: 327 Yards It’s risk reward time again. Take as much as you dare, but beware of the water and the bunker guarding the green. If played intelligently, this is a good birdie opportunity.


Par 5 Handicap 3 Championship tee: 540 Yards A long bunker guards the right hand side of the fairway. A long drive leaves you with a decision, lay up or go for it. Water awaits any stray shots left of the green. A difficult green if faced with a long putt.


Par 5 Handicap 6 Championship Tee: 577 Yards This long par 5 requires three solid golf shots. The tee shot should favor the left center of the fairway, leaving a good angle for your lay up shot. Again, distance control is necessary to be on the proper level to avoid a three putt or worse.


Par 3 Handicap 15 Championship tee: 177 Yards Another beautiful par 3 with a green sloping from left to right. No place to bail out on this hole so just hit it right at the flagstick.


Par 4 Handicap 17 Be as aggressive as you dare on this tee shot; just avoid the two fairway bunkers. A good tee shot leaves a good opportunity to start the back nine with a birdie.


Par 3 Handicap 11 Championship Tee: 220 Yards This is the longest of the par threes. There is some safety short of the hole, but do not go left or you will find the water. Par is a good score.


Par 4 Handicap 5 Championship tee: 455 Yards A tee shot down the right side leaves you with a great angle for your second shot. A pond and fairway bunker guard the left side. This is an intimidating approach, so stay focused. To finish the round you are faced with a very tricky green to navigate.


Par 4 Handicap 1 Championship Tee: 444 Yards Staying on the left side of the fairway is a priority on this tee shot. Anything straying right will end up in the valley leaving you blocked out on the approach shot. Again, right or long will result in bogey or worse, so play to the center of the green.





iN FooTBAll, KNee iNJuRies ARe JusT pART oF THe GAMe
Do a simple Google News search of “football knee injuries” and more than 2,200 recent stories flood the page from around the country. Granted, at the time research was being done for this story, hundreds of thousands of football players across the nation were reporting to preseason camps and practices while the hype surrounding the kickoff of the 2008 season was just reaching a crescendo. But just as sure as the pigskin is oblong, headlines throughout the fall and into the winter will continue to detail just how prominent knee injuries are to the gridiron. A recent study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that about 45 percent of all sports-related surgeries are done on knees and that football itself accounts for the most sports-related injuries. While four out of every 1,000 high school football players will have a knee injury of differing degrees, about twice that number of collegiate players will end up with one each season. “Unfortunately, knee injuries are very common in football and it’s just part of the game,” said John L. “Jack” VanderSchilden, M.D., director of sports medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), team physician for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and orthopaedic consultant for the Arkansas Razorbacks. “Fortunately, they don’t all have to be career-ending injuries anymore, and treatments and procedures are improving all the time.”

wHAT To do?

iNs ANd ouTs oF Acl
The most common knee injury in football is damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is located in the front center of the inside of the knee and serves to keep your leg from moving forward relative to your thigh. “Planting and cutting at high speeds at the drop of a hat, which is common in football, tends to be the cause of most of these injuries,” VanderSchilden said. Though less common, an ACL tear or stretch can also occur as the result of a direct blow, which of course is common in a high-contact sport such as football.

If an injury isn’t as obvious as hearing a pop or feeling a tear, VanderSchilden says, if a player can’t walk off the field on his own or if pain persists for more than a “short time,” it’s best to immediately see a medical professional. Where an ACL injury most likely was a career-ending event, in the last 10 to 15 years several advancements have been made to get players back on the field the following season. Mild sprains and tears are often treated and rehabbed without reconstructive surgery. “Rehab is the key to recovering from knee injuries,” VanderSchilden said. “Keeping athletes’ thighs and hamstrings strong and using the right braces and wraps will aid in prevention, but the fact remains that any athlete is one cut or plant away at any given time from damaging the knee.”

How will i KNow?
Unlike some knee injuries that might hurt a little but allow you to rub some dirt on it, get back in the game and worry about it later, an ACL injury usually results in being immediately carried or carted off the field. Immediate symptoms vary depending on the degree of injury, but the most common sign is a loud pop that can be both felt and heard followed by the knee giving way. It’ll begin to swell immediately, VanderSchilden said, and it’s usually treated immediately with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).

Many athletes experience injuries to their knee ligaments. Of the four major ligaments found in the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) are the most common sports injuries. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is also often damaged.
Source: Web MD

Acl iNJuRy

Changing direction rapidly, slowing down when running, and landing from a jump may cause tears in the ACL. Athletes who participate in skiing and basketball, and athletes who wear cleats, such as football players, are susceptible to ACL injuries.


Injuries to the MCL are usually caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee. These types of injuries often occur in contact sports, such as football or soccer.

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The PCL is often injured when an athlete receives a blow to the front of the knee or makes a simple misstep on the playing field.

When people talk about torn knee cartilage, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. The mensicus is a tough, rubbery cartilage that is attached to the knee’s ligaments. The meniscus acts like a shock absorber. In athletic activities, tears in the meniscus can occur when twisting, cutting, pivoting, decelerating, or being tackled. Direct contact is often involved.



Yearly Screening
In the spring of 2008, Charles “Chuck” Banks had a lot on his mind. After serving as U.S. Attorney and President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Banks was enjoying his established practice as a trial lawyer. His three children, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Rafe, were out of the house and on their own. He and his wife of 27 years, Nancy, were planning another of their many trips together and he was looking forward to playing even more golf at the Country Club of Little Rock. In short, he and his bride were planning to enjoy life as empty nesters – eating out at Brave New, Vermillion and Cheers. What wasn’t on his mind was his health. “I have always had a yearly physical and prostate exam,” said Banks. “When my PSA levels came back elevated in the spring, my doctor suggested I see Dr Tim Langford of Arkansas Urology for a second opinion. Unfortunately, the results remained the same and Dr. Langford scheduled Banks for a biopsy. While agreeing to the procedure, Banks was not completely convinced of its need or the potential problems the test revealed. “During the next 24 hours I thought more and more about it. I started telling myself that it was bull, it was
Text by Lee Ann Larkan and Amy Glover Bryant


just another test. After all, I had never had problems and have always been healthy as a horse, this happens to other people.” According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer affects plenty of “other people” and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men. Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. There are usually no symptoms of prostate cancer in the early stages. When symptoms do appear, they may include difficulty or inability to urinate, decreased strength of urine stream, waking at night to urinate, frequent urination, painful urination, blood in the urine and deep pain in the lower back, abdomen, hip or pelvis. Fortunately, due to increased awareness, prostate cancer detection is on the rise and mortality is declining. A little over 1.8 million men in the United States are survivors of prostate cancer each year and new treatments are allowing men to quickly return to active and productive lives. Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer, the Gleason score (the most widespread method of prostate cancer tissue grading used today), the patient’s age and general health. Due to Banks’ cynicism, Dr. Langford encouraged the litigator to read up on the disease, research his options and then make a more informed decision about his course of treatment. Online research and brochure literature just weren’t enough for Banks. Looking for yet another expert opinion on the subject he consulted one of his oldest and closest friends who is also a physician. “He said ‘Chuck it’s not just another test or procedure. It’s cancer and it’s your life. Let go of your ego and don’t fool yourself into thinking it is anything else.’” Surgery it would be. Fortunately, Dr. Langford introduced Banks to the da Vinci surgical option. Utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System – the latest evolution in robotics technology – Arkansas Urology can offer patients with prostate cancer surgeries that are far less traumatic than those in previous years. According to the systems literature, “the incisions are significantly smaller than with traditional open surgery and the patient experiences significantly less pain, with less blood loss and fewer complications.” Hospital stays are also reported to be shortened and patient’s return to normal activities is said to be faster. “It exceeded my expectations completely,” exclaims Banks. “Dr Langford and the entire staff at Arkansas Urology were informative, attentive and interested in my well being and the well being of my entire family. My post operative pain was minimal, I only stayed in the hospital two days and I was back to work working half days within three weeks and back to working fulltime and normal activities after four.” Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with systems like the da Vinci Prostatectomy, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been. “I have always taken diligent steps to practice good health but this disease can hit you from nowhere and move on you very quickly,” said Banks. “Early detection is the key. Don’t let your ego get in the way of having a screening because it can save your life. Am I excited I had to have surgery? No. But I am excited the da Vinci was available.”

Kick Off to Men’s Health Fair
On Sept 27th:
Arkansas Urology is hosting the “Kick Off to Men’s Health Fair” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Little Rock campus on Centerview Drive. There will be an antique and hot rod exhibition, food, games and drawings for great prizes. Free prostate and testosterone-level screenings will also be available for men who have never had a prostate screening and who meet the following criteria: • Men 50 years or older • Men 40 years or older with a family history of prostate cancer • African-American men 40 years or older
*Limited to the first 200 men

For more information or to schedule your screening, call Arkansas Urology at:

or visit the Arkansas Urology website at:




for Financial Organization
By Troy Kestner

In 1996, my wife and I built a new house. Being newly established in our careers, we didn’t have the resources to buy a lot of home furnishings. Despite the lack of décor, the house was clean and organized. I would walk into my new garage on Saturday afternoons. It was spotless! The two cars were parked perfectly distanced from each other. I had the work bench and tool chest in one corner and the lawn mower and outdoor tools in the other. Shovels, rakes, a rock bar, pick axe and garage broom hung neatly on the wall. It was very organized. In the words of Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, ARRR, ARRR, ARRR!!!.

Let’s fast forward to 2008. We now have three young daughters, a dog, and live in a different house with a smaller garage. It’s jam packed! I can’t believe how many shoes my girls have! Bikes, umbrellas, toys, and sidewalk chalk are everywhere. I have added my own toys over the last ten years as well, a four wheeler, more yard tools, bigger mower, more workbenches, etc. Now I feel like Tim “The Toyman” Taylor, trying to figure out where the next round of birthday presents will go. It is unbelievable every time I open the garage door. It’s completely disorganized despite my best efforts cleaning and organizing. I realize there are more important things in life than an organized and manly garage. However, it reminds me of what happens in most successful people’s financial life. Financial organization is easier when you start your career and cash flow is limited. As income grows, so do the upgrades. Things like furniture, decorations and vehicles. A friend comes by to sell insurance. Retirement contributions get started at work or in IRAs. A coworker recommends a

broker and investment accounts are opened. Then twenty years goes by and your financial organization is a mess. Things look good from the outside, but you’re thinking please don’t open the garage door. You have accounts spread out everywhere and, despite your best efforts, it gives you an uneasy feeling. Sure you have a high income, but where does it all go? I hear that comment all the time. When your financial life is not organized, it’s easy to overspend too much of your hard earned money. I know when I have money sitting in my checking account; it is so much easier to spend it. I go to Lowe’s or Wal-Mart to get one item and walk out with a cart full. It’s a luxury to buy what we want instead of what we need; however, we need to break the everyday habit. Overspending really adds up over time. A longer term consequence of not being financially organized is becoming overstressed. This isn’t always related directly to being unorganized, but it is an underlying mental worry


for a lot of people. Do you spend countless hours reading everything you can before you make a financial decision (paralysis by analysis)? Have trouble sleeping because you are thinking of money issues? Wonder if you are on track to reach your financial goals? As an underlying mental worry, these questions can drive you to work harder and harder. Taking on more and more responsibility all in the name of doing better can have health repercussions over time and lessen your quality of life. There is good news. You don’t have to know a lot or spend a lot of time to improve your situation. Think “Direction, not Perfection”. Develop a spending plan. Budgets don’t work for everyone. Over the years I have notice high income earners are more successful using spending plans. Develop an annual spending goal for different areas of your finances. Focus on the top three short term goals and commit dollar amounts to them each pay period. This will get you excited about spending money and help you build momentum toward other goals. Pay yourself first. Most employees do this in the form of a 401(k). You need to add this automation to your checking

account, too. Preferably have money moved from your checking to a savings or brokerage account. You have to get that money out of there before it disappears. Contribute to short, intermediate and long term goals identified in your spending plan. Focus on your debt. Have a banker or other financial professional review your debt and give you an opinion. It will make you more aware of your spending and you might save some money by restructuring your loans. These quick steps fall far short of being a comprehensive plan. However, they are a few simple steps that can get you started. Financial organization is so much more than just having all your ducks in a row, though. Ultimately, it is about accomplishing your financial goals in the most efficient ways possible so you can live a more balanced life. Troy Kestner is a Certified Financial Planner and Vice President with Arvest Private Banking in Fayetteville Arkansas. He specializes in working with business owners and helps individuals align their core values with exciting financial goals so they can live a high quality of life. Troy can be reached at (479) 684-4232 or




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this is my famous Cowb oys Chili recipe. You’ll notice it includes buffalo, playing the Buffalo Bills. which is especially nice every time we cook this, when we’re and we cook it a lot, see the chili or the good vib ms like we win. Don’t kn es that it produces. We ow if it’s ’ve been Dallas Cowboy years and every year we s season ticket holders get rowdier! for about 15 Ingredients: 2 lbs. Coarsely ground chi 2 cans dark beer (shine li beef r Bock) 1 lb. ground buffalo or 1 16 oz. Can crushed tom Beefalo or ground beef atoes 1 chopped bell pepper gro 1 lg. Can tomato sauce und beef 3 small chopped onions ½ sm. Can tomato paste 1 ½ t. garlic powder 1 can beef broth 3 t. ground cumin 1 can rotel (diced tomato es/chilies) 1 t. (or less) chili powder 1 sm. Can diced green chi (ancho if you can find it) lies ½ t. ground cayenne 1 t. Worcestershire 1/2 t. ground Cajun sea 1 t. liquid smoke soning 1 pkg. Williams chili sea tabasco to taste soning mix (If needed) dissolve 2 t. cornmeal in 1 t. ice water and add for thick Method: ening. Brown meats, drain, an d rinse in colander unde r warm water. add everyt simmer for 2 hrs. add 2n hing else but 1 can of be d can of beer when need er and ed during simmering. I re-heat the next day. Wh cool overnight in the fri en simmering if you ne dge and ed to thicken add cornm consistency is reached. eal/water mixture until If you need more heat – desired add more chili powder the football game; eat a – just to suit your own tas bowl of chili, and watch tes. turn on the Cowboys win! good luck!

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How To Build Muscle olyMpic sTyle
By Jason Ferruggia

While watching the summer Olympics the last few days you would be hard pressed not to notice the great physiques possessed by many of the athletes. But by far and away the most muscular bodies always belong to the gymnasts and the sprinters. These guys certainly know how to build muscle more effectively than most average gym rats. For years now I have been extolling the virtues of moving your body through space when you train, as opposed to simply moving your limbs around a fixed object. When you move your body through space, as the Olympic gymnasts do, you stimulate a much higher level of neuromuscular activation. In simple terms this means that you call more muscle fibers into play on any one exercise. And the more muscle fibers you activate, the more you will grow. So if you want to develop an incredible physique, take a lesson from the Olympic gymnasts on how to build muscle, and start moving your body through space as much as possible while you train. On the following page is a list of exercises to start you on the path to getting huge.


Instead of triceps pushdowns do parallel bar dips. Have you noticed how many dips and how much work the Olympians do on the parallel bars? And have you noticed the size of their triceps? Need I say more?


If you follow a steady diet of chins, dips, suspended pushups and squats you will build an incredible set of abs. When you watch the Olympic gymnasts you immediately notice their rock solid abs popping right through their spandex and they never do crunches or sit ups. You simply can’t hide abs like that. That kind of six pack is built with full body movements like the ones listed above. But if you still want to do a little extra ab work you can add in exercises like planks and ab wheel rollouts; just skip the sit ups and crunches. Now you know how to build muscle, Olympic style. Stick with these time tested exercises and all of the others listed in my Muscle Gaining Secrets course for the next eight weeks and be prepared add some massive slabs of beef to your physique.

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Instead of barbell curls do close grip chin ups. Ditto what I said about the dips. Not only do you get incredible biceps development from close grip chins but you also get the added bonus of massive lat and forearm development.

Instead of leg presses, leg extensions or leg curls do double and single leg squats. When you sit in a fixed machine and move weight with your limbs as opposed to moving your body the level of neuromuscular activation is quite low; no matter how much weight you use. And it is very unnatural. A leg press allows you to build strength in your lower body without additional gains in lower back and core strength. This is not normal and creates an imbalance that will lead to future problems. When you do squats you incorporate nearly every muscle from head to toe and will not only build tree trunk sized legs but will stimulate growth throughout your entire body.


— Jason Ferruggia

Instead of bench presses do chain or strap suspended pushups. While the bench press can be an effective mass building exercise it can also be one of the worst for your shoulders. If you want to be safer and build a chest and pair of shoulders like you see on the Olympic gymnasts I would highly recommend some type of chain or strap suspended pushup. This movement will call far more muscle fibers into play and challenge the smaller stabilizers muscles as well. Not only that but you will get an outstanding ab workout from this movement as well; something that can’t be said for the bench press.


Instead of crunches and sit ups do all of the exercises listed above. Isolation abdominal exercises like crunches and sit ups are not real life type movements. In real life your abdominals contract isometrically to protect your spine; they do not contract the way they do in a crunch or sit up. Not only that, but by continually flexing your spine for hundreds of reps per week, you will surely be setting yourself up for long term back problems.

is a highly sought after, world renowned strength and conditioning specialist. Over the last 15 years he has trained more than 700 high school, college and professional athletes from nearly 20 different sports. He is known for his ability to rapidly increase muscular size, strength, speed and endurance in all of his clients. Jason is currently the chief training adviser for Men’s Fitness magazine where he also has his own monthly column called The Hard-Gainer. He has authored over 200 training articles for various other fitness related websites and magazines such as Men’s Health, Maximum Fitness, MMA SportsMag, Today’s MAN, Muscle and Fitness Hers and Shape. To read more of Jason’s articles visit his web site at





“Are You Ready For Some Football? ”

— by Chuck Monan

“Baseball is what we are. Football is what we have become.” — Mary McGrory
As the temperatures in Arkansas drop from 105 to 97, this chill in the air can only mean one thing: football season. College football season, to be specific. Millions have been marking time mowing the lawn, walking the dog, going to the lake, or watching baseball. But with the kickoff to college football upon us, it is time to get down to business. So stake out your spot in your favorite chair, remote in hand and snacks at the ready, and consider a few pressing questions as we prepare for the 2008 season.


Will Bobby Petrino make Hog fans forget the Houston Nutt era? Yes. But not this year. Nutt left the cupboard too bare in Fayettenam for the Razorbacks to have a huge year. The Arkansas offense will be very different from the ground attack of recent years. Casey Dick will improve by leaps and bounds playing in Petrino’s QB-friendly system. But the Hogs lack the weapons at RB and WR to make this attack hum. Look for TE David Williams to become a star this year. Look also for a brutal schedule and thin defense to doom the Hogs to a 5-7 record. But when Petrino gets a couple of years to stockpile players, look out. In the years to come Arkansas will win consistently. Will Ohio St. make a 3rd consecutive BCS title game? I hope not. If they do, they will likely get killed again by someone from the SEC, a conference they are all but clueless against. Unfortunately for the rest of America, if the Buckeyes survive an early test at USC, they will likely run the table in a down Big Ten. If Jim Tressel has any designs on reaching (and losing) another BCS championship, he had better go undefeated as the rest of the country has seen enough of the Buffalo Bills of NCAA football to vote them in with even a single loss. Will Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma Sooners keep going bellyup in bowl games? Yes. Hey, the sun comes up every day in the East, and you just expect it, right? Will Georgia adjust from being the hunter to the hunted? No. Mark Richt’s Bulldogs are not used to having teams gunning for them. Unlike last year, their preseason #1 ranking means they have a target on their back from Day One. Before an SEC rival gets the chance to waylay them, look for Arizona St. to upset Georgia early in the season in the desert.


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Will Notre Dame ever be good again? Yes. There is too much talent and tradition in South Bend for the Irish to go 3-9 again. But the way Charlie Weis treats the press and his own fan base with dismissiveness and arrogance, he had better start winning soon. Look for ND to win 7 or 8 games this year......which will probably put them in the BCS championship given the preferential treatment the Golden Domers seem to receive as their birthrite. No wonder everyone hates these guys. Will Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden retire any time soon? No. Both are too stubbornly fixated on the alltime wins record that both are willing to drag their once-proud programs into the fetid backwaters of mediocrity. School administrators are going to have to insist these guys leave the party before it gets any worse. Will Mitch Mustain ever see the field at USC? Yes. About the same time Paterno and Bowden retire. Will Kansas repeat their stunning success of 2007? No. If the Jayhawks were in the SEC they’d be Mississippi St. Will a surprise team crash the BCS party? Possibly. Fresno St. could very well be this year’s Utah/ Boise St. If the Bulldogs get past Wisconsin, they could run the table.


Will Tim Tebow repeat as Heisman winner? Don’t be shocked if he does. He is a freakish athlete in a system designed for his talents. If he puts up similar numbers to 2007 and Florida contends for the SEC and national titles, it will be hard to deny him. Some Hog fans griped last year that his numbers were inflated by “short” TD runs. Please. When the Gators come to Reynolds-Razorback Stadium any naysayers will see that this kid is the real thing. Will Michigan look anything close to what we’re accustomed? No. The Wolverines had grown fat, lazy, uninspired and predictable under Lloyd Carr. Look for Rich Rodriguez to change everything in Ann Arbor but the winged helmets and “The Victors,” college football’s greatest headgear and fight song. Will Razorback fans have a warm greeting for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt? It depends on what your definition of “warm” is. And “greeting.”

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Does anyone have a ticket can have for that game?
Chuck Monan is the Preaching Minister for the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, and is featured on Fridays during football season on KABZ 103.7 The Buzz from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm where he is the Pigskin Preacher.

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