July is for Grilling


Porkchops with white summer corn. 

400
Wings cooked with a Vortex. Best ever on a grill. This is the standard for grilled wings. 


Dinner in a pouch. Perfection. 


My old standby, Carolina hot dogs. 


Rtic Basket


Finally....a side basket. Can't think of another damn thing to add to this cooler. 



Rtic Wheels


Man this is a well made set of wheels made by a guy on EBay called cooler*innovations. It fits and functions perfectly. A great Rtic Cooler hack. 


An easy install and easy to move. 


Rtic Seat Cushion Installed



Per usual I looked for a YouTube how video to and it was easy. 



Rtic Cooler Seat Cushion


Are you kidding me? Hell yes I ordered one. Regular $73, now $40 delivered with snap on hardware.


Now my cooler locks the lid, locks to a secure surface via chain, rolls anywhere with one person, and has all the hacks that make it more efficient and useable.  Plus I can sit on it in comfort. Is this a great country or what? 

I'm still not paying $25 for the Yeti Cupholder. 

Rtic Cooler Hack II


It's not my invention, but it is very clever. A fellow that goes by http://www.ebay.com/usr/cooler*innovations has invented and sells these add on minimal wheels that make a heavy and clumsy Rtic Cooler easily mobile for one person. I have ordered one. $110 shipped. 

As you can see, the small cleats set into the foot hollows. It is further secured with a tie down strap. 


Once installed it allows the cooler to sit flat. 


Simply grab the handle at the opposite end to moved the cooler. 


My set should be in mid July, 2017. 

Rtic Cooler Hacks and Accessories


I hate a thief. This cooler cost me $199 and it is a clone of the $400 Yeti. The white metal bracket off of Ebay at $8 makes it possible to add a padlock. This cooler will be locked to a chain when not in storage. The contents can be padlocked at either end of the cooler. 

I added a bottle opener at each end for my fancy boy friends who insist on craft and imported beers. 


The biggest complaint of this cooler has been the latches do not stay in place like the Yeti. Cry me a river. I installed 4 .25 cents washers and it's now just like the Yeti. 


The weakest link in the insulation is the drain plug. Not any more. $1.09 and a #4 rubber stopper provided an additional layer of leak protection and insulation by providing a gap between the inside and outside drain. 


I decided to go ahead and buy the divider, $14, and the top basket $9 (in route) to give me options when camping and smaller tailgates. 


Now I'm set until I can figure out how to install a quality cup holder. Yeti wants $25 for one cup holder! 

June Got Away From Me

Warm days.
Wheat harvest from winter.
Annual hot dog chili making.
Back in the water diving.
Always grilling.
My birthday month. 
The potato harvest. 

Colorful Bounty


 
It is comforting to have so many options for soups, stews, and chili. Plus the colors were too beautiful to pass up a photo. 

White Trash Revealed


Guy that can't afford to pay ⅓ of his fathers budget funeral can vacation in Greece. 

 

Saturday Night Fights

 
It was a quaint venue in Noda. Good seats and cold beer. Great fights too. 

All in One Night, Damn

  
A state dinner with the President of China.

 
A missile attack after supper. 

 
Report to the people. 

 
 

Triple J BBQ


I had to run an errand this afternoon that took me to my hometown of Midland, passing the new BBQ place. I could see the pit was fired up. It was necessary for me to stop, since I know no stranger, and I love all thing BBQ. 

 


Jessie Jones was at the pit cooking a whole hog. He welcomed me like an old friend. We talked BBQ for the next 30 minutes while I breathed in the wonderful aromas. 


One never asks a pit master for a peek. The saying goes, "If you're looking, it ain't cooking", so I didn't consider asking for a peek. 


His pride took over and he offered a glimpse one he has ascertained my sincere enthusiasm for his craft. 


It was magnificent!

Name Change for Origami


The Porta-Bote was dragged out of dry dock after 6 plus years. The boat was filthy and most lettering was dry rotten.

Off came the name, the registration, etc.
 

What stayed after a good scrubbing was on the transom, "Sit Down-Shut Up". 

Let's call her that for now. 

Poor Mans Beef


Last night I cooked a lowly beef bottom round in the oven at 325. Rubbed and on a bed of onions and heated covered to 140 internal. It was heavenly. Perfect medium rare and juicy. Great beef flavor without all the fat. 

 


In retrospect I should have browned it in an iron pan with olive oil to start. 


Could have done it on the grill, maybe I should have. But it was so good as it was. Leftovers tonight.

My Caribbean


Lots of folks see this picture as a quintessential seaside get away. 

 
Alas, not this man. I prefer moving about on my own like this spot on St. Croix.

 

My iPhone


My iPhone 6 Plus is about 2 ½ years old. A fossil by mobile phone standards. The phone is beginning to show some wear. The processor is slow operating the newest software. There are a few scratches on the outside. Even an internal cable had to be reattached just last week at the Apple Store. Yet still, I hold in my hand more computing power than was carried in Apollo 8 though 17 combined. 


I treat my Apple devices with some reverence because of their superior design, longevity, and their ecosystem of all their devices working in harmony. 


And so, I was appalled today when an AT&T customer service guy suggested I blow common compressed air up the largest oriface on my phone to clean it. Suggesting impurities had penetrated an area that was magical had never even crossed my mind. I was taken aback. 


We are talking about the earphone jack long ago closed to the world in China. Never to be opened again I assumed. 


A product so great it becomes cultural currency. 


I blasted common unsanctified air up there and the ground did not split open. And my earbuds are working.

Lockwood Folly


Adventure Trip - I'm strongly considering a trolling trip down the Lockwood Folly river in my Porta Bote dingy. The river is navigable 14 miles inland through Brunswick County, NC. 


Lockwood Folly river is a tidal, black water, brackish river. The head waters are in the Green Swamp, home to carnivorous plants and the famous Venus fly trap. The river empties between Oak Island, NC and Holden Beach, NC. 

 

Online guide articles warn of alligators, venomous snakes, bears, and Bull Sharks. There are cypress trees, eagles, ospreys, and a host of wildlife. 


I figure now is the time in my life to knock off a few of these things I always wanted to do. In a few more years developers will encroach, or I'll be too old to care. 


I plan on a slow troll with a packed lunch, camera, gps, and land on Oak Island. 


Hopefully this will be a summer or fall trip.

Live and Learn


Okay, call me naive. I often assume people are free thinking and draw their own conclusions. 


But I was curious when liberal diehards started blubbering in unison about Jimmy Carter last night on Facebook. What are the odds? Simultaneously 3 people get all nostalgic on Jimmy Carter? I think not. Or when out of seemingly nowhere people start knitting pink pussy hats and march in large numbers on the exact same day. Duh? Something's going on. 

 

I finally found the source for the liberals marching orders. It took a simple google search and there it was. Check for yourself. Google, liberal or progressive marching orders. 


By golly they have their own little indoctrination camps right on the internet. Nothing systemic in the movement there,  just hand to hand combat instructions and talking points.


How cute and Interesting. Clever even.

Calling Audibles


Supper last night. Beef log, olives swimming in olive oil, cheeses, crackers, and wine. Superb. 

 
The olives were unreal. 

My Normal Travel

My usual trip of 15 years would be to St. Croix. By now I'm done with winter and the trip to the warm sun and water gives me hope of Spring. This year I decided to forgo the trip and take it like a man. Enjoy what I'm missing. 

Easy Meal that Always Impresses


When I was an active tailgater, kabobs and wings always made the cut. Both can be prepped at home and both require minimal attention at the grill since they are cooked indirect.  Both items make a big splash and both are perfect finger food. 

 
These simple kabobs are made from think cut pork chops, green peppers, onions, and pineapple. Use red onions and multi colored bell peppers for a bigger visual. 

 
I cooked them indirect for about 35 minutes and rotated them every 10 to 12 minutes for even heat. The very last turn I brush on some garlic olive oil. 

 
The finished product. We had these over a bed of rice. 

Do Ants Bury Their Dead?


Why yes. Insects called Ants keep a fairly clean house. They carry their waste matter outside of their nest and dispose of it in a pile called a midden. As well as being a kind of dumpster, the midden also functions as a cemetery. Ants transport their dead there in order to protect themselves and their queen from contamination.

 
Not all vertebrates and mammals do bury their dead. 

Beware of TURD


Do You Know Someone Suffering From Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD)?

TURD is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.

Sufferers of TURD often exhibit pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of rage, rioting, and uncontrollable crying.
Infected with TURD 
People with TURD are characterized by a persistent unwillingness to accept that Donald Trump is going to Make America Great Again.

TURD Is caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal parasite.

Research is ongoing, but TURD appears to correlate closely with some of the following environmental and behavioral factors:
* Membership in the Democratic Party
* Identifying as a Feminist
* Currently enrolled in college, and/or Possession of a Liberal Arts college degree
* Living in a densely populated metropolitan area
* Massive student debt
* Spotty or non-existent work history

Patients with TURD are very resistant to treatment, and dangerous in large groups. Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality. 

Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TURD, urge them to seek treatment. Together we can beat this scourge, and Make America Great Again.

I really don't think treatment is possible only time may heal. Of course if they exhibit violent tendencies report to the police as possible terrorists.

The Big Blow of '17

 Freezing rain and cold. 
 Max in the snow.
 The squirrels were fed.