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    18 Hours Ago
    By the way...I didn't get a "harrumph" outta' that guy.
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    21 Hours Ago
    I was drinking Tecate. Luckily, they never skimped on the limes.
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    1 Day Ago
    I mean, there were a couple of times that the pool-side waiter didn't wander by fast enough...and I had to walk over to that pirate ship bar to get our drinks. It was hell.
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    1 Day Ago
    Actually, it was this place (Villa del Arco). But still...THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MY MARLIN! Harrumph.
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    2 Days Ago
    Even worse, I chartered a fishing boat when I took the family to Cabo years ago, and we got nothin' but one little barracuda I hooked into.
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    2 Days Ago
    You really do need a bigger boat. Giant marlin too big for boat, but novice anglers get their fish
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    3 Days Ago
    DParker replied to a thread permethrin in Podunk Corner
    Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.
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    3 Days Ago
    RIP Notre Dame Cathedral.
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    5 Days Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Or maybe this.... Every time I hear the William Tell Overture I always think to myself, "Self, what this tune really needs is a 6-string plucked by a country boy in bell-bottoms." <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0bhuxkzjuQc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> And then my mind wanders to musings like, "I wonder if these 'bone players do Wichita Lineman?" <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mx5c-6SV3Hk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Chevy Van is one of the best - maybe the best - songs of its genre, and not just because it reminds me of some of the better days of my youth. Thanks for reminding me that for some inexplicable reason I don't yet have it on my phone. I've since rectified that error. I'm not quite clear on how "fer it or agin it" pertains to the videos you posted, but that won't stop me from attempting to play along...so..."fer or agin?" It's always struck me as quite ironic that an instrument that was created to instill terror in the hearts of enemies in the lead-up to battle is also the one that is a the heart of the most stirring versions of an old-timey spiritual standard. Traditional... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M8AeV8Jbx6M" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> With an updated touch...
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    1 Week Ago
    He, Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters should take their comedy acts on the road. https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/10/maxine-waters-goofs-grilling-banks-student-loans/
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    1 Week Ago
    Try the grey stuff...it's delicious.
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    1 Week Ago
    My son and his friends went to one of those places late last year. They said it was really a lot of fun. But then again none of them tried to turn their axe into a boomerang.
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    1 Week Ago
    Sorry I didn't send out any cards, but apparently the teetotalers at Hallmark don't recognize the holiday. So this will have to do. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beer_Day_(United_States)
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    1 Week Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Here's something I'll bet you didn't know (I certainly didn't).
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Her voice in that tune did things to me when I was in high school.
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    I wanna know...
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    DParker replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
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    3 Weeks Ago
    I seez what you done there.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    On a related note, for anyone who has an Amazon Video account I recommend Thud Pilots. It's a good documentary on the F-105 and the pilots who flew them over Vietnam.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    Well, to be fair, they are magically delicious.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    Oh, and I'd almost forgotten that it was also time to take the copa (the so-called "money muscle" cut from a pork shoulder) out of the fridge where it's been curing in a mix of cure #1, herbs and spices for the past 2 weeks, give it a good coating of smoked paprika... ...and seal it in an "Umai Dry" bag (https://umaidry.com/) so it can go back into the fridge for 1-2 months to dry cure into capicola (aka "capocollo", "coppa", "gabagool", et al). Hopefully it will turn out something like this... Cue Carly Simon's Anticipation.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Y'all want me to... in Podunk Corner
    You'll be singing a different tune when the machines take over and I'm spared a life of slavery in the copper mines because one of our overlords is sweet on me. But, in the meantime... The one constant at breakfast in Ireland at the B&B we stayed at...apart from everything being delicious...was the fresh-baked brown soda bread (aka simply "brown bread") that our hostess put on the table every morning. I grew quite fond of it, as well as the full Irish breakfast, and have been craving some ever since we came back. Since our local eateries have thus far ignored my pleas to begin serving fresh-baked brown bread I resolved to make my own. Working 4 day weeks leaves me with most Fridays to putter around the house by myself when I don't have chores that need tending to, so I used this morning to scratch this particular gustatory itch. Although brown bread is like Ireland's version of gumbo in that if you ask 50 different little old Irish ladies how to make it, you'll get 100 slightly different answers. Plus, there's nearly endless possibilities for tweaks and texture/flavor enhancing add-ons. But at it's most basic it's ridiculously simple, consisting of coarse wholemeal (that's "whole wheat" in Yank-speak) flour, some all-purpose flour (or not...that's one of the variants), baking soda, buttermilk, salt, butter (or oil) and maybe an egg or two. There's no kneading or proofing, as it's a no-yeast bread that uses the carbon dioxide produced by the combination of baking soda and the acidic buttermilk as a rising agent. Everything just gets mixed together in a bowl which, depending on your flour-to-liquid ratios, produced either a very loose and wet dough that's poured into a loaf pan, or a tighter, drier one that is formed into a circular blob on a baking sheet. I went with a 2:1 ratio of whole wheat to all-purpose flours, went with olive oil instead of butter, opted to use an egg, added a little wheat germ for extra fiber and texture and, since I didn't have any buttermilk on hand, mixed some yogurt (also homemade) into some milk to produce the same effect. I also added 1 Tbsp of honey. The amounts of stuff I used resulted in a dough that was nearer the wet-and-loose end of the spectrum, so I went the loaf pan route. Extra coarse whole wheat flour proved a challenge to find locally, so for added authenticity I had Jeff Bezos send me a bag of actual Irish wholemeal (delivered in 1 day....living near 2 Amazon fulfillment centers rocks): It went into a 400F oven for 45 minutes and then spent another 30 minutes cooling on a rack. This was the result: Slathered in some Kerrygold butter it's pretty much exactly as I remember it. I lightly toasted a couple slices and substituted them for the whole wheat toast that usually accompanies my weekend bacon-and-eggs. The result was not a full Irish breakfast (more like a half-assed one), but it's a start. Next, I think I'll try making some Irish bacon, which is cured and smoked pork loin rather than belly. Beans, tomatoes and mushrooms will be easy, but the black and white puddings might prove to be a challenge. Oh well, one step at a time.
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