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Thirty Basics for the American Man
1. A Watch Not just any old watch, but one that speaks to your personality. A watch indicates that you value your time and that you make the most of it. Unless you’re retired, you should be wearing one.
2. The Truth If it’s the Bible or the Koran or the Constitution, somewhere in your possession you have to have a representation of the highest truths you believe. Not having that is almost as bad as not knowing what time it is.
3. Hand Tools A basic set of hand tools says that you’re useful and you try to fix things rather than just throw them away when they get broken.
4. A Notebook / Sketchbook Some things are worth writing down. The man who ventures outside of his comfort zone will inevitably find something remarkable. Be prepared to relate the experience even if only in reflection. Write it down.
5. A Good Pen A good pen is for your best signature. Your best signature is your mark, your bond as a man. It’s what you write as a witness to your best friend’s wedding.
6. A Ring A watch isn’t jewelry, or at least if you have just one, it shouldn’t be. But a ring is. In my book it is the one required piece of jewelry for a man of style and sophistication. Oh yeah, and that’s what this is about too. Style and sophistication, as contrasted to pretense and fashion.
7. Oxford Shirts This is the mainstay button down collared shirt of taste. A good one with light blue vertical stripes is practically mandatory. They look great dressed up, they work well dressed down.
8. Black Leather Jacket I shouldn’t have to say anything else. Save up, spend the money.
9. Wool Sport Jacket I’m not going to say ‘a suit’ in this list because if you don’t want to have a suit you shouldn’t ever put on one. Nothing says phony like a man who hates wearing a suit who is wearing a suit, and a suit should never have to put up with that. But a nice wool sport jacket with a good pair of slacks, oxford shirt and tie is just as good.
10. Black hard shoes. They’d best be wingtips, but a solid loafer is just as good in a pinch. No tassles though.
11. Penny Loafers Preferably brown, but a black pair is lovely too. Actually you should have both.
12. Levis 501 Now your American man’s casual suit is complete. You would be surprised how far you can go with combinations of these. If you are in the Ag business, you may substitute Wranglers for Levis, but you already knew that.
13. Folding knife At the very least, a small Swiss Army Knife will do, but a simple Buck knife is a classic. Always be prepared.
14. Camera A good real camera is necessary. You should aim to take photographs, not mere snapshots. No selfies. If you ever have a shirtless photo of yourself, you should know and respect the person who took it. Exceptions can be made for graduating classes of lifeguards.
15. Bookshelf Never put books on a bookshelf that you haven’t read. If you didn’t finish it, give it away. If you just started it and are still reading it, it should be on your nightstand, coffee table, desk or floor. A fake bookshelf indicates a fake mind.
16. Record Collection While it’s perfectly reasonable to have all of your MP3s in somebody elses cloud, a collection is an outward sign of inner sophistication. So keep some vinyl and CDs around. It’s OK to mix them with the books if you don’t have that many, but have something.
17. McGuffin A man with character can imbue an ordinary object with his own masculine mojo. You should possess one special object of no significance of its own except what it represents to you. For me, it’s my plastic yellow dinosaur, Rousseau whom I have had since 1987. If you were a close personal friend, I might tell you what he means.
18. Family Portrait Every man should have a family portrait, one photograph or painting that represents family. It might be just your sweetheart or your dad and mom. Maybe it’s you and you little brother or your just your spooky great grandfather. This is the first thing you take out of a burning building.
19. Desktop Whether it is digital or analog, you need your workspace. Pay your bills, correspond with associates, handle your business, feed your mind. Your workspace is sacred.
20. Rifle A man who can deal with life and death decisions must put his hand on a rifle, look down the barrel and feel the power and responsibility of that abstract principle made real. It is not the shooting. It is the knowing.
21. Skillet A man who doesn’t bring his own skillet to a marriage will live in the mortal fear of its shadow. That means knowing how to cook something, boy.
22. Boots They can be hicking boots, cowboy boots, motorcycle boots or steel toe work boots. These shoes for a purpose. Every American man needs to walk at least one of those walks.
23. Guitar The guitar is the American man’s quintessential musical instrument and no night campfire is truly complete without one. Learn to strum a song.
24. Work Gloves A pair of work gloves are so essentially manly that I find it difficult to explain if you don’t see why it should be obvious.
25. First Aid Kit A box of bandaids, mecurochrome (or hydrogen peroxide), medical tape and guaze. Cotton balls and aspirin. Man that’s so romantic I almost want to go injure myself.
26. Glasswear Few things are as annoying as an alcoholic beverage poured into the wrong glass. Life is not a frat party or a camping trip. Put your pilsner in a pilsner.
27. Hat You know the right hat for you. When it’s past time for you to get to the barber, put it on. You are not Mick Jagger.
28. Broadband Because somebody driving in a truck at 4 in the morning thowing a wad of paper at your doorstep was for last century.
29. Plants If nothing grows around you, and you’re not in jail, maybe you just *think* you’re not in jail.
30. Dog Your best friend.
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“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” –Northrop Frye
One of the recurring themes in the discussion of the “new media” (internet, blogs, databases, web pages, online encyclopedia’s, Google’s thirst to control and contain all the information in the known universe, the cloud, ebooks, etc.) is if bytes will “replace” books. To many, it certainly looks that way on any given day at any given rest stop on the Information Highway. After all, the current Holy Grail of Deep Geek Hipness is to have everything — every scrap, note, frame, word, and image — stored on one’s iPad for display at the touch of a fingertip. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Be that as it may, the book is not going anywhere. Indeed, the book — in form and concept — is the foundation of the new media; it is contained within and yet contains it. The very way in which we discuss the new media ( web pages, web browsing, and that constant root of all places cyber, the place, space and file called “index.html” ) asserts that the book remains the dominant permanent record of all things worth keeping. Storage mediums come and go in the cyberverse ( One word: “floppy.”), but I don’t think that the age when all information and opinions and records and history is held in some immense GoogleServer pile is one which we should welcome. Distributed information is more powerful and more secure when it is distributed not only throughout the Net, but in more than one medium.
The way-new information universe, straddled by the ever growing hulk that is (“First don’t be evil.” ) Google is barely out of infancy and just about due to grow into “The Terrible Twos.” The book, by contrast, represent a fully mature information retrieval system.
What is good about the book? What makes it persistently valuable in storing, not the trivia of the day, but that which is valuable to humanity over the long term?
1) No “advanced” technology required. Ability to manufacture present in all areas of the globe. 2 ) Crude but functioning units can be made by kindergartners with pencil, paper and glue. 3) Operating system and interface rock solid. 4) All types of information can be stored. 5) Has been demonstrated to be able to retain information in retrievable form across several thousand years. 6) Of the two, the User will often crash first. 7) All parts can be recycled. 8) All or part can be backed-up at any Kinkos. 9) Can be powered for hours with one candle. 10) All users receive up to 12 years of interface training free.
Add to that the tactile and aesthetic pleasures of fine books where art combines with craft, and you have something that will be with humankind long after today’s high-tech toys are consigned to a museum and listed in their paperback catalog. Perhaps there may be some new innovation at the dawn of some new day that will really and for all time displace the book, but that innovation and that dawn of that day is not yet. For now, if it is a really important bit of knowledge or expression we put it in a book. Just to be safe.
[Republished from 2006]
The Waffle House Index
No power? Waffle House has generators and a special gas-only menu. No water? Waffle House will make coffee with bottled water.
Waffle House is so well known for its resiliency that the US government’s disaster relief organization, FEMA, uses the chain as a sensor network to make post-disaster damage assessments. After disasters, like the recent devastating tornado in Oklahoma, FEMA officials will use the so-called “Waffle House Index,” calling every Waffle House location in the area to gather two pieces of data: Are they open? Are they serving a limited menu? Based on this information, they color-code each diner: red for closed, yellow for open but with a limited menu, and green for open. By mapping the data, responders can quickly establish the location and extent of the damage. Data, Resiliency, and Waffles – Blog | Ushahidi
From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/
The Discrimination of Anti-Discrimination
By Mark Moncreiff
Let me explain.
The first act of discrimination was that of the 20 advertised positions, he applied for 1. What was wrong with the other 19 positions? He discriminated against them.
The second act of discrimination was that he was selected for an interview, not everyone was selected.
The third act of discrimination was that he was offered the job over every other candidate.
The fourth act of discrimination was that he asked a particular women to go out with him, why this particular women? Because he likes her? Because he finds her attractive? Because they get along? This is even worse than I thought, here are 4 separate acts of discrimination!
He asks a particular women out – discrimination Because he likes her – discrimination Because he finds her attractive – discrimination Because they get along – discrimination
This particular women isn’t the only women in the world, if he gave other women a chance he might find one he likes better, he might find one as attractive maybe even more attractive, he might even find one he gets along with better. But instead he discriminates against every other women in the world in favour of this particular women. Then to put the final nail in the coffin he falls in love with this particular women and then compounds the issue by marrying her.
Every time you or anyone else makes a choice between two or more choices that is an act of discrimination.
Coke or Pepsi.
Vegetable or Salad.
Local or International.
Each decision is an act of discrimination. So how can you live a life free of discrimination?
The answer is you cannot. To live is to discriminate, it’s that simple.
So if that is true how can things such as anti-discrimination laws and anti-discrimination commissions exist? How can they work if every decision is an act of discrimination?
They exist because some people believe, rightly or wrongly, that certain groups of people have been discriminated against and that that should be fixed or corrected. It works by discriminating in favour of one group and there fore by definition discriminating against anyone who does not belong to that group.
How is that anti-discrimination?
It’s not, anti-discrimination laws and commissions discriminate for and against certain groups of people. It is anything but anti-discrimination.
The argument is that anti-discrimination is needed to protect and help vulnerable people who are the victims of negative discrimination. Where as other groups have benefited from positive discrimination, discrimination in their favour.
There are 5 groups around the world who it is said have (and are) the victims of negative discrimination, Indigenous groups, Minorities, Immigrants, Women and Homosexuals. The results are mixed, for Indigenous groups and Minorities it has failed. Their lives as a group are no better than it was 40 years ago. For immigrants the results are mixed. For Women and Homosexuals it has been a great success.
But that success has come at a price, because when you discriminate in favour of one group you discriminate against another. For every act of discrimination in favour of an Immigrant, there is an act of discrimination against the Native born. For every act of discrimination in favour of a women, there has been an act of discrimination against a man and for every act of discrimination in favour of a Homosexual, there has been an act of discrimination against a Heterosexual.
There is no anti-discrimination without discrimination.
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From Jay Leno’s Garage at You Tube
From Jay Leno’s Garage on You Tube
From You Tube
From Jay Leno’s Garage on You Tube
My father liked sharp. He was a Gillette kind of man. He liked to look sharp, feel sharp and be sharp. I never saw him unshaven except very early in the morning before he’d had a chance to lather up. Beards? He was a child of the hard parts of the Depression and beards were for bums.
My father favored the flat-top for himself and his sons. Butch Wax was a staple in our house and four males could go through a jar a week. He grudgingly accepted my 3-inch “Ivy League” cut once I went off to the university, but was never reconciled to the longer and longer hair that came later.
My father was a sharp-dressed man. He liked the snap of a freshly laundered, starched and ironed white shirt. His suits were always cleaned and pressed and his shoes shined to a military gloss. I still have many of his gold and silver tie-tacks and cuff-links and although I seldom wear them, I do wear them. They make me feel sharp.
My father was a car salesman and a good one. He was a sharp salesman; one that was always looking for what the customer actually wanted as well as what the customer could really afford. For every minute selling, he spent five qualifying. He didn’t boast about being the top salesman at the lot, although he usually was. He did boast that he had the fewest repos of all the salesmen, and the most repeat customers. He liked to sell people cars that he knew they could afford. His most repeated instruction to me was, “Never try to profit off of another’s misfortune.”
My father hated smooth. He liked plain talk and despised euphemism and manipulation, especially among salesmen. He’d fire car salesmen working under him if he caught them lying or even shading the truth to make a sale. He looked at every deal brought to him for approval that the buyer didn’t have the credit for as a failed sale and wouldn’t approve them. “A man that will lie to a customer will lie to you,” he’d say. “Bad for the buyer and worse for the business,” he’d say. “If you let a man buy what he can’t afford on credit, you’re going to be taking the car back and making an enemy. We’re here to get cars off the lot, not see them come back after repossession. A man who can’t make his car payments is a man who can’t maintain his car. A salesman who’s so smooth he’s selling people cars bigger than they can afford is a salesman who’s taking a kickback from the repoman.”
My father was a man for whom honor was essential. Did my father sell as many cars as he could have? Probably not, but he raised three boys well and without want. My mother worked hard, day in and day out, as my mother and did, in the final analysis, a pretty good job of it. My father saved carefully and retired all debt as quickly as possible. When he died, a relatively young man after years of expensive medical treatments, my mother was still set up comfortably for life.
My father despised debt and avoided credit. Educated by himself, he’d seen the worst of the depression and, during one hard winter in Pittsburgh in the 30s, had to hang out by the railroad tracks to pick up lumps of coal fallen from the trains in order to heat his home.
My father was a life-long Democrat, and despised Richard Nixon for his five-o’clock shadow and his smooth palaver. He felt the same way about Kennedy. “He looks sharp but when you listen to him he’s just too smooth a talker.”
What would my father think about a President who was a both a sharp-dressed man and was smoothly talking the country into buying trillions of dollars in deficits and entitlements?
Like he said, “A salesman who’s so smooth he’s selling people cars bigger than they can afford is a salesman who’s taking a kickback from the repoman.”
It is only short because it is finite and has an end.
Thus, why you get enragingly pissed when you are behind somebody going 2 MPH under the speed limit.
Because, no it isn’t “‘ONLY’ 2 MPH, why are you so easily angered?”
It is a parasitic, verminous, scum-human directly transferring precious seconds of your life into their luxurious leisure to drive slow and hold up the rest of society.
Thus, why I like blunt, direct, and truthful (read – “male”) conversation and honesty (and yes, that “male” bit was a test).
You see, since I am finite and I am going to die, I want to get the most bang for my “seconds of life” buck while on this planet. And no matter how petty or minor somebody holding up my life, be it in the form of a soccer mom talking on her phone in the left lane beside a semi going the exact same speed, or morons who are too stupid to use the self-check out lane at the grocery store, but occupy it none the less, preventing me from getting on with my life, I want them out of my life.
Unfortunatley, murder (let alone the mass-murder on a scale required to eliminate all the bottleneck people in my life) isn’t legal, and until it is, I am relegated to maximizing my life’s efficiency via other means, namely those that are legal and within my control.
One of these primary means is dealing with direct, blunt people.
Oh, yes, in today’s timid and pansified emasculated society “blunt, direct, and truthful” means
“mean” “bigoted” “racist” “hateful” “asshole”
and whatever other terms the castratti has come up with,
but these people are the most noble, honest, and trustworthy people you can associate yourself with.
They don’t waste your time, they don’t waste your life, they don’t care about your feelings, and in a very altruistic way (assuming you can be an adult and not take pansidied victimization umbrage because you’re addicted to woeismeism)
listening to them interacting with them conducting commerce with them and otherwise engaging with them
will improve your lot in life in that you are dealing with reality and a person who deals with reality, not a charalatan playing “Minnesota Nice” who is lying to you so you have warm fuzzies.
So you’ll appreciate the (literally) hours of precious finite life I’ll save you about which next video game console to commit to when I present this blunt, harsh, “mean,” “cruel,” “arrogant,” and all the other epitaphs that are now compliments in the real world, analysis of whether you should buy Sony, Nintendo or XBox’s newest generation.
Note: A little slow at first but keep going and it gets really good and offers excellent information on conquering depression.
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Note: I just bought a new truck and since I don’t have room for it in the garage it will be outside most of the time. Down here in the coastal south the sun, heat, and humidity do a number on automobile paint jobs. I have always been interested in what is the “best” car wax/polish and h0w they relate to car paint. I found this post on an auto forum by a guy called gmctyphoon 1992 which gives a pretty good comparison between the new polymer waxes (Turtle Wax Ice) and traditional carnauba waxes. Pretty good reading if you’re interested. I also posted what another guy said about waxing a car and clearcoat paint finishes. A lot of men will probably find this informative. ZTW
This is from GMCTyphoon: A trip to a high quality corvette body shop (Had work done before there and does A+ work) the other day gave me information that I did not realize before. I brought my car in to get to get an estimate and after some conversation I was told that a natural wax is actually somewhat detrimental to your paint surface in hotter climates with a dark car. Apparently when the car heats up in the sun during the day the natural Carnauba wax is very porous and opens up its pours for ontaniments and dirt to get in than when cooled off closes its poors and traps the contantiments in the paint. Heres some facts on
Carnauba wax derives from the Copernicia prunifera plant. This plant is found in the northeastern section of the Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, and Rio Grande do Norte. Pure carnauba wax is extremely hard and therefore needs additional ingredients such as oils or solvents to arrive into a liquid form. Carnauba wax provides a deep rich look on the car’s paint which is hard to imitate with synthetic waxes. Plus, it is extremely durable and can last on your car for several months depending on the blend.
From an environmental perspective, Carnauba Wax would be the most appropriate choice since it is a renewable resource. Although, one must also consider where it is being sourced from and how quickly it is being replenished from its natural environment.
Cost is the final consideration when selection a carnauba vs. polymer wax. Carnauba waxes are on average more
expensive because of how the ingredients are sourced.
Polymer waxes are typically manmade ingredients which simulate the same properties as a natural wax. They do not offer the same luster as a carnauba wax. However, car enthusiasts find that they are easier to work with in terms of application and buffing.
Polymer waxes are not as desirable from an environmental standpoint due to the fact that they derive from petroleum-based resources. However, advances in chemistry have opened up the doors to new “bio-based” polymers such as soy and starch.
Polymer and Carnauba wax differences:
The polymers and waxes used for detailing are semi-solid; they are actually a very concentrated solution in an organic solvent or aqueous emulsion.
a) Polymer sealant- comprises an open linked molecule; these open linked polymer molecules join together to create an
elongated mesh like effect that reflects light efficiently due to their inherent flat surface. Because they are usually very transparent they transmit the surface colour faithfully, but they have very little depth resulting in what is perceived as a very bright, flat silver glow. Initially polymers attach to the paint surface by surface tension, after they have cross-linked the polymers and paint molecules form a cationic bond.
b) Carnauba wax- molecules are closed linked, which means that they only butt up together to protect the surface. These wax molecules form an egg-grate type (with the long axis vertical) mesh over the smaller paint molecules of the paint film surface, which gives it an optical depth. Initially a Carnauba wax attaches itself by surface tension; during the curing process the carrier system (solvents / oils) attach themselves to the porous microscopic caps in the paint surface forming a physical anchor.
c) Melting points- Polymer melts at 350F, Mineral oils 200F, Carnauba Wax 180F and evaporates / erodes over time (dependant upon ambient temperatures and climatic conditions) wax is often mixed with Carnauba wax, which has an even lower melting point (130F), which further limits its durability. In actual practice higher temperatures frequently leads to melting of the wax compounds.
d)For example, painted surfaces exposed to ambient temperatures of 85F in direct sunlight, will obtain a temperature of 195F or
more. This means that darker color cars in warmer climates exposed to more Sun and UV radiation is subjected to these kinds of results.
Note: Carnauba wax will bond to a cross-linked polymer, conversely if a polymer is applied on top of a Carnauba wax the cross-linking / bonding may be compromised. Although I would not state categorically that a product that is formulated with some oil in it will abort the cross linking or bonding process of a polymer, just that the process may not be as complete, and its strength and durability may be effected.
Link to the original: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/123345.html
This is from Roger Garrison on the same forum talking about clearcoats and waxing/polishing a car in general:
Doing full blown customs and exotic cars for dozens of years in my own shop, Ill say I NEVER wax my own street or show cars. I use only polish. If I had to park always in harsh environments like under trees or bird nests, I might use wax. I drive all my cars year round and most set outside, some with covers. To me the shine is in the paint job…anything you put over it is just a protectant. Just my opinion. You can put $100 a can wax on your car, but if its a $100 paint job
it dont make any difference. Same if you have a $5000 paint job…it looks the same with or without any wax. One reason I dont like wax is it makes water bead. In clearcoat paintjobs, those drops if you dont wipe them off burn microscopic holes in the clearcoat, causing premature failure. Thats my last word on it here, if anyone disagrees, thats fine.
Typoon responds to Roger:
But Polish and wax are completely different products and have different purposes though. Polish removes contaminates and oxydation and more abrasive polishes can and are intended to remove paint. Too much polishing can actually damage your finish, wax will not. Are you sure your not talking about a sealant (basically a synthetic finish sealer as an alternative to wax) rather than a polish? Im also not trying to contradict your ways in. Like you said in other threads, youve doing cars for 50 years. Just curious as to what you think from a more experienced mind?
Yes nearly all (new cars) are now bsct/clr. The clearcoat urathane is the protectant. If you keep a car clean with current paints, you dont need to put anything at all on it ever. Ive never seen any of the miracle waxes make any of my cars have a deeper or glossier shine than the paint already has unless your car just dont have a good finish in the first place. The only time Ive seen a noticable difference is if that paint has not been taken car of. I can take any of my cars and polish or wax every panel with something different and the end result is always they all look exactly the same. I even had a guy demo a clay bar on my
Sebring daily driver. While I will admit it ‘felt’ slicker on the side of the hood he did, it did not look any different than the other untouched side. Reading a printed reflection is my test. Pretty much yes that cleaner wax and polish are much the same thing. Wipe on…wipe off, no rubbing. Some things about Turtle Wax Ice. It leaves no white residue, it can be used on black moldings & trim, and semi gloss panels like older muscle car hoods. Bad part is it does leave an oily, smearable coating on the paint after you wipe it off (unless you REALLY work at it). Ive tried Mequires (like ColorX), Blue Corral, Ice, and all the other fancy waxes. None make my colors deeper or glossier. What I mostly use at car shows on mine is Mequires Cleaner/wax in a spray (misnomer…its really polish). It dont affect the gloss at all, but it does fill minor swirls from drying, removes bugs and oils/ tars, and removes
In body/paint business since 1964. Owned
my own shop for 30 years…retired 2008. Still plays with cars.
More info if desired at this link: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/123345.html
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When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlachserved as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he’d look her up when he returned home. ”I promised her if we made it out of alive, I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.
Yahoo News On Friday, he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who know how to pull off a surprise. Since leaving active duty to take classes at the University of Wisconsin this summer, Gundlach, of Madison, Wis., had been seeking to adopt 4-year-old Casey.
The 25-year-old learned Casey had finished her military service and had been sent to the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office, where she was used to detect explosives.
Gundlach wrote to State Fire Marshal Director Ray Reynolds, explaining the connection he felt with the dog. He even has a tattoo on his right forearm depicting Casey with angel wings and a halo, sitting at the foot of a Marine.
“He’s been putting a case together for the last two months, sending me pictures … it just tugged on your heart,” Reynolds said. Reynolds decided to arrange a surprise. First, he got in touch with the Iowa Elk’s Association, which agreed to donate $8,500 to buy another dog for the agency.
“We have a motto in our association that as long as there are veterans, the Elks will strive to help them,” Iowa Elks Association president Tom Maher said. Then, Reynolds came up with a ruse to get Gundlach to Des Moines, telling Gundlach he needed to come to the state Capitol to plead his case in front of a “bureaucratic oversight committee.”
When Gundlach arrived with his parents, Reynolds told them the meeting had been delayed and invited them to join an Armed Services Day celebration in the rotunda. There, hundreds of law enforcement officers, military personnel and civilians were seated, keeping the secret — until they brought out Casey.
When Gundlach saw Casey, he put his head in his hands and cried. She licked his face, wagging her tail furiously. “It was a total surprise,” he said. “I owe her. I’ll just try to give her the best life I can.”
His father, Glen Gundlach, seemed just as surprised. “It’s unbelievable … the state of Iowa, I love ‘em,” he said.
Gov. Terry Branstad officially retired Casey from active duty during Friday’s ceremony, thanking the dog for a “job well done.”
During the 150 missions they performed together, Gundlach said Casey never missed an explosive — she caught three before they could be detonated. He credits her for making it back home safely. “I wouldn’t be here … any kids I ever had wouldn’t exist if Casey hadn’t been here,” he said.
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I tried it for the first time while making biscuits for breakfast, and it worked just great.
I’d never used one of these gizmos before, but after watching a neighbor make biscuits with one, it looked like a spiffy idea. While a pastry blender isn’t a necessity — I’ve spent over twenty years making biscuits and pie crusts without it — it was delightfully handy and easy to use. So, it’s been added to my inventory of kitchen tools.
When Don and I were first married in 1990, I had only the most basic kitchen implements: some pots and pans, a few utensils, cups, etc. As I began cooking more, I gradually added more items that made cooking more convenient — cookie sheets, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, a bread board, a cutting board, etc. Since I’m not a gourmet cook I don’t have “gourmet” items in my kitchen, but I have what is needed to cook from scratch.
Sometimes I am startled by what people lack in their kitchen. I’m not talking about newlyweds just getting started in life; I’m talking about established families whose kitchens lack mixing bowls or pie pans or a rolling pin. I recently met someone who didn’t even own a single measuring spoon.
I understand why this is. It’s because so few people cook from scratch anymore. People are busy, convenience food is cheap and abundant, and the art of a homemade meal has become rarer.
I don’t pretend to be a culinary genius in the kitchen (in fact, I actually rather dislike cooking though I do enjoy baking) but knowing how to cook from scratch is, I feel, important. No, more than important — essential.
Scratch cooking is one of those unheralded and under-appreciated skills that we should all learn because it’s the answer to an obvious question: What would you do if frozen pizza or canned chile or boxed macaroni-and-cheese were not available? This is a particularly important question for Preppers because it affects what foods they store.
With a few exceptions, most of your food storage should be ingredients, not prepared food. This means basic staples from which you can assemble complete meals. Most staples (properly stored) will also last longer than most processed foods.
Endless numbers of Preppers have stored away endless amounts of rice and beans, but often they lack the ability to cook up those rice and beans in tasty ways. Worse, lots of people have wheat stored away, without any real comprehension of how to turn that wheat into a loaf of bread.
Our pioneer ancestors were experts at cooking from scratch. They had no choice. The food they grew, raised, or caught was in “scratch” form and needed to be transferred into something edible. And yet pioneer recipes have come down through the generations as testimonies of the wonderful and delicious ways in which basic foods could make marvelous and nutritious meals.
Sadly that ability –- to take raw ingredients and create delicious meals out of them –- is either watered down or gone. We are so entirely dependent on prepared foods from the grocery store (or deli or restaurant) that the definition of “scratch” cooking means making a cake from a boxed mix.
So challenge yourself to take a bag of dried beans and make a meal out of it. Learn how to cook grains, beans, and rice, in addition to meats, fruits, and vegetables. For an additional challenge, grow some of those component ingredients yourself. Make note, then acquire, the kitchen implements necessary to create meals from scratch.
Stocking the kitchen with the basic tools for scratch cooking doesn’t have to be expensive, as my pastry blender demonstrates. Many items of excellent quality can be found in thrift stores.
So tell me — what’s your “must have” nonelectric kitchen tool you can’t live without? Post it so others who are just beginning to stock their kitchens can learn.
By: Captain Capitalism
Understand when I say, “being totally screwed” I’m not talking about a temporary condition where after you make a couple course changes and strive a bit you are back on track. I’m talking about life changing decisions that cripple you in one way or another for the rest or the majority of your life.
So for example, let’s say you did some drugs back when you were 14, the cops busted you, and at that moment you said, “Dude, I am so screwed.”
Are you really screwed?
Sure enough, though the sinking feeling of panic that set in your heart suggested otherwise, three years later you graduate from high school, go to college, and when you’re 29 you laugh at it realizing how inconsequential it was.
Now let’s say you’re 14 and you get pregnant or impregnate somebody.
OK, NOW YOU’RE SCREWED.
And the reason why is that is at minimum 20 years of your life gone, spent raising your child.
For the most part “severe, life-crippling screwed” comes from having children you can’t afford. Matter of fact, I believe this so much, I believe you should need to have a license before you start spawning children. However, there are other stupid mistakes you can make that are also life-crippling.
Majoring in something stupid and going into debt for it. Buying a house or cars you can’t afford. Racking up credit card debt to the point you have to file for bankruptcy Marrying somebody who is abusive etc. etc.
These life-crippling decisions and the consequences of them cannot be overcome in a few short years. Matter of fact, they are decisions that will punish you for the rest of your life and only until you die will you be relieved of their consequences.
So my question is this:
“What do you want me to do about it?”
Not so much to my critics of “Enjoy the Decline” but to people like this who have obviously screwed over their lives so much there is no hope whatsoever they will ever recover from it, but then complain when society can’t bail them out. By definition being “beyond hope” means NOBODY and NOTHING can help you. So whether it’s a book like “Enjoy the Decline” or all the “moral support” you’re going to get from your family and friends, NOTHING is going to unscrew you out of your situation.
In short what I think it is, is the inability of the human brain to accept that it’s life is over. Matter of fact, it’s probably even worse. That it’s still going to be alive, but have to suffer a life of strife, agony, suffering and pain and not enjoy the care-free happy life they were expecting. And when faced with accepting such a prospect, the average human brain simply doesn’t. It denies it’s going to have to suffer for the rest of its days and complains about the lack of solutions. However, it also fails to realize there ARE NO solutions. The only solution is that they will have to suffer, a prospect political promises backed up by lot of redistributed wealth and borrowed Chinese money has numbed most minds to.
Regardless, in the end, the solution is very simple – don’t make stupid decisions that will cripple you for the rest of your life. Don’t have more kids than you can afford. Don’t major in stupid subjects. Don’t expect government to support you. Don’t have kids when you are a teenager. And for god’s sake, don’t complain to me when my book can’t work miracles by helping the helpless.
Found at Feral irishman