Friday, October 21, 2011

Warning: Really Bad Pun Ahead...

Splitty the Maul gave me a hand with a small household project today.

Mostly, it was moral support seeing as there wasn't much room to work.

Splitty opted to "help" by having a beer in the kitchen.

Splitty is good like that.

It didn't take much time. Most small household repairs don't.

After all, once someone builds, wires, and installs the guts of the plumbing, everything else pretty much just bolts or screws on to the house.

I tossed the used part into the trash can.

Splitty looked over at it. It took him a minute, but he finally gave his assessment.

"A lot of family history passed through there."

Not much else I could add to that.

Tune in next time, when we hear Splitty say:


Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.

Air Traffic Mike, ret.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Some Days Feathers, Some Days Chicken

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I'll not be out on the Chesapeake Bay striper fishing this weekend.

Honestly, looking at the weather forecast, it is probably for the best.

If any of you have been fishing in the Fall you know just how fickle the weather can be. One minute it is beautiful. The next minute, the "Perfect Storm".

In any case, all of the factors were way out of my control. Just like most things.

I'm pretty sure I'll survive.

The good news is that while discussing the new project at hand, "Doc" formulated a brilliant application for it.

Just like the product, it is simple yet complex. It is a subtle use of the product, but it will yield some amazing dishes.

As most of you know, I am a pretty decent amateur chef. Not the best, but I can hold my own.

Believe me, if this stuff wasn't worth a damn I'd tell you.

It is really THAT good.

I have a Memphis chef in mind to premiere it when I get home. I think that's the best way for my friends there to taste it.

The food's on me kids.

I'll also be inviting some chef friends of mine to dine with us.

Do NOT RSVP as *attending* and not show up.

You will be excluded from any further product roll outs.

It is going to be special.

It is going to be fun.

You WILL tell all your friends about it. Not because I am ordering that, but because it is THAT good.

Wait until you order some and use it. Your family, your friends, your spouse, your significant other will be astounded.

Honestly, what is better than surprising someone you love with a dining experience they've NEVER had?

"Foodie" friends and Chef friends get ready.

I'm fixin' to hook you up.

You will be pleased.

I look forward to your feedback after the fact.

Coming to a city near you (if you're in Memphis) in less than three weeks.

Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.

Air Traffic Mike, ret.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Memphis In The Meantime

It's true.

I'm headed off to Memphis in a few weeks.

The condo doesn't Winterize itself.

Besides, I need me some Memphis. Even if it will only be for a couple weeks.

For those looking forward to seeing Christine again, I have some bad news. I'll be "flying solo". Her workload won't permit a two to three week trip right now.

Come Spring, I guarantee things will be different.

It will be good to see the Memphis gang again. While my life keeps me away these days, there isn't a day goes by that I don't think of you one and all. It is a blessing to have so many friends in so many places.

I will see y'all at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, I do have some fun stuff coming up.

Looks like I'm going striped bass fishing with my best friend this weekend. "Stripers" as we call them, are some of the best tasting fish on the East Coast. They are the larger, sea going cousins of Croppie. They get much larger and put up much more of a fight than their fresh water kin.

If we catch one or one hundred matters not.

Another day of fishing with my best friend is a priceless time.

However, I think we'll have something for the stove upon our return. Rarely have we been "skunked" fishing.

In other news, there's a project afoot. I'm pretty excited about it, not only for the potential but the product itself.

"Doc" brought some out for a taste test the other day. After all, it IS his "baby". I thought I was blown away by the idea of it. I was completly blown away yesterday.

Seriously, it is THAT good.

I guarantee you nobody in Memphis presently has it.

I guarantee you that any chef or foodie will understand it right away.

Like so many other great things, it is both simple yet complex.

Once you have some, you'll want more.

It will kick your "cooking mind" into high gear.

At the same time, you will appreciate it by itself for its simple elegance.

I won't tell you yet what it is.

That will have to wait.

Just know this. Starting in early January, you will have a new food obsession.

A lucky few will get a taste of it when I get home at the end of the month.

Those that are on my list will be notified shortly before I come back to Memphis.

If you don't receive an invite, please don't be offended. I can only bring a limited amount with me.

If you do receive an invite, please show up. You won't want to miss this. If you do miss this, I will likely have to exclude you from other product roll outs.

That's all I can say for now.

Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.

Air Traffic Mike, ret.