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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Got my first pheasant today
« Last post by Mannlicher on November 14, 2017, 08:16:18 AM »
wish we had 'em down in Florida.   That is a nice looking bird!
Food and Cooking / Coffee, brewed vs. instant ?
« Last post by Moe M. on November 14, 2017, 06:07:01 AM »
 Coffee is almost always an interesting topic,  at one time in many parts of the world you couldn't give it away,  Tea was the civilized hot drink accepted around the world and even here in America, my how that has changed.
 To some people coffee is like a fine wine or a micro brewery beer carefully made and slowly savored, to others as long as it's hot, dark colored and bites the tongue it's ok,  I can remember back when I was very young especially in late fall and throughout the winter I'd wake up every morning to the sounds of my mother in the kitchen getting breakfast ready and the smell of coffee brewing on the old converted Glenwood cast iron stove.
 As a child I was allowed to have coffee, my folks called it "half & Half",  half coffee and half whole milk with a couple of teaspoons of sugar,  I don't have a clue how my mom and dad made their coffee, nor do I remember what brands they used, all I remember is that it was good to wake up to on a cold morning.
 I left home to start my own family younger than most boys, and like the average young newly weds of the time we had the basics down, but refinements took a long time, lessons could be hard learned, and we weren't any different, we soon learned that a lot of things we took for granted growing up weren't as easy to replicate in our new home, coffee was one of those things.
 We had a couple of new coffee makers from the shower and wedding gifts we received, we followed instructions and it didn't get any better, our coffee ran from mild and bland to down right offensive, we finally gave up and turned to instant, we made some weird faces while sipping it for a while, but eventually got used to it, we did a lot of camping back then and instant coffee was pretty handy to use for a quick cup.
 I don't remember the exact day that I changed my mind about instant coffee and decided to suffer the challenges of brewing good coffee,  but I do believe that Double D's had something to do with it, when the first local Dunkin' Donuts store opened up in my area, that's when I had my coffee epiphany and took up the challenge.
 I was driven, I tried all the major brands of super market coffee, went through a half dozen coffee makers and French presses,  the only coffee I really enjoyed in all that time was the one I picked up on my way to work every morning at Dunkin' Donuts.
 I read dozens of articles about making coffee,  I tried all the "secrets" like adding salt to the grounds, using egg shells,  I tried course ground, fine ground, even bought a grinder and ground my own from beans,  I began to wonder if a good cup of home made coffee was worth the trouble,  instant tasted like crap compared to well brewed coffee, but it was quick, it was consistent, and it wasn't any trouble to make, just add a rounded teaspoon of instant to hot water and stir,  and after all, I did get used to it before.
 Then came my first PC, well not exactly a computer, it was a Web TV box from Phillips that plugged into my TV and gave me internet access,  such as it was back then, and a whole new world of information opened at my finger tips,  not long after I brewed a good cup of coffee in my own kitchen,  I used my same coffee maker and same brand of coffee,  what changed was a few bits of information that I didn't have previously that I'll share with you,  as soon as I get back. 
Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Got my first pheasant today
« Last post by OffGrid9 on November 14, 2017, 12:35:32 AM »
...I didn't really have any opportunities to learn it as a kid. It's nice to be able to do it now, and I am fortunate to have met a few good guys to go with. I hope we can continue going for many more years.

It really does tell you how out of shape you are when you carry a 7.5 pound gun around with no sling for 5 hours, walking on uneven ground the whole time. I need to get out more, badly! Everything that could ache, ached this morning. I took 3 ibuprofen and that seemed to sort things out, but I definitely need to start taking regular walks and try to get in better shape.

As you said, meeting friends with whom you can hunt is a real blessing.  Over the years, I had several friends give up on hunting because they just couldn't find folks to hunt with.  The trick I learned is to start contacting family and friends EARLY, like six months before hunting season, and start getting buy-ins and promises.  You can't just keep bugging them, but a couple of months before opening day, you can start reminding them when the seasons run for various birds, suggesting places to go for each species, ask them for suggestions, figure out where you're going to camp, whose bringing tents, who'll do the cooking, or maybe which motel you could stay at.  Send them pictures of past hunts, Fish & Game's projections of bird populations, anything to keep everybody's eyes on the prize, another great hunt with good friends.  Place wagers on who'll limit first on doves, who'll get the first rooster, who can get their dog to run down those @$%& chukkar and kick them into the air ALL WITHIN GUN RANGE!  You get the idea, just keep everyone excited and committed.  And keep doing it every year for decades, into your 70's and beyond.  And try to entice youngsters to come along, even before they can hunt, to watch the action and catch the fever, then get them into NRA safety courses, then get them started on clays, and then take them hunting.  Most youngsters will catch the fever if you introduce them, without pressure, to the whole world of shooting and hunting.  We all have to keep in mind -- without a new generation of hunters, we're a dying breed.

As to getting into shape for pheasant hunting, to steal a page from Teflon Bill, "I feel your pain".  Until I was about 50, working behind a desk, I was in pretty sad shape.  The first day, especially for pheasant, would always cripple me up pretty bad.  Then I found a large area of heavy brush in a local park that I was free to walk through, off season, much like the mixed brush and tall grass we have to push through during pheasant season in the Feel Free To Hunt areas of the Yakima Valley.  About two weeks before opening day, I'd put on my "iron pants" (denim pants with large patches of heavy nylon on the front of the legs), carry a 10-bound chunk of driftwood as if it were a shotgun, and bust my way through that practice area for an hour or two.  I'd take breaks every half hour or so, but I made sure to put in equal time on (a) just pushing my legs through the brush, and (b), lifting my legs to step over the brush.  My legs and hips would be on fire for two days...and then I'd do it again.  After one day off, do it again.  Then two days in a row.  On opening day, I could mostly keep up with the younger hunters.  But what was REALLY nice was, on the second day, when the youngsters were all in pain, I could go out and do it again.  Sweet!
Food and Cooking / Re: BAKED MAC & CHEESE
« Last post by PetrifiedWood on November 14, 2017, 12:15:14 AM »
I like to melt Velveeta in the microwave with a little salsa and pour it over broccoli. Gives it a nice zip.

As for instant coffee, I am grateful it exists because coffee pot maintenance sucks and no one else cares to do it for me. I have a water cooler that takes the 5 gallon bottles and we get Culligan delivered. This dispenser also has a hot side which cut out the time microwaing a mug of water. All I have to do is stir in my instant coffee, sugar and half and half and I have a nice cup of coffee with the least amount of effort. Yes, the real deal is arguably better. But I have never craved the real thing so bad that it was worth the time and effort to deal with brewing it and cleaned up the coffee machine afterwards. Maybe a French press would be ok if it is dishwasher safe. But I still like instant for the convenience.
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Last post by PetrifiedWood on November 14, 2017, 12:00:21 AM »
My wife and I got burned by some sellers back when we were house shopping. We paid for an inspection and then the sellers backed out after they learned what needed fixing.

Our tiny rural town of 1500 people or so has decided to adopt the nearby city's ordinances so we will have all of the inconvenience of living away from town with all of the restrictions now. Ticks me off.

I have a couple of small lots in New Mexico in some junk subdivision my wife bought on eBay, another in Colorado, and 20 acres in Nevada that we paid only $4K for and keep getting lowball offers on in the mail a few times a year. They are going to have to at least come up to our price plus a little to cover the taxes we've paid over the years. I'd sell the 20 acres right now for five thousand. But they are in an undeveloped area. Easy access, but just dry scrub land and no trees. 20 acres somewhere nice is going to run ten times as much.
General Discussion / Re: Have you built a debris hut?
« Last post by woodsorrel on November 13, 2017, 09:48:01 PM »
Phaedrus, the first night I slept out in one I was worried about being cold.  The air temperature was in the mid 50's and dropping.  Would the pine needles insulate me?  Or would they conduct heat from my body?

The pine needles trapped warm air around my body and I spent a comfortable night.  It was a learning experience and an impressive demonstration of the effectiveness of natural insulation.  It rained (briefly) the second night, and the interior remained dry.

  - Woodsorrel
General Discussion / Re: Have you built a debris hut?
« Last post by Phaedrus on November 13, 2017, 08:32:18 PM »
I've never made a debris shelter so my knowledge of them is purely academic, but I think the idea is that they're very tight with the leaf litter being in contact with your body.  It was just a video but I saw an instructor demonstrate one and when it was built he dumped a five gallon buck of water on top and none soaked through. The claim was that you could sleep in reasonable comfort down to below freezing.  I dunno, it seems plausible but I've never tried it.  Certainly three feet of leaf litter and boughs should have pretty fair insulating value.  A space blanket in the mix would probably help with waterproofing especially if you had to rush construction.
Help Desk / Re: feedback needed on gifted knives
« Last post by BigHat on November 13, 2017, 08:15:50 PM »
I got your knives and then had the pleasure of moving... Again.... For the second time in less than a year. Gonna have to unpack it and then put her thru the paces...
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Building a log home...we hope.
« Last post by JohnE on November 13, 2017, 04:39:59 PM »
Things might be looking up.

If we can settle the water lines location and the electrical source/location it's looking pretty good.

We've asked the seller to include the cost of locating the water lines in the survey review which they've already agreed to pay for. We've also asked them to show where the electrical lines are that they claim are at the property

They've agreed to extend the various inspection deadlines, a couple of which were supposed to be today.

We'll see what happens in the next couple of days.

Fire! / Re: Fat wood hand drill fire
« Last post by xj35s on November 13, 2017, 03:04:28 PM »
too funny!!! I tried to find the doug morris but too many options popped up. Did reallbigmonkey do one too?
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