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Brick Pig last won the day on September 22 2017

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  • Birthday 10/19/1963

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  1. Brick Pig

    Big Boy in the Backyard

    This pretty accurately describes my incident. It all happened in a flash, but I slammed on the brakes and tried to steer around her. If she'd have just kept going in her chosen direction everything would have been fine, but at the last instant she turned toward me and took out my passenger side headlight and fender.
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    Big Boy in the Backyard

    I'm having flashbacks!! Last Wednesday my wife hit a deer on the way home from her company holiday party. Thankfully she was fine, but it tore the crap out of the front end of our CR-V. A cop happened on the scene and made sure she was OK. She told him in 40 years of driving in (mostly) rural areas, this was the first time she'd ever hit one. He told her living in our new town, this would probably not be the last. Sure enough, on Friday evening I hit one on my way home from work. I am perfectly fine, too, but it sure tore up the front end of my Element. (When the insurance paperwork from the second accident reached the body shop, the guy called my wife's number and said, "I think there's some kind of mistake. I just got another notification that you hit a deer." She said, "Hang on, let me turn you over to my husband...." )
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    So... My Mac Died Saturday: Long Live The New Mac

    I'll preface this by saying I think Apple is a noticeably different company without Jobs' leadership. However, to your point about needing various adapters, Apple has always been happily willing to abandon one technology for another at the drop of a hat. Right off the top of my head, they were among the first --maybe THE first-- to abandon floppies, killed their own Apple Desktop Bus, their own firewire, and optical disks. It's frustrating, but it was going on long before Jobs passed.
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    The random pictures thread...

    This reminds me of a sign outside one of the churches I pass on my way to and from work. I didn't get a photo, but back in October the sign said, "If you're waiting for a sign from God, this is it!" I thought that was pretty good.
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    Kamado Guru will stay ONLINE

    I haven't been following this site very closely over the last few months due to my life turning topsy-turvy after I was (entirely unexpectedly) laid off. It wasn't until sometime last week I discovered this whole scenario about the site dying or not dying. This is by far one of most important sites I've ever discovered online, and is the only forum I have ever considered to be important enough to contribute money to. I would truly hate to see it fold. I'm currently deep in the process of relocating for my new job, but as soon as I'm back on my feet and get some stability back in my life, I will be contributing again. Long live Kamado Guru!
  6. Brick Pig

    Mad Malamute After Bath Won't Look At Me!

    In 1998 we had a 2-year-old bullmastiff. We took her with us when we went to bring home our new bloodhound puppy. We thought we'd let her "find" the puppy in the breeder's yard, so maybe she'd feel like we were bringing home a friend for her. Well, she "found" him, but wanted nothing to do with him. Anyway, my wife drove on the way home, which meant I held the puppy. Of course Mabel (the bullmastiff) saw this. When we got home, she would not look at me for two full weeks. If I wasn't positioned between her and the door, she would even leave the room.
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    Do You Deserve Cast Iron?

    For probably 20 years I had only ScanPan cookware, but last year I replaced all my skillets with cast iron. I kept my ScanPan pots, and my wife insisted on keeping one particular ScanPan skillet she likes for scrambling eggs. But I do love me some cast iron. Seems like it would be mighty hard to sleep with 24 hours of sunlight.
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    Awesome KJ Customer Service

    ...And my new firebox arrived yesterday. Four business days (six days total). Outstanding.
  9. Brick Pig

    Awesome KJ Customer Service

    I know most everyone here is aware of how great KJ’s customer care is. But since it’s so easy to go online with a complaint, and because it happens here from time to time, I thought I’d make a point to share my most recent positive experience. A couple weeks ago I noticed my firebox had finally developed a crack. Forgot about it for awhile, actually, but on Saturday I photographed it and filed my claim on the KJ website. Today at lunchtime I received notice that my claim was underway, and at 5pm I received my shipment notification and tracking number. What else could a person ask for? And over Easter weekend, no less. Could not be more pleased.
  10. Brick Pig

    Any help with salmon?

    My go-to salmon method is to hit it with kosher salt, black pepper, and a fairly good drizzle of molasses or honey. Before grilling the salmon, heat a little oil in a frying pan over medium heat and sauté about a cup of frozen corn just until it's thawed and heated through. Then stir the corn into a jar of your favorite salsa. Grill the salmon to your desired doneness, and spoon the corn salsa over it when you plate it. We usually serve it with wild rice and steamed broccoli. It’s pretty to look at, tastes delicious, and looks like you went to a lot of trouble. Lots of bang for your cooking buck.
  11. Brick Pig

    Nothing but the money!

    Couple o’ chops, right out of the KJBJ.
  12. Brick Pig

    Improving a Cheap Lodge Cast Iron Pan

    I use my cast iron on the grill all the time with no noticeable problems. Given that a pan sits directly in the flame on a gas stovetop, I’m not understanding why sitting it on a grill grate would be any harder on the pan’s surface? (I’m asking, not arguing.)
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    Big Joe transportation size/Costco Roadshow

    Like CentralTexBBQ said, you will definitely want help moving the Big Joe. I had two neighbors help me get mine out of the Element. All three of us are fairly stout boys, and we’d have been awfully glad to have had a fourth person if one had been available. I’ll say too, if I had it to do over, I’d rent a small truck from Home Depot. I didn’t really have any trouble with mine, but I’m 100% sure sliding it off the truck bed would have been a lot easier than getting it out the back of the car.
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    Big Joe transportation size/Costco Roadshow

    It's been so long I can't remember the exact dimensions of the box, but it just barely did fit through the rear door of my Honda Element. Of course there was a little more clearance once it was actually inside the vehicle*, but there was only about 1/2" or 3/4" leeway getting it through the hatch. I don't know how the Element compares to the MKC, sizewise. *Probably goes without saying, but I had to completely remove the rear seats. Here's a link to a diagram showing all the dimensions of the Big Joe. I suppose you could add a few inches in each direction to get rough estimate of how big the box would be. http://www.kamadojoe.com/downloads_public/KJ_SPECS_BIGJOE.pdf