Sunday, August 27, 2006

Where oh where has this blogger been?

The previous post “Minimum Wage” was actually conceived sometime in July when I first read the article. Several other posts were conceived in July yet never posted. So where has this blogger been?

During the months of July and early August this blogger was smoking beef brisket and pork butts in preparation for the annual "back to school" party and a church picnic. Smoking a brisket is a time consuming process. The meat is rubbed with a “not so secret” dry rub and wrapped in plastic then placed in the frig overnight. A charcoal fire is built in the side box of a smoker and piece of hickory is laid on top. The briskets are laid in the smoking chamber and a temperature of 225 degrees is maintained. Every three hours the briskets are turned over using two pig tail food flippers from White Plains, New York, thanks to Ginny. Before flipping they are sprayed with “witches brew” a 3:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and a can of beer with a shot of whiskey or two. After all it is BBQ and whiskey seems to be a requirement. The briskets are slow cooked for about 15 to 17 hours. When they are removed they smell like something your cardiologist would not recommend consuming. They are once again wrapped and plastic and frozen until the event. When the event arrives the briskets are removed and wrapped in foil then placed in the oven and brought back up to temperature slowly. This allows the BBQ chef to mingle with the party guest until it is time to slice the precious meat.

Of course the above process allows plenty of time for a blog post, but it also takes place during the "back to school" preparations. As a building level administrator this is a very busy time. Schedules must be finalized, books ordered and school improvement plans submitted, all at the end of a summer when no vacation trip has been taken. That was the part that sapped the motivation to blog.

The party is over. Although as Robert Earl Keen says, “The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” At least this portion of the party is over and the road indeed goes on forever. I will once again attempt to fall into the habit of posting at least one blog a week, although I think I may play some "catch up" and post a few more than one a week for a while at least. So, “move it on over, cause the big dog’s movin in”(Hank Williams).



Blogger Molly said...

I am glad that you are back, and that pork was oh so good.

Party Ain't over Yet - Patty Loveless

6:13 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

Welcome back! Blogging is much more fun in tandem - I missed you. But man that brisket is something else!

Hey, hey good lookin'!
Watcha got cookin'?
How's about cookin somethin' up for me? -Hank Williams

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it that you are a Hank Williams fan. Ask your fellow blogger to play Cotton Eyed Joe! I am just teasing. I love music, and I am very partial to Country and Western. No matter how much I love music though I would never remember all the words to a song. Cool.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let white robin quit blogging. That is a sweet blog to read, and makes you think.

6:08 PM  

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