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By barooo (Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 06:35:08 AM EST) (all tags)
Not much going on lately.

At work I'm adding some new little marketing promotion thingamajig to the site I'm working on, and it's been a pain because basically the "promos" code started as a one-off and grew into a quasi-framework.  Also trying to figure out why HEAD requests to our templating system are failing with a "original request not available" ServletException.  Apparently it has something to do with the HttpServlet.doHead() method using a wrapper for the HttpServletRequest that's not compatible with the Weblogic HttpServletRequest implementation.  Or something.  No love thus far though.

Today is Valentine's day.  I screwed up somewhat, in that I didn't get a gift for teh gf.  I was under the mistaken impression that we were going to go out to a nice dinner next weekend instead, so I was a big shocked when I got a gift on Sunday (The French Laundry Cookbook, which is really cool.  Some of the recipes are ridiculously over-the-top but most of them seem doable.).   I think I'll be okay though...  On sunday we had a nice dinner in.  Teh gf made cheese fondue and I made a loaf of french country bread, then I made coquilles St. Jacques (scallops with a champagne/cream sauce) and chocolate souffles.  Yummers.  I thought about trying a recipe from TFL, but he only had one scallop recipe and it called for asparagus and morel mushrooms.  I guess I could get reasonable-quality asparagus, but morels are out of season.

So the big smoker is no more.  I sold it to some dude who drove in from NY state to get it.  I've ordered a Weber Smokey Mountain bullet smoker to replace it; the BBQ internets speak hightly of it.

Speaking of the internets, did you hear that Vice President Dick Cheney shot a 78 year old man in the face with a shotgun over the weekend?  Teh Daily Show was a little over the top last night.  Yeah, it's kind of funny I'll admit, but still...  It's not like Cheney shot a secret service guy in the ass or something, he shot some old dude in the face.

My dad has apparently decided that he's going to be a CNA.  He's signed up to take some kind of class.  I guess he's been looking for a part-time job but can't find anything.  He's talked about going this route before, so I can't say I'm surprised.

I guess that's about it.  Bowling tonight.  I've been slowly improving; my average is up to a 157 now, but I haven't had a big game in weeks.  I got a 193, but that's it.

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What's up, doc? | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
That makes me really hungry by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 07:42:07 AM EST
How easy is the smoker to use? I just recently bought a decent grill and have enjoyed that. now I want to make good barbecue and ribs. I assume a smoker is a better choice for that?

It's only an academic discussion since I can't have a charcoal grill right now. Hopefully in about 16 months I'll be moving to somewhere where I can.

Hmm by barooo (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 08:19:09 AM EST

It takes some practice and some patience, but it's not too hard.  The one that I had before ran on straight wood, but it consumed a ridiculous amount of wood so it sucked for when I was cooking for 2 or 3 people.  The new one I don't know anything about, but there is a whole site devoted to them at  Supposedly on the plus side, once you get it going, it requires minimal fuss, but on the minus side it doesn't hold much.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
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smokers and such by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 03:15:08 PM EST
that virtual weber site has alot of fanatical devoted readers. saw a good amount of traffic from there in teh old job.

as for smokers, I heard good things about the weber bullet and also the big green egg
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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Heh by barooo (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Feb 15, 2006 at 03:53:35 AM EST

Pick a hobby, any hobby, and you can find people on the internets that are completely and utterly obsessed with said hobby.

My previous smoker was a Klose which is considered the cadillac of smokers, but it was just too fuckin' big for someone who doesn't regularly host 30-40 people for brisket, or have a source for free firewood.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
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