The joys of packing

Miss D. and I are hard at work packing our belongings, in preparation for loading them on a big U-haul rental truck next Thursday.  The following day we’ll load her car onto a trailer behind the truck, then hit the road for our new home in Texas. I’ve been trying to pack smarter this time.  I’ve usually tried to use all the space available in each container, even if that means cramming in things that don’t really belong together.  This time I’m trying to pack by functional groupings.  As for books, instead of putting those of the same size together,

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Dumber than a bag of hammers . . .

. . . but I supposed he enjoyed his moment of fame. I can’t help wondering whether a broken leg or two might have cured his stupidity, but I suppose not.  At least that was in Russia, not the USA.  Over here, he’d sue the train company for cutting short his journey without warning or compensation! Peter

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OK, all you bacon lovers . . .

. . . get a load of this! According to the Telegraph: When Chris O’Connor spotted a ‘For Sale’ announcement in his local paper 10 years ago, a food venture was his very first idea. . . . The ‘stuff’ O’Connor tinkered with in the kitchen quickly became Eat 17’s calling card. ‘Burgers have always been our menu’s bestsellers,’ he explains, ‘and I started to serve them with homemade onion marmalade and crispy bacon. One day I thought, hey, why don’t we just mix them together – it’ll save space at least!’ Within a month his ‘bacon jam’, a salty-sweet

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How to tell your Harissa from your Gochujang

Until this morning, I couldn’t have defined either term, but the Telegraph has come up with a handy article for us ignoramuses (ignoramii?):  ‘The big chilli sauce guide: how to tell your sriracha from adobo‘. At one time Encona and Tabasco were the only chilli sauces in town (at least in my house). Now you practically need an entire shelf just for hot sauces and pastes. I have a motley collection, many bought, some homemade. There’s Moroccan harissa, Turkish pepper paste, Mexican adobo paste, Korean gochujang (the new kid on the block) and an Eastern chilli ‘jam’ that I can’t

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No salivating on the shooting range!

Now and again commercialism gets so weird that it jumps the shark.  I think that’s just happened (or is that ‘happened again’?) in the shooting sports.  5.11 Tactical, an otherwise respected producer of so-called ‘tactical’ clothing and related products, has announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that it’s developed – wait for it – ‘Raven Range Capri‘ trousers for women, which have instantly (and inevitably) become known as ‘Tactical Yoga Pants’. The funniest thing about them, to my mind, are the comments left by readers at The Firearm Blog.  Here’s one exchange. I weigh about 280 lbs. I think these

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A boozy morning – for all the right reasons

Miss D. and I spent a few hours stocking up on wine and spirits to take to Texas with us – some to restock our own cellar, others as gifts and “Thank you!” tokens for friends. We headed up to Clarksville first, to our old standby, Beachaven Winery.  They make some seriously good wines there, and fortunately Miss D. shares my taste in them, so we can stock up on varieties we both enjoy.  We’ve ended up with the equivalent of four and a half cases;  two dozen whites (Chardonnay and Riesling), two dozen reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chambourcin),

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Our new home is moving right along . . .

Our friends are busy laying our new laminate floor, and the contractor reports good progress with the modifications we’re making to our new home.  Courtesy of Old NFO we received some pictures yesterday and today.  (Click each one for a larger view.) This shows the rear of our new home.  The room under construction on the left, with the incomplete siding, used to be a small open porch at the corner of the house.  A previous owner enclosed it very shoddily, mainly as a sheltered place for the family dogs (who peed all over it and left an unmistakable [and

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