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Old 05-24-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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Heading To Texas!

Well with the economy stagnating here in the Midwest, I volunteered on Friday to start trying to drum up some business for our new office in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. It will be somewhat of an experiment for a while just to see if its economical to do. If it works out I'll be moving. I'm hoping its going to work out.

So look out Texas, the Big D is heading for the Big D!
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:07 PM   #2
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Texas > Ohio

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Old 05-24-2009, 01:15 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim, its a whole lot hotter too. I've got to drop some of this weight or die trying.

I saw where they compute temps down there with a humidity factor built in and they say its not unusual for the temps to feel like 117 in parts of the summer and its not a dry heat like Arizona or Nevada. Still I figure I can move around from air conditioned car to air conditioned office to air conditioned house with little to no problem and its a whole lot easier to drive through heat than it is snow!
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Old 05-24-2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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110 degree heat indexes are common throughout the
south. Humidity sucks. it will get you sweatin however,
which can be a good thing if you want to lose weight.
To beat the heat, I suggest a case of ice cold beer per day.




The good news is, you can smoke and grill all winter
long!
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So, I will be here to help you with taking the pits you don't want if you move! YOU'RE WELCOME, DALLAS!!


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Old 05-24-2009, 03:12 PM   #6
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Thanks Greg, you're a great friend. Always willing to lend a hand to help! Much appreciated amigo! Just practicing my Spanish a little!
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #7
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Well hearty welcome to God's Country from a januine native. Anything you need to know about Texas just axe me. I am like other januine natives in that if I don't know the answer I will make something up that sounds plausible PM you with my cell anytime you want it. Perhaps we can hook and split a beer some evening. We usually have our big executive chili meeting at a place called Bronco's in Hurst. That happens near each Friday afternoon at about 4 PM. They have 5 buck pitchers..its always ice cold and the barmaids have large tats. I think you would like it. Few too many Televisions for my taste buds but you cant have everything huh? Why anybody in their right mind come to a bar to watch TV I aint got a clue. Aint they got TV's at home? Aint the beer cheaper at home?. If a person wants to watch TV they should stay home. They dont even keep em on the right channel. Its always sports and I like Sponge Bob best on TV.

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Hey Bigwheel, I'll definitely look you up! Always wanted to meet you after all those Demoncrats we use to battle together on Garry Howard's Backporch way back in '04 or so.

Look forward to be heading to Texas before you put up the northern border fence to keep the Yankees out. With a name like Dallas Austin I figure i get free entry and citizenship right?
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You're middle name isn't Houston, is it?
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You're middle name isn't Houston, is it?
No Griff, Austin's the middle name. The last name is what's going to give me some trouble in Dallas..............Packer.
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Hey with a set of names like you got I would not sweat the citizenship deal..you got it made in the shade. Especially if you got a wife named Betty Lou Thelma Liz. They might make you into the guv'nor or illustirous potentate or something like that. Who knows? Battling them godless commie hearthern liberal devil dawgs is always fun. I would not delegate the dielemma strictly to the democrat/socialist party. Lot of lost republicans wandering around in the wilderness too. I am now strictly a Libertarian. Now when voting I might still hold my nose and choose the lesser of the evils but only Republicans. I quit voting for Democrats after having foolishly voted for Jimmy Carter. I am still kicking myself in the coola on that deal. I even swore off voting one time which lasted about 30 years or so. I was gonna vote for Reagan but Carter was already giving his goodbye speech as I was headed out the door. They made em quit doing that kinda odd stuff nowadays. Now ACORN can bring out the vote huh?


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Hey Bigwheel, I'll definitely look you up! Always wanted to meet you after all those Demoncrats we use to battle together on Garry Howard's Backporch way back in '04 or so.

Look forward to be heading to Texas before you put up the northern border fence to keep the Yankees out. With a name like Dallas Austin I figure i get free entry and citizenship right?
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:07 PM   #12
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You got that right Bigwheel. I had a real hard time voting for McCain but considering the altnerative..............It was liberal or liberal light. I chose liberal light!

The wifes name is Donna. Best I could do!

See you soon, I hope!
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Well that name get her voted in by the S. Texas folks cuz there is a town down there near the S. River named Donna...or similar. I been there. This might just work My left wing big brudder sent me this write up about a deal in Throckmorton. TX. Real small little town down sorta Southwest of here. That is where Bob Lilly is from if you ever heard of him. This started out with pics but they got lost in the shuffle. Give you a little taste o Texas. Sorry its so largish.

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From calf fries to armadillo
Friday, May 22, 2009
By Cherry Young


Geniva Hudson serves up a bowl of Hawaiian jambalaya in the ďTastes Like ChickenĒ contest.

Come for the calf fries but stay for the armadillo.
Last weekend, Throckmortonís World Championship Rocky Mountain Oyster Fest featured a number of more traditional cook offs including one for which it is named. But to find even more exotic fare, one should try the "Tastes Like Chicken" competition.
Friday, preceding the battles for the best brisket, spare ribs, cobbler and calf fries, contestants are challenged to serve judges with a unique dish for more adventurous foodies.



Atalie McCarthy samples a slaw-covered, open-faced pork sandwich in the ďTastes Like ChickenĒ contest.

The award for the best is considered a "spirit" award and by spirits they mean those consumed. Of course, each entry has something to eat, but most have a signature cocktail to go with it.
A group of about four judges and eight to 10 others who just wanted to come along for the ride walked from cooking station to cooking station sampling the entries.
The first stop for me was the Great Balls of Fire tent serving grilled rabbit tacos complete with corn tortilla, avocado and pico di gallo. It was the perfect start to the competition and tasted remarkably like chicken.
Next up, Geniva Hudson served Hawaiian Jambalaya. Very tasty, though she chose not to share what was in it. I saw shrimp, sausage and another unidentifiable meat. Iím not sure why it was called Hawaiian, could have been the leis she adorned everyone with before serving.
Shortly after, we came to one of my favorite stops ó the tent for team Whoís Your Daddy and Friends. Mike Weaver served up only the second to ever have been seen by man elusive, boneless, swamp turkey.



Mike Weaver carves up his entry, a smoked and stuffed boneless swamp turkey. (Photos by Cherry Young)

It was smoked to perfection and filled with a stuffing made of crawfish and rice and oozing with roux.
Next up was team Praise the Lard serving swine butt and swine fluid in the swinery. Team members were adorned with pig noses and protective masks while filling test tubes with a nearly fluorescent green liquid.
I think actor Barry Corbin best summed up swine fluid with, "It tastes like medicine."
The next team served up battered and fried Canadian moose. It tasted absolutely nothing like chicken, more like beef, but was excellently prepared.
One of my favorite dishes was a green chili venison stew accompanied by fresh squeezed grapefruit marguaritas. Several asked for seconds at that stop.
I even had real frog legs. These were not the farm-raised frog legs that you buy in the store that do, well, taste like chicken. We were told these were actual Throckmorton wild frog legs, and they seemed to have more of a catfish taste than those Iíve had in restaurants.
For the first time ever, I finally got to try pheasant. It was grilled and wonderful. I canít believe those havenít been hunted to extinction.
The Caddo Cookers had a sure-fire way to please the bunch with flaming chicken served with flaming Dr. Peppers. A flaming Dr. Pepper is set on fire and drunk quickly, and several in the group said it did taste remarkably like Dr. Pepper except for the burn, and I donít believe they were talking about the fire.
When I asked, "What is the flaming chicken?" One of the Caddo Cookers took me to the side and whispered, "It is chicken." Pretty clever for a "Tastes Like Chicken" contest.
The most unusual thing I ate and also one of the tastiest was ribeye, rooter and rattlesnake wrap. Iím not sure I was even able to taste the rattlesnake amongst the steak and wild hog, but if it was in there, it was delicious.
And just when I thought I had tried bologna every way possible, I was humbled by the Pot Belly Pigs team and their chicken-fried baloney.
One gentleman presented the judges with grilled armadillo shaped like baby chicks. I abstained from the leprosy on the half-shell mostly because I was getting very full but overheard one judge say it tasted like salmon.
It seems our trek around the rodeo grounds saved the best for last, or next to last. The winning entry was armadillo balls prepared by the Corona Broads team. They were deep-fried balls that seemed like crab or some other rich meat mixed with cheese and spices.
In all, it was a great time. In fact, I had so much fun, Iím considering having my own entry next year. How does panko fried possum sound?
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