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I made the trip to Florida and back,but i'd rather have gone to Romulous,Michigan or somewhere. It's too hot down there,and my AC wasn't working. I've always heard you should run the AC periodically in the winter,but I never did. Guess I should have,it worked fine when I turned it off last fall. It was a sweltering 80 degrees in Boca Raton Tuesday evening. Didn't get there 'til about 2 o'clock,because I didn't get away from Lynchburg until 3:00 Monday. I had 8 skids of sheets, 4 pallets of racks, and 1 machine. Made it down to exit 7 in Ga. Monday night and stopped at the little fuel stop and went to bed. Next morning I fueled up,because I figured fuel would be higher in Fl, got my book right,and went on to Boca Raton. I had to load lumber in Brooklet,Ga. Wednesday so I made it back up to exit 7 in Ga. and went to bed-almost 700 miles round trip,all but 14 miles in Florida.

Like last time I saw:

0 armadillos

0 alligators

1 girl in a bikini,but she was on a billboard

...but I did see lots of palm trees,and have pictures to prove it!

Worst part though was right after I left the shop Monday-my trailer was in Lynchburg,and I had to go to the bank so I just bobtailed. When I pulled into 460 I thought I saw something in the mirror at the end of the driveway that looked like diesel fuel,and pulled over to make sure my fuel tank tops were tight. They were, but when I walked back around the front of the truck a tanker went by and blew my hat off. I looked in front of the truck...nothing.Looked underneath it,in the woods,in the median-no sign of it. I'm not concerned about the hat,it was just a black "Cat" cap,but it had my little bulldog pin on it with the bulldog wearing an "Aussie" hat. I bought that pin at the Winchester antique truck show year before last. I might stop there tomorrow at that little pull off and look again-I would like to find the bulldog. He's wearing a red hat if you happen to spot him.I bought a new cap at the fuel stop,and i've probably got dozens of them here-you should always carry a spare! I'm off today,unloaded the lumber in Moneta this morning, and i've got an appointment at the eye doctor tomorrow,but we didn't have anything today anyway,so... how do you like my new hat?

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Now I know why you were home today.

Try not to bump into anything walking into the eye doctor's office tomorrow.

Look like the professional you are!

Hey - I have been thinking about cooking some ribs over charcoal - never done them before.

Got any secrets?

Thanks,

Paul VS

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Now I know why you were home today.

Try not to bump into anything walking into the eye doctor's office tomorrow.

Look like the professional you are!

Hey - I have been thinking about cooking some ribs over charcoal - never done them before.

Got any secrets?

Thanks,

Paul VS

do I?!!....YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! Couple of ideas,both good- Last week I got a boneless pork loin out of the freezer,sliced the whole thing,marinated it for 24 hrs. in a ziplock bag with teriaki(?) marinade,then when the charcoal was about ready I put some green hickory wood on it to "smokify" it more(I just now invented that word by the way). Put the chops on the grill and closed the lid ,turned them once. Took a good portion of it with me to Florida to make sammiches,and it was delicious.

My usual rib recipe though is to boil ,or simmer-I'll bring 'em to a boil then cut the heat back to simmer,don't want to boil 'em too hard,or you'll boil the flavor right out- them in a mixture of a 40 oz. beer,some of my home made bbq sauce that is mostly just vinegar,liquid smoke,red pepper,black pepper,garlic-if you don't have any of this it's easy to make,just boil in beer,about a cup of vinegar,some garlic powder,chopped onion if you want,red and/or black pepper,and I'll usually pour in some "real" bbq sauce,any store bought "sweet" sauce while they're simmering.Then when they're done,or almost done,just put them on the grill long enough to brown them on both sides,and you're done. I usually cook the sliced ribs,the big thick ones-but I can't remember what you call them-this way and they're always tender and delicious.

If I cook the whole slab of ribs,not cut up, I usually coat them with the rub and put the whole slab in the smoker oven,but you can grill these too. If you put sauce on them wait until they're done,or nearly done because the sauce burns easily. That's one advantage of the home made sauce,it's real thin and won't burn so you can brush it on while you're cooking if you want to,then put more sauce on when they're done. A friend of mine gave me that sauce recipe to cook boston butts,but I started boiling ribs in it with the beer,which was part of another recipe I saw in a magazine,and it worked well. I lost the recipe,but it was a gallon of vinegar,tablespoon of liquid smoke (I used a whole bottle!),little red pepper(I used a lot!),black pepper,and garlic (lots) best I can remember. Very simple,good on pork.

You don't have to boil them at all of course,but I do except for the whole slabs because it makes them so tender. And I don't have a pot big enough for a whole slab anyway. If you cook the thing without boiling it,the slower you can cook it-or the longer you can cook it without burning it up the better it will be.And that little bit of green hickory wood on the charcoal seemed to work very well too for extra flavor,if you like a smoky taste.

Don't tell anybody this,this is all top-secret stuff.

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I knew I could count on you!

Thanks,

Pul VS

you're welcome-let us know how they turn out. I posted a picture of that muddy jobsite in Point Marion,Pa. too. I should have gotten back further to show the hole and the fence and to better show how steep that bank was,but that's water under the bridge. :D
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I knew I could count on you!

Thanks,

Pul VS

you're welcome-let us know how they turn out. I posted a picture of that muddy jobsite in Point Marion,Pa. too. I should have gotten back further to show the hole and the fence and to better show how steep that bank was,but that's water under the bridge. :D

Sounds like you had a fun rest of the trip to florida from when I talked to you. You was talking about a/c I fixed ours in the suburban yesterday and today it's in the 50's. If you ever get tired of truckin' you could always open you own restaurant or bar & grill. I can cook some on the grill, but suck in the kitchen. Reading this is making me hungry...

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I knew I could count on you!

Thanks,

Pul VS

you're welcome-let us know how they turn out. I posted a picture of that muddy jobsite in Point Marion,Pa. too. I should have gotten back further to show the hole and the fence and to better show how steep that bank was,but that's water under the bridge. :D

Sounds like you had a fun rest of the trip to florida from when I talked to you. You was talking about a/c I fixed ours in the suburban yesterday and today it's in the 50's. If you ever get tired of truckin' you could always open you own restaurant or bar & grill. I can cook some on the grill, but suck in the kitchen. Reading this is making me hungry...

I've always thought i'd like to have a little barbecue joint.You can work the counter if you want,i'm gonna be out back smokin' boston butts in the cook-shed.Or you can help me if you'd rather,we'll get some women to wear short shorts and half a tee shirt to handle the front and lure the customers in. When I win the lottery that is.
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You could make it into your own truckstop. I would run the counter, Bollweevil could run the 24hr truck garage, You could be out back on the smoker, Paul could be the assistant chef. Hire some hooters girls pay them a little better and business it is. Of course have the occassional truck shows and you could park the mixer out front. Just let me know when you win the lottery, cause you might have to spot me a few bucks..lol. Would be nice to do something like that though.

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