Saturday, June 27, 2009


Perfect for a nice cheddarwurst
For the fries.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day Ahead Friday Bacon!

So as not to disappoint this Saturday morning, when like Christmas morn, when you run downstairs in your P.J.'s to see what you've received under the Minion Bacon Tree, I humbly submit some random bacon prior to my vacation-like departure.

Yay for Team Bacon!

Here's some gourmet delicious strangeness for Curli. Can you imagine a filet wrapped in this, neither can I.

Here's a marketing slogan you can all live by;

Kind of reminds me of that recently lost headache remedy, HeadOn.

Wish someone would cook up this gift to over-the-counter medication chemistry.

Enjoy, oh and Stew, you are hereby nominated and confirmed as the stand-in Friday Bacon Ambassador for this coming Friday, 07/03/09

Don't let me down!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cape Cod Bound!

After meeting all familial vacation obligations and completing the requisite "Cape Cod Triathalon" I will be embarking upon awesomeness in pursuit of wee haw!

Trip is booked with Captain Jeff at Fin Addiction for Thursday the 2nd.
Jeff will be recommending the appropriate species and locations for the glorious day afloat as well as providing tackle up to handling these mutant gigantor feeshes.
I will be bringing the Nori, my personal photographer, and my lame heavy rod casting abilities.
Picture below is of Captain Jeff modeling the Striper Rifle.

It is rumored that hugemongous Bluefin Tuna are currently in abundance off the Cape. Mmmm, sushi! The look on this guys face clearly indicates that landing one of the blue water monsters is one buttload of work.
Below is a pic. of a nice Striper pulled off the Fin Addiction site.
And last but not least, found money shot of my neighbor Dick sportin' some salt marsh wood.
Don't hate me because I'm fishing beautiful.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This Is Fly #17

Just in case you missed it, #17 is a decent read, but the mixtape is reggaelicious!

Eeess all Blown Out!

Tuesday night was pretty darn good, with the sulphur hatch / spinner fall and all.

But since then it's been rain, rain, rain. The FFMP has added to my fishing distress by following through on the plan to drain the reservoir down until it stops spilling over. This has been a gradual increase, but wading fishing is over for now. If you've got somebody to row for you, at least you can get out and fish. There is usually an upside to this, alewives spilling over the top, and wriggling woundedly to entice those carnivorous browns. Not an alewife in sight...

Guess I'll watch "Live and Let Die" instead.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

This Weekend: The Trout Parade!

The Festivities: The 2009 Schedule

All Day
Student Art Displayed
Tour Livingston Manor and enjoy artwork created
by LMCS students on display in storfront windows.

11:00 - 4:00 pm
In the Park…
Food and crafts in Renaissance Park.

11:00 - 3:00 pmMusic & Food aplenty, Food Court offers delicious parade fare.Collectible Parade t-shirts and posters on sale.

11:30 - 12:15 pm
Trout Run 5K
Start & finish at Cinder Track Bicycles, Main

12:00 noon
Music on Main Street
Bio-Diesel String Band at the Reviewing Stand on Main St.

Parade Line-Up
Everyone who will be participating in the Parade will line-up at the Livingston
Manor Central School back parking lot on School Street.

1:00 pm
Parade Steps-off
The hilarity happens on Main Street. Line the streets! Here comes the parade!

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Live Music Festival
Performances in Renaissance Park by:
• The Vantwistics - 2:15
• MazMyth - 3:15

3:00 pm onMain Street alive with unique shops, restaurants and the CAS Art Center.

Cant' believe I missed all the fun:

Trout and Mermaids and Bio-diesel, oh my!
No comment...

Lookie there Curli, possibilities...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Bacon!

More on the "motivational poster" theme.

And an awesome piratey bacon logo for the sign-off.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The latest from the stimulus package...

Cue the theme from 2001 a Space Odyssey.

Check out the main roof beam, that's some serious wood!

This is the best poo story ever!

Author unknown:

A couple of weeks ago we decided to cruise out to Ryan's Steakhouse for dinner. It was a Wednesday night which means that macaroni and beef was on the hot bar, indeed the only night of the week that it is served. Wednesday night is also kid's night at Ryan's, complete with Dizzy the Clown wandering from table to table entertaining the little bastards.It may seem that the events about to be told have little connection to those two circumstances, but all will be clear in a moment.We went through the line and placed our orders for the all-you-can-eat hot bar then sat down as far away from the front of the restaurant as possible in order to keep the density of kids down a bit. Then I started my move to the hot bar. Plate after plate of macaroni and beef were consumed that evening, I tell you -- in all, four heaping plates of the pseudo-Italian ambrosia were shoved into my belly.

I was sated. Perhaps a bit too much, however.I had not really been feeling well all day, what with a bit of gas and such. By the time I had eaten four overwhelmed plates of food, I was in real trouble. There was so much pressure on my diaphragm that I was having trouble breathing. At the same time, the downward pressure was building. At first, I thought it was only gas which could have been passed in batches right at the table without too much concern.Unfortunately, that was not to be. After a minute or so it was clear that I was dealing with explosive diarrhea. It's amazing how grease can make its way through your intestines far faster than the food which spawned the grease to begin with, but I digress...Entering, I saw two sinks immediately inside the door, two urinals just to the right of the sinks, and two toilet stalls against the back wall. One of them was a handicapped bathroom. Now, normally I would have gone to the handicapped stall since I like to stretch out a bit when I take a good shit, but in this case, the door lock was broken and the only thing I hate worse than my wife telling me to stop cutting my toenails with a pair of diagonal wire cutters is having someone walk in on me while I am taking a shit.

I went to the normal stall. In retrospect, I probably should have gone to the large, handicapped stall even though the door would not lock because that bit of time lost in making the stall switch proved to be a bit too long under the circumstances. By the time I had walked into the regular stall, the pressure on my ass was reaching Biblical proportions. I began "The Move."For those women who may be reading this, let me take a moment to explain "The Move." Men know exactly what their bowels are up to at any given second. And when the time comes to empty the cache, a sequence of physiological events occur that can not be stopped under any circumstances. There is a move men make that involves simultaneously approaching the toilet, beginning the body turn to position ones ass toward said toilet, hooking ones fingers into ones waistline, and pulling down the pants while beginning the squat at the same time. It is a very fluid motion that, when performed properly, results in the flawless expulsion of shit at the exact same second that ones ass is properly placed on the toilet seat. Done properly, it even assures that the choad is properly inserted into the front rim of the toilet in the event that the piss stream lets loose at the same time; it is truly a picture of coordination rivaling that of a ballet dancer.

I was about half-way into "The Move" when I looked down at the floor and saw a pile of vomit that had been previously expelled by one of those little bastards attending kids night; it was mounded up in the corner so I did not notice it when I had first walked into the stall. Normally, I would not have been bothered by such a thing, but I had eaten so much and the pressure upward was so intense, that I hit a rarely experienced gag reflex. And once that reflex started, combined with the intense pressure upward caused by the bloated stomach, four plates of macaroni and beef started coming up for a rematch. What happened next was so quick that the exact sequence of events are a bit fuzzy, but I will try to reconstruct them as best I can.

In that moment of impending projectile vomiting, my attention was diverted from the goings-on at the other end. To put a freeze frame on the situation, I was half crouched down to the toilet, pants pulled down to my knees, with a load of vomit coming up my esophagus. Now, most of you know that vomiting takes precedence over shit no matter what is about to come slamming out of your ass. It is apparently an evolutionary thing since shitting will not kill you, but vomiting takes a presence of mind to accomplish so that you do not aspirate any food into the bronchial tubes and perhaps choke to death. My attention was thus diverted. At that very split second, my ass exploded in what can only be described as a know, as in a newspaper headline along the lines of "30,000 Killed in Wake of Typhoon Fifi" or something similar. In what seemed to be most suitably measured in cubic feet, an enormous plug of shit the consistency of thick mud with embedded pockets of greasy liquid came flying out of my ass. But remember, I was only half-way down on the toilet at that moment. The shit wave was of such force and of just such an angle in relation to the back curve of the toilet seat that it ricocheted off the back of the seat and slammed into the wall at an angle of incidence equal to the angle at which it initially hit the toilet seat. Then I sat down. Recall that when that event occurred, I was already half-way to sitting anyway and had actually reached the point of no return. I have always considered myself as relatively stable gravitationally, but when you get beyond a certain point, you're going down no matter how limber you may be. Needless to say, the shit wave, though of considerable force, was not so sufficient so as to completely glance off the toilet seat and deposit itself on the walls, unlike what you would see when hitting a puddle with a high-pressure water hose; even though you throw water at the puddle, the puddle gets moved and no water is left to re-form a puddle.

There was a significant amount of shit remaining on about one third of the seat rim which I had now just collapsed upon. Now, back to the vomit...While all the shitting was going on, the vomit was still on its way up. By the time I had actually collapsed on the toilet, my mouth had filled up with a goodly portion of the macaroni and beef I had just consumed. OK, so what does the human body instinctively do when vomiting? One bends over. So I bent over. I was still sitting on the toilet, though. Therefore, bending over resulted in me placing my head above my now slightly opened legs, positioned in between my knees and waist. Also directly above my pants which were now pulled down to a point just midway between my knees and my ankles. Oh, did I mention that I was wearing not just pants, but sweat pants with elastic on the ankles. In one mighty push, some three pounds of macaroni and beef, two or three Cokes, and a couple of Big, Fat Yeast Rolls were deposited in my pants...on the inside...with no ready exit at the bottom down by my feet.In the next several seconds, there were a handful of farts, a couple of turds, and the event ended, yet I was now sitting there with my pants full of vomit, my back covered in shit that had bounced off the toilet, spattered on three ceramic tiled walls to a height of about five feet, and still had enough force to come back at me, covering the back of my shirt with droplets of liquid shit. All while thick shit was spread all over my ass in a ring curiously in the shape of a toilet seat. And there was no fucking toilet paper.What could I do but laugh.

I must have sounded like a complete maniac to the guy who then wandered into the bathroom. He actually asked if I was OK since I was laughing so hard I must have sounded like I was crying hysterically. I calmed down just enough to ask him if he would get the manager. And told him to have the manager bring some toilet paper. When the manager walked in, he brought the toilet paper with him, but in no way was prepared for what happened next. I simply told him that there was no way I was going to explain what was happening in the stall, but that I needed several wet towels and I needed him to go ask my wife to come help me. I told him where we were sitting and he left. At that point, I think he was probably assuming that I had pissed just a bit in my pants or something similarly benign.About two minutes later, my wife came into the bathroom not knowing what was wrong and with a certain amount of worry in her voice. I explained to her (still laughing and having trouble getting out words) that I had a slight accident and needed her help. Knowing that I had experienced some close calls in the past, she probably assumed that I had laid down a small turd or something and just needed to bring the car around so we could bolt immediately. Until I asked her, I'm sure she had no idea that she was about to go across the street and purchase me new underwear, new socks, new pants, a new shirt, and (by that time due to considerable leakage around the elastic ankles thingies) new sneakers. And she then started to laugh herself since I was still laughing.

She began to ask for an explanation as to what had happened when I promised her that I would tell her later, but that I just needed to handle damage control for the time being. She left.The manager then came back in with a half dozen wet towels and a few dry ones. I asked him to also bring a mop and bucket upon which he assured me that they would clean up anything that needed to be cleaned. Without giving him specific details, I explained that what was going on in that stall that night was far in excess of what I would expect anyone to deal with, what with most of the folks working at Ryan's making minimum wage of just slightly above.At that moment, I think it dawned on him exactly the gravity of the situation. Then that manager went so far above the call of duty that I will be eternally grateful for his actions. He hooked up a hose. Fortunately, commercial bathrooms are constructed with tile walls and tile floors and have a drain in the middle of the room in order to make clean up easy. Fortunately, I was in a commercial bathroom. He hooked up the hose to the spigot located under the sink as I began cleaning myself up with the wet towels. Just as I was finishing, my wife got back with the new clothes and passed them into the stall, whereupon I stuffed the previously worn clothing into the plastic bag that came from the store, handing the bag to my wife. I finished cleaning myself off and carefully put on my new clothes, still stuck in the stall since I figured that it would be in bad taste to go out of the stall to get redressed in the event I happened to be standing there naked and some little bastard kid walked in. At that point, I had only made a mess; I had not yet committed a felony and intended to keep it that way.

When I finished getting dressed, I picked up the hose and cleaned up the entire stall, washing down the remains toward the drain in the center of the room. I put down the hose and walked out of the bathroom. I had intended to go to the manager and thank him for all he had done, but when I walked out, three of the management staff were there to greet me with a standing ovation. I started laughing so hard that I thought I was going to throw up again, but managed to scurry out to the car where my wife was now waiting to pick me up by the front door. The upshot of all this is that I strongly recommend eating dinner at Ryan's Steak House. They have, by far, the nicest management staff of any restaurant in which I have eaten.

courtesy of "Red Humpy" at the Drake.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Picking a mailbox for the new digs...

So many choices, how to choose, how to choose?

A handpainted Rainbow Troot?

Something stylish and modern, with diamond plate?

A customized expression of my inner aggression?

Perhaps a little too whorvisy?
Nice, but maybe a bit too much of a project. Hey Stew, you're good with stone right?

Perhaps one of these numbers for the roof of the mancave?
Simple, yet clear and too the point.
Again, maybe a bit too whorvisy?
As always, your helpful commentary is appreciated.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Just a little one tonight.

The peanut gallery on Dick's streamside deck proclaimed it to be "at least 21 inches."
It was a nice fish though, probably about 20"
There were sulphurs and a few cahills and maybe 3 isos.
This one liked the parachute sulphur smoke I was throwin'.
Met Bernie, John's brother tonight as well. He was deadly on the slick water fish in front of the boat launch.
Oh, and Dick says he has picturesof me flailing around trying to net this fish. Nice-

Saturday, June 6, 2009

More Economic Stimulus...

The crew hard at work Friday. They are preparing to erect the end walls for the second floor.
The back of the garage / man cave.
The front of the garage / toy box.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Bacon!

A veritable bacon extravaganza! Tactical Bacon, for covert ops.
A bacon AK-47 for when your ops aren't so covert.
Bacon lip balm, for a little pick me up after action.
Bacon air freshener, for making your not so fresh urban assault vehicle smell sweet and delicious.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cloudveil gets in on the DIDYMO fight.

06.04.2009 – Cloudveil, maker of Inspired Angling Apparel has just launched a new alternative boot design that has a Vibram® IdroGrip™ sole for anglers looking to phase out felt. IdroGrip™ is a breakthrough compound that significantly improves grip on slick surfaces. It makes hiking in or around riverbanks much easier due to the durability performance on wet surfaces. IdroGrip provides the ultimate control in both extreme high and low temperatures. This non-felt alternative also plays a part in stopping the spread of invasive species such as didymo that can be transferred on apparel, boats, and other gear. “This boot is a key offering from Cloudveil for a number of reasons,” Cloudveil Angling Sales Manager Ned Hutchinson stated. “The grippy rubber allows for significantly better grip in and around the water, but the boot is also one small step in helping to stop the spread of invasive species. Cloudveil wants to help educate anglers that the process only begins at buying the right equipment however, the real focus is on proper cleaning.”The boot also features signature design elements such as a dual-density midsole and a slip-resistant ankle harness so that making a responsible choice requires no sacrifice in comfort or stability. The synthetic leather boot also includes a rubber toecap and two insoles — 4mm and 8mm — to get the fit right when worn with or without waders. The boots are also stud compatible for slick rivers and slippery streams.