From Fishing Pond to My Table

Ember isn’t completely normal. And that’s fantastic!!! She likes black coffee, dark chocolate, good Scandinavian symphonic metal (Nightwish, Floor Jansen, and more), enjoys fishing, and isn’t afraid to get her hands slimy or to give fish a kiss before releasing them 😁 We went fishing at the local community fishery last weekend. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources maintains a statewide system of ponds and stocks them with hatchery raised trout. There’s a two fish per day limit and the upkeep and stocking are funded by fishing licenses.

We each caught and kept two fish. Three of those four fish were hopelessly gut hooked and I couldn’t release them in good conscience. The fourth and last fish was big and looked tasty! I got these fish cleaned at home that evening (the restrooms and fish cleaning station at the pond are still closed for the winter). It was late and I was tired, so I kept the prepped fillets in the fridge until the next night when I put them through an egg wash, dredged them in panko breadcrumbs, and pan fried them in real butter 😋 These fish might have been hatched and raised in a hatchery and they might have been stocked in a man made pond, but they’re still super tasty good eating 😎

New Glasses Inbound!

No, I didn’t get these frames 😉

My eyesight is less than perfect. Far less. No, farther than you think. I have a positively wicked astigmatism. I could tell my prescription had changed and I finally got up to the optometrist up north last week. I really can’t wait for my new glasses to get in so I can see properly again! That said, I had to pick out some frames for my new lenses. Don’t panic when you look at this pic as I did NOT choose these frames 😜 I went with much more conventional frames for my new bifocals. I just thought these were different and hilarious and had to mess with my friends 😎

Just Good Music – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

One of my cool memories from my time in trucking is the time I was approaching the Alabama border and this song came on the satellite radio 😎 And sealing in the awesomeness was seeing the road sign that said Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama right as the chorus came on 😉

The Cockpit of an SR-71 Blackbird is Pretty Cool!!!

It’s been quite a few years now (IIRC about 15 or so) since I stumbled into the opportunity to have a seat in the cockpit of an actual SR-71 Blackbird. I’d gone to the airshow at March Field in SoCal with my friend Adrienne. We went to the March Field Air Museum first before going to the Air Reserve Base across the field.

Now, I knew the museum had an SR-71 Blackbird. I didn’t expect to see a ladder with a sign saying it was $5.00 to sit in the cockpit! Still near the top of the fastest times I’ve had my wallet out and near the top of the best $5 I’ve spent LOL!

Good times 😎👍