Deep Sea Fishing 2010

Recently, I went on a deep sea fishing trip with a couple of good friends. We were all getting ready to move, so we decided to give ourselves a going away gift.

Meet Jerame and Jason. It is rare that one works with people that one can truly call friends.

 

Jerame and Jason-

Thanks for all the good times, ya’ll. That fishing trip kicked ass! I hope our paths cross again in the future. So many good times. So many stories. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna blog about them! I am glad to call you my friends. Good luck in life and thanks for the good times. Until the next time… Continue reading

Briquettes vs. Lump Charcoal

In thekruser’s first post, he lists some of the things that you must conquer before you can call yourself a Grill Master. One of the things he mentions is fuel. You might be thinking, “Fuel? You’re supposed to use gasoline when grilling? This guy is crazy.” No, he’s not talking about gasoline, fool. He’s referring to charcoal and I’m going to give you a quick lesson.

Two common types of charcoal are available on the market today, charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal.  There is a great debate on which type is better. Based on my own personal experience, I have found that both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Briquettes, like those made by Kingsford, seem to burn longer and more consistently than lump charcoal. The downside is that briquettes aren’t as easy to light and they don’t burn as hot as lump charcoal. A common misconception is that charcoal briquettes contain chemicals additives. While briquettes do contain binders to hold the crushed charcoal together, I’ve looked at the ingredients in Kingsford Original Briquetes and I don’t see anything that alarms me.

Lump charcoal, like briquettes, is made from pieces of wood that has been burned in an oxygen-controlled environment. The main difference is that once charred, the chunks are bagged and sold as-is. I’m no hippie, but I do like the fact that lump charcoal is natural. I also like that it lights faster, burns hotter and produces less ash than briquettes. The thing I don’t like is you don’t always know what you’re going to get in the bag. I don’t mean that you could find foreign objects in there, but you will find that the size of the chunks are inconsistent. In addition, lump charcoal seems to burn faster than briquettes, which means you will use more if you are cooking for long periods of time. The vents in your grill can control the rate of how fast it burns, but I’ll save that topic for another post.

So, which is better? Personally, I use briquettes in my smoker or in the grill when I’m cooking a bigger piece of meat, such as pork tenderloin. I prefer lump charcoal when cooking steak, chicken breasts, pork chops, etc.  The higher temperature allows me to get a nice sear on the meat, which locks in the juices.

Next time I will give you some tips on how to properly light your charcoal to get the best flavor. Until then, please feel free to comment below. I know there are strong opinions out there about both types of charcoal. I would love to know what you think.

16 Funny Statements from Police Officers

Cop Issuing a TicketThese are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers. The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:

  1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.”
  2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.”
  3. “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.”
  4. “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.”
  5. “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.”
  6. “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”
  7. “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?”
  8. “Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.”
  9. “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”
  10. “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.”
  11. “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”
  12. “In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.”
  13. “Just how big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?”
  14. “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”
  15. “I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.”
  16. AND THE WINNER IS….

  17. “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.”

Men and Women: One Difference in Thought Processes

Men vs WomenI never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.

FOR EXAMPLE: One evening last week, my wife and I were getting into bed. The passion starts to heat up, when she eventually says “I don’t feel like it, I just want you to hold me.”

I said “WHAT??!! What was that?!” So she says the words that every husband on the planet dreads to hear… Continue reading

Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic: A Brilliant Theory

HellThe following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that Continue reading

iPhone Pricing Released

Apple has released the prices for the new iPhone 4.

Those who are eligible for an upgrade can snag the iPhone 4 16GB for $199.99 or the 32GB for $299.99. As with the 3Gs, those who purchased it on release can upgrade immediately on release (check att.com to confirm).

Those who are ineligible for an upgrade are looking at $499.99 for the 16GB and $599.99 for the 32GB.

Tethering will only be available to those who accept the new data plans AT&T released and will run $20.00 per month.

For more info, see the Mashable link below.

http://mashable.com/2010/06/07/iphone-4-pricing-2

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thekruser.com Makes the #1 Slot on Google!

Woo-hoo!! thekruser.com made #1!

Yes, I know this is a relatively minor milestone, but one I take much pride in. I am one guy. Corporations spend thousands of dollars to get on the first page of Google and some still never make it. My thanks goes out to each and every one of you. Yes…if you are reading this, that means you! Without my readers and commenters, it would never have happened. I have spent a lot of time researching foursquare badges, and I have a few dedicated commenters who have helped me along the way. A special “thank you” goes out to everyone who has helped me in my endeavor. Be it through comments, links, pingbacks, or help with code, without your help this would never have been possible.

Thanks again to all of my readers and commenters. You guys ROCK!

The Value of a Drink

Beer

  1. “Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
    -Jack Handy

    WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.

  2. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day. “
    -Frank Sinatra

    WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster, and better looking than most people. Continue reading