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The SNAP Card Gourmet 001

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A while back I wrote an article called The Starvin’ Diner Cookbook, which I intended on becoming a series with Recipes for meals you can cook up on the cheap, but it’s one of those ideas that got lost with all the rest of the stuff going on in Doom, along with all the other projects we are always undertaking on the Diner to get the message out about the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Podcasts, Vidcasts, yadda yadda.  These days, just Blogging Text doesn’t reach enough people, because they simply do not READ.  You have to use the whole panoply of media to capture an audience.

However, I recently moved to New Digs, and took the opportunity last weekend to do some Home Cookin’, which I rarely do anymore since it is much easier to just buy prepared foods or microwaveables, and I’m not really on a SNAP Card budget, although I don’t usually spend too much more than the SNAP allotment each week on food anyhow.

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With some 47 Million People in the FSoA now living on a SNAP Card budget, developing good recipes with the current food available that you can access either low priced at Food Superstores or sometimes free at Food Pantries is very important.  So over the next few months, I will be keeping my Food Purchases under the typical SNAP Card allotment for the individual of around $140/mo, $35/wk or for simplicity sake here $5/day.  File this under the idea that even if you are currently flush, it’s a decent idea to learn how to live CHEAP BEFORE you actually are faced down with the challenge for real.  Not the $2/day many folks in the 3rd World live on, but the economy here is different and making it on $5/day in food is something of a challenge in the FSoA.

FoodDonationsIn order to be better connected to the people who actually are currently in this situation and to become more active Locally, I have begun Volunteering at one of the local Food Pantries that serve the folks around here who have already fallen off the Economic Cliff, people for whom Collapse is  not a “Someday it Might Come” thing anymore, Collapse is already here for them.  I hope over time to be able to develop connections between my friends who own Local Farms and who are Commercial Fishermen and the folks already off the cliff or soon to be in need of sustenance to develop a comprehensive food distribution system ready to drop in place when JIT shipping and the Dollar fail.  I am in a unique position to do this for many reasons, and it is probably the most “real” way I can be of service, beyond writing on the Internet.  While I still believe it is important to try and work on the Grand Scale of the Global Internet and Blog the Collapse, I also realize that most solutions will need to be local, so ya can’t just Blog on this stuff, you gotta do something in your neighborhood too.

I decided to change the name of the Series from “The Starvin’ Diner Cookbook” to “The SNAP Card Gourmet” for a few reasons.  One is to highlight how large a segment of the population is already in the situation of needing Food Security Assistance here in the FSoA.  The other reason is it is an Homage to my favorite TV Chef from my youth, Graham Kerr, The Galloping GourmetWAY better than Julia Child! 😀

If you watched about the first 2 minutes of this, you should be able to tell Graham generally did his Cooking Show 3 Sheets to the Wind, and often enough would consume an entire bottle of wine in recording the show.  LOL.  He had a ton of fun doing Galloping Gourmet, and it was hilarious because it was all impromptu.  I’ll be trying to do my Doomstead Diner Cooking Show in the same tradition. 🙂

I’m not going to try recording 20 minute shows yet, this biz will take some practice.  However, I will include a few clips along with the recipes and an accounting of the costs and cooking means, which I am going to adapt for Doom.

For this Week’s Episode, the two Dishes are Grilled Peppered Steak RE and Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs & Alaska Veggies RE.

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Now the first thing you are probably going to say is “RE!  There is NO WAY you could afford to make meals like this on $5/Day!  That Steak BY ITSELF cost $23!!!!”

http://www.scuffproductions.com/scuff/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/mban490l.jpgYou would be right also, if you tried to eat this stuff EVERY day, and if you consumed all of it in one day at a single sitting like the typical patron of an All You Can Eat Buffet like Golden Corral.  You also can’t buy such stuff the FIRST week you start eating on a SNAP Card budget, you have to work your way into it by eating cheaper than $5/day for a couple of weeks, then use the savings to start buying some Premium Foods to sprinkle into your diet later.  I’ll demonstrate how to do this in succeeding episodes of The SNAP Card Gourmet, here on the Doomstead Diner.

Let’s begin here with the Pepper encrusted USDA Prime Ribeye, which is a very typical BBQ preparation utilizing a Dry Rub, a little BBQ Sauce, a couple of days marinating and about 20 minutes on the Grill.

The reason the price comes in so high here for this piece of beef is that it is USDA Prime, which generally you only get in Fine Dining Restaurants that serve the 1%, or in Gourmet Markets serving the same crowd.  However, here on the Last Great Frontier, at 3 Bears Food Warehouse, they occasionally get USDA Prime in their huge meat section, and this one looked so perfectly marbled and the right thickness for a good grilling I just HAD to buy it in Celebration of my move to the new Digs, which I chronicled recently in The Great Moving Adventure I & II.

Here is what the Steak looked like after a couple of days of marinating, but before being seared on the portable propane fired BBQ.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOriginally I was going to go the full 9 yards with this and fire it up on a traditional Charcoal BBQ with a soaked Hickory Plank, but I got lazy and besides I have so many canisters of Propane in my preps I might as well use them.  Overall the improvement in flavor doing it this way is marginal, and it’s a pain in the ass so I just screwed in a canister and AWAY we go!

As you can see, this piece of beef is Picture Perfect with just the right amount of Fat Marbling, which is what gets it that USDA Prime designation.  If you scope out the Meat racks regularly though, you can often find USDA Choice cuts that are just about as nice, at about half the price of Prime.  I just about always buy Choice cuts for the BBQ, this was just a Special Celebration so I splurged on the Prime Beef.  NEVER buy Select Cuts for the BBQ, unless you really like chewing a lot.  Select is only good for the slow cooker.

Far as Spicing it up goes, here you do need to rely on Preps because some stuff like Peppercorns are going to be hard to come by when JIT fails, so you need a good supply of Spices laid in here.  Fortunately, Spices are one of those Preps that last a long time without Refrigeration, and as long as you Vaccuum seal them they will be good for years.  Salt will be good FOREVER.  Your main spices are Salt & Pepper of course, this I am good for 5 years at least.  Garlic after that is pretty easy to grow, and then many other spices like Rosemary, Thyme etc can be grown indoors hydroponically, so you can have a continuing source of those.

http://www.mccormick.com/-/media/McCormick/Categories/Products/GM_Bottles_289x194.ashxNo need for this right now though, I just used some of my copious prep supply of McCormick Old Monterrey Spice, one of my favorite meat spice mixtures.  Basted on a little hickory flavored BBQ sauce and let it sit a couple of days so the flavor penetrates into the meat and doesn’t just sit on the outside surface.

As you can see from the Cooked Picture above, the Ribeye is pretty well Blackened, so you might think it is burnt.  No, this is how I like BBQ meat, it’s called “Pittsburgh Rare“.  Black on the Outside, Still MOOING on the inside.  I came pretty close to perfect on it, just maybe 2-3 minutes longer than I should have had it on the grill to be perfect for me.  If you like a less black outside and pink inside, use a lower flame or move the grill surface higher off the flames.  Here’s the Taste Test of this BBQ:

In terms of Meals out of this Steak, I got 4 of them.  I can’t eat a Steak this size with all that FAT at one sitting anymore, I ate about 1/3rd of it right off the Grill and the rest went into Steak Sandwiches I had for lunch the rest of the week.  You can do all sorts of things to make them their own Gourmet meals, to one I added herb infused Brie I picked up on sale, to another I added some grilled onions and mushrooms, etc.  Still beyond the daily budget of $5, but not by too much, and within it if you buy a more economically priced Choice Cut.

OK, on to Dish #2, Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs & Alaska Veggies!

As you can see in the background of the Steak Taste Test Vid, there’s a bunch of Batteries, a Slow Cooker, rechargeable Diode Lights and a Power Inverter (converts 12V DC to 120 V AC).  This is my “Battery Corner” with stored Power for short 1-2 Day power outtages, generally coming from weather related phenomena these days, but in the future possibly coming fro Rationed Electricity and Rolling Blackouts.  The main battery storage here on the counter is a 12V Lawn Tractor Battery, and one of the Battery Packs from my EWz Electric Scooter, which runs on 36V but is actually 3 12V deep cycle batteries in series which can be separated to work with a 12V Inverter.  Not necessary for this experiment, the Lawn Tractor Battery was sufficient.  Besides these batteries, I also have a much larger Deep Cycle battery in the Bugout Machine and its starter battery, and of course the starter batteries that are in my 2 Carz, a 1983 Mazda MPV and a 2003 Ford Explorer, and the other 36 Volt battery pack that is aboard the EWz.  Altogether, without recharging this is enough electric juice for a couple of weeks well rationed easily.

Why was a small 12V Lawn Tractor Battery sufficient in this case?  Because Slow Cookers have a VERY low power draw overall, not much more than an incandescent Lightbulb.  You can’t run an 1100 Watt Microwave Oven off a small SLA battery like this, but it will do a Slow Cooker no problemo.

Slow cooking is great for numerous reasons besides the fact it is low power draw.  Overall it retains the Vitamin content of the food better than when you cook rapidly at high heat.  It also blends flavors better, plus the broth you end up with makes fabulous and very nourishing Soup as well.  Besides that, you are by no means limited to doing it off your stored battery power, you can quite easily do the same thing by digging a hole in the back yard, burning some charcoal or wood and heating some rocks, then cover with some dirt, drop the Crock in on top of that and cover up the whole thing with more dirt.  Dig it out after 5 or 6 hours, same result as using the electrics.

http://www.sunoven.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/G-cooking-rice-and-beans3.jpgYet another way to do the same thing is to drop the crock into a Solar Oven.  Even here in Alaska, for most of the year if you do this on a sunny day, if you drop your Crock in the Cooker in at 10AM, the food is ready by 4PM.

The only downside of Slow Cooking is that except for stews and such, it doesn’t present all that well, so in this case with the Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs, I threw them on the grill for a few minutes after the slow cook to caramalize the sauce and blacken the meat a bit.  This is tricky because the meat is pretty much falling off the bone at this point.  On the upside though, the veggies you cook along with the meat absorb all the flavors, and are as good or better than the meat itself!  They also really fill out the meal with both Calories and Vitamins.

Anyhow, without further ado and explanation here is the Taste Test on the Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs and Alaska Veggies RE dish:

For those of you wishing to try this dish on your own Doomstead, here’s the Ingredients:

1/2 Slab Baby Back Ribs

1/2 a Large White Onion

4-6 Large Cloves of Garlic

Enough Carrots and Potatoes to fill the rest of the Crock Pot (1.5-2 Quart size)

2 Soy Sauce Packets (I save these so I never buy Soy Sauce)

1/4 Cup Teriyaki Marinade (you can substitute other marinades, whatever you got on the shelf)

1/2 Can of BEER! 🙂 (drink the other half while loading the Crock)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

Cut the slab up to size to fit the Crock.

Chop the onion into about 1/2″ size pieces

If the Potatoes are Large, cut to around 2″ cubes.  I use small potatoes though even though they are a little more pricey

Use Baby Carrots or cut the carrots into 2″ long sections

Throw in the whole cloves of Garlic or chop them up, your choice.

Throw everything into the Slow Cooker and go Surf the Net looking for Doom Storiez for 5-6 hours

Fish out everything with a Strainer Spoon, and take the Ribs over to the Grill for about 3 minutes on each side to caramalize.  Do it carefully or the ribs will fall apart and through the grill and you’ll lose some tasty meat.

Conserve the remaining Broth to make Onion Soup with Stale Bread and some Swiss or Gruyere Cheese.  Another meal there.

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Now, as mentioned, you can’t start off on your SNAP Card Budget with these kind of meals, you have to get very BASIC at the beginning.  Your nourishment for the first couple of weeks on the SNAP Card Budget is going to be pretty dull if you don’t have at least a few spices and other basics in the cubbard when Da Goobermint courtesy of JP Morgan Chase issues you your first month’s SNAP Card.  Obviously I have a ton of stuff to perk up meals stored, but for the purposes of demonstration here I won’t use them as we begin this exercise.

Next Week here on the SNAP Card Gourmet, we’ll start with the basics, and work our way up the Culinary Ladder from there.  By the end of the month, I should have enough saved up for at least 2 meals worthy of a $100 Ticket at a 1% Restaurant.  Not sure what I will go for with this yet, first I gotta see what I can conserve and what ingredients I can find on sale over the course of the month.

In the mean time, eat well, enjoy the Plenty while you can.  This is bound to get more difficult as time goes by.

RE

The Great Moving Adventure II

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Moving Week Notes 10

Got a bunch of cleanup and organization done so I can at least move around the New Digs pretty well now, although there is still a long way to go in organization, particularly clothes which are still just piled in trash bags in the bedroom.  I’ll probably work on that next.

I Unboxed the new Yamaha AP 2000 iq Inverter Generator, filled it with engine oil and some gas and took it for its first test spin.

Actually, I accidentally overfilled the Oil spout, because you can’t really see how much is in there with a funnel in place.  I made a nice mess out on the back porch.  Anybody got suggestions on how to get Oil Stains out of porous concrete paving stones?  Next time I put in Oil I have to remember to put the unit on newspapers.  ::)

It wouldn’t start on the first few pulls and for a minute I was worried I got a lemon, but then realized I hadn’t pulled out the Choke for a cold start.  Once I did that, it started in two fairly EZ pulls.  I took one of my lamps outside and plugged it in, it WORKS!  :icon_sunny:  Noise wise, it sounds like a fairly quiet lawnmower, out on the porch with the door closed you barely hear it.

I am now Fully Resilient for the typical short term disaster, like say an Ice Storm which took down power lines and NG lines or a medium size quake that knocked some power plants offline, long as it did not knock down the New Digs of course.  In this case though, I go collect the Bugout machine and then sort through the rubble for my STUFF.  I am close to 2 gas stations so in the event of gas shortages I can be there first when a delivery comes in.  I have plenty of propane for cooking for weeks if not months.  Plus I can also collect wood, there is plenty around here and cook on the porch on a grill.  Food no issues, and I am currently refilling all my Drinking Water Bottles that I emptied for the move.  Toilet Flushing and cleaning/washing water I can collect from the stream nearby.

Utilizing the Direct 12 V 8 A output, I can recharge the EWz batteries directly in about 4 hours, which I think would use around 1/2 gallon of gas, not sure though.  If that is about right, then with a 12 mile range it gets 24 mpg, not great but since mostly you charge off the grid not with a small generator, good in a pinch.

So, good for Short Term collapse now.  For Long Term collapse, the local community will have to pull together, only time will tell if that occurs or if we go Mad Max, in which case I have a lifespan measured in nano-seconds so I am not worrying about that.

 

Moving Week Notes 11

I napped earlier tonight then got up around 1AM and have been tooling around doing more organizing and have the main living area getting closer to normal (for me) living arrangement.  However, what this means is rather than the typical Furniture, I have mostly containers of preps stacked in various places in ways that make them sort of like furniture, like End Tables and additional Desk Space etc.

Since I will probably get the GCI Cable/Internet Package, I am considering hooking up a TV.  I have a large screen LCD TV I used while teaching on loan to a friend I could collect back.  You can’t get the internet without the cable also, so if I have it might as well have a TV hooked to it.  I can hold a Super Bowl Party!  LOL.

Over in the parallel thread on TBP I got in a row with a Rewilding type named John who thinks prepping in an Apartment Complex is the height of stupidity, which it might be but IMHO is better for me than being out by myself in a remote cabin.  It’s DEFINITELY better than living out in the bush for as long as it lasts.

I don’t have such a negative view of people that I don’t think it is possible that faced with collapse, the local community here won’t pull together instead of going Mad Max.  This is not a Big Shity and there are local options for develop a food economy.

Besides that, even when the Dollar collapses, I think for a while there will be Goobermint Rationing, if not from the Federal level then from State and Local Level.  Even Greece has not gone complete Mad Max yet far as I know.

Does this mean I am in the JMG “Slow Catabolic Collapse” camp now?  To an extent yes, at least on my personal remaining lifespan timescale.  When I look at how long the downspin is taking in Greece and Spain for instance, it has been deteriorating for 6 or 7 years here now, but not completely off the cliff yet.  I figure we are trailing them by about the same amount of time.

On the Grand Scale though, even a 20 year long descent off the Fossil Fuel driven lifestyle is quite rapid, considering it took several hundred years starting with Coal to climb up the hill.

Mainly, I just want to keep chronicling Collapse as long as I can, and this appears to me to be a pretty good location to do that from.  When the Internet craps out, if that happens before I buy my Ticket to the Great Beyond, the story telling and analysis is OVAH, and my life is essentially a WRAP.  Nobody will ever read any of this again after that, and most of the Diners will never hear from or see each other ever again.

If things go well, I’ll live a few more years in my locale as the community tries to reform in a more local fashion.  If things go poorly, Zombies will break down the door, Torture me for a while and then Feast on my Flesh.  I shall endeavor to off myself quick enough before that occurs to avoid the Torture.  The Zombies are then welcome to barbecue me, basted in the Krafft BBQ Sauce I have stored in containers here.

Anyhow, the End of the Line is not here yet, and a SUN Community  :icon_sunny: still remains a possible if unlikely endgame.  Until that happens, I am quite happy with my New Digs and will keep Broadcasting Doom from here until the Internet Goes Dark.

Moving Week Notes 12: Celebration Barbecue!

Today was productive in getting the New Digs set up with the local Gas and Electric providers, MEA and EnStar.

MEA (Matanuska Electric Association) is a Cooperative set up I believe during the New Deal era of FDR, and members of the coop get to vote on the officers and so forth.  It was EZ to get my account switched over to the ND, did it on the phone this morning.

EnStar is the local NG distributor, I haven’t had an account with them before but this also was not too big a deal to set up, I just had to go out and read the meter.  I am going to keep track of how much NG I actually use over this winter for reference purpose here on the Diner.  This NG is accessed locally, I don’t think it will run out anytime too soon.  After 3 days now with the Heat OFF, the temperature inside is around 62F, it started at around 68F when I shut it off.  Still very tolerable.  However, outside temps are still in the low 30s, so I may have to turn it on again once we are in the teens or so.  The Water Heater of course uses NG, so I will try to keep my showers short in the morning.  I’ll also keep the cooking on the NG stove to a minimum.

I also got the Bugout Machine esconced in its new Parking Spot in a Storage Facility about 3 miles from the ND, and 1 mile from the Workplace.  I can easily get to all these places on the EWz.  The facility has Perimeter Fencing and Alarm Detection, and the owner told me this year so far no thefts or break-ins, although he has had issues in the past.  Mostly teenagers as you might imagine.  I’m also now on the email list for the Auctions he holds twice a year for Abandoned Preps in units that go unpaid for 3 months.

Tomorrow’s project is to go over to GCI and get my cell phone number transferred to them from ATT along with getting High Speed Internet in the ND.  :icon_sunny:  I may not have to sign up for Cable TV after all, based on looking at the types of packages they offer now as opposed to when I arrived here.  I’ve been on ATT since the Trucking years, so this is a major change. ATT is losing a good long term customer here. I am tempted to get the super duper deal, but probably will experiment first with one of the more moderate packages to see if I really need all that speed and bandwidth.  After years of rationing myself on the cell phone connection, probably even a small package will seem like Cornucopia to me.  LOL.

The final stop for the day was at 3 Bears, I’m making a nightly stop there now since it is right on the route, looking for deals and keeping track of what is on the shelves.  Cruising along the Meat Freezers, I spied an absolutely BEAUTIFUL Ribeye, USDA PRIME!  Warehouse type Supermarkets don’t usually carry Prime Beef, it mostly gets sold to Restaraunts, or high end Gourmet Markets.  Usually all you find in these meat freezers is Choice and Select cuts. It came in at $16.79/lb for a 1.5 lb 1.5 inch thick Steak, $23.  More than I will usually spend for a Steak, but in celebration here of the New Digs, I felt it appropriate to buy this one for the 1st BBQ here.  :icon_sunny:  Said Steak at Ruth’s Chris or the now CLOSED Gallagher’s in NY Shitty would run you $100 EZ, and even so is not going to be near as good as this one will be when I flame it up.  I went into the preps and fished out my Dry Rub Spices and BBQ Sauces, and now it is in the Fridge Marinating for the next 2 days to really get the flavor penetrating deep into the meat.  I will BBQ it on a soaked Hickory Plank and then sear it to seal in the juices and flavor.

Most I can eat of it in one sitting these days is probably 1/2 of it, the rest I will slice up to make a couple of Gourmet Steak Sandwiches to enjoy during the rest of the week.

Over on the Parallel Thread on TBP, besides being lambasted by Jeremiah Johnson John, Sensetti mentioned how he was forswearing on Prepping and just is going to enjoy whatever he can here as the spin down proceeds, he bought himself a Jet Ski on Steroids that will do 90 MPH on the water.  Another Prepper AWD on TBP recently Bought the Farm without ever getting to use his Preps or his Gunz, and really you don’t want to completely STOP living here if you don’t have to and have not yet fallen completely off the economic cliff.

Personally, I have no great desire to go 90 MPH on a Jet Ski, but enjoying at least one more Thick, Juicy, USDA Prime Beef STEAK is a pleasure I will allow myself, even if said beef comes from a Cow stuffed with GMO corn in a Chicago Feedlot.  It’s in the Freezer here, SOMEBODY is gonna eat it.  Might as well be ME!  :icon_sunny:

My High Speed, High Bandwidth connection is now LIVE:icon_sunny:

Picked up a Netgear Wireless Router and the New Digs are now the Official Doomnet TM Studio for the Doomstead Diner and the Collapse Cafe!

First Broadcast tonight after work.

OK, I tested out Doomnet TM System, and it is working SUPERBLY from this end far as I can tell.  My Top of the Line Logitech HD camera has several Zoom Levels so I can do anything from Talking Head to Stand Up work and pace around while I rant!  lol.  The bandwidth from here on GCI looks superb with good Audio and Video rendition from this end.  Don’t know how that will affect the total recording when others are on board at the same time though.

Even though it all appears technically to work well right now, I have decided NOT to Launch Doomnet TM until i have the “Set” worked up.  If I am going to go Video here with this the set needs to be visually interesting, especially in the Thumbnail.  A bunch of bare walls with some moving boxes in the background just doesn’t cut it.  LOL.

I’m also still not sure of how I want to format it and what I will use for material.  Also not sure how often I want to do it.  I don’t want to get going on a daily thing unless I am sure I have enough good material to make a daily broadcast interesting.

However, some immediate changes here, Diners are now free to Skype me anytime to chat if I am online, audio or video.  Once I have the Set in place, I also may have Google Hangouts open more often for Group Doom Discussion.  This has not gone well in the past with many Doomers too shy to join up with one of these things, but I’m not giving up on it especially now that I can run them basically at the drop of a hat and don’t have to go packing off to Kalahdi Brothers Coffee shop.  I still may do official Cafes from there though to maintain the “look” of that Franchise.

May be a couple of weeks before I get going with this.  I need to order some stuff for the set which will take time to produce by the Graphics company in the neighborhood.  I also have to set up other computers on the network, and possibly also add a sound system.

Should be pretty good once set up.

OK, for shits and giggles I did a quick intro as a test for the new systems.  :icon_mrgreen:  I had to download some webcam recorders here and figure out which ones work and how.

This one is only going up here inside the Diner, not dropping it on the Homepage.  LOL.

Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant

Only one way to go about this.

Drop what you are doing and IMMEDIATELY paint the walls of your place chromakey green. Run your camera through software that will enable chromakeying and INSERT the set of your dreams.

http://www.virtualsetworks.com/cart.php

     

or even…

Only one way to go about this.

Drop what you are doing and IMMEDIATELY paint the walls of your place chromakey green. Run your camera through software that will enable chromakeying and INSERT the set of your dreams.

ROFLMAOPIMP. I may fucking do this!  I don’t have to paint the walls chromakey GREEN, I can just roll a drop cloth down behind me!

Hook me up with the right software…WAIT A MINUTE…BETTER IDEA!…

I’ll record the bare rant with the green background and send you the file.  Then YOU can jack in whatever you want in the background!  hahahahahahaha.

Oh MY!!! This could be fun collaboration!

You will rue the day you came up with this idea.  hahahahahahaha   :icon_mrgreen:

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To conclude here, at the moment I am not planning on either painting the New Digs Chromakey Green OR buying a Drop Cloth, although it certainly would make for some entertaining ideas to explore on the graphics end.  Too damn time consuming though, and I already put in ridiculous hours covering Civilization Collapse.

Besides, I still have quite a few more mundane items to clean up, I just discovered ANOTHER cut in the gas line of the Ford SUV, which I had fixed up but apparently they missed that the line was cut in another place besides the hose at the bottom.  Whoever did this was not just interested in siphoning Gas, they were doing purposeful Vandalism.  I have a suspicion of who was involved, but I’ll never be able to prove it.

Also tomorrow I am going to enjoy myself a bit and do some Cooking, experimenting with some Doom Recipes and Cooking methods.  I have a nice USDA PRIME Ribeye ready to drop on the BBQ, and I am going to also try cooking some Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker off a Lawn Tractor Battery.

Tasty Food makes Doomerism a lot more palatable.  Next week’s Sunday Bunch article will feature some Doom Recipes to enjoy while you still can.

RE

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