I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Saturday, May 28, 2005


I was tagged by The Contrary Goddess http://www.contrarygoddess.blogspot.com/

who was tagged by Joe

So I guess that means I'm "It"...

*Three names you go by (that won’t give away your identity): Fat Frog, Officer Burr Head( there's a really good story behind that one), and Professor.

*Three screen names that you’ve had: Never had one.

*Three physical things you like about yourself: My martial arts skills, being able to work with my hands to do things, and my short, fat, bald, handsome self.

*Three physical things that you don’t like about yourself: my hearing loss, my poor vision, and my height 5’6”.

*Three parts of your heritage: Scottish, German, and Cherokee

*Three things you are wearing right now, my contacts, my hearing aid, & my boxer shorts.

*Three favorite bands: Glenn Miller, The Beach Boys, and Tijuana Brass

*Three favorite songs: Unchained Melody, Night on Bald Mountain, Finlandia, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

*Three things you want in a relationship: honesty, understanding, and openness.

*Three physical things about the preferred sex that appeals to you: A pretty face, long hair, and perky breasts.

*Three of your favorite hobbies: eating, sleeping, and being.

*Three things you want to do really bad right now: I don’t feel a need to do anything really bad now, haven’t for some time now especially since I’ve retired.

*Three things that scare you: not being loved, not being there for someone who needs me, bears, getting lost, and closed spaces. That's more than three but they are my major concerns.

*Three of your everyday essentials: music, quiet time by myself, and doing something creative even if its just a different pattern in cutting the grass.

*Three careers you have considered: beach bum, super hero, and dirty old man. Right now I’m in my dirty old man phase.

*Three places you want to go on vacation: Hawaii, Japan, and Australia.

*Three kids names you mike: Mikey, Brittany, and Jennifer.

*Three things you want to do before you die: Have grandchildren, sky dive, and fly a hang glider.

*Three ways you are stereotypically a boy: I like to fight (martial arts), I like firearms, and I’m a cop.

*Three ways you are stereotypically a girl: I cook and clean around the house, I cry over sad movies, and I like beautiful flowers.

*Three celeb crushes: Never had one of those.

*Three people to play next: Big problem…I don’t know anyone except The Contrary Goddess who Bloggs!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Morrel Mushrooms AKA Dry Land Fish Posted by Hello

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Dry Land Fish AKA Morrel Mushrooms

Spent a couple of hours this morning looking for morrels. Found just enough to scramble in my eggs in the morning. I probably walked off 200-300 calories finding them so I'll end up on the negative side as far as nutritional value goes but the flavor they give to the scrambled eggs is well worth it.

When I was a teenager, my Uncle Bob (Mom's youngest brother) took me under his wing and taught me how to fish, find ginseng, and look for dry land fish. The secret to finding ginseng and dry land fish was getting your eye fixed right. You didn't look for a ginseng plant or morrel mushroom rather you scanned the area about 4-5 yards around you and if you had your eye fixed right the ginseng or morrel would jump out at you almost like a close-up shot on a tv program. It really works but I always thought that Uncle Bob had his eye fixed better than I did because he would always say something like..."If you'll move your foot, I'll dig that ginseng plant you're standing on".

You find morrels in the early spring mostly around popular and apple trees. After a rainy day and a warm spring night they will almost jump out of the ground.

I usually fix them several different ways. I always rinse them off, split them, and soak them in salt water for a few hours to make sure that they don't have any little creepy-crawley things inside them. You can dip them in egg batter and roll them in flour and fry to a golden brown or you can saute' them in butter over a medium heat or you can dry them and use the crumblies to flavor different dishes.

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