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17 hours ago, dtel said:

Plus they can live a very long time out of the water, they do feel twice there size if you hook one.

 

This is a fact. I have landed a couple 5 foot plus gars out of Lake Ponchartrain many years ago. They are really easy to catch. I brought one home to clean and eat the flesh, but those scales and skin, might as well be Kevlar armor. I took a Skil saw to it out of frustration. People who know what they are doing use a sharp hatchet to open em up and clean.

 

Here is a crazy fact. For 37 years I lived close to the Bonne Carre Spillway. It has 2 large canals probably 75 yards across and approx one mile long, from the excavation of dirt to build the spillway levees. These two canals are connected by a smaller canal which also joins the lake. A Google overhead view will show you the layout. The entire spillway is 7500 acres in area. Anyways, I have hunted, fished, 3 and 4 wheeled, boated, knee boarded, swam, target shot, hiked, and rode dirt bikes over the years. Its like a huge play ground for local residents. I fished quite a bit there and I have seen big gar roll on the surface of those canals while fishing early in the mornings. 

So we got those big gar in there swimming and feeding in the canals, same place where many people swim and ski. Never heard of anyone attacked by a large gar, but after I saw one in the spillway, it kind of worked in my mind. No doubt one of those 5 or 6 footers could grab a human and take them down below the surface. These big gars are supremely powerful swimmers. Especially a child swimming, good grief it would be easy for them to do. But it doesn't because they are intimidated by large prey (human size).

 

Same with alligators. I have bass fished in a 14' aluminum skiff and seen 10 foot+ alligators sunning on tree blowdowns along the canal and when you get close, they hit the water. I once saw a 12 footer about 30 years ago, he did the same. You start watching the water after, least I did for a while. This occurred along Reserve Canal (diff location) drainage canal to Lake Ponchartrain. You don't see the really large gators any more, they have been mostly killed off by the hunters. Alligators avoid human contact if possible.

 

In 40 years I have never heard of a large alligator gar jumping in a boat. Never heard of anyone being bitten by one either in the wild. 

 

spillway history/facts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnet_Carré_Spillway

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Typical weekend lull.  It is the weekend right?  Now I know how Chuck must feel.   Without work I can't keep track of the days. 

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What do y'all do when your beans aren't very good :( and your constitution won't let you toss them?

I've got some good stuff in again this week, but the hopper in my grinder is full of the previous stuff. This is going on a couple of months now.... trying to get back into the groove where I just do it subconsciously in the morning like the first thing we all do. 

It happens every now and then that wherever I get mine from either gets a different batch that isn't as good or flat out roasts and puts an entirely different bean in the bags.

Gotta use them and mainly I just put a tsp of sugar into a qt of coffee. Today a couple of drops of maple syrup and milk, not my idea of a good am drink but I'm doing it. I've used brown sugar (it takes a lot less of this) and years ago almond extract. The flavored coffee fad didn't hit me hard at all. While I'm at it I have made my own mochas when i had a good dark roast after dinner with a good real (you know.. four ingredients) chocolate ice cream.

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Everyone is out dealing with the nasty heat in their own way.....stay safe out there.

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56 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

What do y'all do when your beans aren't very good :( and your constitution won't let you toss them?

I've got some good stuff in again this week, but the hopper in my grinder is full of the previous stuff. This is going on a couple of months now.... trying to get back into the groove where I just do it subconsciously in the morning like the first thing we all do. 

It happens every now and then that wherever I get mine from either gets a different batch that isn't as good or flat out roasts and puts an entirely different bean in the bags.

Gotta use them and mainly I just put a tsp of sugar into a qt of coffee. Today a couple of drops of maple syrup and milk, not my idea of a good am drink but I'm doing it. I've used brown sugar (it takes a lot less of this) and years ago almond extract. The flavored coffee fad didn't hit me hard at all. While I'm at it I have made my own mochas when i had a good dark roast after dinner with a good real (you know.. four ingredients) chocolate ice cream.

Just power through the old beans.  It'll make the good stuff taste that much better.

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56 minutes ago, JohnJ said:

What do y'all do when your beans aren't very good :( and your constitution won't let you toss them?

I've got some good stuff in again this week, but the hopper in my grinder is full of the previous stuff. This is going on a couple of months now.... trying to get back into the groove where I just do it subconsciously in the morning like the first thing we all do. 

It happens every now and then that wherever I get mine from either gets a different batch that isn't as good or flat out roasts and puts an entirely different bean in the bags.

Gotta use them and mainly I just put a tsp of sugar into a qt of coffee. Today a couple of drops of maple syrup and milk, not my idea of a good am drink but I'm doing it. I've used brown sugar (it takes a lot less of this) and years ago almond extract. The flavored coffee fad didn't hit me hard at all. While I'm at it I have made my own mochas when i had a good dark roast after dinner with a good real (you know.. four ingredients) chocolate ice cream.

Make iced coffee.  Brew up a big batch or two and keep in the fridge to have ready.

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On 7/5/2019 at 9:18 AM, dirtmudd said:

I start my day .... Or all day with coffee.... Hot or cold. Cold during the summer months....

 

On 7/5/2019 at 6:44 PM, JohnJ said:

Why bother.     Bleh:emotion-41:

 

1 hour ago, JohnJ said:

What do y'all do when your beans aren't very good :( and your constitution won't let you toss them?

I've got some good stuff in again this week, but the hopper in my grinder is full of the previous stuff. This is going on a couple of months now.... trying to get back into the groove where I just do it subconsciously in the morning like the first thing we all do. 

It happens every now and then that wherever I get mine from either gets a different batch that isn't as good or flat out roasts and puts an entirely different bean in the bags.

Gotta use them and mainly I just put a tsp of sugar into a qt of coffee. Today a couple of drops of maple syrup and milk, not my idea of a good am drink but I'm doing it. I've used brown sugar (it takes a lot less of this) and years ago almond extract. The flavored coffee fad didn't hit me hard at all. While I'm at it I have made my own mochas when i had a good dark roast after dinner with a good real (you know.. four ingredients) chocolate ice cream.

 

37 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

Make iced coffee.  Brew up a big batch or two and keep in the fridge to have ready.

 

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Don't buy the ice cream anymore since she can't eat anything now, so I'll stick with the milk for now.

Powering through..... yes that's like burning the toast, scrape it off with a table knife and eat it anyhow.

Iced coffee?  How much will you pay me to do that?

They're kids starving in china this town right now so waste-not / want-not!

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1 hour ago, JohnJ said:

How much will you pay me to do that?

Same as the loch ness monster---$3.50  (three fitty)

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But OK Mr. difficult.  Brew it all and scatter the grounds around any acid loving plants, put some in the potted plants, and toss the cooled down coffee on the lawn.  That way it won't feel like wasting.

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1 hour ago, JohnJ said:

Don't buy the ice cream anymore since she can't eat anything now, so I'll stick with the milk for now.

Powering through..... yes that's like burning the toast, scrape it off with a table knife and eat it anyhow.

Iced coffee?  How much will you pay me to do that?

They're kids starving in china this town right now so waste-not / want-not!

 

25 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

But OK Mr. difficult.  Brew it all and scatter the grounds around any acid loving plants, put some in the potted plants, and toss the cooled down coffee on the lawn.  That way it won't feel like wasting.

 

Clear the battlefield and let me see
All the profit from our victory
You talk of freedom, starving children fall
Are you deaf when you hear the season's call?

Were you there to watch the earth be scorched?
Did you stand beside the spectral torch?
Know the leaves of sorrow turned their face
Scattered on the ashes of disgrace



Every blade is sharp; the arrows fly
Where the victims of your armies lie
Where the blades of grass and arrows rain
Then there'd be no sorrow, be no pain

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1 hour ago, oldtimer said:

But OK Mr. difficult.  Brew it all and scatter the grounds around any acid loving plants, put some in the potted plants, and toss the cooled down coffee on the lawn.  That way it won't feel like wasting.

Difficult because I'm bright enough to understand that brewed and chilled it's still the same beans making it?

I'm a real brat then, 🏁 can't stand pickled beets, chicken gizzards or collard greens or worst of all shrimp & garlic together except for in creole!

Evergreens do like acidity you're right about that!

 

tree fiddy? might take more than that!

 

 

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I can't see anything but that iced coffee from those inferior beans as being anything but worse. Some heavy flavorings might help. ...or drink it like one approaches a Coors. Make  it ICE cold and slam it down

 

I feel sorry for you folks with the heat and humidity. It isn't unusual for us to see heat index over 100`.... considering the average temp is 100` and wind chill doesn't help much over 105`.

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OK Mr.@WillyBob, that's odd to me that your index isn't higher over there, but we've got a cool one going on here it's 90 and kinda muggy today. Very Nice.

The grinders hopper holds less than a half pound so by next weekend I'll be back to the black that I love.

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Dude, I already gave you the immediate solution.  Fine, don't listen to the wisdom of the ages...

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1 hour ago, oldtimer said:

Dude, I already gave you the immediate solution.  Fine, don't listen to the wisdom of the ages...

 

1 hour ago, Sancho Panza said:

Or, lack thereof...

 

51 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

Exactly.

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Don't like iced coffee dad burnit.

 

Think I don't want to waste the electricity to make coffee for the plants. (bangs head smiley)

 

Thanks for your concern & effort😆

Da*n the grass is thick today, COLD water is good!

 

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@oldtimer we'll find something new next week!

 

 

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Two martinis followed by a Porterhouse steak, corn on the cob, asparagus, and later Key Lime Pie for desert.  Then a Lee Child's Jack Reacher book and an early night to bed.  Life in the slow lane..........

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