Ain’t eatin’ Bugs

No matter what the World Economic Forum says….


So I was making Chili the day after Thanksgiving. Grandma’s classic recipe…

Meat, Beans, Chilis, salt. (And yes, Real Chili has beans in it. Grandma raised her kids in Del Rio, TX with a Mexican husband and that’s normal chili there. Equal parts Meat and Beans and some chilies and salt to taste…..simple Mexican Border Chili. Don’t blow up my comments because someone who doesn’t know better (and whose ancestors came to Texas from Germany or some other country rather than Mexico) told you that “real Chili has no beans”. This recipe goes back 5 or more generations (that I know of) of people who were making chili before your ancestors got off the boat, and is tasty. If you think otherwise you are wrong, and that’s just the way it is. Go eat your spicy stewed meat.)

Anyway, I browned some ground pork that I had laying around, and some ground beef. Let it set in the skillet for a few and added some water to a stewpot. Added some Chili powder (can’t get good dried chilis here, so gotta use what I can get) and some chipotle, to let it rehydrate before adding the meat and ∗pinto∗ beans.

Odd, some stuff floating on the top looked like bugs. Fished some out and took a closer look. Yep, bugs. Like mealworm beetles, kinda…… Bugs in the ground Chipotle. Never seen that before. The ground pepper is maybe a year old, but I have never seen bugs in dried chilis of any kind, whole or ground. Plus chipotle is, of course SMOKED dried jalapeno, so how anything could live off of it I dunno. But there it was…..

Tossed that water out and started over with a different jar of chipotle…. 6 hours later it was a tasty meal with some tortillas. Just what I needed to warm me up after spending most of the day outside.

But I’ve never seen dried ground pepper have bugs in it. And I simply won’t (knowingly) eat bugs.

∗Pinto beans are the only correct bean to use in Chili. Red beans or Kidney beans are wrong. Any bean beside pinto beans are an Affront to God and will send you straight to eternal damnation. If you use white beans then your soul and the souls of your children and all future generations are doomed forever. 

I could go shopping today

You know, brave the crowds and the crowding, jostle elbows with rude people get my feet stepped on, pushed, and endure people without any sense of decent behavior.

Or I could stick a 16 penny nail in my eye.

Nah, I got better things to do than deal with assholes that stimulate my homicidal urges.

There is nothing out there, no deal so good, no bargains, that will induce me to deal with BlackFriday shoppers.

As you sit down

To your Thanksgiving feast with Family or friends. please take a moment to remember those sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines that are out somewhere on a post or a ship, far from home and family today.

Remember them, and be thankful for their service.


Tried a new flight school yesterday

They rent planes. (Others do too, but their planes are barely airworthy and lots of instruments either don’t work or are out of calibration).

This place has Piper Warriors. Not my favorite plane, but their planes are actually in good repair…Well equipped, not the bare minimum.

Went up with an instructor for a checkride. Did ok, especially since I have only a few hours in a Warriror. Stalls, steep turns. slow flight. First landing was not to my standards, although the instructor found it acceptable.

Did two approaches, on RNav, one ILS. Both were pretty good. absolutely nailed the ILS (second approach). Airspeed dead on, good correction, flew the glide slope like I was on rails. Plus one night landing.

As Aaron puts it, 1.6, two landings, 0.6 simulated.

At least these planes are kept in good repair. I gotta do a Biannual Flight Review and I think I will do it with them.

I sure do miss my 340A though. I miss the power, the instrumentation, the GPS equipment, etc. I miss the comfort of the cabin.

As soon as their Arrow gets back from inspection I think I’m gonna go somewhere.

So people are seeing for themselves

That Qatar and the culture is not all sweetness and light.

Even though the country wanted to host the World Cup, they would not bend.

No alcohol.

No queer LGBTQ people. Not even LGBT symbols.

And it is a strict regime.


What most people fail to realize is how small the country really is, and how were it not for oil to pay for the workers that are imported (and treated pretty poorly) the entire country would revert back to a bunch of nomadic fundamentalist islamic camel humping riding tribesmen.

The truth being shown isn’t pretty and isn’t making a good impression on the attendees nor the media.

Dance you mutherfuckin’ assholes

So the FDA says that they never told people to stop taking Ivermectin.

they “recommended” that people not take it.

It was merely “guidance”.

Lying piles of steaming dog shit.

They stood by while people were jailed, people lost their medical licenses for prescribing ivermectin….and while people DIED because other doctors and pharmacists were intimidated against prescribing or supplying it…while the Post Office intercepted packages containing ivermectin meant to help people with Covid.

Dance you assholes. I hope you are prosecuted…for murder.


It’s funny. in a not funny way, that when there is a high profile shooting, we normally see the face and recent history of the shooter within hours of the shooting. Hell, we know what his last meal was and what color socks he was wearing….Especially if it is a black or gay victim set. Or if the shooter is a Right-Wing (or even Right -Leaning) person.

Yet we have only a name this time.

Why is that? We have a name, but no photo, no (recent) history…

I would like to give kudos to the (apparently) two people in the nightclub who apparently “subdued” the shooter (read that as “gave him a beatdown”) They apparently subdued the threat instead of running. Good job there.

I can’t believe they can say that with a straight face….

CBS news just used the term “unprecedented” in reference to the 5 or so feet of snow expected in Buffalo, New York and the surrounding area. .

“Unprecedented” …Like it hasn’t happened nearly every year (and often more than once per year) during my lifetime.

And, somehow, it is the cause of “Climate Change” as well.

Do people really have no memory of what happened last year? Or the year before? Can they not remember back over their own lifetimes? I mean, a 4 year old might not have any history to remember, but any teenager should know better, much less an adult.

Hell, this snowfall in Buffalo isn’t even gonna be a record. Not even close.


Sometimes I ain’t stupid

And sometimes that surprises me….

So last night, I woke up clean, wide awake, at 3 AM wondering if I had drained the water out of the ’27 Chrysler 4 door have in unheated storage…

I mean, so far we have just barely dipped below freezing, not enough to worry about the water in the radiator breaking it or the block.

But tonight it is supposed to get cold enough that that can be a concern.

So I made a trip out there and opened the drain valve and guess what?

Antifreeze came out. Huh. I must have been smart enough to put something besides water in the cooling system before putting it away…..




Oh, by the way, if anyone needs (or knows anyone who might be interested) in a decent restoration project, I am selling the car….I bought it so my Dad and I and my brother could work on it, but Dad is not really interested any longer. It runs and drives solid body and frame and has nearly all the parts. missing a few window cranks and such, but all the car is there, lights, all the hard to find stuff, etc. It would be an easy restoration project if someone wanted to put in the time.