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Conventional Thoughts

  • I am just about in full swing politically now, having followed the true story of the Beijing Olympics, and now watching the Democrats in Denver.  Things will be getting interesting… for me anyway.
  • Last night, I watched old Slick Willy AKA President Clinton light up the crowd in Denver.  His speech stated that he would be supporting Obama, but I missed any details (other than that he is a Democrat) why anyone else should vote FOR Obama.  I heard exactly what I expected to hear.  “When I was president, everything was great, the country was great, the economy was great, the world loved us” etc.  What I didn’t hear was,”Obama is the best man for the job because _____________________.”  You will have to fill in the blank, because I don’t think “community organizer” or law professor is a good enough reason.
  • Biden’s speech was pretty good, but I did feel that it went from a heart warming piece into an attempt to paint John McCain as a poor choice.  Unfortunately, when Biden or any Democrat starts talking foreign affairs in a dangerous world, people start to think long and hard about who they want as commander in chief.  When he mentioned Russia/Georgia, the crowd died.  Fair or unfair, Democrats are not perceived as being strong enough to lead us in the world when there are rough times.
  • Biden’s speech didn’t connect with the crowd, certainly not the way Bill Clinton’s did.  At this point, Obama’s bounce shouldn’t be astronomical, though I assure you he will get a bounce.  John McCain should announce sometime tomorrow around 11 AM who he has selected for VP.  My dad is predicting Romney.
  • On to other stuff.  Tonight is the opening game of the season for the Hurricanes.  You will see me up at Joe Robbie…. er, Dolphin Stadium to watch the Canes get a little practice in against Charleston Southern.  If we make 10 wins this year, it will be extremely successful.  It’s sad how expectations have fallen recently.
  • It’s lobster season and I am still trying to get out.  Monday night looks really good!  Snook season starts that night too, so maybe we can grab a slot and some bugs.
  • I called the park ranger to ask how many bug we get, and when he said 60 each person I was ecstatic.  Then I realized he said “six to each person” and I was back to reality.  🙂  That was for Brian, if he is reading.
  • If you are interested in politics and especially from the point of view of a great American young man who is in living in exile from Cuba, check out Roberto Reports.  He has some good things to say and just recently started blogging.
  • Things are going to be changing up at LPC soon!  As of September 14, we will be going to 3 services on Sunday morning: 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, and 11:00 AM all in the same Pier 2 at Flagship Cinemas at the Campbell Drive exit of Florida’s Turnpike.  I will be at all three, but I will see you guys at the 8:30, right?  🙂
  • O’course I will be working this week, so I won’t get to be at the theater Sunday morning.  But, I will see you next weekend, I garooooontee!

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Saturday Top 5: Lobster for Dinner

These three lobster can be found in Florida waters, along with slipper lobster.

These three lobster can be found in Florida waters, along with slipper lobster.

Lobster is a favorite food of mine. Its sweet seafood flavor and its texture makes it the perfect food. It’s also the most fun to eat the lobster you have harvested yourself. Let’s get to the list!

#5 Lobster Bisque – This is a great way to clog your arteries. It is basically the remaining bits from a Maine Lobster other than the tail and claws, combined with various seasonings, onions, oil, butter, heavy cream, and cognac and strained with a fine filter. The texture is supposed to be velvety smooth and the flavor should be rich, creamy, with all the taste of lobster. It is excellent!

#4 Fried Lobster Tail – As a disclaimer, I must say that I have never had it prepared this way, but a friend of mine from work who is a true fisherman talks it up so much that I have to give this one mention. It seems to be a pretty simple operation. You remove the full tail from the shell, halve it, batter dip it or coat it in flour/corn meal with seasoning, and drop it in the deep fryer until the breading begins to brown. Sounds good to me! Why is it #4? Because I can tell you I don’t like Lobster Newburg as much as I would a whole tail, and the soup is good, but I would still rather have a hunk of lobster meat fried up.

#3 Lobster Ravioli – This is a delicious way to stretch your lobster meat out in order to serve more people with less meat. Though it is excellent, I have always felt like restaurants go skimpy on the meat in each ravioli, and that is my biggest complaint. Since I don’t know how to prepare it properly myself, I guess I don’t have much to complain about. I have also had it prepared with chunks in the ravioli, and I have had it more finely minced. I prefer the chunks.

#2 Steamed Main Lobster – I get a little sad when I see a lobster that has been boiled. Why? Because there is a better way. Boiling a lobster, in my opinion, actually leaches some of the flavor from the meat. This can be proved because if you taste the water after boiling, it has the flavor of lobster in it. In any case, just steam it until it is red, serve with clarified butter, and you will have a quality lobster dinner.

#1 Grilled Rock Lobster Tail – I would imagine that Maine lobster would do just as a well as rock lobster, but that isn’t the point. The point is that this is the best way to feature the best food on planet earth. Simply split the tail in half down the length of the tail, spray your hot grill with a little no stick, then throw the tail on the Q. Turn it after a minute or two, and when the meat turns opaque, it’s done. The length it takes will depend on the temperature of the grill and the size of the tail. Make sure you have some fresh lemon and clarified butter handy! You may want to brush the tails with a little lemon/butter or olive oil during the grilling process.

A couple of helpful tips for lobster preparation:

Rock Lobster can be deveined after the tail is separated from the carapace by breaking about a 5 inch section of antennae from the lobster, then break the tip off it. Insert the small end of the antennae into the vent and work it in an inch or two. Twirl the antennae and continue twisting as you pull it out. The result should be that the entire vein should come out in one long nasty black string leaving a perfectly clean lobster tail.

Clarified Butter (ghee): This will make a great difference if you like dipping your lobster in butter. Simply place a stick or two of butter in a small sauce pan on medium-high heat. The butter will begin to bubble and foam. Turn the temperature down and let the milk solids settle. Turn the temp up a little and continue simmering the butter until the milk solids begin to brown and maybe even burn. When your butter reaches perfect clarity, remove it from hear and strain it through a fine strainer lined with wet cheesecloth. This clarified butter should last in the fridge for a long time if you want to keep it on hand.

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Thought Shells

-My mind has been on fishing for weeks now. With lobster season officially kicking off yesterday, I’m dreaming even more.
-I found a good spot to catch lobster. Friday night I am going to grab a few, and Saturday or Sunday, I will get a few more.
-Football season is approaching. Available Saturdays will be spent watching the Canes whoop up on their opposition.
-There is some optimism that the Canes are moving in the right direction with Shannon at the helm. I believe the Canes will be bowl bound this season.
-Who would have thought that a Canes fan would be setting his sights on making a bowl game? We are supposed to compete for National Championships, not just bowl games and conference titles.
-I still haven’t decided if I am going to be able to get season tickets this year. I should. It has been about 3 or 4 years since I’ve been a season ticket holder.
-My low carb trend has been good. It has pushed me into a new realm of BBQ skills. Last night I smoked some chicken and grilled churrasco. Excellent!
-I am having some weird swelling and itching on the side of my face and the knuckles of my fingertips. It might be some type of allergic reaction or mosquito bites.
-Once again, I cannot wait to be at church this Sunday. Jesse and the crew are going to rock the house!
-I have to say, blog traffic has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks. August 1, I actually set a record and it nearly doubled my old record.
-Blogging has been a pretty fun adventure. Trav has been trying to get me started for several years. I am glad I listened.
-I spent yesterday at Marcela’s classroom while she set up her bulletin boards, desks, folders, etc, for school which starts next week.

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Shark Fishing from a Canoe in the Middle of the Night

Last night, I went out to Card Sound to tool around, try to catch some snapper, and maybe even a couple sharks.  I gotta say, Dave V is a maniac!  It’s almost midnight, and we are in a canoe buzzing around through the mangroves with a couple of lights, life jackets, a cooler, tackle boxes and fishing poles.  We stayed in the canoe for about 20 minutes.  LOL I am brave, SOMETIMES, but when we almost tipped and I started thinking about losing my cell, wallet, tackle, etc, and then I would have had to swim to a shallow enough area to flip the boat back over and all the hassle that would take, I just told Dave, lets head back in and hit a couple of bridges.  The fish were there, though.  We had a large snook, tarpon, or cuda feeding right beside the canoe at one point.  It was pretty big too.   Anyway, we ended up catching a schoolmaster and mangrove snapper, waded around scoping an area out for some more lobster (I did grab a big one, but it took off) for regular season that opens in a couple days, and we had a great time.  Oh yea, a large shrimp jumped in the boat, too.  I will not be heading out in the middle of the night any time soon in a canoe for shark, but maybe I will give it a try during the day.

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Thought bearing lobster

  • I woke up this morning at 5:50 AM on my day off: the phone was ringing. My work was calling to find out if I wanted to come in to work. Not today!
  • I was expecting the call to be from Dave to make sure I was up and ready to go for a day of lobstering. Dave called at 6:30 AM to let me know he was heading out of the plant.
  • I was glad that Dave would take the time to go out there with me, since Trav ditched me to visit the family in Louisiana. 🙂
  • We loaded up the car, grabbed a couple of Jolt Ultra’s and a cooler of ice, and headed to Card Sound road.
  • We had a great time, but after about 2 1/2 hours in the water, we caught only 1 lobster (short) and found about 5 large lobster carcasses. We did see one stone crab, quite a few large snook, some mangrove and schoolmaster snapper, a couple shark, and even some drum. No keeper lobster though.
  • A couple of guys in a nice Angler 204 with fishing rods came over to see how we were doing, and they ID’d themselves as FWC. I guess they were undercover. They couldn’t believe we were not from a boat, considering that we were quite a way from the bridge. After they saw that we had our flag, our gages, and we were in the legal side, they wished us good luck and went on their way.
  • Dave is a maniac, the guy was climbing up in the mangrove roots. I kept getting tangled in the dive flag line and my legs got a little itchy from what I think were jellyfish. I will go back in a few days to do some snapper fishing and try again for some lobster (August 6 is the regular season opener).
  • Due to my wheeling and dealing at work, I now have to work 4 straight to make up for my miniseason time off.
  • Tonight, Dave and his family are coming over for some chicken and burgers on the Q. I think we will play the Wii too.
  • I spent some good times this week watching movies and going to the mall with Marcela. I still didn’t get to see Hancock yet. Maybe Tuesday.
  • The blogroll/links section of the blog have been updated. Also, I have created a “Top 5” page to make it easier to find all of my Top 5 lists.
  • Tomorrow, I will unveil a new weekly feature.  It will be a fun one.
  • On a different note, the economy grew at 1.9% in the last quarter, oil prices are dropping faster than ever in history, and faster than they grew. But if you watch the news, you would swear we are in a recession.
  • The violence against our troops is at an all time low in Iraq, but you hear absolutely nothing positive in the news. Apparently the mainstream news outlets do not report good things, especially if they reflect positively on Bush administration or the Republican party.

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Thought Roll

-This week has been a blast. Marcela returned from her trip out west and we have been able to spend a lot of time together.

-Tuesday, we headed over to one of my favorite places, Brandsmart. I found a great deal on a stainless grill.

-Brandsmart has a no return, no exchange policy on their BBQ grills because some boneheads in the past were buying them for the Super Bowl and returning them after the game.

-I still haven’t even opened the box but here are the details. It’s a 68 inch 45,000 BTU grill with cast iron grill plates, stainless steel outer shell, 5,000 BTU side burner with a griddle.

-My goal is to set up the grill on Saturday and break it in that night. I am going to part with my old grill that needs a little minor work if anyone is interested.

-I watched “There Will Be Blood” last night. Daniel Day Lewis is an amazing actor. I don’t really understand the purpose of the movie, other than that greed destroys people.

-I think my brother has forsaken me, so I will be lobsterring with someone else on Wednesday and Thursday. I do have a plan for a very productive day. We will see!

-I will enjoy three days off as the overtime is zero for this weekend. That means I will see you at church. I can’t wait!

-National Polls are showing that 48% of the USA thinks McCain is a safer choice for president, while 41% think Obama is. Yet the same poll claims that Obama is leading McCain is losing in the head-to-head with Obama 47% to 41%.

-Marcela was reflecting on how she liked Estelle Getty’s character from “Golden Girls” in the wake of her passing. I have to say that “Golden Girls” was one of the least interesting and most annoying shows! Sorry to all GG fans, but that’s the way it is. Estelle Getty RIP.

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