June 19, 2022: Lights Out

I might have complained about this here before, but the neighbors have this lamp post in their backyard right next the dividing fence and it has three SUPER BRIGHT LED lights that have driven me crazy for the last five years. Just washes that backyard in far too much artificial light. Seriously, I've had thoughts about how I could secretly take it out of commission (none acted upon). Anyway, for unknown reasons, said post has been turned off and tipped on its side for the last couple weeks. Fingers crossed it's permanent.

17 thoughts on “June 19, 2022: Lights Out”

  1. There's a house in a nearby neighborhood that has an extremely well lit backyard. It's stadium like lighting for an urban backyard. I just hope their direct neighbors can't see the light from their windows.

  2. Happy Father's Day to all! Just getting the joint set up for a busy day. Have a local guy "Smoking Brews and Ques" on site smoking a bunch of prime rib and chickens. If we hit our sales projections for today, we will beat our best week of sales ever by 25%. To put into perspective, this week in sales will be busier than any week I had while running GCFB in St. Cloud or Sioux Falls. I gotta be honest here. When we launched the joint, I was hoping to do half the sales we are doing on an annual basis. The first 5 years were so stressful, as we did not meet those sales expectations, nor were we turning a profit. However, post-Covid, we are on an absolute tear. The new patio and remodel inside has totally changed our trajectory. I found out that two other successful restaurants in town are down 10-15% in year to year sales. I am not cheering on the fact that they are down, but man, we are bucking some trends up here. Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast, but I'm intercontinental when I eat french toast. Cheers y'all! Thanks for all of the encouragement over the years!

    1. Congrats! Just yesterday my kids were talking about Pike & Pint again - it's been a year since they've been there, and it's still their favorite. The success is well-deserved.

  3. NBBW just put a small chicken in the oven to roast with garden herbs, parsnips/potatoes/carrot/onion.

    She gave me the bag of giblets and I need to figure out what to do with them (hate to waste them). Do you guys use giblets and if so/how? My mom used to use turkey giblets for stuffing. We had some fabulous chicken livers baked in a terra-cotta pot in Aqaba.

    1. The heart and liver are good eats. Just fry in butter and eat on crackers.

      Gizzard is more of acquired taste. Needs longer, moist cooking to be palatable, IMO.

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