There is a new show on History called No Man’s Land. We just watched the first episode tonight, and I have to say, the show looks very promising. In a nutshell, the show is about people who live and survive in the desert. Jason Hawk, one of the desert dwellers, spent the first episode rigging up noise-making traps for people (Mexicans) who were trespassing on his ten-acre ranch in the Sonoran desert. David Holladay went into the desert looking for rare stones to sell. The last person to appear in the first episode of this series was a cowboy called Howdy Fowler (who has broken numerous bones and has also been struck by lightning). He lives in the Chihuahuan Desert and in the first episode, he goes with another cowboy to look for four steers that went missing on a friend’s ranch. It took them a long time to find the first one. When they did find it, they roped it and put it into their trailer with a small amount of trouble. Near the end of the episode, they found the last three grouped together but it never showed them roping them. I guess that will be in a future episode.
No Man’s Land kind of reminded us of the two shows Survivorman and Appalachian Outlaws. It reminded us of Survivorman because of the survival element in it and it reminded us of Appalachian Outlaws because of the one person protecting his land. We think we’ll probably watch a few more episodes to see if we really like it. You can watch this show at History.com. There are new episodes every Sunday at 10/9 central. Since it is a new show the episodes are not locked, for those of you (like us) who do not have cable TV or any other kind of paid television subscriptions.
by John and Dink
Posted: March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
Tags: Philadelphia, trash
If you live in the suburbs, chances are that when it snows so much that your trash cannot be collected, it will be collected on the following day. In other words, the trash company makes up for the missed day.
In the city of Philadelphia, if it snows so much that your trash cannot be collected, guess what? You have to wait for the following week before it will be picked up. And in case you live in an apartment with no outside trash receptacles, that means you will being storing 2 weeks worth of trash inside your apartment.
What this means is that a lot of people cannot wait for 2 weeks before setting their trash outside and that means there is a lot of trash on the streets.
Well, we had snow last Monday and trash collecting in the city was cancelled. As we were walking around this weekend, that meant we happened upon lots of large piles of garbage. We can all be thankful it wasn’t hot or the smell might have become a little overpowering. Take a look at the pictures we took to see what living in Philadelphia after a snowstorm can look like.
By the way, we’ve always thought the city was on the disgusting side at times, but city dwellers always seem to not even notice it. This time, however, we actually heard a lady walking next to us who stated what we’ve always thought. She said, “This is disgusting!” :)
We don’t ever remember a time when we didn’t know who Michael Savage was. Our father was the one who used to listen to Mr. Savage in the car, driving us hither and thither. Michael Savage is hilarious, Michael Savage has a huge ego, Michael Savage for some reason has been banned from entering England, Michael Savage’s theology is “interesting”, Michael Savage has written numerous books, mostly nonfiction, and Michael Savage was into nutrition before it became the fad that it is today.
If you have never heard of Michael Savage, you should look him up. He is an interesting person. If you have heard of him but never heard him, you should listen to a few of his shows.
Michael Savage has given other talk radio show hosts endearing names and whether you listen to talk radio or not, whether you listen to Michael Savage or not, the names are very amusing. Here are the ones that are right on top of our heads:
Mr. Ketchup (not a talk show host)
And here is who Mr. Savage is referring to.
Bill O’Reilly (The Leprechaun)
Sean Hannity (Wallbanger)
Mark Levin (Squeaky)
Rush Limbaugh (The Golfer)
Glenn Beck (The Hemorrhoid)
John Kerry (Mr. Ketchup)
The names are perfect don’t you think? Well, we aren’t supposed to make fun of people are we? One of our neighbors told us that nicknames were always given out of love. By the way, if you ever want to call the show, do NOT under any circumstances ask Michael Savage how he is doing. If he chews you out, you have been warned
Well, here is a lesson on another way to start a fire should you wind up in nowheres-ville with nothing but a cell phone and some steel wool. The 1st thing you have to do is gather a lot of very dry tinder. Then, you take the battery from a cell phone (any cell phone will do, provided the battery is good) and put the terminals against some fluffed up steel wool. The steel wool will start glowing at which point you start blowing on it. While blowing, you quickly put your kindling on top of the steel wool, being careful not to smother the fire. Here is the video where we learned how to do this.
We have not tried this yet, but we have already stored the steel wool in our backpacks for the next time we go camping. It looks pretty simple to do and it doesn’t ruin your battery. We like to learn all kinds of odd ways to start fires, trap animals, find shelter, etc. One never knows when one will need to draw on information stored in the brain.
Enjoy the video!
We used to have a springform pan to make cheesecakes, but it got scratched and was rendered useless. It was always annoying to use anyway, though. You had to line it with wax paper, and even then things like melted butter would drip through the bottom. So, we replaced our old springform with a “no-spring” version by Kuhn Rikon, a Switzerland company. This “PushPan” works really well. There is a silicone gasket that makes a watertight seal on the bottom part. There’s no need to line with wax paper, and no worries about any leaking at all. It also has a PFOA-free nonstick coating.
This pan is really good, and can be bought here. If you want to visit Kuhn Rikon’s website, click here. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this pan a ten and our mom (Dink hasn’t really used it) would also rate it a 10. Our mom uses it to make cheesecakes, but I used it a couple of times to make this cranberry coffee cake. It’s really easy to make and everyone loves it. Here’s the recipe:
- 2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/3 cup butter
- 11/4 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 11/2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Set aside a springform pan.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then pour into bottom of springform pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and pecans.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan. Serve warm.