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Varmint's Pig Pickin', Version 2 -- 9/4/05


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#511 Marlene

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:01 AM

Speaking of which, when does the main guest (the pig) arrive?

And Marlene, does this mean the hotel has free wireless access?

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It does indeed Rochelle. It's a beautiful thing!
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:45 AM

The hotel also makes damn fine coffee and pretty good biscuts too. I'm fuelled now. Shortly I'm off to go grocery shopping, then I've got a personal chef gig to do. :biggrin:
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:46 AM

Marlene I dont have a laptop but I could bring the USB cables...even have a cable to plug a camera into a TV or VCR...I now have my last vacation pictures on every modern media available.

I think we're coming...I may need a daisy...we go, we dont go, we go, we dont go


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#514 Varmint

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:58 AM

Speaking of which, when does the main guest (the pig) arrive?

And Marlene, does this mean the hotel has free wireless access?

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The pig arrives early tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to K-Mart tonight to buy an el-cheapo plastic swimming pool. Oops, that's my goat guy on the phone. Gotta go.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:05 AM

The pig arrives early tomorrow afternoon.

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Actually, I'm not getting there until Saturday afternoon. :biggrin:

I'm going to K-Mart tonight to buy an el-cheapo plastic swimming pool.  Oops, that's my goat guy on the phone.

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Will you brine the goat, too?

Is it legal to put both of them into the same kiddie pool? Can't be mixing those barnyard animals, what with that intelligent design stuff and all. :wacko:
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:49 AM

It's getting excited. I have to print out all my travel info. Well, I suppose I should go to work today first. Gotta remember to pack the bundt pan/jello mold. :wink:

In the meantime,  I'm settlin' down for the night.  I'll take pics but they won't get posted till I get home since I forgot my USB thingy.

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Jason will have his.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:57 AM

I pick up the pig around noon tomorrow. That's when the tent, pig cooker, port-a-potty, tables, and chairs arrive. I'll have to go get the goat on Saturday, unless my goat-man is coming my way. Riders to the abbatoir appreciated!

The current forecast for Sunday is now the low 80s and a nighttime low of 58-60. Perfect.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:42 AM

For those of you who are going to be in town this weekend (sadly I have a work obligation that will prevent me from going to the pig-pickin') I wanted to let you know of some of the cool entertainment things that are going on.

Saturday night--downtown live in Moore Square
Free music--Saturday Night Special (4 ex Lyndrd Skynrd members), Little Texas, and other bands, plus beer, etc. If you are going to be down south, might as well get some southern rock' in you too! It starts early, but the bands don't usually start till 9
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Also on Saturday all day @ King's which is on McDowell Street

Saturday, September 3
"THE RALEIGH RUMBLE MODS VS. ROCKERS"
DAY LONG MOTORCYCLE SHOW (11am to 2am) + ROCK BANDS
Great local rock bands--these are British motorcyles and scooters

http://www.tonup-nc....eighrumble.html
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:54 AM

Sadly, we are considering cancelling. Scott is from New Orleans and is just heartsick and doesn't feel up to the trip. :sad: We'll decide before tomorrow.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:03 AM

Raleigh folks, what's the gas situation like there? I've read that stations as far north as Charlotte had to close yesterday due to lack of supplies. I'm trying to assess where and when to fuel up. I'm looking to borrow my husband's hybrid vehicle instead of driving the non-hybrid I just bought since the gas savings will be significant.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:07 AM

Raleigh folks, what's the gas situation like there? I've read that stations as far north as Charlotte had to close yesterday due to lack of supplies. I'm trying to assess where and when to fuel up. I'm looking to borrow my husband's hybrid vehicle instead of driving the non-hybrid I just bought since the gas savings will be significant.

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We're going to go ahead and come on down, but we'll be bringing a gas can with us just in case, and definitely refueling in Virginia.
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#522 Varmint

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:26 AM

Cella and I were talking about the gas situation, and I just passed a number of stations, all of them had gas. We've seen prices ranging from $2.89 to $3.29 a gallon. It is a mess. Needless to say, I don't know what the situation will be like this weekend. If it's bad here, it'll be bad everywhere and the entire country will come to a screeching halt.

I don't have a clue of what's going to happen with the gas, unfortunately. Here's a story from a local TV station that indicates the gas pipeline has just started running again. WRAL News Story

It's my understanding that the larger gas operations are still getting gas. Thus, if I had to bet, I'd put my money on gas being available. But I'm not a betting man.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:27 AM

Raleigh folks, what's the gas situation like there? I've read that stations as far north as Charlotte had to close yesterday due to lack of supplies. I'm trying to assess where and when to fuel up. I'm looking to borrow my husband's hybrid vehicle instead of driving the non-hybrid I just bought since the gas savings will be significant.

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We're going to go ahead and come on down, but we'll be bringing a gas can with us just in case, and definitely refueling in Virginia.

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I'm glad y'all are coming, Heather. I think it'll be a very therapeutic weekend for all.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:31 AM

Re: Gas. Check the latest information at www.newsobserver.com or www.wral.com. As of 2 p.m., the people that operate the pipeline that supplies 90 percent of NC's gas say they're got power and are reopening it tonight or tomorrow. Apparently some stations in Charlotte did run out and a few in Raleigh have, but is not a widespread problem as of now. I filled up at $2.99 a gallon this morning, no problem (except for the bill . :shock: ) At this point, I'd not let the situation stop anyone, but each person has to be the judge and depending on how far you're coming. If you get stuck here, we'll probably have plenty of leftovers!

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 11:35 AM

And I am sooooo glad that Varmint....GOT HIS GOAT.

I've been dying to say that for days...

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:22 PM

Raleigh folks, what's the gas situation like there? I've read that stations as far north as Charlotte had to close yesterday due to lack of supplies. I'm trying to assess where and when to fuel up. I'm looking to borrow my husband's hybrid vehicle instead of driving the non-hybrid I just bought since the gas savings will be significant.

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Today near me, which between downtown and NCState most major stations had gas, a lot of regular is out, which was $2.99 the other grades were about $3.10 and $3.25. I just read one of the pipelines to NC is open & I heard a clerk tell a customer that only the mom & pop stores are going to have problems getting gas. I would fear not. Yes, I have heard Charlotte is worse, but we are 2 hrs away from them, and IMHO Charlotte might as well be South Carolina!
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:23 PM

Raleigh folks, what's the gas situation like there? I've read that stations as far north as Charlotte had to close yesterday due to lack of supplies. I'm trying to assess where and when to fuel up. I'm looking to borrow my husband's hybrid vehicle instead of driving the non-hybrid I just bought since the gas savings will be significant.

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Today near me, which between downtown and NCState most major stations had gas, a lot of regular is out, which was $2.99 the other grades were about $3.10 and $3.25. I just read one of the pipelines to NC is open & I heard a clerk tell a customer that only the mom & pop stores are going to have problems getting gas. I would fear not. Yes, I have heard Charlotte is worse, but we are 2 hrs away from them, and IMHO Charlotte might as well be South Carolina!

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Oops look like I was replying the same time debbie did!
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 05:59 PM

Gasoline price gouging .. tonight I heard on NPR that it isn't illegal gouging if the station owner charges customers $6 a gallon when his supplier is charging him $5.75 a gallon ... somehow I find that interesting ..
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:04 PM

Gasoline price gouging .. tonight I heard on NPR that it isn't illegal gouging if the station owner charges customers $6 a gallon when his supplier is charging him $5.75 a gallon ... somehow I find that interesting ..

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So who's gouging whom? :angry:

We'll be topping off the tank in lower VA on the way down for sure.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:20 PM

So who's gouging whom?  :angry:

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My rental car may well turn out to be a Segway scooter, depending upon what the situation looks like when I get to Raleigh-Durham Airport. I well may have to fill the tank with that Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's ...
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:25 PM

Ok, the pickin hasn't even begun and I'm already stuffed. Dean took Mrs. Varmint and I to lunch today (ok, Dean what was the name of the place? :blink: ). My first southern meal.

I got to try some of Dean's corn pudding. I want more of that! It was amazing. My lunch was half a fried chicken, (litterally half a chicken), string beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. I had half sweet tea and half not sweet.

Dean had fried pork chops (I've never actually seen a fried pork chop before) string beans and corn pudding, and Mrs Varmint had a sweet potato, corn pudding, tomatoes and corn on the cob.


After lunch we walked over to the Farmers Market where we purchased a basket of peaches and a bunch of potatoes for potato salad.

Not that we really needed dinner, but we ate anyway! Mac and Cheese, ceasar salad, stuffed sweet peppers and a blueberry tart.

Fortunately, I walked over to Varmint's this morning! For those who are adventurous walkers, it's a great walk, however, it isn't a 5 minute walk. It's about 1.3 miles (I think that's what we measured on the drive back, and some of it is uphill). I'm going to have to walk over there every day, just to keep even here I think!

In a daring move, Mrs. Varmint let me drive her van and I went off to the local Whole Paycheck to do some grocery shopping. I say this every time, but the States have way better grocery stores than we do, although I still couldn't find any ground ancho!


Tomorrow is butter tart squares.

(yes Rachel, we have your accroutrements.) :smile:
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 07:33 PM

I pick up the pig around noon tomorrow.  ...  I'll have to go get the goat on Saturday, unless my goat-man is coming my way.  Riders to the abbatoir appreciated!

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I dug out my Goat Heads Soup LP tonight - yeah, vinyl - with a four side fold-out jacket with pix of Mick and the boys, the Goats Head Soup card inside and the liner notes printed on, you guessed it, the liner! Cool '70s photos of the sidemen, including Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston and others.

I remember the hooves and head, as well as the innards from the pig were left at the abbatoir last time - but he kept his curly tail.

So I'll guess there will be no soup for us, but perhaps I'll add Angie or Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) to my set list. Dancing with Mr. D can compliment the Sympathy for the Devil we did last time. I'll leave the one they list as Star Star on the vinyl, where it belongs.
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:05 PM

There's a big 'ol jug of limoncello down in my kitchen that's cooling and waiting to get tweaked to taste tomorrow before I divide it up into plastic travel bottles. This was a short term batch as I've been busy and couldn't start this as soon as I would have liked. It'll still be good, but perhaps not up to my usual exacting standards.

My hands are going to smell like lemon for days... :smile:

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#534 Varmint

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 01:43 AM

I've picked up the wine. I pick up the beer at 10AM and the pig at noon. The rental places are bringing the equipment early this morning. The goat comes tomorrow. My refrigerator is currently filled with all sorts of exotic fruit juice concentrates, complements of Ronnie's company. Time to experiment.

Many of my friends come today. Yeah!

If you have coolers and are driving, please bring them. If you have those 5 gallon water jugs, please bring them. We'll use them all. We'll be icing down beer and wine and will need to keep LOTS of ice on hand.

Marlene made a super meal last night, and I'm still stuffed. I haven't had a stuffed pepper in over 10 years, so it was such a treat. Plus, having someone else cook for you in your own kitchen doubles the pleasure!!!

As far as the distance between the hotel and the house is, it's actually about 1.7 miles. It's a great walk, flat until the very end, and you can get some decent exercise. But as I tell people, "it's farther than you'd usually want to walk."

Travel safely, y'all. And welcome to North Carolina!
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 01:58 AM

In a daring move, Mrs. Varmint let me drive her van and I went off to the local Whole Paycheck to do some grocery shopping.  I say this every time, but the States have way better grocery stores than we do, although I still couldn't find any ground ancho!

(yes Rachel, we have your accroutrements.) :smile:

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I have ground Morita Chipotle (medium hot) and ground Guajillo (mildly hot) from Calustian's in NYC. Would you like me to bring either or both and how much? I have 2-3 tablespoons of each in their bags (the rest has been put into spice jars, I have a total of almost 4 oz of each). I also have an 8 oz bag of New Mexico pods (died but pliable) picked up in the end of the show give-away at the Fancy Food Show this summer. Let me know what you want me to pack.

(don't tell me you bought Jello at Whole Foods?!)

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:03 AM

I think my wife picked up the Jello at the regular grocery store.

The need for the chile powder may have come and gone -- they have dried anchos at Whole Foods, and I have a coffee mill that is dedicated for grinding up that sort of stuff, but Marlene had no way of knowing that. I do have a nice jar of chimayo chile powder that was recently given to me by a very nice lady -- the same one who has let me borrow her pig cooker!!
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:27 AM

OK, I'll put the chile packets away then. I've got to go get more sleep. I'm always sleepless the night before a trip. See you this afternoon!

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:12 AM

We will bring a large cooler. Dean, I have several 1/2 sheets pans (the sturdy professional kind) - should I throw a couple of those in the car too? They're good for prep. And what about our deep fat fryer? If we're frying a lot on Sat night it might be nice to have an extra station.

I'll also throw a pack of disposable plastic containers in, just in case there's any leftovers. :smile:
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:51 AM

Heh, I remember you made out with a fair share of the leftovers last time around. Smart woman you are!

I wouldn't worry about the deep fat fryer, but I welcome everything else. We will not be doing the fried chicken throw-down and are instead at looking at some sort of braised short rib dish for the staff meal. I think it'll be Southwestern-influenced, and we make make roasted garlic cheese grits to go with it. We'll figure out the details tomorrow.
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 04:01 AM

Heh, I remember you made out with a fair share of the leftovers last time around.  Smart woman you are!

The best was finding a pound of pulled pork hidden in the back of my freezer right before we moved.

OK, cooler, sheet pans, disposable plastic containers...anything else? I load the car this afternoon.
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