Random Baseball Open Thread

We’re watching the ALCS Game 5, Sox vs. the ‘Stros. Price vs. Verlander. I don’t have much of a rooting interest. May the best team win.

What are you up to? Open thread!








Monday Evening Open Thread: At First I Thought It Was A Steve King Rally…

… which is libel against fake predatory dinosaurs, of course. An explanation, such as there is one:

SB Nation spoke with ISU band director Christian Carichner about how the best marching band moment in years came together.

Iowa State hatched the dinosaur plan after watching something Michigan’s band did with dinosaurs in 2017.

Last year, the Wolverine marching band did a tribute to John Williams, the composer who scored Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Home Alone, and Harry Potter movies, among many others. The Wolverines’ routine involved dinosaurs hanging out on the side of the field, like wide receivers flexed out beyond the numbers just to draw a defense’s attention…

Band leaders started putting together their routine in June, when they ordered 60 inflatable dinosaur costumes on Amazon.

You, too, can own this dinosaur costume. The Rubie’s Adult Jurassic World Inflatable Dinosaur Costume costs about $50 per ensemble. ISU purchased 60 of them for an estimated cost of $3,000, using a budgetary surplus from last year…

“Frankly, it costs more money just to feed the marching band than it does to outfit them in dinosaur costumes,” Carichner says.

The costume purchaser has the option to buy a version of the outfit that will also make its own dinosaur noises. The band was frugal in this regard.

“We did not get the sound,” Carichner says. “We just got the regular T-Rex.” …

Disaster almost struck during the performance. The dinosaur costumes seal tightly. They need to, because a small fan inside of them keeps them inflated. In the cold air and while doing rigorous physical activity, the small windows for sight fogged up, partially blinding dozens of on-field dinosaurs. Some third-party dinosaurs had to step in to help.

“So the kids couldn’t really see,” Carichner says. “If you watch the video, there’s two guys; we call them the ‘dinosaur wranglers,’ wearing different dinosaur costumes, kind of poking around and making sure that they were all in the right spot.” …

Further detail at the link. The dinosaur wranglers, if you can’t quite make them out, are the heavyset guys in bright green pants — those are actually man-riding-dinosaur / hobby-horse-dinosaur costumes.

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Recipe and Baseball Open Thread

I promised you guys a recipe last night. Here it is. I have a wood pellet grill, but you can adapt it to a gas grill or oven easily.  Temps would be the same.  I would probably use olive oil or butter on the chicken before rubbing on the spices with either of those methods to keep it juicy.

I am seriously going to start a new cooking blog – it will have one simple recipe. Take item, season lightly with seasoning of your choice, cook on wood grill to appropriate temperature. Serve and enjoy the deliciousness.

Nothing has turned out badly on the new wood grill . Tonight’s roast chicken is no exception.

I’d been reluctant to cook a whole chicken because I’d never done one on a grill before. I doubt I would have tried it without the ability to control the temp and use a plug-in thermometer.

I seasoned the chicken with a flavor packet inside and rubbed the outside with crystallized lemon, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.

Inside, I added 5 cloves of garlic, 1/2 of an onion and a seasoning packet filled with Black Seed*, fresh basil and more poultry seasoning. If I’d had a fresh lemon I would have added that to the cavity, as well.  To make the seasoning packet, I just use an unbleached coffee filter and twist it shut.

I preheated the grill to 400 degrees F, added the chicken and then reduced the heat to 350 degrees. I cooked it until the breast registered 165 degrees, about 40 minutes.

It was crisp on the outside and completely juicy on the inside. Probably one of the most perfect chickens I’ve ever roasted.

*I just discovered Black Seed and I’m obsessed with it. Added a nice, mellow flavor to the chicken.

ETA: 100% Black Cumin Seed

Amazing Herbs Whole Black Seed™

I’m watching the Red Sox/Astros. What are you up to tonight?ba








College Football Open Thread

I guess Betty doesn’t care any more.

I’m going to do nothing but sit in the chair today and nap. I’m in what could charitably be called “a mood.”








Sunday Night Open Thread

Survived homecoming, although this shit was a lot easier when I was drinking. Had about 50 people both nights, and the parties went well into the morning although I went to bed at midnight to one each night.

I was forced to be in a picture. I did not like it.

My good friend Joelle did turn me on to the most amazing site for Steve, https://www.meowijuana.com/ and brought him an awesome catnip blunt, which I will give to him when he decides to come back in from under the deck and finishes shitting in my slippers.

At any rate, Go Steelers.








NFL Open Thread

I don’t care but you might.








College Football Open Thread

Have at it.