I try to learn something new everyday. It might be a random fact that I googled at 3:29 am which will only come in handy during a game of Trivial Pursuit, during an argument or on the off chance that I get on Jeopardy!
While other days, I actually try to learn something useful. Today, I was a 3FER in that regard.
For starters, the school had a lunch rail at the grade school that had broken in numerous places. Crappy tack welds. No big deal, except it was made out of stainless steel. I have never welded stainless, nor been shown how to weld stainless, nada. So, I got some stainless steel filler rod. Watched a youtube video on welding stainless steel and guess what? I fired up a TIG and I welded stainless steel. 22 welds that I made today on that stainless steel serving rail. And you can dang sure tell the first couple that I made. I had to stop and grind some tungsten. But, as I continued, I learned how to do it better. I even had to weld left handed. Maybe my best welds. If I was like the current younger generation of goat fitters, I would have stopped and took a pic of my handiwork to post on social media.
Now, here’s the truth. I wasn’t afraid to try this endeavor because I knew that if I screwed it up, I was going to haul this 18 foot long serving rail a couple miles north of Shattuck to Al Walton. And he would fix it. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that.
My next learning experience involved beef short ribs. The other evening, I saw some really good looking beef short ribs. They were cut differently than I was used to seeing. They were cut about 3/4″ thick, more like a thin cut Western Sizzlin steak. The color, texture and marbling looked way good. So, I decided to try them. Wasn’t sure how to cook them but I knew that they have a tendency to be tough if not slow cooked. I’m real pleased with the tenderness that was achieved. I marinated one set and seasoned the other set with butter and worcestershire sauce. (say it, come on—is it “woostershire” or is it “wor-chester-shire”? ) They were good but not dang good. Thankfully, the garlic butter new taters were damn good.
And while cooking tonight, I learned my third new skill of the day. Tammy and Duke had ran to Shattuck, so I had the place to myself. Turn up the tunes! Not a new concept around here, yet on this night, I used Tammy’s little Alexa deal. The command “Alexa, play Neil Diamond” is bad donkey. Then play Sinatra. Then play “Calling Baton Rouge”. Oh yeah! “Alexa–play AC/DC!” Hell yeah! That chick knows which songs need to be played first. Heckuva DJ.
And then, the Dragon Lady got home. “TURN THAT DOWN!”
Hey, I cooked.
Okay, turn it down so I can at least hear the tv.
What to take from tonight’s blog.
1–There are people that are better than I at welding stainless steel. But, I learned while doing.
2–There are people that are better than I at cooking beef short ribs. I’ve got the time & temp figgered out, now to dial in the seasoning.
3–No matter what I am doing, I enjoy some wicked tunes and I learned that little speaker can pump out the jam.
And I like daylight-donut infused bread pudding. The note says Allyn made it but I bet that Tiffany had a lot to do with it. Either way, I learned a long time ago to say thank you.
People, have a good one.