Archive for February, 2007

Hunting in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Posted in hunting on February 24th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Hunting in Rocky Mountain National Park?  Before you get upset … remember that there are too many elk. From 1969 to 1999 the elk herd in the park grew 600% from 500 to
They’ve become a problem in the park where
they are destroying all edible vegetation and they are getting into trouble in town. 
The plan is to get the herd back down to about 1700.  There are three different proposals for this, two plans and one idea, according to the Denver Post.

  1. The park’s plan is to spend $18 million to kill 200-700 elk a year for 20 years!   And that’s to "kill" the elk, not hunt them.  They will send in sharpshooters at night with silencers to kill 700 elk a year!
  2. The Division of Wildlife wants to lead guided hunts into the park.  The hunters would pay for the priviledge (money in, instead of $18 million out!), they’d get the hunt of a lifetime (good for Colorado) and we’d manage the park herd just like we manage elk in the rest of the state (experienced herd management.)
  3. Another solution might be to reintroduce wolves – a solution that would have strong supporters on both sides of the debate, however anyone who has been to the park knows how close lots of homes and the entire town of Estes Park is.  That might make introducing wolves dangerous.  As far as I can tell this idea hasn’t been planned out.

Allowing guided hunts seems to be the best idea to us. 

  • Hunters would get to access to some great hunting land,
  • the state would make a lot of money and
  • the elk population would be managed by the Division of Wildlife, an organization very experienced at managing animal populations.

Photo by creativity+.

Jim Zumbo loses his job because of his blog

Posted in Weblogs on February 21st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Jim Zumbo recently lost his job and his endorsement because of a blog post he wrote.

There’s been a number of incidents where blogging has affected
someone’s career negatively.  First there was the flight attendent who
posted pictures her company wasn’t happy with on her blog.  Then there
were a couple of university professors who were alledgedly fired.  Those were because their employers didn’t like their blogging in general.  Now  Outdoor Life columnist and hunter Jim Zumbo has lost his job and a lot of his
endorsements because of one blog post

Regardless of how you feel about guns, you have to realize that hunters stick together and they stand up for gun rights.  (If you are into hunting as a hobby, you need a gun!)  Jim Zumbo posted a long blog post ranting about how assault rifles should not be used for hunting.   (His blog has been removed but you can read the post on Michael Bane’s blog.)

  • First off, some of his sponsors made those guns, so they didn’t appreciate it. 
  • Some of his employers’ sponsors made those guns, so they didn’t appreciate it. 
  • Lastly, this was a well known outdoor and hunting enthusiast criticizing guns!  At a time when all hunters are extremely conscious of their gun rights and how they could be saved or lost due to public perception.  Hunters didn’t appreciate Jim’s blog post.

I think Jim Zumbo probably went hunting, discovered assault rifles were being used, didn’t like it, didn’t think about it or discuss it with anyone and went home and blogged about it – while still mad or emotionally worked up about it.

Normally, I think a company should leave a blog up even when the employee leaves the company.  (There was an IBM employee who left the company.  His blog was pulled down and then quickly reinstated when the blogosphere protested.)  However, in this case, I think it’s appropriate because it’s the company’s way of very clearly saying "we don’t agree with what he said."

First food

Posted in kids on February 20th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Our almost six month old had his first real food last night.  Although it doesn’t look like it, he really enjoyed it.  He just takes food very seriously, kind of like his dad! 

Frank is thinking about making him some baby food which reminded me of one of my mom’s favorite baby food stories.  I guess I loved liver as a baby (I know, I’m weird) so when my little sister was born Mom made a huge batch of liver baby food … my sister took one bite and spit it up.  After that Mom never made us eat anything we didn’t like.  She figured if we knew we definitely didn’t like it at that young age, we weren’t making it up.

How to save money and plan ahead with meat

Posted in preparation on February 19th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

We don’t buy a lot of meat since we have a freezer full of game meat but when we do buy meat we go to Sam’s Club.  At Sam’s we buy the huge packages of chicken breasts, pork loin and beef brisket.  When we get home Frank separates the chicken breasts and cuts up the pork loin and beef brisket and vacuum packs them into meal size portions.  We then put them in the freezer and the day we want chicken or pork loin, we take out a package in the morning to thaw.

We use a FoodSaver Premier Series V1205 Vacuum Sealing Kit. Frank would like one of the big, commercial, restaurant quality ones.  Maybe someday, but in the meantime, this one does the job.

Are you the alpha cook?

Posted in just for fun on February 19th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Frank is definitely the alpha cook in our household according to this New York Times article, He Cooks.  She Stews.  It’s Love.  I really related to one of the beta-cooks who said, "[He says] ‘Great, yes, come cook with me.’ And then he gives me the take-the-chicken-out- -of-the-package-and-rinse-it job."  So I found the same solution that one of the other betas found,  "Ms. LaVallee, the adviser to the president of Georgetown University, now chooses to sit on the sideline with a glass of wine."  I usually end up sitting on the kitchen floor talking to Frank defending my glass of wine from the dogs.  All in all though, I think I have the best of all worlds:

life with an alpha cook can mean sitting back and watching while
someone else prepares restaurant-quality wild mushroom risotto on a
quiet Tuesday night.

Photo by scribeoflight.

Chicken Curry

Posted in easy dinner, recipe on February 1st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

One of the few dishes I make well is chicken curry and since I’m not a big fan of cooking I’ve worked hard to perfect not just the flavor but to minimize the amount of time it takes to prepare.  This at one time was a Betty Crocker recipe but I’ve modified it drastically.  Here it is.  Don’t worry too much about the measurements and feel free to substitute and experiment.

Take out a crockpot.  Add (in any order):

  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatos
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • spoonful of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of curry
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 stick of butter

Then chop and add:

  • 1 apple (green ones are best)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 pound of ham (lunch meat works fine)
  • 1.5 pounds of raw chicken
  • 1 clove of garlic

For an added bonus, about an hour before you eat, you can add:

  • two handfuls of cashews

Cook on low for 4-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

If I could eliminate the chopping it would be the easiest recipe in the world!