That's the top to a 55 gallon barrel used to cooking various meats in the ground for about 24 hours. This time it was a goat.
A fire is built in the bottom of the barrel and kept going for a couple of hours. Stones are placed on top of the coals and then the meat (wrapped in foil and then placed in a wet burlap bag. The lid is placed back on the barrel and it is covered with the mound of dirt. Twenty four hours later the process is reversed and the meat is so tender it falls off the bones.
Alex pulling the meat off the bones.
Yum Yum! Great Goat!
My contribution was 10 pounds of my potato salad. Not trying to ring my own chimes, but it usually goes over real well. It was all eaten last night, but at least there was enough for everyone to get some. This is the biggest batch I've ever fixed! The old record was 5 pounds.
Other food that was there.
Just a few of the people that were there. Turnout was light at first, but later on many more people showed up. This was in spite of butting heads with the event below that was going on at the ghost town.
For those who haven't heard about it before and who or locals that read this blog, we started the Saturday Night Supper at the Legion about 5 weeks ago and for the most part it has grown each week. Matter of fact we have run short on some of the food until last night. It is a donation deal and as long as donations cover the food cost we will probably continue them.
Needless to say there are always a few who eat 3 or 4 times the amount everyone that donates does, but they themselves do not donate. What a shame!
Been a good while since I took the time to do a new blog entry much less reading any other blogs. I'll try to catch up on blog reading soon I hope. For now it looks like this is going to be a long post since I've been putting off on blogging about a number of things for a long time.
First off I'm a BAD BOY and yesterday being Texas Independence Day slipped by me. Really no excuse for a true Texan to forget such an important date for our great state! The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by 59 people on March 2, 1836.
However! I guess in a way some of us at the Legion did celebrate it on the right day without knowing it. I decided that we needed to start cleaning the ceremonial M1 Garand rifles so we took one off site to a private rifle range and each of us fired it 8 rounds each. One of the ones who fired it was a WWII Vet who said he hadn't shot one since the war. He was delighted! Once done the rifle was taken back to the legion after putting it back to the condition of firing blanks for ceremonies and thoroughly cleaned and put back in storage. I plan to do that to a different one each month. BTW the M1 Garand was the primary weapon used in WWII.
A good while back my friend and part time neighbor Leon Smith brought me the third electric fridge and it has sure helped a lot. The first one I'd bought I traded to Bigfoot for a full sized fridge, The desert got to that one and the compressor went out. It has made a good storage locker since then. Both of those had a real bad habit of causing the WiFi router/modem to cut out every time they came on though which in some cases it wouldn't reboot and I'd have to manually do it. Needless to say that was a real pain in the posterior. The one Leon gave me doesn't do that at all and has a good bit of storage and a decent sized freezer so I''m VERY happy with it!
The Foots brought me the above sign on their last visit down here and its on loan to the legion now. For now its displayed in one of the windows and looks pretty cool with the light shining through it. Unfortunately though there is some cool etching on it which can't be made out while its in the window. See the second photo to see that. Bigfoot's son Wess made it on his home made CNC machine and did a real fine job on it.
A while back I made a trip south and noticed I had a low rear tire so aired it up at BBMI before coming home. The next morning I had a flat on the rear, but it was on the opposite side. I have plug kits for tires and usually have good luck with them, but an examination of this tire made me come to the conclusion there was no way a plug would ever do on this puncture. That's a frickin railroad spike sized rock stuck through the tire and I could not get it out. Another perfectly good tire down the drain! ARG!!!
A bunch of semis are hauling gravel down south and once again when they start graveling 118 a lot of this will happen. This happened on the way back from Study Butte this morning when one of the chunks of gravel blew out of one of the damn semis as I went by it and this is the second major ding in the Jeep windshield cause by the graveling process. Unfortunately no one around here carries windshield repair kits so I''ll have to hopefully get someone going to Alpine to get me another kit and get this fixed before it has time to spread.
The Blue Bonnets and other wild flowers are blooming along 118 down south once again. I haven't notices any cactus blooming yet though so hopefully they don't know something that the wild flowers don't. (More COLD weather ahead?) At least we only had a low of 30 degrees last night where other parts of Texas were in the 20s. I've had all the damn cold I want!
The meeting to see if the District commander will pull the plug on the Terlingua American Legion will be held at 10:00 AM in the morning Sunday 02/09/2014. Any Terlingua residents who would hate to see this happen can show up at the legion around 10:00 AM. You will not be allowed in the meeting unless you are a member, but can join other supporters of our legion on the patio.
That's right folks. According to the district Commander he will be pulling the charter for Terlingua American Legion Post 653 around the first part of February. I was given one option to save it and that option is NOT possible! We would have to sign up 2 new members a month to keep the legion going and at most we MIGHT be able to sign up one or two people a year. If this happens and evidently is going to the legion will be shut down and the National American Legion will seize the building and land it is on making it impossible to convert it to some other type veterans group or even turn it in to a much needed community center for this area. The legion here has been a community meeting place for well over 40 years now, but the powers that be don't care what they will do to this community when they close it.
Facts are that the population for South Brewster county is only 857 people to begin with.
85% are Hispanic and never served in the military (Can't be members).
15% White, Black and others.
1% war time veterans. Some of which are dying off each year.
Some are already members, but don't participate in the legion and don't want to because of the idiotic and antiquated American Legion rules. Any younger vets moving in to the area (Not many) have had all of the military type rules they want and they don't want any part of the legion for that reason.
Now it would be possible to solicit new members from other parts of the state or country, but that would only benefit the corporate American legion and do nothing for helping our legion or community.
On top of all of this the District commander also told me that if I resigned he would shut it down anyway so one way or the other it will be shut down because I refuse to allow him to hold our post hostage using me. I will be resigning at the February 9th meeting because of this and because of getting tired of the district commander calling me from time to time and chewing my ass out for very long times when he calls. Being Commander for me is strictly a volunteer job (no pay what so ever for me) On top of that I support it with my business and use my own gas to run errands like taking care of the banking, getting supplies and so on.
The post is far better of than it has been many years despite an attempted, but failed coup that occurred shortly after I became the commander and the survivors of the attempted coup having to struggle just to keep the doors open. Now that it is starting to do good they want to shut it down. All I can say is that I will pull all support for the legion and when my membership expires in 2015 I will never renew it again.
BTW you can bet this will not be the last post about this.
Of course part of this has to do with the National American Legion who are phasing out non profitable legion posts across the country.
Thanks go out to Robert Dawson (Acting finance officer), Lee Penland (Historian and major supporter), Melinda Simmons, (Assistant bar manager and bar tender), Donna Koon (part time bar tender) for helping me along the way. I couldn't have gotten the post where it is without them. Also thanks for those who have volunteered their time and effort to help clean up and fix up the post.
BTW the bar tenders only work for 20% commission and tips and then spend a good portion of what they make supporting the legion and providing food for the community.