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Ode to Ground Beef


I love a good cheeseburger. Over the years, Iíve had some that were truly incredible. Iíve also had some that made a can of Alpo with Cheese Whiz look appealing, but Iíd rather talk about the good ones.

Jimmy Buffett wrote a song glorifying them. I can agree wholeheartedly with the theme of the song, though I like mine a little differently from the way he prefers them. I donít really care for lettuce and tomato on my burger. I do like Heinz 57, though. I can take or leave the fries, unless Iím in the mood for fries with gravy on them. Then they become elevated to exquisite in flavor. But that depends on my mood. He also likes his with a cold draught beer; I prefer either a cup of good coffee or a glass of Pepsi.

There was a little restaurant in New Lebanon, New York that I stumbled upon back in the 80s called the Hitchiní Post Cafť. They made really good hand formed patties and the burgers were extremely delicious. However, as time went on, the quality began to slip. Then the restaurant got sold and the new owner didnít have the same touch and the burgers devolved into the ordinary category. Then the restaurant got sold again and the name changed. I donít know how the burgers are now.

When Melia and Kala were here in October, we went to a local Steak & Shake. Kala was beside herself. She absolutely loved the burger he had there. She loved it so much that when their flight back to Spokane got put off until the following day, she insisted on going back to S&S for dinner. She voted unanimously on going. (Melia and I didnít get to vote).

Iíve written about it before, but one of the best burgers Iíve had in years was from the restaurant in Marysvale, Utah. I got it with fried onions and mushrooms and I put ketchup on it and it was almost Transcendental. I plan to go back there one of these days. I hope that the restaurant is still open and that the cook hasnít lost his touch.

I cook my own burgers here at home and theyíre adequate, but Iím not a true Maestro when it comes to cooking Burgers. Iím competent and I usually make a decent burger. Good enough for me. I stopped making hand formed patties. I got a burger press and it does what I want it to do. I weigh out the right amount of ground beef and the press shapes it into uniform, round patties. I prefer extra sharp cheddar cheese on my burger.

Occasionally, Iíll fry an onion in butter and put that on my burger. And sometimes, Iíll go all out and put sweet pickle relish, mustard, Tabasco Chipotle sauce, plus the onion and Ketchup on it. That becomes an instant mess as soon as I take the first bite, but it really does taste good.

Other countries have their special foods. Australia has the best steak sandwiches Iíve ever eaten (even better than the Rib Eye sandwiches from Colemanís at the Springfield Mile) and the pork in Kenya was the best tasting pork Iíve ever eaten. Nobody makes a burger that can compare to a good burger made here in the USA, though.

I just had a cheeseburger for dinner, and now Iím enjoying a second cup of good Kenya coffee. The weather sucks outside. Itís been snowing lightly off and on since last night and the temperature has been hovering right around the freezing mark since this time, Monday evening. Iím not going anywhere on the bike, so I figured Iíd come up with a topic for a Snippet. My burger tasted so good, I decided to write about it. I think nearly everybody enjoys a good burger. Except Vegans; they have my deepest sympathy.
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Never had a vegan burger so there I think you are correct. I have had a veggie burger that was actually better than the best burger I've ever had. At the lodge in the back at Many Glaciers National Park.
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I will gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today. J Wellington Wimpy.
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Errands and Such


Iím stalling. Itís cold outside and Iím waiting for the temperature to get a little closer to the freezing mark. The thermometer in the back porch is reading 22 F (-5.5 C). Iím getting soft; Temps in the 20s werenít even a consideration a couple of years ago. Hell; when I rode to Daytona in í06, it was 19 F at my house and the temp dropped as I rode through the Connecticut hills. I didnít see the freezing mark until I was in New Jersey. Now, itís in the 20s and I have less than 10 miles total and Iím hanging back. Maybe Iíll get a car for next year. Then again, if the temperature would get up to Average for this date, Iíd be out on the Roadster and comfortable. Maybe next year, the temperatures will be as far above Average as theyíve been below this season. Or maybe itíll warm up as the winter progresses. (And maybe Iíll win the Lottery, too!)

One good way of stalling is to write a Snippet. Iím not sure what to pick for a topic, though. I could write a bit more about Christmas, but thereís over two weeks to go, and thereíll be additional things to write about it, so I think I should wait. I could write more about Flat Track, but Iím going to wait until after the first of the year for that. After I wrote about Cheeseburgers, a friend recommended I do an Ode to Pizza. Thatís definitely worth a Snippet, but I want to wait a bit.

One thing that has me thinking is that Liquid Assets (the people who bought out EBR Motorcycles) are doing low volume builds. What Iíve heard so far is two variants of the 1190 RX and an 1190 SX Black Mamba. I guess itís a variation of the Black Lightning. It has the original SX suspension and not the shorter suspension of the Black Lightning. I donít know if it has the higher bars or lower footpegs or the more comfortable seat. More details will appear in time. The other thing I donít know is the price. Even if itís being sold at a bargain price, I probably wonít be able to afford one. Still, if it is priced low enough, maybe I could work out a wayÖ weíll see. Iím trying to make assumptions from insufficient data. Thatís bad science and itís also a bad way to live. But it is a nice subject for Daydreaming.

Well; the temperature has risen all the way to 27 F (-3C). I guess I should get off my duff, put my gear on and gitter done.
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All I want is no rain and dry roads, hasn't happened in almost three weeks here. Got PMS, Parked Motorcycle Syndrome, grrr.
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You know if you buy a car for next winter, It will never snow and it won't get below 40. Sounds like a fair trade to me!

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I was actually looking at the EBR website yesterday or one that was all about the bikes. Pretty nice bikes but not my style at the age I have somehow managed to reach. I ride a cruiser now, not into baggers. My cruiser is great for running errands around town, playing pseudo ricky racer in the mountains or blasting down the highway at 80 mph. It doesn't do all of these exceptionally well but well enough for this old fart. I didn't any mention of price either but since they are pretty much handbuilt I would expect them to be pretty dear.
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Baby; Itís Cold Outside


I think the temperature got above freezing today, but I wouldnít put money on that. The cold was causing a sharp pain in the sides of my neck up by the jaw. I have a neck warmer that I usually wear in cold weather, but it was sitting on the helmet shelf at home, nice and warm. I really thought it was going to get close to 40 F (4.4 C); so I told myself that if I was dumb enough to believe the forecast, then I deserved to suffer a bit. Iíve only been riding during the winter for a couple of decades or so,; I guess itís understandable that Iíd leave an important piece of gear off. I wonít be making that mistake again for a while.

I was in the supermarket getting a couple of necessities, Cheddar cheese for burgers, a rack of bottled water and a few other items and I bought two cans of Blueberry Pie filling and a couple of pre made crusts. The Blueberry Pie I had at Thanksgiving sucked. Iím going to bake my own.

Now; I donít know squat about baking pies. Iím going to give it a shot, though. I donít think it can taste much worse than that last pie that I bought. Iím pretty sure that one can of filling will be enough for a pie, but I bought two, just in case it isnít. I researched a bunch of recipes, and Iím pretty optimistic that Iíll be able to do the job successfully.

The Roadster likes these temperatures less than I do. I have to run with the choke pulled out for a few miles or else she doesnít really want to run. The poor spark plugs donít really get a chance to burn all the excess carbon off. I hope we get a few warmer days so I get a chance to take it out for a few miles and let it clear itself out.

I almost started buying up parts to stockpile for a new Roadster. I ran across the handlebars that I like while looking at parts on eBay. They cost a third of what the MoFoCo wants. I keep looking at gas tanks and rear fenders and even front fenders. If I could build up a stash of parts, then it would be that much sooner that I could get them painted and get the new Roadster set up properly. The one thing that really helps me to not buy is how low my funds are. After Christmas, I should be in a little bit better shape, money wise.

While I like to dream about setting up a new Roadster, I think Iím going to have to make the changes slowly, like I did with The Roadster. I rode it pretty much stock for the first year. Then I got that set of Hepco & Becker mounts for cheap and I got a beat up old Custom gas tank, and Vern worked his magic and made it look really nice, but it wore the stock tank until April of 16 and it was a couple of more months until I had the mounts modified to fit the bike and I put the hard bags on. I still have the soft bags, and I could use them again if I have to. Weíll see.

Getting back to Christmas; Iím planning the same meal I had for Thanksgiving, and Iím hoping it all turns out on Christmas day like it did last month. And Iím hoping the pie comes out right. I have about half a pound of Kenya Medium roast coffee that Iím saving for the holiday, so even if I blow it on the pie, Iíll still be able to savor a good cup of coffee or two. With the steak, Italian Green Beans, baked potato, gravy and biscuits, I wonít really need the pie, but if I have it, itíll be a perfect capper for the occasion. All the while, with Christmas Music playing and all the lights lit.
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