Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today's fishing report

Two men gaffed a fish in the foreground while Hai had one on-line in the background.
Hai brought home some relatively small fish yesterday, orange Lincoln fish, not too popular, but his Mom loves 'em. So he cleaned a couple and she'll get them when he picks her up for our lobster tail Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lobster tales

Six wriggling lobsters made it home with Hai this morning after he and a friend set and then
emptied his traps in San Diego bay. Now what?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today's hike

You can't see Big Bear from below, it's hiding behind the range in front. One of the rewards of the hike.
It’s not much of a mountain as mountains go; more like a big hill. But this is what it looks like from the top, along with the obligatory selfie of the climber. After days of four mile hikes on flat land, it seemed like today was the day to try it — because it was there. Rough path was good for balance. Felt great to get on top, nice view of the golf course and school below as well as Big Bear. Now that’s a mountain.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Close counts when it comes to the pope

Laurie, our reporter in Vatican City, sends along this photo of the Holy Father. We'd have to say this is pretty good, probably as close an audience she'll get for making a plea on our behalf. Thank you Laurie.

Good Morning!

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Coliseum

Laurie Hartmann, my former business manager, is in Rome today and is out taking pictures of all the places. Says she has an audience with the pope tomorrow. She says, given the chance, she will ask the Holy Father to pray for me. Hmm.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

One more fish story. . .

Deckhands prepare the day's catch.
Shark absorber
A 50-pound short-fin Mako shark got too close to the boat and ended up on the plates of hungry fishermen, myself included. Deckhands had spotted the creature circling the boat and attempted to reach it with long gaffs, but to no avail. Then Hai, my partner, tossed a baited hook in the shark's path and he took it, tugged towards the boat in the process. Now reachable, deckhands ably and eagerly dispatched him. They butchered and divvied the prize to all hands, it's a favorite. Soaked in milk overnight, one slab was grilled today, after a proper marinade. Tender and pure, it had a pleasant, neutral taste as the white meat fell with ease before a butterknife. No bones, of course, sharks don’t have any. They do, however, have very sharp teeth, so it didn't live long once hauled on the deck. A short-fin Mako is the world's fastest shark, capable of speeds exceeding 40 mph. (Wikipedia)

A milk bath and a marinade.

One to go. . .

We installed the first of two outdoor tropical fans today. Two hours. Hai actually did most of the ladder work; Stan read instructions and assembled parts. We don't need a fan today in Hotel California (70 and sunny means chilly nights) but it will be nice some days. Hard part was figuring out the wiring. It was pre-wired a few years ago and we couldn't figure out the electrician's work. Finally got it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Photo by Stan Rolfsrud