Today’s remembrance feels a bit different since I realize that my birth is further away from today than the attack on Pearl Harbor was from my birth. In truth, it changes nothing, but the realization somehow makes it seem not so far away and long ago. For years the black-and-white films of the era made it seem of another time, but that difference no longer seems as stark to me. Then again, I could just be getting older and more maudlin.

George Washington brings us the following well aged wisdom:

Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

History. It’s not just for old dead white guys.

No, not that season, the “put the meat in the freezer” season. Apologies for non-existent posting. Evenings and other times have been given over to processing the annual harvest of venison for future consumption.

On that note, here’s an article I ran across on dry-aging beef. It’s an interesting explanation of why I don’t run across such meat more frequently (I can’t afford it).

I’ve played around a bit with aging venison, but I tend to find that it’s best to process it as soon as possible — at least in my case, where I don’t have access to freezer/cooler where I can hang it at a nice even 35-37 degrees F.

Last weekend the deer were coming in at ambient temperature, which was over 60 degrees F. That meat started to break down rather quickly. This weekend, the ambient temperature has dropped 40 degrees, ensuring that the meat will not break down so quickly. At the same time, cutting frozen meat is a bit more dangerous for the cutter. :)

Regardless of the weather, the result is well worth the effort.

To the three of you who still pop over from time to time, I think I have good news. The “Open” sign has been placed in the shop window once again. Medical issues through the first part of this year, followed by a lot of re-evaluation of where things stood with self, family, friends, work, etc. have kept me rather preoccupied.

I’ve not entirely determined what approach I’ll take to reinvigorating this space (shorter regular posts, longer weekly posts, chain of consciousness writing, or something altogether different and avant garde) but I’m relatively rested and refreshed and ready to give it a spin.

And no, my recent and frequent experiences with this country’s health care system have not let me to radically rethink my understanding of markets and how incentives cause people to make good (and bad) decisions. If anything, I am more convinced that the healthcare industry would greatly benefit from government’s removing its heavy hand from the scales of supply and demand. But that sounds like a post for another day.

As a regular voice of my childhood would declaim each week-day: “Stand by for news!”