Sunday, July 17, 2016

Biggie--Transitioning

Recently my wife and I moved away from our home of over 20 years.  Our neighbor (Biggie’s ‘Mom’) also moved away a few weeks later.  I didn’t think we would have Biggie in our lives any more, and I was absolutely heartbroken over that thought; however, things are not as bad as I originally thought they would be. 

Since moving we have had Biggie here several times for a few days at a time.  He has easily transitioned to being transported between the two homes for extended stays at each.  I’m not fond of his absence for several weeks at a time, but this is better than not having him at all.  I’ll take it.

A few days ago his mom sent us a short video of Biggie in his new digs, and it made me very happy to see him having fun.  I wish I were there, although this is the next best thing.



Friday, July 8, 2016

Irvine Lake 2016 Wild Game Feed

Ten More Weeks.  Ten more LONG weeks.  Seventy eternities (a.k.a. Days) until the next Annual Wild Game Feed at Irvine Lake.  I feel like I’m about to explode!  I’m not trying to speed up my life, but I do wish for the Feed to hurry up and get here.

I’m wondering if I’m the only person already packed?  Has anybody already packed, unpacked, and repacked?  Several times?  I have.  And I will most likely do it again.  Several times.

If you are reading this thinking “Maybe I should order a ticket and give this a try,” you are probably too late for this year.  Maybe not, but don’t get your hopes up.  This shindig sells out quickly.  If you did get your order placed in back in June and received your ticket, but this is your first time to go, please read my page AWGF FAQs.  It’s a tab near the top of this page.  It may answer some of your questions, but if it doesn’t do it for you, just email me at fineleatherart@yahoo.com .  I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve been going there for two decades.  I’ve learned a few things the hard way so you don’t have to.  In fact, if anyone has anything to add to my FAQ list, let me know.  Like I said, I don’t have all the answers.

The Annual Wild Game Feed is the biggest and best Feed I’ve ever encountered in my many years on this earth.  I’ve been to about 25 to 30 of these game feed events outside of this one, and most were pretty good.  Good food, good people, good prizes—but none even compare to the Annual Wild Game Feed at Irvine Lake.  Not One!   This is as good as it gets.  You don’t get just a plate served to you with three or four different meats, you get as many plates (paper trays) as you want, and you can go back as many times as you want.  The meat selection is HUGE, and you may not get around to sampling everything before you are too full to move.  Then they serve dinner.

On top of the food, the beer is a bottomless keg.  Just drink responsibly.  You still have to drive home, remember?  And the prizes are unbelievable.  Just look at what’s listed on your order form, and realize ‘That’s not even close to all of it.’  And don’t forget the events and exhibits.  There is just too much to take it all in, and after nearly twenty years, I still haven’t gotten around to everything.

If you go this year, stop by my shelter and chat a while.  I usually bring along a few extra cigars and some pickled quail eggs just to share.

See you at the Feed.