My first video YAY! Many more to come!!!

This was one of the strangest briskets I’ve ever cooked… and I’ve cooked a lot of briskets. Overdone in 7 hours? I’ve never seen that before. Since I filmed and edited the video, I thought I would premier my channel with a less than perfect result. 5/5/20 seemed like a good date for this Gringo – and I just happen to be 55 years old too.

I will be posting cooking videos covering everything from outdoor cooking, baking, sous vide, BBQ, and more. Join me on my continuing culinary journey.

Locked Down St. Paddy’s Day

So here we are, on self-imposed lockdown (meaning we are going out as little as possible). Perhaps not all that self-imposed because everything in the Old Pueblo is closed anyway. Short Costco and Walmart trips yesterday revealed this town has lost its collective mind. We witnessed our first rationing yesterday too… and yes… it was toilet paper at Walmart (one each). The employee said there were fights over it earlier in the day.

Since I have a policy of always having a back-up for everything from toothpaste to foodstuff, we are in great shape for at least 90 days. Well, sep for the milk, eggs, and tequila… no worries… we’ll make quick sorties when required. 

Speaking of backups, I even have 3 corned beef’s in the fridge, so even our dinner plans for tomorrow are all set.

I’ve been watching the pandemic closely, following numerous news sources (noticing the different reporting styles). I’ve been watching the stock market as well. My conclusion is that we should be more concerned about the incredibly high amount of fear, more than getting infected by some virus. It’s the fear that has people selling stock and buying way too much toilet paper. It’s the fear that has increased the level of negative energy to proportions I have never felt before. Even after 9/11, I did not perceive the amount of fear and self-preservation that I have this week.

This too shall pass and we will recover from it – though many people won’t have to buy toilet paper for a very long time. Speaking of time, I think there will be a long recovery from all of this. BUT, not too long. I expect that by the time the toilet paper hoarders have depleted their supply, this will all be over and life will have resumed some sense of normalcy… well… that is if you can define what we consider normal, normal.

If only this crisis could find a way to bring us together as a community, as a nation, as a species, then maybe it’s worth it.

Friday the 13th Full Moon post

It’s Friday the 13th and there will be a full moon!

Full Moon
Yeah, I took that!

I do find myself very thoughtful and somewhat eager to start a new adventure. Is it the moon? Is it my age? Is it something or just in my mind?? I don’t know, but something is stirring in me to make some changes and accept some challenges!

I will be changing the layout of this blog… actually, I am going to rebrand it all together next week. It will be more about me – of course – but will also be about my life companion of 3 + decades!! It will be called Carrie & David. I haven’t registered the domain name yet but this domain will be redirected there anyway.

So that’s about it for this blog. The new site will include travel, life, photos, videos, and what it’s like when two lifelong best friends grow old together whilst still enjoying life, new adventures, and new experiences together.

Yes, there will be a separate one where I will share our culinary journey too. www.GringoDaveCooks.com

Here is ANOTHER blog setup!

I’ve been “blogging” since the 1990s and have used everything from hand-posted blogs to blogEngine.net, blogger, WordPress and all points in between. I stopped blogging for the past few years as life has been a little topsy-turvy.

For the past year, I have been studying to get back into blogging — sharing my experiences and ideas with the people who care to read. After coding my own blog and looking at available resources, I’ve decided that WordPress is the way to go.

At first, I considered a WordPress.com package — heck, I even recommended it to a friend last week — but since I have a huge hosting foundation, I decided that I would install and maintain my own deployment of WordPress.

Why WordPress?
I chose WordPress because it is, by far, the most popular, robust and extended blogging/sharing platform available today. I’ve avoided it in the past due to security concerns and the fact I really never learned PHP (coding language). I have “grown out of” the need to hand code everything myself and am more interested in a convenient and flexible platform from which I can share my thoughts, skills, and experience.

This site, DavidFrancis.org, will simply be a place I use to test, edit and experiment for the SEVERAL other blogs I have coming soon. I will establish a protocol and checklist for standardization, upload, backups, and script testing. This site — if made public — will be nothing more than a testing platform that I intend to break and fix over and over again. I plan to have more refined technical postings on a sub-blog on another website.