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Scaredy dogs

Scaredy dog!

Scaredy dog!

Got a scaredy dog under my feet at the dinette this morning which is the Command Center and Staging Area here at the No Princess Palace.  Scooched into a spot I wouldn’t think a chihuahua could get into.  All shaking and panting and generally terrified.  She is gun shy and today is the first day of dove season here in the Pucker Brush. Bein’ as how this is a hunting ranch you have to expect men in camo totin’ 12 gauges are gonna show up sooner or later.  She has been this way with gun shots and smoke detectors ever since I been coming around.  Seems odd for a bird dog, huh?  Little Blondie told me the breeders give her a heads up before she bought Tuco the Dog.  They took a pen of pups to a shooting event and Tuco has been gun shy ever since.  No matter to Little Blondie as she never intended her to be a working dog.  Just somethin’ you gotta deal with……………………..

Tuco the Dog is not the only scaredy outfit around here this morning.

I have written before about what a fan I am of  Zaycon Foods ( website link to Zaycon ).  Over time they have always delivered a better product than I thought possible and the delivery process was flawless.   A company that means what it says and then does it is getting rare for sure these days.  Zaycon has earned my trust and my business.  Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based in Spokane, Washington. The company was founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices.

You see, we knew all the farmers who had the best stuff around. Thanks to our experience in the grocery industry, we knew how to quickly move that great stuff from point to point, preserving its freshness, taste, and nutrition.

So we asked ourselves: “Why are there middlemen involved? Why aren’t we just getting this food directly from the farms to the people who are going to eat it?”

That idea grew into the company we are today.

When we started off just a few short years ago, we offered only a few meats in a few areas. But thanks to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response we’ve gotten from all of you, Zaycon has grown like wildfire!

We now offer a wider range of fresh foods – from milk to berries to salmon filets – to an ever expanding list of regions. If we have not been to your area yet, let us know and you can bet we’ll be there soon. And if we’ve already been through a dozen times, you know we’re coming back again, too!

Now it ain’t no secret to anyone who visits here with any regularity that I figure somethin’ bad is afoot.  Folks just can’t be doin’ what they are doin’ all over this world without the chickens coming home to roost eventually.   I believe this with a sure certainty and it drives me most days.  I don’t have a fat 401k, a BMW on lease or a ridiculously huge house that echoes like an empty mausoleum most days.   I go about the business of livin’  day in and day out and my slice o’ life is closer and more primitive than most other folks I know.   In my book, if you are not livin’ right on the edge you are taking up too much space.

I have been keeping up with terrorists sneaking across the border just south of me that the DOJ says didn’t happen,  the economy going in the tank and Putin’s overwhelming crusade to re-establish Russia as a dominant world player.  All this and more.  But nothing quite got to me like this email from Zaycon that come in this morning:

This is not the usual email from Zaycon Foods – this is what it looks like when a company is honest with its customers. Please take a minute to read this message; it affects all of us.

We are seeing truly unprecedented circumstances in the protein commodity markets this fall; in fact, they are turned upside down. You can see it on the news, in stories online and in print, or simply by checking meat prices at your local grocery store: the extremely short supplies in the beef and pork markets have now pushed into the chicken market, and demand for chicken is up more than 17% nationwide.

This squeeze on the market has not merely reduced supply, it has completely changed production forecasts, impacting the production ability of suppliers of beef, pork, and chicken products. These unforeseen circumstances have caused a marked shift in the availability of products this fall.

Zaycon is committed to getting you quality foods at the lowest prices possible. There’s no trick to how we keep pricing so low: we give you the best prices the going market rates allow. And we always try to secure as much inventory as our customers want. As our events near the point of selling out, usually we just order more truckloads from our suppliers. This fall, the inventory is simply not there.

Given the reality of current supply circumstances, we simply must raise the price of our chicken to $2.49 per pound. This is, in all honesty, the smallest increase we can possibly make without actually losing money on this sale.

They raised their prices 30% on their most popular item and then warn that availability even at that price might be questionable. I felt like somebody pole-axed me right between the eyes when I read this.  It brings it home for me folks.  This is not mainstream media white washing the news and feeding it to us at supper time.  This is what it is and what we face going forward.  Scares the bejeezus out of me it does and I fear it may only be the beginning.

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Sourdough bread goodness from my own starter

Sourdough bread goodness from my own starter

Not exactly an end note

Lots of times I am just a naive dumbass of monumental proportions.  Such was the case directly after the dust up with Little Blondie.  Several female readers contacted me.  They were all well spoken and turned the written word out well, they were attentive, intelligent, kind and undoubtedly mucho bonita.  In all cases there were many emails exchanged,  amounting to hundreds of words.  They spoke from the heart and I replied in kind constrained as I was by the fact I was still a very married man.  Still am for that matter  -at least for a few more weeks.  There was no impropriety from any involved parties and it was a very pleasant experience for me to garner that kind of attention.

Back in my rough and ready days,  I used to work with a guy that lined me out quick when things got intense and I went all in.  He would holler “You are coming on TOO STRONG!”  and I would back it off.  Happened pretty regular for sure.

I guess that is what happened with my newly found female penpals.   I guess my curmudgeonly, close to the bone gypsy lifestyle was too much for these gentle women. Maybe I should have dialed the intensity back from 11 on the dial.  I dunno.    They vanished into the internet ethersphere just as quickly as they had appeared.  Everything happens for a reason and life goes on day by day;  such it was with these events as well I reckon.

So I give you this from Todd Snider (and it don’t necessarily apply to the nice ladies referenced above – just sayin’…. )

All of My Life………

This world is so amazing
The sun is shining and it’s raining too
I waited all my life for you

I don’t mind sometimes not talking
Sometimes there ain’t a thing to say
Anyway I know what you’re thinking
And I kinda like it when you think that way

I think I’ll just keep on driving
Anywhere will do
I waited all my life for you

All this time I knew you were out there
All this time I knew someday I’d find you somewhere

Youtube it if ya want.  Here ya go with a regular End Note.

End Note:  Bang a Gong (Get it On) by T.Rex  from the Electric Warrior album.  Yeah, we gonna be gettin’  it on soon enough I fear.

Listen up chil’rens.  If you can’t remember the world before MTV and the Internet,   you need to check out this youtube.  The Midnite Special was a must see back in the day.  You made sure Friday Night activities were wound up and you were planted right square in front of the TV when it came on at midnight.   Wasn’t no DVR to catch it or a replay on cable later on.

So the youtube features 8 minutes of unholy fine as good as it gets down in the dirt  rock and roll.  Tambourines bangin’,  smoke machines, feather boas, backup singers rockin’ the bod,  amps blowing up,  guitars throwed down with little love  and general mayhem.   I can dig it.

 

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10 comments to Scaredy dogs

  • Joel

    “In my book, if you are not livin’ right on the edge you are taking up too much space.”

    Heh. If you’re eating meat every day, you’re nowhere near the edge. You’re on the edge when you’re collecting recipes for ants and grasshoppers. Owning your own personal vehicle isn’t on the edge, either. Nor is air conditioning.

    Next time you sit down to write some blues, here are the rules:

    http://www.note13.com/rules_for_the_blues.htm

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    • Andrew

      I may not be teetering right on the edge Joel but I am closer than most folks I know about. We are all getting closer and closer though not by choice.

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      • Joel

        Well, Andy, I don’t claim to be a prophet, but I’ve lived about as long as you have and I’ve seen worse times than these.

        BTW, what *is* your track record in prophecy?

        Mine has been damn good, although as they say, “past performance is no prediction of future results.” Of course, they were saying that 50 years ago, too.

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        • Andrew

          You know I value your opinion Joel. To each his own.

          Plan for the worst. Hope for the best.

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  • Ken

    Been watching ZayconFoods now for a while. Prices are going up for them and going up in the grocery store by a much wider margin. Like you, the dustup is on the way, especially with our bozo in charge. Current events make me wanna go to bed and pull the covers up over my head and hide. We have worked most of the summer canning and preserving. Two small freezers full and every jar we had full. Ate out of the garden all along and our late garden is coming along well. Even got a flock of 25 chickens in the back yard. I figure money ain’t gonna do squat for us, bartering items is gonna be where it’s at.
    Not preppers by any means, just old school West Texas kids tha do what we say and mean it.

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  • Nancy Klune

    I’ve been baking all of FTWB and my bread for about 2 years now but just can’t get the hang of sour dough. I did ok when I lived in Denver, was gifted with a 100 year old starter from Alaska, many moons ago but here in north Texas ……. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. The starter will bubble up and fall a bit and look pretty good for a few days, then when I’m about ready to use it seems to die. Maybe it’s not deat but it’s flatter than a flitter.

    Your loaf of SD looks like a photo out of a add. Great job Sparky.

    Maybe I’ll give it a go again.

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    • Andrew

      Nancy

      When I take mine out of the fridge, I have to feed it to wake it back up before I use it.

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  • I can see why grocery prices are going up as the bozo and his greenie pals conspire to raise electricity prices to defeat non-existent climate change and the new costs get passed on, but why Zayco? Why is there a supply problem. Cows and pigs aren’t healthy or something?

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    • Andrew

      Dick,

      Cattle herds were depleted over the last two years as ranchers were forced to sell due to the drought. There was some sort of virus introduced into the pigs starting in North Carolina that they think came from China. It has since spread across the country and killed millions of piglets. I never saw it reported on the news.

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  • Gives new meaning to Eat Mor Chikin campaign.

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