Author Archives: Chris Todd

BBQ Crawl finale – Mission BBQ close to home

We finally got home on Friday evening, January 2nd, about 5:30 pm, after driving a little over 3,000 miles over the previous two weeks.  After doing a little unpacking, and generally just kicking back and relaxing for a little while, … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop ten – The Alamo in Richmond (again!)

We enjoyed the Alamo BBQ in Richmond so much the first time around, we wanted to stop in again so we could try their tacos, which another guest had told us were awesome.

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BBQ Crawl stop nine – The Pit in Raleigh, NC

So we slept in on New Year’s Day (no surprise), and didn’t really hit the road until about 11:30 am.  Our intention was to head up I-85 out of Athens towards Charlotte, and eventually finish the day in the Raleigh/Durham … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop 8.5 – New Year’s Eve at The Branded Butcher

After having lunch at The Oink Joint, we continued north to Atlanta, then east to Athens, GA.  We had decided it would be a good idea to get off the roads before dusk, given that it was New Year’s Eve, … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop eight – The Oink Joint

Well, it’s time to start our drive home, unfortunately. We’ve had a great time visiting with relatives here in Dothan, and Christmas was wonderful, but I don’t have unlimited vacation, and we have to be home before Saturday, so we’re … Continue reading

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Side trip to New Orleans and The Shed

A dear friend of ours from our college days at UMBC moved to New Orleans many years ago and got married, and we have not seen her in years. Since we were relatively close by, we decided to make a … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop five – the legendary Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ

We left Nashville about 2 pm and headed south to Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ in Decatur, Alabama. We rolled into their parking lot about 4:30, and on opening our car doors, were greeted with the most delicious smoke smell I … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop four – Jack’s BBQ, Nashville

After our breakfast at Puckett’s, we lumbered down the street to Broadway in Nashville, and did some shopping in the boot shops.  I bought myself some nice cowboy boots (my dress shoes for work needed replacing), and wandered over to … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop three – Puckett’s for breakfast

So we got yet another late start to the morning, in part because the fire alarm in our hotel went off at 12:30 am. We found out the next morning that one of the guests tried to disable the smoke … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl stop two – Luella’s

We left Wake Forest, NC around 1 pm, went slow and made a lot of stops, and we were ready for dinner by the time we got to Asheville around 6 pm. Unfortunately, the BBQ joint we had listed for … Continue reading

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BBQ Crawl first stop – Alamo BBQ

We got a late start leaving home, but we made it to Richmond by 7 pm for our first stop on our BBQ Crawl: Alamo BBQ.  The first good sign was the pile of wood next to the smoker outside, … Continue reading

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Christmas BBQ Crawl

Amy’s parents moved to Dothan, Alabama this last summer, so we are traveling to southern Alabama for Christmas. Shortly after her parents left, Amy asked me “Have my parents ever actually looked through your telescope?” to which the answer was, … Continue reading

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First BBQ brisket

Well, I’m trying my first BBQ beef brisket. I picked up a nine pound brisket from JW Treuth (I neglected to get USDA Choice, and instead got USDA select; that could be a mistake). We will inject it with Myron … Continue reading

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October CCA meeting

Greg Steeves gave a great talk on Lake Victorian cichlids (primarily haplochromines), as well as the C.A.R.E.S. program, which is designed to encourage hobbyist fish keepers to maintain and propagate species that are at risk or already extinct in the … Continue reading

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New Alita air pump for tank filtration

I bought an Alita AL-6A Linear Air Pump with the 12-gang manifold from Ken’s Fish for $115, along with some airline tubing and three large sponge filters.  I’ve been frustrated with my current filtering options on my 90g Oscar tank … Continue reading

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September 2012 CCA Meeting

The September CCA meeting was eventful. Anthony Tu gave a talk about Frontosa, detailing all the different varieties found around Lake Tanganyika, and showing several videos showing the awesome colors these fish have. He was finishing his talk with a … Continue reading

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AHSP 2012 – Monday

Saw two good talks Monday. Kevin Quin gave a talk on two software tools for planetary imaging, Fire Capture and Autostakkert. He covered the nitty gritty details of settings, workflow, and approach for both programs. I’m excited about Autostakkert, because … Continue reading

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AHSP 2012 -Sunday

I didn’t win anything in the raffle. It was completely cloudy, but since the CSC said it would clear up between 9 and midnight, I went ahead and setup my Astrotrac and both cameras and got my scope collimated. Nine … Continue reading

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AHSP 2012 – Saturday

Saturday afternoon, I went hunting for a new coat, because I forgot to pack my green LL. Bean parka. My father in law got me that coat before we moved to Pittsburgh, which means it is roughly 18 years old. … Continue reading

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AHSP begins

When I left home at 10:30 am, the skies were beautiful and clear blue. By the time I arrived at TMI at 3:30 pm, it was completely cloudy and raining very slightly. Every year I’ve ever been here, Tom Kennedy … Continue reading

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