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≡ THE “HITCHIN’ POST” ………………Talk About Anything ≡

Keep it clean, folks! (…more or less.) sausage making

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by Frank L. Visco
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  4. Employ the vernacular.
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  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what YOU know.”
  12. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
  13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
  14. Profanity sucks.
  15. Be more or less specific.
  16. Understatement is always best.
  17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
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  1. Well, I’m once again back in the saddle and getting ready to make a batch of hipshot burgers, wild hog sausage, and smoke up some maple-honey bacon. I’m wondering where I go on this forum to change my password to one that I might actually be able to remember? I lost all my pictures and quite a few websites from a recent computer crash, so I’m starting out pretty darned fresh. In the last year or so I’ve gotten into canning kokanee and salmon, a wonderful alternative to smoking, tho canning SMOKED kokes and salmon is about as good as it gets. Anyway, if I can get this password thing straightened out I’ll be around here a bit more often. I certainly hope CW, the Duckster, Shuswap, Krakowska and others are all doing well and still smokin’ and stuffin’. RAY

    1. Hey Duk, I’ve heard that a man has to have an “iron constitution” to eat andouilette! Is it true? I’ve heard that anyone who has tried it once has to be held down the second time by three men and a boy just to get it past his tongue, and then it is still a struggle to get him to swallow! Is it twue? Is it twue? And what about the guy who invented the stuff? Did they really hang him then shoot him two days later? Did they really dig up the body a week later just to shoot him again?
      Hmmm…. this sausage is not to be confused with andouille.

      1. Tripe-based products are a well-known remedy for alcohol over-indulgence. Tripe soup is very popular as a South Texas morning-after cure called menudo, especially popular on New Year’s Day. But see…? The French understand tripe’s medicinal properties too. I urge you to try it. It cures just about everything except ugliness. (You’re on your own, there.)
        Duk

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