Sunday, September 17, 2017

This and that

You know you drive an old truck if you find yourself looking in the rearview mirror every time you hear a strange noise.  "OK, which part fell off this time."

The boss was telling us to not let perfection get in the way of getting the job done.  He said, "Think about your first deer stand.  It was not perfect but it got the job done.  That is where I want your minds to be."  So I turned over a five gallon bucket and asked if I could get paid piece-work.  I am still employed but he was not amused.

I got to work alone today.  I was content.  The boss figured that I would not be spending half my time on my phone since it is a flip-phone and would not need adult supervision.  He was right on both accounts.

I took a gallon of water and drank most of it in the five hours I worked.  I was outside.  High of eighty-four, sunny, no breeze, 75% humidity.  Not brutal but not a picnic.  I put 3/8 of a teaspoon of salt in my gallon of water to see if that helped with salt lost during sweating.  Seemed to work OK.  The amount of salt was low enough that it did not impact palatability.  Key point, use non-iodized salt.


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    1. Taste!

      Iodized salt that that metallic, I touched my tongue to a 9V battery taste. Non-iodized salt is much less metallic tasting. If you look at recipes for pickles and other salty foods you will see that they usually specify sea-salt or kosher salt or some other non-iodized salt.

      Salt costs about eighty-seven cents a pound. It is a cheap, easy experiment to try. Put a quarter teaspoon of each kind of salt in a separate gallon of water and see if you can tell the difference.

    2. Thanks. I've often seen the recommendations but never dawned on me why. As always you are educational and entertaining. Keep up the most excellent work!

  2. 84F with 75& is a ice spring day around here. Almost perfect.

    1. Perfect is 84F, 75% humidity and an ICY libation beneath my left hand. I was not exactly cutting sugar cane with a machete but that is a pretty close description to what I was doing....not so perfect.