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    Mike's Goose rant reminded me of an incident last week.

    I'm driving to the mall on one of the smaller local roads in the area. It had just snowed a good twenty or so inches a day before, so the snow banks were high on either side of the road.

    Well, a couple of wild Turkeys were crossing the road, and because of the difficulty, were taking longer than they should. Fortunately, they were at the base of a long hill, and I saw them from several hundred meters away, and slowed right down.

    The idiot in front of me didn't. If anything, he sped up.

    I saw an explosion of feathers and as one bird leaped and flew over the car. Feathers were all over the road, and the rest of the flock scattered.

    Excepting the actions of the idiot in the car, it was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen. All the birds were fine and continued walking off into the woods, slightly less covered, but alright.

    Just thought I'd share. [Wink]
    I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

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    [ 04-04-2003, 09:02 PM: Message edited by: Frank Booth ]

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      Reminds me of following a semi truck on I-40 going about 70 MPH. A turkey bails off a bluff and dead centers the trailer. Feathers everywhere. It was a hen. I looked in my rear view and noticed someone stopping to check it out.

      The next day at work one of my friends tells me he picked up a dead turkey on the interstate and tells me how he saw it hit a truck. He said the neck was broke and the breastbone was split in half. He went ahead and cooked it up and ate it.
      "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

      Norman Thomas

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        Watchman:

        I will admit that I did leap out of the car hoping that it would be either dead or wounded enough to justify shooting. I know an excellent butcher, and turkey (fried! My God man!) makes a great sandwich. [Wink]
        I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

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          Here in my state, I see a wild turkey by the road maybe once in a blue moon, but we have pheasants galore, and they are just about as stupid, if not worse! Hens, especially. Wait right by the side of the road, and when you get up to them, that's when they decide to fly right in front of you. More than once I've seen a feather snowstorm.

          One of the closest calls I've ever had was one night in my high school days. My brother and I were on our way home on my motorcycle, and we were going to be late getting home if we didn't hoof it a little. It was dark, and we were cutting along this gravel road at about 70 MPH. I was overdriving the headlight; it was about then I noticed something in the middle of the road, and up flew the biggest, ugliest barn owl I've ever seen! For those of you unfamiliar, a barn owl is about the biggest in the owl family; has a wing span of about 6 feet, and pretty heavy in the body. Enough to either snap your neck, or knock you right off a motorcycle!

          Envisioning a facefull of talons, I yelled back to my brother,"It's an owl!!! Duck or die!!!" For once, he heard me the first time!

          I know we missed that big bugger by just inches. [Eek!]

          Another time, I was following my Dad on my cycle when he was riding his; a jackrabbit ran out in towards him. Before Dad had the chance to either swerve or hit his brakes, the jackrabbit jumped right OVER Dad on his bike! With room to spare!
          I nearly put my bike in the ditch looking back, unable to believe what I had just seen.
          I caught up with Dad at the next stop sign, and pulled up next to him. Grinning that smug grin of his, he asked me,"What's the matter? Didn't know a jackrabbit could jump that high, did you?"

          I guess the look on my face told him everything.
          Never make a drummer mad- we beat things for a living!

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            [ 04-04-2003, 09:02 PM: Message edited by: Frank Booth ]

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              quote:
              You never had fried turkey? Try it, it's much better than roasted, and you can cook a 20 pound turkey in about a half hour. (That's in a 30 quart deep fryer by the way, not a pan.)
              I guess this is where you see one of the primary differences between the South and West and New England. I wouldn't even know where to find a thirty quart fryer, let alone how to use one.

              I'm perfectly willing to believe that it's good (it is fried after all, and anything with that mush grease has got to be good [Wink] ) but I guess I'll have to wait until I hit Florida this February to hunt around for a fryer.

              I'll bring it back, and be the first kid in his state to fry a turkey. [Wink]
              I haven't felt this good since we stole the 2000 elections!--Ned Flanders

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                [ 04-04-2003, 09:02 PM: Message edited by: Frank Booth ]

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                  Here are a few recipes for Cajun deep fried turkey.

                  Here is what you will need to fry them.

                  I believe these pots are also used for fish frying and, as Frank said, lobster cooking.

                  You gotta at least try a fried turkey.

                  mmmm-mmmm good eatin'
                  Optimistic pessimist: Hope for the best, but expect the worst.

                  Jack

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                    Shoot...I thought everybody knew fried turkey.

                    I've been frying them up for years and eating wild turkey will make you quit the domestic stuff.

                    Awhile back I looked of my deck to see 14 wild turkeys walking single file across the field. I actually imagined one frying up.

                    Cajun....oooohhh ya. Them poor yankees are missing it... [Wink]
                    "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

                    Norman Thomas

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                      [ 04-04-2003, 09:02 PM: Message edited by: Frank Booth ]

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                        My 81 year old father decided to fry a turkey 2 Thanksgivings ago. It was hilarious. He only put the theromometer beneath the skin despite our warnings. And we were all standing laughing, just of to where he couldn't see us. Well, let me tell you this turkey died a second terible death. A friend made a CDrom of that day entitled "The Day the Turkey died twice". It was inedible, of course. But we had a ham so the day was saved. When it came time for pie, I snuck them all out to the car and locked it. I sat in the car with the french silk chocolate pie in my lap and they were all trying to get in but I had my keys and my husbands. I passed little spoonfulle on on tiny plates out the window and made them sweat while I ate my piece then I opened the door. They grabbed the pies and my husband threw me over his shoulder like he was going to throw me in the bonfire! lol

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                          Originally posted by Frank Booth:
                          Those recipes look good, and I think I'll try one, but is a "ts" a tablesoon or a teaspoon?? How they call they spoons down there?

                          ts= teaspoon
                          tbs= tablespoon.

                          Check out the rest of that site. Lots of good recipes...
                          Optimistic pessimist: Hope for the best, but expect the worst.

                          Jack

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                            [ 04-04-2003, 09:03 PM: Message edited by: Frank Booth ]

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                              Nah, don't worry about that Frank.... alot of great things have been invented through what people thought were screw-ups! I have followed recipes wrong and come up with better tasting things....... unfortunately I was the only one that thought they tasted better!

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