Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Fall has arrived.
You're probably thinking - Doesn't this guy own a calendar to remind himself of when fall begins?
Let me explain.
It is more than just a date - it is a state of mind - a state of being.
The colors in the tree canopy are spectacular - neon red for the maples, fluorescent yellow of the aspen, the brilliant gold of the tamaracks and deep maroon of the white oaks.
Skeins of migrating waterfowl have been filling the sky for weeks.
The cold evening heavens are alive with stars.
You can see your breath when you go out at first light.
Firewood has been stacked and the wood burner is getting daily use.
Today I had the game on the radio, a refreshing malt beverage on the work bench and I spent my Sunday afternoon in the machine shed cutting-up a deer.
In a man's world could it possibly get any better than that?
This weekend I learned that it can.
Originating in Chicago - Man B Cue is a bar-b-cue for men only. Rules are specific - meat eating and beer drinking are recommended.
For example there is Rule #6 - You must bring enough meat to share with MBQ attendees. (Unless you killed it, then you can bring the one piece for yourself).
Don't take my word for it - check it out.
Did you notice the Chicago MBQ Chapter's traveling trophy in the video clip? Did you also notice that it doubles as a vessel for drinking shots? Egad!
Seems a member of our very own deer camp is now in possession of that sacred relic.
I am not making this up.
He's also our camp's youngest member and an accomplished marksman.
Seems he hosted a Chicago MBQ featuring grilled Wisconsin venison.
I must admit that is quite a feather in his cap and a recognition deserving of mention - I would be talking about the trophy that you can apparently do shooters with - the marksmanship is a minimum requirement for deer camp admission.
Keep on grilling.
By the way - check out this pair of fellas that have been hanging around lately-Click on images too enlarge