Archive for August 26, 2009

“…and he can cook too!”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 by Jay

I had the Girl (my girlfriend, she is about my age) and the Girl’s sister (she is in her mid-20s, meaning older than me) over for supper tonight. I was planning on just me and her, but her sister was in town, so she decided to tag along with her.

Being on a pretty tight budget (almost like being in college all over again….), I had to come up with something quick and not too hard on the wallet. Anywho, I came up with my old standby. It’s super quick, feeds 3-4, and cost me about $10 or so.

1 box of Kraft deluxe mac and cheese, 1 store bought package of Meyer’s Original Elgin Sausage, and 1 package of Jolly Green Giant Steamers Broccoli Cut.

Cook mac and cheese and the Broccoli as per their individual directions. Cut the sausage into individual links. Cut each link into halves longways. Pan fry the halves. Once the mac and cheese and broccoli are done, finely chop the broccoli, then add and mix in with the mac and cheese. Serve and enjoy!

I like to take a sausage half and put it in a piece of bread, and make kind of a mini sausage wrap. Normally if I’m eating by myself, I can get about 3 meals.

Mixing the broccoli with the mac and cheese is a pretty good way to get people who normally don’t like broccoli (i.e. kids), to eat broccoli.

The thread title comes from the Girl gloating to her sister, saying not only was I handy at fixing things, going into an honorable profession, but that I’m also a good cook (when I want to be).

Holy crap….

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 by Jay

I wish my car was made by these folks. Here is the jist of the story:

Russian T34 tank pulled from lake, after 56 years. It still runs.

During battles in the summer of 1944, the tank was captured from the Soviet army and used by the German army. (This is the reason that there are German markings painted on the tank’s exterior.) On 19 September 1944, German troops began an organised retreat along the Narva front. It is suspected that the tank was then purposefully driven into the lake, abandoning it when its captors left the area.

Together with other history club members, Mr Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions [around the late 90s] to the bottom of the lake about a year ago. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3-metre layer of peat.

Enthusiasts from the club, under Mr Shedunov’s leadership, decided to pull the tank out. In September 2000 they turned to Mr Aleksander Borovkovthe, manager of the Narva open pit of the stock company AS Eesti Polevkivi, to rent the company’s Komatsu D375A-2 bulldozer.

After the tank surfaced, it turned out to be a ‘trophy’ tank, that had been captured by the German army in the course of the battle at Sinimaed (Blue Hills) about six weeks before it was sunk in the lake.

Altogether, 116 shells were found on board. Remarkably, the tank was in good condition, with no rust, and all systems (except the engine) in working condition.



From a later update:

Successfully started the diesel engine without having to replace any parts.

Have only replaced the bearings on the skating rolls.

There is another part to the update, but it reads like it was put into one of those online translators. So, I took the liberty of making it read like standard English here:

Germans drove the tank into the lake when it had run out of fuel in 1944. It was at a depth of 12 meters, further covered by another 6 meters of peat and silt. For 2 weeks, divers of the history club washed away the silt and peat above the tank. There weren’t any traces of solar oil (?), and there wasn’t any oil in the water. The mechanical condition of the tank was ideal. There wasn’t any fuel in the tanks, and the oil didn’t leak out of the engine.

Article is here:

But wow, after 56 years of being underwater, put a little diesel in it, and it cranked right up.

I’m sure the inside of it was all trashed, but to think it was still mechanically sound after all those years.

I’m curious though, I wonder why they said the engine didn’t work in the original article, but yet later said it ran without needing any work? I guess they realized all it needed was a little diesel……