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Real Life & A Presidential Election

November 8th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well… It’s been a beautiful week since my last entry. The weather has been unseasonably warm during the day and nicely chilly at night. I managed to get all my work done and had time for two very fine motorcycle rides.

The old covered bridge off Rt. 13

The old covered bridge off Rt. 13

This lovely bridge is not far from Millfield off Rt. 13.

Nice... very nice

Nice... very nice

Then a couple of days ago our pal Smiles was working on our trials when he sensed whitetail activity. For those of you who hunt, you know the magic that happens when you have been still for fifteen or twenty minutes and the forest forgets about you and comes alive. Smiles, a seasoned woodsman, relaxed on the hillside and got this beauty with a crossbow at thirty feet.

Nothing will be wasted here.

Nothing will be wasted here.

Now we’re not headhunters looking for trophies. This young buck has a small rack, but a lot of meat. We got about fifty pounds of ground venison as well as a bag of loins. Vanessa and I are cooking venison meatballs right now which we will have for dinner with spaghetti. You won’t find this meat in a market! One of the things I love about cuisine in the Italian and German countryside is dishes with wild game. Hard to find here in the States… but we can do it at home.

I can hardly wait for dinner.

This is whitetail terrain...

This is whitetail terrain...

We’ve got 126 acres here at the Fur Peace Ranch, and we’ve been spending a lot of time hiking in the woods. It’s like have a state park in your backyard.

Then yesterday my friend Jeff who teaches at Ohio University, got off early and asked if I wanted to go for a ride. Yep… let’s do it. Another successful trip through the Hocking Hills.

Black Beauty resting by Ash Cave

Black Beauty resting by Ash Cave

Today was election day if course… I was at the polls by 0645 and voted… my duty and my honor.

So much for that… life continues to go on. This weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch is our closing weekend… Jack, myself and Barry Mitterhoff, then it’s on the road for while.


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  1. Barbara Jacobs
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:46 | #1

    Nice photos of the covered bridge.
    Italy does delicious dishes with wild game. I’ve never tasted the German dishes.

    I got up early today just to go out and vote.
    It was so early (for me) and I only had to walk across the street.
    I wore my red, white and blue pajamas with matching robe and slippers. It was a fashion statement but really — I was too tired to get dressed.
    My duty and my honor.

  2. Carey Georgas
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:46 | #2

    That’s some mighty fine eatin’ right there!

  3. Barbara Jacobs
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:53 | #3

    It’s certainly better than “culling”.
    Sure is much better than rounding-up the doe population and spending $1,200 for each operation.@Carey Georgas

  4. Carey Georgas
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:56 | #4

    I’m the alternate judge in my voting precinct, and thankfully so far the voters have been quite courteous and patient. Heavy turnout, and that’s a good thing for our democracy. Onward.

  5. Barbara Jacobs
    November 8th, 2016 at 17:58 | #5
  6. Chappy
    November 8th, 2016 at 20:48 | #6

    Great post! Venison meatballs and pasta sounds great too! Love SE Ohio in the fall (and spring and summer too)! Looking forward to HT this weekend at FPR and then Jorma a couple weeks later here in Richmond at The Tin Pan.

  7. Ham n Eggs
    November 9th, 2016 at 07:28 | #7

    “you know the magic that happens when you have been still for fifteen or twenty minutes and the forest forgets about you and comes alive.”
    I don’t have to hunt to get that, but many people haven’t a clue about the beauty in the forest. Love being in the woods myself.
    Happy eating
    Love All ways

  8. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 10:04 | #8

    I’m going to have a lot of time in 2017 to check out the beauty of the woods.

    Because I don’t like Clinton, I don’t mind that I voted for her and she lost to Trump. I don’t like him either. He’s going to be the POTUS. Won in a free election. Democracy. I’m going to see how he will “make America great again”.

    So for 2017, I won’t be working, will only work for free doing charity events.
    During the year, I will keep a tally of Trumps’ work:
    If he does a good job, I will work in 2018 and pay income tax.
    By the end of 2018, I’m going to give him another job review. And so on, until the end of his term in office.

    I’ve lived my life being independent in every way. I have only one full-time employee. I can afford to pay her, while we work only for charity groups.
    (This past year, I tried to hire another employee, to help us. Offered a big salary and good working conditions. Great job for 20-somethings. Had to fire each one that I hired because although they wanted a job — they didn’t want to work. Every time I gave them an assignment, they asked: “How long is that going to take to do?” My reply: “If I’m not rushing you — what’s your hurry? Most of the time we are working to meet deadlines and the idea is to work as quickly and efficiently as you can.” Maybe now, there will be an appreciation and willingness
    to take pride in their work. That would be a change.)

  9. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 10:14 | #9

    The challahs and organic strawberry jam will still be made and sold by my former employees at my small business. I started with 7 employees there and they are all good workers. No complaints from them, they are all happy to show up to work every day. Now there are 10 employees. It’s their business now.
    An American small business success story.

  10. Greg martelli
    November 9th, 2016 at 10:19 | #10

    As a 16 year old lifeguard ,I attended that event in Bethel Ny, I got to see all the bands after Canned heat until the Morning maniac music at 35′ from the stage( eclipsed by the Towsend /Abbie Hoffman scuffle).
    In spite of my early repudiation of the marijuana tempered politics of the late 60’s ,I stood at the DC mall in early 70’s when Paul suggested that the Pentagon be levitated -It didn’t move as much as the landscape did.
    I have always loved the FREEDOM , that the movement suggested, I believe that reinforced my sustained interest in this music that Jorma ,et al continue to profess today.
    Let freedom ring!
    It’s hard to run with the weight of gold
    Other hand I’ve heard it said
    It’s just as hard with the weight of lead

    I think we just got the lead out.

  11. Steve Levenson
    November 9th, 2016 at 11:51 | #11

    Seems a lot of people went for a walk in nature after voting. I walked around a lake. It didn’t care who I voted for, and I am grateful for that.

  12. johno
    November 9th, 2016 at 12:22 | #12

    Well how were the meatballs? Venison is good – if prepared correctly.
    The elections are over and the Silent Majority has spoken – it’s a great day for America. As a NYC guy – I feel really good for another NYC guy!

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 13:08 | #13

    Good thing that I’m not paying Trump by the pound.
    Oh, the weight, the weight.

    (wasn’t “get the lead/led out” the slogan at WNEW-FM?)
    You were 16 when you attended that event, I celebrated my 11th birthday over that weekend there. We’ve seen a lot in our lifetime.

    I will be enjoying nature walks in the woods — but not at night.
    There’s all sorts of “Monsters and Mysteries In America”-type things in there.@Greg martelli

  14. eaglesteve
    November 9th, 2016 at 13:17 | #14

    Enjoy dinner Captain & family.

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 13:17 | #15

    I didn’t even watch any of the election night programming.
    I don’t care who other people voted for. Instead I watched “The Big Interview”, it was a repeat of the Neil Young interview.
    Then I watched “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner”. After that I watched a screener of the new Brad Pitt movie. I like movies set during WW2. It’s a good movie.@Steve Levenson

  16. johno
    November 9th, 2016 at 14:00 | #16

    How exciting. At least I did civic duty and voted – even though I knew Clinton was going to win in New York. Why bother to vote? It was a protest vote. This was a movement that was sick and tired of the swamp in Washington.

  17. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 14:40 | #17

    I don’t see any comment posted here, saying they did not vote.

  18. JD
    November 9th, 2016 at 15:51 | #18

    Venison braciole is delicious!

  19. gregg
    November 9th, 2016 at 15:58 | #19

    yea babs it is right now Q-104.3 led zep hour g

  20. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 16:28 | #20

    Oh, right! That was the slogan for WNEW’s Led Zep hour program.
    Q-104.3 is doing the same now, I didn’t know that. Very “exciting” ! lol!
    Nice to know that I’m good here with the “Greg(g)s”. Thanks.


  21. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 16:31 | #21

    Notice that, I don’t care who you voted for. It makes no difference to me.@gregg

  22. mikie
    November 9th, 2016 at 17:29 | #22

    Up Route 26 from Marietta, there are several old wooden bridges as you pass thru the Wayne Nat’l. Forest on your way into Washington County. The road follows the Little Muskingum River, a scenic ride in itself.

    Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children
    But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Hillary has struck out.

    Feels like I’ve been in Mudville all day; maybe just the weather? m

  23. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 18:26 | #23

    Yes, there is a photo book of covered bridges, I have it somewhere (don’t recall the title).

    You’re not in “Mudville”. You’re not even a Who in Whoville. You’re an American in America.

    “I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things”. (“Better Things”, Ray Davies, The Kinks).


  24. Dan
    November 9th, 2016 at 18:31 | #24

    At the ranch a couple of years ago we were sitting around having coffee talking a little politics and the Cap’n shared the thought of, if you dont like the results there will always be another election, after yesterday we can only hope so

  25. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 18:47 | #25

    Wavy Gravy’s birthday is on May 15th. I like to send him a card, writing:

    “On the fifteenth of May,
    in the jungle of Nool
    in the heat of the day,
    in the cool of the pool
    he was splashing…
    enjoying the garden’s great joys,
    when Horton the Elephant heard a small noise…” (“Horton Hears A Who” Dr.Seuss)


  26. Mark
    November 9th, 2016 at 19:23 | #26

    Is Barry playing on this upcoming tour

  27. Carey Georgas
    November 9th, 2016 at 21:00 | #27

    Exactly! One of the things I love about our country is that every four years we vote, count ’em up, and whoever wins is our leader. It’s served us well for 240 years, and I reckon we’ll make another four.@Dan

  28. Barbara Jacobs
    November 9th, 2016 at 21:11 | #28

    For sure, we will make it through to the next election.

  29. HOGAN
    November 10th, 2016 at 05:27 | #29

    Hey Jorma,

    Just love covered bridges, Chris and I are hoping to make it out to the ranch next year for a show, it’s on the list…Can’t really tell from the picture but it looks like a nice spike horn, I don’t really care for venison but my family does especially when they make jerky. I prefer wild turkey, love it deep fried. So happy to see that Barry will be playing with you and Jack this weekend, hope he is doing well.
    See you guys soon.
    Take Care

  30. rich l
    November 10th, 2016 at 10:38 | #30

    “Suns up, uh huh, looks okay, the world survives into another day, and I’m thinking about eternity, some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me…

    Had another dream about lions at the door, they weren’t half as frightening as they were before, but I’m thinking about eternity, some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me….

    Oh I’m wondering where the lions are…” – Bruce Cockburn

    “Shoreline’s smaller, every day, wonder why we feel this way,

    you don’t know, but I’ve got nothing left to say

    I’ve been blown across the water like a ship ain’t got no sail, and that ain’t no way to be.” – J-dawg (silver birches lined against the road, branches lying in the winter snow” may be my favorite Jorma lyrics)

    After casting my ballot while holding my nose, I was caught in reverie somewhere in between those two great songs. While my focus is always first and foremost on eternity, whether we like it of not, were in this great big ship called America – or even the world – being led by quite fallible leaders. It does seem like we’re heading for the rocks at times. Politicians always seem to be shouting, full speed ahead!

    As we dive into the future, I’m reminded of perhaps the best solution to the acrimony that so easily ensnares us. The sagacious advice comes for “Uncle John’s Band.’

    “Oh, oh, what I want to know, is our you kind?”

  31. Steve Levenson
    November 10th, 2016 at 12:36 | #31

    @Barbara Jacobs
    G-d Save the Kinks! “Here’s hoping all your verses rhyme”

  32. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 13:32 | #32

    Actually, Ray may be saving the Kinks.
    As we have all seen: anything is possible. Including a Kinks reunion.

    You know the history. Two brothers who made magic music together.
    But they didn’t get along very well. It happens.
    When Dave had a stroke, some years back, Ray brought him back to North London and took care of him in his home.
    During that time, Ray was asked by an interviewer: “How’s Dave feeling?”
    Ray replied: “He must be feeling better — because he’s starting to annoy me again!”@Steve Levenson

  33. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 13:46 | #33

    Good comment, posted.
    Those lyrics are also some of my favorite by Jorma. I think his ability to write like that resulted in his ability to take wonderful photos (as I’ve said here before: Jorma has a very special way with landscape photography.)@rich l

  34. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 16:12 | #34

    For the folks on here who love covered bridges: books.
    “Covered Bridges in West Virginia”
    “The Covered Bridges of Washington County, New York”

    There are also other books about regional covered bridges.(those are the two I have.)

  35. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 16:28 | #35

    Jorma’s blog comments section seems to be (with one non-notable exception) a place where people can have a respectful post-election discussion.

    “Here’s wishing you the bluest sky,
    and hoping something better comes tomorrow
    Hoping all the verses rhyme,
    and the very best of choruses
    to follow all the doubt and sadness
    I know that better things are on the way

    Here’s hoping all the days ahead,
    won’t be as bitter as the ones behind you
    Be an optimist instead,
    and somehow happiness will find you
    Forget what happened yesterday,
    I know that better things are on the way


    (“Better Things”, Ray Davies, The Kinks)
    (with thanks to Jorma, as always)
    @Steve Levenson

  36. johno
    November 10th, 2016 at 20:27 | #36

    Am I the exception – lucky me! Can’t you see how you hog this blog – it’s supposed to be about Jorma, Hot Tuna and the like. How come you insist on being the top dog of this blog. You have over 20 entries on this 1 blog alone. As a New Yorker I see right thru you fascade. You are a big mouth New Yorker – what a drag.
    Stop bringing me up!

  37. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 20:52 | #37

    The troll returns.
    Childish and immature as ever. Unable to participate in an adult discussion.
    Wearing his insecurity on his cyber-sleeve. Counting and keeping a list.
    Upset because he has nothing intelligent to post, nothing to add to this otherwise respectful discussion. Nobody else complaining, except for him.
    Trying (in the worst way) to lure me into a fight with him.
    I’m not taking the lame bait.

    Look up there: who’s zooming who?

    Time to change your nappies and go night-night.
    Andriy says: “Goodnight troll!”

  38. johno
    November 10th, 2016 at 22:13 | #38

    Tell andiry to stick it where the sun don’t shine. Oh my gosh she called me a troll – what a big mouth bitch.

  39. DennisK
    November 10th, 2016 at 22:15 | #39

    Musikfest CafĂ© in Bethlehem, PA…

    Yeah buddy! A great venue in the shadows of the amazing old steel stacks. Around the corner from where C.F. Martins are “made locally and played locally.” They really know how to celebrate American heritage, culture and art.

    Sounds like a cool vibe! See ya soon.

  40. jim hitchcock
    November 10th, 2016 at 23:01 | #40


    @Barbara Jacobs

    You both really need to stop.

    Leonard Cohen, RIP

  41. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 23:16 | #41

    Jim: I know you can read. I didn’t start with him.

    Not only did he start, but he came back to continue: like an out-of-control toddler.
    I was out of town for weeks, too busy to read or post on here.
    Today, I was posting comments and having a friendly discussion with people who were responding, in kind. The title of Jorma’s blog post: “Real life and a presidential election”.

    That makes the troll angry.”…what a big mouth bitch.”
    Andriy isn’t going “to stick it where the sun don’t shine”.

    So, if you want to play ref here — reading comprehension is a required skill.
    (or, you really need to stop.)

    @jim hitchcock

  42. jim hitchcock
    November 10th, 2016 at 23:27 | #42

    My reading comprehension is just fine, thank you very much.You’re asking me, all of us, to choose sides, and that ain’t happening. Fight your battles somewhere else, disrespect of Jorma’s blog is just way out of line.

  43. Barbara Jacobs
    November 10th, 2016 at 23:50 | #43

    I’m not asking you, nor anybody else here “to choose sides”.
    Whoever I chatted with here, was under no directive to do so. They chose to chat and all was fine. I’m not counting comments nor keeping score. I don’t have an enemies list.

    I am not “fighting any battles here”. I’m not “disrespecting” Jorma’s blog.
    I’m not “way out of line.”
    @jim hitchcock

  44. Joey Hudoklin
    November 11th, 2016 at 01:49 | #44

    I feel you.
    Too much

  45. DennisK
    November 11th, 2016 at 01:56 | #45

    PS – for any Rev./Woody fans in the house…HARLEM STREET SINGER film, Plus Woody Mann concert & Supper Club, Hunterdon County, NJ.

    November 12th, 2016

    Support local live music!

  46. Dead Head
    November 11th, 2016 at 06:26 | #46

    WHEW!!! I think we’re getting somewhere…….maybe.

  47. Dead Head
    November 11th, 2016 at 06:40 | #47

    Not to get off of theme topic, but I noticed this blog is still on daylight saving time, or at least my post is not showing standard time.

  48. November 11th, 2016 at 08:10 | #48

    It’s a WordPress thing…

  49. Carey Georgas
    November 11th, 2016 at 08:16 | #49

    I’ll tell you one thing, next four years, the bully pulpit is gonna look like something we ain’t never seen. Hope it don’t become the pit-bull-y pulpit.

  50. Kevin
    November 11th, 2016 at 21:17 | #50

    @Joey, @Jim, @Johno. I agree it’s gettin’ old and especially agree it’s very disrespectful to Jorma who graciously shares his time and thoughts with us here, and doesn’t deserve his “space” muddied with petty bickering. There’s enough animosity in this world as it is.

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