OK. After a lengthy chat with neighbor Rob I was convinced to brine the Salmon prior to smoking. This is my first brining so be gentle. 1tsp salt and half gallon of water for two hours. The recipe I found is specifically for an electric smoker like mine so It shouldn't suck too bad. Most of the other recipes were explicit in stating what woods NOT to use and mesquite was on the list. BUT before you start name calling those are for traditional barrel smokers which we know produce a whole different level of smoke. We shall see.
We took the Chrysler on our nighttime driving lesson. He's a lot more comfortable driving the tub. Less to have to think about that the Jeep. Progress is progress I guess.
Any Hemingway fans out there? Except Rick. My summer reading list is all Hemingway. I've picked up a few of his books before but found them to be a hard start. My brain is out of breath before I can reach most periods. I've got two short stories down and a few pages in to The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Perseverance.
My first pass at planning a road trip was vetoed. Back to the drawing board. I guess 4,700 miles was a bit much.
From Mental Floss" The muppet Elmo is the only non human to testify before Congress."
and there ya have it.