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Daily Archives: April 2, 2017

Mmmmm . . . Bacon!

For some reason I tossed and turned a lot last night, so I didn’t get up until about 11:30, and then got coffee started.



Jan was watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives about a place that does specialty waffles. Jan looked over at me and said, “Waffles really sound good.”

And my answer to this was, “Oink, Oink!” So 15 minutes later we were on our way to the Oink Café over in Tempe.

We had eaten at the Oink Café in Tucson a little over a week ago, and really enjoyed it. How can you not like a place whose slogan is “Breakfast, Lunch, Bacon!”

And a spur of the moment trip is not unusual for us either. Years ago, early one Saturday , we were jonsing for a good bowl of gumbo. And this was before there were any good gumbo places in the Clear Lake area. So with 15 minutes notice, we were on our way to Mulate’s in Breaux Bridge, LA, 225 miles away. Any you haven’t lived until you’ve spent a Saturday night listening Zydeco music and watching Cajun dancing.

And this runs  in my family too. Back in the summer of 1963 after a late lunch, my parents started talking about doing a trip out west, and an hour later, we were on our way for a three week trip, doing Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and even Disneyland.

Getting to Oink, we had about a 15 minute wait before we got seated, but as before, worth the wait. And of course we both went with waffles. Jan’s with Strawberries and Whipped Cream, while I went with a Waffle Combo, with an egg.

Oink Waffle Tempe

and Jalapeno bacon.

In addition, following up on my Half Flight of Bacon last time, I got another one this time, trying out the other 4 bacon flavors.

Last time I got Applewood Smoked, Honey, Jalapeno, and Pepper,

Oink Half Flight of Bacon

while this time I got the Hickory, Sugar Cured, Pecan, and Apple Cider.

Oink Half Flight Tempe

All were  delicious, but I will say that the flavors that stood out the most, that I could identify by taste alone, were Jalapeno, Pepper, Hickory, Pecan, and the Apple Cider.

Getting home, I finally started working on changing out the cartridge in our Moen shower faucet. After removing the coverings, I used a pair of slip joint pliers to try and pull the cartridge out of the housing. But it wouldn’t budge, no matter how hard I pulled.



But I was prepared for this, having a specialized cartridge puller from my last time doing this.

Lowes Moen Cartridger Remover

But I quickly discovered that sometime since then, the screw tip had broken off, leaving it too short to screw into the cartridge handle. So it was off to the nearby Home Depot to get a new one.

The one they had was completely different, and was a Danco product,

Home Depot Cartridge Puller

a company I’ve not been too happy with in the past.

And getting it home and trying it out, I’m still don’t like Danco. Despite fooling with it for over an hour, I still wasn’t able to get the old cartridge out.

And in fact, I didn’t expect to have a problem getting the old one out this time since I had thoroughly coated with Plumber’s Silicone Grease the last time.



So checking the Internet, I found that Lowe’s sells the old one, the one that worked last time, so I’ll pick one up tomorrow and take the Home Depot one back.

Hopefully it’ll work this time.


Thought for the Day:

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ” ― Abraham Lincoln

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