Are you familiar with this Napolean Hill quote?

"Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent."

Well, if you are moronically talented as I am, then sometimes even if you remain silent you still come off looking like a monkey humping a football. 
Actions were indeed louder than words. 
I wouldn't be surprised if my guardian angel filed a restraining order against me. 
I am so dumb sometimes.
I was smoking some meat the other day: a tri-tip steak and a pork tenderloin.
The tri-tip was done first.
The tenderloin needed another hour or so.
Everybody was hungry so we just started eating the steak. 
It was great. 
Everybody was full and then we went about our business. 
Fast forward 15 hours later as I am driving home from dropping Kyle off at cross-country practice early that morning when I realize that I never took the tenderloin off the smoker. 
Nor did I ever turn off the smoker.
The smoker has been running for about 18 hours.
That can't be good I thought to myself right after calling myself an idiot in that special, sweet self-talk that one can really only give themselves after they mess up. 
I get home, rush to the backyard and I am not sure what to expect. 

Did the smoker burn itself out? 
Did something catch on fire? 
What is the meat going to look like? 

I don't see any smoke so that sets my mind at ease as I am heading to the smoker.
Then I see an error message on the smoker's dashboard indicating that it ran out of pellets so it turned itself off. 
Thank the fat bassets.
Then I wonder what happened to that poor pork.
I had visions of the tenderloin resembling Magda from "There's Something About Mary." 

But after being on the grill for almost a full day, it didn't look as awful as I thought.
I didn't eat it but I did cut it open for blogging purposes. 
And, upon further review, I have seen baseball gloves in better shape.
It was definitely drier than a popcorn fart.
That is all I know today.
Thanks for reading and stopping by.
I will talk to you tomorrow.

I will persevere.
I will keep moving forward.
I will be the stream. 




  1. What a coincidence - my life has been extra-full of moronic actions and scorching self-flagellation lately too! Why do we say things to ourselves that we'd never say to anyone else?? That poor hunka meat, though :)

    The other version of your quote, which I also like, goes something like this:
    It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    1. I almost used that quote, jenny_o. And I do like scorching self-flagellation.

  2. Tenderloin jerky????

  3. What a shame to have to toss a hunk of meat! More and more I rely on my phone's timer to remind me to do things.

  4. I'll keep this adventure in mind. Good lesson. Bad lesson?

    1. Not the worse outcome so I guess good.

  5. Bob stole my line...'jerky!' Perhaps doggie chewsticks? They can't be any worse than bully sticks, right?

    1. Probably would have been a good idea.

  6. Don't beat yourself up! It happens to the best of us! I can't remember specifics off the top of my head, but I've forgotten stuff for hours on end many times! I've really got in the habit of setting a timer on my phone to keep from forgetting stuff like that!

  7. Funny story! Could have had a worse ending. My biggest LOL was at your delightful turn of phrase about "that special, sweet self-talk."

  8. Oh, dear, I hate it when I completely forget about something. I'm glad the smoker turned off because that could have been a REAL mess.

  9. While I have the quote Actions Not Words tattooed on my sleeve in Latin. I don't believe this is one of the instances. A better quote (also tattooed in Latin) is "Question not the justice of the moment."

    1. I figured I was going to get called out for my choice of quotes.

  10. Thanks for the laugh. Sorry it was at your expense!

  11. That sure could have turned out a lot worse! It really doesn't look as bad as I expected it to, either. Our outside dogs would have been glad to keep it from going to waste.

    1. My inside dogs were definitely interested.

  12. LOL, well at least you'll never do that again! We've never used our smoker for a tri tip steak. I assume it doesn't take long?

    1. It is pretty quick, Bijoux, and totally worth it.

  13. I guess better the pork bite the dust rather than a tri tip. I always wanted a smoker; sounds really good.


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