Did you know that you can put animated GIFs in a PowerPoint presentation!?! Here are some that I put in a PPT that I presented during a meeting to discuss strategy and terminology in a 3rd party vendor application.
(all pictures came from http://thecodinglove.com)
Between coring out the kielbasa and pulling them out of the oil, I got so busy that I didn't stop to take any photos, sorry =\
Here's the recipe as best as I can remember it.
If I were to do it again, I'd try oven-frying it instead of deep-frying to get the cheese to melt better.
My dad joined us for the christening of the Gute Fahrt and took some awesome photos too. Here they are!
I took the raft, which I've decided to call the Gute Fahrt, out on Battle Ground Lake just north of Vancouver for it's maiden voyage yesterday!
All told, I count it as a success since the Gute Fahrt floated and the hammock worked like a champ. The next time out, I anticipate that we'll be better prepared and will have an even better time!
The question arose as to whether I would need to get the raft registered as a vessel with the Washington State Parks association so I contacted them to find out if that was necessary and how the raft technically qualified. It turns out that I don't have to register the raft as long as it's human-powered, but once I use mechanical propulsion, I have to get a registration and boater safety classes, and all that hoopla.
The raft does, however, qualify as a vessel which means that I am required to have Coast Guard approved life jackets for everyone on the raft as well as a signaling device (a whistle) and a light should I spend the night on the water so that other boats can see me. One quick trip to a box store and all three criteria were met.
In finding out the legal requirements for the raft, I also found out that there may be restrictions on using barrels that once contained DMSO. I've also sent an email to the Washington State Ecology Department to see if they can help figure that out.
We also went to a nearby cedar factory outlet and loaded up on 6' planks that worked nicely as deck boards for the raft. On a side note, the outlet closes at 1pm on Saturday, and we arrived at 1:30pm not knowing that they had already shut down, but the guys were awesome about it and they let us load up anyway. A special thanks to Cedar Factory Outlet in Battle Ground, WA!
"Yargh!" says my pirate crew.
By way of construction, all I have left to do is to add in the other two 6' lengths of PVC so that I can lift both sides of the tarp, attach the fish net to the underside for carrying the cargo, and slap together the mini-hammocks that will fill in the open middle sections so that lads can hang out while floating on the water.