COVID-19 Wk 32: Vote Damnit

It’s just 9 days until the 2020 Presidential Election. I’m not trying to be melodramatic or alarmist but this is probably the most important election in my almost 30 years of being eligible to vote. I have never been one of those people who votes on just one issue (abortion, economy, etc) I like to look at the candidates as a whole and what they have to offer. I’ve never agreed 100% of my candidate of choice. I don’t think it’s possible. What has my attention this election cycle is COVID, healthcare and our international standing. Trump has done a piss poor job on all of those fronts. His handling of COVID couldn’t have been more inept. Our relationships with long standing allies have been trashed, heck Canada doesn’t like us right now……Canada! Last is healthcare. I’m one of those moderate conservatives who actually believes it is time for a universal single payer healthcare system. I’ve been blessed for most of my working life with excellent health benefits. Not everyone has been so lucky. It’s about time we looked at the health of our nation as a whole.

It’s going to take probably a generation to make a significant change in people’s behavior. Just imagine though if you didn’t have to worry about how you were going to pay for a doctor visit. If you decided to have that cough checked out early instead of waiting until it’s an emergency room visit as you end up with pneumonia. How about the strange feeling in your abdomen that maybe is an early warning of your appendix. Wouldn’t it be great if a person didn’t have to worry about how they were going to have to decide how to pay for their doctor’s office visit or pay for groceries? I admit my opinion is a bit skewed. Having a father who was a pharmacist and a mother who was a nurse I realize I tend to be more proactive about my health than “typical Americans”.

So…..regardless of what your priorities are in terms of the 2020 election just vote. You can’t complain if you don’t vote. And YES, every vote does count. One vote could eventually make all the difference.

Fall is definitely here

Cleaning out the garage

I was able to break down two large wood pallets I had in the garage and burn most of them away. That little Solo Stove really does a fantastic job.

Late October
Codi gets a bison horn
Some fat bike action at Hagg Lake


Lastly let’s leave you with another Pete Original for a recipe. S’mores Pancakes!

I’ll again advocate for Alton Brown’s Buttermilk Panackes as the base.

Liberally spread Nutella on top of warm pancake and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, place next pancake on top, repeat. Stack as high as you like…..I recommend 3-4 high. Top layer is another coating of Nutella to help the mini marshmallows adhere. Place under broiler for 1:30-2 minutes or until your desired browning has occurred. Serve with maple syrup.

Late October
three high for me
Late October
a decadent breakfast treat

Mia and I have pancakes almost every Sunday morning. A few times a year we may do french toast instead (some day I’ll share my stuffed french toast recipe). I’ve mastered the Alton Brown recipe and it’s once of the few baking recipes I can recite/make without looking at the recipe.


Thanks for reading,


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