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Nostalgia as a Disease and Pot-shopping with Dad – MDW362

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” — C.S. Lewis

Nostalgia – Used to be treated as a disease! 

Getting rid of my childhood tractors was hard.  Junk for nostalgia.  Like the TV show Hoarders, we can accumulate a bunch of crap for nostalgia.  Remembering the “good old times” is great.  Keeping something around for that reason is good as long as it doesn’t start to control your life.  


“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” — unknown

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BBQ Served With a Side of Freedom! – Iron Pig Smokehouse

Iron Pig Smokehouse

This weekend, my wife and I had the pleasure of having dinner at the Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord Michigan. I don’t normally do restaurant reviews on my blog or podcast, but I’m going to make an exception for this little piece of freedom just an hour from my house.  It’s just a short one.  You really need to go check it out for yourself if you are within striking distance of Gaylord.

First off, the story:

The Iron Pig is a funky little bar/restaurant in the small town of Gaylord Michigan which is is about half way between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan along I-75.  They made the local news (and maybe more) for their refusal to close down when the Governor and later the health department and liquor control commission ordered that inside dining not be allowed during the lockdowns in 2020 and early 2021. They were fined and their Liquor license suspended (which is proudly displayed on their bar).

They feel it’s a badge of honor.  Check out their site here:  They have t-shirts and other cool “gear” on the site all to support their cause and show your support. They also have copies of their legal documents from all the ‘trouble’ they have been in over the last year and a half.  Their motto is “Risk it for the Brisket!”

The Food:

I’m a lover of Texas-style bbq.  I love brisket and I love Mac and Cheese.  Let me tell you right now that their Brisket Mac and Cheese is the best I’ve ever had. I will make it point to drive an hour to get more several times over this summer for sure.  Everything we saw in there looked great and the people (both customers and staff) were top notch! My wife got the brisket platter. It was enough food for 2 meals at least.  (I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today).

It was just great to get a little bit of “normal”.  It’s sad that freedom feels strange here in the USA.  We are adults and it was just nice to go to a place that treated us as such. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting great bbq with a side of freedom!

Put this address in your GPS and head on up!  143 W Main St, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

They are open 7am to 9pm 7 days a week.  Maybe you will see me in there (face and all) eating some good Mac and Cheese!

April 2021 Update – MDW361

Just a long overdue update.

I talked about Eye surgery, Glasses, Kitchen remodel, Fast Food, US-31 history, What’s up with that, TC area history and the TC State Hospital.

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Round and Round He Goes – MDW360

I talk about Eye surgery, new kitchen project, new (to me) computer for the ham shack and some “other” stuff.  Going around the circle on this Episode 360 of Mike Dell’s World Podcast

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Quickie Update – MDW359

Just a quick update to let you know I still exist.

Also testing out some geeky tech stuff with the feed.  So I hope it works 🙂

Will have a longer episode this weekend I think.

Let me know that you got this.

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Audio and Video Podcast Update – MDW358

I have a video feed now. It’s going to be a “VLOG” type thing. You can subscribe to it separate. They will NOT be the same content. Sometimes it will be video and sometimes it will be audio.

I talked about my upcoming eye surgeries, Plowing snow with my 50 year old tractor, Restaurants in Traverse City and a few other things.

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Trip Down Memory Lane – MDW357

I was working on a project and ran across some old Podsafe music.

SO, to take your mind off the crazy going on in the world, I play a few podsafe songs and reminisce about the beginning of podcasting.

You get to hear from Jim Farly, Josh Woodward, Adrinia Thorpe, Hot Buttered Rum and even my wife Kathy and Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff.

Fun stuff.

20:15 skipto a random spot.

Soapbox Fun – Mike Rants a Bit – MDW356

I got on my soapbox today about what is going on in the world.

Relying on the Social media and mainstream press is not working for us now. Not sure what to do about it, but I”m done.

You will have to just listen to see what I talked about 😉

*** Trigger warning ***  I got into some politics things.

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