What a year...

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by richtee, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well, it's official today. I have been a member here a year, and as far as my smoking skills, what a year it's been!

    As some of you know, I have been a decent cook out of neccessity <heh> for quite a while, and have made sausage and other processed meats for a few years now. But the one thing I really never got QUITE right was the "seasoning" of meats- and other things for that matter- with smoke.

    One of the best and in my opinion most important concepts I learned here is the "Thin and Blue" concept. Now, don't get me wrong... I learned a ton about prep, seasonings and other things too. But the Thin Blue is what set my Q free!

    I'd like to take a bit of time and thank all who have helped me to the skill and confidence level I have attained in this short time, and there's been alot of ya. Some folks have moved on to other places to hang out, some are still around. No matter- I DO thank you for the education!

    And a special thank you to Meowey for the nomination to the OTBS... I was and still am extremely proud of the honor of being included in that group of folks! And I hope I have helped others in the quest for the sometimes elusive Great Q with Thin Blue along the way as all OTBS members aspire to do.

    To another year! Cheers! \_/
  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are most welcome!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  3. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Rich, about the same amount of time I've been here. Let me add to your post by saying that you have added a ton of info yourself and have helped me out several times. Thanks.
  4. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    hea Rich, congrats on the 1 year and i just got to throw in a few things. the knowlege you share with us all is indispensable!!! you are great with us newer members and seem to help us in many ways. the encouragement to try something new, the help when maybe things not all going well. i could go on but everyone knows what i talkin about. again congrats on the aniv. and thanks for everything!!!!
  5. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats Rich! I've seen the number of posts(7000+)but didn't pay attention to your amount of time here. I just assumed you'd been on here for a few years.

    Your posts are always helpful, informative, friendly, and humorous. I still get a kick out of you finding the piece of jerky under your van seat and eating it proving that curing has value. The was priceless!

    I want to personally thank you for hanging out here helping me and others take on smoking processes we may not have tried out of intimidation. My ham this past Easter is a prime example.

    You sir exemplify what SMF is all about!

    On edit, you also had a Stanley Cup thrown in there!

  6. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats, Richtee! It sure is nice to know that if you have a problem or a question, all you have to do is post here, and receive the needed help in a short time. I too have learned a lot from this forum. Keep on smokin'[​IMG] .
  7. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well Said.... Congrats Rich......[​IMG]
  8. gobbledot

    gobbledot Meat Mopper

    Thanks Richtee Fro all the help you have been with me espically on my briskets.. The reason this site is so great is because of people like you.. Again Thanks and Congrats... [​IMG][​IMG]
  9. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats Rich. If I can learn half of what you have in a year I will be happy. Your posts are allways very helpfull and I have learned allot from them allready. Congrats again, and thanks. Sorry, but I wont say Go Blue.
  10. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats on the 1 year buddy. You have been a great teacher of Q here yourself. It was great to meet you in person and alot of fun cooking with you and your bro. Hope we can do it again.[​IMG]
  11. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well said! Congats on the anniversary!

    air do shlÃ*int\_/ \_/

  12. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Rich, I agree with others, you one of the big reasons the SMF keeps on its mission to welcome, educate and train new folks in the ways of smoking.... Others take after your example and it is great to see.

    I appreciate the help you have provided me and the friendliness in reaching out early on.

    I am one of the few that has had the opportunity to meet you in person and I can say you are as much a geek in person as on here and I appreciate it. [​IMG]
  13. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Dittos on what has allready been said [​IMG]
    Happy anniversary. [​IMG]

  14. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    And here I thought I was learnin from you! Oh yeah, I am! Your advice is always right on the mark. Thanks to you for a great year!

    By the way... Over 7000 posts in only one year! You got too much time on your hands buddy!
  15. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hopefully in year 2 he will come out of his shell. [​IMG]

    Happy anniversary.
  16. 1894

    1894 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


    What , that's less than 20 posts a day [​IMG]

  17. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats Richtee, you have been a very helpful and contributing member. I can always look to your comments for good direction. Glad to be in line with you as part of the OTBS.
  18. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Happy Anniversary ya old dawg. Carry on Mr Tee.
  19. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Cheers \_/
  20. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Heh...thanks Piggie. And thanks everyone... but mostly the new folks, and especially the beginners. 'Cause that's my biggest fun here. Helping someone realize their culinary potential, to the limits I can help, anyway.

    Life is too short to eat lame food or drink crappy beer! <Or bourbon...heh>

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