Since NEPAS has moved down to GA we have been trying to get together. Today the stars and planets all fell into alignment and we met in Lexington, NC for some food and comradery. Rick's GPS had him a little turned around so we avoided Lexington BBQ during the lunch hour. I gave Rick a quick tour of the 500 gal RF and we chatted for about an hour and a half about smoking and sausage making. We even ended up discussing how to get chickens to lay eggs at one point. It was an interesting hour and a half to say the least. Confident that crowds should have dissipated from Lexington BBQ, we went back to find a line just about out the door. Luckily, the line moved quickly. It isn't the TBS you and I enjoy but it is a commercial operation. It is a thrill just to eat some commercial Q made with real wood burning pits. Hmmmm. What to get? We both went with the chopped plate. Since I am watching my girlish figure, I opted for a tossed salad instead of fries. I still went with the red slaw though. You won't go hungry at Lexington BBQ, that is for certain. Rick coming up for air in between bites. It was a great time for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Rick today. Although the quick bastard did grab the check. I told him the next one is mine. We also traded some sausage. I gave him some beer sticks, hawaiian sausage, and some beer and onion sausage which are my own invention. He gave me some ring bologna, snack sticks and sweet lebanon bologna. As soon as I got home I had to get into them. All three were very good but his ring bologna was exceptional. I don't think I have any leverage at this point but I will find a way to pry that ring bologna recipe from him if it is the last thing I ever do. My wife, on the other hand, made it clear in no uncertain terms that I also needed to get the sweet lebanon bologna recipe from him. I hope to get to spend some more time in Rick's company.