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The 180

Back in the 80's when I was a volunteer in Young Life we were always riding around with a van load of kids. One night my friend Lewie and I were taking kids home and had stopped in a 7/11 store to let them get drinks and junk. There was a police car parked in front of the store, two policemen were inside buying coffee. All the kids came out, got in the van, we backed out and drove off. Then we heard tires screeching and I started looking around. Then I saw it!!! The police car was passing us on the left … GOING BACKWARDS!!!!!! We were going at least 30 mph. The guy on the passenger side looked at us like it was no big deal, like they do this 20 times every night. I think he was still drinking his coffee. As soon as the police car passed us, it spun around, doing a complete 180, never slowed down and took off, lights flashing, siren going, nothing but dust behind them. Lewie and I looked at each other wondering who's dream it was. Was I in his dream or was he in mine? Then we both said at the same time "Did you see that?" I thought they only did things like that in the movies. Dirty Harry.. stuff like that. I wonder if they teach that in police school?  I know they don't teach it in drivers ed.

I used to ride my bike every day but I had a little run-in that made my wife and my mom think it wasn't safe for me to ride any more. So I kinda quit just to get them to quit bugging me about it. Here's what happened: I was riding along one day, I had just finished riding about 10 miles, hard. I was coasting down my street on my way home, hands off the handle bars, drinking water out of my water bottle. I suddenly realized I was heading straight for a parked car…. There was nothing I could do, I was going to hit it. I was going right over the hood and in to the windshield. What happened? Everything was going along great, till this. Made me want to cuss. …In that hundredth of a second I thought about how stupid I was, I thought about how I was going to have explain this, I thought about being in the hospital, I thought about what I could say to get out of this, I thought about a lot of things, but there I was…. I slammed right in to the front of the car and went straight through the windshield. Glass went everywhere, sounded like a bomb went off.  I lay there inside the car, mostly in the back seat still trying to figure out how I was going to explain this. There was nothing to do but tell the truth. The front fork of my bike was bent but I didn't have a scratch on me.  I carried my bike home and went back to confess. The car belonged to my best friend's (Eli's) father, of course he was more worried about me than his car. He sold insurance so I think he had "Stupid Bike rider insurance". It was all fixed the next day. I never heard the end of it, like it never happened..

God's like that: We get stuck, usually our fault, in a place we can't recover from, there's nothing we can do but hit it and come back and confess. But
God still does miracles, those are not things that only happen in the movies, they happen everyday. God still does amazing things. Don't give up, wait and see what he will do..

Maybe I'll go practice that 180 spin move in my truck. Don't tell my wife or she won't let me drive any more either..


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Everybody needs an easy Biscuit Recipe. This is also from the New York Times by Sam Sifton. This is another easy thing that the kids can help make. Perfect Saturday morning project…

All-Purpose Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 scant tablespoon sugar (scant = not heaping or overflowing)

1 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, preferably European style (Like Kerrygold .. plain old Kroger butter works fine too)

1 cup cold whole milk.(skim or 2% or Buttermilk works too)

Preheat oven to 425. Put flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a food processor and pulse it several times. Cut butter into pats and add to flour, then pulse 5 or 6 times until the mixture resembles rough crumbs (Big rough crumbs not tiny rough crumbs). Put dough in a large bowl, add milk and stir with a fork until it forms a rough ball. The reason you don't add the milk while the dough is in the food processor is because it will make your biscuits tough and hard. So when you mix in the milk by hand, don't get crazy, be gentle, and don't over mix it. It should actually be under mixed.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and pat it down into a rough rectangle, about an inch thick. Fold it over and gently pat it down again. Repeat. Cover the dough loosely with a kitchen towel and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. (the folding is to make layers not to knead the dough the way
you would if you were making bread. Don't knead, fold…. Also the dough will not rise like bread dough. All the rising will happen in the oven when you
cook the biscuits)

Gently pat out the dough some more, so that the rectangle is roughly 10 inches by 6 inches. Cut dough into biscuits using a floured glass or biscuit
cutter. Do not twist cutter when cutting; this crimps the edges of the biscuit and impedes its rise.

Place biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.
The Science of Biscuits:

The secret behind great biscuits is fat. That's not really a secret as many bakers know, but how fats are treated in a recipe with leavening, greatly
dictates your end result. When fats are used in combination with chemical leaveners, their responsibility is to melt, leaving behind small air pockets.
These air pockets are used by the chemical leaveners to release their gases, creating lift in your final product.

For biscuits that have tender flaky layers that can be peeled apart, piece by piece, the fats are cold lards, shortenings and butters. They are folded and
rolled to create lift and layers. Instead of having small pieces or chunks to create holes, by rolling and pressing the dough you create long thin sheets
of fat between the rest of your dry ingredients. As they melt away and the leavening happens in their place, flaky layers magically appear.


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 11:00 AM