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  1. Any recs on where to get deer/hogs processed in the S Austin vicinity?
  2. I have a decent standup one, then bought this travel steamer: https://www.amazon.com/Ingenious-Design-850-Travel-Steamer/dp/B003ZT2ZQA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?&hvadid=374436128281&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5210981234170825262&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=2840&hvtargid=pla-795038959571&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=77429098500&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=374436128281&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5210981234170825262&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=2840&hvtargid=pla-795038959571&linkCode=sl1&tag=best-travel-steamer-20&linkId=5e1a9d7221b3278df239d53ad6b506bb&language=en_US The travel steamer works just as well, and is way more convenient.
  3. In my travels I haven't seen a need to get Clear over TSA Precheck. Even if the TSA line is long, it goes 2x-3x faster than the normal line since people don't have to take shit out of their bags or take off shoes. Plus, generally no olds or kids. The longest I can recall being in a TSA Precheck line is maybe 5 minutes, so guess it would save you a few minutes here and there, but wouldn't be worth the premium for me (so far).
  4. NSIAP, but I might try to find a manual transmission for them. Like a basic Honda Civic or something. Probably not as important as it used to be, but still a good skill to have, maybe.
  5. Back when I was heavily into diving (15 years ago), Austin had an active dive community and great instructors at both Scubaland and Toms. I did OW, AOW, and Nitrox certs all locally. I would recommend doing your entire OW cert through one of the local shops so when you get someplace tropical and cool, you'll be confident and can just go diving and not waste time. The local guys will spend time with you to make sure you are comfortable and safe. If you are unsure, you can schedule refreshers with them. The local shops also organize dive groups you can join on the weekends to get some extra practice with people who know what they are doing. Diving Travis isn't everyone's cup of tea, I get it, but you're not in there that long. I'd just be more inclined to trust a local dive instructor in lake Travis over someone at a vacation resort. The skills they teach can save your life. Maybe I'm off base and they'd be pretty good anywhere, but that's me. And CSB, my first ocean dive (Cozumel) was a few weeks after completing my OW cert locally. We got in too late for the afternoon dive, but they had a night dive scheduled with extra space on the boat. Jumping into the dark ocean that first time I was not complaining about having trained in murky Lake Travis. It gave me an appreciation for the limits of visibility and a good sense to be aware of the people around me so as not to get lost. Night diving is friggin awesome btw, and that was one of the best dive experiences I've had. Highly recommended.
  6. My Central Texas kids, 8 and 10, have never played in real snow. Looking to do a family vacation on or around xmas this year with my folks and sister. We'll have 5 adults and 2 kids. If we were near a ski area I'd likely be the only adult to ski/ride, but would like a place where the kids can snow-tube or sled or whatever. Prefer a hotel/resort over renting a house so everyone can have their space at the end of the day. Whatcha got?
  7. No personal experience, but IceMule (classic) are foldable and get decent ratings. I doubt it will keep ice for days, maybe if never opened, but should be good for a day at the beach, etc. https://icemulecoolers.com/
  8. To be clear, it wasn't just greasing the pan, it was pumping enough oil to cover the entire pan about 1/8" deep. Maybe that's not uncommon for pan pizza, I don't know. But it stuck with me that a PH Pan Pizza has a shit ton of oil in it.
  9. I worked at a Pizza Hut in HS. The way they made the pan pizza then was there was a large pump bottle full of oil, and you pump however many pumps based on the size into the pan, then put the dough on top. It's basically deep fried.
  10. Inlaws coming in for t-day and want to see what Texas football is all about. I need 3, but will buy 4 also if necessary. PM me.
  11. Yeah, but the Baltoro 65 is 5 pounds, the Mariposa is 2. I guess it would depend on how much weight you're carrying in it, as I assume the Baltoro would carry a heavier load, but 3 pounds off your back is pretty significant.
  12. PSA: Gossamer Gear is having a 35% off sale the next few days: https://www.gossamergear.com/ I'm really temped by the Mariposa pack - anyone have one? My main concern (besides fit) is that it would be hot on the back compared to the suspended panel on my Osprey.
  13. The cheap-ish brand REI sells is Peppers. They're ok and come in polarized models. Another brand I like (not as cheap) are Natives. Also sold by REI and elsewhere.
  14. ..Speaking of Gossamer Gear - I didn't realize they are HQ'ed in Austin until the other day. I can't find any kind of store-front or anything though - anyone know if such a thing exists? I'd love to check out some of their packs in person.
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