Episode-1918- Listener Feedback for 12-19-16 — 21 Comments

  1. Jack I am in Canada and I just wondered if the TSPAZ link works on I’d just as soon throw you the business.

    Also, inspired by you, I am writing a book on survival fishing. I’m at 35 pages so far and expect it to hit about 65, with sections on cooking and preserving fish. I cover wilderness survival techniques as well as post SHTF harvesting methods that are currently illegal in most jurisdictions and with most species. Lots of illustrations and drawings so everything is easy to understand.

    Are you interested in reviewing it? I would appreciate any suggestions. I would be happy to include an endorsement of TSP in the intro of the book in exchange. I cover hand fishing, improvised equipment, stakeout lines, set lines, trot lines, drop lines, limb lines, gill nets, jugging, chumming combined with dip nets, fish traps using stonewalls in tidal creeks, funnel baskets, tidal weirs, nets etc. , spearfishing, pole fishing, hawaiian slings, gigs, chop fishing, fish stunning agents, electro fishing, snagging, snares, chicken wire trap, catching minnows as food, and any more techniques I can find over the next few weeks. I’ve looked and haven’t found any other books devoted to survival fishing and thought it was a big hole.

    Take care Jack. Absolutely love the show. I’m up to episode 200 and following all the current ones since about 1875.


    • When it is done let me know by email, I can look at it and comment on it, perhaps feature it as an item of the day, but I don’t do full on book reviews.

      On, no not right now but I am going to get us set up for some of the international amazon services during our down time. CA and UK will be the two with highest priority.

  2. My concern with sous vide is it has to be absorbing plastic from the tight vacuum sealed packaging of the meat.

    • There is no need to tight vacuum seal anything. Next at temps you do this at I would not even concern myself with it.

      First you can just use zip locks for anything except big roasts, and ziplocks are and have been BPA free for a very long time. They are also made with recycled plastics, and can be turned in for recycling so that is good for the earth.

      Want to be uber safe and produce zero waste? Get these, consider them cookware and wash and dry after each use they are even dish washer safe.

    • Stores have been selling cryovaced food for a long time. People have also been using foodsaver bags to store their bulk items for a long time. Yeah, you have to make sure that the plastic you use will hold up to the temps you are cooking it at but I personally don’t see it as a concern.

  3. This is why I love TSP. ” Sous Vide” what the hell is that??? Well, now I know and I can’t wait to learn more and try it myself. Awesome stuff !

    Jack, the dude who called in about Sous Vide was good. But one thing I’ve always noticed about your show is you hardly ever say “UMM.” or anything like that.

    The real pros at speaking are good at eliminating that. How do you do it? Training? Just curious as the “ummms” in podcasts are what separate the rookies from the true pros.

    • I remember a podcast where the host said “UMM” so many times, it was hard to listen to so I quit. I’ve never heard an “um” from Jack unless it’s an intentional one.

    • I had two decades of presenting publicly to large groups before I started TSP. I talking standing in front of a room of say 500 people, and talking about subjects as exciting as, “the effect of near end cross talk on data integrity”. So you learn to make even boring shit interesting and to not use placeholders. That is what they are, placeholders are ums, ahs, etc, that people use because they don’t know what they are going to say next. It is better in these situations to just say anything or say nothing at all but not umm.

      That said if you go VERY old school in the car days you will find for a time I developed a sort of place holder, it was “alright”, I was putting it on the end of many sentences. Here is why though.

      When you have a group you know if you are losing them, you see it their faces, their eyes, their posture, how they move, fidget, yawn, etc. So you adjust. You tell a joke, switch tempo, tell a story, you adapt to the room. Worse thing in the world for a presenter is a flat room.

      In a flat room you can’t tell, you have people, usually high level execs, they don’t react, it is like throwing a wet bread at the wall. You have no idea if you are blowing them away or boring them to tears.

      Podcasting was like a flat room, there was no one to respond so I got that bad habit for a bit, but every day I listened to myself and thought, DON’T DO THAT, and in time it just got under control.

  4. I may have to re-listen to the segment on leasing to see if I buy in or not. For a few years I’ve been a Dave Ramsey fan and we’ve been following his guidelines — buy cars for cash, and only millionaires buy brand-new cars. I like Dave’s strategy of paying with cash and searching for a private sale where it’s easier to negotiate a well-priced deal on a used vehicle. For now, we’re set with two good paid for cars. I’ve been thinking of always buying used for cash. We’ve had fantastic experiences with Honda/Acura vehicle longevity. I wonder about the wealthy people who lease, and whether having a newer car is a part of their social status. That may make sense if a nice car is needed for business or if a business can expense the lease.

    They really wrote not enough healthy paying premiums for unneeded care to pay for sick people.
    I think my head just exploded.

  6. I’ve now leased three cars. Two we bought outright after the lease was done. So, now we have the title and no debt. The third was just totaled when some idiot pulled in front of my daughter. We literally just got the first oil change done that morning, had all of 5k miles on it.

    The adjuster gave us a total loss value of 18500 for a vehicle we still owed over 21k on. I almost wrote off leases ever again, until my insurance company says MOST leases carry automatic GAP coverage on it. Thus in this case Nissan made up the difference between and what the insurance company was going to pay, minus my $500 deductible of course.

    So, there’s another reason for a lease, the auto GAP coverage.

    However, we did put 3k down and I’m out that. So, next time I lease, I’m telling the dealer that I’m putting very minimal down, if anything…if they want my business.

    Just a couple things to think about. I was absoluytely dead set on never leasing too back in 2010. Then my old Dodge Grand Caravan bit the dust and we needed a reliable vehicle to haul my 4 kids in.

    A new Minivan was like 35k and in no way could I afford that over 60 months. Even used was going to be tough. So, a lease was the best option and it’s worked out wonderfully well.

  7. Disclaimer..I’m a doctor. I agree about 98% with your comments on the Republican plan for ‘Universal Access” but have to point out one thing. If the Feds try to require participation by private practice physicians, then this will amount to involuntary conscription (i.e. slavery), and will be vigorously challenged in the judicial system. Not by the AMA (an out-of-touch liberal think-tank that represents less than 15 % of all U.S. MDs) but by numerous other medical societies. Despite the anti-constitutional bias of our judicial system, I believe the Federal requirement will be invalidated and the universal access plan will collapse, probably into a two-tiered system like England, but with even more disparity between the public and private systems. Just my thoughts. Love the show.

    • Oh really? How is that different from mandating people must buy health insurance? Or mandating military service for that matter. I see your point but in our nation it just doesn’t matter.

    • Doctors, like policemen, have certain duties beyond those of normal people. A police officer cannot simply walk away from his duty during an emergency. Neither can a doctor. On the other hand, if a guy sneezes, it is not your duty to hand him a handkerchief.

      Obviously normal medical care does not fall into the category of “emergency” though I’ve seen people stretch that word until is squeals.

  8. Jack mentioned Ruger 77/44’s are getting harder to find. Not in Indiana. Our hunting laws changed this year to include center fire rifle on private land. It used to only include shotgun, pistol, and pistol caliber carbines. People were dumping 77/44’s like crazy and picking up center fire rifles. I had a friend sell his and pick up a Browning A Bolt. He had trouble selling it in Indiana and finally sold it in Kentucky. Most of this was going on in October and early November, but there are quite a few still available. Here’s one that was posted today, but the price looks a little high.–ruger-77-44–see-pics–
    If anyone is interested I’d recommend looking in Indiana on Arms List, Gun Broker, or

  9. I just wanted to comment on sous vide… It’s awesome and easy.

    As Jack mentioned, cleanup is super easy and the torch method he talks about is a common one. A popular torch to use is the Searzall. Also some people like to use a charcoal chimney with a grate on top to sear finish things.

    Poultry works really well sous vide because you don’t have to overcook it. This past Thanksgiving, I did the turkey breast sous vide and it came out so moist and tender. I also made the mashed potatoes ahead of time and threw it in with the turkey for the last 30 minutes or so to warm them up along with a bag of frozen peas. Helped make prep on Thanksgiving itself super easy.

    I’ve also split things between the sous vide and smoker. Sous vide them for some of the time and then finish it on the smoker to get that nice smokey crust and flavor but not having to watch the smoker all day.

    I’m also anticipating when grocery stores will catch on and start selling prepared meals in a bag with instructions on how to sous vide it.

  10. Jack you said “Bye Felisha” and I laughed so loud my cube mates started looking at me! LOL Thanks for that laugh!

  11. Hello TSP’ers
    I bought a few of the Jerry Cans mentioned in this episode and here is a video of them. Also, you can see the shipping containers I called in about in episode 1780 and what I am doing with them. Hope you all enjoy and please take a look at some of my other videos of me starting my homestead from scratch 🙂 A lot of what I do is inspired by what Jack does.

    Thank you all for your time and support. I am honored to be part of this community.

    Dennis Alan
    My video review of the jerry cans

    My Website