I haven’t done a good job of keeping up on my blog. I’m going to attempt to remedy that this year. Can you make a resolution in June? I guess I just did.
June 6, 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I’ve always been a history buff, especially WWII. I grew up the only child of an only child. My grandfather on my Dad’s side was the second oldest of 6, and the oldest of 4 boys. Flossie, Harold (Bud), Ginny, Don, Wally, Howard. I spent my summers with my grandfather (Harold). Almost daily we would take a drive to see at least one of his siblings. When you come from a small family, you make more of an effort to stay in contact with extended family.
Not many people can say they know their great aunts and uncles…mine where like second grandparents to me. I grew up on stories of WWII from my great uncles.
During WWII my grandfather was a machinist in a factory that produced cranes. His job at home was deemed more important to the war effort than serving in the military (you can teach Rosie to rivet pretty quickly, training a machinist takes a long time). His 3 brothers (my great uncles) all served in the Army during the war.
The first to go to war was Wally. He served under Patton as a radio operator in a Sherman Tank. Wally took part in three invasions; North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. Malaria literally saved his life. The story goes that while he was recovering in a hospital, his unit was wiped out. As a kid, the significance of that was lost on me.
The second Ruth boy to head to Europe was Don. He was a truck driver. He told of driving troops to the front and returning with casualties in the back of his truck, then doing it all over again. One story that sticks in my mind was driving the 101st Airborne to the front. A Sargent sat in the cab and put a 1911 handgun under the truck seat. After getting back to the rear, Don checked and the gun was still there. Funny what stories stick with you as a kid.
Finally, the war department realized that they needed to wrap things up in Europe. That’s when they sent Howard overseas (at least that was the way he always told it). Howard was an engineer in the Army. He had stories of he and another soldier getting separated from their unit and spending a sleepless night in a random barn until morning, when they could get caught up to their group. Another story involved running into some guys that wanted to go crack open a bank vault in a German town. Being an Engineer, Howard had access to explosives.
He said, “we gave those guys a quick lesson on how to set det cord, and wished them the best of luck…hope they didn’t blow themselves up.” He always told that story with a smirk and a twinkle in his eye.
Stories, such as the time Don was able to meet up with Wally in Italy when their units were a couple towns apart, filled my childhood. I should also mention that the key part of that story was that Wally was completely bald at the time...his hair had fallen out from fright. I heard the fewest stories from Wally, according to his brothers this was because he saw the most combat.
To my knowledge, none of them were involved in the Normandy invasion, but I can’t think of WWII without thinking of those 3 men and countless others like them. December 7, June 6...These days always make me think of those 3 men. Boys, younger than I am now, that left home, to go to towns that they couldn't find on a map, to do their part to stop evil.
I have intense pride in what that generation accomplished. Young men rising to the occasion. To all veterans out there, regardless of generation or branch of service…Thank you.
As we prepare to shut the office down for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share some Thanksgiving Turkey Fryer tips I've accumulated over the years. If you've never tried deep fried turkey, you're missing out. As one gentleman first described it to me, "It's so good it'll make you want to slap your momma." Not sure what that means, but it is good.
-The night before I like to brine the bird in a saltwater bath inside a cooler (about 8 hours).
-Prior to filling the fryer with oil (peanut oil is my preferred), place the bird in the pot and fill with water until it just covers the turkey. Remove the turkey and note the level of the water. This is how much oil to use.
-Make sure the bird is fully thawed and dry before frying (pat with paper towels and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes after removing from the brine).
-Set the Fryer away from any structure, at least 10 feet. Never cook inside a garage or barn, and don't cook on your wood deck.
-When windy, I use a partial sheet of plywood held up by two fence T-posts as a wind block. Make sure the plywood can't fall on the fryer.
-I am not a fan of the "Turkey Fryer Derrick" that people build with pulleys, string, and a ladder. I feel you are more likely to knock the fryer over using this contraption. If you are wondering what I'm talking about, google "alton brown turkey fryer". (For the record, I love Alton Brown's cooking shows and his sense of humor, just not the derrick).
-get some leather welding gauntlets or a silicone oven mitt for lowering the bird into the oil. I don't like padded cloth mitts, I feel they are more likely to absorb oil and hold it against your skin in the event of something going wrong.
-Heat oil to 250 degrees and slowly lower the bird into the oil. Continue heating the oil to 350 degrees. Reduce the heat to maintain this 350 temperature.
-Cook about 25-30 minutes and begin checking internal temperature of the breast. Fry until internal temperature has reached 155 degrees (it should continue cooking after removal to about 165. Don't carve until this temperature has been reached).
Some things to keep in mind...
-Peanut Oil smokes at 446 and has a flash point of 633. DO NOT allow it to get this hot.
-If things start to go badly, shut off the propane/heat source.
-this is grease/oil we are dealing with, keep a class B rated fire extinguisher nearby.
-Avoid Alcohol while cooking and heating the oil.
-Keep pets (and kids) inside not only while cooking, but also while the oil cools. It smells delicious to a dog or cat, and they don't realize how hot it is.
This is an insurance blog, so here is some insurance information. No turkey fryer (to my knowledge) has ever been cleared by Underwriters Laboratory. If you accidently burn your neighbor's house down, it is a covered liability loss. If you only have $100,000 of coverage, that probably will not be enough to cover the loss. Check those liability limits kids!
Finally, no matter what my cousin Mike says, Pumpkin Pie is delicious and should be enjoyed with real whipped cream.
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!
www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicles-for-teensOn Today's Radio show I referenced an article by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and The Highway Loss Data Institute. The article lists some of the top safety picks for used cars. The list is broken down by vehicle type as well as average price. As a parent of a teenager who will be driving soon, I found this list to be very interesting. Check it out for your self here:
Both of my kids play sports. Specifically, during the summer I have a daughter that plays travel softball and a son that plays travel baseball. Typically, they play in different towns, so my wife and I each take a kid and away we go.
This weekend my son didn't have a tournament, so the whole family got to see my daughter play. While the tournament games are fun, sometimes the best times are after the games are over and the team is hanging out. This was one of those weekends.
Using inflatable kiddie pools for bases, and 2 foot wide strips of plastic for base paths, we created a slip and slide kickball field. Fun and hilarity was had by all...
Some of Phil's favorite 4H kids join Phil and Randy on the air at the Marion County Fair.
Hear what the kids have to say about the fun at the Fair.
Phil and Randy talk about Laney (Phil's Golden Retriever) and her exploits at the office. Some lessor known insurance policies such as Pet Insurance, Wedding/Event insurance, and Liquor liability are talked about.
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Phil shares what's going on in his world...Marion County Fair prep, washing cows, cornhole at the fair. The added coverage of incidental farming on a homeowners policy is explained as well as how trailer coverage works. We have a broad discussion about types of life insurance. Listen on iheart radio here:
We have a little fun and discuss the best insurance characters in the movies and play a game of comp claim/collision claim/liability claim/no claim.
Phil discusses insuring "toys" such as Motorcycles, ATVs, Campers, Classic (collector) cars, street legal golf carts. He also discusses what is a "modified" car and how to properly cover it.
This week Phil discusses the heavy rains going on right now and how it applies to insurance. Some of the topics discussed are Flood insurance, backup of sewer and drain coverage, water related claims in basements, and driving tips with standing water. Give it a listen and feel free to leave a comment.
Phil Ruth - Insurance agent, husband, father, youth sports coach, boater, outdoorsman, Elgin High and Miami University Grad, Fan of Ohio sports, Usually found at a Ridgedale game rooting for his kids.