First Times Food

First Ever Rib Roast

I’ve never baked a beef rib roast before! Here’s the story of what happened.

Seasoned it with salt, pepper and garlic. Placed on countertop for a few hours. Put into the oven when the roast was 52 degrees.

Baked at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. Once the roast reached 120 degrees, cranked the oven up to high for almost 10 minutes to get a sear.

After searing and removing from the oven, the roast was at around 126 degrees.

The result was pretty good! I was going for medium rare, but ended up at a medium.

For my first-ever attempt: I’ll take it! ????

Next time I’ll endeavor to have it closer to rare. Stay tuned.

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First Time Draining a Chip Shot in Golf

I made a 30ft shot in the hole!

It was at The Divide Golf Club in Matthews, NC.

Here’s the view from where I chipped it in.

Bonus First: A round of golf with my own clubs.

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First Time Seeing a Shower with the Faucet on the Opposite Wall of the Shower Head

My wife and I were staying at the Spring Hill Suites in Mt Pleasant SC.

We were the because we were attending our friends Joe and Caroline’s wedding in Charleston. Congrats Joe and Caroline!

The faucet of the showers is on the opposite wall from the shower head. It was so weird!

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First Time Donating a Car to NPR (WFAE)

I’ve had my 2001 Ford Focus since 2012. It starting having trouble lately, at it was time to let it go!

I decided to donate it to the local NPR station, WFAE.

Does this sound like a good idea? Check out more details about WFAE’s Vehicle Donation Program!

Off she goes!
What a modern interior. . . for the year 2000
So many hours of work. Kept it running for a solid 8 years!
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First Time Riding in a Tesla

I went disc golfing with my neighbor Brian today. He has a Tesla. I got to ride in it.

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First Trip to Costco

Costco was almost exactly like I imaged it. Warehouse looking, low prices, pallets of stuff.

It had some random items for sale I would not have expected. Examples would be kitchen gadgets, flashlights, hoodies, etc. Basically a bunch of impulse-buy type stuff.

I made the trip with my wife, her sister, and my brother-in-law. Thanks to Max and Rachel for letting us join them on their trip!

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First Rainbow Rail

This was the first time I’ve snowboarded over a rainbow rail.

It was also the first solo snowboarding trip I’ve taken. My wife Bethany was in Ireland, so I headed up to Beech Mountain Resort for the weekend.

It was peaceful and relaxing to have just me and the mountain for a few days.

The weather was crisp, cold and beautiful. The trees were coated in ice!

I had to bundle up to stay warm. The magnetic goggles and matching face mask did a great job!

I was super excited to take the very last chair up with the ski patrol. What an amazing end to a great day of boarding!