new things in north carolina

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Okay, I promised a new blog post about visiting Shanae’s family in North Carolina, and now it’s time to do it.  It’s been fun hanging out here, I’ve gotten to do a bunch of new things I’ve never done before.  For one, I got to eat rabbit for the first time!  And not just any rabbit:

bunny in the front yard

This rabbit was hopping around in the front yard until my father-in-law shot it with a bow and arrow, skinned and cleaned it, and roasted it on the grill:

rabbit on the barbie!

Yes, that is the same rabbit!!  I wish I could compare to my father-in-law in manliness and sheer testosterone, but I’m afraid that will never happen.  I’ll have to stick to hunting PHP/MySQL bugs in the thickets of server code.  Here is how the rabbit looked on the table:

Roast rabbit with a garnish of parsley

Rabbit kinda tastes like a cross between chicken and pork, with the texture of tough steak (most of the pieces were tough, and some of the pieces that came from the back cut of the rabbit were actually pretty tender).  So there you have it – I have officially eaten rabbit.

Another new thing is I got to ride a riding lawnmower for the first time!  It felt like I was driving a zamboni!!  I’ve always wanted to drive a zamboni!!  I felt like this guy:

Zamboni drivers are cool

Shanae thought it was pretty funny how excited I was to drive a riding lawnmower – her family has always owned them.  I guess in Florida, push lawnmowers don’t count as “real” lawnmowers.