Over the years, I've received
thousands (yes, thousands!) of Emails from people expressing
their appreciation for the info, a thanks for the chuckle I provided,
or for other reasons. I do try to respond to most of these, especially
if they are thoughtful questions/comments.
So I finally decided to annotate a (very) few examples of those here
since they are nice to read and gives you a flavor for things
Also see the
"Email Santa" archives for
a LOT more Emails
related to my holiday lights displays which have brought a ton of joy
and humor to a buncha folks.
Hello there... my name is Tom and although I know you must get A LOT of email, I hope you take time to read this...
In short, I have a 1972 Mustang Grande that I have nicknamed 'THE HULK'. I often go to ebay and try to find 'HULK STUFF' for my ride as I often show it at car shows. I am really looking for a license plate of the Incredible Guy, but can't seem to find one... anyway....
When I searched Google today for HULK I found your big green guy online and went to your site. After looking around some more, I found out all kinds of things - (like your new patio, your crawlspace - your kids disease) - interesting about you... Then, the kicker.. I saw the info about the webcam spoof you pulled - and I gotta tell you - if you were local, I'd buy you a beer... that was the funniest thing I've seen in awhile (ok, so I lead a sheltered life) but it was F-U-N-N-Y... and to know all the smiles you put on peoples faces - it doesn't matter that it was a fake - what matters is the fact that all those people - believing it or not - got a smile on their face from your actions...
I once heard that when you get to heaven it doesn't matter what kind of car your drove, what kind of clothes you wore - how much money you had - what matters is how many people you made happy... Well sir, let me say that your act of (mischievous) kindness goes a long way. I know you must have lots of friends, and each are happy and proud to have one like you. You seem like a real nice guy - with one heck of a sense of humor...
When I first saw your picture of 'the big green guy' I was going to write you and ask that, when you wish to retire him - let me know and I'd take him off your hands... After seeing the smiling faces on your kids, there's no way he's EVER going to hit retirement... And my work with him wouldn't put a dent in the fun he's bringing now.....
Anyway, I just wanted to write to you to say that I very much enjoyed reading your website and wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness and laughter... I know you've given it (laughter) and hope you've also received your fair share!
I appreciate the note Tom - stuff like this really makes my day,
so thanx for taking the time to write ...
Yea, I've had a few fun times. WRT the HULK, someone
actually called my house a while back and asked politely
if the Hulk was for sale - my wife responded that since he has become
part of the family, he is NOT for sale! ;-)
Upon our return home from a vacation, I found that we
had a busted pipe in the basement. While crawling
around, looking for the source of the leak, I went
into my crawlspace under our family room.
After finding and fixing the leak, I started thinking
about that wasted space. I went on to the internet to
do some research and found your site! I want to thank
you for inspiring me to reclaim that area.
[and in a subsequent note]
When I look at the before pictures, if I knew now what
it took to get to this point, I don't know if I would
do it again. What kept me going was that I was doing
this for my 4 year old son. He will have a playroom
in the reclaimed basement. This and the fact that my
wife would have cleaned out everything if I didn't
I probably wouldn't have done it if it weren't for
you. You proved it could be done.
Your advice for converting a propane grill to natural gas saved me thousands of dollars..moved into a new home with a socket on the deck to plug in a natural gas grill.thought I would have to buy a new grill..took me 10 minutes to fix..
Thanks a million - MikeD
You are welcome Stephen and Mike.
I get these specific type of "thanx" Emails
pretty frequently ... and in fact, folks actually send me Emails asking
if they could hire me to
basement crawl space
convert their BBQ grill
etc. ... but as you found out, one time is enough!
Love your website and all the interesting stuff you have on it. I thought I would just look at your lights page and ended up spending an hour browsing through everything. Keep up the good work!
This is kind of random, but I am a college student in
Pennsylvania and I was doing a project for my 3D modeling class and I
searched google for pictures of a basement, and I stumbled across a
picture of a guy next to a giant hulk thing I was thinking to myself
.haha ok lets check this out... Well turns out I went through a lot
more of your site and let me tell you, it is cool. I really liked
looking at the projects you did to your house and all that. Really
cool stuff. It seems like you can pretty much do anything! I plan on
checking out the rest of your site later, just for fun, cause for some
reason it is pretty entertaining. I wish you had video of the hulk guy
flying off the house. That would be awesome! Haha, alright. Keep up
the quality work!
I swear Alek the deeper I dig into your site the more cool things there are. Its like a never ending supply of good reads. You have got to be one of the most prolific writers I have ever met. I don't know about you guys but for one man he has the biggest site I have seen.
I bow down to you in awe of your writing/publishing talents. On second though I will drink a beer in awe of your talents this weekend but I will most likely do it sitting down watching NASCAR which involves bowing to get the beer off the table. Hope that counts.
Examples of another common type of Email I get as people seem to start on
one part of the web site, and then wander all over the place,
probably finding stuff that I've forgotten exists ... ;-)
I just wanted to say that before I purchased my grill, I did some checking on the internet. I ran across your web site, and found it to be very educational. So much , I made my decision to buy the Members Mark grill. I must say, everything you had to say about the grill was very accurate. I do not regret my decision to purchase this grill. I have you to thank for that. I have also found your cleaning methods to be OUTSTANDING! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Stainless Magic is that. (You might mention that you can purchase these products from Ace Hdwr.) I had to do some calling around to find these products. Also, the aluminum foil over the grates is a dream. You are right. This cleans them better than anything else.
Oh, by the way, my cover fell apart just like you said it would. (LOL)
Alex, once again, Thank you for taking time to put your knowledge on the net to share with others. You do make a difference.
Thank you for the nice note Mark and glad it has worked out well for you;
sorry about that grill cover ... but I told you so! ;-)
Best Wishes and Happy Grilling to you too - alek
Over the years I have visited your site for different odds and ends but mostly because I really like your shrimp recipes.
Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know I think you have a beautiful family. It just seems like the epitome of a happy and content lifestyle. I appreciate all your help.
Thanks for the nice note - yea, I've been fortunate in life.
Glad you like the shrimp recipes - we make those at least once/month;
huge hit with my family,
I found your bbq LP->NG conversion site
about this time last year. I
built a house three years ago and tried to get the builder to put in
for a gas grill quick connect on the 24x20 deck overlooking the river
but no dice. I then, after reading your analysis of methods used for
the conversion, decided to buy a grill of high quality at the cheapest
price via this great medium, the internet. I scored my grill via
www.stealdeals.net in June last year and it has been sitting dormant
until today. My friend, a certified plumber, informed my he was
certified for gas as well so I bowed to his wisdom and between his
"get the gas to the grill skill" and your "wing it conversion
calculations" I now have the, as some would say, impossible. I
"luckily", after much thought and calculation, guessed and got it
right on the first try. Tonight I eat steak, your family is more than
welcome join but the airfare from your location to mine wouldn't make
it worth it (Elkton, MD). Again thanks for having the genius to post
your adventures online....
Thanks Bo and while I'd love to join you for steaks, yea, it's a long way
to go, even though I'm sure they are darn good ... but you are welcome to
buy me an online beer.
Glad I could help out and
happy grilling to 'ya!
I took a look at your site the other day. It's great. You have effectively
captured something really amazing. You all look happy! You come across as
being that All American Family that people talk about so often but sees
so little of! :-)
I wish I had some time to put up a family info site like that. Maybe one day
I can. My kids are 7 (Abigail) and 2 (Archie) and they would like something
like that to look at as they grow up.
Got to rush - I am taking the afternoon off to play golf with my friends today! :-)
I can't see we're always smiling (my kids drive me
nuts sometimes! ;-), but we've had a lotta fun times and the
"cameraman" (as my boys call me) shoots tons of pictures.
So stuff just accumulates over the years and while it is a lot of work,
it's fun for me to put 'em online for friends & family ... and glad
I made your day. BTW, If nothing else, be sure to
take pictures now of you kids so at least down
the road, you'll have 'em to sort through. Thanks for writing Jez.
I was just checking out recipes for BBQ's and I feel upon your website.
I just wanted to say that you started off my day with a smile.
I thought that this was the most down to earth website that I have seen!
It was a real pleasure to see it!
Thanks for the great recipes. I might try a few of them this weekend!
It is really funny to look at other peoples pictures! You look like a
really nice family!
Have a good day.
P.S. Don't forgot to add more recipes when you get them!
Thanks for the nice note Sandra and good luck with those
BBQ Grill Recipes
- let me know how they turn out. And also glad I made your day
with a laugh/smile - be sure to come back at
provide a bit of holiday cheer! ;-)
I can't tell you how informational your site was concerning your crawlspace
project. I found it when searching for how to cover a section of basement
I have that is dirt. I have a situation where concrete can't be used,
but luckily the current floor is dry. I must say up front without the
information on your site I wouldn't know where to start with my project.
Your site is the only one that I could find ( and trust me I searched ) that
actually showed what steps were taken, and detailed how to do each and every part.
I am preparing to start my project, and although it is slightly different than yours ( I'm covering walls to, for finished look) it would be impossible to get all of the little important details correct without referring to your site. ( Let's just say I'm using it for a blueprint for mine.)
When I'm finished I will try and shoot you some pics of the finished project.
Thanks in advance for all your assistance, even if you were unaware of providing it.
Glad it was useful for 'ya Shane -
I thought about doing the walls, but I wasn't that motivated;
but yea, that would add a nice look and brighten up the space a lot.
Good luck and thanks for the nice note,
Thanks, Man! What a breeze thanks to your well-researched and experiment
in kind. The only glitch I had with a similar grill to yours was the
rotisserie burner--couldn't find the orifice--but that's the project
after church tomorrow. Don't care much for the negative criticism engineers
receive these days, but one thing's for sure, we're thorough!
You were my inspiration about five months ago when I was pondering the
back patio renovation where I installed an NG stub, just waiting for
the right grill deal to pop up here in Tucson. Wouldn't you know,
the grill with my name on it only came in LP but I cashed out with
confidence thanks to your considerate sharing and atypical engineering prowess.
I related, followed your guidance and recommendations practically to the letter,
knowing success was my reward. In my case, save the rotisserie system,
my LP and NG performance stats balance, all attributed to you.
Thanks, again, my friend...Joe
Glad it helped you out Joe and thanks for the compliment about Engineers - Best Wishes,
Hey Alek ... I guess i was actually going to buy you a Beer but i see how much you love your kids and actually believe for once that a man like your self would put the $10 in stead a $2 towards the kids McDonalds. for this reason i have sent you a $10 instead ...
Thanks so much for posting the info about hooking up the BBQ to Natural Gas ... I could not find any info anywhere for the last 3 months i have been looking, and i think your site is the only place for a GUIDE on the WWW.
Buying your kids McDonalds for all the Help you gave me, and probally saved me $100's ... But thanks anyway,
I actually spent hours reading your whole site tonight and got quite a laugh ...
I have a 1 year old son and if i could have a smile on my face as BIG AS YOURS every time somebody took a photo of my doing something for a guide or with my boy ... it would make me a better person ... I really do enve you for that
Thanks Scott - glad I could help you out ... and yes, my Kids will
enjoy their Happy Meals! ;-)
I have a Cousin who finally figured out he was suffering from Celiac Disease at the ripe old age of 50. He can't believe the change in the quality of his life since he stopped eating wheat products.
It's good that you're doing something to publicize the disease. Cousin Dean lived for many years "feeling that way" without realizing that he shouldn't and that is wasn't normal. He became aware when he overheard someone discussing symptoms and realized, "that's how I feel."
Your site is just plain cool in the first place, but all the more so because it may help other people to realize that their quality of life isn't what it should be.
Yes, a big issue with Celiac (becoming less so fortunately)
is the diagnosis. We've lost track of how many people
that we've "helped" get diagnosed by suggesting they
ask their Doctor about Celiac.
Please pass on my regards to Cousin Dean and Merry Christmas,