The View From Here | October 2012

There is finally an App for me.

Before I tell you what it is, allow me to back up. I have been a smart phone user for several years—everything from Blackberry, to iPhone, to a Samsung Rugby—but to be honest, I have never utilized much of their capabilities.

I text, make phone calls, check e-mail and occasionally browse the internet. That’s about it. My current phone has no music on it, the ring tones are stock and I have never watched video or television on it. Other than my daughter downloading Angry Birds, I have very little exposure to apps or games.

But I think that is all about to change. Somehow I stumbled across and App that may actually have value to me.

It’s called Grillin’ Time. It describes itself as a fun and easy-to-use cooking timer that allows you to keep track of when to flip and check the food on your grill. Individual timers automatically coordinate each item, so everyone gets their steaks, burgers, fish and veggies at the same time. Grillin’ Time ensures meat and vegetables on your grill are cooked to perfection and served together. Match the foods on the app’s digital grill to your real gas grill or charcoal barbecue by selecting the type and weight of the food you are grilling, then select how well-done you want your steaks, salmon and more. Grillin’ Time knows how long it takes to cook every item and alerts you when you need to get over to the grill.

On second thought, maybe not. It sounds a little complicated to me. Besides, the best part about grilling is staying outside and minding the grill, while everyone else is, well, somewhere else.

On a more serious note, while I’m sure very few of you have ever paid much attention to the spine of Limousin World, this issue marks a milestone. It is Volume 30, Number 1, which means “The World” is beginning its 30th year in print. Not bad considering more than a decade ago I listened to some over-educated internet guru tell a room full of print journalists that ALL print media would be gone within five years. I sometimes wonder if he has taken his prognostication efforts on the road guessing weights at carnivals.

At any rate, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the faithful subscribers and advertisers we have had over the years, as well as the staff, new and old, who have helped churn out 319 issues.

Forgive my “hop-scotching” around this month, but I would also like to give one more plug for the Pfizer Animal Health incentive program. Please take a few minutes to gather up all of your receipts for Pfizer products and send them to Bobbi Hartwig in the NALF office.

It’s about the easiest way I can think of to help the association provide improved services, programs and opportunities back to its members. At least until someone develops an App for that.

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