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GaryT1
08-15-2008, 02:29 PM
:razz:Hi all! I am Gary Thompson from Wichita, Ks. I was born and raised here. Been married to my college sweet heart for 42 years.
I am a self employed insurance agent with the largest Auto and Homeowner company. Done that for going on 38 years.
About 35 years ago I was introduced to smokers by a dentist who owned the building we leased. Had been grilling for years before that, but the smoke bug caught me big. Back then the only thing I could afford was one of those Brinkman water smokers. Wore out 2 of those and bought a stick burner. That was an experience since I was left to figure that out by my self.
Jan, my wife, and I used to like to go to the cook off competitions when they were in town and that started the yearning to compete. It took a while, but a bunch of us got together to share "lies" one weekend and that's when Pok N Da Ribs BBQ Team was born.
Now we cook on a GoodOne 42-the Big Guy-and a newly born Traeger-the Little Guy. We also use a Weber Performer and sometimes a WSM. Just depends on what we are doing.
We do about 6 contests a year. We have never been a GC or RGC, thanks to Pork. That one has us stimied to say the least. My church likes my pork, peoples choice has liked my pork, but those darn judges don't seem to like it as much.
But what would we do without a challenge?!
2 1/2 years ago I had Prostate cancer. The doc's got it out and am still clear. I give thanks to my Lord everyday for that!
Jan and I bought a 16' trailer this year to haul all of the stuff around. We put AC on it for Jan and electrice winches for me. Van McLemore my partner appreciates the cool and the easy loading also.
Well that a bit about us.
We wish you the very best! We hope that if we meet at a contest that you are lucky enough to have your name called first. :razz:
GaryT1

Wyatt
08-15-2008, 02:35 PM
Welcome to the brethren from a ten year old!

Smokin J
08-15-2008, 02:36 PM
Welcome!

HolySmoke
08-15-2008, 02:47 PM
welcome!

VGuilford
08-15-2008, 02:57 PM
Welcome

PaPaQ
08-15-2008, 03:01 PM
Welcome to the forum!!

Big George's BBQ
08-15-2008, 03:23 PM
Welcome. This is a great place

bbqbull
08-15-2008, 03:27 PM
Welcome to the forum.

Westexbbq
08-15-2008, 03:40 PM
Welcome to the camp,
Gary.
Enjoy.
Regards to Jan et al.

JediDog
08-15-2008, 03:44 PM
Welcome aboard Gary. Good to have you here.

BIGWILLY
08-15-2008, 03:55 PM
High Speed Internet Welcome To You!

Forney
08-15-2008, 04:39 PM
Welcome!!

BBQ Bandit
08-15-2008, 04:54 PM
Welcome to the madness!

Jester
08-15-2008, 05:04 PM
Howdy and welcome!

Bigdog
08-15-2008, 05:51 PM
Welcome Gary. Great to have another Wichitan on the site. :icon_cool

BigGar
08-15-2008, 05:55 PM
welcome

Trucky1008
08-15-2008, 06:13 PM
Welcome Gary

we'll smoke u
08-15-2008, 07:19 PM
welcome

BBQ Grail
08-15-2008, 07:50 PM
Welcome!

Brauma
08-15-2008, 07:59 PM
Welcome aboard, Gary!

garyk1398
08-16-2008, 08:53 AM
From one Gary to another, Welcome:!:

Pig Headed
08-16-2008, 09:38 AM
Welcome to the forum Gary. Been a long time since I've been to Wichita. I have relatives there (I think.)

JD McGee
08-16-2008, 09:52 AM
Welcome Brother Smoker...:biggrin:

"I am a self employed insurance agent with the largest Auto and Homeowner company."

My wife has worked for that very same company for 18 years now...:biggrin:

Harbormaster
08-16-2008, 04:15 PM
Nice intro, and good to have ya Gary.
Welcome to the best clubhouse on the web!

Cabntmkr1
08-16-2008, 04:42 PM
Welcome to the best BBQ forum on the 'net!:mrgreen:
And, a special welcome to a fellow Wichitan and Kansan!
I'm glad you beat that cancer...

BBQ_MAFIA
08-16-2008, 08:25 PM
Welcome

mm_0_mm
08-16-2008, 09:03 PM
welcome to another Kansas and Good-One owner.

Mad Max
08-17-2008, 09:46 AM
Welcome Gary. Glad you could make it.

U2CANQUE
08-17-2008, 10:23 AM
Welcome aboard!! Glad to hear about your survival......and love of the Q

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
08-17-2008, 03:02 PM
Welcome. Glad you joined us. Bet you find your pork answer on here. These guys and gals are very knowledgeable and, best of all, helpful.

slat
08-17-2008, 06:24 PM
Welcome Brother Gary.

Divemaster
08-18-2008, 09:30 AM
Welcome, now pull up a stump and take a load off!!!

Always nice to have another MidFo (Midwest Folk) in the group!

crome
08-18-2008, 10:09 AM
Welcome!

Arlin_MacRae
08-18-2008, 01:21 PM
Welcome to the Brethren, Gary!


Arlin