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bigabyte
04-05-2010, 08:57 AM
It is time to decide the winner of the "Cast Iron" Throwdown!

The winner will be announced after the poll closes on Saturday 4/10.

Click Here (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81244) to go to the Throwdown thread for more pics/info on the entries.

1 T Scot
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/1_T_Scot.jpg

Boat-n-BBQ
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Boat-n-BBQ.jpg

BobBrisket
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/BobBrisket.jpg

bowhnter
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/bowhnter.jpg

cmcadams
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/cmcadams.jpg

Cracklin Jeorge
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Cracklin_Jeorge.jpg

Derek
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Derek.jpg

Hofy
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Hofy.jpg

jagardn
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/jagardn.jpg

KnucklHed BBQ
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/KnucklHed_BBQ.jpg

Meat Burner
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Meat_Burner.jpg

MikeR
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/MikeR.jpg

Niek
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Niek.jpg

Paulmark
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Paulmark.jpg

RDOwens
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/RDOwens.jpg

rolf
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/rolf.jpg

Ron L
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Ron_L.jpg

Shiz-Nit
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Shiz-Nit.jpg

Sparky
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/Sparky.jpg

swamprb
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/swamprb.jpg

swibirun
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/swibirun.jpg

The BBQ QB
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/The_BBQ_QB.jpg

thirdeye
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/thirdeye.jpg

tjus77
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/tjus77.jpg

ZILLA
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc150/bigabyte/Throwdows_2010/14_Cast_Iron/ZILLA.jpg

Big George's BBQ
04-05-2010, 09:03 AM
They all looked awesome but that first one really caught my eye

Desert Dweller
04-05-2010, 09:06 AM
Tough call for sure. I went with Niek...

ZILLA
04-05-2010, 09:44 AM
Lots of good looking food here.

caliking
04-05-2010, 09:57 AM
Wow! So many awesome entries. I went with Rolf for the overall package - use of a griddle and cast iron grates, balanced meal (gotta eat your veggies), colors that pop, and great grill marks on the meat. What nailed it for me was the wisp of smoke and the glowing charcoal visible through the grates. Outstanding!

Boat-n-BBQ
04-05-2010, 10:03 AM
Wow! So many awesome entries. I went with Rolf for the overall package - use of a griddle and cast iron grates, balanced meal (gotta eat your veggies), colors that pop, and great grill marks on the meat. What nailed it for me was the wisp of smoke and the glowing charcoal visible through the grates. Outstanding!
+1, So many good looking entries, but had to go with Rolf's!

deguerre
04-05-2010, 10:17 AM
Wow. For once I didn't even have to think. The pineapple upside down cake was it as soon as I saw it. (I did look at the rest of the entries to make sure). :thumb:

Harbormaster
04-05-2010, 10:50 AM
I thought Rolf had it running away...

Then I saw Zilla's entry.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Phubar
04-05-2010, 10:53 AM
I went with Niek...

Learnin Querve
04-05-2010, 11:18 AM
All very tasty looking entries, best of luck to all of the contestants. I'm having a heck of a time deciding.

I'm very surprised that we didn't see any entries for two foods that are cast iron skillet classics...

Chicken Fried Steak

Fried Chicken

I can't cook either one worth a darn, was hoping for some inspiration.

Chris

Skidder
04-05-2010, 12:59 PM
Gonna have to think about this one for sure.

LJ5.0
04-05-2010, 01:21 PM
Tough one. I may not vote at all just so I don't feel like I'm doing any deserving farkers a disservice :biggrin:

cameraman
04-05-2010, 01:27 PM
The lighting, the composition, the smoke, oh yeah and the food... Rolf. There were other great shots, but Rolf organized and presented a lot of elements in a coherent and appetizing presentation. Great work.

gotwood
04-05-2010, 03:20 PM
Dont consider cooking on a Cast Iron Grate.....Cast Iron Cooking....

SmokinAussie
04-05-2010, 07:56 PM
Best throwdown I've ever seen! I'd say if you put all the entries together you'd have one helluva chapter on cast iron cooking... maybe even a small book on it's own. This is truly inspirational. I'm not voting yet, just can't decide!

"Sparky"
04-05-2010, 08:25 PM
Dont consider cooking on a Cast Iron Grate.....Cast Iron Cooking....

Why not?I'm not trying to stir the pot,but just wondering.The rules didn't specify Dutch oven or CI skillet,so I figure that anything goes,again,just my thinking.After all,it is cooking on CI:confused:.I guess that I won't get a single vote(which I obviously don't deserve),since I voted for Rolf:roll:.I just like sharing pics:-D

The BBQ QB
04-05-2010, 08:33 PM
FWIW, I chose the topic and I see nothing wrong with cooking on CI vs in it.

The throwdown, is more about your personal inspiration and desire to try something new or old, while along the way sharing a little of that life experience with the rest of us.

Is participation large because the restrictions on the throwdown are light? Possibly. But, in the end I just wanted an excuse to play with my CI. I'm glad to see so many others wanted one too.

Mike D

1_T_Scot
04-05-2010, 08:40 PM
Dang they all look great. I thought we had to have a picture of the CI included.

ZILLA
04-05-2010, 08:55 PM
The picture of my cast iron is in the cooking thread along with several other pictures of the process.

I for one think there is a very big difference in cooking in cast iron and cooking on a grill with cast iron grates. I entered knowing the rules though and knew going in what I was going to see, but it was still fun. Not everyone on the forum can cook over a live fire in the backyard so the inclusion of cast iron grates was more to broaden the field and include more members than anything else, and that's cool with me. I do wish we could all take as nice a picture as some of the others can.

Gore
04-05-2010, 09:56 PM
Why not?I'm not trying to stir the pot,but just wondering.The rules didn't specify Dutch oven or CI skillet,so I figure that anything goes,again,just my thinking.After all,it is cooking on CI:confused:.I guess that I won't get a single vote(which I obviously don't deserve),since I voted for Rolf:roll:.I just like sharing pics:-D


I personally like having the limitation to overcome and allowing CI grates seems to eliminate the limitation completely. I always award extra points to those who have a unique or unusual way to address the category limitation -- points for difficulty and uniqueness, essentially. These are worth the most points. There is also (in decreasing order of importance) drool factor, photography, layout, what I am hungry for when I cast my vote, having the suggestion of an alcoholic beverage, side dishes, and of course having a really cool looking castle in the background. While I agree that a perfect picture of a perfectly grilled steak scores at the top in drool, in uniqueness and difficulty it is not so high. Pineapple upside down cake scores VERY high in uniqueness and difficulty, but lower in drool. I also will award handicap points for people who intentionally submit something otherwise thought to be inedible, like chicken salad or broccoli to a BBQ throwdown. These Qers may have a screw or two loose, but you have to admit they have balls and I feel they should be awarded for trying to turn nonfood into food.

There is no right and no wrong way to vote, otherwise every throwdown would have a unanimous winner and the zero club would not be so exclusive.

Any opinions expressed here are likely to change in the near future, especially with regards to Throwdown voting. The important thing is to have fun and take home some new ideas.

thirdeye
04-05-2010, 10:45 PM
Dont consider cooking on a Cast Iron Grate.....Cast Iron Cooking....

Well, in the intro to the Throwdown entry thread, CI "grates" were specifically mentioned.

Dang they all look great. I thought we had to have a picture of the CI included.

Yeah, I went one further and thought the entry photo should show something cast iron because after all it was the theme of the Throwdown.

The picture of my cast iron is in the cooking thread along with several other pictures of the process.

I for one think there is a very big difference in cooking in cast iron and cooking on a grill with cast iron grates. I entered knowing the rules though and knew going in what I was going to see, but it was still fun. Not everyone on the forum can cook over a live fire in the backyard so the inclusion of cast iron grates was more to broaden the field and include more members than anything else, and that's cool with me. I do wish we could all take as nice a picture as some of the others can.

You did a wonderful job with your collection of photos, and based on my interpretation above regarding showing CI in the entry, (plus the way I critique the Throwdown photos) my favorite ones of yours were your table shot (the one with the full plate in the foreground) and the shot with the hot pad on the lid of the Dutch oven.
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When I looked through the entry thread, there were two other photographs I thought had a real good shot at stealing the whole show. One was Bob Brisket's Double Dutch oven shot, which he did select as an entry photo. It said it all and made me wish I was sitting in his backyard.... and the other was Swibirun's grate shot, which was not selected for entry. He had cast iron in that photo, captured all the photo attributes I look for, I liked the smoke and the color from the coals, and although that steak was very pretty, I think he showed us the grilling of the onions at a critical moment of the cook. I actually felt like reaching into that picture and giving those onions a stir. heheee.

Paulmark
04-05-2010, 11:13 PM
I don't really care grill vs. pan, once I thought about it. I had fun doing it, it made me buy a c.i. pan(finally) and I tried a recipe I probably would have never tried...And it was a huge hit with the family and friends. I can't really ask for more:-D

The BBQ QB
04-06-2010, 12:29 AM
I don't really care grill vs. pan, once I thought about it. I had fun doing it, it made me buy a c.i. pan(finally) and I tried a recipe I probably would have never tried...And it was a huge hit with the family and friends. I can't really ask for more:-D

Bada-bing, Bada-boom. Truer words...

Mike D

southernsmoker
04-06-2010, 07:42 AM
I had assumed that the entries would show what they were cooked on? Great looking food nonetheless..

beerguy
04-06-2010, 08:41 AM
I had to go with Knucklheds Pineapple Upside down cake also. It was a teaching moment for me. I have the exact cast iron pot, that is not a dutch oven because the lid is rounded upwards and wont hold coals. But Knucklhed showed me with a little ingeninity that wrapping the lid with foil and turning it upside down the same results could be obtained. I duplicated this cake in my cast iron pot on Sat, and the family said it was the best pineapple upside down cake they ever had. Thx Knucklhed!

KnucklHed BBQ
04-06-2010, 02:14 PM
Wow. For once I didn't even have to think. The pineapple upside down cake was it as soon as I saw it. (I did look at the rest of the entries to make sure). :thumb:

Thanks Guerry! I think Pineapple nds!p3 Down Cake is one of those thing you've got to have had or really love in order to appreciate such an ugly ass cake!!

Pineapple upside down cake scores VERY high in uniqueness and difficulty, but lower in drool.

Thanks i(Gore)! If you had a slice in front of you, there would be more drool, trust me!
I had to go with Knucklheds Pineapple Upside down cake also. It was a teaching moment for me. I have the exact cast iron pot, that is not a dutch oven because the lid is rounded upwards and wont hold coals. But Knucklhed showed me with a little ingeninity that wrapping the lid with foil and turning it upside down the same results could be obtained. I duplicated this cake in my cast iron pot on Sat, and the family said it was the best pineapple upside down cake they ever had. Thx Knucklhed!

Glad it turned out well for you!! Wasn't so hard after all was it?? I'll be making this cake this summer when camping with the fam for sure!
Need pics!! :thumb:
BTW - I did NOT turn the lid upside down... I left the lid right side up & sealed. I just made a ring (halo mod) that just sat on top to hold the coals in place... I guess your way worked pretty good tho too! :clap2:

Thanks for the votes guys, but damn it! I was really hoping to either WIN this sucker (not likely) OR make my way into the Zip-Zero-Zilch club!!

I made the ugliest cake possible and you punish me with votes! :rolleyes:
Thank you! :becky:

The BBQ QB
04-06-2010, 03:15 PM
I made the ugliest cake possible and you punish me with votes! :rolleyes:
Thank you! :becky:

Go figure, I make what I consider to be on of the prettiest cakes (Certainly the prettiest I've ever made) and they punish me with no votes?

BTW I consider your PUD Cake very good looking. Mind if I pull some?:laugh:

Mike D

KnucklHed BBQ
04-06-2010, 06:40 PM
Seems kinda weird comin' from 'nother dude... NTTAWWT...

Rover24
04-06-2010, 06:48 PM
I guess it was just my interpretation of the Throwdown, but in a cast iron throwdown, I gotta see some cast iron in the entry. I had to go with the variety of Rolf's on this one...even though all of the entries looked tasty.

KnucklHed BBQ
04-06-2010, 06:52 PM
Did ya' check out the original thread that Bigabyte linked to? These are just the entry pics. The other thread has all the CI you can handle! :becky:

Boat-n-BBQ
04-06-2010, 06:52 PM
I don't really care grill vs. pan, once I thought about it. I had fun doing it, it made me buy a c.i. pan(finally) and I tried a recipe I probably would have never tried...And it was a huge hit with the family and friends. I can't really ask for more
I used CI plates, where does that put me? :confused: LoL

That's the right attitude:thumb: Iíve learned a bunch from this throwdown. Iíll be stopping by the Lodge CI outlet store for more stuff this weekend, so I can try a few of these..

LJ5.0
04-06-2010, 07:03 PM
Anyone who gets bent out of shape over an internet cooking contest where no one tastes the food and no one wins any money needs to re-examine their priorities.

This is for giggles between e-friends, y'all :)

Rover24
04-06-2010, 07:14 PM
Did ya' check out the original thread that Bigabyte linked to? These are just the entry pics. The other thread has all the CI you can handle! :becky:

I looked at the original thread and checked out all of the CI, and all of the wonderful things that were cooked in/on them. For my vote, I guess that I wanted the entry shot to show what the theme was. Like if you just looked at the collection of entries, you could guess the theme. I am not trying to bag on the entries who didn't show CI in thier entry shots, especialy since many of the entries had CI shown in supporting shots in the original thread. I just look at it as this...if it is a beef throwdown, I better see some beef in the entry shot. Just my two cents. Great entries by everyone though...I wouldn't expect the Brethren to come up with less.

Even though I voted for rolf, the PUD cake made up my mind to go out and get me some CI!!!

Gore
04-06-2010, 07:57 PM
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I made the ugliest cake possible and you punish me with votes! :rolleyes:
Thank you! :becky:

Go figure, I make what I consider to be on of the prettiest cakes (Certainly the prettiest I've ever made) and they punish me with no votes?

BTW I consider your PUD Cake very good looking. Mind if I pull some?:laugh:

Mike D

Did I mention "bacon" in my criteria? I guess not. Creative use of bacon is always worth points. Now if you had put those cakes of yours in a bacon-weave, I think you'd have really scored big time. Bacon just wasn't prominently featured in this one though.

K-Hed, I know what you're saying and it looks fabulous -- you're selling yourself short if you think it's ugly -- but Master is the dessert person in this castle. I'll gladly pass over dessert for meat, but I'm still debating.

Paulmark
04-07-2010, 01:23 AM
:wink:[QUOTE=Rover24;1241807]I looked at the original thread and checked out all of the CI, and all of the wonderful things that were cooked in/on them. For my vote, I guess that I wanted the entry shot to show what the theme was. Like if you just looked at the collection of entries, you could guess the theme. I am not trying to bag on the entries who didn't show CI in thier entry shots, especialy since many of the entries had CI shown in supporting shots in the original thread. I just look at it as this...if it is a beef throwdown, I better see some beef in the entry shot. Just my two cents. Great entries by everyone though...I wouldn't expect the Brethren to come up with less.


Yeah, I agree I guess,how I voted shows that. I just couldn't figure out a good way to do it, my cook involved a couple of pieces of CI that I didn't think would look right with my presentation. Thanks for the feedback, and for looking:becky:

SmokinAussie
04-07-2010, 05:43 AM
Anyone who gets bent out of shape over an internet cooking contest where no one tastes the food and no one wins any money needs to re-examine their priorities.

This is for giggles between e-friends, y'all :)

Hah... If you've got the BBQ Bug, you just gotta do it! It's such great fun and it's really satisfying... win... lose who cares.

Can't wait to see your first entry!

Cheers!

SmokinAussie
04-07-2010, 06:06 AM
Bruces!

All these entries are sensational. I couldn't pick. I had to have a serious think about this. The main issue here is that we've become professional foodie photographers. That photo by Rolf is the most beautiful food photo I've seen probably ever, but then I thought... hang on, that looks good, but which one do I really want to EAT! Dammit... I thought, that means I have to go back and look at the thread to see what everything was again... So I only just voted for Bob Brisket... man nice photo's but WOW, beef and pork and cast iron baked bread, all cooked over an open fire... Now that's just 'Q back to it's basic roots and I really wanted to try that. Cracklin' George.... CLOSE second.. I'd hit that broth and dumplings big time.

Can I have the recipes????

Cheers!

Bill

Rick's Tropical Delight
04-07-2010, 06:17 AM
Anyone who gets bent out of shape over an internet cooking contest where no one tastes the food and no one wins any money needs to re-examine their priorities.

This is for giggles between e-friends, y'all :)

you don't win money but you win a chance to get your photo in a brethren calendar. everything changed when that new twist was introduced.

bbq ron
04-07-2010, 07:07 AM
they all look great, but rolf really caught my eye :-P:-P

rolf
04-07-2010, 08:03 AM
The discussion is quite interesting. Its sort of a "free association". If someone says X, I expect Y, and if I see a twist on it, also great.
Cast iron might mean dutch oven, searing steaks or skillets. The creative twist being knucklheads pineapple cake, didnt really expect that one.
Thanks again for all the kind words, it was a really lucky shot. The rest of the pics I took are quite smoky, but in this one there is just that small wisp of smoke.

LJ5.0
04-07-2010, 08:49 AM
Hah... If you've got the BBQ Bug, you just gotta do it! It's such great fun and it's really satisfying... win... lose who cares.

Can't wait to see your first entry!

Cheers!

you don't win money but you win a chance to get your photo in a brethren calendar. everything changed when that new twist was introduced.

Just to clarify, I'm referring to comments about how CI wasn't prevalent enough for certain entries to qualify. I think the throwdowns are an extremely enjoyable part of this forum; I just take issue when sour comments are made about the "letter of the law" in something like this, which I view as a purely fun way to share cooks amongst ourselves.

I probably shoulda just kept my mouth shut :biggrin:

And I voted for swibirun 'cause his pic made me the hungriest.

Boat-n-BBQ
04-07-2010, 09:15 AM
you don't win money but you win a chance to get your photo in a brethren calendar. everything changed when that new twist was introduced.
I didn't know that. It's a good thing I'm not winning then! My pics aren't good enough for a Brethern calendar..

SmokinAussie
04-08-2010, 12:23 AM
Just to clarify, I'm referring to comments about how CI wasn't prevalent enough for certain entries to qualify. I think the throwdowns are an extremely enjoyable part of this forum; I just take issue when sour comments are made about the "letter of the law" in something like this, which I view as a purely fun way to share cooks amongst ourselves.

I probably shoulda just kept my mouth shut :biggrin:

And I voted for swibirun 'cause his pic made me the hungriest.

No problem champ... See you in the Woodpile... that's where you ge the hang of this place... nothin's too serious!

Meat Burner
04-08-2010, 12:38 AM
OOps, my bad. I didn't note what pic to use and the one used was kinda posted as a funny. Not so funny now that it was picked. Hey, I wasn't sitting on the sideline at least. Damn, DAL is really a big bummer!!!:redface:

bigabyte
04-08-2010, 12:44 AM
There is an exclusive club out there...
you may have heard of it circulating the rumor mill...
only a select few have earned the privilege to join...
perhaps someday you too can join if the votes don't go your way.

Meat Burner
04-08-2010, 12:59 AM
help me out a little here brother.
The rules are if you do not specify a pic, then one will be decided for you. I did not do that, as I should have, so the DAL is well deserved on my part. It is actually embarasing on my part. That pic was supposed to be for humor. This was fully my fault and it's okay...you know, chit happens
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bigabyte
04-08-2010, 01:05 AM
Sorry I did not pick the one you would have liked. I did not mean for it to be embarrassing at all. I can't remember my thought process at the time that caused me to pick it. I may have thought you enjoyed the humor based on your post, thus why I picked it.

Meat Burner
04-08-2010, 01:09 AM
You don't need to apologize my friend. This was my fault, not yours. I really, and I mean really, appreciate what you contribute to us all here. Please don't stop doing this as we all appreciate it and you make it so much fun. Thanks so much!

rolf
04-08-2010, 01:47 AM
Thats right, thanks bigabyte. The throwdown is something to look forward to each week.

KnucklHed BBQ
04-10-2010, 02:43 AM
Did I mention "bacon" in my criteria? I guess not. Creative use of bacon is always worth points. Now if you had put those cakes of yours in a bacon-weave, I think you'd have really scored big time. Bacon just wasn't prominently featured in this one though.

K-Hed, I know what you're saying and it looks fabulous -- you're selling yourself short if you think it's ugly -- but Master is the dessert person in this castle. I'll gladly pass over dessert for meat, but I'm still debating.

Dang it! I knew bacon would have cinched this one for me!! I was going to make the foil halo for the charcoal confinement ring out of a bacon braid from my wife's weave, but figured that might be going too far...

Thanks for the vote regardless of my bacon-less-ness... you musta' hit the wrong button by mistake! :wink:

The discussion is quite interesting. Its sort of a "free association". If someone says X, I expect Y, and if I see a twist on it, also great.
Cast iron might mean dutch oven, searing steaks or skillets. The creative twist being knucklheads pineapple cake, didnt really expect that one.
Thanks again for all the kind words, it was a really lucky shot. The rest of the pics I took are quite smoky, but in this one there is just that small wisp of smoke.

Thanks Rolf, I didn't expect there to be any other DO cakes in this one, but was surprised to see the strawberry shortcake... too lazy to look back on who that was but I was really impressed by the pic, very nice!

I love this forum and all the inspiration it gives me to cook the next "it". It's threads like Big's Throwdown that keeps everyone pushing to the next level. Thank you Chris!!

Thanks for the vote too BTW! Your pic was hands down my wife and my fav, but that melty cheese pic from Boat was so rich I could taste it!

GL all!!

LMAJ
04-10-2010, 07:47 AM
Darn you Bob and your beautiful fire pit! You get my vote this time.

Good looking eats everyone.

BobBrisket
04-10-2010, 10:37 AM
Darn you Bob and your beautiful fire pit! You get my vote this time.

Good looking eats everyone.
:becky::bow:Thank you. I appreciate the votes. This is a TOUGH TD.

Bob