I have some neighbors who have been hit hard by the gov't shutdown. I don't want this to become a political thread, so I'll reserve my thoughts on the situation. Anyway, I have neighbors who are both out of work,, and struggling to feed their kids. They have 3 kids under 12, and they need food. Hell, so does everyone else, but this is a special case. So, today, I decided to make a big batch of Jambalaya for them. I made around 10 quarts of it, with lots of chicken, sausage, and country ribs. I stretched it out with lots of rice, veggies, and spices. It was probably 20 lbs. of food all together. I packed it up in containers & called the guy over on the pretense of helping me unload some wood. I told him to bring his wife because I could use all the help I could get. So, they came over about 15 mins later, and I had a Xerox paper box of hot Jambalaya packed up & ready to go for them. They opened the box & smelled what it was right away. The tears in the wife's eyes was thanks enough. I told them if they need anything else, don't wait to ask. My wife & I are going to buy them a load of groceries this weekend when we get our regular stuff. It ain't much, but they sure appreciated it. At least they will have a hot home cooked meal tonite and some leftovers for a day or 2.