As I have reported August 7th is the big date – August 6th is an even bigger date as we begin building the wood fire under the big grill so that we have an even, slow-burning heat bomb under our pig. I have informed Steve, my photographing husband, that we are going to have to sleep under the stars and take turns adding wood throughout the night. As the New York Times reported this past Wednesday, most folks dig the pit, make the fire and heat some stone, wrap the pig, put it in the pit, cover it, and let it cook for a long, long time. Being impatient, I have no truck with tradition and have been known to throw caution to the wind. We have now decided to either butterfly our Buddy or cut him into two halves which will fit nicely on the 3 foot by 6 food grill that Doug (who is now having sleepless nights over my enthusiasm for the project) has built. We are still working on how to turn the poundage and how to hold in the heat. BUT, by the 7th we will have figured it all out, I guarantee. I’ll keep you posted and you let me know if you want to do some pig pickin’.