RE: rendering beef fat to lard
best thing you can do with that beef fat, is freeze it, in usable sizes(baggies). add some to each batch of beans, stews, soups. maybe even add to bbq sauce(if not stored on the counter, but in the fridge). even add some to fresh veggies, before boiling. best thing is, to try to sell this rendered fat. i bet many folks out there would love to have a bag of it in their freezer. i sure would.
good story jack, about college boy. i just dont know what to recommend, for his bad glove habbits. maybe try to lay off him a while, and see if the release in pressure helps his mind think better. try just saying nothing, for a while, and see if he improves. then, give him the ax if no improvement, or transfer him to dish for a few days... thats better than the ax.