Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

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Long day Tuesday

one of those mind breaking, “puttin’ out fires” kind of day. On a job that was bid for the mere fact that they employ ME. No way in hell would they have touched this job if I weren’t there, and I am not only the fabricator, but the installer on this one as well. Unfortunately, I have found I am building on the foundations of a carpenter that does not know how to read a square or level,,, Makes some of my measurements borderline bullshit, and that makes the rest of them get a might wonky too. Bash to fit and paint to hide has come out more than once, sadly. BUT, the build is solid and there won’t be any escapee doggums from this ‘daycare’ center,,,

Though I did manage to show one of the newbs why they pay me so much more on the hour than they pay him. I wonder where these kids grew up since the ‘tricks’ I use are stuff I picked up at my Da’s elbow over the years,,,, I figured this is redneck country, they should have tricks out the whazoo for ‘making do, making it up, and gettin’ it done’. Guess I was wrong to some extent.

And I got to pull my favorite line on him. him: “how do you know all of this stuff?”

me: “know it? hell dood, I am making this shit up as I go along,,, Try to keep up.” (the tricks are old hash, but the combinations are sometimes quite unique.)

Anywhoos, seems that someone/group did some damage to the underwater sections of the Nordstrom 2 pipeline. And there is quite a bit of the Russiarussiarussia hoopla spilling out over it.

Like VodkamanBad would go out of his way to sabotage his own bank account? Srsly!!! Think for ONE minute about HOW and WHY and you will see that the creepies screaming blood are running cover for someone else. And just how do you initiate a 2.8 explosion that deep underwater? The first thing that came to mind for me was “Depth Charges”. Dunno how much Vlad has in the way of those but I am certain that there are still a few relics laying around in ammo mags in this country. (hell, we were still carting out Willie Pete that had 1950 dates on the crates they were stored in. And that was in early 90’s when I was playing in the mags on Pendleton.). Key point here; Depth charges are NOT something some terrorist are going to go through the trouble of making. This was some STATE job, the only real question is WHICH STATE. I have my thoughts, and they all point in the direction of a swamp, and damaging evidence could be found in certain STATES of Euro bend starting to waffle on the sanctions because they are feeling the cold weather blowing in. What better way to HURT Vlad, AND make sure that your ‘alliance’ feels the pain you intended them to feel. They want us downtrodden and beaten, and that goes for their ‘friends’ and ‘allies’ as well. They WANT the world to crumble and BURN.

It would behoove you to remember, these monkeys are NOT SANE, but they have a lot of power and influence. And they are NOT the faces we see in Media: those are the fall guys when this shit goes sideways on them.

Monday mind dump,,,,

Maybe I have been looked upon as a Simpleton, with no imagination and the social graces of a pampered cat.   The first two are total malarky, and the last is spot on truth given the right occasion.

BUT, when it comes to former relationships, I can assure you that the above description has been applied.  Especially that pampered cat thing (more like a tom in rut, but I digress,,,,)

Apologies, I should step back in my monologue here.

For pleasure (OMG, He’s talking about having ‘FUN’, everybody hide the Knob Creek,,,) I have been re-reading one of my copies of Heinlein.    In this case  JOB: a comedy of Justice.   It’s been near 20 years since I last read it.   And, interestingly enough, it was the book my EX suggested to me (its one of the few Heinlein’s I wouldn’t jump into after reading the back cover,   BUT, it is worth the read.  Interesting ‘twists’ and on second reading, probably one of the Masters better-written mind benders. An arguable point and one subjective to personal opinion, but I won’t go into it here.)

See, when Amy and I first met, I was subjected to a number of tests, and I didn’t realize until just now, finishing the re-read, that this particular book was one of her tests.   I ‘won’ her, not by the read, or some of the tests, but by Skitz, her cat: the paranoid recluse of a schizophrenic cat that ‘won’t come out around ANY strangers’, who made a liar out of her, and curled up in my lap the first time I visited.  (that whole Tomcat in Rut thing, I swear,  Kats sense that shit.)

I can see now, what she was looking for, and I could have told her then and there “I ain’t that”.   Oh well. seven years gone and I learned a ton, toured the US, and made a ton of cash (and have not one dime to show for it, but thats part of that learning cycle I had,,,) and 

I grew up.

Before and during that time, I was still locked in that Mid-twenties hormone sweep, and it took losing literally everything I owned except the shirt on my back, to wake me up to reality.  

Yeah, that was the start of my being red-pilled, though, at the time, it was more like waking up from a psychedelic dream.  And I still call it ‘waking-up’ to reality,,,    It was also the start of my writing ‘career’ (if you want to call it that).  Granted, that part is still growing, and I haven’t thrown that towel in.   Probably couldn’t if I wanted to,,,, Once the writing thing gets its hooks in you, well, You’re hooked,,,   *groan*.  Yeah, that could have been worded better, but its the truth.  You start writng out your thoughts, opinions, what not, then next thing you know, you’re telling vignettes and scenes for fun, and that grows into a damned novel, and, and, and

When Sarah talks about the characters in her head running amok, I know well what she says, though her experience is probably magnitudes of order bigger.   

I have to explain to people at work that I am NOT talking to myself; they are only hearing one half of the conversation with a character in my head.   And good thing I mostly work alone, eh?   And there are days where I have to turn the tunes up loud so that I drown those voices out, or I would get NOTHING done for the J.O.B.,,,  (and one reason I feel that maybe, just maybe, I need to bite the bullet and go full time with the writing thing.  Many a great idea comes to me while at work, then by the time I get to a keyboard,,   POOF!!!   If it weren’t for the environment I work in, I would take the ‘puter to work with me and have it available for those moments.    And No, writing it out manually doesn’t work for me, I type faster,,, and have you seen my chicken scratch handwriting???)

Joel once stated that he realized after the third (???) marriage collapse that ‘maybe the problem was him’.   That was part of my waking up too.   Only married once, but had ‘common law’ relations over a twenty year period, and all failed for ‘reasons’,  and while I can’t say that all of the problems were centered on me,  I can be certain that I lacked something the other half desired and I couldn’t fulfill: Children.   ALL of the ex’s between divorce and now all went on to have lots of kids, and I was the weak link there.    (long story short, I bought the narrative that the world needed less people and ‘fixed’ my end on it. Bad move,,,,)

But I am older now, and my prospects are likely Grans as well, and that makes me a little more of an item.   And I do miss having someone around that has more than ‘mreow’ and ‘kblert’ as their running vocabulary,,,   Now, If I can steer clear of the Krazzeee that I seem to attract,,,  (and that IS all me, I know well.   I just have to be picky as hell,,,  Too far along to spend the next 10 dealing with ‘psycho’…)

Ok, nuff of dredging the past.   On to other things.   “There are no Problems, Just UNSEEN solutions”.  Yowp! about the size of things,,,    Mentioned that I ‘need an expensive vaca’ in my last post.   Didn’t think that I had written in my solution when I pounded those keys.   Went to work today and one of the guys wants me to teach him how to kayak.  Not just paddling, but the rolls too.   WELLLSsssss.   My biggest issue has been lack of ‘support’*, IE, going solo all the time.   Now, dude does not have a kayak of his own, likely doesn’t even have a PFD; but I DO, and this is going to turn into a ‘scratch my back’ thing.   Maybe I do have some bad habits, but I will spot them if I see them developing in someone else, and can correct BOTH of us.  (like not keeping your head down when recovering from a capsize,,,  I know I do that often enough that I have to pay attention to it, and thats from lack of GOOD practice)(another of my ‘issues’ is getting in a damned hurry while underwater,,,  Anxiety kicks in even though I know better. There is a reason the BCA makes their instructors do a ’10 second roll’, and it’s not because 10 seconds is fast,,,).  And who knows, If I am successful at teaching him, maybe I should research getting credentialled for instructor and start doing it locally.   I know of a few longboaters in the area (like two states local, we’re kinda spread thin here’bouts)  and occasionally see queries on Fakebook along the lines of “am I doing this right”,,,,

Anyways, seeing how the world is trying to burn down around our ears, but we still aren’t shooting the bastards yet, I intend on having as much fun as I can while I can.   I figured out that wealth is not all about money, but being able to LIVE on your terms, and yeah, sometimes that costs an arm and a leg,,,

But not always.

* this is not a slam on friends I kayak with.  They have lives too, and I tend to have a bit more freetime seeing how I have an empty nest,,,,     When we can, I JUMP on the chance to paddle with them.  Its just far and few between, especially once the weather turns colder.

Side note two: Just noted when I opened up the editor online, this is my 5700TH post! Hot shit, that’s some writing for a little fish in a big pond,,,, (and that’s only on THIS blog, not the two prior or all of the forum stuff I have done. (and still crumbs to all the writing that Sarah and Francis do,,, Gotta get my game face on now,,)

Gonna need a vaca

Not from blogging, but from work, home, etc.

I need to go someplace where seakayaks are a thing, and get some professional training.

Love the boat, but, its WAY more seakayak than my skills are up to.

And admittedly, going solo does LITTLE TO NOTHING towards inspiring confidence, and sadly, solo is my norm.

She’s fast. Bloody FAST. The top end shown was my normal paddle stroke and its a full 2 mph faster than Blue Jean wih the same stroke. I never pushed hard. The low moving average was because I spent A LOT of time in shallows playing with edging, hip snaps and laybacks trying my damnedest to get comfortable with how Liz feels.(I was on water well over two hours but ‘moving time’ shows 20 sumpin minutes) Better?Yes. Where I need to be? Not even close. The fit is much better with the hip pads in place, but I am still adapting to the whole ‘knees together’ seating. None of my other boats are like that, not even Duh!kee. And its tossing me a hard left turn I haven’t figured out how to negotiate. (I know B: seat time, seat time, seat time,,, whaduya think I’m doing out here. 😆)

Still a barefoot paddler.

I know of a couple places where I can get that training, but ain’t a one ‘close’ Great Lakes area, Charleston SC, Savanah GA, or Floriduh (in your area Big Country,,,) so a vaca would be classes ($$) lodging ($$$$) and loss of income during said time ($$$$$$$$$) So, I has some figurin’ things out to do. If I want this (by gum you frillin’ know it) and I cant get more (supported) seat time locally,,, I will have to seek outside help.

On the upshot, the water was very pleasantly warm today. Downside was the weather didn’t hold and it was pissing down while I loaded up to leave, and I won’t ‘fart around’ if there is no one here to make that call of 9oneone if shit goes sideways.

Experience trumps education everytime, but ya need the education to get experiance sometimes. This is one for me. (And I probably already have some bad habits that need removed, and why I am struggling,,,)

Compromise tinks.

Just sitting here thinking about kayaks,,,

Like you would expect anything else out of me these days, right? (and the sudden shift in weather has me feeling the winter blues creeping in. Its COLD out there,,,)

Well, its not just kayaks, but some philosophical bends as well. Like Chines, Compromises and life in general.
Follow along,,,
Chines, on a kayak allow certain ‘moves’ to be done easier or harder depending on the nature of the chine, and the nature of the move. Hard chines on a long boat make edging easier, but turns a bit more sluggish. Soft chines make edging a little trickier, but turns are smooth as butter. Hard chines on a spud boat allow the boat to carve and slice like a sports car, but can also make the paddler be much more precise in execution. A little too much edge or not enough when peeling out, and you are going to get a dunking.  (the reason for the polarity there is ‘Length’, )
V-hulls make long boats less stable and more stable at the same time. They ‘Feel’ unstable but are able to handle wilder water with less effort. A flatter hull (often called a ‘planing hull’) lets you surf easier, but can really bugger you up when the waves are  abeam or quartering or you are not surfing and trying to punch out through waves. Its all a part of compromises. One gives this, but gives up that, and the end result is less than optimal for all purposes, but very precise for key purposes. Thats why white water boats (especially the creekers and play boats) look completely different from seakayaks. A recent trend for ‘crossover’ boats was all compromise, and the end result was a mushy feeling boat that rarely gets used past ‘floats with friends’ and I have never heard of anyone using them for the stated purpose of the designer: White water and open water runs.

Compromises: Those are what ‘make’ our Republic different. Or should I say MADE our Republic different.
The problem with compromises is like any other less than optimal solution; Over time, they build up and what you end up with is a mushy feeling boat that doesn’t do what the company intended, and the end user feels a touch cheated. When things really reach a head, the end users are of divergent camps (White water or Open water) and the company is at a state where all they want is the money; loyalty be damned.
Just like our current situation at the tail end of 100+ years of compromises. Two broadly stroked factions (socialist/communist vs leavemethefuckalones) and ‘leadership’ that is stoking the fear factors to ram through as many porkbellied scams as they can, to line their coffers before the whole she-bang goes boom.

Much the same as companies that are failing, which get hollowed out from the inside long before they finally collapse; our ‘government’ is showing all the signs of such. The compromises have weakened the original to the point it more resembles a theatrical facade than a functional design; A poorly done facade by 4th graders for an upcoming play. The Money exchanging hands is inflated paper and while the numbers look astounding, the values are meaningless because they have no attachment to reality: only emotion. And the biggest emotion is fear. Fear of losing out. Fear of ‘not being good enough’. Fear of planning for an uncertain future. Negative emotion driving what should be a positive environment. And that emotion is constantly being re-enforced at the trough of Public Media.

Compromises. Shut off the toob, enjoy what you can while you can? Stay plugged in and hope you see the out before everyone else does? Mix it up and stay plugged in two three days a week, then take the rest to unwind?

I dunno; everyone has their own way of dealing with this world. Some just choose to deny it and keep on as if nothing were wrong. And while I think that is foolish, I can’t say that they are wrong either. Maybe we need more to play that role and then reality will fall back in line by the sheer determination of a populace not wanting change. I don’t see that happening, but I can’t say it won’t either. Stranger things have happened in history.

Gorebal warmening can kiss my narrow @$$

Sept 23 2022: first official full day of autumn, a bit chilly but not unseasonable.    House temps after the sun went down were around 60F.  Saw how the kats were burying faces in tails and said “fuggit!” 

First fire of the season.   

Did I need it?  naw, just bundle up like the kittehs and alls good.  Toss an extra blanket or four on the bed: all good.   Close up the house, draw the curtains tight and the temp would have stayed right at that sixty mark all night.   The insulation in my house is good enough that a kerosene lantern would keep it ‘livable’ even if the temps dropped down in the 30’s overnight.  (thats not saying that would work all winter, but it works fine to hold a temp if things aren’t frozen outside.)

All the hoopla about “Climate Change” and “Science says” is boochit.    Its called weather people!!!!   Its cyclic, has more factors applied to it than just us blobby bags of water scooting around the surface of this planet, and will continue to “CHANGE” long after we have made ourselves scarce/extinct/vacated for other planets.   

It’s just like that 400 ton HVAC bolted to some houses these days.  If its running at 50% capacity and can do no better, for whatever reason, your house is going to be cold or hot, in direct relation to whats going on outside.   Well, the planets main furnace has been running a little cold the last few years.   The last time SOL was ‘running hot’ was in 2012, and I remember those days in the Texas outback quite well.   130F in the shade during the day,  winds that would strip you to the bone as the sun went down, followed by nights where you would wake at 3am to find your water bottle with a layer of ice on the surface of the water.  Solar cycles make much more sense about ‘climate change’ than some of the WAGs that I have seen about holes in ozone, greenhouse gasses (which have been debunked repeatedly but still keep making rounds)

Am I a “Climate Change Denier”?   Yup and Nope all at the same time.  I deny that “THE SCIENCE” is right, but I accept that climate CHANGES, because that is obvious to a blind man,,,    It was in the high nineties just a week back, here I am having a fire to keep my house (and kittehs) warm overnight.  Its been changing since I can remember, and NOT FOR THE WARMER, or at least not consistently.   I was 8 or 9 when we had to dig our way out of our house due to snow drifts.  This was in the Greater CIncinnati area.   The next year, I don’t think we had a single snow day.   I recall that summer in Texas as being the scorcher to end all scorchers, then that winter I was in Bloomfield IN and the weather dropped to minus 20 and stayed there for two weeks.   That was the year I installed a woodburner in my RV and it kept me and Voo alive.   We froze a bit, and poor Catahoula Cur that Voo is, with his slngle layer fur,,,  Yeah, He hated that winter. 

The only thing I can see about “Climate Change” hulaballoo is that its designed to move money around and not for the benefit of the frickin climate,,,    “Lets build a bunch of useless windmills, financed by ‘carbon taxes’, that do nothing but add more complexity into an already complex system that is running 130% and hasn’t been updated in 70 years“.  and they have to ‘de-ice’ those blades in the winter using Helo’s, burning more fuel to stay aloft than the windmill will offset in generation,,,    Kinda like driving an electric car, towing a diesel generator to charge the battery: it makes just about as much sense.   Yeah, Green Energy Deal,,,

The only thing green about it is the cash flow for select persons of interest.   

And I recall seeing that the lifespan on one of those blades is measured in single digit years; they aren’t recyclable, and they bury those monstrosities because they don’t deteriorate.    At least the blades on my little wind genny are able to be recycled if they wear out.  (yes, I am ‘green’ for my personal use power needs, and even I keep a gasoline powered back up because I know that weather is NOT going to supply all my needs 24/7.   I have written about how ‘green energy’ needs to be completely localized to be effective and then it only alleviates the loads on the main system, it can not replace it.  Not yet anyway. And not if people continue to take it all for granted at the levels they do. Lifestyle changes will be mandatory, but that’s part of the ‘own nothing and be happy’ that the DAVOS crowd are trying to force feed the world.)

So when someone starts screeching about the Greenland Icecap melting away faster than its growing, I don’t get bent out of shape about how we are all going to burn to a crisp by 2032ish.   These things happen, right?  What no one seems to be asking is, WHY is the cap melting faster?   is there a volcanic caldera building below it?   That would cause such melting, and probably faster than a high sunspot activity would. (and we are in a low Sunspot cycle currently so thats not it.).  And its not a global issue either since there are other caps growing faster than normal,,,    As for the arctic and antarctic caps: they change all the time, and usually quite suddenly.   Seems to me that I read the last iceage came on in less than a 100 years, and lasted several thousand.   Climate change?   Sure was.  And somehow that was the fault of HOOMANS?  How?   Lets be practical here and THINK for fucks sake, okay?  

Oh, but that doesn’t fill the coffers of Poly-tick-ians or Lobbyists, and they MUST keep those coffers growing or,,,

And I honestly feel “thinking”, for some types, is downright painful.

*sigh*    

Alright, rant over.    More later after I get some paddle therapy in.

Boring, but productive

So, didn’t go kayaking.  My mind just wasn’t there for it today.  

BUT, 

I didn’t waste the day away: trimmed back my half acre of weeds (read. mowed grass) did quite a bit of straightening up around the house, and cleaned the litter box seeing how its getting to the cold months: The kids don’t really use it much in the summer months, unless they are trapped indoors by Thunderboomers and hydraulic pressure becomes too much.   I used to clean it weekly, until I realized I panning an empty box during the summer months.  Yup, even penned inside the house, they will hold on until the last second as they much prefer the out of doors to do that business.  A settlement I have no issues with,,,

As for that mowing the weeds thing;  gah!!!    Lets see how many allergens we can stir up and cause Dio’s nose to make like a faucet,,, On top of the mold spore issues,,,   

Its been pretty dry this week: had a little rain yesterday morn, but not enough to get the ground wet.  No gaping cracks in the dirt areas, but there are signs of them coming along, (certainly not those leg breakers we would get in Texas.   You could lose a cow in one of those canyons that open up in the summer.), and that made for quite a dusty endeavor; especially since my ‘yard’ is still untamed, grows rocks better than grass (or even weeds for that matter) and where I had no issues last week, suddenly, I am hitting a dirt mound.   Nope, not mole hills, just where one section of ground has settled lower than its surrounding area and the remainder sits proud enough to get clipped by mower blades.  Totally untamed yard.   It will take another twenty years for this ground to settle down.   Old tree roots rotting under ground is the big one, then those pesky rocks that seemingly rise to the surface like breaching whales.    Rock: denser than earth, but rises to the top like a cork in water.  At least that’s how I figure it.   Or, they are semi-intelligent and want a suntan or something: and maybe thats the case, they just operate at a MUCH slower frequency than we do.   Dunno, but might make a good point in a some storyline in the future.   (been done, Star Trek I believe, but copying an idea for a story is NOT plagiarism: if it were, we wouldn’t have anything to read beyond the bible,,,,)(and another book that comes to mind. Which art in HOPE. If you’ve never read it, give Francis some love and do so. Good read with some serious thinking about what a TRUE free enterprise world could look like AND how it could be torn apart by its own people in later books.  No more teasers though: go read.)

Damn!  Mama and Grizz figured out I had the laptop open,,,  They INSIST that this time is THEIRS,,,  Can go hours without a peep from them, but the minute the Mac starts to purr, they demand my attentions.   More laters when I can get them to leave me be,,,

Feelin the pinch in a way

Maybe y’all have noted it too.  Seems very few places are carrying the usual inventory they normally do. Went out this morning to pick up stuff I realized i was missing to finish up the polish job on Lizzy.  Three places to get all of the stuff together, where it should have been located at one.  One had ‘this’ part, but not ‘that’ part.  The second place had ‘that’ part, but not the compound (nor did the first place), so a third place to get the rubbing/polishing compound I needed, and that third place didn’t have either of ‘this’ or ‘that’.  

Is it a sign of our disrupted supply chains?  Or is this a symptom of the ‘Zon take over of retail?   Dunno, but it struck me as odd, especially seeing that the first place is the sole supplier to my cousin that does bodywork.  I guess he orders through them and they deliver it when it arrives, but I am not familiar with how he operates so can’t make that judgement,,,

Empty shelves in every store though, EVERY STORE.   And that is definitely a sign of supply chain disruption.  

Lizzy is all polished up and loaded on Buffalo now.  Ready to hit the lake, just not ‘ready’ to hit the lake.  Kinda just wanna stroll through the day doin’ nuthin’ for once. (reason follows, bear with) 

and its cold out right now.

not that the water is cold, it was a lot warmer than the surrounding air this morning and the fog around the waterways was thick enough to cut with a Semi.  Nearer the river, it was thick enough that headlights were only visible from 100′ or so.  That sort of fog is an accident waiting to happen, if there is an intersection in it.   And when the speed-limit is ‘drive it like ya stole it’, as is normal around here,,, (have noted that most cops these days just wait for the speeder to screw up and then stack up charges against them. )

And I have a slight case of laryngitis kickin’ right now.  Lots of sinus drainage the last week and its taking a toll on my vox-cords.  Not my first rodeo, won’t be my last so long as I live in the Mid-WET, with all its mildew and mold spores floating around.   Good reason I don’t live in the the Pacific North-WET, its even worse there as I found out while touring.    (and why I REALLY want to move south and preferably coastal: never seem to have this problem in those areas.). Kinda don’t want to go out and tempt something worse, buggie-wise.  No need to be bed ridden with the Ills, and I make a craptastic patient.    Would hit the alcohol to kill the bugs, but its not a bug that’s eating me, its allergies, and alky does notta danged thing for that.

After loading up Lizzy, I sat on the eastern side porch soaking up sun-rays, watching Mama and Grizz playing in the yard enjoying all that warmth of fresh non-cloud filtered sunlight.  Grizz is a Ninja, with moves that defy physics.  Mama is just a BRUTE, using her guile to lure him in, then pinning him down and having her way.  Apparently the ‘babies’ she thought she was having have worked out of her system.   Frickin’ hormones drive her, and by default, the boys and I, up a frillin’ wall.  Maybe its time to go have that system ‘fixed’ so that our future is more sedate than it had been the last two weeks.   (not like she can have kittens, but she sure thinks she can and will.)

ON other fronts.   BCE notes that his ‘hit count’ is down dramatically.  I noted about 4 days ago that my counts were showing a serious drop as well.  And unlike BCE, this blog doesn’t see that high of numbers to begin with.  When I see a drop of 60 across the board for several days, even with at least ONE new post a day, I know something is up.   And the curious one is my “DIY Carbon Brush” post: that usually sees at least one hit EVERY SINGLE DAY, hasn’t had a single hit in 5 weeks.   That tells me that Giggles is ‘adapting’ the algorithm to re-direct traffic away from any site even slightly ‘Right of Lenin” (that post mentioned, is my all-time heavy hitter.  It’s well over 5 years old and holds a quarter of my total hits in that time frame.  )

And that fact, that Giggles is ‘fuckin’round’, tells me they are losing, BIG TIME.   As Sarah points out, that window is shifting on them, and they don’t like it much.   Reality is a stone cold bitch and ALWAYS wins.  And their “reality” ain’t real,,,

So, all the talk about canned sunshine/russia/stoopidXi-den/etc, is, IMO Inflated to upset the balance that is developing amongst us THE MAJORITY, THE SANE, and THE RIGHT.   

Fuggem!!!   They wouldn’t know how to keep it straight if the did win, so lets kick their asses to the curb and take back what we need to take back and FIX their shit.   

and maybe we can get stuff back on the shelves again,,,,

Goodbye Summer

Today is ‘officially’ the end of summer, though by sunrise/sunset, there was an eight minute difference between night and day. Not going to pick nits about it, its getting chilly as all get out, outside. Kittehs are bundled in cubbies about the house, letting me know they are not appreciating the shift in the worlds thermostat.

But its not so cold that I want to build a fire, just yet. When the evenings start dropping and staying in the low 40s, then I start the burn cycle: Until then, I dress accordingly. Hoodies are a must, as are long pants. My runnin’ around in shorts days are pretty much at an end until next summer. Chances are there will be a day or two around and about still, but not for long and not frequently,,,,

And that means that I busted out the cold weather kayak-y gear and loaded it into the truck: Dry top, Pogies, neoprene hood, fleece and polypropylene shirts,,, Everything but the wetsuits and wetsuit pants. Those I put on before heading out since they sort of require a bit of privacy to don.

Lizzy is coming along nicely. Still need to buff and polish the hull. One more session of wet sanding with 2000 grit and then polish time. Her hull is silkie smooth right now and starting to show shine from the progressive sanding efforts. The shinier she is now, the better the buff and polish will turn out. And as I was told a long time ago: the smoother the finish, the faster the boat. Been a LONG LONG time since I ran a buffer on gel coat, but some things are never forgotten. It’s not like I am shooting for a race boat in Lizzy, but the easier a boat glides, the less you have to push. And maybe I do want to race her,,, Gotta get some serious seat time in and get my confidence levels built up. And there are a few months between now and when the next races will be to get some conditioning in. (and sock back some entry fees. They started getting expensive the last couple years. First race I ran was a $20 entry fee. the last was $50 and I have seen some as high as $75. And its not like you are shooting for winning a pot or anything,,,)

And I need to get some conditioning in for other reasons. I went to the website of a sea kayaking group. The one the late former owner of Lizzy belonged to. And the KEY requirement of all their paddles was “have condition paddled 3-10 mile laps in the last month”. condition paddling is holding ‘above cruise’ for the entire lap. I have no idea what cruise is for Lizzy, but I have read in several forums, 6 knots. Compared to Blue Jean, whose cruise is 3.5 knots, and I have pushed and held her to that, but not for 10 miles,,, Got a lot of paddling to do to get in shape if I want to play with the Big Kids apparently.

And oh, to have access to BIG LAKES like that group does. They went on Lake Superior two weeks back and had a 7 hour drive for them to get to the ferry they accessed. That would be a 12+ hour drive for me,,,, And from the ferry it was something on the order of 8 miles open water to reach the Island they were camping on. When you are on water in a kayak, at 2 miles, all you see is horizon in all directions. That deck compass doesn’t seem so frivolous in that situation, does it? But that is the paddling I want to do eventually: Long open runs, camping in remote places, days or weeks in length, and NO PHONE.

in the video description, this is unusual weather for that area: glass water is NOT the norm on Lake Superior. That island Is the one the group went to for the weekend and the event was slated for 4 days in their calendar.

So, goodbye summer, but not a goodbye to kayaking for me. Just have to change my ‘fashion’ the same way the world is changing seasons.

Hear Hear!!!

Sarah put up a post today that is RIGHT up my alley!!!!

Been saying for years that the INDOCTRINATION System is the (one of) biggest problem facing us, and her take mirrors several of my opinions on how to fix it, mostly by taking control back to the locales where those that need the service live: not having some hive-mind attitude about what is needed for all,,,    Like we are some sort of widget that can be programmed.  Yes, we can be, but that is not OUR NATURE,,,,

Long day today; was actually the first in and last out ,like it was when we had the work under a President, not a (p)Resident,,,,

and hearing Son of Bossman going off about the state of the world was a breath of fresh air,,,   Not that it was “good news”, or different news, but knowing that someone else, not someone in my inner circles, seeing what I am seeing and asking much the same questions,,,  Yeah, that was a breath of fresh air, moving through my psyche and letting me know that (while I may be a little nutz) I am not completely over the rainbow,,,

Whats the solution?   Hell, at this rate, who can say.  His worry is that we may have passed the event horizon and there is no going back.  My take was “Let the states take the reins, fuck the FED, and we’ll work out commerce as needed.  Do away with the FEDRES and let the local banks deal with currency, just like they did BEFORE the FEDRES started mucking things up.   BUT, that means that we need currency backed by something tangible, not I.O.U.s from a thief.”

Will it work? Probably, but it isn’t going to be easy, and there are many that are not going to want to go along.  And peeps like Turtlehead McCON-nel are gonna fight and fight to hold onto their place at the Hog Trough.   

Whats going on with Russia/Putin?   Seriously, I have no idea.  I have seen that dude is going to have a major announcement, but other than that; toss the Tarot deck into the air and see what lands face up.  Thats about as good an indicator as trying to prognosticate what the Mad Russian is up to.   

Will it have far reaching effects?   With the way the world has been ordered, no doubt.   Just like his reaction to all the hullaballoo sanctions, the sanctions themselves and EO’s mad Xi-Dens handlers shutting down as much of this country as they can without starting a civil war: even though they DESPERATELY want one,,,  they just don’t want to be the ones that draw first blood.  Their tactic is the same as what they did to the Ukes and Russia.  Keep poking that hornets nest and when the Hornets say “Enough!”, scream how unfair things are.  (and keep pouring the gasoline on the fire,,,) All of that is going to have effects for several years yet, and we have only begun to feel them.  Rig for storm, its a comin’.

Seriously, all you need to know about the left, you can learn by watching pre-schoolers squabble over toys.  

Nudder long day tomorrow, Started a custom kennel today.  Did three panels to show the customer what we were considering for their needs, and that flew quite weil with them.  So, I have three panels ‘mostly’ completed and a dozen more that need made, and not one is even close to the others in dimensions.   And I still have to install the remaining panels we did for the inside of the building.   Amazing how we have started to become the ‘goto guys’ for doggie daycare kennels.  (which is rather ironic, seeing how I dislike caging animals, especially pets.  I understand why its done, but none of my pets have ever seen a cage for longer than going to the vet.  And Grizzy doesn’t even need that; He rides free and has no issues.)  

So, my sniveling about ‘lack of work’ yesterday was a short lived reality, and now I have at least a weeks worth of full days to tide me over.   And still keep up with the other jobs demands as they come in.   GOOD!!!!   Sadly, I will work myself out of work again, and there will be lean times.   Its always Feast or Famine at the J.O.B.

Fixin’ Lizzy

at least weather is holding for a bit. Hear its supposed to get witches-teat cold this weekend,,,,

one of those cracked up areas underneath the seat pan. you can see where I started ‘drilling’ before getting the camera out.

Not a perfect match, I didn’t account for the epoxy to darken the pigment.

And all sanded smooth as a babies butt. I have a few more areas that need attention, but the cracked up areas are all taken care of, then its time to sand things smooth and start the polish process. Nothing major, just some rub marks and a couple of small gouges, but since I started this, I figured do it all and do it right. Shame about that pigment not matching though,,, Its not horrid, but you can see the repair more than I would like.

And at the rate I am going, I should be back on water by Saturday,,, (shooting for Friday, but I need to get hours in at the J.O.B. too)