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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

The “internet of things” has been evil for quite a while, but…

…now you might want to ask your robot vacuum cleaner if it has a warrant. See, none of those other devices can move around the house on their own power. If my TV is in the living room, I know … Continue reading

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Bad news, good news, good news, great news, terrible news

So yesterday not only didn’t the wash flood, it never rained at all. Didn’t see that coming. Here’s another thing I didn’t see coming… The battery went flat completely out of the blue. I’d blame corrosion on the battery posts … Continue reading

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Behold!

All the siding is up! I’ve got some caulking to do after lunch but the flashing and drip edge is complete. There was a problem with the roofing right at that front corner where it attaches to the cabin. I’ve … Continue reading

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Damage assessment

The wash never did flood yesterday, and if the forecasters on the radio are right – wouldn’t be wise to plan as if they’re right – the whole “apocalypse every afternoon” thing might back off for a couple of days. … Continue reading

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Gah! This is driving me crazy.

Have you ever tried to hurry an old dog? A dog that never cared what you think even when he lived with you – but now he doesn’t? So I finished the day’s siding work, and I put the tools … Continue reading

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Had a couple of days off from the siding job…

I literally took Sunday off and yesterday there just wasn’t time, what with the Monday water run and the horrifying storm and flash flood. I did some sealing work inside and even used up a little insulation, but nothing that … Continue reading

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Another early morning rescue…

When I last checked just before dark, the wash was still running far above anything you’d want to cross in anything less than an amphibious vehicle. So Ghost was left alone in S&L’s house since just past noon yesterday. That … Continue reading

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“From a long-time lurker…”

Offered without comment…hee…

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“A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said they were aware of the signs, and had no comment.”

Hee. As of this past weekend, an industrious vandal is trying to warn the locals about the very people they’ve hired to protect them. Around midday on Sunday, Addy Free was returning home from his work as an assistant registrar … Continue reading

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I’ve never seen anything like this flood.

I’ve lived next to this wash for going on eleven years, and I’ve never seen it do anything like this. Oh, my kingdom for a better camera. I’m standing as close to the end of my driveway as I can … Continue reading

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“Chuck Schumer: A Better Deal for American Workers”

Oh, my god. …for far too long, government has gone along, tilting the economic playing field in favor of the wealthy and powerful while putting new burdens on the backs of hard-working Americans. Says the wealthy and powerful senator who, … Continue reading

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Gulchmageddon

You know what’s worse than huddling in your chair waiting for the afternoon storm to stomp you flat and burn the roadkill to ashes? Trying to pretend to sleep through it. I had to get up early to go do … Continue reading

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Poor rifle range…

Actually the backstop is fine. That spot hasn’t washed out since I’ve lived here. The 25-yard range marker even survived. I tried a number of shooting stations here and they all washed away. Finally I just pounded some rebar really … Continue reading

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South side, ready for caulk and primer.

Told you that last piece would be the work of minutes. I raced the storm down to the last possible bit of working time yesterday, putting tools away while cringing at thunderclaps. Yesterday I was supposed to have finished the … Continue reading

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Rescue party

LB and I were out the door by 5:15 to go belatedly take care of Ghost. He’s a very old dog and there’s no way he held it for seventeen hours, plus he missed supper. I did go out at … Continue reading

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I got my plans changed for me…

It’s a little after four and I should have been on my way to tend Ghost and the chickens some time ago. But as the rain tapered off I heard that peculiar rushing noise that only happens when… It didn’t … Continue reading

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Almost!

I got a solid six hours in today before the storm. Between baking, building and running over to S&L’s to tend to Ghost’s excretory needs, I almost but not quite finished the rough work on the addition’s south side. Yeah, … Continue reading

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Taking care of Ghost again. Good thing I’m not in New York.

Because I don’t have a license. 😀 Pet lovers are barking mad over a little-known city rule that makes dog-sitting illegal in New York. Apparently there’s a new dog-sitting app that’s gotten popular, and somebody in the city gov dusted … Continue reading

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Have you ever had a strong negative reaction to something…

…you couldn’t testify you’d ever experienced? I had a weird childhood. Much of it is lost to me, I just blanked it out. In general I know why I’m such a maladjusted mess, but the details are mostly gone. And … Continue reading

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Oooh. It’s early, but I may be done for the day.

I really wanted to get the long wall done, but… You know what I didn’t do? (Long-time readers will be shocked! to hear this) I didn’t do my homework. Clearly there are different grades of plywood and pressboard siding, and … Continue reading

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