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

Look who’s home!

And just to keep me honest – Today started drippy and has become positively rainy. So guess which new thing stopped working on the Jeep, halfway home? I never completely lose. Seems like I never completely win, too.

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Of the War on Mice…

I saw a comment from Zelda the Zealous, demanding immediate jihad against the Lair’s mice. Took me back to a conversation I had with Neighbor J, just day before yesterday. J has a thing about mice. He has festooned his … Continue reading

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Woke this morning to an email…

…telling me a bunch of money had just been transferred from Paypal. Seems after yesterday’s whining post, four or five people hit the tip jar. Probably enough for me to stop procrastinating and buy those tires. Thanks, guys. That really … Continue reading

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I really shouldn’t be annoyed.

But I kind of am. I mean, it’s serendipity of a sort. I never have $300 in the bank. Never. Right at the moment it’s closer to $400, raised from generous contributions to the blog and intended for tires – … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle again?

Just got a call from the guy at the repair shop. It’s possible – just barely possible, in this frequently dysfunctional little place – that the Jeep will be running under its own power as early as tomorrow. And that … Continue reading

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Well, these things happen…

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I am not a perfect moron. Almost. Very close. But not perfect.

So this morning’s first chore was to dash into town with D&L to talk to the guy at the repair shop about the Jeep. I was going to phone but they wanted to do their regular Monday trip early, so … Continue reading

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A winter warning for drivers…

In the cold, animals can be attracted to the heat of your engine. Always check before driving.

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What’s going on: Also, history’s coolest gun gets cooler yet.

Although we did get a lot of rain yesterday and some snow overnight and the mud is back to being horrendous, it looks like the promised weekend storm was more or less a bust. At quarter to ten the sun … Continue reading

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Synchronicity comes to the Gulch once again…

…in the person of Weekender Neighbor S, who called me out of the blue and asked if this was a good time to tow the Jeep to town. I could have wheedled the help out of one of the regulars, … Continue reading

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Cloudy, with 30% chance of locust showers, fire from heaven. Boils likely after midnight.

Right at the moment I’m looking at an almost cloudless sky. My charge controller hit float sometime around ten and it’s still there, so the batteries are getting a very nice and well-deserved soak. Which is good, because holy cow … Continue reading

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Okay, see, now this is funny.

Almost certainly someone will take offense. What would happen if monks under a vow of silence decided to put on a Christmas pageant…

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Fashion for open-cockpit driving in December…

A couple of Christmas presents from past years have proven worth their weight in Gor-tex in the past several days. People gave me these things for extreme cold, which we get only rarely, and I stashed them with my heavy … Continue reading

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Ruminations while watching a digital display

(For the record, I typed the bulk of this over at Ian’s place – because he’s got juice. Only logged on to post it when my battery voltage got back into the happy zone. Now I’m going to turn everything … Continue reading

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It’s four in the morning, the end of December. I’m writing you now just to see if you’re out there.

Actually it’s closer to noon on the ninth. The fire is still burning, not because it’s particularly cold – it’s nearly 43 out right now – but because it’s so damned damp. My stump socks are out mildewing on the … Continue reading

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Bandit at six o’clock…

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Our old odd Uncle Joel is getting stranger than ever, now he’s posting pictures of shit. Well it’s not what it is that caught my eye, for clearly it is nothing but a turd. … Continue reading

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Fog? Seriously?

When I rolled out of the sack this morning the moon was bright and clear, and the sky appeared nearly cloudless. Finally the air began to brighten, and… Frozen fog at the moment, everything’s covered with a fine layer of … Continue reading

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Hey guys, check this out.

From InRange.tv, The Battle at Dragoon Springs.

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A dark pre-Solstice morning…

…and I’m happy to say my moratorium on fire paranoia seems to be holding. Whenever I get the pang, I just clean the stovepipe again. Why not? It’s designed to be easy to take down. This time last winter I … Continue reading

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Ghost is running around like a puppy…

And last night he was really getting on my nerves. The Secret Lair has a single comfy chair, and after lights-out it belongs to Ghost. But with everybody sequestered indoors as the weather continued (day after day) as if Hillary … Continue reading

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