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About Joel

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

I do keep my promises.

Though when the promise comes due in the middle of winter, it might take me a while. I promised that if the Patreon account crossed $100/mo, I’d put actual shock absorbers on all four corners of the Jeep. Voilà!

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A quick word on dehydration…

Early on in each year’s building season I usually have a little encounter with dehydration, just to remind me that the issue doesn’t go away over the winter, it just sort of hibernates. Doesn’t usually happen as early as April, … Continue reading

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I’m not sure there’s a significant difference…

Seen this morning at a breakfast restaurant on the way to the big town about 50 miles away…

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Private to the Generous Reader who sent that nylon rope last year…

I’ve kept it in the Jeep’s gear bag, reasoning that if a need arose for a length of really kickass rope it would likely happen around the Jeep. But no need sufficiently urgent appeared, and I certainly wasn’t going to … Continue reading

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Yup. Three years and out for camo net.

Sorry, I had this all ready to go first thing this morning but my connection went away. Then we’ve been busy till now. But yeah: The last windstorm (peak gusts 63 mph, which is a respectable gale) did the last … Continue reading

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It’s a lovely thought. Something to live for.

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Front flashing done

For years I’ve been a little reluctant to post pics of the front of the Secret Lair, because of its rather comical shortcomings in the roof flashing department. Got tired of the “You’re supposed to have drip molding up there, … Continue reading

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

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Dammit! That is precisely what I was trying to avoid…

I’ve carefully avoided wearing my new BDU trous during painting sessions, but forgot to switch to old boots before yesterday afternoon… Ah, well. It does no real harm. It’s the principle of the thing, I suppose…

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Oh, things turned very very windy this morning…

Fortunately we were at a Tractor Supply yesterday, and I finally remembered to get a heavier-duty throwbolt latch for the chicken house door, one that can bolt right through the door instead of just adding new drywall screws for the … Continue reading

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So you’re coming to take my guns? Okay, but here are my conditions…

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Photographic proof that Uncle Joel really does live in the middle of nowhere…

Spent a very great deal of time in the car today. And coming home, BB’s car presented me with proof that I have indeed ended up in my perfect promised land.

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“You should open packages when I send them, you know.”

So yesterday we got a lot done but couldn’t reach completion because neither of us knew how to miter an inside corner on crown molding. If I’d just bought a bunch of baseboard and used that at the ceiling we … Continue reading

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In a follow-up communique, …

…a Dick’s Sporting Goods spokesperson announced that their entire remaining inventory of “assault weapons” had been lost in a tragic canoing accident. Yeah, that would be funny. Instead, Dick’s went full dick. After announcing policies that most gun owners saw … Continue reading

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Gettin’ stuff done

Got an early start, finishing up yesterday’s work… A little figgerin’ out still required on the ceiling fan, but when we were done… …it works! It’s a little weird, but it works. Need to kind of reach through spinning blades … Continue reading

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In spite of weather, got some stuff done.

It’s cold and blowy even by my standards, and Big Brother comes from a much more nearly tropical state than here. So the plan was to do indoor stuff as much as possible. I did set up the generator and … Continue reading

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Guess where I’m typing from?

Can’t get pictures to this computer (yet), but we did figure out how to get this old Compaq laptop BB sent me a few years ago to connect to the hotspot. Which makes it a viable Plan B at last. … Continue reading

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A dog and his hermit

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Big Brother arrived yesterday…

Safe and well, and presumably happy to be off the road for a bit. One of the things we needed to work out was his degree of actual desert mobility. He has a hybrid SUV, which – as we have … Continue reading

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Bored? Why not take a moment and conquer England?

You probably have just the weapon for it right in your toolbox. You terrorist, you. 😉

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