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

“We only have three and a half days to stop climate change.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is the article was written three days ago. The evil rightwing MSM, tools of the fascist Trump regime, have kept this truth from you until it’s almost too late. Earlier this year, Rep. … Continue reading

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Saw my first ruby-throat yesterday evening…

And I was trying to get some photos of him when there was one of those fluttering thuds that says somebody picked a fight. And when I looked up, the resident black chin was back. This guy, or one just … Continue reading

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Flowers!

It’s turning into a lovely May. I wanted to work on the metallic target rack but need some fasteners I can’t get till tomorrow. So I’ve mostly sat around getting over the dehydration and sunburn of the past couple of … Continue reading

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Those folks on the other side of the plateau are on another trip…

…and so I’ll be going up there twice a day for the next week. They’ve been doing that twice a year for a couple of years now, and never before that. I like to think I’m making life easier for … Continue reading

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New porch floor

And now I have a lot of cleaning up and putting of things away to do before I can collapse in a chair. ETA: The plywood having been replaced with 2X6s, Laddie wishes it to be known that he does … Continue reading

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Thought I’d get more done…

Less than half finished with the porch floor… But I’m out of steam and my back hurts. Shouldn’t feel too bad about it, I guess. I’ve been working since around 6:30. Hope I can hitch a ride to town tomorrow … Continue reading

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I have to say this at least once this season…

I love this generator. Power enough for any tool at any time and for as long as I need, right at the worksite! What a concept. I have electricity at the Lair, of course, but the inverter is only 600 … Continue reading

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Bracing complete.

I got lucky with one of my diagonal braces, having forgotten the 12′ 2X6 that’s been my “temporary” threshold for 10 years that had to come off to make room for the new porch flooring. It’s rather weathered for any … Continue reading

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Progress! What a difference a fresh start makes.

Ben wins the TUAK elbow fitting of the Internet for today, with honorable mention to the numerous people who mentioned the one essential I completely neglected last summer: Diagonal bracing. I didn’t have anything at the bottom right to connect … Continue reading

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Yup, there it is.

The cutting table has returned to the Secret Lair for the building season. Hopefully the last official building season, at least for the Lair itself.

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So you think Spam can’t go bad?

It can, but it needs some help. By coincidence this particular can was a month past its best-by date, but that wouldn’t have mattered. The weak spot in the miracle that is Spam is the easy-open top, which can open … Continue reading

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And now I’m basically tearing down the porch.

…eleven months almost to the day after I built it. The last act of the floor this morning was to hold up the ladder as I took the facing boards off the vigas. The facing boards were only cosmetic but … Continue reading

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This is getting a little scary to watch…

Remember that book kickstarter that was hoping to raise $25,000 in a month? Ian is already obligated to sign almost 700 books and this is only the second day of the month. At this rate that’ll be his new career. … Continue reading

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Porch, Secret Lair, Floor and Roof, One Each

Some assembly required. The delivery guy was actually early. And he called at a rational time in his odyssey into the unknown*, and so taking delivery of the materials – the porch ingredients, plus some stuff for Ian’s Cave – … Continue reading

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Rushing morning chores today…

I need new bread, but also need to keep the mid-day open to meet the building materials truck. So I think I broke all records this morning. Hurried the morning chicken chores while the bread dough was rising, and the … Continue reading

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Ian’s book kickstarter!

Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016 This is pretty definitely going to happen, since it’s been in production for years now and also because it is (at this moment) at nearly $40,000 of its initial $25,000 kickstarter … Continue reading

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Noted for the record…

I meant to say this earlier: With a nearly full water tank, the resting pressure at the Secret Lair’s sink is 18.5 PSI. Flow pressure is about 14 and a quarter. Now the trick will be to watch the tank … Continue reading

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Ah! My whatever-it-is cactus is blooming!

I mentioned these before – they don’t bloom every year and I had about decided they wouldn’t this time, but I spoke too soon. There are several buds of which this is the first, not quite fully open. Wet as … Continue reading

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Off-grid is way better.

And now I must risk oversharing. Bear with me, this is sort of stream-of-consciousness. With any luck I’ll resist the urge to hit the Publish button. Most days I think of myself as a pretty capable guy. I can build … Continue reading

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The Secret Lair goes Steampunk…

This took…all the time. I have no idea why. No part of it seemed that hard. But I got home from town at 11, went immediately to work on the faucet, and I just now looked up and it’s 2. … Continue reading

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