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

Finally found the sweet spot, I think…

I’m still trying to determine whether to mark the new propane space heater “emergency use only.” It depends entirely on whether I can afford the propane to run it every night, which I’m currently doing just to gauge consumption but … Continue reading

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Things you immediately assume are part of a joke…

…but, sadly, aren’t… Remember, kids! Never try to play without the instructions! That way lies horror! Rumors and embarrassment! Title IX proceedings!

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I thought I had trouble with scrounged hardware…

“I was sad that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” The Last of the Iron Lungs These days her biggest concern is the canvas spiral collar that creates the seal around her neck. … Continue reading

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Pizza and propane problems

My diet tends to be pretty monotonous – I eat a lot of bread. I could do better, I have a lot of ingredients and access to the Internet. But I’m lazy and in general food isn’t really all that … Continue reading

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“BBQ gun” is not an expression I’ve heard before…

…but I understand the idea. Do you have a dressy handgun and/or holster you only carry for nice? My handguns are too beat-up to fit the description, but Tam (who wrote the linked article, BTW) once gave me a SERPA … Continue reading

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I don’t go out socially without LB very often…

But it does happen. Apparently often enough that Little Bear knows the signs. So this is LB being “helpful” while I get dressed… He could be on his bed in the main room and out of the way. He could … Continue reading

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Better yet, let’s try NOT doing that.

Senator Schumer, I roll my eyes in your general direction. Bring a chart to Thanksgiving dinner to bash GOP tax plan, Schumer says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his Twitter followers Tuesday to prepare for tax politics at the … Continue reading

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Isn’t it sad that, at the passing of a sixties entertainer who was quite popular when I was young, all I can think to say is, …

“I have no idea what his politics were, and I find that endearing even though his music was insipid like unto the Archies.” RIP, I suppose.

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I yelled “Don’t look, Ethel!”

But it was too late. She’d already been diversified. h/t

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Honestly, I don’t have the slightest idea what this is supposed to prove.

Uh, This Flat Earther’s Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable I’ve launched several rockets in the Mojave, and assisted with many more. Great fun. If someone had suggested that I build a big one and climb in … Continue reading

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Yike. Acknowledgements and a little backstory…

Guys, yesterday’s post was just blathering in lieu of something better to write about, it wasn’t intended as a complaint or a bleg. Appreciate the thought, though. I got the following email from the Gulch’s high-power New York CFO: You … Continue reading

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In which, having nothing else to talk about,…

…I’m reduced to showing you a picture of my lunch. To make money you have to spend money – I have another dog-and-horse-feeding gig on the other side of the plateau coming up in two weeks, which means I’ll need … Continue reading

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In a month this will seem balmy.

Nineteen degrees outside and falling. Woke at six to a lovely cool bedroom, thermometer says 53 which is perfect sleeping weather without having to pile the blankets a foot high. That new space heater works perfectly. Couldn’t say the same … Continue reading

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My own private little mountain range…

Should have gone out and taken the picture a few minutes earlier, when the hollow was still completely in shadow. This time of year is the only time you can get that shot, with the cliff on the far side … Continue reading

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AR modification for sleeping enemy

h/t

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The only thing more tiresome than privileged people exempting themselves from the rules…

…is privileged people acting sanctimonious when the rules momentarily become convenient and other privileged people go under the bus. The news has been full of rich’n’famous people dealing with accusations, often decades old, about things they’ve been doing with their … Continue reading

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I was recently attacked and wounded by a local animal.

She’s much larger in person, let me tell you. She’s Maya (not actually shown in the photo,) a 12-year-old blind and deaf and really cranky Shih Tzu who has never liked me. Normally she puts up with me after a … Continue reading

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If I can’t have decent coffee, I don’t want to be in your apocalypse.

Regular readers know I’m addicted to one import from cities far, far away… Trader Joe’s house blend, only whole bean need apply. Normally we keep around three cans in stock here, but with one thing or another we’re down to … Continue reading

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Luxury costs

Of course the big question, not yet answered, was never “Do I want a space heater with a thermostat?” Duh. Of course I do. I also want a silent VTOL and the power of invisibility, but I can’t have them. … Continue reading

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Luxury!

Oh, yeah. That’s what I’ve been missing all these years. This was the first really frosty morning in a couple of weeks, as winter probes our defenses for weaknesses. I’ve learned a new life lesson: If you want your shelter … Continue reading

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