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Monsoon and weird connectivity

Every time we get weather the connection goes all wonky. That’s always been the case and it was much worse back when I depended on the satellite dish. Back then sometimes I lost connection for days. Now I have this … Continue reading

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Well. That’s unacceptable…

Getting dressed, and over my second cup I’m getting ready to go out for morning chores. Check to see if my belt knife needs a touch-up, and… …are you f’ing kidding me? Monsoon’s been on for what? A week? And … Continue reading

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Monsoon is here, intent on ruining my life.

It stormed like crazy yesterday afternoon. Storm came out of the north, which I’ve been kind of hoping for because I wanted to see how fixing the north edge of the roof would finally get the front window to stop … Continue reading

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Sigh. I’m getting too clueless to live in the world.

Until recently I’ve had a long and relatively happy relationship with Amazon*. Then I got a smartphone and it all went to hell. Naive and unknowing, I made the mistake of logging on to Amazon with a second device, which … Continue reading

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It’s terrifying. Some people really think this is how Socialism works.

And she assumes she’ll be getting all this largess from…who? Slaves? Or maybe I’m misreading her, and she thinks she’ll marry some sugar daddy then spend her life eating bon-bons because she carries paradise in her crotch? That’s not the … Continue reading

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Liquid Refreshment

Thanks to a cash infusion from Big Brother I was able to fill all the gasoline cans. Next Monday if all goes well I’ll fill my two empty propane bottles. then I’ll be stylin’. Had a bit of an unexpected … Continue reading

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Because timing!

I have grown dependent on Former Weekender Neighbor L in the past two years because she has a washing machine and (especially) a water softener. I can wash my own clothes – actually find it kind of relaxing – but … Continue reading

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The Secret Lair goes full suburbanite

Most people, upon first moving to the desert, are in for a lot of unpleasant surprises. Even I, who had been in a desert or two before moving to the high desert permanently, had quite a learning curve at first … Continue reading

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Husbands! Heed this wise advice!

Which Handgun Is Right for Your Wife Based on Her Favorite Store? If you’re anything like me, you’re tired of reading handgun recommendations that can be summed up as “small and pink.” After all, smaller handguns are harder to control, … Continue reading

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Care Packages!

Landlady came up this weekend with a pile of swag for Uncle Joel… Get a load of this! I’m a member of the Claire Cabal, and out of the blue a few weeks ago a member there said he was … Continue reading

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In which Joel attempts interior decoration…

The few people who visit the Secret Lair immediately notice a major difference between the two rooms: The main room looks improvised and utilitarian, because it is. It was made from salvaged and often unconventional materials by someone who barely … Continue reading

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Further adventures in dorky headgear

On the first of June I put up the new Lair porch’s structure. Having tired of getting hit in the head with things, I followed through on something that had been on my mind lately and borrowed a hard hat … Continue reading

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Random Gulchy Moments

I don’t know how people who live in places where there’s actual rain put up with it. I really don’t. Water that falls out of the sky and makes everything…wet! Over and over! I’m sorry, that’s just bad design. I … Continue reading

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Spike mulie – can’t imagine what he hopes to find there.

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Rosemary bread: an attempt at improvement may have done the other thing.

I haven’t made rosemary bread since March, when I was concerned about the woody winter leaves. I was afraid it would be like eating shards of treebark, and that the taste of the herb wouldn’t come through. Now I’m a … Continue reading

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Total Dissolved Solids in well water

Rummaging around in my junk drawer last evening I found a gadget I completely forgot I owned! That’s a cute little pen-like digital Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) meter sold by the company owned by the father of my old neighbor … Continue reading

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I think Pheobe’s babies will fly soon…

…and then I’ll study how to clean bird shit off a newly-painted wall. She has been a very busy and diligent mom but she did not like me standing there fiddling with the camera for so long. I’m surprised she’s … Continue reading

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And then it started to rain.

Starting on the new 12 volt line from the powershed to the cabin. Needed a short, shallow trench, shouldn’t have been ten minutes’ work. Felt fine yesterday and the first part of this morning, but halfway through this little thing … Continue reading

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Politicians lie? I…I didn’t know that could happen!

But our elected leaders are the finest among us! They’re our representatives, our chosen legislators and guides! If they don’t tell us honestly and up front the truth about their personal policies and beliefs as they relate to laws they’ll … Continue reading

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Rats aren’t the only things that like to chew wires.

Not sure if I wanted to keep it at all, I foolishly left this appliance cord outside during the last cattle attack. They helped settle the question of whether I wanted it. A guy could really grow to hate cattle.

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