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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Amos 27 May 09 - 12:06 AM
Rapparee 26 May 09 - 10:14 PM
Acme 26 May 09 - 09:57 PM
Acme 26 May 09 - 07:20 PM
Janie 26 May 09 - 06:04 PM
Rapparee 26 May 09 - 01:51 PM
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Acme 26 May 09 - 11:30 AM
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Amos 26 May 09 - 09:53 AM
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Amos 26 May 09 - 12:14 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 27 May 09 - 12:06 AM

It is quite ungentlemanly of you, Rapaire, to go telling such tales out of school. Tricks like that only work when mum's the word, you know. If you keep this up, you'll ruin my reputation and spoil my act!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 May 09 - 10:14 PM

'Twasn't lightning. Amos lit off one of those super-mega-firecrackers he has and threw it on the roof to see if it would damage the roof. It did.

The ATF came and said it was equivalent to a half a stick of 60% dynamite. They confiscated the rest of his firecrackers and fined him $10.00 US and told on him. Only he pointed to old Mrs. Schmeerkase and told the Agents that she was his mother (Mom being out at the time) and the Agents turned him over to her "wrath."

Now we all know that Mrs. Schmeerkase is deafer'n a post and not quite with us all the time anymore, so she just gave Amos some cookies and milk, told him to be a good boy (yeah, right!), and sent him home.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 09 - 09:57 PM

Thunderstorm this evening, MOM. Come in off of the porch again, please. You know that lightening hit the house and blasted one dormer a couple of years ago. The blue plastic tarp has finally weathered to kind of match the rest of the roof by now. One of these days one of the Boys will climb up there and finish the repairs and fix the roof.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 09 - 07:20 PM

I have Last Chance Harvey waiting for me here (NetFlix). Did you like it? Thompson and Hoffman were good in Stranger Than Fiction, the little time they had together, so I was glad to see someone else noticed that. I bet MOM would like to watch it with you. Shall we ask her to pop some popcorn?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 26 May 09 - 06:04 PM

Hi MOM. Came home sick before noon today. Have watchedFrost Nixon, last chance Harvey, and am working on Brokeback Mountain when I can hold my head up.

Lucky I didn't get them watched this weekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 May 09 - 01:51 PM

Yes, Amos. Strictly for target shooting -- say, 100 meters. It has precision front and rear sights, adjusting as little as .01 minute of angle at 100 meters.

Much like your kayak, but cheaper.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 May 09 - 12:57 PM

That's a world geomap symbolized by domain suffixes.

THere are many ways to map the internet.

Here is a map of hierarchical connections.

Here is an early map of connectivity.

Here's a 2005 map of Internet users internationally.

A professor at Manchester offers this Atlas of Cyberspace Maps.

Here's the Jellyfish Model of the Internet. And many more from mappamundi.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 09 - 11:30 AM

Map of the Internet (this page will change as the day goes on, but the front page now shows this poster).

Okay. Back to the BS.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 09 - 11:17 AM

Ah, Monday! Tuesday!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 May 09 - 10:33 AM

...also connected with the trigger guard, I wot.


Why buy a single-shot target model? For the sport of it?


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 May 09 - 10:27 AM

No, silly. This.   Only in a single-shot .22 long rifle (5.5mm) caliber. It's a much older gun, probably from the late '60s or early '70s. It's missing a screw in front of the trigger guard, but then I have a few screws loose and missing myself.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 May 09 - 09:53 AM

Welcome home, oh Manne of Bookes. Mom has been quite the yoyo without your steadfast support. I am not sure how your team is going to use the 404 caliber Pagenot FOunde you ordered, but I am sure you'll work out something.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 26 May 09 - 08:48 AM

You ordered a "page not found"?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 May 09 - 08:46 AM

Many times Amos has been abed with Edith Wharton.

I have returned. I have made arrangements to purchase one of these, -- Amos, it's a single shot target model formerly used by the US Olympic shooting team.

Now I must away, for I must be a work early enough to prepare for my monthly meeting with the Mayor.

Later I shall post more.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 May 09 - 01:44 AM

Amos, have you read any Edith Wharton?

And Amos, see if you can do this with your iPhone.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 26 May 09 - 12:14 AM

Well, the day draws down with only half my writing target finished, but that is far far better than the none I have turned in so many times before, so I take it as progress. I hate turning in nones, even when they deserve it....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 25 May 09 - 11:14 PM

Not to mention the high tech Governator.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 11:11 PM

It is in the blood in these parts--the proximity of Silicon Valley, or the climate, or perhaps the EMF fields from the power grid--whatever it is, using these things is part of the culture, like knowing how to repair wagon traces once was in Indiana. There is so much agreement that the psychic maps are easy to follow without particularly knowing anything at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 25 May 09 - 09:56 PM

And I never use the I pod I inherited from Sum Yung Sun, because I can't figure out consistently how to navigate it.

I guess that southern California sun on the brain must be good for something.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 09:48 PM

I finished Candide and Crome Yellow and am now partway through Daisy Miller, a wonderful portrait of an American girl is Switzerland in the early part of the 20th c.

It is a strange timetravel going back to these old books I read in my youth. What happened was, I found a package of 50 of them for 99 cents I could download to my iPhone. It is such easy reading--lighter than abook, with flickable pages back and forth--a wonder, and perfectly pleasant to read, backlit so you can see it in shadowy places. A gem.

So I am wandering the corridors of time with Aldous huxley and William James, perfectly delightful. I could do it forever.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 08:10 PM

Peace is worth the price.

It has been a quiet day here in Lake Woebegone.

Writing target only 25% done so far, but oh, the distractive delights!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 25 May 09 - 05:15 PM

Hi MOM. I et early so as to not have probable storms snuff out the charcoal. Only had one little spate of sprinkles. Don't eat much meat, so don't grill often and am prone to overcook the meat.

However, the steak was absolutely perfect! Somewhere between medium-rare and medium, which is just how I likes 'em. Fixed the asparagus on the grill also. The whole bunch of it, drizzled with olive oil and lemon and cracked pepper. 'Twere also perfect.


Ate out on the patio and watched the birds in the Mulberry.

Haven't spoken or heard a word spoken all day. Sorry none of yuse could join me but I sure do love the peace and quiet.

Right here, right now, I am content.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 04:15 PM

One is a chemical compound, the other an automotive valve.

POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION (PCV) - system for removing blow-by gases from the crankcase and returning them, through the carburetor intake manifold, to the combustion chamber, where the recirculated hydrocarbons are burned, thus reducing hydrocarbon emissions to the atmosphere. A PCV valve, operated by engine vacuum, controls the flow of gases from the crankcase. PCV systems have been standard equipment in all U.S. cars since 1963, replacing the simpler vent, or breather, that allowed crankcase vapors to be emitted to the atmosphere.

POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL, a synthetic, organic chemical once widely used in electrical equipment, specialized hydraulic systems, heat transfer systems, and other industrial products. Highly toxic and a potent carcinogen.

An urban fish often gets confused about which it is he really desires.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 May 09 - 03:18 PM

Or PCV. Whatever.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 May 09 - 03:18 PM

Yeah.

It's spelled P-C-B.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 12:30 PM

Wise lady. Those urban fish, man, they are only after one thing...



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 May 09 - 12:13 PM

I have a creek with fish, but don't have a current viable fishing rod. Funny how that works (I wouldn't eat these urban fish).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 25 May 09 - 09:37 AM

All this industry and food!! Wotta life, eh?

Things sure got quiet around here with Rapaire out looking for the perfect teton and Little Hawk out mending his ways.

I have to write two chapters to day. May the Force be with me...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 25 May 09 - 08:29 AM

And I fell asleep on the couch about 15 minutes into the first movie. Woke up a little after 11:00 with a painful neck because of the awkward angle, and stumbled off to bed.

One more cuppa then I'm gonna go finish potting stuff up, mop floors, then watch more movies. If I had a fishing pole, I'd go down to the river and do a little fishing.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 24 May 09 - 11:56 PM

Janie, I got a lot farther on the garden today because the rain held off until between 4 and 5 (All Things Considered was on the radio in the garage as I came and went to put tools away in a hurry). So the Merlot that accompanied my dinner has about put me to sleep (I thought I was going to have lamb over rice, but the frozen meat turned out to be a petite sirloin, so I had the rice on the side and the chard on the side and no Middle Eastern spices or yogurt over the top).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 11:16 PM

I rebuilt the wheelie for the kayak, Mom. The axle was too long. Now it is snug. We shall see how it handles the weight.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 08:45 PM

I wish I could join you for that there filet,, ma'a'm, but the plane ride would cost more than the whole meal!!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 05:52 PM

BBW has returned from a weekend at her mother's and was welcomed home with a gaily colored printed welcome sign, a made bed, a chilled glass of wine and some crackers and cheese, all the chores done and things as she likes 'em. There's no special subtext, those of you with plot-hungry minds, just simple delight and affection. I just took her car out and had all the freeway bugs and such cleaned up and it looks shiny again.

In her absence I not only got some of my own writing done, I also read Candide and Call of the Wild and half of Crome Yellow. All of them from a simpler and more innocent--but not less attentive and certainly more thoughtful time.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 24 May 09 - 05:44 PM

Oooh, I decided to be tres indulgent since the weather cancelled my gardening and shed painting plans.

Just put a Pinot Grigio, a tenderloin fillet and a bunch of asparagus in the fridge for tomorrow, deciding I am important enough to go to the trouble to fire up the charcoal for me, myself and I.   Then uncorked the Petite Sirah to keep me company while I sit outside and watch the rain and the birds going hard at the mulberry tree for the next 20 minutes or so.   'Twill go well with the brie as soon as it warms up a bit.   Rented 4 movies, two for tonight, one for early tomorrow morning, and one for tomorrow night. Tomorrow afternoon, I'll finish the Kaye Gibbons novel I started a month ago but haven't had time to get back to.

MOM, you wanna come spend Memorial Day with me? I'll be happy to share the fillet.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 24 May 09 - 05:04 PM

While he's in the mountains I'm moving dirt the size of mole hills. Working in the garden for the good of my family and the planet, while he's out chugging hydrocarbons into the air, traveling hither and yon to snap a few pics and go to the next tourist spot.

I leave it to you to determine which of us is spending a more virtuous Memorial Day Weekend.

MOM, want some fresh chard from the garden with dinner this evening? Good!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 02:29 PM

...which was, by the way, post

Twenty-nine Thousand Three Hundred

.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 12:37 PM

While it is unfair to take advantage of Rapaire while he is off nuzzling the grand tetons, I thought the following excerpt from an English site explaining an obscure annual ritual might help clarify his obdurate state of error.

"The Hunting of the Earl of Rone is one of over 500 unique calendar customs that take place at various times of year throughout England. Banned in 1837, for licentiousness and drunken behaviour, the Hunting of the Earl of Rone was revived in 1974. Over the four days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, the Grenadiers, Hobby Horse, Fool and villagers hunt through the village for the 'Earl of Rone', finally finding him on the Monday night. He is mounted back-to-front on a donkey and paraded through the village to the sea. He is frequently shot by the grenadiers and falls from the donkey only to be revived by the Hobby-horse and Fool, re-mounted on the donkey, and carried onwards to his fate. At the final shooting on the beach, he is not revived, but thrown into the sea.

Local legend says that he was Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who was forced to flee from Ireland in 1607 and was shipwrecked in the local bay known as Raparee Cove. Hiding in the woods and surviving only on ships' biscuits, he was eventually captured by a party of Grenadiers sent from Barnstaple.

There is no historical evidence that Hugh O'Neill ever landed in North Devon and history tells us that he actually reached Spain and lived out his life there, so why he should become the focus of the custom is a mystery - although there are plenty of theories!

Perhaps the locals were celebrating the defeat of a famous contemporary outlaw by a local landowner, a Chichester, who was the sovereign's Lord Deputy in Ireland at the time. Perhaps the Irish population in the village, who worked the mines, were in sympathy with O'Neill and his attempts to have Ireland ruled by the Irish. Some people think the custom is the last remnant of medićval May Games, others like to think that it is a pre-Christian, pagan, green man custom that has survived with the O'Neill legend attached to it. The Earl of Rone is seen as a scapegoat by others. People believe what they want to believe whether there is evidence or not - even those who take part have different ideas."

Raparee cove, of course, is named with the very word that Rapaire could not use in selecting his Mudcat handle, either because he was unsure of its spelling or because some deadbeat fourflusher had beat him to it.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 24 May 09 - 12:28 PM

Drink some water before you go to bed and that won't happen. Your bladder won't let it happen. Natures nearly perfect alarm clock, no?


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From: MMario
Date: 24 May 09 - 11:12 AM

My body seems to have decided to shift to left coast time today - I overselpt by three hours.

About to go out and weed before I lose the shade.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 24 May 09 - 11:08 AM

I will the wish that never was
Because
And want to change all natural laws
Because
I fling defiance at the moon
For being much too near and soon
And knowing words but never tunes,
Because.

I dance along the ocean crest,
Because.
And never fight for what is best,
Because.
I throw the dishes in the trash
And dance in traffic, fast and rash,
And bring nuns to my birthday bash,
Because.

I walk alone upon the strand,
Because
And love the family of Man
Because
I hope to conquer gravity
(And mass, which is depravity)
And find the force of quantum fuzz
Because.

I dream of magic words and deeds
Because
While reading (once again) Candide,
Because.
I plan to roam the multiverse
For better physics or for worse,
But do not plan on growing terse.
Because.

Anthony Kistimee
Bebopalula and Other Hymns
Natural Causation Press, 2015


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 23 May 09 - 11:22 PM

eight.




Just because.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 May 09 - 11:14 PM

I was holding out for 292929...but it never showed up.



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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 23 May 09 - 10:57 PM

Amos got 29292 and didn't even comment. How modest of him!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 23 May 09 - 09:52 PM

Kayaking in a new boat and new old guitar to send you on a walk down memory lane....And all this just after a week in Belize.











Bugger.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 May 09 - 07:17 PM

Most succinct, Sir Emm. But surelly you have riche fare in your gheart for our poor, deprived, ignored Mom than a simple-minded number???

Nine.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 23 May 09 - 06:23 PM

ten


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 May 09 - 05:46 PM

Mom:

The new guitar is sweet--it has that sort of rinkydink sound you used to hear in the 60's, before everyone started playing Martins, when nylon strings were often used by beginners and their stumbling efforts at "Freight Train" or "Babe, It Ain't No Lie" would ring out from their lonely bedrooms in the suburban nights and you were thirteen and glad to have any guitar at all and the high-schoolers didn't understand and kept swooning over Buddy and Elvis, but you knew that the real cool was those old Leadbelly and Weavers and Burl and so you kept on practicing and learning to play Freight Train, and it was almost all good. That kind of sound, an unpretentious Spanish acoustic from Korea named after an American moutain range.

In the case were two music books. One of them had, bound into it, a tear-out page with a pop-out vinyl record in it labeled 33 1/3!! It has chords and tuning lessons on it, I think. I amm nnot going to take it out from its original binding.   The music books sold for $2.95 each and came from the store in a hwite paper back with green printing on it that showed notes floating around, and a person with glasses smiling, and the slogan, "Music is for Everybody!" It reminded me of an earlier, more innocent time.

I'm not saying a better time, but certainly earlier, and a lot more innocent.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 May 09 - 04:30 PM

Oh, mom!! I have gotten so many errands done and it is only 130. I yam a Good Boy.

The car is all washed up, and the shopping is done.

On my way home, I drove past a garage sale and saw a bright shiny acoustic glinting at me. I pulled over and walked back, and there was indeed an old cardboard case with a nylon-string guitar, from around 1975 or so. Modleed on a Goya, it was labeled "Sierra" and was actually made in Korea.


I spent about fifteen minutes tuning it and noodling and found it was well-fretted and scaled true, and had a nice tone.

I walked away with it for twenty dollars.

I couldn't even dine out for that money!! And I will have many hours of pleasure from it. So I say, it was a deal.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 23 May 09 - 12:55 PM

Mom, the new kayak works very well, and thanks to the rollers I installed it is easy to load and unload. The extra length gives it a slightly better glide in calm water, but the same advantage when using one person in the stern means the forward 2/3 are more exposed in the air making for windage. This is just an idiosyncrasy of the craft, not a drawback.

But I do not like the storage arrangement as well as I did on the other one. And the cockpit does not drain as handily. The scuppers come with little rubber plugs on strings to put in them, for reasons I do not understand, because if you ship water while they are in, the water just stands.

I handbuilt the trailer for the front end (used when dragging the kayak around on land) but I under specced it and the axle is not taking the weight. It bends. I may need to rethink the whole design. Sigh....

But I was out at dawn discussing things with a very vociferous herd of sea lions who have a perch on some of the rocky bluffs just south of La Jolla Cove. THat was wunnerful, by my green candle!.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Janie
Date: 23 May 09 - 11:38 AM

Mornin' MOM. Most of the housework is done. We're heading out in a minute to wash the car, get an oil change and do a little essential shopping.

Sum Yung Sun leaves in the morning for a 10 day freshman class trip to the Episcopal Farm Worker's Ministry at a migrant worker's camp Down East. They'll build stuff and complete repairs at the camp and the ministry. Work at the migrant workers Headstart, and socialize and play soccer in the evenings with the migrant workers.   

I"m hungry. Time for brunch.


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