Around April of last year I started building a Kayak. I’m using free plans from Spira Boats for the Hunting Harbor Kayak. It’s a Ply on Frame build meaning its thin plywood on a wooden frame then its fiber glassed over and painted.
I really enjoy building things and this is no exception. Working an hour here or there I got 80% done before it got too cold out in the unheated shop to do anymore fiber glassing. There were a few things I could have done but I also needed to let my budget rest as I’d over extended myself a little bit getting Good materials and not just the most readily available ones.
The weather has turned and I returned to working on the kayak which quickly began to look like an actual kayak rather and just a project. My budget is still suffering some hemorrhaging but I’ve reached a point where I think I’m about 90% done. I have to fiberglass the top fore and aft decks, put on the rub rails, do a final sand before primer and paint.
And I’ve been dragging my feet.
I couldn’t figure out what it was that was holding me back. Until it hit me yesterday. Everything I have left to do is things that people see. It’s rather daunting. This kayak is obviously Not one of the plastic kayaks that you see out on the river all the time. With it’s open cockpit design it looks rather like a canoe and a kayak had a baby.
You can see some pictures of the beginning of my build in the Making section of the website but I’m much farther than that now. (I’ll stick a picture at the bottom of this post).
Anyway I’m back at it now. There is a lot of sanding and fine details to be done as I head in to this final stretch. Then will be the painting which I’ve never thought I’m great at. so yep this is going in the water this season. I’m looking forward to propelling my self along on rivers under my own power!
We have been invaded. We are at war.
Our roommate has decided to take a possessive interest in
taking care of the lawn. He has
purchased grass seed, fertilizer and lawn care implements. This is also our first summer in this house without
our beloved Daisy dog.
Moles have moved in to our yard. The mounds of gravely dirt
began appearing in the front yard and quickly spread to the back yard.
This happened once before many years ago but I made use of a
quick kill buried trap for the front lawn and while we had Daisy, the mighty
mole killer, no mole survived to create more than one or two small mounds in
the backyard before she found them and dug them up. The poor creatures were then proudly
presented to my wife as an offering of love.
This summer though, with cancer having taken our furry
protector, the invasion had no one to repel it until our roommate got involved. Being a modern enlightened man loath to harm
animals he refused the use of my kill trap and began to battle with deterrents.
Solar powered buzzing stakes now decorate our yard going off
at odd intervals in a failed attempt to make our yard a less than welcoming place
to our underground invaders. This did not work.
When the mounds continued to appear our roommate moved to
mole repellent pellets. At that point he
didn’t want to kill them just encourage them to move on. Since the roommate works nights this was
applied (with a special spreader he bought just for this) after his shift, in the
dark, with a head lamp. This also didn’t work.
The roommate then did a deep dive into research regarding the
mole lifestyle and habitat. I didn’t know
this but evidently moles eat all the grubs in an area then move on. The roommate applied Grub killer to the yard
which promised to keep grubs away for 10 years.
This also did not work.
The roommate has given up on non-lethal methods at this
point but was still clinging to the hope that there is an answer to these invaders
in nature. He refused the use of my
quick kill trap. He has purchased special worms that are evidently poisonous to
the moles. There are now little red flag indicating where he put down patches
of worms in the lawn. This also didn’t
The roommate has now given in to the inevitable and ordered special traps (they are supposedly the better quicker versions of my old one). I’m interested to see if his traps work or if I will come home some day to find him in the yard with dynamite.
So I’ve decided to become a podcaster. The title of the Podcast is “I’ve Been Wrong Before” Basically I think I know things but maybe what I know isn’t right. So I talk to people who know more about things than I do. During our conversation I try to stay open to the possibility that I might be wrong and see where that leads.
I’ve gotten 5 episodes under my belt with a goal of 9 in the
can before our release date of 09/01/19.
I should have a promo/introducing/trailer out a week or so
On 09/01/19 I release 3 episodes with 1 episode to follow
every other week with occasional mini-sodes in between.
I’m pretty excited about this and hope you will be too!
*sigh* I’m angry. It’s
been distracting me all day. I should be
working on work things right now but this weekend I just experienced 2 really
big fails by people who should know better.
My wife’s mother and father are moving away from the area. They
will be living in a place we won’t visit for our mental health and safety. So this
weekend was basically goodbye. I’m angry because even though I understand why
they made this choice I still think it’s the wrong choice. It takes them away from family that they
should be trying to get closer too. To me
this is a very selfish choice. It also
seems very sudden. They sprang this on
us as a done decision.
They are adult so they get to make this choice. We don’t really
get a say in it. The consequences of this choice though have hurt people and
damaged relationships I thought they were interested in healing. This makes me
sad and angry.
The other thing that right up pissed me off was to find out
about a family member’s husband that thought he’d just try to kick my mother
out of the house she owns and lives in.
What in the Actual fuck?
Okay so say dude doesn’t realize she’s the owner of the
house, ok MAYBE that’s true. But to try to kick your over 70 year old aunt out
of the home she lives in? Who the fuck
And okay lets even say he Might be doing this to get money try
to take care of his mother-in-law that lives with him. But let’s look at that shall we? So MIL is living in a secure place with
access to family and food and transportation but HE decides it’s OK to put his
MIL’s SISTER out on the street???? That’s
a special kind of stupid.
No, he didn’t succeed in doing more than pissing off a bunch
of very nice people but he made my Mom cry and I think he’d better work on a becoming
a real man because right now he seems to be a petty, stupid, little asshat.