DOWN ON THE BOONDOCKING

By: joealaska , 5:33 PM GMT on February 27, 2014

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Ok, Ok, everybody settle down and take a seat...

Just back from the evening walk. It was calm and 21 degrees.

The first three records I ever bought (vinyl 45s) were The Rolling Stones SATISFACTION, HENERY the 8th I AM Hermans Hermits, and DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS by Billy Joe Royal. I checked, good to hear Billy Joe is still alive at 71 years. Working at a GAS N GO down in the boondocks maybe...

Well today I did a lot of reading up on BOONDOCKING. It refers to the practice of RV folk trying to camp for free, or very cheaply. Parking at Walmart or truck stops, that type of thing. Not very appealing to me. But further, there are remote “dispersed camp sites” that are also free. And probably the BEST sites. You can park in national forests for free. Safely off the road. Leave it in better shape than you found it. There is no electric, water, or sewer. Deal with it. Oh, and probably no neighbors. You can stay a couple weeks before they want you to move another 25 miles, just to avoid little squatter towns from forming. There is a lot of info on the internet about potential spots, as well as a network of users. I told you the internet was catching on!

I like the idea of using the typical crowded parks at first just to get used to the routine of setting the RV up for camping and breaking it down for the road. But after that I am looking for one of these remote spots, with a great view, and setting up camp for a few days. Take a lot of pictures at dusk and dawn... The first thing I would do at the tourist parks is meet my neighbors and find out what parks they liked best.

Looking into parks near Louisville for staying in May, and there are a few decent options. All are about an hour away from the folks, plus or minus. Most are not yet open officially for the season, so it will be hard to arrange something for a few weeks. Options are Taylorsville and Carrollton, Kentucky. Also Crawfordsville, Corydon, and Leavenworth, Indiana. Looking for a nice day to take a ride and check them out. Really would prefer KY. They are building two new bridges over the Ohio River now, one right down town. Going through there is a real mess.

Dealing with getting satellite internet, phone, and TV. Will probably put that off for a while. OH, I will have no permanent address for some time... Yes Ylee, correct with the hydraulic levelers. Yes Dave. There is a rear view camera so I can see, and hear, when I run over someone.

I will be using cat harnesses for a while. I want to see them run to the RV when a grizzly approach, versus attack or play with. Need to buy another grill, probably another SMOKEY JOE as in Dutch.

Lotis2 God Bless You. I WISH I could play Augusta. When I drive up to the front gate, they laugh and call security. After 10 or 12 times it gets old! I just saw an ice storm forced the club to take the Eisenhower Tree down. It was famous as a hazard on the 17th hole that stuck out in the fairway and had to be avoided. Dwight Eisenhower was a member there while he was President. He often hit the tree, and asked the club to take it down. They told The President NO. Since then it got even bigger. Augusta National, home of The Masters Golf Tournament, can afford to do whatever they want to replace it. They could have another 65 foot loblolly pine in there in a week if they choose that option.

Dave, I will be towing the Camry. Still have to buy a tow-dolly. No more toys for now.

The UK floods are not in the Evening News lately, hopefully there is some drainage going on.

Oh, I ordered a Go Pro Camera from Amazon and it just arrived. (Did I mention that my sister in Boise and her husband got my Christmas presents from Amazon one MONTH late? That, after I took Amazon Prime as an upgrade.) The Go Pro is unique. High quality HD. Small camera that can strap on your head, or whatever, and you can film doing anything...skiing, cycling, bowling, golfing... WHATEVER! Or driving down the open road. AND, it is waterproof. Wanted to do live streaming, but that is so expensive or impossible, so I will record and put the results on you tube for watching at your leisure. The angle will be SEASONED ROAD WARRIOR GOTS A NEW TANK. It will all be documented.

I know my photos have dried up, looking forward to getting back in focus.

The Dutch Harbor angle is fading, but a lot of USA road pictures are coming into view.

LEGS came from the fact it is an ALLEGRO. My wheels.

My little sister YELLAFELLA is having a birthday today. Dinner at a local German restaurant tonight, which JOEKENTUCKY will enjoy.

And there’s the bell!

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34. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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33. Ylee
10:28 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
The frogs have awakened...... :' )
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32. osdianna
10:04 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
Yesterday, Saturday the 8th, several of us participated in a Coastal Raptors trapping and banding "spree", managing to catch and band an immature peregrine falcon and an immature bald eagle in the very worst conditions I have had the misfortune to experience on the beach. We had to measure and weigh each bird, draw blood for contaminant and DNA testing, and all while standing around under the raised door of a Toyota 4-runner, our only shield from pounding rain and 20-28mph winds.

I have never seen water running across the beach (toward the ocean!) in sheets. It was surreal. The birds did well, flying off powerfully into the wind when released but I'll bet they too headed for shelter.

There was a storm surge going on yesterday starting about 2pm throughout the night's storm, and when we returned to the beach this morning, it was littered with logs and root wads (stumps) that had floated down the rivers, out into the sea, then back onto the sand. Lots of new perches!
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31. bearpaints
6:54 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
Spring is here for sure. Upper 70's - 80's. Wildflowers are coming up and trees are gettin their buds on. Worst is the shedding of animals. The horses just have a cloud of hair blowing in the breeze. Giving me a renewed energy to do more work outside. I am not a cold weather person.

Been reading an interesting book that was free at the time for my kindel.
Alaska Bound one man's dream on women's nightmare. Very interesting from the start.

Just downloaded my turbo tax and started on that. Very depressing as my husband always claims 1 and we have no kids. Can't get him to change so we pay every year. His thoughts he rather have the money, but he doesn't handle the payments. So I started and stopped, no reason to start payments before I have to. Time is better spent outside getting my vitamin D!
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30. lotis2
6:16 PM GMT on March 09, 2014

Going into the 50's today, maybe 70 tomorrow. Can still see patches of snow/ice in shady areas. Predicting maybe an inch of snow for Wednesday.

Won't consider it spring until I see the little old man, whose home I pass every morning after work, sitting outside his door or walking in his yard with his morning coffee. I know it's spring then!
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29. dotmom
2:23 PM GMT on March 09, 2014
DHaupt - I was thinking you should go into the cat food industry. Those cats will live forever with that good nutrition. Ours are probably eating a little cardboard or some other synthetic mixed in with the other ingredients.

I follow Miranda on FBook and that is fun. Always a cute photo with a new "hairdo." That makes it fun for her too. It sounds like different people are stepping up every day to lighten her day and that is a blessing.

We woke to something unusual this a.m. (about 8 p.m.) a cloud of dark dark black smoke looming up about - maybe 1/2 mile away. Couldn't figure it out. YellafellaFran was outside messing with her cats when she heard an explosion and saw the black smoke rising. She called us to look. Of course we had all sorts of ideas of what it might be - one of which a big semi crashed on I71 and went up in flames and smoke.

Turned on the TV, but there was no news there. Went on to Sunday mass where I saw a neighbor and asked if he had seen it. He knew exactly what it was. We live near a quarry. Used to be we could set our watches (5 p.m.) when they did their blasting for the next day's work. Well, evidently a fire had started in their storage building (can you say dynamite?) and it was setting off the dynamite. There was/were (?) a series of explosions but when we left for church, they had subsided. So now, after mass, the smoke has dissipated and there is no trace of it. Now must wait for the news report and details. I feel certain no one was hurt. My neighbor said his daughter said that during the night her dog was barking and she heard what she thought was thunder - evidently small explosions/fire till it got started good. That's my report for the day!
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28. DHaupt
10:42 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
No Ylee, California's boring Spring-like weather and nothing exciting happening around here either. Unless, cooking a large olla of Frijoles Peruanas and making chile verde count.

Oh, also have been making lots of raw chicken cat food. With four cats to feed, I just hope I can keep it up. My new 1 horsepower Weston #22 meat grinder makes the grinding part a cinch. Just keep your fingers well away from the feed tube or Sniffles will become a man-eater. I think I may go into the business.

I never really grasped what rapacious little carnivores your common house cat is until I watched them each inhale a quarter-pound of ground chicken, skin, bones, blood, guts and all but the feathers, and then proceed to lick the bowl so clean that I would not hesitate to eat out of it afterward! It's fun.

I am up so late because I just had to watch the time on my Mac flip from 1:59:59 to 3:00:00. I won't lose any sleep, I'll just get up at noon. The sun won't set until 7:08 PM, so I'll get my rays. Actually, we are getting a lot of high clouds and there is a very weak front coming through as I write, but the radar echoes are fading about 40 miles before it reaches us. It's probably misting in Half Moon Bay. There! -- for the benefit of cranky weather trolls.

Miranda Star
Miranda Star is home this week and doing well. The chemo is shrinking the big tumor on her left tibia -- as it is supposed to do. White cell count is a little low, but not frighteningly low as it got after the session with vincristine. And, nearly all of her hair has come out now, but she's accepting it with good spirits and even a sense of fun. But, best of all, lots of her friends have come by to visit and play video games with her.

She is eating much more, but probably still not quite enough -- but she has two grandmothers who are doing a "Manga! Manga!" chorus. Like a lot of kids, she prefers Nutella to peanut butter probably because the first ingredient in the former is ------- SUGAR!!! I'm sure they are heavy sponsors in the Kiddy Ghetto on TV. But what are parents and grandparent to do when the hospital kitchen agrees to send up a dinner of Mac and Cheese with a side of Tatter Tots!

She goes back to Children's Hospital Oakland for Round #3 of chemo next Thursday. This will be the Vincristine and Doxorubicin mix again, as vile a cocktail as one could contrive. There are 11 more rounds of chemo planned at this time. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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27. iaotter
3:56 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
No Ylee,
Just boring winter weather and nothing exciting happening around here. Everybody fighting colds and waiting for spring. Maybe up to 49F tomorrow.
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26. Ylee
3:43 AM GMT on March 09, 2014
I think I'll be rooting for Louisville come late March; the Cardinals look as good as the Wildcats look bad!

Did I kill the blog? :-/
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25. Ylee
4:35 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
Hey, we're finally warmer than Dutch! WooHoo!
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24. Ylee
12:37 AM GMT on March 05, 2014
At least here the rain got here before the cold did, so ice and snow amounts were less than forecast, only about 1/8" of ice, and 2" of snow!

Maybe it'll thaw out enough tomorrow for you to get your produce, dotmom!
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23. joealaska
9:07 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Lotis I am keeping LEGS parked at Steves place until I move out of here April 26. I will be back over there when the weather turns better, so hang in there for a while.

There will be plenty of pictures coming.
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22. lotis2
6:24 PM GMT on March 03, 2014

We got maybe another inch of snow last night. Closed the schools about 8:00 last night due to the wind chills predicted for this morning and the ice under the snow. Hope they have it at least mostly cleared before I have to go back to work tonight. Salt doesn't do much at these temps.

Joe, give us tour of Legs with your camera.

Everyone stay warm and safe.
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21. dotmom
3:38 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Well, as far as I can tell from my den, this doesn't look like the worst storm of the year - but I hope it is the last. Many things are closed for the day, public and private schools, colleges. The paper has not been delivered yet and is always here at 5 a.m. I am sure the state police are recommending folks stay home unless it is an emergency - or you have a job. We'll be home. Got to get out there and feed the birds. There is ice under the snow - fun.

Oh well, many people are facing more difficult things than the weather. Hope you are having a good day.
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20. dotmom
12:54 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Well we had a letup for about 4 hours, but now the ground is covered with ice. I'm not going out to test it and give you definitive descriptions but the report for the rest of the evening is ice then snow. They are recommending that if you don't need to go out - don't go out. I'm good with that.

School has not been called off yet, but the weather warning goes until 1 p.m. tomorrow, so how could they possibly think about having school.

We'll see.
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19. lotis2
11:12 PM GMT on March 02, 2014

Was on the west side of St. Louis last night for a family birthday. Left about 6:30 and it was just starting to get misty and icy there. Had stopped by the time we got to the river crossing over into Illinois. Started here sometime around midnight but just had about an inch of a snow an ice mix by this morning. Started snowing again about an hour ago. Will maybe get about another inch or so (I hope that's all). Just cold as all get out for the next couple of days.
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18. dotmom
3:57 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
I have something to say about the weather. IT'S STARTING!!!

Right now it looks like little crystal/glass beads hanging off the limbs of bushes and trees. I have a feeling this is going to be real ugly. The weather people are predicting snow on top of ice. We are fortunate that most of our power lines are buried and (knocking on wood), I can't remember when we last lost power here. We have had some dandy ice storms in the past.

Ylee, the way it looks, we may have to start halving those bananas!!! Forgot to get salad greens and we will miss them. I believe we are in for a couple of days of hell. That would be colder than hell as opposed to hotter than hell - whole different place.

I heard birds chirping in the early morning last week, so I know spring can't be too, too far away. Until then....
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17. Ylee
6:03 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Dotmom, you'd better load up on the bananas, because tomorrow and Monday ain't going to be pretty! :( Up to a half inch of ice, followed by four inches or more of snow! If you lose power, maybe everyone can load up in Legs!
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16. iaotter
11:35 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
In this case the siding is 12 wide, 1/4 inch by 10 to 12 foot long fiberboard that has been on the house for a few decades and is getting rotten in places. It's been painted once and now the new paint (from 15 or so years ago) is peeling and blistering in places.
The new stuff is going to be a cement type product. It is something they started manufacturing for homes a few years ago and it has a 40 or 50 year guarantee. Same width and thickness, so it won't look much different, just last a whole lot longer and no painting. It comes prefinished.
If it had been my choice the siding would have been up 4 years ago, but I don't own the house. Had to wait for the landlords to figure it out and find the financing.
The siding guys' truck is now bogged down in about 5 more inches of snow. No way they are going to get it out the same way they drove it in. If the wind keeps up they are going to have 2 or 3 foot high drifts all around it soon. I think they will be surprised when they come back Wednesday.

Iowa has a town named Boondocks. It is just a little bit north of where Interstate 35 and hiway 20 cross. It consists of a couple motels and a truck stop that has a pretty good restaurant. I've been there a couple times. No name on google earth, but you can see the little collection of buildings just north of 20 about a mile. The closest town to it is Williams just a little bit north and east.

Healing thoughts to Miranda.

And, Joe, UK has a good idea about the C02 monitor. Stuff is deadly to human and cats even faster. A good battery powered monitor could save all your lives. Please don't ignore this. We all enjoy this blog too much to have you do something drastic to yourself.
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15. osdianna
6:14 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Belated birthday greetings, Yellafella; hope the German dinner was enjoyed by all.

Pedants are piss-ants, Dotmom. You got it exactly right. I always feel sorry for trolls, hunched over their computers in solitary with no gleam of light in their lives...only bitterness and bad vibes. And I am with you 100% on bananas; they are the main staple of my breakfasts...and I generally have one every day.

Speaking of weather....we have had a few days of sunshine, even got up to 60 degrees yesterday! It was a perfect day to take off and do nothing, after too many days of cramming a lot of work into what should be retirement. Must learn to say "NO!"

Love and best wishes to Miranda Star, Dave. I am always reminded of the Star Trek movie, The Voyage Home, about the whales...remember the ST crew had to go rescue Chekov, and their disgust at the medical backwardness of our then-society (1986)? I wonder how medical technology and knowledge will be in 20 years or so. I can only hope we will be able to prevent such damaging conditions by then.



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14. Arbie
5:39 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
I'm glad to hear Miranda Star is doing as well as possible under the circumstances. I have donated my own hair for those wigs a few times. That is smart to save your own.

I hope yellafella's birthday was a grand time enjoyed by all.

Our weather has been variable. At the moment it is warm and humid; today is up to 76f and overcast.

I thought "siding" was American for "clapboard". But I didn't see IAOtter's post, so I am not sure what she meant by the side of her house. Living in a half-clapboard, half-bricked house for a few years, I can see why people go for masonry homes here in the South. The wood siding only lasts for awhile and you can't use non-wood in this humidity. My parents in Ohio got the non-wood siding many years ago just to avoid painting and to have better insulation. Few people in their area have wood siding anymore. But you can't use it in the deep south along the Gulf because it traps moisture and the inside of your walls would rot. They've come up with protective paint that lasts for years and years though. Doesn't help the insulation problem much though. So that is my experience with siding.

I bought tickets for a Bruce Springsteen concert yesterday. We have not been to a rock concert in many years. Certain things have not changed. I logged on right when the tickets went on sale, and could only get lawn seats. Before anyone says anything--I found out about the official fan clubs--too late. Next time!

Is anyone else getting into green smoothies or blended salads? I am struggling with the non-sweet, mostly veggie ones. Is it possible to make a good one LOL? I'm getting pretty good at making the mostly-fruit-with-a-handfull-of-greens ones. At least we like them.
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13. Rotty3
4:04 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Happy Bday to Yellafella! (better late than never... )

Work's been pretty busy, leaves little time to sneak out here and post.
And school is a bit on the tough side. But it's okay. I've gotten through tougher stuff. Getting senioritis lol. 8 more weeks... and counting... yea! :)

Dave: Lots of prayers and positive energy coming to Miranda and your entire family.

UK: in the US that means usually adding 4-8 inch tall vinyl slats (up to 16 ft. long) onto the exterior of a house that is mostly sheets of plywood. You can see a little bit of siding under and around the window in my avatar picture.

In Europe, you have mostly cinder blocks (Ytong, aka gray cinder) that are covered with sheets of styrofoam and then sprayed with exterior "stucco." Older buildings used small red bricks with no exterior coverage.

In the US, the inner "exterior" is plywood, followed by a layer of Tyvek house wrap (yes, same stuff they use for mailing things) and then some sort of weather resistant "siding."

Insulation efficiency of US homes? Mostly not very high. The insulation in most stick built houses in the US comes from the glass wool that's stuffed between the 2x4 wood studs (no, sorry, no hulky guys, just Atlas holding up the roof) that make up the load bearing exterior walls of the building.

Well, the Dom-E-Cile is a bit different, but I learned a lot about the more common stick house construction when I researched the Dom-E-Cile's pedigree.
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12. insideuk
1:16 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Okay, back to business. Firstly is a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Yellafella, hope you enjoyed the whole wiener schnitzel with red cabbage thing.

I once observed a lady, early one morning, preparing a meal for my (50 or so) college friends and I to ‘enjoy’ in a German sports centre in Osnabruck. She chopped up a mountain of red cabbage and placed it into a hugemongous pot to begin the cooking process just after breakfast. By the time we returned to the refectory some 10 hours later she had succeeded in transforming the red cabbage into a greyish white.

I pondered why she hadn’t just made it with white cabbage and saved herself a day in a cabbagey sauna.

But what really stunned me was that she wore the same leather trousers everyday for a week whilst slaving over meals all day long in a small, hot kitchen. I got less and less keen on her cooking as the week went along…

WEATHER RELATED NEWS:

I hear that all the wet stuff that is currently causing ‘A’ list stylists and red carpet fitters sleepless nights in California is soon to shuffle over the land and create a winter wonderland in Louisville this Sunday and Monday.

Lots of snow, lots of ice.

It never seems to end does it?

And now I learn that iaotter has been surviving this whole winter in minus f’s without a “side” on her house?!?! My mind boggles. You all accepted this information without question, so it must just be the token foreigner that doesn’t understand what ‘getting ready to side a house’ involves. It’s not a phrase I’ve heard before.

You had SOMETHING there before, right?

It wasn’t due to an accident caused by the city snow plow guy being driven “up the wall” last winter then?

Another phrase that is new to me is this business regarding THE BOONDOCKS.

A quick diversion into my online dictionary and I discover it is the equivalent of THE STICKS. You drive hundreds of miles out into the middle of nowhere and take a sharp left, then a lazy right, then continue until the RV gets bogged down in mud/ sand/ snow (delete as applicable) and then you decide you will camp right there.

It’s as good a place as any…

Can I ask, JOSEPH, that you ensure you have a carbon monoxide alarm on the shopping list, please? Since the floods (now draining) here, there have been reports of people who have been overcome/ KILLED by fumes from all kinds of generators, BBQ’s, camping stoves and unfamiliar heating systems used in temporary accommodation on boats, caravans and in tents etc.

This is not an optional piece of equipment.

I’m going to bully you mercilessly until you PROVE TO ME that you have a fully operational alarm, with spare battery back up, in a fixed location as has been recommended by EXPERT ADVICE on LEGS.

It is not beyond my capability to have people hide the keys until you give in to my demands.

AS ALWAYS,


I got YOUR BACK my friend.


With CCTV already fitted….
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11. joealaska
3:10 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hey Bogon!

I have the propane, I got the AC. But I will not be staying where I need it. I like the open windows, so I drive to THERE.

I got a great deal on the RV. I am ready to go!

The boondocking is only for so long. Sooner or later I need to do laundry! I plan on moving along until I find the perfect spot, but moving slowly.
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10. Bogon
2:46 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Joe, if I were considering going BOONDOCKING, I might be interested in one of these. Runs on propane, puts out around a kilowatt, and has AC output.

Don't know how much budget you'll have left after acquiring an RV, but you might find something similar on eBay. There are other options with lower output, smaller size, less expense. A lot of them want hydrogen fuel, though.
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9. Ylee
2:32 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Dotmom, I don't think the Blog Owner would ban his own mom, lolol! There may be unpleasant ramifications at future supper tables! :' )

Dave, thanks for the updates on Miranda. I pray she always continues to fight, and win!

iaotter, you have a lot more patience that I would; I would've already got my money back, and got someone else!
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8. dotmom
1:46 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
I get it. You youngins' use all these new-fangled fancy words and I have to check my Funk and Wagnall before going further. In this case this person is a "pedant" as opposed to a "piss-ant" and there isn't much difference. Oh, oh, the blog police are going to come after me now I suppose.

I will say - relating to the weather - that the weather folks are threatening us again with rain turning to ice turning to snow - or something like that. I don't think these calendars have any idea what time of year it is.

The reporter said we should stock up on supplies - whatever you stock up on when there is going to be a 3-day storm. I'm going for cheese, eggs and yes - those bananas!

My weather comment is: Have a nice weekend!
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7. calpoppy
6:46 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
It's a troll. It has been on a few blogs lately making stupid comments like above. It uses different handles.
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6. iaotter
6:23 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
lovely word, PEDANT
a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning. 2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
according to one of the on-line dictionaries.
There do seem to be a lot of them out in cyberspace.
Just a note on the weather.
We are all the way up to 22f. Amazing, lovely, so warm that it seems almost like spring. Isn't going to last long though. Down to 1 tonight and then snow tonight and tomorrow and maybe a little bit on Sunday.
Guys are getting ready to side the house. Finally. kept saying they were coming last June or July, then it was August or September, then maybe October or November depending on the weather. This morning they called and wanted to bring over their dump truck and some scaffolding. Seemed reasonable, but the yard is piled with snow... they can't park on the driveway because it has to be clear so the snowplow can clear it. They can't park along the street. It is barely 2 cars wide and having a big dump truck along one side would mean one-way traffic and drive the city snow plow guy up the wall. Finally pulled it through the front yard and around the side. If it snows another 3 or so inches tomorrow they aren't going to be getting that truck out any time soon.
I am glad I don't have their job.
At least they kept the dog entertained for 30 minutes while they drove the truck in and hauled the scaffolding around the house.
Spring has to be coming eventually.
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5. joealaska
5:07 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
I appreciate that I can always count on UK having my back.

For the 7th time in 6 years, I chose to simply ban the pedant. Unfortunately, that also deletes their comment, which I wanted to remain so everyone could enjoy it. But the entire comment has been preserved in UKs comment #4, so all is well.

Banning is a snap decision, but the comment is negative with no real contribution. If there was something to debate, it would still be up and running. Its kinda like taking a hike through the woods and you feel something on your arm. When you take a look it is a tic, so you simply flick it away with your finger. Like that.

What purpose is there to such a comment? Does the pedant expect me to change my ways? This may be a weather site, but I will always follow the interesting subject at hand. Often it involves weather, many times not. The weather police have never told me this rule of ALWAYS WEATHER. If they did, you can call me JOEGONE.

I would guess you could browse other blogs and find other comments from the same pedant. Sitting in his / her basement apartment behind the security of a computer screen the pedant swoops in with summary judgement, then scurries off into cyberspace, while outside an occluded front moves through and it is sunny, breezy, and 42 degrees.

THANKS UK, now I know a new word.
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4. insideuk
2:22 PM GMT on February 28, 2014
Quoting Waltanater:
..and what does all of this have to do with WEATHER!? NOTHING.


The word PEDANT comes to mind, a SHOUTY PEDANT too.

I see at least 2 mentions of weather, and if I went back over the near 6 years of this blog I'd count thousands more. Not to mention thousands of weather related photographs uploaded by this blogs owner.


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2. DHaupt
9:51 AM GMT on February 28, 2014
Steve had a pleasant, well modulated singing voice. The song carried a message for sure: carpe diem. Thanks for sharing.

I sort of suspected that your new rig came with many bells and whistles. It is kind of freaky and disorienting at first to see the universe rushing at you through the windshield and in the corner of your eye to see the universe rushing away from you. It is also kind of exciting when a big rig pulls up behind you to within 10 feet. It is hard to resist the impulse to floor the peddle and run for it.

When you get brave enough to head west, be sure to put Lamoile Canyon, south of Elko on your list. It's on the west flank of the Ruby Range. It is a total surprise to drive in there. You approach from dry sage covered desert, round a bend and suddenly find yourself in a miniature Alpine valley -- BEAVER PONDS IN NEVADA! I never camped there, but there was a nice string of campsites that I think a 30'er could get into. The scenery is spectacular.

Another gem is the Ruby Marshes further SE of Elko about 60 miles (I think). It used to be really hot fishing, but now it is managed as a waterfowl refuge. The drive in gives you a spectacular view of the entire Ruby Range. With the right light and a dusting of snow on the peaks and ridges you can imagine yourself in a mini-Karakoram Range.

Miranda Star
Miranda Star is back in the hospital for Chemo Round 2. This time it's some nasty stuff called Ifosfamide and Etoposide. One of them was discovered as a poisonous extract of the infamous Mandrake root. These chemo witches' brews are definitely a case of "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".

Miranda is tolerating it fine. It hasn't given her the awful sore throat and GI side effects that the Vincristine did. But, these two new cell killers are potentially more dangerous. Encephalopathy, perhaps permanent, and internal bleeding are the big worries. She has shown just a little mental impairment but it passes within hours of each blast of the stuff. Best of all is that it hasn't killed her appetite like Chemo Round 1 did.
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1. joealaska
5:35 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Here is a sample of my friend STEVE DECKER singing. He played a lot of different type songs, so it is hard to pick just one. Here he was practicing at home and someone filmed it.

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With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.