The Beat goes on

By: ycd0108 , 4:16 AM GMT on September 20, 2012

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Late evening.
BriarCraft: Thanks for the notice(s) on the photos and the stories. I searched about in the photo archives and this is what I thought related a bit to your blog about wildfires. This picture was taken a while ago on a small island in the Gulf of Georgia, now named Salish Sea.
http://www.amazon.com/Custodian-Yellow-Point-Biog raphy-Gerry/dp/0888783086
Gerry sold the island 'cause he got bored with hurrying over there to put out fires commonly lit by visitors back in the '30s.
The big fir around our cabin there all have bark turned to charcoal on their bases but they are strong and healthy trees. Younger trees are jumbled and tangled and show no signs of fire. They simply fall over if the wind blows.
Now and then the wind does blow there.

Still Standin' (ycd0108)
Still Standin'
Smoky morning (ycd0108)
Smoky morning

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17. ycd0108
6:08 AM GMT on September 23, 2012
Learned this one on the guit box and my uncle Tom said I did alright:
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16. ycd0108
9:34 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
And another:
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15. ycd0108
9:17 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Got it:
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14. ycd0108
7:47 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Hi Rob:
The new charger has only one 6 V. setting: 10 amp. so I've been checking and both charger and battery are warm. Disconnected and shut off the charger and initial voltage is 6.79 on the battery. We borrowed this ancient fencing zapper a number of years ago and the owner never seems to want it back. I don't blame him - one can probably get a solar powered zapper for less than the price of a 6V battery.
Should be good to go this aft. but I'm not sure if the bear would be at all deterred. In the Okanagan one of my first employs was helping to fence my uncle's range land:
5 strands of barbed wire set singing tight for a number of miles. years later we found one section all gone. Bits of hair on the barbs and every strand broken. Uncle figured a Grizley got a cow and simply towed it through the wires.
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13. RobDaHood
5:24 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Yeah, uhm...you need to attend to that right away.
We ALL know who's fault it is gonna be if the bear gets the hive!
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12. ycd0108
4:50 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Ya gotta wonder Rob:
Not that I miss the little buggers but our domestic bees are also suffering die-off. That is worrisome (and expensive). We have one hive surviving so far from four "Nukes" over the last few years. The bear mangled one and the others simply did not make it through our long wet winters.
That reminds me:
Tloml asked me to reset the electric fence around the one remaining hive last night because the neighbour saw a bear around here yesterday. I did eyeball the hive when I got up and it looked OK but when I connected the battery last night it sounded pretty weak so I should go charge it up and hope the bear waits for night to prowl.
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11. RobDaHood
4:34 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Not nearly as many mosquitoes here as I would expect. Been raining nearly every day for the last month. Maybe it was so hot and dry and windy for so long that they moved on?
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10. ycd0108
3:48 PM GMT on September 22, 2012
Morning OrangeRoses:
I have not heard of any West Nile cases in B.C. but there are some reports from the eastern provinces.
http://www.cbc.ca/gsa/?q=west+nile
The mosquito population seems sparse this year though.
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9. OrangeRoses
9:23 AM GMT on September 22, 2012


U.S. Center For Disease Control West Nile Virus



So, yes, I hope your camp is miraculously devoid of the lethal pathogen that was successful originally in Birds and then later,mosquitos who contract the disease and decide to help in speciation. Think about how rapidly the exponential doubling effect can incubate such a virus.



I lost the first entry here and will not try to recover what is now gone.



And all that is NOW

And all that is GONE

And every thing under the Sun is in tune

But the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon.



(I added an afterword to this song)

"And the Moon is eclipsed by the Earth"

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8. ycd0108
11:41 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
Afternoon Bogon:
Now I'm stuck. I still have John Prine's voice with those words but I can't dig up any more lines.
"She just talks that way"?
Maybe
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7. Bogon
4:58 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
I like John Prine, but I'm not sure which Prine song contains that quote. The title of your entry sounds more like Sonny Bono.
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6. ycd0108
4:17 PM GMT on September 21, 2012
The last Summer Day:
Cool and cloudy with a forecast high of 22C. Somewhat optimistic as far as I see.
Ain't it funny how the weather affects one's mood? I feel very "cool and cloudy" myself just now.
"No particular reason" as John Prine said:
http://www.last.fm/music/John+Prine
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5. ycd0108
12:18 AM GMT on September 21, 2012
This morning's photo does not really show the smoke light so you gotta trust me: I used to be a geologist.
When my neighbour called and Gunther and I took the tire to get it repaired there was a dirty fire in the metal recycler's yard. I assume that was where the smoke was coming from but when I took the photo I was imagining the smoke had drifted up from Washington/Oregon fires.
BriarCraft: You were not as young and dumb as I was then. My 35' double ender had about 80 diesel horse power and a top speed of about 8 knots. I find it a bit traumatic to remember that I took my young family in to places where I had no charts (they had not yet been surveyed) and limited local knowledge (there were and still are no "locals" in those places).
I got away with it and my two daughters are finally taking an interest in boating again.
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4. BriarCraft
9:12 PM GMT on September 20, 2012
Still Standin' looks like it might be home to lots of bugs and maybe a woodpecker or two.

That was a good link you found, Bogon. Quoting from that journal:

Tidal range inside Nakwakto is only about four to six feet, while “outside” the range is as great as 16 feet, thus the considerably faster ebb currents.

We planned to go through Nakwakto at near slack the next day at 12:50 p.m. That would be after the maximum 10 knot ebb at 9:15 in the morning. Maximum flood current would be at 8.2 knots at 2:10 p.m.

The plan when running rapids, especially unfamiliar ones, is to go near the end of a current when it is against us so we can maintain some control over what is happening and back off or turn around if need be.


Even when I was young and dumb and had a 20' boat with 100hp motor, I don't think I'd have had the nerve to try that run.
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3. ycd0108
8:03 PM GMT on September 20, 2012
Just blew away a long comment. Oh well
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2. ycd0108
4:24 PM GMT on September 20, 2012
Mornin' Bogon:
I have been reading your blog and our mothers are about the same age - mine still thinks she can move house so I'm taking her to the big smoke in a couple of weeks and hoping that experience will remind her that she ain't no "spring chicken" and the place she lives might not be such a bad stay after all.
Neighbour lady just called with a flat tire so I'll BBL as they say
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1. Bogon
3:48 PM GMT on September 20, 2012
Spent some time (hours!) the other night looking for Nekwakto on Google Earth, reading the journal at 48 north, and imagining what it must be like to spend a night on Rumble Rock. Six minutes of slack water? I'm not sure that fits my idea of a good time. =oD
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