Vagastrip

By: ycd0108 , 8:46 AM GMT on November 21, 2012

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It just takes one long day to get back home: Drop Rentacar and shuttle to McCarren Airport and hang around then fill a seat on a Boeing 737 for a couple of hours and we are half way. Transit to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry and fill another seat for another couple of hours. Daughter #1 picks us up and we visit a while then home. Left the Hotel in Boulder City at about 0900 and got here around 2200.
Just had to stay up to see my choice of photos from the trip. G'Night.

Vegastrip (ycd0108)
Red Rock
Vegastrip
Finger Print (ycd0108)
Red Rock
Finger Print
Watch Tower (ycd0108)
All Along
Watch Tower
Grand Canyon (ycd0108)
sunset
Grand Canyon
Watch tower 11 (ycd0108)
Mary Colter deserves at least two pictures
Watch tower 11
Upright Chloride Rock Painting (ycd0108)
I'll delete the side ways one
Upright Chloride Rock Painting
Burma Shave (ycd0108)
Burma Shave

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66. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
ycd0108 has created a new entry.
Well, you know, "some fiberglass got a little charred" doesn't really get you clicks or sell papers.
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64. Ylee
The way the headline above read you'd think there was a gigantic hole in the roof!

Things haven't changed since the days of Hearst and before, IMO.
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Sounds like minor damage Ylee:
Fireworks hit some "sound baffles" and caused small scortches. Insurance will pay for cleaning.
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62. Ylee
I'm sure Paul will just write a check... :)
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Afternoon SSS:
I agree about the looongness. Have you set comments to "Newest First"? If I had any decent ideas or pictures I'd start a new blog.
Thanks for the link to the Rivers - I'll check it out now and read it this evening. Gunther and I are hoping to get Geisla's sun deck staired and railed today.
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Fireworks damage $458 million retractable ceiling at Paul McCartney concert in Vancouver.
ooops!
(shaking head...no comment needed)
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Boy this is getting looong :)

More about those atmospheric rivers:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20121203 _atmosphericrivers.html
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Rob:
http://www.cbc.ca/bc/
Fireworks damage $458 million retractable ceiling at Paul McCartney concert in Vancouver.
What will they think of next?
Good morning Ylee:
I have not trusted the altitude function on the GPS since it showed us below sea level and sinking as we climbed a hill away from the ocean.
Our power line probably would have cost almost as much if we had replaced the overhead lines. The contractor would have had to bring in a rock drill to put the poles to the required depth - 5'. I figured 9 poles with about 3' of drilling required for each. 27' at $400/foot = $10,800 just for the drilling. With no drilling the estimate was $14,000. I think we did the job for less than $20,000 but I did a lot of conduit and laying wire and sand backfill and called in a lot of markers. The overhead line would have had to be repaired twice since we completed the job and one of the deadfall would have pulled the wires out of the house. Clearing 20 from the line would not have saved the line in either fall. Both deadfall grew more than 50' from the line.

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57. Ylee
Mornin', ycd! I like it when the GPS tells you that you should be flosting in mid air, 50 feet away from a hilly road!

It would have been nice to have our lines underground, but that's $$$$! The power co-op decided to eliminate all trees within 20 feet of main power lines, so for a couple of years there were a lot of trees removed or severely pruned. My aunt lost a few nice 30 year old pines this way! :(
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Go ahead. I'm pretty much videoed out after last night.
Glad you got your power back quickly.
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Good morning Rob:
I need to post another music video:
Hendrix's guitar riffs from that one keep
"runnin' around my brain".
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Today winds are calmed down here. It is just above freezing. Electric power went off at about 1000 yesterday and came back at about 1530.
Went to get a replacement caulking gun and the repair crew had most of the tree that brought the lines down cleaned off the road and main lines strung out on the pavement. When I got home less than an hour later the lights came on.
Most of the things I do are dependent on electricity. I still own handsaws and planes and an hammer but rarely use them. More and more I need good lighting to see my pencil marks. The day was bright but there was still a light rain keeping everything damp so I did not want to move out of the shop area.
One big dead Maple fell across our road and would have torn out any overhead lines. Luckily we put power and cable underground a year ago.
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Quoting ycd0108:
...Tloml said that this might explain the number of vehicles that drive up the narrowing dirt road to turn around in our yard: "There must be some way out of here."
It is good to hear that the folks in Vancouver were decent even if confused. I don't blame them. I went to school and worked in that city up until '83. When I go there now I take public transit and no vehicle unless I'm going through on the highway.

Back to the Watchtower again...
LOL

Good Morning!
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Sheeshe!
I'm feeling all kinds of better now:
http://kuow.org/post/sea-trial-leaves-shells-arct ic-oil-spill-gear-crushed-beer-can
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51. ycd0108
2:33 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Evening BriarCraft:
I did mention the lack of the bridge to Google "Contact us" - so far no construction that I've noticed.
The GPS has my location pinned fairly accurately. I have to go outside to get a GPS "Fix" and then come back in to Wifi territory (these areas seem to be exclusive) to "navigate". I guess the problem is that our driveway does not show up on Google Maps and we are actually closer to Takala Rd. than David Rd. which is the only way out.
Tloml said that this might explain the number of vehicles that drive up the narrowing dirt road to turn around in our yard: "There must be some way out of here."
It is good to hear that the folks in Vancouver were decent even if confused. I don't blame them. I went to school and worked in that city up until '83. When I go there now I take public transit and no vehicle unless I'm going through on the highway.
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50. BriarCraft
1:20 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
90' deep gully in my back yard and Google sends me that way with no bridge

Maybe you should ask them to build you a bridge.

Vancoocoo???

I remember exiting the freeway into Vancouver to fill up the car many years ago (mid-70s before GPS and Google). And spent the next two hours trying to find a way to get back on Highway 1. Very nice people there. Everyone we stopped to ask was quite friendly and helpful, as each pointed in a different direction. I think maybe Vancoocoo is a good name for that interesting place.
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49. ycd0108
4:59 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
Good morning Rob:
Trees are still whipping about but we got the coffee made so we can live through a power outage if or when.
We are under a "wind warning":
"A strong area of low pressure is racing over Vancouver Island and is forecast to move across the South Coast this morning. Strong southerly winds of 70 gusting to 90 km/h have developed with the passage of the low. Winds will ease this morning in its wake."
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48. RobDaHood
4:47 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
Whanging - A lashing blow, as of a whip.
Now there's a word you don't hear every day.

Be careful. Don't wanna get whanged upside the noggin!
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47. ycd0108
4:04 PM GMT on December 04, 2012
My chronicle of the trip would not be complete without the Burma Shave sign on the roadside on Route 66.
There are many other images so this chronicle will never be complete.
Time to move on:
Wind and intermittant rain whanging off the skylight with the occasional fir cone or small limb to startle.
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46. ycd0108
6:56 PM GMT on December 02, 2012
"Sunday morning coming down"
I gotta get my butt out of here and check on the boats.
Talked to Mom this morn. and she sounds pretty good. Guess I'm gonna need to rent one more "Rider Van" and bring all the stuff she can't throw away over to the Island.
Oh well..........
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45. ycd0108
3:50 AM GMT on December 02, 2012
So then I wander over to Patrap's place and turn on this endless video of the Led Zeppelin.
Don't get me wrong here: I do enjoy these boys especially as they age with me. I had most albums they generated in about '69 and went to see them live in Vancoocoo around that time.
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44. ycd0108
6:34 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
I know better but SSS sent me an email with a boat in it so I dug in to the file folder and went looking for a picture of my old boat.
What an experience:
Tloml and I are about 20 years younger and the babies we took pictures of are grown up.
Did not find any pictures of the boat either.
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43. ycd0108
5:22 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
Time to do a new blog but I had to listen to Jimmy one more time!
"You and I have been through that"
Fog, rain and warm wind here
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42. ycd0108
4:07 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Some nights you simply find relief here. Other nights you find chaos.
TOnight I'm going to bed
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41. ycd0108
12:39 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Listened to Dylan's and listened to Hendrix. Though I tend to favor the original artist Jimmy got my vote with that guitar.
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40. ycd0108
12:27 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Watch out:
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39. ycd0108
12:16 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
Ain't it Rob:
I would like to put up "Allah Long: The Watch tower" but can not decide if I want Hendrix or Dylan.
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38. RobDaHood
11:33 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
Just typed a rather lengthy post here about watchtowers and pressure treated lumber and beer.

Something went terribly wrong, so I'll just say "Hi"!
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37. ycd0108
4:52 PM GMT on November 30, 2012
G'morning:
9 C. light rain and fog. air pressure way down - 28.98.
I put some 2"x12"x12' treated lumber in the shop a couple of days ago to dry so I could mark and cut stringers for stairs to the deck we are working on. The boards are still soaking wet and won't take a pencil mark that I can see. May be time to flash up the old wood stove in the shop and close the doors.
There was discussion somewhere (Dr. Masters' blog maybe) about whether or not you could have anything greater than 100% - well around here I'd estimate that humidity is about 130%. It does not translate into much rain: I dumped the "rain gauge" (read beer mug with a snapped off section of measuring tape in it) yesterday at 5" since I dumped it when we got home from Las Vagas. It reads a bit over 1/2" this morning.
I see a new to me feature on the right of my screen telling me just who and what is happening on the latest blog activity. This might be handy once I get used to it but for now it is slightly distracting.
Gunther will be here in a few minutes and we should throw the tools back in the pickup - we dumped everything so we could pick up the metal roofing yesterday - and wander over to daughter#2's where we are working on double doors on the prow of the workshop/storage shed we roofed in the summer. The wood there is Yellow Cedar and it has been under cover for some years so I can see the pencil marks much better than those on wet dark green treated material.
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36. ycd0108
6:27 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
Did so Briarcraft;
Mighty good folks everywhere we visited. We got in to "Burma Shave" jingles on the bits of Route 66 we could find.
Thinking maybe we should make up some signs on our access road:
"Google Maps will tell ya"
"There is a road to Takala"
"Till they build a bridge"
"I don't want to Takalit"
(90' deep gully in my back yard and Google sends me that way with no bridge)
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35. BriarCraft
1:46 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
I had fun wandering through the photos from your trip. Thanks for sharing them with us. Looks like you had a good time.
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34. ycd0108
1:22 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
SSS: I was asleep at the keyboard and then wandered off to put a log on the fire. Come back and you want me to believe that rivers are floating about in the Atmo?
Sheesh!
Not only that but my roof is in Dire Straights just at the wrong time. I give up!
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33. ycd0108
1:03 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
What is a "slitter"?
Glad you asked.
A Slitter cuts sheet metal more or less like a table saw cuts wood. You set the fence and run the metal sheet through a couple of close spaced rollers. If you know what you are doing you get a uniform piece out the other side. You bring that over to the 'break' and bend the metal to whatever shape you would like. Takes some "getting used to"
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32. SalishSeaSam
12:57 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
Here it comes, thanks to the Atmospheric River
http://gizmodo.com/5963868/what-is-an-atmospheric -river?tag=atmospheric-river
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31. ycd0108
12:02 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
Ylee and Rob:
Just checked and the kitty litter smell is gone but we spent the afternoon bringing the metal roofing, the "slitter" and the "Break" over here. Squished and sliced some of the phalanges in the process so I'm confident that I have been immunized to just about any form of disease known.
The metal supplier, Gary, brought the longer sheets on his truck and Gunther and I loaded the Slitter and the sheet metal Break on my pickup. Now all I need is a week of half decent weather and call in some markers - t'will be interesting if and when. I've called in markers before and I tend to give them out randomly so we will see what happens.
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30. RobDaHood
11:20 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
Quoting Ylee:
Got any bleach? That oughta take care of the smell; of course, your hands will smell like bleach! :)

To get bleach smell off your hands, wash them in vinegar.
Then with regular soap to get rid of the vinegar smell.
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29. Ylee
11:09 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
Got any bleach? That oughta take care of the smell; of course, your hands will smell like bleach! :)
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28. ycd0108
8:39 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
Good afternoon:
Gunther and I drove about 400 yards to work this morning on another deck for a close neighbor. The first order of business was to unload the garbage stored there ranging from an old wet Hitachi swivel TV which the renter said she paid 1300$ for about 10 years ago to bags of used Kitty litter.
Came home for lunch after the rain started but I seem to have no apatite just now. My hands smell like whatever they put in kitty litter - after washing.
On the bright side: we probably won't get hammered as bad as California by the incoming Pacific weather systems.
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27. ycd0108
10:30 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
That's a given, Ylee. We do grow to depend on these things - I'm too old to screw down a roof by hand anymore.
How does that panorama camera stay so steady?
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26. Ylee
9:14 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Don't know much about rechargable electric power tools except they seem to be made obsolete as soon as you buy one! :)

The panorama site is a great one, isn't it? I wish my webcams looked that good!
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25. ycd0108
5:31 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Buenos Dias SSS:
I just donated to Wiki and so should you I bet.
Sharing and co-operation brought the "hugh Man" race to this point and without it we are heading for the Lemmings cliff - another form of co-operation, I guess.
Gonna go check your link now.
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24. SalishSeaSam
4:43 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Re: Makita batteries... just read a good appraisal and discussion here:
http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/7607
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23. ycd0108
1:39 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Check out this site:
airpano.com
Just put it up on Ylee's blog after looking at only one panorama:
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia border.
Daughter#1 must have sent the link last night and she recommended the Vic. Falls panorama.
In '97 she, daughter #2, grand daughter#1 and B.I.L. came to stay with us in R.S.A. and we took time off to travel with them in R.S.A., Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland,
Botswana and Lesotho.
We river rafted the Zambezi from below the bridge in the panorama.
We dumped the raft three times:
The first is the worst!
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22. ycd0108
5:12 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Today:
Finished one small deck and stair at a neighbor's and started on the other. Had agreed with the landlord to just reinforce what was there on the stairs and redo the railings but when we took away the rotting railings on the stairs the stringers literally fell apart. No point in paying me to add good wood to rot so the old stringers gotta go. Could not contact the landlord so we patched the stairs back to "safe" and packed up our tools.
One of my 18V lithium Makita Batteries showed up shot the other day and I thought the other was toasted as well so I phoned around this morning for replacement batteries. The best supplier quoted $89 per battery and $230 for a kit with impact driver, drill, charger and two new batteries. I already have half a dozen drills, drivers and saws in perfect working condition with no batteries - the replacement batteries cost MORE than the original kit.
Oh well.
At some point I took Tloml's 7.2V Makita drill (dead non replaceble battery) apart and hot wired it to run on a 12V lead - it works just fine on the 12 V solar system at the cabin.
Gonna plumb in some 24V outlets there and hotwire up the old Makita saw and drill and see what happens.
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21. ycd0108
4:01 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
I assume the image on the rock is Chloride in it's hay day.
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20. ycd0108
3:36 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
Dang! I just uploaded another sideways photo. I can not see much in the thumbnail on the upload page. Maybe it won't be approved.
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19. ycd0108
5:26 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
One more story:
Last night we attended an annual fund raising event for K.I.D.S. Cambodia. Good friends we see once a year at this event, music by folks we know well and smiles everywhere.
Dr. FeelGood moment.
My grand daughter sang Rufus' cover of Cohen's "Everybody Knows" on the stage and grand son was raking in donations for post cards because he is very handsome at 8 years and the older ladies can not resist.
So this day I was sitting with the grandson and asked him what he thought of the event.
He asked: " Why do we have so much and the Cambodians have so little?"
Took me a couple of moments to cook up any response.
All I could say was: "If you ever find the answer to that question please pass it on."
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18. ycd0108
4:24 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Knowing my weakness for instant gratification I looked up "double doors" on Google and There was a great snippet of how to build double doors in "Minecraft".
Doesn't have much to do with wood or "Bricks and Mortar" or much of anything that I know about.
Still gonna have to wing it I guess.
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17. ycd0108
3:53 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Pat!
Definitely a finger. I was just getting used to the iPod when it slipped out of my pocket and quietly buried itself in the abundant leaves.
Here's my theory - I keep thinking that now that I have a Samsung the iPod will shrug off the leaves and smile: "pick me up you Ding-a-ling". So far that theory has not worked out.
This aft: I wandered over to Daughter#2's to see if I could imagine the doors for an 8'x 8'opening where the doors meet on a prow. Gonna have to make this up.
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16. Patrap
1:35 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Nice stuff Ken.


I hope this is a Finger and NOT a Large Moon.


: )


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