Sunday, October 31, 2010

Text Messages

I got it, I use it. It's a pain. Why not just call me instead of texting 4,5,6 times? I have trouble talking & driving even with a bluetooth. A lot of my texts get delayed answers cause I just can't do it all at once. But it does have it's uses,

With everything thats happening in the last couple days I would be in the dark without it. I always have my phone close by, thats part of work. Lately it hasn't left my hand. Getting updates & messages from London to TBay and answering back are amazingly fast. Assuming your phone is on you get the message NOW and can reply NOW. No waiting for calls and wondering what's happening or when you will here from them. No phoning and hoping someone will answer.

I might be old school, and I still don't really care for texting, but I sure love it now! Where would I be with out it? Eventually I'll go back to my old ways. It's still a pain. But for now it gets me what I need, information fast and easy.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Getting past "Why"

A lot has happened in the last two days, a lot I don't understand. It is amazing just how fast your families' lives can be turned upside down. In a split second. I've spent the last two days trying to be strong for those I care about that have been affected. It hasn't been easy. Do they really know how much I care, I don't often show it. It's not in my character to show emotion. I hide it well.

I've battled with the question of "why". What did they do, what did we do, "why" us. I spent less time asking myself this when I was diagnosed with cancer. I accepted it and moved ahead. Yea it was hard and I still think about it every day, but this just seems so much more difficult. I'm sure the odds are at least a million to one. So why?

If you believe in God then maybe it's his work, but he must have a reason. I just don't understand what it could be or why.

If you believe in fate then I guess it was an inevitable course of events. But it still doesn't help me.

I'm a cause and effect type of person. It's what I deal with at work all day. I'm good at what I do. If you show me the result, I will find what caused it and tell you why. Some situations are tough and some are so easy it can be resolved in seconds. But I always know why. It hasn't worked this time. I know the result and I've been told exactly what happened to get there. I understand, but it doesn't satisfy the question. Why?

I had a bit of a melt down this morning. I went there to be strong and to help her cope and deal with what lies ahead, something I thought I had a handle on. I didn't. Maybe I needed it, maybe we needed it. I hope she benefited from it as much as I did.

It's been a roller coaster ride for everyone, and it's only just begun. No one knows exactly what's going to happen. For now it's looking really good but it's going to be "minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day".

I spent a few minutes with a guy at the exit on my way out earlier tonight. We were talking about what has happened and the days events. He is also involved. We were both quite happy with today's news from afar. A big change from last night. Everything today has been positive although that can change in an instant. It was during our talk I
realized that I no longer need to dwell on the question "Why". I'm moving past it, it no longer matters so much. Will I still think about it...yea. Will I ever get the answer I'm seeking....I don't think so. I'm not sure where it came from, if someone said it to me, or why I said it to him.

I told him " No matter what happens we will adapt to him and he will adapt to us". He agreed. It made me realize that no matter what the outcome we will adapt.

The question of "Why" isn't quite so important anymore.

It's not the end of the road but it sure feels good to put "why" behind me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


First it was aluminum, then it was green, then RV white. Now it's 1/2 back to aluminum and more money. When I picked up the self etching primer I wanted green, not grey. I had used the green on my boat motor and it worked great. The sales lady said its down there as I grabbed 4 cans. Neither one of us noticed that it wasn't self etching. Self etching paint does not require the removal of oxide before priming. Regular primer does. So after a coat of primer and two coats of rv white paint the whole mess just scrapes off with a finger nail. Off to Can Tire for paint remover and now it's half back to aluminum. I was so #$#$%^. Substitute any word you desire as I probably already used it.
This might just push me another week behind.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Four 12oz cans later and the trailer is primed, green. I spent more time masking to prevent over spray than it took to paint. But it's done. I guess tomorrow night is the first coat of paint, off white I think. Better pass that one by the boss.

I had my blood pressure taken today, only because Jennifer had a new toy. 120/80 so I guess I'll live another day. She was able to take my blood pressure but really didn't know what it all meant. That's OK it was her first day learning about it. Lets hope I'm not a guinea pig for all the new toys / tools.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Two quarts of contact cement later and the last of the aluminum sheets are on the trailer. I'm glad that's done. I wasn't too sure how I was going to trim the edges, grinder, cutting disc or a poly fan sander until Christopher said they used a router at work. A half inch carbide flush trim bit and a little wax on the sheet and it worked great. Perfect edges. The wax melts and lubes the bit to prevent the aluminum from sticking. So there I am, glasses, safety glasses, ear plugs, plastic bag and hard hat. Yes the bag goes over my head and the hard hat keeps the bag from falling over my glasses. Quite the sight I'm sure but very effective. Aluminum shavings fly everywhere and it didn't take long to figure out that duct tape covering the upper half of the router openings prevented the shaving from spraying me in the face.

Well the next is painting, another chore I'm not looking forward to. The self etching primer has to be sprayed so its time to find the painting mask. Once that is done I'm going to roll on the top coats so that's not so bad. Two maybe three coats so hopefully by Sunday I can start putting trim back on.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Re : Stolen photos

Well that was quick. I got a response to my e-mails this morning. An apology and removal of the three pictures. She did not consider the source as many pictures are forwarded to her from friends & others that accompany her on hikes. Can't ask for anything more and yes the pictures have been removed.

Christoper & I took the dogs to the Tree Farm yesterday for a long walk. Boy it was hot. We walked for about an hour & a half.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I was looking for a new place to take the dog for a walk today when I ended up at a familiar site. I have been there many times and read descriptions of various hikes in the area. But today I found something different. There was a description of a hike to Sifting Lake. I've been there once a couple years ago but something didn't look quite right with this page. ( Turns out I was right, it's my picture! I uploaded it to Panoramio & Google Earth back in Feb 2008. A little more investigating and I found two more, both of which were uploaded to Panoramio & Google Earth. Sawyer Bay and High Falls.

I've compared the images and there is no doubt they are mine. I sent an e-mail to the site owner expressing my disapproval & I'm awaiting an answer. After finding three, and one that belongs to another guy ( I sent him a note as well), I'm not sure I even want the owner to continue using them. What really gets me is this at the bottom of her page "Copyright © 2010 Superior Hiking All rights reserved." Yea OK

Here are the three pictures,

I'm looking forward to hearing what she might have to say.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Trailer progress

So the weekend is coming to a close & what did I accomplish on the trailer,

fridge is in
furnace is in & wired
lifting posts are sealed
panel, and heater are in & wired
120 v outlets are done, 2 are outside so they can't be finished
12v wiring is 90% complete,
tail light and marker light wiring is done
end walls are sheeted
outer plywood trimmed 90%, need to finish the rest with a knife
cabinet doors, bench covers, back rests and counter / sink are installed
two 1/4" long slivers, from several days ago, removed from the left hand, one more to go

Tomorrow I will order the aluminum & have it delivered to the fab shop. They are expecting it and will "baby" it for me till I get them the measurements for cutting & bending.

One service call Friday night.
Out to a birthday party Saturday night.
I even took time out on Sunday so that Roxy & I could go to the Tree Farm for an hour walk.

I certainly got more done than I expected.