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Monday, March 30, 2015

Keeping track of the orders

So much stuff.  I'm starting to get a little concerned about this.  This is too much stuff, yet I can see a need for it all and more.  But it is a lot of stuff.

A sleeping bag arrived.  It's like a clown in a clown car.  How many clowns can you get into that car?  This bag looks small when you open the box, but unwrapping it, it becomes large.  Then it is a problem getting it back into such a small space.

More things are on the way.  I've got a solar panel system, another chair, my food order, a jump starter, a portable toilet, and maybe something else, but can't remember at the moment.  See what I mean?

After this, I need to get some water storage.  This is before I purchase any wood and hardware for the major purpose of the trip, which is to build a quonset hut.  Oh, brother.

In the meantime, I have to do my tax return and prepare to return this broken chair.  Also, I need to get some other stuff not having to do with the trip.



Chair fail

Well, this is most unexpected and unwelcome.  Last night, I was trying out this chair for sleeping, as I indicated in an earlier post.  Everything seemed okay until about 3 am, when I started to get up, the chair broke.

Now I've got to send it back and get a refund.  Not what I had in mind.

Also, I have to find a replacement idea.  I like the idea of using a recliner because of its dual purpose.  You can relax in it and sleep in it.  I do that with my own recliner here at home.  Not only that, you can fold it up and put it away, which would be most handy out there in a primitive environment.  It turns out that I would have bought a different chair that is rated by customers most highly, but settled on this based upon a single review which did not have a long track history.  A mistake, it appears.

Strongly considering purchasing the chair I originally considered, but now I wonder if these type of chairs are up to the task for which I wish to accomplish.

It is better to find out something like this at home than out in the wilderness.  Thank goodness for that.

Update:

Ordered the different chair mentioned above.  It will come on an expedited order.  Trying to stay on schedule, but this may cause a delay.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Trying out my new toys

Just took a "shower" with my battery powered shower thingie.  Somewhat of a disappointment because of a lack of control over water output.  It pumps until you turn it off, but the switch is way over there when you are way over here.  Not easy.  Didn't get as clean as I would have liked and still used 2 gallons of water.  Splashed water all over the place too.  More water was getting on the floor than getting on me.

I am not too, too unhappy though.  I figure with some practice, I can get better with this thing.  Mainly, not to use too much water.  Water is too scarce to be putting on the floor, for heavens sake.

This was a delivery that happened in the last couple hours.  In that delivery, I also received a head lamp.  I put this thingie together and it works pretty much in a straightforward way.

Another thing that came was the rocket stove.  I don't know about this one.  I can't see where to put the stuff that's going to burn.  There's a grate in there that won't admit anything larger than a small twig.  I was figuring on using charcoal, but those won't fit inside this thing.  Sure, I can find twigs and even cut them down to proper size, but that sure seems like a lot of work to use this thing.  They didn't do enough to design this thing.

Stuff is arriving pretty fast. I should have everything I ordered by Wednesday.  Then probably leave shortly afterward.

Update:

An experiment with the shower mechanism shows that it will pump about a gallon per minute.  This means you'd better get washed quickly if you are to use this thing because it will use up the water at this rate.  I was figuring on using a gallon of water or less.  That plan will have to be adjusted.


Small chores, big results?

I think I have a solution for the chair.  I'll use the air mattress in a partially inflated condition as additional cushion.  That ought to work.  It's a big deal if I can sleep on it.  It can be easily put away after using it each night.  Or, if I want to take an afternoon nap, I can set it up.

On another note, I found an old voltmeter.  Thought I'd use it to test battery's state of charge.  However, I'm not sure that it's working right, or I'm using it right.  Well, I'll keep fiddling around with it in order to learn something if there's anything to be learned.  I don't want to use up all the juice in this little bitty battery.

I practiced using the drill for driving in screws.  I found something that looks a little like a bit and a phillips screwdriver.  I was thinking of buying this, but it looks unnecessary now.

Finally, I found a way to store the trailer.  I'll leave it in the van on top of the wheel wells.  I strapped them down and secured them, so they'll ride ok and stay out of the way.  Now, I don't have to worry about my trailer.

Today don't look like much, but I'm getting stuff done.  All the same, I may not get out of here as early as I figured on.


The times that try men's souls

Written by Thomas Paine.

The key quote:

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

We've got a lot of "sunshine patriots".  I was thinking about that when I wrote about Limbaugh.  If you take pay for your service, you are a sunshine patriot.  What happens when the money is no longer there?

I heard that Limbaugh was leaving the country.  Was that true?  If so, how does this guy have any credibility at all?  The sunshine patriot will only love his country when the sun is shining.  If the country goes through a stormy time, the sunshine patriot will flee.  He is like the hired man that tends the flock who is the type Jesus talked about.  He will flee when the wolf shows up, for he cares nothing for the sheep.  Beware the sunshine patriot.  There are a lot of those these days.

Update:

The last sentence was linked to an example of sunshine patriotism and it wasn't referring to who you're thinking it is referring to.  The guy may deserve punishment, but his "punishment" only ennobles him because he was willing to lay it on the line, which so many here take as an example of punishment.  In other words, they've got it backwards.  In other words, Jesus Christ got what he deserved by this kind of thinking.


In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel ( 1986 )

Blast from the past.

Not much to write about right now.  Oh, I tried sleeping in the chair.  Not comfortable enough.  Got to work on that.

Anyway, here's the unabashed filler material






Saturday, March 28, 2015

What to do with trailer

It is not a priority to build out the trailer on this trip.  Why bring it along, then?  It may just get in the way.

I don't want to leave it out there.  However, it is quite heavy, so it will have to broke down piece-by-piece and brought inside here in the apartment.  The next trip will include the trailer.

The previous paragraph led me to thinking about what can go with me, and what gets thrown out.  There's a lot of stuff in here that has no practical use anymore.

However, this is getting ahead of myself.  That planning can wait.  One thing now is that this trip has been simplified somewhat.  That's the good part of it.


Chair has arrived

Feels good to sit in it.  I think it may well be possible to sleep in it.  Great.

Now, I'm off to get my trailer.

BTW, started on my taxes.  I hate doing taxes.  So, I quit after just awhile.  A little here, a little there, and then I'll be done.




Checked in, now checking out

My purchases, that is.

I familiarized myself with my saw, plugged it into the wall socket, and it runs.

I set up the inverter with the 12 volt battery I bought last weekend, plugged in the drill ( not new ), and it runs.  That checked out the battery and the inverter.  I boxed up the saw, so I didn't want to take it out again.  I presume that it will work with the battery and inverter, too.  Famous last words?

My chair is en route from the NASA region where it was warehoused.  It should be here some time this afternoon, I suspect.

Maybe I should start doing my income taxes?  It's getting well into the tax season and I haven't even begun that project yet.  I could do my taxes while I am waiting for my chair.


Psychological projection

Limbaugh got to talking about how the left likes to kick him around.  Rush is really proud of that, but he shouldn't be.  Rush is really not the ticket, ya'll.

Here's why.  The left likes to kick Rush around because he really is a "harmless little fuzzball", just like he says he is.  Rush isn't going to hurt them.  But deep down in their heart of hearts, the left knows that the Mohammedans will cut their throats.  Because of this fact, they are scared absolutely shitless of the Mohammedans.  Because of their very great fear of them, they cannot stand up to them.  Thus, they need something to rage against, because they know deep down in the heart of hearts that something is really wrong, then they see Rush and Rush is their perfect scapegoat.

Psychological projection, or more accurately in this example, psychological displacement, occurs when an object of fear cannot be faced, so the fear is displaced upon a harmless object.  An example is the guy who cannot stand up to the tyrant boss, so he goes home to kick the cat.

Rush ain't the ticket because he cannot snap the left out of their funk.  Only somebody who they fear even more than Rush or the Mohammedans, can do that.

They don't really fear Rush, cuz they know he won't slit their throats.  Rush is also too fond of his gig to really risk his show and become a REAL political threat to them.  He's perfect for their needs, and frankly perfect for Rush, because he can pretend to be a hero, while not being anything like one at all.