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.

Checking in, 3/28/15

Well, what a finish.  I had a trip to Galveston for my last delivery.  It was a bad address too, so there was a delay in getting out while we worked through that problem.  I got home after 8 pm.

I am all set now on the job situation, provided that I want to come back.  As for that on the other end, it is a complete blank.  Perhaps the safest thing is to line up a job out there before coming back here.

It's going to be 30 months before I can retire, so if I were to do it now, it would be a huge stretch.

So much for the job worries.  It's preparation time.  My saw arrived, and so did my chair.  My chair didn't get delivered though, because I wasn't home.  I'll have to sit around here today and wait for it.  Don't you know that is hard to do right now?  I've got things to do and places to go.  The last thing I want is to wait around for a package to arrive.

Not only has that chair package arrived, but other things are on the way.  Like the trailer, for instance.  Plus I ordered several days rations of food.  The water situation will probably consist of a fairly commonplace solution.  Some jugs that you can  buy at the the grocery store, which are to be filled with water.

Things are coming together, but there's a long way to go with the planning.  Then, there's a long way to go for this trip, of course.

Friday, March 27, 2015

World War III about to begin?

Barnhardt tweeted that the German plane went down because of a Mohammedan convert.  The last I heard was that the captain was locked out of the cockpit.  Therefore, the co-pilot brought down the plane deliberately, and he is a convert to this Islam.

All this against the backdrop of a Mohammedan in the White House, who is releasing top secret information about Israel and all the while, attempting to interfere in their internal relations.  This in benefit to Israel's deadly enemies, the Mohammedans.  Also, the Mohammedan in Chief wants to negotiate a ruinous deal with Iran, so that they will have the bomb and it will be deemed internationally acceptable.  Iran has repeatedly threatened the United States and Israel.  Iran is a terrorist sponsor and has been all along since its inception in the late seventies.

As for that plane, it reminded me how an assassination precipitated the First World War.  Could some seemingly insignificant event be the trigger for a big war?  It appears that somebody wants one.  It is a fact that bin Laden wanted a war.  Iran has wanted a war.  Perhaps the Mohammedans think they can win this war?

After this, there should be no more excuses about Islam.  Islam cannot live at peace with the rest of the world.

Checking in, 3/27/15

Last scheduled day at work for my current occupation.

This isn't a definite termination, but it may turn into one.

The next couple weeks are to be the deciding period, in which I am determine whether or not to stay on.

It largely depends on how things go out there.

Back in town, I received my inverter.  According to the shipper, I should have received my saw, but I didn't notice it there when I looked.  I'll look again.

I still have a recliner coming, plus the trailer.  Still haven't checked on those lately.

Revised my lists.  Things are shaping up, but a little slowly.  I may get out of here by the first, but I am not 100% sure of that.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Home again, 3/26/15

Just one more day to go to... what exactly?

Hey, I don't know.  This is a big unknown.  The main thing here is that I need to at least save money on living expenses, or I can't stay out there for long.

This means expenses for rent, food, and energy have to drop by a significant amount, or the cash burn is going to be too big.  Of course, I save money on rent since I won't be renting anymore.  The food will have to be grown and raised.  Energy will have to be harvested somehow.

If I can save money and then start making money, then the operation can at least reach breakeven.  Then if I can improve still more, it becomes a money making operation.

I'll say that last short paragraph is a bit of a long shot.

If everything works out, then there's one more day left to FREEDOM.  Now that would be something.

Kamala Harris seeks to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot measure

In Colly fornia as der Terminator calls it.

They'd be mighty embarrassed if the measure actually passed.  It would show that the people aren't going along for the homo bandwagon that the elites are dragging down the road.  They just can't allow these plebes to get too uppity.


As I start to write this, there are two more working days left before I am to leave for at least awhile.

I wanted to write something a bit more broader than my mere project.  The countdown reminded me of something that I wanted to mention.

Now that it is morning, it all seems a bit much, so I won't write about it after all.  It is morbid.  About death and dying.  Betcha you're glad I didn't, huh?

Just placed a buttload of orders with Amazon for camping equipment.  Yep, I'm going to try a sleepover out there in the boonies.

One thing that worries me out there is the weather.  Especially rain because it can block the roads.  I won't be leaving for several days, so I need to keep an eye on the weather forecasts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Home again, 3/25/15

Still making preparations for trip.  After scanning the comments section of the quonset greenhouse on texas prepper page, I decided to scale down just a little on the size from 20 feet to 16 feet.  It makes sense to put two 8 footers together end-to-end.

There's a concern about the lack of space, as I wanted more of that.  Looks like I may have to build more sheds.  Let's say a 32 footer out of 2 16 footers, which are made of two 8 footers.

It may be better to be more conservative than to get too ambitious.

Now for procedure.  I will drop off the pallets, then go into El Paso to obtain the cattle panels.  Maybe I'll locate the other hardware needed while still in Houston.

I'll see if I can try a few experiments while out there.  One may be with the canopy and the use of rebar.

The whole trip is about finding out things, not necessarily committing to staying out there just yet.

Rise and Shine, 3/25/15

There's a bunch of stuff in transit to my place.  I've got a trailer, an inverter, a portable saw, and a zero gravity chair on order.  This is the stuff I remember.  Hopefully, I didn't forget anything.  Definitely need to be better organized.

Ah, yesterday.  Yesterday, I remembered my lists.  Then I promptly forgot it.

Just now revisited the Big List.  Lots of stuff needed still.

Need to print out my plans, too.

Only 3 more work days left.  Most of this stuff arrives in the next few days.

Going over the list now and prioritizing.  This is in keeping with my goals, which will be written in paper before I begin the trip.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Trailer plans, 3/24/15

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This post will go into the construction subseries of the off-the-grid main series of posts.

All construction will have to take into account my total lack of experience.  I have no experience.  Period.  This is a first for me.

Consequently, the ideas that are the most attractive to me are the simplest ones.  With that in mind, I present a home made door concept.  It will consist of nothing more than a frame about 6 ft tall and 3 ft wide.  This should allow easy access to the interior of the sleeper.  The door will be placed at the back end of the trailer.  It will use standard hinges, plywood, 2x4s, and a homemade door "knob".

The rest of the sleeper is simplicity itself.  It will be rectangular.  It will fit the size of the trailer I ordered, which is only 5x8 feet.  It will be insulated.  It will use plywood on all sides, as well as the floor and ceiling.  There will be no windows.

Ventilation?  Not sure yet.  I want an air exchange, but not very much.  There won't be any plumbing.  Water is to be brought in for showering and cleaning.  It is to be taken out immediately afterward.  Climate control will consist of sun blocking in the summer, swamp coolers and a cool air circulation device that I have in mind.  In the winter, the same device will help keep it warm.  Electricity will generated with a solar array on the roof.  Control devices and batteries will be kept inside.

That's the basics.  Most everything has been covered already.

Door to be typical surface material throughout: plywood

Kiss On My List (1988) - Hall & Oates

As long as I'm making up lists, here's a smash from the past.

Ever tried singing along with music?  If you can keep up with this, you ain't bad.

Don't forget your list

Checking in, 3/24/15

Getting a sense of disorganization and confusion.  Just a few days left, and I'm getting up late? Hmm.  Don't know if I'll be ready to go.  Probably not.

In response to this feeling, I recall a shopping list that I compiled.  Thank goodness for that.  Trouble is, there's several versions of this.  Spent a little time straightening that up.  Don't want to have several shopping lists, but just one.

Looked over the news..  What a mess.  The world's falling apart.  But hasn't that always been true?

Then back to my list.  It's as disorganized as everything else.  My plans need more work.  Not enough detail.

Everything needs a plan, and the plans need to be detailed.  Once I get out there, I'd better know what the heck I'm supposed to do.  This is a complex undertaking.  It can't be haphazard, or helter-skelter.

 Okay, with that task decided, I feel a bit better.

Monday, March 23, 2015

"The" Grand Funk Railroad

Hugh Hefner introduces The Grand Funk Railroad on his Playboy After Dark program in 1969.

Yeah, "The" Grand Funk Railroad.  Sounds kinda funny, doesn't it?

Maybe not.  It is a way of showing respect by using the definite article "The", which connotes a special quality of uniqueness, or one of a kind.  No doubt about that one.  There wasn't anything like them then, and not now either.  People tended to love 'em or hate 'em.

But "Playboy After Dark" doesn't really go with the front man in the group, Mark Farner.  The truth be told, he may regret that he did things like this now that he is older and perhaps a bit wiser.  It was a type of compromise in order to gain fame, I suspect.

My impression of Mark Farner is that of a really soulful man, so a song like "I Can Feel Him In The Morning"  is a bit more like him than what he does in the Playboy Mansion.

I took a lot of teasing for being a fan.  I'm not sorry, though.  Nobody's perfect.  They could make even a fan like me wince at times, but they had some good stuff.

Last week at the job

Gave a month's notice, and it seemed like such a long time.  Now the end is nearly here and it seemed so fast.

I have a way out of this if I want.  But is that what I want?  Of course not.  But it cannot be denied that the future is not assured with the change that I'm making.  It is something of a risk.  Am I overestimating it, or underestimating it?  The way Wishbone talks, I am underestimating it.  Well, he suggested that I go out there and camp for awhile, and so that is what I will be doing.

However, I am not prepared.  There's just a week left and I am not prepared.  No food plan, no water plan, no way to shower, no way to do a lot of things that will have to be done out there for an extended stay.  Frankly, none of those things are that hard, it is just that I haven't done them yet.  Excuses?  Well, the job taking up all my time won't be an excuse after Friday.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction, but at a rather slow pace.  Is that a clue?  Am I trying to do too much too soon?  Or should I just pick up the pace a bit?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tentative construction plan

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This post will go into the construction subseries of the off-the-grid main series of posts.

The plan for action in early April will be to build out the storage quonset first, the partly build out the trailer.

The layout diagram is from the quadrangle series of posts that I did not too long ago.  It has been somewhat modified, as noted.

The part that says "trailer can be moved towards trailer should replace second 'trailer' with canopy"

The idea of conserving water will probably have to be scaled back.  Not worth it.  It will cost a lot less just to spread out a lot of tarp, and then collect rainwater when it rains.

There may not be any Murphy Bed at all.  Instead, I have purchased a Zero Gravity recliner type lawn chair that I hope will be good enough to sleep in.  We'll have to see about that, though.

The trailer will have the virtue of being quite flexible as all of its inner workings will be portable.  Portable shower, portable toilet, portable bed.

Fan Cooler Kit

Interesting idea.  Don't know if I can implement it, though.

I was thinking of something like this in a Ice chest that will condense steam vapor into distilled water, as with the basic system set up in a prior post.

I'd use a different tea kettle set up.  The one I'm thinking of will have a horizontal steam escape nozzle that will take the place of the one pointing upward in the video referred to in the link in the previous paragraph.  This will help prevent water vapor from re-entering the water that you are trying to purify through distillation.

The tea kettle will have one side facing the concentrated solar ray from the Fresnel lens, the other side will face into an ice chest that will preserve its heat.  Perhaps a water circulation device can even out the heat all along the surface of the tea kettle.  The escape nozzle for steam will jut out and have an appropriate hose that will capture the steam and direct it into a cold water ice chest that will cool it back down and condense it into pure water.

The two ice chests will hopefully get the most out of the concentrated solar power coming from the Fresnel lens and maximize the output of pure water.

This will go into the water subseries of the off-the-grid main series of posts.

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This is taking too much time.

I'm going from topic to topic without making decisions and decisions are going to have to be made.

It seems like I'd really like to postpone the trip, but on the other hand, I really don't want to do that.

Shoot.  It ain't that hard.  ( I hope )

At the moment, I'm kinda hung up on batteries, controllers, wiring and such.

It looks like a four battery system, which means I need 3 more.  You know what?  I don't have to make this decision now, anyway.  But I have to before I move out there.

The tentative system looks like 4 ( 35 Amp-hr ) batteries, an MPPT-30 controller, and the 1500 watt inverter already en route.  I've got some battery cables lined up that I think will work.  Plus a solar panel.  Yeah, just one.

There may be other hardware to round out the system.  Something called a baby box.  Some breakers to go into the box, plus some other protective gear.  Wiring cables, an inverter install kit.  This may not be all.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that it isn't.

Other things that I've been looking at this morning ( and now early afternoon):


It's beginning to look like a good idea to use the van to recharge the batteries on cloudy days.  The output for the van's alternator is a whopping 90 amps.  Just 30 minutes on the van's alternator will recharge these babies.

I can use a couple of "baby boxes".  One for isolating the batteries, and the other for the other tasks.  Once the batteries are isolated by flipping the breakers, I can attach a jumper cable from the van's batteries to the bank of batteries powering my electrical system.  The van needs to be started from time to time anyway, even if you don't drive a lot.  Let it run for about 30 minutes on a cloudy day, and voila, charged batteries.

This will now go into the power subseries of the off-the-grid main series of posts.

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