Archive for April, 2012

Rainbows End Touches the Ground

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

This is probably one of the most amazing things we’ve ever seen in our lives – the real end of a rainbow. Rainbows are fairly common because of where our house sits on Long Mountain. It’s a true sign of spring when the rains pass in late afternoon and a rainbow comes out. That never gets old. But this one is very unique.

Note how you can see the rainbow in front of those trees.

Sure, it’s a double but there’s still something even more amazing about this one. Click on the image below and you’ll see that the rainbow is actually in front of the trees on the lower part of our property (about 200 fee away) and you can actually see where it touches the ground. I never realized that they could be seen that close but it not unreasonable considering the physics.

In the Bible, the rainbow is a direct reference to a promise of God rather than the more recent expropriations as leprechauns, pots of gold, or the homosexual movement. I’ll honor the former rather than the later.

Work = Play. Just add a big machine

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

I’ve always dreamed that if I were to win the lottery, I’d be able to work for free and learn how to do some other jobs. While I didn’t win the lottery, I did get a chance to learn what it was like to run an excavator thanks to my friend Ron. Ron can run the machine like a an extension of himself. Me? Not so much. The controls take a lot of getting used to.

Ron's Toy!

It looks easy to control. Looks is the key word. It has more controls than a video game and the consequences of mistakes are much higher.

For example, the right handle can do a multitude of things.

  • Push forward/backward to raise and lower crane
  • Push left/right to move bucked in and out.
  • Thumb lever controls the thumb for grabbing things (see image below)

Left handle is similar:

  • Push forward/backward to articular the elbow in and out
  • Push left/right to swing the body of the machine around 360 degrees.

There are other handles for driving/steering like a tank and for the plow. Foot peddles as well.

Ripping our a tree.

I confess, I did in 8 hours what Ron can do in two. However, I was about twice as productive at the end of the day than the middle.

Just in case anyone is wondering if I’ll do your job for you, probably not unless it includes something really fun.


Gobble Gobble Gobble

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Road troubles

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

It’s been a record setting wet spring. Many roads have been flooded, washed out or worse. Below is a shot of Cocolalla Loop Rd. slowly being eaten away from below by rushing water.

This next shot was taken 24 hrs later where the river has cut the road completely away.

As you can see, it’s going to be a long time until they fix this. Those are full grown birch trees down there.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012


If a tree falls across the road in a small town, the life expectancy before someone arrives with a chainsaw to cut it up is about 8 minutes. I know this because a friend called from the road and explained that he couldn’t get up because there was a log on the road. It took me no more than 8 minutes to get there and by the time I did, the tree was cut up and laying on the side of the road. Apparently everyone has a chainsaw right next to the spare tire in their trunk.

The image below of chain bar oil (for a chainsaw) is not very remarkable. Except that this is taken in our local grocery store across from the laundry detergent. Chain oil in the grocery store.