Archive for June, 2011

The Danger of Getting the Car Inspected

Monday, June 27th, 2011

After getting a FREE break inspection at “A Local Tire Chain” store, my dashboard lights lit up light a Christmas tree. This is an odd coincidence but I don’t think they did anything that specifically caused this problem. However, “free” is looking very expensive.

Math is just over-rated

Monday, June 27th, 2011

A friend and I ate breakfast, same restaurant, same meal, same time. We got separate checks and different totals. I guess they like him better (not that I blame them for that). Maybe tax on Sunny-Side-Up eggs is more expensive.

Montana ATV ride

Monday, June 27th, 2011

A few weeks ago, friends and I road ATVs in the hills of Montana. One big observation was the amount of water flowing off the snow packed mountains causing many streams to overflow.

Montana stream

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This stream and many others flow down to a dam that supplies power to the area. As you can see, water is flowing out of the dam so quickly that it is just shooting out after hitting the basin.

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Tressle Creek still snowed in

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Before getting turned back by snow, my friend Steve and I were able to see some beautiful sights up Tressle Creek.

It may look like a hot tub, but that water was melting snow just 30 minutes ago before rushing down the mountain.

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Beast Invader

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Eeeek. We caught (in Jenny’s room) and released (in the woods) this little creature the other day. He’s not as big as he looks, that’s a 1/2 size coffee can. Now if we can just figure out the entry point.

Following directions incorrectly

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I found this funny and wanted to share.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I’m not going to suggest that you not lock your doors. I read in the papers about thefts taking place all the time. While riding up top on a nearby mountain where radio towers that take handle everything from police, fire, internet and phone I found that most of the gates protecting these expensive facilities were either open or almost locked. See image below.

The seems to be the general attitude of most things. These towers are so remote that if you wanted to simply cut the chains with a very loud saw, nobody would know. So, I guess they simply don’t worry too much about it and trust people. I like that.

Baby Deer

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Meet “Spindle”, the newest member of earth. This helpless little find was resting on the warm road as we drove up. Mom, who is near by, allowed me to get this picture before nudging spindle up off the road. The got up and wobbled off.

Baby Deer

He's not broken, he's resting. (click to enlarge)

There’s a little back story to this image. As we pulled up, momma deer was standing on the road about 10 feet from baby. Momma moved off into the woods. Baby was left looking like this:

Spindle, dead or alive?

Spindle, dead or alive?

As you can see, Spindle looks like road kill. Let’s just say that at this point, bad memories of Bambi being killed floaded Jenny’s head. I gave up trying to calm her down and stepped out of the car to make sure Spindle was breathing and his eyes were blinking. I was pretty sure he was doing exactly what God taught him. Keep your head down and don’t move.

I grabbed my camera, to take pictures. After two shots I went over an nudged him with my foot. I finally worked his way to his feet and headed into the thicket of grass behind him. He was so small that the grass was almost as high as he was. I’m sure Spindle and Momma are still telling the other dear about this adventure.

Mowing the lawn

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

People don’t want to believe that we really do mow our lawn with a manual push mower. Yes, the kind with the egg-beater for blades. Now that it’s spring I wanted to share a little proof with this shot of Jenny looking so cute while she mows.

Yes, it’s true that Jenny does cut the lawn. No it’s not true that we use a manual push mower in order to save the planet, but I admit, it doesn’t hurt. The other reasons for this are

  • It’s really good exercise.
  • We don’t have much outdoor storage space and this fits nicely in the shed.
  • The area being mowed only takes 35 minutes (for boys) to an hour (for girls) to do.
  • It’s quiet and doesn’t scare the wildlife.
  • It makes us feel superior to those who say they love the earth and yet have a smoke belching mower.

You’re welcome to come an try it out any time.

Need help? Waive your arms and honk your horn

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sonic is a drive up restaurant where carhops roller skate up to your car for service. I found this handicapped notice on their menu very entertaining because, if you can drive a car you can probably press the big red “call” button for help. However, there are some alternative options that I’d never thought of. Click the image below to see what I mean.