handrail from scraps

July 17, 2015
handrail from scraps

I have had a number of requests for a handrail. Silly. It is only three steps down. Even an old guy can hop up or down three steps. Still, some womenfolk think they need a handrail for those three steps. Okay. Okay. It is on my list. Just a long ways down in a very…

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recent PatchWorks designs

July 16, 2015
recent PatchWorks designs

This is all available at the Patch Works.biz, along with nearly half of our design inventory. The rest will be loaded online as time permits. Click on any of these images to see them fully. Most of these are .jpg images created by the computer-aided-design…

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radio, reloading bench

July 7, 2015
radio, reloading bench

I am more than a little surprised today to discover I never shared my finished product here. Ta Da! One of the endearing bits of me as far as the Missus is concerned is my role as “Shelf-Meister”. I have squeezed just about as much…

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Zeus testing us

June 30, 2015
Zeus testing us

Last night an electrical storm rolled over us. One really big flash woke me up, followed by a major thunderclap a second later. There was no electricity in our house immediately thereafter. Still no juice at 0600 this morning. Think: “Good thing today is among…

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home-made motorcycle cover

June 29, 2015
home-made motorcycle cover

At the beginning of the month I got an offer I couldn’t refuse on a BMW motorcycle. It was a brand and style I’ve been dreaming about for lots of years, but at a price I’ve never seen the likes of. I thought I could…

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gout out

June 29, 2015
gout out

A decade or so ago I had a bout with gout. One big toe was so sensitive I couldn’t have a sheet touch it going to bed. There is no forgetting you hurt. It is highly crippling and inspires serious efforts to find a cure.…

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new PatchWorks designs

June 25, 2015
new PatchWorks designs

We are getting the hang of our new business, but still have a long ways to go. I am also getting the hang of my new motorcycle, but there too have a long ways to go. I went over the hill to North Fork mostly…

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Californicating Conner

June 17, 2015
Californicating Conner

Mike Parkinson has applied with DEQ for an open cut gravel mining pit on the Trinity Ranch property. The main access road will be the one that connects to Shigley Lane – the one lane dirt road leading by the mobile home park, along the…

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oops, missed the turn ;)

June 4, 2015
oops, missed the turn ;)

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emergency radio cards

June 3, 2015
emergency radio cards

Assuming that phones and Internet will work unfailingly forever is extraordinarily popular. This is despite the fact everyone knows they don’t, can’t and won’t. Worse, they will fail when everyone most wants information on what is going on and wants to share information on their…

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looming death of the free press

June 2, 2015
looming death of the free press

The free press has always been totalitarian’s worst enemy. The current ruling elite, globalists, Bilderberger Group, whatever you want to call them, printed themselves near unlimited money, bought nearly all the media and pretty-much had it all figured out. But the Internet. They have tried…

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fell off the wagon

June 1, 2015
fell off the wagon

I strayed. I behaved so well for so long. I suppose it was inevitable. Nobody could keep it up forever. I spent May 29th as a 97%-er. I worked like the dickens for political solutions. I pulled The Libertarian Party of Idaho out of the…

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Bitterroot Beemer Biker

May 28, 2015
Bitterroot Beemer Biker

I can hardly believe I did it. My resistance to powerful motorcycle lust weakened sufficiently to put me back on two wheels after a 39-year hiatus. Precious few activities even come close to the physical poetry, artistry, ballet of driving a nice bike. I do…

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The Beast

May 1, 2015
The Beast

Yesterday – all day – We went to Helena and fetched back The Beast Yes – I gave up my lovely, lithe, cherished, agile 2007 GMC Sierra 4×4 with its sweet V-6 and silky 5-speed gearbox FOR THIS… well, and the darling little, rock-solid ’82…

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April 28 yard art

April 29, 2015
April 28 yard art

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this Saturday: Darby Ham Jam & String Fest

April 28, 2015
this Saturday: Darby Ham Jam & String Fest

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) members built, support and operate several radio repeaters in Ravalli County. These greatly improve two-way radio communication and expand the distance operators can reach to share information … communications that could be vital in case of emergency. The event…

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trombone hangers

April 27, 2015
trombone hangers

The best advice serious professional trombone players give regarding storing your horns goes something like this: I have never seen a trombone damaged by falling from inside its case. In other words, the finest trombone stands on the market today are less safe than putting…

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our new car

April 15, 2015
our new car

We just completed a round trip to Helena to fetch an attractive model of the car at the top of my list. I really didn’t expect to find one in good condition, but there it was. These have spectacular efficiency and longevity. With mechanical fuel…

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another car guy blogger

April 12, 2015

This morning I discovered Eric Peters’ website. Perhaps a half-generation younger, he is strikingly similar to me in many ways. He clearly understands and has plenty of experience with high-performance driving for the sheer delight in the act itself. He also fully comprehends The Nanny…

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more re-purposed hardwood floor fun

April 8, 2015
more re-purposed hardwood floor fun

I continue to enjoy working with the pickup truck full of oak flooring I salvaged out of Missoula for a hundred bucks or so (as I vaguely remember). I was lucky as all-get-out that I tripped over a great deal on a plastic imitation-snap-together hardwood…

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mashed potatoes n gravy

April 5, 2015
mashed potatoes n gravy

I can’t cook for one. Okay, a bit strong, but I am rarely inspired enough to cook for one. Two. Now that’s okay. Cooking to share a meal is good. However, I’m a lot better cooking for 4, 5 or 6. A whole onion. A…

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big spender on public schools

April 3, 2015

I wrote, published and used the article below as part of my election campaign for Idaho Governor in 2006. Nine years later I’m looking smarter and smarter. But the electorate put their Xs next to the R … hmmm does “R” stand for “Rather not…

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book bonanza

April 1, 2015
book bonanza

I have been making custom bookcases and shelves in our compact cabin home for two years. We finally got to the point we could bring the last load of boxed-up books home … we thought. More on that in a bit. In honor of the…

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return to practical pistol shooting

March 31, 2015
return to practical pistol shooting

The results from ourĀ  March 29th Missoula match are now posted online. https://practiscore.com/results.php?uuid=daf5b0ee-b6cc-4e74-9cf5-0055461098d4 Relevant for my placement in the USPSA classification system is my finish in the Limited Class. The “% of standard” below does not take into account that I am probably only competing…

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Helloooo Bitterroot Blasters

March 22, 2015
Helloooo Bitterroot Blasters

I have not shot practical pistol since a while before I moved from Idaho. Today I tried out the Hamilton, Montana practical pistol club … aka The Bitterroot Blasters. Oh Yeah! Just like everything else Montana, these people are very welcoming, friendly and fun to…

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on the radio this evening

March 18, 2015

daily @ 1830 hrs 3.910 KHz Montana Traffic Net Wed @ 1900 hrs 146.720 KHz BEARS Wed @ 1930 hrs 146.900 KHz LDS Missoula Wed @ 1930 hrs 14.342 KHz national AmRRON net … 3rd Wednesday Wed @ 2000 hrs 146.580 KHz LDS Stevensville Wed…

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Ham Jam and String Fest

March 15, 2015
Ham Jam and String Fest

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and its members operate several radio repeaters in the Bitterroot. These enable people with walkie-talkies, mobile and home radios to accomplish two-way communication over a wide area from Darby to Missoula and beyond. While the club members have the…

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How old do you expect to be when you stop learning?

March 14, 2015
How old do you expect to be when you stop learning?

Put another way, when will you know as much as you are ever going to know? Are you smarter than average? Smarter than 90% of the rest? 99%? Is your generation significantly superior to the prior one? Did something amazing happen to 2,000-year-old genetics in…

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pine cone golf

March 13, 2015
pine cone golf

Pine trees grow around here like grass on a golf course. They are everywhere. This time of year pine cones cover the ground as Chocolate Lab fur on a tan sofa. A lot of folks rake while others stoop, but the dang things do have…

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Martini arrives

March 5, 2015
Martini arrives

Missy came home yesterday evening with her “Baby Martin”, 3/4 Martin or, as I offered up, Martini. Missy likes the name. It is likely to stick. She LOVES the guitar. It draws her to picking, strumming, studying and playing. It is a pretty little thing…

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