Ted’s essays

capped the dude

Shortly after I switched from a ’63 Porsche hardtop to a topless ’56 Porsche Speedster, I tripped over a street merchant in San Francisco who was hawking his hand-made caps. It was a bit more than I could justify spending, but an elk-hide Greek fisherman’s cap fit my head, needs and desires so well that it went home with me. It became “The Speedster Hat”. It lived in The Speedster and rode on my head summer, winter, rain and shine. That was 20 years of fitting my head, and everything else I could want in a hat. I sold the Speedster to finance my escape from California to Idaho. I had no intention of including The Hat in the transaction, […]

Can’t shoot the messenger?

Pick a random target and shoot them. Or maybe the target is not so random… I don’t figure I need to put up links. Ya’all know the leaked e-mails exposed the Clintons, the DNC, Obama, the Clinton Foundation and many top level officials for corruption, election rigging, pedophilia, a trail of lies, bribes, bombs and dead bodies. Real media, real investigative journalism would have these people and these stories laid bare before an outraged populace. But the presstitutes are lockstep hammering “the Russians” for hacking the Clinton’s illegal computer system that the secretary of state used instead of the computer system belonging to the US State Department that she was required to use (felony, treason). Evidence of this Russian hack: […]

sled dog racing

The 10th Annual Darby Dog Derby will take place January 14th & 15th, 2017 at Lost Trail Pass at Gibbons Pass Road. The Bitterroot Mushers club created this exciting, fun event. Go to their website for more information. Pay particular attention to the spectator information. The energy of nearly 100 high-performance, high-strung dogs is impressive. Be there for the start of the first races, on through the last. It is a sight, and moreso, a sound you won’t forget. This is my fourth time leading a team of radio operators to provide communications up and down the mountains. This is a perfect example of amateur radio serving where nothing else will do. We are pleased to add a measure of […]

up your comms

I have spent the last half-dozen years improving my ability to support community communications. Well, more accurately, I spent a tiny fraction of my time and brain power learning 2-way radio … As I do with nearly everything else in my life: Jack of all trades; master of none. This morning I was guided to an excellent overview article with links covering what SOMEONE in every community needs to know before we can consider comms covered. Crumb! I have a long ways to go, yet I want it all NOW. That leaves me three choices: 1) Get cracking; focus on my radio studies and applications 2) Recruit, encourage and support a real radio operator in our area 3) Lower my […]

dam breaks

Lots of deep cold, plenty of snow, followed by some warm, throw in some precipitation and you have a recipe for ice dams breaking. That, of course includes the possibility of flooding. We are coming up on that exact situation during the next week. Last month I recorded the first event like that I have witnessed in several winters here. Amazingly I was inspired to take a short video clip of The Bitterroot freezing over in our front yard on December 9th. Okay, by itself, that event isn’t amazing, but what I recorded the very next day is what provides the real value. Missy says, “Ted, LOOK AT THE RIVER.” Where there was solid ice around 3′ above the river […]

community preparedness teams

It is foolhardy for people to think they will survive a major upheaval alone, with their immediate family, by retreating to a cave in the woods or other macho-man ideas I have heard voiced. We aren’t mountain lions in a place where game is plentiful for our population. Realistically, we humans need a huge variety of specializations, strengths and personalities that come from a fairly large tribe … not to mention significant genetic diversity for long-term survival of our offspring. Any plan that does not take survival of the community into account falls short of good by a wide margin. I have mixed feelings about the Oath Keepers group, but for the most part very positive. They get A LOT […]

a bit cold here

This morning I woke up to discover our home (including the East Fork of The Bitterroot River) had been moved into North Dakota. I don’t know how it was done, but one look at the thermometer told me it was so. After the sun was up for a while, I thought to open the window and take a photo of the thermometer outside my studio. It was approximately three tick-marks below the lowest one on the C scale (left) side before the sun started heating the place up. I estimate that would be -28 or -29 Centigrade or as you young’uns like to write, Celsius … down by the East Fork of The Bitterroot River. That comes out to -20 […]

the right people lost

Yesterday, my Al-Gore-style-environmentalist acolyte daughter asked me if I was a Trump fan. She was relieved by my answer… until I said I was at least pleased that his victory over the other leading choice at least moved us further from nuclear WWIII. She felt the opposite was true. The knowledge gap is too great to be leapt with a single bound. I learned long ago that my family members living in la-la-land are surrounded by, immersed in a sea of humanity, all hearing the same voices in their heads. You know the voices, the ones mainstream media incessantly drone on their FCC-licensed monopoly airwaves. Elite Californians are not only ignorant of the other side, they feel quite superior in […]