Ted’s essays

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 […]

midnight prowler

At 0030 last night Beagle Brain went off as if the zombie apocalypse had begun at our door. In a flash I had my robe on and was in the front room. The motion-detector flood lights were on, but everywhere I looked was vacant of mammalian beings… or anything at all visible but the snow, river and trees that normally occupy our riverside yard. Yet Beagle Brain was barking at extreme pitch, far more so than the normal ‘won’t shut up cuz there is a deer walking in the woods’. I continue investigating, then see a flash of a man walking by our front window! Briskly. I dash to the side window to catch a retreating view… big parka, fur-faced […]

Weekend of a Champion

Last night we enjoyed a 2013 movie, most of which was made by Roman Polanski during three days he spent with Jackie Stewart in 1971, leading up to and including Jackie’s drive in the Monaco Grand Prix. Ya’all ought to know I am A CAR GUY. I have been a dedicated car guy, and in particular, road-racing car guy since I was five years old, or so. Anything that involves high-performance driving turning right as well as left has my interest. I subscribed to Road & Track and Car & Driver in the 70’s, watching Jackie via those pages during his peak. I also found autocross and began legitimate sports car performance competition about that time. I differentiate that from […]

Darby Adult Education

I am again offering to teach two-way radio communications to my neighbors in the Darby area. I have formatted the classes differently, and added significantly to the offerings. There is a sequence to these classes, from easiest to acquire to more challenging. The first class is strictly about GMRS radios. This license has no training, knowledge or testing requirement. You send 70 bucks to the FCC and get their permission for your whole family to use the frequencies for the next 5 years. The class I am offering for these only takes 2 hours out of a Saturday mid-morning. I encourage the whole family to sign up and come get started. GMRS radios can be powerful tools for Bitterrooters. Next […]