Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shock and Awe!

The bombardment of poo has weakened our outer defenses. The thirty poo barage in 24 hours was especially effective as was your campaign to poo right after diaper change at 3am last night. and again at 4 am and again at 5. In a word. I surrender.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Not eating the fruit pays big dividends.

Shannon sure is tough. 36 hours of labor later and here we are. Total anti-cake walk. ladies a tip- next time you are in a forbidden garden and a serpent has a great idea about a delicious menu item, think twice. Welcome Mile$ Boyd Frantz! 7pds 15oz dec 22 6:45 am we are back at home and all is well.

Monday, December 13, 2010

P-51 Mustang.

I have always liked mustangs. Toby takes a low pass on a Sunday evening. The real deal, Around 150 P-51's still flying. A full sized one goes for a million dollars, Toby's is appimately one million less so it is approximately free. Fun times.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

$500 Dollar Potato Chip.

When you shake a bag of potato chips the big ones end up on top. For $500, neighbor Mark just made himself one big potato chip.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fleet get bigger.

Never thought id own three airplanes. Thought id build one more before kid comes. One on right is latest.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Decade Two Run One

For my first ride of the season, Under the advisement of Brighton management, Parm takes me to school. So it begins.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dear dog,

I do not know if you read this blog, but if you do, quit poohing on my deck. You are embarrassing me and yourself.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Free Packing foam and 2 hours labor = good times

Shannon got some paking styrofoam in a recent shipment. I decided to put it to bad use. 2 hours of gluing later, time to terrorize the local kids. Not a bad flyer for something you pull out of the garbage.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Warning: Political Rant.

Politicians are morons.

You know what you should do when there is a huge surplus of houses? In Utah, we decided to encourage people to build more houses. We offered a $6,000 "home run" grant to buy brand new houses. I payed for this bill twice. once in taxes, and again when i went to sell my old house, which had to compete with brand new houses that qualified for the $6,000 off.

Utah supreme court decided it was ok for me to quietly enjoy navigable waterways on private land, so I did!
Then passed House Bill 141. Now I can't.

Gov Herbert signed both ideas.

You probably got your own ideas, here is where to go to see who voted how and be a single issue voter, like me. They don't make it easy, it takes some digging, helps to know the number of the bill before hand and have a date.


Anybody wants a copy of vote record for keeping me from touching river bottoms and the "home run grants" votes email me and I'll send it to you. Im printing em up, bringing em to the polls and going to try to fire some people. Others have done a fair job not pissing me off. Early voting starts tommorow.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010


With a kid due on Xmas, I didnt buy this crib at Bead Bath and Beyond. Kids are getting too soft. Splinters and rusty nails should toughten the boy nicely.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The economics of gardening.

I Pickled some cucumbers from garden which majically turn cucumbers into pickles.
jars 50 cents, time pickling 2 hours for 6 jars. Not sure what the brine costed. $3.00/ jar at store seems like quite a bargin now.

I got a theory on what you are getting when you garden. you go out and watch the garden and see things grow. when you finnaly harvest you are looking at something that at best cost 2 times as much as you would pay at the grocery store. so what are you buying when you garden?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bountiful Harvest

I'm not setting any peach harvest records this year with my $20 peach tree.
Total crop this year is 2 peaches.
That is $10 a peach. Peach farmers, you have bested me again.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Buying the vote.

DC residents have been whining for years about not getting to vote.

DC Residents, If you move all your free museums to Salt Lake, Ill give up my vote.
Crystals at the museum of natural science.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Been drying apples from the tree in the back yard.

Meet my new favorite kitchen tool, the apple corer

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Alaska, The Trout Strick Back episode II

Had a layover in Anchorage yesterday, got rental car and caught this zombie sockeye.

Banks littered with dead reds. kind of stinky. Think Maggots and empty eye sockets. The circle of life is a lot prettier on disney
Bears that have smaller feet than i don't scare me. ok I might have missed a few fish looking for em. Never did see one, although other fishermen kept telling me around the corner there was a bear.
Nice rainbow in beautiful spawn colors.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meat on the hook.

Shannon's folks Boyd and Sandy nice line of Silvers
shannon hooks a steelhead

24" dolley varden, one of my biggest trouts to date. (i know it is actually a char)

Monday, August 9, 2010

how to turn a $8 job into a $20 job

When my sliding glass door got progressively harder and harder to open, I thought about fixing it but didn't. As it got worse and worse I pulled harder and harder untill eventually....
the handle broke. I repaired the handle and wheels today. Instead of 50 pounds takes about 5 to close. Next move is to forget that it now takes 5 pounds, slam it, and shatter the door.
A stich in time really does save nine.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Twenty Dollar Airbrush.

Bought a $20 airbrush and $10 of paint and $10 of foam.

Suppose to be a Russian yak 55, thus the commie theme. I'll try more fades next time.
Will put RC guts in as soon as i total my current RC plane. Did mostly stencils and tape. I especially like my sickle and hammer on tail. Airbrushing is fun. Next move, Shannon willing, is a Huge mural of a white dragon on the hood of our Civic.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Twenty Dollar Tomatoes

That is not how good they are. $20 is how much they costed me so far.

Built 4 garden boxes, got ripped up trex decking from neighbor for free(first trex batch was junk, Trex refunded money)

Even with free Boards, spent $300 on dirt and irrigation and plants, got about 24 tomatoes or $20 a tomato. Hard to compete with farmers. Got a late start this year. Gardener frient Matt is out of town, maby ill raccoon it up in his garden while he is away, get my cost down.

Friday, July 2, 2010

NYC Water

Clear as Gin
NYC is suppose to have a good water system, but it always looks funny untill it settles out which doesnt take long. Well oxygenated?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who are the biggest liars?

Mt bike tire manufacturers. this tire measured about 2.2

Suppose to be a 2.55" tire. I'm going to wright a letter asking for
$38(cost of tire) times {.25"(tire missing)/2.55" (tire amount ordered) } or around $3.80 back

Monday, June 28, 2010

In a world without lawyers...

Saw this man sized hole ion a busy sidewalk in the Dominican Republic. It was six feet deep, unmarked, and almost 3 feet across.
Glad it wasnt dark.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Utah Primaries today. I took this pic from my front door.

I was willing to walk directly across the street to vote, because that is what the founding fathers would want. IF it would have been two houses down, I think the founding fathers would have been ok with me not making that kind of sacrafice.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fun with Hangars

Folks came to visit, dad told me about this design for a tv antenna. Works way better than my $50 store bought antenna. We are now recieving pbs. Total cost $7.27

Monday, June 7, 2010

IF computers are suppose to increase productivity, why do I waste so much time on them?

After giving me almost 4 months of semi reliable service, my refurbed Gateway(acer emachines group) hard drive passed away. Good bye sweet prince.

This is my secont Acer family desktop that hass had issues. (motherboard 1.5 years on a emachines= throw it away) Since it was refurbed the warrenty was 90 days. I Bought a new hard drive for $60 bucks, 5 min install using my favorite tool, a kitchen steak knife. Installing software was 6 hours. Back in buisness.

Some interesting but very boring thoughts. I tend to be penny wise and pound foolish. I wanted to get a HP as I have had great luck with em, but A HP would have costed me about twice as much. My sample size of 2 is too small to come to any logical conclusion about acer. A computer is just a big bag of parts. After a review, I learned that the hard drive(western digital) that came with my gateway computer was a well rated one very reilable with good reviews, and was probably same as installed in some HP's. I tried to see what brand of Hard drive apple used, could not find out. THe other big manufacture is seagate, there reviews wern't as good. You get a 3 year warrenty on a hard drive from the manufacture, but no warrent from the manufacture if you buy a whole computer, maby a reason to build a computer from scratch.

Maby acer/gateway/emachines isn't so bad, maby i just had bad luck with a reliable part. Or maby Acer does suck, maby the refurb was because of a bad hard drive due to something else, they replaced the hard drive(symptom) without fixing the cause (say a intermittent power supply) Either way computers are a great way to waste time.

The Rainbow Connection

A Thunderstorm came thru at sunset yesterday evening. This is the view from the front porch. Best light I have seen from the house yet.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Dog out, suspension bridge in.

Noticed a yellow rope crossing bear creek canyon on the Bonnivale Shoreline trail. baggage tag on rope said do not remove, future bridge. Will be nice, cuts off a 1 block hike a bike section, suspect it will be a suspension bridge, pretty long maby 80 yards.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Squirrel Jam

D.C.'s most popular inhabitant.
Every corner is Kodacrome corner, when the squirrles are out. 1 squirrel, 3 cameras. Even I couldn't resist firing off a few shots.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Mr. resident, tear out this grass.

Salt lake needs more clean water. As the protected watershead boundary's expand, a reliable fuzzy bike partner is banned from parts of my favorite trail.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

When Robots take over the World.

Here is what the Robots will be planting
A Shiney metal tree in DC
No leaves to rake, and the bird didn't seem to mind.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

may 24th 2010, latest recorded snowfall at the slc airport ever!

1 week till June. 12" in the mountains, 6" in the yard. A killer tour with neighbor Mark ends the year.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Staying Morally Straight, Boy Scout Memorial, Washington D.C.

A very confusing memorial. Check your six, scout! Glad they had the presense of mind not to include a bronze van and a lolipop.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Yearly fish trip is a peach.

I caught some
Scott caught more
Agony of defeat, dollar a fish ends up being an expensive proposition.
Thanks Scott! tons of fun.