Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For the Mechanics in the Audience:

I know that I am easily amused, but anyone that has spent any time under a hood, or trying to get a car fixed can probably appreciate these clips.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday Puttering

Even though I don't really work very hard in the physical sense, and I have a good job and a good boss, great people to work with and nothing really to complain about......I still love the weekend.  I don't know that it is strictly true that the worst day fishing (gardening, home improving, sewing.... insert your favorite activity) is better than the best day at work, but there is quite a bit of truth to it.  I remember as a kid, waking up on Saturday just happy.  No School, which made true the sister comparison that the worst day at work is better than the best day at school, and this one was strictly true.  So when Saturday rolled around and I could watch cartoons for part of the morning and eat pancakes..... well, that is a great way to start the day for a kid. 

I guess that not a lot has changed.  I don't watch the cartoons, but do play on the computer some.  Today I puttered around the kitchen after we got up.  We looked at the kitchen and realized that we had let things go too far, so while Annie loaded the dishwasher and bustled around the kitchen, leaving order and cleanliness in her path, I chopped peppers, onions, tomatoes, mango and peaches and made a gallon and a half of mango-peach salsa.  Ummmmm.....   We chatted while we worked, and it was such a nice start to the day.

Later I did some epoxy repair on the bottom of the sailboat, and unpacked the truck from last week's trip to Lake Powell.  This included setting up the tent in the back yard and making sure that none of the sand from the beach went into winter storage. All in all it was a very nice day.

That is about it.  Annie went to the General Relief Society Meeting and then we watched a little of it on TV when she got back.  Now it is about bedtime and a busy Day of Rest tomorrow.  Well, that is fine too:  Better to wear out than to rust out.  Sleep well, and wake.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

19th Century Bicycling - Rubber Was the Dark Secret

After seeing the latest Squeakerness blog with all the bicycles, I ran across this article and really enjoyed it.

Here are a few quotes that I liked.  You will probably want to read the original article.  Lots of great old pictures.

“If the increase continues, the time is not very distant when not to own and ride a bicycle will be a confession that one is not able-bodied, is exceptionally awkward, or is hopelessly belated.”
“The Bicycle Festival,” July 13, 1895 New York Times

"In “The Winged Heel” column in the San Francisco Chronicle of January 25, 1879, the writer fully grasps the possibilities:
“The bicycle ranks among those gifts of science to man, by which he is enabled to supplement his own puny powers with the exhaustic forces around him. He sits in the saddle, and all nature is but a four-footed beast to do his bidding. Why should he go a foot, while he can ride a mustang of steel, who knows his rider and never needs a lasso?.. The exhilaration of bicycling must be felt to be appreciated. With the wind singing in your ears, and the mind as well as body in a higher plane, there is an ecstasy of triumph over inertia, gravitation, and the other lazy ties that bind us. You are traveling! Not being traveled.” "

"The 1890s would be the decade of the bicycle. The seven million bicycles found worldwide in 1895 used most of the world’s rubber, a boom that would not have occurred if not for the invention of the “pneumatic rubber tyre.” Although there had been bicycles previously, they rode on solid rubber tires. These were puncture-resistant, a boom on roads where nails were frequently shed from horseshoes, but they lacked suspension, were hard to steer, and were an unpleasant ride. This changed by the late 1890s. The market was flooded with steel tubes, ball bearings, variable speed gears, and high-quality chains. Above all else, it was flooded with replaceable rubber tires and inner tubes, mass-produced in the factories of Dunlop in Birmingham, England; Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand, France; and Pirelli in Milan, Italy. The bicycle was cheap and popular. People suddenly had a means of freedom that had been unknown. "


Monday, September 20, 2010

Catching Up, and a Tube Leak Clip

It's Monday, and we are both tired.  We made a lightening trip to Lake Powell on Friday and came back late Saturday night.

We didn't take the big boat.  Since our Outage was moved to October I didn't get all the comp time hours that I normally collect in an outage, and had enough to do at work that I didn't what to use extra days to fix the boat and get farther behind with outage preparations.  So it was a simple trip.  We took a little One Sheet Skiff that is actually about 1-1/2 sheets and I rowed around a little and did some fishing.  Mostly we talked to the other boat builders and took it easy.  It was pretty warm, so we swam some, and spent quite a bit of time just up to our necks in the lake while we visited.  That was nice, but it is nice to be back too.

Things are fine at home.  We have been making jam and salsa and eating a lot out of the garden.  Fall is a time of plenty, and it is fun to see the garden produce.

September has been a really busy month.  Over Labor Day, B&T came down and we had a great visit with them.  T took the pre-employment test on the next Tuesday and passed with flying colors, so he is on the waiting list now.  So that is happy.  T & I did some plinking and the girls sewed and chatted. 

The next week J and Em came for a visit.  No plinking, but a lot of trips to the park for M.  She is a cutie, and we had a great time visiting with J and playing with M.

I already covered the LP Trip, so I won't do it again.  A & C and family are coming to visit this weekend.  I think A is going to ride his bike down from Springville, so we will have to find a soft cushion for him when he is ready to sit down.  Actually, it shouldn't be too hard.  In 1992 A and K took off on their old bikes one morning when I wasn't ready to go yet, and covered about 48 miles before I caught up with them.  No water, no food, just strong young muscles.  But they were pretty tired too if I remember right. 

When I got to work this morning, I found that we had a new tube leak.  My boss dispatched me to go and take a look, and I made this short video clip of the leak.  It is down in the bottom of the boiler.  It is a little cloud mostly in the middle of the screen that isn't really to interesting.  I like seeing the firey ash sliding down the slope into the water.  There are some broken/worn/burned up stainless steel screens hanging down below the nose of the boiler.   They look pretty good when we put them on new, but we are about 6 months late on the repair schedule, and they are about gone.

Have a good day.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let's go plinking.....

This is the ultimate .22 plinker.  I couldn't afford to feed it though.  Still, fun to watch.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dramatic Escape from Russian Forest Fires

Yikes!! This gives me the creeps!!  Claustrophobia isn't that far away.  Watch the whole thing. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Decapitation Was Successful, and the Patient's Head Was Re-attached

Yesterday was a beautiful day, as pretty as today.  But today I woke up at peace, while yesterday was full of anxiety and dread.  Yesterday was the scheduled surgery.  It had never been done before- cutting into the smooth surface with a carbide tipped saw, and then attempting to re-attach the severed portion - like making a prostheses from an amputated limb.  No directions, not diagrams or drawings, no photos.

Ok, well maybe that is a little dramatic.  When we still had kids in the house and struggled to balance time and space, I found our oldest sleeping on a mattress on the floor - and not for just a night. For a lot of nights, and I felt like a terrible father.  I don't remember exactly what happened to his bed...... but he was sleeping on the floor.  And out of this came the 'Great Bed Building Project'. Talk about a project taking on a life of it's own.  I started building beds for all of the kids.  They would have six drawers under the mattress, and no springs....the mattress would lay on top of the bed.  The beds would have a head board that could be removed  so each child could have a night light, some books, or what ever treasures that they wanted to have and we would be able to move them from room to room.  I wanted them to be strong, so we built them from 5/8" oak veneer plywood.  They are strong, but they are really heavy and kind of clunky.  When you get all six drawers in there, and the teen agers fill them with rocks or other equally heavy treasures, they are really hard to move.

My dad rescued me in this project as it was way too big, and I had not enough time, money or space to complete it.  He built the beds for the girls, and I built the beds for the boys.  He had a nice big shop, and was retired and a master carpenter.  I had a little bitty shop, and little bitty budget and as my brother and dad agreed one time - they could always tell when I had worked on something as there was a nail bent over and hammered flat.

Although my skills have improved somewhat, and I didn't leave any nails bent over in these beds, you knew early on that the beds that he built were things of beauty, and mine were things of utility.  But, while Dad was good, he wasn't omniscient.  We built the beds too long to stand on end and pass through a standard doorway.

D3 was the first (and only so far) child to want her bed.  We were tickled to take it up to her, and using the combined muscle of a couple of sons-in-laws on weekend, we wrestled it out of the basement, up the stairs and into the waiting truck.  A quick run to SLC, more hired (ok, borrowed... but hired sounds cooler) muscle and we had it into the house, on end and were sliding it on the carpet towards the new "big girl bedroom" for M.  But it was too tall.  The door frame would clear 79-1/2", and if week took the door jam trim off, maybe 80-1/4".  But we needed about six inches more than that.  Hmmmmm...... tear up the door framing?  Cut up the bed......

In the end, we cut up the bed - yesterday- and re-attached it.  But I was really depressed  at the thought of cutting into the oak veneer,  cutting through all of the structural parts and then having a hope of putting it all back and making it strong.  The bed sat in the garage for about 6 weeks while I stewed and fretted, and blessedly, in the rush that was June, I had kind of forgot it - not really forgot, but tried darn hard to.  Then we got a call from D3 asking if we were still planning to come up on Pioneer Day weekend and work on the bed.  The moment of truth was coming.  Could the ham fisted wood butcher from the small obscure town really cut into the finely crafted furniture and lovingly made heirloom keepsake and come out with anything better than firewood?  I hate questions like than, especially when I have to ask them and have not got a good answer.

It was kind of one of those things that you dread more than you need to, but then once you have applied the saw to the wood - well, it is done.  Then there is no sense in worrying, because you can't ever go back.  In the end the operation was a success, and while the patient was never living, it can go on being a bed in an animated Disney-esque kind of way, and not end up warming a room for a night in a wood stove (not exactly going out in a blaze of  glory).  Also SIL3 and D3 can take it apart if and when they ever move, and know that it will probably fit in any house they buy or build.  So I guess the operation was a success.  I'm just glad it's done.  Happy Pioneer Day to one and all.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Catching Up

After having so much fun with kids and grand kids I looked out my window, and what did I see?  Well, not popcorn that's for sure, but mostly weeds. 

Big gardens are a lot of fun to look at when a summer rain comes and we can sit outside on the glider and listen to the thunder and watch the rain and everything grow.  But we haven't had much rain except for the artificial kind and the weeds are doing really well.  That artificial rain works OK if your system is all 100%, but if it is only 80% or so, you are rather like a runner with a rock in his shoe and in a tight race.  You can still run but you are thinking about the rock, and altering your stride and not at your best.  We had a valve that for some reason, electrical or mechanical, would chatter and set up a really loud water hammer.  It isn't that hard of a job to change out a valve, but it takes an hour or so, and you have to have all of the tools and parts and I didn't.  So I have been watering the front system kind of by hand, off and on.  Sometimes we could go through the whole sequence and not have a hammer, but not too often.  But today I did get it changed.  I'm still behind as I wanted to change the oil in the truck and maybe one of the cars.  But I guess that will have to wait for another day.

Also, in things having to do with water, some of the plants in the garden has grown high enough and dense to  enough to block all the water from the rain birds or the oscillating sprinkler.  I raised these up on some cinder blocks, and wired them down tight.  Hoping that everything gets a little water now.

Annie is on vacation from Choir for a month or so.  The Days of '47 Pops Concert was last weekend, and it was a two night concert.  Plus a dress rehearsal practice on Thursday - that is a lot of driving and she is still tired a little from that.  She is not a girl to sit and watch the grass grow, or watch the paint dry.  She has dived back into some quilt projects that she feels are a little behind.  No rest I guess. 

Today it is a little rainy.  I'm trying an experiment - an adaptation of something that I saw on 'Barberque U' which I think I have watched only twice.  But I should watch it more I think.  In the show that I remember, they barbecued a turkey - whole.  My experience with grilling and barbecuing is that chicken never gets done without getting burnt.  But in the BBQ-U episode, they took a really big grill and put the coals around the edges, and the turkey in the middle with a pan underneath to catch the drips.  We have a gas grill, and no matter how low I turn it down to, I end up burning it.  So today I am trying charcoal grilling on the gas BBQ.  I have about 20 coals, and most of them are on a little tray that I made out of a #10 food storage can.  I left about a 1" lip around the bottom, and then cut some slits in the bottom with the side grinder (yes you should get one, even if you don't have a welder).  I put the chicken on the top shelf, but not over the coals.  It seems to be cooking very slowly, and I'm hoping it will get crisp and falling-off-the-bone done.  Rather than really crispy on the outside and tough and rubbery on the inside.

Well, I had better go.  Hope you are having a good day.

Monday, June 28, 2010

MidSummer Update

Whew, this has the feel of a Christmas letter in that everything has gone by so fast.  We have done a little traveling, and had some company and it is the middle of the summer already.  I used to think that the summer when by in a blur because of the kids.... and actually, maybe they are the culprits still - whether or not they have moved out...something to ponder.

We spent the first part of June in Denver. Mutti's birthday is the 9th and we thought it would be nice to be there for that.  I did some actual irrigating on her little farm - and found that while I still had the muscles to do the work my muscles have gotten very cranky and lazy, and thought it good sport to torture me.  Seriously....yes a little sore, but not as bad as it should have been.... or maybe I just ache so many places on a normal day that it wasn't that different.  
It's becoming more complicated when we do go to Denver as the family in that area has grown, and sadly my vacation days have not.  We didn't get to see everyone.... it was just too short.
About a week after we got back home, Mike and his family made the trek our way.  We got to see them for 4 days, and it was a lot of fun.  If you need a mall, or a  major league sports team, or a university.... then you might not have fun here.  We don't have it.  But we do have Oak City Canyon only about 15 minutes away, and the sand dunes are closer than that.  If you like recreational shooting, the range is public, free and only about 4 miles out of town.  We also have the 'Flood' - brought right to our house by the Water Master.  The girls like the Flood about as well as anything, that and a night at the swimming pool. Dan and Ash came down for a quick visit, and Kollette was able to play in the flood with her cousins.  It was fun to see them.
Well, that is about it.  Mike and Family are back home now, and we are catching up on all the things that we hadn't gotten done.  We didn't have  an Outage this spring - that will wait until October, so I was able to be a lot of the early garden in on time, which is really early for me.  The cool weather crops have done very well so far, but they are about done now.  That is OK, because the tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, squash and garden huckleberrys are all doing well.  Anita's lillies are doing especially well.  The poppies popped when we were in Denver, so she didn't get to see them.  But the lillies are really great.  I hope you like the pictures.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Much Trouble Awaits Me at Home Depot......

 You know, it isn't hard to get into trouble at Home Depot, or Losee Lumber for that matter either.  You can go in there on a Saturday afternoon with the purest of intentions and you see a few sheets of plywood, or some rope or cable, some glue and fasteners..... and pretty soon something scary this way comes.

So far most of my trouble has been confined to building wooden boats, both sail and paddle.  But between You Tube, the Society for Creative Anacronism, and the Lumber Yard - I don't know.  Annie won't want me to leave the house without a keeper if I start to build something fun like these guys in the following clips have done. 

I think they shot a pumpkin about 125 yard with this one - 375 feet.

This one blasted a pumpkin 607 feet - but then they had to use steel to do it.  I kind of like the purity of wood.

A friend at work actually built a little trebuchet that could sit on a table and flip a golf ball for 50-60 feet.

This one takes the cake!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Untrustworthiness of Beards

This is the 'Flowing Data' graphic. You can see it all plainly, and even zoom in for a better look. Sorry I didn't send you to the graphic right away. This is particularly interesting as M used to have to do interviews of prospective new hires, and since he felt that his face looked young he would often grow a goatee and mustache.... I think, which is one of the more trust inspiring combinations.

Spring is Sprung Update and the Untrustworthiness of Beards

These are, of course two separate topics, but I have been remiss in posting and updating as I have been seduced by the easy reporting requirements of Facebook. I didn't think I would fall prey so quickly and easily to the one line update, or quote of the day that FB allows. I guess I could do a one line quote on the blog, but it would be kind of tiring. Annie sent me part of a poem by Alexander Pope that really wasn't meant for Facebook comparisons, but seems to fit:

Vice (Facebook) is a monster of such frightful mein,
as to be hated but needs to be seen,
yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
we first endure, then pity, then embrace.

OK, so it is a stretch. But I was disappointed when a lot of my kids started using FB and their blogs suffered for it.... and then I find that I am doing the same thing. I guess we follow the path of least resistance.

It has been a funny Spring for me. No outage - just normal living. I don't know quite what to do. I've been able to do quite a bit of early Spring gardening. I'm not done, not by a long shot, but spinach, carrots, beets, lettuce, and radishes are up, as well as asparagus. We transplanted two apricot trees, and one plum tree. I have one more apricot that I want to move, and then I will be done for a while with trees.

I've also been working to have a yard with more perenial plants in it. A couple of years ago, J gave us two raspberry bushes that she got from her sister-in-law. She was in an apartment at the time and couldn't plant them. One died , but the other flourished and now is threatening to take over the back yard. They don't call it a 'briar patch' for nothing. So I have some trimming and transplanting of the new little plants to do and then make some kind of a trellis to train them to. Yikes, they make a ferocious hedge. Also, we have been trying to get some grapes to grow, and they also need some kind of a trellis. A busy time, but nice.

I have a whole list of work to do on the yard and house this year, but mostly I can't think of anything that I would rather be doing than putting around home.

On another topic, I found this graphic on 'Flowing Data', a blog that Andrew recommended to me ages ago. They have a lot of ways of letting you visualize data, some of which are very good, a few too complex to use. The graphics that they display generally will take a complex or difficult subject and make it more understandable , so I am a fan. They also have some fun and sort of off-the-wall subjects that they visualize. This is one of those. I hope you enjoy it.

You might have to use cntrl+ to read this, or go the original blog. What kind of message does your facial hair send?

One more thing..... that internet - it can get you into trouble. I don't need anymore projects, but this looks like so much fun....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Census 2010 (Utah Version)

Yeah, they have a form just for Utah. I thought I would pass it along:

INSTRUCTIONS: Along with the Federal Census requirements, the following Utah-specific questionnaire is also to be submitted.
Subject: Utah Census

Utah Census Form

1. _____________________ (Given name)

2. _____________________ (SURNAME)

3. Descendant of:

A. Brigham Young _____
B. Heber C. Kimball _____
C. Laman and Lemuel _____
D. Cain _____

4. Tribe of Israel : _____________________

5. Number of occupants residing in home in each category:
(Listed in chronological order)

A. Nursery _____
B. Junior Primary _____
C. Senior Primary _____
D. Young Women's _____
E. Young Men's _____
F. Relief Society _____
G. Elder _____
H. Dearly Departed _____
I. High Priest _____

6. Occupation [Please select all that apply.]:

A. Amway dealer _____
B. Shaklee dealer _____
C. Nonie juice dealer _____
D. NuSkin dealer _____
E. Melaleuca dealer _____

7. Automobile:

A. Station Wagon _____
B. Van _____
C. Suburban _____
D. School Bus _____
E. Double Decker _____
F. BMW (Big Mormon Wagon) ________

8. Favorite place to eat the night before Fast Sunday:

A. Chuck-A-Rama _____
B. Hometown Buffet _____
C. Sumo Sam's All You Can Eat Feeding Trough _____

9. Favorite Hero:

A. Nephi _____
B. Abinadi _____
C. Samuel the Lamanite_____
D. Steve Young _____
E. Johnny Lingo _____

10. Which of the following do you bring to church [check all that apply.]:

A. scriptures _____
B. Franklin Planner/ Daytimer _____
C. Pen/Pencil _____
D. Lifesavers/ Cheerios _____
E. Tic Tacs _____
F. Game Boy _____
G. Big Gulp _____
H. Cooler _____
I. Sony Walkman _____
J. TV Watch _____
K. All of the above _____

11. Do you prepare your church lessons:

A. A month in advance _____
B. A week in advance _____
C. While in the bathtub _____
D. While on the toilet _____
E. During Sacrament Meeting _____
F. During the closing prayer of Sacrament Meeting _____
G. During the opening prayer of the class you're teaching ___
H. Just wing it [according to the promptings of the Spirit]

12. Do you think pews should be permanently equipped with Big Gulp holders?: yes___ no ___

13. How many years has your family sat in the same place for Sacrament Meeting:

A. 10-20 years _____
B. 20-30 years _____
C. 30-40 years _____
D. Over 3 generations _____

14. How much time does it take for you to fall asleep during a high council talk:

A. 1/100,000,000th of a second _____
B. 1/999,999,999th of a second _____
C. 1/999,999,998th of a second _____

15. Which day of the month do you go home/visiting teaching:
A. 31st ______
B. 31st ______
C. 31st ______
D. 31st ______

16. How many church basketball fights were you in last year:

A. 1-10 _____
B. 10-20 _____
C. 20-30 _____
D. You'll have to ask my lawyer _____

17. Which of the following has been your most effective Family Home Evening:

A. Arguing about getting along
B. Having an opening and closing prayer with dinner
C. Gathering around the television to watch, "Dancing with the Stars?"

18. How many times a year do you make:
A. Green Jell-O salad _____
B. Funeral potatoes _____
C. Cabbage and Top Ramen salad _____
D. Turkey , cashews and grape-stuffed croissants_____

19. How many water-filled two-liter bottles do you own:
A. 1-2 thousand _____
B. 2-3 thousand _____
C. 3-4 thousand _____
D. Enough to fill the Great Salt Lake _____

20. Which of the following do you feel is the most secure facility in the nation:

A. Alcatraz
B. Fort Knox
C. Ward Libraries

21. How many structural engineers do you hire annually to insure you'll win the pinewood derby: _________

22. Keeping the Word of Wisdom in mind, how much of the following do you consume:

A. Chocolate: ___ pounds daily X 365 days annually= ____
B. Cola: ____gallons daily X 365 days annually = ____

23. If you had to choose between witnessing the Second Coming or attending a BYU/UofU football game, which would you choose?

A. Second Coming _____
B. Football game _____


Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Cool April Day Update snd the Saga of the Sail

It's pretty cool here today, with a nippy North wind motivating me to stay inside and listen to General Conference. Yesterday was also cool, and I stayed in and worked on the sail that I am sewing.

It is a pretty big sail, and I have had it cut out for at least four years and just didn't know where to go. It is so big, and sail cloth is really slick and hard and not really easy to work with. It is so stiff that you can't hardly put a pin in it. That is what I tried to do initially and it didn't work so well.

Probably it was last fall that I had gone up with Annie to Choir and was wandering around WalMart and looked at the sewing machines. I was about to give up on the whole project and just buy the sails at about $600 for the big one and $250 for the little one, when I saw a cheapy 'Brother' machine for about $80. I thought " would pay $80 for a saw or other tool that you need.....why should a sewing machine be any different." So I bought it, and it has been very helpful.

YouTube has also been helpful. I have a really good book on sail making, but it sort of wants to make you into an Old World sail maker with a small shop near the docks in Naples or Venice. They show how to make sails for guys that are going on a trans-Pacific voyage. The YouTube clips showed me that instead of pins, they use a double sticky tape to stick things together. So in a week I had my tape from Sailrite, and have been plugging away ever since.

Right now the sail panels are double-sewn together, and I have 3 out of the 4 corner reinforcing panels sewn in. Next come the edge seams and the the d-rings.

Here is a little clip from YouTube that you might like. I was looking for how-to-shoot-a-slingshot kind of clip, and never found exactly what I was looking for, but did find some interesting things. This one was a lot of fun. Rufus is 65 year old guy that grew up in a large and poor family and turned out to be an amazing slingshot shooter. I liked this story, and hope you have fun with it too. Have a nice day. I'll be sewing today I think.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A good 'road hugging' tire.....

I got these from a friend.... looks like China to me with the terraces in the background.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

All in a Day's Work: New Tube Leak in Bottom Ash

Unit 2 has a tube leak in Bottom Ash. This is at the bottom of the furnace, underneath the 'floor'. The tubes form a sloped floor in the bottom of the furnace, and the heaviest ash falls down the walls, slides down the sloped floor and falls into a trough of water. From there it is extracted and pumped out to some decant ponds where the ash falls out of the slurry and the water is reclaimed and used to transport more ash.

This is a picture of Unit 1 Boiler furnace cavity, looking down from the 13th floor. The holes that you see on the sides of the boiler are burners, and when the boiler is operating, a jet of fire about 3 ft in diameter and 30 feet long shoot out of the burners. Our tube leak is down below the scaffolding that is being assembled in this picture.

You probably won't see a clip like this very often. It looks like fire shooting out, but it is just hot pressurized water flashing to steam, and illuminated by the fire above.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Scale of the Universe

You might need and aspirin or two after you watch this as it might explode your head.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

All in a Day's Work: Unit 1 Short Outage Backpass Inspection

Yeah, back in the boiler again. Just to clarify things- Annie said she couldn't hear all that I said: the noise in the background is shotguns. Operators are busy shooting clinkers out of the pendants. They typically shoot 1000 boxes of shells to remove clinkers. It makes it really noisy in the other areas of the boiler when we are doing inspections. No, we couldn't be hit by stray pellets. It is a funny place to work.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Probably a Boy Elk Calf

Someone sent me the WMV and I thought it was pretty cute. But I'm thinking it might be a little boy elk. I'm sure the girls are more dainty.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Guys, somehow, this is what we have to schedule for a guy activity after Thanksgiving. Suggestions welcome.