August 2018

For some time now, I have been making a small difference in the world, and I figured it was about time I “came out”. I have multiple loans to people all around the world via Kiva. I have 12 loans that have been repaid in full and another 7 loans currently active. One of those is to an artisan in Indonesia, where I am loaning to him for th…

July 2018

The balcony garden continues to flourish, mostly. I had to replace the capsicum. The tomato continues to tower over the parsley and strawberry. It’s now about 5 feet tall. If Julie thought my hands were dirty after working with grease and oil, imagine what she’d say to there! Not as bad as it looks though. It’s just from working with alu…

June 2018

With the local Seattle Jets field hockey club putting on a social tournament in mid August, as my contribution, I am making 2 sets of goals out of aluminium tubing, which can be disassembled for transport and storage. This is the sample of the top left front corner. The one marked with yellow writing is the crossbar, the other square tube is the up…

May 2018

At least on this job, the supervisor told me that equipment was damaged when I collected the box. You can see the remains of the hose fitting still in the “Easy Out”. This one was an interesting piece of repair work on a job site. A backhoe operator had flipped a bundle of cable over and had damaged one of them. On inspection, I could see …

April 2018

After a battle to get it done in time before the Oregon registration expired, the truck now sports shiny brand new Washington plates. Combined with a Residential Parking Permit, for those days when I have the day off but it’s not a public holiday, and I won’t have to move the truck every 2 hours. Buddy with the softball I pulled out o…

March 2018

Still in Grants Pass, and for us, a late start. The rising sun illuminating the snow capped peak, from the balcony of our room. Somewhere up in the mountains of Southern Oregon: “Ooh, there’s a sign for a covered bridge. Let’s take a look!” And we did. The view of the sunrise from the balcony of our room in Portland. We a…

February 2018

OK, I bagged up all of the anchors, and have nowhere else to put them except here. But now I need that space for equipment! The code on the bag (PH SEA x 20) means it contains Precision Hayes Stressing End Anchors, 20 of them. The job site reported that the remote switch wasn’t working. Hmm, I wonder why. Life goes on here in Seattle. I…

January 2018

Back at work, I finally got the time to process all this stuff back into my inventory, after it was given to me at the end of 2 jobs. The hard part will be finding somewhere to put it all. Buddy “hiding in plain sight”. In Vegas for a 2-day training and certification for work. The hotel. Looking across a parking lot. The vie…

December 2017

In a variation on the theme from a few months ago, this is how you drag a bag of anchors weighing close to 1/4 ton off the truck and into the mini-depot. Bag handles onto the forks of the pallet stacker, strap around them to keep them on, lift it all as high as it will go, and PUSH! Pretty tough competition for ornaments in our place. Won…

November 2017

Must have been cold and wet that day. This is what 5 layers looks like. Angel looking very cute after a haircut. After a suggestion by the groomer that we bring her in on a weekday rather than the chaotic environment on the weekend, both Angel and the groomer are MUCH more relaxed! My mother would have been proud. With my work shirts need…