Monthly Archives: September 2015

Who left the barn door open?

I guess it’s been a bit since I talked about the “barn” we’re building.

Over the next two weekends after the roof shingles were installed, I got the remaining sheathing installed on the barn:

July 26
Sunday, July 26
July 26
Sunday, July 26
July 27
Monday, July 27
July 27
Monday, July 27
August 02
Sunday, August 02
August 03
Monday, August 03

And then came the air and water barrier installed over the next two weekends:

August 10
Monday, August 10
August 10
Monday, August 10
August 17
Monday, August 17

The next few weeks after that were involved with our annual pilgrimage to Florida and New Orleans.

Mid-September I build myself a workbench and started getting my tools moved from all the places I had them stored and started organizing.

September 14
Monday, September 14

We picked up the first door and installed it the next weekend.

And then this past weekend we picked up the French doors. That was a wee bit interesting getting it home. But in about 2 hours we got those installed. We also ordered the concrete fiber siding, which Lowe’s was supposed to deliver Monday morning.

September 27
Sunday, September 27
September 27
Sunday, September 27
September 27
Sunday, September 27
September 27
Sunday, September 27

Well, Monday morning came and went. And no delivery. They finally dropped off the siding around 3 PM.

September 28
Monday, September 28

I’ll get to starting installing that this coming weekend.

Until next time...
Erik

That’s no moon…

Hopefully you got to see the Super Blood Moon eclipse tonight! It was quite… spectacular. And long! For us in the Central time zone, it began around 8:07 PM and ended around 11:27 PM. The total eclipse began around 9:11 PM, peaking at 9:47 PM.

The Husbear and I headed to the end of our road to observe, as the moon was obscured by the trees on the ridgeline we live on. And we were greeted with the start of the show.

I managed to take these pictures with my iPhone and an olloclip 2X telephoto lens. I was actually surprised how well they turned out.

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20:47
20:47
21:00
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We ended up coming back to the house around 9 PM, and I watched the rest of the show from there, as the moon had finally cleared the trees on the ridge.

The last supermoon eclipse happened in 1982 when I was 9, and the next won’t occur until 2033 when I’ll be 60. Here’s hoping I’m around to see it.

Until next time...
Erik

Hi-Fi Friday: September 25, 2015

Previously…

I have this method of ranking music in my library, which currently consists of 34,968 songs: By default, all new songs in my library get ⭐️⭐️⭐️. As I listen to them, I sort them as follows: ⭐️ means it’s “rubbish” (as Dr. Spo would say) and I’ll probably delete it from the library, ⭐️⭐️ means it’s just “meh” but I’ll probably keep it, ⭐️⭐️⭐️ means it’s okay and we will probably talk over it, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ means I really like and may potentially sing at random, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ means everyone better shut the fuck up because my song is on! You know the kind of songs I’m talking about. We all have them.

These are mine, one post at a time.

I’m starting my approach to this with songs I’ve given ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to in iTunes. There’s only 90 of them at the moment. I’ll probably sneak in an occasional ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ as well.

And for this month, we–meaning Blobby and me–are doing songs that make you want to stop what you’re doing and get up and shake your tail feathers! Blobby allowed me to pick this month, and that was the first thing that popped into my head.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you had to know this song and band were coming. Blobby did.

What can I say. My party band. Well, not mine. But mine.

I was a fan of The B-52’s before 1989s Cosmic Thing hit the scenes and brought them into a wider audience. I’ve loved everything they’ve done both before and after. Yes, Blobby, even 1992s Good Stuff.

How can you listen to anything they’ve done and not want to move. Some songs more than others. And this is one of them. One pretty much everyone on the planet has probably heard. And I’m sure The B-52’s are okay with that.

From the 1989 album Cosmic Thing, I give you The B-52’s “Love Shack”:

Tin Roof!

Until next time...
Erik