A Well Done Wall (groan)

Back in September, I proudly posted about the wishing well that I built out at the quarry. Well, I had so much fun building it (and subsequently using it for wishes*) that I embarked on embellishing the space.

Another couple tons of rock and a goodly amount of work later, I'm proud to unveil the second phase of the Dreams Come True Pavilion. Like with the well, all the rock for this wall was gathered on premise, it's dry stack so no concrete was used*, and all the work was done by yours truly.

I'm so pleased with how this phase of the project turned out that I foresee phase 3 getting started in no time flat. That, along with some other exciting projects on the horizon, should make for a very build-y and project-y time in the coming seasons at the quarry!

(Here's an alternate angle picture that I couldn't quite work into the text.)
Tuesday February 2 2010File under: misc

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FC 94 - There Is Always an Upside

This week's comic was created much more quickly than last week's, which I attribute partially to having learned the new program and partially to the fact that there aren't 7 people in this one. Anyway, going from 6-8 hours on the last one to just 2 on this one is quite an improvement. *

So I got this idea (or more specifically the seed for this idea) when a friend's daughter* told me over the phone about how their dog had to wear one of those cone collars. I've been around dogs with the cone collars before and it is so sad to see them like that. Anyway, this is an attempt, maybe, at least to myself, to salvage a little dignity for those coned creatures, thinking that maybe there are some upsides.

But just don't ever make me wear a cone, please. I'll be good.

(P.S. First person to say that the dog looks like a goat or sheep or anything else will be forced to wear a cone of their own. So no cute stuff.)
Thursday January 28 2010File under: comic

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Belated Bingo Booty

I am a month remiss in delivering the prize for Transportation Bingo. In my defense, the prize was going to be a postcard from wherever I happened to be along the road*. Steve, my live-abroad-live-aboard uncle who was the first to log a bingo, isn't really in a postcardable location*. In lieu of a postcard, I put together this. I hope it makes up for the lateness factor with its coolness factor.

All About Steve is my latest crossword (see all my crosswords here) that you don't need to know anything about this Steve to solve (although it was made esp. for this occasion). Everyone who is crosswordly inclined should give it a try.

(Oh, and this one hasn't been by my editor(s) yet, so you might find a typo or two, hopefully nothing worse. As the comments come in, I will update and fix, so the link above will be to the most current and correct version.)

((Double oh, and don't forget that most browsers don't print the puzzle correctly, so be sure to click on the "prinitable version" link to get the printable version.))
Wednesday January 27 2010File under: games

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Thoughts on Travel - A Monday Quote

This week's quote breaks the rules a little; I didn't encounter it during this past week. Instead, it was sent to me a couple of weeks ago while I was on the road (finding me at a totally perfect time). The quote is from the book "Down the River" by ????. Thanks to KK for passing it along!

Travel does not make one cheerful...Travel never makes one cheerful. But it makes one thoughtful. It washes one's eyes and clears away the dust.


Monday January 25 2010File under: quote

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FC 93 - Check Please

First, I would like to apologize to anyone who might be offended by this for whatever reason. I'm not making a commentary on unemployment insurance, the economy, snowboarders, or anything like that.

Secondly, I have to admit that I stole this idea from somebody. He also presented it much better than me...."circus scholarship". I can't do the situation justice, but believe me, it was funny enough that I noted the phrase down for use in a future comic.

Thirdly, this was my first comic drawn completely in Gimp, the paint program on my new-ish laptop. I'm slowly starting to learn the ins and outs, and am starting to dislike it less and less. There are even a few features that I like better than my precious Paint Shop Pro 5.0. I don't know if any of it will come through in the drawings, but maybe someday. Change isn't always the worst thing in the world.
Thursday January 21 2010File under: comic

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Sunny Days in the Grey NW Winter




During the winter, our sunny days here in the northwest are few and far between. When one rolls around, it is silly not to get out an enjoy it. I took a few pictures while out and about. Granted they are not so postcard worthy, but still.
Wednesday January 20 2010File under: pics

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Sunday Puzzler

One of the highlights of my Sunday is lying in bed and listening to the Sunday Puzzle on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen and Will Shortz. Many of you might remember when I got to play on air many years ago. I'm now convinced, after submitting many many answer since then and not getting on again, nor hearing of any repeat players, that they don't let you play on air twice. That's okay, though. There is another way I aspire to be a part: I want to submit a puzzle.

I've submitted a couple of puzzles that I think are pretty good over the years but none have been used yet. Instead of letting them go to waste in somebody's inbox, I thought maybe I should just let them go to waste here instead. If you are the puzzling type, give these a try:
  • Take the name of a popular actress with three names (e.g. Sarah Jessica Parker) Her middle name is a homonym* of a verb and her last name is a homonym of a noun used to do the verb (as in a shovel is used to dig). Who is this actress?
  • Take the familiar name* of a popular east coast beach town in 2 syllables. Reverse the two syllables to get the familiar name of a popular Pacific coast beach town.
  • Take the name of a well known world publication. Add an "A" somewhere in the middle and you will get the name of a summer treat.

Feel free to share your answers in the comments. The names of all those with correct answers will be entered in a drawing to play puzzle on the air with me when/if I ever get my own nationally syndicated radio show.
Sunday January 17 2010File under: games

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FC 92 - Hit Me

Huzzah, huzzah! Friday Comics have returned. Don't worry, I know I'm not speaking for you. I'm speaking for myself. What I realized on this last little jaunt is that I really really enjoy the comic part of my week: coming up with ideas, "drawing" or farming it out to artistic friends, posting, and then occasionally discussing the comics with someone who finds a particular one funny (or not). It is just something I've really grown to appreciate.

So groan if you must, but I'm happy to say that I foresee at least a few more installments of Friday Comics on the way.

(Oh, and a word about this comic if you aren't the gambling type: blackjack tables have little sensors that allow a dealer to find out if he/she has 21. If the dealer is showing an ace, you have an opportunity to buy insurance to cover your loss if the dealer does in fact have blackjack. At least that's how I understand it. I've never bought insurance, much for the same reason as Mr. I <3 NY doesn't.)
Thursday January 14 2010File under: comic

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Call Me!

I'll admit that I'm not the easiest guy in the world to get ahold of via the telephone. Not having a cell phone and always either on the road or at a different housesitting job means that to track me down is no easy matter*. The solution which I have suggested to people in the past is to turn to the internet. Nine times out of 10, e-mail is going to be the fastest and easiest way to track me down anyway. But for those times when it's gotta be a phone call or if e-mailing just isn't convenient, there's now another way!

I've got a phone number. It's mine. Call it, and you will reach where I am, or, if I'm not around, it will go to my voicemail...usually. There are a few caveats. This number forwards to wherever I am, so someone else there might get to the phone before me. Don't be alarmed. And sometimes, it might go to another answering service. If you don't hear my voice on the answering service, it's probably best not to leave a message. But whenever you want to call me, you now have a way.

My number is 360-six one zero-7122. You can also send texts to that number. (Go ahead. Try it!) Or if you forget the number, you can just click the little icon above and you'll be connected.
Wednesday January 13 2010File under: misc

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Avocado Pie

It is becoming a trend that whenever I return from travels, I have a craving for cooking. Perhaps it is from eating too many gas station corndogs or whatever the equivalent is wherever I'm returning from. Or maybe it is a grasp for control over what I'm eating, which is not always so easy on the road. Whatever the case, I usually return home with a list of recipes I'm aching to try out.

This time around, the recipe in my head started out as key lime pie. Somehow, thought, it morphed into avocado pie. I first had avocado pie down in Mexico a couple of years ago and loved it (after a brief skeptical bout with idea of eating essentially guacamole for dessert.) Anyway, when the opportunity to make it came up, I jumped at it.

Using this recipe, I created a spectacular pie which I've added to my permanent recipe collection. Yummo!* Next time we get together for dinner (and avocados are in season), remind me and I'll bring with me this green bit of heaven.
Monday January 11 2010File under: food

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