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white stuff getting in the way

Through the spring, summer, fall, I was prioritizing having our homestead prepared for the snow management season. Strangely, I was simultaneously putting off all those interesting, rewarding projects “that could be done indoors during winter”. We are there. I am there. Meanwhile, that quality time in my wood-heated, well-outfitted cozy shop keeps getting kicked to the curb by mandatory snow management around the castle. The university of hard knocks taught me that snow sheets and drifts allowed to set into glaciers and sheet ice are quite unpleasant around the farm. Some things absolutely MUST be done on their schedule, not mine. Count me in on Montanans For Global Warming… Though I keep missing the meetings because I am either […]

being thankful

Among the things I am thankful for is that the manipulators have not messed up the language and culture of Thanksgiving Day. It remains on Thursday and is still widely celebrated as a day with families coast-to-coast gathering and giving thanks for what they do have. My wife and I have now crested 20 years together and the team is holding up well, giving both of us comfort, joy, peace, support and happiness. Though many have extolled the virtues of unpalatable yams, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, there is nobody forcing me to gag them down… and so many wonderful things I do enjoy are all readily available. Weather is not unpleasant, our homestead is strong and we are […]

shop heat

One of the real treats in my life is a heated shop. I have a lovely collection of tools and workspaces enabling me to putter with woodwork, metalwork and a bit of mechanical maintenance. I am not great at any of it, but pretty darn good at solving the little challenges and opportunities life sends my way. I have spent some time turning my Jack-of-all-Trades persona into a way to make an honest living, but only at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Fixer business did not blossom, but my website The Fixer.biz is still kicking around as a place where I document some of my creations and share ideas I have come up with. I wish I […]

time off for winter preps

I have visions of snowflakes dancing in my head. I also have quite a few things I want to do differently in my yard before that happens in any significant quantity. As long as Ma Nature keeps holding off the arrival of my winter white stuff management, I will keep on polishing the estate winter preps. I will be snowed in and posting here more regularly soon enough. TTFN

Who am I?

sailing the San Francisco Bay on my Nacra 5.8 catamaranThis is an update to a post I published a few years ago. You can go see that one if you wish: https://www.teddunlap.net/who-am-i/, but I republished it below to save you the trip. A little bit older for sure, slower, wiser, and now with a few more experiences under my belt. Ohmygosh, I am probably 15 to 20 pounds lighter too, having discovered fasting as a healing and fitness tool. I have also worked on the estate, which now suits us a lot better than it did in January of 2019. I got to scratch my sports car track time itch for the first time in 35 years. This year I […]

My Attorney Bernie

I recently shared a Dave Frishberg song I really like. Here is another gem, “My Attorney Bernie”. https://www.idaholiberty.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/My-Attorney-Bernie-Vocal.mp3 Recent events are conspiring to place us in their world, that is, the legal morass designed to transfer wealth from those who deserve it to the less deserving. Suffice to say I do not like it. Dave’s little ditty does a good job describing the situation. My little group of loyal readers have undoubtedly noticed a shortfall in my postings. Meanwhile, our homestead is a whole lot better prepared for winter than it was a couple months ago. Also unaffected by my absence, the trajectory of cultural, economic and political decline remains as solidly negative as it has been at anytime in […]

July 30 State of the Planet

I have been silently watching the crescendo. I think I am coming out of my cave to resume warning those who can listen. This video is an overview of the major items worth watching. I will detail the bits over the coming days and weeks as The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) book approaches its final chapter. I do want to remind you of the very special treat we have been given. What rapidly approacheth will be epic in the annals of human history. YOU ARE HERE.   Ringside seat. The great theater. Grab your popcorn.  By the way, a FAST is a powerful tool. You might want to add it to your kit. Only those who are […]

all quiet on the western front

My title line refers to a World War I novel (All Quiet on the Western Front) that came to mind as I explain my long absence from posting here. It is a good book that will be relevant, current as long as the banksters create wars … well worth reading. It is apropos here as my silence is in no way related to the absence of action, activity, deceit, decrepitude or threats to the peace and harmony good people like us deserve. The excrement is definitely splattering from the rotating ventilator. I have been shouting my warnings from my little rooftop to my tiny audience since around 2006. The Great Ugliness is upon us. For the delusional: NO it […]

Tennis tales from the only guy the coach couldn’t beat

My Dad loved tennis and gave me excellent private lessons. The skills and techniques he taught me were a great foundation. Tennis is a very fast-moving strategy and technique game that I was uniquely well suited for. In a graduating class of 1,000 and a school of almost 3,000 students, I was not only among the smallest boys there, I was the third best tennis player in the school … including the tennis coach in that pool. Among the more important bits in tennis are hitting the ball where your opponent is not, making it as difficult as possible for him to return the ball, striving to keep him off balance, doing the unexpected… an undercut short shot just […]

GooGoo hates me

– and the feeling is mutual The tale I am about to tell is more likely poor programming rather than a targeted assault, but I do understand that I am an enemy of The State though a very minor one. Aggravating, punishing or destroying me is always a possible motivation for anything they do… and make no mistake, the people running The State work for the same bosses as the mega-corps do. The Tale During the mad-dash lead-up to my Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) holiday, I ignored that my body was tired and achy. I had an agenda, financial commitments, emotional investments, and schedule that simply did not have time built in for petty distractions such as those. I […]

Track Time bug keeps chewing on me

While I was not crushed by the GT50 bleeding oil all over my March Madness High-G track time weekend, that itch requires a little more, or higher quality scratching. I am returning for a rematch April 23rd and 24th. My Honda CRX “exploded view” from its reconstruction is somewhat emblematic of the way I have been operating. I reorganized my To Do list over the last few days. Instead of a pinch from this bag, one from that, and some from another, I put the bags in order. Perhaps a little more focus will deliver satisfaction of getting stuff done and off my list faster than I add it. First things first. My prior track time pleasures were all […]

Gone RACING

I recently posted Gone Fishing using that phrase as a metaphor for my particular breakaway from the normal, everyday life. Here I use a much more accurate title. Racing is most accurately described as a competition wherein one tries to go faster than another. I will not be in a competition, but rather just running the track as fast as this man and my GT50 machine care to go – which is a whole bunch faster than normal people would drive within their comfort zones. I expect to get my ’87 Honda CRX around 115-120mph in the straight between TURN 15 and TURN 1, before braking hard for a corner likely to require me to be going 35-45 in […]