Sunday, October 31, 2010

Neither Wind Nor Rain Nor Dark of Night

It seems the windy season has blown in and once again we're taking advantage of it.  Ben got a steal on this used Air-X wind generator and installed it last week.  Even though last year's microburst was most likely a *once in a lifetime* event for those of us who endured it, this time around Ben is going to install a kill switch to err on the side of caution.  I had planned on sharing a short 20-second video of the [yet-to-be-named] wind generator in action but as usual, my worthless 3G provider (hint: begins with the letter "V") refuses to allow me the pleasure of uploading even the shortest of videos.  So this half-assed picture will have to suffice instead.

The Honeywell generator has been working out perfectly on the calm, cloudy and/or rainy days.  I can actually start it on my own (Toot-toot!) and we found a place to set it where it doesn't cause a clattering reverberation throughout the entire boat.  As far as electricity is concerned, it looks like we've finally got everything squared away.

Sunset Bike Ride: October 29, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Winter Wonder

This is a random post about something we've been wondering for a couple years.  The past two summers we've driven across the country along I-80 and we noticed these partial fences on the plains along the freeway.  We couldn't imagine what purpose they served and it has taken me this long to research it.  So here is my answer to our question... They are snow fences.  I borrowed this picture from another blog, High Plains Drifter, and I found this article with interesting information on the how and why behind the snow fences.  So now we know. ;)  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

For The Record

I've heard it sung that it never rains in southern California. I'm here to tell you that's not true.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In Hibernation

We're still here.  I think about blogging a lot but for more than one reason I haven't bothered to update.  Partly because I have (theshittiestserviceonearth) Verizon 3g which ensures that I can't upload anything, Ever.  Partly because I've been busy with school and work.  Partly because I'm enjoying my privacy lately.

The sun doesn't shine anymore in sunny Socal, so we bought a new Honeywell 2000i generator  yesterday so I can work throughout the winter.  We no longer have the benefit of staying at a hotel during the winter storms because Ben is no longer working at the Quality Inn.  So we'll be roughing it here with our Honeywell.  It's not as quiet as the Honda eu2000i, but it's less than half the price so I think it will do. 

Ben finished installing a new choke, carburetor and head gasket on Mother Culture's Atomic 4 engine.  We haven't left the ball since we arrived back from Mission Bay a couple months ago.  Next on his To-Do list is some maintenance on Old Grand-Dad (aka the Honda Goldwing).  Hopefully we'll get to take a road trip or sailing trip over Thanksgiving break.  I guess that's about all I have to share for now.  Til next time...