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for Nanepashemet Peeps of all Persuasions.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Bit Below Par

I bought Joanne a Motorola Cliq Android phone for her birthday.
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It has a GPS, Camcorder, Camera, Email, Internet access, all sorts of cool apps..... plus you can use it to call people.
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She looks irritated and confused.  This could backfire.  Like the time I bought her a TV for Christmas, or a kitchen stool for a previous birthday.
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Even though I'm a Mountain of a Man, it's clear that I'm below par as a gift giver.
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This is proof that even I have flaws.  I just can't dominate over every facet of life.  In some areas, I'm just like the rest of you.... or maybe even worse.

Kerry D'Orio said...
Mountain of a man..your memory is failing. The way I hear it is the stool was for mothers day! Tisk-tisk.
Some men never learn...

Silver Lining

The rain has stopped, but it is still plenty soggy.  We finally did get a little water in the basement, but not enough to cause damage.  If it wasn't for the hard working sump pump, though it would have been a whole different story.
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I feel bad for anyone affected by flood.  It can be so messy and debilitating.   The only blessing is that all of this rain in March wasn't snow.  In that case, we would have been literally buried  with up to ten feet, and completely shut down.  So, as bad as it is, it could have been so much worse.
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Isn't that the case with most of the adversities that we face?  Things can be better, but they can be so much worse.

TommyO said... 
I hear ya my brother, as I vac'd and pumped water for hours on end the other night, all I had to do was turn on the TV to see the thousands of folks a lot worse off then me. Didn't feel so bad.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Aquaponic Pricing

If I were to build an Aquaponics System for someone... a system ready to add fish and plants....the below spreadsheet would be the breakdown for a 2 waterfall, course with 3' deep 4'x5' irregular, stone lined pond, that is connected to a 4'x8' hydoponic vegetable platform.
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This is the way that I would construct my final price.  But you wouldn't see this breakdown. 
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You would see a one page sheet that says....


Complete Aquaponic System with two waterfall course, 4'x5' Pond capable of keeping Koi four seasons and adjacent integrated hydroponic growing system.
$5,000.00.  Payment in full upon completion.


So for $5,000 you would be ready to relax to a soothing waterfall, watch your  fish, and harvest hydroponically grown plants and vegetables.

It hardly seems enough.

Shroud of Turin

Lots of news today about a 3D recreation of the Shroud of Turin.
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It is not a painting, but a sort of phtotographic negative that scientists have used all types of state of the art dating scrutiny.  Evidence continues to point to an origin during New Testament times.
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If the Shroud is fake, then I would say that it is the most ingenious piece of artwork ever created.
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I tend to believe that the Shroud is the real burial cloth of Jesus.
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But it doesn't matter.  We don't need an artifact to legitimize the existence of Christ.  He has made his impact on the world... whether or not his crucifixion was imaged on his burial shroud.

Frank Iacono said....
Thanks John--wonderfully stated.

Monday, March 29, 2010

More Rainfall

It's raining again here on the North Shore of Boston.  Really soggy.  Flood conditions anywhere near rivers and ponds.  It is the wettest March on record here, but I luckily haven't had any water in the basement like in previous years.  Probably because this precip is all rain with no ice damns that ultimately caused my basement leakage.
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But the sump pump is getting a good workout.
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The rain doesn't have me depressed.... a Mountain of a Man doesn't let a few drops get him down.... but it would be nice to get a little sunshine in the mix.  Plus, I'm interested in seeing if the backyard stops being a swamp since the fallen willow trees wil not be absorbing this moisture.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekend Progress

I appreciate all of the calls and emails asking how the fence project came out.  It does disturb me a bit that you are so obsessed with my weekend accomplishments, but such is the circumstance of a Mountain of a Man.
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So to satisfy your pathetic obsession, please note that the fence came out fine.  I dug all of the post holes, leveled and poured the concrete, then cut and  installed the fence rails.  All that is left is to install the picketts, which shouldn't be heavy lifting, but still will require a little attention to detail.
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I was pretty much done by 4:00, showered and went to dinner, with Katelyn and Mike, who were in town to see the grandkids as well as Stevie Lewis and his beautiful wife Jill. Joanne and I took them to the new restaurant that was the former Flynnies... has a wierd name that I can't remember... but the food was good.
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Next weekend is Easter, and Mike said that he would come into Marblehead to make the pickett nailing short work.  It's supposed to rain Monday, Tuesday and Wedsnesday, but I still hope to get the shingling done before Mike gets here for the picketting job.
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In the meantime, maybe I can get the Nanepashemet Warehouse sign carved and installed.

Pisc said...
Seldom does one comes across a topper like ______from back in the Needham days. Anything you have seen or done, he had seen a bigger one or climbed a higher one. In my current position, I have met an equal to the Topper. The same generation, same middling position in the organization but self-perceived C level executive talent, same ability to stultify a conversation, its uncanny. I need to sharpen my wit for the next round of topping. Pat -  Are you saying that someone is topping the Topper?  Hard to believe.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

POTW Week 12

It's sunny and cool in the thirties.  A perfect day for some FreshAyer and post hole digging.

ANNOUNCING....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the Twelve Week of 2010

Harvey Rowe
Lindsey Kepnes
Michael Murphy
Linda Hewitt Murray
Jean Bubon
Will Nestor

Let the fun begin.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Project Appalachia Status

Today, after a very productive morning at Nanepashemet Telecom, I got out into the backyard and took stock of what remains to be done in completing the transformation from Appalachia to New England back there.
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Still shingling to be finished, but the focus now is on the stockade fence.  I stabilized the portion where the willow tree had crashed through, leveled the post, and put some concrete mix into the post hole to mix with the rainwater.
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Repaired the fence railings by using the Kreg Jig to screw some new support boards in.
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After a visit to FreshAyer tomorrow morning, I will try to dig the last two post holes and install the railings.  Then it's just a question of installing the pickets, which I will hopefully complete on Sunday.
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There's still a chance that I can get the shingling details done before April, but unlikely, since the Nanepashemet business is starting to really pick up lately.  But as long as we have reclaimed the backyard and painted the house trim prior to fishing season starting in late May, everything will be on track.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Last Thousand Days

Some time tomorrow, it will be 1,000 days until December 21, 2012... which the Mayans have predicted as the end of time.
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So is this our last one thousand days???
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How will you spend these last precious moments?
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I suppose that if you really believed in this doomsday stuff, you  wouldn't care about going on a diet, or learning to play the guitar, or paying your taxes....  among other things.  Probably doesn't make sense to buy a lottery ticket, or cut the grasss, or shave.
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You still should treat people right, because the Mayans didn't say anything about the afterlife being cancelled... and you don't want a lot of people pissed off with you in the hereafter.   Or at least, you don't want to piss off more than you already have.
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One good thing is that phoney liberals and their wacky bullshit won't bother me as much.  Don't care if they win the elections if they don't have any more time to screw things up.
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I will continue to Blog though.  Blogging is Life and Life is Blogging.... and we still have 1,000 days to go.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Second in Line

Joe Biden is a heartbeat from the Presidency.
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If BO keeps on smoking and gets lung cancer or something, this loose gun on deck gets to have his finger on the button.
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Dropping the F Bomb to the President on an open mike was the latest gaffe among many.  My favorite is when he tried to curb the economic panic during the Presidential campaign.

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"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'" Obama's running mate Joe Biden, told the "CBS Evening News."
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Except Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. And the television wasn't invented.
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So Joe just reached in and pulled this one right out of his ass.   Brazenly inventing the facts.
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Maybe he's not an idiot. Big Maybe. But he is the Vice President.
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Loyal Dems will point to the gaffs that Sarah Palin has made.
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But the difference between Palin and Biden is that Sarah says stupid stuff when she is chided by A Holes like Katie Couric (ugh!!!). Joe says stupid stuff off the top of his head on a regular basisl with virtually no provocation.
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I know that a lot of people had strong feelings about our last VP, Dick Cheney... but Joe Biden truly scares me.

Maria Rowen said...


Maybe a well placed f-bomb can be very effective, but in most situations, ‘it’ belongs in a back room. As a matter of fact, Biden belongs in a back room. Maybe it’s just too much to expect respect and common decency in our highest-ranking, elected officials. After all…Fox News reported this morning, following the signing and the ‘say-it-ain’t-so-Joe-swearing, Obama thought it might be a good idea to have the following three letters put on a t-shirt…BFD…yup…it sure is…

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Get a Grip

So for Kerry, Will, Tyler, TommyO  and a couple dozen others to name a few, who were asking what we did this weekend.... yada , yada, yada....
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If I wanted you to know... don't you think that I would have freaking told you????
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Sometimes, you have to live your own lives.  Sure, my life is fascinating and inspirational, but yours doesn't have to be so humdrum.   If you looked deeply within, you might even find something interesting in your own dull existance.  It could happen.  It's not so impossible.
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OK.  Maybe I let you down a little.   But a Mountain of a Man needs a little privacy once in awhile.  Even if it's only for a long weekend.
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The chances of it happening again soon are slight, so you can take the panic level down to a manageble decibel.

Tuna Lips said...

From the sounds of it, ye did a whole lotta nuttin'. Bully fer you. Sixer of PBR, some pork rinds, wire hanger to scritch at the mange betwixt my shoulders, and the clicker control is all Ise needs fer when yeh get down to brass tacks.

Staying Strong

The United States of America is the strongest nation in the world... by far.
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Our American economy is so huge, at a Gross Domestic Product of $54Trillion per year, that it is larger than the next four largest national economies  - Britain, China, Japan and Germany - combined!
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Our American Navy controls the oceans of the world without question.   Nothing moves between countries unless we tacitly allow it.
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The spirit of individual initiative and ingenuity that has produced this unprecedented national strength can be attacked.  It can be compromised.  It can be a subject of self loathing apology.
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But it can't be destroyed.... or even derailed.
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Not even close.
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We'll fix this health care fiasco.  We won't let the system bloat, decay, and erode like the other socialized systems.  We'll find a way before this ill thought out, abortion of a reform, ruins lives.   And we'll see the political pendulum sweep out the self loatheing hacks at the same time.
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American Strength will prevail.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Not Healthy

If the National Health Care bill was so good for us, then why would it be such a btterly contested fight?
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You would think that if we really needed this, it wouldn't have to be force fed along party lines.  It would be obvious that a huge national expenditure was needed to take care of a problem that everyone clearly saw had to be solved.
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The US has a health care policy..... that by some analysis is the best in the world.  Emergency rooms are filled with giving care to those with no insurance .  Our hospitals and physicians lead the world in the development of cures and treatments.
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Should the system be tweaked so that people don't fall through the cracks?  Absolutely. 
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But this bill is not about health care.  If it was, Congress would be working  in good faith to put together a health care policy that identifies the shortcomings and comes up with some good faith fixes.
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The fervor and zeal to tip the health care industry upside down and force massive change in a headlong rush betrays the real motive behind this bill.   Surely some Democrats feel strongly about the need for health care reform, but this is really about political power.... and forcing your will upon others.
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It is the political nature of this bill that is so abhorrent.

Maria Rowen said...
"These are the times that try men's souls" (Thomas Paine). Today has been a trying day but the revolution begins again...to the peril of the progressive poison of this POTUS. This is still America...

A Little Sun

I took advantage of the first nice 70 degree day by hitting the beach ... and getting a very uncomfortable sunburn on my shoulders, neck and face.  It's weird that you don't feel like the sun is burning you until it's too late, and you can't move without a decent amount of pain.
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As a Mountain of a Man, I naturally can handle a sunburn fairly easily... but I tend to wonder how lesser men put up with the discomfort without wincing and whinning like little girlie boys.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

POTW Week 11.

This has been the longest lapse in Nanepashemet Blog Posts in a long time... maybe forever.
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For those of you who depend on this daily, I do feel badly for you and your pathetic addiction to this illogical, nonsensical rant.
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There was an excellent reason for the gap in posts, and I actually considered telling you what it is... but I don't think I will.

ANNOUNCING....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 11th Week of 2010.

Ben Wallace
Robby Doyle
Will Murray
Tom Holmes
Tommy O'Shea
Dr. Anthony Costonis

I'll try not to let this thing drop again, so don't make a big thing about it.

Maria Rowen said...
The 'up and down' - 'un-official' peep-poll indicates no 'big thing' on the long lapse of posts because of Bret Baier...But...pathetic peeps still prefer the Mountain of a Man - four to one...word...!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

More D and R Difference

Katelyn sent me this story which further differentiates the tendencies of Democrats and Republicans.
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A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me?
I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."


The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot Air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feetabove sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."


The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat."


"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it is my fault!


Tom Holmes said...
You NEVER Disappoint me! EXCELLENT!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Democrats and Republicans

The problem about Democrats and Republicans is that they are both right.
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Democrats say that "it take's a village."
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Republicans say "let individuals be free to take care of themselves."
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So if you are competent and independent, the Republican side is right.
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But if you need the help of others and can't get on by yourself, the Democratic side is right.
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According to the needs and abilities of the individual, both sides are right. Sometimes government control is necessary... and sometimes freedom is the only stimulis required to solve issues.
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It makes no sense to only take the side of independent, self sufficient people when some people legitimately need the help of others. Some people need the whole freaking village, and you have to accept that.
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I'm so confused.

POTW Week 10

Former Peep of the Year Lauren Rathbone once again proves why was chosen as a POTY when she asked if she missed anything by not seeing the Peep of the Week choice last week.
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The POTW wasn't  there because the Peeps  were never picked,  Lauren.  But I'm happy to act retroactively.

ANNOUCING.... Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 10th Week of  2010.

Lauren Rathbone
Will Crawford
Tyler Gill
Lisa Panakio Rowe
John Tierney
Brian Butler

Nice Catch Lauren.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Angling Toward Aquaponics

The steady rain this weekend put a damper on my backyard projects.
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But I had a lot of other stuff to fill the gap.  The Grandkids were over which always fills the time, and I had a real estate showing in Central Mass for some of the SuperPeeps who I can't name so that I don't jinx the deal.   And while I was out there anyway, I squeaked in an unplanned Fresh Ayer visit.
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Then Tom Holmes turned me on to the concept of aquaponics, whereby a fish pond environment is exchanged with the water from hydroponically grown vegetables, and both the fish and the plants benefit from the exchange of nutrients. 
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So I spent a good deal of the indoor down time reseaching pump systems  on the Internet and thinking of how this aquaponics system could come together.
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All I was originally thinking of doing was making a backyard waterfall and Japanese water garden... then the thought of adding fish and growing hydroponic vegetables started to make some sense.   I think I'll make a run at it this summer.
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Thanks for the idea Tom.  I'll send you some Tomatoes.




Lauren Rathbone said...


How come no peeps last week. Did I miss something?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Water Management

I'm waiting for the Grandkids to come by, and I'll be spending some time with them.   But I'd love to get some fence pole holes dug before this three day rain storm hits.  The  backyard  will be soggy and muddy for weeks after that soaking.
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Since the willow trees in the back have been gone, the water table seems to have risen considerably.  Apparently, the huge willows sucked up a tremendous amount of moisture that is no longer leaving the soil.  Even with the trees, the water table in the backyard was only two feet down or so.
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Maybe, I'll have to dig a shallow well and install a pump to use for watering this summer.  With a Japanese pond and Coi Fish to follow.  
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That would be the ultimate evolution.  From Appalachia, to a Japanese Water Garden!  I should start digging for the electrical conduits, but it already has started to rain.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Weekend Outlook

It's an overcast and rainy outlook for the weekend.  That might slow the evolution of the backyard from Appalachia to New England.
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I've been making progress though.
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All of the trim has been installed and shingling is half done.  All I have to do on the house is finish the cedar shakes, then paint the trim.
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The next priority will be to fix the stockade fence, then build a wood crate, then move and organize the wood pile.  After that, the backyard lawn and plantings will have to be attended to.... but that gets pushed out to May.  I'm going to get a painting contractor in shortly to do all of the trim around the entire house.
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If all of the house stuff is done by the end of March, that will leave April to get the Pram and the Tender refurbished and ready for an active boating season this year.  We'll get the WhaleEye in in May and start reeling in the fish and lobsters.
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That's the plan for this weekend.


Tom Holmes said...
I am Impressed... You Truly ARE a Mountain Man!

pisc said...
Got a call last night from a guy who built my house. He is in Sousa Baranowski for the rest of his life for murder. For what its worth, he is a guy who has nobody, and we communcate with him and keep a few bucks in his account up there.


As my pop, a Navy corpsman, later to become and MD and professor at no less than Yale University said to me when I told him this, hoping for affirmation for being a good Catholic: "we all could be in prison Pat. It's no trick to be free."


Maybe that is why we see eye to eye, Johnny.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Moaning about March

March is the worst month of the year for weather in Boston.   The temp keeps creeping over 50 degrees and the warmth of the sunshine makes you start to yearn for spring, then a quick cloud cover coupled with drizzle at 38 degrees puts the winter chill right back into you.
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Plus, even though I'm basically a Northern guy, and the cold weather  never really bothers me, you finally get bored with it, when it's raw and rainy but not snowing.
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When my ancestral trust fund kicks in... or when I hit the Powerball Lottery... whichever comes first, I'll be heading for some tropical outpost for the entire month of March.  Until then I'll be slugging it out with the March weather, getting as close to bitching and moaning as a Mountain of a Man can get.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Baa Baa Pelosi

In a remark at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Association of Counties, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged the passage of the health care bill saying: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. "
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BTW, the bill is 2,700 pages long.  She would have been a great politician during the Cold War.....  For the Russian Communist Party.   She must truly believe that we are Sheep.
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A highly incompetent remark from the Democratic Leadership.

Pisc said...


Just do what I tell you to Pelosi - these remarks are heard by everyone, and everyone gets it. The onus is on us to tell our representatives that we do not support the proposed legislation and, moreover, are deeply disturbed by the attitude that the majority party is taking given the clear intent from the people that this bill is not just antithetical to our desire, but very,very destructive. The patrician posturing and blatant arrogance that Ms. Pelosi and her comrades are showing toward us, the great unwashed, is completely antithetical to the principle of government "of the people, by the people and for the people." I'll save you the google search. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. LIncoln being the first ever Republican president.

This latest surge is the Dem's Pickett's Charge. We must stop this, in the near term, to postpone the vote until after their recess. Barry wants it by date X (for the tenth time), a date conveniently just prior to his going abroad, to avoid the uproar here, to avoid the press, and, in his wettest dream, to gloat to the Socialist scum he wants to impress. Pig.

Pisc said...

Great trip to the Bass Pro Shop last night. Getting the tackle ready for a big year. DId you know that the license that I/we need to simply surfcast is put on us by, you guessed it, the Feds. NOAA. ********ers.

Painless Dentistry

Back from the Dentist and waiting for the novocaine to wear off.  I'm a big fan of novocaine.  I'll take discomfort over pain any day.

Scattering to the Exits

What's with all of these Democratic Congressmen who are leaving Congress?
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It seems like the Democratic majority is imploding into itself.  They have the power and the votes to make a change, and are unable to do so.  We know that they can throw rocks, but now that they have the tools, they can't build anything.
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Am I being too critical here?  Patrick Kennedy, William Delahunt, at least two others in the past two weeks.  All of a sudden, they don't care too much about change.  Change is good as long as they don't have to be the ones to put in the time and effort to effect it.
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You would think that someone with the leadership skill of Speaker Nancy Pelosi could stem the tide of these costly resignations.
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And Obama seems to be wallowing in rhetoric and ineffectiveness.  All of that executive experience at the Chicago ACORN agency doesn't seem to be kicking in.
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It is approaching mid term.  The light in the room has been turned on and it seems like there is quite a bit of scattering to the exits.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Census Takers

The US Census was first formed because there had to be a way to count citizens in order to allocate Congressional seats to the States.
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That's it.   Count the heads and determine the population of the States.
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Now, we're informed by the United States Department of Commerce that  the Census is required so that each community can receive its fair share of government funds.   And in order to determine the "need" the Census delves into all sorts of questions that have nothing to do with a head count.
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Sorry, but I just become less trustful and more jaded as I get older.  We are losing our freedoms as the government seeks to learn every part of our private lives though its taxation and "census" systems.  Our rights to privacy and our ability to lead our own lives as we deem fit within the reasonable boundaries of law are under attack.
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The Founding Fathers would have revolted under our present government.

Attitude

It wasn't too long ago when the Japanese were viewed as producing a superior automotive product.  Their manufacturing processes and work ethic were held to be models for the US.   But now the Toyota fiasco really debunks this myth.
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The Toyota recall problem doesn't seem to go away.  These weird instances of random acceleration with no operator control could tip the entire Japanese auto industry.
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Most of you who know me, know that I'm a Ford guy.  Can't imagine not driving an F150 Pickup.....
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Henry Ford's quotation, "If you say you can, or you say you can't... you're right!" has always been a source of inspiration.  Every problem can be solved.  As long as you maintain the proper attitude and don't defeat yourself by quitting.
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Course, personally, Henry Ford held reprehensible views.  So I'm not a fan of him per se, but I live by his quotation.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Trip to West Virginia

Since the trees in my neighbor's backyards have blown down over the past year, the back of my house has gained a lot more visibility.
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Being a Mountain of a Man generally consumes a lot of time, and I don't always fit in the more mundane tasks such as finishing the last part of shingling jobs, or fixing hanging gutters, not to mention the proper storage of ladders, turkey fryers, lobster pots and such.
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But now that the back of the house is clearly visible from Tidewinds Terrace, I decided that a little maintenance might be in order.  Basically the front of the house is in the North Shore of Boston, but the back of the house looks like Jed Clampett's West Virginia Appalachian Homestead.  The only thing missing was a rusting auto chassis in the yard.
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So I took advantage of a late winter thaw this weekend, cleaned out all of the trash, shingled the back of the garage, fixed the gutter and made a huge dent in relocating Appalachia to New England.  My plan is to get the entire backyard back to the NorthShore by April.

Tuna Lips said...
Sounds like some perty good camerfloddgery for a home brew cookin' tank.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Moving Forward

It's my daughter, Katelyn's, Birthday tomorrow.
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Don't look back, Kate.
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The best is yet to come.


lindsey kepnes said...
pretty pic!!! happy bday kate!

Maria Rowen said...
From presidents and politics to babies and birthdays...a lot for the peeps to unPack this week in the land and sea of NanePashmet...so...time-out for the tuna, a bloom for the doom , enjoy-everything-Ethan and kick-it-Katelyn...nothing but the best...for the best...

Friday, March 05, 2010

Taking the Lead

In my lifetime, I have memories of the following Presidents

Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton
Bush
Obama

Of these, my feeling is that Carter was the most inept.  Even with his disgrace, Nixon had laudable achievements, particularly in opening up relations with China.  I pray that Obama doesn't eclipse Carter, but there seems to be the distinct chance.

Frank said...
Nice pic of Carter...where did you get that one?
That picture of the dentist's office...would that be Dr. Danny Levy's office by any chance?

POTW Week 9

Sometimes people are so transparent that you feel like saying to them, "Have your fun, you're not fooling anybody and you will shortly get your assed kicked as usual."
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But Being a Mountain of a Man, it's sufficient to say nothing at all.

Announcing...
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the Ninth Week of 2019

Paul Perocchi
Ethan Nestor
Alex Watts
Jeremy Johnson
Mark Vona
Doug Maxfield

Let the kicking commence.

Costly Scheme

If you think that your scheming and manipulation will get you anywhere... let me clue you in... it will ultimately get you into court.   Get out your wallet.  It's going to cost you.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Phophets of Doom

I hate doomsday prophecies. They are nothing but a source of power and control for the prophets.
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And for those that use scientific data to back up your claims, you can find data to back up just about anything. Just ask Al Gore. Some people just make up the data to fill the gaps, scare people, and gain more power.
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This whole debate to ban recreational bluefin tuna fishing has this same hypocritical taste.
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From my perspective, as a middle aged, slighly overweight, white guy, I've see the environment drastically change in my own lifetime... for the better.    Never saw Deer, or Raccoons, or Turkeys, or even Hawks when I was growing up in Greater Boston forty or so years ago.  Now they are downright commonplace.  I've seen Bluefish come in, leave, come back, then leave again.
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Call me naive, but, I'll bet the Bluefish come back.
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And I don't need some self important, controlling environmentalist to file legislation to make that happen.

Frank Iacono said...


The ONLY reason deer/raccoons/hawks are commonplace is BECAUSE of Al Gore's prophecies! Get it right!

Tuna Ban

Now the Dems are stepping up the pressure to ban Bluefin Tuna fishing.
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A number of friends in this area will be drastically affected.
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Since I hardly ever hook up, it really won't have much of an impact on me.   But for my friends who have vastly superior fishing skill than I, this ban should be strongly opposed.
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Every serious fisherman that I know, including Doug Maxfield and Mark Vona, are meticulous about meeting fishing standards.  They wouldn't dream of taking a Striped Bass from Stellwagen or going over quota on Bluefin, because they respect the regulations.
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Now, since Japanese and Mediterranean fisherman have overfished the stocks in their areas, the Obama administration supports a ban which will remove this fishery from law abiding Americans.  We in New England are not the problem.  Why don't you use your brains once in awhile????
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Killing the recreational charter tuna  industry in New England won't save the Tuna. Not that they need to be saved.  Just pay attention to solving Global Warming and leave us the hell alone.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Misplaced

Somebody downloaded my photo of the Bachelor Skank.   Could you please return it?
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The other thing that seems to be misplaced is all of this Obama stimulis money.   Where the hell is it?  When I hear things like it was applied to municipal budgets to save jobs, it just seems like we were really scammed.
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If I was Obama, I would make grants and loans of stimulis money to small business with the stipulation that it be used solely for the purpose of creating jobs or investing in capital projects.  Give it to small business entrepreueurs who have demonstrated that theyknow how to create stuff from nothing.
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Maria Rowen said...

In the case of the misplaced photo...something smells fishy. The misplaced stimulus -- a secret slush fund. Now...if Obama was you, he would be...good-looking, charismatic, smooth-talking, experienced, served in an executive capacity, held a real job, and had a record of success...(file under:fish story)

Crisis Averted

Thanks for all of the emails inquiring about my health.  And for all of you who sent flowers, that was just a bit over the top.  Althought the roses were beautiful.
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I have beaten back the bug and will be operating on all cylinders today.
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The crisis is over and you can rest assured that this Blog will continue to support/taunt you in your everyday humdrum lives.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

24 Hour Bug.

I'm hopeful that this is a 24 hour bug, which would put me with about 9 hours to go.
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Being a Mountain of a Man, I can tough it out, although I feel bad for what a lesser man would have to endure.

Novovirus

I wasted some of my precious Earth time last night watching the season finale of  "The Bachelor".
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Don't know if this is purely coincidental, but I had intestinal issues all night and feel really nauseous  this morning.
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There is a chance that I caught that novovirus that is going around from my grandkids, but I think that my body is reacting to watching that sappy ass show for so long.

Maria Rowen said...
Tea and toast today for the Mountain of a Man. 'T' no 'a' for the peeping peeps and Burberry scarves for everyone!

LEC said...
In the Nanepashemet Telecom Pantheon, which is higher, executive vice president, or senior vice president?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Winning at Winter

The Winter Olympics closed with the Americans winning a record 37 medals.... more than any country has ever won in a Winter Olympiad.
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So we are getting better at Winter stuff as a Country.  Just a bit more proficient with snow and ice apparently.
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That's enough of a reason for the Dems to put a halt to this Global Warming of theirs.

Pisc said...
If we had won the gold in hockey, Obama would have apologized.

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