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for Nanepashemet Peeps of all Persuasions.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lottery Winnings

$630M at stake tonight in the Mega Millions National Lottery.
That's over $315M in lump sum after taxes.
I bought two tickets and am feeling pretty good about it.
If I win, I promise I'll do good things with the money.  I mean.. the first $315M goes to fund the government... so that's a good thing right off of the bat.  Right???
And if I gave $1M to some random Peep, that poor bastard would owe the government about $500k right away.   Do you see a pattern forming?
If I gave it all away to you, the gift tax would reduce it to $160M in your pocket.  And it you went crazy, and gave it to some other pathetic soul, that guy gets $80M after takes.  So going through three sets of hands, $630M would be reduced to $80M to the third receiver, with the government getting $550 Million.
That's why, if I win, I'm going to keep the $300 million after taxes.... All of it.
With everything over $300M I'll be partying, taking some trips,buying some toys,  and having a good time.  That's when you phoney bastards should stay close, because I'll be dishing out more cash than Michael Jackson in a kiddie park.
After that binge, I'll  invest the rest in conservative securities.
2% return on $300M is $6 million a year.  Course, I'd be giving $3M back to the government every year, but with the $3M left over,  I'll find a way to get by..... maybe pay your mortgage and give your kids an education trust fund.... but don't be asking, or you get nothing.
When I die, the Government will get another chunk in inheritance taxes.
Winning the Lottery can be damn depressing.

Redistribution of Wealth.

  This is outrageous.
That young girl shouldn't be hogging all of the Legos.
You go .. Mr. President.
Correct this injustice.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Competitive Market

It's the last week of the first quarter.
Lots of my friends in big corporations are pushing to check boxes that will define their professional performance and drive the worth of their company in the stock market.  I have no problem with it.
Our competitive market system benefits us all in the end, even though it's a rat race if you are in the middle of it all.
I never priced a competitive project that I felt confident that it was a slam dunk that we would make a profit.  Yet, we usually find a way around the constraints and limitations.  Once in awhile, the customer is too unreasonable, and the squeeze is something that you don't think you will eventually get comfortable with.  I have no trouble bailing when that happens.
But usually, the seemingly impossible becomes possible when you attack all of the angles.  That is how the market provides the highest quality at the lowest prices... and why government and government backed time and material industries.... are so incredibly wasteful.   
In public bureaucracies and socialist systems, they don't have to work smart, they just have to cover their ass.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

From Trow and Holden

(or plugs and feathers)

Most Stone will split cleanly if the proper breaking technique is used. Wedges and shims have been used for eons in the stone industry, and are still among the most effective tools for splitting stone. Here's how to use them:

    1. Drill holes along your split line at least as deep as your wedges are long and about 6" apart. For difficult splits, drill holes deeper and closer together. Your split line may be straight or curved.2. Insert wedges and shims into holes as illustrated. Make sure the "ears" face the direction you want your stone to split.
    3. Strike the wedges in sequence, firmly but without forcing. Wait a few minutes. Repeat until stone splits (clear the way!).

I spent the better part of today, doing this wrong.  I didn't drill deep enough and then pounded the hell out of the wedges.  Wish I read this instruction earlier.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fieldstone wall project.

We are starting the fieldstone wall construction on the side of the Sundance house.
Dispite extensive research and the the purchase of several books on the subject matter, it simply gets down to the above graphic.... excavate and level the foundation, establish stakes and lines for the sides and top of the wall, place stones interlocking one over two and two over one, set aside the level cap stones for the top, reinforce large stones with small ones on the inside.
We have to split some large stones first, then the wall will be ready to begin.

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  • Friday, March 23, 2012

    St. Nestor

    Hey... I didn't make this up.... I found it on the Web.   That's one good looking Saint though.

    Wayne's Words

    From my old friend from Eastern Jr. High and Lynn English High School....  Long time Melrose Zoning Board of Appeals Member, Wayne Webster.

    The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited 
    readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, 
    subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. 

    Here are the winners: 

    1 Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which 
    renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. 

    2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. 

    3 Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which 
    lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. 

    4 Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly. 

    5 Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that 
    stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, 
    shows little sign of breaking down in the near future. 

    6 Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the 
    purpose of getting laid 

    7 Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high. 

    8 Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit 
    and the person who doesn't get it. 

    9 Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are 
    running late. 

    10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. 
    (This one got extra credit.) 

    11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off 
    all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and 
    it's like, a serious bummer. 

    12. Decafalon (n): The grueling event of getting through the 
    day consuming only things that are good for you. 

    13. Glibido: All talk and no action. 

    14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem 
    smarter when they come at you rapidly. 

    15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just 
    after you've accidentally walked through a spider web. 

    16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that 
    gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and 
    cannot be cast out. 

    17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half 
    a worm in the fruit you're eating. 

    The Washington Post has also published the winning
    submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply 
    alternate meanings for common words. 

    And the winners are: 

    1 Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs. 

    2 Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering 
    how much weight one has gained. 

    3 Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat 

    4 Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk. 

    5 Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent. 

    6 Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when 
    wearing only a nightgown. 

    7 Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp. 

    8 Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash. 

    9 Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone 
    who has been run over by a steamroller. 

    10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline. 

    11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam. 

    12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by 

    13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist. 

    14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with 

    15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the 
    soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there. 

    16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts 
    worn by Jewish men.

    Modes of Behavior

    I was talking to my friend, Bill Hillegas, this morning, and he told me that he that only has two operating modes.... an easy going, accomodating, generous and open mode.... and a demanding, take no prisoners, cross me and I will relentlessly drill you mode.
    And there is no in between for him.
    One of the reasons Bill and I have remained close is that we have a lot of the same emotions and seem to think alike.
    I know exactly what he means.
    It's always tough when people see you in the first mode, decide you are a push over, and wonder why the shit storm has started as they witness the next mode.
    That can be a problem...

    Tuna Lips said...Mar 23, 2012 04:27 PM
    I got the same approach with the all too common "I am an entertainer" thinking stripper types.

    Sorry in Advance

    This is going to come as a total shock to you....
    But I have a real weakness.
    I try to be easy going and accomodating to people, but if I think I am being taken for granted...and then taken advantage of.... I turn into a real prick. 
    Like a take no prisoners... prick.
    Like a spare no expense, who gives a shit... prick.
    Like a tenacious, never give up, balls to the walls... prick.
    Like a non-stop, full speed til it's done.... prick.
    Like a whatever name you want to call me, you're probably right , but I could care less ... prick.
    Plus... like the stupid Irishman that I am... after it's all over, I still carry the grudge... prick.
    Just ask the folks that I have worked with.   Half of them like me, and the other half thinks  I'm a real prick.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    The Path Not Taken

    Ran into my old friend. Atty. Tom Egan yesterday.
    Tom was one of my lawyers skatey-eight years ago when I was the Executive Director of the Lynn Housing Authority.  Our paths have intertwined many times since then, and I'm always amazed at the tremendous memory that Tom has of those days which now seem so long ago.
    My route has been pretty circuitous since those old Housing Authority days, but Tom seems to have kept the course pretty steady in the property management field, and is really on his game.
    Sometimes I wonder if I should have stayed in real estate... after the public housing stint, I had a great position as Executive VP of Crowninshield Management....but I set sail out of the safe harbors.
    You can't look back.  Doesn't do you an ounce of good.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Cut the Bull

    Being a Mountain of a Man sometimes means that you have to put up with the Bullshit.   The worse kind of Bullshit is when the assholes who are Bullshitting actually believe their own Bullshit, and expect you to fill your plate with a heaping helpful.
    Gets really tedious when they think you will buy it, just because they've sold it to themselves.
    Years ago, the wise man said, "Money Talks, Bullshit Walks."  He was right.
    As I've explained to you Peeps before... when someone tells you that "My Word is My Bond"... rest assured that you are about to be lied to.   Truthful people have no need to ladle out this kind of Bullshit.
    So cut the Bullshit.

    Sunday, March 18, 2012


    As the temps soared into the 60's today, Ryan got the hots to do some landscaping so we followed his lead and kicked ass in the yard until 3:30PM when rigormortis set in for me.   Beers on the deck cured any discomfort, and the yard looks freaking great.
    Brian Stanton dropped by and downed a few with us.   It was a great afternoon.

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    I'll be having a few Guinness Stouts today to commemorate St. Patrick's Day... a day when Irish celebrate being Irish, and everyone else wishes they were Irish too.
    There is something about the Irish way of thinking, the way they can turn a phrase, their habit of answering a question with another question, the vibrancy of their music, their dark and long standing grudges, their stories that go on and on without a clear ending....
    Not sure where the phrase..."Luck of the Irish" comes from.  There is a lot of unlucky shit in the history of the Irish.   But the ability of these people to overcome adversity and achieve success has been a documented circumstance time after time.   Some people might term this as Luck.
    The Irish have a reputation for fist fighting.   This photo of my grandson, Ethan Nestor, has nothing to do with anything... but I thought I'd insert it into this post anyway.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.

     Shona Naomh Pádraig ar

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Purposefully Pounding Palin

    Last night, I took a little time from the salt mine routine to watch "Game Change", the HBO film about Sarah Palin's Vice Presidency candidacy.
    Julienne Moore played Palin and the film producers made her up to look remarkably like the real thing.   Moore also seemed to nail her voice and characteristics.
    And Woody Harrelson, playing a McCain Chief Political Advisor must have said half a dozen times that the Katie Couric interview was "Fair".   Ya Right...I'm sure the real McCain Campaign took it that way.   Don't get me started on the evil Couric.
    Naturally, Sarah was portrayed as a dumb incompetent..... stupider than a lump of hardened modeling clay.
     I didn't buy it.
    She was the Governor of a State with an 80% approval rating among her electorate.   Seems like the Liberals must be pretty biased toward Alaskans.
    Note to Liberals.... BIAS IS BAD.  Eskimos are people too!
    However, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.   Moore was totally hot playing the sizzling Hot Sarah.  That made up for all of the mind control liberal bullshit.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    A Pause for Prince

    This guy, Clovis Prince, just got sentenced to 30 years in prison for bank fraud.
    The news is making a lot of waves in the wireless telecom world because Clovis was well known in the industry for inserting his company in front of major tier one contractors and carriers in a slimey scheme to have those major players hire all contractors through his company, thus giving them a checkbox that showed the number of resources from a "minority company."
    Now he says his harsh sentencing was racially motivated.  He should know.  That guy has a whole deck of race cards and has used all 52.
    I got to know him because my boss at General Dynamics was particularly smittened by Clovis and had attended industry functions sponsored by him.   My boss was big on preaching ethics, but otherwise, not too honest, which is another story.
    Prince and I sat on a panel discussion during a conference in Las Vegas once.  I was sitting next to him, waiting for him to conclude his opening remarks and thinking about what I was going to say to the sparse auditorium audience, when Clovis mentioned that he had been in the wireless industry for 30 years.   That threw my thought process completely off, because the freaking industry was only 15 years old at the time.  As I recall, my opening remarks did not seem to evoke much interest from the audience.
    I'm pretty sure that Prince recognized my disdain, and always looked at me sideways and called me "Nestor"   after that, while he continued to kiss my boss's ass.
    I'm not really surprised at his demise.  I'm sure my old ethical Boss will deny ever meeting him.

    Anonymous Wild Bill Said....Mar 15, 2012 07:42 PM
    Well you can send a prayer message to Clovis through this web site.
    Messages will be sent to Clovis monthly. He will read them providing Bubba ain't taking up all his time.

    Aquaponic Revival

    I've been thinking of reviving my Aquaponics project that I scoped out a few years ago.  There is something really cool about raising fish and vegetables in a interactive organic system.... plus it could come in handy if I survive the Mayan end of days.

    The standard fish is Tilapia, but I'd love to stock the tank with Bass.
    Must be spring fever.

    1. Bass are surprisingly interactive pets...Rip Bassford; 2000-2006.
    2. Tuna Lips Said....Mar 15, 2012 08:54 AM
      Looks somefin' like the rig ole Shoo Fly had back in North Memphis days, fer growin' reefer indoors, outside of pryin' eyes and such. Ended up torchin' halfa block of triple deckers. He had to split town right quick, bench warrants, you get the picture.

      Ole Shoo. Never was much good with jackin' 'lectricity offa the neighbors meter.

    Monday, March 12, 2012


    The astrology web page that I've read every year for the past dozen years or so, by the Brit, Jonathan Cainer, says that good things are supposed to happen to me this week.... because of the Grand Trine... where Jupiter, Venus and Pluto are geometrically lining up in some significant fashion.
    Yet I still came up short in the big proposal that I put together last week.
    WTF Jonathan!!!!
    You better have a good reason for this slam because I can't see the good in it whatsoever!
    Not that I believed in this Horoscope Bullshit in the past... but now I really don't believe in it..... unless things get super good pretty fast.

    Pisc  said....Mar 12, 2012 06:30 PM
    this is from Marilyn, the Inuit woman character on the Now old show Northern Exposure:

    There was a warrior who had a fine stallion. Everyone said how lucky he was to have such a horse.
    "Maybe" he said.
    One day the stallion ran off. The people said the warrior was unlucky.
    "Maybe" he said.
    The next day the stallion returned, leading a string of fine ponies. The people said it was very lucky.
    "Maybe" the warrior said.
    Later, the warrior's son was thrown from one of the ponies and broke his leg. The people said it was unlucky.
    "Maybe" the warrior said.
    The next week, the chief lead a war party against another tribe. Many young men were killed. But, because of his broken leg, the warrior's son was left behind, and so was spared. 

    Thanks Pisc.  Somehow I feel like the guy in this kayak.  Sometimes you shouldn't be on the water.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    POTW Week 10 - 2012

    Jill Lewis mentioned this afternoon that I seemed to have fallen off of the wagon with the Peep of the Week Selections for awhile.
    An astute observation from the attractive Stevie Lewis Trophy Wife.
    This pathetic Blog is over five year's old, and I used to have quite a streak in making the POTW selections week after week.  I never felt like it was an obligation, but was an enjoyable weekly pastime.
    Yes... I know that some of you have a pathological obsession to seeing the weekly Blog feature.... but that's your freaking problem.  I can't be responsible for the escalation of reading this irrelevant ranting into a full bore addiction... like hoarding, shoplifting, or nymphomania.
    Next thing you know, they'll be coming up with a medical term to codify the condition... something like Nanepashementia Syndrome.

    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 10th week of 2012.

    Jill Lewis
    Phoebe Crawford
    Emily Ingardia
    Sue Sue Raiche
    Al Watts
    Scott Brown

    I can't be held responsible.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    Divas Drop By

    These two divas - Emily Angardia and Katelyn Nestor - will be dropping by tomorrow along with other fortunate Peeps for a little birthday celebration for Kate.
    I'm sure I'll do or say something wrong and get immediately screeched at.... but I'm really looking forward to it.

    Friday, March 09, 2012

    Challenge to Be Met

    It's been a big week.
    Nanepashemet Telecom has been exploding with growth and my time has been occupied in trying to catch up, support and accomodate this upswing in business.
    In the old days at General Dynamics, I never had to worry about financing the new work that we won.... just how to implement it.
    Now... Financing growth looms as a major challenge.
    Just in case you are thinking that the Mountain of a Man isn't up for it.... Naturally you are dispicably wrong....and probably have bad breath and a stong need for a hot shower.
    This challenge will be met and conquered.... with all all appropriate humbleness and humility.

    Thursday, March 08, 2012

    Can't Make It Up

    I was feeling kind of bad about the lack of posts lately on this pathetic Blog... so I decided to make it up to you by posting a photo of myself.
    This is a section of the Lynn English High School class of 1970.
    yes... the Mountain of a Man is standing in the upper left hand corner of this photo next to my friend Phil Freeman.  He's the one with the Afro.  In High School, I was a white kid.

    Tuna Lips said.....Mar 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    Hows bout pointin' out the class slut.

    Friday, March 02, 2012

    POTW Week 9 - 2012

    When I used to work in Lynn, my Boss, Ed Calnan, used to have an expression that went something like this....  "Been hit with so many lefts, that I'm begging for a right."
    Two weeks into this business Tsunami and those words have a logical ring to them.
    On Monday morning, there is a big right winding up....

    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 9th Week of 2012.

    Bill Hillegas
    Patrick Piscatelli
    Maria Rowen
    Katelyn Nestor
    Jim Bob Peabody
    Tommy O'Shea

    Calnan also left me with the saying....."One More and We'll All Leave Together", which is one dangerous phrase.
    He was a good Boss.

    Didn't See THAT Coming.

    He's working where?   For Who???
    Holy Shit.  What the Hell is the matter with him?
    Would not have predicted that one.

    Thursday, March 01, 2012

    Shame on Me

    Fool me Once... Shame on You.
    Fool me Twice... Shame on Me.
    Won't get Fooled Again.

    Been there myself, Kemosabe. Damn tranny hookers.