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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #20: Hallucinations from the Beach, on a Theme from a 'Project from the Past'

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Knowing that I was under the gun.......fresh from vacation…....didn’t have any excuses, I thought I would immediately post a blog entry….........

BAMMMMM…................

Only 5 hours after arriving and waking up late, recovering from the dreaded red eye special, just back from Hawaii,

...TA DAHHHH….....a post.

Now, you should realize, that my mind is still in vacation mode. Today is recovery, tomorrow is an adjustment day off, to get in the mood for work, and Tuesday is work again. Don’t we all need a mood adjustment day? I may have invented the concept….....but then again, probably not.

Don’t complain about this dredgeup from past….......PLEASE….....I have a long way to go before I can touch Dick Cain.............

Any asthma attacks from flying dust, as Barb dusts off those forgotten hall closet projects Dick?

Nah, we know Barb probably has to do all the work, dusting them off, taking the pictures…...........

Hmmmmmmmm?

Dick will rise to this challenge by finding more projects…........

OK,OK,OK, shouldn’t be poking fun at Dick to deflect criticism from you vultures just salivating for another chance to roast poor old Jim. But I knew Dick would be there right in the first echelon, rubbing his hands…....best defense is a good offence.

You know, while in vacation mode, I realized that what I had been doing all these years, renting condos instead of buying, was definitely the most cost effective and easy approach. But I still fondly harkened back to my motorhome days, an example of an entertainment money sink folly. The motorhome has found a new home with my daughter in Fairbanks. Low mileage, but over 20 years old.

Instead of this old, yet to be revealed (aren’t you excited?) project, I thought I could post a Sketchup diagram of a motorhome simulator, something that seemed appealing to construct, combining woodworking and electronics, right up my geeky alley…........

.........you folks understand, something you dream up in the midst of heat stroke while lying on the beach defying skin cancer and sunburn, trying to conquer your incipient terminal dehydration with one more beer with lime........as you conjure up these absurd projects in your alchoholic haze, your genius distracted by the occasional scantily clad wahine strolling by solely for your amusement, obviously lusting for your 70 year old well oiled, pasty, slightly lumpy, and sagging, physique…..........

Well, back to my epiphany….......I could put it in our oversized bedroom on top of the closets. Video screens all around simulating the scenery as I drive down the highway. We could even conjure up artificial smells to remind us of the overflowing chemical toilet. Then there is the outrageous noise from the wind and the motor easy to generate from an included audio system. Kermit, my 20 year old mitered conure, riding the top of the steering wheel. Very interesting to see him stay on top of the wheel as you turn a corner, he got good at that. Kermit would love it, reciting total verbal repertoire in his loudest voice, the only saving grace being that he is truly funny and remembers the most outrageous things….........

OK, I know, this is a cheat, but I was reminded of this item by a post authored by Rich Greer about sharpening knives......with his Worksharp 3000.

Now I have a Workshop 3000, about one year old….......and yet to be used…......(-:

.......so I am searching for a purpose for this shiny gizmo gathering dust in a forgotten corner of my shop….............(-:

Now Rich, being a buddy, understands. We both like sleak looking over-engineered gagets. My new computer comes to mind.

I decided I needed an easy, always available, quality solution for sharpening my very good German knives. So I had Sherie give me a Chef’s Choice 3 wheel sharpener. Now I can sharpen a knife in under a minute, unless it has a nick and then it take longer. My sharpener sits on the pantry counter adjacent to the kitchen, along with a lot of other appliances. I also made a cover for it, to protect it from dust, about 2 years ago, before I decided to do WW as a hobby, so it is more in the DIY mode.

The cover has purple heart ends, rabbeted to fit the 1/4 inch birch ply top and front and back. The back has a slot for the cord. The oak handle came from my junk box of scavanged knobs from discarded furniture and such. This was made essentially from bits and pieces and has nail and glue construction. Finished with clear WATCO. It is not in the main kitchen, so didn’t have to be beautiful, mostly functional, but it is consistent with the pantry quality surroundings.

It meets the LJ ultimate condition for merit and self satisfaction:

Built from scrap and materials, including the WATCO, already in the shop.

We might spend a modest fraction of a million dollars setting up the shop….........but if we build it from scrap….......all is justified….saving our planet….mother earth gives us a loving smile................I don’t think I’ll get into politics here…...........

The Cover on the sharpener.
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. The Cover off the sharpener, ready to use.
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. The back of the Cover, to display the notch for the cord.
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Just a blast from the past…..........

Alaska Jim
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........in recovery….........tomorrow is mood adjustment

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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grizzman

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

well i shall try to be the first to post here…mostly for the idea of mood adjustment day…i think your the first..and it is a good diagnosis of the mood ive been in since i worked my last day…nice knife sharpener cover thingy…with a wonderful notch in the back…made by a very sharp chisel i would assume .. or not…....maybe you should go to the zoo tomorrow…get the alaska feel back…or stand out in the rain ..it will add to the pasty looking skin….that all alaska women look for…you dont want to show a tan…then they know your rich and are just after the money….lol…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 1378 days ago

You need a short vacation to get rested from LONG vacation to get ready for work! :)

It seems to always work that way…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

Grizz
Once upon a time I used to come home in the late evening, or early morning hours from vacation, and start working the next 0800 that arrived. Then if I came home at an odd hour, I would wait for the next day.

Now, I need a mood adjustment day….....yup, can’t approach work with the wrong attitude….....right?

So here I is, recovering, tomorrow is mood adjustment….......and then we work….......waiting for the sun tan to fade….......

Notch with the band saw…...........(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

Joe
Yes, vacations are a whole lot of work…............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

That same model took me from Luddite to convert. My Wusthof Trident set can cut veggies, merely by being brought into proximity to the veggies.

The cover, of course, is muy cool.

But even a thoroughly exhausted Neil … cannot help but ask … if Dear Jim would be kind enough to resolve the apparent ambiguity in THIS masterful sentence:

The motorhome has found a new home with my daughter in Fairbanks. Low mileage, but over 20 years old.

To WHOM, or WHAT, does the description refer—daughter or motorhome ?

Welcome home, Jim.
Great stuff !

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

Neil
‘Tis but an artistic ambivalence designed to evoke nuance and conjure up the rich undertones of logical nonsense that pervade all my humble endeavors in the world of woodworking literary endeavour….....to lighten your soul, and tempt you to fall into the moral abyss of frivolity…..........

.........could the object of the pronoun, by proximity…......be “Fairbanks”?

Is not artistry but the lack of objectivity and precision….......a blurring of reality in which the imagination can rise, to….....to…......hmmmmmmm….....hallucination, that’s where it all started…....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#7 posted 1378 days ago

That cinched it.

I think I need some time in Hawaii.

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1378 days ago

Neil

............meet you there…...........


Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 1378 days ago

Mood adjustment, jet-lag recovery, re-acclimatization, mental health, run errands and restock the house, catch up on paperwork, whatever you want to call that extra day off after a vacation it is certainly needed.
After I hit 40, my old bod and mind needs an extra day to just remember where I am and to adjust.
Heading to Oahu in November with wife and kids, can’t wait!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 1378 days ago

Scott
I was a little late in getting here, but the mood adjustment day is now standard….........

Have a good trip to Oahu. We enjoyed our Maui trip as usual. Just a relaxation thing for me.

Take care,

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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twokidsnosleep

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#11 posted 1378 days ago

Thanks Jim
I apply your mood adjustment even further.
Found I am a much happier camper if I do the mood adjusting thing every week and work a four day week. Then I have a day to myself and/or spend time with the kids and run errands, go in for a bit, clean up, paperwork whatever. Get me working (seeing patients) five days and I am pretty snarky. I may make less money but am far happier.
November seems very far away, but a vacation on the horizon is a real stress buster.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1378 days ago

Scott

Ah, I see. I work a 4 day week, seeing patients, also, but I don’t have to go to the office at all on the fifth day (old and tired), but then I am on call every fifth weekend (take Monday off after that).

I was way too late doing the 4 day thing, but better late than never. Take Wed afternoon off also (forever)

My youngest child is a general surgeon, so I don’t have child issues anymore…..............(-:

Unless you count myself, and I can get pretty puerile….............then my wife takes care of me….......(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 1378 days ago

JIM!
There you go again, picking a poor guy that stayed on Da Range.

(For those not from Minnesota, that’s what they call us people who live on MN’s Iron Range, but Jim bailed out years ago, & has never looked back),

but you can’t take ”DA Range out of a Ranger”, he’s branded for life.

Dusting does keep Barb occupied.

Now I have to dig for some more projects in order to hold up to your claims about us.<(:O}$

Thanks for thinking of us Jim.

We’re looking forward for you to post a project one of these days, in order to break the ice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 1378 days ago

Jim!

One of these days I’m going to climb up on the highest lean ore dump north of our house,

& see if I can see Alaska. <(:O}$

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 1378 days ago

Dick
Hopefully will have some time to get things done now that my schedule is a little lighter. Helps to be early in the vacation schedule as well.

I remember looking down into the pit on the eastern side of town, that now seems to be filled with water when I Google Earth it. I also remember the piles of lean ore and overburden that dominated the landscape. One thing about the iron ore mining, especially the open pit, the miner injuries seemed to be rare. They were still doing some underground miningin up in the Tower and Ely area when I was there, but it closed down before I left, as I recall.

For those of you that don’t know, my residence of record was Virginia, Minnesota, less then 30 miles from where Dic lives, until about 1965, when I got married and was living in the Minneapolis area while going to graduate school. Went to Carleton in Northfield, Minnesota for undergrad. The houses where I lived were always close to railroad tracks, we were poor, and the house I lived in the longest was about 50 yards from a modestly active railroad track. We walked the tracks regularly, and used them as a road into nearby forest and undeveloped areas where we played in the summer.

There was a distinct accent to the speech of those from the range. I think there was a heavy influence from the Finns and Slavic groups. Da Range, is an example of how words sounded, in that case referring to the Mesabi Iron Range. Ranch sounded almost like “ranch” as I recall. I don’t have the accent any more. Maybe you can fill us in, Dick, where does that accent come from?

Thanks for stopping by, and Dick, keep the duster at the ready, Barb….............(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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