Thursday, January 18, 2018

So, you've got a frozen pipe, do you?


Here's what to do, courtesy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In case that link ever goes away, here's the TL:DR version:

  1. Cut off the water supply to your home.
  2. Relieve any pressure.  Open faucets connecting to the frozen pipes.
  3. Warm things up, gently.  Flames or high heat can crack pipes.
  4. Check for leaks.  Listen, look, etc.  Check the water meter for motion.
  5. Contact a professional.  There are also temporary repair kits in the meantime.
  6. Contact your homeowners insurance agency promptly.
  7. Resolve to drip your pipes the next time.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Movie Review: Kong, Skull Island


On one hand, the action never lets up, the effects are stunning, and it has enough story line to move it along.  The star-studded cast helps too, and most of the actors were well-chosen for their roles.  On the other hand, this is just one big, dumb, over-the-top summer popcorn muncher.  (So why'd they release it in March?)  Somewhere near the start it looked like it might turn out to be pure B-movie goodness like the original Predator, but then things got a little too cute.  A lot of it was nonsense or had plot holes you could toss Kong himself through, seemingly to wedge in one more special effects shot.

Oh never mind, it's just a big dumb summer blockbuster wannabe about an oversized ape on a horrific island.  Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.  It pretty much gives the plot, introduces the main characters, and shows all the cool scenes, but with a pace and wit that's missing from the movie itself.

Somehow it feels like 2017 will be remembered as the year that CGI effects jumped the shark.

Hard to Believe


A second snow in one winter is a rare occurrence.  So is cold like this:

That big number makes no sense at all.

What the hell is that stuff?  Twice this year?

I'm going to go brew some more hot coffee and wait for this horror to pass.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Good Day Along the Seawall


Pic from today's late-morning ride:

It's just a snapshot, but still... it'd be at home on a Jimmy Buffett album's liner notes.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It Only Rains on Weekends, Part 2


Deer season ends on Wednesday, so guess what the forecast is for next weekend.


Uh-huh.

Of course anything can and will change between now and then.  Will just have to be ready to ride the trails as gaps appear in the weather on Saturday or Sunday, and have the bike all tuned up before then.

Somehow This Keeps Happening



Show me an exception and we can discuss how that exception proves the rule.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Field Day Cometh


In just two weeks.  In case you're wondering what this is all about, it's an excuse for people to go out into the winter wonderland of the last weekend of January and play radio.  Here's the Winter Field Day Association's web site, and here's an informative podcast that'll tell you all about what some guys are going to do up north of I-10 where it snows and and sometimes even other forms of frozen water fall out of the sky.  (I hear that they have different names for all the types, but I wouldn't know much about that.)

So what am I planning on doing?  Can't really say at the moment.  Depending on people and weather, this could turn one of several ways.  About all I can guarantee is that it will involve either an FT-857d or an FT-817nd for the radio.  That, and the damned pack is going to be a good deal lighter than last year's.

In the meantime, you can catch up on the frozen fun, RF burns, and general mayhem at the above-mentioned web site a podcast, or at this blog's recap of WFD-17.