Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year

The 25th Year of NYE fireworks over the University of Alaska campus.

2014 Sparktacular 2

2013 Photo courtesy of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks

Word of the day: Viridescent

Aurora over Fairbanks

Adjective: Greenish hue, becoming green

Photo courtesy of the University of Alaska – Fairbanks

Construction skills at work:

When a customer calls me up and starts the conversation with, “I saw this really great idea…”, I know that I am probably in trouble.

This time was no exception.

“You start with glass blocks, drill a hole in it, then stuff miniature Christmas lights in the block, but I have no idea how to drill the hole, and I figured you would, so…”

Glowing Blocks of Glass

When I did the prototype, I called the customer back and said, “It looks pretty good, so I’ll do it, but don’t tell anyone else about it. How many do you need?”

I received an email tonight with several pics of the blocks in action, with the message: “Everyone loves your blocks, and I’ve told them all about you… You’ll have to start a side business.”


” Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’ ”

— John Greenleaf Whittier

Best laid plans

New Series Radiator

The new Rover radiator & hoses arrived just before Christmas. A few weeks ago, after taking the Rover out to bid a job, an oncoming tricked out Ford with mudders launched a projectile at my Rover. I saw the incoming missile, then heard it strike and bounce around under the bonnet before detonation. By the time I arrived home, there was a fine, green mist flowing out of my radiator. The impressive odds of such a precise strike without a guiding system, not withstanding, I was kind of ticked off.

My intention was to fire up the torpedo heater in the Rover Hut and get to work on the truck today. Unfortunately, I was rudely surprised to find the temp hovering around -20 this morning, which destroyed the minimal motivation that I had.

We had five inches or so of snow fall from Christmas night on, so I pulled the snowblower out of the Rover Hut, and quickly found that it needed to be dragged into the cabin for a pre-start warm up. By the time the drive was plowed, and firewood hauled into the cabin for the week, I realized that the new radiator could wait until at least -10.

“Man’s Character is his Fate.”

— Heraclitus

Tolkien Christmas

Artwork by J.R.R. Tolkien