Quick, guess where these three photos were taken. Hint: it’s on a planet the locals call Earth. Give up? It’s in umm lets see, I have it written down somewhere. I’ll get back to you in a bit, these Earthicans have so many cities…..

Wearing my brothers sailor uniform (USS Orion) back in ‘74. I make a good looking squid, don’t I? O.K. don’t answer that! I love ships, as you will tell scrolling through the pages, not so much being in the military. I have nothing against the military per-say, I just don’t like the idea of being brain washed into thinking that killing people is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, some people need killing, I’d just rather not be the one doing it. I became adverse to the deed as a child when my father forced me to drown a baby bunny between two  buckets of water that the cat had gutted but didn’t kill. To this day I can hear that poor thing scratching to get free , talk about scared for life. However, knowing that I am able to kill another living being will empower me if the need to do so in defense of myself or husband should ever occur. I just hope that the need never occurs. I’m sorry poor baby bunny, I much rather would have stitched you back up to hop another day than what I was forced to do. Well, this caption sure took a turn from where it was originally headed!

Wearing my brothers sailor uniform (USS Orion) back in ‘74. I make a good looking squid, don’t I? O.K. don’t answer that! I love ships, as you will tell scrolling through the pages, not so much being in the military. I have nothing against the military per-say, I just don’t like the idea of being brain washed into thinking that killing people is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, some people need killing, I’d just rather not be the one doing it. I became adverse to the deed as a child when my father forced me to drown a baby bunny between two  buckets of water that the cat had gutted but didn’t kill. To this day I can hear that poor thing scratching to get free , talk about scared for life. However, knowing that I am able to kill another living being will empower me if the need to do so in defense of myself or husband should ever occur. I just hope that the need never occurs. I’m sorry poor baby bunny, I much rather would have stitched you back up to hop another day than what I was forced to do. Well, this caption sure took a turn from where it was originally headed!

This was taken in 1981 in the hospital after my first operation for Crohns disease. Besides the 3 tubes stuck into me that show, there’s two more not showing under the robe. One is poking out of my dick and the other is drilled into my stomach. I do not recommend doing this at home! The other thing of note is my first and last perm. It did NOT turn out at  all like I was expecting. I wanted Jimmy Page/Led Zepplin long curls, not a Brillo pad© on my head. P.S. You’re looking at over $30,000 in that picture, thank you work provided insurance.   

This was taken in 1981 in the hospital after my first operation for Crohns disease. Besides the 3 tubes stuck into me that show, there’s two more not showing under the robe. One is poking out of my dick and the other is drilled into my stomach. I do not recommend doing this at home! The other thing of note is my first and last perm. It did NOT turn out at  all like I was expecting. I wanted Jimmy Page/Led Zepplin long curls, not a Brillo pad© on my head. P.S. You’re looking at over $30,000 in that picture, thank you work provided insurance.   

This is the family “secret” recipe for half and half mix sake. The most difficult part to find is the 5 gallon crock as they are usually found in antique stores in bad condition. The second biggest problem is finding gallon glass bottles. The final step (Day 29-43) bottles are the standard quart bottles that can be found (emptied) at your local bar. Enjoy and drink it in moderation as it will kick your ass.

This is the family “secret” recipe for half and half mix sake. The most difficult part to find is the 5 gallon crock as they are usually found in antique stores in bad condition. The second biggest problem is finding gallon glass bottles. The final step (Day 29-43) bottles are the standard quart bottles that can be found (emptied) at your local bar. Enjoy and drink it in moderation as it will kick your ass.

Here are a few of the gator pictures I’ve taken over the years. All of them were taken on the upper Hillsborough River from our kayak as we paddled past them. Most involved the use of a zoom lens, I’m not that suicidal. The closest we came to a shit yourself moment, was when a 10-12 footer on the raised bank decided to wait until we were next to it to dive into the water. It just cleared the edge of the cloth covered home built boat we were in by (what seemed to be) inches. Had it moved any faster, the sucker would have dove into the boat, and likely through it, not into the water next to it. I didn’t get a picture of that one.

Picture of the dresser that I made at work for my bedroom. The company I worked at builds wooden office furniture; desks, hutches, bookcases, etc. I designed, banded, (put on the plastic trim that hides the rawboard edges) and assembled it, while my other-half cut the parts to my specs. The lion head pull rings were purchased at Lowes™. The lower drawers are from the standard sized lateral files they sell and the top drawers are their vertical file size box drawers. The whole thing is heavy as all get out, as the main body is made from 1 1/8” wood, where a store bought dresser would be made from a thinner material. The Brandy Cherry finish is no longer available, so I now have a hand made in the USA ”collectors item”.  

This is another of the steamers that operated on the Lake of Bays. While I played on the burnt out hull of the Mohawk Belle as a child, I did manage to touch the remains of the Iroquois under water. It sank at the dock side shown on the bottom two pictures. They stripped off the upper deck work and dumped boulders on top to widen the dock. The last few yards of the hull were rock free and under about 8 feet of water. You can dive down and still see the stern with chains draped over it, leading out to deeper water. The small locomotive engine and cars continued to operate long after the demise of the steamships and was billed as the world’s shortest operating rail road. It too was eventually removed, but unlike the ships, lives on to this day at Pinafore Park Railway, in St.Thomas, Ontario. Also note that the bottom photo shows the final version of the Mohawk Belle in contrast to the photo shown latter down in the “blog”.

This was the flagship of the Huntsville based fleet. Originally built on the Lake of Bays with wooden ribs and planking, it was moved over land to the lakes closer to Huntsville, Ontario. It was said that the keel was broken in the move and made the ride “bouncy” afterward. When the hull was worn out, a steel framed new hull was constructed to exactly match the original. When the time came, the upper structure and drive equipment was transferred to the new hull. The old one was filled with scrap, towed out into the lake and burnt. The second version lasted up to the late 1950’s when it too was scraped. In the top photo, you can see cord wood stacked along the bank of the canal to be used as fuel for the steam boats.

Not all the steamships died out. This is the Wanda III which was restored to working order on the Lake of Bays. The top photo was taken in 1969 on it’s maiden voyage after the engine and boiler were repaired to fully operational status. The bottom photo was taken in 1977 to show the repainting and finished detailing done. Side note, she nearly sank when a leak went undiscovered because the owner was away. Luckly, people pumped it out and notified him in time to save it.