oldie



Good night.


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Well...almost


As it turns out we didn’t make it to Jekyll Island. The RV sits loaded and ready but at the last minute Gigi confessed she was exhausted and her back was hurting.  

Not to fear, plan B was instituted. The emergency home vacation action plan was set in place. This plan includes long Jeep rides, a little shopping for fun stuff, little to no work, long stretches in the screen room and naps.

I’ll show up at the quarry to dive maybe this weekend.

Gotta go….I feel a nap coming on.

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Obsession


You know me....I get obsessed with an idea and I go down that path like a screaming beagle after game. 

Check out this bad boy. 300 square inches of rotisserie cooking surface. 

Wings, veggies, fish, dogs, brats, burgers, all cooked and smoked to perfection. 

One is on order this morning.


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My Own Sports Bar


It just wouldn't be complete without a beer light. It completes the sports bar effect.


Barrel cooked wings in garlic, olive oil, rosemary and Lime Pepper. A couple of jalapeno pepper roasted and rolled on the wings for a bit more flavor. Perfectly caramelized in their own juices. All smoked with hickory. No sauce needed.



And, just out my window is my own petting zoo.  I am a fortunate man. 



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Reef Jam



Yesterday was the annual Reef Jam concert on Rainbow Beach. I was there last year. It is an afternoon of music, sun, and foolishness, with proceeds going to local projects for reef protection and awareness.

This fellow has found a clever use of chest hair.  

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The Book of Jedediah


And when the disciples had safely fled Sicily, they paused to give thanks.

Jedediah himself instructed his followers to obtain small cages to tumble food.


And when it was done, he declared it good.  

The off season workouts continue. I am constidering commissioning construction of a much larger cage to cook wings in volume. 

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Midland, NC


This is my town Midland, NC. It is located about 10 miles east of Charlotte and includes a rather large unincorporated part of Cabarrus County. A few years ago Midland actually incorporated a much smaller area to become a real town.

This is the main business hub called the Crossroads, or the old timers call it Hell’s Half Acre.


Here is my RV at Crossroads Tires getting new tires. McCoy Seed and Feed is beside Crossroads. McCoy is where I get my chicken and horse feed.


There are two gas stations, a Subway, a small professional building, various small retailers and that is about it.

You gotta drive somewhere else for anything else, but I like it. 

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Getting my Affairs in Order


It’s that time …..A cluster vacation is looming, and I need to get my mind right.

Thursday and Friday I will wind down my business affairs for a while. Fortunately I have been very busy on the business end of my life. But my vocation doesn’t define me as a person….my vacations do.

Monday we are headed out with the entire crew on the land yacht to Jekyll Island GA. I plan to spend the week walking the dogs, riding my bike, reading, and grilling. Oh, and they’ll be a dive or two as well.

We return Sunday in time to repack and refresh and go to St Croix again. You know the drill there.

By mid June we settle down for a while until mid July when we head to Phoenix, AZ for a week.

The last week of July I do my wreck dives off of the NC coast.

There’s nothing on the books beyond that as we settle into football season. We have threatened to go to San Francisco in the fall but nothing firm.

I can’t wait to get started

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Share the Knowledge


A little over a year ago, I attended The Bondo School of CulinaryArts in California. The training was intense, but I came away with the knowledge of how superior a spun chicken is.  

I have practiced, and now, I am decent chicken spinner, thanks to my training at BSCA.



Recently, a student of mine down on the Atlantic coast, spun his first chicken, and sent me a picture.

I am so proud, and I know the faculty at BSCA must be proud too. 

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Way Cool


Private label wing sauce. Cool beans I say.


And the address for the mayhem. 



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Carly


Carly seems to be adjusting to her new home. 




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Assbook




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Celebration of Life


There was no funeral when he died, 5 months ago, right around Christmas. His death was so sudden, and the circumstances shocking. Today we celebrated his life with friends and food.


A very nice spread under a tent on a perfect day. Open bar too!


Kids played and people told story's about his life.

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Huh?


Mouse, Mice.
Goose, Geese.
Moose, Moose
Deer, Deer
Fish, fish…not to be confused with fishes.
Wasp, wasps.
Gnat. 

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Styling


We be all styling and shit. 


First dog to pee on it gets a spanking.




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First Test Flight Soon!




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Mental Vacation Day

Photo of courtesy of me - North Shore West End @ Coconuts on The Beach
It’s going to be a great day here in the foothills of NC.  The expected highs today will be the low 80’s, with light breezes, and this means perfect Jeep weather.

My Jeep had some unexpected expenses last week. The short story is that some springs in the clutch broke and were causing my shifting problem. The mechanic replaced the clutch and all related hydraulics.

The week before I had proper sized shocks installed. It made a huge difference to the handling and ride.

Combine the good weather with a fun ride and I will be living a mental vacation today in the tropics of my mind. 



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The List


This is "the list". I thought I lost it. It is all my worldly possessions on St Croix plus 28 pounds of dive weights. 


Now for a little insight. This is my typical handwriting. I am down to just 2 clown noses...need to reorder. I keep a muddle but don't ever use it, but I might. I really love that dry bag and debate whether or not to leave it there. I am so proud that I now have two scuba tanks down there.

I will see this stuff again in 24 days.




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Treats





I always keep M&M's handy in my office.

The Box





One of my hens is in the box, the big house, in solitary confinement......until she gets her head right. She was caught pecking eggs with her pecker.

Some time alone, to collect thoughts, usually works to rehab a pecker.

Interesting Stuff to Me


The more I study decompression theory, the more I realize just how much I don’t know about scuba.

I have 76 dives on my log and I am preparing mentally for these rather strenuous dives in late July.

So far, I have just followed my guidelines and dive computer without knowing what is actually going on in my body. What goes on in the body is a complex actions of tissues taking on gas, and off gassing at different rates.

Bone tissue and fat cells are slow to gas up and off gas. Organs are the fastest to accept gas and release gas.


This program simulates a dive on my dive computer. I simulated a dive to 130 feet just to see what was going on in my body. At 75 feet in the ascent, you can see my brain is off gassing but my bones are on gassing.  

And this is all just theory. 

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Trying to make it Draw


Been trying to get this firebox to draw better. I plugged up the back with sheet metal and I dampened down the chimney a bit with a sheet metal vent. It is drawing better but still smokey. 

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I don't Deserve This

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So many shipwrecks...So little time.



View Shipwrecks of the Carolinas in a larger map

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Da Jeep


I have had some Jeep illness in the family lately. The hydraulics went out yesterday on my commute to work, leaving me helpless and unable to change gears.  

I did manage to shift in second, and park the vehicle safely in a lot, before I called a tow and a buddy for a ride.

Last week I installed some badly needed oversized shocks that helped tremendously with stability.

Hopefully I’ll get him back today in time for this glorious weather. 

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The Voters Have Spoken




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I'm An Old Softy...a Love Story

My favorite dive operator on earth is SCUBA of St Croix. I love their instructors, and two of their instructors are in love.


Jon proposed to Lauren at 350 feet this morning.


This made Lauren happy.


I am happy for them. 



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Books


Alas, I am not a pleasure reader and yet, I have recently purchased three books.

Currently I am reading Shipwrecks Diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Deco Divers, and The Encyclopedia of Scuba Diving.

When I read, I read in spurts during the day until I get the faint smell of electrical ozone…..then I know my brain has enough for now. I sip in the knowledge and digest it into wReggie wreasoning before I continue on.

I grasp the spoken word better, but for now, I must rely on that little man in my brain to read these books to me. 

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Knives


I am completely dysfunctional when it comes to knife sharpening. I hate that about me. 

Oh I have a little device that is almost wReggie proof that allows me to keeps a decent edge, but I would really like to be able to hone a knife. 

At least now I have come to terms with my disability and will not waste money on sharpening stones.

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Never Compromise....meet Halfway





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A Vacation Day at Home


It was a darn near perfect day here...79 degrees and no humidity. Diving was on the agenda. 


The visibility at the quarry was superb. That platform and stairs you see is about 15 feet underwater. This was the view from the observation deck.


This is a view from the hill looking down on the observation deck where Gigi sunned and watched me dive. There was a nice breeze up there too.


Supper and sunset at the outdoor area of the club on 18.  What a fun day. 




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Is That Mic in His Moo Moo?



No....Just an early morning sighting of Miss Judith at the Half Iron Man competition today on St Croix.  Judith sells peanuts and novelties at any gathering of celebration like a crab race, Jump Up, or Triathlon. 

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Got more stuff planted

Finally found some healthy rosemary to plant. This will be great on chicken. I have two more plants when I decide where to plant them.




The hanging baskets are up. Hopefully they will cascade soon.




I'm digging this palm. It is doing well.




The other end of the shelter mirrors the other arrangement.




Time to watch the Derby and a bad moon on he rise.

Things are getting Better All the Time

No stick wrap.....just in time for the Saturday oven cooked bacon.


My pans will be so slick that a fly would crash land on them.


Feces and urine are old school.





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BREAKING NEWS FROM THE DECK


An explosion of diet Pepsi in unit 2 has totally disabled the cooling capacity from frost buildup on the freezer. I am defrosting unit 2 and hope to get it back online in an hour.

No beers were harmed in the incident. Unit 1 was unaffected. 

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News from The Institute



Some freaky things going down on the farm. To the top is a large egg, the middle a jumbo egg, then this freak of nature is on the bottom. I tried to give some scale with the box of matches. 

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The Weather Is Easy



What I do to unwind after work. I sit on the balcony and drink beers with friends on number 18 green, and laugh, and cut up.


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