A Modest Proposal 4.2

BY DAN ROGERS - DIAMOND LAKE, WASHINGTON - USA

Dan’s plan

“After I watched the deer for a while, and after I got back from a trip to town to join a group of civic-minded folks I hang around with in discussing a rather major civic project; I got down to trying to prove Dave wrong. Fat chance.”

Lucas said it best.

These girls were part of a herd of nine or more does and yearlings that showed up this morning for breakfast. This is our eighth winter here in Almostcanada. It was TheLucas who chastised me – in front of the whole world – for moving to this “frozen hellhole.” And, like with a lot of us, sometimes Dave was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Sometimes, not. But, I have mention that even as perfect as it was living aboard in an all but forgotten corner of San Diego Bay; we could never quite say that a herd of deer came by in the morning, the neighbor passed down the hill on his way to work, and, oh yeah, there was a snow machine pass a couple times this afternoon – was the only traffic. About the only way I get to talk to anybody is when my Duckworks order shows up. Anyhow.




The reason I mention the Bard of Bradenton, is that I was remembering something he said about this time, last year. Last year’s Frankenbot, Miss Kathleen, was at about the same relative stage of “completion” as the current opus, Gypsy Wagon, is today. Dave offered typical Tikihut encouragement, with: “Good going, Dan. You’re about 90 percent done. Only 90 percent to go.” I just hate it when he’s right. Don’t you?

After I watched the deer for a while, and after I got back from a trip to town to join a group of civic-minded folks I hang around with in discussing a rather major civic project; I got down to trying to prove Dave wrong. Fat chance.

A day or two ago, I was ready to figure out how to make the sliding doors slide, the sliding windows slide, and few other things that will come in handy. More trips to the plastics bins, and the aluminum extrusion racks, and lots and lots of what I’ll call “dynamic mockups of a temporarily permanent nature.” About all that’s still missing is the “window” parts of the windows. That will take a trip to The Big City to get a bunch of polycarbonate sheet material cut up into really-expensive little chunks that can be affixed to all the rectangles and arches.

About then, it should be time to see if I can get this contraption back on her trailer and maybe off to a snow-free launch ramp. Hey, it could happen. For instance. All the snow that has been accumulating on the shop roof came tumbling down today. We had a tropical heatwave of around 35 degrees, or so. Other than the month of February, there just can’t be much else in the way of spring showing up one day soon.

Ok, so we’re talking about making lemon aid, here. But, we can’t just give the whole show over to Dave, now can we?

So. The painting is just about done. I’ve got to varnish the overhead and corner trim, here and there, around the cabin. There are a few cabinet doors to hang up. And, I think the rest of the essentials like wiring and plumbing and such will just have to wait for the first test hop.

I’ve got the first 90 percent just about done. Only 90 to go.

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