Thursday, November 28, 2013

Anybody Hungry?

thanksgiving_2013_thumb.jpgWe could have used some help. Twenty-three pounds of turkey with all the trimmings and five pies for ten people. Hopeless task. We'll be lucky to clear the fridge by Christmas.

Monday, November 25, 2013


That means that no matter how we reform the nation’s housing, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your home, you will be able to keep your home, period. If you like where you live, you’ll be able to live where you like to live, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.
That being The People's Cube, I just assumed it was a joke.

According to Randal O'Toole of Cato, joke's on us.
A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change.
(Second link via Instapundit.)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hi’s, Her’s, It’s.

Whatever. I blame public schooling.

I know Derb says that's not fair, but I do.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Concierge Medicine

The Wall Street Journal had an article on the pros and cons.
Unlike high-end concierge practices, which typically bill insurers for medical services on top of collecting retainer fees, the lower-end outfits usually don't accept insurance. Instead, they charge patients directly for treatment along with membership, often posting menu-style prices for services and requiring payment up front, which is why it is called "direct primary care." Eliminating insurance billing cuts 40% of the practices' overhead expenses, enabling them to keep fees low...
concierge_fees_wsj.jpgToss in a catastrophic and it's a heck of a deal, I'd say.

Too bad Obama doesn't like it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Pasture Fence

fence_stretching_tools_thumb.jpgYou wouldn't expect a guy with goats in his beemer to have any fancy fence tools and I won't disappoint you: I don't. So when it came time to put the stretch on two hundred feet of no-climb horse wire I had to make do with what's at hand. We have scaffold and we have come-alongs. I found a couple twelve foot pieces of highway guard rail and rigged up this jig. It actually worked pretty well.
fence_catenary_curve_thumb.jpgOh, all right. I'll put the guard rails back where I found them when I'm finished. If you insist. They weren't using them.

If you look closely you'll see that the fence has to curve to follow the contour of the bank. And it's down a ways so as not to spoil the view. We're proud of our river view. Wouldn't want any goats messing it up.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Next year... golly, next year I'm going to buy myself a pickup.

Because I am NOT going to put goats in my BMW.