Monday, January 21, 2008

Would You Drive It? #13

Would Norm drive it? When the heck is GM going to build it? Here is the concept car titled Volt. It is based on some advanced lithium battery technology, and involves no internal combustion. Norm thinks we needed this thing yesterday.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Norm Tip #30

Norm says, "If she pressures you for sex, tell her you've got your period."

Projects #2

When Norm built his deck, he used a clear stain to treat it. That did little to mask foot traffic and food. Here's a picture from this summer. Norm repainted it with a solid body stain.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Winter Perspective #3

Norm cleared his roof and driveway by hand the first year he moved into this old shack. Boy did that suck!! Blame it on youthful ignorance. By the end of that first winter, Norm was at his local hardware store. And Old Faithful was purchased. And faithful she was, as she spit tons of snow over the years. Things started to go. (She won't reverse anymore.) Being a cheap Yankee, Norm has really avoided paying anybody to repair her. He just pulls it back himself.

After our last major storm, (about 10 days ago) it wouldn't go forward. Norm felt he may be finally forced to pay someone to pick-up and service Old Faithful. Norm decided to wheel her into the kitchen and look under the hood. And with a little bit of elbow grease and luck, she was up and running by Sunday night!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Projects #1

Norm has come to accept how simple acts of maintenance often morph into bigger and more elaborate projects. Once one accepts this premise, one can actually live in an old shack and retain a sense of humor. Especially this past year, where Norm was actually thinking he was getting a handle on everything. And then all sorts of thing started breaking, falling apart, etc. And then the beavers moved in.

Well Norm recently went to scrub out his shower. A common chore, as Norm likes a clean shower. It's a big one he installed years ago. But this soon evolved into stripping out the old joint sealant. He also popped the drain and removed one of those strange hair/soap creatures that seem to line the inside of pipes over time. Another quick job that turned into a couple hours.

But such is the way of this old shack.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Norm Tip #29

Norm says, "If someone from New England tells you to expect eight inches tonight, you're not getting lucky."