My workbench

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving humor (Non-vegan!)

So I just wanted to post this because, well, it's funny. And a good excuse to update. It's also easier than sending out forwarded emails, which I hate to do.

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird's' mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

If you're not laughing, leave.

I'm doing pretty well, still bumming around Mom and Dad's place in Greenwich. My plans for a motorized exploration around the US are still solid, or at least as solid as always. I've has some trouble finding my ideal vehicle, but am determined to make it to Montana for New years.

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I can't wait to see family again. It's also nice to be back in my favorite season, taking walks out to the leaf-less trees, enjoying the smells of autumn, especially the wood-burning fires.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I've been at my parents house for a month. So far, I have made very little progress, though I've done an incredible amount of research, as usual. It's scary what I know about used vans currently available for sail in the US. And Hypnosis, as well as preserving and fermenting foods, baking home-made bread, and various passive-solar evaporative refrigeration techniques (REALLY simple). In short, while not making much forward 'progress,' I have kept fairly busy. Oh, I also discovered that the park three miles (five KMs) away has both extensive mountainbiking AND various bouldering spots. I am currently sore from the ears down, due also in part to my Sunday Night BJJ lessons...Damn I'm out of shape.

Hope you all are well-