Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tabasco Pepper Stained Glass

I wanted to do something 3D, something I hadn't seen before, something fun.

Here is version 1 of 3D stained glass.

Yes that's an actual unopened bottle of Tabasco.

No, the project didn't come out quite as expected. The gap at the bottom bothers me but there has to be some gap because the bottle is not affixed to the stained glass, it's held in by pressure.

I didn't account for the fact that you cannot see through Tabasco sauce. It might as well be a bottle of barbecue sauce for all the light that gets through. While the green and red glass is brilliant in the sun, the bottle becomes a silhouette. Plus I'm told the sauce will eventually turn brown with age, even unopened.

Oh well. Live and learn. I think I'll try a mini bottle next time or drain the bottle and fill it with colored water.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Step Off, Punk-Ass Peach

A few days ago a coworker was commenting about the deliciousness of the apple she was eating.

When asked if the apple was a Fuji she said, “no, it’s a Cripps.’

Forget East Coast - West Coast conflict, now we have fruit gangs.

It’s the Cripps Apples vs. the Blood Oranges.

I foresee drive-by juicings.

Nothing good can come of this.


Cripps Apples

Blood Oranges

Friday, January 09, 2009

A Heart-Warming Story to Make You Smile

Baby moose falls through Spokane family's window

Associated Press - January 9, 2009 9:04 PM ET

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Spokane family got a surprise arrival when a moose calf fell through a basement window and into a bedroom.

The Spokesman Review reports that the baby moose was apparently foraging in the shallower snow close to the house when it fell into a deep window well on Thursday. As it tried to get out and join its mother and sibling, the moose kicked in the window and ended up trapped in the bedroom.

Washington state wildlife biologist Woody Myers got the call, thinking at first the police officer who phoned him was joking. Myers managed to shoot a tranquilizer dart into the moose's rump. Then he and four other men used a tarp to haul the 375-pound baby up a narrow stairway.

Wildlife officers were later able to track down the calf's mother and sibling and trucked the reunited family out near Mount Spokane for release. The area has gotten more than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

What makes me smile is at my agency we would have no doubt not have been able to have reached a wildlife biologist in a timely manner.

Which means we would have to "dispatch" the moose.

After inadvertently shooting the plasma TV, the Wii Fit, and a water bed, we would have reloaded and shot the moose 4 dozen times with two calibers of ammunition and exhausted 2 packs of Tazer batteries.

Then we'd have called a charity to harvest the meat from the rec room. Baptists with chainsaws and boning knives would show up and drag the moose parts up the stairs and through the patio to their trailer.

Finally we'd have told the home owner that we were not allowed, by policy, to recommend a company to clean up the blood from the floor, walls, and ceiling.

Doesn't Spokane seem nice?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

C's Plane

Of the three planes I finished before Christmas, this was my favorite.

I'm taking orders if anyone wants one.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lucky 13

Today (and yes, I’m posting this a little late) marks my thirteenth anniversary with my department.

Who’d have known? I had no inkling that I’d be answering 911 this long.

The nice this is that I like my job most days.

I get to occasionally help people and they pay me to do it.

I occasionally get training in areas not easily available to the Joe Six-Pack, Sarah Palin crowd.

And did I mention they pay me? I’m feeling pretty good about the whole deal.

Only 17 years to retirement.

Well, unless the economy continues to tank and I have to work until I die.