Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Chauffeur's licenses, 2-stroke motors, mange and pecans

Oh, happy day! Kubota got his Michigan's Chauffeur's license today.

That opens up a lot of jobs for him. 

I can hear what some of you are thinking "He should have had that three years ago."

But I know that "over-planning" is one of my weaknesses. This is Kubota's journey. He has to own it.

I offered to buy him a Wendy's Frosty to celebrate but he wanted to get home. He had jobs to apply for.

Home-field advantage

HFA will run until at least October 2. In a perfect world, I will have enough creative juices seeping up to keep it going until election day.

No promises.

I appreciate the fact that the readers are involved enough, and thinking enough to make comments.

2-Stroke out-board motors

I found a deal on a Johnson, 2-stroke 9.5hp motor. While I don't NEED an outboard motor, there are several family members who have boats that would benefit from one.

Most 9.5hp motors are 15hp motors that have been detuned or throttled to meet the "less than 10hp" requirement on many lakes. The only way to kill one is to run straight gas in them.

I am sleeping on the deal. Maybe sanity will strike and I won't spend the money.

Mange update

I cannot state with 100% certainty that Zeus has mange.

The lesions seem self-limiting to where he was cut with some barbed wire six years ago. It shows up when it is humid and seems to respond to "mange" medicine.

The mites that cause mange are part of the natural microflora/fauna of a dog's coat. Mange occurs when something tips out-of-balance.

Dogs that are in-bred are more susceptible to mange so there is probably a genetic component. Even though Zeus has wandered in-and-out of the condition several times over the years, Herc (the senior partner) never had it.

Pecan trees

My driveway is lined with pecan trees.

"What? Pecan trees don't grow in Michigan." you say

Pecan trees are not native to Michigan but they grow just fine. They are native along the Mississippi river as far north as southern Wisconsin.

Many years I am just a bit shy of heat-units to fill the nuts. Some years they do fill. At least, they fill enough to germinate and produce viable seedlings.

Tonight is a nice, calm evening. I am sitting in front of the garage waiting for the branches to start moving.

#8 shot is considered by many to be a bit light for squirrels but I think it is great for Red Squirrels.


  1. Just a quick question, Joe...

    What do you do with the red squirrel that you shoot? Do you have a need for them or do you shoot them because you have NO NEED for them?

    p.s.-Those little buggers have alerted in a most untimely fashion for me while deer hunting. Eyes and ears, don'tcha know.

    1. I shoot them because they are pests and because they push out fox squirrels.

    2. Down here in Virginia, squirrels of all types tend to chew on car and truck electrical wiring (much of which is made based on vegetable oil now, now petroleum based plastics). I had one car that had to have the entire wiring harness replaced. Last time, they chewed on some plastic components of the emissions system. Therefore, if they are anywhere near the house where vehicles are parked, they are fair game.

  2. I don't comment often, but I enjoy your fiction very much and appreciate every post. Thank you.

  3. I completely follow you on the outboard motor. Right now I'm contemplating about 3 rather expensive purchases. I have a use case for each, but I question how likely that case is to occur. Gut leans toward, head leans against but with caveats. I slept on the first one of the 3 last night and still am not sure what I think.

    The particular account that pays for such things refills very slowly these days. I'm having to relearn you to be frugal after a lot of years of not having to be so. It's being an interesting journey.


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