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May 8, 2022

Hate days like this

by @ 1:05 pm. Filed under Fishing

Still ferociously windy, and when I went back down to the lake to check my crayfish traps I found that someone had stolen both of them.

May 6, 2022

Daily dose of reality

by @ 12:48 pm. Filed under Business, Politics

May 5, 2022

Time to catch the impossible.

by @ 9:14 pm. Filed under Personal

So, 30-40 years ago in Arizona they stocked arctic grayling in Bear Canyon Lake. But they lost their source of stock fry to grow grayling to stock. They also said that supposedly grayling do not spawn in that lake. The last stocking was sometime in the 90’s.

So someone explain to me how I caught this arctic grayling today at Bear Canyon Lake. 🙂

UPDATE: So I got a response from Game & Fish. Not as rare as I thought, but now we know. Grayling are back in Bear Canyon! 😀

“We have been stocking fingerling grayling in Bear Canyon Lake in May of each year since 2020. You are correct, prior to 2020 we had not stocked them for a long time, but our employees at our Canyon Creek Hatchery have gotten really good at raising grayling from eggs and we now have more fish available than in the past so Department staff figured that stocking those fish into Bear Canyon Lake would provide a very fun experience for anglers fishing the lake.” – RYAN FOLLMUTH | REGION I AQUATIC WILDLIFE PROGRAM MANAGER | ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT


by @ 8:05 am. Filed under Politics

Some people in my life act like politics is something distant, foreign, something we just shouldn’t care about. I just can’t be that way.

May 4, 2022

Shots fired

by @ 8:52 am. Filed under Politics, Religion

So I saw an advertisement to “Help stop procrastinating” today.

by @ 7:40 am. Filed under Personal

I realized the best way to stop procrastinating is to remove all obligations and responsibilities from your life.
If you don’t have time-based goals you need to achieve in the first place you cannot put them off.
It’s our society that is broken, not us. But people are more than happy to try and sell you something to shoehorn humans into a system they were never intended for. There isn’t much money to be made in disrupting that broken system.

May 3, 2022

This is fun and relaxing. If only woodworking was so easy.

by @ 3:22 pm. Filed under Woodworking

Vanlife, step #27

by @ 3:16 pm. Filed under Vanlife

So I am lounging in Payson Arizona right now. Waiting for the camping rug I ordered to arrive. The sawzall got here already, along with the new water bag and the non-lead sinkers.

I’m not going to head back to the rim without the camp rug. Tracking dirt into the van drives me crazy. And are constantly have to put my shoes on when I leave the van to do much of anything with the little welcome mat I have. Unfortunately I had to send it from Amazon via UPS to a post office box. So it has to be sorted by the post office into the box. Which might happen sometime in the next 7 hours. *Sigh* Thankfully I don’t have anywhere I need to be.

The sawzall was pretty expensive, and I got half a dozen carbide blades for it. But if I’m going to start doing more wood carving it seemed a no-brainer. I’m just not in good enough shape for the handsaw s on larger trees. Thankfully I already have multiple Milwaukee batteries.

The tin fishing sinkers weren’t required, but it’s always bugged me handling raw lead all the time. Hey look okay, unfortunately they’re not removable. I’m going to need to track down some that are.

I was really annoyed about the Sawyer water bag that sprang a leak. It’s only about 6 months old, but the company said there is no warranty on those water bags. Which really sucks considering I spent $30 for the damn thing. The new one I got from Amazon it’s cheaper and more highly reviewed.

I also went ahead and restocked some food while I was at it. I also bought some cornmeal and oats to start my own little mealworm farm. We will see if I can get them to breed more mealworms before I use them all for fishing.

Unfortunately nobody in Payson has the handscrew wood clamp that I need for woodworking. I guess unfortunately I’ll just have to order one. I didn’t even figure that it would be something that no business here in town would have. Home Depot doesn’t even carry one. If the harbor freight they are building here was open they would probably have one. Unfortunately I’m a couple months too early for that.

I also snagged a cheap mat to put under the star link when I’m putting it on top of the trailer or the van. No point in having it rub the paint off if I can avoid it for $6. I looked into a smaller container for the starlink, but it was three times the price of the one I’m using now. And I just couldn’t justify the cost.

I hope this is true, but not for the reason you might think

by @ 7:11 am. Filed under Medicine, Politics

It appears the Supreme Court of the USA is headed to strike down Roe v. Wade this summer.

Now, I am a firm supporter of a woman’s right to do what she wants to do with her own body, let’s be clear about that. But Roe was always on shakey ground in my opinion. What we need is a firm right to body privacy enshrined in law. To make that happen it has to come from Congress. And to do that we need to have Democrats in office willing to make it happen. To do that we need a huge groundswell of angry Democrats, willing to pound their fists on the table for better representation. This is exactly what i hope happens this year. That the overturning of Roe activates enough anger that it solidifies a Democratic majority in Congress.

Let’s make the Republicans very unhappy to finally get what they have been wanting.

May 2, 2022

Men have value when they do things for other people. Men do not have value on their own as human beings.

by @ 3:04 pm. Filed under Politics, Sexism

I wish this wasn’t true, but it is. By all means, prove me wrong.

Yep, term limits are needed.

by @ 2:08 pm. Filed under Financial, Politics

May 1, 2022

How it feels to be a modern American worker living paycheck to paycheck.

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under Business, Politics

Time lapse of the clouds at Chevelon Lake

by @ 9:26 am. Filed under Personal, Vanlife

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