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hell or high water...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/08/26 - 3:19pm
 Another light pain day...but got hammered with almost an inch of rain this morning.  Forecast is hopeful for an easy out to the dentist by Monday.  Worst case scenario - I hike out Monday AM to meet a friend at the highway who will give me a loaner vehicle for the trip.  Sure would be nice if I had that fly out option available... 81,84,63, .86",B
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Maxillary Sinuses

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/08/25 - 4:22pm
I'm beginning to think I may just live through the weekend and make it to Monday for my extraction.  Woke up this morning with lighter than usual pain.  Took a pain pill for breakfast and went for my morning walk.  Had a cup of coffee and my antibiotic pill then laid back down for a spell.  Caution - this is gross: Suddenly I felt a pop in my sinus along with a god awful smell of death.  Got up an blew my nose really hard then hawked up some loogies from hell.  Suddenly all the pressure was gone there.  My maxillary sinuses are exceptionally large and that is the "root of the problem".  The dentist assured me to expect the once daily azithromycin to take at least 72 hours to kick in - and apparently that was right on the money.  Made it through the day without another pain med.  I might actually get a good night's sleep tonight...but it is still gonna be a very long weekend.  83,85,68,0,B
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rain management...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/08/24 - 4:15pm
78,88,71, .07",B
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pain management...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/08/23 - 3:28pm
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bum tooth

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/08/22 - 4:01pm

It all started last Wednesday...a dull ache in my right cheek.  It got progressively worse with the pain coming and going and peaked last night.  Nothing like trying to sleep with a bad toothache.  Aspirin and Extra Strength Tylenol barely made a dent.  Called a new dentist in Alpine first thing this morning and luckily they had an opening at 10AM.  The folks that got stuck out here Saturday finally got out by noon on Sunday...leaving plenty of ruts in the road for me to follow while I shot out of here to make my appointment.

Just as I suspected, an old root canal and crown had finally gone bad.  Got a nice little abscess causing all the pain.  Have to wait a few days for the infection to calm down so I am on 6 days of antibiotics and some Tylenol 3 to make the wait bearable.  I am due to go back Monday for the extraction.  Funny thing is it has been 15 years since I have been to a dentist and that last trip was for the root canal and crown that finally failed...bought me 15 good years of biting with that tooth.  Also, I couldn't help but notice the x-ray technology improvements since my last trip.  No more biting down on a little clump of plastic and cardboard with real film inside and a target ring attached to aim the laser gun at.  This time I just put my chin on a shelf and got an instant digital panorama via a chopper cat scan of sorts.  77,88,69,0,B
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Knowledge and Sorrow

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/08/21 - 2:57pm
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bad news / good news

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/08/20 - 4:00pm

Well...the bad news is an unsuspecting group of 5 people came out today and got really stuck in the mud just past TFL.  A van and a small pickup pulling a ramshackle camper trailer. One of them trudged through the mud to see if I had a tractor to pull them out...of course I don't.  I asked him how in the world they made it that far and he said they got stuck 3 times before getting swamped to a dead stop near me - I guess the muddy road right by the highway wasn't enough of a clue for them.  From what I could understand, I think they were headed to a camper junkyard about a mile NW of me - something about swapping out the trailer they were pulling for one on the property.  I'm not sure if any of them are property owners out here since I only talked to one of them and he said he was just along for the ride to help the others and had never been out here before.  Of course while we were having this conversation it started to pour down again.  I told him there is no way I can get them out and it might be at least a couple of days before anyone else can.  I also told him that after it stops raining I will walk over to assess the situation.  By the time I got over to check on them and take this picture, they had already headed off in the direction of the junkyard.  Had I caught them in time, I would have suggested they just use my phone to call someone in Alpine to come south for them - then start heading for the highway.  Trudging deeper into trouble is usually not a good idea.

The good news is all my tanks overflowed today. 72,81,68, .36",B  
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itchin' to scratch...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/08/19 - 4:09pm
Forgot to mention that Jim brought out Big Ben's late birthday present.  Now I just have to get it mounted for him so he can self scratch all his extra itchy spots.  78,83,69, .05",C
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running water II...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/08/18 - 3:51pm

Another gusher and now my creek tanks are full @ 7,500 gallons.  A little more rain and my roof catchment tanks will catch up and top off @ 14,500 gallons.  Chupa was not amused.  69,76,72, .98",B
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relentless threat...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/08/17 - 4:21pm
Convinced Jim to skedaddle two days ahead of schedule.  He reluctantly bugged out this morning to avoid getting bogged in.  He has to get back on the road for Raider Express on Saturday morning and really can't afford to end up potentially getting stuck out here through the weekend.  Jim doesn't quite share my storm caution yet...but he will when he eventually moves out here.  So far he has been lucky and hasn't had to learn the hard way.  Had a good visit with him and he made some decent headway on his building plan now that he had a good feel for his property and where the water runs during a heavy rain.  85,89,70,0,B  
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half spin

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/08/16 - 6:28pm
Did a little work on the go kart this afternoon.  Decided to take it for a test spin over to Jim's campsite for cocktails.  Started right up after about an hour of beer and bull then conked out before I got 100 yards.  Seems the vacuum line could use a replacement hose now - it wasn't sucking gas out of the petcock and by the time I figured that out, I had run the battery down trying to get it restarted.  The rule still holds until I get all the kinks worked out - never drive it farther that you are willing to walk home. (Grammar note: I wasn't sure about the difference between further and farther so I looked it up - in the US, farther is more often used to refer to physical distances and further more often refers to figurative and non physical distances.)  Good news is I was only a half mile from home and I can use the exercise.  Will head back on my morning walk with jumper cables so Jim can get me started.  Other than that, I had no further issues with the day.  84,90,67,0,B
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Future Jimville...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/08/15 - 5:42pm

My buddy Jim has been out for a couple of days to take a break from trucking and get a feel for his new property just SW of me.  Chupa was happy to see his Uncle Jim.  He got here just in time to experience a real rainstorm.  Just after the gusher we got, he discovered a nice waterfall near his building site.  That view certainly doesn't suck.  84,90,62,0,B
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Cognitive Dissonance

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/08/14 - 5:22pm
While debunking blatantly obvious false claims on Facebook, I am bewildered by people who are so totally unwilling to accept any conflicting ideas no matter how much logical evidence is provided.  Of course it often comes down to who's truth they are willing to accept disregarding any evidence that is contrary to their beliefs - because any opposing information must be fabrications.  The problem is only compounded when people's false beliefs are a result of hearing the same thing so many times over the years that they become embedded and accepted as fact.  One of my favorite new claims is that the urban legend debunking website Snopes has an obvious bias and will outright lie in some of their stories.  If you mindfully examine these claims you will always find that Snopes provides more than adequate evidence and references to support "their side of the story" having to do with the exact information provided on any given topic - far more in fact than the false stories claim themselves and at the very least, plausible deniability.  Most often they are ridiculed for bias not because their facts are wrong specific to any given story, but because they infringe on an illusion.

Cognitive dissonance theory is founded on the assumption that individuals seek consistency between their expectations and their reality.  Because of this, people engage in a process called dissonance reduction to bring their cognitions in line with their level of comfort - reducing discomfort and restoring balance caused by alterations in ones attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors.  This creation of uniformity allows for a lessening of psychological tension and distress.  The most powerful form of dissonance reduction is achieved by simply ignoring or denying any information that conflicts with existing beliefs.

Titus 2But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.  
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running water...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2016/08/13 - 4:59pm
Finally got that gully washer I've been getting ready for.  Pumped 2,500 extra gallons out of the arroyo.  65,92,79, .71", W
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Ipomoea batatas

The Field Lab - Fri, 2016/08/12 - 4:48pm's still called the greenhouse because I continue to foster dreams of farming.  If I fail in that direction, I reckon I could start calling it "the hangar" - until I fail at fostered dreams of flight.  Then I will just call it the big shipping container building and everyone will be happy.  Noticed two weeks ago that a couple of sweet potatoes got lost on my counter until I saw they were sprouting out of the bag.  Decided to stick them in some dirt (in the greenhouse) to see what would happen.  That being said, they are growing like mad now.  After seeing this comment yesterday...When are you going to quit calling it a "greenhouse" ?...I found that sweet potato greens are actually good to eat so just for you DEL, I will cook some up with my dinner tonight.  84,98,77,0,B
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chippin' away...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2016/08/11 - 6:23pm
Dormancy is a period in an organism's life cycle when growth, development, and physical activity are temporarily stopped.Trying to trick myself out of dormancy.  First I convinced myself to walk a mile every morning right after I get up in order to start losing weight.  Now I am trying to work my way into productivity by starting with changing the scenery.  The new goal is to put in at least one hour a day actually doing something productive.  Not as easy as it sounds when you are in a rut - my injury really took its' toll.  For this phase that means shuffling my stuff around...again.  Made good headway today clearing the front of the greenhouse.  I think I moved a few things that have sat as long as I have for the past year and a half.  Of course that means it's all getting shoved into the greenhouse for now, but we'll save that project for down the line as the "productivity" evolves.  88,92,71, .02",B
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rain watch...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2016/08/10 - 4:10pm
Next 10 days are the best chances I have had in awhile to top off all my tanks.  78,94,73,0,B
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willing and able...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2016/08/09 - 4:15pm
A couple of good storms popped up again in the area so I got my "pumping station" ready.  Laid out the lines and the PVC inlet.  I made the PVC piping a couple of years ago when I discovered the soft outlet hose doesn't like to bend when it is under pressure.  It is all ready to go but I'll keep the pump back in the greenhouse to till I'm ready - it really doesn't like to start when it is soaked and I don't really need to make a housing for it out in the field since it is easy to move.  One of my neighbors west of me got almost 2" of rain today.  Me...just a sprinkle.  I have high hopes for later in the week  though...75,94,74, .09",C
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almost stuck...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2016/08/08 - 5:03pm

Major garbage/recycling/supply run to Alpine today.  Was supposed to be zero percent chance of rain today but some good chances coming up later in the week.  Dumped 4 bags of garbage and 6 bags of recyclables then stocked up on feed and food and headed home.  Lots of thunderstorms were brewing in the area when I left Alpine and about 30 miles from home I could see a big storm near Packsaddle Mountain - not a good sign.  I drove a little bit on the fast side to try and beat the storm home.  Once I finally got to my road I could see the downpour was just south of me and I figured I was home free.  At the highway and for the first 2 miles my dirt road was dry as a bone...then I hit rain.  I barely made it the last half mile - sliding all over the place.  Still drizzling when I pulled up to the house, I frantically unloaded 6 bales of alfalfa and 4 bags of range cubes to get them out of the rain.  By the time I packed in my groceries, the rain stopped and the storm headed SW of TFL.  If the storm had really hit me, I would have been home just in time.  I was really afraid I was gonna get swamped out with a truckload of feed and food.  Funny thing is, I timed it just right to almost get stuck.  As it turned out, 30 minutes sooner or later and that last half mile would have been just fine.  89,99,74, .05",B  
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when atheists get it wrong...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2016/08/07 - 4:34pm
This is the first post I saw on Facebook this morning...from a local in Terlingua no less.  What a way to start the day.  Took all of 60 seconds to debunk this one.  This is what happens when atheists get it wrong.

This is what happens when Christians get it right...(and don't get confused by the few super wealthy churches with their leaders living in mansions that you always hear about).  I have been following Pastor John Wiley and the River Church in Kansas City for awhile now.  Through his ministry, the non-profit he founded, and the community - he has been able to raise about two million dollars to make what was once just a dream - a reality.  After 7 years of generous giving and hard work, the first 11 housing units are ready for families in desperate need of a jump start.  His program is unique in that the goal is to help "working homeless" families by getting them out of expensive pay-by-the-week motels and provide them with free housing and assistance for a select period of time so they can get ahead and become self sufficient - finally able to afford their own housing.  This is why they ask for money at church.

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