If you were closer...i would so ask to borrow that Shop Vac from you. Somehow water flooded the entire back floor of our car and it's like a swamp in there. Ugh.
Shop Vac is definitely your friend. I have been wanting one for a few years now. They aren't that expensive - start at around $30, which is generaly enough for occasional, around-the-home use.
Comparisons with wars abound, but I'll let it slide. ' Cause I'm nice.
LOVE YA! (Even when I'm working, I get to it as soon as I can.)
Yeah, I thought of and discarded war comparisons, because I wasn't looking to start political debate.
Mormon history in SE Utah... FUN !!!
I used to be a river guide on the Colorado River and have some great stories that aren't the "popular versions"
The "hole in the wall" expedition was actually the result of a skirmish cause by bad manners which finally pissed off the Utes in the Moab area (one of the two non Mormon settlements in the state) which made them flee the area, and refuse to use the Old Spanish Trail again. (it's a longer story than I can tell here and now, but it's pretty funny and had to do with the Mormon's unpolitely refusing the offer of Ute brides to the "poor dumb white boys with no women")
Because of this, Montecello, only 60 miles to the South of Moab (that's NOT a long distance out there) had to be settled by groups coming from as far South as St. Geroge.
There's a great booklet out called "Coyote's History of Moab" which tells the real behind the scenes stories about a lot of these things.
OMG, that's hysterical. Strange that they'd refuse the offers of brides, tho!
Oh, it was EXTREMELY important for them to marry "good" mormon women. (emphasis on the plural at that time) They used to import them from Salt Lake City to the outposts; at first, to start families, and later to attempt to diversify the gene pool.
They wanted as little to do with "gentiles" as possible in the "Kingdom of Deseret"
Wow, river guiding along the Colorado, what a great job!
I've only been to Glen Canyon once, doing the houseboat thing. It was wonderful, and I'd like to do it again sometime.
It was a great job and a wonderful experience. But definitely hot and exhausting. I'd be in the boat rowing with all my might in the 115 degree sun for hours.
I lost an extremely unhealthy amount of weight, so much that I didn't menstruate for a year because my body fat was too low (estimated at 6% at the time)
Some may think that sounds good, but I got sick very easily and didn't have much energy. We worked sun up to sun down lifting, pulling, and rowing sometimes against the wind. We all looked like we'd been released from a concentration camp at the end of the season.
I calculated my activity and determined that I'd need to consume 10,000 calories a day to maintain weight. Hard to do if you need to be doing something other than eating all the time.
I don't want to sound like I'm whining, I LOVED that job, but it's definitely not healthy to do long term.
I do have some GREAT stories (most of them starting with the infamous "No Shit, there I was..."
Man, now I really want to have drinks with you! I'd love to hear some of your stories. I adore the desert southwest, but being from Alaska and homeschooling my kids meant that we visited in the winter and offseason, which was great. I'm sure I would have a rather different view on summer, were I ever to be there at that time.
If you ever get out here to the Pacific Northwest, we can arrange that.
I don't make to Ohio often (I do have relatives in the Dayton area)
I should get out there - I was born in Oregon and still have family in Portland - but, damn, vacation days run out far sooner than stuff I want to do does.
Ahahahaha! What can I say about Mormons, except that we're extremely stubborn. ;) I'm wondering if some of my ancestors were in that particular party, cause I do the same thing.
I think it's human nature. That just happened to be the most blatant example of which I know, and one that I think of when I am engaged in stupidly headstrong behavior.
Heheheh, I needed to read that. I totally do the same! :)
You have a fountain?
And when's the next Magic night? Can it be a time I'm actually in town?
*laughs* No! I just meant persist in brute-forcing, dumbly, because it /seems/ to take less time or mental effort than the really easy way.
And, yes! You & your magic-fu has definitely been missed. Dunno when the next one is, maybe even this week or next; schedule's hard to tell with Cat coming over. But, soon!
I think we sometimes do things the hard way as a form of penance. Unconsciously we think it's better for us to work harder, that the result will somehow be more pure. I have done this as well, only to realize half-way through something that I could have had it done already if I had used more brain than braun.
Could be. Mostly for me, it's not wanting to give ground, start over. Stubborn streak.
sometimes it's just that the mind refuses to tink there are limits to the body that it's connected to, as stubborn as you are to tackle this.....you also have the tenacity to follow through when dealing with law books.....you willl be a good lawyer....they do have these traits...LOL...glad you finally decided to try another way