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Saturday I noticed that a large oak with a pronounced lean in the direction of the house and the power line and recently cleared of nearby underbrush, had serious cracks running up from its base. Checking the base closely showed that in addition to the large vertical cracks, a large root on the side away from the lean had snapped under the strain. I called the first tree service referred to me by a neighbor: he arrived in an hour, said it was dead and should come down. He quoted me a price for a two-part drop, taking the top off first so as to avoid risk to property, clearing and chipping of branches, and said he'd bump a non-emergency client to come Monday. Assured me there was "absolutely no worry" about it coming down in the next several days.

Monday morning he called on a half-hour's notice for a 9am appointment to say it's raining, he doesn't like to climb trees with chainsaws in the rain (a perfectly sensible attitude, of course) and wasn't coming until Tuesday morning. Rain cleared by 11:30am and the afternoon was mostly blue sky from noon on.

Monday afternoon I came home, looked, noticed the root crack had widened from about a half-inch to over an inch and the fissures on the trunk seemed wider. Called the professional to tell him the cracks in the root and in the trunk were larger than before. His response: "Oh, they were pretty large Saturday." Yes, and they're more so now. He told me it absolutely wasn't coming down on its own tonight or over the next several days without a strong wind storm or a major ice storm, neither of which was forecast - and neither of which happened. We moved our cars out to the street as the oak's drop path was across where they normally stay overnight.

It fell about five hours later. The oak was rotten at the base and snapped about 12' up, so its arc was shorter than I'd estimated. No one and nothing was damaged.
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A bat just flew into the den where I was playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Loop, loop, loop, loop... Wait for it to fly through the staircase, shutting off doors as I went to isolate it (shades of Alien III), then open an exterior door and wait for it to spot the open gap. About five or six minutes all told. Neither it nor anyone else suffered injury.
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Yesterday the City of Raleigh repaired the erosion damage of my street and driveway junction (dinner-plate sized chunks of the street's asphalt had been separated and moved several yards due to recent rains - the soil damage was correspondingly greater) so it is not necessary to rent a Damnation Alley LandMaster to enter the property.
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Tonight I unloaded three ugly utility shelves used as bookshelves, installed replacement bookshelves that are both more space-efficient and better-looking, and loaded the new shelves. In the process moved almost thirty shelf-yards of books.
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Today I have bought two medium and two large bookcases, assembled two medium and one large bookcases (the second large bookcase is being shipped), and moved forty linear shelf-yards of books around. I have expansion space for some sections of the library that were previously overly stuffed, while other shelves are no longer double-layered. Progress has been made.

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Walk down driveway to meet UPS deliveryman. Stop suddenly:

"Ok, I just walked into a spiderweb."

*deliveryman extends arm at full length to hand me my package*

"So I'm here, and the spiderweb's here, so the spider's here, and you're over there, and I've got this. We good?"

deliveryman: "We're good." *backs away*
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We have a raccoon in our yard or immediate area. Now it's taken to leaving gnawed bones neatly placed on top of one of the trashcans next to the house.


Jan. 27th, 2013 05:27 pm
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Sorted through most of the film posters, prints, and other flat unframed artwork. Want more walls. But if I had more walls I would put more bookshelves against them. It's a quandary.
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bog 26jan2013

The bog froze over last night in the cold snap and sleet/falling snow and this morning's threat of frozen fog [1]. I regret the missed opportunity to do a diorama of Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell. I could have thrown the extra mannequins in before it froze over. Or at least some action figures. Something.

The area is warming rapidly and roads should be fine in a couple of hours.

[1] "Frozen fog" sounds like something from a horror movie to me.
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Our annual holiday Christmas Eve screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas is augmented with Rare Exports - they're both short movies. Show up anytime after 6pm, first movie about 7pm, second about 9pm.

Bring food if you like.
Do RSVP if coming.

Usual notes: badgerhaus isn't actually adult-safe, let alone child-safe, so provide supervision if needed.
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The off-the-hook land line just began beeping to complain it's off the hook, which is odd as that particular land line was shut off months ago. It's not a horror movie until the dead line rings, correct? Or is it when voices are heard over the disconnected phone?
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Unloaded a bookcase in the library that was leaning forward a good ten degrees off vertical, turned it 180 to slant back against the wall, and reloaded the entire case. Now I don't have to fear that one falling forward into the rare nonfiction and research shelves, and that aisle in the library is now *much* less claustrophobic.

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Fallen shelves rebuilt and reloaded: minor damage to a few items, only one slipcase seriously damaged and that's not a terribly rare or valuable or sentimental one.
One silkscreen film print was slightly creased when the left bookcase dropped the entire top shelf and contents on it from across the room, but if I have that print framed it should be unnoticeable. Crushed shelf unit in foreground.



Oct. 7th, 2012 03:05 am
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Asleep all of thirty minutes when two fully-laden bookshelves collapse in an adjacent room and crush a third empty bookcase. Far too much to reorganize tonight.
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Less than two yards from my chair, a thump and squeak on the deck outside my studio door. I look outside to see a hawk standing on a lump of fur glaring at me. Not interested in sharing, the hawk flies off carrying its lunch with it.
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We have hawks in the yard. We have a nest of hawks in the yard.

(Post title obviously adapted from How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America. I wonder what How the Hawks Came to the Bog would be a story of?)


Feb. 5th, 2012 04:43 pm
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The ducks have come to the bog at badgerhaus. All is right with the world.

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