Caveat: High Stakes

I located the last of the southern platt stakes, today.


The context:


This was the last one that needed to be found. The three southern stakes were what needed to be located – they are the ones high up on the hillside. The northern stakes (by the water) are all easily located – just walk along the shore. Total: 6 stakes, for two rectangular lots with a shared border between them.

I feel this is a great accomplishment.

So why do we need to know where these stakes are?  We need to properly locate the western properly line. So my next job is to clear a line between this last stake and the road through the trees and brush, on a bearing 4 degrees east of north. That is the western property line.

[daily log: walking, 4km; tromping, 300m]

Caveat: Hard labor at 10:22 PM

Last night, Arthur decided that it was time to bring in the “rails” from his boat ramp. It’s like a miniature, 15 meter railroad stuck out into the water; it’s how he gets his boat in and out of the water and up into his little boat shed. The rails stick down into the water as far as the low tide line, so it takes a very low tide to expose the lowest rails. So during the winter, normally, he wants to pull in the lowest rails to minimize the weather damage on them through the winter, when he won’t be launching his boat in any event.

There was a low tide at 10:22 PM. And all the lowest tides to be expected over the next month are at night – so this was the best we could do. We got a floodlight to shine around, went down onto the rocky beach where the boatramp is, unbolted the lowest two stretches of rails, and carried them up to the landing beside the boat shed.

It was really hard work. As is our normal pattern, when we’re most effective, Arthur provided the expertise, while I provided a lot of the hard labor.

There are no pictures – it was dark.

[daily log: walking, 4km]

Caveat: on the emergent paradigm

Here is a random philosophical thought, not fully developed, which occurred to me the other day.

Most people don’t care about the surveillance state and/or the lack-of-privacy which is being induced by modern technology. There is actually a simple reason for this lack of concern. It is because, in fact, that lack of privacy is the human cultural baseline. Through most of history, humans lived in small, extended family or tribal-sized groups where everyone knew what everyone else was doing. What is happening now is a return to that baseline, but within the context of a much larger social structure: city, nation, planet. Everyone knows what everyone else is doing: a global village of 8 billion. What’s to worry about? It’s like it always was. The anomaly was the period between the invention of cities and states (approx. 2000 BC) and the development of instantaneous universally distributed communication. In the grand scale of things, it’s a pretty short period of anomaly.

[daily log: walking, 4km]

Caveat: Saturday Outing

Arthur and I went over to his friends / neighbors Jeri and Karl this evening for dinner. A three mile drive down the road, they have  a beautiful self-built house on the inlet, where they park their sailboat. They are interesting people.

I took this picture earlier, as we were about to leave.


[daily log: walking, 3km]

Caveat: Small Steps

I spent a lot of time on my tax work today. I got as far as sending off an email to the preparer with a first draft of the spreadsheet I have to make, summarizing my Korean income for the past 5 years of missed tax filings.

I’m sure the work isn’t done. But anyway, I get to take a justified break, since I put the ball in the other person’s court for a while.

So that’s a relief.

It rained all day. I had to help Arthur with the gutter again. It didn’t go as badly as yesterday – but I really don’t like heights.

[daily log: walking, 3km]

Caveat: No brainer

Arthur was talking on the phone with his friend Dean the other day. I only heard one side of the conversation, but Arthur said something quite funny and self-reflective.

I guess Dean had asked him how his recovery was going, in the “physical aspects” versus the “mental aspects.”

Arthur’s answer (in paraphrase) was: “The physical aspects are doing fine, about what’s to be expected, not that different from before [the accident], and the mental aspects, well, they’re a no brainer.”

Huh – get it? – “no brainer.”

I laughed pretty hard at that.

[daily log: walking, 4km]

Caveat: Poem #814

The reasons we do things
remain inscrutable,
our thoughts spin, running rings,
with motivations dull
and grayish clouds that drift
within their bony domes;
while outside visions lift
away the seething foams
of seas that beat and thrash
against perceptions, so
at last a tiny cache
of meaning falls like snow
which leaves a pallid face
which tilts up into space.

Caveat: Poem #813

The raindrops fall, suggest,
and ruminate on wood,
on steel, as if possessed,
as if their tapping could
interpret sweeping time
or render grasping trees
immobilized; their rhyme,
their syncopated tease
of meanings never found –
unfindable besides –
just apophenic sound
and rhythm that just slides
all down the edges till
the world dissolves its will.