Caveat: Comings and Goings

At 6 this morning, I drove my friends Mark and Amy to catch the ferry. They left their RV here (per the plan) – so now I have another project.

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During the day, I worked on finally finishing the move of the storage tent – which I jokingly call my “studio” – to it’s new spot on the western lot.  Here it is.

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Then I drove back to the ferry terminal and met my friend Peter, coming in. Here he comes…

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Caveat: Alaska Burning

The neighbor’s house burned down last night. It’s still smoldering, at 6 AM.

It was scary. A bit after midnight, Dean (the neighbor, not the same Dean as recently mentioned who is Arthur’s friend) knocks on our door and says, “Call 911, my house is on fire.” The next 5 hours are a blur. Here is a picture of the house, at about 1 AM:

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This house was here before Arthur moved here – it’s one of the oldest houses on all of the Port Saint Nicholas Road.

We put our hoses on and tried to prevent the fire from burning into the trees west of the house – because our house (where Arthur and I are) is only 50 feet away, through some trees, to the west. And the trees closest to Dean’s house were burning. Here’s a picture from Arthur’s dock, at around 3 AM, looking back toward shore. You can see how close Dean’s house is to ours. That speck of light in the dark on the right side of the photo is someone with a flashlight at the eastern wall of Arthur’s house.

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The power was out for a while, because Dean’s house’s electrical connection shorted out the system, as it burned. APT (the power company) actually got here before the fire department, and were working on fixing the situation. A fire truck came from the Craig Volunteer Fire Department, but they only had 800 gallons in their tank – they sprayed down at the trees and when the power came back on we resumed spraying with our garden hoses. I estimate we used about 2500 gallons from Arthur’s 3000 gallon cistern. Fortunately, we have a well, now, and the cistern is now re-filling.

As of dawn, we seemed to have suppressed the spread of the fire. It’s just there smoldering now. Here it is at 6 AM.

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What a very intense night. My friends Mark and Amy, still here, were helpful throughout the night. I think they will now have a very amazing memory of their visit here.

We had some panic when it was spreading into the trees, because it seemed like nothing could stop it from catching our house, as the power was out. At around 2 AM, we evacuated our house, got out our computers and important documents, drove vehicles over to the western lot. That was pretty scary.

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Caveat: Tree #237

I was walking down the road, and saw a foot-high cedar tree growing in the gravel of the road. “Well, this tree will not last long, here,” I thought.

I yanked it out of the ground and carried it back to Lot 73. I chose a spot down near the water at the northwest corner, where Richard had thrown fresh raw fill (mud and rocks) down behind the new septic tank. I put the tree in the ground there. I wonder if it will grow?

Here is the young tree, lying there, roots exposed.

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Here is the same tree, with its root buried.

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I’ve done a few other experiments with moving seedlings around, here. They don’t seem to have a very good survival rate, under my amateurish supervision.

My friends Mark and Amy from Minnesota arrived here. That’s pretty cool! We will do touristy stuff with them for their visit (about 6 days). Mark has actually met Arthur once before – in 1985! Mark remembers Arthur well – he made a big impression on him at the time, but Arthur doesn’t remember Mark.

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Caveat: Tree #234

I believe I have featured this specific tree before – it’s along the road near the 8 mile bridge, and has that distinctive fork in its silhouette. But I thought the light was interesting, so the tree will be featured again.

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picture[daily log: walking, 1.5km; chainsawing, 1hr]

Caveat: Pointless Anxiety

Most of my anxiety is pointless. I realize this.

I got my test scores today, for the Praxis Core I took on the 10th. Although it’s been a few decades since I took a standardized test, I exceeded even my previous performance. I’ve always had a knack for test-taking, but I think teaching Korean kids how to do a-b-c-d exams for 10 years probably just made me even more aware of how to do well. Admittedly, the Praxis Core is an “entrance exam” – it’s not particularly stringent.

My scores.

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Later, I went on a walk in the rain. I saw Mike and Penny’s boat at their dock.

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There is a lot of rain right now. I saw mud from the creek staining the inlet.

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Caveat: Tree #228

I spent a long day trying to finish up the “patio” – really more of a sidewalk – along the south side of the kitchen shed. Here it is – with a tree (or several) in the background, so I’ll call it tree #228.

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picture[daily log: walking, 1.5km; loads of gravel down the hill, 5; loads of sand up the hill, 4]

Caveat: Tree #226

This tree just barely survived Richard’s treepocalypse on Lot 73. Now that Richard’s work has stopped, there, it has a chance! Fight for it, tree…

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[daily log: walking, 1.5km]