Caveat: Poem #1138

she said.
She sat down
and looked around.
"The gods can't see us."
He just listened, musing.
"Perhaps when the sun comes out..."
A deer poked its head out at them.
The clouds made the sky a dull, gray slate.
He stood, restlessly, pacing the ground.
The deer, now startled, disappeared.
Droplets of water scattered.
"What if we..." he began.
He gazed mountainward.
She shook her head.
"There's nothing."
He slumped.

– a reverse nonnet followed by a nonnet, an effort to tell a compact (and fictional) story

Caveat: Tree #252

The past few days I’ve been busy with my somewhat unsuccessful effort to remodel the plumbing in the well-head shed (“doghouse”). I’m not very good at eliminating all the leaks – I’m too inexperienced a plumber.

Today, with sporadic rain, I decided to work indoors instead, and have been doing “academic stuff” related to my efforts to enroll in the University of Alaska Southeast’s teacher certification program – a much more overwhelming and bureaucratic process than I had hoped for. Sigh. Life goes on.

Here is a tree over on lot 73.


picture[daily log: walking, 3km]

Caveat: Tree #249

Our friend and neighbor Joe from down the road joined us and we went out on a singularly unsuccessful fishing trip today. We went seeking halibut at Roller Bay, then “Shipwreck” (off San Fernando Island), then the northwest side of Balandra Island. We caught exactly one smallish lingcod. Then we tried for salmon along Cemetery Island and the Coronados, trolling into the south entrance of Port Saint Nicholas. Nothing – a few black bass that were smaller than some of the bait.

Here is a tree, also struggling.


picture[daily log: walking, 2km]

Caveat: My Artistic License

As many of you already know, I have acquired an RV. It is known as “the GDC,” per its previous owners Mark and Amy.

I installed its new Alaska license plates today. I now have a legal license to practice my art, whereas up until now my artwork was unlicensed. This artistic license was included for free as part of my vehicle license plates:


In case the above is unclear, it is a joke based on the slogan on the new license plates.


Art and I dropped my friend Peter off at the ferry this morning. It’s back to just us chickens, now.


Caveat: Tree #246

Peter and I went on a hike in the morning, up the trail that runs up the side of Sunnahae mountain – but we didn’t intend to go to the top, which would have been an all-day hike. We went about 2 miles up and turned around a came back down.

Here is a tree we saw along the trail.


Here is me looking like a sinister Korean right-wing ajeossi of the sort you’d meet on a mountainside in Korea.


I’m wearing a hat that Peter gave to me that says “외국인” [oegugin = “alien, foreigner”]. This is funny.

picture[daily log: walking, 6km]

Caveat: Tree #245

Arthur and I took Peter out fishing. From a fishing standpoint, it was somewhat disappointing – we caught no salmon, and when trying for halibut we only caught ugly bottomfish. But I think Peter enjoyed himself, and anyway he got to see an aspect of life here that many don’t.

Here is a tree seen on an island.


picture[daily log: walking, 6km]