Caveat: Flood in the attic

As Arthur and I were shutting down the water system, preliminary to our departure for points south, we had a crisis. The valve under the toilet in the attic broke. There was a flood. There was panic, as I raced out of the house to the cistern shed to shut down the water pump (and thus the pressure). Meanwhile water flowed out onto the attic floor. The carpet was soaked. It got under the bookshelves. I had to remove all of the books from one row of my bookshelves, and stack them in a dry area, and move the shelves, to get the water up from all the corners of the floor. It was a lot of work. We left a dehumidifier running (draining into the toilet) for while we were gone.

Caveat: Well that sucked

Arthur hired someone to come out and suck out the septic tank. He’s never done this before, since installing his sewage system 20 years ago.

There had been a lot of anxiety about this, because there is no way to drive close to the septic tank – it’s beside the water and dock on the north side of the house, away from the road and driveway. The septic tank sucker guy had to bring extra lengths of hose. His preferred spot, after looking at the options, was to park on the new house pad on lot 73, to the west, and run the hose through the woods across the creek. Each of the options was about 120 feet, but that option had the advantage of requiring less of an uphill component, since the new house pad is about level with the existing kitchen shed.

So the guy set up his hose – I helped quite a bit – and sucked out the septic tank. It went smoothly, for the most part. The man said that for 20 years it was in very good shape, which Arthur found to be good news.

Here are some pictures of the hose laid out from the sucker truck.

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Caveat: Tree #319

I haven’t been very productive lately. I’ve been bit “under the weather,” as is said – actually I haven’t had many colds/flus coming to Alaska, I think, but it’s definitely been impacting my focus and productivity. I did get out on the hillside for about an hour today. I don’t suppose standing or tromping or working outside in the rain is good for me if I have a cold, but I have never believed the commonplace that being out in cold or rain increases one’s susceptibility to head colds or increases their impact. That just never made sense to me. I think any such risk is offset or mitigated by being active and getting fresh air.

Here is a tree from the archives, just for a change of pace. I hope I haven’t posted it before. It’s a tree along a street in my neighborhood in Ilsan (Goyang City), with my apartment building (the yuckier one in Juyeop neighborhood) in the background. I think the picture is from 2012 – I hope I haven’t posted it before.

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Caveat: Tree #315

I recorded this tree before removing it. I am clearing a path on the direct uphill-downhill between the “middle stake” (lot marker) on the southern property line between lots 73 and 74. It’s damp and slippery but it’s actually easier clearing paths once the fall has removed most of the leaves from the underbrush.

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Caveat: GDC Day

Once a month, I should go over and start up the GDC (the RV), to make sure it’s still functional under its cocoon (tarp). I ran the engine, generator and heater for an hour, with the tarp partly lifted away so as to not poison myself with carbon monoxide. Everything still works. While it was running, I went on walk up the hillside to my neglected treehouse site and maintained my trails a bit.

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