August 16th, 2009

Justin LOL, LOL (Justin)

You Might Want To Rephrase That

Watching a History Channel show describing the salvage of the 17th-century Swedish ship Vasa, I heard the narrator describe the initial finding of the side: "The probe found old waterlogged oak... the material of which the Vasa was constructed."

The first thought that came to mind was that the ship might have stayed afloat if it had been constructed of fresh dry oak instead.

Once Alive


A couple of the main branches from a tree in the common area next to our yard apparently got knocked down in a thunderstorm. Fortunately, it missed the house, and I actually didn't notice it until a neighbor pointed it out (I'm not much of an outdoor person, and that portion of the yard is away from the path in and out of the house).

I've cut up about half of the fallen branches; I'll do some more work on it later when it cools down a bit and haul the pile over to the curb for yard-trimmings pickup.

At least now the balance of the tree is tipped away from the house (and toward open space) if anything else falls.
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