They had a city wide garage sale down in Oriental NC. (It’s a very small town). There was a LOT of houses with their yard filled with everything from a few items up to tables of stuff. What interested me though was at the Masonic Lodge building. They had opened up the building as a gathering spot for members to sell their “stuff” and the lawn was packed with precious items. Inside of the building there were even more things but what caught my eye was an old upright safe. After talking with the lodge members they told me that they have had the safe for decades and no one knew the combination. I explained that in a previous career, I was a safe technician and that I could find the combination easily for them. After examination of the safe and lock I estimate is that it was from the turn of the century (IE: 1900 to 1910)and in few minutes, I discovered the 4 numbers of the combination for them. It sure was fun getting my hands back into a trade that I really enjoyed and finding a use for the “U.S. Post Office” training in safe cracking that I was sent to those many years ago. Garage sales, you just never know what you might run into!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
While walking Edie around our little corner of Oriental NC. I came across the smallest library in existence. In front of a house is this small box on a post named the “Little Free Library”.
We’ve talked to the owners of the house and they think that it’s a good way to find a new home for the books that you have already read. The Little Library is a “give or take” library so you can take a book or place one into it. I think that it’s a great idea. If you live in an area that needs a library and your own book collection is getting a bit out of hand, try placing a “Little Library” box out front and share the gift of stories with your neighborhood!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
What a change a single day can make. We went from finding a quite place to drop a hook at night with the only worry being which way the wind was coming from or how strong the current might be to living at the dock, a car, neighbors (5 feet away) and becoming a ‘working stiff’ again. Within a day of arriving I was offered the dubious honor of removing a rotting bulkhead and replacing it in a power boat. I think I like the Bahamas better!
|getting "suited up" to grind fiberglass|
|Old bulkhead out, new one in|
We (meaning "I") have several large jobs to do on the Snow Goose. The bimini must come off for refurbishment so, the solar panels need to come off from it first. The rubber on the deck still has to be finished and (of course) the round of spring varnishing needs to be done.
|strange place to put a solar pannel|
|The underside of our cockpit cover (the bimini) needed varnish and it's much easier to do it upside down.|