Anomalism6-17.7 my Fathers day.    2007-06-17 18:09:27 ET
I just got off the phone with my dad. I started this entry over an hour ago and before I could type a word I realized it was a good time to try to catch dad at home (in AZ). I was telling him about Hexagon doing repelling down the cliff, (he taught the rest of us how and it was a blast) and we got on to talking about some of the crazy things I used to climb when I was a kid. He taught me how to climb trees (dad did) and then I learned how to do a full body jamb watching Batman and I became a regular squirel for much of my childhood. And of course I taught my kids and they of course took it even farther than me. Hexagon is back in Norfolk and I miss him already. I wish we got to see him more often but the military is what it is.
Severity is starting his third week at the same company I work for doing the same stuff Ive been doing for many years but its a new adventure for him and he's diggin it. He'll be diggin the pay hike too at the end of this week. No new dumb animal or stupid human stories to tell this time. Nothing new bullisticaly either. Oh well.

 Anomalism6-3.7 Pertinant stuff in the life.    2007-06-03 19:04:25 ET
On memorial day Mrs Anomalous and I had Jim and wife Diana over for a cookout and shooting spree. My sons Hexagon and Severity had two of thier friends over as well. We had lots of ammo and lots of beer cans to shoot and we did commence to have a very bullistic good time. We had to set out a card table and some lawn chairs(I don't have a patio yet). We had about 14 handguns and a couple carbines, it was like having a party tray of weapons. Everyone was invited to sample every gun and have a good time. We started shooting about 2:00 and every one was happy til about 4:00 when we out of the blue heard a male voice screaming down from the top of the cliff to the left of the target area about how we had better stop lighting off fireworks right now because its illegal! Now at this we were all like ??????wth????is this guy for real???. He continued with "You have to stop setting off fireworks right now your scaring my kids and I'm telling you to stop it right now it's illegal" Now there are so many things wrong with this its hard to put them in sequence. One= they are firearms not fireworks, how he could mistake that is almost incomprehensible. Two= the place where he is standing is next to my barbwire fence and several of the 20 "NO TRESSPASSING" signs that are up there. Three= the park is more thwn 200 yards to the south through the woods, so that he had tresspassed across other peoples private property to get to mine so he could tell me that I can't do something that I am in fact not doing at all. So we began to shout back to him that HE is a tresspasser and this is private property and these are FIREARMS and he needs to go back to the park now period. Hexagon and I started up the trail to get a look at this nut bag but when we got there he had dissapeered. So we when back down and started shooting again, no big deal right? About fifteen minutes later he shows up in the street in front of the house screaming at the same stupid stuff about fireworks. I mean this guy had walked back over the cliffs to the paths down in the park , then out to the street and up the road to my house, abit under a half mile. So I get up and walk around to the front of the house and there he is this guy standing in the street with a cell phone i his hand pointing at it and threatening to call the cops if we don't stop setting off fireworks right now. so I shouted back again that they are firearms and that he has no authority to say anything and to GO BACK TO THE PARK! He finaly stormed off toward the park still threatening to call the cops. But he did leave so we whent back to shooting figuring he'd finnaly gotten it. Well about 20 minutes later three cop cars show up in my driveway looking for trouble. The guy did call the cops but he lied to them and said we had threatend him with a gun. So we all explained what had realy happened, seven witnesses said nobody pulled a gun, nobody pointed a gun and nobody threatened or menaced anyone in any way. The cool thing is that it is legal to carry guns on your own property and it is legal to shoot guns on your own property so nothing we did was wrong. So the cops finaly went off to have another talk with the guy and no sooner than they left the driveway. Jim who is paster of a church over in westlake picks up his gun and starts shooting again. I thought that was funny because I'm usualy the arogant one who would do that kind of thing. Allin all it was a unique experience for all of us.

 Anomalism5-13.7 The barbwire is up    2007-05-13 08:30:06 ET
And the dangerous cliff edge gate is in place. Now perhaps the campers will stay out of my yard. I mean if they want that bed to fall to thier deaths, they can do it from someone else's cliff. Although if they fall from that particular section they will in fact land in a heap on someone else's property. but thats only on the north face, the East face they just fall into the yard.
In other news it is a beautiful day here, the trees re leafing out and everything has that most vibrant of green color that only comes with new growth.
I'm working 60 plus hours a week as per usual. One of my more or less supervisors wants to give me a second man on Weds and move some work from Thurs to weds. He says he doesn't want to burn me out. They don't understand who they are dealing with here. I've been working at this pace for 25 years, I see it as a way to chalenge myself physically. I,m not interested in easing up any, I set the pace for the other crews.
Speaking of not easing up. On that same Weds route I mow a common area for a developement that has a rather long tree lawn with a sidewalk that any number of people can be seen strolling along on there way to where ever. For two Wednesdays now I have seen this young woman walk by, moving confidently at a good pace. The interesting thing about this is that she uses a long white cane to tap th edges of the sidewalk as she goes. You guessed it she's blind, she hasn't let it slow her down though, she moves with a purpose. It is difficult for me as a sighted person to imagine walking for miles with my eyes closed. I,m impressed by her, I may have to tell her so.

 Anomalism 4-22.7 The perimeter is nearly secure.    2007-04-22 17:56:54 ET
We finaly got the fence up around the back yard upper level. Now if the campers want to fall off a cliff they will have to fall off ome one else's. The barb wire and the dangerous cliff edge gate are yet to be installed, but the main part is done. E.Z. the diesel cat, and Calipider, two of the outside cats came up with us to hang out and watch. They didn't see when we came back down so I had to go back up and call them down for dinner. Also the warm weather is finaly here and I start mowing on monday. No more spring cleanup and mulching for me. It looks to be a good season and I am doing work I enjoy.

 Anomalism 4-5.7 Weather??    2007-04-05 04:21:53 ET
The day before yesterday it was 80 degrees, today it is 30 and there is 2" of snow on the ground. It is all very pretty and stuff but we are kinda tired of it at this point. I'll have to build a fire soon for the first time in 3 weeks to heat the house and yet I have already had some sun burn. Its April in Ohio and this is the kind of things the weather will frequently do here. I guess I willna be doing any more mulching and edging this week.

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