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Helmut
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June 25, 2009 - 9:56 am
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This is what we've done so far. Gaming seems such a... distant activity at the moment.

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Wow, it's becoming a reality, huh!? That looks like an itty-bitty house. Is the basement going to be living space too?

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I'm just trying to show steerpike that I'm not just lounging around the silo all summer drinking all the cola. There isn't a basement but there is a second floor. The angle and distance are a bit deceiving I think. Besides, size doesn't matter.

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So am I to assume you first had to cut down trees, dig out roots, plow the fields, plant the hay, reap your harvest, and somehow bundle it into bales (wife & kids' task?)....before you could begin building this Mighty Fortress?

If so, lucky it's cooler up there than down here in Hell @ 104F. Still, scratch-building a house is not something trivial to be assumed without careful consideration. Better you than me. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Great Job! Only about 10 more feet up before you can keep out rain & snow (with a tarp) this winter. Eh? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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That looks like a beautiful house of straw, Helmut. But if you're open to a suggestion, Repose and Echoes might be better placed on the second floor, away from the Room of Anguish. The tormented screams of the damned might not be the kind of Echoes that promote a good healthy Repose.

And I know full well you're not sitting around drinking cola in the silo. It's been lonely here, almost like everyone got turned on to some other idea instead of the silo.

You're right - size doesn't matter. But I think I might use that "you're seeing it from a funny angle" line next time someone says- well, forget it.

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Repose and echoes has to be downstairs away from the caves of the demon spawn of the elders. And it's doubtful anyone will be causing carpet bombing anguish and reposing with echoes at the same time (for a few years anyway) so that's ok.

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Steerpike said:

You're right - size doesn't matter. But I think I might use that “you're seeing it from a funny angle” line next time someone says- well, forget it.

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I'd like the see the look on that someone's face when you deliver that "you're seeing it from a funny angle" line 'cause if my reaction of falling out my chair laughing hysterically is any indication, you sir, are in for some serious hurt feelings. [Image Can Not Be Found]

@Helmut - isn't the Room of Anguish just another name for the Caves of the Demon Spawn of the Elders? In my house, it is.

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In my old house, I used to have a Room of Anguish, but I called it the Dungeon of Pain. My new house only has a Crawlspace of Pain. Doesn't give one quite the same frisson, does it?

That's not the first time you, Steerpike, have said size doesn't matter. I guess if it lets you sleep at night... [Image Can Not Be Found] (What kind of car do you drive? [Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found])

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@Toger, no that would require the more expensive bi-directional conduit of anguish. Our budget is pretty tight and we only have the uni-directional stuff. In the room of anguish we dish it out, but up in the caves we're the ones getting dished.

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Steerpike figures if he keeps saying "size doesn't mater" someone, somewhere might actually believe him. At some point. Or maybe it's like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and he's clicking his heels together when he says "size doesn't matter" and it will suddenly come true? [Image Can Not Be Found] [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Size matters and size doesn't matter. Both are true depending on which side of the equation you are at...

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Lookin' good, Helmut!

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Please tell me your crew is larger than you, a wife, one preschooler and a toddler.

Those boards look heavy as hell. Do you use a nail gun? Hope to heaven you aren't hammerin' those suckers in the old fashion way. On the other hand, perhaps you'll breeze through the next phase : joining hay bales with masking tape.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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Actually with a harness, you'd be surprised just how much a toddler can pack. And they work well in the heat too. 

Kidding of course. We've hired builders so I'm not actually pounding nails (and if you use an air nailer once, you'll never go back) but there are a billion jobs a semi fit owner builder can do to save money. Number one being to look after the kids so the spouse with the building experience can run the show. My work will progress above digging trenches and staining timbers when it comes time to install the wiring and do the strawbale. Along with interior work like getting the G25 installed in the correct place in the office. Our mood improves every time something actually happens out there.

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We woke up to smoky skies from the Kelowna fires. I can't remember exactly where you are building this new homestead, but I hope things are okay where you are.

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Yapette said:

joining hay bales with masking tape.[Image Can Not Be Found]


It's duct tape he needs.  You can even use it to bind up a broken leg, in a pinch.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Thanks jasper. We're on the order of 1-200 miles away from Kelowna and have zero air impact from those fires. I really haven't determined the wind or weather patterns here at all. We do have a series of North/South mountain ranges in the interior which apparently prevent local exchange of air, across them at least. It's also peculiar that the smoke would move South, since we seem to get hot air masses swirling up from the interior US rain shadow states.

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Wow! How many toddlers do you have harnessed to have accomplished that much in two weeks!

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I saw this show on HGTV about extreme houses, and one of the segments was about houses made out of old tires packed by toddlers with earth (click here to see). Made me think of you and your not-quite-so-extreme house.

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