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Rock of Ages
« on: July 28, 2019, 03:44:34 AM »


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Published on The Doomstead Diner July 28, 2019






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Those of you who are not regular contributors from Inside the Diner may have drawn the conclusion from my recent articles and videos that the Collapse Biz Trip to Seattle-Tacoma was mainly about testing the modified Cripple Cart for the new systems we put in place to make it a better vehicle for getting around as the Age of Oil comes to a close.  This regardless of whether you are a healthy young specimen of the species Homo Sap, or a decrepit and inexorably dying old cripple like yours truly.



In fact however, although very important, this field testing of the Cripple Cart was not the primary reason or motivator for this Biz Trip.  It goes back much further than that, to about a year after I had the accident that morphed me into the Cripple I am today.  I became obsessed with my impending death, and I remain so to this day.  Since I am a Monast, unmarried and childless, there is nobody around who can handle the details of how to tie up my time Walking the Earth after I Buy My Ticket to the Great Beyond.  Who do I leave the piddling savings I accumulated to?  Will anyone remember me when I'm gone?  What did my life amount to?  Anything?



The first order of Bizness was making out a Last Will & Testament, and one thing I did do here prior to the long Dirt Nap I am scheduled for was to create a "person" who would outlive me, a Non-profit 501c3 Corporation called the Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation, or SUN☼ in acronym.  The goals of SUN☼ are to develop Affordable Housing, Affordable Food and Affordable Energy for the population of Homo Saps as we enter into the Great Dying that is to come, insofar as this is possible to do anyhow.  So all that is left that I haven't spent on Amazon buying Preps and apparatus to pursue this Mission from God that I have been given goes to the SUN☼ Foundation.  Who exactly is going to run the SUN☼ Foundation after I am Pushing Up Daisies is something of a mystery at the moment, but I'm sure it will work itself out in the bye & bye.



The Diner here and all the words I have written and audio and video I have recorded also contain my Testimony as a Witness to the End of Industrial Civilization and of a life spent inside this vast machine that has overrun the Earth.  However, what is stored on the disks of the Google Servers and the NSA Databases probably only lasts as long as there is JUICE to run the energy-eating machine called the Internet, which probably is not that long in lasting, although it likely will outlast the Meat Package I am keyboarding out this article with.



I decided that I should have something a bit longer lasting than this, something that delivered the Message I was given to deliver here at the End of the Age of Oil.  I don't have as much Money as Bezos or an Egyptian Pharoah either, so a Pyramid built over Centuries was out of the question here. lol.  Within my means however, I COULD commision a Tombstone and a Monument to the SUN☼ Mission.  Designing a Monument worthy to this task, one which would last centuries and perhaps Millenia became another Obsession and Hobby for me as I sat trapped in my Monastery rooms during the long Alaska Winter nights.



What evolved out of that was the Rock of Ages you see before you in the video we shot down at Premier Memorial in Tacoma, WA, the Stone Cutters I commisioned for this project.  It was a project that took MUCH "longer than expected", with many frustrations along the way, but in the end it did get done, and I am still above ground level to see it.  In the video I explain all the design features and why they are on the Stone(s).  Among other things, engraved on the stone are the 12 Principles of Sustainable Living for any Homo Saps who manage to survive the oncoming Population Knockdown of our species.  It's a kind of boiled down version of the guidelines for Building a Better Tomorrow, the Motto of the SUN☼ Foundation.



12 Steps to a Practical & Achievable Program for a Better Tomorrow



In the We Need Peace thread Inside the Diner, JRM said I don't provide practical solutions for resolving the problems that Homo Sap faces.  This after I accused him of that same issue, and basically only providing Woo-Woo and Poetry as a solution.



I have of course provided practical ideas on many occassions, not to mention the fact I both founded and fund the SUN Project.  I don't have a high regard for people who just pitch out Negative Waves without providing some sort of solution to the problems they see.  So I always try to do this, although granted we have any number of "predicaments" which do not lend themselves to EZ or painless solutions.



My ideas however are sprinkled willy-nilly over 5 years of Diner posting in many different threads, and are somewhat difficult to track down despite trying to keep this database fairly organized over the time period.  So I thought this might be a good opportunity to provide a 12-Step Program for a Better Tomorrow on Planet Earth so Diners are all aware of my Plan and we can rest this idea that I don't have a plan for good.  So now, here's THE PLAN!



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12 STEP PLAN FOR A BETTER TOMORROW ON PLANET EARTH



Step #1-  Die Off of 99.9% of the Population of Homo Saps



This resolves a lot of problems, from overuse of the land and ocean to the amount of carbon we put up in the atmosphere.  It won't significantly hurt the genetic diversity of Homo Sap, there will still be 7.3M meat packages walking the earth at any given time, which was more than enough for most of human history and should be plenty moving into the future.  No official extermination plan needs to be concocted for this, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse will do the job without direction as they always have in the past.  They are very dependable.



Step #2-  Elimination/Extermination of the Greedy Elite still left standing



In order to make sure the same mistakes of the past are not repeated, the folks who ran the last show into the ground need to be eliminated.  This does require active decision making on who is most guilty and what sort of punishment they deserve for Crimes Against Humanity.  Is merely sentencing them to being Humanure collectors for the rest of their years walking the earth as a corporeal meat package enough punishment, or do they need to be dispatched to the Great Beyond in the most agonizingly painful and long lasting way we can conjure up?  For this we will need a legitimate Judicial System and Court of the Inquisition.  No Pigman should have his Journey to Hell expedited without Due Process of Law.  We need to take the Moral High Ground here on this.  No Lynchings on the Lamp Posts still standing!  No pushing them off balconies of empty skyscrapers either!  At least not until the High Court has handed down its decision and the last appeal has been exhausted.



Step #3- Replacement of the old Elite with a new Elite of Homo Saps with a High Wisdom Quotient



We will need to design a Standardized Test for Ecological & Economic Wisdom, testing various wannabee Elites for their knowledge of the biosphere and how to maintain it in a sustainable manner, as well as how to economically distribute the produce in a fair manner.  There will need to be Checks & Balances and Watchdogs to ensure the new Elite do not become as corrupt as the old Elite. Since there will be no monetary reward for being a member of the Elite (see Step #4), this should be less of a problem in the future of  a Better Tomorrow.



Step #4-  Elimination of Money and substitution of a Potlatch or "Gift" Economy



Distribution of the wealth the society is able to extract at a sustainable rate from the patch of land they occupy will be done by gifting each citizen with an equal portion of that produce.  Citizens will be required to work for their share of the produce, in some form.  If they are disabled and incapable of physical work, they will be required to do tedious accounting work to keep track of all the numbers, or perhaps do arbitration work resolving disputes, or write books, tell stories, make music, etc.  If they are mentally incapacitated and can't handle difficult numerical or social issues and have no artistic ability, they will need to do physical labor of digging holes and fixing housing every time it gets knocked down by the latest extreme weather event. If they cannot do either physical or intellectual labor, they will be gifted with nothing and die of starvation.



Step #5-  Migration to Upper Latitudes and Altitudes



For the .1% of the remaining population of Homo Saps, it will be necessary to migrate to Survival Zones on Earth where wet bulb temperatures remain within the range that both HS and the plants and animals they depend on can survive.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this includes neighborhoods like Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, Northern Canada and Nunavut and Nova Scotia. Coastal Greenland also might be habitable. In the Southern Hemisphere, less available land mass, perhaps Argentina and Southern Australia until the Ice Sheets melt off of the Antarctic Continent, at which time that might become colonizable.  That will take some time though, those ice sheets are quite thick.



Also possible survival zones in lower latitudes may be found at higher altitudes.  Spots in the Rocky Mountains, the Andes and the Himalayas may provide Lifeboats for a few isolated tribes of Homo Saps.  Depending on latitude, anywhere from 3000' to 6000' might be enough to keep the temps within reason, while still providing enough Oxygen to survive.  Nobody will be surviving above around 29,000' though, you won't find a tribe living on top of K-2 or Everest.  That's the Death Zone.  Call the survivable locations between 3000' and 12,000'.



Step # 6-  Alternative Food Production



This will take place over time during the migrations.  Greenhouses will be built using Scavenged glass from McMansions and Carz, and seeds carried by migrating Homo Saps will be first planted in the controlled climates of the greenhouses, then dispersed for outdoor growing once the climate warms sufficiently for those plants to thrive in the upper latitudes.  Birds and land mammals will also migrate northward, carrying seeds from more southern plants in their gut, and the entire ecosystem will migrate northward in this way.



Similarly, fish species currently found in southern waters will migrate north or south, eventually to end up in the Arctic Ocean or in the sea surrounding Antarctica.  When the carbon begins to be resequestered and it's possible once again for Shellfish to form shells as Ocean pH begins to go up again, a New Great Barrier Reef will grow from coral around the coast of Antarctica.



Step #7- New Goobermints



New Goobermints will form up in the given locations of the surviving Homo Saps.  With much smaller populations widely separated in geographical space, the populations will be no larger than 10,000 Human Souls.  Various forms of Goobermints will be tried during the spin down as the societies shrink in size, including Fascism, Communism and neo-Feudalism incorporating Slavery.  All will fail, with the final system being neo-Tribal, with the communities being Gooberned by the Elders of the tribe related to other members by no more than 2 degrees of separation, and so concerned with their well-being.



Step #8- Procreation and Population Control



Rules and Taboos will be put in place and enforced on procreation.  Tribal permissions will be required in order to marry and procreate.  Difficult to pass "Rites of Passage" will be implemented at Puberty and only those who pass the tests will have procreation rights.  Once carrying capacity for the land has been established and reached by the population, new procreation rights will only be issued out when a tribal member dies, leaving an open seat at the table.  Children conceived while the Tribe is at carrying capacity will be aborted or exposed after birth, unless an Elder member of the tribe who is sick or otherwise ready to go to the Great Beyond volunteers to do so.



Step #9  Animal Treatment



With a highly dispersed population of Homo Saps, most animals will live in the wild and be hunted for meat.  Ceremonies will be performed when an animal is caught and killed for it's meat to Honor the life of that animal.



A few domesticated animals will be kept for production of Milk and Eggs mainly, although Wool also from sheep is good fiber to work with for making clothing and blankets.  Domesticated animals will be treated humanely and given good room in a barn to shelter in and not be overcrowded to pass diseases around.  Such animals dispatched to the Great Beyond also will be given a Ceremony on death to Honor their contribution to the life of the Tribe.



Step #10- Medicine and Health Care



All members of the Tribe will have equal access to what medicines and repairs are still possible to do.  This does NOT include operations like Heart Transplants or Kidney Dialysis.  Even Diabetes probably not treatable, as to get the constant supply of insulin necessary you would need to slaughter too many pigs.  Minor operations like appendectomies may still remain possible, as well as setting broken bones and sewing up major wounds.  Dentistry limited to preventative maintenance (tooth and gum cleaning), extractions and building of Dental Appliances to assist those with lost teeth in chewing, made from the teeth of dead animals or dead Homo Saps with some good teeth left.  However, mostly people with no teeth left will eat soft foods like soft cheese which melts in your mouth, mashed potatoes for carbs, fruits and berries which crush easily with just your gums, soft boiled eggs and broths rich in animal protein made from boiling left over bones from large animals, fish & chicken, their internal organs as well as discarded vegetable matter.  Nuts and other crunchy foods will be crushed with a Mortar & Pestle and the powder added to the mashed potatoes along with grated cheese for a more nutritious dish.



There will be no cost for the medical care, as of course there is no money.  Providers of medical care will have this as their primary work, rather than digging holes, gathering foods or crunching the numbers on the latest harvest.



Step #11- Education & Knowledge Retention and Advancement



Current Paper books will be kept in Sacred Libraries, protected from the elements as best as possible given the technology that still exists and handled with care by all readers. Librarians will be charged with the task of keeping the books organized and searchable, and making sure the readers handle them with care. Paper and Inks made from naturally occuring dyes is possible sustainably, although not in anywhere near the quantites it is produced today.  To utilize the paper being produced, it will need to be rationed, so anyone who wants to write down his thoughts/ideas will need to demonstrate their value first by explaining them orally and/or diagramming them out on a renewable surface such as scratching it into the dirt or using a chalkboard.  You will need a source of chalk for this of course.



All children will be taught to read and write so that it is possible for them later to record their thoughts and ideas this way, as well as do other helpful tasks for the tribe such as the aforementioned Accounting, as well as Engineering tasks like building bridges, Windmills, etc.



However, given the overall shortage of paper, the primary form of retaining knowledge from Generation to Generation will be through Oral Tradition.  So there will be a nightly exercise in memory practice, and stories, poems and music will be recited from memory by elders in the tribe, and after repetition over years at the time of the Rites of Passage need to be repeated by the Acolyte in order to get reproductive rights.  This is only one of many tests that must be passed in the Rites of Passage.  Others include the Test for Survival, where the Acolyte is sent out inot the Wilderness for a year with just a knife and clothing and a week's worth of food, and must come back alive at the end of the year.  A tribal member can elect not to take these tests and continue to live with the tribe, but will not ever earn reproductive rights.



Step #12- Spirituality & Religion



A discussion of the spiritual connection with the Universe we can discern with our senses as well as what cannot be discerned this way will be encouraged in each member of the tribe.  There will be no specific dogma attached, but a Weekly meeting will be held where all members of the Tribe discuss with each other their beliefs and their take on Existence, God, the Afterlife, Good & Evil etc.  There will be Taboos in plce against Tribal members Napalming each other or making Ad Hom arguments in these discussions. lol.



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OK!  That is my 12 Step Program for a Better Tomorrow, which I think is practical and realistically achievable given the parameters we are currently faced with.  Is it an IDEAL solution?  Well obviously not if you won't consider a 99.9% Die Off of Homo Saps as part of your solution.  However, I don't see any realistic way possible to steer clear of such a die off anymore, so that is a parameter I have to work with in creating the rest of the solution.  Then I have other parameters like what the technologies I think can be maintained are and what patches of the Earth surface I think might still be decent Survival Zones.  Overall, this limits you quite a bit in making a realistic assessment of the situation.



Things I do not see as very realistic are:



1- All of Humanity will all of a sudden wake up from their collective stupor and become environmentally conscious and active and will sacrifice their current standard of living (measured in terms of things like electricity on demand, happy motoring, thick and juicy ribeye steaks on the table etc.) in order to maintain a sustainable system for all at a lower economic standard (which for 7.3B people, would have to be quite low).



2- All of Humanity will all of a sudden grasp the futility of War and Peacefully coexist on the planet, sharing the resources left equitably.  Homo Saps have NEVER done that in all of recorded history, and I see no indication they will start now.  The highest likelihood here is there will be fights over the resources until the population has been knocked down sufficiently that what resources remain or are renewable are enough for the remaining population, and their ability to make war on each other is significantly reduced by lack of resources with which to pursue such wars on a Global Scale.



3- A movement with no Leadership and no plan for how to rebuild society can possibly arise spontaneously with agreement from the majority of the population of the earth.  Most of the people ambulatory right now are completely clueless, and without leadership to explain the problems to these dummies in a way they can understand as well as provide them enough food to meet their daily needs, you simply have no chance of success here.  They will latch on to whatever leader pops up and promises them a good job and food on the table.  These folks always pop up in such times, see Trumpty-Dumpty for this.



I am not into Woo-Woo solutions that don't address the real problems before us.  It's all well and good to be at peace with yourself and develop a philosophy that is "intimate" with Nature, that encourages Peace, Love and Understanding between all Homo Saps, but it's not realistic at all that this will spontaneously and suddenly appear in huge populations of people that currently positively HATE each other, including but not limited to Sunnis vs Shiites, Christians vs Muslims, Pakistanis vs Indians, Han Chinese vs Uyghurs, Blacks vs Whites etc, etc etc.  These folks are not destined to Love each other.  They are destined to KILL each other.  That's the reality, as uncomfortable as it might be.



Despite this unfortunate set of parameters, this does NOT mean that Homo Sap will go Extinct in the Near Term, nor does it mean that all Knoweldge we have gained over the millenia will be lost either.  It does leave open the possibility or even likelihood that after such a massive crash, remaining Homo Saps will gain a better understanding of their close relationship with Nature, and develop new societies with better "Human Nature", which overall is really a social construct more than it is biologically determined by genetics, IMHO.  Evidence for this is that societies prior to the Age of Agriculture had far different norms in terms of their behaviors, and even in todays world there is huge variation in "Human Nature" between societies.  Asian Cultures for instance have a much different attitude toward "Face" and how you are perceived by others than Western society does.  We can change, we can adapt, but it's not going to happen in time to stem a massive die off of the current population, which has to occur anyhow because the overall ecosystem is just too stressed by too many Homo Sap meat packages walking the earth at the same time.  Somebody's gotta GO here, and go they will.



The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up and they are riding now.  I hear the distant thunder every day now, pounding through the earth from place3s like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.  Those Hoofbeats will arrive too in the 1st World, and then whoever is left standing will have 2 choices left.



1- To lay down and die with the rest of the dead Homo Saps.



2- To Buckle down and Build a Better Tomorrow.



I will take Door #2 Monte.





The dieoff begins!


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Rock of Ages: We have Liftoff! The SUN ☼ Monument has SHIPPED!
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2019, 12:52:56 PM »

We have Liftoff!

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Rock of Ages: The Eagle has landed!
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 08:37:22 AM »
The Monument arrived safely in its Eternal Resting Place of Springfield, MO yesterday and has been uncrated.  The cemetery manager was suitably impressed.  :icon_sunny:  He said it was "very pretty" and "there is definitely nothing like it in our cemetery".

Stone placement is scheduled for August 30th, and then on my Birthday August 31st I will do an Unveiling and Christening of the Monument, followed by a Reception at the Flame Steakhouse in downtown Springfield.

There will be USDA Prime Porterhouse Steak and Maine Lobster for any Diners that show up.




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Rock of Ages 2: The Adventure Begins!
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 11:37:31 AM »
I am off Jet Setting again tonight for a 24 hour travel marathon through 4 airports and 3 planes with my full rig to Springfield, MO, the Eternal Resting Place for the SUN☼ Monument as well as my Meat Package when I buy my ticket to the Great Beyond.  I'll try to report on the trip as I go along.

I'm in the final stages of packing up right now, with a new configuration for my trailer arrangement so hopefully I don't experience the same DISASTERS as on the first trip down to Seattle last month.  We have screwed in numerous new attachment points for Bungees and Cables to keep the whole thing together so hopefully I don't experience another trailer capsize while boarding a tram.  Actually I'm crossing my fingers I don't have to board a tram at all on this trip, but don't know yet.  It still doesn't back too well.  ::)

I've got my cameras and the mobile Diner Control Center packed up and charged up, and hopefully sometime Thursday morning I will be at my station in the Motel 6 in Springfield, where Tom Burdett has left the light on for me.

On Friday, the plan is for the SUN☼ Monument to be planted for the rest of Eternity, or at least until the Sun Goes Red Giant or the Earth has a catastrophic Collision with a Planet Killer Asteroid or the Chinese fire off an ICBM directed at Springfield North Cemetery.  It's not a critical military or economic target, so I'm pretty sure the Monument won't be at ground zero, and Granite is pretty impervious to Radiation and Fallout, so not worried there.  An earthquake on the New Madrid fault could bury it, but it won't destroy it.  No volcanoes around there to set it swimming in lava, so good on that front.

Saturday I will do a Christening of the Monument and then have a Celebration Dinner at Hill's, an Italian Buffet style restaurant my sister voted for over the high end steakhouse I was going to hold it at.  I'll go to a steakhouse for a steak review for the Cooking Zone another night.  The rest of the week will be spent trying to figure out what to do with my Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD circa 1989 which has been in a storage unit for over a decade, and touring around Springfield in my Cripple Cart, powered by Kobalt 24V Power Tools Batts.  :icon_sunny:

Wish me luck.  I'm gonna need it.

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: The Adventure Begins!
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 03:31:58 AM »
I have successfully negotiated TSA and am now sitting at the gate for the Seattle leg, which boards at 5:20 AM, in 3 hours.

My new trailer arrangement so far is working no better than the old one.  ::)  I also DO have to negotiate the tram again in Seattle. :(  Hopefully I'll get some assistance.

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: The Adventure Begins!
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2019, 04:19:55 PM »
I have successfully negotiated TSA and am now sitting at the gate for the Seattle leg, which boards at 5:20 AM, in 3 hours.

My new trailer arrangement so far is working no better than the old one.  ::)  I also DO have to negotiate the tram again in Seattle. :(  Hopefully I'll get some assistance.

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: The Adventure Begins!
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2019, 04:58:19 PM »
I have successfully negotiated TSA and am now sitting at the gate for the Seattle leg, which boards at 5:20 AM, in 3 hours.

My new trailer arrangement so far is working no better than the old one.  ::)  I also DO have to negotiate the tram again in Seattle. :(  Hopefully I'll get some assistance.

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: The Adventure Begins!
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2019, 06:52:52 PM »
I have successfully negotiated TSA and am now sitting at the gate for the Seattle leg, which boards at 5:20 AM, in 3 hours.

My new trailer arrangement so far is working no better than the old one.  ::)  I also DO have to negotiate the tram again in Seattle. :(  Hopefully I'll get some assistance.

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This layover is pretty long so I finally have a chance to sit down and write on the computer instead of the stupid phone.

DFW is surprisingly quiet considering the holiday weekend is coming up and I arrived at 6PM.  I still have around 3 hours before the plane to Springfield boards.  I've got my phone, computer and Cripple Cart all charging up.  The gate is also conveniently located right across from the bathroom.  :icon_sunny:

It looks like I will make it with no major disaster, although there have been numerous small annoyance problems.  Back to the drawing board on the trailer rig for the cripple cart.

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Rock of Ages 2: DISASTER STRIKES!
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2019, 12:25:29 AM »
I MADE IT!  I am safely esconced in the Motel 6, which is a real dive.  I already killed my first roach.  I have also already been hit on by a couple of low lifes for a cancerette while outside smoking.

I did have a real scare/problem upon arrival in Springfield.  Plugged a batt into the Cripple Cart, the meter lit up but it didn't go.  Plugged in another batt, still nothing!  I was sure some wiring got damaged and I couldn't fix it at the airport.  A Baggage Monkey dragged it out to the Cripple Cab on my folding dolly.  Upon arrival here I tried my other 2 batts.  THEY WORKED!  Phew.

The issue is the batts don't last too many cycles, they're not designed for this much discharge so fast.  I'm going to have to save them just for air travel and not use them regularly.  Fortunately I did order some SLAs which my sister is bringing up to me tomorrow.  I'm glad though I didn't have to take apart the adapter we made to fix busted wiring, or worse it might have been a motor problem.

Now I'm really paranoid about the trip back home and negotiating the airports with these batts though.  If they burn out on me during the trip it could be a major disaster.  I may go over to Harbor Freight and buy a couple of new ones for the trip home.

I'll probably rent a car to travel around town, I can't risk taking a long excursion on the Cripple Cart.

Now for some SLEEP!  I'm a wreck.

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Rock of Ages 2: Travels with my Cripple Cart
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2019, 05:11:29 AM »
Dallas airport office
Dallas airport office
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The Cripple Cart waiting for the Baggage Monkeys

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: Travels with my Cripple Cart
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2019, 08:16:09 AM »

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Rock of Ages 2: The Monument is PLANTED!
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2019, 04:04:17 PM »
Despite some concern last night with a line of powerful midwest-style Thunderstorms rolling thru that I thought we might have to postpone the placement, by afternoon the rain backed off to a light drizzle and we were able to get the stones set on their Eternal Resting Place, where I will join them for a long Dirt Nap when I buy my ticket to the Great Beyond.  Here are a few still pics from the placement, you will have to wait on the videos until I get back to the Last Great Frontier and edit them.

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Monument Placement
Monument Placement

Fortunately, I got it to it's final home before we ran out of oil.  Without the heavy equipment, you would need quite a few slaves to move it around.

Monument Cripple Cart
Monument Cripple Cart

Me, my Cripple Cart & the Monument.  I am adding to my Last Will & Testament to be buried with my Cripple Cart.  :icon_sunny:  If it fits into the trunk of a Mercedes, it will easily fit into the concrete tomb they set in the ground for your casket.

Monument Side View South
Monument Side View South

This is the view facing South.  At the Solstice, the SUN☼ should rise directly in between the 2 pillars of the Stonehenge structure I designed as Capstone.  Note how it also is framed by the two trees in the background.  That was pure luck.

We are postponing the Christening until Labor Day, when the rain is supposed to let up and SUN☼shine the rest of the week.  We'll still do the Celebration dinner tomorrow though.

Next project:  Figuring out what to do with my Jeep in storage.  ::)

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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2019, 10:03:48 PM »
Nice.

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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2019, 12:26:36 AM »
Nice.

Thx EP!  :)

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Re: Rock of Ages 2: The Monument is PLANTED!
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2019, 03:24:12 AM »

Fortunately, I got it to it's final home before we ran out of oil.  Without the heavy equipment, you would need quite a few slaves to move it around.

Monument Cripple Cart
Monument Cripple Cart

Me, my Cripple Cart & the Monument.  I am adding to my Last Will & Testament to be buried with my Cripple Cart.  :icon_sunny:  If it fits into the trunk of a Mercedes, it will easily fit into the concrete tomb they set in the ground for your casket.

Monument Side View South
Monument Side View South

This is the view facing South.  At the Solstice, the SUN☼ should rise directly in between the 2 pillars of the Stonehenge structure I designed as Capstone.  Note how it also is framed by the two trees in the background.  That was pure luck.
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This has been a long time in the works. Your monument makers seem to have done a good job as well. Congratulations.
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