13 Years of Blogging

13poolI’ve been doing this for so long that this one almost slipped by me. Thirteen years of daily blogging! I’ll keep this one short and just say thank you. Thanks for coming here and listening to me babble. Writing is therapeutic and has improved (I hope) my communication skill, but if nobody was reading, I probably would have quit a long time ago. I hope that every once in a while you get a smile, a chuckle¬†or a new tidbit of knowledge from this site.

Earthquake Hysteria

seattleearthquakeEarthquake preparedness kits are selling like hot cakes and it’s in the news. Seattle is going to be obliterated by an earthquake! The end is near! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

The other night I got curious as to why the impending earthquake is all of a sudden big news. Why is everybody freaking out about this all of a sudden? There are articles every year about this, so was there some new revelation or scientific discovery?

Nope. It can be traced back to a click-bait article in the New Yorker. This got picked up and went viral. News flash: There’s a fault line under Seattle. News flash: There are fault lines everywhere. Yes, any fault line could be the source of an earthquake, and yes, you should be prepared for the possibility, but seriously, settle down. You should also be prepared for a house fire, a car accident, a volcano eruption, measles outbreaks and missile attacks from North Korea.

Three local earthquake experts got together to do a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and it’s a much better source of actual science related to the possibility of a Seattle earthquake. If you’re really concerned about this, note that three LOCAL experts wrote this. They study this stuff as a profession and yet they still happily live and work here.

So yes, it’s possible that we could have an earthquake tomorrow and yes, it might be devastating, but this possibility has existed for a very long time, and lots of data says that it’s not likely to happen for another couple hundred years. There are also threats of disasters. Do some basic preparations and get on with your life.

P.S. Luke 12:22-31

P.P.S. If you want to watch a good interview about this, check out episode 12 of The New Screensavers. That link will take you right to the start of the interview.

Queen Size Storage Bed

The bed project is partially complete! Last week I finished painting the bed and the drawer fronts, and over the weekend I assembled the drawer fronts and Tyla helped me move it in place. Overall, I’m pretty happy. By no means is it a fancy bed, but for a guest room, it works fine. It gives us a lot of storage.

My two main complaints are:
1) Plain white latex paint on the pine lends itself to a lot of scuff marks. I’m wondering if I should have tried to coat it with lacquer or poly.
2) The mattress fits well in the bed frame but since the mattress is round on the corners, you can see down into the bed frame. I think I might add some wood in those areas and paint it white to hide the view into the substructure.

But neither of those are super serious problems. I’ll build the headboard next.

Thank you Steve Ramsey for the initial inspiration for this design!


Steve Ramsey

wwmmlogoAt least 2/3 of my TV viewing happens from YouTube channels now. This isn’t news for millennials, but for an old-fogey like me, it’s still a bit of a novelty. I love being able to find content that is exactly tailored to my current interest and is made by people who are easily approachable.

I’ve written before about Steve Ramsey. He has a fantastic channel called “Woodworking for Mere Mortals.” He makes a project every week and it’s usually something that any of us non-professional woodworkers could handle. My current guest bed project is based almost entirely his design.

In one of his recent videos, he mentioned that he had some stickers left over and that he would send them out if you sent him a self-addressed stamped envelope. I love stickers and it seemed like a good opportunity to say thank you to him since I had just finished watching every single video on his channel. He not only sent me some stickers but he took the time to hand-write a note to me. When’s the last time you got a handwritten note that wasn’t a birthday card?

So thank you Steve for the stickers, but thank you even more for all the great content you produce! And thanks for taking the time to write me a personal note. I’m going to attach it to the inside of the bedframe so that I can find it down the road and smile all over again.

We’re Going To The Zoo Zoo Zoo

Since Elijah was born, it has been really easy for us to get into a rut of trading off watching him on the weekends and “getting stuff done.” While that is important, it’s also important to take time to grow together as family. This past weekend, I surprised Tyla by suggesting a trip to the zoo. I’m pretty sure she’d go every day if she could, but I’m usually the holdout.

The day was a bit wet and cool (the opposite of everything we’ve had for the last two months), but that was good because it meant that the crowds were really low and the animals were very active. When it’s hot, they just hide away in the shade. Every single exhibit we visited featured very active animals! Elijah knew a bunch of animals that he wanted to see and impressed me by walking through the pretty big tunnel by the meerkat exhibit. He’s really interested in tunnels right now so that was a big hit. If you ask him what he did at the zoo, he says “Walk through tunnel!”

The zoo no longer has elephants, but the new (to me anyway) tiger exhibit was pretty impressive. The zoo also has some lion cubs that were born last fall and they were really playful while we were there.

We only stayed about 2.5 hours because he has been getting up so early and was ready for a nap, but it was a good family event.