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Old 06-08-2010, 01:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well, this kind of shower they don't want to bring kids, weird... I guess it's a lame excuse to get a day off taking care of their kids LOL
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:59 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The heck kind of baby shower has a no-kids rule attached? Kids are kind of the point of the whole thing.... well, that and cooing endlessly over itty bitty baby outfits. o.O' Personally, I don't entirely get it. :P

On the other hand, I don't much like the idea of squished crayfish, either. The playing in the mud and pulling up weeds bit we'll do plenty of though, lol. I'll even probably point out some weeds that we can eat along the way.

Whatever you do, don't wear nice clothes :P T-shirts and old jeans are the dress code of the day

And Michael, upon digging through my closet I discovered my old snorkeling set, lol. So it looks like we'll have at least two snorking loonies probing the deep depths of the pomperaug for various vegetation... and crayfish. We can race the trout, if you like, but they'll win :P
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Muahaha!! Trout beware! Crayfish too!

As for the baby shower... its a facade man! Shes going to a strip club with her friends and they don't want to traumatize the kids!! !!!!!!!

By the way... on a more random note I just found the most awesome website. It shows you how to make a casting furnace! Tomorrow I'm going to buy all the materials and start making statues... of myself....
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Haha, strip club in broad day light, I don't think so!

I wish we still have my wife's kayak so we could reach places that we can't reach by foot...

How big is the statue you're planning to make? Miniature ones? LOL
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Muahaha!! Trout beware! Crayfish too!

As for the baby shower... its a facade man! Shes going to a strip club with her friends and they don't want to traumatize the kids!! !!!!!!!

By the way... on a more random note I just found the most awesome website. It shows you how to make a casting furnace! Tomorrow I'm going to buy all the materials and start making statues... of myself....
XD It probably says something about my mental health that I think that's actually kind of a cool idea. Except the statues of you part. You're nice and all, but I don't like you enough to go around making statues of you :P (Heck, I don't even like me that much... statuary is hard work.) I can, however, be commissioned to do graphite & color portraiture. But that's not the point lol.


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Haha, strip club in broad day light, I don't think so!

I wish we still have my wife's kayak so we could reach places that we can't reach by foot...

How big is the statue you're planning to make? Miniature ones? LOL
There are few (inland) places in the state of Connecticut where the water is so wide that I cannot reach by hand and foot, lol. Especially if I have a snorkel set with flippers and all. I have no problem diving 10ft down, either, but the places we're visiting are mostly under 8ft... the park by my house might be a little deeper at the center, but I'm not even sure they allow swimming in the first place.

On another note, we should totally all make plant-collecting action figures (what's the point of miniature statues if they don't move?). Equip them with little plant accessories and stuff. Maybe some removable wading boots and flippers and 5 gal buckets, lol. :P
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XD It probably says something about my mental health that I think that's actually kind of a cool idea. Except the statues of you part. You're nice and all, but I don't like you enough to go around making statues of you :P (Heck, I don't even like me that much... statuary is hard work.) I can, however, be commissioned to do graphite & color portraiture. But that's not the point lol.
Hahaha yea, well I'm planning to make a cast of my face to give to my girl friend, making a full size (and anatomically correct statue) of myself would take quite a lot of metal and time!


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On another note, we should totally all make plant-collecting action figures (what's the point of miniature statues if they don't move?). Equip them with little plant accessories and stuff. Maybe some removable wading boots and flippers and 5 gal buckets, lol. :P
I freaking love this idea! If someone could make a prototype statue I can easily make an impression of it and cast it. I want a bucket on my heat and a giant 2 handed net as my gear, oh oh and flippers too! Maybe that is what we can do for an end-of-the-year prize instead of a plaque - customized statues haha with the title.

As for progress on the casting project; I successfully wasted 180 bucks on materials today and built the flame-thrower apparatus. All I need to do now is mix the refractory material and get a few more supplies and I'll be ready to start melting scrap metal! I still need to find fireclay which is basically sand/clay with a very high aluminum content (it looks grey when wet). Also, I might need to find some very fine silica sand (as much silica content as possible) and finally I need a piece of sheet metal to make the kiln's exterior body. I also have a high pressure propane regulator coming in the mail, so when I get the sand/clay/sheet metal and the stupid regulator I'll be ready to start experimenting. Probably in the next few days.

If anyone knows where to find fireclay or has seen a deposit of gray sand/clay please let me know so I can come pick some up!! Haha. I'll post pictures as soon as I get the parts and start assembling the other parts.

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bad news, I will not be able to make it saturday, I will be working all day =(
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Oh nooooooooooooesss!!! Well that is a pity! We'll just have to have all the fun for you ;D

By the way... the forge project is moving along nicely. Last night I mixed and set the refractory inside the forge, so in about a week or two I'll fire it up and bake it hard. Then I can start casting. I'm still trying to find Wyoming sodium bentonite powder and the correct fittings to get my propane hose connected to my regulator. Oh and I'm still making my tools.

The project is coming along nicely! I took some pics, so I'll be posting those soon.
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Just got in from work, hope you guys are having fun!
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:45 PM   #30 (permalink)
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We had so much fun that even our fun had fun! (I don't know, that sounded more intelligent inside my head.) Also, we got some GORGEOUS rootwood from a dead tree by the river... Michael somehow wedged an 8-foot branch of it into his little car - I hope he didn't get pulled over for it sticking out of his window a bit o_O... it's actually a good thing he didn't follow me back to rt. 25 on his way home, since Kristina and I had to go through a DUI checkpoint (aka the "field sobriety inspection"). That was an interesting conversation, which went something like this:

Officer: "Have you consumed any alcohol or controlled substance this evening?" (*shines flashlight in my face*)
Me: (*blinking in the blinding light*) No, I have not...
Kristina: I had a Tylenol awhile ago....
Office: ... ... ...Alright, drive safely.
Me: Kristina, he doesn't care what you had, you're not the one driving!

So... yes. Driftwood (you guys who left early really missed out!) And a ton of plant species, some we've seen before and others we haven't. And some really funky macro algae stuff that grows on rocks in river rapids. Some neat rocks, too...

Hopefully John and Michael will upload some of their photos from the trip in the coming days. I was too busy wading and clambering around the aforementioned rapids and snagging planty things and such to take photos (that and my sister "borrowed" my camera today), but we found some fascinating wildlife which we photographed... a neat little salamander, a baby turtle, a ringneck snake, some frogs... all sorts of cool things.

BTW, guys, looked up the striped fish in CT ponds, the only thing that turned up with those markings is the yellow perch, but the body shape just didn't look right to me... yellow perch have more compact,bass-like, laterally compressed profiles that the fish we saw seemed to lack. So apparently, we need to find something that's shaped like a red pickerel but has the barred markings of a yellow perch o.O'

Eh, anyway, I'm all tired out now. Got a busy day tomorrow, too, so I'm turning in for tonight
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