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Day 200 of my Great Job Search –

I am now into day 200 of my Great Job Search. I’m getting a steady influx of calls from recruiters. I’ve tweaked my job search a little.  I apply a principle  I call PEER to a lot of aspects of my life. It is Plan, Execute, Evaluate, Revise.   There are a lot of variations of that methodology used by many people.  Continue reading

Draining the Swamp like pool

In June 2016, I was facing a 20,000 gallon in ground pool that, because of a couple of years of neglect, resembled a swamp. When I say swamp, I mean frogs had taken over and there were dozens of frogs along with hundreds of tadpoles. I’m not sure what else was in there as the visibility was about 2 inches. My GF had suggested filling it in. When I looked into it it seemed to be unfeasible. I would need to get a permit, rent heavy equipment and purchase fill. In addition, most townships prohibit any future building over a filled in pool. Besides, I like to take a swim. Continue reading

Raising the blade for more clearance on a Sears Lawn Tractor.

Getting more ground clearance on my plow with a cargo strap.

I have a well worn Sears LT 1000 lawn tractor that I use for grass cutting, hauling firewood, mulching leaves and snow plowing on 2 1/2 acres. Quite often, we get snow before I’m ready to remove the cutting deck. That means that I have to install the plow. The problem is that when the plow is raised, the ground clearance of the plow is about 1/2 inch.

The front lawn has stinking Norway Maples so there are roots that that can get hit by the plow.  In the woods, there are uneven spots, rocks, fallen branches, dead bodies and other hazards (ok, just kidding about the dead bodies).   I tried adjusting the clearance but other than playing with the adjustment on the spring, I didn’t see any way to adjust things. Continue reading

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