I ask "How fast does it go?" and he said "Fast enough". On further questioning I found that it went 6 knots. "One hundred and forty four nautical miles in a day" he said "during which time I sleep, read and eat. I also do repairs and keep watch. In 21 days I can be more than 3000 N miles from here". I had never thought of it that way. Breathing in and out, sleeping, reading and just living and letting the wind take me away. I fell for it and went sailing. -Tom Swaim-


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Old Fools Journal: A Serious Matter

USS Arizona - Taken with a Petri 35mm camera on Kodachrome 1959

This post was supposed to be about frivolous things but I cannot let December 7 go by without mentioning it. It always causes a bitter taste in my mouth and a heavy feeling in my chest. You see I was two years and nine months old when Pearl Harbor was bombed and for the next five years I was indoctrinated to hate Japs and Nazi's (it was thought that all Germans were Nazis). The entire country worked at it. When the news came out about the treachery Americans went on a hate campaign hammer and tong. Kill all the Japs was heavy in the air. In that period of time before seven years old a child is like a sponge and apparently I had extra sponge like qualities.

After I visited Japan in 1959 I kinda got over it, in my head at least. I found that my indoctrination missed in a lot of ways. Over the years trying to understand how the Japanese people think and how their value system worked I found to be near impossible. It seemed that what was right to them was wrong to me and what was right for me was wrong to them. I finally gave up and just accepted it as "it is what it is" and that we are more alike than different. It is just as well as I no longer have the capacity to hate.

When people ask me how I can be so "anti-war" yet believe in a strong military I tell them to read about Pearl Harbor and the aftermath.

Now on with life and the original post.
Looking Down into the Fires of Heaven or Man! that's hot

I live at N29*39'33" Latitude and I can tell you that it is not far enough south. Global warming is giving me some cold weather and cold weather makes my joints hurt. Those guys that bite the heads off frogs and peer into the neck hole to predict the weather predicted 27 degrees F (-3 C) last night and they were close enough. Havana is looking better all the time.

Meanwhile I am stoking the fire and keeping warm. I don't know why those who believe in the myth of hell picture it as all fire. Without fire humans would still be scrabbling around in the dirt eating bugs. Have I mentioned I don't like cold?

It seems to me a person ought to be as smart as a duck and go south in the winter.

I posted about this heat engine back in October, 2009. Seems like only yesterday. It operates on three candles at full capacity but will run on two. Sitting on the stove it smokes. It literally smokes. It has heat resistant paint but this stove exceeds the paints upper temperature limit.
When it stops turning it's time for more wood.
Meanwhile for those of you who have been wondering how to re-purpose those old bathtubs here is an example of how some here use them in landscaping decoration.
Waste not Want not. At the current price of large planters this is a good idea however I might have done it a little different then again I might not.
Fuel to split firewood. Eggs scrambled with sauteed shrimp tacos.

9 comments:

Steven Cain said...

I'm comin' over to eat!

stephanie said...

me too.
and to take a bath!

Diane-Sage Whiteowl said...

Count me in too. I lived in Japan for 3 years and I loved it. It is amazing that the majority of the human race is more alike than not...but as for the leaders well, hmmm that is another story eh?
Love heat engine. You always have great ideas.

Lord Wellbourne said...

My father was stationed in Japan after the war and again during the Korean 'conflict'. He loved the place and the people. My mother, being Austrian, had learned to let people's post-Nazi attitudes roll off her back like water on a duck. My brother and I grew up with first-hand understanding that not all people are--insert descriptive verb here--and that we are indeed more alike than dissimilar. I'm guessing the heat engine takes the heat from the fire and by turning distributes it into the room? Whether it does or not it's cool to watch. God I miss living on the Gulf Coast with all the cool and interesting food. If it's any consolation it was 9 degrees f this morning.

Gwen Buchanan said...

You make the best things out of shrimp.. we don't have them here... too cold.. but we have the Lobsters.. good but hard to get into and too expensive, so even though they live in our waters we rarely have any.

I do believe I saw some dragonflies twirling round your fire... that's where they all went ot..

Gwen Buchanan said...

... just read that last word backwards.

Oldfool said...

Gwen: I do that automatically. I was once a typesetting printer you know.

To All: go to the link in the post and you can see the video on the Heat Engine in it's correct configuration operating on candles. It's operating from the stove heat when it's on the stove. It's just something to look at and I must be getting simple as I can look at for hours.

Japan: one more thing about Japan 50 years ago. I found the people I dealt with to be honest. All manner of things happened like leaving an expensive camera in a bar and coming back 3 months later and finding it still there. Or leaving a large amount of money on a bar and because it was far above the normal tip finding it in an envelope the next week and returned. It was meant to be a tip and doubly so with this experience. Or how about going out of the way to make sure you were not embarrassed which was far beyond my experience in America.

I would much rather have Lobster than shrimp. I have eaten Lobster until I popped but I've never had enough. I believe I would eat the last of the species but I am weak. Shrimp is a poor substitute. SWMBO on the other hand could care less. Her thing is these puny little blue crabs that I think are a waste of time. You burn more energy than you get trying to eat the damn things. Give me a Dungeness any day.

Lord Wellbourne said...

The way you feel about blue crabs is how I feel about crawfish. I'm sorry lobster is expensive in Canada--we get it here for $4.oo/pound which I think is reasonable since I'm not the one hauling the traps in freezing temperatures.

Thom said...

It sounds like you need to be in San Diego, my friend. We're going to have record warmth on Sunday--something like the 80s, more or less.

And those shrimp tacos look amazing.