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Projects - Update

August 9, 2007 @ 11:09

Here's an update from yesterdays posting. Before and after.

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Projects

August 8, 2007 @ 10:01

I don't have a lot of time for writing today because I've got a lot of physical work to do.

This is a picture of my dock which contains the Tiki Bar and a sitting area. My wife, who is always looking to improve and expand things thinks we need more room for the sitting area and she wants to incorporate our fire-pit into it.

So for most of today and part of tomorrow I'll be expanding the dock/deck/slash sitting area.

It won't involve much. It will measure 14' by eight feet so there other than having to cut five, sixteen foot 2x6's it won't involve much more than having to screw boards together.

There could be a bit of challenge securing the platform out over the water, but several pieces of 4x4 usually does the trick, and if you use enough of them you can take all the bounce out of the floor.

I'll take a picture when it's done so you can see the results.


However, before I get working on the dock today, I have to pile a load of firewood I ordered from old Merv Bullock.

Merve is the main supplier of fire wood to me and my neighbours. He's a nice old bugger who gives you prompt service and usually a quality product that burns like it's supposed to.

Some of the old bastards up here will drop you a load of wood that you'd swear was stored underwater for a few a months.

But now Merv, he gives you a nice load with a good measure of hard word mixed in with the other stuff.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Merv Bullock.


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The Trailer - Week Fourteen - August 3 - 6

August 7, 2007 @ 10:55

The greatest thing about the trailer is what it means for kids.

As a kid my summers were spent near a lake, I more or less raised my kids on the very same lake, and now that they're grown, it's nice to see a new generation of kids enjoy this wonderful place.

The picture you see is my daughter Melanie on the right, and her best friend Kate who've spent their summers together since they were nine years old. Now they're in their mid-20s and happily remain trailer trash. Saturday night they paid a visit to the Tiki Bar.

Exposing your kids to the "north country" is very important because opens up a whole new world they simply can't appreciate while stuck in the city.

Yesterday for example a little fella named Ashton experienced his first "tube" ride and he's barely two years old. Granted, his mother was with him, but it's the first step in what will probably lead to skiing or wake boarding in the very near future.

The kids swim and fish and catch frogs and enjoy campfires and walking through the woods. It's endless.

Yes it's enjoyable to watch their faces moment to moment as new experiences a presented to them constantly.

And what's especially enjoying is watching a kids face when they arrive for the first time, or they're old enough to actually appreciate and take in what they see around them.

Our friend Lori has a niece named Maddy and although she's been here before, now she's of an age where she notices everything around her and this past holiday weekend was so beautiful she got to experience it all.

Swimming, a ride in a boat, a ride on a ski-doo and lots of interaction with a pile of other kids. A jammed packed weekend that at times can actually be overwhelming for a kid who's just over a year old.

She enjoyed herself very much and we all enjoyed having her around for the weekend.

She's a great little kid… and a pretty good dancer.


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The Trailer - Week Thirteen - July 27-29

July 30, 2007 @ 09:35

In Memphis.

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The Trailer - Week Twelve - July 20-22

July 23, 2007 @ 11:55

In Atlanta

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The Trailer - Week 11 - July 13-16

July 17, 2007 @ 11:27

Neighbour John had a break in his busy schedule and I just happened to be up at the trailer by myself so we put two and two together.

John would grab his three boys and head north for a couple of days of fishin', boatin' and tubin'.

What a pleasure to host these fellas. I've told you before that John has six kids and they're probably the most obedient kids I've ever encountered. With great frequency I find myself in John's house and most of the time, you wouldn't know he had any kids.

They're quiet, polite and I've got to be honest, for all the years I've known this family I've never seen the kids fight. It really is remarkable, so hosting the four fellas in the close confines of a tin shack was no problem whatsoever.

We had a lot of fun and the most uttered phrase over the two days was "Thanks Mr. Fred."

John's kids call me Mr. Fred. They always have and I hope they always will, and what a pleasure to do anything for these boys because they genuinely appreciate it and they tag everything with "Thanks Mr. Fred."

It doesn't matter if you take a fish off their line, give them drink or take them out in the boat you get nothing but respect and manners. They're good boys.

John and Ally have done a fine job.

Meanwhile I was anxious to get job up to the trailer so he could check out the current status of Tiki North - and I just happened to capture the moment on my precious little Nikon.

I'd like to offer one more thing today. I have lots of friends at the trailer, but I'd like to introduce you to my newest friend.

His name is "Meat"


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The Trailer - Week Ten - July 5-7

July 10, 2007 @ 09:23

Yes, it was a special time having my two long time CFNY buddies at the trailer and Saturday night we all gathered around the Tiki Bar.

When you watch this video please be warned there is some swearing. I admit its needless swearing and only demeans the website and all those involved…but it's reality… a moment in time in the reunion of some long time friends.


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The Trailer - Canada Day Weekend

July 3, 2007 @ 11:00

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The Trailer - Week Eight - June 22-24

June 25, 2007 @ 07:55

Stayed home.

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The Trailer - Week Seven - June 15-17

June 18, 2007 @ 06:46

Stayed home.

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