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  1. An Old Bamboo Rod I restored Back in the 1980's

    This is a reprint from a forum thread, the post is just too detailed to let it disappear when that thread is forgotten.

    I received this rod in pretty rough condition in the late 70's or early 1980's from a friend Jerry Zapola who had inherited it from an old fellow from upstate New York.

    Here we go.

    This is the entire box 39 1/2" L X 3" W X 1 3/8" H The planned red oak veneer pieces are just a little under 3/16" thickness, I doubt ...
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  2. Healing takes time

    I got my right hip joint replaced last Monday, the 15th of January. Im 55 and never really had a great hip joint according to the orthopedic surgeon. Something genetic about it. My dad and his dad had replacement surgery. My dads youngest brother needs it.

    Before the surgery, I started having signs of trouble maybe 7 or 8 years ago. Id go for a run and get a distinct sharp pain in the joint that would smooth out some and subside some once I got a little into the run probably ...
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  3. On the Boat, Part II

    Im enjoying these boat excursions lately with my buddy Rick. Im almost always fishing out of a kayak in the saltwater, so fishing from a 22 center console is a nice change of pace.

    Weve had a week, a few days of cold for us weather. Nights dipped into the 20s, 24 briefly was the bottom at my house and there were a couple of days where the temperature never cracked 40 sandwiched between a couple that hovered around the mid forties.

    All that unusual cold and the ...
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  4. Hybrid Vigor

    Or otherwise known as heterosis.

    heterosis
    [het-uh-roh-sis]
    the increase in growth, size, fecundity, function, yield, or other characters in hybrids over those of the parents.

    Normally, this term is applied to organisms, plants and animals that have some desired or superior qualities over their parents. Corn that has higher yields, better drought tolerance or livestock with better disease resistance, things like that.

    I want to stretch ...
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  5. Seeing Is Believing ;

    While I hear reports on radio of extreme cold gripping the mid west and north east things here remain upside down. We had very warm conditions throughout December although by Christmas I had once again lit a wood fire for heat. I don't use the hard fought wood pile unless the temp drops below 20 degrees. The cold snap reached all the way to zero here at home which tells me it was about 10 - 12 degrees below zero at the cabin.

    Since the 29th of December things began to warm again. ...
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