Archive for June, 2008

No more hiding my hide!

June 29th, 2008


That’s right, I finally finished it. And, it only took forever :D. I know its not the best, but damn it, I did it and its mine!

Special thanks go out to:

Johnny for being so cool with me running away for a week to hang out in the woods getting primitive with a bunch of strangers clad in dreadlocks, for putting up with me toting it around for so long, for building the tripod and for graciously tending the fire all day on your birthday so that I could smoke it.

Megan for working on it when she thought it was her’s and for being such a great sport about the big hide mix up that caused everyone to work on somebody else’s.

Woniya for being such a great teacher and such a nice person.

Deedee for telling me that there were hides in the store when I had lost hope of tanning one.

Vikki and Jerry for being such great company and for dumping my water when I forgot.

Everyone else at Rivercane Rendezvous for the unique and wonderful experience! I hope to see you all again soon.

Time to get busy on my leather working skills.

Pictures from Rivercane Rendezvous Spring 2007

Happy Birthday, Johnny!

June 28th, 2008


If I had an oven, I would so make you a cake! I know, I am supposed to be using the solar oven, but babes, it wouldn’t be very effective here in the rainforest anyway. Oh, and the fact that we used up all of the sugar and eggs feeding the local folks pie doesn’t help much either.

That’s our new life hun. 🙂 I hope you’re loving it as much as I am.

Glad to be spending another birthday with ya. I am sorry that all I have to give you is this stolen birthday card.

xoxox Happy Birthday, Baby! xoxox

OpenID, another way to log in.

June 27th, 2008

We now support OpenID as a method of authentication on our site. I see that a number of folks are adopting it as their standard method of logging in, so I figured that I would make it easier for them. But, that’s as far as I support it. Don’t get me wrong. I want to know if you experience any problems with it on our site and will work to resolve them. What I mean is, I am not using it myself.

I really love the idea. It could solve a lot of the authentication issues that I have created for myself after using about 30 different username/password combinations and a number of email addresses @ different domains in the more than 10 years (more like 12+ now, but I still say 10+ for some odd reason) I’ve been in the computer industry and on the Internet. Every once in a while, I spend about 3 days trying to log in to a site that I haven’t visited in 2 years. That can be very annoying. If I only had one ID, it would save a lot of hassle.

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Hummer go BOOM!

June 25th, 2008

Today we had some visitors. Wayne went and broke the Hummer good, so he had a full tour group walking down the mountain. Apparently, he lost a retaining bolt that had one wheel of the Hummer sticking out at a decidedly incorrect angle.


Being the friendly hippie forest dwellers that we are, Jenn put out a plate of cookies and chips and a pitcher of water since we were roughly the halfway point of the tour. Half of the group seemed suspicious of ‘hippie cookies’, while the other half grabbed for them and then seemed disappointed that they were only cookies.

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Rained out and loving it.

June 22nd, 2008

Well, its a another rainy day; which is good, because the streams are pretty low here. But today, I’d planned to finally finish up that hide that I have been carrying around with me. A year ago, I fleshed it out and mostly worked it soft while I was at Rivercane Rendezvous.


I didn’t mess with it again until we were out of our stick and brick home. At that time, I pulled it out of the freezer and finished the softening stage. I couldn’t make a fire to smoke it at that campsite. So, I put the hide back in a bag and stuffed it into outside storage.

Since we are talking about staying in this great campsite until my family gathering at the beginning of the month, I thought it would be a great time to finish the hide. So, yesterday, I gathered up some rotten wood to smoke with, some nice (fallen) trees to make a tripod, and started sewing up the hide. Johnny was so excited about the prospect of not having to smell my brain tanned hide when he opened that compartment anymore that he offered to erect the tripod. Such a nice guy. Thanks hun! Nice work.

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