One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 3/01/08 Ghetto temp. 50 F. and steady. Island tmp. 20 F. Yesterday's L/H: Missed the low, not as cold as the previous two nights, but certainly not hot/17 F. Current conditions: Mostly cloudy with occasional breaks into night sky, mostly mild wind from the South with occasional gusts to 20 mph.
A mostly uneventful day for the Caretaker. The weather was mild for the most part. Snow fall from last night accumulated about 4 to 6 inches. The snow stopped early in the morning, most of the clouds still hung around but not so much to make the day dark. However at one point a front rolled through bringing strong winds and snow, it only lasted some 5 to 10 minutes. The Caretaker stepped outside during it to shut a door he knew was left open, while returning to the Ghetto he saw a group of ice-fishermen some 300 yards off of Cocktail point getting caught in the front, the Caretaker was glad to be able to take shelter in the Ghetto as the front passed through.
Being a Saturday night (not that the day of the week matters), the Caretaker decided to have himself a drink this evening. After realizing that he had depleted most all of his stock of preferred libations the Caretaker turned to a bottle of Jagermeister, which T. was kind enough to make a gift of to the Caretaker last winter. Back when he was in college "Jager" was rather popular, the Caretaker never really saw the attraction, however, the Caretaker doesn't really care for doing shots of any sort except those that come with olives and are sipped and not downed in one gulp. So, to be honest, when the Caretaker was presented with this bottle of Jagermeister as a gift, the Caretaker wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Well, now his. T. had said that it was good for sipping when out in the cold. So, given that the bar where the "Jeger" is stored is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit the Caretaker figured that would be sufficiently cold enough to drink. He opened the bottle and took a small sip directly, and you know what, he found it to be not so bad. Put it in a martini glass, drop in some olives and there might be something there. However, not wanting to risk the loss of any of the martini olives on hand the Caretaker decided he would pass on that experiment for now. After taking another sip, the Caretaker misread the label on the bottle as reading "Serve Cold-On Ice", so the Caretaker got himself a glass and went for some ice in the freezer. Unfortunately he only had half of one ice cube in the trays. When many of your beverages are taken in a room that is often below freezing, ice is not a commodity in high demand. But not to be deterred the Caretaker grabbed a small glass put the half ice cube in it and poured in a little bit of the "liqueur". Sipping that he found it also to be not bad. Then the Caretaker got himself an idea, he went outside, cleared off the top layer of some snow, grabbed two handfuls and brought it inside, put it in a bowl and poured some Jagermeister over it, thus making a "Jager snow cone", and you know what, it's pretty good. However, shaved ice as opposed to snow would be the proper way to go. Perhaps someday, liquor stores will have a freezer section and we'll be able to buy "Jager Snow Cones", maybe somebody ought to contact the Goodhumor people--could be quite a way to expand their market.
Anyway, as the night wore on, the Caretaker continued to sip Jagermeister from the bottle, it is definitely the way to drink the stuff, pounding shots of it is a bad idea. And thus concludes the Public Service Announcement.
P.S. The previous two day's reports have been posted.