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 3/25/08 Ghetto temp. 46 F. and rising. Island tmp. 36 F. Yesterday's L/H: 20/? F. Current conditions: Total cloud coverage, Southerly wind, 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 20/30.
The Caretaker awoke early dawn, before sunrise so he could phone a particular business owner who keeps peculiar hours. Outside was perfectly still, not a breath of wind. As the sun rose over the mountains, the Caretaker remarked that this was the first time in a while that the sun was visible at sunrise. Quite a bit of cloud cover these days, not to mention he has been getting out of bed rather late these past days.
Much of the Caretaker's day was spent in town working on finding a good home for his car. In the end his efforts paid off, he was able to find a new caregiver for his car. As much as it pains him to have to put his car up for adoption he felt he had no choice, the repair costs required to nurse it through inspection far exceeds the value of the car, not to mention that the car would still need further investment for it to operate in good health. Add to that the fact that the car is 237,000 miles old, it will most certainly continue to have further health problems over the long term. If the Caretaker had the space and time to work on the car he would do the work himself, but it would most likely be a three to six month project. With a touch of sorrow in his heart, the Caretaker will be parting ways from his beloved Volkswagen diesel Golf sometime in the next few days, but it gladdens his heart to know that the person who is adopting the car will take good care of it, provide it a good home, and will either be nursing it back to health by the end of this year, or, use it for parts so another may live on in better health. It warms the Caretaker's heart to know that even though he has had to relinquish his role as parent his child will either carry on and in a better life style than the Caretaker could provide, or contribute to the overall well being of another, thus carrying on the spirit of his car.
Not to mention he is really, really going to miss getting 45 to 50 miles per gallon. The Caretaker has a replacement car lined up. He has to go back to gasoline, which he would rather not do, but high fuel economy diesels are hard to come by these days. However, the car the Caretaker expects to be acquiring gets about 30 to 33 miles per gallon, which isn't bad.
The ice is continuing to thin out, given the weather forecast for the coming week, the ice could be in transition sometime next week. The Lake is dropping and the ice is shifting thus ice is beginning to pile up on the shoreline. The wind this night was gusting pretty good, as if it was blowing to be free, but where can the wind escape to? The ice faults are getting wider and wider, the Caretaker may need to get a longer board, or switch to the canoe method of ice travel. The Caretaker would just assume not travel the ice anymore, but he has forgotten about a minor detail, he has to pay his taxes. So, at the very least the Caretaker will be heading back to the mainland sometime this week to file his taxes. This nation has the greatest tax system in the Universe. Even if the nation fails, our tax system will live on. Great.