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 4/6/08 Ghetto temp. 45 F. and steady. Island tmp. 35 F. Yesterday's L/H: ?/? F. Current conditions: Clear sky, light South East wind, directly from the East shore.
Not much has happened to the Caretaker while he has been off-line these past few days. At first he was not able to connect to the internet via his internet provider, eventually that was resolved but not long after that the phone-line went dead. Now it seems as though all is well again in cyberspace.
A few of the highlights from the Caretaker's life these past few days are that he spent one afternoon rolling around on the ground in the mud fixing the exhaust of his replacement car ("new car" would most certainly be misleading). Initially he thought there was just the one hole in the exhaust, but after patching it and starting up the car he noticed that there was still quite a bit of noise. Upon further inspection he noticed that the noise was coming from the clean break of a weld just before the muffler. So back on to the ground and more rolling in the mud for the Caretaker, in the end he managed to fix the problems, however, he has still not put the car through inspection, perhaps next week, hopefully it will pass. Either way, the Caretaker's hope is that the car will last him through the Summer, after the Summer he will most likely be looking to get rid of it. Enough about the car.
As to his traffic ticket, the Caretaker managed to get it dismissed. Which was good for the Caretaker because if he didn't he stood to win 4 points on his license, a score he is most interested in keeping as low as possible--the only game where zero points keeps you a winner. The Caretaker had big plans for his April Fool's day report that would have involved his experience in court, unfortunately due to his lack of access to the internet he was not able to put out the report in a timely manner, and now it is far too late to be worth doing.
The Caretaker also managed to get all of his tax paper work filled out, which has taken a bit of weight of his shoulders. The Caretaker hopes to live to see the day our Nation rids itself of this totally inefficient tax system, if the Caretaker was in charge he would work towards a combination flat tax/consumption tax system.
The ice is thinning out more and more around the shorelines, and the main ice sheet is moving around more and more depending on the wind. Ice-out has begun, however it is in the very early stages. From the looks of things so far it may be a rather mundane ice-out, the type where the ice just slowly melts away with little to no ice-piling up on the shoreline. Although this makes for a rather unexciting ice-out it is great for photography and more importantly it is great for the docks--when the ice moves whatever is in its way does not usually stay so for long.
Spring has definitely arrived, the songs of birds are on the increase in number and variety. More and more Geese are migrating north. The other evening, late dusk, the Caretaker saw two bats flying for bugs and drinking water from the Lake. The sight of the bats pleased the Caretaker for two reasons, one is that it means they are already starting to reduce the bug population, second is that the bat colonies here in New York (and perhaps also much of New England in general) have been suffering from a facial fungus of some sort that has been killing off the bats during their winter hibernation. The sight of these two bats means that at least some of the bats in the area have survived. Lastly, the pan-ultimate sign of Spring: early the other morning the Caretaker heard the call of a Loon. Unfortunately this Lake does not provide enough protected waters for Loons to nest so the only time the Loons' call is heard is during their migrations. Passing through twice a year for only a brief amount of time, they formally mark the beginning of Spring and the end of Autumn here on the Lake--at least as far as the Caretaker is concerned.