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Friday, November 7, 2008

TCC for 11/7/08

The Caretaker's Concern 11/7/08

Lake Temp. 52 F.
Ghetto temp. 58 F.
Island tmp. 56 F. Yesterday's L/H: 52/54 F.

Current conditions: Little to no wind, cloud covered night sky, warmish and humid. The day was mostly cloudy and foggy, some wind and some sun, but not much.




The Caretaker has been keeping himself rather busy with a number of things these past few days, most of which are not worth bothering about, however, the one thing that might be of interest regards his photography. For those of you who happen to enjoy looking at the photos that the Caretaker posts on this blog, you may want to take the time to check into his new site on This was made mention of in a post a few days ago, but there wasn't much in the way of details. As convenient as this blog is for disseminating text, photos, etc. the format for the photography is rather small, which is quite a shame. So, to address this the Caretaker has spent these last few days posting a large number of his photos on They are up there for sale as photo-cards, but by no means is anyone expected to purchase them, what is important is that it provides a venue for the photos to be seen in a larger format than that which is available here on blogspot. For those of you who have been regular readers of the blog since it was started you will probably be interested in checking out the Caretaker's RedBubble site because there are a number of photos that have never been posted to this blog (they were taken before the blog was started). So, should you happen to be interested in perusing some of the Caretaker's work in a larger format please cut and paste the following address into your browser:

Or, you can use the link at the top of this web page, on the left hand side, it is marked by the text: "Photo-cards 4 Sale" the link is just below, it reads: "The Best in the World Click Here". Ha, ha.

Happy viewing. By the way, for those who are interested, the Caretaker is also working on a calendar, he is currently waiting for the proof to arrive, should it be up to snuff the Caretaker will certainly make it available to those who happen to be interested. His previous attempt at a calendar with another on-line printer came out, decidedly lousy.

Given the Caretaker's extremely slow internet connection he has had to make use of the local Library's computers to upload his photography, to do so from his computer on dial-up takes at least a half hour or more per image, which is obviously far too slow, the phone line would be tied up for over a week, all day and night. So, after finishing uploading at the library the Caretaker walked down to the market to pickup some things for dinner. The weather was quite warm, it felt much more like early Autumn. Town was a buzz with people out for dinner, nothing like it is during the busy season, but for this time of year there seemed to be more than the normal amount of activity going on. Then again, since the Caretaker is rarely in town on the weekends at this time of year it may very well be just the usual crowds for a Friday night.

In route to the market the Caretaker remembered to call K. to see if his packaged had arrived, and it did, which made the Caretaker happy, however, he also learned of an injury sustained by a family member of K.'s which made the Caretaker sad, hopefully all will go well with that. After the market the Caretaker hopped into the tin boat and motored over to Huddle Bay to dock at the public dock there so he could retrieve his package. It was a dark night on the Lake, there wasn't much in the way of wind, the flat water made for a nice ride.

So the Caretaker returned to the Island with his package, dropped his things and immediately opened the box, pulled out the down filled housecoat, tried it on to see that it fit properly, found that it did and then put it on a hanger to air out. The Caretaker was mildly concerned that the housecoat would not fit, it seems that housecoats are only made for women. It turns out that a woman's extra-large housecoat fits him perfectly. It is a shame that they are not marketing down filled housecoats to men, well, it is also a shame that not too many women are into wearing them. The way the Caretaker sees it, the problem of being cold is not a matter of a lack of heat, our bodies generate plenty, when healthy, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take a few points, rather the problem is a lack of insulation. So in an effort to reduce the amount of fossil fuel he consumes for heat this Winter the Caretaker is going to increase the amount of insulation he keeps about himself during the waking hours spent in the Ghetto. He will also be increasing the amount of insulation he keeps upon himself while asleep. His hope is that he will be able to maintain a comfortable existence in the Ghetto at no more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, if he can go lower than that he will do so.

All this talk about alternative fuels to save the environment, the Caretaker knows a thing or two about alternative fuels, but he is by no means an expert, and he is certainly in no position to produce his own, however, he does know that the quickest way to "save" the environment is to reduce the amount of energy consumed regardless of where it comes from. If everyone turned down their thermostats in the Winter and put on an extra layer we would reduce our Nation's carbon foot print immensely. Or, better yet, turn down the thermostat, don't put on an extra layer, burn more calories and lose some weight--talk about a super simple weight loss program.

Lower your thermostat,
Shrink your heating bill,
Shrink your waistline,
Lower your carbon footprint.

Not exactly a smooth slogan that rolls off the tongue, but it will have to do for the time being. Now it's your turn to raise a crowd and march through the streets chanting it. Go on parade against excessive consumerism. Don't be a consumer; be a consume-less. Save it for your children, and their children, and their children and so on. As far as the Caretaker sees it we have two options when it comes to what the future generations will say about us:

"Those jerks, they used everything up and now we're left without a planet."


"Thankfully they used less so we could prosper, and in turn we shall use less so those who follow may prosper."

And so let us work to share prosperity with the world, let us all consume-less.

--The Caretaker

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