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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 5/4/2010

TCC for 5/4/10:

The Caretaker is officially on hiatus from his blog until at least the end of this week but most likely through the end of next week. However, he will still have the e-mails from 2007 posted every night at 9 p.m. EST, they will be going out via the automated system. If the Caretaker happens to take some photos and has the time to post them he will do so. For those readers who have relied on the Caretaker's notifications of new posts via Facebook, while he is on hiatus from his blog he will not be sending out notifications via Facebook for the automated posts from 2007. If you'd like, you can sign up for e-mail notifications by entering your e-mail address at left, it is titled: "To receive E-mail notification of new posts:" It is just below the Caretaker's brief profile.

Photos from the past few days:


5/2/10: (At sunrise, view from Cocktail point, the same view as above except with a lot more fog.)



Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:

Island Ice Report for 2/20/07:

Outside temp: 26 F
Ghetto temp: 55 F
Wind: from the East, blowing at 10 to 15 mph
Sky: cloud covered
Precipitation: light snow

Today was a busy day for the Caretaker, most of it was spent on the mainland to pick up more kerosene and to do a few other errands. One of which was work on the film that he mentioned in a previous e-mail, much of his time on the mainland was spent trying to get work done on the film, unfortunately in the end it was all to no purpose. However, the Caretaker persevered and upon returning to the Island he did some searching on the Internet, found the final piece of software he needed and was successful in finishing up the film. Let us hope that in the end it will prove to have been worth all of his effort, even if you don't find it all too funny, at least he is now ready for filming ice-out, well sort of, you'll see that the picture quality is only so-so. Anyway, not much else to report on regarding the Caretaker's trip to the mainland, the mainland was the mainland--traffic, people, etc. When the Caretaker returned to park his car he first skied over to S.'s place on Three Brother Islands, to take them up on their offer of a mobile phone. If all goes well and this mobile phone can cover the distance, people won't have to run up from the South Dock when the phone rings--this will be a great improvement in the quality of life here on the Island, that is if in fact the phone works. The Caretaker will test it out some day soon and let you all know how it goes, it will be big news indeed. So after doing some chit-chating with Mr. and Mrs. S. the Caretaker skied back to his car to pick up the kerosene and other provisions he picked up from the mainland. Unfortunately for the Caretaker the weather warmed up a bit today, it reached a high of about 36 degrees, this caused the snow on the ice to become heavy and thick with moisture, add to that the layer of water and slush between the ice and the snow and you have quite terrible x-c ski conditions. But the Caretaker had no other choice but to slog his way through it, so he loaded up his sled with the 15 or so gallons of kerosene, filled the Pack basket with about 20 or so pounds of provisions, and with Pack basket on his back and and sled line around his waist he headed off for the Island. Given the snow conditions on the Lake it was very slow going indeed, it was like pulling through mud. His skis quickly became ice coated so he had little to no glide for the entire way back, but even if his skis had stayed ice free, he still wouldn't have had much glide because the sled with the 15 gallons of kerosene had a tendency to tip over every once in while which obviously didn't help either. In the end he eventually made it back to the Island.

G. asks:
What/where do you usually eat? In the Ghetto? House?
Usually in the kitchen of the house.
As for what the Caretaker usually eats, breakfast is often homemade yogurt, wheat grass juice, sometimes by itself other times with various other fresh juiced fruits and vegetables. Also he will have some sort of whole grain toast with some butter and fruit preserve, and a Clementine. That would be a "typical" breakfast for the Caretaker.
Lunch can vary, often he has some sort of soup with a salad. The three main choices for salads are Seaweed, Water Cress, or Mung bean sprouts and clover spouts with onion and green pepper.
Dinner can also vary, sometimes he has whole wheat pasta with salad, sometimes a wrap, and sometimes nothing if he's not hungry. The Caretaker will also at times make hot cocoa with nothing but whole milk and cocoa, (sometimes he adds some sugar, sometimes not). The Caretaker has other things at times too but nothing is coming to mind right now.

What is the heating arrangement in the Ghetto?
Usually a kerosene space heater during the day and electric heat while he is asleep.

What is the general description of the Ghetto?
It is a one room cabin about 220 square feet. It has a sink, shower and toilet but none are operational at this time of year, the water will be turned back on in early May.

Do you have television? Music? Cell phone? Toilet?
No television--it's bad for the soul. I do have a stereo with CD's, AM/FM radio and Short wave radio, and one of my acoustic guitars and my electric guitar. I have a cell phone and the house land line. As for the specifics on the Caretaker's toilet arrangement that will be expanded upon on in the treatise that will be sent out in the next week or so.

Do you ever hunt? You mentioned ice fishing, do you?
About the only thing the Caretaker hunts are mice and voles, which he does so by laying traps. The mice can get into the walls of the house and make a mess and the voles tear up the lawn, both are pests and the less of them here the better and no the Caretaker does not eat them, he throws them away.
The Caretaker has never ice fished and he probably won't anytime soon. Standing over a hole in the ice in the cold and wind is not his idea of a good time, he needs to keep moving. Besides, buying fish at the store is a lot easier.

F. asks:
Have you thought about raiding the Glen Island store yet? There might be
some Toasted Almonds left over from the summer.
There might very well be some toasted almonds left over from the summer, but the Caretaker would just assume go to the grocery store in town and buy them. It is much easier to get to town than it is to get up to the Glen Island store, but should the Caretaker get up to the Narrows he will keep the idea in mind.

M. writes:
I was so hoping for a photo of G.G. in the Lederhosen:)
Well the Caretaker can't help you out there, but he can do one better. After you see the attached film you won't be thinking G.G. is so weird in comparison to the Caretaker, granted the Caretaker did what he did and wore what he wore intentionally, but by the mere fact that he thought it was a good idea in the first place puts him far beyond the weirdness of G.G. Although, the Caretaker does have an excuse--"Island Mind Rot".
Oh, and by the way, the Caretaker does have on more than one layer in the film, but over all, yeah he's that fat.

The Caretaker would like to say thanks to the following three people for their help with the editing of the film:
D. S. for his advice on the one program.
G. S. for his information which allowed the Caretaker to find the other program.
Without either of these two programs the Caretaker would not have been able to edit the film together.
And lastly the Caretaker would like to thank his brother R. M. who offered to edit the film for the Caretaker and showed that the software on his computer could do the job, but in the end the Caretaker was not able to get all the clips to him, but the Caretaker would like to thank him for his efforts and what work he did do.
Thanks again to all three of you.
However, after seeing the film you may not be thanking me for having associated you with it.

--The Caretaker

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