by Steve on January 5, 2015

I caught a snip on the news this morning regarding the dangers of sledding. Hmmmm, had no idea that throwing yourself down an icy hill at high speed head first might be dangerous. It seems there are several communities that are considering banning the practice. Presumably government knows best.

If we continue to remove the risk from living, Darwin’s theories will no longer apply and we will all die of boredom.

What’s next? Summer “bobsledding” down the driveway in Radio Fliers? (That’s a red wagon for those that don’t remember the pre-computer world.)

I feel the need to ride my mountain bike without a helmet! ????

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Cutwater Marine Services

by Steve on January 4, 2015

Shameless self-promotion: my most recent venture is about to go live (months behind schedule thanks to all the flaming hoops presented by local government)!

Cutwater Banner

Located at 646 Russell Road, Alexander City AL, in the heart of the demolition zone that used to be the old Russell Mills complex, Cutwater offers on-trailer boat storage to the Lake Martin area as well as wooden boat maintenance.  It is also the new home for Ambrose Canoe Company – we finally have our own shop with plenty of room to spread out!  The 30,000 square-foot building has a separate space that we have dedicated as a woodworking shop plus lots of space for secure storage and a dedicated paint room to control dust issues. The facility is fully protected with a sprinkler system and a security system.

Once the external grading is complete there will be a fenced front lot for secure pick-up and drop-off of boats allowing for after-hours operations.  All maneuvering within the building will be done by Cutwater staff.

All the information can be found at the new site:

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January 4, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who still stop by here! 2014 was a busy and frustrating year for many reasons but this year promises to be much better as the fog clears. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, check these out:

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The Three Amigos

January 30, 2014

The oldest of the clan was mercifully set free from his failing body today, it having endured almost 15 years of Lab stuff (swamps, ice, mud, ducks, and more water than a fish). He joins his two younger brothers from different mothers who I’m sure gang-tackled him as soon as he crossed the bridge.  This […]

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Classic Auto Restoration

December 3, 2013

This is a review of a local auto restoration shop owned by Doug Hartman and now operating out of Harpersville, AL.  I’ll do my best to keep this objective and let the facts/images speak for themselves even though this is a very personal issue with me: I grew up in the 1962 Buick Special convertible […]

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September 16, 2013

Sam, Goose, and Pinch all reported in from DC.  They’ve all been in harm’s way far more than I and in distant corners of the world. Warriors all, trained to fight and lead, to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. I dare say none ever really expected to see the domestic version materialize as he […]

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The Case Against Syrian Action

September 4, 2013

Remember Libya and how the UN fixed that little problem? Well, the fix didn’t take. Expect much the same from launching missiles on Syria. Go read up on Libya. H/T to Perry for the link.

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Obama’s War

August 28, 2013

The shed has been a quiet little shack the last few. I haven’t found anything worthy of wasting energy on of late. Society seems hell bent on shredding the last ounce of decency left in the republic and I wanted no part of it but now the liberals have pulled me out of the shadows. […]

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Selective Censorship

June 27, 2013

Paula Deen did what? She uttered racial slurs at some point during her life? And because our media and our culture are bound by such high standards we now must wipe any trace of her existence off our screens and shelves? Personally I can’t stand the woman, her voice is like fingernails raked down a […]

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June 6, 2013

The Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial, final resting place for 9,387 US servicemen killed during the invasion and ensuing operations. The Wall of the Missing contains another 1,557 names, some have been recovered and identified over the years, their names marked with rosettes. They gave their all. Take 18 minutes of your day and watch […]

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