Category Archives: Fun stuff

Springtime in the yard

Got myself a new lens last week, a Sigma 30mm F2.8 for the Sony NEX-5, which gave me a good excuse to explore the yard with camera in hand. Spring arrived in North Florida a while ago… or rather, the winter has been so mild the plants got confused. Either way there is an explosion of color everywhere you look!

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Fall projects 2012 – the pit

A few weeks ago I decided that I needed a project. Not that I had an over abundance of free time, or that there was anything pressing to be done around the house. No, I just needed to build something. So I built a firepit.

Back in the spring, just about when we started seriously talking about building a porch (Spring Break Project 2012), we discovered a hidden 8′ x 8′ brick patio in the yard. While it was no porch, it served nicely as a stage for a very special birthday show by Moonshine Dirt Reunion:

The patio had to get pulled up eventually so we could build the porch, and for six months all the bricks sat in a pile at the back of the yard waiting to be transformed into something awesome. I found some inspiration for the design from TheFamilyHandyman.com,made the first of many trips to Home Depot and started digging.

Firepit stage 1

Hole dug, the first layer of cinder blocks down and filled with concrete, and the first layer of brick is laid out ready to be placed… once I figure out how to mix up some mortar.

Turns out mortar isn’t complicated, but up to now the project is taking far longer than anticipated. At this point I should have constructed guides to ensure that everything was getting laid down square, but I was more intent on just getting the thing done. After the second layer of brick I left gaps for air to flow into the center.

Here’s a better view of how the bricks are going down, with gaps for air flow. Eventually all the bricks got laid, filled the bottom with some mountain gravel, and then waited a long week allowing the mortar to fix. Finally, the first fire was lit and celebrated with good friends:

This month in blurry celebrity photos

Went to Mardi gras in NOLA this year where Will Ferrell, Mr. Ricky Bobby himself, was the King of Bacchus. Here is a picture of him on the king’s float mere moments before he looked down at me, shouted “Wonder bread!” and then threw a mini-yellow cowbell into my left hand.

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Finally, after being a fan since I bought a copy of “OK Computer” from the Tower Records in downtown San Francisco back in 1997, I got to see Radiohead in person. Here is a picture of Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood making sweet sweet music in front of their amazing LCD set.

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