Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hump Day

Wednesday was supposed to be uncommonly warm, so I switched to my fall jacket. It felt incredibly light!

But, around 10:00 a.m., it started to snow. Fortunately, it didn’t last.

I went to Time Out for lunch and got a disturbing surprise. My favorite waitress sat down at the table with me and confessed today was her last day. She has a full time job (I already knew that) and this was apparently her way to make extra cash. But she said it was getting to her and she needed more sleep.

As I was leaving, she came up to me with tears in her eyes and said, “I hate when people I like go out of my life.” I was gonna say, “Get used to it!” But, instead I wished her well. I could tell she wanted me to hug her, but I have a rule: I don’t mess around with anyone younger than my hunting boots.

Sidebar: Yeah I know I joke about 18 year old chicks, but I’m being serious here.

So, I told her to show up someday when I was there. I’d buy her lunch and we could laugh at the new waitress. She smiled and I left. I was bummed.

I left work and it was an incredible 43 degrees F. So, when I got home, I went out back and checked on my bait box. The two bait trays were still about half full, so I left them undisturbed.

On the way back inside, I checked on the ice dams that had developed on my roof. I was concerned because I felt I had caused them by adding gutters and filling them with those foam leaf guards. They had melted anywhere the sun hit, but were seriously still solid on the north face of the addition.

West Rear
North Side of the Addition

Back inside, (and goaded by my Brother Carl) I heated up the propane torch and disconnected my failed attempt at soldering. I let that sit to cool and made my dinner.

I sliced up two small onions and sautéed them. I added a can of roast beef hash, warmed it through and ate a satisfying dinner watching the Olympics.

I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.


  1. my ice dam is bigger than you ice dam
    on a serious there anything we can do NOW about these?

  2. LMAO! I'm sure it is, dear brother. As far as how to fix it, I dunno. They keep talking about "raking" the roof, but they are sold out of roof rakes. Another theory is to put something containing calcium chloride up there (like panty hose). But they are all out of calcium chloride and I (sadly) don't have any panty hose anyway. All I know is that you don't want to use rock salt as it will eat your shingles

  3. What about non-salt ice melt?

  4. @ Anon: That's what calcium chloride is... (or supposed to be...)