What non-audio activity were you just up to?

Posted by: Murph

What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 10:28 AM

Couldn't think of an existing thread to put this in so I created a new one. There is probably something like it somewhere but the search function only angers me.

I reached a new level of being Canadian yesterday. I spent Saturday afternoon helping a friend to tap maple trees. I never saw it done before so it was interesting and I got to spend a nice day snowshoeing through the woods.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 11:53 AM

Wow. Tapping maple trees. I like the outdoors, so to me that sounds like something fun to do witha friend.

I spent several hours yesterday doing a local saltwater tank tour. A number of people from a local chapter of the Greater Iowa Reef Society club went around town to look at people's tanks. The smallest tank was 75 gallons (being replaced by a 180 gallon that was just getting set up), and the largest was 250 gallons. The 250 gallon tank had a 120 gallon "sump" tank attached for filtration.

It all made my 120 gallon look tiny.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 01:20 PM

Murph is the Canadianest.

I was the Deck Referee at King County Aquatic Center (site of the 1990 Goodwill Games!) for a bigass age-group swim meet all day yesterday. I used my whistle quite a lot. My feet got wet. My kids were not swimming, but I volunteered anyway, because the world needs helpers.
Posted by: fredk

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 06:58 PM

Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Murph is the Canadianest...

Bet he was listening to Stompin' Tom and sucking back a Timmies the whole time.
Posted by: fredk

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 07:00 PM

Originally Posted By: nickbuol
...
It all made my 120 gallon look tiny.

Did you ask what the hydro bill was? Those huge tanks are a wonder to behold, but the bills...
Posted by: brwsaw

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 08:37 PM

I just finished a working design for a 2100sq ft rancher around the 8'x15'x26' LR/HT. I'm going to try for vaulted throughout with 9' flat ceiling in the LR but I already know this is pushing the engineering available to me.
We loose the kids family room but their bedrooms nearly double in size.
The wife gets her own ensuite and walk in closet and I was able to add a half bath in the utilty room/family entrance.
3.5 bath, 3 bed.
Will start the scaled drawing tomorrow to see how close my line drawing is.
Posted by: brwsaw

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 08:38 PM

I guess its not exactly non audio.
The drawing was around the HT and tunes were playing while I got lost in the design.
Posted by: INANE

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/11/13 10:28 PM

I'm finishing up some tasks for work (IT) that have to be done during off hours, does that count? frown
Posted by: cb919

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 10:21 AM

I just (painfully) did an overdue expense report early this am before my wife starts complaining about us financing my company travels! They're so easy when you stay on top of them, and so painful when you procrastinate and build up a big pile of receipts.
Posted by: Murph

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 10:26 AM

Originally Posted By: fredk
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Murph is the Canadianest...

Bet he was listening to Stompin' Tom and sucking back a Timmies the whole time.


Ha!!!
We had to drive to my house when he neglected to charge his cordless drill. We did indeed pick up a coffee on the way.

No Stompin Tom but there was a Maritime band playing on my MP3 deck in the truck. The Stanfields

Warning:
The Stanfields kick ass and get a pub rocking like no other Maritime band I've seen in a long time but if you watch the new video on the link I posted, be forewarned it's ridiculously violent. I kept waiting for it to make a statement that would justify it but instead it just kept getting more violent.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 12:40 PM

Looking for a new job, sick of corporate evil empires.
Posted by: alan

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 01:07 PM

Hiking in the "mountains" (rolling hills) behind Floyd Toole's home in Agoura Hills, near the Pacific north of Los Angeles.

Enjoying an extended visit in perfect weather, 78F. Nice to get away from the lousy cold in the Northeast.

Heard a mockingbird and saw a tiny gekko on my hike. Got my heart rate up to 120, max for my age.

Alan
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 01:55 PM

Max heart rate is a funny/interesting thing. I remember monitoring on an exercise bike in my 20s and getting to 165. Now I get to 145. Guess in another decade or two I'll be in the 120 club.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 03:07 PM

Originally Posted By: alan
Hiking behind Floyd Toole's home..... Heard a mockingbird

_A_ Mockingbird? What if _B_ Mockingbird sounded better?

Was the forest around his house a properly-controlled environment? grin
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 06:30 PM

No, but the bullfrogs were placed midway on opposite sides of the pond.
Posted by: Socketman

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 08:41 PM

did the gecko try selling you insurance.
Posted by: alan

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/12/13 09:23 PM

I ran to the other side of the hill to the hear the B mockingbird!

Hard to set up a blind test in the wild (I crouched behind a bush and pretended not to look) so the results are worthless.

Enjoying a nice Pinot at the moment.

Cheers.
Posted by: Murph

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 08:53 AM

Update on the maple syrup efforts. <near disaster>

My friend decided, for some reason, that he would try boiling a smaller pot down on his kitchen stove while he did much bigger batches outside. When he finished outside, he forgot about the pot on the stove and went to bed.

He awoke in the night when the smoke detector went off. There was so much smoke when he tried to evac out down the stairs that he and his brother turned back around and waited out on an upper deck for the fire dept. They were rescued via ladders.

The good news is that nothing in the house truly went on fire. It was just smoke from when the sap boiled right down to a solid and went on fire in the pot. The pot was big and tall enough that the flames stayed contained to the pot.

The bad news is that his house and everything in it have to be professionally cleaned so they had to move out for a week or two.

Syrup production is delayed for the week but the important thing is that he still has his house and that no one got hurt.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 08:58 AM

Wow, that's terrible. I have some paranoia about stove fires (that my wife doesn't share), so that's a really scary read to me.
Posted by: Amie

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 11:58 AM

Oh my gosh!! Terrible! Good thinking getting out though - it's usually the smoke that gets you, not the fire.

Not to be Sandy Safety (as Alan Lofft) would say, but does a Crock Pot get hot enough to boil syrup? Wonder if that would be a good option for the homegamers.

Tiny cups of hot maple syrup while we went on hay wagon rides at the sugar shack - such a BIG part of my Canadian youth!
Posted by: Murph

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 12:28 PM

From what I've learned so far, it takes several hours of boiling. The ratio of initial sap to final syrup is 30to40 to 1. So for instance, 30 liters of sap would need to be boiled down until it nets only 1 liter of syrup.

After chatting with him today, he tells me he was just doing the final boil stage indoors where you transfer the dwindling amount to a smaller pot. It would be difficult to do the full boil process indoors (crock pot) as you have hours of heavy steam in your kitchen.
Posted by: Amie

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 12:38 PM

Yah, but it would be heavy sweet-smelling maple syrup steam . . . I'd be sitting there all blissed-out until it was done!!
Posted by: Da_Gimp_Pimp

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 12:51 PM

I've made maple syrup (involved from the very first step to the last), and yes, the boiling process takes a very long time. For us, it turned into a yearly event that lasted a weekend, and included the making of fresh pressed (a barrel with a hand crank) apple cider.
Posted by: Murph

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/14/13 01:05 PM

Great, now I'm craving TWO of my favorite things.

P.S.
Apple Cider is a great mix for Murphshine.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/15/13 01:23 AM

I'm in the middle of a cross-country road trip with my family: wife, 9yo son, 7yo daughter, and 13yo dog. We started in the DC area of VA on Feb. 16, going southwest. We hit Chattanooga, TN, Birmingham, AL, Jackson, MS, Shreveport, LA, Paris, TX, that hung out with my parents in Oklahoma City, OK. I flew back to work two weeks while the remainder of the family continued to Amarillo, TX, Vega, TX for two nights during a blizzard, Albuquerque, NM, Petrified Forest National Park, Flagstaff, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and then to Mammoth Lakes, CA for skiing with my wife's parents, where I rejoined them.

This past Monday, we departed Mammoth Lakes, CA and drove over the Sierra Nevadas just south of Lake Tahoe to Loomis, CA to spend a night with my sister's family. The drive was absolutely gorgeous. Snow everywhere but the road -- as it should be, smile From there we drove to Carmel Valley, CA to spend the night with my wife's cousin and her husband. That town is a little piece of paradise, let me tell you. Perfect weather, too.

Now, I'm posting this from Berkeley, CA where we're staying a few days to show the kids and dog all the places we used to take them when they were younger, and to hang out with my wife's sister's family. On Saturday evening, we'll book it to Denver as efficiently as possible where we'll visit with my sister and her new twins. From there, we'll book it to Chicago to get a tour of the Fermilab and to visit with my two brothers. Next stop will be outside Cleveland to stay the night with my wife's aunt, then home by March 24.

Whew!
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/15/13 06:55 AM

You're planning a beer-by-beer report. Right? smile

Safe travels!
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/15/13 07:40 AM

Cool. Did you take the FJ?
Posted by: michael_d

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/16/13 01:45 PM

Just spent 15 days on the Big Island. Working through a state of depression right now.... Got on the plane with flip flops and shorts, just to get off the plane in Alaska with temps about 10 deg. I'm moving to Hawaii, come hell or high water.

Went fishing (bad time of the year, so didn't do too well), wild boar hunting, hiked through an active volcano, looked at a lot of property and relaxed a bit.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/16/13 03:23 PM

I finally got my Arcade machine upgraded and working last night. Had some stupid issue with the computer locking up on USB device scans at startup only to find out that the motherboard manufacturer has a bug in their latest BIOS. I had to downgrade 1 version to get it working.

Oh, and I swapped out my one pachinko machine for a different one (I have 3 options) to change things up. Now my 14 year old and her friends are playing those and the pinball all morning. YAY!
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/16/13 09:33 PM

Holy crap, Peter!!! 7 & 9? How did your kids grow so freakin' fast?!?!? I still remember when you broke the news about your wife being pregnant.....

Currently, the 5 of us are in New York State for a skiing trip. The wonderfull thing about living near Ottawa, is that there is great skiing within a 2 to 2.5 hour drive.
Posted by: Da_Gimp_Pimp

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/16/13 10:47 PM

Hot sauce store shopping today! $100 later...

Posted by: CV

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/16/13 10:59 PM

Let us know what the winners are.
Posted by: jakewash

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/17/13 12:45 AM

2 - 2.5 hrs!! Shawn you need to move out here, great skiing 1 to 1 1/2 hrs away wink
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/17/13 04:15 AM

Originally Posted By: real80sman
Holy crap, Peter!!! 7 & 9? How did your kids grow so freakin' fast?!?!? I still remember when you broke the news about your wife being pregnant


Yeah, crazy how fast they age when you spike their milk with crushed caffeine pills.
Posted by: Da_Gimp_Pimp

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/17/13 11:17 AM

Originally Posted By: CV
Let us know what the winners are.


I'm going to taste test them all this evening, bud. Apparently the Mango Curry one is quite hot.
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/17/13 10:29 PM

Originally Posted By: jakewash
2 - 2.5 hrs!! Shawn you need to move out here, great skiing 1 to 1 1/2 hrs away wink


I would LOVE to come skiing out west. We have ski hills much closer, but to get to an actual "mountain" (New York, Vermont, or Quebec), a min 2 hour drive is in order. And these mountains would be considered hills to you out there! LOL
Posted by: jakewash

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/17/13 10:42 PM

We are very spoiled for mountain sports here, sadly I don't partake in most of them, I only camp and go fishing when it is much warmer than right now.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 10:17 AM

The other night, I played Star Fluxx, a fun card game that parodies pays homage to all things scifi. Recommended. Now I'm interested in trying Monty Python Fluxx.
Posted by: Murph

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 11:47 AM

African or European?
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 12:37 PM

What? I can't hear you over these coconuts horses!
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 02:08 PM

I'm in a meeting. Help.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 02:44 PM

Is it starting to be both unpleasant AND impossible now? wink
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 08:03 PM

It's unpossible and impleasant!
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/19/13 08:33 PM

Help me, I'm drowning in numbers..... 3 days to get my certification for residential heat loss, and heat gain calculations. Full days, plus 4 hours of homework each night. FML. My last "formal" day of school was back in '88 or '89. I don't know what I was thinking.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 06:38 AM

I give you a lot of credit, Shawn. I don,t think I would do well in a class anymore. I just can't concentrate anymore.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 08:36 AM

Way to go, Shawn. You got this.

I survived the hopeless unpleasantness for another day. Think I will go to Mount Vernon today.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 08:36 AM

Hi Tom,

Hope you have a unpleasantless hopeness.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 09:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Ken.C
It's unpossible and impleasant!

Posted by: fredk

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 04:16 PM

Tooth extraction. 3 roots... all twisty. frown

I guess I can take that off my bucket list now.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 04:26 PM

Oof. Hopefully the dentist gave you the good kind of stabbity stabbity with lots of pain medicine before starting the herky jerky.

I say that because my dentist is the Swedish Chef, apparently.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 04:31 PM

BORK BORK BORK!
Posted by: fredk

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/20/13 07:05 PM

Originally Posted By: medic8r
...
I say that because my dentist is the Swedish Chef, apparently.

I bet that's strong motivation for good dental hygiene.

Yes, lots of numbing, no good drugs after though.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/23/13 09:51 AM

I purchased some Grade A light amber maple syrup (American classification) from "The County" (Prince Edward County) last week. Tapped the traditional way and boiled down over open fire. I must admit the county folk know what they are doing. Best maple syrup I have ever had. Amazing flavour, yet "delicate" and "clean" on the palate. You would have to try it, hard to describe.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/23/13 10:16 AM

Now I'm jones-ing for some pancakes with pure maple syrup I have in the cabinet somewhere, I think.
Posted by: BlueJays1

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/23/13 04:43 PM

Originally Posted By: CatBrat
Now I'm jones-ing for some pancakes with pure maple syrup I have in the cabinet somewhere, I think.


Butter or no butter?
Posted by: Socketman

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/23/13 06:53 PM

Took the dog for a walk to look for keys I thought I had lost. Found a brand new Blue Jays ball cap on the way - bonus. Found my keys hanging up on the key hook . Put a new laser in a PS3 ,cant test it cause I don't have a controller. And now I have to go get milk and pancake syrup, lol
Posted by: exlabdriver

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/23/13 07:10 PM

Afternoon nap with my little white lady cat 'Jasmine' curled up between my legs - it's a daily ritual...

TAM
Posted by: dakkon

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/24/13 08:27 PM

I moved 2 tons of gravel yesterday, then went and looked at Dodge 3500 dually's...

Not my usual Saturday, but was a good workout, and quite an experience going to the country to test drive the larger trucks..
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/24/13 09:04 PM

Sledding with my almost-6yo son. We're near Deep Creek Lake in MD, currently getting snowed the hell in. Hopefully it will be cleared/melted enough for us to leave on Friday, esp considering we've not got an AWD/4WD. Or, you know, chains.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: What non-audio activity were you just up to? - 03/24/13 11:45 PM

We just got back from our cross country road trip this evening, and then it started to snow. Upon entering, we discovered that we had run out of heating oil some time in the last week. ARRRGH.