Friday, November 17, 2017


Twice this week I have received a telephone call from a woman identifying herself as a police officer and giving a badge number; she states that the IRS has found discrepancies in my filings and that a warrant has been issued for my arrest.   She said that Federal Marshals have been dispatched to apprehend me, and that if I would like to avoid arrest I should call a number XXXXXX.

You hear about these scams but don’t expect them to be operating in the rural western Maine mountains.  

If you have concernes with young inexperienced couples or older people you should probably discuss this with them immediately.

the Ol’Buzzard

Thursday, November 16, 2017


This man and his music has followed me through my life.

People are crazy
and times are strange
I'm locked in tight
I'm out of range
I use to care
But things have changed.

the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, November 13, 2017


He says exactly what I feel better than I can express it.


Nothing can ever change for us - because we don't have control.
"It's a big club - and we're not in it." 

But in the end, the earth will out; and our puny little existence, and the Gods we have created in our image will all pass, and the earth will heal itself as if we never existed.

I don't have a dog in this fight any longer - I'm just an observer.
the Ol'Buzzard

Saturday, November 11, 2017


In June I made a trip down to the new Harbor Freight store in Auburn, Maine.  

I have bought other tools from Harbor Freight through the mail, and find them good enough for my amateur DIY (do it yourself.)   Granted, you get what you pay for and Harbor Freight tools are cheap; but they come with a ninety-day guarantee and they replace defective tools with no question.  I have had their table saw for fifteen years.  

I had downloaded a sales chit for an oscillating tool: a normally $39 tool on sale for $24.  

I felt guilty buying the tool wondering how much I would actually use it; but I needed to install cedar siding after having done some sill work and thought the tool might be useful in that instance.  

As it turns out, I have used the hell out of this tool since I have had it: cutting tricky pieces of siding to fit, installing a dead bolt lock and cutting pipe while doing some plumbing work (I HATE PLUMBING!)

This video is of a Makita oscillating power tool that cost about $150 – the Harbor freight tool serves my needs and is affordable.   

The problem is that I inadvertently bought the tool that is battery operated.   No problem with the battery but when I wanted to use the tool yesterday the charger wouldn’t work.   A new charger cost $12 with $7 shipping and I can buy another oscillating tool for only five dollars more (plus shipping.)     I am going to buy another one, but this time, one with a power cord.  I find battery operated tools a pain in the ass.   The battery always needs charging when I need to use the tool.

the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, November 10, 2017


Take a little break from Trump

Then spend the rest of the day unplugged with TCM.
the Ol'Buzzard

Wednesday, November 8, 2017



With two mass shootings over the last five weeks you would think that the Congress would move to address the issue of the ability of disturbed people to easily commit mass carnage. 

But then again, after 27 children were killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Congress did nothing, why should we expect any different now?

I honestly feel that the focus on assault weapons is a distraction.   Semiautomatic rifles have been used by hunters for almost one hundred years; and the assault rifle is simply a semiautomatic rifle dressed up to look like a man killer. 


The problem is the capacity of the clip.   In Maine, hunting rifles have historically been limited to a clip size of five rounds.   Five rounds of ammunition are enough to hunt any large game animal in America and more than enough to protect your home. 

At the church slaughter in Texas the killer fired approximately 450 rounds of ammunition.   If clip sizes were limited to five rounds he would have had to reload 90 times. 

A federal law limiting clip size, a buy back and a stiff fine and imprisonment for possession of a large capacity clip would not stop disturbed people from committing acts of terror; but it would limit their ability to commit mass murder – and it would still allow the bad-ass wannabees to sport their assault weapons. 

All the males who feel their manhood depends on being seen carrying a ‘man killer’ rifle could still play their game; but the ability of their weapon to commit mass carnage would be greatly decreased - and lives would be saved.   

Common sense restrictions to control gun violence will never happen as long as Republican lawmakers are in control of Congress 

the Ol'Buzzars

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Early Monday morning of the thirtieth, a category 1 hurricane wind roared through Maine with gust in excess of sixty-five miles per hour.  

There are approximately one million people in the state and over 400,000 people were without electricity – in other words, about half the state – we are a rural state with a lot of trees.

Losing electricity in the winter is usually not a big deal for us, as we have a wood stove and gas lights for a backup; but this time of the year the temperatures were around sixty – and we have a freezer full of meat.  Fortunately, we were only out for a little over thirty-six hours – getting power back late Halloween eve.  The freezer kept everything frozen so we only lost food in the refrigerator.   

We lived without electricity for four years while we went through college, and for short periods off and on here in Maine and when we were in Alaska.   We didn’t realize how dependent we have gotten on TV and the computers until this outage.  The first afternoon we played five games of Scrabble and went to bed about nine-o-clock and read by lamp light.   The next day we did another Scrabble marathon, read – floated around the house aimlessly.  We actually cheered when the lights came back on and we immediately turned on the TV.

the Ol’Buzzard

We have had electric linemen from as far south as New York up here to help reconnect power lines.  The local electric company says they expect everyone will have power back by Sunday.