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Friday, August 27, 2004

Present Day

For the time being, Iím putting my 60ís journal on hold. Frankly, reliving an unhappy period in my life became such an emotional chore that I reached a point where I began dreading the process. Iíve had people tell me that it was the more interesting portion of my journal and they looked forward to reading it. Sorry to disappoint those readers but I need a little time off. Eventually Iíll continue and Iíll make some sort of announcement to those on the ďNotify ListĒ.

For now, Iíd prefer to focus on the present rather than beating myself up over things that happened 30 years ago. Iíll leave that to the presidential candidates.

Itís been a while since I wrote and Catherine and I have been working full time at rebuilding our property that burned in the October fire storms. We decided to replace the house that burned on the north end with a manufactured home. A job of that size gets the attention of county officials and we spent several weeks just getting building permits. The health department, rural fire district and county all have specific requirements that must be met before they even allow you to start work. We had to draw up a plot plan, get it approved by an engineer and then walk it through the various county offices. A tedious process but Iím told we saved around 3 grand by doing it ourselves.

The rest of our time has been spent preparing the property for the upcoming construction. That meant doing things like digging up an old septic tank, trenching for the new power line and installing a fire hydrant. All those projects are in various stages of development. We were finally able to get one water tank installed on the north side and weíre negotiating for the installation of the south tank. Believe it or not, in a couple of weeks weíre having it lifted by helicopter to its remote location. Iíll try to get plenty of photos.

Unfortunately, the buildings that burned were only insured for liability so the cost of all this new construction is coming out of our own pocket. A strong incentive to do as much of the work as we can ourselves. Luckily, I can muddle through by doing the electrical and plumbing myself. I know just enough to be dangerous and I can usually find a neighbor for advice on the more complicated tasks. Cement work is not one of my job skills so Iíve found a contractor to do the foundation work.

The next 6 months will be pretty busy but Iíll try to do better with my updates.

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