Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blizzard of '09

Thanks to that old Jeep we have been able to get out .It was almost a mile to the plowed road
The Globetrotter can't wait for spring and the old fruit trees are waiting for a trim

Monday, December 14, 2009


I was told the pole might be deteriorated but not this

Picasa Web Albums - crowldawg - Musings from a Dirty Garage

Picasa Web Albums - crowldawg - Musings from a Dirty Garage: "PM"

This is the one I was posting about in the previous post.$250,000-350,000 yikes

Sunday, December 13, 2009


I always knew I had good I posted this picture about a year ago .Today I was surfing the web looking for info about Rick Griffin my favorite artist from the psychedelic days .Wow is all I can say.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Looks like after all these yrs we have been chasing a red herring or a least a brown tide

Sunday, November 1, 2009


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You think I would learn .At least someone in the family knows how to take a day off.

Damn does it taste good!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


There is too much bass around on all the restaurants menus around here to be ranch raised or "wild local bass" .The only law that governs the harvest of these fish is the law of supply and demand.As long as there is a demand these fish will find there way to the table legally or not.
If the number of fish is decreasing this time around it our fault not the commercial harvester.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gone but not forgotten

After searching the photos in my library this was the only photo I could find of my old boat .It was a 23 'center console Seaway .I bought it in 1985 .After 10 yrs of pounding the waters of eastern long island it needed new stringers as well as a few other things.Like a new motor
It was one of those projects that was always on the back burner and I realized it probably was going to stay there.
I was approached by a guy who was raising oysters about selling it .Shit I have owned it for 24 yrs and its has been sitting on blocks waiting for me for the last 10.
While I was away in Maine ,hunting ,I called the guy and told him he could have it ."How much?" "oh some oysters every so often will do."
Its gone for a half a bushel of the little gems.After all these yrs it was either spend 10 or 15 thousand or let it go .My sons wanted to cut it up and actually offered to pay for the dumpster .
I now have 5 quarts of oyster stew and a little more room in the drive.Hopefully by spring she'll be back on the bay .Now I'll just be roaming the beaches
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

So much for Global

Its Oct.15TH and its snowing about 50 miles north of here .Its 42 F outside and the wind is gusting to 50MPH .

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Heading Home

Guns ,kraut,cloths and a new wood stove for Mark.

More Kraut


Been doing this for years .It has moved to Maine but we bring the cabbage .This year we did 120 heads in about 2 hrs. Plenty of food and drink .The finished product will be ready in about 3 weeks

New Cap for the Frig

Still have the original frig inside .It is working well but it needed a new hat

60 yr old gets make over

The serial number on my table saw says 113:--- Those numbers were stamped somewhere between 1946 and the mid fifties.I bought the saw from a fellow carpenter about 1975.It has served me well all these years but the motor was getting tired .
With the help of Ebay I have bought pieces that I never had or that have worn out.
I have the extension arms and another rip fence track.It also was given a new baldor motor. With some modifications and a new pulley its ready to go for the next 60 yrs.


5 days at the ocean fishing and using the globetrotter

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hardy fishing equipment

The Lost World of Mr Hardy .Show some neat bamboo and metal work of guys making custom gear after Hardy outsourced the making of their equipment to the far east and eastern Europe. Worth a look, see.

Friday, September 4, 2009

labor day 2009

3 days off and reports of fish on the beach.I know what I will be doing this weekend.
Hoping for a few False Albacore to show up.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Taking Time

As mentioned in a few previous post ,this has been a busy summer.6 and 7 day weeks have been the norm since the middle of April
Tonight I took some time to just take a walk around the grounds.After a disastrous spring vegetables are growing .Actually planted a row of collard greens.Probably too late but they are in the ground
Off in the distance I heard my first Great Horned Owl of the fall(late summer).I hope he helps eradicate a few of the rabbits that have eaten through the fence around the garden and are eating all my late greens
The most important thing I noticed was that the bees were every where pollinating the raspberries .All of the bees were bumble bees .I did not see one honey bee in the hundreds that were out there.
We are putting up the nets tomorrow in the hopes of getting a few berries before the catbirds find their way in.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009


These are not my words.They are from the Drake

If the face of a dog can't get you,what can? I always pretended to be tough,like I was really going to train him.Teach him some good discipline."Does your dog get human food?".No.Absolutely never unless he looks at me just the right way,in which case he may end up with a slab of salmon right off the plate."Is he a good fishing dog?"well that depends.If by"good fishing dog"you mean he jumps in the water to get fish,occasionally runs downstream,and always gets forgiven,then yes he's a great fishing dog.
I put my lab down two weeks ago .13 yrs with me on every fishing trip I took.
He did get a keeper bass once and retrieved more than a few pheasants

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Silver bullets in wisconsin

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

300 miles today

Left the house this AM at 6:30 to pick up a 16 passenger van in NJ.Drove 10 mile to town. Picked up the Jitney to Manhattan. 3hrs later was standing on the corner of 86th and 3rd waiting for a limo .5 min. later it took me to Little Ferry NJ to get the van.Hopped in the van drove the 120 miles back to the Shelter Island ferry .A 20 min ride later I was on the Island. Dropped off the van.Back to the ferry as a walk on .Got off the boat and walked 500 ft to my truck that I had left off 8.5 hrs earlier and was home buy 3:30
Whew!!!, that was a long day.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Fans

I think I have posted this picture before. With all the rain we have had this spring I just wanted to say that these fan-tastics have worked perfectly .They must open a close all day long with every passing shower.Yesterday it rained all day and they were closed tight as a whales ass! ( water tight) .This morning when I left for work before the sun was completely up they were open and ready to go .I just walked past them on my way in and they are circulating air beautifully.
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This is the same rhodo seen in the feeder post .How could any Hummingbird resist? I don't even know if the feed on the nectar . Most rhodos and azaleas have toxins in them
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I just love these little buggers. Things have been cool and damp this spring .I don't know if this has led to a shortage of them .There are plenty of flowers around but I only see a female very early in the AM and just before dark .I know they have to eat all day long so I have no idea where they go .
Maybe they are feeding on the real thing during the day
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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Young Man and the Sea

Picasa Web Albums - crowldawg - Drop Box

I may not have the time of late but at least son and grandson have made time to go fishing!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I'm A Junk Bond King

All I have been doing is working and listening to my Ipod .This is what I listen to.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Its May Already?

For the few followers, I have not fallen off the face of earth.I have been busy as hell .I had to try something that has been bothering me for as long as I have been blogging.
I had to see if I could still do it .
I saw an add in the paper for a handy man .Simple enough. Light work and I could make a few Franklin's to help pay for my projects.Well I started on 4/15 and I have been working 7 days/week since I started .8 to 10 hrs. I'm sad to admit that its kicking my ass .I come home and plop my butt in the chair and don't move .
After 3 weeks I thought I would be feeling better but it will take a little more time than I thought to get back in shape ,I keep reminding myself that I sat on my ass for almost a yr.
The globetrotter is on the list to finish after I paint a few rooms .Actually my wife is painting in my absence but I have to spackle all those popped screw /nail heads and repair a few feet of loose tape.
The blues and bass are here and I'll get a birds eye view of them as they pass by the porch I'm re-screening.
Things should slow down after June .Then I'll see if I can get away to go upstate to the Vintage Trailer Jam
( to be continued) Paul Dixon: What 5 flies do you use to fish Montauk? (Fly Giveaway) Paul Dixon: What 5 flies do you use to fish Montauk? (Fly Giveaway)

YouTube - Jim James and Calexico - Goin' to Acapulco

YouTube - Jim James and Calexico - Goin' to Acapulco

Monday, March 23, 2009

Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Mooneyes - Online Store for Speed and Custom Parts, Accessories, and More

Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Mooneyes - Online Store for Speed and Custom Parts, Accessories, and More

A serious question
If Moon equipment DOESN'T sell baby moons where do(did) all my airstream friends get their baby moons ?I brought a set online from a vender last summer .In less than one year they are covered with rust .

Thursday, March 19, 2009

First Order of Business

Now that I'm home from two months of goofing off its time to get back to work .I took a look at every thing that has to be done but I realized that tomorrow is spring I better start thinking about a garden.I just sent off my first order to Johnny's
I have been buying seeds from these guys since the 70's .Good quality and fast service.
I better go check on the Airstream!

Monday, March 16, 2009

orchid show in "Da bronx"

Made a little detour on the way home.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The end

Back to reality on Weds .It was great while it lasted

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I read somewhere that there are about 3000 of these guys left in the wilds around Florida. Yesterday I took a ride up to homasassa springs with the idea I might see a couple .There is a spring in a state park that pumps out 3,000,000 gals of 72F waterpre hour 24/7.
I counted 60 and I counldn't get very far, stuck on land .If I did my math right that's 2% of the entire population in a 1/4 mile stretch of river.
The river was also loaded with all kinds of fish 100's if not thousands of snook ,redfish tail mangrove snapper .They were all in a no fish zone.
Truly amazing

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World
A reread of all the books that Mr Mcphee has written about geology ,all in one binding

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate

A refeshing read Can't wait to start digging

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


fishing ,reading and hiking ain't all bad .3 weeks to go

Friday, January 2, 2009

Shadow Country

History of Aripeka, Florida
The picture on the left is where I'm heading with my wife for a few months.Yes months.
Hopefully the fish aren't driven away by any cold weather .I'm leaving all tow vehicles and boats behind .
Where I'm staying is just out of the left of the picture
I'm packing my copy of Shadow Country along with 5 fishing poles .I don't know whats going to be available to me but you will probabley find me on one of the fishing bridges that lead to the island most any morning

Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count
Tomorrow is the Orient bird count, Dawn till dust .I've missed the last few years .I have been doing it since 1971 .I used to do 3 /yr .This years trip to Gardiners Island was canceled because of the gale warning and the ensuing gale.
I'll be the guy driving around the neighborhood with the windows opened in the truck blasting owl calls from the tape player in the truck @5 in the morning