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About Adaptive Curmudgeon

I will neither confirm nor deny that I actually exist.

Angry Clown I

If you’ve got a shit job, do it well. I was excellent at my shit job because being excellent feels good. Continue reading

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Dog Logic And Firewood Levers: Part III

I was cold, stuck in the snow, and on a fools errand. I was in a Jack London story. You know what ties together all those guys who died in Jack London’s books? None were holding a long handled round pointed shovel. Losers! Continue reading

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Dog Logic And Firewood Levers: Part II

“It is -16 in March and you’re standing next to a shoulder high pile of snow. From my point of view this is the firewood equivalent of the zombie apocalypse.” Continue reading

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Dog Logic And Firewood Levers: Part I

It’s not all brawn. If I relied solely on studliness to fell, buck, cut, split, stack, haul, and move everything I’d have arms like Popeye right up until they buried my exhausted body in a plastic coffin because I’d burned the wood one. Continue reading

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The Foxinator: Part III

“This will train them to be super killer fox eating monster chickens!” Continue reading

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The Foxinator: Part II

Is it a bad sign that I recognized some of the names of her chickens? I don’t remember the names of people. Sometimes fine people. Upstanding, considerate, fully realized human beings with whom I’ve worked and socialized for years and I’ll forget their name. It’s not that I dislike them. I just…. well I’ve got no excuse. Continue reading

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The Foxinator: Part I

Discussions between Mrs. Curmudgeon and her friends happen on a wavelength I don’t generally hear. I expected to hear nothing and care less. There are certain phrases, however, which catch my attention. Continue reading

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On Levers

In a different life I was into 4×4 “rockcrawling”. Rockcrawling is to driving on dirt as gulping tequila is to sipping wine. Continue reading

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Diesel, Propane, and Survivalist Small Ball: Part III

Furthermore, politicians cannot create propane. (They can’t make a physical object any more than they can they create free healthcare, impose peace, cause happiness, mandate self esteem, or “fix” human variability; but that’s a different discussion.) Unless you stack them and light them on fire (which isn’t a bad idea) the combined force of all politicians on earth can’t make a single BTU. Nor will their bullshit and false hope keep your pipes thawed. Adults know that. Continue reading

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Diesel, Propane, and Survivalist Small Ball: Part II

For a couple hundred bucks I supplanted the entire fuel delivery industry with an old tank, a pump, some welded hardware, and extra hose. It works very well. I don’t mind a long R&D period because the end result is just what I wanted. Continue reading

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