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Monday, July 27, 2009 - Pittsfield MA

Overhead water damage under storage box, July 19, 2009
Overhead water damage under storage box, July 19, 2009


And a lousy picture to match my lousy mood...

I can't proceed with my big plans for the overhead until I have this leak fixed and know it's fixed for sure. I have to be able to crawl up in there to look and feel for dampness. That won't be so easy once I've built what I'm building. Very frustrating.

At least it rains every day this summer. Holy Cow does it ever rain! All the rain has been a mixed blessing. While it gets in the way of having a dry exterior for sealing the leaks, if it weren't for the ongoing torrential rains I never would have believed this spot leaks in the first place. I've been all over the roof and everything looks fine up there. Very frustrating indeed.

Night camp

Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pittsfield MA

Wal-Mart Store #2228, 555 Hubbard Ave./Suite 12, Pittsfield, MA 01201 - (413) 442-1971


As the poet Gary Snyder said so well, "Beyond all this studying and managing and calculating, there's another level to nature. You can go about learning the names of things and doing inventories of trees, bushes, and flowers. But nature often just flits by and is not easily seen in a hard, clear light. Our actual experience of many birds and wildlife is chancy and quick. Wildlife is known as a call, a cough in the dark, a shadow in the shrubs. You can watch a cougar on a wildlife video for hours, but the real cougar shows herself only once or twice in a lifetime. One must be tuned to hints and nuances." After more than thirty years of living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and spending a great deal of that time out-of-doors, Snyder has seen the mountain lion on just a few occasions. One of these sightings was most unusual. Gary had been visiting a neighbor and was walking down from the nearby ridge to his home when he observed a cougar sitting near one of the windows of the house. The animal appeared to be listening intently as one of Snyder's stepdaughters practiced the piano.