The homeless home builder (Was: Criminals)
- --- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, JamesJFitz@J... wrote:
>TF: Not 250-pound engine parts; rather, 250-pound pile driver parts,
> What part of a Vee Dubya engine is 250 pounds?
the biggest single ones of which were the engine and the hammer at
250 pounds each. (The engine was borrowed from my "cage", but even if
it hadn't been, there was 3 miles of water which would have still
impelled me to build the rickshaw to rely on while on the island
where I aimed to live.) I guess 250 pounds was the weight of the
average one of the several dozen rickshaw loads that it took to build
the 16'x16', 2-story house. The heaviest 9 loads, consisting of the 9
pilings, were perhaps 400 pounds each. On the hard sand of low tide,
I usually pushed or pulled the rickshaw by hand (the handle consisted
of an ~14' piece of driftwood lumber), but with the lightest loads, I
could pull it behind a one-speed balloon-tired bike that I kept out
> And why a pile driver?Because I built the house on sand! (Sort of like cycling-advocacy
organizations that don't base their positions on the Bicyclists'
Rights Triad http://www.newmilfordbike.com/Triad.htm !) And sand is
what I had my head in, about the fact that this Virginia barrier
island was migrating west (and it turned out to be doing so at more
feet per average year than I thought). That's why my dream house is
no longer there! But it lasted more decades than most of them out
there, as a result of the pilings being driven 8 feet in like the
rich guys do.
> Was that instead of an outhouse? :-) :-) :-)TF: Outhouse?!!!!!! Too fancy for me; I rarely use anything fancier
than a tree in the woods to lean on. Don't you know that the nitrogen
is supposed to go on _top_ of the soil, where it does some _good_?
Well the so-called environmentalists down there, one of whom buzzed
by in his private plane every day, don't know such things.
Environmentalists want your nitrogen to be deposited directly into
the groundwater where, according to even _them_, it does some _harm_!
So, these more-loving-of-piping-plovers-than-you-or-me do-gooders
sicked the county on us to make us build a huge septic tank and a
_very_ disturbing-of-piping-plover-territory drainfield to go with
And it never saw a single turd.
- Tom Frost Jr.