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2546A Sam Bond's Brewing, Owners,

April 9, 2015…The four owners at the Grand Opening. l to r…Jim, Bart, Mark, and Todd.

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The bottling truck is here…

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Filbert Brown Ale is the first batch to be bottled.

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The bottler starts pulsing CO2

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Filbert Brown Ale…One of Jim’s first big winners. Jim talks about it on the video.

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Crankshaft, IPA…dry hops with Citra and El Dorado and balanced with rye malt.

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Crankshaft IPA bottles get labeled

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Owners and crew celebrate their first pallet of bottled beer.

 

.The very beginning…

This Teenager is Fighting Climate Change by Suing the Government

At about 12 minutes into the video, you can see that Sam Bond’s Brewing played a role by providing a gathering place for the kids fighting climate change.

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That’s right, I bought a raffle ticket for a Tesla Model S or Model X.

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The Tesla Model X as seen with the falcon wing doors open. This very safe SUV can go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds. I don’t think I would be tempted to try it, but I bet my son would. 🙂 Photo credit: The Car Connection

Anyone who has read my posts knows that I’m passionate about sustainable living and solar energy.

Pumping water, bicycle, Sue in 1973, 74, or 75

Probably about 40 years ago, my sweetheart is showing how my bicycle can pump water.

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Let’s have enchiladas for lunch. This solar oven was purchased in June 2006 and is still in use 9 years later.

When I read the notice on Clean Technica, that a Tesla would be raffled off to raise money for ClimateXChange, I just knew I had to buy a ticket.

Through the daily headlines at Clean Technica, I’ve been able to follow Tesla a couple of years.  They are building electric cars in Fremont, CA.  The company bought an abandoned car factory for very little, painted the interior white and where possible constructed skylights to let in more light with the idea being that happy workers will build quality cars.  There are about 160 robots painted bright red that do the repetitive work including picking up and painting car bodies.

 

Visionary Tesla CEO Elon Musk knows we must reduce our carbon footprint or face a world that will be much hotter for our grand children.  Transportation contributes a huge percentage of carbon emissions.  He can imagine his future grand children asking…”Didn’t you have any warning that you should reduce carbon emissions before it was too late?”  What did you do about it?”  I can imagine that conversation too.  That’s why I’m happy to learn Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport.”  Tesla is even giving away many of its patents to other car manufacturers to help facilitate the electric car revolution.  Indeed if you look at the other big manufacturers, you can see they have at least one line of electric cars in production.

Since there will be a huge demand for batteries, Musk is building a giant battery factory in Nevada.  Coined the gigafactory, it will boast ZERO EMISSIONS.  Tesla made the decision to NOT run a natural gas pipeline to the plant.  The gigafactory will be powered totally by renewable energy.

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The building is covered with solar panels. Wind generation to be built also. Photo credit to benzworld.org

I respect what Musk is doing.  I love the fact that he is building the factory in the US…not China.  Tesla is already employing 13,000 workers and is building a supercharger network.   They realize electric cars will have to be charged over long distances.  The charging stations are going in at the rate of one every 24 hours, in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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The supercharger network for 2015

The raffle ticket will give me a 1/2000 chance of winning my choice of a Model S or Model X and whatever options I choose.  (I’d like the Model X with a 5000 pound tow package, autopilot, dual motors, and a range of 257 miles.)

One in 2000 are not bad odds, but there are 6 other prizes too.  Most importantly,  I’ll have bragging rights to say I contributed to the first bill in the nation to impose a fee on the use of fossil fuels… Climate XChange is sponsoring a bill in the Massachusetts Senate proposed by Senator Mike Barrett (S1747) which would impose a fee on the use of fossil fuels so they reflect their true cost to society, including any environmental damage and health costs. When enacted, it will help Massachusetts meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gasses 90% by the year 2050.  After all we can’t all sit in a Model X until the air gets less polluted.  Yes, the Tesla Model X has a bio-weapons defense mode button (at around 8 min.)   that will make the air in the cabin as clean as a hospital operating room.  If Massachusetts can get this bill passed, it’s possible my state of Oregon will follow the lead as well as Washington and California.  GO CLIMATE XCHANGE!!!

Think about buying a raffle ticket or donating money to Climate XChange so we can tell our grand children that “we were warned about climate change and chose to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.”

Did Tesla start an electric transport revolution?  You decide…

Electric cars

Electric Truck that Freightliner taps Tesla to build,

More Electric trucks

Electric garbage trucks

Electric buses

Tesla Model X features

 

 

 

 

 

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The press is on the truck.  Shaun said he could do it in half a day...he was right.

The press is on the truck. Shaun said he could do it in half a day…he was right.

I said goodbye to my German printing press today.  My wife has been after me about it for years.  “You only run it once or twice a year.  You don’t want our kids to have to move it after we’re gone…we better do it while we still can.”  I knew she was right but I still hated to see it go.  We had gotten that press in 1989, because we wanted to run larger printing jobs.  It was slow, but oh, so accurate.  We ran yearbooks for 20 years, full color brochures, greeting cards, books, posters, postcards.  This was before digital photography.  I always liked taking photos.  Back then you used transparency film, waited a week to have it processed, then assessed the results to see if they would work for a brochure or a postcard.   I sold over 80,000 postcards.  That was back when I worked 16 hour days.  Owning a mom and pop print shop meant you work all your own hours…(all of them).  My wife was the front part of the shop.  Since we didn’t work in town, she went out to talk with clients, did all the artwork, home schooled the kids, cooked the meals (usually from our garden), cleaned the house and delivered the print jobs.  In the evening she would read to the kids.  I’d take a nap after dinner, then I could work until 2 am.

When I was running yearbooks, I’d work all day, all night, take a 3 hour nap and do the same thing again.  My stay awake drug of choice was a half pound chocolate bar.  I’d have 4 squares at 10 pm and be good until 2 am.  Then a few more and I’d be watching the sun come up through my east window.  But there came a time when eating chocolate bars gave me intense headaches the following day.  I had to quit the all nighters.

Both kids learned how to run the ‘baby press.’  This was a 1250 Multi.  My son started at five years old.  Through the years he became a good pressman and I could let him work by himself, but when he went to college, I thought I might have to hire a pressman.  My daughter says, “Dad, I can learn the press.”  “Really? Do you want to learn the press?  That would be great.”  She did that very thing.  She ran the press until she too went off to college.  Now she’s an editor so you could say she’s still in ‘the trade.’  That 1250 Multi and an 1850 Multi are the presses I still run today.  They are faster and easier that the big German press, but they can’t do the fine quality work for sure.

The moving crew of Joe, John, and Shaun pictured after they successfully loaded the 3.5 ton Heidelberg KORD 64 onto the truck.

The moving crew of Joe, John, and Shaun pictured after they successfully loaded the 3.5 ton Heidelberg KORD 64 onto the truck.

Shaun Earle is the new owner of the press.  He is my friendly competitor in the bigger city to the north.  Sometimes I ask him to do things that I can’t do in my shop.  I was impressed with the work he did.  When he moved into a bigger shop, we joked that he might have enough room in it for the Heidelberg press.  The last time I ran that press, I got into trouble with it and scrunched some parts.  I called him up.  “Shaun, you’re not going to want this press, I think I just killed it.”  He says, “Pat, maybe it’s not as bad as you think.  I’ll come down on Saturday and let’s see if we can sort it out.”  On Saturday, we work on it 4 or 5 hours and get it working again.  I finish my print job and that’s the last time I run it.  My thinking is I have gotten my money out of it.  This press, being 40+ years old has some issues, but there’s a lot of life left in it and it looks like Shaun is the person who can deal with it.  I tell him, if he can move it, he can have it.

The Heidelberg KORD 64 press waiting to be moved.  It has been a real workhorse for me for most of 26 years.

The Heidelberg KORD 64 press waiting to be moved. It has been a real workhorse for me for most of 26 years.

It took "a little persuasion" with pry bars and muscle just to get it to budge.

It took “a little persuasion” with pry bars and muscle just to get it to budge.  The 1250 Multi can be seen on the left. 

This truck is used to dealing with cars, I hope it can pull something without wheels.

This truck is used to dealing with cars, I hope it can pull something without wheels.

This press ran some really nice print jobs.  While I was cleaning up around the press, I came across some samples.

I ran most of these art gallery invitations about 20 years ago.  I wondered if I should get permission to post them, so I emailed Lee Youngman.  Her reply came back right away..."No problem, Pat... we did a lot of good business together!  Hope all continues well with you. Lee Youngman

I ran most of these art gallery invitations about 20 years ago. I wondered if I should get permission to post them, so I emailed Lee Youngman. Her reply came back right away.  “No problem, Pat… we did a lot of good business together! Hope all continues well with you.
Lee Youngman

This brochure for Lee Youngman Gallery features "The Lure" by Frank Magsino, winner of the 1997 People's Choice Award.  What you see on the front is the cavalry hot on the heels of this small band of Indians.  What you don't see, until you unfold it, is the ambush.

This brochure for Lee Youngman Gallery features “The Lure” by Frank Magsino, winner of the 1997 People’s Choice Award. What you see on the front is the cavalry hot on the heels of this small band of Indians. What you don’t see, until you unfold it, is the ambush.

When you open the brochure you see the rest of the painting showing the ambush awaiting the cavalry! Click to enlarge.

When you open the brochure you see the rest of the painting showing the ambush awaiting the cavalry!
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My photos of the Bandon Lighthouse make their way into brochures that I print on my own press.  What a heady feeling.

My photos of the Bandon Lighthouse make their way into brochures that I print on my own press. What a heady feeling.

My wife had her own line of watercolor greeting cards.  "After the Storm," is one of my favorites, depicting the Bandon Lighthouse.

My wife had her own line of watercolor greeting cards. “After the Storm,” is one of my favorites, depicting the Bandon Lighthouse.

I had my own line of postcards.

I had my own line of postcards.

The press room has more space in it now, the kids have moved out long ago,  and the Mom and Pop print shop has slowed down a bit.  We don’t work 16 hour days anymore and ARE GLAD OF IT!!!

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Things I learned this year…

•  The Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) also called the American Tulip, Tulip Poplar, or Yellow Poplar is a member of the Magnolia family.  It’s an important nectar source for bees across Tennessee, Kentucky, and much of the eastern US.

•  The wood of choice for organs, panels of carriages, coffin boxes, wooden ware and because it’s resistant to termites, house and barn sills were made using tulip poplar beams.

•  The wood is lightweight and was preferred by Native American tribes in the construction of canoes.

•  Tea was made from the inner bark to treat fevers and indigestion.

•  The bark can be chewed for an aphrodisiac.

Many thanks to Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy  for hosting the Tree Following blog

If you have keen powers of observation, a curiosity about nature, and a camera to record tree changes, please consider following a tree.

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Let It Bee mandala...water color painting by Vikki Reed.

Let It Bee mandala…watercolor painting by Vikki Reed.

My sister is an artist who loves to paint mandalas.  She starts on a mandala sometimes not knowing where it will lead.  It was during one of our weekly conversations when I’m excited about hollowing out my next log hive that she feels compelled to add bees to her mandala and changes the title from “Let it Be” to “Let it Bee.”

“Let It Be”  The story behind the mandala

“Let It Bee”  The conclusion

This is a short video showing how the mandala takes shape.  No computer graphics either…it’s all hand painted watercolor.

 

 

 

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Building the Modern Way

This crane is waiting to off load the last piece of the medical office.

This crane is waiting to off load the last module of the medical office.

At the risk of losing all street cred, I shot a video of a medical building getting off loaded and set up.  In my defense, I set out on this day to shoot videos of bees.  Beth had called to say that she saw bees out front in the heather, bumblebees as well as honeybees.  I wheeled out my bicycle, packed my cameras and headed over to her place.  The weather had turned cool and there were no bees to be found.  Rain was in the forecast for the next 7 days so I figured I’d better get back to working on my log hive.  On my way home I see these construction guys staring in my direction.  I roll up to them and ask, “You guys waiting for me?”  The reply, “Nope, but we ARE waiting for that truck behind you.”

and there's the truck hauling the last unit to be set up.  I'm lucky...the weather is great and I have time to shoot a video.  How cool is that?

and there’s the truck hauling the last unit to be set up. I’m lucky…the weather is great and I have time to shoot a video. How cool is that?

For the next hour I was able to shoot video of the Modern Building Systems crew rigging the module,  the crane lifting the module off the truck, and swinging it into position.  I’ve got to say I was impressed at how everyone knew what to do…and they absolutely nailed the placement of that module.  I know, I’ve got it on video, corner lined up to corner, perfectly!

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