View Full Version : Having a fun and Productive Labor Day

09-05-2010, 08:25 PM
The boy and I patched and spot primed the driveway last weekend (previous owners never sealcoated it in 22+ years, we put on one coat 8 years ago, and it is in very rough shape) and have 9, 5 gal buckets of tar emulsion on, in addition to having done some carpentry and some fishing and gardening. High point so far was spending a good chunk of today at a local waterpark. 4 boys stayed here last night, we had a cookout and movie night at home, big pancake breakfast and off to the park early. What a perfect day, sky clear with just enough clouds to be interesting, pleasantly cool temp and warm sun, hardly any traffic in a heavily attended beach/resort area, park almost empty until just before lunch. Short to nonexistant lines for the big slides, lotsa wallowing in the "lazy river", lunch was stuff that doesn't appear on any sane food pyramid, go-kart races on the drift track, bumper boats with squirtguns, back to the slides, kids were very well behaved, home after about 5 hours there, just as it began to get crowded, home to find the wife wants Mexican, at dinner the poor kid almost falls asleep into his food. Nice hot bath and early to bed, finish up some carpentry and the driveway tomorrow and who knows? Have a great weekend, y'all|:)

Milo Christensen
09-05-2010, 08:44 PM
Note to self: coelacanth's weekend activity threads make you tired just reading them, don't read them any more.

09-05-2010, 09:15 PM
Gotta admit, I'm kinda tired, too. Going down to the basement to listen to "Coast to Coast AM" and work on the Nutshell. Dropped by The Marine Store Which Shall Remain Unnamed on Fri, coming back from Annapolis and picked up some stuff . Coast to Coast aint what it used to be, though - had lotsa more guys who could PROVE the gubmint was covering up the existence of the Polar Hole leading to the Interior of the Hollow Earth where the Reptilian Overlords lived, when they weren't Hillary Clinton or the Bilderburgers. Kinda quiet these days, lotsa reruns from the 90"s

09-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Between the storm, a bit of clean up and home nursing home duty, I took a much more laid back approach and managed a breakfast and lunch on the backbay with no one in sight .

09-05-2010, 09:38 PM
VERRRRY pretty. Catch anything, or just out for a drive?

09-05-2010, 09:55 PM
Nah, the water was like coffee with a very large amount of cream in it, thick from all the wind, and the rain. I will be free by six in the morning and hopes that there will be some improvement so that we can wet a line. We just rested a bit with the cool wind leftover and picked up a few shells. We even found a live starfish, the first too.

Paul Pless
09-06-2010, 05:53 AM
I don't own an approved boat.bull****

09-06-2010, 08:41 PM
Definitely time for a bit of help with the drivewayhttp://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk243/coelacanth2/IMG_0549.jpg
We had a lot of thishttp://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk243/coelacanth2/IMG_0552.jpg
Lotsa patching and sealcoating later
That's 11 5 gallon buckets of the stuff, 3 or 4 tubes of caulk and a gallon jug of that crack filler stuff. Son and I did it first when he was about 4 1/2 or 5, had never been done in the previous 20 or so years.
Still some time for a sail on the lake with the Hobie (his first time at the tiller, we didn't quite get up on one hull, but it was trying) and a bit of this
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk243/coelacanth2/th_IMG_0557.jpg (http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/kk243/coelacanth2/?action=view&current=IMG_0557.mp4)
after dinner. Happy Labor day, all

09-06-2010, 08:46 PM
Sorry about the pics, not that important Kid is wearing his WBS favorite t-shirt (not to spread sealcoat) and can be seen at the upper right sitting on his skateboard, trying to make it go with the gas leafblower we used to clean the driveway.
That is about 1/2 the length of the driveway - enough for 1 weekend.

Ed Harrow
09-06-2010, 09:00 PM
Spent Saturday cleaning house at Mum's. Finding all kinds of stuff - a letter my father wrote to me - I've still not gathered myself up to read it (he died almost 25 years ago). Also found the owner's manual for a car he bought in 1949. I'm thinking of using it for a quiz, so I'm not telling...

Sunday we spent mostly in Sheryl's classroom - about 9 hours. Carpentry work, cleaning, putting up blinds, etc, etc.

This morning, at breakfast, we had some friends over. They've been going through some extremely difficult times, the sorts of times that parents dread. This afternoon Sheryl and I went for a sail on Lake Whitehall (our backyard). This was the first time, in all the years we've lived here, that we made it to the other end of the lake - a nearly perfect day. It took longer than it should have because one of us was feeling lazy and didn't want to tend jib sheets. ;)

09-07-2010, 05:07 AM
Where is Lake Whithall and how long a journey is that?

Peter Kalshoven
09-07-2010, 06:35 AM
Good for you. Labor Day is a day for labor, after all. My wife helped me with this, with a very nice Honey-Do list. Got some work done on the camper, replaced the ugly and barely functioning fluorescent light in the kitchen with new. functioning, attractive lighting, did a few other little chores, and still had time for a nice dinner with SWMBO's family, ribs and a nice bottle of wine. Plus a little time playing guitar. All in all, a very nice weekend.

Ed Harrow
09-07-2010, 02:40 PM
Where is Lake Whithall and how long a journey is that?

Lake Whitehall is in Woodville, Massachusetts, near the intersection of Rt 90 and 495, but 'miles away' from either
From Delaware it's probably an 8 hour drive and a life-time away ;)


Perhaps you meant how long a journey is it to the other end of the lake... It's not that it's so very far (click the link for a map) The launch ramp is in the cove across the street from the cemetary, the wind is usually out of the SW, so it blows right down the cove. The Easterly side of the cove is full of weeks, so the 'channel' out is rather narrow. Then there is the main body of the lake, where the wind is better, but will shift 45 degrees at the drop of a hat.

If one continues in a Southerly direction, eventually one comes into the lee of the islands, and then the lake narrows further at 'trident' point on the eastern shore. Usually, in this section, no matter the quantity of wind out in the lake, one enters the doldrums, and I'd never passed thru. Monday the wind was fairly ample, playful, and, mostly, cooperative to boot (we got some really nice strategic lifts along the way through) so we made it all the way to the Southern end. It's maybe two miles, LOL.


If you can ignore the power boats that are all (well, 95+%) operated above the 12 mph speed limit, it's a wonderful canoe and kayak lake. Sailboats - well there's the odd (and unexpected) BUMP (this is not a lake for dagger boards!), and there's a tree limb at the ramp... (You probably don't want a wind vane at the top of the mast, as much as you might like it out in the lake). Weekends are very busy, but Monday thru Friday it's nearly a private preserve.