mjgradziel.com    michael j. gradziel
anacapa island, cherry burl, sierra nevada, spacecraft parts, joinery, wyoming, california
A decade long record of life as I know it.

     Mike, most recently:
I went to the garden supply store a couple weeks ago intending to buy a couple dozen daffodil bulbs to replenish the front yard edging, but big sacks of bulbs were offered at half price and I ended up returning home with one hundred ninety bulbs for just $35. What a great deal! The yard seemed destined for splendor. About two dozen bulbs into the project it had become very clear to me what digging a hundred ninety holes in the lawn with a hand trowel was going to be like: ouch. I extracted from the garage a length of two inch scrap metal tube from an electrical project and made some cleverly designed cuts in it with my angle grinder, sparks flying everywhere, to make a turf punch. Each new plug of grass and dirt would eject the one above it, and in an hour I would have them all planted! Again I was thwarted, this time by the sticky clay that gummed up the works after one and a half holes. Next stop: back to the garden center where a proper hole digger will cost as much as the bulbs themselves.

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Mexico to Canada on the PCT, Dad's account from the trail in 1978.
New York to New Orleans by bicycle and riverboat, 1944. Grandma's story.

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Most photos are mine or Joy's (credits to others are in image captions); please credit us where appropriate.