This time of year a fair number of like minded paintball playing crazies like to make a trip to PRZ. It's a paintball park/field located in Picton Ontario. It's a long drive, followed by camping out, cold nights, paintball and mud, followed with regaling each other with the days' adventure and stories book-ended with a long and tired ride back home. This year started off ominous with dire weather: High winds and freezing rain (in large amounts). Despite an internal debate and a fair amount of debating with each other about going, we (The four of us; Paul, Luke, Nish and myself) decided that the trip was going to be worth it - as it usually is - and was.…

Been at it two days now. I have three trees that fill up my buckets and another 4 that do next to nothing. The black and white birch are the producers while the silver ones - in a more wooded location though - are barely doing anything. Regardless, I have about 20 or so gallons of sap I'll need to run through the RO system tonight after I make one more collection - Maybe 30 gallons by tonight. I'm a little busy as the weather has gotten warmer, the birch sap I doubt will keep for long due to the warm weather. At this point, not sure why I'm even doing it. I guess I figure that if I collect…

I put up a couple of buckets on some birch trees to give an indicator on when it starts running, so only then would I put up the rest. Yesterday it started to really run. I put up 7 three gallon sap buckets to collect. The birch trees out in the sun are really running right now. The ones in the woods are trickling, but barely. The way the trees in the sun are running I'm thinking I can fill a 3 gallon bucket in a single day. Doesn't matter if it's a white or black birch, they're both running just as fast. Of course this comes at a horrible time as I'm getting busy with work around the house…

Update 2: MCB is back up and running! I'm doing a full server backup - so I can't have the database and files changing mid-backup. Taking a lot longer than expected - of course it is... I killed the http web service so it will keep the server load down - so right now the site just won't load no matter how hard you try. Will update when ready. Hopefully only another 20 minutes.

The skiing season is quickly coming to a close.  Most of the lower mountain resorts shut their doors this prior weekend.  One of our local favorites for a small mountain - Crotched Mountain - is closed.  While snow is still on the trails, they just don't have the people or possibly insurance to cover staying open.  That and of course you need the skiers to show up to make it worth while to stay open.  Eventually a resort will have negative returns if not enough people are there.  My daughter and I spend the day mid-week last week at Crotched.  We pretty much had the lift and one of the trails to ourselves.  Which made for some classic goofing off…

I have been wanting to try this cigar for quite some time now. It has been in my humidor staring back at me for the past six months, but the time was never right and it had not aged long enough. I like my cigars to sit at least for a little while after my purchase. It's not that I am a snob, but I know my humidity is correct and win a cigar sits for at least six months under my protection I know it is going to be prime condition for smoking. It was time for this cigar to show me what it was made of. A long box pressed style cigar of dark but very smooth covered…

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