Tuesday, February 26, 2008 

now i'm Broke

800.00 latter I have water.

I got to looking while i was under the house.
part of the house was plumbed with irrigation grade pvc not schedule 4o.
there are three differnet size of water line from 3/4 to 1/2.
what a mess. it will cost me about 3 grand to replumb the house, which i aint gonna do.
so i will live with it.

let me ask a question. i went to a class at my church over the weekend, and i want to ask a question.
it relates to relative humanity. i am not asking this with any angle i honestly just want to know what you think.

do you think that people are

a. all bad
b. mostly bad
c. partly bad
d. partly good
e. mostly good
f. all good.

let me define good and bad.
bad means totaly depraved without hope, unable to do good
good means totaly good without any flaws unable to do bad.

and by this i dont mean are they good at scoccer work or sex. i am talking about overall goodness of humanity. not your Mother and not Ted Bundy. people overall and in general.

dont answer if you dont want to.

Snagley out.


Monday, February 25, 2008 


To preface this story
I worked as a plumber for 3 years out of high school
I worked as an air conditioning & heating mechanic for 7 Years.
I have replaced at least 50 water heaters over the course of my life.

I wake up Sunday morning and stumble to the sink to brush my teeth and hear water trickling on the floor. I trace it to the water heater in the closet where we keep the egg refrigerator (yes, I need a refrigerator for eggs). I see the hot water heater leaking water.
I shut off the supply line to the water heater, clean up the ½ inch of water on the floor, and go to church.

When I get home, I go to Lowe’s and buy one of their cheap hot water heaters and the necessary equipment to replace the water heater to the tune of around $400.00, and then I go home.

I drain the tank and cut the lines to the heater then I discover that the supply line to the hot water heater is ½ inch instead of the coded ¾ inch size, and that I now need a fitting to do it right. (Actually to do it right I would need to replace the entire ½ inch with ¾ inch water line, but I have no intention doing that.

I have purchased a new and better water shutoff for the supply line in ¾ inch size. So I crawl under the house to shut the water off. I turn the water supply cutoff to the whole house and then notice that the cutoff is leaking so I reach up with my open end adjustable wrench and tighten the packing nut. When I do I put torque on the supply lint union coming from the street and the rusted corroded pipe cracks and covers me with a huge spray of water. This break is before the regulator so I am covered with high-pressure water.

I go to the street with my 8 inch open end adjustable wrench (way too small) and cannot turn off the water so I say to son #2 run to the house and ask mom for the big wrench on the water heater. He runs in and says, “Dad needs the big wrench” leaving out (on the water heater). My wife who knows of my moods when a project has gone to hell in a hand basket, has absolutely no intention of coming out empty handed so she heads to the workshop to get every wrench in the place.

I see this chaos from the street and manage to turn off the water with my small wrench.
Now neither my family nor my parents have water

I go take another look and discover that the water is run from the street with PVC all the way under the house (it should be copper according to the code) what looks like epoxy was used to connect the metal pipe in the house to the PVC. This, gentle readers, is a disaster.

I call a plumber

Then I send my Wife to the grocery store to by water for my parents, and me
I hook up a water pump to the old well to fill up buckets so that we can flush the toilets and collapse in exhaustion.

I have not had a shower. The boys are peeing outdoors at the barn,( which they actually prefer), andnd the we are exclusively using paper plates and plastic silverware till the water is back on.

Any questions.

Snagley out


Monday, February 18, 2008 

I got nothing

I got nothing sorry, this is all i could come up with.

  • how is everyone
  • whats the weather like
  • what is your butt to length ratio. i wear a 38 waist and 32 length i dont think that is a good ratio but i make do with what i have.
  • what is the best time to plant grapes, and thornless blackberry plants
  • does your underwear ride up.
  • how does your stomach feel right now
  • are your toenails overgrown.
  • is there lent betwix your toes and or in your bellybutton
  • how is the air pressure in your tires.
  • what did you have for lunch
  • and last but not least how do you smell?


Thursday, February 14, 2008 

eccentricity or just plain nuts

I was asked to write about some of the characters I know.

Growing up in the country in the 70s and 80s has left me knowing quite a few eccentric people.
The beauty of eccentricity is it allows one to not be constrained by the commonness of everyday people. It frees us up to be whatever is desired. However if you are to embrace eccentricity as a life style, you must be not only self-aware but also lack self-awareness. For if you take yourself to seriously then you view a life of eccentricity as the norm.

If you become eccentric to express your individuality then you become normal. Like someone who thinks they are rebelling against society by growing a goatee when everyone wears one.
One who is truly eccentric would never care if they are fulfilling a norm, or even realize that there is a norm. The truly eccentric person is only interested in being; anything else gets in the way of happiness.

I am trying to figure out whom to write about. It may end up being a dead uncle or something like that.
Look for that latter this week or first of next week.

In other news
I ran across that guy that I took to the Jimmy hale mission not too long ago.He has a job, an apartment and a nice used car.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008 

Kid update

My kids are home schooled, if you didn’t know. I like home schooling if you don’t; you are invited to remain silent. They are excelling. With home schooling we can cover the same amount of material that a normal classroom would in much less time. There is only one kid asking questions and only one kid doing any work so you don’t have to wait on the other kids to stop interrupting the teacher or deal with the distractions of giggling or pooting etc. We can go at their pace.

In some things my 9 year old is at a high school level and others he is a little behind. He is reading on a college level right now. He is currently reading The Hobbit. He is writing his second book; his first one is a book about how things were for Star Wars Jedi 3 million years before Luke Skywalker, he decided that he wants to publish his second one so he is having to come up with more original material so he is writing something about a fictitious planet and working his grandmother in as the evil queen and his grandfather as her loyal bumpkin. He is doing long division for math. He is a little behind in math but we want to anchor him in the foundations of math before confusing him with any advanced math. He has piano lessons weekly and has started writing music for his own songs. He enjoys doing anything with me, and loves climbing trees.

My 8 year old is behind on reading but is excelling at math. He can tell you the name, habitat and vital statistics of almost every animal, even the obscure ones that I have never heard of. He has he is starting to read longer books. He has a speech problem and if you have problems with speech you have problems with reading. He goes to a speech therapist weekly for two hours at great expense. We tried the speech therapist the local high school that our taxes pay for, they let him play board games and goof off for an hour a week for a year, and his speech did not improve. So we found a guy that works our sons behind off for two hour a week, and we have seen a huge improvement in his reading and his speech. He loves science and hates history unless the history involves some sort of battle or mud. The kid loves mud. He will go out anytime it is warm enough and take off all his clothes except for a pair of short pants and cover his self, head to toe with mud. Then he walks around out in the yard calling himself mud boy the super hero, and tries to hug everyone. Quite entertaining. He is saving his money right now for a pet rat. Yes a rat not a hamster gerbil etc. a rat.

My 6 year old is excelling at everything she tries. She is learning from her brothers and through osmosis. Plus she is bright anyway. She is also cute. She talks more than any other person I have ever seen. She is in first grade. She loves the Brady bunch and listening to me tell her stories. She almost always wears dresses, by choice, but loves to play in the mud and carry chickens around the yard. She desperately wants bunk beds, and wants us to adopt another 6-year-old girl so she will have a sister.

The Baby is 15 months old and weighs 26 lbs. He is running all over the place and tearing the house down. He has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. Cute kid.



Message to loyal readers

Loyal readers

the hard drive on my computer got eaten by a virus. i had a lovely post about my kids which is now history.
i am sorry i got disgusted and did not write a new one.
Kelwhy you are right i need to get on with it.
I will post latter today if at all possible.

Snagley out.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008 

a person can pack a lot of living into 3 years

well its been 3 years of sub par blogging on the part of bo snagley.
congratulate me please.

oh as a present to me please tell me what to blog about next.

Snagley out.