the animal's journal

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:29 am

lol- I am currently in relationship-guru-heal-thyself mode, but it is easier to clean out closets full of other people's baggage. Also, I just read an article on the topic of the power of gossip being the reason why homo sapiens grew such big brain.

Okay, assuming she isn't actually married to the other guy, all's fair. However, the problem remains that anytime you are attempting a hot swap, there is a good degree of likelihood that you are over-weighting what you have to offer vs. what the other guy is already bringing to the table. In simplest terms, as the matter stands right now, the female of interest is likely deriving some benefits from current relationship with other guy, and some benefits from budding relationship with you. Therefore, if you wish to knock the other gentleman completely out of the arena, you will have to plan on continuing to bring what you are currently bringing AND also bring what the other gentleman was bringing to relationship. The mistake often made in situations such as this is to just write off the other gentleman as "douchebag" or "loser" or "?" without giving rational analysis to the likely total "cost "of conquest/establishment of domain. I suggest giving some study to the following:
Bad misses, throwin' raspberry kisses on me
You looking for directions girl?
I feel your vision on me
Just don't let him see you sweatin'
And we ain't spose to be involved
Knowing when we get it off, Girl I mean it off
Keeping you fiending 'til you taking it tossed
And when I'm breaking it off
Its no denying the fact it's wrong
Cause you got a man who's probably playing his part
You probably breaking his heart
He trying to figure the reason, Uh
Is it because he's superficial
Or is he too submissive
Or did I come along and hit you with the futuristic
Or is it 'cause you really couldn't see a future with him
All he about is paper, never took the time with you to listen
You want it gripped up, flipped, and thrown
And get stripped and shown, the way the getting is on
The cost, dealing with this you only taking a loss
You need to leave him alone
And go with the one who breaking you off

The Roots- "Break You Off"

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by slowtraveler » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:24 am

Though the heart wants what it wants and my words cannot stop that hunger, I have had nothing but bad experiences dating girls in relationships.

Do you like having psychotic men stalk you? Follow you to your house? Threaten to kill said woman? Threaten to kill self? Yes they can be crazy. Yes, there is an extra taboo rush. I have never met couples who have been long term who started that way. There is always a lack of trust in those relationships for me.

All that said, love is the most satisfying journey and if there are so few women there, the world is a big place and there are many women who don't come with a mystery box containing a potential loaded Glock aimed at your dome.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by theanimal » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:41 pm

@Jason/Seppia- The gym trips were probably 18 days/mo. Not everyday but still excessive. Some of those also tied into social aspects, which I feel fine about. Others were just for gym and internet. The girl doesn't live there. She's in the area intermittently. And I guess is one of the main reasons I've been making the trips to the big town more often.

@7wanna-Thanks. Yeah, I've made sure to avoid degrading as much as I can. Since most people seem to be resistant to change if they have a decent situation, I've concluded that I have to go above and beyond, as you've mentioned. I've been trying hard, funny/nice messages, small gifts etc. but don't think I'm doing so much to appear desperate. They aren't married but did move in together recently. I'll be studying away.

@Felipe- I appreciate the advice. I'm not trying to date someone at the same time they are in a relationship. But anyways, things are different up here than it sounds like what you've experienced. There are less than 40 people who live in my valley. I know all of them. The nearest town is 250+ miles away. I have guns. My neighbors all have lots of guns. Those types of people would likely end up being shot here...

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by Jason » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:16 pm

Don't go all Bullwinkle on me, but the moved in recently aspect is a monkey wrench in that it presents the possibility that she is merely yanking The Animal's chain. You know, the "I still want to know other guys want me as I commit type of thing."

It happened to me once. Some chick was about to get married and led me on. All the other chicks warned me. They were right. I think 7W5 needs to chime in because only chicks know how truly fucking devious other chicks are.

But this is no longer sitting right with me. I'm starting to sense animal abuse.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by slowtraveler » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:25 pm

I believe it. In California, where a magazine capable of holding 11 rounds is a felony, guns aren't treated with the same level of maturity as where guns are an accepted part of the culture. I was simply sharing my experiences.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by Jason » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:54 am

So a chick really raised a glock to your head?

No wonder you are wandering the earth.

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Post by 7Wannabe5 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:01 am

@Jason: Well, the only known antidote to suffering the fate of being "led on" by a devious chick is to assume the lead your own bold self. Sometimes females accept relatively crap contract because better contract was never literally proffered.

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Post by Jason » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:38 am

Well, this plays into "I should be banging this chick instead of that current douchebag she's with." Rightly or wrongly, you have to assume you are some type of improvement. And if she's living with a guy, well the contract is out, just not signed. So you have to be a better back up offer.

However, when I was in college, two guys were fighting over a chick. They were all graduating so this was not "who's getting blown by this chick on spring break" but potentially "who's getting blown by this chick for the rest of their lives."

The girl was stunning and just peaceful as all shit. One of those chicks who you just assume that her vagina smells like a rolling meadow of roses and eternal bliss.

The two guys involved were completely different. One was tall, good looking, could have any chick he wanted. I actually think he stole my girlfriend but he was such a nice guy I couldn't blame her or him. The other guy looked like and was a complete fucking asshole. If I had money at the time, I would have bet it all on the former. To everyone's fucking amazement, she picked the asshole. I'll never forget consoling the other guy. He was crushed.

Moral of the story: who the fuck knows.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:08 am

@Jason:

There is an almost exact balance between the female tendency to choose the asshole male and the male tendency to choose the insipid female. It's one of those Wheaton level things where first you don't even see it (innocence), then you see it and you react unproductively or inappropriately (adolescence), then you start to respond more productively and appropriately (practice competence), then you get bored with it, then you realize that even though you are totally bored with it you still have a sex drive and putter along experimentally, then you no longer have a sex drive and you can freely choose to focus your energies on amateur naturalist species identification and reading 19th century memoirs.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by Jason » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:22 pm

I don’t know Seven, I get the idea that camper still has some spring left in its shocks.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:10 pm

The season of rose-stink now past, the pumpkin squats in frosty field.
Grasses twist and splay, gray-black and angry,
Like the eyebrows of an old man knuckle-deep in brine,
Grasping for the last pickle.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by Jason » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:19 pm

Ok, maybe not.

Enjoy the memoirs.

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Post by theanimal » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:10 pm

No need to call PETA just yet. The move in happened pre-animal.


I came back to the Arctic and went looking for sheep with a neighbor. While we didn't find any sheep in the area we could hunt, we did spot a grizzly bear high up in the drainage among the rocks. He saw us on the opposite side of the ridge, but the wind was in our favor so he did not take off running. I decided to pursue him and ran the few hundred yards to the top of the mountain before moving along the opposing ridge, out of sight. Crawling atop the snow, I settled into position and took aim. One shot. Two. Both missed. I misjudged my distance and was firing from too far. After the second shot the bear became wise and took off into the drainage beyond.

I returned unsuccessful, but the experience was enough to motivate me to pursue bears over the following week*. I found plenty of sign but no bears. One morning I awoke to what I'm certain was a bear outside my cabin. By the time I emerged with my rifle, there was nothing to be seen. Last week, there was a bear wandering around near the village. That made me a bit paranoid walking around for a few days. I imagine that bear was beyond hungry, with ice in the waters, snow on the ground and night time temperatures dropping as low as 10 below.

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The rivers and lakes are all frozen up now, permitting travel with caution. Next week a friend and I are going to head out for a couple days to a large lake in an an attempt to catch Lake Trout through the ice.

I have internet at my place now. $34/ mo for 6 GB. I think I can get a lower price, but I still have to look into that. In the process of setting it up, a whole slew of mishaps occurred and I ended up frying my inverter. That was no fun and set me back another $200...All resulting from a failure to read all of the directions.

Somebody killed a cow caribou (can only kill bulls in that unit) and the trooper gave it to me. Another ~100 lbs of meat or so for the cost of a gallon of gas to pick it up.

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Otherwise not much else is new. Plenty of reading, walking and writing. The trips to the gym have ceased and my level of contentment has not decreased. I've been mixing up workouts at the cabin of Insanity Max, P90x3 and bodyweight stuff.

I'm tired of owning a car, will probably try to get rid of it soon.

I'm likely going to be making a large purchase in the near future. The generator I have now is a tank. A Craftsman 3500. Way beyond my needs and very inefficient. Everyone here uses the Honda 2000. I can buy one new for $950. The savings on fuel on a yearly basis would be upwards of $250 compared to the Craftsman. Based off my current use and with proper maintenance, the Honda would likely last decades (my neighbors estimate roughly 5000 hr run time). That price tag sure isn't pleasing though. Occasionally, there are some offered in good condition, used for $750-850. They're snatched up quickly though. For the moment, I'm waiting and hoping to come across one of those deals.

*For both the meat and hide. Grizzly bears in northern Alaska have a good taste due to their diet of roots, grasses and berries.

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Post by halfmoon » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:03 pm

Animal, that first photo is stunningly reminiscent of Ansel Adams. Maybe you could be selling prints?

It's hard to argue with a Honda 2000 (we have one), but we've gotten more use from our propane-fueled generator. It's actually dual-fuel, but we've never even put gasoline in the tank because the propane is so preferable. It doesn't get old, doesn't spill gas when refueling, doesn't require an oil change...just infinitely superior. We rarely use the Honda 2000 anyway because it won't pull our well pump.

We use the generator only a few times a year during power outages to pump water. It's such a gift not to deal with gasoline.

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Post by Gilberto de Piento » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:41 pm

I don't suppose it would do the animal much good since he is living there already but I read the book Coming into the Country recently and found it to be an interesting look at life in Alaska.

Glad things are going well.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by halfmoon » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:54 pm

I always dreamed of living in Alaska until I read Coming Into the Country.

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Post by C40 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:43 pm

"Somebody killed a cow caribou (can only kill bulls in that unit) and the trooper gave it to me. Another ~100 lbs of meat or so for the cost of a gallon of gas to pick it up"

Wow! What a score.

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by mxlr650 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:09 am

theanimal wrote:The generator I have now is a tank. A Craftsman 3500. Way beyond my needs and very inefficient. Everyone here uses the Honda 2000. I can buy one new for $950. The savings on fuel on a yearly basis would be upwards of $250 compared to the Craftsman. Based off my current use and with proper maintenance, the Honda would likely last decades (my neighbors estimate roughly 5000 hr run time). That price tag sure isn't pleasing though. Occasionally, there are some offered in good condition, used for $750-850. They're snatched up quickly though
Buying a used one for 15% off is a good idea if you know the owner and the history of the generator first-hand. Otherwise I would say it is a gamble if you don’t have the know-how to fix engines. First off, for $950 I am sure it will not come equipped with a tamper-proof hour meter so you are relying on the seller to tell you the hours on the engine and response from sellers are obviously way off even if you ask. Two months of use can easily be 200-400 hours (10% of engine life) Also, there is no way to determine how diligently routine maintenance like oil change/air filter change/valve clearance check was done as they do determine the eventual life of the engine. Air filter may be less of an issue if the place you live around is not dusty.

While Honda is known for quality, you may just end up being the unfortunate buyer to come across issues with ignition which are hard to track and expensive to fix. The short version of this is: when you pull the starter (similar in concept to motorcycle kickstarter), the AC generator (this is a separate generator that is part of the gasoline engine whose only purpose is to supply power needed for starting the gasoline engine) sends AC power to rectifier where the AC from the generator is converted to DC, and this DC is fed to CDI/Ignition coil that creates a high voltage across the spark plug gap at the right moment to ignite the gasoline mixture in the engine. And the rotational energy of the running engine is converted to electricity by the main generator whose output you will use. Even with solid electrical background, it’s time consuming to isolate and fix electrical problems.

The point is, if things are heading towards failure but have not failed yet, there is no way you can figure these out without taking things apart which is not feasible when buying. So, unless you know how to fix things it’s not worth it to buy used one for 20% off, although it would be a different story if it was 60% off.

Four stroke engines themselves are very reliable if maintained well, and maintaining these engines is not as big of a deal as people make it to be. Most important task is to change engine oil regularly. Engine oil is used for lubricating the engine and the oil quality degrades due to the oil circulating at high engine temperatures, and due to shear forces while lubricating the high speed engine parts etc; Degraded oil will increase engine wear. The oil change itself is 15 mins job - warm up the engine to make the engine oil flow better, open fill hole (to create flow – just like the vent hole for water dispenser), open drain hole, collect the engine oil, install drain bolt, fill fresh oil which for Alaska may be 5W-30 (for CA climate it is 10W-40). Walmart store brand Supertec is actually Pennzoil, and that is the cheapest I have found in my limited search. Buy a spare air filter so swapping air filter is 5 minutes job.

Digressing -- on Amazon it is not uncommon to see new and used items listed for almost the same price or like 1% cheaper, and I always wondered who the fuck would buy used shit when new one is close enough? Following three incidents convinced me that there are indeed people whose decision making process is -- lets say this in Australian accent -- fucking crazy mate!

1) Brexit 2) Putin’s girlfriend showing up at WH 2) Indian scammers posing as IRS agents and making tons of money. FFS if people can’t tell apart Kevin Trudeau from Pat Robertson speaking in King Julien accent, we are truly fucked.

Obviously the previous paragraph was not aimed at theanimal as he had no part in any of them.

@theanimal: Wish you the best with Alaska adventures!

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by theanimal » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:16 am

@HM- Great idea! I'll look into it.

@GdP and Halfmoon- I read Coming into the Country a few years back and loved it. I'm a sucker for any good literature about Alaska. I just finished A Land Gone Lonesome which I found very good and is somewhat of a sequel to Coming into the Country. Some, like Edward Abbey, thought that Coming into the Country portrayed a rose tinted version of Alaska. He preferred Going to Extremes (another good read).

Most people in Alaska identify as Alaskans first, rather than Americans. Part of this shows in reading tastes. I know of no other state where the residents read so much about the area in which they live (including the non regular readers).

@C40- It's great. This kind of thing happens pretty regularly, more so in the hunting season. In urban areas there is a lottery for moose that are hit by cars. You simply have to sign up on the list and eventually they'll call you saying there's a moose at X, can you come and get it? In smaller areas like mine, the trooper knows everyone and he'll just ask around until someone takes it.

@mlxr- Many thanks for the detailed reply. The ones I've seen at a discount were for generators that people purchased new, yet hadn't ended up using. I'm much more wary of buying one used, because like you mentioned, there is no way to tell its prior history. I'll definitely be factoring that in even more now.
mxlr650 wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:09 am
1) Brexit 2) Putin’s girlfriend showing up at WH 2) Indian scammers posing as IRS agents and making tons of money. FFS if people can’t tell apart Kevin Trudeau from Pat Robertson speaking in King Julien accent, we are truly fucked.

Obviously the previous paragraph was not aimed at theanimal as he had no part in any of them.
That's what you think. 8-)

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Re: the animal's journal

Post by theanimal » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:40 pm

I've spent the past couple weeks in a funk. Not much writing. Too much internet. Not much worthwhile. I don't feel like Ihave any meaningful work that awaits me here. I'm visiting family for a couple weeks around Christmas. I'm thinking of spending the interim time in town. Probably try to find some short term work somewhere. I'm too lonely here. My interaction with people amounts to less than 10 hrs a week. That's seeing, talking or interacting in any way with others. Most of it happens over two days. That's not healthy for me and not in line with what I profess to value.

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