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« on: July 14, 2007, 12:27:40 AM »

Hi All,

With my hectic schedule I am way behind on a bunch of things. One of which is my news articles. My apologies. It has been unbelievably hectic. However despite everything this project has thrown at me I have managed to have everything come together. My next leg of the journey is Kansas City, MO. I am going to take a quick trip to Lawrence Kansas on Saturday. My wife is going to join me at the Kansas City airport. She gets in about two hours after I do. I only have to be at O Hare at 5 am. I hate the dead eye. However it will have been almost two weeks since I have seen my wife and in the past two months I will have only seen her for about 22 hours. She is going to stay with me until Monday.

After Kansas City I go to San Fran. I will finally get home near the end of July.

On a side note I had the bee inspector come by. He raked me over the coals on the conditions of two my hives (rightfully so). He also didn't like my using old comb (boo hoo for him). But in spite of everything he passed me. Since I had no diseases. I had a few small hive beetles and a few varroa which he said I needed to treat for. But I know that there weren't that many so I am not to worried.

One of things I have learned about Chicago is it has two season winter and construction.
The weather in Chicago for the past couple of days has been great. To bad it doesn't last.

Have fun


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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 04:50:51 PM »

Cureently in Kansas City airport on my way to San Francisco. I had a little break in Kansas and went to Lawerence with my wife. It was great to see her.

Spent the rest of my time in Westport and Kansas City, MO.

Another week to go.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 06:25:16 PM »

What are you doing, may I ask?Huh??

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 08:56:12 PM »

Didn't you love Lawrence?  One of my daughters went to KU and I loved going to see her - there's a great yarn store there for all of us knitters (know that doesn't fit you, Brendhan), but Lawrence has great hang-out places and I really like Kansas City as well....

I'm sure you are tired of traveling - hooray for being close to the end.

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2007, 10:22:56 PM »

Brendhan, ya, what do you do that keeps you travelling so much.  When you are done with the travel, then what?  Taking a vacation?   Smiley  YOu will need one for surely.  Have a wonderful day, and welcome you home.  Cindi
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007, 10:48:17 AM »

In short form I am an electrician. Much like those that wire homes and businesses. However I only do commerical or industrial work now. I have a speciality in low voltage systems also. I do voice and computer systems. The wiring, the designing, the install. I also do control systems for assembly plants and manufacturing faclitites. I have been an electrician since I was 16.

Somewhere along the line I was deemed pretty good. So the companies send me to far away places to insure a job gets done. I have 100% success rate.  However I also get to call a lot of the shots. Working with me can be a real test in fortitude because I am a pain in the butt to work with. That is why I do most of the jobs alone. I think the bosses want to keep me away from others. Wink

I have one very fortunate aspect going for me. I love my job. I actually like to travel. I can do without being stuck in Chicago in Janurary because I don't do well with cold weather. Also I am not the best to deal with when the airlines screw up and lose my luggage or when they cause me delay's with flight issues. I suspect however no one likes having any of that happen to them either.

My job is very rewarding in that I help maintain communcation means all over the place. I think that is very cool. It doesn't make me rich by any means most people are shocked by how little I am actully making but I certainly don't do it just for the money.

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Currently in San francisco with no luggage.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 11:12:15 AM »

Get home already! Geez. I'm tired just reading about your travels. Always carry extra on your carry-on for just this event. If anyone is near Understudy- give him a home cooked meal and a beer on me!. Again, get home soon and stop this craziness.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007, 11:42:08 PM »

Get home already! Geez. I'm tired just reading about your travels. Always carry extra on your carry-on for just this event. If anyone is near Understudy- give him a home cooked meal and a beer on me!. Again, get home soon and stop this craziness.

Thanks, I appreciate that a great deal. Every now and then I get to spoil myself a little. Unlike what most people think when you are on the road like this about the only thing you get to see is the hotel and job. So in order to spoil myself a little I grabbed a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Pacfica (Rockaway Beach). The view from the lobby is breath taking. Then I get to have my breath taken away by all the cars on the 101 expressway.

I managed to get my luggage from the airlines today. So all hope is not lost. I am going to grab some food and resume the paperwork.

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2007, 09:17:58 AM »

Brendhan, interesting your career.  You are lucky that you don't mind travelling and love your job, yeah!!!  Likewise, get home soon, have a great day.  Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2007, 04:37:39 PM »

Well what can I say.
I am home............for a few hours.
Then back on the road.

The work trip went well. I love San Francisco and the surrounding area. I am way behind on photos and other things. I will post them. I came home and had a bunch of stuff to take care of.  One of them was to take care of extractions. Well the honey extractor cracked. I need to get a new one. I need to also order more permacomb. I had one hive abscond on me. Everyone else is doing well.

I have a bunch of items on the honey-do list that I am working on. Including some long over due spring cleaning. Don't ask how much stuff I threw out.

In my travels I got to meet a Beekeeper at the San Francisco farmer's market. They have hives in La Honda. They aren't on the forums, yet. I picked up some sage honey from them.

Now I go back on the road in a few hours but I am still alive. Still working my bees and still on occasion banging my head against the wall.

I am in New York on the 16-19 in Greenwich Village. I have dallas coming up in a few months and Tasmania is still a go in October/ November.

I have a few choice words about the TSA, but I don't want to end up on the no fly list. So I will keep my mouth shut. Free Speech doesn't exist.

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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2007, 09:42:00 AM »

Brendhan, you are a busy man.  I hope that there comes a time during the year that the business slows down and you can get some R&R.  Good luck on the road, you're bees will hopefully do well too.  Too bad about the extractor though.  Have safe travelling, best of this day.  Cindi
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2007, 11:06:55 PM »

Well the road trip continues.

I got home for a few days and managed to get quite a few things done. The problem now is that my wife will now raise her level of expectation as to what I am suppose to accomplish when I am home. It's hard to pull off the lazy couch potato when your wife knows better.

I thought I would be home for a bit longer. However the reward for good work is more work. I ended up having to fly to Atlanta today and in the morning I am driving to Charlotte, NC. . I may be there for a few days. Then I have a change order (more work) for Myrtle Beach. After that I have a trip to New York and Newark but both will be fast fly in fly out issues. I will however bring my wife up to New York as she has never been there. Neither have I except for the airports.

This weekend I am suppose to pick up some bee supplies and do a cut out or two. That will be my break between Charlotte and Myrtle. The wife has a list of things that she wants done also. Hmmm, I think I feel a allergy coming on. An allergy to honey do lists.

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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2007, 12:21:22 AM »

Brendhan.  All I can say is eeeee gads.  Love your life you're livin'.  Cindi
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2007, 10:18:06 PM »

Well the life of the jet setter continues.
I am currently in Charlotte, NC. Tomorrow I drive to Mount Pleasant then to Myrtle Beach. I still haven't booked my ticket home. Next week I am in New York on the 16th of August. I fly back on the 19th.

pdmattox I haven't forgotten you. I just haven't gotten home yet.

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PS. My wifi connection here is pretty sucky.
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2007, 09:31:42 AM »

Brendhan, personally I think you're nuts!!!!  Have a great trip, hope you get home to your wife soon.  Beautiful day, Cindi
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2007, 05:29:57 PM »

No problem,I was busy and forgot to send you the pm with the info. The deal fell through anyway so no worries. Just wondering about the oz trip, are you going to go here---->http://www.apimondia2007melbourne.com/
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2007, 11:00:24 AM »

The trip to .au is to Taz. I change planes in Melbourne.

According to Mick, Taz is like W. Virginia and I should meet a lot of people with two heads because of the shallow gene pool and family trees with no branches.

Current travel plans are as follows.
Today home.

8/16-8/19 New York
8/21-8/25 North and South Carolina
10/26-11/9 Taz
There may be a trip to Los Angeles but right now it is on the same dates as my trip to Taz so we are working out details. There is also a trip to Dallas but that won't happen now untill after Taz.

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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2007, 11:23:52 AM »

Brendhan.  Travellin' Man.  Do you travel so hard for a good part of the year and then take a few months off?  I don't remember you speaking about travelling so much earlier on in the springtime and over winter?  (I know that you don't have winter where you live, but I define it as October through March (LOLL).  Have a wonderful trip, Travellin' Man.  Great day and life. Cindi
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2007, 12:17:14 PM »

Well I find myself at home for a few days. Buried in paperwork unable to play catch up on the things with the house.

I just got back from NY. I am a convert I think NY is awesome. I heard put best this way. The city never sleeps but it never takes a bath either.

Actually it wasn't that bad. I stayed in Manhattan on 5th Ave in Greenwich Village. I walked all over the place. Went to central park, Madison Ave, 42st, Broadway, Times Square, Ground Zero , and the Statue of Liberty. I also went to Newark, NJ. . Now that is a place that some needs to dump a bucket of bleach. The grime in Newark was bad.

I meet a rooftop beekeeper in Union Park at the farmers market on Saturday. He was a very neat guy named David. I also met another beekeeper at the market they had over at Rockafeller Center. He had a four frame observation hive with him that was very nice.

I went and saw Spamalot and had great time.

I did a cutout on Wednesday before I left. It was a disaster. The hive has high up in a tree. I rented a boom lift to get to it. The bees were horrible mean and nasty. Once I got the comb in the box the hive entrance blocker came loose. Most of the bees flew out as I drove home.

I am waiting for information on when I hit the road again should be in a few days. I still have open items in the carolinas.

My wife is becoming a home body. We will do five trips together this year. The only one we had originally planned was our trip to .au. Which happens in October. I looked at her and said when you were younger didn't you want to travel all over the place. She looked at me and said in the 12 years we have been together I have over 25 states and 2 countries and a map on the wall with pins in it to prove it. How about we stay home for a week? Isn't she a demanding little thing.

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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2007, 07:39:08 PM »

Brendhan,
Did you happen to steer your newfound beekeepers in NYC to beemaster forums? cheesy
Glad you had the chance to see so much!
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2007, 11:39:56 PM »

when i was in NJ in april, i had to go back into Newark.  it was getting dark.  i was driving and a couple of other ladies were with me.  my copilot was a black lady from oakland, ca.

  i was really concentrating on driving and at one point, trying to get turned around when i found myself going down a one way street the wrong way.....all of a sudden, my copilot sucks in her breath and says "lock the doors and roll up the windows NOW!"  i said "what the hell is wrong with you?"  her answer....."WE' IN THE HOOD!". 

later she told me that a group of young men had spotted us and were obviously taking note of the lost, female, driving a rental car from texas, targets. 

if i don't see Newark again, it will be ok   smiley
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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2007, 11:47:43 AM »

KathyP.  That kind of story horrifies me.  I have seen movies where people go down the wrong roads in cities, like the one that you are describing and get brutalized.  I know it happens in real life I guess, but that thought is so foreign to me, I get scared half to death even reading about it, like you told us.  That must have been a horrifying night, I am so glad that you had the woman with you that told you to basically get the heck out of there, fast.  Glad you were safe and sound, happy day.  Great day and great life to us all.  Cindi
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2007, 11:56:00 AM »

when i was younger...um 35+ years ago i went to Newark to do accounting work with my boss. it was an armpit back then. not much has changed.
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2007, 12:03:20 PM »

cindi....i figure you only live once and, fortunately, you only have to die once.  smiley  i hope i die of old age after finishing the writing of my boring life story.  if not, i hope i die having a great adventure!  smiley

Newark was an adventure, but i'm not sure about the "great" part.
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2007, 12:35:31 PM »

Kathy, so you are writing a book?  Tell me when it is done  Wink.  I would really want to read it, and I bet it would not be boring one little bit.  I bet you would tell stories about your overnight rides with your mare, toting your rifle beside.  Yeah, that would make for some interesting reading.  I hope you write your autobiography and publish it.  I would be your first reader  Smiley  Have a wonderful day, this beautiful life to go along with it.  Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2007, 03:44:34 PM »

Well I am now in Charlotte airport hoping to get home for the three day weekend. I didn't have a lot of spare time so i could contact any of the Carolina beekeepers. My apologies for that. i will hopefully be back in a week or so.

On the bad sidenote the laptop I am typing with right now has a bad motherboard. It may crash at any moment. So I have spent most of the trip with out internet access.

My bees are doing fine and aparently have great taste also. The bees stung my wife in the butt twice this morning as she was in her garden. Apparently one of the four o clock plants needs to be trimmed back as it is brushing against the box and the bees don't seem to like this.

Hoping you all have a great labor day weekend.

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« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2007, 04:39:23 PM »

Same to you Brendhan.

Did you get a chance to see my hive set up in member photos??? I hadn't heard from you. If you do look, scroll down to the second posting where I made the photos larger when you click on them.

Annette from 102 degree Placerville. Poor bees, they are drinking and fanning like crazy. The sound from the hive is unbelievable.
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2007, 10:28:01 AM »

My bees are doing fine and aparently have great taste also. The bees stung my wife in the butt twice this morning as she was in her garden. Apparently one of the four o clock plants needs to be trimmed back as it is brushing against the box and the bees don't seem to like this

Haa, haa, haa, now Brendhan, if that didn't make me laugh out loud, yeah, you brought a smile to my face. I pictured your pretty little wife out there bending over and the bee got her butt!!!!!  What a way to enjoy the beautiful life of gardening.  Now that would make for a very funny picture, her doing a scratchy thing on her rear end.  Very sensitive spot for surely.  I love four o' clocks, didn't realize the bees loved them too, just another bee plant to add to my property, tell you wife to enjoy the day.  Best of this beautiful day.  Cindi

Why don't you stay home for awhile, silly guy?  Aren't you sick and tired of travelling so much.  Tell your boss you don't want to travel anymore  rolleyes
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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2007, 12:44:29 PM »

Why don't you stay home for awhile, silly guy?  Aren't you sick and tired of travelling so much.  Tell your boss you don't want to travel anymore  rolleyes

No , I love traveling. I have worked very hard to be at this stage and I am enjoying it a great deal.
What is unfortunate is I am responsible for every little thing that breaks or goes wrong while I am gone. Because according to my wife, it doesn't break until I leave.

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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2007, 08:09:40 PM »

I was gunna go to that Bee conference, its in my home town.

However it costs hundreds of dollars to get in and even a few hundred to go along as a "social" member.

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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2007, 11:54:32 AM »

Brendhan, I know what you mean about things breaking down while the hubby is away.  When my husband travelled extensively with the business he was in (thank goodness he retired), everything under the sun would break down.  We live on a farm.  I was here alone.  So many things happened, water lines breaking, my greeenhouse furnace breaking down when seedlings were young.  Thank goodness we had a very good friend that would come to my rescue many times, don't know what would have come of things if he couldn't have helped out.  But yes, everything always seemed to go wrong when he was away, like he needed that kind of stress (or me either for that matter,  Wink.  Anyways, glad that you enjoy your job and travel, I take my hat off to you, and take it off twice to your wife.  Have a wonderful day, travelling and working.  Cindi
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My mother always complained about that very thing, the minute Dad went on a business trip something would go south, the plumbing would break, the huge tree out front would drop a branch through the roof, just little stuff like that  evil
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« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2007, 09:18:33 AM »

This weekend was amusing the wheelbarrow had a flat tire. Not because of a hole just air escaping from a very slow leak. The problem was the valve was at a slight angle and my wife couldn't get the pump on it properly to inflate it. She asked me to take a look at it. I let the rest of the air out and just slid the tire so the valve straightened out. Put the pump on and inflated. Total time about maybe 5 minuets. After I was done, my wife stood there with her hands on her hips and a look on her face. I reacted and said what is up? Didn't you want the wheelbarrow fixed? She said of course I did and I am grateful you did it. It would not have gotten done had been away.
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So instead of a simple thank you I get a lecture.

When I travel the maids put mints on my pillows.

On a side note, my laptop motherboard has taken a dive. I have ordered a replacement but it will be a few days. I am using a backup right now but it doesn't have all of my items on it. I should be back to normal in a week or so. If my postings are sparse it isn't because I have vanished, I am experiencing technical difficulties. Smiley

Sincerely,
Brendhan

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« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2007, 10:06:13 AM »

Brendhan.  YOu make me laugh, I picture your wife standing there, with her hands on her hips.  I would probably do the same thing.

Men are the mother of invention.  I witness this all the time with all the young men around here (kids).  I ask them to help me and they willingly do so.  But...they always figure out a way to do it faster and much more simpler than I do.  I look at them, probably the same way that your wife looked at you.  Man, if only I could take the mind of a man and have it implanted into my mind, my life outside working would probably not take me nearly as long to do some simple little tasks.   Oh no....I take that back, I don't want a man mind inside my head!!!!  Have a wonderful day, enjoy your trips, enjoy the mints on your pillows.

When we travelled to Fiji for a vacation, so many years ago, we always had pretty flowers put on our pillows and all over the bathroom.  It was a wonderful and beautiful place to come back to, they made us feel so special.  Beautiful day.  Cindi
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« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2007, 08:03:25 PM »

yesterday i put my husband on a plane.

  today, it's hot.  i started watering things.  our well is shallow.  the water ran out.  apparently the shut off switch that we installed to keep from running the well dry has gone bad.  apparently it's on my husbands "to do" list.

i spent 5 hours trying to get the water back because apparently the gage on the pump is also bad and i thought i had pressure when i didn't and had lost the prime.  hey!  guess what?  when the water is gone, you have no water to prime the pump!!!!  dog water works.  then i had to find the bicycle pump to put air back in the pressure tank. 

it might have taken less time, but frequent breaks were required for swearing and retrieving thrown wrenches, etc.

yup.  there is something about having hubby gone that makes stuff break......
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« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2007, 10:12:17 AM »

Kathy, ah, I feel for you.  I know those infuriating, hard times when the man is gone, and things break down.  Cursing and a'swearing ain't the entire picture for sure.  I wish you well.  I wish your husband well when he gets home, (he's gonna need help from the wrath of a frustrated and more than deeply annoyed wife). evil rolleyes  Maybe he won't want to come back home  Smiley

All kidding aside.  There have been so many times when we had the horses, my husband travelled so much and I had to go out to the deep dark back property in deep cold slimy wintertime to feed them.  All by myself.  Now that is scary stuff.  We had lights at the barns, but it was still a long, scary walk to where they were.  Get the hay from the barn behind and feed them, trying to manage all four horses myself.  Hmmm....made it through it, but ain't goin' there again.  I know for sure every type of animal was hiding in the bush, just waiting for me to come down there, breathing deep and scary animal sounds, just trying to intimidate me (oh no, now I am really setting my imagination on fire).  There wern't really any animals in the bush, just telling a little scary story of how I would feel scared.  I am sure though that the coyotes were not too far away though.

Kathy I hope your wrath has gone by the time your husband returns  rolleyes  Good luck with the water well and have a wonderful day, best of our life to you, girl.  Cindi
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