EOS-Weekend, Late Sunday Edition

Some fun entries this week, and one a teaser to a future blog post.

First up, a classic from Regular Little Rock Reader
Resourceful, or Redneck? You decide!

Secondly, from Sound Beacher, our ardent beach comber and photographer
The Greenwich Point Park suffered a lot of damage from Sandy and starting Dec. 1st the general public was allowed to return, so too dogs!

Lots of construction going on. Here all the roofs are being repaired on the shade structures along the beach.

Still hammering away on those structures along the beach. Each one has been re-roofed.

The pathway along the waterfront is closed off and they’ve blocked the walking bridges with sheets of plywood to prevent people from using them. I’m sure they’ve been beaten by the crashing bashing waves of Sandy and they are unstable.

The road even got washed out in parts, here’s a crew patching it up. A lot of the stone walls around the point were toppled by this storm and they’d been there since the late 1800’s.

This is strange, take a look at that tree line. On the left the pine tress are dying, I think they got washed by the storm surge which didn’t make it as far as the trees on the right. We need to as Urbane Forester about this. (I have noticed trees on the waterfront streets have something similar, maybe it was the salt soaked wind and water spray.)

Fishermen are still working the waters.

An overnight entry from Urbane Forester adding to Sound Beacher’s photos of the damage at Greenwich Point. Taken November 24:




And the teaser to a future guest post, from reader Michigan
Who needs stinking propane!?

10 thoughts on “EOS-Weekend, Late Sunday Edition

  1. RLRR: that’s a classic alright. Your driveway? Tell us more.

    SB: I suspect the Town pays for all these repairs, getting federal money? Pretty incredible damage and fast repair work. Impressive.

    Michigan: Is that a Garn? My husband would kill for one of those. He hates heating with oil, hates it hates it. Tell us as much as you can. Congratulations for going off the grid.

  2. THERE’S the other half of my truck. I lost it on I-95 and I guess it rolled all the way to Little Rock. Very funny photo.

    As for that Garn sir Michigan. Incredible beauty. I can’t wait for the guest blog post.

  3. Truly, I have never seen this “repurposing” of the back end of a pickup truck before. But upon reflection, you have to admit, it is pretty damn practical.

    Although you can’t tell from the photo, this is a nice neighborhood of big houses on small lots built in the 20s and 30s (not unlike what you can see in parts of Pelham, Larchmont, etc.) I’m sure the rig belonged to a yard service crew that had an extended subcontractor tour of duty on a landscaping job. Not a very redneck-y context, I know, but it still knocked me out.

    Peter, your truck must have been pretty alluring to be spirited away from I-95 to I-40 west of the Mississippi … I’m sure the worker bees on this landscaping job would like to know what’s hidden in there!

    And, anon, sorry, but if this truck had Clinton connections, it would have been “promoted” to a more dignified arena by now … unless there’s something you know that you’d like to share with us. :<)

  4. Catherine: Yes, it’s a Garn, model 2000. We’re tired of being held hostage every year to what the pre-buy propane prices will be. We have about 45 acres of just woods from the whole parcel so why leave money on the forest floor? I think we can fuel this from just the deadfall every year. Yeah, you pay a good amount up front but the higher your fossil fuel prices go, the quicker your ROI. At current pricing for us it’s about five or six years. It will provide heat for the house, the building it’s housed in and all domestic hot water needs. It’s not a “smoker” that puffs all day and night. You load it with wood and fire it for about 2 hours and then it shuts off. It’s 87% efficient so not much smoke or heat is vented outside when it burns. All that happens then, is when your home or another zone calls for heat, the pump turns on to circulate the hot water. Check out http://www.garn.com for more info from the factory. Great folks to work with!

  5. Mich- Is this similar to unit that might be found at a sawmill, especially the co-generation mills that get paid for their steam output?

  6. UF: No, it’s not a pressurized boiler, that is, it doesn’t produce steam for use. It’s just an unpressurized, hot water boiler that is fired by wood instead of a gas or oil and uses pumps and valves to route hot water to where heat is called for.

  7. SB- The area depicted is I believe just west of the tree in the foreground dedicated to FF’s deceased predecessor as Democratic Party chair in Greenwich along the edge of the picnic pavilion at Gr.Point.

    The planted white pines took the brunt of salt spray and root inundation during Sandy. The green trees to the right are mostly Virginia red cedars, a native tree better adapted to the same conditions, although set higher on the landscape and further back from the sea.

    Basket planted white pine is a bad choice for the site. They should have checked with the tree warden.

    My own study of salt burn at Gr. Point after Irene and Lee in 2011 shows the effect. Photos supplied to EOS.

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