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Transplanting barrel cactus no ordinary fete

By Dan Bodine

 

"Uh...You're my friend, right!?"             (Image as on Craig's List ad)

“Uh…You’re my friend, right!?”             (Image as on Craig’s List ad)

Transplanting a fishhook barrel cactus from one yard to another can be far from an ordinary fete! Especially as a senior citizen when you’ve settled into cozy linear thinking!

This cactus was at a home in Santa Teresa, N.M. More than “a little bit” west of El Paso’s Far East side! Continue reading

DMT’s made some changes; testing out new legs

Readers:
 
This is a TEST MESSAGE only! Testing some changes we’ve done. We apologize for the inconvenience of additional mail in your box.
 

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We’ve had problems with our websites, yes. Snafus are technical in nature, involving caches and an assortment of carrier hosting problems.

Which is why you haven’t been receiving posts from us in many weeks.
 
But we’re in the process of changing to a much better delivery or “hosting” service, and are optimistic about our progress in 2016!
We appreciate your patience and ask you to bear with us a while longer while we iron out some final wrinkles.
We’ll be sending out these TESTS probably for the next few days on all our sites hoping to smooth out further problems.
 
 
Thanks.
Dan Bodine

Setting out asparagus fern purchased 26 years ago

Methusela's long runners, extending in every direction, obviously reduce the amount of light plants on the garden floor below her are able to get daily.

Methusela‘s long runners, extending in every direction, obviously reduce the amount of light that plants on the ground in El Hueco garden below her are able to get daily. Thus, move her! the call became. She needs a better fit. (DMT photos)

Methusela VI

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Monday I did it!

Before the season’s first hard freeze arrives, I set out an asparagus fern named Methusela I’ve toted around for the past 26 years – transplanting it every few years into a larger hanging basket pot until she’s become just too large now.

Confronted with this Sunday afternoon — e.g., she’d really prefer to be in an open bed somewhere where she could really grow, wouldn’t she?! — I did it! Continue reading

$13 billion aircraft carrier now short-sighted

The USS Ranger arriving in Pearl Harbor in 1993. This one is dubbed CV-61. CV is for conventional attack carrier. My ship with the SPN navigational receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base at very top platform on the mast "island") was similar to this one, named USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in or in the process of being moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But they've helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)

The USS Ranger arriving in Pearl Harbor in 1993. This one is dubbed CV-61. CV is for conventional attack carrier. My ship with the SPN-38 navigational transponder/receiver (whose antenna was mounted on the base of the very top platform on the mast “island”) was similar. It was the USS Independence, CVA -62. Both are either in, or in the process of being, moth-balled now. Tons of money, they are! But with their long-distance capability they helped keep the nation safe. (Navy file photo)

 

 

By Dan Bodine

 

Talk about being short-sighted! At an average of $13 billion a pop, the U.S. naval planning brigade has stepped in it big-time! Modern-day aircraft carriers, critics say, don’t have the long-range poop for the pop!

A far cry it is from my own navigational-transponder experiences during the Vietnam era. The SPN-38, i.e., from my recollections, only worked “at sea” when we had a factory representative aboard who could stay on top of the damn thing! But in a crisis, our “long-term planning” was up to snuff!
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