Haven’t been here for a few days

One of the things that I always have in my truck (admittedly in part because I’ve never bothered to take it out) is a kite. A couple days ago at the park we ran into one of Nefarious’s best friends, and the weather was perfect with a light wind, enough to lift the kite but not enough to lift their small mass into the trees. Even her friend’s two-year old brother got in on the fun, although he had some trouble on account of wanting to stop every five feet and turn around and look up at the kite. They more than ran off the calories of their ice cream cones by dashing up and down the field over and over.


Here’s an illustration of Nefarious and her friend mentioned above as (of course) princesses.


And in my marginally “exciting” news category, I bought myself an early solstice present — a 9.9hp Mercury outboard for the boat! I have a terrible fear that the mounting for the engine (which I’ve already had to beef up just to make the engine fit) will be insufficient in strength, and that it’ll tear apart and my expensive engine will sink to the bottom of Lake Ontario. So tomorrow may include completely rebuilding that section of the boat with something I’ll feel a little more secure about. It’s funny because the engine weighs about twenty pounds more than the boat does! But anyway, I’m very excited about Sunday when this all will be tested.



  1. dresden wrote:

    How much has this project cost you so far? I’m intrigued.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 4:36 am | Permalink
  2. Shannon wrote:

    The engine has been the only expensive component… other than that, just a little fiberglass and a couple sheets of plywood.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:08 am | Permalink
  3. Jon P wrote:

    The engine looks like it totally dwarfs the boat! haha I can imagine the front of the boat completely out of the water, rocketing along. Rocketing as much as 9.9hp allows :)

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink
  4. Please take many videos/pictures!! :)

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  5. peteD3 wrote:

    looks like trouble!

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  6. Scott wrote:

    Ive got the same motor on my fishing boat. It goes pretty good but on a boat that size Im sure its going to FLY! Please take a video!

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  7. Danielle wrote:

    You’re going to need a boater’s license before you take that badboy out on Lake Ontario, Shannon. I can’t wait to see the wake it causes!

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink
  8. Adam wrote:

    you need a bigger engine, I’m just saying…

    When do they go into production? I want one… I’d be a fun river boat.

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 1:39 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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