My Soda Bottle Boat

I built a boat out of 2-liter soda bottles and waterproof fabric.  The pool noodles were used to create a comfortable seat.  The bottles are held together with gorilla glue, duct tape, and rope.  I used Flex Seal to adhere the fabric to the boat and the duct tape held it all together, while the Flex Seal was drying.

Today, I took my boat out on its maiden voyage.  I am sad to say, it did not go well.  The boat was way off balance and kept tipping over and throwing me into the water.  On a positive note, the boat never sank.

The boat will now spend the rest of its life at the city dump.

 

 

 

Dead Children’s Playground

Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.

On the grounds of the cemetery, there is a park.  It is located at the bottom of what looks like a crater.  The official name is Maple Hill Park; however, locals call it Dead Children’s Playground.

It is a popular place for paranormal investigators and ghost hunters to visit or conduct research.  According to local folklore, the park is haunted by the children in the cemetery.  At midnight, they come out to play on the swings.  It is said, the swings will start moving and you can hear children laughing in the middle of the night.

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BAHA Implant Update

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I finally got the outer processor for my BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) implant this week.  I am not really sure how I feel about it yet.

I am hearing better, which is great.  However, it sounds a lot different from a typical hearing aid.  I struggle to understand what people are saying, but I guess that will get better as I get used to the device.

The outer processor has a magnet, which attaches to the magnet under my skin, and sends the sound vibrations to the titanium screw in my skull, which then vibrates to send the sound directly to my inner ear.  The two parts are working great together and putting on the outer piece is really simple.  I just hold it up to my head, so the magnets can pull toward each other, and it pops into place.

The downside of the magnet system is the outer processor can be knocked off my head.  It’s a delicate and expensive device, so dropping it is not recommended.

The audiologist did give me a clip with a plastic wire that can attach to the outer processor and then it can be clipped to my shirt.  I am not a fan of this device.  I feel like a preschooler, whose parents clipped stuff to their shirt to prevent them from losing it.

In about a week or so, I am going to write another blog post about the implant.  By then I will be used to it, so some of these problems should be solved.

Parking Meter History

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Several years ago, I decided to read about the history of parking meters.  I know, it doesn’t exactly sound like a thriller.  However, it was interesting.

What really surprised me was the location of the first parking meter.  I would have guessed an extremely large city like New York or Chicago.  I was wrong.  The first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Go figure….

 

 

Off Roading with Mom

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I decided to go off roading this week and my mom was riding in the Jeep with me.  We went down an old dirt road that was full of large holes.

I was just about to compliment my mom for not getting nervous and for handling the situation so well.  However, at that moment we hit a large hole in the road and the Jeep tilted right a good bit.  My mom immediately cried out, “I think I’m going to have a heart attack!”

I started laughing and told her I was just about to say how good you were doing on this trip.  Oh well, maybe next time.

 

International Harvester by Craig Morgan

I prefer living in rural communities.  As you drive away from the city, there are fewer and fewer cars on the road.  There are also long stretches of road surrounded by woods and fields.  However, traffic jams can still happen even in the middle of nowhere.