But first: remove Honda 50 carbs (3) and manifold. Take back to workshop. Disassemble. Clean. Fuss. Lose critical bolt. Got lost in the jungle somewhere even a magnet couldn’t find. So, I find another one in my pile and make it work. Reassemble. Will replace the whole shebang tomorrow when the day is cooler. Chances of it working? 100%. Working as it should? No idea. Totally up in the air. A crapshoot.
Update: carbs cleaned and reassembled on motor. Motor starts and runs like charm. OMG, we are pleased! “We?” Yes. We. Sal and I took them off and Sal and I put them back on. I cleaned them but it was a two-person chore for us. So much easier having two pairs of hands.
We will likely bring the other, smaller outboard up tonight for additional repair efforts. New impeller. And we will definitely bring up the two big 250 gallon tanks for fire-station installation within the next few days. ‘Bring up’ means hauled up on the high-line. While I putz about with engines, Sal is gardening and keeping house and home together. The weather is pleasant – a bit hot – but pleasant enough. We are all ‘shopped and stocked’ up. We’ll be kickin’ off August with a list of chores still to do and a bunch o’ visitors scheduled in every once in awhile. We’re busy.
And my guess is that the politicians will be busy, too. The campaigning has started already and Harper’s visit to the Gov.Gen to announce his intentions is really just a formality at the best of times. And these are not the best of times. The sooner the better, I say.
The CONS will claim fiscal management again. But they can’t manage squat.
What exactly does this recession look like to you? It certainly does not have the characteristics of normal recessions. It is not responding to normal economic policy. The market is flat. Precious metals are flat. Oil is flat. The loon is swooning and interest rates are lower than Harper’s awareness of life in the Canada he leads.
I am not so sure it really is a recession, anyway. It may be the first steps in an unusual, unprecedented international depression. Think about it……the real difference between the two to economists is duration. A recession is short, a depression long. But we have had a recession for over a year already, maybe longer, if you judge by other criteria than what the bank of Canada looks at. Look at consumer levels. People aren’t buying as much. There is almost a palpable, unspoken, feeling of gentle resistance…..isn’t there? I have mentioned this before but the more I look, the more it feels like ‘consumerism’ – as a mindset – is flattening. NO?
Of course, it will be almost impossible to see such a subtle social change right away. People will still buy stuff. They will even buy silly crap they don’t need. The buy-more-stuff consciousness we’ve had since the ’80’s isn’t about to go ‘off’ like a light. But it does seem to be dimming. I guess that is what I am saying: mad consumerism is waning, I think.
Interest rates are so low, big-ticket items should be flying out of showrooms. They are not. Only houses are still flying high, everything else is flat. Well, except food and the ‘stuffs’ of life. We can wade a long time in that shallow pool but methinks we are heading for the deep end.