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Update from the Catt #765534 02/16/19 6:46 am
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Hitting almost a month on the Big Island. Progress is happening: Bike and van are now wearing Hawaii plates, I have a bank card that claims it's from Bank of Hawaii, and the land has been lightly tromped upon. I've been feeling at home since almost day 1, and as I am able to close out the old mainland life it feels like I've been here a long time. I was glad that feeling hit- I have to live in the here and now, so all the planning (that was well worth it) has gotten me to this point and I can more readily proceed with each days' new task.

Fortunately for me, my last 14 years on the mainland weren't too much different than life here. My house had two or three lightbulbs, I didn't use much water or make much trash, and hell- I'm already used to being dirt poor. A little sunshine, a hot cup of coffee, a couple bucks for gas, life is good!

Registering Penny was almost an easy task- all the paperwork was in order, The only curveball was that due to her age, she had to be weighed. At 420 lbs. I must carry a couple too many extra tools and parts. (Doesn't Motor Vehicles Dept. know you should never ask an old lady like Penny her weight?) Have gotten a couple of rides down to Hilo taken, and have avoided any major rains on those rides. I love downtown Hilo. On many streets, it is so unchanged since the 1950's that it is just like going back in time. The architecture is amazing, 1930's to 1960's with a very distinct Hawaiian flavor. I'm envious of those who still have wood frame windows- I doubt that I will find any to use when building and will probably have to go modern vinyl.

The jungle property is also simply amazing. The last owner had it since the early 1980's, so there is at around 40 years of undisturbed natural growth, with the possibility that it hasn't been touched since it was subdivided in the 1950's. Just got the front line and two sides partially marked today, this will enable me to get a D-9 in to cut a 200 ft. road and a building site 100 x 100 ft. I plan to leave the rest non graded and will hand clear over the years to bring out the hidden beauty of this lot. Can't wait till I can start building me a nice rock wall or two- but first I gotta build the house!

I don't need work yet, but won't have a problem come job time- those years cooking on the mainland will finally pay off when I need a job, the restaurants are always hiring!

Did meet a cool guy from New York who is doing the same thing and things- he's into bikes as well, so in a few months when he's back for good- we'll get a couple of rides in and see this beautiful place. Oh, and the best part of all of this is the Hawaiian flag- seems it has got a Union Jack in the upper left corner- Penny the Triumph has almost come home! Cheers to all! Deadstiffcatt

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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765537 02/16/19 7:27 am
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And a cigarette. A good cup of coffee needs a nice, hand rolled cigarette! How the hell could I have forgotten that?????

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765564 02/16/19 4:36 pm
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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765574 02/16/19 7:36 pm
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It's a big move. Glad to hear that things are going well and the future prospects are rosy.

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765582 02/16/19 9:03 pm
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Sounds like you are settling in OK dude. Lets see some pix some time, eh?


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765597 02/16/19 11:10 pm
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life-changing paradigm-shifts requre pictures.

get busy, please.


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: kevin roberts] #765653 02/17/19 8:29 am
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Get Busy, Please???? Dude- the shipping cube checked in at over two tons loaded and unloaded single handedly! Not to mention learning how to use both a flip phone and an I-leash6 at the same time, as well as finding a place to live, get a bank account, register the van and bike, discover what really goes on in Wal-mort, and learn how to eat again with the newly re assembled mouth.
But since you asked nicely, Kevin, ya'll can try this:

https://inthelitterboxwithdeadstiffcatt.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-new-beginning.html

P.S. I kin git away fair and square with saying "Ya'll", it's my birthright as a native born Texican!

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765686 02/17/19 6:22 pm
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s hit fire that looks like a beautiful place.

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where i am right now in the appalachian foothills i can't even get the truck up to the warehouse door because of the slush and ice cold mud.

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what sort of structure are you going to build?


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: kevin roberts] #765689 02/17/19 7:32 pm
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BBBRRRRR!!!!!!!!

I'm going to build a little cabin following more local style- single wall construction with lots of air flow. I've decided on a small fireplace for those 50 degree nights, it is also off grid completely so solar/generator backup, septic system, water is rain catchment. A fully mobile security system will also be on the property, not sure of what I'll name her but at least forty to 50 pounds worth of dog. Indoor living space will be about 240 Sq. ft.- just me and the cat and the dog. Miss Penny will get her own living quarters- with a proper spot to change oil and keep maintenance up. Besides, I did bring one last project bike that still needs a little space to be built in.

This is really raw jungle, so a lifetime project ahead of me to create an area that is natural in structure- just a bit of cleaning accumulated plant debris and keeping it a beautiful place. (O.K., who am I kidding- just a major lifetime battle against a constantly renewing jungle!) Cheers!

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765728 02/18/19 7:23 am
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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: kevin roberts] #765731 02/18/19 12:09 pm
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That dirt track looks inviting

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765732 02/18/19 12:18 pm
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Is a vegetable garden,in the plans?
Catt,you're living the dream


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Keane Lucas] #765819 02/19/19 3:53 am
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Keane- Yes it is! It will be a very different process than what I have learned on the mainland- Many new to me varieties I will have to learn, many old varieties that don't do well in the tropics, how to plant in rock, not dirt. I would like to be able to be self sufficient, but also plan on outside work or a job to keep me socially active. Regarding living the dream, you are right. A few years back I begin to question why I really wasn't living my dreams, and decided to do something about it. (Well, except for that one dream where I can just fly without an engine or wings- but I have been informed that leaping off a cliff and expecting to join the eagles in regal flight would only last a couple of seconds and result in a really flat ending. So that one just stays a dream.)

As motorcyclists we are fortunate in the fact that we are able to experience riding and what many people consider living on the edge. With sufficient planning and forethought, it is not that hard to take the steps to turn any dream into a reality, and step across the edge into a bold new world. Just be realistic about it- I am not going to score with a beautiful 20 year old Hawaiian girl, the Beach Boys Endless Summer is really just an album title, I'm still going to have to work at something, even if to just keep my sanity.

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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #765831 02/19/19 1:50 pm
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Have you learned to do the Hula yet?

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766581 02/27/19 5:14 am
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Swede- I don't know if they call it the hula, but I sure as heck was dancing around a lot this past week:

https://inthelitterboxwithdeadstiffcatt.blogspot.com/

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766615 02/27/19 2:22 pm
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Beautiful place! Were the pineapple & bananas on your lot?

So where are you living at the moment?


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766618 02/27/19 2:53 pm
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Catt,
looks awesome man. Keep the updates coming, please

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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766632 02/27/19 4:00 pm
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what sorts of animals live in there? i'd be in there with a case of live traps the first day to see who the neighbors were.

you have a 200-foot road. how far is the pad from anybody else?


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Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766647 02/27/19 5:30 pm
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That old D9 Cat is interesting..They are rarely used in the states except for the newer high wheel models for the most demanding work. ...Is the volcanic rock right at or near the surface where your property is?
Good luck on your project!


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In no particular order: The ground is thin topsoil of maybe 3 to 5 inches, and underneath all volcanic rock. I chose raw jungle because anything growing on it that has to be removed for a building space can be ground, chipped or otherwise turned into mulch and soil over time. As for animals, bring out the pig traps! Wild piggies about 3000 feet down the road, they root up yards and wreak havoc on gardens. Have also seen turkeys, chickens; the guy next door where I am staying is a hunter and has bagged a pig, and gone up around Mauna Kea and gotten a wild ram. (Tasted good.)
Fruit is not on the lot, for the time being I am staying at a cheap hostel that is 1 mile from my property as the crow flies, or 10 miles as the van drives...…$300 a month rent- and probably similar to college dorm life with single bed rooms, shared bathrooms, and the one guy that snores and the other two who decide to have conversations starting around midnight. (In other words, it kinda sucks, but won't be forever.)
I need to get some finer gravel on the drive and a septic, at that point I may switch to van life on the property while I build. I'm just not good at having to deal with many people at once, I could easily go my three days off from the old job without speaking to another person!

Re: Update from the Catt [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #766677 02/27/19 9:56 pm
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FIRST THING I would have done was sort out the nearest/best fishing spot.


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This past week things slowed down a bit, so I took a drive down to Hilo. Turns out it was a day in port for one of the cruise ships- this in turn led me to Banyan Drive for a photo and a surprise learning lesson. It seems that as early as the 1930's, Hilo was a destination spot for some of the rich and famous. Many of the banyan trees along the drive were planted at various times in the 1930's by then famous celebrities. For me this was interesting to note because this era was prior to the jet age, and really only the wealthy could afford a Hawaiian vacation- most travel here would have still been by boat over a two or three week period after setting sail from the mainland. Enjoy a couple of pics from Banyan Drive and Hilo:

https://inthelitterboxwithdeadstiffcatt.blogspot.com/2019/03/banyan-drive-in-hilo.html

Grandpaul- you would love the fishing here- some of the locals do a lot, and apparently no license needed- Verify that with Hawaiian Tiger...….

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HA! I could barely see it even after zooming in!


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