Midian Ranch Blog
This is the web log for Midian Ranch, an isolated homestead in rural Nevada. It is owned by Jason and Tina Walters, whom are also its regular posters. This blog is exclusively for the enlightenment and edification of our friends, family, and colleagues.
- Name: Jason Walters
- Location: Gerlach, Nevada, United States
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
May 20th through 25th (for Tina)!
Unfortunately, due to factors beyond our control it took several days longer than normal for the next Hero book (Ultimate Speedster) to reach the warehouse. Tina had to stay out two days after I left. Fortunately, she had Snap with her for company and a Marlin rifle for protection. We kept in constant contact through MSN Messenger, so she wasn’t too lonely. Plus the weather out in the Black Rock Desert has been nothing short of wonderful. I doubt it was as terrible as all that.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
May 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th
During this trip we continued with our "early American shack" ceiling project. To be honest it’s going a quite a bit better than my mocking nickname implies. Although I seriously doubt that the Midian ranch house will be making the pages of better homes and gardens anytime soon, the new birch wood paneling is an enormous improvement. I am hoping to at least finish the living room and dining room next trip.
The trees are all doing marvelously well. The new ones have sprouted leaves, and the apple has blossomed already. I’ve also spent considerable amount of time re-plumbing the drip feed system to distribute water more efficiently. Hopefully we can avoid the clogging problems that occurred in the lines last year.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
April 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th
Of course, the payoff has been tremendous. The rotten boards are gone, replaced with fresh plywood. The old, nasty wall material has been torn out and will soon be replaced with whatever nice, new stuff Tina wants to put in. The house smells better too. We’re in the process of replacing the bathroom’s plumbing as well. It will probably be a few months before we finish the project, but it’s good to have finally gotten it under way. In the same vein, we’ve begun our big experiment with covering the existing ceiling. As those of you that have visited undoubtedly remember, the old and (supposedly) white ceiling panels in the house are sagging, water stained, and basically nasty. There’s no way to remove them, either. When doublewides are constructed the ceiling panels are put in place before the roof is lowered into place; they are there permanently, no matter how ghetto looking they get.
Our solution has been to cover the damned things with a nice, new layer of birch plywood that is held in place by thin wooden ribs. The effect is half “inside of a wooden crate” and half “early American shack;” either of which is a vast improvement over the ceiling’s current condition. The look we are working toward is, of course, “rustic ranch house,” but my carpentry skills just aren’t quite there yet. In any case, it looks a lot better.
Worlds Of Empire arrived on Monday. Tina kicked massive buttocks, turning the entire pallet around within a couple of hours so that the UPS guy could get the title off to the distributors. I’m particularly proud of this particular HERO product, partially because I wrote 25% or so of it but mainly because it’s a fantastic book. The cover is subtly powerful, the interior artwork is good, and the layout is excellent. The writing is terrific as well, but nobody expects or gets anything else from a HERO product. We also set up another set of shelving in her office to hold loose books for smaller, individual orders. As I’ve mentioned before, the HERO Games Black Rock Desert office is coming along quite nicely. So nicely, in fact, that I am posting this entry from her office right now.