Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Day With Too Much Time On My Hands

Yesterday was a down day.  We had intended to leave Isle Of Hope and wander south but we're waiting for an electrician to show up to look at our windlass.  For some bizarre reason (I'm guessing Neptune is looking out for us now) I checked it before we left and it's deader than a door nail.

I wonder where that phrase comes from, "deader than a door nail"?  I'll have to research that.

Speaking of reseach, Kent, head of research and development of the Navi-Nut (patent pending) has expanded our line.  This was good to see, seeing as how I'm dumping tons of dough into R&D and wasn't seeing much in the way of results.  Kent always had valid reasons for delays, of course.   He had to travel to Las Vegas for many, many business meetings, would shut himself up in his research lab in Westport, Connecticut which he disguised as a bar called "the Black Duck Cafe", things like that.  But I have to say that, although I was getting antsy for a time, I'm pleased with the final results.   Check this out!

As Kent explained it, he felt it was time to expand beyond the marine market.  The Navi-Nut (patent pending) on the far left is for use in hard hat areas of very large construction projects.  The next two he referred to as Navi-Wingnuts and will target airlines, both large and small. 

The next four are designed for the US government for use by the military (the big one) and the CIA (the small, easily concealed one, which also has a hidden camera).  Although these look like ordinary Navi-Nuts, they are made with a secret material that Kent referred to as "316 stainless steel".  I had to wire a lot of dough to Kent when he was in Las Vegas negotiating the purchase of this rare, highly valuable ore, but he claims that the feds will pay anything we ask for this technology.  Looking at the results, and even considering the considerable investment, I have to say that I agree.

I'm still dealing with the US Patent Office over our Navi-Nut patent.  It seems that there is a similar device to our Navi-Nut, but used for some other totally unrelated function.   I've hired a team of lawyers who specialize in this type of thing, Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe.  Serendipity is an amazing thing.  They were filling up their corporate yacht at the fuel dock and I got talking to Mr. Howe about our patent problem and he said his firm was expert in dealing with the US Patent Office.  Incredible!  When I asked how much of a retainer they'd need, it just so happened to be exactly the amount of their fuel bill!  Their considerable fuel bill.  What are the chances of that?

So yesterday, our down day turned out to be a wonderful, beautiful day.   The dogs couldn't go for a walk because of Chevy's injury, but Pam and I went for a stroll in gorgeous Isle of Hope. 

We love the Live Oaks and Spanish Moss.  A Live Oak grows 50 feet tall, but its branches spread out 100 feet.  It makes for an impressive roadway.

We came across this.  I love it.

A tree adorned with bits of colorful glass hanging from monofilament.  For some reason, this didn't seem strange to me at all.

And the sign below really cracked me up.

Southerners have a pretty strange sense of humor.


  1. For that CIA version of the Navi Nut, you should probably put it on some mono filament. Then it could be worn around the neck like a pendant. The true nature of its purpose would be obscured, should the agent ever be captured, searched and questioned.

    It would also make it easier to use it as a camera. Otherwise the agent would walk around like Mark McKinney in Kids in the Hall, "I crush your head. I crush your head."

  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQ8cpPsoWU

  3. That colorful tree may be a local version of a "bottle tree."

    'It used to be that you could see bottle trees scattered all over the Southern landscape. Usually in the country or along the bayous of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennesee, and Alabama, bottle trees are a colorful folk tradition with the purpose of warding off evil spirits, while at the same time recycling colorful bottles.'

    I've hung colorful bottles from one end of my wooden clothes line poles - but I put them too close together and a windstorm put an end to that!