Friday, December 25, 2009

Saving the Best for Last

Once again, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Today is the last day of our Facial Hair series, and we have saved the best for last. Yes, this is a picture of the famed William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. In my mind Mr. Cody reached the pinnacle of facial hair style. The combined mustache and chin beard, with the important detail that the mustache does not connect to the chin beard. Today, many men wear the mustache connected to chin beard style, but they secretly wish they could wear the William F. Cody style. They don't, however, because they feel unworthy of such a style.

DOMESTIC UPDATE: Project Energy Independence

I had mentioned some months ago that I had decided to become personally energy independent. I showed pictures of the 5 KW solar panels we had installed behind the house. I am happy to say that the solar panels are working beyond our expectations. We use about 30 KWH/day of electricity, and the Solar Panels are producing about 33 KWH/day of electricity. To help increase our production margin, and to help keep producing on cloudy days, we have now had a 3.5 KW Raum wind turbine installed. Our house is on a hill, and we get a nice breeze pretty much all the time. The wind turbine is working very well. It does not produce as much as the solar panels, but it is nice in that it pretty much produces around the clock.

Ideally, we would like to move to electric cars at this point, but it does not appear that a viable electric car is even on the horizon. So, the next best thing is that we would like to get the Honda Natural Gas Civic. These are neat vehicles in that they come with a compressor that allows you to fill them up from your home Natural Gas line. These have been advertised for some years now, but I have had great difficulty actually finding one for sale. I am hoping next summer to be able to invest some time and hopefully find one.


  1. Many thanks for all the fun and education you provide with your website! May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Merry Christmas,PJM. Although I don't participate in guessing your mystery persons I still enjoy your site immensely. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year.

  3. Merry Christmas, and thanks for the merry phots.

    I am jealous of your energy independence. Is the new Nissan Leaf not an option for an electric car? I've only heard ads on the radio, don't know anything about it.

  4. Flartus,
    I have looked into the Nissan Leaf. Interesting but several issues. First, it is not clear whether or not it will really be released on time. Second, MRS PJM and I both have a highway commute each day, usually driving at least one way in the dar. The highway is littered with deer. I am concerned about the very small size and light weight of the vehicle. Hitting a deer in the car could result in the deer ending up in your lap. So, safety is a concern. Also, I am leary about buying such a new technology the first year of production. NG on the other hand is much more of a normal car, just retrofited to run on NG. Growing up, we had pickups run on LPG, and it worked flawlessly.

  5. PJM;

    Thanks very much for an entertaining and informative site. Like all of your readers, I look forward to it.

    Take care, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

  6. Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year to all!I enjoy the pictures and the comments, especially on Saturday morning.

  7. Thank you, PJM, for sharing the Good News. You rock!

  8. Catching up so just now looking at the Christmas Day photo. Wm Cody did a lot for the area around Cody Wyoming and if anyone ever goes to Yellowstone Park, you must stop in Cody and go to the Buffalo Bill Museum (plan a whole day!), Trail Town, and of course, stay and eat the Irma Hotel that Cody built.


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