• All, You may notice that the site looks a bit different. This evening I performed a major software update which improves some things and has the opposite effect on some others. The old software version will no longer be supported so it was not really a choice. One down-side is that the new release breaks most of the Add-Ins and style sheets which will have to be reinstalled (and repurchased in many cases). The biggest loss is that the feature to receive all new posts by email is no longer supported. I will likely implement another option which will let users subscribe to either a daily or weekly digest. You will notice enhanced support for attachments, ability to bookmark posts and a more mobile friendly experience. If you do discover something that is not working as it should, please let me know. I did have to switch to some new anti-spam components and am keeping fingers crossed that they are as effective as the old ones without blocking legitimate users. Keeping the balance is kind of like trying to design a car that both drives and swims! Thanks, Mike

Shelter from the Storm


Bill Connelly

Since the topic of shelters, tents and similar garage-like structures
recently came up, I thought I should mention that tonight at CostCo I saw
for only $149.00 a rather sturdy-looking 10' x 20' Steel Frame Canopy with a
back panel and removable sides (CostCo Item # 372749).

For what it usually costs for a middle-of-the-line slip-on car cover, here
you can have what effectively amounts to a whole damned garage. The quality
seemed remarkably decent too.

The direct Internet address to view this item is way too gnarly to be usable
here, but for more info and pictures, you can just go to CostCo's Internet
site at http://www.costco.com , do a product search in the upper righthand
corner for "canopy" and then click "10 x 20 Foot Steel Frame Canopy"

I also took the liberty of noting the manufacturer's contact info off of one
of the boxes in case someone digs this out of the archives long after this
item has rotated off of CostCo's roster of seasonal offerings:

North American Outdoor Products
West Haven, Connecticut
Tel. 1-800-524-9970


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