Solar Panel Prep – 3/19/2017

Solar power has become our thing. We have it on our house, and now we’re getting ready to add it to Waterfall. I used the expertise of my coworker, Eric Ent, who just put a similar system in at his parent’s house. We have a 400 watt Renogy system.

Initially I wanted to put the on the roof, but I realized quickly that I could never get it clean enough and I was afraid it would not hold my weight no matter what advice I was given about it. So we decided to build a rack attached to the ground. Back to holes and concrete

A few screws sticking out on the end that goes in the hole. This should help it hold in the concrete!

It may not look like much, but this frame will hold 4 solar panels.

It wouldn’t be work if we didn’t mix in a little fun. Here are some silly shots of Corvin demonstrating how deep the holes are.

We ran out of time and material to finish putting up the solar panels, but here is where they will go.

Hogan Haake

 

 

St. Louis Mardi Gras – 2/25/2017

I’ve been to Mardi Gras too many times, and this is just one more. I’m the bridge between two groups that all come together to get drunk and walk the streets. This year, Hanna’s friend Jen came to join our crew. The first step is always getting in costume. After the pink suit I wore last year, most of the group wanted in. Cory came to the rescue getting us jump suits and iron on patches so we could become the Ghost Busters.

With costumes on, we went for lunch before heading out to the party. Its fun to go in costume and gets looks!

Once properly fed, we took the Metrolink down to the party. This gave us a chance to mingle and warm up to the party, and time to sober up on the way home. Here are a few photos from Mardi Gras itself. We got a lot of “Who ya gonna call” yelled to our group and requests for photos.

Towards the end of the evening after a few too many libations, Cory bet us he could walk right up on a stage and touch the balloons. We didn’t think he could/would.

He is in the orange jacket going up the stairs in the photo. Not only did he go up and touch the balloons, he got them to play the (our) theme song for the movie Ghostbusters!

It got dark and cold quickly and our group was loosing conscious thought quickly. A stop to the bathrooms, then we could leave.

Every year when I write up my thoughts and recap the event, I wonder why I do it. But every January, I start asking my group who is coming with me.

Hogan Haake