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Tales from Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti

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Thoughts of the Rhino

Bus for sale - contact Millicent or Hal! ( for sale » cars / trucks / motorcycles ) Burning Man Bus for Sale
> Full sized 1984 Bluebird school bus, ou... read more
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Garage Sale in Baypoint-Concord CA area topic reposted from BM tribe. Moved from Burningman Tribe by ^Rhino to listings. ( for sale » garage sales ) For those of you that live in the east bay S.F. region I'm going to hold... read more
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From the Rhino's Heart

Long and otherwise erratic blog posts to follow.
Wed, December 17, 2014 - 9:13 PM permalink - 3 comments
I'm busy as I've ever been.

Even more so.

No time for relationships, no time for in-depth cooking, and (thankfully) no time for drama.

Work is a whirl of activity. We have lost over half of our drilling staff, from an all-time high of 24 drillers, we're cut to 12. We still have our professional staff at full capacity, but with more work. I'm accomplishing DOUBLE what I used to with half the resources. Earlier this year, I completed the total re-write and edit of my in-house horizontal boring manual (Version 3.0) and re did all of the presentations from the ground up. It's for an epic one- or two-day course in trenchless technology, that for the first time includes a hugely revised section on safety, includes legal issues and information, and includes CASE STUDIES. In addition, it's now official. I'm now not only the Central Office Geologist, I'm the District Geologist (Acting) for the Central District. Double the work, same pay. Good thing there's overlap. And now, I don't have to call next door and wait for an answer from the previous District Geologist. I make up my own answers as I go along.
And so far, I've been batting 1.000.

Latest success was a real money-saver. Normally, we have to act extra fast when rockfall threatens the road. That kind of speed costs money if there's a contractor involved. However, this time, I created a solution on the spot when called upon. A big rock was ready to fall on two lanes of Route 5 near Camdenton, eroding from underneath. It hit me all at once what to do, since we had the material within 500 yards of the site....create a barrier! So the pic you see is one of my 'better' on-the-fly efforts. The rock can fall, and the dike will protect the roadway by causing it to roll back into the catchment ditch. Then, we can deal with it at leisure. I call it my 'Wile E. Coyote fix" I just hope Acme Construction isn't the one who gets the
Mon, April 7, 2014 - 2:01 PM permalink - 0 comments
I did it. I completed this year's 'comedy trifecta'.

And when I did it, I laughed.

On the way to Burningman, I stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

On the way to AIPG's National Meeting, I stopped in Limon, Colorado and purchased and consumed a Sprite.

And, finally, I had a jigger of Jack Daniels in northern Boone County on Old No. 7 Road.

It was a crusade of stupidity unparalleled. Ranger Tapestry would be proud of me.
Fri, December 20, 2013 - 4:58 AM permalink - 1 comment
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My Testimonials

November 7, 2010
Rhino is a scary name for a fierce animal but the man I've come to know as Rhino is a sweetie with a heart of gold. Do not fear...this man is all love! A true friend I feel privileged to have in my life.
August 15, 2010
any friend of Grasshopper is a friend of mine!
March 3, 2009
Here are some songs that remind me of Rhino:

"Highway Song" - Blackfoot
"Drift Away" - Dobie Grey
"Flirtin' With Disaster" - Molly Hatchet
"He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)" - The Hollies
"Whiter Shade of Pale" - Poco Harem
"Wild Horses" - The Rolling Stones
"Heart of Gold" - Neil Young
"Werewolves of London" - Warren Zevon
"Going To Montana" - Frank Zappa (don't's complicated lol)
"Rough Boy" - ZZ Top
"The Weight" - The Band
"Midnight Rider" - Allman Brothers
November 11, 2008
One of the first people I met at my first Interfuse in 2007...Immediately I knew he was my brother from another mother...we truly are connected though the cosmos and back...i love ya bro!!!
September 3, 2008
His name is Rhino for a very good reason. He never stops. He works harder loves harder and gives harder than anyone I know. I have the pleasure of working with him on The Temple of Community and witnessed the true human spirit that anyone can look up to to emulate. He does things with heart and means what he says and does what he says he will do. Honer and integrity is this Rhino. I love you Rhino. Thank you for walking into the fire with me and everyone else. You NEVER let me down and with the high expectations I put on people sometimes you surpassed that with such a fire I couldn't have ever imagined. Love Gothalot
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