Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
-Harper Lee (1926- )

on the seventh day of Christmas

I have been finding more time to commune with my workshop of late. Early this week I realized that with the cold winter wind howling over, under and around the eighteen foot wide “insulated” garage door, my little kerosene heater would never take the chill off the shop… and I had been wishing to afford ceiling insulation.

All further shop projects took a back seat to sealing up the door.

Scrap lumber, scrap metal, screws from inventory, unused tarps and a couple of days later, there is NO breeze coming in the shop and a modicum of additional insulation […]

on the fifth day of Christmas

I just have to love Craigslist… repurpose, recycle, re-use.

I needed an amp for my new bass guitar and someone who had one did not. For less than half the price of a new one, I got a near-new one.

Two bonuses were a stand which I may want someday and a 17′ monster cable that is of higher quality than I was going to afford. Altogether, one heck of a deal.

Now to figure out how to use it all.

on the third day of Christmas

I became aware of the pattern today. So I may be stretching just a bit, but, hey, it’s my blog. I can do that if I want.

The weather is threatening to cover the roads between here and where Missy works tomorrow morning with snow and/or ice. Studded snow tires make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in safety and MY piece of mind when she has to drive in heavy traffic … or at all, for that matter.

So I gave me a swap onto winter tires for the pickup SHE is driving to work. The centers are a bit worn […]

on the second day of Christmas

It has spent years on my “Want List” without rising high enough in priority to happen. Bass guitar would be a great compliment to my trombone playing utilizing other muscles when my embouchure is exhausted.

Significantly, the bass establishes the chords in every beat of every measure. Knowing this pattern and information is important to anyone trying to solo on the tunes, such as a lead trombone player. Thus, learning the bass will make me a better trombone player.

Another feature of the bass, is that unlike the trombone, bass players are in extremely high demand. Check […]

on the first day of Christmas

Friday I created a clever, neat way for Missy to display cards, letters, photos and such.

We have been in this house for two years now. She has been using some cheap stick-on clips to display memorabilia on the pillars between our living room and dining room. I’ve not loved the system as it seemed a bit chintzy, but was easily tolerated as it did make a nice display of family and friends.

Then she mentioned that she would have to clean off the sticky stuff left behind. That got me thinking of alternative display methods. The […]

sheriff election results

I was unable to attract much money, media or active campaign team, yet thanks to my websites, facebook and personal appearances, I did pretty well in attracting votes in Idaho’s most populous county anyway.

I learned a lot about modern media, web-hosting, HTML and such that were good brain exercise and will probably be useful. I made a lot of friends and contacts who will be a nice part of my future. I certainly ramped up my name recognition, for whatever use that may have in the future.

My vote totals are comparable to typical Democratic campaign results in […]

Statesman endorsement

The Idaho Statesman, owned by the 3rd largest periodical publisher in the world, unsurprisingly endorsed the incumbent sheriff. I have asked them to publish this response:

As one of two candidates for Ada County Sheriff, I met with the Idaho Statesman editorial board. Confident they would endorse the incumbent Republican, I had nothing to lose, so I determined that regardless of their questions I would introduce the topics and reasons I am running for sheriff.

They seemed surprised and unaware of the recent flood of executive orders and bills signed by the president that remove our rights to trials, […]

Ada sheriff candidate

The Kuna Melba News asked for 400 words describing who Ted Dunlap is and why he is running for Ada County Sheriff. This is my response:

Ted Dunlap, 63 years old, semi-retired, current business called “The Fixer” because my best talents are coming up with creative solutions to vexing problems utilizing my varied talents, experience and tools.

Experience: 30+ years private sector supervision & management. Hewlett-Packard, The Gentleman Farmer, Soil Food

Education: Sonoma State University, Business Management, Hewlett-Packard, supervision & management, 20+ years self-employed, manager, supervisor, owner-operator

The county sheriff is the top law enforcement officer elected […]

endorsement for sheriff Ted Dunlap

I met and spent some time with Delaware Sheriff Jeff Christopher at Canyon County sheriff candidate Ed Hendershot’s event in Caldwell. Jeff is a warm, caring, courageous and knowledgeable man anyone would be proud to know. I sure am. His endorsement of me and my sheriff campaign follows.

It is with great honor and privilege that I endorse Ted Dunlap for your Ada County, Idaho Sheriff.

Why does a Delaware Sheriff concern himself with who is Sheriff in Idaho?, simply this, Whether you know it or not there is an attack upon the office of Sheriff here in […]

Constitution Day speech

I was one of the invited speakers at today’s Constitution Day Event on the Idaho Capital building steps. There were many great speeches. Almost all of them were heartfelt and strongly backed by long-term actions of the speakers. Here are my notes. I deviated only slightly from them in my presentation.

Designed into our Constitution are many limits to an overwhelming STATE

In the Constitution, the states retain all but strictly limited, delegated tasks

10th Amendment center and State sovereignty champions are winning some skirmishes here and there

I ran for Idaho governor in 2006 and 2010 with the […]

ham radio class

As an integral part of our posse, and any disaster response preparation, radio is a consideration. Internet, wireless phones, land-lines, satellite, power grid and more are vulnerable in many situations.

Ham radio is older than almost any electronic communication and very well populated with people and equipment that are prepared for just about any telecommunications failure they can dream up … which, by the way, is well beyond anything you can dream up. It is also surprisingly versatile, even with entry-level equipment and beginner-level skills.

Having the expertise and tools of ham operators on your emergency response team […]


As a hobby, I’ve driven race cars on road courses such as Laguna Seca and Sears Point (since renamed). As a dream, I could do that a lot more.

In the real world, I am a talented and skillful driver of equipment, commercial trucks and about anything else with two or more wheels (and some with tracks). I’m licensed for anything from motorcycles to triples, though not interested in full time trucking or equipment operation, I am open to an occasional driving gig or road trip.