Successfully completed the SAFe SPC exam this morning. On the first attempt, thankfully. I am now a “Certified SAFe ® 5 Program Consultant.”
I have forgotten where I discovered this picture. It was many years ago. I do not know who these men are or when and where this picture was taken. (If you know, please drop me a line.) I’ve copies of it on virtually every chunk of technology I own that’s capable of showing pictures as a frequent reminder and image for contemplation. It is rich in meaning in many different ways.
Judging by the amount of surrounding destruction, I’d guess these men are deep into Europe, perhaps even Germany. The uniforms suggest Spring, perhaps. Not warm enough for Summer, not cold enough for Winter. Perhaps they are toasting VE day, perhaps having survived the liberation of yet another city, perhaps having survived a recent battle, or maybe just celebrating being alive in the moment.
The soldier on the left appears to have what looks like a Thompson submachine gun on his lap, suggesting things in the area are not as casual as the wine bottle and raised glasses might suggest.
To all who have served us in the defense of Freedom and Liberty: My sincere and deep appreciation and most humble thanks.
Build a Torii Gate, of course.
A vacation originally planed for this week in Utah was scrubbed. So a significant pivot was in order. Priorities, plans, and schedules shifted and forward motion was begun once again.
I wanted to build a Torii Gate on the East side of my property for several years. The gate and fence that was there worked well enough so it never made it very far up on the backlog. That changed last fall when the Chinook winds – which are frequent, sudden, and fierce in this part of the country – snapped the two supporting gate posts. (The same storm also blew off the gate on the North side of the property, but that’s another project.) The gate and fence have been braced up by 2×4’s all winter. Not a good look.
Worked on the hashira (posts) over the winter. They needed to withstand the Chinooks. So, 6′ steel post – 3′ bolted within 3 2x6x10s and 3′ sunk into a concrete base – ought to hold for a while.
Time to begin the outside work.
First post had to be set perfectly. This is after it had set for a few days and most of the supports had been pulled away.
Next, the nuki (lower beam) and the shimagi and kasagi (two upper beams.)
Add a little extra flair trim to the kasagi, stain, and seal.
All that was need to complete the Torii gate part of the gate was the gakuzuka – a small brace in the center between the shimagi and kasagi – with an inscription. The weather intervened and brought us about 9″ of fresh snow.
Weather cleared, snow melted, still self-isolating – back to work to build and install the new swinging gate.
Next, dress up the top of the swinging gate with a pattern to match the fence on the north side of the property.
Finally, add the gakuzuka. The Japanese kanji on the way into the gate is “Love.” Find love here, all ye who enter.
The kanji on the way out through the gate is “Peace.” Take peace with you into the world.
Add an exterior handle crafted from ceder and the gate is done. The street view is quite nice, even before the summer vines and surrounding flowers wake up.
Time now to clean up the work site and do a little path repair.
Update – 2020.07.25
Just following a rain storm and the summer foliage starting to grow back.