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    I enjoy nearly all outdoor activities but especially fishing, camping, hiking, and backpacking.
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    camping, hiking, backpacking

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  1. Hit up the Bay with Mr. Mike415 to see if the dabs were in. Just some dinky perch and a couple white croakers... no dabs. Anyone hear of them being caught?
  2. Lots of rain generally isn't a problem here in Norcal. It's just that it's dry most of the year and then the first big storm or two causes a lot of runoff. Once I get the rocks in place and level the soil it shouldn't be a big problem. I hadn't thought about the crushed rock underneath. I know that's usually done for drainage. It helps with compaction/sinking too? What I'm planning to build is more of a border than really a wall. In my original post I had said up to a foot max, but most of it will probably be way lower than that. Do you think I'll still have issues with the rock settling?
  3. Hey Guys - I have a small area in the front of the house roughly 12 x 7. The soil has been mounded a bit and mulched. There's not much growing there so after a heavy rain or natural disturbance (dogs, kids, etc) a lot of debris flows over into the sidewalk and neighboring driveway. I'd like to build a small rock border to help retain the soil and set a natural boundary. I don't need it to be very high, maybe 6 inches min up to 1 foot max (natural slope, so one side is higher than the other). I'll plant it after setting the rock wall. How much rock do you think I'll need for this project? I asked the sales person at the sand & gravel place and she recommended 2 tons. I looked at what they had on-site and it seems their 1.5 ton bundles would be plenty. I really don't want to be stuck with a lot of extra rock. How much do you think I'll need? Thanks, Alan
  4. Yes, judging a commute is all relative to what you're used to. When I lived in SF, my commute times were normally around 30-40 min... depending on the company. I'm in Albany now and it takes me about 1 hour. I just had lunch with a coworker who lives next to the zoo (she can hear the howler monkeys). It takes us both the same amount of time but she travels ~3 miles and I travel 13 I'm not trying prop up or put down any neighborhood. Just trying to fill in a potential transplant so he can make in informed decision. It's quite an ordeal moving to SF and having to find housing these days.
  5. oh and as far as fly fishing goes around here... in the salt it's mostly for surf perch. i suppose you could target bass in the calmer bay. i don't think a lot of people do it, but it's certainly doable and would probably score a lot of fish in the right places. in sweet water it's a lot of trout fishing. the mountains aren't too far away and there's fantastic fishing for rainbows, brookies, browns, cutthroat, etc.
  6. where do you mean by 'central sf'? do you literally mean the geographic center of the city? how are you getting to work? driving or public transportation? if you live out in the sunset as jerry suggests... getting into downtown on public transportation is HORRENDOUS. there are some express buses but otherwise it takes forever on bus or muni (our street car).
  7. Is that thing weighted? it might be some type of casting aid. some of the long distance OBX rigs have places to attach the hook near the lead so the rig doesn't helicopter when you cast. when it hits the water the baited hook pulls off the 'pin.'
  8. Hey Jerry I think that might be a sand sole. The dabs face the other way and their dorsal rays start well behind the eyes.
  9. Boosters/extenders need to receive a strong signal to repeat it. They can't amplify a weak signal. What you can do, however, is try an external antenna for your laptop. These work better than the internal radios inside your laptop and can pick up a weaker signal. I'm not sure if these will work for your other devices.
  10. Is this the year we officially start the gopher rodeo?
  11. Stu, Will have to try the salt water soak. You ever just salt them and let them sit in the fridge (no water)? I eat every now and then. I must admit I enjoy fishing for them more than the eating. The taste is OK... it's just the texture. I either pan fry or steam Catonese style. You ever get redtails? Once they are cooked they taste the same as BSP to me. But they are great as sashimi. I haven't tried BSP as sashimi yet.
  12. The previous owner set the hot water limit to a pretty low temp. I don't see any hex screw to remove the front and get at the disk inside. It looks like this model (Grohe 19844EN0) except it also has a safety button you need to depress to turn the lever to 'hot.' Any ideas?
  13. My wife used to go fishing with me and she was pretty gung-ho about it. Our first time fishing she called in sick, caught a striper, and got a sunburn on her forehead. Another time she ripped her waders hiking down a cliff to get to the beach. She even almost got taken out by a sneaker wave but knew to hold the reel up out of the sand haha. I ran down and pulled her back up before the next wave overtook her. These days she mostly just encourages me to go fishing. Not that she was ever that good at it, but I don't know if she remembers how to cast.
  14. There are already some vents near ground level to let in cool air. The idea would be to add these for the hot air to escape. The roof is kinda odd and slanted... so I plan on adding the vents on the wall near the highest part of the roof.