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    Trebuchet's 2019 Pumpkin Pitching Thread

    OK, duplicating this from ISF.

    Ok, might as well get it up front: This thread is primarily intended to help get me motivated to actually get going on preparations! I moved some stuff out of the shed a couple of months ago and little has happened since.


    The Event: Burlington Pumpkin Pitch and Harvest Festival. September 29, 2019, Skagit River Park, Burlington, WA. If you are anywhere in northwestern Washington (State) or southwestern British Columbia, you should be there. It's the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on. Of course, I'm in the pits. You could be too, if you send me a PM.


    The Plan: I kind of wish I really had one. I intend to enter just one team this year, having done two several times in the past. I just get too tired. So far the idea is to take another stab at my larger machine, which has been consistently lame over the past five years or so. It's an onager, powered by a bundle of twisted rope. Possibly with some auxiliary garage door springs, depending on how far I get.
    The backup is going to be the old reliable King Arthur trebuchet. Its last couple of appearances have been in FAKA, or "Floating Arm King Arthur" form. The performance of those was, at best, underwhelming, as was the reliability. So I'll return it to pretty much the previous configuration.


    Here's where I am now. The treb is in the background. All I've done is to get it out of the TARDIS shed and install the arm. Perhaps I'll work on it tomorrow. The onager is in the foreground. Since returning from vacation I did manage to install the front and rear supports. The sides you see aren't the actual sides, just prototypes from 2013 which I repurposed as additional front supports. They serve to keep the supports in alignment while the actual sides, which are too heavy for me to do by myself, are installed.
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    Holy Cow, it's just a few days away! I am less ready than ever, and that includes 2004 when I conned my cow-orkers into helping me build a machine with just three weeks to go. I may be getting too old for this.

    Anyhoo, the basic machine is assembled. I had Shane The Yard Guy help put the real side pieces on, then moved the trailer into the old garage for further work. I wound the torsion bundle last week, then installed the modified throwing arm.

    I decided this morning that today, after a visit to the dentist (ugh!), I should start gathering all the stuff I will need to take with me. Geez, Louise, there's a lot of it. Tools. Parts of the machine. Spare this-and-that. Previous trophies that the organizer likes us to display. Yet more tools. I put some of it in the truck, but the passenger area is now full and, oh, wait, I need to put the more expensive tools in there AND whatever I need for a couple nights on the road. I expect that'll include some spare shoes, a box of wine, and probably a computer.

    Can you be in Burlington, WA, Friday afternoon? Send me a PM, or something. HELP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    ... cow-orkers ...
    Just so you know that did not go unnoticed.

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    ... Previous trophies that the organizer likes us to display. ...
    The "organizer." Ri-i-i-ight.
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    Best wishes.

    I'm about to eat a pumpkin pancake in your honor.
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    Wish I could, but there's just no way this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Can you be in Burlington, WA, Friday afternoon? Send me a PM, or something. HELP!
    I just can't seem to get the timing right. We're to start our round-robin WA trip on the 1st.
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    Last weekend in September. Put it on your 2020 calendar!
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    Woof! I just got the trailer hitched to the pickup. That was a worry because it's a crummy trailer from Harbor Freight and my nephew-in-law and I had considerable difficulty with it the last time. But it's on, chains hooked, and the lights work. I'll go down in a bit and finish loading the truck.

    I'm seriously thinking this needs to be the last year. I don't have the help, it's a long way away, and I'm just getting too old for it. I might go over and volunteer or something, but not take a machine. Or just take a tiny one for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'm seriously thinking this needs to be the last year. I don't have the help, it's a long way away, and I'm just getting too old for it. I might go over and volunteer or something, but not take a machine. Or just take a tiny one for fun.
    Join another crew as a helper/advisor/consultant? How about being a judge?

    I like the idea of a real tiny one. You could pitch cherry tomatoes.
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    Maybe not quite THAT tiny. Probably one of my existing ones, good for tennis balls or baseballs. Or tiny pumpkins.

    The machine is outstanding in its field! Or rather, the Burlington Park Department's field. We've only got four competitors this year. Unless some new blood comes along this may be it. I've competed 15 years now. When I started, I lived in a different town, had a job, and my parents were still living. And my back and knee were not held together with metal!
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    And we're done. I'm tired, but we had a good time.
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    Glad to hear that. I'm looking forward to the pictures.

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    I didn't take that many but my nephew-law-pulled the SD card out of his camera and gave it to me. He likes taking 10-shot bursts and got an interesting launch sequence.

    Remember, however, that I still haven't done pictures from my August vacation!
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    Ok, here's the launch sequence!
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    And my awards!
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    And my team.
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    Looks like a fun day and you came home as the "Captains Choice".

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    Yup! That surprised me. That mug is perhaps the best trophy in my collection now, and my wife put it on display in the living room!
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    Looks like you had nice weather and plenty of spectators.

    I hope this wasn't the last time Bad Wolf performs, and also that you get to bring "JR" to a future event. That small machine must be a crowd pleaser.

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    JR certainly works better! At least in its original configuration. The "Floating Arm" modification I did to it a couple of years ago was not so hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    And my awards!
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    And my team.
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    Congrats! Which be thee?
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    Looks like a good time, happy for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Congrats! Which be thee?
    Orange hat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Orange hat!
    Ah, of course, a pumpkin-colored hard hat. How did I miss that?
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