November 19, 2017 by Blake

I live on the wet side of Waimea, north of Mauna Kea. You know what "mauna kea" means, right? It means "white mountain." You know why it's white, right? Because it snows sometimes. Today's news:... Read more

November 22, 2017 by Blake

I entered this into a chili cook-off and won third place. It's not even chili, but it won. It's that good. I can't really take credit for this recipe, because it's the national dish of Brazil. For... Read more

October 23, 2017 by Blake

I live on the wet side of Waimea in a house that needs a lot of work. When we moved here we brought a lot of art. Our house isn't ready for me to hang it, and even if I know it gets... Read more

September 20, 2017 by Blake

I’ve been hearing for years that you’re working to “transform the market.”

In the New York home performance world, though…you ARE the market.  Anyone who’s not in your system has to compete... Read more

May 4, 2017 by Blake

I'll say, right off, that I think HeatSmart is a great program. It's essentially a community-education program, that helps people understand that heat pumps can work well in cold climates and can... Read more

April 26, 2017 by Blake

When I'm out with my family and we go by a jobsite, I slow down if I'm driving.  Everybody rolls their eyes and my son says, "what's wrong THIS time, Dad?"  The answer is usually "So many things... Read more

April 18, 2017 by Blake

It's tax day! Hooray?

I used to get excited about tax refunds, and then I learned they're not really anything to get excited about; if you get a refund, it just means that you overpaid your... Read more

April 12, 2017 by Blake

This week a paying customer was dragged off a flight by cops, for no other reason than "the airline wanted him off."

This is BS. ... Read more

March 19, 2017 by Blake

I don't want to belabor the point, but houses have evolved.

It used to be that houses were uninsulated and air-leaky.  They... Read more

March 13, 2017 by Blake

Pre-Spring is over and Second Winter is upon us.  For a bit there it was glorious.  Do you remember?  It was wet and squishy and muddy and dehumidifiers were kicking on all over the place.  The... Read more