We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bird Dog- At last, something I actually know something about. Not because I have a BA in Hebrew (which I do, but that was 1979 and I've forgotten 90% of it) but because of the adult education classes I've taken from my good friend, Dr. Sam Meier (Professor of Hebrew, OSU, PhD in Hebrew from Harvard).
This is perhaps the most badly translated word in the OT- whether translated "vanity", "futility", or especially "meaninglessness". Here's the smell test- does the Bible anywhere teach the meaninglessness of life? Absolutely not. It teaches that nothing could be more meaningful than this life; especially how we live it.
The word means "brevity", and of course, life is just that- brief. All is brief and ephemeral, like your breath made visible on a cold day.
You'll be hard pressed to read a more fascinating book in 2011 than Dr. Meier's "Themes and Transformations in OT Prophecy" (IVP Academic). Trust me.
When the good folks that translated the KVJ (in what- 1611?) chose the word "vanity", it meant something more nearly akin to brevity than it does now. In other words, it was not a bad translation then, but the English language has changed over time. The culprits are the modern translators that, knowing better, defer too everyone's beloved KJV.
Flame throwers do interesting things to concrete, too. I used one of the propane wand-type ones to try to burn off some wax from some steps (the skateboarders wax the steps so they can slide their boards along them).
The concrete pops! Apparently there is some water trapped in pockets in the mix, and when it heats to steam, the pocket explodes. They're small pops, but you wouldn't want your face near one.