Monday, June 30, 2008

Red Williams’ Comment*

Make no mistake, the public outcry concerning the polar bears, the bitter attacks on the East Coast sealers, and now the drubbing of the Natural Valley horse slaughter at Neudorf, Saskatchewan are part of the well planned efforts of international animal rightist groups which are now targeting Canada. Following years of often violent episodes in Britain and the US, we are next; because our laws protect their extremist activities that would be squelched in most jurisdictions.

But also make no mistake; we still have some animal management practices that can arguably be criticized, and individuals that function outside the accepted rules for animal care. Animal welfare in Canada is regulated and improving. There are federal and provincial regulations for transportation, management and humane slaughter. There are local chapters of the humane society with inspectors, and in our case the Farm Animal Council (FACS). However, all are based on the premise that animals can be used for food, for work, in recreation and for companionship, which the animal rightists challenge as being unacceptable by their lights. It is more than vegetarianism; it puts animal’s rights on the same plain as those for human protection in the most advanced societies.

And, make no mistake, the objective of these well funded activists; supported by a gullible public which believes their false publicity, will not stop short of total disruption of our livestock industries. Governments are helpless to halt them except when they commit violent crimes. But you and me, we can expose and denounce their false message

Your feedback is welcome. Please send your comments to red.williams@usask.ca

Dr. C.M "Red" Williams, Prof. Emeritus
Department of Animal & Poultry Science
University of Saskatchewan
6D34 Agriculture Building
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Tel: 1-306-966-4157
Fax: 1-306-966-4151
Email: red.williams@usask.ca

*reprinted with permission

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Churchy Lafemme

The cities of Ukraine in summer are a girl watchers' paradise. I am an inveterate girl watcher. However I no longer look at scandalously-clad heavenly-bodied young lovelies. No more! As befitting my advancing age and declining libido, I will from now on only observe modestly dressed young ladies of plain face and form.

First of all there are far fewer of them in Ukraine and it is more of a challange. Secondly perhaps they need someone to notice them, too.

In Dnipropetrovsk yesterday I saw three.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Through Streets Broad and Narrow

We went to Dnipropetrovsk today to pick up a package Bron had sent back with a visitor to the Farm Progress show in Regina. Driving in Dnipropetrovsk is not my favourite thing so when we got to our favourite mall, "DAFI the Dolfin", I parked. We walked from there about four blocks to TAKO, my Home Depot away from home (except no wood or woodworking tools). I bought a wheelbarrow and a few other small things.

From TAKO to DAFI is easy to drive, regardless of traffic. All right hand turns. From DAFI to TAKO is impossibly difficult even in light traffic. I loaded my stuff in the wheelbarrow and pushed it out the door, headed for the car, much to the delight of the sales clerks and Tanya's chagrin, (I did offer her a ride). Tanya followed about 10 minutes behind so no one would ever guess we were together. Though she wished she had a camera.

She has been laughing at me ever since and has told everyone the story.

She also wants to know why $100 is a good price for MY wheelbarrow but too much for HER shoes.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Puzic and Popochka, Belly and Butt

Tanya and I have been together now over two years, and married 18 months last Monday 23rd. Together, not counting five months before and four months after our wedding on opposite sides of the pond. Our time together has been wonderful to say the least.

Our marriage is full of love and laughter. We tease each other mercilessly. We are never too busy for a kiss or a hug. “I Love You” in either language is promptly returned. I promised to keep her in roses, champagne and chocolate. Roses have been replaced with annuals and perennials for the garden and innumerable houseplants. We have dropped the champagne for Inkerman (Crimean) wine and she tells me I am better than chocolate. I don’t even care if she is lying.

The funny thing is that each of us loves the physical characteristic the other hates about themselves. Anyone who has seen a side profile of me knows I have Dunlop’s Disease. My broad mind and narrow waist changed places years back. I wear the same size pants “as I did in University” but no one has seen my belt buckle in decades. I hate it. Tanya says it is good for a man to have a Puzik (belly). (Tummy rumbles are called puzik muzik) She says it makes me look good and she pats it and calls it soft names in Russian.

On the other hand, she worries that her Popochka (butt) is too big. As far as I am concerned unless it is two axe handles, three cans of tomatoes and a plug of chewing tobacco wide, a good behind is never too big. She is about 1½ plugs of tobacco shy of two axe handles so I think hers is wonderful. I pat her popochka in public which makes her want to kill me.

So we are in Kansas Clothing Store in ZV to buy some summer clothes. They bring me a couple of shirts size 6X (European size). Buttoned and held out flat they look as wide as the mainsail on Captain Hornblower’s ship-of-the-line. When I put them on, they fit. Snug.

Tanya finds a pair of beige shorts she likes and wants to know if they have them in her size. I spot a rack of girls’ blue-jean shorts. The first pair has no leg at all. Cut off square with the seam. Young teenagers in this style look all legs, like a young foal. I ask the sales girl if she has those in Tanya’s size…

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cherry Picking

Now I know why they call the truck mounted units Cherry Pickers. We needed one today. We were picking cherries again and since we had picked the easy ones earlier, it was all ladder work. We never will get the top branches of yellow cherries and black cherries as the trees are over 10 meters tall. but in a couple days the red and yellow cherries will be ready to pick. We had pruned this tree in February so all the branches are easy to reach and loaded, as you can see.

We made 7 litres of cherry jam a week or so ago and canned about 10 litres as fruit. Tanya has a slick way of canning fruit that I had never seen before. Cherries are washed, put into a scalded jar, boiling syrup added and the lid smacked on. The jars are then triple wrapped in a wool blanket, upside down and left over night. The cherries are cooked by the time the jars cool.

Today we made Kompote which is essentially fruit juice. Sugar is minimum. Jars full of teh juice can be sealed or cooled and put in the fridge for immediate consumption. Sure tastes good on a hot day.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Kryvyi Rih

Kryvyi Rih (Krivoi Rog in Russian) is a city of some 700,000 people located about 35 km from Zhovti Vody. At least the northern most city limits are. The city itself is reported as varying from 114 to 140 km in length depending on whose version you get. It is touted as the longest city in Europe.

Kryvyi Rih is a huge iron mining and smelting centre with non-ferrous metals as well. If you want to see the extent of the mines, mills and smelters, Google Earth will give you an idea at Latitude 47°54'30.32"N; Longitude 33°24'24.32"E. Then kind of scroll around.

Saturday Andrei, Tanya and I drove to Kryvyi Rih to buy a deep freeze. Which is to say Andrei drove. KR is the most confusing city as it has only one street that runs the length of the city but it is not continuous. You have to know where the turns are and of course there are no street signs. The first stop was a wholesale store for shops and restaurants. They had several deep freezers but they were the sliding glass top kind for ice cream etc.

Then we went to several large stores which sold stoves, fridges, washers, etc. Only one stand alone freezer, a small upright with drawers and shelves. So we bought a paper and found another wholesale company that had several chest type freezers. But it was 2:00 pm and they were closed for the day. Come back Monday. So we did. Andrei and I drove back today, which is to say, I drove and he navigated. 2650 UAH for a 6 cu ft (215 litre) chest freezer. In Canadian dollars it was just over $600. Don’t tell me what it cost in Canada because I don’t want to know.

Storks and Snakes

The high water in the river and marsh attracted a White Stork to the little hay field near our house. With about 5 cm of water on it, it is now a natural habitat for frogs. Tanya refers to the bird as a Tsaplya. I was fortunate enough to get a few pictures.




The high water has disrupted other habitat. The local pharmacist was telling Tanya that her folks have a house by the river/marsh. The other day her father got up and saw, curled up by his wife in the bed and both sound asleep, a snake from the marsh. He took the snake back to the marsh only to have it return and curl up under the refrigerator. All it wanted was a warm place to sleep.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Critters



The village is home to many cows and goats. Cows are walked to pasture every morning . Pasture is village-common grazing land along the river. Someone watches over the cattle all day and the owners come to collect them at night. I think they may take turns as guards but I am not certain. There are no fences to keep cows in. Yard fences are to keep cows and people out. Gardens are usually not fenced. Any cow left out at night would be long gone by morning and in someone's deep freeze or sold to a village far away.

Goats are usually tethered closer to home . We ran across a nanny and two small kids one one of our walks. No camera of course. The kids were not tethered. Pups and kids were curious and respectful of each other. There are several goats tethered out around our neighbourhood but none with such little ones.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Simple Things in Life

When it comes to home appliances there is one over riding rule in our home. They MUST be simple.

We needed a microwave. Tanya said it should have only two buttons: "Make Hot" and "Open Door". I found the ideal unit for her and brought it home.

It had many bells and whistles including a heating element along with three or four coloured buttons for various functions that no one ever uses so why they add them I have no clue.

If you ignored the junk, it was simple. One big button/knob. One push for 30 seconds, two for 60 and so on. It starts automatically when the button is pushed. The door has a handle and no button to push to open. If you want to get accurate, you can turn the knob and time increases in 5 second intervals but then you have to push the button to start it.

And just for me, it has a reminder bell every 60 seconds after it stops heating, until you open the door. No more thrice-heated and still-cold cups of coffee. Life is good.

Father's Day 2008

Yesterday was Father's Day in Canada. (I think it was Ascension Day here or something as today is a church holiday). It was a good day, all in all. We got an inch of rain and my kids emailed and phoned. Number One Son sent an email that was one line long with three sentences but got the message across as well as a longer letter. Ky sent me an ecard that was far funnier than she knew at the time. May-b wrote a nice eulogy in her blog and then she and Ky phoned me just to talk. Which we did. At length.
Lynniec is currently in California on business but I KNOW she will email me when she gets back and tell me all about her trip. She is researching crime stories for a Regina-based TV production company. This apparently includes lunching with FBI agents and visiting Alcatraz. Cool. The Rock! USA has Alcatraz. We have Newfoundland. We win.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

The rain we had been waiting for all week finally arrived this evening. We got about 20 to 25 mm over a couple of hours. When the pups and I went for our walk about 8:00 pm the world was fresh and green (and wet and muddy). The villagers who had been sweating to get their dry hay raked and piled and hauled home were rewarded.

Hayfield June 2nd, Raking and Stacking June 7th


In previous blogs I mentioned that hay was cut with a scythe. Part of the field across from us was cut with a gas powered weed eater. Not sure it was faster or easier then the scythe but it was mechanized. The field was too big to haul home in a sack or on a little pull cart, so when it was dry they piled it into three haycocks. Fans of Ernest and Little Boy Blue , you now know where the word came from and what it looks like. On Friday afternoon two men on a small tractor pulling a small hayrack showed up and started frantically hauling as it looked like rain. It took them three or four trips.

Haycocks and Hayrack June 13
I'd hazard a guess there was enough hay there to feed one cow for the winter. Mostly what we would call coarse slough hay or pepper grass but cut at the right stage and with a fair bit of fine grass like our red-top slough hay, it is likely not bad feed for a dry pregnant cow.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th came on a Friday this month

Russian Lesson
Never ask your wife what is the Russian word for “pumpkin” when she is wearing an orange house dress with green trim.

Ukrainian Roundabouts
I hate traffic circles or roundabouts. They scare me. I am never sure what to do as I am never sure what everyone else will do. Virtually every where in the world, anyone entering must give way to traffic already on the roundabout if there is a risk of collision. That maintains an uninterrupted flow of traffic as much as possible.

However, where people drive on the right-hand side of the road (i.e. normal places, not Great Britain, Australia, or Japan) people entering the roundabout are on the right and people in the roundabout are on the left. It is a universal driving rule that drivers on the left yield to drivers on the right at uncontrolled intersections. Unless there are yield signs at the entrance to the roundabout, it is a series of uncontrolled intersections and left hand yield rules. In Ukraine there are no yield signs, of course, so traffic in the circle must yield to incoming traffic. I am going to get killed.


Russian Proverb (from Tanya)
A woman with a steering wheel is like a monkey with a hand grenade (i.e. you know what is going to happen, just not where or when). Personally, I fit that proverb too. Especially in Ukraine.
Pee Vine
At Shchorsk (be thankful you don’t have to say it too often) there is a serious railway crossing with manual gates. The rules say the gates must be closed when the train is within 3 km of the crossing. Of course, the train may stop to shuffle cars or creep along at 5 km per hour but the gates are CLOSED. Traffic on the highway backs up for some distance and the wait can be 30 minutes. It seemed like a good time to visit the trees on the other side of the ditch. The ditch is very steep, almost vertical and the vegetation is quite heavy especially with vines and such. My feet got tangled of course so I went head first into the ditch. Tanya laughed all the way home.

Long fields of barley and of rye*

*I used this title just for Ky.

Yesterday we went to Dnipropetrovs'k to shop. Stayed over at Lena and Roman’s and came back today. We have had four days of +30ยบ weather and the crops look great. Some of the wheat and barley is starting to turn and Tanya says the combines will roll in about three weeks. The canola is done flowering and all podded out. Most winter crops are tall thick and even boding well for a bumper harvest at least in this area. Early sunflowers are over half a meter tall and late planted are at least 15 cm. Corn is 20 to 30 cm and with this heat should really take off.

Tanya and I went first to METRO which is a Costco like store that requires a membership card to get in. As it turned out, only companies registered in Ukraine are eligible for this membership. There is one other company like it called MegaMart. Guess what? They gave us a day pass to Metro, even though my “company” is Canadian registered. A retailer turn down money? Never! But like any other “bargain” store, you better know your prices. We bought a few groceries and a few things for the house.

AND AN ELECTRIC GRINDER!! I now have two (count them, TWO) power tools having acquired a drill last fall for my birthday. No more rasping away with a file trying to keep the hoes or shovels sharp. And no jokes about dull hoes, please, though I think it was Janis Joplin who said “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.”

Then we went to TAKO which is our favourite Home Depot like place and filed up the rest of the car with “stuff” for the house. More garden hose, more pots for more plants, two more chairs for our front steps/deck/patio.

Today we went to Rainford, a big grocery store and found Brown Sugar for about $9 per kg so bought two. The clerk wanted to know what it was used for so I said for cookies and puddings and such. Next, I have to find baking soda and molasses. Our last stop was at DAFI (the Dolphin) Mall for lean ground beef.

We also found gelatin (like CERTO) for all the jams we have to put up this season, starting tomorrow. We had previously bought 75 kg of sugar in readiness for production. We already did 8 litres of strawberry jam. We bought 48 jars (700 ml) on the way home. Tomorrow we pick cherries as our trees are loaded with red cherries and black or sour cherries.

Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy…?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

First Past the Post

Canada’s government is based on the British parliamentary system. The country (or province) is divided into Constituencies (based loosely on population) which are contested by the various political parties who nominate candidates to represent that party in that constituency. Elections are based on “first past the post” which is to say the person with the most votes wins. The party with the most elected members forms the government. Simple and effective.

The problem in some peoples’ minds is the percentage of the national vote and the number of seats won does not usually correspond. This is because Canada is a multi-party country. We have the Natural Government of Canada (NGC), the Conservative Reform Alliance Party (CRAP), the Consistently Losing Party (CLP) and the regional Party de Dunces de Quebec (PDQ). If the votes were perfectly distributed, theoretically a party could win every seat in the country with about 34% of the votes.

Parties can and do win majorities with less than 40% of the national vote and parties that routinely collect 20% of the vote don’t even elect enough members to form the official opposition. This is because of how votes are distributed between constituencies. If they are evenly distributed, a party could win double-digit percentage of the national vote and not elect anybody.

So the cry, mostly from supporters of the CLP, is to go to a proportional system of election so that the party which gets 20% of the votes has 20% of the seats in the House of Commons. People who espouse this nonsense should live in a country where it is in effect. Like Italy…or Ukraine. Actually Ukraine has the best/worst of both worlds. Half the Deputies in the Verkovna Rada are elected by proportional system and half on a constituency basis.

So here is how it works. The parties form lists of all their top people and rank them so that the heavies are assured a seat unless the party polls less than e.g. 5% of the national vote. These people, especially those closest to the top of the list, are answerable to no one and could care less as they are guaranteed a seat. There is no way to get rid of them. The constituencies are contested by nobodies. Cannon fodder. Bench warmers to back the unassailable big guns from “The List”. Write to your Deputy to complain? Why bother.

Apparently Ontario held a referendum about proportional voting and, thankfully, it was soundly defeated. Would that it stays buried in the dung heap of history forever.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dogs and Kids

Volk and Bobik on arrival at 2 months
Bobik and Volk are over 5 months old now and still provide endless amusement and affection (for only $40 per month in puppy chow and treats). They have three “kennel rooms” in an outbuilding plus the side yard to run in. We have a crew here doing repair work on the outside of the house. Yesterday the dogs stole and ate their lunch. Later Tanya could hear growling from their one “kennel room”. Volk would not let Bobik in where the food was. It was hilarious. He sat by the two dishes full of dog food and growled if Bobik so much as moved to come through the door. So I put a dish in each room. They both ate out of one dish then they went to the other room and both ate out of the other dish.
One of our walking routes takes us beside a commercial pipeline; three large pipes all above ground, except to go under roads. There is a pedestrian crossing at one point consisting of seven steps up and a platform across and seven steps down. I taught the puppies to climb up and down the steps about a month ago. Bobik had no problem. The first day he went up and over like a pro. And every time thereafter. Volk balked the first day and went under the pipes. Second day he climbed the stairs but was not happy and after that he went back to going under the pipes. Last night there were two strange dogs under the steps and they were not going to let Volk through. So he went over top like the rest of us.

Some dogs take naturally to the game of “Fetch”. Not these dogs. Throw something and they look at you like “What? You didn’t want that anymore?” I bought a ball for them to play with and they tore it apart, which is what they did with their rubber pig and rubber duck. What they really like is beef bones to chew so I buy them at the market on occasion. Mostly they try to tear each other apart. Volk rules the “kennel rooms” and the yard. Bobik challenges Volk every step of our daily walks. The other day Bobik had Volk by the leg and Volk had Bobik by the lip. Lip hold won.

As my oldest daughter can attest, I have no idea how to raise dogs to be obedient and all that stuff. Mostly I just want the dogs to come when I call and not play in traffic. If I had it to do over, I think I would have settled for that with my kids as I had no idea how to raise them either. The kids turned out pretty good in spite of my best efforts. Maybe the dogs will too?

By any other name

Shipovnik or Dog Rose
The community is covered in roses. They are everywhere. along fence rows, in gardens and along front walks. The Dog Rose or Shipovnik grows in large thickets almost to rival some of the lilac hedges in size. These roses produce red berries or rose hips which are sometimes made into jams and are recognized as a source of Vitamin C. The Dog Rose is the wild precursor to some 2500 varieties of roses. We have about 14 regular rose bushes and 4 climbing roses (red, yellow and pink) in our flower garden. Our first rose is just starting to bloom and several more rose plants will be blooming by month end. Not bad for their first season in our garden.

Shipovnik or Dog Rose


Shipovnik or Dog Rose


Roza or Rose (Climbing)

Roza or Rose (Climbing)

Roza or Rose (Shrub)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Three Generation Friends

A good friend of mine is in hospital in Saskatoon after stem cell transplant treatment, coming along nicely and should be well out and recovered for his oldest daughter’s wedding this summer. It has been hard not to be able to visit him but he or his wife keep me posted by email.

He and his wife are among my “three generation” friends. Which is to say our parents were/are friends, we’ve known each other most of our lives and now our kids are friends, too. I can list a few but will surely miss some so commentators (my kids) can fill in. A cattle and wheat farmer south of Alsask, a pharmacist in Winkler, a teacher in Leader, a senior manager in Calgary, a honey farmer at Shellbrook: examples of families with very close ties over three generations.

Three generations of friendship says something about closeness of spirit. They are good people. I miss them.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Morning Walks

Given a choice, the pups will always take Route 1 along the marsh for our walks. The grass is 2 to 4 feet tall now and they can play hide and seek, wade in the muck, fall in the water, find disgusting things to eat and lovely activities like that. Maxim is a regular now on our walks as he spends most days at his grandparents next door. The pups like him as he is a gentle kid. Maxim goes as much for the flowers along the way as for the dogs. For an eight year old, he really loves flowers and plants and says he will be a horticulturalist when he grows up. I see him working in his Babushka’s flower garden and on Sunday he was helping Tanya dig in her new perennials. Maxim always comes back from our walks with flowers for his grandma, though this morning he had red peonies for Tanya from one of the “wild gardens”.

Walking back we pass a number of houses along the road, all with dogs who kick up a huge fuss as we walk past. One house has three dogs. The big dog is chained up but the two middle size black dogs have the run of the yard. Whenever we pass they hit the gate with a thud, yapping long and loud. Some days I hear someone in the yard yell at them.

A few days ago, we had walked passed quite a ways and they were still yapping. I heard a gunshot, small calibre like a .22, then silence then four more shots and absolute stillness. Next time we walked by, no dogs. Only one dog at a house farther on. And the next day, no dogs again. I’m thinking “Uh-oh”.

Now, I’ve wanted to do that myself a few times to a couple of yappy mutts I own but wouldn’t wish it on anyone else’s dogs. I was quite relieved the third day when we walked by to find all back to annoying yapping normal. No idea where the dogs had been or what the “shots” were about.

At one of the houses a girl of about 12 is baby sitting three little girls. They quite often come out to see the pups who of course love the attention, so one day I took their picture. The two middle girls belong to the woman who did most of our wallpapering, Tanya says.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Village Anecdote


It is a standing joke (well, bending joke) that villagers only see each other all summer bent over working in the garden.

The story goes that one summer day a man got on the mini-bus to go to the city. A woman on the bus said “Dobri dien, Victor Ivanovich”. The man said, “I’m sorry, I don’t recognize you. Please bend over”.

So the woman bent over, presenting her broad backside, where upon the man exclaimed, “Ah, Galina Vasylovna, Eta Ti! Dobri dien!”

Sunday, June 1, 2008

She was only...

She was only the Bootlegger's daughter, but he loved her still.
She was only the Colonel's daughter, but she was rotten to the corps.
She was only the Farrier’s daughter but every horseman knew her.
She was only the Gardener’s daughter but she knew where to plant her tulips.
She was only the Grounds Keeper’s daughter but she was a dandelion in the grass.
She was only the Herbalist's daughter, but she always had thyme on her hands.
She was only the Huntsman's daughter, but she was deer to us all.
She was only the Librarian's daughter, but one look from her spoke volumes!
She was only the Mathematician's daughter, but she knew all the angles!
She was only the Meteorologist's daughter, but you could never tell whether!
She was only the Minister's daughter, but you couldn't put anything past 'er!
She was only the Mortician's daughter, but only one cadaver.
She was only the Photographer's daughter, but she waited for her prints to come!
She was only the Shoemaker's daughter, but she gave him her awl.
She was only the Welder's daughter, but she had acetelene legs.

Changing the Lock

Tanya made fun of me for this picture. She agrees with my grandfather’s “Don’t stand and admire the stook, make another one”. But it was a four hour job to change the lock on the garage door so warrants a story.

The garage door is made of steel plate with an angle iron frame hung on heavy hinges. It is lined with Styrofoam and covered on the inside with 5/8 particle board. The key was missing from the old lock so we could only lock and unlock the door from the inside. Our neighbour Zhenia found an identical lock for $10 and bought it for us as he was concerned about me leaving the garage unlocked in the daytime if we went into Zhovti Vody. Security is an obsession here. People without a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out, will have a high fence and a guard dog to protect it.

The lock had two steel deadbolts that took four turns of the key to drive fully home. The key was a 5 ¼” long skeleton and made from three pieces of metal.

Tanya said “Don’t do it yourself. You’ll just break it and then the door won’t lock at all”. I ignored her and went ahead anyway, knowing in my heart she was likely right. Saturday seemed like a good day. Zhenia was home to bail me out when I got into trouble. I cut away the particle board, unbolted the old lock and pried it off. There were four bolts holding it. They were not drilled through the door but were spot welded to the inside of the steel panel.

Tacked is the word. One broke off as I tried to straighten it. I have seen some good welding in Ukraine but only consistently on pipe joints. Good welding seems not to be so much an art or science as an accident. Whether it is the quality of the metal, the rods and welder or the technique, I don’t know. Most of the welding looks like something my father did. He was a self taught farm welder who, in the words of John Graham, our local blacksmith, could “put a few gobs of weld on it”.

Zhenia came to see how I was doing, just in time to take his angle grinder and remove an extra flange on the new lock. We slide it onto the three bolts and tightened them up. The two steel deadbolts didn’t line up with the holes in the angle iron. Three hours of fooling around trying to shim and file our way to freedom and we did what we should have done from the beginning. Cleaned all the old welded junk out of the way, drilled four new holes according to the template and we were home free. Why we didn’t do that in the first place is a mystery.