Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I slept all afternoon coming home from the clinic and never left my chair after I got home, went to bed early and still was so sleepy at the job today that I could barely keep my head off my desk. So I haven't don't much tonight except to bring in the BSU's new flowering hanging basket and to feed my worm farm.
Maybe I'll have my energy back tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
On a beauty & springtime note, except that I haven't edged the driveway or mowed the grass, our yard is looking beautiful in its springtime finery. The miniature, flowering cherry tree has pale pink flowers blowing in today's breeze and the cherry tree that produces is puffy with white snowballs of flowers. The golden chain tree is lighting up with its yellow strands and the maple is just beginning to turn green. The miniature crabapple tree is flowered out dark red but hasn't flowered yet. There's daffodils, purple hyacinth and tulips sticking up everywhere and the violets that live in the flower bed by the steps not only survived the winter but are spreading. The tiny flowers look like they would be so fragile but they continue to survive the harsh cold but thrive.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The colonoscopy is a 1 year follow up from last year's surgery and I really hope that all the results are satisfactory so I can get out of this annual spring poisoning ritual that I've been going through for a few years now. This process really sucks!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
So I intended to take it out to shoot this morning but before I left the house, I checked out this gun in my shop, just to be certain everything was functioning. Look at this picture and be sure to click on the thumbnail to see it full size.
Click this picture and see the full size photo of the junk I was able to flush out of that firing pin channel-
Why? Because if this gun had been loaded and then the slide released to load the first round into the chamber, this gun would have gone bang immediately! Without touching the trigger, this gun would have emptied 7 rounds in whichever direction it might have been pointed in a full automatic mode with no way to stop it!
This gun was completely unsafe in the way I found it. I might have never noticed this critical condition if I had not been paying close attention this morning. But I was able to remove the firing pin, clean the channel and get the gun reassembled into a functional firearm.
So here's my warning to Kel-Tec PF-9 owners- if you've never removed your firing pin and spring- DO IT NOW! Be very aware of this potentially dangerous circumstance and make sure your gun is clean, inside and out!
Friday, April 25, 2008
With apologies to Rod Stewart for stealing his song title.
For those of you following along at home, Sleek Black Beauty comes out of hibernation tonight, right after work! She is all put back together with all the mods that I planned and accomplished over the winter, waxed and ready to see the sunshine. Hurray!
I can’t wait to take her for a ride and to snap some new pictures to share with the world.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I wonder if this will work the second time…
At my house we have been Comcast customers for several years- just as soon as they had the cable connection to the internet in my neighborhood, I signed up for internet and later, cable TV service. I’ll bet it’s been 6 or 7 years that we have been Comcast customers.
But next week, I’m planning to switch to Qwest. I can get their highest speed DSL connection, 150 channels of television and our local phone service for less than 100 dollars; far less than the $150+ I currently pay for just my internet and cable television connection through Comcast and the $60+ that MCI charges me to keep a phone in my house. Last month Comcast tacked on $17 worth of extra fees on top of my regular bill that I didn’t recognize and couldn’t sort out through the explanation on the bill. Qwest’s basic home phone service is just 11 bucks, I can get their best internet connection for just $42, forever if I sign up for 2 years and I can get a special rate for the television connection for 12 months.
Comcast seems to offer plenty of special rates for new customers but they don’t seem to care so much about offering incentives to long-term customers. So I’m leaving. I’ll have new email addresses after the change takes effect to watch out for an announcement concerning those new addresses very soon.
The Beauty is very nearly ready to roll out to the carport and to begin the riding season. There’s no immediate hurry to get riding as it has been snowing off and on today! But after several hours over the weekend and a few more hours during the evenings this week, the scoot is all back together but for the chrome bumper on the front and a cleanup and wax and then she will be ready for riding.
I’ve lost 4 of the plastic push pins that hold most of the body panels together so I’ll be stopping at the Yamaha store on my way home from work today. I also have 3 screws left over, 1 typical body panel screw and 2 matching, odd screws that I cannot find a location for them to fit. Tonight I’ll have another look at the service manual to see if I can find where they belong but I’m not taking much apart to install them if they aren’t critical.
I am so anxious to go for a ride! There’s still the little scooter waiting for me to put the engine back together, under its cover that will go into work once I finish up the Tempo in my driveway for the eldest boy. And I’m going to have to get the lawnmower out of the shed here really soon!
After a long night of making love, the guy notices a photo of another man, on the woman's nightstand by the bed. He begins to worry. “Is this your husband?” he nervously asks.
“No, silly,” she replies, snuggling up to him.
“Your boyfriend, then?’ he continues.
“No, not at all,” she says, nibbling away at his ear.
“Is it your dad or your brother?” he inquires, hoping to be reassured.
“No, no, no! You are so hot when you're jealous!” she answers.
“Well, who in the hell is he, then?” he demands.
She whispers in his ear, “That's me before the surgery.”
Sunday, April 20, 2008
You see, the BSU has been out of town, up in Oregon for a nephew's wedding, since Wednesday. The trip was kind of short notice and I just up and sent her on the big, jet plane. She comes home tonight. I've got about 45 minutes before leaving to retrieve her.
In her absence, I've been to Impact Guns to shoot my Warthog, which as I previously reported, still does not chamber ammunition properly. Friday I went fishing with Kenny and we had a fine old time drowning some nightcrawlers in search of a big catfish or two. No big catfish were caught but we did catch a small handful of anxious, little catfish who were all returned safely to the Bear River. Later that day I began the reassembly of Sleek Black Beauty, out in my shop until I was tired and ready for a shower and a drink- which turned into 3 or 4 drinks before bedtime.
Saturday was a Crossroads of the West gunshow and this time Kenny and Loc and I went down together. We ran into another fellow that works close to us and he had enough free passes in his hand that we all got in for free! Thanks, Dane! I did take the Warthog along, in its box and with its picture on the outside of the box hoping to find someone that wanted to buy it as much as I wanted to sell it. No such luck on that effort... But we had a good time, I bought some ammo and trinkets and we retired to our regular, post-show lunch at Hooters.When I got home, I worked on Beauty some more until it was late.
Today I slept in and then met Carol for coffee at a new place in town, the Peloton Cafe. It shares space with a brand new Bingham's Cyclery. We had a great chat, looked at some shiny new bikes from Electra and parted company. And- I worked on the scooter yet again...
Beauty's nearly put back together except for 2 nut clips and one bolt. Somehow those pieces went AWOL while sitting on my bench and I'll get new ones tomorrow. It should be ready to move out into the carport in another day or two. That reminds me; I have to reconnect the horn wires under the nose.
So that's it- I've had a good weekend with friends and on my own, but missing the spouse's company. I've managed a little cleaning this evening and I paid the bills. I've made a CD of some computer troubleshooting software for Loc who called me with a virus attack on his computer and I repaired the tip of my fishing rod which I unfortunately broke to end our fishing trip on Friday. I haven't starved, in fact I've had some good food, I kept the animals fed and I made lots of progress on the scooter.
Now its time for a shower before I head off to the airport!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The most recent fix was the recoil spring assembly that I installed a month or so ago. Tonight was the first time I have had the chance to shoot it and it still doesn't feed ammo from the magazine without jamming nearly every time.
So this weekend, I'm going to the gun show and I'm carrying the Warthog along with a For Sale sign hanging on it. Maybe I'll get lucky, sell it quick and find another gun to buy to replace it. Yesterday was BAG Day after all so I really should be buying a new gun this week.
Here’s a story of a guy in Houston, Texas, on his way to do a little after hours electronics stealing who finds a 6 foot alligator while driving to his intended burglary site. And he decides to put the alligator in the car with him… He also enlists the help of a neighbor to steal the big screen tv set but the neighbor balks at having anything to do with the gator resting on the parcel shelf of the bad guy’s Buick. Is there any chance that this dumbass is not transplanted to Houston after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans? I really doubt it!
And it was in the firearms industry… This is pretty neat- http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/04/dayintech_0416, Gun maker Simeon North suggested that government manufacturing contracts require interchangeable parts. The Army agreed, and he got the first-ever contract with that spec. North is generally acknowledged as the inventor of the earliest primitive milling machine. The mechanism replaced hand-filing in the shaping of metal parts and made interchangeability a practical goal. Before long, he was turning out 10,000 pistols a year.
Monday, April 14, 2008
If your kitties are breathing, you'll get their attention! This is great fun and I've had my two cats circling my recliner hunting the birds, totally baffled as to where the feathered critters are hiding.
I've also downloaded several of eNature's birdsong ringtones for my phone. They work great,are free and really get my attention when somebody calls me. The birdsong drives my cubicle mates a little crazy but I don't get all that many calls so I'm not too concerned.
Check out eNature!
Don't forget to click the thumbnail picture to see them in their full splendor!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
we went fishing! The BSU and I drove up to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for a couple hours of worm drowning in the river. We didn't catch any fish- so we don't have to clean any fish, and the BSU is even baiting her own hooks!
The weather was fresh and sunny and not too hot. We saw ducks and pelicans and geese and swallows, jut no fish.
But it was a very nice outing and I relaxed and felt as good as I've felt in weeks. I can hardly wait to do it again.
I did get the tires and wheels put back together and the assemblies balanced- at 2 different shops. But I managed to wreck a front wheel bearing so I nee to buy a new one. And perhaps a new oil seal because I seem to have misplaced the one I've already purchased.
The paint repairs are not breezing along as smoothly as I had hoped either. I'm giving consideration to farming the work out to professionals- just so I can get the results I want.
And the weather's turning beautiful and I want to riding!
I did get the rear wheel and all the related parts reinstalled so it hasn't been a complete loss this weekend.
But it has been a great year of being on the mountain and at the resort. There's an employee end-of-season party next Saturday and I think I'll attend and get in a few last turns before retiring the skis until next winter.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
When he see the new ruby slippers I have for Sleek Black Beauty, he's going to be impressed! I picked them up from the powder coating place today and they are beautiful! They turned out deep, shiny red, just like I hoped for.
Darren at Quad & Cycle is reinstalling the tires on my shiny rims and I'll pick them up tomorrow. Then I have to reinstall the front wheel bearings before taking the assemblies in to be balanced.
No pictures yet- but soon. I think you are going to be as impressed with my red wheels as I am.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Isn’t that the way it is, just as you get comfortable using something, proficient even, somebody or something comes along to confuse and baffle and generally screw things up in the name of progress and shiny new toys.
Such is my life this morning. I walked into the job to discover that our computers had been migrated over to Microsoft Office 2007 over the weekend. And of course, my Outlook email was tanked. I couldn’t access it but I could see that there was 260+ junk emails in my inbox and 160 more in my Junk folder. I just couldn’t delete any of it or read the mail that I needed to read. A call to the support center got me started and an hour later a technician’s call got me back working with my mail.
But- everything looks different and there’s all kinds of new, shiny features that have relocated all the tools and functions I know how to use, not only in Outlook but in PowerPoint and Excel too. There’s lots of cutesy icons and graphics and new toolbars and you have to know, (somehow) that the little MS cloverleaf logo in the top left corner has several functions that you wouldn’t know except it occasionally flashes to alert you to its newfound value.
The upgrades are pretty, I guess, and so far I’ve managed to accomplish everything I’ve needed to do, just more slowly and with a sense of “why bother”. All the software I was using before worked perfectly and the pretty new toys don’t really bring anything new to the table. Its just another example of the AF buying into the “new & improved- gotta have it” methodology that they apply to nearly everything from airplanes to file folders.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Yes, I've taken the new scooter apart... Big surprise.
In the first place, she is getting a shiny new set of wheels! The stock wheel color was just a plain, boring grey color. They weren't shiny or distinctive and they just didn't do the scooter any justice. I tried some "chrome" paint but that stuff rubbed off with just a paper towel and there was no way it would work on wheels.
So, the wheels are being powdercoated. A shiny, bright silver color is going on first, followed by a transparent red color. That's right, the wheels are going to be deep, bright red, which should look really good under Beauty's black bodywork.
And its that bodywork that I've working on while waiting for the wheels to get done at the powdercoaters. In the first place, I wanted to remove a warning decal from the gas filler door, paint it black and install one of the remaining pinstripe decals in the center of the door. I had to take most of the plastic bodywork off the scooter to get the door removed and then I spent several days sanding the course, plastic surface smooth before painting it black. This week I got the pinstripe installed and the paint polished up and it looks terrific.
The scooter had a couple scratches in its shiny black paint when I bought it and I wanted to fix those while all the bodywork was sitting on the benches. I bought the most expensive can of color-matched spray paint I've ever purchased and all the other tedious requirements for paint touch-up; 600 & 1000 grit sandpaper, some prep solvent and some high-fill primer. I've been filling and sanding for a few days now and today was painting day. Hurray, painting day!
I painted one panel immediately after wiping it down with Prepsol and then a tack rag. And as quickly as I put the paint on, the results looked like I had tossed a handful of gravel and dryer lint on it! Grr! It looks terrible. The bigger panel seemed to paint up pretty nicely, right up until the paint began to run and sag! Hooverdamm! With that, I gave up for the night and tomorrow night I guess I'll be back to the 1000 grit sandpaper, making everything nice and smooth again.
What a pain...
UPDATE: Monday night: I got both parts sanded tonight and 1 of the pieces painted and this time it doesn't look like I had the shop vac blowing dust around like yesterday's work. Tomorrow night I'll clearcoat that piece and paint the 2nd piece.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Tonight we rented and watched Talk to Me, a very good movie that deserves more words, later. Right now the BSU says its bedtime!
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I also took the BSU to a Dr.'s appointment and had a terrific cheeseburger from Crown Burger afterwards.
I don't know where he's been or what he's been doing but he is one grubby cat tonight!
And Thursday afternoon, we went fishing! There's a small pond in town that used to be private property but was turned over to the city a couple years back. Its been improved somewhat recently and its already been stocked with trout this spring since the ice melted. But its close and easy to access and we just had a little while, so we went fishing. Here's the result!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
And now thanks to Li @ Urban X, I know this humble blog has a unique claim to fame!
li left no explanation as to the reason they were searching for "removed for uniqueness" so I can't explain it. Its just weirdness...
NOTE: I know that the page will probably always show up on the interweb with the second occurrence of the search terms you can see at the link, but to preserve the "whack" I've removed the words from this post.
Mr. Moran, today I see through a number of reputable websites, that Absolut has implemented a "Reconquista" Absolut World advertising campaign in Mexico. I find this advertisement very offensive. Until today I have been an Absolut Citron drinker and purchaser, however, I am done with your company's brand if this campaign continues or is not recalled and a corporate apology made to the American public.
The belief that the Mexican people's lands extended into the area covered by your contrived map is historically inaccurate, ignores the fact that the people living in the area that is now Mexico were first conquered and ruled by the Spanish and lends credence to the open border radicals of both America and Mexico's population. Advocacy of illegal immigration and the overthrow of the United States' borders is neither clever or funny and would not be tolerated in any manner if the maps of Europe were redrawn to show most of the countries remaining as a part of Germany.
Your advertising is offensive to me as an American that recognizes the need for a country to protect its interests and borders. When I go to my Armed Forces Exchange (AAFES) package store after work today, I am certain that I will find another brand of vodka to purchase in boycott of Absolut products.
Nate McCord, Ogden, UT