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Title: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on April 24, 2017, 07:48:38 pm
I went and played in the mud.  Ran the Tennessee Warrior Dash, with two of my favorite Minions.  The weather sucked, since it had rained for about 10 hours prior to the race start, and the course was a quagmire.  But they stayed steady, worked together, and we got through the 3.4 mile course (12 obstacles) in 1:35.  Watching them helping other runners who were struggling was a very gratifying experience.  One runner asked if they were my daughters, and I told him that they were granddaughters.  He said "Well, Grandpa, you've got one helluva team there!"
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2m5xruu.jpg)

From the left: Me, my granddaughter, and her best friend.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 24, 2017, 08:17:38 pm
Sounds like a very cool weekend!

Have you posted any in the "member pictures" thread before? I don't recall. I would myself, but I'm about as elusive as Bigfoot when it comes to cameras  :neener.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on April 24, 2017, 08:30:05 pm
Sounds like a very cool weekend!
Have you posted any in the "member pictures" thread before? I don't recall. I would myself, but I'm about as elusive as Bigfoot when it comes to cameras  :neener.
Since I'm usually the one taking pictures, it's hard to get in them.  Plus, the fact that most of the pictures I have of the Senior Minions involve dead animals, and I'm really reluctance to post them on the Internet.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 24, 2017, 09:30:08 pm
Since I'm usually the one taking pictures, it's hard to get in them.  Plus, the fact that most of the pictures I have of the Senior Minions involve dead animals, and I'm really reluctance to post them on the Internet.

Understandable. I don't think the forum denies trophy posts, as long as they are tasteful. I'm not exactly sure though, as I do not hunt.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on April 24, 2017, 11:00:37 pm
Looks like y'all had fun.  I'm doing the Ohio one in July with my inlaws,  looks like a blast.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 25, 2017, 12:10:33 am
Excellent.  Much better than my week-end.  I hung out at the tire store on Saturday and spent lots of money.   :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on April 25, 2017, 01:07:22 am
I rode 22 miles on my mountain bike on Saturday and then worked my shift with an hour of rest.   :doh
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on April 25, 2017, 10:52:35 am
I didn't get nearly that muddy, but I did have some fun breaking in my new sub-compact tractor digging out a stump and moving dirt around.

(http://fellingfamily.net/images/bx25D_stump1.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on April 25, 2017, 12:33:11 pm
I went out slinging BB's at guys on Saturday and had a good time, was feeling all the crawling around in the brush on Sunday though;) Then I did a bunch of work around the house, cut some firewood, played with the kids etc on Sunday and managed to get in the shop for 5-6 hours Sunday night;) Then Monday being an extension of the weekend I changed the tires for Sarah's Jeep and put two new tires on rims to get her snow tires off for summer. And then I setup a set of 31's for my Jeep realized I had a mix matched set of rims and back tracked to the stock tires until I can hunt up a matching set.

Today I'm a bit sore, between flipping tires on the machine, changing tires on the Jeeps, working around here and running around with guys half my age it was a pain killer day;) But that said it was a good time I can't complain;)

Luke
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on April 25, 2017, 10:15:17 pm
Looks like y'all had fun.  I'm doing the Ohio one in July with my inlaws,  looks like a blast.
It's probably the most fun you can have and still keep your clothes on!  Just remember that it's team first, runner second, and everything else is a distant third place.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on April 29, 2017, 09:55:20 pm
It's probably the most fun you can have and still keep your clothes on!  Just remember that it's team first, runner second, and everything else is a distant third place.

Yeah I'm just running support,  I've been paid to run those things,  this is just fun.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on May 01, 2017, 04:44:25 pm
Yeah I'm just running support,  I've been paid to run those things,  this is just fun.

The nice thing about these is that there's no smoke grenades, tear gas, machine gun fire, artillery simulators, or screaming drill sergeants.  It's like a walk in the park!  And really, the obstacles on the Warrior Dash are more gee-whiz stuff than real challenges.  (Although the Muddy Mayhem in Tennessee was a killer!  I've never tackled a tougher mud pit than that one.  It was like trying to low crawl through two feet of wet cement!) It was the first mud run for the new Minion, and she had a blast.  Can't wait to do it again!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on May 01, 2017, 07:40:24 pm
went to NRA convention Sat & Sun-----last time I walked that much acreage, there were birds and dogs involved
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on May 02, 2017, 11:10:42 am
Chores, chores and more chores then went for a run on Saturday. Stayed home on Sunday and read and pondered my lil' heart out while the family was at church.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: bignate88 on May 02, 2017, 12:14:36 pm
Casted up 60 lbs of 125gr 9mm projectiles and did a test batch of the new coating im trying

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on May 02, 2017, 10:05:03 pm
Installed a class III hitch on my truck, then mowed the back yard on Saturday.  Got up early Sunday to run a bowling pin match at the range.  Just about ready to leave and a couple came in asking about joining.  I gave them a tour.  Finally got home about 6pm.  Tired, feet hurt, but it was a good day.  I even cleared a 4 pin table with only two shots.  Any time it takes less than four shots is fun, but only 2?  Only the 2nd time I've done that.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 02, 2017, 10:11:30 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on May 02, 2017, 10:12:24 pm
Planet Comicon in Kansas City.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Grognard on May 04, 2017, 08:41:53 pm
the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk.




(http://altdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/429958_10151141711334244_1395362544_n.jpg)


followed by Saturday at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.


tired puppy, I was.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on June 01, 2017, 02:48:46 pm
Traveled down to Florida to attend the newest Minion's HS graduation, and deliver her birthday and graduation gifts.  (She got the Marlin 336 for her birthday, but all the ammo, accessories, and safety stuff for graduation.  Since she couldn't use the graduation gifts without it, she got her birthday present early.)  Oh, my!  I don't think she'd have been any happier with an engraved H&H!

So, as it turns out, I got the best present of all, seeing the look on her face when she opened the case!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on June 01, 2017, 05:48:53 pm
Personally, I think I'd have preferred the 336 to the engraved H&H.  More affordable to shoot, and less likely to be "too pretty" to actually use.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on June 01, 2017, 09:56:43 pm
Personally, I think I'd have preferred the 336 to the engraved H&H.  More affordable to shoot, and less likely to be "too pretty" to actually use.   :thumbup1

I don't know about the too pretty business, she looked at that scuffed-up, pawn shop Marlin, and said "Oh, Papa, it's gorgeous!!!"  And the case now has a sticker on it that says "All Business."
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 02, 2017, 03:49:39 am
You done good.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: GeorgeHill on June 02, 2017, 09:20:43 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QrXQGeJLSA
4 hours to get there.  4 hours spent there.  4 hours to get back home... but a great ride. 
Also - not me or my video... obviously.  But the Dragon is an awesome ride.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Adskii on June 03, 2017, 12:06:24 am
Well I was supposed to take my three girls to Colorado to see their grandmother and help put down hardwood floors (I did that for a living in another life). The oldest had a half day of school then we would make the nearly six hour journey.

I had taken a day off before and after the long weekend to make sure all the construction type work got completed. We had breakfast and sent the oldest off to school, and I decided to run one errand before loading up the van for the trip.

Less than ten minutes away from home before my phone let me know my wife was calling. "You need to come home. Now." I should mention that we are three weeks out from her due date. But none of our three girls has ever been early.

This is a relief as when my wife goes into labor things progress quickly. How quick can it be? Our second was born at home. We had planned to have her at home, but we also planned for the midwife to be there too. I was on the phone with the midwife when my wife stood up, delivered the baby, and sat back down again. It took about as long to happen as it takes to read that out loud. The third one we were expecting it to be quick so we decided to use the hospital. Forty minutes from the time we walked in to the arrival of our third daughter.

This weekend we had our fourth daughter. She gave us a bit of a scare, but once they got her suctioned out she's been a picture of health.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on June 03, 2017, 12:34:08 am
Congratulations!!!!!!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on June 03, 2017, 08:54:08 am
Congratulations!!!!!!

Yeah, what he said!  Glad to hear that momma and baby are doing well!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Bud on June 03, 2017, 09:18:21 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QrXQGeJLSA
4 hours to get there.  4 hours spent there.  4 hours to get back home... but a great ride. 
Also - not me or my video... obviously.  But the Dragon is an awesome ride.

George,

Did you lift your shirt for the photographer?

I tried to talk Mary into it but she just waved as we flew by

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Bud on June 04, 2017, 12:09:23 pm
(forgot to add the picture)

(http://www.hartons.org/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/June_2007_046_copy.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on June 25, 2017, 02:35:18 pm
This weekend was a little bit of a comedy of errors for me. See, there was a classic car show being held at the PA Trolley Museum, which is maybe 40 minutes south-ish of me. I thought it was yesterday, so I went down to check it out. Only I got my dates wrong: yesterday was the Parade of Trolleys.

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The classic car show was today. There had to be at least 100 cars there. Some highlights:

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/C9u-Gzg3JUusi6JVU5bKRGjfHMA7LzhQfHgkL6MXbF5DtSapkcFnwkh813ks6wh5jMkxmxykC_Sr4cQFc_eVyR70HDoBvr5_OCFmCneGCMo9-_s05Jv8LFEgzvePqlgXauM0o7ymXKRzFmM8q9LQVreUx34H5HvBYmQ8arncsE9PXVnCqCJiwi4ip89hT1UBtBDT5zBaihgf4RrLh8Ic2wIKIUvn27Xp-85Y75LAZnFJtlkInShDNnKLb17PxARXEEbjqDtfos2jWfwvMW5UJ0Yfau2smLU2ywMFN0uSmPdIxU6DRhgsL5plkhQu35HqoZxDEuymlQ5ecVBfh5_IjhIlEC-uPNat7xhnJ3RW0kCC5o0HQzQ6llAoqTvejXE98kKS65_1HX9Kf6h8IPDOn9swx6HNfev-lzcllRcnQcLxCoU3ydQViCi2VPdg9SL-kCD5gZU9zk_ctlfn6Mkoo5BMvT3lMbMrzeHYAn1lJg3TaWr0u4ptfXbi-0E0QYvzG7GgDPPh-eGbX8ZVtE-22ZulPj_RT1rRWoOmecvoWLx7NEgnrTLTKJ80gMPa_6-scJynrOscoyZQCpaAlfzOcg3Z1ON8vi5fKwI-TwQi7DJiE0qK=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/RASF699JoPbIpSqjjk5sPTxpdd1j3WpLGbfUzIx1uj32tDASIla7Uio0jfyudBpqqXkchvo34R_LY3kNLH3kE_swoQTYDNLvu6oHrurZyC8uXmh-_zR2v89FlEGE8krU0nJE1mB5AhG2Ac_AxYnDZVWo889vvkrM4vpDIoj2C9HOPqlWwTupcRFVdkLDrMp3zyGS7Ew-xOBF5v5MVV3GAADSY7HX1rBZJKklUUvZ_ZChVb93aDnG-0IKHtptkXthn-NTVUCFn2A-3K_uDAghMxeJf3L7_ulFrMzEKkIuxkI2E85LWuSGyHedpsmzmNwPdEO2GI-ml8zZvEa_fb18zsHlFOjAhW1x4Fq3PhS9RNN8XGdhec7Matn-bLG2Rte2OI_RSwlaDlqJMIJs20Tb3nqVWpNDvulw8askXpFjO0nDYnw2sQggp5YMip3VmotcCOysmGT5U5vrr_atwYmrnDcYARLv4Mbka1zYchlYYMZJbvbBVgvisLamISx7YmV28OGCvVDgeCas6hNMODJGigtHxuHkDjVuZKPBlKZudpSVWn5DJH76uIM_cfQV-gMgO-MMQKghcZzFkB74wXtUhtG9cGxY3tdDu1CeJfVX4j4BImyo=w1692-h950-no)

My personal favorite: a 1967 Pointiac GTO.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Mj7EGuNQZklnhEhnIuAniARVhKznerWJRJh1QOT0KR6aQ8CAETz8r3G_cw6cx4a8UI9FwotzRkFXkaJY9TrXarXEMdBAUdzKDEuBOPiofGBM_F-gpdWFDkF30meVvw_SyyF8CNazWHIfxyugzV0Rt_NQLxMZIgZX0Pq92fL87p7layfgAF_GpcHczhfs0FiK6Y2tA29Wqflhq2kOsC9Woby_Ec4zizmxzOCPoDeLVx3CIyQvlCL8NPJkvv3E-HEaggUcC240LYYnE99FluaB3LuLsXSChzLHwBM2r1OOR7WJngTcGiV88Y0g9XSRN91zw-KRlzMR_XNtGBV-HOwHVnjXgCnzWokO_UA-LroLSWowTjMBcQlJdEgayrcQxAJ6ynGE64pFhYlicSH-u8znlXlosonKO616VKlPqGwBPMSF3YtdXqXv6xc4efoUzeRwfmpNv16HmoW00ln0dxTw_3eVO_Zbd1XdXDfXb5ki7R0BgZqZaIQnn9bCEe5RzHmf9VNG_TXZId3_offEJuBYgST-ZGM0aC62w3wFZg2sIPgGKJL6fI-Zj02XuGgbNh5TOEl6zJRF-XEHm_vPS0niotCJzk4Fl828frFvGG9VSzJk_tpG=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/5z5raRsPuVtj-TLxQ4ziBeCpv-m-wQ-E2lWUv_T8m-n37768j_v4xrhvX-5Ka0iMAzkhtMpSDYefgGDqOV4dT8swLDlzhVC9ZNLRXEFlGcq-PEKZQEAs8b-Kb-QEvFSz7BgOcdbonYrPgML9JgV6zFs1pyJgQfKQVMv6XS1rYw-kDfp4WCy9kIqQfMnjRvBNvsXxksOC577kxaAUknTPSpsjla1BDngQ7shIPUBr7xYwayCrxD4QXaA8vDQdup0nTd6Wmx2t6URb5m-fyt-tg17f3ekdu0_hf7Nm6_WGgPK863OzvBE-SQ_HJIDm6mj9AAZ390uYL9JCIiILkK_rEwM2hqGPdHelYwdM0EBvPCDJQCWbfPDoMDPtnDNKMA_91PbyPEKcMah4kqDkyQz4gnOMoDqQjZa7CqCl26bLuXJdKe9uPD0IS5ST1CTY3EmyQqCUB0eWZcNzy95j3R9ie7rETWIC8saeibPzKQLQQ3mfN9tavEQQCvxXb9CTyW_6fVA5eZNjO-sJBDEbtCqI3WVJlTugGx8juxc6R96P6iHUBPGQzMX9u8wfz6fxXZE4TtvAHAajozSiRZ8GNEem5AVJ9e23CtobUQcBVXBWlfHKeVaj=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/K0-485iTtuH8UjVXqxVGb6OyvojEwaGXP_aNp7QiqvwsyN_MmXxhL-UmTl2ibzIFKv0cAiQSr7AQDXFx-3RJ8kf-FMtBg96REJIVLuJ2T0cOLUmj6OaDUb6SBD3G-H3c7Sanm0Z230xG-6KSV2foBvkeV5-EcDd28edvFSxNIJIQ6hhXf1YIxPlNNuFeKw_D6-frONnXCiFOMtMcxcRFeWZ_vKDoDVs_XbkCzi1cB0AHQFDMXuNTdao2RrI8DI36XuHzVVRUdfQ6mIcqElIKypw_tdq9YpGkmmemHEJJRUPIy00nwFZgNfWGT_FvG_rSqGfH6rXmv9UPri3ccS3oNtac2KaACXKhaYznr614zGdAo84s1ejaKpOQoOgWYYdH9CC0uT8a0lKVtczwV5UxReDxPCzCZXOKRscD9h8N5NLuEwd9UOCYJu3w0qzW0VcXo6xOdtCsNGnPMdk9UyO5A3cbH4y90ktO5s5WwmvluYSclwE9uQEKB999kDP3y-c9jltNLWgIDwh_K8qB9hjXwtyCEoYNRZ1aSFgF-FpdKBCb8J0xHD3_bjmspWGAF9qj-hI4H1MZzYZfOM9QYgjQSE1EIUzNNZaflKCR_v-JWEKNTgsD=w1692-h950-no)


Okay, moving on...


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FS1pvmPfcb9Goe5FpWWQ1jIYBfEoNUeowc6HIBrS2_yQO8TJAJY1s6MzpGr69qvW2tHVZ8044j9EQ9L03TqDiY8dkDFCWrAnN-RP7qVaYnaBnjitYNq9q0Gp6Z4wuVl_qeBQ3bZRNuv_2pmAxuSQ8qptm-8xAmvONF34h-LMttPoR-9WRXumAtZSNO_ngHoAvBZY7PjsW5cH-OmCjE8Tgv4nR7EcevTLFPgJXmEaCtR33oZeieKWqoUINUvGZfJq9WEsaAQy46d_iXzJtANJKPiMmNkDnr5FLVVQQUmCA2fKtYTZOw4hcL-ZMdo6CF8D6jK-qqKcoPECUtkh1jLPTeB-IK-QAlGUdlX1YCDVScAeZm5Mzol9rpbYrHXqXnEuReBJ3XTqNOOoL8ZE0Dm0bRHkrxqafZmo_GdHpuZ0Xkl0g7uqtX-03YS5vHi_ACVPFXxTERKFILt0x0RNG9fMQETY4YyJ2br9MJ2dJviWFz1Qut1pNnDd5sgCevfgCQ3UHWcrL3D0sRE5JuY_TbLmfUuM_cgdpG0_NNK80ABkrZL6JnxnvietH_SKTL5VJAx4Q5kZzdXQu1pNCQNw4Y0hojE0SCgkoRJn4JSbtnet-UAYcQSr=w1692-h950-no)

There's an honest-to-God chandelier inside that car

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/hYZYIzCTHGaufJSxAila4ZBNQTZKdpIEAQg5nKBZc-Dp_41VYvDQXRnC9z4l93lwrEUT36z-jnuA-StTkb4ZqtyLGujYraI0himqxiIsyUu6D6MASSgVBgEZUgyfu3U_WWc-QPCWpvCWptzP28OLe3vH_ElgMakXMeo5qMOTsf3b_5-CeKRhZoNLcAqh9baKXgGbD8Nbo3btwQ1wi8ywmwfBOQEnwNKFZdBOJBDg7UrIW4W1EUORLYB4McsKe4_lCzACWoNvvfXYqbpb3gJmM89CTdiS3R9umArk5I-Gec3FDyqfQ3lu1MV4DSpczpEo2nqtp9KMY3cVGni_XtBcz_IeUXkWQ1KkRL_p49IdZdmxI8FNr-_yeL_ImnHyJNtNC14wYTxYIjJznxen0PN37dy14KUatbgsQggfWF-3LhKj_inz9Mz3I0Rqk_GYgPkhVAA1AmqRpnFCvwOt0efENMIZz2_Df_0GwwuporylZ8uf4NaOlVE6PiS08tqNROi6M72926L81l8UohXzc_PuaKGlTHnycUAzgGFjxsC3Lwfx5FIWv-TOzsg97WTdmYgX-joshNremqkKJU1tTDJSl_GlCyYpUAV3gMdF-iEXBf0bDU7Q=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/K3X-Kcsahax8YNgqOzndbRvzvYNHk68KIuREhbF0h0k9TsTsjUitdwhiiLXEeXossD1Ev-DEMUK4UpUtctvjbnge4OWKZhAoEnJg9TpFGdXmZ654kjm3oymL60QkclbNLEot4ihrxcb1pJzHHbIpY559fZ503wRUfpm9B_HfrsXsjjJe5hIZnY_Lh11oDa7Yxx752qFzsQJzi2XvFf38gR2Yu9eKme-CVXuWdaHTXLtTi9gSZBiWF8B93x2OfmG-Xv1K_Z6liuzVq4Hw7O1YFCLbfZX9Ba-FyhVOXohsCARB1nK3VMig71M8coTMxF9YPdjrggTTIlvfJLZMfpu3x1bb77c89O48_9hD8_mfqa0oPuoDuEf3C3-LmSHID07gfYlYhZH_INLAft18-WZBKIoQ7Kn0s9nusyaCaI0tqrL_rQHt_mvod92TJFtowmVJHkcqDWVwWHhgMK9rJ70x7Ul0zl6Xs2sVqhmE8Epl3rBeZPpJ_RKi5BxVtajs1dMAqS05hcYO1rumybnbAKY-LeV19M8OGANS1d6JML0CWEeRaX7NG7NczA6WOTykLDDzbbyhHe7DIQzNa478NE8f1PbJm86kbQnL6mAQRDBtp9SdrvZs=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/YVHMxZRUglGPW8fnHnUD6lZKtdWpSjoyfu2fn1T-c0Ss8h0FLqkI6W4Onx79FQ4ra80Lq_sZEk4f4sjrZ1Q3syRIfxAiNq514hWywCuyWtlyjl9oSc__wiy5OyQ9jzdTyKxbIqSajwLhcEX_Bc7m1AM-eXBTIjO4hgfE30fkfR5QKF9VSXLSja4e4pg7fA9D-_3tDdb2EAx54RMHuEyD_kbBMOaVIN9ZpJAP7NTs_6sDAt05-NnazVHOMZlcWSTTeoKRUQdypX2NyLnZ2-T42joszHfCx7Q5_OTKi4_LvIJ_zxMsVPJJv-jwnvXP3WNRGiONZDUvIIZae8kewFogVUL7ymk8JzvyRxnRCbgZsa9PbEfCUuMBr7y1drOguHhMtV4PzqRx9xOeajkO36Y7mtHfx9loCtTO4Z6WKpNDae8JtRkQygu4AXLLI6JrKBia7__XBDMf_NDVVM8bat2pm6VRrvlF4QhQwl6w9vWWl2oyHgs7r5uuMtyPNC7wNHECtr6bSJognbJHe-49Y87NR61RuAwdKbcZxoShuHRuiRnMY_IyiacEBrDfJdalx8AfpRxLU39AOWx6gdc8OsncFBvOy_xmCbiQMlv2A501VcwM36rP=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HmiCu2VJEGWhT4wtxkuKlneKzjEEoix6Bc8UmbMVHneV2NSrfZoERcEtzSCv8tTGJoEbAvvvMI63qKjq6Fvn6tJX4Mdyy2BqzuBZTApcYtZcuvv5dAVLyNbUuGmlKuAbN3t0NRqM_0B8l1p58gzEqWXMRksrActAcmki9iYz_QEAtSRPSt96TkITYPQFzY6nRwGyZQJFupMF5WDUjh-_iA_1pX2O6c_ownO4vrU8tZ-_RJFY--AmPu1rjE-VzgkEa4wx_9OfgZypy_Qd5ZKohrfhF04LoclDIzfBIoxyUFdpMmwz5HRL88KR04pWTJ34yineW7HEK6eG8_EBoziayqQbeOH9aXpAZdvNnzo4vcQkM93EzBdlHmc7HQoy-ooFF0DQy84YDQxSFfR8EXT8tOklh81b6AzJZ2oyHC21Cdg9FFBXYHKlklIps9vvLHxR_DtKOb3HTd2b76qoRaTMzP1UHngcJirzVeTNWv6PbxYpZHSfkZosBON7aePACkTfGmrdWToXNemcTaKdT2W4gw8WCDWq4oM0_1DTocLfgV-RJYoZ2utslYUVHCiYGADSU4yWRb2uFXxjvgJ1Xo51G-2NI_VWFrYxSNWvvgPWrr2BRP1J=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/s3fI3hUNGulTlSvYfHpngkv7vLGPqGw-xLQq2heowkSbxe_T5nOsT8brdXt22e9DY5CWuJQg_EhxkBknyrujqPzKYOwp8hdPp8Eg9UxTpm12ccLsgoGRtZMPee8LitNB1wDPVKorgSZDyXl89oie9SW6KFo7Ge-OSyC7Be5P9mTkUqd42hD91vM33NLJB0r1B-D6lAtxmVSEwUaNxKqPwGntGcDVNuknVNXvjWgPWVCEeCb1HGyoc6NOAKF-XvZX_-6S3FlkO9Ky_W4QHifqw_Ze1FhdOD0LHtNzLhn4HKV-LvLWjhlElsiYinaDadsDd56nEbBQ-VNd7cGbFaKqz3KCzZc5amw1Xb7-EfRI78V350tkQSLutRou2WuMDdlrOEeC2EUqbwg_IvsBYqSxnz8Dmkm5BnfN5-yh9X3udOcggfGJullgAEavQS0jxNtg1XLe-ylX_jl8MyUqGXqOWV4g_m0QXFcJ9FYU_mwu43QlOFY4zkFURAftCQnNwEkfmA8eIDLMpbkWU-wHz8mbqAltX3otjliEEDY2MkgaCEB27O8UckCxy-4LJm7E_fNGepDHdLb2BmaUAvH5d3pQuYWzsAB4LqlUfPq2rZITVkR-fRW1=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rIyhk9iMn9aX9B1Yw-Xc6DSSVLicvZ8f4k-yNYkSdBlU1Pa5UR5intZkYyluAmVoEchK9mWOkGo8TwKqONSRyYxRfcyIZknP9nBJ9z7SIlGV_WNPEyaDE5PxZzEAPD-iVx5IBrnxyzaR91nzAlkfAxvIA-RGbcodkEDL9wYE8lD86Im5uRPRh8bZN4gk_luGES3PUfJCZ-VEWNtIg7J2jZ0fbdutw5jb3OXcJw2muRysAxBs_-TgeOTq1OtfhFX2xrCUOUnxtwDdJeJ9aq8luEKZk_SAT9QW5L7UnlmP4yqTO3B6TCw_31jHwRqShOvwDxblPTjQw-0ndOTqpaNXnLdJAkNwGc5L-P7aprVxZgUN2mXvyXbdslkSFZBp__pdjbEh9kGA3tEmufQ_fDa-hgXIDdn9IGwTZ8xX_4xBGKWqD_1n8g2m9GfWv08k5rv3FRzvHnvrcqqp6k7mDL8Xtn1AlWLXKO7GilGIdocztK5Sdu5Z6DURhiKMtZ5ul50A5cDy_bPaI3ZPx5u4Lle9ZROO_hoKhdhXnwfvSIZ3ZM7Kuxs_fww60UhuWus6NzIjM-tsogmUyDLn0xqGbGM8HjRCFrGBtxFkhWUdhiSwYlasoHMl=w1692-h950-no)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/G5XPMqkE1RB-q5CKHTak0HbuzEsB6_XzcpDDWTAfEcNaMmFkGaXgazDFIT1U4QmRgVtcBfnV6IkQrKbSpm4cdCBydEA9pzvvWV3BUUud41ORcxZK5-DXgL1Kg1DKa4h0d6-to1jj1-a0Mxl-OhLFIHmSoRLpJQ13_NBMQM_tomFFMuC7yw55awof6ueZL5w5As3St_doXM5hdMjRcVvybgMV1EbBGnCVnyFz_4H0b093XiAzRZMD_onY88F7HG95zZYzD8H2DW5uHP69iW3s4G0oECKDs-5k3Ql14ZzA2HJguu7s8J0gzEwErn0v2PlX5kXSGrfteHWyyOCxgylCj7nV5ukDcfjeQ8oiiVX_2kQbPGpZP-OvzLA0VdqhP1PnFVRZ7knTGYTsQKqrIY1IaSKbQkAQkP_XS1EdCzipmJkxWORxrFOWLEFVFtZuD9gv9ynXF5PHH3lN6vWrvDxZavpRALhVEbQqtJ1B2cnmEHjmbp_vx-rB3ulvut6jDwVieL5Cdy7TaL3DQizOCzgpATGN4W72xzamVdOslvQTA82UdlYGYoBs-EXWrvd1dvASFseXgD8ZXRydXCcOPNfr4IAM3Hmu9gOL_roNVx1s9n4RaypS=w1692-h950-no)

That Beetle isn't a tribute car: the owner had the original vehicle registration and other documents proving that the car was sold to the Walt Disney Company in 1968 and was used as a stunt car in The Love Bug and Herbie Rides Again.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on June 26, 2017, 07:57:38 am
I finally got out to pattern my one shotgun.  Results were less than ideal.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on June 26, 2017, 08:50:06 am
I worked off duty at our Level One trauma hospital's ER. Lots of joking with nurses and security.  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 26, 2017, 08:58:16 am
I worked off duty at our Level One trauma hospital's ER. Lots of joking with nurses and security.  :thumbup1

 :thumbup1

What does off duty work entail in a hospital?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on June 26, 2017, 10:26:08 pm
I finally got out to pattern my one shotgun.  Results were less than ideal.

Okay, why?  Patterns too big, or too small?  I've had some success tightening up patterns with some patience and some emery cloth.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 27, 2017, 12:51:04 am
Just finished a reroof out of town heading home in the morning. Hopefully the weather will be nice so I can shoot the new pistol. It doesn't take much rain to put my range underwater. After 5 days on a 12/12 pitch roof I don't want to shoot in the rain.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 27, 2017, 01:09:44 am
I finally got out to pattern my one shotgun.  Results were less than ideal.
Is it not shooting where it looks?    :hmm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on June 27, 2017, 03:34:22 am
:thumbup1

What does off duty work entail in a hospital?

You're basically an armed guard for the ER. Security takes care of most of the issues. We're there as a deterrent and a first line defense against an active shooter. Plus we can get the cavalry coming with the radio.

That being said you sit and walk around a lot being visible. As off duty jobs go it's a good gig!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on June 27, 2017, 05:07:02 am
You're basically an armed guard for the ER. Security takes care of most of the issues. We're there as a deterrent and a first line defense against an active shooter. Plus we can get the cavalry coming with the radio.

That being said you sit and walk around a lot being visible. As off duty jobs go it's a good gig!
Coffee.
You forgot the coffee.


 :neener
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 27, 2017, 10:04:46 am
You're basically an armed guard for the ER. Security takes care of most of the issues. We're there as a deterrent and a first line defense against an active shooter. Plus we can get the cavalry coming with the radio.

That being said you sit and walk around a lot being visible. As off duty jobs go it's a good gig!

Wish we had guys like you in our emergency department. I love working in the ED, but sometimes patients can get a little assaulty  :-\. As it stands, I believe we only have two cops who watch over our whole ED. It's a pretty big facility, so...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on June 27, 2017, 01:52:20 pm
You're basically an armed guard for the ER. Security takes care of most of the issues. We're there as a deterrent and a first line defense against an active shooter. Plus we can get the cavalry coming with the radio.

That being said you sit and walk around a lot being visible. As off duty jobs go it's a good gig!

My favorite off duty gig here too.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on June 27, 2017, 01:56:51 pm
Buried my niece on Saturday. 23 years old, 120 IQ. She could have been anything, doctor, lawyer, astronaut, scientist.

Julie and I changed her diapers, bounced her on our knees, spoon fed her as a baby. Heroin overdose. It was spiked with Fentanyl we think. She told my wife a couple of months ago she wanted to die because she was so very tired and that was the only thing that would beat her addiction. She was mad at her brother for giving her a dose of Narcan last month and bringing her back then. She finally got her wish. A very sobering time.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on June 27, 2017, 02:26:34 pm
All of my problems together seem so small next to that. :(
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on June 27, 2017, 02:43:33 pm
Okay, why?  Patterns too big, or too small?  I've had some success tightening up patterns with some patience and some emery cloth.
Is it not shooting where it looks?    :hmm
It is a Cylinder bore 18" Remington 870.  I bought it used, changed out the springs, and just got around to the patterning.  It appears that the muzzle is not perfectly cylindrical, and there is a flat spot at 10:00 if looking at it.  It might not affect regular shot as much (or it might) but Federal Flite Control prints an ever stretching group, extending toward the 2:00 target position. (Looking at my pattern board, I would only want to take a COM shot at 15yds or less.)  I am thinking that the flat spot is causing just enough drag on the FC wad, that it pulls it in that direction just enough to throw the pattern.  Unfortunately, the barrel is dead nuts 18", no no chance of shortening it - I just need to get a new barrel.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 27, 2017, 03:35:05 pm
Buried my niece on Saturday. 23 years old, 120 IQ. She could have been anything, doctor, lawyer, astronaut, scientist.

Julie and I changed her diapers, bounced her on our knees, spoon fed her as a baby. Heroin overdose. It was spiked with Fentanyl we think. She told my wife a couple of months ago she wanted to die because she was so very tired and that was the only thing that would beat her addiction. She was mad at her brother for giving her a dose of Narcan last month and bringing her back then. She finally got her wish. A very sobering time.

I'm sorry for your loss, sarge  :(.

I've seen several kids that age, with that potential, and who turn to similar drugs.

I don't understand why they do it. If they do it to themselves or if something draws them to it... Or whatever the reason is... I just don't know...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on June 27, 2017, 03:46:21 pm
I'm sorry for your loss, sarge  :(.

I've seen several kids that age, with that potential, and who turn to similar drugs.

I don't understand why they do it. If they do it to themselves or if something draws them to it... Or whatever the reason is... I just don't know...

thanks. Im angry, not sad. But itll callous over and we will move on
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 27, 2017, 04:25:54 pm
thanks. Im angry, not sad. But itll callous over and we will move on

Different people express grief differently, you have every right to be angry.

I personally seem to oscillate between the two, given enough time.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on June 27, 2017, 05:54:00 pm
Coffee.
You forgot the coffee.


 :neener

 :coffee nope it isn't forgotten.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on June 27, 2017, 05:55:49 pm
Wish we had guys like you in our emergency department. I love working in the ED, but sometimes patients can get a little assaulty  :-\. As it stands, I believe we only have two cops who watch over our whole ED. It's a pretty big facility, so...

They have 4-5 security guys per shift. It's a pretty big facility. They want the Officer staying in the ED for the most part. Security calls you to a floor or outside occasionally.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coyotesfan97 on June 27, 2017, 05:56:18 pm
Buried my niece on Saturday. 23 years old, 120 IQ. She could have been anything, doctor, lawyer, astronaut, scientist.

Julie and I changed her diapers, bounced her on our knees, spoon fed her as a baby. Heroin overdose. It was spiked with Fentanyl we think. She told my wife a couple of months ago she wanted to die because she was so very tired and that was the only thing that would beat her addiction. She was mad at her brother for giving her a dose of Narcan last month and bringing her back then. She finally got her wish. A very sobering time.

My condolences Sarge
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on June 28, 2017, 08:30:21 am
Sorry to hear about your niece, Sarge.   It's a shame when people go out like that.

I spent the weekend in Alberta.  Had to go visit our plant in High River to monitor things while we installed some new software. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 28, 2017, 07:41:34 pm
My condolences Sarge
And mine as well.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on June 28, 2017, 09:22:45 pm
Sarge, condolences and sympathies seem pretty weak right now, but please remember that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.  If there's anything more we can do, please let us know.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on June 29, 2017, 12:48:42 pm
I feel for you Sarge.
My mother in law who has been in a nursing home with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's for the past 3 years was admitted to the inpatient hospice Tuesday at noon. She passed at 2245 that night with my wife and me by her side for her last breath. Although it has been expected for some time, it still sucks. She was cremated this morning. We plan a trip with her late husband's daughter later this year to spread their ashes at their favorite fishing area. We have reached the age that parents passing is expected, but burying children is not supposed to happen.


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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on July 02, 2017, 12:12:05 am
Condolences, Sarge. 

That fluffing sucks.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on July 02, 2017, 12:54:22 am
Many thanks everyone. Didn't mean to be a downer. I primarily work domestic violence cases but my best buddy is a narc investigator so I hang with that unit a lot when I'm not on a DV case. Working narcotics and then her dying of a drug overdose is infuriating. But its over now.

Julie took her brother and the girls to NYC for the week to get away from it all. The boys and I stayed in NC and had some good discussions about "stuff."
Moving on.

Today went swimming in the river after we cleaned house then worked on the boys boxing skills. Then they cooked burgers. Teaching grill skills too.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 02, 2017, 01:35:36 am
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 02, 2017, 09:59:21 pm
Went to Libertycon30 this weekend.  Since The Boss was out of town on family stuff, I transferred her registration to Senior Minion #1 (the owner of the Scout project rifle).  Between us two, and The Darlin' Daughter, plus the two junior minions, we had our own little gaggle, and there was enough interesting stuff to keep everybody pretty busy.  Met some great people, and renewed acquaintances with some equally terrific people that I haven't seen since last year. 

While I'm not a geek, I speak the language fluently, and under some limited circumstances I can pass as a native.  Everybody else blended in pretty well.  This is the only sci-fi convention I've ever attended (this was my fourth year) and I can't imagine any of the others being more fun!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 02, 2017, 10:01:38 pm
Went to Libertycon30 this weekend.  Since The Boss was out of town on family stuff, I transferred her registration to Senior Minion #1 (the owner of the Scout project rifle).  Between us two, and The Darlin' Daughter, plus the two junior minions, we had our own little gaggle, and there was enough interesting stuff to keep everybody pretty busy.  Met some great people, and renewed acquaintances with some equally terrific people that I haven't seen since last year. 

While I'm not a geek, I speak the language fluently, and under some limited circumstances I can pass as a native.  Everybody else blended in pretty well.  This is the only sci-fi convention I've ever attended (this was my fourth year) and I can't imagine any of the others being more fun!

A likely story  ;).

Glad you had fun! I don't think I've ever even heard of liberty con.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 02, 2017, 10:46:16 pm
It's a really small convention, limited to 700 attendees, not counting authors and vendors.  Since it's in the southeastern U.S., there's a large percentage of veterans, and an even larger percentage of conservative geeks.  The Darlin' Daughter says it's the only 3 days of the year where she doesn't have to explain her jokes! 

This year, in addition to John Ringo (who lives in Chattanooga) there were a bunch of authors there, like Todd McCafferty, David Weber, Michael Williamson, and Sarah Hoyt (along with a bunch of others that you have probably never heard of, but are really good reads, nonetheless).


And we're developing the Greater Chattanooga Chapter of the Gun Monkeys Hot Stove League, which is probably more fun than is allowed by law.  (It's mostly (a) veterans (b) shooters (c) gun tinkerers.)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 02, 2017, 11:01:10 pm
Got a link for the Gun Monkeys Hot Stove League?

Sounds interesting and nothing came up via internet search.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 02, 2017, 11:46:17 pm
Got a link for the Gun Monkeys Hot Stove League?

Sounds interesting and nothing came up via internet search.

Of course not!  We're gun monkeys, not computer geeks!  It's all very much on the down-low.

Show up to the con, look for the guys in the smoking area who aren't smoking. Listen to what they're discussing.  If you hear "ballistic coefficient" or "powder burn rate" in the discussion, you've found us them.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on July 03, 2017, 01:13:22 pm
Went to Libertycon30 this weekend.  Since The Boss was out of town on family stuff, I transferred her registration to Senior Minion #1 (the owner of the Scout project rifle).  Between us two, and The Darlin' Daughter, plus the two junior minions, we had our own little gaggle, and there was enough interesting stuff to keep everybody pretty busy.  Met some great people, and renewed acquaintances with some equally terrific people that I haven't seen since last year. 

While I'm not a geek, I speak the language fluently, and under some limited circumstances I can pass as a native.  Everybody else blended in pretty well.  This is the only sci-fi convention I've ever attended (this was my fourth year) and I can't imagine any of the others being more fun!

Was that in Chattanooga?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sarge712 on July 03, 2017, 01:15:48 pm
Nevermind me. Derrrr

Double derr.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 04, 2017, 05:51:54 pm
Flew down to Florida for a long weekend. Mama and Papa Raptor are building their retirement house on the gulf coast, and they're at the point in the construction process where they have to meet with the contractors and pick out the paint, flooring, countertops, cabinets, decide where they want the electrical outlets, all that stuff. So they're down there for a while, and my brother and I flew down (seperately) for a few days.

Saturday morning, Mom tells us to sit down because "your father would like to speak with you." Uh oh. That's never good. So we sit down at the table, Papa Raptor comes in, sits down with us, and says, "Boys, have either of you ever wanted to go jet-skiing?"

I confess that my first reaction was to wonder who this man was and what he'd done with Papa Raptor. He's never really been into that kind of thing before, at least not when it involves spending money. Long story short, Papa Raptor rented a Waverunner and the three of us (Papa Raptor, Little Brother, and myself) rode up the Gulf Intracostal Waterway Channel past part of Manisota Key. Mama Raptor stayed on shore. She lost her sense of adventure back before I was a teenager, but I digress. We only had the Waverunner for an hour, so we went north up through Lemon Bay for maybe 7 or 8 miles, then turned around and came back. Papa Raptor drove, since he was the only one born before Jan 1, 1988 and was exempted from needing a Florida Boating License. Technically, we could've driven too since we were with him, but there really wasn't anywhere to pull over and switch drivers, and none of us felt like jumping off in the middle of the channel.

Pic is attached below. Papa Raptor's driving, Little Brother's in the middle, I'm on the back.

Had an awesome long weekend. Flew back home today, and came home to a house suffering from a (hopefully minor) infestation of carpenter (I think) bees. Woohoo.   :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 04, 2017, 06:57:50 pm
What exactly constitutes an 'infestation' of carpenter bees? 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 04, 2017, 07:20:54 pm
Came into the house, there were 2-3 in the kitchen. Went back in the pantry to grab the swatter, and there were about a dozen of them. Checked the rest of the house, another 8-10 in one of the bathrooms. Went outside, there were probably a hundred flying around and/or crawling around a spot on the exterior wall just above the kitchen. And I can hear them crawling around in the kitchen ceiling.

Called an exterminator: he suspects they're in the process of setting up a hive and recommended I hit the spot on the exterior wall with a garden hose. Apparently that tricks the bees into thinking that they've picked a location that will flood easily, so they'll leave and try to find a new spot that hopefully isn't our house. It seems to have done the trick: they don't seem to be coming into the pantry anymore (that's the suspected entry point), there aren't as many of them outside, and I don't hear as many of them in the kitchen ceiling anymore. Exterminator's still going to come (at my request) and finish off the remainder of the hive.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on July 04, 2017, 09:40:50 pm
Permethrin SFR....  Magic wonder bug control chemical.  Hit youtube for how-to apply videos.

*It's basically the same crap the Corpsman sprayed on your cammys before going anywhere tropical.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on July 04, 2017, 10:23:32 pm
Came into the house, there were 2-3 in the kitchen. Went back in the pantry to grab the swatter, and there were about a dozen of them. Checked the rest of the house, another 8-10 in one of the bathrooms. Went outside, there were probably a hundred flying around and/or crawling around a spot on the exterior wall just above the kitchen. And I can hear them crawling around in the kitchen ceiling.

Called an exterminator: he suspects they're in the process of setting up a hive and recommended I hit the spot on the exterior wall with a garden hose. Apparently that tricks the bees into thinking that they've picked a location that will flood easily, so they'll leave and try to find a new spot that hopefully isn't our house. It seems to have done the trick: they don't seem to be coming into the pantry anymore (that's the suspected entry point), there aren't as many of them outside, and I don't hear as many of them in the kitchen ceiling anymore. Exterminator's still going to come (at my request) and finish off the remainder of the hive.

We had bees trying to build a nest in our current house several years ago.  T-111 siding has those wonderful grooves, such that when the trim piece goes on at the top there's this really neat 3/8" x 1/4" pathway leading up into the attic. (/sarcasm)  Anyway, we apparently noticed it fairly early in the process, but we had hundreds of bees entering and leaving the attic space via one particular groove.  I set up a shop vac in the morning with multiple extension wands, such that the tip of the top wand was about 1/2" below the opening. Left it on all day. (Sorry, neighbors.)  We apparently got enough of the worker bees coming and going that the queen probably died, because after that day we didn't have a problem with bees flying into that groove. 

We try to avoid spraying water on the house siding.  As noted, on this house there are grooves that are straight channels up into the attic insulation.  On a previous house, we found out that there was a straight shot into the house when I pressure washed the siding.  The water shot right over the top plate and into the master bedroom.  Stupid contractor.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on July 05, 2017, 08:47:29 am
what did I do this weekend ?

well,  wife and I were heading to the grocery store.
my duty officer jumped up a stolen car.
no other officers within 15 miles, so I went to back him. (well, yes, I did have a radio and my gun,)
car ran.
high speed (sorta,  never went over 85) following in the secondary position, running radio, in our personal truck, with my wife, for the first 15 miles of the chase, until he go onto the interstate and a state trooper caught up about then.  we stopped and looked for stuff he had thrown out the window at that point.
wife was super excited,  she had not ridden with me on a chase for about 25 years.
several stop sticks (tire deflation devices) and 40 miles later, he was on steel and finally stopped, no incident.
multiple felony charges, stolen car, stolen credit cards, felon in possession of a firearm, agg assault on a LEO (swerved toward a cop putting the stop sticks out),   guy has a rap sheet about 14 pages long, going back to when he was a JV and adjudicated as an adult,  he's 32 now and sitting in our jail on a 100K bond.

we did make it to the grocery store,  just took a bit. :coffee
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 05, 2017, 09:18:06 am
Wow, you sure know how to show a lady a good time!    :D :D :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on July 05, 2017, 11:49:49 pm
I may be a cheap date, but D###n we can have fun on a tight budget  :clap
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 06, 2017, 10:11:49 pm
Nice.   :cool   

Re: the carpenter bees, if you can plug up the ingress hole they will move on without you having to spray water in your attic and also without having to poison them.  They are basically harmless and great pollinators for local plants so IMO it would be a shame to have to exterminate them if it could be avoided.  Are there any apiaries or bee relocation services in your area?

  We had a whole nest of them in our fig tree in the backyard for three seasons never once had any problem with them.   They were probably twenty five feet or so from the back door and once we got used to having them around we kind of missed them after they were gone.  I think it was a really hard freeze that made them abandon the nest. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 07, 2017, 10:19:52 am
We found the entry point: area of major water damage at a gutter downpipe. Papa Raptor has known about it for a while, but it was kinda low on his priority list. Until now, that is. And we actually had an exterminator come Wednesday. Turns out we were wrong: they were honey bees. We had to get rid of them ASAP since they were getting into the house and Mama Raptor is deathly allergic to bee stings. Thank God she's out of town for a few more days.

Chief, I think your weekend was way more exciting than mine. And proved that you married the right woman.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 07, 2017, 05:09:27 pm
Uh... Yeah...  Honey bees and carpenter bees look nothing alike.  :scrutiny
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 07, 2017, 05:16:16 pm
 :shrug  I know zilch about bees. I mean, I can tell the difference between a Bumble Bee, a not-Bumble Bee, and a Wasp/Yellow Jacket/Hornet, but that's it. Mama and Papa Raptor assumed they were Carpenter Bees because they'd moved into the wall rather than build a hive outside the house. The exterminator (who deals exclusively with bees) ID'd them as Honey Bees.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 07, 2017, 05:39:01 pm
:shrug  I know zilch about bees. I mean, I can tell the difference between a Bumble Bee, a not-Bumble Bee, and a Wasp/Yellow Jacket/Hornet, but that's it.
For reference, carpenter bees look remarkably like bumblebees.  They are huge, slow moving, and fun to bat at with tennis rackets.  >:D

Mama and Papa Raptor assumed they were Carpenter Bees because they'd moved into the wall rather than build a hive outside the house. The exterminator (who deals exclusively with bees) ID'd them as Honey Bees.
Okay, no, carpenter bees bore individual holes into the underside of wood eaves or siding.  There is no combined colony, just individual nests.  This is why  was curious what an infestation looked like.  We have them by the hundreds every year, as our house is cedar logs.  There is no good way to stop them from boring their nests.

Honey bees are tiny, and generally unaggressive.  (Especially when they are in the process of moving to a new hive location, as they have nothing to defend.)  Still, they do sting occasionally, so not something I would want in my house.  Of course, we have 20 hives about 100 feet from the house, so they aren't that bad if you are not allergic.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 07, 2017, 05:41:04 pm
:shrug  I know zilch about bees. I mean, I can tell the difference between a Bumble Bee, a not-Bumble Bee, and a Wasp/Yellow Jacket/Hornet, but that's it. Mama and Papa Raptor assumed they were Carpenter Bees because they'd moved into the wall rather than build a hive outside the house. The exterminator (who deals exclusively with bees) ID'd them as Honey Bees.

It's ok, Raptor. Maybe Kaso can't forgive you for not being able to know the species and genus of individual bees, but I'm sure after much effort and gritting of teeth the rest of the forum will let it slide  :rotfl.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 07, 2017, 05:56:07 pm
It's ok, Raptor. Maybe Kaso can't forgive you for not being able to know the species and genus of individual bees, but I'm sure after much effort and gritting of teeth the rest of the forum will let it slide  :rotfl.
As one who lives around both kinds every day, I sometimes have trouble remembering that others are recent transplants from sterile suburbia.  :neener
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 07, 2017, 10:08:20 pm
Actually, bumble bees are smaller, more colorful and way more aggressive than carpenter bees.  If the "honey bees" in question are either the African variety or a hybrid of them they can be very aggressive once a hive is established.  Again, if you have a local apiary they may remove the bees for you at no charge just to have another colony at no appreciable cost.   :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 07, 2017, 10:11:16 pm
Yeah, I know.  We do that too.  Just not from inside people's houses.  Too much liability.

And Africanized honeybees are not a concern this far north.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 07, 2017, 10:32:30 pm
 :thumbup1  Got it.  They are pretty prevalent in this area. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on July 08, 2017, 12:26:31 am

 Okay, no, carpenter bees bore individual holes into the underside of wood eaves or siding.  There is no combined colony, just individual nests.  This is why  was curious what an infestation looked like.  We have them by the hundreds every year, as our house is cedar logs.  There is no good way to stop them from boring their nests.

4 gallons 100% glycol (ethylene if you don't have pets or small children, propylene if you do)
4 lbs borax
4 lbs Boric acid

Heat the glycol to 260 degrees F and then add in the other ingredients while stirring until completely dissolved, then allow to cool.
Do not try to use a 50/50 pre-mix of glycol and water as the other ingredients will not mix properly into it. 

You can store this mixture as is. 
To use, mix 50/50 with water and apply to your logs with a garden sprayer.     
No more carpenter bees or other wood boring bugs.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 08, 2017, 09:32:32 pm
I've lived most of my life with carpenter bees and worked in close proximity to their nests on many occasions.  I have yet to have one sting me or even try to as far as I can tell.  Kill them if you must but they are probably the least objectionable insect on the planet IMO and ought to be left alone if possible. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on July 08, 2017, 10:33:13 pm
We rarely have carpenter bees here in mid OK, and I have never seen one in west OK where I grew up.

There are a few in east OK, but I have never even had one attempt to sting.

Hybrid honey bees are a whole different story. There are a ton running around all over OK, and they will sting for no real apparent reason at all.

The biggest surprise I see fairly often for new biologists working for us is the truly awesome experience of the ole scorpion/spider/bull ant in the boot. They never learned the lesson to dump those boots in the morning before jabbing your feet in them. Usually one experience makes a lasting impression. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 08, 2017, 10:56:31 pm
We rarely have carpenter bees here in mid OK, and I have never seen one in west OK where I grew up.

There are a few in east OK, but I have never even had one attempt to sting.

Hybrid honey bees are a whole different story. There are a ton running around all over OK, and they will sting for no real apparent reason at all.

The biggest surprise I see fairly often for new biologists working for us is the truly awesome experience of the ole scorpion/spider/bull ant in the boot. They never learned the lesson to dump those boots in the morning before jabbing your feet in them. Usually one experience makes a lasting impression.

Out of curiosity, what is the biologist protocol for a scorpion sting? My texts don't seem to agree at all, but they seem to tell us nausea and pain in adults and then for paediatric patients 2 or less, they can be fatal.

I don't think that Texas has any particularly bad ass scorpions or anything  :shrug.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 08, 2017, 11:18:44 pm
Who doesn't empty their boots before putting their feet in?  Doesn't everyone do that?  :scrutiny
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 08, 2017, 11:33:26 pm
Yup.  It should go without saying but apparently a lot of folks didn't get the memo.  Saw a guy once who tried to get his foot to coexist inside a boot with a centipede.  The centipede wasn't having any of it and was able to convince they guy that it was a bad idea in fairly short order.  It was an interesting dance to watch, though.   :panic
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 09, 2017, 12:03:19 am
I don't empty my boots when indoors  :-[. The only thing I take out of my boots are my car keys. People complain about losing their keys and even buy fancy wall hangers or bowls to keep them in, but I have them outsmarted  >:D. Never leave the home without having shoes on first and you'll never forget your keys either.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on July 09, 2017, 12:53:36 am
I don't empty my boots when indoors  :-[. The only thing I take out of my boots are my car keys. People complain about losing their keys and even buy fancy wall hangers or bowls to keep them in, but I have them outsmarted  >:D. Never leave the home without having shoes on first and you'll never forget your keys either.
If people have a simple, designated place where they put their keys each time, (like your boots) then they never get lost.  A tiny amount of discipline and organization is all that is required.  I have no respect for people who 'lose' things like that.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on July 09, 2017, 05:50:59 am
I've lived most of my life with carpenter bees and worked in close proximity to their nests on many occasions.  I have yet to have one sting me or even try to as far as I can tell.  Kill them if you must but they are probably the least objectionable insect on the planet IMO and ought to be left alone if possible.
The mix I gave is to prevent them from boring into the log rather than exterminate them after the fact (although it may do so as well).
Side benefit of the mix is that it also inhibits mold, fungus, and rot.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on July 09, 2017, 05:59:13 am
Out of curiosity, what is the biologist protocol for a scorpion sting? My texts don't seem to agree at all, but they seem to tell us nausea and pain in adults and then for paediatric patients 2 or less, they can be fatal.

I don't think that Texas has any particularly bad ass scorpions or anything  :shrug.
Depends greatly on what scorpion.
Had a bad time after being stung on the arm in Florida as a kid. Didn't notice the sting, but the infection that came along with it nearly cost me my arm.
Over here we've got some scorpions which are pretty much a death sentence.
In Thailand I've been hit by (what I assume was) a variety of emperor scorpion, big black fat clawed looking thing which stung my hand while I was doing some renovations to my FIL's home and I put my hand into a wall cavity without looking.   Was about on par with a bee sting.     The giant centipedes there scare the daylights out of me though, as well as my FIL. Says a sting from one of those will have you sick as a dog and in the worst pain you've ever felt for a week.

With scorpions, good general rule of thumb is to look at the size of the pincers. 
Big fat pincers and they're probably on the bee sting end of the scale.
Tiny, delicate pincers and they're more towards that "take three steps and drop dead" end of the scale.
Apparently the more potent the venom the less they need to rely on the brute strength of their claws.

Moral of the story? 
Always shake out your footwear.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 09, 2017, 10:57:03 am
Depends greatly on what scorpion.
Had a bad time after being stung on the arm in Florida as a kid. Didn't notice the sting, but the infection that came along with it nearly cost me my arm.
Over here we've got some scorpions which are pretty much a death sentence.
In Thailand I've been hit by (what I assume was) a variety of emperor scorpion, big black fat clawed looking thing which stung my hand while I was doing some renovations to my FIL's home and I put my hand into a wall cavity without looking.   Was about on par with a bee sting.     The giant centipedes there scare the daylights out of me though, as well as my FIL. Says a sting from one of those will have you sick as a dog and in the worst pain you've ever felt for a week.

With scorpions, good general rule of thumb is to look at the size of the pincers. 
Big fat pincers and they're probably on the bee sting end of the scale.
Tiny, delicate pincers and they're more towards that "take three steps and drop dead" end of the scale.
Apparently the more potent the venom the less they need to rely on the brute strength of their claws.

Moral of the story? 
Always shake out your footwear.  :D

 :o Yikes. Scorpions we have here have very delicate pincers. I'm going to now google common Texas scorpions  :panic.

ETA: I feel a little better now: http://texasinsects.tamu.edu/cimg364.html

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There are no scorpions in Texas that are considered lethal to man.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on July 09, 2017, 12:35:52 pm
:o Yikes. Scorpions we have here have very delicate pincers. I'm going to now google common Texas scorpions  :panic.

ETA: I feel a little better now: http://texasinsects.tamu.edu/cimg364.html
Baddies-
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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on July 09, 2017, 12:41:07 pm
Out of curiosity, what is the biologist protocol for a scorpion sting? My texts don't seem to agree at all, but they seem to tell us nausea and pain in adults and then for paediatric patients 2 or less, they can be fatal.

I don't think that Texas has any particularly bad ass scorpions or anything  :shrug.

In my part of the world the main protocol for scorpion sting is to point and laugh a considerable amount at the victim.

We only really get wood scorpions(striped bark scorpions) and they are about like a bee sting or so. So you watch for anaphylaxis like you would with any sting/bite. Mostly you just laugh and point tho.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on July 09, 2017, 12:45:47 pm
:o Yikes. Scorpions we have here have very delicate pincers. I'm going to now google common Texas scorpions  :panic.

ETA: I feel a little better now: http://texasinsects.tamu.edu/cimg364.html

You guys got bull ants tho just like Oklahoma. Those things can lay down enough pain to make you repent your heathen ways.

https://youtu.be/EF-oSVCCqzU (https://youtu.be/EF-oSVCCqzU)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 09, 2017, 02:55:52 pm
In my part of the world the main protocol for scorpion sting is to point and laugh a considerable amount at the victim.

We only really get wood scorpions(striped bark scorpions) and they are about like a bee sting or so. So you watch for anaphylaxis like you would with any sting/bite. Mostly you just laugh and point tho.

Striped bark scorpions are what we have here too, apparently.

You guys got bull ants tho just like Oklahoma. Those things can lay down enough pain to make you repent your heathen ways.

https://youtu.be/EF-oSVCCqzU (https://youtu.be/EF-oSVCCqzU)

Oh man  :facepalm. Learnt about a new death dealing animal today, can't say I'm happy about that  :scrutiny.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on July 09, 2017, 03:07:20 pm
Striped bark scorpions are what we have here too, apparently.

Oh man  :facepalm. Learnt about a new death dealing animal today, can't say I'm happy about that  :scrutiny.

Bull ants will not kill you. They just make you wish for death. I have been stung by about everything that can sting in this part of the world, and a bull ant is miles ahead of anything else. I would rather get bit by a rattlesnake again than take a bull ant sting.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 09, 2017, 03:18:41 pm
Bull ants will not kill you. They just make you wish for death. I have been stung by about everything that can sting in this part of the world, and a bull ant is miles ahead of anything else. I would rather get bit by a rattlesnake again than take a bull ant sting.

I didn't mean literally die. After all, the video said no humans have died to date from that ant/wasp.

I cannot imagine an insect bite being worse than a rattle snake bite :hide . I understand that rattlesnake venom is another one that commonly causes nausea and vomiting as well. I cannot stand snakes  :panic.

Other than the minor medical texts I have read on venomous critters, I feel like I need to read up specifically on what is in my area.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on July 09, 2017, 03:39:35 pm
I didn't mean literally die. After all, the video said no humans have died to date from that ant/wasp.

I cannot imagine an insect bite being worse than a rattle snake bite :hide . I understand that rattlesnake venom is another one that commonly causes nausea and vomiting as well. I cannot stand snakes  :panic.

Other than the minor medical texts I have read on venomous critters, I feel like I need to read up specifically on what is in my area.

Rattlesnake last longer and made me sick as a dog, but it honestly didn't hurt real bad. It was like getting a shot with something like a bull needle. It also swelled my leg up pretty good. It is like having a really bad flu and a swollen leg at the same time.

A bull ant sting is about the worst instant pain I have ever experienced. Everybody should try it once IMO.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on July 09, 2017, 03:47:05 pm
Digressing back to the original topic, What did I do this weekend, I took a co-worker and his 12 year old son out shooting yesterday.  First time for both.  Started out with a single-shot .22, then moved to my grandfather's pump .22, then on to a 10-22 with a scope.  They both preferred the 10-22, not because of the semi-auto aspect, but because of the easier aiming and subsequent hitting.  They shot at tin cans, steel plates and balloons all at about 20-25 yards.

Moved on to letting the co-worker shoot the M-1 Carbine at an 8" steel plate at 50 yards (he hit it a couple or three times out of a dozen shots).  Then moved the plate in to about 10 yards and let him try half a dozen with the 1911.  He hit it a couple times, so he did pretty good for a newbie.  Finally let him shoot a gallon jug at 100 yards with the '06.  After showing him how much it kicked first by shooting a half gallon jug.  He blew the jug up with one shot, and was all smiles.

I think they'll be happy to go again.   :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 09, 2017, 04:07:56 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 09, 2017, 04:13:58 pm
The mix I gave is to prevent them from boring into the log rather than exterminate them after the fact (although it may do so as well).
Side benefit of the mix is that it also inhibits mold, fungus, and rot.
Yeah your mix is not terribly lethal as these things go and it does prevent fungal damage so its got that going for it.  Borax and boric acid is pretty toxic to bugs that ingest it but most things just leave it alone when its sprayed on wood.   My favorite dust for applying to the outside of the house is boric acid powder and food grade diatomaceous earth.   Keeps all manner of creepy crawlies at bay without being poisonous to kids and pets.  As for what I did this week-end, well, I got out my old insecticide duster and gave all the exterior cracks the once over with the aforementioned concoction.   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 10, 2017, 10:25:28 pm
Went to Tullahoma, TN this past weekend, to see Senior Minion #1's theater group put on a stage production of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe".  For a small town, low budget production, it was really good.  (And I'm not just saying that because my granddaughter was the stage manager.)  Took the tech crew out for dinner afterwords, and we almost bankrupted an all-you-can-eat sushi bar. 

Life is good!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 10, 2017, 11:50:11 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Avenger29 on July 16, 2017, 12:16:56 am
On the subject of scorpions several years ago my father put on a pair of work pants that has been in the laundry room of the basement without shaking them out

There was a pair of scorpions hiding in the crotch area...he crawled up the two flights stairs to the main floor, laid down on the floor for a half hour, then got up and went to work anyway. That's a man of steel right there for ya.

This weekend I went fishing today and tomorrow I'm not doing a damn thing. I've spent most of this week replacing a full undercarriage on a dozer and I'm whupped and very sore. Back to it Monday morning so I'm enjoying taking it easy for now


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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 18, 2017, 01:19:02 am
Went and played in the mud again, this time in Tekamah, Nebraska.

Couple of years ago, I showed the wife of a good friend some pictures from a Warrior Dash I'd run with #2 Stepdaughter and Senior Minion #1, and she allowed as how it looked like lots of fun, but she didn't want to run it by herself, and her husband's idea of vigorous physical exercise was walking across the room to pick up the TV remote.  Like an idiot, I told her "If you want to run one of these, and you can't find anyone else, I'll come up and run it with you."

We had a blast, both on the run, and at the after-run party (although I did get my ass kicked in the pushup contest.)  Next year, we will have 8 people run it with us!  (It's a fund-raiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospitals.)  It's the most fun you can have, and still keep your clothes on!  If you have one in your area, you owe it to yourself to check it out!

https://warriordash.com/ (ftp://warriordash.com/)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 20, 2017, 06:47:54 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on July 29, 2017, 11:53:09 am
Well I managed to get myself arrested.


Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 29, 2017, 12:23:22 pm
I'm assuming you were at Comic Con and got "busted" by the 501st or Mandalorian Mercs, but unfortunatelly, all I'm seeing is a "broken picture URL" icon.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on July 29, 2017, 03:14:36 pm
I'm assuming you were at Comic Con and got "busted" by the 501st or Mandalorian Mercs, but unfortunatelly, all I'm seeing is a "broken picture URL" icon.

Try this:

http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938 (http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938)

Edit: I've tried to fix the link above.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 29, 2017, 03:17:45 pm
Try this:

http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938 (http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938)

 :rotfl  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on July 29, 2017, 04:25:21 pm
Removing the old flooring in my bathrooms in preparation for the tile guy to install new tile next week.    For some stupid reason, when they built this house, they put carpet in front of the bathroom sink areas with vinyl over by the toilet and tub.    :banghead   Been wanting to fix that since we moved in. 

I'm just about done with the basement one,   carpet came out easy.  Had some trouble with the tack strips that were nailed directly into the concrete.  I'm going to have to go buy a nail puller to get the rest of the nails out.   Vinyl came out fairly easily through a combination of pulling it up in chunks and using a scraper.   Still need to scrape a bit more adhesive off and run over everything with the shop vac again.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on July 29, 2017, 05:57:28 pm
Try this:

http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938 (http://stephenjd.deviantart.com/art/Arrested-695526938)

Edit: I've tried to fix the link above.

Freakin' awesome! Are you a member of the Rebel Legion?

I'm going to be flying out to Boston Comic Con myself two weekends from now. I'll have to post pics when I get back, especially since I'll be cosplaying. Not gonna say who or what I'm going as. Don't want to ruin it for y'all!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on July 29, 2017, 07:08:01 pm
Freakin' awesome! Are you a member of the Rebel Legion?

I'm going to be flying out to Boston Comic Con myself two weekends from now. I'll have to post pics when I get back, especially since I'll be cosplaying. Not gonna say who or what I'm going as. Don't want to ruin it for y'all!

I'm signed up to the Rebel Legion forum but my costume still needs some final touches before I submit it for approval. I have shirt, trousers, boots, helmet and vest plus a totally scratchbuilt blaster pistol but I need a new belt and holster. Fortunately another forum member can supply me with these.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 31, 2017, 04:11:53 pm
Went to Murfreesboro TN this Sunday, to watch the junior production of "Guys and Dolls".  Senior Minion #1 was not only a stage hand, but had a small part, and it was her first time on stage, as a member of the cast.  (She really enjoys doing the set builds and tech stuff, like lights and sound, but she's got a really good singing voice, so they wanted her for that.)  And since she'd really trashed her left ankle (again) she couldn't help with set tear-down, so I sorta got volunteered to help with that.

And she's been asked to do tech (lights) for Alice in Wonderland which they plan on doing in October.  Pretty doggone impressive, for a 16-YO girl, I think.  But I'm her grandpa, what the heck do I know, right?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 31, 2017, 04:15:27 pm
It is impressive  :thumbup1, but being her grandpa you might be a little biased  ;).

How'd she get her ankle injured (again?) and why are you rough on her?  :neener You only have a few grandkids, you can't just go around breaking them  :P.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on July 31, 2017, 04:48:29 pm
It is impressive  :thumbup1, but being her grandpa you might be a little biased  ;).
How'd she get her ankle injured (again?) and why are you rough on her?  :neener You only have a few grandkids, you can't just go around breaking them  :P.

We were doing the Savage Race in Georgia last spring, and I'd boosted her up on an 8-foot wall, telling her that I'd come around and catch her, and she said "No, I got this!", and jumped off! She landed in the wet, slick mud on the far side, and twisted her ankle into a shape that G-d never intended for the human ankle.  One the plus side, the EMTs stopped the rescue Gator, and let her gimp across the finish line, so she could at least collect her finisher's medal, which I thought was a nice touch. 

But it totally trashed her cross-country season (the doctor said that she would have been better off to break it, the recovery time would have been shorter), and I think her track coach put a contract out on me.  (The coach had been pretty happy about having two of the Top-10 cross country runners in the state.)

This time, she was spending the night at a friend's house, and tripped over the dog while going downstairs, so I had nothing to do with this one.  The other two, yeah, they were kinda my fault.  And you could tell her to quit hanging out with Papa, but you'd have better luck persuading a mule to be baptized. :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 01, 2017, 02:39:44 pm
 :rotfl  I'm stealing that one. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 01, 2017, 09:49:46 pm
Be my guest!  I'm sure I stole it from somewhere, I'm not smart enough to come up with those on my own.  File the serial numbers off of it, and run with it!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on August 04, 2017, 09:46:29 pm
Warrior dash pic,  and one of the few I'll ever post online.

Was lots of fun, and the little sis and wife had a blast.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 05, 2017, 10:47:35 am
Looks like a good time was had by all!  Congrats!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 14, 2017, 10:19:06 pm
Went to Lincoln NE. , for the wedding of the oldest grandaughter. Lovely,  fun service,  conducted by  the groom's best friend from childhood.  The bride was lovely  (of course ) and the groom did credit to both Airborne and Ranger schools.  (He's a graduate of both ).   
Great couple, and I think they've both done well.   Looking forward to getting fitted for my great-grandpa hat.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 14, 2017, 10:42:29 pm
 :thumbup1    Good onya' . 

Unfortunately, we were caring for a sick dog all weekend.  No fun at all for the poor old guy - or us.  More testing scheduled at the vet's office for tomorrow. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 14, 2017, 10:44:09 pm
Flew up to Boston and went to Boston Comic Con (AKA Fan Expo Boston) with Little Brother and a bunch of his friends. Cosplayed as Indiana Jones on Friday, did a Group Cosplay with the rest of the crew as Penguin's Henchmen (AKA G.O.O.N.s) from the 1960's Batman TV show. The original plan was to get a group picture with Adam West and Burt Ward, but in light of Mr. West's passing, we decided to do it anyway as a tribute to him. And by sheer dumb luck, we ran into someone with an excellent Batman '66 Penguin costume.

The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion had a booth there, so being the huge Star Wars nerd that I am, I hung out there a lot. I really want to join, but I'm not sure which club. On the one hand, an Imperial Crewman/Officer costume is relatively easy and inexpensive to put together. On the other hand, I really want a lightsaber.

Apologies for the crappy quality cell phone pics. I really need to upgrade my phone. For a variety of reasons, but the camera royally sucking is one of them.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on August 15, 2017, 10:23:11 pm
Raptor,  that looks awesome and fun. 

I've been meaning to hit a con for years,  you're motivating me.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 15, 2017, 10:33:50 pm
I note how the prop whip had to be the equivalent of 'zip tied.'
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on August 15, 2017, 10:37:47 pm
I note how the prop whip had to be the equivalent of 'zip tied.'

The Renn Fest side calls it "peace tied".  Required,  as if someone that bothered to buy and carry a bloody Claymore would be inhibited by a little plastic doohicky if they were suddenly overcome by the desire to slay some tards.  (after this past weekend,  with the defacing of random war memorials,  I'm sympathetic to this thought.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 15, 2017, 10:52:58 pm
I note how the prop whip had to be the equivalent of 'zip tied.'

 :o I didn't even realise that  :facepalm.

I could see a whip being many things: traditional livestock herding tool, Indiana Jones accessory, 'adult recreation device' :-[, but never as a serious or deadly weapon. That's just nonsense.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 15, 2017, 10:56:42 pm
 :scrutiny

Snap someone with a leather belt one time, and see how they react.  Then imagine doing it with an implement designed for the task.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 15, 2017, 11:34:41 pm
Raptor,  that looks awesome and fun. 

I've been meaning to hit a con for years,  you're motivating me.

Do it. It was seriously the most fun I had in years. Just do some research first to make sure a) it's an established con, and b) has a good reputation. My understanding is that there are some stinkers out there. I'm assuming by your screenname that you're in Ohio: if you're close to the eastern side of the state, Steel City Con is in the Pittsburgh area this coming December, and I'm planning on going.

With regard to the whip being tied, I specifically asked them to do it. The guys at the prop check table were actually shocked that I wanted the whip tied shut. The con's normal SOP is just to tie the marker around the "weapon's" grip or handle to let the security guys know that the prop has been checked and approved for entry, but the marker won't be visible if/when the cosplayer holds it for the contest (no, I didn't enter) or when they're getting their picture taken. But the whip had started unspooling as I was walking, so I wanted to tie it in place lest I accidentally catch my foot in the very large lanyard loop on the end of the handle, trip, and fall on my face.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on August 16, 2017, 10:47:37 am
Last Thursday I watched my oldest get married.  It is definitely a bittersweet experience.  I love my new son-in-law, but will miss having my daughter around.

I have bit my tongue each weekend on this thread, as each weekend has been very busy, but was all related to this event.  The reception was in our backyard.

On June 2 of this year it looked like this:

(http://fellingfamily.net/images/backyard_20170602.jpg)

Last Thursday, August 10, it had transformed into this:

(http://fellingfamily.net/images/backyard_20170810.jpg)

So, that is what I did EVERY weekend this summer :P
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 16, 2017, 01:02:27 pm
Wow!  I thought we jumped through a lot of hoops getting three daughters married off in 8 months (the last two weddings a month apart).  You got us beat, though!  Nicely done, looks great, and if The Darlin' Daughter was happy, that's a big bonus!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 16, 2017, 01:58:14 pm
:scrutiny

Snap someone with a leather belt one time, and see how they react.  Then imagine doing it with an implement designed for the task.
Not a top choice as a weapon per se, but one with a weighted tip can break a skull. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on August 16, 2017, 02:00:40 pm
:o I didn't even realise that  :facepalm.

I could see a whip being many things: traditional livestock herding tool, Indiana Jones accessory, 'adult recreation device' :-[, but never as a serious or deadly weapon. That's just nonsense.

You have never seen a bullwhip in action have you?

It is possible to nearly cut the head off a damn turkey from horseback with one if you are decent with it.

If someone was decent with one and had good aim. They may not kill you but they could sure cut you to ribbons. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 16, 2017, 02:12:18 pm
I take the time to make a flawless tongue in cheek BDSM joke and you flat foots took it literally.

I don't even know why I try anymore  :banghead.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on August 16, 2017, 02:34:44 pm
I take the time to make a flawless tongue in cheek BDSM joke and you flat foots took it literally.

I don't even know why I try anymore  :banghead.

If your communication is not understood by your audience. It is rarely the fault of the audience.

It is much like those 'super intellectual' people that cannot communicate to less intelligent individuals. If someone has a truly powerful intellect it is child's play to communicate effectively to those with less intelligence. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 16, 2017, 06:17:29 pm
If your communication is not understood by your audience. It is rarely the fault of the audience.

It is much like those 'super intellectual' people that cannot communicate to less intelligent individuals. If someone has a truly powerful intellect it is child's play to communicate effectively to those with less intelligence.

That is demonstrably false. I know some extremely intelligent people who cannot communicate with those who are less intelligent.

Regardless of the falsehood above, it is oftentimes the fault of both parties. The sender and receiver. That's what I have bfn taught for years in communications and it's what I'm sticking with.

Seeing as it was a joke, I'm not really concerned about it. Tone is difficult to express and y'all might have read it without any humour at the time. No harm done.

If your plan is to argue and lay blame upon someone, then just know I'll have no part in it. If it was politics or something, then sure, we could argue over the internet and carry on. I stick with my original statement above, perhaps even more so now  :neener.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on August 16, 2017, 07:21:21 pm
That is demonstrably false. I know some extremely intelligent people who cannot communicate with those who are less intelligent.

Then they have never applied themselves to learning communication skills. Which can be fairly common for some of the math nerds.

There is also the joke you set yourself up for there. Like maybe you just misunderstood them. Since they cannot communicate with those that are less intelligent.  :neener
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 16, 2017, 07:28:16 pm
Then they have never applied themselves to learning communication skills. Which can be fairly common for some of the math nerds.

There is also the joke you set yourself up for there. Like maybe you just misunderstood them. Since they cannot communicate with those that are less intelligent.  :neener

Two things are missing from your theory. I never said that the hyper intellectuals were talking to me specifically.

I also never said that I was intelligent. It would be rather hypocritical of me to gripe at you for saying falsehoods only for me to turn around and say some myself  :neener.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 19, 2017, 08:35:08 am
:o I didn't even realise that  :facepalm.

I could see a whip being many things: traditional livestock herding tool, Indiana Jones accessory, 'adult recreation device' :-[, but never as a serious or deadly weapon. That's just nonsense.

A few days late, but I imagine it was used as punishment for a variety of crimes for a reason...


Sent from my iPad using a bunch of electrons, copper, and probably some fiber optic cable
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 09:29:48 am
A few days late, but I imagine it was used as punishment for a variety of crimes for a reason...


Sent from my iPad using a bunch of electrons, copper, and probably some fiber optic cable

It. Was. A. Joke  :bash.

Please see above  :facepalm.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 19, 2017, 04:02:24 pm
/sarcasm tag missing...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 04:15:54 pm
/sarcasm tag missing...

 :scrutiny Now you're just trolling. There were subsequent posts explaining it as a joke. Unless you picked out that one remark and then glazed over the rest in order to post a reply, there is no way you would have missed that.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 19, 2017, 05:13:04 pm
:scrutiny Now you're just trolling. There were subsequent posts explaining it as a joke. Unless you picked out that one remark and then glazed over the rest in order to post a reply, there is no way you would have missed that.
My goodness, you are dense.  The point of the sarcasm is that he did get the joke. :bash
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 05:31:10 pm
My goodness, you are dense.  The point of the sarcasm is that he did get the joke. :bash

There was no ownership denoted, but I read his brief sentence as saying that my sarcasm tag was missing. Not that his sarcasm tag was missing.

You're getting pretty liberal with those insults, Kaso  :neener.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 19, 2017, 05:47:21 pm
You can't pull off sarcasm unless it comes with a label.

No, your posts sound like those of a naïve, doe-eyed optimist, and half of the time when you post such a question, it's because you truly do not understand the other poster. :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 06:39:22 pm
You can't pull off sarcasm unless it comes with a label.

This is true. We (as in both booksmart and I) were both being sarcastic in previous posts and we both didn't denote it as such.

Regarding the second half of your post, in this instance I misread what he was saying. That's fine and good and I admitted it as me misreading it. For whatever reason you assigned a value judgement to it and while you have the option to do so, it doesn't make it truth. You're just someone on the internet with a brash opinion. Just like everyone else, apparently.

I feel like I'm not on WTA currently, rather in the comments of YouTube  :banghead.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 19, 2017, 06:52:17 pm
Wherever you are, I meant what I said.  When you post such a question (and you do) I am often left shaking my head wondering if you are trolling, or if you really truly just didn't get it.  :scrutiny  I end up wondering this quite a lot, and so I finally said something.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 06:55:15 pm
Wherever you are, I meant what I said.  When you post such a question (and you do) I am often left shaking my head wondering if you are trolling, or if you really truly just didn't get it.  :scrutiny  I end up wondering this quite a lot, and so I finally said something.

 :hmm

I guess it depends on the post. I do like to troll sometimes. Not maliciously of course.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 19, 2017, 07:10:11 pm
:hmm

I guess it depends on the post. I do like to troll sometimes. Not maliciously of course.
That's the problem.  I can't usually tell if it is intentional, or if you are just naïve or dense.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 07:21:09 pm
That's the problem.  I can't usually tell if it is intentional, or if you are just naïve or dense.

Well, it wouldn't be a good trolling if I made it explicitly apparent, now would it?  ;)

The only thing I can confess to then is that I am not stupid, but I do however sometimes have the occasional lapse and do stupid things, and I 100% genuinely misread Booksmart's last post.

Other than that, that's all I know  :shrug.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 19, 2017, 09:20:39 pm
On another tack entirely, I went shooting today with The Minions (all four of them!) and we had a ball!  The two Senior Minions ran me out of practice ammo for my 1911s, and we're ready for cooler weather, when the hogs are moving during the day,  the new one (with the Marlin .30-30) is on her second 50-round box of FTXs, and the youngest one tried (once more) to sneak my bird's head Vaquero into her gun case when she thought I wasn't looking.  Of course, this was after she ran through 50 rounds of the "Jenny" loads. 

Gonna hafta get her gun finished, just so I can keep mine!  (People say that I spoil them, but that's not true!  I'm just being nice to them because they'll be the ones to choose my nursing home.)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 19, 2017, 11:23:31 pm
On another tack entirely, I went shooting today with The Minions (all four of them!) and we had a ball!  The two Senior Minions ran me out of practice ammo for my 1911s, and we're ready for cooler weather, when the hogs are moving during the day,  the new one (with the Marlin .30-30) is on her second 50-round box of FTXs, and the youngest one tried (once more) to sneak my bird's head Vaquero into her gun case when she thought I wasn't looking.  Of course, this was after she ran through 50 rounds of the "Jenny" loads. 

Gonna hafta get her gun finished, just so I can keep mine!  (People say that I spoil them, but that's not true!  I'm just being nice to them because they'll be the ones to choose my nursing home.)

 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 19, 2017, 11:51:45 pm
Thank you!!!!

I always have a great time hanging out with these kids, there's never a dull moment, and they keep me on my toes as far as shooting is concerned.

We've determined that the "second aiming point" on the Burris scopes is pretty much spot-on for a 300 yard zero (we're hitting about three inches high, using the fat part of the duplex reticle , at 300 yards).  It's more a gee-whiz thing than anything practical, since we don't normally see shots on live targets out past 200 yards.  But it's fun to stretch the capabilities of the rifles!

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on August 20, 2017, 12:30:08 am
Ran the monthly bowling pin / dueling tree / plate rack fun shoot at the club.  I only shot 4 different guns this time.  I'm running low on ammo and need to reload more.  Especially 38s and 9mms.  Also some .45 Colt.  And I'm finally almost out of .45 ACPs too.  It's taken me almost three years to shoot up my last major reloading run.  Time to do another.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 20, 2017, 02:17:54 pm
I'm just being nice to them because they'll be the ones to choose my nursing home.)
Or, if your really nice to them, one of them may just decide to spoon feed you and change your diapers themselves.  Beats the heck out of any nursing facility that I've ever been in.   :-\
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 20, 2017, 02:54:48 pm
Or, if your really nice to them, one of them may just decide to spoon feed you and change your diapers themselves.  Beats the heck out of any nursing facility that I've ever been in.   :-\
Or even kinder, bring you a silver pill box with the ticket to a more graceful exit when the time comes and you make the call.   
At least that's what I hope for...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 20, 2017, 03:26:29 pm
Or even kinder, bring you a silver pill box with the ticket to a more graceful exit when the time comes and you make the call.   
At least that's what I hope for...

 :shocked
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 20, 2017, 03:36:15 pm
:shocked
Hey, if the day comes that you're reliant on someone else to ensure you change your depends, you can't remember what year it is, and generally are past your "best by" date, I think it's totally acceptable to decide that it's time to get off the merry-go-round if you so choose, hopefully with a little dignity and style.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 20, 2017, 04:16:46 pm
Hey, if the day comes that you're reliant on someone else to ensure you change your depends, you can't remember what year it is, and generally are past your "best by" date, I think it's totally acceptable to decide that it's time to get off the merry-go-round if you so choose, hopefully with a little dignity and style.   
I agree.  I also find it telling how a person's 'best if used by' date is often years or decades before their actual expiration date.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 20, 2017, 04:26:39 pm
I agree.  I also find it telling how a person's 'best if used by' date is often years or decades before their actual expiration date.
When you decide it's best that you go is up to you...it shouldn't be up to anyone else, it should be a personal call, or at least one the you make before you start to resemble a houseplant.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 20, 2017, 04:38:57 pm
Hopefully, I'll have enough grace and wit to punch my own ticket before I reach the point of being spoon-fed and having someone change my Depends.

But the line makes a good counterpoint to people who tell me that I spoil my Minions.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 20, 2017, 05:00:40 pm
When you decide it's best that you go is up to you...it shouldn't be up to anyone else, it should be a personal call, or at least one the you make before you start to resemble a houseplant.
I am not talking about when a person should punch out, or be punched out.  It is a reference to food labels. 'For best flavor, consume by...' does not mean that it expires then.

When a person loses their useful and productive capacity is often years before they die.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on August 20, 2017, 08:15:23 pm
Or even kinder, bring you a silver pill box with the ticket to a more graceful exit when the time comes and you make the call.   
At least that's what I hope for...

If your decedents are decent enough to do that last favor,  you raised em right.

I've got the Smith and Wesson plan as backup, but I'm not keen on someone else having to clean that up.  Still beats rotting slowly from some terminal illness.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 20, 2017, 08:45:42 pm
Since I'm healthy as a horse, but have a family history of Alzheimer's (on both sides), that has always been a worry for me, the body will be healthy, but the brains turn to tapioca.  When I expressed my concern to The Darlin' Daughter, she said, "Don't worry, Dad!  If it gets to that point, I'll cry and cry and push that f**kin' plunger!"

That's my girl!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 20, 2017, 08:54:47 pm
I didn't realise suicide was such a celebrated and encouraged action here on WTA.

I'm afraid that I'm not able to support such things.

I don't want people to be in pain or misery, but I still advocate a natural death. I want it to be neither artificially cut short, nor unnaturally prolonged if that prolonging will cause pain, misery, or trauma to the individual.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 20, 2017, 09:32:30 pm
It's a matter of independence.  When I can't do the things I want to do, when I don't recognize family members, when I can't control my bodily functions or feed myself, it's time to pull the pin.  I don't want my loved ones to have to deal with all the stress and trouble that comes from watching someone you love dissolve into a breathing meat sack.  That's not living, that's just existing.

It's not so much the physical frailty that scares me, it's the indignities that are heaped on you when you get to that point.  I've watched one grandmother and several uncles and aunts go out that way, and I'm sorry, I'm not doing that to my family.

JMHO, YMMV, IRDDU.

And I'm not saying that you're wrong (like the Irishman said, "If I knew where I was going to die, I'd never go near the place!") I'm not ready to check out yet, I figure I've got 20-30 more years left.  But I'd like to leave with a modicum of dignity.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 20, 2017, 10:03:20 pm
It's a matter of independence.  When I can't do the things I want to do, when I don't recognize family members, when I can't control my bodily functions or feed myself, it's time to pull the pin.  I don't want my loved ones to have to deal with all the stress and trouble that comes from watching someone you love dissolve into a breathing meat sack.  That's not living, that's just existing.

It's not so much the physical frailty that scares me, it's the indignities that are heaped on you when you get to that point.  I've watched one grandmother and several uncles and aunts go out that way, and I'm sorry, I'm not doing that to my family.

JMHO, YMMV, IRDDU.

And I'm not saying that you're wrong (like the Irishman said, "If I knew where I was going to die, I'd never go near the place!") I'm not ready to check out yet, I figure I've got 20-30 more years left.  But I'd like to leave with a modicum of dignity.

I understand wanting to die with dignity, and I appreciate the emphasis on the lack of being 'ready' to pull the plug  :thumbup1.

It's a rough deal all the way around. Whether they want to go, have stayed with us too long, or failed their attempt, I guess I have a different perspective on the matter seeing as I am fortunate enough to have multiple perspectives that not many get to see.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 10:21:35 am
My grandfather used to lay down a pony keg of apple cider every fall.  It wasn't very big, probably five or six gallons at most.  But he'd tend it carefully, and when it was ready, he'd occasionally get himself a mug full of it, to ease the pains of the day.  My grandmother, on the other hand, was a devout Baptist, and did not hold with anything resembling demon rum.  (Half her Anglo ancestors were ministers, the other half moonshiners.  Guess which side she took after.)

Grandpa would get himself a wee tipple, and she'd start in: "You're gonna wind up just like my Uncle Elton, drank himself to death, he did!"  Grandpa would try to ignore it, heaving heartfelt sighs the while.

One day, he'd been having trouble with a set of cabinets he was building, and nothing was going according to plan or design.  He decided to quit before he really screwed something up, and toodled off to the cellar for a bit of nerve medicine.  Back up in the kitchen, drink in hand, he sat down at the table, and Grandma started in:  "Just like my Uncle Elton, drank himself to death!"

At that point, for the only time in my life, I heard my grandpa raise his voice to his bride of 50+ years.

He slammed the glass down on the table, and said, "Dammit, Chelsea, the man was 93 when he died!"

(After she stormed out of the kitchen, he looked at me, shook his head and said, "Of course, if he'd been sober, he wouldn't have tried to ride that horse in the first place.")

So, yeah, if I can check out like Uncle Elton, I figure I'm doing pretty doggone good!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2017, 10:51:50 am
My grandfather used to lay down a pony keg of apple cider every fall.  It wasn't very big, probably five or six gallons at most.  But he'd tend it carefully, and when it was ready, he'd occasionally get himself a mug full of it, to ease the pains of the day.  My grandmother, on the other hand, was a devout Baptist, and did not hold with anything resembling demon rum.  (Half her Anglo ancestors were ministers, the other half moonshiners.  Guess which side she took after.)

Grandpa would get himself a wee tipple, and she'd start in: "You're gonna wind up just like my Uncle Elton, drank himself to death, he did!"  Grandpa would try to ignore it, heaving heartfelt sighs the while.

One day, he'd been having trouble with a set of cabinets he was building, and nothing was going according to plan or design.  He decided to quit before he really screwed something up, and toodled off to the cellar for a bit of nerve medicine.  Back up in the kitchen, drink in hand, he sat down at the table, and Grandma started in:  "Just like my Uncle Elton, drank himself to death!"

At that point, for the only time in my life, I heard my grandpa raise his voice to his bride of 50+ years.

He slammed the glass down on the table, and said, "Dammit, Chelsea, the man was 93 when he died!"

(After she stormed out of the kitchen, he looked at me, shook his head and said, "Of course, if he'd been sober, he wouldn't have tried to ride that horse in the first place.")

So, yeah, if I can check out like Uncle Elton, I figure I'm doing pretty doggone good!

 :thumbup1 Thanks for the story.

My grandfather was a farmer and I think he made it a life goal to make sure that when he passed, it was while he was working. That man never stayed still. Ever. It was quite the fight from the kids to get them to transition to a nursing home and the changes that happened in his physique was startling. Many homes have a wheelchair only rule, to prevent falls, and without the physical labour and pastures to roam it wasn't long before both of my grandparents lost the ability to walk. Very sad. I still kick myself for not being able to attend his funeral. I was a teenager at the time and with joint custody, I was far up north with my dad at the time. We were visiting that side of the family for a week or so.

As far as my Grandfather and drinking go, he always was given a handle of whiskey once a year from the gentleman who knew him at the cotton gin. I don't know what the payment was for or what my grandfather did for him, seeing as the cotton gin was doing a service for him by weighing his lot. When he died, we found a cupboard full of whiskey that had been untouched. Grandpa never drank it, but saved it. There must have been over 30 bottles there. The only alcohol he did consume was one beer a week. I believe it was lonestar brand and he drank it Saturday night at the late hour of 9 or 10 when the whole house was asleep, so he could watch wrestling  :rotfl.

On Dad's side, ever single man was an alcoholic. Full stop. My Dad is the one who broke that chain and when I truthfully tell my Grandmother that I do drink whiskey, she tells me that that is how you become an alcoholic. At my worst I think I drank one shot a day, so... 7 drinks over the course of one week is pretty piss poor performance for a college student. To my drinking peers, that is in fact, a disgrace  :rotfl.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 11:36:45 am
Have an old service buddy, who's coming up on 70 years old.  He runs a marathon a month, without fail.  He's not going to set any speed records, and he really doesn't care, he's just having fun.

He says "You don't quit moving because you get old.  You get old because you quit moving."

Sounds like proof of that, to me. 

You have my sympathies.  I missed Grandpa's funeral because of my Southeast Asian Vacation.  And missed Grandma's because I was in Korea at the time (during the Great Tree Cutting Incident of 1976).
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2017, 11:51:34 am
Have an old service buddy, who's coming up on 70 years old.  He runs a marathon a month, without fail.  He's not going to set any speed records, and he really doesn't care, he's just having fun.

He says "You don't quit moving because you get old.  You get old because you quit moving."

Sounds like proof of that, to me. 

You have my sympathies.  I missed Grandpa's funeral because of my Southeast Asian Vacation.  And missed Grandma's because I was in Korea at the time (during the Great Tree Cutting Incident of 1976).

I'm sorry to hear that.

I was lucky enough to attend Grandma's on my mom's side. They were quiet people (so we didn't talk much), and I was still fairly young, but I was glad I got to see them every weekend growing up.

The grandmother on my dad's side is still up and kicking. Her health worries me, but her and I are pretty close. In some ways I might even say closer than I am with my parents. Not sure how it happened, but my personality really resembles hers instead of my parents. She grew up in a man's world and carried both her mother and my dad, who was just a boy, financially. Her husband died by alcoholism and I think that was also the case with my great grandma's husband. Like I said, the men in my family were expert elbow benders. She did factory work up north and her life journey gave her a very tough abrasive shell, but beneath that is a heart of gold. I kind of feel sorry for the other women in my life, because if my grandmother is the standard by which I judge them, they're in trouble. She somehow managed to have grit, work ethic, character, and femininity all wrapped into one.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 12:12:32 pm
My grandmother once drove a Model T through a barn.  Three times.  The first time, the back doors were closed.  But after Grandpa died, I had to show her how to open a car door, because she'd never had to open one for herself, Grandpa always did it for her. 

Of course, these were the people who raised me, so it might explain why I'm a bit... off?

Got kicked out of third grade because the teacher was determined that I would be right handed.  After several attempts at moving the pencil to the right hand, she started cracking me across the left-hand knuckles with a ruler, to get her point across.  About the third time she attempted that, I grabbed her arm, and bit a chunk out of it!  (I'm not kidding, it took six stitches to close the hole I made!)  Lots of backing-and-forthing, and they finally decided to move me to the "other" third grade, the teacher of which said "I don't care if he writes with his feet, as long as it's neat and legible."

Thus, after all my other homework, I had 30 minutes of penmanship practice, before I could go out and raise H**l! (May explain why people say "My, you have such nice handwriting for a left hander.") Grandpa told them, "I've seen the boy write, and I've seen him shoot, and it might be easier to persuade a mule to be baptized than to make him be right-handed."

Of all the truly amazing people I've ever met, my grandfather is still my hero.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2017, 12:19:26 pm
My grandmother once drove a Model T through a barn.  Three times.  The first time, the back doors were closed.  But after Grandpa died, I had to show her how to open a car door, because she'd never had to open one for herself, Grandpa always did it for her. 

Of course, these were the people who raised me, so it might explain why I'm a bit... off?

Got kicked out of third grade because the teacher was determined that I would be right handed.  After several attempts at moving the pencil to the right hand, she started cracking me across the left-hand knuckles with a ruler, to get her point across.  About the third time she attempted that, I grabbed her arm, and bit a chunk out of it!  (I'm not kidding, it took six stitches to close the hole I made!)  Lots of backing-and-forthing, and they finally decided to move me to the "other" third grade, the teacher of which said "I don't care if he writes with his feet, as long as it's neat and legible."

Thus, after all my other homework, I had 30 minutes of penmanship practice, before I could go out and raise H**l! (May explain why people say "My, you have such nice handwriting for a left hander.") Grandpa told them, "I've seen the boy write, and I've seen him shoot, and it might be easier to persuade a mule to be baptized than to make him be right-handed."

Of all the truly amazing people I've ever met, my grandfather is still my hero.

 :thumbup1

I would like to add that I envy your penmanship! I have been cursed with Dr.'s handwriting. We tried to fix me, but at this age it seems that I am doomed  :rotfl.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 12:31:54 pm
:thumbup1

I would like to add that I envy your penmanship! I have been cursed with Dr.'s handwriting. We tried to fix me, but at this age it seems that I am doomed  :rotfl.

Get a a good calligraphy book.  Practice a lot.  Eventually, it will all soak in!

Trust me!  I couldn't draw flies on a hot day, but I can do pretty fair calligraphy.  Just takes a little practice, and a little patience.  And do not ask The Darlin' Daughter if the calligraphy version of Kipling's poem "If" is for sale.  It isn't.
And it helps if you get a good calligraphy pen.  Check Hobby Lobby, they have some neat stuff available for a little, or nothing.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 22, 2017, 12:48:58 pm
Get a a good calligraphy book.  Practice a lot.  Eventually, it will all soak in!

Trust me!  I couldn't draw flies on a hot day, but I can do pretty fair calligraphy.  Just takes a little practice, and a little patience.  And do not ask The Darlin' Daughter if the calligraphy version of Kipling's poem "If" is for sale.  It isn't.
"If" is a dammed fine start in educating a youngster in the more important aspects of character, if you don't mind my saying so.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2017, 12:49:53 pm
Get a a good calligraphy book.  Practice a lot.  Eventually, it will all soak in!

Trust me!  I couldn't draw flies on a hot day, but I can do pretty fair calligraphy.  Just takes a little practice, and a little patience.  And do not ask The Darlin' Daughter if the calligraphy version of Kipling's poem "If" is for sale.  It isn't.

Ah, IF is a very good poem  :thumbup1.

Let me clarify. My cursive is lovely. It also takes me 40 minutes to write a page  :facepalm (My name is perfectionist, nice to meet you), but when I am done it looks fantastic. I write in cursive pretty frequently, so I am well practiced in it, but my print is awful. Due to the time constraints, however I have to print in my professional life.

Cursive is for when I am writing someone a thank you or birthday card. You know, personal affairs that are well planned and precise.

Printing is for when I am jotting down notes at 6 am and I'm on your first words which were two sentences ago and you haven't stopped talking. My print looks like an abortion met hieroglyphics, but as along as I can read it  :shrug.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 22, 2017, 01:05:53 pm
Of all the truly amazing people I've ever met, my grandfather is still my hero.
Your Grandfather sounds a bit like Ira Johnson.
By any chance, is your hair red?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 01:11:33 pm
"If" is a dammed fine start in educating a youngster in the more important aspects of character, if you don't mind my saying so.

That's why The Darlin' Daughter has it in her living room.  She's had her son, (my favorite male Minion) memorize it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 01:13:30 pm
Your Grandfather sounds a bit like Ira Johnson.
By any chance, is your hair red?

No, but my daughter's hair is.  And some of the Minions are red heads, as well.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 22, 2017, 01:26:18 pm
No, but my daughter's hair is.  And some of the Minions are red heads, as well.
Perhaps an offshoot, then, if not the line direct.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 22, 2017, 01:31:38 pm
The Youngest Minion is a strawberry blonde, with freckles that look like she got a suntan through a screen door.  Don't piss her off, she can run that Vaquero like nobody's business!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 27, 2017, 02:00:47 pm
So, last week, SM#1 was knocking around Walmart with her mom, and comes toodling up with her hands behind her back.  Says "Mom, I think Papa needs a new gun for his birthday."  Of course, Mom wigs out, starting with how firearms are very personal choices, and very expensive, and so on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

Undeterred, The Minion says, "No, Mom, he really needs a new gun, and I think I've found just what he needs!"

This is what she got me for my birthday!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Gotta love a Smart-Ass Minion, don't you?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on August 27, 2017, 02:56:11 pm
The choice of gift says worlds about their personalities.  And yours... ;)

Happy birthday. :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 27, 2017, 03:07:40 pm
The choice of gift says worlds about their personalities.  And yours... ;)

Happy birthday. :D

I don't know if that's good or bad.  But I gotta admit, it absolutely knocked over my giggle-box when I opened it!  Thank you!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 27, 2017, 04:58:07 pm
 :rotfl
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 28, 2017, 10:05:49 am
No no, it's good...  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on August 28, 2017, 04:21:41 pm
No no, it's good...  :thumbup1

Imna take your word for it!  And I've discovered that I can use it in *delay* mode.  Set it, leave it, and a few minutes later, there she goes!  The Boss has already threatened me with violence and bodily harm if I don't quit leaving it under her recliner when she's watching a movie!

(Kinda reminds me of the story of Sir Issac Newton and his dog, Diamond.  Seems the dog chewed up a paper that he'd worked on for about two years, calculating the orbit of something-or-other, and Diamond demolished it the night before the presentation.  Newton's only response was "Diamond, Diamond!  Little do you know the trouble you've done!")
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 28, 2017, 11:23:06 pm
I'm betting he rigs a speed loader for a quick battery change before this is over with .  .  .   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: GeorgeHill on August 29, 2017, 12:10:10 pm
This weekend... I spent the weekend on the couch recovering from a motorcycle accident that gouged a leg bone and tore some muscle.
No surgery or cast required, and I can walk.  Slowly and painfully... but I can walk. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 29, 2017, 01:11:44 pm
This weekend... I spent the weekend on the couch recovering from a motorcycle accident that gouged a leg bone and tore some muscle.
No surgery or cast required, and I can walk.  Slowly and painfully... but I can walk.
  :doh
Was it you, or was it a 4-wheeler?

Hope you mend well.
I assume antibiotics and painkillers?

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on August 29, 2017, 05:42:34 pm
Spent the weekend praying for my friends in the Houston area.  They got hit hard and it's still coming down.

Went through that as a ground zero hometown survivor  (28 foot storm surge, 17 feet of water three miles inland), responder/relief and recovery volunteer with Katrina 12 years ago today.

It's gonna take them several years to dig out of this one, folks.  The coastal towns north of Corpus Christi got the high winds, but the rising water is a force of nature no one appreciates until its up to your waist and you have no place to go.  Evacuating a city as large as Houston is not really possible, nor did objective evidence suggest that the flooding would be so widespread.

If you can help in some way, please join in being a part of the solution in some meaningful way.  Those folks are hurting and are just now figuring out had bad it will be.

No expert, but as the insurance commercial says . . . "I've seen a thing or two."
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on August 29, 2017, 05:45:25 pm
This weekend... I spent the weekend on the couch recovering from a motorcycle accident that gouged a leg bone and tore some muscle.
No surgery or cast required, and I can walk.  Slowly and painfully... but I can walk.

Sounds like it could have been a lot worse. Glad you are on the mend and hope you recover rapidly and completely.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 30, 2017, 01:32:02 am
Agreed. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 30, 2017, 09:19:42 am
Oy. George, hope you're feeling better soon.

Yeah, Houston got it hit hard. Supposedly, 4 out of 5 homeowners in the worst of it do not have flood insurance... which is gonna *Suuuuuuuuuuuuck*.  One of the things I love about the US is how times like this bring out the best in people (the Cajun Navy, Mattress Mack, etc.).  Sad thing is, it also brings out the worse (Joel Osteen, looters).
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: bignate88 on September 11, 2017, 03:19:24 pm
Not much for bragging but I just can't help myself this time. Shot a MAG 40 this weekend and beat the old man in his game!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170911/64c50a3c084567a4fffa59ec7380833a.jpg)

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: bignate88 on September 11, 2017, 03:20:57 pm
And I did it with a obsolete wheel gun! Shoothing against a gen5 g19

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on September 11, 2017, 04:38:17 pm
Sighted in a new red dot (Sig Romeo) on an AR to replace the EoTech that was on it.  Went hiking up the local "mountain".  And I caught up with an old friend I hadn't seen in person for over a month - we only live 30 minutes away from each other.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Nick Cage on September 11, 2017, 04:46:24 pm
Spend my weekending tearing out drywall, AC duct, the stage/alter area (whatever you wanna call that raised area at the front of a church) and the sound booth / wiring & equipment from our church which got ~36" of water in it in Harvey. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on September 11, 2017, 04:56:02 pm
Our big outdoor event for kids.  Coffey County OK Kids (www.okkidscc.com (http://www.okkidscc.com)).   
Registration point we had over 600 t-shirts just for the kids.  gave out all of them by 2 pm.
Events included,  camping Friday night.  Breakfast Sat. morning. Fishing tournament. Lunch. events during Sat. afternoon included, trap shooting, pellet gun shoot, archery, sling shots, water cannon fight, rope bridge, milk crate climb, bouncy castles, horse back rides, disc golf, pedal cars course, paint ball shoot, bird house building, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) had sidewalk chalk, changing and feeding stations and activities for the littlest ones, balloon lady, magician, hay rack rides, supper, prize drawings,  movie and popcorn,  camping again on Sat. night, with breakfast on Sunday morning and a non-denominational worship service after breakfast.   over 1200 people total at the Corp of Engineers park (John Redmond reservoir) and every bit of it was free. 

This is put on by our emergency services, Sheriff, Fire, Police, EMS, emergency management, Parks and Wildlife, Federal fish and game, Corp of engineers, Recreation center, quail forever/pheasant forever,  and a host of sponsors and everything is provided.
basic idea is to get the kids outside for a day, give em a ton of stuff to do, and the parents don't have to spend a dime on food or entertainment.
This was our 17th year of doing this. 


Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 11, 2017, 05:09:47 pm
Spend my weekending tearing out drywall, AC duct, the stage/alter area (whatever you wanna call that raised area at the front of a church) and the sound booth / wiring & equipment from our church which got ~36" of water in it in Harvey. 

The "Dais", I believe.

How're y'all doing, DR?  Glad you're safe enough to post...

I spent my weekend running errands, and getting the house ready for what we felt was likely to be an interesting visit from Irma - cualked the outside of the daylight portion of the basement, as water usually seeps under the walls when it rains hard enough (prior to somewhere around '87, Georgia did not *have* a building code... my house was built in '87, and there's nothing sealing the footers to the slab).  Rearranged the deck furniture, moved the grill so it wouldn't catch the wind, that sort of thing.  We've got some tallll poplars in our yard I'm eyeing with suspicion - we're supposedly getting gusts to 60mph.

My family in Miami came through safe & sound. There's another family holding up near the armpit that we're hoping comes through fine. Haven't heard anything from Pensacola yet.

Also built a little project table for my 9" bandsaw, to make some signs for a friend that sells her apples at the Marietta Farmer's Market.  I need to add some cross braces for lateral stability, but fore-to-aft, it's rock solid.  My little one is starting play soccer this fall, at the local Y, and we had a "Meet the Coach" thing on Sunday.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on September 11, 2017, 05:11:40 pm
Our big outdoor event for kids.  Coffey County OK Kids (www.okkidscc.com (http://www.okkidscc.com)).   
Registration point we had over 600 t-shirts just for the kids.  gave out all of them by 2 pm.
Events included,  camping Friday night.  Breakfast Sat. morning. Fishing tournament. Lunch. events during Sat. afternoon included, trap shooting, pellet gun shoot, archery, sling shots, water cannon fight, rope bridge, milk crate climb, bouncy castles, horse back rides, disc golf, pedal cars course, paint ball shoot, bird house building, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) had sidewalk chalk, changing and feeding stations and activities for the littlest ones, balloon lady, magician, hay rack rides, supper, prize drawings,  movie and popcorn,  camping again on Sat. night, with breakfast on Sunday morning and a non-denominational worship service after breakfast.   over 1200 people total at the Corp of Engineers park (John Redmond reservoir) and every bit of it was free. 

This is put on by our emergency services, Sheriff, Fire, Police, EMS, emergency management, Parks and Wildlife, Federal fish and game, Corp of engineers, Recreation center, quail forever/pheasant forever,  and a host of sponsors and everything is provided.
basic idea is to get the kids outside for a day, give em a ton of stuff to do, and the parents don't have to spend a dime on food or entertainment.
This was our 17th year of doing this.
Best wishes that you have 17 more years of this.  It sounds like a really good program.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on September 11, 2017, 07:05:21 pm
That sounds like a blast!  So, who had more fun, the kids or the people running it?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 11, 2017, 07:11:33 pm
And I did it with a obsolete wheel gun! Shoothing against a gen5 g19

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What?!? Impossible! Wheel guns will get you killed in a defensive situation! Glocks are perfect! Reee!  :neener

Just kidding  :cool. You told us what the competition was running, but what wheelie boom did you have?

Our big outdoor event for kids.  Coffey County OK Kids (www.okkidscc.com (http://www.okkidscc.com)).   
Registration point we had over 600 t-shirts just for the kids.  gave out all of them by 2 pm.
Events included,  camping Friday night.  Breakfast Sat. morning. Fishing tournament. Lunch. events during Sat. afternoon included, trap shooting, pellet gun shoot, archery, sling shots, water cannon fight, rope bridge, milk crate climb, bouncy castles, horse back rides, disc golf, pedal cars course, paint ball shoot, bird house building, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) had sidewalk chalk, changing and feeding stations and activities for the littlest ones, balloon lady, magician, hay rack rides, supper, prize drawings,  movie and popcorn,  camping again on Sat. night, with breakfast on Sunday morning and a non-denominational worship service after breakfast.   over 1200 people total at the Corp of Engineers park (John Redmond reservoir) and every bit of it was free. 

This is put on by our emergency services, Sheriff, Fire, Police, EMS, emergency management, Parks and Wildlife, Federal fish and game, Corp of engineers, Recreation center, quail forever/pheasant forever,  and a host of sponsors and everything is provided.
basic idea is to get the kids outside for a day, give em a ton of stuff to do, and the parents don't have to spend a dime on food or entertainment.
This was our 17th year of doing this. 




I have never heard of anyone doing this before and it sounds really cool  :thumbup1 .

How big is the population of your city that you have the resources to do this? Waco is 124k and we never do anything like this.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: bignate88 on September 11, 2017, 07:12:42 pm
3in gp100 shooting 38 special 125g +p  jhp's

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 11, 2017, 07:14:53 pm
3in gp100 shooting 38 special 125g +p  jhp's

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 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 11, 2017, 07:36:10 pm
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Drove down to Cumberland, MD, and rode the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad with Papa Raptor. He and I haven't done anything like that (gone on an "adventure" together, just the two of us) in years.

WMSR is... nice. The equipment is in decent shape but could use some sprucing up, as my picture indicates. I chalk that up to two things. Firstly, they're in the process of restoring a steam locomotive (C&O 1309, a 2-6-6-2 Mallet type), and the effort is now very much behind schedule and overbudget. Second, a landslide undermined a roughly 300-foot section of the roadbed last year, severely curtailing operations until earlier this year and costing over a million dollars for the railroad to repair. Also, I grew up riding the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, PA, which is one of, if not the best historic tourist shortline railroad in the country, so I have a VERY high bar.

On the plus side, they have an active turntable in Frostburg (the other end of the line) and we got to watch them turn the diesel locomotive around. No pics of that, sadly, because I was shooting video that didn't turn out very well. That's what I get for trying to film with my phone and no tripod...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 12, 2017, 12:04:33 am
Also, I grew up riding the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, PA, which is one of, if not the best historic tourist shortline railroad in the country, so I have a VERY high bar.

On the plus side, they have an active turntable in Frostburg (the other end of the line) and we got to watch them turn the diesel locomotive around. No pics of that, sadly, because I was shooting video that didn't turn out very well. That's what I get for trying to film with my phone and no tripod...

My grandfather (the one who was in the FBI), was born in Sayre, PA, and worked for the railroads in the area as a teen before going to college in DC and starting work at the FBI as a clerk, in an internship program.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 12, 2017, 12:18:55 am
My grandfather (the one who was in the FBI), was born in Sayre, PA, and worked for the railroads in the area as a teen before going to college in DC and starting work at the FBI as a clerk, in an internship program.

That's pretty cool. Sayre is way up north, pretty much right smack on the NY border (Go Giants!), while Lancaster County is... actually pretty much due south of Sayre. Southernmost boder of Lancaster County is the Maryland state line.

Tell you the truth: when I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a train engineer. Until I was in my teens and saw an F-22 on the cover of Popular Mechanics and decided I wanted to be a fighter pilot, and then a Marine when I realized I was terrified of heights (and then discovered I was medically unfit to serve anyways), but the train bug never left me. When I was in high school, I actually attempted to volunteer at the Strasburg Railroad but was turned away because I was a minor. They did suggest I volunteer at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which was right smack dab across the street from the Strasburg. I did, and the Museum was glad to have me. Spent many a summer's day and fall & spring weekends up in the cab of the Museum's ex-Conrail, exx-PRR EMD GP30 locomotive, which is actually the same type of locomotive that was running on the WMSR over the weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 12, 2017, 12:42:24 am
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on September 12, 2017, 01:41:06 am
I wonder if the Sayre, OK is somehow related to the Sayre, PA.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on September 12, 2017, 03:51:09 am
I ahd some painting and assembling to do. Sadly pictures of what I'm painting and assembling keep failing security checks when I try and attach them. I'll have to wait to I finish and can post a link.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on September 12, 2017, 08:12:36 am
Went to Topcon Geek Expo in Topeka on Saturday.  It was a smaller event, so we only did the one day.   Hung out with my friends from the GI Joe costume group, got to meet Larry Hama, and got a sketch from him.  He's the guy that was responsible for the GI Joe comic in the 1980's and he did all the file cards that were used on the action figure packaging.  He probably had more to do with the resurgence of the brand back then than anyone else.   He's also worked on a lot of other books at Marvel including Wolverine, Iron Fist, etc.   He's a great guy and his table was right next to our group's booth and he even went out to eat with all of us on Saturday night.  I'm not a a big conversationalist, but it was good listening to him and the other guys talk about their time in the military.  Most of the other guys in the group are veterans and Larry served in Vietnam. 

After we got back late on Saturday night, spent most of the next day just relaxing at home.     


Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on September 12, 2017, 09:23:42 am
quite small actually.   Burlington is 3000 and Coffey county overall is about 10,000.



What?!? Impossible! Wheel guns will get you killed in a defensive situation! Glocks are perfect! Reee!  :neener

Just kidding  :cool. You told us what the competition was running, but what wheelie boom did you have?

I have never heard of anyone doing this before and it sounds really cool  :thumbup1 .

How big is the population of your city that you have the resources to do this? Waco is 124k and we never do anything like this.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 12, 2017, 10:06:12 am
quite small actually.   Burlington is 3000 and Coffey county overall is about 10,000.

Either way, I'm glad to hear it. My hometown is in shambles and could use something like this. It's a strange juxtaposition between downtown which never quite recovered from what happened to us in the 1950's and the upper middle class that are well to do. Parts of Waco are in rough shape and crime, drugs, and government housing are quite the norm. A lot of this happens just a few miles from the Baylor campus, but it seems as long as the students can keep attending class and the suburbanites are fat and happy, well... Out of sight out of mind, I guess  :shrug.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Nick Cage on September 12, 2017, 11:03:27 am
The "Dais", I believe.

How're y'all doing, DR?  Glad you're safe enough to post...


I didn't personally suffer any damage, my house is in one of the highest neighborhoods in the Beaumont area. Lots of work to do friends have sustained lots of damage whole communities are just destroyed.
So most of us are tired and sore but doing good!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on September 13, 2017, 11:12:09 am
This weekend I visited the Lotus Temple, India Gate and other various cultural sites in New Delhi.  Then I flew home Monday.  The site seeing was enjoyable, the trip home long, and it is good to be an armed american again.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 13, 2017, 01:00:02 pm
Cool! Photo thread upcoming, I hope?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on September 13, 2017, 03:38:22 pm
Lets try this.  These are some of the more interesting photos I took on the trip.  Hopefully the link works.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WGcWK73EuMfhTKmg1

Ok... posted, opened the thread in a different browser and verified that it was not logged into google and then browsed the link.  I think that works.

First couple of pictures are out of my hotel window.  I was in a nicer suburb called "Gurgaon", but right across the street is a little farming community.  Once or twice in the morning I would see the women headed out to get water.

Tractors like the one pictured are pretty commonplace on the streets as well.  Including on the freeways.

The bowling pins that are "dressed up" were at the entrance to a bowling alley in the mall attached to my hotel.

The lotus temple was pretty cool.  Impressive structure.  We were able to go inside, but they don't want photos inside.  Also no talking.  Cool experience though.

The rest of the shots are "Old Delhi" as well as India Gate and some of the Parlimentary structures.

And, yes, there are cows just wandering in traffic all over the place.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 13, 2017, 04:13:38 pm
And, yes, there are cows just wandering in traffic all over the place.

Looks like an interesting trip.

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Post by: cpaspr on September 13, 2017, 05:16:38 pm
They have a rough copy of the Arc de Triomphe?
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Post by: LowKey on September 13, 2017, 05:52:18 pm
Looks like an interesting trip.
Looks surprisingly neat, clean and orderly.
Hope you had a fantastic time!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on September 14, 2017, 10:23:18 am
They have a rough copy of the Arc de Triomphe?

Lots of cities have some kind of symbolic arch or gate to mark entry I have found.  France has different archs all over the place, and even a short train ride through Europe you will see several.

The India Gate is inscribed with the names of all of their fallen from WWI, and has a corresponding eternal flame at the base.

Looks surprisingly neat, clean and orderly.

To be honest, I couldn't bring myself to photograph many of the living conditions I saw there.  I was well and truly appalled.  Best I can describe is imagine one day you drive by the local landfill and find people are living there.  And not on the nicely compacted surface over the landfill.  They have carved out hovels in the junk and garbage of the tipping face.

Even in the "posh" areas there is refuse everywhere, and anywhere it gets piled you will find hogs and wild dogs living.

This is the fifth time I have been to Delhi in the last 18 months.  I have a team there so I visit often to coach and team build.  This was the first time I stayed over a weekend.  Next time I go, the wife is supposed to join me and we will take the drive to Agra and see the Taj Mahal.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on September 14, 2017, 10:41:01 am
To be honest, I couldn't bring myself to photograph many of the living conditions I saw there.  I was well and truly appalled.  Best I can describe is imagine one day you drive by the local landfill and find people are living there.  And not on the nicely compacted surface over the landfill.  They have carved out hovels in the junk and garbage of the tipping face.

That's why I was so surprised at how clean it looked.
The Kuwait and Iraq are almost as bad.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on September 30, 2017, 03:25:58 pm
I finally managed to finish what I was assembling and painting and get it photographed.

(https://pre00.deviantart.net/4869/th/pre/i/2017/273/1/4/aliensm3armour_by_stephenjd-dbp0jtv.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 30, 2017, 03:27:54 pm
Dude, you look freakin' amazing!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on September 30, 2017, 03:49:01 pm
Dude, you look freakin' amazing!

Thanks.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 30, 2017, 07:21:49 pm
I played paintball for the first time in just about ten years. The company I work for now had an employee game yesterday afternoon, which was awesome because the only thing better than playing paintball is playing paintball when someone else pays for it.

I didn't do too bad. It was a private session and most of us were newbies anyway. I did manage to pull off one awesome move. We were playing a round of center-capture (one flag in the middle of the field, the team that gets the flag back to their base before time runs out wins). There was less than a minute left to play and I'd completely run out of ammo, so I figured I'd make a suicide run for the flag. Somebody else on my team got the flag first and started running back, but they got eliminated. And they were right next to me (maybe 10 feet away) when that happened. So I leapt out from behind my bunker. ran to the flag, grabbed it up (this was an honest-to-gravy flag on a pole, by the way, not just a bandanna or something), and started booking it back to my base. By some miracle, I managed to make it back to our base without getting shot and with less than ten seconds on the clock. So I won the game for my team! And I was decked out head-to-toe in Tiger Stripe BDUs and Boonie Hat, so I looked badass while doing it!

That almost made up for me accidentally shooting one of my team members in the face (we were all wearing full-face masks) earlier in the round...  :-[
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on September 30, 2017, 09:06:23 pm
I melted and cleaned about 1200 lbs of lead.  All neatly stacked in 7.5 lb ingots
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on October 01, 2017, 11:35:59 am
I melted and cleaned about 1200 lbs of lead.  All neatly stacked in 7.5 lb ingots
Jealous.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 01, 2017, 12:41:59 pm
Jealous.
Totally.  Nothing beats inhaling lead fumes.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on October 01, 2017, 01:02:09 pm
Totally.  Nothing beats inhaling lead fumes.
If you're sucking in lead fumes you're doing it wrong.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on October 01, 2017, 04:15:05 pm
If you're sucking in lead fumes you're doing it wrong.

True that. 

I spent several hours yesterday casting up some 262gr .45 and 173gr .357 bullets, one bullet at a time.  Keith semiwadcutters all.  But I only went through about 11-12 pounds of lead.  Fan in the garage window blowing out, another fan blowing down across my shoulder toward the pot.  No fumes.

A)  Where does one get that much lead to melt down?, and B) you must have one heck of a propane burner to melt that much down in one day.   That's several lifetimes worth for the amount of shooting I have time for.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 01, 2017, 04:22:26 pm
The weekend is not over yet, and I just popped open the best bottle of liquor I've ever had, bar none.  :cool

Schladerer brand, Williams-Birne pear brandy.  40% abv, but I could drink this stuff out of a cup.  'Smooth' doesn't begin to describe it, and with a very clean pear aftertaste.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 01, 2017, 05:08:57 pm
The weekend is not over yet, and I just popped open the best bottle of liquor I've ever had, bar none.  :cool

Schladerer brand, Williams-Birne pear brandy.  40% abv, but I could drink this stuff out of a cup.  'Smooth' doesn't begin to describe it, and with a very clean pear aftertaste.

I know you don't like most alcohol, but I always get a distinct pear flavour with Speyburn 10 yo. You might like it, if you find some in your daily travels  :shrug.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on October 01, 2017, 05:42:56 pm
A)  Where does one get that much lead to melt down?, and B) you must have one heck of a propane burner to melt that much down in one day.   That's several lifetimes worth for the amount of shooting I have time for.

A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 01, 2017, 05:51:10 pm
A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.

 :o

Very cool hobby and set up  :thumbup1. I never knew that NukeMed was a radiological pharmacist, either.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on October 01, 2017, 07:08:02 pm
One of my friends was in town so we went shooting today.   He's a professional opera singer and he spends a lot of his time in NYC, so he doesn't get to go when he is there.  He was in town to visit his parents and for a singing gig with his local synagogue. 

Took out the AR-10 and AR-15 I built last year.  Also had my old AK, but wasn't able to shoot that since the local range apparently decided to ban any use of Wolf ammo and that was all I had.  Both ARs ran well with zero function problems.   Unfortunately, the batteries were dead in my red dot on the carbine,  so I wasn't able to use that.   Had to switch to the back up iron sights.   Wasn't able to get a good idea of accuracy,  since I could barely see the target on the dimly lit indoor range and I had to shoot with an awkward stance through a window.   

The AR-10 performed pretty well,  I put my Burris XTR on that and it was doing ok once I got it sighted in.   Did have something really weird when I first tried it.  I brought a laser bore sighter to get myself dialed in.  Put the target at 50 yards (closest distance available) and got the red dot on the cross hairs.    Fire three rounds and see that I'm 4" low and 6" off to the left.    Put the bore sighter back in, and I'm still dead on.     Fire a couple more shots,  still way low and to the left.   So  I gave up on the bore sighter and figured how many clicks I needed to move manually.   Made my adjustments and I was good to go.  No problems at all after that.  I don't know if my laser was off center or what, but it wasn't even close.    :shrug



Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 01, 2017, 07:15:11 pm
Ban Wolf ammo?  :eh

Why not just ban Saturday night specials on the range too  ::) ? I can't always afford brass case ammo, so while I'll never go cheap on a gun or a holster, I will frequently go cheap on ammo, because practice is still practice.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on October 01, 2017, 07:26:02 pm
Well they have always had the rule about not letting anything that attracts a magnet on the range.  They don't want steel core stuff tearing up the backstop since this is a 100 yard indoor range in the middle of town.    However, I happen to have some of the older copper jacketed non magnetic wolf that I bought back in 2001 and I've used it there before.    They also ban barnaul and another one (Red Army Standard maybe?).   I don't know if it is due to the steel jacket issue, or if they have had other quality control problems with the Russian stuff.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 01, 2017, 07:44:39 pm
I don't know if it is due to the steel jacket issue, or if they have had other quality control problems with the Russian stuff.
It is much more likely that the range staff just doesn't like having to pick out all the steel casings before they can sell the brass.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 01, 2017, 07:47:37 pm
I know you don't like most alcohol, but I always get a distinct pear flavour with Speyburn 10 yo. You might like it, if you find some in your daily travels  :shrug.
I am still working on the bottle of Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) that was bought almost a year ago.  Also Schladerer, and why I gave their pear brandy a shot.  The stuff made from cherries is good, but the pear is just worlds better.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on October 01, 2017, 07:53:53 pm
It is much more likely that the range staff just doesn't like having to pick out all the steel casings before they can sell the brass.

Might be to discourage a particular type of shooter.  I remember they used to specifically ban AKs and SKSs, even though they sold them at the attached gun store.  I think they were basically cool with regulars bringing in an AK, it was the more casual folks that caused a problem.  I think they were getting a constant string of yahoos that were going in there blasting up the target systems.  Bubbas or the wannabe gangsters would get themselves a cheap SKS at the gun show and end up trashing the downrange lights or hitting the target return cables. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on October 01, 2017, 08:28:51 pm
Might be to discourage a particular type of shooter.  I remember they used to specifically ban AKs and SKSs, even though they sold them at the attached gun store.  I think they were basically cool with regulars bringing in an AK, it was the more casual folks that caused a problem.  I think they were getting a constant string of yahoos that were going in there blasting up the target systems.  Bubbas or the wannabe gangsters would get themselves a cheap SKS at the gun show and end up trashing the downrange lights or hitting the target return cables. 

That makes sense. At the range I used to go to back near Philly, they had big signs up saying that any handguns larger than .44 Magnum, i.e. .454 Casull, .50 AE, .500 S&W Magnum, .45-70 (I believe those were all specifically mentioned on the signs) could only be single-loaded, and if you loaded multiple rounds into the magazine/cylinder, you'd be ejected. I asked why, and they said it was because of morons showing off by emptying their Deagles and whatnot as fast as they could, and putting rounds through the ceiling (indoor pistol range in the burbs, not good) and destroying the target systems.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 01, 2017, 09:33:55 pm
That makes sense. At the range I used to go to back near Philly, they had big signs up saying that any handguns larger than .44 Magnum, i.e. .454 Casull, .50 AE, .500 S&W Magnum, .45-70 (I believe those were all specifically mentioned on the signs) could only be single-loaded, and if you loaded multiple rounds into the magazine/cylinder, you'd be ejected. I asked why, and they said it was because of morons showing off by emptying their Deagles and whatnot as fast as they could, and putting rounds through the ceiling (indoor pistol range in the burbs, not good) and destroying the target systems.

My right to rapid fire 50 AE Deagles Akimbo, shall not be infringed!  :cool

I am still working on the bottle of Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) that was bought almost a year ago.  Also Schladerer, and why I gave their pear brandy a shot.  The stuff made from cherries is good, but the pear is just worlds better.

Glad to hear that you found something you liked, at least  :thumbup1. There's no law against having a few bottles in the house  ;). I currently have a bottle of knob creek, Bulleit, and Speyburn 10 YO on hand  :cool.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 01, 2017, 09:48:48 pm
A.  Nukmed is a close friend.  And his forum name is more than just a cool sounding handle, he is a radiological pharmacist.  I process all his pharmacies scrap lead shielding and containers.

B.  I have this and two dutch ovens:   http://a.co/f54qtfn  Took me about 5-6 hours yesterday to melt it down.  Most of it will go to an alaskan fishing guide who will cast deep sea lures.


So, what do you use to remove the white paint from the outside of the containers?  Or do you just toss the thing into the pot and skim it off as dross after the metal melts?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on October 02, 2017, 11:23:36 am
Wife was actually agreeable to be seen in public with me.
Friday evening we went to a good Mexican restaurant in Emporia, Ks. called Casa Ramos. 
Then went down the street to a nice little theater (Granada) they refurbished to an old school standard and saw the Quebe Sisters perform https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANZnAKDvc8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QANZnAKDvc8).
Very nice, good family show, Good fiddle music and a good time overall.

 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on October 02, 2017, 12:35:40 pm
So, what do you use to remove the white paint from the outside of the containers?  Or do you just toss the thing into the pot and skim it off as dross after the metal melts?

All goes in the pot.  Heat until melted, then flux it with sawdust and used motor oil.

It is nasty and smelly.  In my new garage there will be a dedicated hood and exhaust fan to try and save me from further noxious exposure.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 02, 2017, 11:11:51 pm
That's about what I figured but thought I'd ask just to see if there was some sort of miraculous process that I'd missed to deal with it.   :thumbup1

My neighbor is also a nuke med tech and has access to those same containers so I've got a fairly good sized stack of them in the garage awaiting the smelter. 

Between me and a guy who builds scale model, remote control sailboats we pretty much take everything he can bring home.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 03, 2017, 09:26:39 am
Finished sanding (third time), priming (second time), and painting the dining room ceiling - finally bringing to an end a debacle that started.... back in April, I think?

Flashback...

Toilet overflowed in the upstairs bathroom, prompting a waterfall onto the dining room table. So, we decided to sand the popcorn off the dining room ceiling and make it smooth, since the living room ceiling is as well. Get through that with relatively little fuss, until I get to a spot in the ceiling where we thought the previous owners had repaired a leak under the shower.

No, they did not.  They sprayed it with Kilz, overloaded it with spraycan popcorn, and then randomly sprayed ceiling white around until it masked what had been done.  As soon as I scraped the popcorn off, parts of the ceiling drywall fell off. Hm.  Poke it a little, more falls off, with black stuff sitting on top of it.

*sigh and hang head*

Go back to where the toilet leaked, on the other side of the room, and punch a hole through.  That toilet had been leaking a lot longer than we thought. Fluuuuuufffffffffffff.

Rip down three sheets worth of ceiling, to make sure to get all the mold/mildew, order three 12' sheets for delivery, and spray Microbium over every single joist anywhere near water.  As long as we've got the ceiling open, I look at the AC ductwork - sheetmetal improvised boxes, no sealant. I've got that. Open it up, spread sealant over the seams, close it back up, wife flushes the upstairs toilet, small waterfall in the dining room.

Fluff. Turns out the wax seal on the toilet is long gone - easy fix, no biggie.

Drywall arrives, rent a drywall hoist, and a friend is kind enough to help me with getting them cut and hung to the ceiling.  Buy drywallers stilts.

Somewhere in the middle of this, take a fall walking down the stairs at work, basically tripping and landing on my knees on a diamond plate landing. My knees do not appreciate this treatment. They're not right until after Memorial Day vacation, when I can take a week off from taking any stairs whatsoever.  So, I'm (understandably, from my perspective) reluctant to use the aforementioned drywall stilts to tape the ceiling seams.

Fiiine, we farm that out to someone with more experience than me. Meanwhile, spackle every. Single. Ding and dot in the wall, 'cuz we might as well paint the walls in there and finish the dining room, top to bottom. Buy a new light fixture.  Take a flashlight to the guy's work... a little rough, but hey, the seams are taped, I can take it from here.

Sand. Skim coat. Sand. Prime. Check for issues. Find screw heads that are showing through. Hammer'n'set those, mud 'em.

This weekend: Sand 'em, prime again. Check again. Looks good. Two coats of ceiling white. Hang light fixture last night.  Will sand the walls one evening this week, paint next week, then finally reassemble the dining room.

Wheeeeee. Ain't home ownership grand?   :facepalm :rotfl

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4469/37425925826_585f124254_c.jpg)

Oh, yeah,sometime before the end of the month we need to put the crown molding back up, too... got company coming...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Grognard on October 06, 2017, 12:07:43 am
^^^ He wins.  ^^^  :clap :clap
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on October 07, 2017, 03:08:13 pm
Turned wheel weights into ingots yesterday, and today turned ingots into bullets, with Minion assistance.  Turned out well, despite that. (That's what you get for lurking, girls!  :neener).  We now have several hundred each of .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .38/357, and a couple hundred rifle bullets in .30 and .284 diameter.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on October 07, 2017, 09:47:40 pm
I coached Nukmed through a refinish on his sows ear gunshow CZ75B.  And I redid my Kareen at the same time.  Pics will follow at some point soon, at least of the kareen.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on October 07, 2017, 11:54:48 pm
Beat me to it! ::)
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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:15:40 am
Here are some before pics:

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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:18:14 am
another
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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:22:54 am
Now some after pics:

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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:23:34 am
another
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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:24:55 am
one more
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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:25:38 am
and again
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Post by: NukMed on October 08, 2017, 12:36:21 am
Like sqlbullet said, this is my first attempt at Cerakote.  He took the time to give me a tutorial and these are the results.

I picked up this CZ 75B at the gun show a week or two back specifically as a project gun.  It's 20 years old and showed its age, but it shot pretty well at the range.

I Cerakoted the frame and slide OD and colored the controls, sights and such in flat black.  I can see some of the places that I didn't finish quite as I hoped to, but all in all I think it turned out pretty good.  I replaced some of the springs and pins as well as part of the project.

Next step is to take it to the range.
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Post by: Mikee5star on October 08, 2017, 01:36:19 am
That looks like it turned out good, especially for a first attempt.
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Post by: ksuguy on October 08, 2017, 09:20:20 am
Went to the local tabletop gaming convention, Tsunamicon.  http://www.tsunamicon.org/   Played a couple of RPGs and some card games.   I really liked Pluto Attacks!  from JTP Games.   https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/pluto-attacks-

In addition to that, we got a new puppy on Thursday.  We lost one of our dogs a couple weeks ago due to old age/kidney failure.   My wife said she didn't want to get another one right away,  that lasted about a week before she was looking at the website for one of the local rescue places.   We ended up adopting this little girl.   The lady that runs the rescue place was on a motorcycle trip a few months ago and her mother wandered into camp hungry, filthy, and tired. When she was being checked out at the vet, turns out there were some puppies.   

Not sure what she is exactly,  probably at least part dachshund since she is longer than usual,  but she's also pretty tall.  Some of her siblings had the short legs though.  In her picture, her mom sort of looked like a mix between a lab and a dachshund.   She had sort of a mini lab head on a dachshund body.   

She's a pretty good dog, but it's going to be kind of tough to train her to go outside.  I think she was inside with her siblings for most of her life so far, so she doesn't really correlate going outside with doing her business.   We've been trying crate training the past couple of days to see if that does that trick.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 08, 2017, 06:17:07 pm
Good lookin' pup.    :thumbup1   

The weather broke below 100 degrees for a couple of days so we did some back yard barbecue.   A couple of 5 pound fryer chickens on Friday and a whole brisket on Saturday.  Mrs. c and I were speculating on how much food we've cooked on that old Weber kettle grill over the years and the best answer we could come up with was somewhere between a dump truck full and a boxcar full.    :hmm   And, for the record, homemade barbecue is definitely worth the effort.   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on October 08, 2017, 06:29:38 pm
D'AAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

She is so cute!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on October 08, 2017, 06:44:19 pm
Looks like my rotary tool is the first puppy-related casualty.  She was sitting on a pillow behind me chewing on one of her toys.   I look over a few minutes later and see that she's found the power cord and has taken a bite out of it.    Anyone know if the Dremel brand replacement cords will fit a Craftsman? 

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 08, 2017, 10:53:22 pm
Probably.   Or at least they can be adapted to work as long as the tool specs are close. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on October 09, 2017, 11:43:04 am
<snip>Anyone know if the Dremel brand replacement cords will fit a Craftsman? 

How close to the tool did she chew the cord?  If you have at least a foot of cord left, I'd just put a new plug on it and plan on always using an extension cord.  I like not having to worry about always having to get within 'x' feet of an outlet.

If not enough left to re-plug, if the cord external diameters are the same you might be able to replace with a Craftsman cord.  You just have to know which wires are hot/neutral/ground on both cords and make sure you hook them up correctly.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: First Shirt on October 21, 2017, 09:57:40 pm
I'm glad all of ours are past the "chewing things for fun" stage.  The last infraction was when Izzy, the foundling beagle, attacked the vacuum cleaner from behind and bit through the cord.  While it was plugged in.  She may make other mistakes in the future, but she won't make that one again!

Went to the gun show in Huntsville today, and found a deal on Hornady American Whitetail ammo, $17.99/box.  Bought five, and would have bought more, if they'd had it!  Scored a jug of RL-15, and some more Large Rifle primers.  Glad The Boss is out of town, otherwise things could get ugly here at Rancho Imperfecto.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Gabrielus on October 21, 2017, 10:49:29 pm
So yesterday me and a buddy went to the gun range in our area and I got to try out a Sig Sauer P226 and a EAA Witness Combat, the Sig Sauer was awesome, that trigger was so crisp, the handling was light and the ergonomics were just perfect for me, I took my sweet time with it, just enjoying the moments, unloading that magazine, one round at a time.

The EAA Witness Combat was also great, not as good as the Sig Sauer, the trigger was a little sloppy and it did jam once but then again it was fairly new not being out of the box for less than two months, but all in all I took my time with that one as well and on a personal note, it just looks so beautiful to me.

I added those two to my "Guns to own in the future list".......the Sig getting underlined....and then underlined again.....and again....and again..........and again.

Then we went back to his house where he presented me with the rare opportunity to try out his Norseman Bowie and the KBH Kukri, both made by Knives By Hand, on some logs, it made short work of them and out of all the Kukri's I have handled, that KBH Kukri was the best one, right up there with a Tora Blade Kukri. The Bowie was heavy, not for my but none the less made by an above average bladesmith.

I had to be a nerd and try throwing the Kukri like Bronn of the Blackwater from Game of Thrones, needless to say it stuck, not gonna do it again but it stuck.

Needless to say this experience has led me to believe a new blade will be in my future soon.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 21, 2017, 10:56:56 pm
 :thumbup1

I need to buy more Sigs as well. They are lovely.

I also need to shoot mine more often.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on October 21, 2017, 11:37:24 pm
Dangit, y'all are making me miss my P228 again...

Me, I drove down to the local comics shop to pick up the latest trade paperback of Marvel's Star Wars comic series and the next trade paperback of the Shadow series I like, and discovered a series I'd never heard of before: Scooby Apocalypse. Basic premise: 90%+ of humanity as been mutated into the horrible monsters that the Scooby Gang used to expose as "frauds," and now the gang has to fight for survival a-la a Zombie Apocalypse story. It sounds dumb, but it's actually AWESOME! Think Scooby-Doo crossed with Uprising USA or Black Tide Rising. The book I bought, Volume 1, contains the first 6 issues, and I've already plowed through them. Now I have to go back to the shop and pick up Volume 2!

And I haven't done any of my grad school homework for this week yet. Tomorrow's gonna suck....
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 22, 2017, 08:41:43 pm
(https://orig00.deviantart.net/4c46/f/2015/337/d/f/it_s_the_apocalypse_charlie_brown__by_seane-d8jzl4j.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 22, 2017, 08:43:12 pm
Also...

http://i.imgur.com/SXZ0oWn.png (http://i.imgur.com/SXZ0oWn.png)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 22, 2017, 08:50:28 pm
(https://orig00.deviantart.net/4c46/f/2015/337/d/f/it_s_the_apocalypse_charlie_brown__by_seane-d8jzl4j.jpg)

Wow! It strikes me as Borderlands meets Fall Out, with a little bit of The Road thrown in there  :thumbup1.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 22, 2017, 09:25:37 pm
Both this and the other image really kinda belong in Internet Awesomeness... I just threw them in here in response to Raptor's comic book.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 22, 2017, 10:12:47 pm
I spent this afternoon digging up a series of groundhog tunnels under the shed, until I located where the one I shot yesterday had retreated to. 
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Post by: coelacanth on October 22, 2017, 10:37:57 pm
I like it.   :cool
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Post by: Kaso on October 22, 2017, 10:53:44 pm
I like it.   :cool
My back didn't.
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Post by: coelacanth on October 22, 2017, 11:25:50 pm
Yeah but the alternative was probably worse .  .  .   :vomit
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 23, 2017, 12:33:33 am
Yeah but the alternative was probably worse .  .  .   :vomit
Oh, come one, it wouldn't smell that bad...  :P
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 23, 2017, 06:45:04 am
Yeah but the alternative was probably worse .  .  .   :vomit

Oh, come one, it wouldn't smell that bad...  :P

 :rotfl
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on October 23, 2017, 08:52:09 am
Oh, come one, it wouldn't smell that bad...  :P
Lime, gotta have sacks of lime.



Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on October 23, 2017, 11:33:09 am
Lime, gotta have sacks of lime.
To throw some lime on him, I would still have to dig up this tunnels to find him.  He was shot on the face with a 12ga., but he still manages to crawl a bit.

Since this shed is 40' from the hog pen, I'm not sure why we were worried about smell, but...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 23, 2017, 05:10:02 pm
Well, at least it wasn't a boring weekend.   More of a digging one from the sound of it.   "Hey honey.  There's good news and bad news - which do you want first?"  .  .  .   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on October 23, 2017, 06:01:16 pm
Went from bare poles and rafters on Friday morning, to being able to hold heat end of the day today.
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Post by: booksmart on October 23, 2017, 06:34:49 pm
 :clap
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on October 23, 2017, 08:21:14 pm
Went from bare poles and rafters on Friday morning, to being able to hold heat end of the day today.

 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 23, 2017, 08:22:28 pm
Excellent.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on October 23, 2017, 09:26:13 pm
We had a decent storm here on Saturday. It blew an Oak tree onto our fence in the backyard. So I got to have the joy of cutting up oak most of Sunday. I took a vacation week to fix the fence etc.

Overall it is not much damage. I just gotta buy a top fence bar and about 25 feet of 6 foot chain link. Hopefully I can get most of the fence done tomorrow. I finished up cutting today. The branches cleanly missed every fence post, so that was lucky. 

The wood doesn't look too bad. I think I may haul a section of the trunk to the local saw mill. It will likely be only a 6 foot section, but I think I can get some decent planks out of it. The mill is only about 4 miles away, and if you buy from them often they mill for almost nothing.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on November 08, 2017, 02:00:29 pm
I entered this year's Armies on Parade competition at Games Workshop and came away with "Best Scenic Board".

(https://pre00.deviantart.net/58c1/th/pre/i/2017/310/c/a/armies_on_parade_2017__urban_warfare_by_stephenjd-dbsyp24.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 09, 2017, 12:23:25 am
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 09, 2017, 09:29:07 am
We had our little one's 4th birthday party at the local Y.

12 3-4 yo kids running around in a bounce house is a study in Brownian motion/chaos theory.

I think at one point we had 5 ice packs in application...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on November 09, 2017, 09:52:37 am

I think at one point we had 5 ice packs in application...

Those were for the kids!
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Post by: booksmart on November 09, 2017, 12:32:00 pm
Tell that to my shin...

(In all seriousness, they were being used by the kids... one poor kid had a tendency to lead with his nose: got nailed in the nose once, and bashed his teeth against his lip hard enough to draw blood the second time.  Both times his Mom was out of the room. Learned something odd: I am not comfortable giving someone else's kid a comforting hug while he's bawling his eyes out with a bloody lip.  So I just sat there, holding the icepack on his lip and patting him on the shoulder.)
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Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2017, 12:46:06 pm
Tell that to my shin...

(In all seriousness, they were being used by the kids... one poor kid had a tendency to lead with his nose: got nailed in the nose once, and bashed his teeth against his lip hard enough to draw blood the second time.  Both times his Mom was out of the room. Learned something odd: I am not comfortable giving someone else's kid a comforting hug while he's bawling his eyes out with a bloody lip.  So I just sat there, holding the icepack on his lip and patting him on the shoulder.)

You monster  >:D .

My constitution could not bear that. If a tiny human is injured, I will give them ice cream, a hug, a Ferrari, or whatever else they require if it comforts them.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on November 09, 2017, 01:22:34 pm
You monster  >:D .

My constitution could not bear that. If a tiny human is injured, I will give them ice cream, a hug, a Ferrari, or whatever else they require if it comforts them.
....and college tuition after Mommy and Daddy sue you for being a pervert who was groping their kid.  :panic
These days it's best to have the parents there, or at least a LOT of witnesses. Lots of over-reactive parents out there, as well as lots of opportunistic parents.


Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2017, 03:01:07 pm
....and college tuition after Mommy and Daddy sue you for being a pervert who was groping their kid.  :panic
These days it's best to have the parents there, or at least a LOT of witnesses. Lots of over-reactive parents out there, as well as lots of opportunistic parents.

 ::) People are opportunistic a______s, regardless. Nothing new to see here  :coffee .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on November 09, 2017, 03:21:49 pm
Tell the little kid to walk it off...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2017, 03:38:20 pm
Tell the little kid to walk it off...

That's actually my favourite joke to tell in my professional life  :rotfl .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on November 09, 2017, 04:06:04 pm
::) People are opportunistic a______s, regardless. Nothing new to see here  :coffee .
Um, yeah... but do you enjoy being sued?  Because there are people that actually enjoy suing others.  Don't give them a reason.

If you are in your work clothes, maybe you could get away with comforting a stranger's child.  In public?  No way.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2017, 04:58:01 pm
Um, yeah... but do you enjoy being sued?  Because there are people that actually enjoy suing others.  Don't give them a reason.

If you are in your work clothes, maybe you could get away with comforting a stranger's child.  In public?  No way.

He didn't say a strangers kid, he said "someone else's". If they were one of the children attending his child's birthday party, then I assume that there is at least some association there.

I do see merit in not disturbing someone else's child for fear of being sued, but that also includes holding an icepack to their bleeding lip. Forget hugging them, the parent could just sue you and say that you caused the bloody lip.

Either way, I feel this is all much ado about nothing. People can sue you for any damn thing and while I understand not giving them reason too, if you can help it, it is still best practice to help others. It seems weak in spirit and character (i.e. being a b____) to let the fear of a potential minor suing paralyse you and rob you of your humanity, so as to keep you from rendering aid to anyone. Whether that be a crying child or a car accident. I cannot say that I would want to be in the company of an individual that would be of such a weak or immoral temperament.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 09, 2017, 05:24:10 pm
He didn't say a strangers kid, he said "someone else's". If they were one of the children attending his child's birthday party, then I assume that there is at least some association there.

Since he's still in pre-school, the dayschool we have him at basically 'suggests' inviting all of the kids from his classroom (last year, we had it at one of the local public parks), and keeping presents to under $20 or so... I don't feel bad about this, as my son seems to get along with most everyone, and we get along pretty well with the other parents.  The kid in question is one of the three or four that my son gets along with particularly well, though.  But yeah, the last thing I need is some parent getting overprotective and surly.

Funny aside - one of the girls attending the party got jealous of the other kids having icepacks, so she wanted one, even though she hadn't gotten hurt.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2017, 05:34:30 pm
Since he's still in pre-school, the dayschool we have him at basically 'suggests' inviting all of the kids from his classroom (last year, we had it at one of the local public parks), and keeping presents to under $20 or so... I don't feel bad about this, as my son seems to get along with most everyone, and we get along pretty well with the other parents.  The kid in question is one of the three or four that my son gets along with particularly well, though.  But yeah, the last thing I need is some parent getting overprotective and surly.

Funny aside - one of the girls attending the party got jealous of the other kids having icepacks, so she wanted one, even though she hadn't gotten hurt.

I understand Booksmart  :cool. Apologies for the thread drift  :-\ .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on November 09, 2017, 05:58:39 pm
That's actually my favourite joke to tell in my professional life  :rotfl .

My father's favorite saying when you are hurt and looking for sympathy is. 'I have had worse on the head of my dick.'

I have to catch myself all the time to NOT say that to people and the children of my friends. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on November 09, 2017, 06:09:02 pm
My father's favorite saying when you are hurt and looking for sympathy is. 'I have had worse on the head of my dick.'

I have to catch myself all the time to NOT say that to people and the children of my friends.
My father was fond of saying, "If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it in the dictionary between "sh*t and Syphilis."   ;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on November 09, 2017, 08:52:56 pm
He didn't say a strangers kid, he said "someone else's". If they were one of the children attending his child's birthday party, then I assume that there is at least some association there.
I'm just going to say that my father once came a hair's breadth from being accused of improper behavior with a child, (and I was right there when the alleged incident happened, so I know there was nothing at all improper) so I'll be playing it safe, thanks.  Not my kid = Not touching them.

Either way, I feel this is all much ado about nothing. People can sue you for any damn thing and while I understand not giving them reason too, if you can help it, it is still best practice to help others. It seems weak in spirit and character (i.e. being a b____) to let the fear of a potential minor suing paralyse you and rob you of your humanity, so as to keep you from rendering aid to anyone. Whether that be a crying child or a car accident. I cannot say that I would want to be in the company of an individual that would be of such a weak or immoral temperament.
Yeah okay, whatever.  I find a certain irony in the fact that you will 'do what it takes' for a child's comfort, and risk the consequences, but have a phobia about the legal risks of marriage.  Conversely, I view the pitfalls of marriage to be an acceptable part of the game, yet won't come within 10 feet of other peoples' kids. (family excepted)

It's just a bit amusing.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on November 09, 2017, 09:09:17 pm
While I wouldn't say Kaso and I are diametrically opposed on all matters, I 'd say that he and I have more than a few differing opinions, strongly held, here and there*.
This is an area where he and I seem to be in accord, with good reason.   
It's no longer the land of Beaver Cleaver out there,and for every warm and fuzzy op-ed there are a dozen wrecked lives and reputations.  If you've labeled a perve, right or worn, your ability to help others in the future will be strongly limited right along with your employability.



*With due respect.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on December 03, 2017, 03:34:36 pm
I had some heavy lifting to do so I made sure to pick the right tool for the job.
(https://pre00.deviantart.net/5ac0/th/pre/i/2017/336/d/7/powerloader_by_stephenjd-dbvjdhn.jpg)

I had a discussion about fashion with the man who designed the original of my outfit (prototype visible in background)
(https://pre00.deviantart.net/786e/th/pre/i/2017/336/9/6/meandterryenglish_by_stephenjd-dbvjbfh.jpg)

I met a man who ate something that disagreed with him.
(https://img00.deviantart.net/c6d5/i/2017/336/b/b/badindigestion_by_stephenjd-dbvjaya.jpg)

When it turned out there was only one after dinner mint left things got a bit heated.
(https://img00.deviantart.net/2f21/i/2017/336/8/7/mevspredator_by_stephenjd-dbvjdpt.jpg)

There is more to come as soon as I can get to a scanner.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 03, 2017, 05:07:41 pm
Nice.   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on December 03, 2017, 05:12:58 pm
Game over, man! Game over!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on December 03, 2017, 05:36:50 pm
Went to another real estate auction yesterday to bid on a house.   We really liked this one but it ended up going just a little too high.   Had most of the stuff we wanted,  but also had a couple of drawbacks.  The HVAC system was 20 years old, and it was on a septic system instead of city sewer.   Also didn't have a bathroom down in the basement, just two upstairs.  It did have an awesome huge kitchen that was added on about 10 years ago, big garage with added on shop area, big yard,  and two really nice fireplaces.  I was kind of hoping to be able to snag it for somewhere in the 130's including the auction premium, but it ended up at $137.5, plus the 10% auction premium which would make the final price $151,250.   That was really more than I was looking to spend, especially given that it wasn't totally perfect and that it was an auction situation.

Felt kind of bad for the dude selling it.  One of the other bidders there was his ex-realtor who mainly showed up out of curiosity or to grab it cheap for an investment property if nobody was bidding.  It was an estate sale where the guy was getting rid of his parent's old place.  According to the realtor guy, the seller had a couple offers earlier this year.  One for $170k but they wanted him to put a brand new roof on it even though the roof was only 6 years old and in good shape.  Then later he got another one for $150k cash that he turned down thinking he was going to get more at auction.  Costly mistake for him.

It was an interesting experience and I'm glad I've got a better idea of how the process works for next time.   Seems like most of the bidders there were investors looking to score something cheap.  I got the impression that they were regulars on the auction circuit.  Most of them seemed to know each other and they all bailed out pretty early.  There were only 3 or 4 bidders including us that really did anything.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 03, 2017, 06:16:08 pm
Stephen, you look freakin' awesome!

I was actually thinking about putting together a Colonial Marine costume myself for last year's Boston Comic Con, but decided against it due to time and budget constraints (and the fact that I'm useless at "arts and crafts" stuff).

BTW: did you ever "officially" join the Rebel Legion?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on December 04, 2017, 03:19:33 am
Stephen, you look freakin' awesome!

I was actually thinking about putting together a Colonial Marine costume myself for last year's Boston Comic Con, but decided against it due to time and budget constraints (and the fact that I'm useless at "arts and crafts" stuff).

BTW: did you ever "officially" join the Rebel Legion?

As it happens my Rebel Fleet Trooper costume was cleared just last Wednesday, just in time to be able to join my fellow rebel scum at the second day of the convention. Walking around with a 9 foot pike attracted quite some attention from the others.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 04, 2017, 10:22:55 am
Awesome! Congrats.

I'm going to finally join the 501st forums once my semester ends in a few weeks.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on December 04, 2017, 01:05:43 pm
I made it to a scanner and scanned these photos I was able to buy:

Me and Billy Dee Williams.
(https://img00.deviantart.net/8fcb/i/2017/338/9/4/meandbillydeewilliams_by_stephenjd-dbvql8p.jpg)

If you don't know who I'm with here then I'm just not telling you.
(https://img00.deviantart.net/f34f/i/2017/338/f/c/meandwilliamshatner_by_stephenjd-dbvqlo4.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on December 04, 2017, 04:26:20 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 04, 2017, 05:47:38 pm
DUDE! :bowdown
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on December 14, 2017, 06:30:17 pm
It's not quite the weekend, but I wanted to post anyway.  I finally got a holster for the project gun I posted about a while back.  Now she has a home for my hip.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on December 14, 2017, 07:30:31 pm
What kind of holster?  I've been thinking of getting something similar for my CZ75.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on January 03, 2018, 09:51:14 am
What kind of holster?  I've been thinking of getting something similar for my CZ75.

Sorry I didn't answer your question weeks ago.  I wasn't ignoring you.  I just totally missed it.   :facepalm

I got the holster from S&S Holsters run by a fellow named Brandon Wallace.  The website is here: http://www.ssholsters.com/S%26S_Holsters/HOMEPAGE.html  The e-mail( [email protected] ) is still the same, but he is no longer in Vernal, UT. 

Years ago he made the IWB holster in which I still carry my 1911.  When I decided to add the CZ75 to my carry rotation, I just had to have a similar holster for it.  I started carrying back in the '90s and have tried a variety of holster styles and materials.  For me, the best I have found has been good old fashioned leather with snaps (not clips) carried IWB at 4 o'clock.  His design fits the bill perfectly.

So far, I have been very happy with both holsters I've gotten from him.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on February 25, 2018, 02:28:57 pm
I fought the Dark Lord....

(https://img00.deviantart.net/c424/i/2018/056/c/2/mevsvader_1of3__by_stephenjd-dc49yt4.jpg)

(https://img00.deviantart.net/d328/i/2018/056/f/f/mevsvader_2of3__by_stephenjd-dc49zeu.jpg)

...and the Dark Lord won.

(https://img00.deviantart.net/a34f/i/2018/056/b/2/mevsvader_3of3__by_stephenjd-dc49zww.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on February 25, 2018, 03:18:37 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on February 25, 2018, 05:14:08 pm
NICE!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on February 25, 2018, 06:54:29 pm
The predictable outcome occurred.

Now the dark lord can go and polish his helmet.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on March 05, 2018, 09:20:08 am
Not as exciting as battling Vader, but I finished a table for my wife. She’s been after me for 5 years to build a farmhouse table. Now she says she needs a matching bench, so look for that in spring 2023.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 05, 2018, 09:41:00 am
Nice work!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 05, 2018, 10:46:36 am
Good job.  And keep still about the time line, or my wife will start bugging me again.

I have had plans for the furniture I want to build for twenty years now.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on March 07, 2018, 08:41:13 pm
Nice looking table!


And not this weekend,  but I just signed up for my second attempt at the A100 trail challenge.  100 miles in 50 hours.  Brutal.  Made it 28 miles last year before tapping out with foot issues, but I'm planning to crush it this year.

https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/upcoming-events/special-events/allegheny-100/
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 08, 2018, 10:00:50 am
And not this weekend,  but I just signed up for my second attempt at the A100 trail challenge.  100 miles in 50 hours.  Brutal.  Made it 28 miles last year before tapping out with foot issues, but I'm planning to crush it this year.

https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/upcoming-events/special-events/allegheny-100/

Damn.  Good luck, dude.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 08, 2018, 04:01:58 pm
Not as exciting as battling Vader, but I finished a table for my wife. She’s been after me for 5 years to build a farmhouse table. Now she says she needs a matching bench, so look for that in spring 2023.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180305/b0a38e4df75de405211c4f8ae60417fb.jpg)


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2x6 top and 4x4 legs? Did you make any allowances on your top for expansion? It looks like faux breadboard ends.

I like to piddle some in carpentry. This whole farmhouse/rustic look trend just has me puzzled.

I made a table for my neighbor after his wife fell in love with my shop furniture. So she now has a dining table made from yellow pine 2x4s. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 09, 2018, 09:02:56 am
Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 09, 2018, 12:54:14 pm
Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...
 
I have come to prefer the Kreg pocket screw jig to a biscuit joiner, as long as there is no issue with fasteners/plugs.  Easier to keep surfaces in plane and tighter joints with fewer clamps.  Also not relying solely on glue.  Hard to beat a properly applied mechanical fastener.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on March 09, 2018, 01:38:24 pm
I love both my biscuit joiner and my kreg pocket screw jig.  I tend to glue and screw joints in many cases.

The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.

Table looks awesome!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 09, 2018, 01:40:20 pm
Biscuit joiners are also things to be loved, for such applications...

I prefer dowels over biscuits for making panels. It is just cheaper and holds about the same in my experience.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 09, 2018, 01:45:21 pm
The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.

If you watch your grain profiles. Then you can help control/plan for warping many times. Oklahoma gets the best of all worlds with high humidity, low humidity, high heat and low heat, and it all changes within hours sometimes.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 09, 2018, 02:59:24 pm
I prefer dowels over biscuits for making panels. It is just cheaper and holds about the same in my experience.
When I was a kid we had an old, rough farmhouse table in the meat house made with oak slabs for the top and frame, locust post legs and the whole thing was held together with hand cut tapered pins.   You probably couldn't have broken it short of hitting it with a truck.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 09, 2018, 03:22:09 pm
When I was a kid we had an old, rough farmhouse table in the meat house made with oak slabs for the top and frame, locust post legs and the whole thing was held together with hand cut tapered pins.   You probably couldn't have broken it short of hitting it with a truck.

My grandfather really liked splines for quick and dirty work on panels for rough use.

He used dovetails for most of his joints. I just cannot do dovetails at the rate he did them. He could do a whole chest of drawers in the time it takes me to do 1 or 2 drawers. There is something about that 50 years of practice.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 09, 2018, 03:42:19 pm
Yup.  I think you eventually develop a whole different level of hand/eye coordination than most of us realize we are capable of.   :shrug

This old table had the tapered pins hand cut - apparently from the limbs off the locust logs that made up the legs of the table.  They appeared to have been round at one point and just flattened to fit each individual mortise.   The whole thing was done by a practiced hand and someone with an intimate knowledge of the wood they were working with and the tools they were using.  Probably gained from a lifetime of experience.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on March 09, 2018, 04:18:58 pm
God forbid, but if there ever was a technology reset (nuclear, EMP, etc.), those of us who survive will really be dependent on those who were old enough to know, or those who were lucky enough to have been taught, those 19th and early 20th century skills.

I have no fine woodworking skills, but was lucky enough to grow up in a family of people who work with metal - machinists, fabricators and such.  I picked up much of that.  Comes in handy with firearms, too.  If I can't find a part, I can usually make it - even without a computer controlling the process.  Slow, but in a post-Apocalyptic world, slow will be the norm.

I think of my grandfather's shop equipment back in the Depression.  Everything, including his metal lathe and vertical mill, ran on batteries charged by wind power.  The small windmill was connected to an automotive generator which charged a group of 12 volt batteries that supplied the power.  Also supplied lighting to work at night.  Fitting, of course, was done entirely by hand.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 09, 2018, 05:49:09 pm
Agreed.  If you have never gone to an antique farm equipment show it is worth the time and effort to do so.  Seeing old steam powered equipment in operation is a jaw dropping experience for most and almost guaranteed to put a grin on the face of every child ( regardless of age ) within earshot of a steam whistle.   :cool

Watching everything from tractors to threshers and sawmills run without so much as a single watt of electric power gives you some idea what our ancestors did for a living and how tough it actually was.  It amounts to a snapshot of the industrial revolution.  Valuable knowledge indeed in the event of a societal collapse and reversion to previous levels of technology. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 09, 2018, 05:53:59 pm
Agreed.  If you have never gone to an antique farm equipment show it is worth the time and effort to do so.  Seeing old steam powered equipment in operation is a jaw dropping experience for most and almost guaranteed to put a grin on the face of every child ( regardless of age ) within earshot of a steam whistle.   :cool

Watching everything from tractors to threshers and sawmills run without so much as a single watt of electric power gives you some idea what our ancestors did for a living and how tough it actually was.  It amounts to a snapshot of the industrial revolution.  Valuable knowledge indeed in the event of a societal collapse and reversion to previous levels of technology.

Makes one wonder how far steam punk could go if electricity, for whatever reason, was no longer an option :hmm .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 09, 2018, 06:01:18 pm
Well, in the spirit of felony thread drift, it might be more useful to try and comprehend how much of life as we know it would be lost and how the consequences of that might play out.   The steam punk I've seen is an interesting diversion but not very useful in determining the future. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on March 10, 2018, 11:12:31 pm
Just remember, the beginning of the industrial revolution was all done on steam.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on March 14, 2018, 08:09:48 am
It was convention time for me again and after being defeated by Darth Vader two weeks ago this time I made sure the Empire got the point.

(https://img00.deviantart.net/31ef/i/2018/073/0/1/gotthepoint_by_stephenjd-dc5uv2i.jpg)

I met Joonas Suotamo who plays Chewbacca now. Though I'm going to make you guess which one he is in this photo.

(https://img00.deviantart.net/7d31/i/2018/073/1/e/meetingjoonassuotamo_by_stephenjd-dc5uuvs.jpg)

Plus I got a few more autographs, including:

Sophie Aldred (Ace from Dr Who)
(https://pre00.deviantart.net/57a8/th/pre/i/2018/073/c/3/meandsophiealdred_by_stephenjd-dc5usbg.jpg)

Ian McNeice (who has been in so much it was difficult to choose a picture)
(https://img00.deviantart.net/5bd8/i/2018/073/4/a/meandianmcneice_by_stephenjd-dc5us99.jpg)

And the original Starbuck
(https://pre00.deviantart.net/3ec9/th/pre/i/2018/073/8/5/meanddirkbenedict_by_stephenjd-dc5urw7.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 14, 2018, 08:58:42 am
Awesome.  :thumbup1

Joonas.. hmm...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on March 14, 2018, 09:50:49 am
Cool.

Dirk Benedict may have been Starbuck, but he will always be "Templeton Arthur Peck" to me.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on March 14, 2018, 12:00:56 pm
The issue I often have using dimension 2X lumber is it tends to warp when I apply a finish.  Have had this happen several times.  May be something to do with the dry Utah climate.
2x lumber is not dried to a very low moisture content.  That can be (and is) one reason it moves once it starts drying out.  Another reason may be if you only finish 'the sides you see,' neglecting the back/bottom/ends.  It makes the board 'unbalanced,' and will contribute to warpage.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 14, 2018, 12:15:19 pm
2x lumber is not dried to a very low moisture content.  That can be (and is) one reason it moves once it starts drying out.  Another reason may be if you only finish 'the sides you see,' neglecting the back/bottom/ends.  It makes the board 'unbalanced,' and will contribute to warpage.
^^THIS^^

The stuff you buy at your local home improvement store is still VERY wet*.  If you want to build furniture with it, select carefully for grain, seal the ends, and set it aside for a few months, and pray.

You're better off going to a true lumber yard, if there's one in reasonable distance.  Like I will, this weekend. Speaking of prayers, my wallet will need some...


*The pine stuff... the craft size oak, poplar, walnut, what have you is usually dried pretty well, but it's not big enough to build furniture with. Inlay or veneer, maybe...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on March 30, 2018, 01:02:46 pm
3/24/2018
CDB at Ga Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawasee
for an 82 year old, Charlie still rocks!  (sorry about the crappy cell phone photo)
and then the drive home the next morning
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 30, 2018, 03:06:50 pm
3/24/2018
CDB at Ga Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawasee
for an 82 year old, Charlie still rocks!  (sorry about the crappy cell phone photo)
and then the drive home the next morning

Love the images of the road!  :thumbup1

My favourite kind of weather is when it is about 50 degrees, foggy, and sheets of mist so thin that they travel upwards in light currents of wind  :cool .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on March 30, 2018, 06:51:25 pm
Love the images of the road!  :thumbup1

My favourite kind of weather is when it is about 50 degrees, foggy, and sheets of mist so thin that they travel upwards in light currents of wind  :cool .
It was an interesting drive home--on one hand; the time of year and weather meant we had the road practically to our selves---on the other hand; my truck is a 5 speed---it and my left knee were NOT happy by the time we made it down to flatter ground
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on April 21, 2018, 02:31:28 pm
I tried a crossword. Sort of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 21, 2018, 03:40:42 pm
I tried a crossword. Sort of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM)

 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 21, 2018, 05:21:15 pm
So far, I've put a hole in a shovel with a 35t hydraulic jack trying to replace a support column in my basement that some fluffhead of a previous owner removed.

Yayyyyyyyyyy.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on April 21, 2018, 08:09:09 pm
I tried a crossword. Sort of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JkZsos4mLM)

 :rotfl
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on May 20, 2018, 03:42:26 pm
Mother's Day Weekend: painted 2 walls of the house, since we had some siding replaced due to rot (the old MDF stuff that started lawsuits... none of the previous owners replaced replaced it  :banghead ).

This weekend: replaced the drive belt on the lawnmower yesterday, removed part of the wall in the basement so I can temporarily jack up the beam to add a permanent column, put that jack & temp column in place, bought a guitar*, mowed, weedwhacked, spread weed & feed (need a new seed spreader... this one sucks), dug up multitudes of sumac seedlings. 

I hate that fluffing tree.

If I'm lucky, the rest of the day will be shower, take my son to the park, dinner, and watch Atlanta United tonight from the comfort of the recliner.


*a beater - '61 Harmony Stella parlor guitar... actually plays decent and sounds good, but direly needs some new, low-tension strings...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 20, 2018, 05:45:40 pm
Went to a tiny local comic convention (in the most literal sense: it was almost completely focused on comic books & comic collecting) that was kind of meh. Not all that well organized, though I suspect the organizers got shafted by the venue (though listing the wrong address on the website was definitely the org's fault).

On the upside, I finally took my first step into a larger world and joined the 501st Legion.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on May 20, 2018, 05:48:35 pm
Went to a tiny local comic convention (in the most literal sense: it was almost completely focused on comic books & comic collecting) that was kind of meh. Not all that well organized, though I suspect the organizers got shafted by the venue (though listing the wrong address on the website was definitely the org's fault).

On the upside, I finally took my first step into a larger world and joined the 501st Legion.


 :hmm Gonna post pics of your costumes?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 20, 2018, 06:06:48 pm
I will when I actually put it together. I confess that I haven't started yet.

I joined the local garrison's web forum and was approved as a "Cadet" in their "Academy." It's a mentoring program where you're paired up with a veteran member who helps guide you through the process of creating your first costume and getting it approved by the Legion.

This is what my first costume is going to be: a TIE Fighter Reserve Pilot

(http://databank.501st.com/mw501/images/8/86/Reservefull.JPG)

I went with that one because it serves as the basis a whole bunch of other costumes: two different TIE Pilot costumes (ANH and ROTJ), the Imperial Gunner (which has six different approved armor variations),the Navy Trooper, and the Bridge Crewman are the ones I remember off the top of my head, so I won't have to start completely from scratch if/when I decide to create another costume.

The Bridge Crewman actually has fewer components than the Reserve Pilot, so that may have been a better starting point, but Pilots get to carry blasters!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on May 20, 2018, 06:55:24 pm
Did a lot of sleeping since I was working night shift last week.   Today I went and tried out my new Dan Wesson.  It was a good purchase.  Shooting .38 Special out of it feels like a .22, and the .357s aren't too bad either.   Accuracy was also very good.  Also saw they had another new one in the case for $1099.  Glad I was able to pick up mine for half that!

I also made a stop at Thunderbird Tactical.  There was an article in the paper a few days ago saying they were running into financial problems and were getting foreclosed on.   They were doing a massive liquidation sale this weekend to try and get some funds to restructure.    Unfortunately, it was mostly picked clean by the time I got there today.   There were only a handful of rifles left and a few handguns.  Should have stopped in yesterday or Friday.  It's sad to see them go under, but I suspected this might ultimately happen when they opened a few years ago.  They just overextended themselves building a fancy new facility.  Wichita has also seen a bit of a gun store boom the past decade, so there was a lot of competition out there.   There just isn't a big enough market for as many stores/ranges as we had.   


Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 28, 2018, 07:23:06 pm
Corralled these three miscreants... er, I mean aided Lord Vader and two fine examples of the Imperial Armed Forces as they marched in a local Memorial Day Parade.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on May 28, 2018, 07:33:01 pm
My family puts flags out at the cemetery where most of my kinfolks are buried. We put little flags on all the graves of the Veterans of the various wars. We just do the whole cemetery as it seems disrespectful to just do our family and relations. It is getting hard to find little confederate flags anymore for the folks that fought for the south.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on May 28, 2018, 09:55:31 pm
The SJWs would have us believe that the one and only symbolism of the confederate flag is RACIZZM and hate.  Some (most now?) flag companies wont even make them, from what I have heard.  They don't want the risk of being associated.

Then again, if I were to want to put little Nazi flags on the graves of relatives that fought for the Reich, people would lose their s___. (and in Germany, I would be arrested)  So it is all but a matter of perspective.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 28, 2018, 11:57:06 pm
Agreed.  The education establishment in this country stopped teaching history a long time ago in favor of stereotypical fairy tales that have little to do with actual events.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on May 29, 2018, 01:51:47 pm
The SJWs would have us believe that the one and only symbolism of the confederate flag is RACIZZM and hate.  Some (most now?) flag companies wont even make them, from what I have heard.  They don't want the risk of being associated.

Then again, if I were to want to put little Nazi flags on the graves of relatives that fought for the Reich, people would lose their s___. (and in Germany, I would be arrested)  So it is all but a matter of perspective.

Sadly, the KKK, neo-Nazis and red neck "mothers" (you know what I mean) have co-opted the Confederate Battle Flag, turned it into a symbol of hatred, and robbed it of its historical significance.  With that theft was stolen collective memory of the duty, honor, and valor of those young men who fought for the Confederacy.   

I do not wish to harm my many African-American friends, so I, as a native Mississippian,  have joined with many others in supporting the removal of the battle flag from our official state flag.  But, in doing so, I also acknowledge that I and my wife are graduates of the University of Mississippi.  As alums we do remember the real reason the University for many years was associated with that flag.

On July 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, PA, at the conclusion of the famous or infamous so-called Pickett's Charge, (more properly Pickett-Pettigrew-Tremble Charge), only one combat unit is honored by the National Park Service with two monuments.  That is the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia.

Company A of the 11th Mississippi was comprised of the student body of the University of Mississippi.  They all enlisted en mass and were transported east to Virginia and had fought under Lee throughout the various campaigns and battles up until that fateful day.  Company A was the only unit on the battle field for either side that sustained 100% casualties.

To honor those valiant fallen students the University adopted, not the Battle Flag in general, but specifically the Regimental Colors of the 11th Mississippi, as the official emblem of the school.   This is contrary to the assertion that it was an act of defiance against having lost the war or against Reconstruction or the freeing of slaves.

To be sure, there was plenty of hatred and bigotry in Mississippi during my childhood and young adult life.  We struggled to find a way forward and through our racial sins during and after the Civil Rights Movement.  We have made enormous progress. 

The University ditched the flag many years ago as a part of that healing process.  We also have abandoned the moving "From Dixie with Love" trilogy performed for decades by the marching band at football games.  There is still work to be done, much more.

Yet, when I see that flag displayed in its proper historical context, I think of the regimental colors of the 11th Mississippi, its connection with my alma mater, and those students who gave their all on that day.   I do not consider myself a bigot for drawing that association. 

I do not believe there is another institution of higher learning anywhere in America that lost its entire student body on a single day in combat.  I despise the cause for which they fought, but mourn them as much on Memorial Day as I do those who fought under the American flag.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 29, 2018, 02:09:06 pm
As do all who know the story.  There is no shortage ( and there never has been ) of ignorant commentary and occasionally stupidity crystallized into action by those whose knowledge of duty, honor and valor are confined to the dictionary. 

Thank you for posting this and refusing to let the story of those young men fade from our national consciousness. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on May 30, 2018, 11:50:49 am
Memorial Day weekend was the first Farmers Market here, so the boss is now working every Saturday and Wednesday...  Her market truck blew a head gasket a few weeks ago, so we bought her a new to us truck.  It needed a bed cover, so when I got home from working out of town I finished building a canopy for it.  I will attach some pics in a bit.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on June 07, 2018, 05:57:36 pm
Not a "this weekend" so, sort of outside the thread, but noteworthy.

June 6 (yesterday) was another D-Day remembrance.  As part of a group sponsoring about a dozen or so (16 this time) such WWII vets still with us, I took my 91 year old dad to the D-Day ceremony at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.   

We've been a couple times, but not on D-Day, itself, until yesterday. Quite a treat.  The respect and honor given to WWII vets in that building, any time they are there, but especially on that day, is heartwarming and affirming of the values of still held by most of our fellow Americans.   I salute them.

My dad served in the Navy on Okinawa.  The guy next to us most of the day (who also attends our church) was a Navy pilot in the Pacific Theatre.  He flew Corsairs from the deck of an aircraft carrier (the first USS Coral Sea).  Saw a lot of action.  I can't imagine what it must have been like to try to land a shot up plane on the pitching deck of that carrier in the dark and survive all those sorties to talk about it.

It is humbling to be around these guys.  They are normally very quiet until among their peers, then they open up.  My dad is the big guy in the bright red shirt on the left side of the back row. The Corsair pilot is on the back row, second from the right, wearing a light blue jump suit, in this particular photo.  Note the Navy nurse on the front row.

As a very proud son, I was a part of the group putting this visit together and took this photo to remember the occasion.  While there are many reasons to visit New Orleans, I can think on none better than to visit this incredible museum and to thank those guys for their service, not just to our country, but to the world  We are losing them fast, now.

 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 07, 2018, 10:24:05 pm
Here are the promised pics.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 08, 2018, 01:29:45 pm
Looks pretty good.  Is the whole thing covered in a screen mesh? 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on June 08, 2018, 02:37:36 pm
Looks more like a clear corrugated poly panel of some sort.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 09, 2018, 12:40:48 am
Could be.  One pic it looks like mesh to me and the other more like a plastic sheet material.   :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 09, 2018, 03:09:21 pm
It is a triple layer poly carbonate.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 09, 2018, 03:15:58 pm
Got it.  Mesh didn't really make sense to me but on my screen the pics looked a lot like it so I asked. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 09, 2018, 03:31:24 pm
It does look like hardware cloth/rabbit wire mesh in the photos.  It is actually made like cardboard, but out of clear plastic.  Very nice tough product, spendy though.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on June 09, 2018, 08:47:11 pm
I wet to the Shootah event this weekend.  Here are a few pics:

Dead Air had an AK to shoot
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on June 09, 2018, 08:48:35 pm
I couldn't resist a select fire MP5.

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Post by: NukMed on June 09, 2018, 08:49:36 pm
There was a full auto Maxim9

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on June 09, 2018, 08:50:58 pm
There was even a hatchet throw the wife and I just had to do.



Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 09, 2018, 11:29:45 pm
Sweet!    :cool
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Post by: Mikee5star on June 09, 2018, 11:50:01 pm
Looks like a fun time was had by all.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on June 10, 2018, 09:33:00 am
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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 10, 2018, 01:03:13 pm
Viagra Falls? 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 10, 2018, 02:49:39 pm
Viagra Falls?

 :rotfl

I've heard the falls are majestic, but I'm not quite sure they're that "exciting"  ;) .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 10, 2018, 07:07:45 pm
Typo  .    .    .     :cool   .    .    .   auto correct is my worst enema.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 10, 2018, 09:32:40 pm
Typo  .    .    .     :cool   .    .    .   auto correct is my worst enema.

 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on June 13, 2018, 05:32:23 pm
went and listened to the pipes, and watched guys in skirts throwing telephone poles
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on June 13, 2018, 07:55:47 pm
went and listened to the pipes, and watched guys in skirts throwing telephone poles

I reckon that's one way to describe it  :rotfl .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 13, 2018, 11:47:51 pm
Well, an afternoon spent in close proximity to several pipe bands is certainly one way to rekindle your interest in live music - or put you off the idea entirely depending on your taste.  :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on June 14, 2018, 10:57:32 pm
Update to my post from this past spring.  We hiked literally a couple hundred miles for training, and the week prior to the A100,  my hiking buddy's dad was diagnosed with brain cancer and only a few weeks to live.  So,  s___ happens and no hike this year.  We'll tackle it next year but things are s___ right now and killing a weekend away isn't possible.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 23, 2018, 11:05:44 pm
I re-read "Her Brother's Keeper" again by our own Mike Kupari.   Outstanding story in the mold of some of my favorites from the "golden age" of science fiction. Interesting plot twists, good pace, believable characters - well drawn, and leaves you wishing for more.   

 I know its a stand alone book as written but I could really go for the next chapter in the continuing adventures of the good ship Andromeda and her valiant crew.   

Well done, sir.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 23, 2018, 11:50:52 pm
Sins of Her Father is book two.  Also an excellent read.

https://www.amazon.com/Sins-Her-Father-Mike-Kupari/dp/1481482831/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529812169&sr=8-1&keywords=sins+of+her+father+by+mike+kupari
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on June 24, 2018, 12:08:37 am
Cool.  :cool   I'm on it.     :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on June 24, 2018, 12:25:19 am
Squired for the 501st again. We were at the Walk for Children's Hospital, but we had to leave early (along with most everyone else at the event) thanks to torrential downpours.

I seriously need to get my TIE Reserve Pilot costume finished and approved (most of the big stuff is already purchased or ordered), and I really want to do a Jawa costume at some point: Jawas get to have WAY too much fun when they troop!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on June 24, 2018, 12:51:17 am
Jawas only work if you are short.   I don't think I could pull it off at 6'4".

I would have liked to go to Smallville Comicon here locally this weekend.    It's really been growing the past few years and they had some good guests.   However,  most of the guys from the GI Joe group I'm in are down at Joecon in Chattanooga, so we were not going to have a table like last year, (which I also had to miss for work).   I've also got a business trip to Canada tomorrow and had stuff that needed to get done.     

We did make a trip over to Midwest Dogfest 2018 since it was near our house.   Our one year old puppy had a good time meeting all the other dogs,  splashing in the pool, and going over the agility obstacles. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on June 24, 2018, 02:10:39 am
In the interest of keeping the momentum going on renovating the basement and finally having real shop space, I stayed home this weekend to rearrange and clean the basement.

Next step will be moving the beer fridge out to the garage, which (due to the size of the fridge) will require not just removing the doors from the fridge, but may necessitate removing the door frame from the wall (the door betwitxt garage and basement is 32" wide - the fridge is 36" deep  and well over that wide).

Meh.  The door needs replacing anyway... *sigh*
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on June 24, 2018, 06:32:59 pm
In the interest of keeping the momentum going on renovating the basement and finally having real shop space, I stayed home this weekend to rearrange and clean the basement.

Next step will be moving the beer fridge out to the garage, which (due to the size of the fridge) will require not just removing the doors from the fridge, but may necessitate removing the door frame from the wall (the door betwitxt garage and basement is 32" wide - the fridge is 36" deep  and well over that wide).

Meh.  The door needs replacing anyway... *sigh*

If you're going to turn it into a minor construction project, have you considered recessing the beer fridge into the garage space with the door still inside the house?   Essentially just frame in another doorway to the garage, insulate around the frame and the fridge, cover the junction with trim, and enjoy access to the beer from inside while leaving the bulk of the fridge outside along with the heat it generates.    You could even build a non-fridge door looking skin to hang on the front.  Maybe a "life sized" portrait of Friar Tuck?  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on June 24, 2018, 07:15:30 pm
I dig the idea, but there's no real place to pull it off.  Facing into the garage from the basement, hard left of the door into the garage is a concrete block supporting the first floor foyer, and hard right of the door is the steps going up into the house.  On the other side of the stairs, is the airhandler for the AC, then a door to the patio under the deck.  I could put it under the stairs, but it'd block access to using that space for storage.

Besides, we've got a deep freezer in the garage, and I can put the fridge right next to it.  The door is already pretty beaten and scarred (and whichever previous owner put it in place left it primered, and never painted it    >:().

Don't get me started about whichever of them also removed the other steel support column that should have been under the beam supporting the kitchen and the rest of the house.   :bash
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 24, 2018, 08:16:00 pm
In the interest of keeping the momentum going on renovating the basement and finally having real shop space, I stayed home this weekend to rearrange and clean the basement.

Next step will be moving the beer fridge out to the garage, which (due to the size of the fridge) will require not just removing the doors from the fridge, but may necessitate removing the door frame from the wall (the door betwitxt garage and basement is 32" wide - the fridge is 36" deep  and well over that wide).

Meh.  The door needs replacing anyway... *sigh*

Quoted from Booksmart

I think that the builder needs his fingers flattened.   I really wanted to put a 42" front door in just to make appliance moves easier.  Garages, basements, laundry rooms all NEED at least a 36" door.

I am about to pull an eight pound pork shoulder out of the smoker after eight hours at about 225, meat thermometer says it should be done.  I am looking forward to some good eating this week.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Langenator on June 24, 2018, 09:56:41 pm
This weekend, I test fired my sub-$400 kit build PSA AR.  It was...interesting.

So, about a month or so ago, I ventured for the first time into the realm of the truly low cost, 'budget' AR-15.  Back when everyone thought the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua was going to win the election, I bought 4 Tennessee Arms synthetic AR-15 lowers (http://www.tnarmsco.com/ar-15-style-lightweight-color-lower/) (because that was all I could find that wasn't a $200 billet lower).  Then they sat around in my gun safe, not getting used, for about a year and a half.

Finally, I decided to do something with at least one of them, and soon after, PSA had one of their classic carbine kits (http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-16-m4-carbine-classic-fde-rifle-kit-516446389.html)as a daily special, so I snagged one.  16" barrel, carbine gas, old school handguards, all in Flat Dork Earth to match the lower.

Overall, assembly of the lower was pretty much the easiest I've ever done.  The only thing that was different from building on a standard aluminum lower was that I had to bust out the X-Acto knife and trim a small amount of waste plastic from around the bolt catch roll pin holes.  (The roll pin hole for the trigger guard roll pin did not have the same issue.)  Actually inserting the bolt catch roll pin was the easiest of any of the AR lowers I've assembled so far (this was my 6th - I know, I know, rookie numbers) I think due to the relative slickness of the plastic lower.  (This slickness would cause an issue later, in a different spot.)

The only gripe I had with the lower parts kit, and it's a minor was, is that once assembled, there's a decent bit of 'slop' in the selector lever.  It still functions just fine - hammer doesn't fire on Safe, hammer falls on Fire - there's just some play in it.  Annoying, but hey, it's a $350 AR-15.

So (assuming I've figured out how to make imgur work) here's a pic of the assembled rifle:

(https://i.imgur.com/QkgM7WO.jpg?2)

The rear sight I had floating around my parts box from something I built with fixed irons first and then put a scope on later.  I think I've had it for 8 or 9 years.

Yesterday, I finally got to take my low-cost toy out to the range, along with 50 rounds of Freedom 55 gr Reman .223 ammo.  Intent was to get the sights zeroed, then just run through whatever rounds were left.

I started out with 3 round groups, just like the Army trained me, on an M4 zero target.  On the second round of the second (3 round) magazine, something went wrong with the trigger.  Normal trigger pull effort did not make the rifle fire.  I cleared the rifle, shotgunned it, but didn't see anything obviously broken or out of place.  Cocked the hammer back, pulled the trigger, pulled harder, pulled even harder, and it finally worked.  Tried it a couple more times, same thing.  Getting the hammer to fall for some reason now required a trigger pull effort that would make the NYPD's liability lawyers have orgasms.  The trigger wasn't gritty or anything, it just required enormous effort to get it to break.

In spite of the now brutal trigger pull, I got the rifle zeroed.  It performed quite respectably for a sub-$400 rifle with a super heavy trigger pull.

Target is the last 19 rounds, fired in 5 round groups.  The group off the silouette to the left is the first group.

(https://i.imgur.com/6APnrjA.jpg?1)

Other than the trigger pull problem, there were no other issues to report.

Today I cleaned the rifle.  Looking at the right side of the rifle, I noticed something amiss:

(https://i.imgur.com/eQRFhp4.jpg?1)

Flipped it over, and, sure enough...

(https://i.imgur.com/umCeZZ0.jpg?1)

the trigger pin had displaced to the right and out of the hole on the left side.  Remember earlier when I mentioned that the plastic receiver was nice and slick when inserting the bolt catch roll pin?  I'm pretty sure that slickness is what led to this problem.  Less friction, recoil...and the pin slides out.  I think I didn't spot it at the range because, when I opened up the rifle, I was still holding it in my right hand, and thus looking down into the trigger well from above and to the left.  The protruding pin would thus have been out of sight.  I think.

Note that the play I noted in the selector lever can also been seen in the above photo.

Anyway, after I put the pin back where it belongs, the trigger went back to normal, comparable with the other parts kit triggers I have (DoubleStar, RRA, CMMG, and some company I don't remember; I'm not going to compare it to the POF and LaRue triggers).  I'm not sure I want to leave it and see what happens on the next range trip, or just get a set of anti-walk pins now and be done with it.

One other thing I noticed when I broke down the rifle for cleaning: the front pivot pin sits flush with the receiver on the left side, meaning a punch is required to push it out. 

(https://i.imgur.com/OGFuvBm.jpg?1)

This being my first experience with both PSA kits and TN Arms receivers, I can't say if the pin is slightly short, or if the receiver is slightly thick.  The dimple in the center of the pin leads me to think it's the former.

Overall, the gun went bang when the trigger was pulled.  Even when the trigger pin slipped and pulling the trigger required a hard enough squeeze to make milk from an almond.  That was still in the shell.  And the grouping on the zero target was pretty decent, especially considering the trigger pull required.

For under $400, what more do you want?

P.S.  Primary Arms had Anderson LPKs on special today, so I went ahead and ordered a set of anti-walk pins for the rifle.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on June 25, 2018, 01:46:51 am
Don't get me started about whichever of them also removed the other steel support column that should have been under the beam supporting the kitchen and the rest of the house.   :bash
Ah...then I presume you're familiar with railroad/screw jacks and the "1/4 turn per day" protocol for raising a floor?   :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on June 25, 2018, 09:54:02 am
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I think that the builder needs his fingers flattened.   I really wanted to put a 42" front door in just to make appliance moves easier.  Garages, basements, laundry rooms all NEED at least a 36" door.

I am about to pull an eight pound pork shoulder out of the smoker after eight hours at about 225, meat thermometer says it should be done.  I am looking forward to some good eating this week.

I'd start with previous owners, and work my way backwards.  The house is 31 years old, and before we bought it, the only *real* update was a granite vanity top in the halfbath on the first floor.

Builder wtfs:
There's not a cricket on the roof, to divert water around the chimney.   The door to upstairs from the basement/garage opens to your left as your're coming up - putting the opened door between you and the kitchen (so you either have to then close the door, or loop through the dining room).  The doors on the first floor are all solid wood (a plus), while all of the doors on the second floor are all hollow fiberboard (not so much).  There's no attic access.  Certain rooms could use more windows than they have.  There's probably more, but that'll do for now...

Previous owners wtfs:
Most of the siding is the masonite stuff that had the lawsuit - never replaced.  The aforementioned removal of the support column in the basement (for the rest of my life, I will never understand *why* someone would do that, and not build a wall to code to support the floor  :facepalm).  The top half of the chimney is not pointing in the same direction as the bottom half, and two sections of the (non-original) flue pipe were installed upside down.  There's a hole in the fireplace I can see the framing through (my wife had the forethought to have the fireplace inspected before we used it the first winter, and the inspector found the flue pipe issues; I found the hole - we were advised *not* to use the fireplace).  Most of the vanity cabinets (stain grade solid wood) were painted badly (in one case with black Rustoleum (we found the can)), and in the master bath they did not paint the toe kick.  Visibly bad jobs of painting the ceiling in the master bedroom and the living room. A few doors were primed, but not painted (including the hinges, btw).  Moulding/trim painted white throughout the house - until you get to one room, where for some inexplicable reason, it's brown (including the door).  Last time they painted the upstairs bath, they didn't bother to take down the springloaded shower curtain rod, and painted around it (the bathroom is currently grey, previously, it was sky blue).

/rant

A lot of this will be easy to fix, but some of it will be expensive as hell (siding(!!).  Luckily, a good chunk of it I have the skills to do myself (short of siding and cabinet-building (and I might embark on learning the second)).

The house has (mostly) good bones, it just hasn't had any love for 30 years. We'll fix that. *cracks knuckles*

The bbq sounds good - what'd you use for a rub?  I need to get my smoker back in order... I haven't smoked since we moved in.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on June 25, 2018, 10:26:58 am
If you can make a wood box. Then you can make cabinets. This is especially true if you are only shooting for the modern level of acceptable. Since most modern cabinetry is pure crap with some veneer slapped on if you are lucky.

Doors are the part taking the most skill, and you can make great raised panel doors with only a table saw, some clamps and glue. Izzy Swan has a great channel on Youtube. He shows the old school way of laying a board at an angle on a table saw to cut raised panel doors without using routers or shapers. I learned it originally from my Grandfather and it works great.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on June 25, 2018, 10:29:15 am
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Ah...then I presume you're familiar with railroad/screw jacks and the "1/4 turn per day" protocol for raising a floor?   :D

Even better - I've got two columns in place - one fixed, on top of a hydraulic jack, getting a pump or two every 2-3 days, a screw-top post getting a half turn on the same schedule... plus the fixed column waiting to go back where the original was, between the two.

There'll be a few drywall cracks to deal with when all is said and done, but at least the floor'll be level.

And I'll have the hardware laying around to fix places where joists have sunken a little (there's a hump the length of the master bedroom floor, where the joists have sunk on either side of the beam - jack 'em up, strap 'em up, hammer 'em in - NO COMMENTS).

Doors... *waggles hand* I've got the tools to make my own, the hard part would be getting the same quality of pine we had just thirty years ago. The lumber we get nowadays is grown so fast, it's soft, and doesn't have the same grain structure.  And I'm not feeling a burning need to put custom made oak doors in... there's a line where you get investments back on upgrades, and doors are juust one the other side of that line.  Kitchens and bathrooms, you'll get a good chunk of it back.  Doors... you'll get that back if the person cares. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on June 25, 2018, 11:04:23 am
Kitchens and bathrooms, you'll get a good chunk of it back.  Doors... you'll get that back if the person cares.
Quoted from Booksmart

Very true.   Trim and doors follow fashion, and it is still paint around here.

I just did salt pepper garlic onion and smokehouse maple grilling spice.  I used mesquite for wood.  It looked good, but needed to be cooked slower.  Probably should have kept temp just under 200 instead of near 250.  Also it needed more smoke, and maybe a brine to get some salt in to the center of the meat.  Pork needs salt.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on June 25, 2018, 11:26:40 am
Langenator, That is a nice looking AR build.

I have build a couple of pistols on TN Arms lowers as well as a LR308 (358 Winchester).

While I don't favor them over aluminum at todays prices where I can get an Anderson for $30 if I watch the sales, I too have several in the safe from back when $30 aluminum lowers were unobtainium.

They are great for range/truck guns!

I wonder if some super glue would help hold those trigger pins in place?  I have not had that issue, but if I did that would probably be the first thing I tried.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on June 25, 2018, 01:26:01 pm
Doors... *waggles hand* I've got the tools to make my own, the hard part would be getting the same quality of pine we had just thirty years ago. The lumber we get nowadays is grown so fast, it's soft, and doesn't have the same grain structure.  And I'm not feeling a burning need to put custom made oak doors in... there's a line where you get investments back on upgrades, and doors are juust one the other side of that line.  Kitchens and bathrooms, you'll get a good chunk of it back.  Doors... you'll get that back if the person cares.

Is there not a local mill? I get nice quality oak, cedar and pine for obscenely cheap prices here from the local mill. They just take in stuff from tree removal folks and mill it up. You also get hickory and pecan fairly often with walnut very rare here. 

You might have to resaw and thickness plane it, but it is cheap enough to make up the difference.

I just assume if the tiny population of Oklahoma has local mills. Then most of the country must have local mills. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on June 25, 2018, 02:09:47 pm
There are a few local lumberyards - the closest one to me has some good stuff, but I haven't price checked among the ones around me (need to do that, but it shifts seasonally, I'm sure).

My table saw is a contractor grade, not cabinet grade... I'll update it when I have the cash to.  In the meantime, I'll build a cab around it, and work with what I've got.

Other'n that, I've got a good bandsaw, floor stand drill press, 12x36" lathe+, thickness planer, 6" bench jointer, 6" floor stand jointer*, router table, free hand plunge router, and buttloads of odds and ends.

+ One of the first things I turned for a friend is a bat, from ash. He won't give it back for me to put a finish on it.

*I got it free off of freecycle - it might need a new motor or drive belt - previous owner said it chipped, even with new blades. Craftsman, cast iron stand, weighs a ton.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on June 25, 2018, 03:03:56 pm
There are a few local lumberyards - the closest one to me has some good stuff, but I haven't price checked among the ones around me (need to do that, but it shifts seasonally, I'm sure).

My table saw is a contractor grade, not cabinet grade... I'll update it when I have the cash to.  In the meantime, I'll build a cab around it, and work with what I've got.

Other'n that, I've got a good bandsaw, floor stand drill press, 12x36" lathe+, thickness planer, 6" bench jointer, 6" floor stand jointer*, router table, free hand plunge router, and buttloads of odds and ends.

+ One of the first things I turned for a friend is a bat, from ash. He won't give it back for me to put a finish on it.

*I got it free off of freecycle - it might need a new motor or drive belt - previous owner said it chipped, even with new blades. Craftsman, cast iron stand, weighs a ton.

The closest true mill here doesn't advertise, and it is basically just a part-time family business that is not full time. They mill and dry as they get time/orders. It is really just a catch it when you can affair. They mostly mill red cedar as that is the predominant pest tree here people remove. The max I have ever paid was 2 bucks a board foot for 3"x6"x15' pine beams salvaged from an old barn.

Lumberyards are typically not much cheaper here than big box stores. It could be different in other regions. You might ask around and see if you can find an actual mill. In my experience it has always been worth the pain of locating them.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on June 25, 2018, 03:30:52 pm
Also if you got a bigger bandsaw + chainsaw. Then you can mill and dry yourself. Most of the post oak tree that took out my back fence is shelving, tables and drawers in the shop now.

You can also buy a bar and chain(meant to cut floor joists etc) for a wormgear circular saw. You then just need to fab up some runners to hold it steady to mill however big of stuff you want.

I only have a Bosch contractors saw in my shop. It is not the 1000 pound monster my dad has, but it does everything I need and more. It is just always hard for me to justify a full-on cabinet saw. The little extra noise and less power of my contractor saw is fine for everything I do. It is built into my work table so the table size is not an issue on the saw.

I also never picked up any jointers. I just made a jointer fence for my table saw, and it works for everything I need.

I want to pick up a lathe, but I just do not know if I will use it much. When I needed some tapered legs for a table the wife wanted made. I just built a sled + hand drill to turn the legs. Turning stuff is a ton of fun, but I just rarely find the need to do so. I can also just drive the 2 hours to my families shop to turn stuff if absolutely needed.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Buckeye Redneck on July 21, 2018, 10:11:48 pm
Can't believe it's been a year, but I ran the same warrior dash I posted about exactly a year ago.  Getting old sucks.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 22, 2018, 12:12:23 pm
LowKey (and anyone else with building experience) - So, I'm at a critical juncture: I've got the beam jacked up to 8'9" - the height it's supposed to be. But the post I bought does not slide under. Laid it down to measure, and the *post* is 8'9", but the plates on each end are 1/4" - bringing my total height to 8'9.5".  This will cause issues with doors closing properly two stories up (and indeed, already is).

Was it mis-cut at the factory? Should the pipe have been cut to 8'8.5", before adding the plates?  My call to the company Thursday has not netted a reply call yet.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on July 22, 2018, 09:39:39 pm
Just got home from running our club's monthly bowling pin shoot (with additional dueling trees and speed steel plate rack).  Got to 90ish degrees by 2pm.  I'm pooped.  Still, a good shoot.  Got a chance to try out a new load in the Blackhawk that on paper put all six in the 10 ring at 12 yards.  Cleared all four pins from the table, then hit both steel plates at 40 yards.  Definitely a keeper load.

Still trying to convince the board to add a Texas star to our steel inventory.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on July 23, 2018, 09:43:14 am
So, I'm at a critical juncture: I've got the beam jacked up to 8'9" - the height it's supposed to be. But the post I bought does not slide under. Laid it down to measure, and the *post* is 8'9", but the plates on each end are 1/4" - bringing my total height to 8'9.5".  This will cause issues with doors closing properly two stories up (and indeed, already is).
Posted by: booksmart

Either get the post cut or return it and get a shorter one.  Or notch the post top into the beam.   If you are already having door issues...don't forget that the doors were most likely set and adjusted to work with the sag in the floor, so if you have taken out the sag the doors will need to be readjusted.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 23, 2018, 10:17:47 am
Actually, I misspoke - I'm at 8'9.25"... If I can get the post to 8'9" (in either manner), the doors should be fine.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on July 27, 2018, 04:43:10 pm
This past weekend I sighted in a new scope.

Back story:  I had a very nice older Leupold LPS 2.5-10x45 hunting scope.  Bought it new many years ago.  Used extensively.  Taken a lot o deer.  Very bright, well-made.  Recently, it started to change point of impact when adjusting the "fast focus" ring.  Upon inspection, I saw that some seal or other part internally had failed.  This caused the fast focus ring (and actual ocular lens assembly) to "wobble" side to side, and up and down.  When the eyepiece moved, it altered point of impact.

Fast forward:  About 4 weeks ago I packed up the scope and sent it back to Leupold.  Their policy on this and other "Gold Ring" scopes is to repair or replace free with comparable scope.

Well, I got a box back from Leupold.  Apparently they no longer had repair parts for this legacy model.  They substituted.

In the box was a VX6-HD 2-12x42 with Firedot Duplex reticle.   Guys, that is a scope Leupold shows as $1,800 or so on their website and has a street price of about $1,400.   I was elated!

I had a lot of fun sighting it in on the ,280 Rem bolt gun that previously wore the LPS.

This is an extremely bright scope, great resolving power of fine detail and has the always ready motion-activated Firedot reticle.   Another feature my old scope lacked is the exposed elevation and windage turrets (in MOA) with zero stop (they call it zero lock).  Once sighted in and the turrets turned to zero, you cannot accidently go past zero and lose your position.  Maybe they've had this on hunting scopes, but I've seen this mostly on tactical or long range target scopes.

Leupold also provides a card in the box to send in with your chrono data and they will send you a custom elevation dial for you favorite load.   I like to dial in for distance with either MOA or milrad and am used to that, so I don't know if I will even bother.  But, hey, its' free.  I do have a pet 140 grain handload (Barnes TTSX) at about 2950 fps, that I might send in the data on.

Shorter version:  Sent in old broken scope, got new state of the art tricked out hunting scope for free except for cost of one way shipping.  Happy customer.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on July 27, 2018, 04:59:13 pm
This past weekend I sighted in a new scope.

Back story:  I had a very nice older Leupold LPS 2.5-10x45 hunting scope.  Bought it new many years ago.  Used extensively.  Taken a lot o deer.  Very bright, well-made.  Recently, it started to change point of impact when adjusting the "fast focus" ring.  Upon inspection, I saw that some seal or other part internally had failed.  This caused the fast focus ring (and actual ocular lens assembly) to "wobble" side to side, and up and down.  When the eyepiece moved, it altered point of impact.

Fast forward:  About 4 weeks ago I packed up the scope and sent it back to Leupold.  Their policy on this and other "Gold Ring" scopes is to repair or replace free with comparable scope.

Well, I got a box back from Leupold.  Apparently they no longer had repair parts for this legacy model.  They substituted.

In the box was a VX6-HD 2-12x42 with Firedot Duplex reticle.   Guys, that is a scope Leupold shows as $1,800 or so on their website and has a street price of about $1,400.   I was elated!

I had a lot of fun sighting it in on the ,280 Rem bolt gun that previously wore the LPS.

This is an extremely bright scope, great resolving power of fine detail and has the always ready motion-activated Firedot reticle.   Another feature my old scope lacked is the exposed elevation and windage turrets (in MOA) with zero stop (they call it zero lock).  Once sighted in and the turrets turned to zero, you cannot accidently go past zero and lose your position.  Maybe they've had this on hunting scopes, but I've seen this mostly on tactical or long range target scopes.

Leupold also provides a card in the box to send in with your chrono data and they will send you a custom elevation dial for you favorite load.   I like to dial in for distance with either MOA or milrad and am used to that, so I don't know if I will even bother.  But, hey, its' free.  I do have a pet 140 grain handload (Barnes TTSX) at about 2950 fps, that I might send in the data on.

Shorter version:  Sent in old broken scope, got new state of the art tricked out hunting scope for free except for cost of one way shipping.  Happy customer.

Well colour me envious  :thumbup1 .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 27, 2018, 06:06:00 pm
Yup.  That seems above and beyond the call of duty for a customer service department.   Duly noted.    :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on July 27, 2018, 06:08:13 pm
Well colour me envious  :thumbup1 .

This was my first time to every make a warranty claim with Leupold.  I sent a different scope back to them one time for repairs that I actually damaged in a hard fall on horseback.  Not their fault.  That was maybe 20 years ago.  But this time, the failure was not due to any thing I did wrong.  I'll still not be the fanboy for any company.  They did treat me far better than I expected.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Grognard on July 28, 2018, 08:23:10 pm
just keeping up with chores around the house.


needed to make a trip to the dump.


 :doh hurt my back trying to move the trailer sans the help of the TRUCK 6' away. :doh


so now I'm taking it easy with an ice pack, Advil now; and a heat pack later.


hopefully, I can finish the chores tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on July 28, 2018, 11:16:23 pm
Tried to cover my ailing roof after a sizeable chunk of it blew off earlier today.   Roofers are all enjoying their week-end so I'm up top doing it myself.  It's not as bad as it sounds - mostly just shingle damage - but we're supposed to have rain tomorrow night into Monday so waiting for the pros is not an option.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on July 28, 2018, 11:20:02 pm
Got back from another work trip to Canada yesterday.  Slept about 16 hours. 

Going to the final walkthrough on a house we are buying tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 29, 2018, 04:15:13 pm
Treating my basement ceiling joists for white mold.

Next weekend will be sealing AC ducts and strapping up a few joists, to tighten up a few soft spots in the floor.

Progress!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on July 29, 2018, 06:28:51 pm
Yesterday...Sheetrock in the new garage.  It sucked.

Last weekend, sheetrock in the new garage...And a little bit of driving the Kubota around Nukmed's yard.

Weekend before that was a bunch of driving the Kubota around Nukmed's yard.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 29, 2018, 07:51:59 pm
The husband of a friend of mine has a Kubota dealership... I have a feeling I'll be renting one next year, for probably the same reason you were driving it around Nukmed's yard... Landscaping? Fixing grading issues?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on July 30, 2018, 02:40:54 pm
Dug out a half dozen or so small stumps.  I was going to dig out the big one but he said not to bother as it is not in the way of the planned fence.  And, it would have taken hours and hours for my small little BX to get out.

Moved a bunch of largish rocks around, even kept a few they didn't want.  One had to be right at 850 lbs since that is what my front bucket is rated to lift, and I could lift it about 2.5' and no higher.

And then I pushed together all the debris, brush, etc that was along the property line where the fence is planned.  Next Monday the county green waste dumpster shows up and I will be back over helping pack it as full as we can.  Not sure one dumpster is gonna do it.

After that I will swap the backhoe for the three point hitch and tiller and churn and grade some of the cleared area.

They are handy to have around when you need one.  Rapidly approaching the point where I don't need one enough to justify the money tied up in it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 30, 2018, 03:24:51 pm
Cool.

We've got grading/drainage issues to correct, need to put in french drains.

I also need to figure out how to kill sumac. I hate that fluffing tree.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on July 31, 2018, 10:26:52 am
You can grade with a BX-25D.  But it is painful.  The front bucket has no ability to tilt, unlike the blade on a landscaping excavator.  So on the BX when you drop the bucket it just follows the grade the rear wheels are on.  So, you end up having to use the hoe and bucket to dig out and drop dirt, and then the float mode of the bucket to smooth and compact it back down.  It can be done, and I have done it, but a tracked excavator with a blade that has some ability to tilt would make many jobs much easier.

Still, as an all around landscaping tool, it is hard to beat for the price.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on July 31, 2018, 10:28:23 am
I would edit my last post, but I can't....

If you just need to raise, lower or smooth the existing grade, it works fine.  The issue come in when you want to change the grade.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on July 31, 2018, 01:46:27 pm
Well, considering that right now we've really got improper grading... some slopes towards the house, some slopes parallel to the house, we've got low spots where rain puddles, we've got 4-5 different types of grass, the g#$%#^n sumac that pops up wherever it d#$% well pleases, a few places where bushes or trees used to be and the root system's rotting away so the dirt falls out beneath you as you walk over it when you mow...

And a shiny new fiber optic line running through that I don't want to cut.   ::)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on August 01, 2018, 02:15:19 pm
The husband of a friend of mine has a Kubota dealership... I have a feeling I'll be renting one next year, for probably the same reason you were driving it around Nukmed's yard... Landscaping? Fixing grading issues?

Utility size Kubota tractors are virtually bullet proof if you take reasonable care.  Change fluids and filters on schedule, keep coolant in the radiator and they will run just about forever.  I picked up this Kubota M4030SU (5 cylinder 51 hp diesel) at an auction many years ago.  It was made in 1991, if I recall.  I use it regularly (again this weekend, weather permitting) to keep up my little 18.9 acres of heaven.  I paid $10k, out the door with the attached box blade for it around 2000-2001. It was just being used to spread gravel on a used car lot that went out of business.  Only a couple hundred hours on it then.  I picked up a new 6' Bush Hog HD field mower, a used 8' four gang disc, and a post hole digger for the PTO.  Added a QD three point hitch.  That's it.  Might get a PTO log splitter on down the road.  I don't have a bucket, but don't really need one for what I do.

I did put new rear tires on it last year, otherwise it's pretty much the same as when I bought it. 

If you own land that is more than you can keep up with just a zero turn or a garden tractor, look for a used one of these.  You really can't wear it out if you don't neglect it.  They are a Godsend.

This photo was taken right after I cleaned it up "real purty" to use for our church's annual hayride.

 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 01, 2018, 05:43:48 pm
My buying one would be a wee bit o' overkill - we have about 2/3 acre in the middle of suburbia, about 1/2 of which is occupied by the house itself... A friend of mine has a small plot in western TN, and I think he has a Kubota of some flavor... speaks highly of it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 02, 2018, 02:01:05 am
I have been looking at similar tractors, but 4x4.  We have 10 acres, and need something more than we have in terms of equipment.  A skidsteer would probably make more sense, but I don't see the money available any time soon.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mississippi556 on August 13, 2018, 05:19:10 pm
Yes, a 4x4 would have been my choice, too, but this came along for a bargain and I just couldn't pass it up.  It's been flawless over the years.  I just have to be a bit more careful where I put it when things are really wet and I get into the soft stuff.   I've had to winch it out a couple times cutting too close to a creek bed, but not often.  I have a very old beat up 8,000 lb. Warn winch.  Older than the tractor.  You'd be surprised what you can do with a winch strapped to a tree trunk.

Honestly, I just cut fields of mostly Bahia grass, plant a little brown top millet for dove season, and then throw winter wheat or rye on that for the deer.  Not much winter here.

For those with fewer acres, maybe a commercial zero turn Scag, Ex-Mark or such, if you are not cutting more than about 5 acres at a time, or the BX or L series Kubota.   Those commercial zero-turn mowers are lightning fast.   

For that suburban paradise, a small belly mower garden tractor does just fine.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 13, 2018, 06:31:50 pm
Mowed the yard, replaced two light fixtures, shuffled 8 systems around at work as part of a departmental move, and spray painted two cracks in my basement wall to get 'em ready to chisel 'em out with an airhammer and fill back in with hydraulic cement (wanted to be able to see what I was aiming at while wearing a mask/goggles).

Last weekend was prep the ductwork for in the basement for sprayfoam installation. Weekend before that was treat the basement ceiling joists for mold.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 13, 2018, 06:39:58 pm
Technically it wasn't a weekend (took Wednesday-Friday off to celebrate completing my Master's Program), but it still counts.

Words cannot adequately convey just how much I missed this place.

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Came home Thursday night, then spent all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday moving furniture from my parents' house into my new apartment. Got more exercise in the past three days than in the last three months (probably closer to six months) combined. Now everything hurts.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on August 13, 2018, 08:07:33 pm
Congrats on your own place.  Wonderful feeling, isn't it? :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 13, 2018, 08:41:12 pm
Congrats on the Master's, too!  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 14, 2018, 07:33:32 pm
Congrats on your own place.  Wonderful feeling, isn't it? :thumbup1


Thanks. It is a wonderful feeling, if a bit lonely: Mom & Dad still have the dog, so there's no happy furball to greet me at the door when I get home from work.

Congrats on the Master's, too!  :thumbup1

Many thanks!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 18, 2018, 08:49:56 pm
Two things: Don't know if it's just me or not, but server time seems... off.   Raptor posted the 14th, but I'm getting an alert that "this topic has not been posted in for at least 90 days, yadda yadda yadda..."

Second: The Saga of The Post is done.  Got a call Wednesday from Lowe's... "Hi, this is Amanda from ProServices.  We haven't had a lot of communication with the vendor, but we also had a post arrive. With your name on it. I've measured it, and it is exactly 8'9". Come and get it when you can."

"Awesome. Do I owe anything?"

"Nope."

"Do I need to bring in the mismeasured post?"

"Nope. What're we going to do with it?"

"... The same thing I would, I reckon.  Okay, see you as soon as I can get there."

Got to the store this morning, rented their truck, brought it home, slid it into place, and took their truck back.

Tacked it to the beam, nudged it to plumb, and removed the temporary columns.

And now the second floor bathroom door closes properly.   :clap

Now, I'll wait a few weeks for everything to re-settle, plaster a few cracks, and touch up some paint.  :thumbup1

Tomorrow, got some work to do at the office getting three new classrooms ready for classes to start Monday.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 19, 2018, 12:27:38 am
Nice Booksmart.

I got to go for a ride in my dad's new plane today, and sided the front gable of my cousins new house with him.

New plane, 1958 Comanche.  New to him anyways.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 19, 2018, 01:11:55 am
Very cool.  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on August 19, 2018, 01:27:37 pm
The past few weekends have been helping my dad replace siding. They had baseball size hail. So we got to replace windows as well. They needed new windows anyway.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 19, 2018, 04:51:16 pm
Today I am supposed to be putting the hitch under the the wife's truck and building the rear gate for her canopy.  But it is raining fairly hard right now so laying in the driveway is not enthusing me.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on August 20, 2018, 10:56:07 am
Wasn't this weekend, but it was on A weekend.  I put an 8,000 pound class 3 hitch under my 2016 Colorado.  Had to tie ropes around the ends of the bumper to hold in roughly in place, since the same bolts that hold the bumper to the truck are used to install the hitch (replaces the bumper hitch piece that tucks up and hides under the bumper).  Took my neighbor and I an hour or so.  Pain in the posterior.  Literally.  Not nearly as easy as a class 3 for a Ford Ranger.  Those are 15-20 minutes, solo installations, without air tools.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 20, 2018, 12:54:31 pm
Wasn't this weekend, but it was on A weekend.  I put an 8,000 pound class 3 hitch under my 2016 Colorado.  Had to tie ropes around the ends of the bumper to hold in roughly in place, since the same bolts that hold the bumper to the truck are used to install the hitch (replaces the bumper hitch piece that tucks up and hides under the bumper).  Took my neighbor and I an hour or so.  Pain in the posterior.  Literally.  Not nearly as easy as a class 3 for a Ford Ranger.  Those are 15-20 minutes, solo installations, without air tools.

That sounds awful  :-\ . You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 20, 2018, 05:29:56 pm
I didn't do jack sh*t.  Took a drive last week - out of Phoenix - looking for some altitude.  Found some.  Stayed a week.  Made my lazy old dog look positively industrious.  Enjoyed it thoroughly.  That is all.   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 20, 2018, 06:57:42 pm
 :thumbup1

Gotta do that every once in a while.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 20, 2018, 07:23:03 pm
Got my apartment's internet service set up and squared away (FINALLY! Only took a week!) and moved more of my crap out of my parents' house and into my apartment.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on August 21, 2018, 10:07:39 am
That sounds awful  :-\ .
Well, it wasn't fun, but it was satisfying when it was all done.

You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener .
Don't have "tedious trailer hook up problems" at the back end, or at the front?  I could tow a Prius with no problem.  The same can not be said about the Prius.  And if my battery needs replacing it doesn't cost $7,000 or more.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on August 21, 2018, 10:37:13 am
That sounds awful  :-\ . You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener .

Big, lifted, monster truck = Small anatomy
Tiny little Prius = Low Testosterone levels

 :coffee Pick your poison.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 21, 2018, 11:01:07 am
That sounds awful  :-\ . You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener.
Posted by: MTK20

Can't tow and launch the boat with a Prius either.  Kinda hard to take the trash cans to the transfer site also.  So the wife "borrowed" my truck when she wanted to go fishing.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 21, 2018, 12:15:10 pm
That sounds awful  :-\ . You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener .
I'm thinking you don't really need a proper hitch if all you're rated to tow is a Radio Flyer kid's wagon .  .  .   :coffee
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on August 21, 2018, 12:25:01 pm
I'm thinking you don't really need a proper hitch if all you're rated to tow is a Radio Flyer kid's wagon .  .  .   :coffee

Empty Radio Flyer
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 21, 2018, 01:32:50 pm
Empty Radio Flyer
...at a maximum speed of 25mph.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 21, 2018, 01:50:57 pm
That sounds awful  :-\ . You know, Toyota Priuses don't have tedious trailer hitch hook up problems  :neener.
Posted by: MTK20

Can't tow and launch the boat with a Prius either.  Kinda hard to take the trash cans to the transfer site also.  So the wife "borrowed" my truck when she wanted to go fishing.

I was joking of course, but they are nice if you have land or work to be done.

Too bad as a city dweller, I don't think I could ever justify one. I like the smaller pick ups and have been eyeing some of the GMC line, but I feel it's a pipe dream. The vehicles and cost of gas are expensive  :shrug . Looks like I'll be stuck with sedans and cross overs. Btw, what sparked my truck curiosity is I drove one of the new Toyota Tacomas  :cool .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 21, 2018, 02:38:01 pm
Those are cute little trucks.  Pretty capable for what they are but until Toyota updates the engines and transmissions I think they are going to be overshadowed by the newer domestic trucks.  Toyota seems to build pretty good off road trucks but their work truck, heavy duty, heavy towing performance keeps them off the radar for a lot of folks. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 21, 2018, 10:52:29 pm
Those are cute little trucks.  Pretty capable for what they are but until Toyota updates the engines and transmissions I think they are going to be overshadowed by the newer domestic trucks.  Toyota seems to build pretty good off road trucks but their work truck, heavy duty, heavy towing performance keeps them off the radar for a lot of folks.
Posted by: coelacanth

We are getting better mileage out of an F150 than any other vehicle we own, including a 4 cylinder
,22re, Toyota.  An F150 makes a very versatile family car.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 21, 2018, 11:04:19 pm
Just checked. The 2018 F150 gets 20 mpg city and 26 hwy  :shrug .

The 2018 GMC Canyon gets 22 city/30 highway and the 2018 Chevy Colorado also gets 22/30.

It's irrational, but I really want that Canyon  :banghead . There's nothing wrong with sedans... There's nothing wrong with sedans...  :rotfl .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on August 22, 2018, 01:13:34 am
Are those 2wd numbers or 4x4? 

A part of me wants a Canyon, but I really like having a full sized truck for work.  That said I am sick of working on vehicles that I have to have...I think I could live with an F150 for work.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on August 22, 2018, 12:33:50 pm
The 2018 GMC Canyon gets 22 city/30 highway and the 2018 Chevy Colorado also gets 22/30.

My 2016 Ram 3500 Cummins gets about half that.  But lift, 35" tires, and I do actually use the full capacity of the truck.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on August 22, 2018, 01:58:37 pm
My 2016 Colorado is averaging about 20-22, mostly back and forth to work every day, about 3/4 of which is on a freeway [8 miles total one way].  Take it on a long trip, and it bumps up to 24+, but that includes going over the mountains to the coast.  There's a long 25+ mile gradual downslope on I5 that I once averaged 38+ over 25 miles (so sayeth the truck's computer).  If I were to do a long run of 240 miles or so, say from Portland to Eugene and back, pretty flat through the Willamette Valley, it should average up around 26+.  And I can tow up to 7,000# if I need to.  I like that "if I need to" capability.  Pus, it's a crew cab, so can seat up to five adults or carry plenty of groceries.  And it sits higher than a little car, so I can see traffic ahead better when on the road.

Just checked. The 2018 F150 gets 20 mpg city and 26 hwy  :shrug .

The 2018 GMC Canyon gets 22 city/30 highway and the 2018 Chevy Colorado also gets 22/30.

It's irrational, but I really want that Canyon  :banghead . There's nothing wrong with sedans... There's nothing wrong with sedans...  :rotfl .

And the Canyon and Colorado are twins.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2018, 03:48:58 pm
And the Canyon and Colorado are twins.

I know they are both under the GM umbrella, but what do you mean?  :hmm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 22, 2018, 10:54:08 pm
Mechanically identical except for body parts and interior trim items. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on August 22, 2018, 11:14:41 pm
Mechanically identical except for body parts and interior trim items.

Identical, except with different body parts  :hmm . Thanks  :thumbup1 .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 23, 2018, 12:07:27 am
Seeing as this has drifted into automotive stuff, anyone have recommendations for a (used) 4wd SUV with decent towing capacity, price in the $6k-9k range? This is primarily for my wife back stateside.
Looking for something that has a record of being mechanically reliable but have no earthly idea of which models are real world reliable, I've used rental cars only over the last 15 years. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 23, 2018, 10:31:38 am
Subaru.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 23, 2018, 10:53:38 am
Honda and Mazda. The only two brands my family has never been disappointed by.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 23, 2018, 11:18:41 pm
Hard to find anything with decent towing capacity that isn't truck based.  $6 - $9k is another strike against finding anything with decent towing capacity as most things that are capable in that regard are going to be $10k + if there's any life left in them.

I suppose I should ask what you consider "decent towing capacity"?   :hmm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 23, 2018, 11:22:20 pm
Oh, one other thing - I picked up a copy of "Tide of Battle" by our own Michael Z. Williamson and read it over my lost week-end.  I liked it.  A very enjoyable summer read.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on August 24, 2018, 02:14:31 am
Hard to find anything with decent towing capacity that isn't truck based.  $6 - $9k is another strike against finding anything with decent towing capacity as most things that are capable in that regard are going to be $10k + if there's any life left in them.

I suppose I should ask what you consider "decent towing capacity"?   :hmm
Decent towing capacity= tow another car on a dolly or 16ft travel trailer/moderately loaded ute trailer.   I've driven big trucks professionally, so I'd be a bit more cautious and baby things if I were dealing with steep grades, ect. 

Definitely not looking for anything to tow heavy equipment, ect., and we're not planing on towing anything with it on a regular basis.
One thing I am considering is that I'd like to be able to pull it behind a full trailer* (pickup for the tow vehicle) and have it capable to fill in to tow the trailer and the pickup (separately) a short distance in case of mechanical issues with the pickup. 



*Full trailers have front steerable axles with a tow bar, unlike semi-trailers with only a set of rear axles.  Keeps the weight off of the suspension of the tow vehicle.   Think of the second trailer in a set of doubles you may have seen on the interstate.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 24, 2018, 03:51:01 pm
Got it.  If it were me I'd probably be looking for a domestic crew cab pick up with a towing package.  They can usually fill in pretty well for a sport-ute and have additional flexibility when carry anything large and bulky.  If that won't work for you I'd probably look at the full sized sport-utes. 

In your price range the pick-up trucks are going to be more numerous in terms of selection and will usually have a bit more towing capacity as well.   For some reason its hard to find a sport-ute with a useful axle ratio as a tow vehicle until you get to the bigger stuff.  Probably has to do with the C.A.F.E. standards and the general popularity of the vehicles among urban and suburban customers. 

Among the candidates for usable sport-utes I would list the Chevy/GMC Tahoe/Suburban platform as the most capable.   The Jeep Grand Cherokee is nearly so but a bit smaller in overall size and capability.  The Ford Expedition is nearly the size of the Chevy/GMC cars but a little weaker in the engine bay and thus less capable.  The Ford Explorer has been trending to a more car-like platform for years but the older ones were probably marginally capable for your purpose.  The Dodge/RAM Durango is also about on par with the rest of the domestics. The Toyota Land Cruiser is probably the only import I would take a chance on in this application - maybe the Nissan Armada but I don't have much experience with them.  The Nissan X-Terra has been discontinued but it was also a pretty capable platform - particularly in the 4wd specialty models.   The fact that they have been discontinued may make them a little more affordable but their 4wd-off-road chops also may tend to make them a little more "used" than some of the others. 

Frankly, none of these vehicles have fared very well in terms of reported reliability and scoring by the national publications that specialize in that kind of thing.  As for my own experience, I have run Fords, Chevy/GMC's and Toyotas over the years and have found them all to be fairly reliable as long as the maintenance is kept up.  All of them have their quirks which you have to get used to and in your price range I'd be looking for a vehicle with a complete service history and probably would pay extra to get it.   My family ( Dad, brother and me )has run Chevy Suburbans and K 5 Blazers since the late 1970's and had good luck with them.  Others folks wouldn't buy one on a bet.  They are not cheap to maintain - or to run - so just plan on that up front.  Properly maintained they are pretty capable vehicles.

  For pick up trucks I like Fords but the Expedition has never impressed me much.  The Toyota Landcruiser is legendary - but as an off-roader and not as a tow vehicle.  Mine was an FJ40 and lasted for years here in Arizona.  The later models went all "Land Rover" and got expensive but they were still a pretty good truck.  No experience with the Dodge Durango but a neighbor had one for years and beat the crap out of it and couldn't get it to quit on him.  Jeeps are quirky but the Grand Cherokee-Commander line has been pretty decent over the years just not terribly reliable in factory trim.  Again, no personal experience - just talking with owners around home and out in the boonies.  The Nissan X-Terra is a good truck and has the bonus of being found in a surprising number of two wheel drive versions which simplifies the towability and improves fuel economy if you don't need the 4wd.  One neighbor has owned three.  One he wore out.  The second one he bought for his wife and the third one he bought when he heard they were being discontinued and it's his daily driver and hunting truck so I guess you could call him a fan.

Given what you want it for and what you want to spend I would think you might be well served to consider buying it from and individual.  You might pay a little more than at a dealer but you're more likely to score a vehicle with a complete maintenance history and fairly moderate use.

A lot of older folks buy the tow vehicle and the travel trailer at the same time and when the notion of trouping around the country leaves them the toys get used less and less.  I have seen them offered as a pair in many classified ads in the local paper and some of the travel trailer magazines and site.  Sometimes RV dealers take the whole package in trade but that is less common in my experience. 

Bottom line is, you never know where you'll find the vehicle you finally end up with.  Knowledge is power and flexibility is a bargaining tool. 

Hope this helps.   :cool

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on August 27, 2018, 03:58:21 am
No advice on trucks.


The past two weekends bookended a trip up to Sedona, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley.  Got in less hiking than we wanted, saw some spectacular storms up close and spectacular scenery.  I lost track of how many miles we drove.  It was a good road trip.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 27, 2018, 01:00:03 pm
Man, the north rim must have been awesome this time of year.  They get some real howlers up there during the summer.  Was Zion really crowded? 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 27, 2018, 02:19:59 pm
Ugh. What weekend? Spent all day Saturday helping my parents with their massive yard sale (for which I was paid rather handsomely, so I can't complain too much) and then all day yesterday babysitting our neurotic dog while my parents are out of town for a funeral. They've gone out of town at least once a month for the last three years, never longer than two nights, but the little bugger still gets himself so worked up that he makes himself physically ill.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on August 28, 2018, 11:27:38 am
Saturday I ran the bowling pin match at the range (had third highest average).

Sunday morning we picked up a U-Haul trailer, drove 4 1/2 hours and over the mountains to the coast, emptied a storage unit, then drove back with both the truck and trailer loaded, and emptied both into the garage.  14 1/2 hour day.  Averaged over 19 mpg going over empty, and 18.6 mpg coming home.  The trailering setting for the truck helps a lot going up and down hills with a load, but definitely takes it's toll on the mileage.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 28, 2018, 04:43:35 pm
Ugh. What weekend? Spent all day Saturday helping my parents with their massive yard sale (for which I was paid rather handsomely, so I can't complain too much) and then all day yesterday babysitting our neurotic dog while my parents are out of town for a funeral. They've gone out of town at least once a month for the last three years, never longer than two nights, but the little bugger still gets himself so worked up that he makes himself physically ill.

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Doggie downers ?    :whistle
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on August 28, 2018, 06:12:26 pm
Doubt that will work. He doesn't get hyper so much as so stressed and depressed that he gives himself stomach issues. Can dogs get acid reflux?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on August 29, 2018, 09:28:00 am
Puppy xanax.

http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/noise-reactivities-and-phobias-dogs-implementing-effective-drug-therapy (http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/noise-reactivities-and-phobias-dogs-implementing-effective-drug-therapy)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on August 30, 2018, 02:50:58 am
Man, the north rim must have been awesome this time of year.  They get some real howlers up there during the summer.  Was Zion really crowded?
The North Rim was colder and wetter than the last time we were there in August.  The thunderstorms were incredible to watch coming across the canyons.  It also seemed like there were more people there, including a lot of French tourists.

Zion was not as crowded as we were told to expect.  It was still too crowded for our tastes on the trails, but a lot of trails were closed due to landslides caused by storms, so that might have something to do with it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on August 30, 2018, 10:44:17 pm
Last time we were up that way was a January trip a couple of years ago.  Awesome time of year to experience Zion.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 08, 2018, 10:39:01 pm
Finally, after over two years, my Archon Type B (formeerly Arsenal Stryk B) has arrived.  I'm on call for the rest of the week and can't get to the range, but when I do, I'll give a report.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 08, 2018, 10:40:50 pm
Oops!  That last one shouldn't have been upside-down. :doh
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 09, 2018, 09:49:09 am
 :thumbup1

Niiiiice. Eagerly awaiting the range report.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 09, 2018, 11:11:21 pm
Agreed.  It looks a bit different from the first ones I saw but still fine for an "evil black gun" .  :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on September 10, 2018, 10:45:31 am
for the 18th year,  our big outdoor kids event weekend. 
Even through we had over 9 inches of rain in the days leading up to it  :facepalm,  and did all the set up on Friday, in the rain  :panic.  We still had a good day and weekend for it.    Numbers were down a bit,  just over 400 kids (under age 14) registered,  so that does not count the older teens, parents, grandparents, etc.

Coffey County OK Kids (www.okkidscc.com).   
Events included,  camping Friday night.  Free Breakfast Sat. morning. Fishing tournament. Free Lunch. trap shooting, pellet gun shoot, archery, sling shots, water cannon fight, rope bridge, milk crate climb, bouncy castles, horse back rides, disc golf, pedal cars course, paint ball shoot, bird house building, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) had sidewalk chalk, changing and feeding stations and activities for the littlest ones, hay rack rides, Free supper, prize drawings,  movie and popcorn,  camping again on Sat. night, with a Free breakfast on Sunday morning and a non-denominational worship service after breakfast.   at the Corp of Engineers park (John Redmond reservoir).

This is put on by Sheriff, Fire, Police, EMS, emergency management, Parks and Wildlife, Federal fish and game, Corp of engineers, Recreation center, quail forever/pheasant forever, several of the local churches and a host of sponsors and everything is provided to get the kids outside, give em a ton of stuff to do, and the parents don't have to spend a dime on food or entertainment.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 10, 2018, 03:15:18 pm
Excellent.  You've told us about this event before but I applaud your level of commitment to have made this happen for 18 years.  I imagine there have been an awful lot of good memories generated there by you folks over the years.  Well done, sir.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 10, 2018, 08:34:03 pm
Got my new gun "safe" assembled, and then hauled my guns and a sh*t-ton of ammo from my parents' house to my apartment.

And wit that, The Move That Will Not End has pretty much come to an, uh, end. Now I get to devote my (more or less) complete attention to the sequel: The Great Unpackening.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on September 10, 2018, 08:42:29 pm
Got my new gun "safe" assembled, and then hauled my guns and a sh*t-ton of ammo from my parents' house to my apartment.

And wit that, The Move That Will Not End has pretty much come to an, uh, end. Now I get to devote my (more or less) complete attention to the sequel: The Great Unpackening.

I always have the urge to burn everything, and to just start over when I move. That may be a just me thing tho.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on September 10, 2018, 08:49:46 pm
I always have the urge to burn everything, and to just start over when I move. That may be a just me thing tho.
That sure beats moving it all. It’s expensive though.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 10, 2018, 09:18:59 pm
I always have the urge to burn everything, and to just start over when I move. That may be a just me thing tho.

I'm glad it's not just me.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 10, 2018, 09:52:25 pm
Moving is awful, I've thought long and hard about ditching my bed for a camping cot and then reducing all my belongings down to what fits into one suitcase.

We Americans are truly blessed to have as much unnecessary material crap as we do  :banghead .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on September 10, 2018, 09:58:59 pm
Moving is awful, I've thought long and hard about ditching my bed for a camping cot and then reducing all my belongings down to what fits into one suitcase.

We Americans are truly blessed to have as much unnecessary material crap as we do  :banghead .

I could move everything I had in just my pickup UNTIL I got married.

If one woman can add so much stuff to be moved. Then I have no clue how lesbians ever move at all. I assume hire a few semi trailers.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 11, 2018, 02:11:26 am
I could move everything I had in just my pickup UNTIL I got married.

If one woman can add so much stuff to be moved. Then I have no clue how lesbians ever move at all. I assume hire a few semi trailers.

 :rotfl

It's true. There are many different theories as to why, but women love stuff  :thumbup1 .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on September 11, 2018, 08:31:03 am
I'm glad it's not just me.
You are not alone.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on September 11, 2018, 10:50:48 pm
I always have the urge to burn everything, and to just start over when I move. That may be a just me thing tho.

Having done a move by air, with a hard weight and size limit.  I did burn a bunch of stuff rather than give it to people who wanted my stuff, but did not want to pay me for it.  Worse of the asshats broke in to our old house less than eight hours after we flew out to see what we left in the house.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 13, 2018, 11:20:46 pm
So I finally got to the range today to shoot my new Archon Type B.  Well, actually I had two Caniks, a Star, and the CZ75B I rebuilt last year I wanted to fire as well as the Archon, but this report isn’t about those others.

I was able to test function with different ammo weights and check accuracy.  As my time was divided between five different pistols, I was only able to put 85 rounds through the Archon.  Those rounds included Federal HST 124gr +P, Wolf 115gr ball, and Freedom Munitions selections in 115gr ball, 115gr HP, 124gr ball, and 147gr ball.  There were no malfunctions of any kind with any ammo I used.

I fired off-hand at about 21 feet.  At least I think it was 21 feet.  It looked about seven paces to me, but the marks on the wall were not labeled.  For the sake of consistency at least, I sent the targets to the same approximate place down range.  The targets I used were marked “NRA Official 50-ft. Slow Fire Pistol Target” and were provided free of charge with the range fee.

I fired a full magazine of each type of ammo listed above except the FM 115gr HP which was in short supply today.  All but one of the rounds were in the black, although a smidge to the right.  I may decide to adjust the sights at some point, but for now they will do.  The single hit just outside the black was with the HST.  Considering that the group was clustered in the lower right quadrant of the black and the flyer was just slightly high and left of the black, I’ll say it was probably me and not the pistol or the ammo.

The grip is just big enough for my hands with an aggressive texture and a comfortable contour.  Recoil was pretty manageable and the sights were easy to see.  I didn’t try any fast shooting or double taps today, so maybe next time I take her out I can report on the ease of follow-up shots and such.

Having grown up shooting 1911's, I'm pretty particular about my triggers.  Though not a 1911 trigger, the Archon has a trigger better than most of the striker fired pistols I've tried.  There is no "dingus" trigger safety like on a Glock.  The safety mechanism is all internal.  Reset is short and positive.

So that’s my attempt at a range report.  Hope it was worth a read.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 15, 2018, 10:28:02 pm
It'll do for now.  Thanks for sharing.   :cool   Was it your favorite pistol of the group at the end of the day?  Just out of curiosity what models were the Caniks, the Star and the CZ75 ( full sized or compact )?   

Lest we be charged with felony thread drift, today I repaired and refurbished my ancient old Kenmore gas grill and put it back into shape to heat treat a few more tasty meals. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 16, 2018, 06:47:25 pm
Thanks much for sharing. Now I have another gun to add to my "gotta check this out" list.

This was a busy weekend for me, and it actually started (sort of) on Thursday. Thursday afternoon, my department at work had a "team activity," so we spent all afternoon throwing axes. One of those axe-throwing places recently opened not far from our office, so we went there. A good time was had by most everyone (one team member didn't have much fun, but we found out Friday that she'd been on the verge of a full-blown illness of some sort or another).

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qPVip2S2NZoK9PET6  (video of me throwing an axe and, miraculously, managing to get it to stick in the target)

Friday was the annual party for the entire company, so I spent all afternoon Friday running around Pittsburgh's South Side in an Amazing Race type of event, and then a good chunk of the night eating way too much wurst and pretzels at an authentic German-style beer hall.

Saturday I was up early to help squire another event for the 501st Legion. We were putting in an appearance at Mutt Strutt, which is an annual event to help raise money to train service dogs for veterans with PTSD, TBI, and combat-related injuries. It proved to be a very small turnout: nearly everyone who signed on for the event was forced to drop out at the last minute (either got called into work, had family emergencies, and in one case actually broke his leg), and we had four other events that day, so there was no one else available to fill in. So it was just me helping out a single, solitary stormtrooper.

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Despite our incredibly poor turnout this year (last year we had upwards of fifteen troopers attend), the organizers were still thrilled to see us, and as usual it proved impossible to get anywhere quickly because people kept stopping us to ask to take pictures with the Stormtrooper.

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Of course we had to get a picture of the Stormtrooper with the "Ewok."

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That's Rocky Bleier. He played football for Notre Dame and was drafted by the Steelers in 1968. He was then drafted by the Army after his rookie season and sent to Vietnam. He was shot in the leg and part of his foot was blown off by a grenade, and he was told he'd never play football again. After a medical discharge, he rejoined the Steelers in 1970, despite barely being able to walk at the time. He earned a spot on the starting lineup in '74. in '76, he rushed for over 1000 yards. After he retired in 1980 (with 4 Super Bowl Rings), he's become heavily (if quietly) involved with various veterans' charities and support groups.

Today, I'm dogsitting this little bugger for what will probably be the last time.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dssMsZnnNxJnzkWs37Lfgu4uATgXNnUPDTrHg8bTggU2aSZssbgHdEuezYkj_OqaQX3qYrc3GpNZK86BkTrHzP9nPuOIVmzrhBrszH38HooTA6eHGySL46WqkAUxgmjsu05S0pI9Fv-zV6vpOyid8iDFDER0iqcPsvBFXZDh7Ew1FuljdI-TS0myFi22pu85daF2wWvGU5iCRRcbMFLiljvu_LrmM4Z47rFq5Wao8IUol0kYw-e9asFZP8teYyxX81yK34ESrplwd5xmdbe1Oe42ANqstTxm9-fpmOnrlJKztdHZvGq6b4sQJtcFfay-hPch-bhSMIQzm_MvoZoNAHihqKm4VQMQD_atgpi8pbWg3GIvwoY6S6pxZI5kNaKcyEIZKL5uJxyWmG31SrxySa1AFmEDcmtioLQlCXS7TufncUN8Cfp8PFZeB56eXjIhuYhbmrl4ru0EKsCkb72NTytS6R2z7rFb3gCu_Uq-Or1lp6_IG7H3gV5T2pGmKINxr_RIDEya3RfJk0LZnOfeiZijtchPZc6XIF8oksSitJF0H95ZdwS2ivgar8ztO1zYioIGUt3P7pb-lfyNaqwKqBTCk4hQtaiV0GIKrsPqXAX0QFsyvM9wWKtzFUyKSSo=w1258-h944-no)

Mom and Dad are moving to Florida next Saturday. Scotty's a little pain in the @$$, but I'm gonna miss him so much.  :'(
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 22, 2018, 10:35:17 pm
Coelacanth,

So sorry for the late reply.  I just saw your post this moment.  I promise I wasn't ignoring you. :doh

To answer your questions:  I would have to say that my favorite pistol of the day was the Archon.  This opinion, I admit, may be colored by my excitement at having finally received it after a two year wait.  I did not have the problems experienced by MAC or Honest Outlaw in the videos below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ll5K1Cl4kw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdVT_FIMySY
Mine had no malfunctions of any kind.  I don't know why they were having so many light primer strikes and I had none.

A very close second for favorite was my CZ75 B rebuild mentioned above in this very thread.  (See: posts 253-259)  That venerable old pistol shoots like a laser beam.  Twenty years of use before I got my hands on it have smoothed out the action pretty well and I am quite taken with the two-tone finish sqlbullet helped me with.

The Caniks were the TP9SA and the TP9SF.  Both functioned without fail, but neither were as accurate as either the Archon or the CZ.

The last pistol of the day was a Star BM.  The Spanish surplussed these compacts, and despite the obvious wear of years in service, mine shot fine.  I wish the point of impact was closer to point of aim, and accuracy was about what I'd expect from a pistol with such a short sight radius.

Now, having said all that, I actually came back to this thread to mention what I did today.

My son is looking for a compact pistol in anticipation of getting his CCW in the next month or so.  I, being the dutiful father and all-around awesome guy that I am, volunteered to accompany him to the gunshow today and offer all the unsolicited advice he could handle. ::)

It turns out that he couldn't make a decision today, despite all my urging.  I, on the other hand, couldn't resist getting a P10C.  Of course we had to take it to the range straight away.

So I got to go to the gunshow, eat lunch, and get in some range time with son number one today.  Not a bad weekend.  I just wish I had the presence of mind to take my new Archon with us to get some more rounds throught it. :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 22, 2018, 10:39:02 pm
Raptor,

My apologies for any stress my range report may have caused to your psyche or pocketbook. ;)

NukMed
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on September 23, 2018, 12:47:06 pm
My son is looking for a compact pistol in anticipation of getting his CCW in the next month or so.  I, being the dutiful father and all-around awesome guy that I am, volunteered to accompany him to the gunshow today and offer all the unsolicited advice he could handle. ::)
If I could share some unsolicited advice: I was at the local gun pusher last week, and they have a case dedicated to used pistols.  I noted to the merchant of death helping me, that the vast majority were mid-size to upper-mid sized pistols.  Sig P229, HK P2000, commander 1911s, and the like. His response was that I was correct, and that 'most guys think they will conceal a lot better than they do.'

Of course, holster, belt, etc., but I would encourage your son to 'start small,' with his first CCW - or at least not big - and get him into the habit of all day/every day carry.  Then once he is, try a more effective gun that will require more dressing around.

$.02
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 23, 2018, 01:51:46 pm
Good advice, IMO.   Carrying a handgun all day, every day requires some unavoidable changes in your thinking and your behavior and likely your wardrobe and equipment before its all said and done.  Finding a pistol that can be shot well, carried discreetly and capable of delivering acceptable terminal ballistics can be a daunting task. 

 A son is fortunate to have a father who is knowledgeable, experienced and willing to help him through this process.   :thumbup1

And for the record, I didn't assume I was being ignored.  In any event, I've been married for quite a while so I'm somewhat familiar with the experience.   :cool

Which brings me to what I did this week-end.  Yesterday Mrs. c and I celebrated our umpteenth wedding anniversary and went out to dinner at the local comida Mexicana.  Mui beuno, amigos.   :thumbup1 

 I also picked up a copy of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's new book, "12 Rules For Life : An Antidote To Chaos".   If you have not read this - do so.  Even if you are familiar with Dr. Peterson through his internet video lectures, interviews and encounters with angry protesters the book itself is an eye opener.  It is written in much the same easy going style that his lecture format employs and there have been more than a few grins so far at his unique insights and phraseology.  I highly recommend it. :thumbup1 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 23, 2018, 02:26:47 pm
Raptor,

My apologies for any stress my range report may have caused to your psyche or pocketbook. ;)

NukMed

 :rotfl

No worries. Haven't seen one in the wild yet, and even if I did it'd be at the bottom of my "buy" list.

Congrats on the P10C. That's significantly higher up on my "buy" list, and one of the very few polymer striker-fired guns I'd ever consider owning.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 03:13:20 pm
The boy is leaning toward a subcompact like the Shield or a PPS, but would consider a compact if necessary.  He just couldn't make up his mind and commit to a purchase.  I think it's a combination of cost and the fear of making a bad pick.  It seems to me he's afraid of choosing something expensive that he'll regret later.

I can empathize, I suppose. This is only his second "big boy" decision when it comes to guns after his AR and funds are limited for a young man.  It's kind of a big deal to him and he wants to get it right, whatever that will mean for him.  So, I try to be patient, offer advice, facilitate his shopping trips, present options for consideration, and remind myself that he's an adult now and he has to choose for himself.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 23, 2018, 03:42:57 pm
Fair enough.  Some lessons are best learned by experience.  Maybe Luke Adams has some suggestions re: holster fit and concealability based on your son's build and gun preferences.   :hmm   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on September 23, 2018, 04:41:26 pm
Give me his height weight and mode of dress along with firearms experience and I can give you a few ideas what I'd recommend and what type of rig will likely work for him.

Take care

Luke

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 05:05:40 pm
Thanks, Luke.

He'll be over tonight for dinner.  I'll see what I can find out. :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on September 23, 2018, 05:42:04 pm
Not a problem ;)

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on September 23, 2018, 06:01:21 pm
The boy is leaning toward a subcompact like the Shield or a PPS...
Both are good guns.  I mentioned in another thread, have him try to find a range that rents, or friend who owns the guns in question.  My personal experience with a PPSm2 is that the grip geometry and my hand shape do not agree very well, and a crushing grip (aka a firing grip for a mouse gun) causes the gun to tip forward and not allow a good sight picture.  Hard to catch in a store, but much easier on the range. 

Especially with a subcompact, knowing how it will behave 'in your hands' is vital.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 06:07:40 pm
He actually has rented the PPS.  I'm not sure if he has shot the Shield yet.  His coworker has one and that's what first made him consider it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 07:50:08 pm
Luke,

Son number one is about 5' 7", 165lbs, and has a 32" waist.  He has shot various full size pistols and a few smaller ones if that's what you mean by experience.

I'm the handsome one on the right, he's on the left.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on September 23, 2018, 08:19:26 pm
What's his goal primarily concealment? Daily carry? Occasional?

And what mode of dress IE jeans and a t-shirt, suit etc?

Luke
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 08:21:55 pm
He would prefer to start daily carry.  His typical dress is jeans and t-shirt.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on September 23, 2018, 08:30:46 pm
If that were me in his position I'd stick with something the size of the LC9/Shield/Glock43 range of guns possibly the Sig 365 anything that size that he likes the feel of is likely a fine choice pending it's reliable even the PF9 isn't something I'd ignore(I've had good luck with mine over the years, and it's still my only gun that will feed empty cases from a magazine). Then likely a single mag weak side since capacity isn't a strong suit, and actually if it were me I'd lean towards the single stacks of the LC9/PF9 and less towards the 1.5 stack of the Shield and thicker mag of the g43. The single stacks are almost non existent in an IWB setup and make them so much easier to carry.

Rig wise again if it were me I can tell ya what I'm wearing tonight which is my PF9 in a Texas with a Switchback single mag carrier weak side. Only reason was I had to run to town for my mother in laws birthday earlier and just was honestly lazy and wanted something that requires zero work to carry and conceal. Adding to that I lifted my water softener tank last night and my back is less than happy about it;)

Now alternatively if I didn't make holsters, I'd be looking at possibly a hybrid holster of the same size though stick with something not too expensive. On the mag carrier I don't have a good recommendation, the vast majority just aren't very conducive to being comfortable IWB, probably OWB if he needed to go cheap and likely a simple clip style affair is the best approach.

I can say this though based on my own experiences, mostly designing bad holsters that people will never see;) I've designed some IWB versions for the PF9 which is immensely easy to carry in a Texas that are incredibly hard to carry comfortably. So all rigs aren't created equal in that sense, and if he does decide to go cheaper or faster etc, feel free to send me a PM for a critique of the rig and whether it looks like it's worth the cash or has any serious issues I can see or know about. I try not to criticize other holsters but if guys want a no BS assessment from my perspective I don't mind giving it, I just don't want anyone to think I'm pushing my own agenda. I do think my rigs carry well, they aren't the only option, but I've also spent ALLOT of time looking at what is out there;)

Take care!

Luke

EDIT: I also should mention I see this as a "First" gun of sorts, for carry. It covers the bases gives him something that just works. Then if he wants a full size or something larger with more capacity he's got an option to fall back on. His size though is likely to be the biggest trouble with carrying larger guns, they might require more compromises on the clothing as well as the size of the gun. For instance I suspect a 3.5in or 4.25in 1911 would be a much better fit than a 5in. for his size. Just the facts of size and size of the gun, guys carry guns bigger than they need to at times, I'm guilty of it. But the size of the person is going to play a role in what is easy to carry and conceal;) So a smaller single stack is a great way to know you can carry whenever, then you can run something bigger if things work out. Like winter weather and heavier clothing etc, but that PF9 sized gun should be good to go in shorts and a t-shirt all the way up to heavier clothing so it's the broad approach;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 08:48:44 pm
Luke,

Thanks for the advice.  I am passing it on to him now. I appreciate the help.

NukMed
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on September 23, 2018, 08:49:39 pm
Not a problem at all, more than happy to help and if he needs advice on other rigs either pass him my info email or whatever is easier or feel free to give me a shout;)

Luke
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: NukMed on September 23, 2018, 08:51:46 pm
Will do. :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on September 24, 2018, 09:36:26 am
Two weekends ago, I chiseled out the concrete around one of the spots in the basement wall showing signs of having leaked in the past, to about an inch deep.

Last weekend, I epoxied the crack and other suspicious spots.

This weekend:
Saturday applied hydraulic cement to hole, and filled in the gaps around the sewer line leaving the house and the water main coming in.

Yesterday, I demolished/carefully dismantled (depending on how close I was to the AC ductwork) the now superfluous wall under the beam, now supported by the column.

I also removed an extremely non-code copper tubing run* supplying gas(!!) to the laundry room.  However, I may have torqued something in the ugly mishmash assembly while getting that off, as I now smell gas after opening the shut-off valve to the furnace.  I called AC company, they're sending a tech out. There's a limit to what I'm willing to fluff with, and that skirts it.

*The part about this that burns me (pun intended) is that, whoever ran the line cared enough to make it *look* right from above, but not enough to *do* it right.  It was iron pipe at the furnace and the part passing through the floor, but copper between the two.  The elbow fittings at both ends were fully brown with rust.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on September 24, 2018, 02:15:22 pm
Nukmed, I have shields in both 9mm and 45 ACP.  When you come over to brag about your Archon B and P10C, bring number 1 son and he can fondle my shields.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 24, 2018, 03:19:27 pm
Nukmed, I have shields in both 9mm and 45 ACP.  When you come over to brag about your Archon B and P10C, bring number 1 son and he can fondle my shields.

 :neener

https://youtu.be/zHC3uvzcfV0
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 24, 2018, 06:05:15 pm
Dang, for a minute there I thought that was a video of an ANTIFA rally .   .   .     :scrutiny
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 24, 2018, 06:08:34 pm
Dang, for a minute there I thought that was a video of an ANTIFA rally .   .   .     :scrutiny

 :rotfl :rotfl :rotfl

If it were antifa, there would be more thrown canned soft drinks and swung bike locks.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 24, 2018, 06:44:18 pm
Well, all of the victims of the incursion seemed to be white so perhaps I made an unwarranted assumption.    :whistle     
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on September 24, 2018, 09:12:50 pm
I'm still trying to figure antifa out...  They hate... 'Fascism.'   :hmm ...None of that around here.


They also hate white people, for whatever crime of being awesome they can conjure up in their minds.


Marxism is a rising up of the worker class
Maoism is a rising up of the peasant class


And these guys are... what?  Pencil-necked soyboys, and blue haired fatties?  They don't work, they don't labor.  Their lives are made so easy for them (ironically, mostly due to white men) that they are able to protest what 'injustices' they do.  Would their 'movement' be Soyism? :rotfl   Or would it be the wrong side of natural selection?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on September 25, 2018, 10:21:31 am
It is easy to see the one underlying distinction of everything you pointed out, class warfare. Marxist thought lays all your ills at the feet of some 'other'. These 'others' are already in the process of war against you. So you are entitled to self defense. Therefore any violent action you take is justified.

bourgeois, usurpers of the will of the 'Great Masses', or the white patriarchy are all names used to describe this nebulous 'other'. Once you add the Maoism that the 'Great Masses' need education to correct their 'petty bourgeois tendency'. Then you get a well-formed weaponized societal virus to infect individuals.

I would put Marxism-Leninism-Maoism ideology as one of the most destructive products of the human mind up to this point in our history.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 25, 2018, 12:10:37 pm
It is easy to see the one underlying distinction of everything you pointed out, class warfare. Marxist thought lays all your ills at the feet of some 'other'. These 'others' are already in the process of war against you. So you are entitled to self defense. Therefore any violent action you take is justified.

bourgeois, usurpers of the will of the 'Great Masses', or the white patriarchy are all names used to describe this nebulous 'other'. Once you add the Maoism that the 'Great Masses' need education to correct their 'petty bourgeois tendency'. Then you get a well-formed weaponized societal virus to infect individuals.

I would put Marxism-Leninism-Maoism ideology as one of the most destructive products of the human mind up to this point in our history.

No doubt about it. Biggest killer of humans in the 20th century was democide. How many of those government enforced killings were linked to this ideology and class warfare?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 25, 2018, 05:19:03 pm
I haven't researched it but my guess would be most of them. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on October 21, 2018, 06:36:36 am
Destination Star Trek was in Birmingham this weekend so I headed down with my bamboo cannon that shoots diamonds. Got lots of autographs, including one from this man who has never been in Star Trek at all but was a priority for me:

(https://discourse-cdn-sjc2.com/standard10/uploads/wsfc/optimized/2X/9/9eb7f192cc9fed99bd228df0c3c00da60c542ba4_1_690x388.jpeg)

That's Fred Haise. One of the astronauts from Apollo 13.

Also got autographs from:
Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Jeffery Combs, Walter Koenig, Nicole De Boer, Andrew Robinson, Marina Sirtis, Jeri Ryan, Alexander Siddig, Michael Dorn, Vaughn Armstrong,Kate Mulgrew, Rene Auberjonis (plus a drawing of a bucket), Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Alice Krige, Robert O'Reilly, Chase Masterson.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on October 21, 2018, 11:42:48 am
Squired two events for the local 501st Garrison yesterday. Was up at 5:00 AM local time, didn't get home until after 10:00 PM. Slept until about 10:30 this morning.

One of the members offered to sew patches onto my suit for me (I haven't touched a needle, thread, or sewing machine since 6th Grade), and I was able to get my stuff to her at the first event yesterday. I should have everything I need for my costume within the week (last component should ship out on Monday), so hopefully I'll be able to actually troop next time instead of squire.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: TommyGunn on October 21, 2018, 12:44:52 pm
Destination Star Trek was in Birmingham this weekend so I headed down with my bamboo cannon that shoots diamonds. Got lots of autographs, including one from this man who has never been in Star Trek at all but was a priority for me:

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That's Fred Haise. One of the astronauts from Apollo 13.

Also got autographs from:
Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Jeffery Combs, Walter Koenig, Nicole De Boer, Andrew Robinson, Marina Sirtis, Jeri Ryan, Alexander Siddig, Michael Dorn, Vaughn Armstrong,Kate Mulgrew, Rene Auberjonis (plus a drawing of a bucket), Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell, Alice Krige, Robert O'Reilly, Chase Masterson.

Great collection of autographs!    Can you actually read Shatner's?   I managed to get his in 1970 on a playbill  after watching a play he'd starred in.   He came out on stage after,   answered a load of questions (mostly on STAR TREK,  but some on a tv movie he'd done, THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL)  and signed all the playbills.   
Somewhere I also have James Doohan's autograph --- which is  legible!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on October 21, 2018, 01:32:01 pm
Great collection of autographs!    Can you actually read Shatner's?   I managed to get his in 1970 on a playbill  after watching a play he'd starred in.   He came out on stage after,   answered a load of questions (mostly on STAR TREK,  but some on a tv movie he'd done, THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL)  and signed all the playbills.   
Somewhere I also have James Doohan's autograph --- which is  legible!

A lot of the autographs, including Shatner's can't really be read. You can pick out the odd letter here and there, but that's it. I managed to get this autograph from him dedicated and the dedication is readable. Walter Koenig's is much easier to read.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on October 21, 2018, 03:15:36 pm
Fixing the fence that came with the house we just moved into.  Currently taking a break before making a run over to Lowes to buy some more pickets. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on October 21, 2018, 08:58:34 pm
Went to GA to help my Mom with her house after the hurricane passed 30 miles west of her town.  Other than the top half of a pine tree laying on the roof, almost no damage.  Got her to fly here until power & water is restored to her house.  Closest motels were 90 miles away from her home and availability was spotty at best.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 22, 2018, 08:49:46 am
RG - I'm sure you know this, but when you take her home, make sure to check the ceilings for water damage.  Vent boots get knocked easily in such events, and water is insidious stuff.  Glad your mother's safe, though.

Last weekend, I chased out the second crack in my foundation wall, and this past weekend, I filled with hydraulic cement.

There's one more spot I'm worried about filling in, then I need to get started on filling in drywall cracks that opened up during raising the floor joist, so I can finish the interior painting by Christmas.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 23, 2018, 07:06:15 pm
With all due respect to your considerable progress, you will never - ever be finished.   Ask me how I know.   :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 23, 2018, 11:49:57 pm
*sigh* I know.

I've got a spreadsheet that proves it...  :facepalm

It's called "25-year-flip.xlsx" and details all the work that needs to be done to bring the house up to date, while still allowing us to pay off credit cards, and send my son to college (in 14 years, should he so choose).

Which means that, about the time I finish, it'll be time to start over.  :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 24, 2018, 04:40:22 pm
No good deed goes unpunished.  :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on October 24, 2018, 08:02:28 pm
Sometimes it is a rough weekend.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181025/8ab484c889e566445ddebec4f0e16a70.jpg)

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 24, 2018, 11:27:34 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 25, 2018, 09:17:36 am
You poor bastard.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on October 25, 2018, 05:40:09 pm
Sometimes it is a rough weekend.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181025/8ab484c889e566445ddebec4f0e16a70.jpg)

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I hate you so much right now. Had to scrape frost off my car this morning.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on October 25, 2018, 06:11:48 pm
I hate you so much right now. Had to scrape frost off my car this morning.
We are on the big island at Kona. I am sweating my butt off when not in the water. It is like porn for field biologist here. There was an Indian mongoose running about when I was eating breakfast this morning.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on October 25, 2018, 06:13:12 pm
I hate you so much right now. Had to scrape frost off my car this morning.
Cut him some slack.  He had to scrape some frost off today as well.


....from the ice cold bottle of beer. :neener
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on October 25, 2018, 06:41:54 pm
 :rotfl   Its a dirty job but somebody has to do it.   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on October 26, 2018, 08:41:55 am
 :clap
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 08, 2018, 05:47:35 pm
Not a weekend, but this morning I helped rescue two kittens from the left shoulder of I-75S, on the way into work.

With the help of the first guy to stop, a State Patrol unit, a Cobb County cop, and a HERO unit, we got 'em collected (including fishing one out of the front right wheel well of the State Patrol SUV), they're currently in quarantine in my master bathroom.

Yeah, those videos where the rescued animal instantly turn into bundles of thankful love? That only works with dogs...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 08, 2018, 06:59:11 pm
Not a weekend, but this morning I helped rescue two kittens from the left shoulder of I-75S, on the way into work.

With the help of the first guy to stop, a State Patrol unit, a Cobb County cop, and a HERO unit, we got 'em collected (including fishing one out of the front right wheel well of the State Patrol SUV), they're currently in quarantine in my master bathroom.

Yeah, those videos where the rescued animal instantly turn into bundles of thankful love? That only works with dogs...

 :rotfl

I've always had a soft spot for cats. They might not be loveable all the time, but outdoor cats are quite useful where pests are concerned  :thumbup1 .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 08, 2018, 09:51:22 pm
Or not.   :coffee 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 09, 2018, 12:58:37 am
Or not.   :coffee

Well, my cat rocks  :neener .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 09, 2018, 07:21:20 pm
I'm sure.  I have too much experience with "farm cats" to have any illusions about the feline race.   :coffee
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on November 12, 2018, 09:22:34 am
The ground went from frozen to muddy pretty quick, but I got to try out my steel dueling tree for the first time. Those 6" gongs are a lot harder to hit than my 12" plates...

I gotta say, as much as I love 1911's the RMR'ed Glock was like cheating.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on November 12, 2018, 03:06:42 pm
Cleaned out the back gutter now that most of the maple and cherry leaves that overhang it have fallen. 

Yeah, 6" are way smaller than 12".  And they're even harder to hit when someone is on the other side trying to send them back your way. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on November 12, 2018, 03:27:32 pm
Cleaned out the back gutter now that most of the maple and cherry leaves that overhang it have fallen. 

Yeah, 6" are way smaller than 12".  And they're even harder to hit when someone is on the other side trying to send them back your way. 

That it is. Lots of fun though. I also set one of my 12" plates at appx 100 yards (prob closer to 90) for rifles and managed to ding it a few times with the Glock, which was probably more luck than skill.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on November 12, 2018, 03:28:50 pm
My neighbor at work this week. Also saw a pod of Orca’s on the way to the job this morning.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 12, 2018, 07:57:08 pm
Nice.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on November 12, 2018, 11:01:18 pm
That it is. Lots of fun though. I also set one of my 12" plates at appx 100 yards (prob closer to 90) for rifles and managed to ding it a few times with the Glock, which was probably more luck than skill.

It's amazing how "lucky" a person gets when they practice enough to get some skill.  At our bowling pin shoots (tables at 10-15 yards) I usually put 6" and 8" steel plates out at 40 yards for shooters who have bullets left after clearing the table (they only get 6 shots to clear 4 pins), and the last two matches I put out two hanging bowling pins at 55 yards.  With my Ruger Mark II with a red-dot, I can usually hit the steel at will Bullseye style, with either hand, if I go slow enough.  When I first put the pins out, one of our guys went two for two open sights with a .44 Special.  And that might have been double-action as well.  He's that good.  When I first got my LCR, I got to where I could hit a 12"x15" steel plate at 55 yards about half the time, and I wasn't missing by much the rest of them. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on November 14, 2018, 10:10:32 am
Well, since you started the braggin' :cool...I may not do it on demand but I can hit a 12" plate at 50 yds more often than I miss. Speed is good, accuracy is good...by shooting far more than a normal person but not nearly as much as the pros, I've become acceptable at both but not particularly proficient in either.  :o

At our "church shoots" it's safe to say I'm the best pistol shooter there. No bragging, just an observable fact. And these guys are probably pretty good representatives of the "average gun owner". You put me in a match with guys who live for this kind of stuff and I'd be surprised to be in the top half.

So, better than average but not great. Which is also in my Tinder profile.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 14, 2018, 12:52:39 pm
So, better than average but not great. Which is also in my Tinder profile.

 :rotfl

I don't swipe right unless they're pro shooter status. Someone of my calibre deserves a Jerry Miculek  :neener .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on November 14, 2018, 03:54:48 pm
Well, since you started the braggin' :cool...I may not do it on demand but I can hit a 12" plate at 50 yds more often than I miss. Speed is good, accuracy is good...by shooting far more than a normal person but not nearly as much as the pros, I've become acceptable at both but not particularly proficient in either.  :o

At our "church shoots" it's safe to say I'm the best pistol shooter there. No bragging, just an observable fact. And these guys are probably pretty good representatives of the "average gun owner". You put me in a match with guys who live for this kind of stuff and I'd be surprised to be in the top half.

So, better than average but not great. Which is also in my Tinder profile.

In the words of Will Sonnett, "No brag, just fact."  :neener

Seriously though, I wasn't really bragging (much).  Just illustrating what practice and familiarity with the tools can do.  And yeah, put me in a group with guys who really know what they're doing, and I'm lucky to not finish last.  When last I competed in IDPA just at our local level, I almost always came in in the bottom third.  I don't practice that kind of shooting as much as they do, and I'm lousy when a clock is running.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on November 14, 2018, 04:14:39 pm
When last I competed in IDPA just at our local level, I almost always came in in the bottom third.  I don't practice that kind of shooting as much as they do, and I'm lousy when a clock is running.
Same here. I'd place roughly in the middle, higher or lower depending on who showed up. I could beat the new guys but not the match junkies. I just didn't (and don't) put the reps in to level up.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on November 14, 2018, 08:00:41 pm
Same here. I'd place roughly in the middle, higher or lower depending on who showed up. I could beat the new guys but not the match junkies. I just didn't (and don't) put the reps in to level up.

The range that puts on the local IDPA matches also puts on a monthly steel shoot.  Some of the stages for those (and possibly some of the IDPA stages), require using "weak" hand only.  I'd frequently beat some of the better shooters on those stages, because they never practice with their off hand, and I'm kinda/sorta/mostly ambidextrous.  Even my eyes are.  I'm technically right-eye dominant (using the "hands out making a triangle, now bring the hands back while focusing on the whatsit" method).  I grew up shooting rifles left-handed (because that just feels correct), but had to close my right eye to use the scope.  In the last eight or nine years I've been forcing myself to shoot rifles right handed, and will usually leave my left eye open.  Handgun shooting, Bullseye style, I can keep both eyes open shooting with either hand.  The appropriate eye takes over.  Shooting two handed?  Even though I'm technically right-eye dominant, it's marginally so.  I still have close my left eye down some, otherwise my eyes fight over which eye gets to send the signal to the brain. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on November 14, 2018, 08:55:48 pm
I know it’s not really weekend stuff, but here is a pic of where I will be this weekend   


Home
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on November 14, 2018, 10:33:33 pm
I know it’s not really weekend stuff, but here is a pic of where I will be this weekend   


Home

Beautiful  :thumbup1 . Looks like a screenshot from the long dark .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on November 14, 2018, 11:55:42 pm
Beautiful  :thumbup1 . Looks like a screenshot from the long dark .

It is kind of picture post card around here. But I am working in the good view.  :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on November 15, 2018, 06:28:21 pm
Spent the last few days stripping linoleum flooring out of a friends new to him 40 year old double wide, replaced a 5 foot section of exterior wall which had rotted due to rain leaking in, tore out a non-structural interior wall, and am about to frame in a new room. 
Waiting on the home itself to be re-leveled (piers are cockeyed) and then I'm going to pour a self leveling floor and cover it with laminate flooring when it sets up.

After that I'll be going a new gray water drainage system to take a bit of strain off the old septic system.
Then patch the roof.

After that it's time to rent a mini-skid steer with a forestry cutter and push the woods back towards the creeks and the property line.   Other fun stuff after that. :clap

I really missed these types of DIY activities while I was out of the country.



Oh....forgot to mention. I'll be putting in a backstop so there will be an on site range. On the small end of things, but nice to walk out the door and go plinking in the backyard.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 15, 2018, 06:34:10 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 16, 2018, 12:03:10 pm
Kitten progress: the darker of the two (they're both orange tabbies, the male is the darker orange of the two, the female is more cream colored) is now a certified purr bug.  After he trusts you enough, you can pick on him and pet him until your fingers fall off, with a room filling purr coming from a 1 lb (if that!) kitty.

The female is a little slower coming around, but I think she too will be pettable and adoptable (if I adopt them out, they'll be staying together - they're definitely bonded siblings).

Still looking for names... I'm leaning towards Apollo & Artemis... Jack & Diane (Mellencamp), Luke & Leia, Pepper & Ginger (spices), Jack & Violet (The Incredibles) have also been mentioned.  Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on November 16, 2018, 12:14:38 pm
Lucy & Ricky (I Love Lucy)
Babs & Buster (Tiny Toons Adventures)

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 16, 2018, 12:44:37 pm
Persey and Andy ( short for Perseus and Andromeda ),  Frick and Frack,  Beavis and Butthead,  Dexter and Sinister (Sinisister?),  Tony and Cleo

(short for Marc Antony and Cleopatra ),  Bonnie and Clyde, Bill and Hillary, Fred and Ginger ( Astaire and Rogers ), Spencer and Katherine ( Tracy

and Hepburn ),  Peas and Carrots, etc., etc. - there's a lot more but are any of these workable?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 16, 2018, 02:00:36 pm
Bonnie & Clyde has been suggested... definitely workable.  It'll depend on how mischievous she is after she comes out of her shell.

I'll skip Bill & Hillary, thanks...

Fred & Ginger could work, but a friend of ours already has an orange tabby called Ginger. Wouldn't do to copycat... but he could definitely be a Fred. Fred & Wilma, maybe, after the Flintstones?  Barney & Bettie?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ZeroTA on November 16, 2018, 02:07:19 pm
Conway and Loretta

Kylo and Rey

Bruce and Selina (that'd work better if they were black. Or really, really dark grey  ;)).



Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 29, 2018, 06:28:48 pm
Finally finished my costume(s) for the 501st and submitted my pictures for legion approval. Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on December 29, 2018, 08:16:24 pm
Finally finished my costume(s) for the 501st and submitted my pictures for legion approval. Fingers crossed...
What type?  Pics?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 29, 2018, 08:42:00 pm
What type?  Pics?

TIE Reserve Pilot and Bridge Crewman. They're basically identical except for the fact that the Pilot wears gloves and can carry a blaster (I don't have a blaster yet; borrowed one from the couple who helped me w/ the costume & pics).


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KPO72nJDmAlU8cW6HfIecYg2yXNp9EFXkP_kug0jBLUcQNi9a4mwSYU1NPXXnO5yJudaIQ0o7L5EODIOHF1sougPdfVzIM5nYJJJwW7t8dxwXEpknIs7_P-IgsIRrZZOqel9vjSFR4DpjB1GRWYrf6TPKWZ1krXGV_S9yc6JoFbrpmbqtVlG35FQ97eG_5Hs3wgFIAVD33Z5nffVrRyFa55YXFLQGCEjJYnuH32o5ziHI1G6LkoO4i0Wp8tzYvO02Eg9loivBwc9eCwx9gnLQLt_puIq3jjaVr20hSZxUZwrnCUHnmWsjVgwB_fLMvxmN1vwpowFl0Ye_oabZ5EiZHCJis-h6M5G2Zv-PH9Qp4kGkvDpEHrb0B1da8m2mszrOOhzqjWla1-mtSmbT3f1rCD6pgkCEi-RGlvXgnvQRciNUFGt7wbhbH-33woB626hUwVuLBZPrXW6xWLhSnxAy-7BC_21DZvZ_ughidLXKEGHnA6TeEg-_d0uPkEpx76BoZ_MghPVssJs8-KSOpcPkmlUO0bvfvGwZCHedFc-bvtydzL4GeGmUEh8oXc2SeeLWUS2Zt-3x0Ca3ii0nFYJ30Q2pX5lZX1Ez_BvK0Z5wkvTl7j5bU9zxKaiLadIVK-oHkFZOyCjgN3qtq5w0WKOsZxI=w704-h938-no)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on December 29, 2018, 10:49:24 pm
Poured about 1 inch thick concrete under-layers in 3 rooms (aprox 650sqft) followed 36-48 hours later by installing laminate flooring.

Also supervised brush clearing of a few acres on the property.

Next up, planning where to drop fill to raise elevations (had some flooding last week) along with berms and plantings of bamboo (ect) to deal with surges from the creeks. Also plan a fish pond and a rifle berm.
On someone else's dime. :D
Having so much fun! :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on December 29, 2018, 10:54:59 pm
TIE Reserve Pilot and Bridge Crewman.

That's awesome.  I have always been a Star Wars fan.  I'm a bit too old for that type of cosplay, (not technically, just too old to deal with crafting a uniform) but I too would pick something OT. 

My only... question... would revolve around the uniform fit.  Are the baggy shirt and pants correct?  It has been a while, but I seem to recall imperial bridge staff sporting a more tailored look.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 30, 2018, 10:30:41 am
That's awesome.  I have always been a Star Wars fan.  I'm a bit too old for that type of cosplay, (not technically, just too old to deal with crafting a uniform) but I too would pick something OT. 

My only... question... would revolve around the uniform fit.  Are the baggy shirt and pants correct?  It has been a while, but I seem to recall imperial bridge staff sporting a more tailored look.

It's actually a one-piece flight suit, so it is supposed to be on the baggy side (though I think it might be just a bit too baggy to pass muster, though that's nothing fifteen minutes or so with a needle and threat won't fix). Staff officers and line officers (the dudes with the red-and-blue rank bars over their hearts) are supposed to have tailored, sharp-fitting uniforms.

And if you do choose to get into it, don't worry about having to make the uniform yourself: the 501st is big enough that there are people who make and sell components for almost every approved costume. I have zero arts-and-crafts ability whatsoever, so I bought every piece of the costume already pre-made.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on January 29, 2019, 07:30:16 pm
It actually happened last weekend (as in not this one past, but the one before), but my 501st costume was officially approved. TI-52818 reporting for duty!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on January 29, 2019, 09:39:15 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on February 10, 2019, 04:56:47 pm
This weekend my oldest boy and I finished moving my latest tool (http://fellingfamily.net/images/mill.jpg) into place.

VFD and some tooling arrives on Tuesday/Wednesday, so hopefully my mid-week I will be making some chips.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on February 10, 2019, 05:25:43 pm
Sweet.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on February 10, 2019, 06:51:06 pm
This weekend my oldest boy and I finished moving my latest tool (http://fellingfamily.net/images/mill.jpg) into place.

VFD and some tooling arrives on Tuesday/Wednesday, so hopefully my mid-week I will be making some chips.

I would love to learn machining, but I already have some expensive hobbies with not enough room or money for more.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on February 10, 2019, 10:09:21 pm
Very nice.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on February 17, 2019, 11:25:36 pm
8 hours of firewood cutting, splitting, and stacking on Saturday.  We bought a 7 cord dump truck of logs that were delivered on Valentine's day.  Would have been done before sunset except I ended up going to town to get a new chainsaw after breaking my older, now smaller chainsaw.

Today 8 hours of snow blowing after getting the new carb on the snowblower.  8" of snow last night, another 3-8" in the forecast for this up coming week.  I had thought that we had not gotten any snow this winter until I went around the other side of the greenhouse and realized that the snow was 6' deep on that side.  The appeal of Tuscan is becoming clear to me.

I am tired.  Can I go back to work for another 50+ hour at work so I can get rested up for my next fun filled weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on February 18, 2019, 10:31:01 am
As always, free time during the week was non-existent, so all the mid-week goodies just sat until Saturday.

On Saturday we ran the conduit, pulled the 10/3, installed a double pole switch and wired the VFD to power and to the mill.  Programmed and pushed the button for a test run just before the bell rang to clean up for a night out with the missus.

Sunday morning before church was spent with the indicator on the spindle tramming the head.  The table is pretty chewed up, but I got it within about a thousandth all the way around. Mounted up a Kurt vise and got it trued up to the table.  I also got the VFD control wiring connected to the head switch on the mill, so once the VFD is on, it works pretty much as anyone would expect.  Almost missed church, but made it in during the first hymn.

After church I scrounged up some 1.5" EMT conduit and put a 3/8" end mill in a collet, put the EMT in the vice, and put a small flat on it.  Then I cut a 3/8" groove about 3" long using the X power feed.

So, the mill is in business!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on February 18, 2019, 11:02:14 am
As always, free time during the week was non-existent, so all the mid-week goodies just sat until Saturday.

On Saturday we ran the conduit, pulled the 10/3, installed a double pole switch and wired the VFD to power and to the mill.  Programmed and pushed the button for a test run just before the bell rang to clean up for a night out with the missus.

Sunday morning before church was spent with the indicator on the spindle tramming the head.  The table is pretty chewed up, but I got it within about a thousandth all the way around. Mounted up a Kurt vise and got it trued up to the table.  I also got the VFD control wiring connected to the head switch on the mill, so once the VFD is on, it works pretty much as anyone would expect.  Almost missed church, but made it in during the first hymn.

After church I scrounged up some 1.5" EMT conduit and put a 3/8" end mill in a collet, put the EMT in the vice, and put a small flat on it.  Then I cut a 3/8" groove about 3" long using the X power feed.

So, the mill is in business!

Sounds like a good time.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on February 18, 2019, 11:17:07 am
8 hours of firewood cutting, splitting, and stacking on Saturday.  We bought a 7 cord dump truck of logs that were delivered on Valentine's day.  Would have been done before sunset except I ended up going to town to get a new chainsaw after breaking my older, now smaller chainsaw.

Today 8 hours of snow blowing after getting the new carb on the snowblower.  8" of snow last night, another 3-8" in the forecast for this up coming week.  I had thought that we had not gotten any snow this winter until I went around the other side of the greenhouse and realized that the snow was 6' deep on that side.  The appeal of Tuscan is becoming clear to me.

I am tired.  Can I go back to work for another 50+ hour at work so I can get rested up for my next fun filled weekend.

This sounds pretty familiar;) If I could get out in the woods I'd be cutting but at this point I've gone lazy and I've got a friend who is delivering for the remainder of the winter. Once the snow drops I'll get out and start this years wood. I'm going to have to try for early in the year with the baby coming in the middle. But we did get a bunch of snow the other day and I spent the whole day plowing, then rebuilding the carb on the snowblower I hadn't used in years so that I could clear a path around the shop for the wheeler to haul wood. Never had to do that past years, always managed to keep a packed enough trail. Either all the time out of the shop the last couple weeks or excessive snow, either way snowblower is handy to have running anyhow so it's a win win.

Luke
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on February 18, 2019, 03:34:11 pm
Went to a Bob Seger concert with my wife, it was a lot of fun.  He sang "Turn the Page" and you could hear the whole arena singing. Very cool.  Hosted a birthday party for a friend.  Checked out a new steakhouse in the next town over.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on February 18, 2019, 09:07:00 pm
We had the late winter/early spring grappling tournament in OKC this weekend. I won my weight/age class, but came in 4th(no podium :banghead)  in the open class. There was also an inadvertent knee to eye impact during a rather sloppy double leg I attempted. So I have a sweet shiner for the start of the week.

Also I really need to work on more cardio... I learn this lesson every year.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on February 19, 2019, 05:59:07 pm
Yup.  Entropy is a real batch, ain't she?   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on February 24, 2019, 09:45:32 am
Yesterday was my First Troop (i.e. first event in-costume) with the 501st Legion. We put in a guest appearance at a Boy Scout Troop's Blue & Gold Banquet.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on February 24, 2019, 11:38:57 pm
Finally closed on selling our old house on Friday.  I've been stressing out over that for months.   We bought the new one on July 31st,  but then I had to travel a bunch for work in August.  So it was September before we got all our stuff moved.   Then we had to do some more stuff to get it ready for listing (new carpet, new vinyl in the kitchen, painting, etc.), and it was early October before we were finally able to get it on the market.   Which is a s___ty time of year to sell a house and we missed the summer buying crowd.   

We weren't getting much interest initially.  One lowball offer right after Thanksgiving, but we couldn't come to an agreement.  We finally got some good interest after new years.  Had two offers come in on the same day. After some back and forth with them, we finally got a decent offer that was pretty close to where I was hoping for.   We did have to replace the roof and do a little plumbing work after the inspection, but fortunately insurance was able to cover some of the cost on that due to being able to make a claim for hail damage.  So next week, I'll take the proceeds of that and pay off the mortgage on the new house.    Wish I could have done it Friday, but since the closing was in the afternoon, we couldn't make it to the mortgage office before they closed for the weekend.

Other than that, mostly hung around the house and took care of our dogs and cats while my wife was out of town.  I also put together the kitchen microwave cart I ordered her for Valentine's day, (yes she really wanted that, we need more counter space.)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on February 25, 2019, 12:52:59 pm
Got snowed in for the first time in my life.

Well, technically it was this morning that I realized I was snowed in when I tried to go to work, but the snow started yesterday.

8" (so far).  I backed out of the driveway, and promptly got stuck in the cul de sac.  Took several minutes of jockying back and forth to get it to move enough to head back up the driveway.  There was no way the truck was going to head up the street.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on February 25, 2019, 07:25:43 pm
And . . .

I'm still stuck.  Snow stopped and it warmed up to almost 40, but there's so much out there that I still can't go anywhere.  I tried a couple of hours ago.  Got 10' further than the first try.  And had to get a shovel out to clear 6' behind the rear wheels so I could get running room, and clear a path for the front wheels  to track in so it would turn back toward the driveway.

And I have a bunch of tax prep waiting at work . . .  That I can't get to.

Pooh. 


Guess I'll have to load up some 9mm ammo as a consolation.     :rotfl
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on February 25, 2019, 07:41:58 pm
And . . .

I'm still stuck.  Snow stopped and it warmed up to almost 40, but there's so much out there that I still can't go anywhere.  I tried a couple of hours ago.  Got 10' further than the first try.  And had to get a shovel out to clear 6' behind the rear wheels so I could get running room, and clear a path for the front wheels  to track in so it would turn back toward the driveway.

And I have a bunch of tax prep waiting at work . . .  That I can't get to.

Pooh. 


Guess I'll have to load up some 9mm ammo as a consolation.     :rotfl

Better to be snowed in at home then at work?  :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on February 26, 2019, 12:57:54 am
Did you mean "Better to be snowed in at home than snowed in at work?"  Oh, definitely!

There's no food there. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on February 26, 2019, 02:07:29 am
Did you mean "Better to be snowed in at home than snowed in at work?"  Oh, definitely!

There's no food there.

It appears I did  :hmm .

Smart ass  :neener .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on February 26, 2019, 01:10:11 pm
Wasn't trying to be a smartass.  Really was unsure what you meant.

And . . .  I made it to work today.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on March 01, 2019, 06:45:22 pm
My weekend started early.............took the Missus to AATW yesterday.
They are doing a mini acoustic tour. Place only held about 150 people, so more like a large party than a concert
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 01, 2019, 09:40:18 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on March 01, 2019, 10:29:05 pm
Been spending my free time of the past week circulating petitions around my community, to get Republican candidates on the primary ballots.  Looks like tomorrow will be an extension of that...  :doh
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 01, 2019, 10:36:49 pm
Good onya'.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 04, 2019, 08:43:01 am
Painting the half-bath.

Not a euphemism.

The toilet in there has always not... quite... worked right, so we bought a new one, and the previous owners hadn't painted behind the tank. So, disassemble toilet & paint... oh, and put a new lighe fixture in over the vanity.

Need to put a third coat on two walls - while the new paint is "primer included," the sunshine yellow color the previous owners had painted has proven to be the single most difficult color to cover I have ever dealt with in my life.

We also looked at some different tiles to put in there, at a later date (I'm not above buying something now and storing it in the basement until we redo the floors, when we can afford to swap out the vanity itself... though I just had an idea about that).

The real problem with the room is that it's the only place in the house the previous owners put *any* money into - by half-assedly painting the vanity with black krylon (without bothering to remove the door hardware), and putting in a really nice granite top and sink... that's too deep for the sink hardware to work with, and the granite Does Not Match Anything Else in Existence.  >:( >:( :banghead :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on March 04, 2019, 10:08:09 am
I've always had decent results with KILZ. 


**snip**" the sunshine yellow color the previous owners had painted has proven to be the single most difficult color to cover I have ever dealt with in my life.

**SNIP**
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 04, 2019, 01:30:14 pm
Yup, so have I. In the past, the Sherwin-Williams 'primer included' paints have worked really well for me, but not this time. *sigh*

Meh. Another coat, and it'll look great. It's nothing but time.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on March 04, 2019, 06:32:36 pm
On Saturday I offered a CFP class for my local neighborhood.  Had about 20+ people show for the class and 16 left with certified applications.

And then we had the annual Pi day party.  I know it is supposed to be on 3.14, but we are out of town then.  The party was help early on 3.2 in honor of the Indiana Pi Bill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill).  Good turnout and several pi of pie was consumed.

And I tried to get over jet lag from a trip around the world that ended on Friday night.  Still pretty groggy.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on March 04, 2019, 07:33:42 pm
Local chapter of the 501st had its Annual Gathering on Friday. That was a good time: got professional-grade pictures taken for my trading card (yeah, we do that  :cool )

Sunday I finished the first draft of a short story that I'm planning to submit to Baen Books' Fantasy Adventure Award contest.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on March 04, 2019, 10:35:06 pm
Took my wife to the Kelly Clarkson concert.   It was a decent show even though I'm not a huge fan.  Usually the only artist I go to see is Weird Al whenever he is in town.     However, I must admit that Kelly does have genuine talent and actually performs her own music instead of auto-tuning everything.   It was a solid performance and well run show, and the opening acts also did a good job.

I was also able to snag good seats with a Groupon deal, so it wasn't too expensive either.  Even without that, her concerts are usually far more affordable than a lot of others.  We saw her up in KC a few years ago too and it was also reasonably priced.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 04, 2019, 11:15:50 pm
I prepped the attached house greenhouse, as the wife had around 300 tomato plants transplanted and ready to move out there.  Next weekend will be getting the heat prepped in the big greenhouse, as she is hoping to not have to do a second transplant, but go straight into the ground.  It will take 2-3 weeks of heat on out there to get the ground temps up so it will be ready for plants first week of April.  She is hoping to have tomato's ready for sale at our first Farmer's market Memorial day weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 05, 2019, 05:54:50 pm
I've always had decent results with KILZ. 

BTW, I've also discovered Zinsser works better for cabinet doors, and woodwork where you want to still see details.  KILZ works great, but goes on so thick it can obscure seams, etc. (not necessarily a bad thing, if you're looking for that).

Before I renovated my wife's townhouse, we painted all the cabinets in my kitchen in Athens, which was a *loooot* of cabinets.  With the Zinsser, the cabinet door panels and frames still looked crisp, whereas the test piece I did with KILZ looked like it had two or three more coats of paint on it.

Just an FYI, if you ever have to go through that...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on March 06, 2019, 09:35:22 am
good to know.  Thanks.   :D

BTW, I've also discovered Zinsser works better for cabinet doors, and woodwork where you want to still see details.  KILZ works great, but goes on so thick it can obscure seams, etc. (not necessarily a bad thing, if you're looking for that).

Before I renovated my wife's townhouse, we painted all the cabinets in my kitchen in Athens, which was a *loooot* of cabinets.  With the Zinsser, the cabinet door panels and frames still looked crisp, whereas the test piece I did with KILZ looked like it had two or three more coats of paint on it.

Just an FYI, if you ever have to go through that...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on March 10, 2019, 03:23:41 pm
I met Superman.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 10, 2019, 03:54:41 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Chief45 on March 11, 2019, 11:40:22 am
Had to drive with the wife down to Wichita.  when we left the house about 10 am it was 55 and mostly sunny.   Got about an hour or so down the road and the temp started dropping.   dropped 15 degrees in less than 20 minutes and the wind picked up from about 15 to about 40 mph.   not as enjoyable a day from there on out.   :coffee

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on March 11, 2019, 03:59:43 pm
Went to the local gun show on Saturday.   It was kind of a bust.  Only one gun there I was even mildly interested in, an Israeli light barrel FAL built on a Coonan receiver.  Might have made an offer on it I hadn't already ordered one from DSA last month (still waiting on mine to get built).   The shows here just haven't been the same since they moved to a smaller venue.   

Got food poisoning (suspect it was the dinner at Red Lobster on Saturday).   Woke up around early in the AM on Sunday morning and threw up everything still in my stomach.  Spent the next several hours occasionally dry heaving.  Then I spent the next 36 hours in bed running a fever.   Finally just drug myself out of bed a few minutes ago.  Feeling a bit better now.   Fever has gone away and I was able to eat some toast.    I guess when some people decided to set their clock forward an hour on Sunday,  I needed to do a day and a half.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 11, 2019, 04:12:19 pm
 :facepalm  Glad you're feeling better.  For future reference try this - when you first begin to feel sick from something like that, eat an entire lemon or lime.  Pulp, juice, membranes, peel, seeds and all.  You may be sick for an hour or two but when the nausea clears up that's usually the end of it.  It was a tip I got from an old fisherman who ran a shrimp trawler down on the gulf coast.  Seems to work for me every time I've tried it.  :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 11, 2019, 05:29:55 pm
:facepalm  Glad you're feeling better.  For future reference try this - when you first begin to feel sick from something like that, eat an entire lemon or lime.  Pulp, juice, membranes, peel, seeds and all.  You may be sick for an hour or two but when the nausea clears up that's usually the end of it.  It was a tip I got from an old fisherman who ran a shrimp trawler down on the gulf coast.  Seems to work for me every time I've tried it.  :shrug

Interesting! I'm not sure I could eat a whole lemon when nauseated though.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on March 11, 2019, 06:00:41 pm
My wife  and I went to a Billy Joel concert at Chase field.  A really good concert, even with him being 69. Not a single bad song or one we didn't know all the words to the lyrics. No warm up band, just him and his band playing for 2 and a half hours.  If you haven't seen him in concert or it has been a few years, like me, do it while he is still alive and touring.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 11, 2019, 06:12:07 pm
I saw him on the River of Dreams tour - while sick with the flu. Awesome show, but the top of my skull felt like it was going to come off during "Goodnight Saigon," when they do the helicopter sounds.

This past weekend, I installed the new toilet, and we spent a few hours browsing tile possibilities for the bathrooms.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on March 11, 2019, 06:49:57 pm
Interesting! I'm not sure I could eat a whole lemon when nauseated though.

Yeah I was too far into it for that to have worked.  When I went to bed, I was feeling a little queasy, but thought that might just have been because I ate way too much at dinner (as you tend to do at Red Lobster).   When it finally got so bad that I woke up in the middle of the night, there was no keeping anything down.  I couldn't even manage sips of water.   I probably would have been better off if I had thrown up sooner.   

Spent almost the entire day asleep on Sunday, with just a couple of hours where I was watching tv in a stupor. Did the same thing today.  I'm still pretty tired and don't feel like eating much, but at least the nausea, body aches, and high fever seem to be done.

     
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 11, 2019, 06:54:59 pm
Yup - the lemon trick works best when you catch it at the "queasy" stage.  Again, glad you're doing better. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 12, 2019, 10:14:32 am
I wonder why this works... acidity kills the bacteria, maybe?  Not sure the peel is necessary, but there are plenty of acids in the essential oils, so maybe... huh.  :hmm

Would definitely recommend keeping the menu light for a few days after that, maybe eating yogurt, or something else probiotic to boost the gut biome...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 12, 2019, 12:33:56 pm
I wonder why this works... acidity kills the bacteria, maybe?  Not sure the peel is necessary, but there are plenty of acids in the essential oils, so maybe... huh.  :hmm

Would definitely recommend keeping the menu light for a few days after that, maybe eating yogurt, or something else probiotic to boost the gut biome...

The fiber may also play a part in just securing the bacteria in it long enough for you to pass it. Citrus peel also has antibacterial properties just from the oils.

I have skeptical hippo eyes until a trial is done to see if it is actually working or just good ole placebo.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 12, 2019, 12:42:49 pm
I'd like to see the ad for that:

"Hi! We'd like to give you food poisoning, and see if it can be headed off by you eating a citrus fruit, whole."

"Whole?"

"Yup, peel and all. Munch it down."

"Fluff off."
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 12, 2019, 05:47:24 pm
I'd like to see the ad for that:

"Hi! We'd like to give you food poisoning, and see if it can be headed off by you eating a citrus fruit, whole."

"Whole?"

"Yup, peel and all. Munch it down."

"Fluff off."
College kids need money.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 12, 2019, 06:18:51 pm
All my evidence is anecdotal.  The best I can come up with as a mechanism for its effectiveness is the pectin in the fruit pulp and rind binds the offending bacteria and toxins.   The D-limonene kills off the bad bacteria or at least slows it down long enough for the body to mount its own defense.  The lemon juice just helps move everything along. 

You have to remember, this was given to me by an ancient old gulf coast fisherman who sometimes worked his boat alone.  This was what he came up with to combat food poisoning after eating something out at sea that should really have been refrigerated but wasn't.   Apparently he stumbled on it by accident after being sick for two days and drifting into a dangerous situation.  I guess it was the only thing he hadn't tried and when it worked he was as surprised as anybody.   :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on March 12, 2019, 07:00:55 pm
Food poisoning.

It IS as bad as it sounds. 

You're so sick you're afraid you'll die.   :vomit

And then you wish you would.   :vomit :vomit

And then you're afraid you won't.   :vomit :vomit :vomit :vomit :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on March 12, 2019, 07:24:27 pm
How about the misery of digesting a whole citrus fruit, peel and all, masks the symptoms of food portioning?
IIRC I've read that nerve endings can only report one sensation at a time...

Or it simply makes your GI system pass everything faster than normal?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 12, 2019, 08:32:36 pm
I don't think that would explain the nausea subsiding after a few hours and returning to near normal over the next 24 hours.  Its worked like that for me on a few occasions when others in my party who ate the same food but didn't do the lemon trick were deathly ill for 48 hours or more.  I couldn't say what the whole truth is without some scientific testing - just passing on friendly advice. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on March 12, 2019, 09:48:39 pm
I don't think that would explain the nausea subsiding after a few hours and returning to near normal over the next 24 hours.  Its worked like that for me on a few occasions when others in my party who ate the same food but didn't do the lemon trick were deathly ill for 48 hours or more.  I couldn't say what the whole truth is without some scientific testing - just passing on friendly advice.

Does it give you diarrhea? If it does. Then Lowkey might have a point about it just making the body pass the problem.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 12, 2019, 10:18:29 pm
Someone take one for the team and eat a whole lemon while you're healthy, damnitt!!! :cuss

Document the event and tell us if your poop changes  :coffee .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 13, 2019, 12:37:20 am
Does it give you diarrhea? If it does. Then Lowkey might have a point about it just making the body pass the problem.
I generally don't keep a journal and I particularly don't keep one when I'm feeling poorly but I can't recall that it gave any particular problems along those lines. Certainly nothing like the projectile vomiting and diarrhea commonly encountered with a cracking good case of food poisoning.   :hmm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 13, 2019, 12:38:29 am
Someone take one for the team and eat a whole lemon while you're healthy, damnitt!!! :cuss

Document the event and tell us if your poop changes  :coffee .
It changes every time I eat a pint of blueberries  .  .  .   :whistle
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 13, 2019, 01:09:19 am
It changes every time I eat a pint of blueberries  .  .  .   :whistle

The one you have to look out for is red velvet cake. People have eaten that stuff, seen red in the toilet bowl, and then gone to the emergency department  :rotfl .

Quite an expense and scare to be told that you have a clean bill of health  :cool .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 13, 2019, 09:05:40 am
Someone take one for the team and eat a whole lemon while you're healthy, damnitt!!! :cuss

Document the event and tell us if your poop changes  :coffee .

Would it count if it were coupled with adequate amounts of liquor to make it palatable?

'Cuz Saint Patty's is coming up, and I can do that with a lime & tequila, no problem... it'd take, what? 8 shots?

How's the count go? One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, more! Four tequila, five tequila, six tequila, floor!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on March 13, 2019, 12:54:15 pm
Would it count if it were coupled with adequate amounts of liquor to make it palatable?

'Cuz Saint Patty's is coming up, and I can do that with a lime & tequila, no problem... it'd take, what? 8 shots?

How's the count go? One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, more! Four tequila, five tequila, six tequila, floor!
3 shots of tequila, I'm handsome.
6 shots of tequila, I'm rich.
9 shots of tequila, I'm invincible.
12 shots of tequila, I'm invisible...... :rotfl
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: AltRight Vanguard on March 13, 2019, 02:10:01 pm
3 shot of anything, and I'm a happy boy.  6 shots and I'm asleep.  Anything more is just diminishing returns. ;)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on March 15, 2019, 10:45:50 am
Technically it's a vacation, but since it's going to last until next week, I say it counts.

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on March 15, 2019, 04:56:20 pm
Technically it's a vacation, but since it's going to last until next week, I say it counts.

Well this hit's below the belt since my vacation is ending this weekend.  Driving back home from SoCal to Utah tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 16, 2019, 06:43:10 pm
I so want to be on vacation right now it is not funny.  I hate break up.  The 3+ feet of snow in my yard is going away, more and more and more projects are emerging from the pretty white cover.  Also 35 degrees and rain is my most favorite weather to be out in and trying to get anything done in.  Also anyone who says you don't have to shovel rain, has never dealt with a normal snow winter breakup. :bash
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 16, 2019, 10:21:49 pm
We had a pretty heavy accumulation of sunny and warmer here in Phoenix today.   :whistle
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 17, 2019, 07:08:07 pm
My mom is leaving for Tucson today.  I think we are all jealous. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 17, 2019, 07:26:18 pm
Nah.  Tucson is a sh*thole.  I think it was one of those the president mentioned a while back  .  .  .   :whistle   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 17, 2019, 07:31:42 pm
Nah.  Tucson is a sh*thole.  I think it was one of those the president mentioned a while back  .  .  .   :whistle   

Well my property and road is rapidly becoming a mudhole. :whistle  We are much too small to ever be noticed by the president.  I do love the pictures showing the desert all green and pretty, but even this time of year it is too hot for my thin Alaskan blood.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 17, 2019, 08:06:58 pm
Yup.  There's a lot to be said for weather that doesn't require a boat or a shovel.  Still, after the fourth month of hot weather during the summer it starts to get old.  I find myself looking for all those Alaska based reality TV shows on cable.  Remember, the seasons in Phoenix are as follows: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer and Christmas.   I think the reason they don't show the wind chill factor on the weather here is because it just pi&&es people off.  "Today's high was 114 degrees but with that wind chill factor it only felt like 104 !"    :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on March 17, 2019, 09:23:10 pm
Nah.  Tucson is a sh*thole.  I think it was one of those the president mentioned a while back  .  .  .   :whistle   
  :hmm

Well my property and road is rapidly becoming a mudhole. :whistle  We are much too small to ever be noticed by the president. 
Key difference: You are not being overrun by dirt worlders.  The people make the s___hole, not the other way around.  Our president knows this, and it is what he meant.  That is why the media hated it so much.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 17, 2019, 10:13:00 pm
This ^.   :coffee
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 18, 2019, 08:51:29 am
To get us back on track (as it were):

I finished putting the half-bath back together. Mounted the mirror over the vanity, and changed out the electricals to white plates/switches/receptacles instead of black.

Fun part of that was (re)discovering how badly the house is mis-wired.  The ground fault receptacles in the front two bathrooms do not go back to the ground fault circuit - they go to the circuit labelled 'jacuzzi tub' (which is in the master bath).  Had to find that out the fun way - flipped a bunch of jumpers, then (when that didn't prove fruitful), pull out the receptacle while it was live, caaaaarefulllly remove the black wire, and touch it to the ground wire. Small spark, small pop, circuit goes dead.  Swap in the new receptacle, and go find out which circuit jumped.

Fun. Only got buzzed once.  :D
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on March 18, 2019, 09:31:20 am
To get us back on track (as it were):

I finished putting the half-bath back together. Mounted the mirror over the vanity, and changed out the electricals to white plates/switches/receptacles instead of black.

Fun part of that was (re)discovering how badly the house is mis-wired.  The ground fault receptacles in the front two bathrooms do not go back to the ground fault circuit - they go to the circuit labelled 'jacuzzi tub' (which is in the master bath).  Had to find that out the fun way - flipped a bunch of jumpers, then (when that didn't prove fruitful), pull out the receptacle while it was live, caaaaarefulllly remove the black wire, and touch it to the ground wire. Small spark, small pop, circuit goes dead.  Swap in the new receptacle, and go find out which circuit jumped.

Fun. Only got buzzed once.  :D

That sucks that you got zapped. You should have used a Russian voltage tester. Here's a glimpse of one. It was filmed in genuine Russian video quality, via a USSR potato.

https://youtu.be/Sd-HAbPp0fg
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 18, 2019, 12:35:17 pm
It was just a mild tingling... I've given worse static shocks - including the time I produced a visible spark when touching someone on the spine. My finger went numb with that one.  The friend I zapped damn near collapsed.

When I was in high school, we were renovating the kitchen, part of which included moving the dishwasher & kitchen sink <-thataway about 5 feet.  The electrician we hired to do the electrical portion (moving the disposal & the dishwasher wiring), asked me where the panel was (down in the laundry room). Instead of going and turning off the breaker, he grabbed a pair of insulated wire cutters and snipped the line, producing a loud pop, a small flash... and a pair of wirecutters arcwelded to the wire (which came off with a little bit of wiggling).  He then went down, and checked which breaker had jumped, remarking "Cool. For once, it was labelled right."
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on March 18, 2019, 02:02:39 pm
I almost got zapped trying to fix the bathroom outlet in our new house shortly after we moved in a few months ago.  Turned off the breaker, but it turned out the outlet was still live. I think they had double wired it into the wrong breaker instead of the one it should have been.

Fortunately I noticed the slight tingling when I was taking it out of the outlet box and backed off and rechecked the breakers again and got the right one off before I got zapped.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on March 18, 2019, 02:59:02 pm
The electrician we hired to do the electrical portion (moving the disposal & the dishwasher wiring), asked me where the panel was (down in the laundry room). Instead of going and turning off the breaker, he grabbed a pair of insulated wire cutters and snipped the line, producing a loud pop, a small flash... and a pair of wirecutters arcwelded to the wire (which came off with a little bit of wiggling).  He then went down, and checked which breaker had jumped, remarking "Cool. For once, it was labelled right."
  :scrutiny Followed immediately by him being thrown out of the house on his ear?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on March 18, 2019, 09:33:20 pm
I ALWAYS test outlets and/or switches after I've turned off the "correct" breaker. 

Was bit too many times when I was in college.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 19, 2019, 09:08:29 am
  :scrutiny Followed immediately by him being thrown out of the house on his ear?

Meh. He was just trying to impress a teenager... I'd played around with electronics for a while, even by then. He didn't do anything I hadn't seen first hand.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on March 19, 2019, 02:11:03 pm
Well, Friday my Sig P239 finally sold.
Saturday I picked up the check first thing on the way to work after getting the oil changed in the truck, then cashed it at noon.
Sunday I met a friend at a gun show where he had a couple of tables.  We'd already arranged this purchase months ago, but we couldn't complete it till I had the funds from the sale of the Sig.

So, I am now in possession of a very nice S&W Target Model of 1950.  It has a bit of wear, but I'm going to shoot it, not look at it.  He kept the Hogue grips, and put a very nice set of S&W grips on it instead.  He also has about 1000 pieces of brass for me too!

I also picked up a carbide sizing die for $10, and have already used it to size all 272 pieces of brass I already had.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on March 19, 2019, 02:13:33 pm
It's extremely accurate too.

I can hit a bowling pin at 55 yards (seated, wrists rested, single action) about every other shot.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on March 19, 2019, 08:02:32 pm
:drool

You lucky sonova....
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 19, 2019, 10:56:18 pm
Very nice.  Glad your Sig sold.  That wheely is special.  I am glad that I have not seen a dedicated .44 spc, the temptation might be too much.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on March 20, 2019, 01:10:25 am
Sweet.   Welcome to the dark side .  .  .   :cool
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 20, 2019, 09:24:41 am
I ALWAYS test outlets and/or switches after I've turned off the "correct" breaker. 

Was bit too many times when I was in college.

Yyyup.

That was part of my sequence, too. Turned off the breaker labelled "ground receptacles," go upstairs and look at the ground receptacles... little LED still lit... *grumble*... *flip* *flip* *flip* "Nope. Nope. Nope."

Fluff it. *pop*
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on March 20, 2019, 03:38:26 pm
:drool

You lucky sonova....

Oh, it's worse.  My dad bought one new back in the 50s.  Paid $55.

He gave it to my step-brother a few years ago.  Who lives in Sweden.  So the gun is still in my dad's physical possession.  A year or so later he asked me to load up some ammo for it.  Bypassing the long story behind my reasons, I make sure every round I create for handguns will chamber or drop fully into the cylinder.  So, I had to have possession of the gun for that reason.  And, of course (with my father's suggestion), I had to test the ammo I had just created.

Oh, yeah!  :drool is correct.

But it wasn't really till I decided to get rid of the Sig that I decided I wanted a .44.  Well, that's not quite correct.  I had decided that I wanted either a .44 or a .45 Colt several years ago.  After finding over a hundred pieces of .45 Colt brass at the range, I went with the .45 Colt, in a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible. 

But I still wanted a .44.  So, about the time I put the Sig on the market I talked to a friend who had previously told me he was considering selling some of his guns, to see if he had any .44s I could afford.  Special or Magnum didn't matter.

He offered this one to me for a price I could afford, but well below its market value.  So, I was extremely blessed by his generosity.  As mentioned above, I've already shot it several times last fall at the club bowling pin matches, but had to sit back and just wait to actually buy it.

I was just wanting to get "a" .44.  I never expected to be able to get one that's equal to, no-actually nicer than, the one my dad had/has.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 21, 2019, 09:04:23 am
Sounds like a good friend. Also sounds like a few rounds of potables are in order.  :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 22, 2019, 01:14:17 pm
Taking today off to work on projects around the house.  Also taking the wife out for dinner and we are going to listen to some live music.

These guys are playing at one of the local watering holes.  My boss and I had to almost double the size of the stage to fit them all and their gear.   I am excited it should be a great show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfXV4i3jQSQ
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on March 22, 2019, 05:24:04 pm
Very nice. That should be a blast!
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on March 31, 2019, 01:00:59 am
Got two doors hung in the house. Only had to change the swing on one. Now I have to change the swing on two more and cut them down. These free doors are time consuming.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on April 01, 2019, 12:25:58 am
Planet Comicon in Kansas City.  I'm the tall trooper on the end next to Major Bludd.  The Viper and Officer in the front aren't actually members of our group, they just stopped by for a photo.   It's too bad that our Cobra Commander was still busy getting his costume on and wasn't back at the booth yet for the picture. 

Our gun wall was pretty popular with the crowd.  As was the M-60 we had set up at the front of the booth.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: aikorob on April 07, 2019, 04:44:11 pm
Hank Jr. concert up in the North GA mountains--wife has liked him since we saw him at the NRA convention a few years ago

we left the house early, and went the local roads, just enjoying the nice weather


and...........for all you folks who consider burning powder as therapy and good for what ails ya'............it appears other people do too
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on April 07, 2019, 07:41:59 pm
Went to the shooting range.  Trying to get an FAL to run correctly.  It's one I built out of a parts kit years ago and I just pulled it out of the safe since I finally have some time to mess with it now.   

Been having feeding issues with it.  It was built with an Imbel receiver, so I shouldn't have any issues with the receiver not being in spec.  I don't think it's the gas system either, since sometimes it has trouble feeding even when running the charging handle.   Seems to be better from the Steyr magazine I tried, but it's still not reliable.  Especially when the mag is closer to full.    I think I might try a new set of recoil springs next. 


Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 07, 2019, 10:32:04 pm
Tried to fix my twelve year old washing machine.  Figured out it was going to cost considerably more than I wanted to have tied up in a twelve year old washing machine so Mrs. c  got to choose a brand, spanking new machine form the local emporium.  With any luck it will be delivered on Monday.  Yes, it will leave a crater in my wallet but it has a five year parts and labor warranty included so hopefully the crater can get filled back in a little before the dryer gives up the ghost.   :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on April 08, 2019, 10:29:08 am
This weekend...

Gunshow with Nukmed.  Nothing tickled our fancy.  It was kinda a weak sauce show to be honest.

Next up was replacing the stems and valve seats in a tub/shower faucet.  A plumbing job it went completely without incident, which always makes me nervous.

My third child's '95 Bronco was having issues with the driver door trim and automatic window.  The section of plastic the power control panel attaches to had broken, so I fabricated a replacement out of 1/4" fiberglass and attached it with some JB Weld.  Replaced a couple of screws and with the trim panel all set turned my attention to the window that wasn't working.  Except at that point the window was working again.

Two jobs in a row with no issues?  Family curse must be back building....

The final task slated for the day was a board for my mom's antique sewing table.  She is wearing out the veneer so I cut a section of 1/2" plywood to go over the top, rounded out the edges, stained it to match the machine cabinet and got a couple of coats of finish on the wood.  Again, smooth sailing.

Having finished all three tasks without issue, I dug into the 2018 taxes with some concern based on the experience so many of my peers had shared.  But, they worked out reasonably well and I have no concerns.

So, it was a really good weekend, but now I am concerned at the run of "good" luck I am having.... :hmm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 08, 2019, 10:52:21 am
What's the rule about luck? It always runs out  ;) .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 08, 2019, 11:45:52 am

<snip>

Having finished all three tasks without issue, I dug into the 2018 taxes with some concern based on the experience so many of my peers had shared.  But, they worked out reasonably well and I have no concerns.
<snip>

Having seen literally hundreds of returns in the last two months, I can tell you that the new forms SUCK!  They added schedules that weren't needed, and made them much harder to trace where numbers are coming from.

Oh, and they pretty much got the withholding tables too low, as more people are ending up owing when they'd usually received refunds before.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 08, 2019, 11:46:35 am
What's the rule about luck? It always runs out  ;) .

Or changes polarities, but only when you're having good luck.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 08, 2019, 02:09:22 pm
We took our son to the Georgia Aquarium - one of his favorite things to do.  Waaaaaaayyyy too many people there, and the AC wasn't up to it.

Sunday was a dead day for all of us.

I think the most eventful thing was researching bathroom exhaust fans, and what all I've got to do to do everything the way it should have been done in the first place.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on April 08, 2019, 05:59:53 pm
Oh, and they pretty much got the withholding tables too low, as more people are ending up owing when they'd usually received refunds before.

This has been uniformly true among people I have spoken with.  Numerous friends are scrambling to scrape together money they didn't expect to have to pay before next Monday.

My refund was fully 60% smaller than last year.  And I did lose a college tax credit from one of my kids, I know that didn't account for that 60% drop alone.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on April 08, 2019, 06:26:19 pm
I actually got a little back since I didn't have any more income from the old rental house that I sold.   However, that just means I got back a small fraction of what was stolen from me.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 08, 2019, 07:02:31 pm
I actually got a little back since I didn't have any more income from the old rental house that I sold.   However, that just means I got back a small fraction of what was stolen from me.

 :rotfl

I'll just leave this here  :cool .

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on April 08, 2019, 09:37:17 pm
This has been uniformly true among people I have spoken with.  Numerous friends are scrambling to scrape together money they didn't expect to have to pay before next Monday.

My refund was fully 60% smaller than last year.  And I did lose a college tax credit from one of my kids, I know that didn't account for that 60% drop alone.

Lots of people I know are in that same position.  Wife had a much harder time figuring out our taxes this year vs last.  But we increased my withholding this year as last year was close on having to pay, so we are getting back about the same as last year.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on April 09, 2019, 01:07:34 am
Worked on training our new pup.  Took her out to breakfast two days running and she was pretty well behaved.  Still a little nippy when too excited with new people, but no barking, which makes it easier to get her socialized.


Other than that just watched the Final Four games.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 09, 2019, 07:35:53 pm
Trying again.  The system doesn't like my .jpgs.  Let's see how it does with a .pdf.

This was on the 31st, my last day off till the 16th.

That's 12 shots, ten holes, no misses with the new (to me) .44 Special. 

It'll do.  It'll do.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on April 09, 2019, 09:32:00 pm
Very nice.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 11, 2019, 03:10:08 pm
We'll try this again, to test the uploading problem again.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 11, 2019, 10:06:20 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 12, 2019, 09:07:36 am
Very nice...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 12, 2019, 02:33:36 pm
12 shots, no misses, 10 holes.

And that's the first time I've shot it at an actual paper target.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 12, 2019, 04:34:05 pm
Always embarrassed to post pictures where shooting is concerned, but here it is.

I can't remember the last time I shot (That wasn't on the back 40). Here is my first trip this year to a legitimate gun range. There were some people there and they insisted on hanging back at 15 yards (not a bad thing, but I typically like to warm up close and then push back). I took a partial magazine of about 7 rounds and did some weak hand headshots for fun as well.

Sig P228.

Not technically the weekend, but days off and weekends do not always coincide.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 12, 2019, 09:08:28 pm
15 yards, semi-auto?  Nothing to be ashamed of there Mike.

And, that target above?  That was the better of two, when I was shooting SWC bullets.  The other had the round-nose bullets, and while about the same left to right, had a little more vertical stringing, which was all me.  If I'd been shooting at a bowling pin, I'd have hit 11 of 12.  Had one low left flyer.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on April 12, 2019, 09:52:45 pm
The target is very dead, in any case.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on April 12, 2019, 10:21:11 pm
That is a good group at 15 yards.

You also do not seem to have vertical or horizontal stringing. Which is good. You are messing up equally in all directions which is always promising.  ;)

If you can pull off consistent headshots at 25 yards. Then you are better than 95% of the folks I have ever shot with in person.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 12, 2019, 10:35:16 pm
The target is very dead, in any case.

 :cool

15 yards, semi-auto?  Nothing to be ashamed of there Mike.

And, that target above?  That was the better of two, when I was shooting SWC bullets.  The other had the round-nose bullets, and while about the same left to right, had a little more vertical stringing, which was all me.  If I'd been shooting at a bowling pin, I'd have hit 11 of 12.  Had one low left flyer.

Thank you!!! :hat

That is a good group at 15 yards.

You also do not seem to have vertical or horizontal stringing. Which is good. You are messing up equally in all directions which is always promising.  ;)

If you can pull off consistent headshots at 25 yards. Then you are better than 95% of the folks I have ever shot with in person.

Really? I thought it was better to consistently string shots in one direction, because it showed consistency in your mess ups (which meant you could be corrected). I was actually worried about having them "equally dispersed".
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on April 12, 2019, 10:45:16 pm
Really? I thought it was better to consistently string shots in one direction, because it showed consistency in your mess ups (which meant you could be corrected). I was actually worried about having them "equally dispersed".

If you are equal means you just need more practice and polish until a string shows up.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on April 12, 2019, 10:50:22 pm
Oops!

Sorry MTK20.  I misread and thought Mikee5star posted that grouping.   :facepalm

I'll just slink back in to my corner and tighten my green eyeshades now.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on April 13, 2019, 08:02:12 pm
Oops!

Sorry MTK20.  I misread and thought Mikee5star posted that grouping.   :facepalm

I'll just slink back in to my corner and tighten my green eyeshades now.

I wish it was mine.  The only shooting I have done in the past year was with the P365, and it was all at steel.  Steel targets do not show groupings well in photos.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on April 13, 2019, 08:45:54 pm
Replaced the recoil springs in my problem FAL today.   Won't have time to take it to the range until next week.  However, it does seem to be working a lot snappier when I manually work the action now. Before, it just seemed a little sluggish. When I compared the worn springs with the new ones, the old ones were noticeably compressed and shorter. So it would make sense that they might be a little weak after 40-50 years.    I think the new ones should help with my feeding issues.  I'll probably throw some slipstream on the receiver rails and order a few new magazine springs too and see if that helps any.   

If that cures the issue, I'll probably order several more sets for the spare parts bin.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on April 13, 2019, 10:33:28 pm
My weekend was unexpectedly long... because I caught a truly horrific stomach bug. Haven't been that sick in years. Three days of ultra-bland food. I'd kill be to be able to eat something that has actual flavor right now.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on April 13, 2019, 10:57:52 pm
My weekend was unexpectedly long... because I caught a truly horrific stomach bug. Haven't been that sick in years. Three days of ultra-bland food. I'd kill be to be able to eat something that has actual flavor right now.

Sorry to hear that. There's a lot of intestinal, respiratory, and plain old 'bad' allergies (at least, bad allergies in the south) going around right now.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 14, 2019, 12:16:49 pm
Sorry to hear that. There's a lot of intestinal, respiratory, and plain old 'bad' allergies (at least, bad allergies in the south) going around right now.

Yeah, we've had two separate days this week of 6400+ pollen counts.

And today we're under an all-day tornado watch.

On the bright side, that'll keep the pollen down...
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Plebian on April 14, 2019, 03:52:41 pm
My wife is basically taking ALL the allergy medicines right now, and she is still feeling not the greatest.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on April 15, 2019, 11:06:54 am
This weekend.

Started Saturday with a list of used cars my son had assembled.  Organized north to south, mix of small lot dealers and private party.  Nine cars in total, all the same make and model, but varying slightly in year, engine and mileage, all within the established budget.  Geographically the spread as 90 miles from most northern to most southern.

Got to dealer one, who had confirmed he had the car still, only to be told "Sorry, loaned it to a friend for the weekend, come back on Monday".  Second lot was still not open an hour after posted time, and was not answering the phone, though we were able to peer through the glass.  The trip north was a waste.

Person three was private party, answered the phone and gave good info, but was working until 3:30.  Can't fault a guy for that.  Four and five wouldn't respond (and still haven't responded) to calls or texts that we wanted to see the car.

Now headed south, option 6 was a small lot dealer that clearly posted appointment only, answered the phone, made an appointment and was ready to show the car.  Nice option, decent car, had the preferred engine for economy, and the price was about right.  Even had a 90 day third party warranty.  But they also kicked in $500 in dealer fees plus some steep title charges, ending up nearly 1K over the posted price out the door. Also wasn't the preferred exterior color, and the interior was a light tan with lots of wear.  No tears, just "grimy" looking even though it was obviously well detailed.  Still an option, but felt "bait and switchy" so I wanted to really look at options 7-10 before committing.

Number seven hadn't responded but number eight had so on south we headed.  Half way to number eight, seven finally texted back so we moved them to the end of the list.

Eight was a no go, with both oil and coolant leaks disclosed and a probably warped head and who knows what other over-heat carnage.  But they were honest about it and the car was by far the lowest priced so I can't knock them.  Though it would have been nice if the kid had told me before I drove down there.

Number 9 was right at the very top of the budget.  And was another 15 miles south of where we were and I was really thinking about skipping it.  Called the guy, got voicemail.  But he called right back, and miracle of miracles he was running errands in town where number eight was located and was only four blocks away.  And was driving the car in question.  Easy peasy, we meet up and the car was everything the ad said it was.  It was priced about 25% below retail book for it's year, mileage and features.  Carfax was clean. Drove great.  He advised us that it intermittently would leak a bit of coolant.

Headed back north to see seven, just in case it was somehow way better.  It wasn't.

Did some quick research on the coolant leak reported on nine.  Common, a pain to fix, but doable DIY.  Back south we head and finalized the deal on number 9 and drove it home.

Man I hate buying cars.  Now I am stewing about if we did the right thing.  Typical post used car purchase worries.  Today I have to order the parts to fix the leak, and Saturday we will tear down the top of the engine and install the parts. DIY guys report 10-14 hours of time to do the repair.

So, that was this weekend.  And next weekend too it appears.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 15, 2019, 01:54:36 pm
My wife is basically taking ALL the allergy medicines right now, and she is still feeling not the greatest.

Do y'all have a Costco near you?

One of their inhouse meds is Allertec - a cetirizine generic.  Bottle of 360 pills for $15. Works great for me.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 16, 2019, 03:40:03 am
Went to see kids.  Not far - an hour and forty five minutes there and the same on the return leg.  My son picked up a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum and wanted to do a range trip to check the function on his new toy and the new Wolff springs he installed.  It runs fine, shoots where it looks and functions 100% so far with all ammo tried - factory and reloads.   :thumbup1   

Took them out to dinner last night and decided we can cook way better than the restaurant we went to.   :facepalm   Still, it was good to see them and get to hug the grandbeebins.   Cool and breezy today when we left the high country but summer is coming - you can already feel it when the sun pops out from behind a cloud.   Oh well, I knew it was the Sonoran desert when I moved here. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on April 16, 2019, 08:22:52 am
Another troop with the Rebel Legion for the "Stars and Cars" charity event at which I got arrested by the NYPD, battled a dinosaur, sat on a Harley Davison and in the Batmobile (the proper Adam West version) and there is also a vicious rumour that I performed a cavalry charge while mounted on the back of a unicorn.

https://www.facebook.com/rebellegionuk/videos/393477707916105/ (https://www.facebook.com/rebellegionuk/videos/393477707916105/)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on April 16, 2019, 09:03:17 am
Finally, got (most) of the halfbath exhaust fan squared away.  It's wired, it's connected to the floor joist, but it is not currently connected to the ductworks (the 8' flex I asked for was juuuust too short). I'll fix that this coming weekend.

Also, Saturday, mowed the yard, and blew all the leaves, grass, and pollen off the deck and driveway, just in time for the tornado watch storms we had Sunday (while I was working in the attic) to blow debris allll over the deck and the driveway.

Yayyyyyy.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 16, 2019, 04:03:39 pm
Hopefully you and all the rest of our scattered brethren here at WTA escaped any serious weather related difficulties over the past few days.  I admit to being concerned about that as I watched the storms developing on the weather satellite imagery and tracked the progress on the Weather Channel.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on April 16, 2019, 04:32:50 pm
I'm in northwest Arkansas for work this week.  Hoping it doesn't get crazy tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 22, 2019, 05:34:47 pm
It was a nice quiet week-end for us.  Put some meat on the grill for Easter dinner and it turned out fine.  Easter week-end is our traditional "beginning of summer" shift from winter time foods and cooking to the more summer oriented stuff and we also switch to more outdoor cooking and less in the kitchen per se.  Food prep still happens inside but nobody wants to turn the stove/oven on unnecessarily when the outside temps are pushing triple digits.   Fresh produce is abundant and getting more so by the day as the crops ripen.  Steaks, chops and ribs start sounding better than soups and stews and even a burger cook-out is not out of the question prior to Memorial Day. 

All that said, I kind of lost my appetite after hearing of the horrific violence in Sri Lanka on Sunday.  Kind of stunned by that news and trying to work my way through it over the last day or so.  Shock and sadness at first.  Perhaps anger and resolve will come later as we learn more about the attack, the attackers and the disgusting response of the media and those who felt compelled to rush for the nearest microphone or TV camera. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on April 22, 2019, 06:01:31 pm
Finally, after something like a year and a half, watched Solo. Was running errands, stopped by the local library on a lark since I was driving by, and lo and behold, the DVD was on the shelf. Last time I'd checked their catalog, there were I think 60+ holds on it.

Anyway, it was... fun. Not a good movie, but a fun movie.

Also tried a new recipe for cider roast pork tenderloin. It was... interesting. Very apple-y (the loin marinates in a mix of hard cider, maple syrup, and seasonings for eight hours), and I've used the same roast pork tenderloin recipe for the longest time, so this was very different. But very good. I'm probably gonna try it again.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: sqlbullet on April 23, 2019, 10:08:29 am
Car repairs got pushed as the parts didn't arrive in time.  Set the tile in the basement half bath instead.  It is ready for grout now.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on May 13, 2019, 10:12:46 am
Finally, after something like a year and a half, watched Solo. Was running errands, stopped by the local library on a lark since I was driving by, and lo and behold, the DVD was on the shelf. Last time I'd checked their catalog, there were I think 60+ holds on it.

Anyway, it was... fun. Not a good movie, but a fun movie.

We saw it right before leaving for vacation - I agree with the assessment... felt it could have been a lot better, but still worth seeing. Glover did a great job as Calrissian.

I was on vacation this week, in the marshes of the Big Bend in Florida.  Had great weather, introduced my son to fishing - caught a few catfish (8-9" - they fought well, and earned their return to the canal (mostly because I didn't feel like skinning 'em)), a pinfish (the saltwater equivalent to crappie), and the traps yielded two good sized blueclaw crabs. Didn't have a low enough daylight low tide to go crabbing in the most personal fashion - with a net and a cooler.  Unfortunately, couldn't take a boat out (the boat at the house didn't have a current registration, and my car doesn't have a trailerhook, anyway).
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: RetroGrouch on May 13, 2019, 07:39:41 pm
Went to my niece's college graduation ceremony.  In another state.  3+ hour flight, 2 hour drive, pre-grad dinner, got up the day of and went to my wife's Aunt and Uncle's for lunch, then off to the ceremony.  It was over 3 hours long, and she was in the 2nd to last row of seats.  Then the next day another 2 hour drive to my MIL's house.  The next morning was Mother's day, with brunch, then back on the road to the airport and the flight home.  There wasn't nearly enough drinking involved in all this.  Don't get me wrong, I like most of my wife's relatives, but I'm not related by blood to any of them, and this was a long weekend I could have spent getting ready for a week long trip next week.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on May 13, 2019, 07:55:14 pm
We've been talking about adding a patio cover almost since we bought the house 22 years ago.

Could never decide on how to build it.

Finally had a revelation to simply extend the existing roofing (back half of the garage on the left, along with a simple relatively useless stub of a roof way up over the patio door).

So, I took a couple days off and we proceeded to remove fascia boards and fake support boards.

The patio has a slope, so we had to determine the difference in drop from one outside corner to the next (laser levels are wonderful), in order to to figure out how high to make each of the posts, such that the header and the rafters end up in the right place relative to the current roofing.

I think we got most of the math worked out, and we have the posts built (2x4s glued and screwed together).  Those will get primed this week, then next week we hope to get the header built and installed and the house-side ledger board and the rafters up.  Maybe even the sheathing done.

We'll see.  We're not fast, but we do pretty good work.

My wife's calling it her Mother's Day project.  Yeah, I can live with that.   :)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 13, 2019, 08:40:34 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 18, 2019, 10:27:11 pm
Just got back from a double-troop day (did two events on the same day back-to-back) with the 501st. I'm exhausted, my feet hurt, and I have a pounding headache.

It was an awesome day. I can't wait for my next troop.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on May 20, 2019, 08:24:07 pm
This weekend...  This week...  The past month...  Setting up yard signs and other various work for the candidates I am supporting in tomorrow's republican primary.  I'm beat.  I would be working the polls too, but unrelated events have conspired to make that impossible.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 20, 2019, 11:53:46 pm
Good onya'.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on May 22, 2019, 05:35:27 pm
Update: We did pretty good.  The only undesired result was a (well-qualified) 29 year old kid was beat out by a convicted con man for Register of Wills.  Guy has a lifetime ban from the financial industry, but he has sooo much money to throw at advertising, and the young guy just could not match it.  Plus, most people barely know what a RoW is let alone who should fill the seat.  :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 22, 2019, 06:07:55 pm
Wait, what?!  :scrutiny  How the heck was that dude eligible to run for office if he was (I'm assuming) a convicted felon?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on May 23, 2019, 01:04:37 am
No idea.  I suppose he could have plead the charges down to misdemeanors.  The arrests were for theft of services, bad checks, tresspassing and harassment.  I don't know what the convictions ended up being for, but he netted himself a lifetime ban from the financial/ real estate industry.

Flyers went around of his mug shot and everything.  But he had seemingly endless funds to throw at promoting himself. :shrug
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on May 23, 2019, 10:12:08 am
 :facepalm :banghead
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on May 23, 2019, 08:24:42 pm
No idea.  I suppose he could have plead the charges down to misdemeanors.  The arrests were for theft of services, bad checks, tresspassing and harassment.  I don't know what the convictions ended up being for, but he netted himself a lifetime ban from the financial/ real estate industry.

Flyers went around of his mug shot and everything.  But he had seemingly endless funds to throw at promoting himself. :shrug
Apropos nothing whatsoever, what was his party affiliation?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Kaso on May 23, 2019, 09:20:38 pm
It was a primary election, so both candidates were Republican. 

Register of Wills being such a partisan job, I imagine that many county Republicans will vote for the perfectly qualified - and well funded - Democrat alternative in November.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on May 24, 2019, 08:13:21 pm
I flew a trip to London and back. Had a couple days off to see sights. Pics to follow
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on May 24, 2019, 08:16:00 pm
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Roman baths, Bath City

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Home of the crowne jewels.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 24, 2019, 11:29:23 pm
Nice.   :thumbup1   I've been to Bath and Stonehenge as well.  Impressive stuff.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on May 25, 2019, 02:41:59 pm
Nice.   :thumbup1   I've been to Bath and Stonehenge as well.  Impressive stuff.

Nice photos.
Looks like what I recall from seeing those places back in '89.
I'm guessing you didn't make the mistake (like I did) of taking the local bus route and walking the rest of the way to Stonehenge?
In cowboy boots, no less. :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: lesptr on May 25, 2019, 02:46:29 pm
Nice photos.
Looks like what I recall from seeing those places back in '89.
I'm guessing you didn't make the mistake (like I did) of taking the local bus route and walking the rest of the way to Stonehenge?
In cowboy boots, no less. :facepalm
Fortunately, no. We rented a car and drove from London.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 25, 2019, 03:54:07 pm
I like that whole West Country area from about Swindon over to Bath.    :thumbup1    Always interesting to see the lads tooling about in their tanks and self propelled guns from the RSA over by Larkhill. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on May 27, 2019, 08:43:57 pm
I am trying to get my lumber rack rebuilt for the new truck.  I need a shop so these types of projects are not weather dependent.   :bash  I just got rained out for the third time in two days.  Hopefully it is just a passing shower, so I can get finished up.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on May 28, 2019, 06:28:17 pm
Had a troop with the 501st every day.

Saturday we were at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. That was easily the best troop I've done so far... and the most emotionally draining. Not gonna lie, the first thing I did when I got home was sat on the sofa and started crying. Seeing those kids' faces light up when they saw us was absolutely heartwarming and absolutely heartbreaking at the same time.

Sunday and Monday, had a Memorial Day Parade each day. Oh me achin' feet...

We didn't get a picture of it (we didn't have a dedicated handler for this particular event, and things were really chaotic in the staging area before the parade so it slipped our minds), but one of the Scout Troopers at Sunday's parade owns a Can-Am Spyder, and we got permission for him to drive it in the parade, while in costume. The crowd loved it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on May 28, 2019, 11:31:49 pm
  Good onya' for dressing up for the little ones.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 29, 2019, 07:35:13 pm
Went to the Strasburg Railroad... and saw this beauty. May I present Her Royal Majesty, the Queen of Steam, Norfolk & Western 611.

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And I got to go up in the cab and blow the whistle! (not sure how to embed videos, so click the link!) https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sgp67BBdMY6LkvLe6 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sgp67BBdMY6LkvLe6)
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on September 29, 2019, 08:33:11 pm
Went to the Strasburg Railroad... and saw this beauty. May I present Her Royal Majesty, the Queen of Steam, Norfolk & Western 611.

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(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rC-kQmCk5S7JAf6EX2cLDSFU-JmkG8yj5Ya_UVU1Q0W8NSSR8I1wv5LubZ0LFDke8IXE06FxIhtoRseFnx84UF9MzAlsz3ri-6quH6kAE3ph4fdOQmm4RwsN-WPTJ71xWvBUuZQfaljDYGSoldgebjSWj-zHynZNodicDYmrxIdnR0jW_dO1vuAsaJ6j5uznPEBK6zhUsoBHhrD1ohQIdGlB0qQgvIGB5h6k4DWRGvOeGbJ5T40YrxDFnLQRfZXFWNESn_YT_ocJjOSGu5sxwFdGLIeoSdlETICB8QY2oGmABbUUYwxd-zbyn70NfVUKlVXbGONZJ-TeqzW4MEUH5Sth5n22QpRbal-COk2SdQlVuX9TbZVMx5DOpHI0QwfU0HRnGLrTc-8uzIpwmSqz0gkRmv0EwU5DOiY66J-SUEJWMIxHuspXYjWp5_49HVQ8THgViqWXnarjYAgIAAGjKp-BoVGoHv9Bf0HEvS71jfsTBKDk5mqwFDCA-ZtD9MkTzN207fodCSHaJRXRKmIcz3-00xYSQI-7v1gAWFtXrh1_CghgRKv7P8LYElN5FA-VoE-SOzt2sIDW5j8pJZUYL6jrAiIAR-Vw084v_7hGsZsRKogGWwPYE5sLkGQKge-hx5pa2DyH1pFFZu4hlhWN2p6PTdPRdJ7BoB2jUUoCkSrLsKCxfXmmw00=w1250-h937-no)


And I got to go up in the cab and blow the whistle! (not sure how to embed videos, so click the link!) https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sgp67BBdMY6LkvLe6 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sgp67BBdMY6LkvLe6)

You look so happy after you finish blowing the whistle  :cool .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on September 29, 2019, 09:12:50 pm
Some things just put a smile on your face no matter how old you are or how many times you do them.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on September 29, 2019, 09:21:01 pm
You look so happy after you finish blowing the whistle  :cool .

You better believe it! I waited my entire life for that moment, and it was totally worth it!

Some things just put a smile on your face no matter how old you are or how many times you do them.   :thumbup1

Darn tootin'! That was about noon yesterday, and I still haven't stopped smiling!

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 17, 2019, 06:29:45 pm
Its a beautiful autumn day here in the Sonoran desert.  Mild temperatures and a light breeze tempted me out onto the back patio this afternoon to sit a while and contemplate mostly nothing.  A glass of Yorkshire's finest ale, a wee dram of Islay single malt and a generous bowl of a fine Balkan blend and all is right with the world for a brief span.  I spent zero time listening to people heatedly debate things that will be of no consequence in a week, let alone a century.  I spent zero time watching overpaid athletes in contests no one cares about and no one will remember next season. 

I did watch the hummingbirds busily trying to defend their territorial claims to the feeder.   I did watch hikers taking the skyline trail across the eastern ridge of the mountain preserve.  I did watch hawks riding the thermals and circling over the big wash in search of a midday meal. 

All things considered, a pretty good afternoon.   I hope yours was as well. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on November 17, 2019, 06:31:42 pm
I spent the day taking care of sick kids and shooting photos of Sarah's stuff;) Now I'm going to eat and go in the shop to do leather till late. Not too far off normal other than leather is usually an all day affair but I needed something in the house for part of the day;)

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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on November 17, 2019, 07:06:15 pm
Hope everybody gets better soon.  Sick children are a particularly hard problem to deal with. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on November 17, 2019, 07:54:00 pm
Ugh. I feel for you. I caught norovirus... I guess it was not quite three weeks ago. Three days stuck alternating between my bedroom and my bathroom. Wouldn't wish that on anyone. I hope your kids don't have anything like that.

Yesterday, I made it to the range for the first time in probably six months. Between no time (501st stuff) and no money (car repairs, ugh) and some travel (went back east right before I got sick to visit some old college buddies, good times), I just couldn't swing it. And my targets reflected it. Anyone who says marksmanship isn't a perishable skill is full of sh*t.

Also spent the last two days banging out the beginning of a new story. Star Wars FanFic - two guys from Earth (or rather, an Earth where George Lucas never made Star Wars) find themselves on Queen Amidala's starship as she is escaping Naboo in the beginning of Episode 1. Oh, and or heroes were on their way to the Desert Brutality 2-Gun Action Challenge Match when they were mysteriously teleported.... I only have the first chapter finished thus far, not sure if I'm actually going to see it through. But I may start posting it in the Creative Writing section if/when I write enough to make it worth your while.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on November 17, 2019, 08:46:58 pm
Thursday night I stopped by the public outreach panel that Baen books sponsored at the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop conference.   It was only a couple hundred yards from my office, so I had to go check it out.   It was an interesting panel, and I got to meet quite a few people I'd only previously talked to online and got several of them to sign my copy of the anthology book they had for sale there.  Kind of wish they had publicized it more locally, I didn't even find out about it until early this week.   Since it was right next to my office, I might have gone to a few more of the events at the conference if I had known it was going on. 

Put up some of the Christmas lights yesterday,  might put a little more on the tree in front of the house this week since we have extra.    This morning took pictures for the annual Christmas card.  I had to wear a garish Christmas suit, but it makes my wife happy to do it.  After that, got out the chainsaw and cut up some more giant chunks of tree that I got for firewood.   I don't know what kind of tree it was, but it's quite a chore to cut through it with the chainsaw.  From now on, I'm not taking any more big trunk pieces even if they are "free". 





Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Mikee5star on November 17, 2019, 09:57:41 pm
We had region small school basketball tournament this weekend, seventy miles away.  Back to back games on Friday, and one on Saturday.  They won one and lost two, for fourth place.  Woke up Sat to the first snow of the year, then drove 40 miles in white out to watch the kids lose by one point. 

Last weekend was a plumbing project that I have been saying that I would get around to for 18 months.  Now the hot water heater is tied to the wood boiler and the radiant in floor heat is working.  I hate plumbing.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on November 18, 2019, 09:23:39 am
Long overdue weekend doings post:

So, my son expressed interest in joining the Cub Scouts, so we did.  Beginning of October, we attended Spooky-ree at Bert Adams Park, in Covington, GA.  Two weeks ago, hosted my first den meeting as Assistant Den Leader for the Lions Pack of our Den. And this past weekend, finally had good weather to hang the tent out to dry from Spooky-ree (luckily, no mold had developed from the intervening month... I guess having the dehumidifier running 10 ft from the bag helped dry it out), while I assisted with this week's den meeting.  I'm enjoying it, and Michael seems to be enjoying it so far (even if I do still have remind him which hand to salute with lol).
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on November 30, 2019, 09:49:36 pm
Tuesday night, we had some high winds that snapped off one of the old fence posts holding up the fence between our yard and the neighbors.  Took out a whole section of it.   So early on Wednesday morning, my wife went over to Lowes and bought some of that orange construction fencing to put up temporarily to keep our dogs in our yard and the neighbors dog over in theirs.  We quickly put that in place before I went to work at noon on Wednesday.   After work, stopped at Menards and bought some supplies for fixing the fence more permanently.

Ate some turkey at my wife's mothers house for Thanksgiving.   My parents are down in Florida visiting some more of the family.

Had to work again on Friday. It's not an official company holiday, but most people take it off anyway for vacation.   I usually don't, since it's nice having an empty office without people bothering me.  Snagged a good Black Friday deal on a BRN-180 upper from Brownells. 

Today,  we got the fence repaired.  Sort of looks like crap since i had to get it to work with the other sections that were still there and couldn't get everything exactly level, but it's sturdy enough.   Really we just need to re-do the whole thing in the spring.  I'm guessing the original owners put it in 20+ years ago, and it's pretty rotten and needs replacing.   As a side note,  I found these things for securing the posts in the ground.  They work really well,  much easier than digging a hole and using concrete, especially since we only needed a couple to fix the bad section of fence.  Does kind of suck pounding them in with a sledgehammer though,  I'll definitely be renting a jackhammer if we do the whole fence with them.  We only used two today, and it was a workout. 

https://youtu.be/Innj08flT3s
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 01, 2019, 01:07:45 am
Interesting product.  I notice the video seems to feature them being installed in areas away from large trees and, presumably, in non-rocky soil. I had a neighbor here that tried two of a similar product as a mailbox post holder and broke them both trying to drive them into the ground in his front yard by the sidewalk.  He finally ended up digging a hole by hand and setting a post in some Quickcrete.  Rocks are just somethjing you get used to in Arizona.   :shrug   Hope your project turns out well.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on December 01, 2019, 01:11:05 pm
Yeah, the video does tend to show ideal conditions.   However, it still worked fine in my yard.  They also make a 24" model with thicker spikes that is supposed to work better on difficult soil.  One thing they didn't mention is that the scrap piece of 4x4 used to drive it in will quickly get obliterated by the sledgehammer.   I went through a couple of chunks on each post putting them in.   I'd definitely use a jackhammer and their driving adapter if I had to do more than a couple of these. 

One nice thing is that they make it easy to replace the posts later if you need to.  Just unscrew them,  then pull them out of the holder and put in the new ones.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 01, 2019, 03:48:48 pm
 :thumbup1
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 01, 2019, 08:49:31 pm
Took a loooooooong weekend and flew down to Florida to visit my parents for Thanksgiving.

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As usual, Mom cooked WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much, so we all ate WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much.

Flew back to Coldandwet Yankeeland late last night. Flight was late getting in, then we got stuck on the tarmac for another half hour (navigation instrument wouldn't calculate), so long story short I didn't get back home until after 1:00 AM. So that was fun.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: MTK20 on December 02, 2019, 01:57:33 am
Took a loooooooong weekend and flew down to Florida to visit my parents for Thanksgiving.

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As usual, Mom cooked WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much, so we all ate WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much.

Flew back to Coldandwet Yankeeland late last night. Flight was late getting in, then we got stuck on the tarmac for another half hour (navigation instrument wouldn't calculate), so long story short I didn't get back home until after 1:00 AM. So that was fun.

And here I thought you and your parents always lived in PA  :shrug .

A long weekend with family doesn't sound so bad  :cool .
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on December 02, 2019, 09:32:44 am
Drove up to the mountains to spend the weekend with family.  Snagged a slight deal on a Ruger Mark IV 22/45... remarkably accurate little thing.  My cousin and I put two shots into a beer can at 10-15ft - one shot each.

My son - 6yo now - threw up for the first time in his life Saturday at midnight, so I stayed up to 4am while he slept, in case he woke up needing to do so again (stumbling to a bathroom in an unfamiliar house in the dark generally doesn't go well).

His review of the event was succinct: "Puking sucks!"

Yes, yes it does.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 02, 2019, 06:23:29 pm
And here I thought you and your parents always lived in PA  :shrug .

A long weekend with family doesn't sound so bad  :cool .

They did up until last year. I didn't really make mention of it partly for OPSEC reasons, partly because I was in the middle of my own move at the time too, and partly because it was a really slow-mo move (Florida house was finished right about two Christmases ago, but they didn't actually move until last September).

Drove up to the mountains to spend the weekend with family.  Snagged a slight deal on a Ruger Mark IV 22/45... remarkably accurate little thing.  My cousin and I put two shots into a beer can at 10-15ft - one shot each.

My son - 6yo now - threw up for the first time in his life Saturday at midnight, so I stayed up to 4am while he slept, in case he woke up needing to do so again (stumbling to a bathroom in an unfamiliar house in the dark generally doesn't go well).

His review of the event was succinct: "Puking sucks!"

Yes, yes it does.

Ugh. I feel for you and your boy both. Though I am envious that he made it 6 years without puking.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on December 02, 2019, 11:05:05 pm
Ugh. I feel for you and your boy both. Though I am envious that he made it 6 years without puking.

Thanks. As much as it sucked, it's hard to complain when I know that other parents have had it much rougher.

What part of Florida did your parents move to?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: Raptor on December 03, 2019, 07:00:18 pm
Gulf coast, between Ft. Myers and Tampa. The "Non-Touristy part of the state," as I like to call it.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on December 04, 2019, 10:27:58 am
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Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 04, 2019, 09:22:05 pm
I spent a month one week visiting relatives in Haines City .   .   .    :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: booksmart on December 05, 2019, 09:27:54 am
Yup. It can happen.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: ksuguy on December 08, 2019, 04:59:16 pm
Ugh,  more lumberjack work sawing up big chunks of trees.   I'll  definitely not be taking large trunk pieces ever again.  Too much hassle to deal with.   

Also,  the splitting wedges from Harbor Freight are garbage.   The one I got is pretty soft and it's already getting deformed after not too many whacks with the 8lb sledge hammer.   
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: LowKey on December 08, 2019, 09:12:10 pm
"Cleveland. What a lovely city. I spent a year there one day."
I spent a month one week visiting relatives in Haines City .   .   .    :facepalm
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on December 09, 2019, 08:10:12 pm
I spent a month one week visiting relatives in Haines City .   .   .    :facepalm

Which immediately reminded me of this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Zcc4j0IWw

Quote from: LowKey
"Cleveland. What a lovely city. I spent a year there one day."

So, what is it about cities in Ohio, eh?
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 09, 2019, 11:08:29 pm
Nothing really.   There are places like that everywhere.   Ohio just happens to be centrally located enough to be relatable to most people in the country and not nearly as "exciting" as Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and whatever other cities round out the top ten perennial crime hot spots.

I'll take boring every time. 
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on December 10, 2019, 01:27:55 pm
I try to stay away from such "exciting" cities.  Of the three listed, I've managed to avoid all three.  Been to DC three times, but only to the touristy stuff while visiting one of the kids.  LA is the one I've seen most, and I hate it.  But, two kids went to school there, and one lives there again after leaving for a few years.
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: stephendutton on December 22, 2019, 07:25:28 am
With "The Rise of Skywalker" opening last week I headed off to a nearby cinema with other members of the Rebel Legion, 501st and Mando Mercs so people could have their picture taken with us. As a reward we got free tickets to see the movie.
Wow I'm glad I didn't pay actual money to see that.  :vomit
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: cpaspr on December 23, 2019, 01:24:32 am
A couple of months ago my father gave me his very first rifle, purchased new in 1947, a Remington 511.  The bad news is that he left it in the attic for the last 32 years. :facepalm  It had a wee bit of surface rust. :o  I used some 0000 steel wool with a little machine oil, and pretty much all of it came off without any pitting. :D  So that's the bad, and the good news.  Now, the next bad/good news is that I'm on the downhill side of 50, so I can't see iron sights very well anymore.  So, after much deliberation, I'm having bases and rings put on the 511, as well as on a 514 I've had for several years that I also can't shoot very well for the same reason - iron sights.

Being the cheap illegitimate offspring frugal fellow that I am, I pulled the scope off of my .17 HMR to go on the 511.  And a good friend offered me a surplus 6x for the 514.  But what to do for the .17 HMR?  That's where all the above backstory comes in, what I did this weekend. 

Yesterday morning I pulled the scope off my AR, and put it on the .17 HMR.  And earlier last week I picked up a 4-12 x 40 with an illuminated reticle at Cabela's for about a third off, so I put that on my .30-06.  For now the 3-9 that was on the .30-06 is back in the original box.  I'm hoping to offload my AR in favor of a new Mini-14 (but that's another story) and put that 3-9 on the Mini.  Or it may end up back on the AR.  We'll see.  This evening I bore-sighted the .17 and -06, so when I get the .22s back in a couple of weeks I'll take all four out and have a nice, long sighting-in session.

Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on December 24, 2019, 12:56:18 am
Sounds like a plan.   :thumbup1
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Post by: aikorob on April 11, 2020, 04:06:47 pm
made a burnt offering
venison backstrap stuffed jalapenos
Title: Re: What did you do this weekend?
Post by: coelacanth on April 11, 2020, 05:24:41 pm
Nice day to grill those - weather permitting.   :thumbup1