Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I finally got around to uploading some photos. Speaking of photos, I ordered myself a new camera recently. I have had such good look with the last one, a Canon Elph, I decided to get another one. My previous model apparently has been discontinue so after slogging through the specifications on Amazon and the Canon web site, I picked one out.

Don't expect this to turn into a photo blog. That would be too much work.
Sit Ubu Sit, Good Dog!

This is Ubu, our loaner dog. He is really a she and she thinks she is a kitty cat.

As Far As The Eye Can See

Monday, March 29, 2010

Somehow I ended up in Florida again. Two weeks ago I was here but in a different part of the state. This week I am here on business. Last time I was at Disney, this week I am in Jacksonville.

The weather was really nice when I arrived. I was disappointed when my rental car turned out not to be the yellow 2010 Corvette convertible parked next to my Ford sedan, or as the Europeans would say, salon. Maybe next time. Ha!

Trivia for the day - what group of workers went on a national strike in 1877?

Answer - Railroad workers.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Challenger 2010

(Terry and) I went to test drive the 2010 Challenger R/T. Here is the car parked in my driveway.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spin City

So here is the story as I heard it. I restored an antique John Deer tractor. A tiller is practically a tractor right, and it is green, and I did take the carburetor apart. Not so far from the truth, right.

It cranked on the first pull today.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I took the carb off the tiller, disassembled it, cleaned it up, and put it all back together today. I did not see anything obviously wrong so I guess that is why is worked when I put it back together. Maybe. Maybe not. At least it is running.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday I spotted a '69 Chevy LWB pickup parked at an auction lot. The truck looked to be in good shape, probably parked in a garage for an extended period of time. Out of curiosity, I emailed yesterday to find out what they wanted for it. The response came in this morning - a very reasonable $1100.

I went by at lunch today to get a closer look. A mere 3 hours later it was already gone.

Missed it!
Tuesday Night Woodworking

Tonight we did absolutely nothing. Not exactly true. I asked David about borrowing his roto-tiller. He broght it with him. He says it hasn't been cranked in 10 years.

Of course it didn't want to start right away. Fuel, fire, air yada yada yada. Spark - check. Air filter clean - check. Gas - check. Not running. OK, perhaps the gas is old. I don't remember when I bought it. Fresh gas - check. Still not running. It cranks fine when starter fluid is sprayed into the air filter but it doesn't seem to want to pull gas from the tank.

Next step - clean the carb.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blogger has started giving me this message whenever I post:

"FTP publishing will no longer be available after May 1, 2010"

I have WordPress installed on my server and ready to go. I am in the process of migrating my posts from Blogger to WP.

Last nights sawdust session progressed at the standard pace. Slow.

I have arranged to borrow a rototiller from a friend. This should ease the ground breaking for the garden this year, assuming I can get it crank. Dave says it probably hasn't been cranked in 10 years. Should be fun.

I need to change a password. I keep typing in my home password at work and my work password at home. I think I will change them both to bullwinkle.

Next week the kids are out of school for spring break. It will be an awesome week.

Keep Austin Weird.

I rx'ed a book I had ordered in the mail today - "wxPython in Action".


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Guild

Remember Dr. Horrible's Sing-along blog. I recently found The Guild. Three seasons worth, each episode is about 3-8 minutes long. The first two seasons are available on Amazon, or Netflix. (It can even be streamed from Netflix - watch it now!) The final season is available online at http://www.watchtheguild.com/

Unfortunately there is no singing in this one.

If you need some singing, Dr. H. is available on Netflix also.

And if you still need more singing it may be time for "Oh Yes Wyoming!", again.
Tuesday morning we woke up to some snow in the yard and large flakes falling from the sky. Had the temperature been lower, this would have been the largest snow fall of the year.

We have definitely had more snow this year than in a long long time.

Insert global warming joke here.
Camping - Winter 2010 - Sipsey

I went camping this past weekend. We camped in Sipsey Wilderness again, but in a different area. This time we parked at Thompson trailhead and followed 206 in a short ways.

I had previously located a nice site right on the water. Fortunately there were not a lot of other campers out for the weekend so the site was empty even though we didn't arrive until dusk. (The forecast had the temperature down to 24F at night and up into the mid 40s during the day.)

First order was setting up the tents. Flashlights we required in order to complete this task. Afterwards we wandered the forest gathering wood for a nice warm fire. I don't think anybody really got cold. We were all prepared for the cold.

We only stayed a single night. I had been out of town the weekend before and wanted to spend at least one night at home this weekend.

Saturday we were buzzed many times by a helicopter. We also met many many people who were out searching for a lost hiker. We eventually found out a 76 year old man had gotten lost in the woods the day before. I read in the paper on Monday that they found him about 10:30 Saturday next morning. He had gotten lost and spent the night under a rock overhang covered with leaves to keep warm. Glad to hear he was ok.