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August 2016

 

Friday, 19 August, 2016

My father passed away this morning in Lake Havasu City. He was 87. One of my sisters was with him in a lawyers office when this happened. He was not in good shape and was trying to get his affairs straightened out when this happened. He's with my mom now.

My plans will be fluid as a result of this. I don't know if I will have to go to Lake Havasu or not, so I will have to wait for my sister to tell me about all that.


Mom and Dad, Christmas 2010


I finished work on the steering wheel to my '49 Plymouth and have painted it. I have discovered that I am pretty bad at all that. I will need to go back and do more sanding and painting on it.


I have downloaded all 28 Blondie movies. This pushes my movie total up to 1,179. I have run across the complete Earth 2 television series from the mid-90's, and I will be downloading that next.


Quote of the day:

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

     Richard M. Nixon


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Monday, 15 August, 2016

For $4 at WinCo, I picked up a collection of ten Blondie movies from the '40's. I forgot how funny some of those were. I will be downloading as many as 18 more from YouTube.


When I removed the steering wheel from the '49 Plymouth, I accidently cut the horn wire. Also, when removing it, we pushed the horn wire down into the steering column. When I got back home, I noticed that the wire had slipped further down the column and I could no longer see it, even using a flashlight. So I used a bent coat hanger to fish it back out. That was easier than I thought it would be. I then soldered the end back on and I now have a horn setup that will work as good as new.

I have stripped most of the paint off of the steering wheel. Today I will fill in the cracks in the wheel, using an epoxy-based product designed for that purpose. I hope to have the wheel painted and back on the car by this weekend.


Quote of the day:

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

     Bill Vaughan


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Tuesday, 9 August, 2016

I went over to a friend's house and used his steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel from my '49 Plymouth (my puller would not work on the Plymouth). We put the wheel back on loosely and I drove the car home. I am currently sanding the old paint off of the wheel and I will paint it with a color that is close to the original. In the meantime, I will run the '52 to the two cruises this week, weather permitting.


I got my chainsaw working again and went down to the meadow to cut down one fir tree. Removing that tree cleared up my Internet difficulties completely. I will eventually have to cut down more trees, as they grow like weeds and in the path of my Wi-Fi connection. Maybe I will have the place logged to remove them, and make some money at the same time.


Quote of the day:

For every human problem, there is a neat, simple solution; and it is always wrong.

     H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
     Mencken's Metalaw


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother