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September 2016

 

Thursday, 22 September, 2016

The other day, I mentioned that I had gotten two boxes and a turquoise slab from a mineral club auction for $11. I took a picture of most of the equipment in one of the boxes that I paid $5 for.

Top: hand vise and ring sizer. Left to right: metal roller, 2 cleaning brushes, a thickness gauge, 6 pairs of tweezers, a small parts grabber, diagonal pliers, flux spoon, 2 ring mandrels and precious metal snips.

The second $5 box contained solder, solder flux, silver solder, 1.1 ounces of silver ($21.45) and .2 ounces of 14k gold ($264.28).

This is the turquoise I paid $1 for. I just smoothed the corners and polished it. It will look really good in a bolo or pendant.


Quote of the day:

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.

     John Paul Getty


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Tuesday, 20 September, 2016

The last car show I will be participating in for 2016 was held on last Sunday. The His Rides Show 'n' Shine was held at a church in Post Falls. There were about 50 cars participating and my '49 Plymouth got a third place award in the '49 to '59 stock class. I enjoyed the show and will probably go to it next year.

There is one more major show this year, but it is invitation only, so I won't be participating in it. I will probably take pictures of the show, though.


Quote of the day:

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

     Anonymous


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Friday, 16 September, 2016

I removed both Plymouths from the garage while I was doing some cleaning, and it occurred to me that it was the first time I had both of them out in the world right next to each other. So I took a picture. (Click on it for a larger image)


We had a big silent auction at the mineral club meeting last night. For $11, I got a very nice turquoise slab and two boxes of silversmithing equipment. The equipment included mandrels, snips, vises, ring sizers, silver solder and even some silver plate. It was a great deal. I will have to clean up some of the items, as they have been sitting in boxes since the '70's.


Quote of the day:

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..."

     Isaac Asimov


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Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Tuesday was the first time after the last Cinderella Nights car cruise of the summer, and it felt kind of weird that I had no place to be. I spent the time dumping a truckload of steel at the local recycling facility and downloading episodes of the Andromeda television show. I am working on the fourth season of five and am also replacing some inferior recordings for season one episodes.

I have also completed backing up my hard disk that contains all the movies and TV series in my collection. That took me 36 hours to do, and while copying, Linux even figured out that one of the movies was bad. So I now have two copies of the 1.9 terabytes of entertainment.


Quote of the day:

Ninety percent of baseball is half mental.

     Yogi Berra


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Sunday, 11 September, 2016

I will be making a run to the recycling center this week to dump a truckload of steel I have accumulated over the years. That includes the steel from the carport I bought last year and that was destroyed by a huge windstorm. Getting rid of all that steel will free up space for me to store more stuff. I really have to keep working on getting rid of some of the junk I have acquired over the last 32 years.


I missed the North Idaho Linux Users Group meeting on Saturday because I was at the Dalton Gardens Picnic and Car Show. I really enjoyed the show. It was a chance to relax and talk to friends instead of a car show that was a bunch of discrete little cliques and a lot of pressure. It seems to have worked out, as my '49 Plymouth got a second place in the '40 to '49 stock category.


Quote of the day:

Interpreter, n.: One who enables two persons of different languages to understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the interpreter's advantage for the other to have said.

     Ambrose Bierce
     The Devil's Dictionary


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Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

The final Cinderella Nights cruise of 2016 was on Tuesday. There was live music, food and door prizes. I won a 2 1/2 ton floor jack and two jack stands. Had a good time, even if it was cold.


The Silverwood Coaster Classic Car Show on Labor Day weekend was well-attended. The weather mostly cooperated and there were lots of people to look at the cars. One problem with the show was that I had to spend 10 hours there. That is absolutely ridiculous, even if they had to judge over 200 cars. Also, I have learned not to put my '49 Plymouth in a class where it goes up against a '28 Chevy, '29 Nash and '30 Ford. I think maybe next year I will go to Bob's Car Show up in Newport, WA.


A cover of Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Wonderful. I've always been a big fan of hammered dulcimer.


Quote of the day:

It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical?

     Alan Perlis


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Thursday, 1 September, 2016

The Cinderella Nights classic car cruise last Tuesday had 82 cars. Next Tuesday night will be the final cruise of the season, and will have live music and food. Should be a great time and I wouldn't be surprised if the car count exceeded 100.


This Saturday and Sunday are the days for the Coaster Classic car show at Silverwood Theme Park. There should be over 300 cars there. I will be able to drive my '49 Plymouth to it, as it is supposed to rain on Friday and that will keep the dust down on our road. A road which has seen no pavement in the 32 years I have lived here. A road which is supposed to be 'paved' next year. I hope so.

The car show registration includes free entrance to the them park. I never go on any of the rides, but I enjoy walking around and looking at the stores and people.


Quote of the day:

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.

     Douglas Adams
     The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


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