Everybody loves a parade!

Well, not everybody. Stephen, a guy I work with, doesn’t see the point. Of course, in our case, parades meant a ton of overtime and not a little bit of stress in meeting deadlines.

The finished products, I believe, speak for themselves. As I have mentioned before, our shop has never built or designed a parade float previously. So of course the owner said, “Yes”! Continue reading »

Year in review

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 2017 has been a year of flood change. My divorce became official early in the year, and all financial obligations satisfied.

For two years I worked for a major home improvement box store. Two years of excellent reviews and the maximum pay increase allowed raised my start pay by a whopping 59 cents and hour. Gee, how can I begin to offer thanks… Continue reading »

Afloat

15284031_10154777250557838_7324432522926969539_nDecember was supposed to be a slow month at work. It didn’t turn out that way.

My boss issued me the key to the shop, and the passcode for the alarm system. I have been coming in early regularly, and working late. I have been working every Saturday. This is a good thing – I am making money, and have no time to spend it. It keeps me out of trouble. Continue reading »

1953 Craftsman King-Seeley shaper

craftsman-king-seeley-shaper I love vintage tools. I love vintage anything. Most of my gun collection is vintage. I have a lot of antique hand tools.

I am not  a technophobe. I don’t have have the latest of everything, but when working around the shop I use my cordless tools whenever possible. I prefer the sound of vinyl on my 1970’s era record player, but prefer the convenience of my MP3 player with a catalog of well over 5,000 songs.

This week I acquired a vintage shaper.It is a Craftsman model 103.920 made by King Seeley. circa 1953-54. Continue reading »

Carl’s Chili Con Carne

Chili ingredients

Now that I have a source for organic beef that is affordable, I can once again eat steak and pot roasts.  I can grill burgers. More important, I can cook up batches of my chili con carne.

Chili con carne – literally peppers with beef. No beans in my chili – that is sort of redundant.  The beef provides all of the protein that you need.  You add beans to rice; that makes sense. Continue reading »

Mesa Pow Wow

marvin-and-anna-redeye Yesterday, Liz and I attended the 33rd Annual Roy Track Pow Wow in Mesa. The Pow Wow is an inter-tribal get-together. The main attraction is the gourd dancing and drum circle.

I have no photographs, as this event is a tribal affair.  The dances are sacred ritual.  Some tribes allow photographs and video, others do not. To be respectful, I only took pics of friends and the arts and crafts tents. Continue reading »

New aquisition

ToolsClub Air Compressor I acquired this air compressor from an estate sale this week.  The pressure switch control valve and regulator assembly is broken – $23 for a replacement. Add that tot he $20 I paid for it, and I have a decent no-name compressor. It will surely suffice for my needs.

I am still researching the brand – Tools Club or possibly OTools Club, or CTools Club. It looks like a Central Pneumatics. Nothing comes up in a Google search. It is a 26 gallon tank, with most likely a 1.8 HP motor.  Whatever it is, it is more than ample for my needs. Continue reading »

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