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 »
December 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Apache Crown Dancers at the Apache Jii Festival in Globe, Arizona.
Globe is a mining town. Founded in 1875 after silver was discovered on the adjacent San Carlos Indian Reservation, it was home to the Old Dominion Copper mining company. Old Dominion closed its doors in 1931, and mining operations moved to nearby Miami. Continue reading »
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 »
I was going through old compact discs tonight and found a cache of paintings that have long since passed to others. This one struck a nerve – old friends, good times. And a looser style. Continue reading »
Today I cooked up a batch of oyster stew. I used canned oysters, as it is next to impossible to get good raw oysters here in the desert. The oysters we get are Pacific Ocean oysters, and they are not as tasty as Atlantic Ocean or Delaware Bay oysters. Continue reading »