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Modeling

Well Dad is here so it is work on the house time.

We spend today cutting out models for the basement stair cover.  We built a temporary one when the last Hurricane/Tropical Storm came up the coast.  Of course that was 7 years ago but temporary around here has a way of becoming permanent when I am not looking.

So we think we have a good design and have been doing the math to see how much material we will need.  We did a quick recon of the local big box home store, came up with some casters to make this whole project movable without the need for high explosives and a wookie.

So tomorrow we will be offering up sawdust to the wood gods, with a little luck we will only have to make two trips to home despot…

On Vacation

Well I missed yesterday.  With all of the last minute things that had to be done before my parents got here, I just ran out of time and energy.  The parents are off and running around the area visiting relatives in DE today and tomorrow.  I then get them for a few days then they are off to PA to see the rest of the family up in the Pittsburg area.

Even though I have been “off” since last Friday this is the first day I have not had lots to do.  Just have to fix the hall closet as the dowel rod broke sometime yesterday.

Its nice to be able to just stare out the window if I want to, but I have to get ready for hunting season…

A brief moment of honesty

Well good old Martin O’Malley the Governor of the Peoples Republic of Maryland, had a very brief moment of honesty last nigh at the DNC where he actually answered the question of whether  or not the average American is better off now than 4 years ago.  His answer was No…

Of course now he is walking that back.  But we all know his first answer was the correct one.  Maryland being a Democrat run state with total Democrat party rule, it  is out of control.  We spend like the country is not in a depression recession.

Since 2007 this asshat and the dumocrats in charge of Maryland have raised taxes and fees in excess of 20 times.  All while not cutting a dime of spending in the state.  On top of that during a deep double dip recession these clowns enact a millionaire tax.  That tax caused Millionaires to leave the state of MD in droves. Because why should people with the means to escape that tax stay and pay more of their income to a soon to be failed state*.  That tax cost the state of MD 1.7 billion dollars in tax revenues, go party of smart power.

This year the dumocrats have passed a tax increase on hundred thousand-airs.  Which will hit my family in the chin as we are DINCs.

They also wanted to raise sales tax to 7% from the 6% it is currently and the 5% it was in 2008.  ALL WHILE NOT CUTTING SPENDING.  This is one more reason whenever I can I will purchase goods over the internet where they are not getting taxed.  In fact for my next big ticket purchase I can buy it at a discount due to my employer at the local Apple store.  I will in fact be buying it via the Internet.  It will cost me 50 bucks more that way, but not a red cent will go to Maryland via sales taxes.  And that makes me very happy.

Lets not even talk about the Scameras that a lot of the counties have started putting in.  They lower the speed limits and put in lots of new “school zones” so they can put in more cameras.  Fortunately my county has not yet allowed the Scameras to be installed.  I already have several very nice photos of my car that Prince Georges county has mailed me.

Finally MD undertaking voting district gerrymandering that shames anything that the Democrats are complaining about in Texas, but since it is in Democrat controlled Maryland it is not news.  At least that is going to go on the ballet in november, not that the drones in MD will be smart enough to vote it down.

Marylanders are FAR FAR worse off now than when O’Malley took over.

So for the love of all that is holy don’t believe a word that comes out of that asshat’s mouth over the next week.

* See Kalifonia as a prime example of a failed state run by Democrats

Reloader Reloaded

My reloader is running on 18 years old, it is a dillon 650 with all the trimmings.  It has loaded many a thousand rounds in it’s day.  I swapped it over from .40 back to .45 and while I was at it I tore down the whole lower half.

After 18 years it is no longer running as smooth as it had once done.  I cleaned an lubricated all of the parts in hope that it would run a bit smother than it has been.

I then proceeded to load up 700 or so rounds of .45 it did fairly well, but there were a couple of times that the action would tighten up for no reason that I could discern.  It would loosen back up in a stroke or so and be fine for a hundred rounds or so and do it again.

I will do another run of 700 or so .45 LSWC in the next day or so and see how things go.  But it may be time to send it home to mommy for a tuneup.

But in the mean time I will have 2000 rounds of .45 to shoot up.

More trip stuff, The New Bike.

When last we spoke of “Big Trip 2013” we were discussing bikes.  I guess it is time I let the cat out of the bag.  After a year of weighing the pros and cons of various bikes for our Trans America Trail trip I finally decided on mine. As she rolled out of the back of my Redneck Corvette.

 

Yes I went Team Orange…

I got a 2012 KTM 690.  Or  course I could not leave it stock.  There are a few things from the factory that just have to be tweaked as it is “Ready to Race”.  I did not even start the bike before I removed the factory exhaust which has been known to melt the gas tank due to the integrated catalytic converter that makes it generate almost as much heat as a nuclear reactor.  So shortly it looked like this.

 

I got rid of the plastic hand guards, crappy shift lever, crapy chain guard, put on a real skid plate, FMF exhaust, and a whole host of little things.  But the thing that really bugged me was the crappy headlight and fairing.  I really want a Rally Raid fairing setup but am not liking the $1,300 price tag.  So after a bunch of hunting around I decided to go for the Britannia Composites adventure fairing

 

I think that is enough details for now.  I had to go through a lot to make the front blinkers fit on the bike and they are not shown in the above photo at the moment because they were not mounted yet..  More on wiring and getting it ready for adventuring later.

Let’s play hide the Minority

I find it to be highly amusing that the lame stream media is playing hide the minority/female speaker.  Every time I have flipped to the GOP convention coverage on FoxNews and seen a black/female/minority speaker, I also quickly flip to the alphabet networks and only see talking heads telling me how bad the conservatives are going to be for the middle class…

I think that the lame stream media still thinks that the average Joe still gets their whole world view from them.  Those days have long passed.  The head has been chopped off, it’s just the body that is still twitching…

Poor AbcNbcCbsCnnMsnbc already dead and don’t know it…

If for some reason the body does get up and start shambling around, well we have ammo designed just for that sort of thing.

And then it Rains

Well last night we had a frog strangler come out of nowhere.

We got home just in time to catch the flooding in the basement.  Fortunately we caught it before much water came in through the basement stairwell.  We had that bailed out in a few minutes and 15 minutes with a mop or two and the basement was right as rain.

I guess the next project for me is a permanent cover for the stairwell.  It has to move out of the way so the stairwell is accessible.  I have been spending a long time thinking about the cover.  When my father shows up in a week or so he and I will sketch out some drawings and have at it…

The other joy of rain around here is that if it rains more than a slight drizzle you can forget about the commute.  It rained at 7am and I just hung it up, as my iPhone showed nothing but red traffic around the beltway.  By 9:40 things were looking up and it only took me around an hour to go the 60 miles to the office.

Need a new grill

Well we have needed a new grill for a while now and I have been procrastinating on getting one.

We had this old webber with an awesome cast iron cooking surface.  It is almost 15 years old now.  I replaced the burners once, the regulator and hoses twice (once because the government obsoleted my really cool quick connect, damm nannies) but after the regulator it was never the same.  Now it is finally time to to get a new one.

As much as I like the big green egg I am just not a charcoal junky.  I just do not have the time and energy to prepare it, get it lit, then clean out the ashes on a regular basis.  So for me it is going to be a gas grill…

Anyone out there seen one they really like for under a grand???

I am looking at the webber Genesis E-330 as the standard.

 

Heartbreak…

Went to the range yesterday for the firs time in around a year.  Just realized I work way to much and play way to little.  Well I have been doing a lot on the motorcycle…

Now for the heartbreak…  I can’t see the front sight on my 1911…  I shot exactly 12 rounds before giving up in disgust.  I did however run 250 rounds through the new toy.

It seems that dedicated shooting glasses are going to be a must here very shortly.  Getting old sucks…