Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Year of Reversals

To Do List:

Current projects on the languish:   The Three Tumico Terrors
    It's been blazing hot in the shop, and I don't have the heat tolerance I used to.

Future projects on the to do list:   

free for the asking.  mmmmmm, iron oxide....

I have seen those tap handles go for pretty nice coin.  Plan is to clean these up and put them up for sale.  I gotta get some cash flow in the positive direction.  I have everything I need to do it.  Just need to break the cheek weld with the chair, and get to it.

Status Update

This year has been nothing but a  good news / bad news joke.  And I'm the punchline.

Lots of sand in the air at work, and I finally decided to check again on the how and when of the pension at work.  I ran the numbers a while back and it showed about 2500 per month at the normal age of retirement.

Well, the numbers that I ran this week show it's closer to 25% of that number...  I'm at a loss.  So calls will be made next week to see if I'm mistaken or I spent 20 plus years in a gilded cage.

I was lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut last night.  I woke up at 0400 with this crushing weight of lost youth and wage potential.... 

It hit me like a brick, that this is like a betrayal.  And that is the worst.  In my mind, betrayal means the present relationship is undefined because you didn't understand the other party even though you thought you did.  The past is wasted, it was not what it seemed.  The planned future is gone, and what kind of boob am I that I didn't see this for what it is.  It is the destruction of reality as I understand it.  I guess there wasn't as much virgin ground to rip up as I have gone through this once already this year after the head injury.  That took about three months to come to terms with.  I'm sure there is more un-tilled soil in my field, but, God spare me that, please.

Then, I remembered that other men have been zeroed out later in life than this and done well for themselves.... 

"What Are You Prepared To Do?"

It takes industriousness and mental change to get over this.  I'm not wired to mope, or sit in the dark...  My mind started working out how do I turn this around?  What is holding me here?  Why is staying a good idea?  What is the best solution to what I see here?  What about me needs to change to harness this and sling shot off it?  What short term, medium term and long term goals need to happen?  What do I need to prune to do what needs doing?  Basically, a reordering of my entire life.  Overwhelming?   Yes, but necessary.

The plan is, throughout this weekend, to brainstorm what is positive about this position I find myself in.  What options do I see?  I've got to quit limiting the view, get on top of this, stand on my toes and look out to the horizon.

I ordered a couple books off my goto book site.  They'll be here in a couple weeks.  Nice cheap used books, from the Rich Dad series.  I need a fresh view from that perspective.  It's been on my list for quite a while, but I just never did it.  My previous forays into entrepreneurship foundered on the rocks...  And caused a crop of grief.  But I should have different issues now.  I learned some good lessons from the past.  I hope.  My goal is to leverage the info in the book to make smaller mistakes by aiming better. "Aim small, miss small."

I don't believe "the way is shut".  I think it's I'm not used to seeing this kind of situation as a positive place.  But I am seeing glimmers of that now.  I don't know if the head injury was a reboot into a new way of life, but things have gotten very different after that happened.  The world seems to look brighter and quite different than at anytime before.  The previous post was a glimmer of the change I'm seeing.


I don't know if you even care to read about the status updates.  If not, I don't blame you.  There is enough heart ache out there to overload everyone.  Consider the status update title an exit ramp if you aren't interested. But I feel a bit of responsibility to keep you apprised of why I haven't posted like I had planned and where my head is at.  You have invested some time reading what I post, and I appreciate it.  

If you can take a warning from this, Great!  If you can take encouragement, Excellent!  If it kicks you off high center into a change, it was worth the time to write it up.  If you just laugh and point, then it was good entertainment.

I got work to do, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

What do you even call that?

I read a post over at BRM, and it started me thinking.  I've been doing something for a while now, that I find immensely enjoyable.  I don't even have a name for it.  Maybe facilitating?   Who knows....  Here's the comment I left over there:

I work for a major shipping company. We have seen our Christmas level volume since the lock down. I was just at a major location 2 days ago, and packages were stacked everywhere. The volume on Monday was overwhelming.

We have a mom and pop hardware store in town, and I hesitate to buy anywhere else. They have a lot of what you need, and can order in if you don't. The truck comes mid week. I know I could probably get it cheaper online, but I haven't yet.

I started "networking" with folks I meet now... An electronics engineer that is on his pension and working as a security guard (terribly underutilized, he is brilliant), a welder that just started a business a few months ago.... I aim to help them find work, keep an eye out for opportunities, as well as learn what I can from them and hopefully reciprocate with valuable knowledge.

I don't know if that even has a title... I'm working to facilitate as much as I can. At this stage of the game, it seems to be what I do best. I find things that others need and hook them up. Case in point: I wound up with a bunch of old western magazines from my dad, and found an author that could use them as background for his writing. I got such a charge from passing those on... it started a new chapter in my life. (no pun intended, but if you want it, it's yours, proof reading not included) I found some equipment that was about to be scrapped and got it to the welder as he needed it to do a project. His margin will be better with free material, and I traded for some welding lessons. 

As the landscape shifts due to societal, microbial, and normal change, being aware of alternatives is important.  How do I add value to my circle of influence?  This has become important to me.

I'm still working to find a way to pass on the skill set I have.   My kin have their own bent, so it has to be outside the family.  And I'm up for it.  We'll see how this plays out.  I'm starting to get excited about the possibilities....  May starve to death, who really knows....

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Too Important to miss

This guy gets it.  I have been on the 'net since 1993.  I had a buddy that let me use his UofH account to surf around and read the usenets...

I Myspaced and Facebooked for a little while, but it was too constraining and appeared to be engineered to drain all my time.  Thank you, no.

I'm a social interneter. 

...the Social Internet is the frontier, the Agora of Athens, the Senate House of Rome, the Mead hall of the Vikings, where free men and women greet each other, exchange ideas, treat each other with the respect and measure due free individuals in a free society, where the individual matters as much as the whole, if not more.

Go, read the whole thing.  (RTWT)  He is a deep thinker, and I need to read folks like that to help me grow.

Oh, yeah....  I finished the second one....

On this one, I measured, cut, test fitted, and then finished the piece before final assembly.  The finish looks a ton better.  Still need to Deft the top, middle and bottom.  But Hanna may come for a visit, so, I'll wait for less chance of solid humidity.

Here's where I got the plans.

I really enjoyed the project, now it's time to clean up the shop.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Mid July Update

What a great year.  My bright idea to post every couple days has hit the skids.  I will attempt to do better!

Weekend Update

The head is still working.  However, I am more attuned to nature than I ever was before.  When the weather starts to change, or there is a storm coming in, my head goes wonky.  Happens when I get stressed out, too.  Stress that results from conversation almost 99.9% of the time.  It's hard to describe, but it feels like ripples moving from left to right behind my eyes.  Makes concentrating difficult.  After work some days, it's all I can do to stay awake until bedtime.  Again, the stamina isn't quite there.  Other days, I run at 100%, usually during work hours.  Weird and frustrating.  I've done the service calls: MRI, EEG, CAT scan, all negative.  I guess that means it's microscopic. 

I have really not trusted my self around rotating electrical machinery since April 4th.  Hard to budget machine if you aren't in the shop.

So, I decided on the little kitchen rolling cart project for my grand daughter. Almost done with it.  Lots of tough evenings, that I couldn't do anything without ruining what I touched.  I've bought enough wood to make two if one is scaled down to remove poor cuts.  So I'm doing it.  I want one of these, too.

From the leftovers, and a couple new pieces

Almost done, still missing something...
When this arrives, the gift will be complete!

Fridge took a dump, so ordered a new replacement.  Only a three week wait!  A chest freezer would be three months or so.  Glad that was purchased during the sanity before the current practice for leftist tyranny.  I got a  model designed for garage use.  I keep it on the porch, in the heat, so hopefully this will last a bit longer than the last one...  Yeah, I doubt it, too.

Precision Measuring 

Have you seen this?  This is a very good introduction to precision measuring.  I have some of those Jo blocks, and some space blocks.  Maybe a math lesson tomorrow on angles and such.  Hmmmm.....

Here is the blurred out part of the women using standards.  Over time, the standard will wear, and lose it's precision.  It will need calibrating or replacement. 

We are standing on the shoulders of GIANTS.  We can get precision measuring for the price of a fancy meal.  We live in a magic time.  A time that is taken for granted by a large percentage of our population.

half the population doesn't know or care how things work, or how to keep them working...  sadness

Sometimes I feel like an anachronism.  I want to understand the how.  I want to understand the why.  I want to be able to make and do.  Not just use and discard.  But I'm here right now, just as you are, even if we don't quite know why just yet.  I have a firm belief that we are here for a useful purpose.  And these things that fire my curiosity and imagination are important.  Somehow... for a reason... a reason that I may not understand just yet.  But I'll be dipped if I quit before I do what I can do.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Rolling Kitchen work space

So, one of the guys who reads this attempt at coherent thought left a comment, and I figured I'd show you what I'm working on.

Poplar and pine

the poplar at HD is labeled hobby wood, but it was good for this project.  Harder than pine, it's my first foray into hardwood cabinetry.

I started using pocket holes for screens and shelves several years ago, so it made sense to work on this little project the same way.

My work space is very limited.  I have a metal shop out back, so I 'borrowed' the front room to use for this quick project.  That has stretched into a couple weeks so far...

super sale on the work bench, craigslist miter box, Kreg kit

It's nice to work in a semi-conditioned space for a change.  Most of my work is shade tree.  But there have been some.... changes that make this an available space.

I dabble in a bit of everything.  I'll get back to the machining soon enough.  Thanks for stopping by.

Quick Update - Part the second

Gravy, June flew by.  And I have been busy, too busy.

The head is still goofing off some days.  I guess this will be a long term battle.

Family issues are up in the batter's box, and I'm not sure how that will work out.  I'm kinda hoping they just take off the cleats and go home.

I feel like digging a hole and pulling it in after me some days, but that won't do anyone any good.  Millions on welfare are depending on me....

I will try and do better on posting my tool woes.  I've been working on a project that'll probably go to my grand daughter.  Take a peek at the artist's misconception:

She is a baker, and knows her way around the kitchen.   I'll post a pic when I'm done.  So far I've been making kindling instead of building the thing.  Lots of rework due to crossed eyes maybe....

Happy 4th.  Enjoy this one, the next one may be "rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air" for the reals.....

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Quick Update

I still haven't finished the Tumico Terrors.  I found the metric ER16 collets needed to be torqued a bit too much to grip, so I found some el cheapo ER16 Imperial sized collets for not much coin.  Ordered and finally arrived.  How do you store them?  I mean, they aren't very big atoll.  I dug a bit on, and found a neat little box.  A bit of additive machining... (3D printer), and it squirted out this.

quite literally squirted out

A bit plain jane, but, hey.... I remember a bit of Confusion 360.... so  whip up a round tuit, and stick it on the lid.  Yeah, like that!

Had a quick trip to the third coast, and couldn't resist my pawn shop rounds there.  Each of these were about $5 or $6....  Less than 25 bucks invested.  Neat!

Some treasure in there as well!!  Who makes CDC brand drills?  The two largest  rows in the index are CDC brand, HS, USA.  Ex-Navy????

Also a bit of misc stuffus....

USN issue.  Wonder what was in it originally?

And some cheapo tools in the metal box....  What could I put in there instead??

Sine Table - open

Sine Table - closed

Lots of fun stuff.  But I gotta get back to the Tumicos.  Almost done with them....