Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Life Comes At You Fast

Remember this commercial?

That has been this year.  If I could find out who is running that switch, there would be sweet..... justice!  ha.


 Made friends with a welder here in town.  And I have spent some therapy time over there helping him getting underfoot.  He's patient, and hasn't thrown anything at me yet.  I'm hoping to trade some help for some TIG instruction. 

And I'd rather work till I sweat through my jeans and shirt helping someone than spend a 100 bucks to lay on a couch and talk to a stranger.  Hard work therapy seems to help my mood and outlook.  I don't have the head weirdness as much now as before.  Pressure waves still come when I have a conversation about 'that'.  And so far, the coming front has not caused my brain to go foggy all at once.

Decades ago, driving from Longview to Houston on 59, I passed through a cold front into warm moist air.  The windshield turned opaque gray in an instant.  It took wipers to clean it off until the defroster could bring the window temp up where it quit condensing water.  When the weather has changed in the last few months, my noggin has done similar things.  But it hasn't so far this week.  fingers crossed.

I hope to have more for you soon.  I started working on the Mr. Pete drill press vise...  Pics to follow.


  1. When people asked me if I could weld I'd tell them the truth.
    I'd say, "On a really good day I can crudely melt metal together and it sometimes holds."
    I took an Introduction to Basic Welding course at a local votech school a couple of years ago and my welding is so much better that it almost looks like I can weld.
    Part of the course focused on TIG welding. If it wasn't for needing a gas bottle, I'd have a TIG welder parked in the garage right now.

    1. I learned in FFA in high scruel. And on the farm. It was ugly, but it worked. Fast forward to college... At LeTourneau, when I was there, cross training was so important that my electrical degree program had Machine Tool and Lab, Welding Engineering and Lab, and lots of Mechanical Engineering course work at requirements.

      My Welding Lab instructor was Mr. Glass. He was a great coach. I learned to weld vertically and overhead but it was all stick. That TIG is so pretty, but I can't do anything with my hobby setup. I gotta have some instruction. And this guy I met was nuke qualified in the Navy. He said it was TIG and stick for weeks at a time.... His MIG welding is beautiful. Like a book illustration....

    2. My best quality welding is almost always the last weld on whatever it is that I'm fixing.
      The instructor at the course I took was a real welder who liked to teach at night.
      It made a huge positive difference to have him telling me what I was doing wrong, and how to do the welding right. (Depending on the polarity, it could be a good experience and be a negative experience at the same time. Welding humor!)

    3. I had heard of "stacking dimes" when describing TIG welding. He does it with those big Miller MIG machines he has. He told me he had a knack for it. After school, he'd catch a ride down to a trailer repair shop and work there. He joined the Navy, and was nuke certified, and then another bunch of years in pipeline work. After this big job goes out, I'm getting my lessons.... I hope.