Aug 28

So, Are Freeze Dried Grapes Just Weird Raisins? Asking For A Friend …

Thought I’d rested my back enough to get out today and take down a couple of small trees (with the tractor mostly) and dig a trench (again with the tractor mostly) in the back 40 for winter drainage (we like to be able to walk the path even after it’s rained a lot). So I did. Both.

I should have reconsidered my plans for the day. ‘Nuff said. Where’s the Advil?

Date Day last Friday and I took SWMBO to Red Robin where we paid $13 for her Mushroom burger, and $13 for my regular cheeseburger. $5 for her foo-foo tea and $4 for my Dr. Pepper. And don’t forget the tip! She’s worth it, for sure, but sometimes … Turns out the breakfast I make for us at home is a $28 breakfast at FPH.

(denotes the passage of time…)

You know, I started this about a week ago, got busy, and totally forgot about it and posting. Sorry about that. Having too much fun during the day on the new tractor while the good Wx lasts and not getting enough sleep at night because of the back ache and Left knee pain when I lay down. But that’s my problem and not yours. Hopefully. One would think I wouldn’t have much to do on only 3.2 acres. Seems though, since I turned 70, every job takes almost twice as long to do and I need more mechanical help. Maybe I should consider downsizing … (Can’t stand neighbors too close though!)

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Anywho, thought I’d post that I’m still alive in case there were any family, friends, associates, or debtors wondering. I think I’ll get back to more regular, and hopefully more interesting, posts once the Wx goes to crap and I can’t get outside as much.
Which should be soon. “They” set up the fish counter trailer at the river coming out of Belfair and from the time it gets taken down to the onset of crappy weather is, usually, only a matter of weeks. Like two.
Jul 10

Just Had To Have

Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Sure, I had “biscuits and gravy” at FHP the other day, but, their gravy was the most “bland enough for the masses guaranteed not to offend anyone” gravy I’ve ever had. So I felt like a real, proper, gravy with lots of pepper and sausage crumbles (since I don’t have any “real” sausage available today). Topped off with an egg, over easy.

I went back for a 2nd biscuit.

I grew up on this stuff. Biscuits and gravy. Fried Chicken. (Us kids got only the thighs and legs (and backs and necks)). Collard/Turnip greens. Beans and cornbread. Chili and cornbread. Cornbread and milk. And all the sun-perch or catfish and crawdads you could catch. What folks used to call “soul food” back in the 70’s (do they still call it that?) we called “Eat it or go hungry” when I was a kid. Kids today need to learn that shit.

Sometimes my upbringing catches up with me.

Which is why I’m patriotic as fuck sometimes. Ok, well. All the time. In the beginning it was part of what I was taught growing up. Turned into something I learned and understood in my adult life. Serving during two wars didn’t change my mind either. So, yeah, saluting the flag and biscuits and gravy go together.

SWMBO and I got new phones yesterday. She got a Galaxy S21 (I believe. I don’t pay attention sometimes) and I got the Galaxy A42. Seems nice. Great graphics. Fun playing with the 4 (Four!) cameras. Spent about 2 hours getting it set up with the programs (apps) I’ve used forever and trying out a couple of new apps. This thing actually let me uninstall some of the bloatware crap that comes with all phones. Of course, even though I’m “buying” this phone it still doesn’t belong to me and Android, Google, and Samsung can do what they please with it without letting me know. Which sucks.

Then I spent a couple of hours setting SWMBO’s phone up and making sure she can get to what she’s been used to using. Had to change a couple of her passwords so I finally set up a section of keepassx with just her passwords and stuff in it. I can’t remember all these passwords and logins. Keep losing the paper I write it down on.

And this phone is physically larger than the last. The case I got for it does stick to the magnet on my dash, but doesn’t have a belt clip thingie. Ah, I keep breaking those anyway.

Out working on my mounts for the solar panels. Need more bolts. Lots more bolts.

Jul 07

Almost SSDD Around Here. Still.

My phone battery finally went TU, or mostly TU, and keeps shutting down after only a couple of hours up time. So we went to COSTCO to get a new one. (Phone. Not battery.) They didn’t have the Galaxy A42 though so we wound up back at the local Verizon store and put one on order.
SWMBO also got a sim card for her tablet so she can use it while we’re on the road without having to make a hot spot out of our phones or whatever. AND she got herself a new phone “just because.” (Well, I don’t know about the “just because” part. But the decision was real quick. Or so it seemed.)
So, we walked out owing *only* $50/mo more than when we walked in. Good thing we’re on that “55+” program! Still, I hear $150/mo for unlimited data for two phones and two tablets ain’t bad. And they’re (the phones) are 5g with 4g over 5g. Whatever the hell that means. So everything should be faster. Supposedly. (Oh, sorry. Supposably.)
This Droid Maxx2 lasted about 5 years. Not bad. If the battery had been replaceable it’d be lasting another 5 years. Or until it just wouldn’t take any more updates; which happened to my last phone. Unable to apply Updates. What a crock.
Got out and built the solar panel brackets and attached my solar panel to it. Ordered another from Amazon. Solar panel. Not bracket. Nevermind.
Anywho, I’m thinking of making some much better directions for putting this thing together. The directions that came with it SUCK. Lot of trial and error but finally got it done. Will “test mount” the new solar panel to be sure it works then disassemble most of it to get it into place. Hardest part will be working up off the ground by myself. Now to pick up the supplies to make my own brackets to mount my old solar panels back by my neighbors from hell. Then run a long wire or two.
If I’m remembering right: hook them up serial to get more volts. Parallel for more amps. And I need the amps to cover the 200 ft distance. But I’ll try different things to get the best results.
The spendy parts will be the batteries. Even lead-acid batteries aren’t cheap. LifePo4 cost more but last longer. More cycles. And 6 volt batteries cost more than 12v probably because they are more efficient. Well, let me get the panels set up and we’ll go from there.
About to buy my friends Yaesu 991. Not the 991a I want but pretty good for $500. My 857d needs to go to the shop and get refurb’d and tuned up. Her finals checked. Been going strong, at home and in the field, for 11 years now. She needs a rest before I mount her in the RV.
I see Biden threatened to send his goons door-to-door to get people vaccinated. Pity the poor fool that knocks on my door and asks personal confidential information. I’ve got over 3 acres and know where to rent a digger.
Jul 01

Thursday. Again. Didn’t We Do This Last Week?

The AirCar: weighs approximately 2,425 lbs and can lift an extra 440 lbs. It has completed over 40 hours of test flights and it is near production. (Over 40 whole hours of test flights! My goodness! Let’s jump right in and trust our lives to over 40 hours of testing. It’ll be okay. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?)

Among the 8-10 Liberals polled: Trump Ranks Among Worst Ex-Presidents in US History As Obama Makes Top 10. (Picture me surprised. Who’da thunk?)

Speaking of that POS: Former President Barack Obama says “we should all be worried” by the speed in which misinformation has increased. (I can’t even comment on that.)

House Passes Bill To Take Down Confederate Statues in US Capitol. (Because: History.)

I’m thinking: At least the Democrats haven’t ever invented time travel. If they had then there would be no history to go back and correct. So we’re stuck with assholes trying to change the past in the present by making it disappear. Think I’ll bury a stack of History Books that’ll be “found” a hundred years from now to remind those folks of the rich, varied, violent, but real history of their country. Sure, the history books of my youth weren’t all “inclusive,” but at least they told most of what really happened. Not this fairy tale foo-foo history Liberals want you to believe in today.

Hey, folks: You can’t change the past. You just can’t. It happened. In every version of your timeline, it happened. You can only change the future. Wiping your history clean ONLY makes the mistakes repeatable cause no one remembers not to make them. It’s like: once you learn not to touch the fire, do you really want to forget that lesson and have to re-learn it some other day?

How do I know they never invented time travel? Would they be in a snit about Slavery now if they had? Would there even be a Confederacy to build statues? Would there be pyramids? (Think about it. Probably built by slaves.) So, no, they never invent time travel.

Yes, Juneteenth should have been a holiday from the beginning. But even Black folks ignored it Nationally until it became politically correct and a political issue. Democrats: doing all they can to keep POC on the plantation.

I really like my Galaxy Tab A tablet. Use it a lot (can’t imagine trying to “take a dump” without it) and always take it with me on trips (4G you know). BUT, I want a tablet that I have complete control over and no one else can add things to/take things off unless I give them permission. Example: Samsung has changed my screens and added this “SEE” crap that I’m not interested in, have no use for, but am unable to get rid of. It’s just taking up valuable real estate on my “drive” and RAM. But because I got it (the tablet) “free” and pay only $10/mo to add it to our data plan, I have no rights where that is concerned. And I hate those pre-loaded apps that you cannot uninstall. Never use them and even if you disable them they’re still there taking up space.

Ok, I admit I was weak and caved to the “” pressure to “upgrade” my membership plan. Did the 2 years for $30 plan so I don’t have to think about it again for awhile. Got to see the 181 folks that have visited my profile over the past 10 years (no one I remember except for one) and, finally, SEE the messages that have been left for me. (One reunion announcement and one from an old girlfriend saying hi.) Our 50th reunion is this year. In Yuma. Go, Crims!