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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lucky Man

My wife listens to country music, when she isn't listening to talk radio.

I've heard "Lucky Man", by Montgomery Gentry, TWICE in the last hour!
It's not a bad song, but TWICE? In an hour?

This proves country radio stations suck as much as rock stations do.


One of our remote controls suffered an unfortunate "accident" a couple months ago and stopped working. I finally got around to dragging it out to the workbench. Opened it up...the batteries were in backwards.

I decided to test the batteries, so I drugged out the multimeter I got at Harbor Freight. Of course, the Chinese battery that came with it was daid, so I stole the nine volter out of the Ten Tec Fox Hunt Tranmitter I built, stuck it, now I could measure stuff.

I got near 3 volts, 2.9 to be "exact", so that was not bad. I tried to test for voltage on the IR diode, but no joy. Couldn't hold the test leads, the batteries, AND push a button at the same time. Need three more arms!

Anyway, brought it in the house, and what do you know, it works!


Glued some more tiny parts on the boxcar. So far, so good.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Workin' On A Boxcar

Some pics of my latest project: A boxcar!

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I selected this boxcar because "The Family Lines System" reminded me of some covered hoppers I saw in Alabama a couple months ago.

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The red plastic is where the Tenax cement ate away the pre-painted, uh, paint. I didn't realize the couplers were already colored rust till I saw this photo, I was going to paint them!

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Tiny little parts! I thought I could handle them, because I built a Ambroid 1 of 5000 wood "craftsman" kit, back in the day. IT turned out well. Wish I still had it! It was the yellow outside braced reefer. I also had the vinegar tank car that my grandfather constructed.

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A blurrier image, with thumb for size comparison.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Garden Growing

The marigolds are growing, the sunflowers are nearly pooped out.

DSCF0019 Marigolds and sunflowers.

Marigolds Marigolds in a pot.

DSCF0018 Mostly sunflowers.

DSCF0020 A rose blooming.

You can get the BIG VIEW by clicking the image and visiting my page. But YOU knew that...

Some pics include explanatory and sometimes humorous notes!!

Saturday, June 09, 2007


I was informed last night that there was a dead rat in the playhouse. Yikes! That must be what that smell was! I gingerly picked it up with the shovel and tossed it over the fence into the Big Back Yard. Spread some leaves and branches over it.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Oh, did you want a picture?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tasty Pic

In the Bicycle Musings I mentioned yesterday's snack at work.

Cranberry-Nut brownie. Chunky, tasty, sticks to the voids in you mouth, to be enjoy later.

And I'm sure it's low-carb...

Here's the promised pic:

cranberry brownie

Thie picture is available on my zooomr page in a 2,048 by 1,538 size pic, coming in at quite possibly a meg file size. Just click on the image to get to my zooomr, look for the "all sizes" icon.

I don't usually post a pic that big, but that stuff was that GOOD! I wish I knew where it came from. It was in a brown box, sorta shrink wrapped. I suspect it came from Costco. I know Costco has some yummy stuff, but since I am not a member I'm not familiar with what they have. Only what I've seen when tagging along with my son.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Pics! Woot! is slowly coming back to life. I was able to upload some pics today.

The long-awaited pics of the train station diorama.


That background is borrowed from the layout, it is not actually in the diarama.

There are several more pictures at my zooomr page.


There are also a some pictures of the sunflower crop for this year, and some mystery plants. At least, they are a mystery to me!

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I don't know what that is, but my daughter planted it.

Here's the sunflowers, at an odd angle.

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This thing, which I suddenly forgotten the name of, is turning out quite well after I chopped it to death a couple years ago. I'm very happy with it.

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We took a trip to the back country last weekend. We stopped at the Lake Henshaw view. Very nice view, but no eagles in sight.

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I'm told the lake was somewhat larger last year.

We went up Mt. Palomar to see the telescope, but they closed about 10 seconds after we got inside, and they shooed us out.

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Here the lad is imitating the doors on the dome.

Well, that's enough for now. Remember you can visit the zooomr page and see several more of each of these wonderful photos. Zooomr is running kinda of slow right now, getting its legs, and not all the features are back up, yet, but it's coming along!

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