OK, “The Deep” may sound like a porn film but actually it was a rather good suspense movie from 1977 that was written by “Jaws” writer, Peter Benchley. It starred a young Nick Nolte (sporting a stylish 70’s mustache), Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Shaw and a very wet white T-Shirt.
Not that there maybe any ladies reading this post, but is there any advantage to NOT wearing a swim top while diving?
“No, we get out of 7th period, sign up and the goof off the rest of the time. Just drop the class during summer before we get our schedules.”
Hey, not a bad idea. I never missed a chance to goof off and quite frankly was very impressed at how quickly this guy could come up with a “plan.” I don’t remember which federal penitentiary he’s in now.
Well, flash forward to the week before high school starts and I get my schedule. CRAP !!! I didn’t drop the class!!
Well, first day of school I make a beeline to the Vice Principal’s office and I tell him that I don’t want this class. He said “Fine”, and handed me a form and said, “Have the choir director sign this and we’ll get you another 1st period class.”
So off I bounded with my get out of jail free card up the stairs to the choir room and when I entered: The room was full of high school WOMEN, not Jr. high girls, WOMEN!!!!
Holy Crap !!! Even with the accelerating loss of blood to my brain I was able to do the quick math and figured the chick to dude ratio was about 8 to 1. WOW!!!
I crumpled up my transfer sheet, tossed it in the garbage and took my place on the riser.
As an uber insecure, painfully extreme introvert, choir was heaven for me!! It forced be to be around WOMEN and to interact wit them and I had a lot of opportunities that I otherwise would not have had if I wasn’t in choir. It was my sophomore year in choir that I met my first girlfriend. If I hadn’t been in choir and if she hadn’t been so forward, I probably wouldn’t have had a girlfriend for many more years!
My first girlfriend was a redhead and that was something that has had a lasting affect on me.
Facebook has admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without consent, and says it will delete the collected data and notify those affected
The discovery follows criticism of Facebook by security experts for a feature that asked new users for their email password as part of the sign-up process. As well as exposing users to potential security breaches, those who provided passwords found that, immediately after their email was verified, the site began “importing” contacts without asking for permission.
The issue was first noticed in early April, when the Daily Beast reported on Facebook’s practice of asking for email passwords to verify new users. The feature, which allows Facebook to automatically log in to a webmail account to effectively click the link on an email verification itself, was apparently intended to smooth the workflow for signing up for a new account.
OH DEAR GOD !!!!!
How could any person be so stupid to give their email password out???
But the real shame is on FACEBOOK !!
How many people in their organization knew of this, allowed this and accepted this idea???
I have a Facebook account only because it is the only way I can keep in contact with a few people. Otherwise, I would never go near Facebook.
The incident happened on April 13 in the area of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Dr. According to Montgomery County Police, Crawford and Roberson approached the victim, who was wearing a MAGA hat, and asked why he had it on. Before walking away, the victim told the suspects that he was entitled to his own views.
Authorities say the pair then repeatedly struck the victim, demanding that he take off the hat. When the man fell to the ground, Crawford and Roberson stole and destroyed his belongings.
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve made some homemade bacon.
One of the problems is the time. It takes a week to “cure” the pork belly in the fridge (yes, that really is rather simple), but because of the time it takes to smoke the bacon, it doesn’t take much to screw up the schedule at home and not have the time !!!
Well, that was certainly the case this time.
I had plenty of time off during the recent holidays but it was way too cold and wet for me to go outside and smoke.
So, instead I just did it inside in the oven.
As my daughter said, this was the best bacon so far !
Two things were done differently.
Obviously doing it in the oven gave me far better and consistent temperature control and also, I left the pork belly uncovered in the fridge overnight to get completely dry.
I also ended up making over six pounds of bacon, quite a bit of which I gave to some special people at work. You know you’re special if I share my bacon or ammo !!
We took another mighty fine family vacation this year and as we did last year, we went to the Outer Banks.
And as we did last year, we stayed over night at Beckley, West Virginia rather than driving straight through as we did the first time going to the Banks. (Will never do that again !!)
It was a pretty good drive. 9 hours and 21 minutes with just a couple of quick stops at the Speedway gas stations in Greenfield, IN and Chillicohte, OH for gas, snacks and bathroom breaks. The weather was fine and there were no traffic issues of note. I have a new car, as my last one was totaled in an accident and one of the really neat features is that I can plug my phone into it and use Giggle Maps with GPS !!! I used to print up maps and mark out any major intersections or turns and the such, but this is a real game changer. I think the best part is it I can see traffic issues on my route and plan accordingly. That came in very nicely on the drive home.
On the the trip home the previous year we stopped at a “Bojangle’s” restaurant. The family still says that it was the best chicken at any fast food place we have ever had !! So on this trip, I made sure to map out all of the Bojangle’s on our route and as luck would have it, there was a new one in Beckley, WV !
I did have to wait a bit for my order and the pretty girl added a couple of pieces for my time. As great as the chicken is, the biscuits are even better. The fries are good, but because they are seasoned fries, I can’t call them great. Now, truth be told, for dinner I just ate the fries and my biscuit, hard to believe, but I really didn’t have much of an appetite. The good news is, I finished the chicken on the next day’s drive to the The Banks and gosh darn if that chicken is just about as good cold as it is hot.
Everyone has their own super secret way of cooking a steak.
I don’t have a secret.
It’s really just not too difficult.
I use a gas grill, have for almost 30 years.
I like it for the convenience and the ability to control the heat.
So here I go with my 16 minute steak:
On this day, it was filet.
Never my first choice and one of my least favorite cuts of the cow. But the in-laws were coming over and the grocery store had filet on sale for $4.99 for 6oz. Much higher than my price point for steak, but that’s what I got. Filet is just always too dry for my taste.
There are just two ways to cook a steak:
Anything beyond that and you should just go have a boneless skinless chicken breast.
Taking a look at the ammo supply in my bunker, I saw I was getting a little low.
I got a nice membership to Shoot Point Blank, and I am getting there almost once a week. Makes a nice stop on my way home on Fridays.
Because I can get there once a week, I usually only shoot about 200 rounds, but week after week it adds up and the stock on hand dwindles.
There is a group I belong to on the internet where I do surveys about autos and I GET PAID FOR IT !!! WOOOOO ! A buck a survey but it does add up and I recently cashed out $50 for a Walmart gift card. I also buy all of my gasoline at Speedway and earn points that I just cashed in for a $50 Visa gift card.
So, as my supply was dwindling and I had some spare money, I went out on a buying trip. As the best of luck was with me, I also had a $10 off $50 coupon from Dick’s. Usually the Dick’s coupon is for a $100 purchase, this was indeed quite a fortuitous find for me.
A quick run about to both Dick’s and Walmart and this is what I brought home.
1827 rounds (one box of Thunderbolts had two extra).
The best part is, my out of pocket was $6. SWEEEEET !
The best value by far are the Thunderbolts at just less than 5 cents a shot, but I like having the hollow points from the 525 Golden bullets and even though the 100 round boxes of the Golden’s are closer to 8 cents a shot, I buy those once in a while just to have the containers for storage.
Aaaaaahhhh, that looks much better.
The ammo box holds about 1400 rounds, so I have about 3000 on hand.
“I’m sure glad I had just enough ammo” said no one ever after a zombie attack.
Or to quote Col. Hannibal Smith: “Overkill is highly underrated.”
Now, I was going to do a separate post on this, but it fits here.
The crazy lady known as “Mom”, is divorcing my father, and he had to clean out all of the out buildings on his property.
My dad found this ammo in his barn. I knew for a fact that I hadn’t bought any ammo that was in the barn in the past 30 years.
Just searching in the internet, I found that the bucket of Thunderbolts were from about 1993.
I had no luck with the other boxes and I even contacted the Remington historian and they could tell me no more than around 1990-1993.
I have already used up all of this old ammo and it performed rather well. There might have been 25 total rounds that failed.
Mr. President, while you are currently winning in control of the illegal immigration debate, please be very cautious. Congressional Republicans have become experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Here’s the free advice:
Please take a page from President Reagan and bypass the media, speak directly to the American people and tell them that “The issue of illegal immigration is extremely complex and very important, so important that it should not be a tacked on feature to a continuing resolution. This issue must be presented to the American electorate so that there is an open debate, rather than just cramming it down our throats.”
You can dress it up a little better.
Free advice is worth what you pay for it.
I am actually going to contradict myself here for a moment.
The issue of illegal immigration is rather simple:
ENFORCE THE CURRENT FUCKING LAWS !!!!!!!!!!!!
Not rocket surgery to figure that out.
The “DACA” issue is far more complex to which I do not have a simple solution to, but there cannot be a solution until the current laws are enforced.
Almost every weekend for the past two months has been wet and cold and I had not the chance to do a final mow and rake leaves.
But last week I did have have a mighty fine weekend and got almost all of the work done. I mowed the yard three times: once high, once normal and a third time low with the mulching bag on. I ended up with a great mix of fresh green clippings with dead and finely shredded leaves.
If you watched the video, you would have seen the steam coming out when I turned the pile over. I will try to turn the pile at least every other day until it freezes.
There is a crick that runs between my brother’s property and our dad’s.
They buried about 500 feet of it and we needed to build a head wall to contain high run off.
Oh, what’s a “crick?”
A crick is a small body of water between the size of a creek and a garden hose.
This crick a hundred years ago had a dam built across it to be able to hold water for making ice for the ice house on the farm.
My job for the day was just mixing the concrete. Not a difficult task at all.
We started at 8 am this is how far we got by about 10 am. My brother thought we would be done by 11. My dad had to make a run to the hardware store for more concrete so we are doing a little prep work for the right side wall.
Mini Ho in action.
My brother works for a plumbing company and has access to all sorts of really cool equipment.
ALL FINISHED !!
But, we were not finished by 11 am. This was a freak weather day for September 23rd in northern Illinois. It was 90 degrees and 80% humidity by 10 am and none of us could go past noon. So we started again the next morning at 8 am and we finished up by 10 am.
A little fine tuning with the tractor.
Almost done. Some grass seeding and it will be great.
I am fairly embarrassed to admit that I failed miserably on that Saturday of work.
By 10:30 am I literally felt like I was going to collapse from fatigue.
One of the problems was that I skipped breakfast. Another problem is that apparently I’m not 30 years old and in tremendous physical shape.
Going way back to when I was 30.
I used to work construction until I blew my back out and couldn’t do that work anymore.
The center fielder on our softball team was a couple of years older than me and I remember one game night he showed up and said, “Man am I tired.”
His job was being a buyer for a major department store so all he did all day was sit at a desk and make phone calls.
I told him this was my day:
Up at 5 am, physical labor until 3 pm, home by 4 pm,eat, go to the gym and then play two games of softball and I would be glad to play two more games every night.
Trump’s win of the Presidency came from two brilliant strategic moves early on:
1 As a third party crackpot candidate, he snuck his way into the Republican primary and was allowed to stay there.
2 He got the tricked MSM into giving him a trillion dollars worth of free airtime.
Brilliant Mr. Trump, brilliant.
He’s doing it again !!!
For no reason, my internet homepage is Yahoo. Yahoo “News” is truly news for idiots. At any given time, 50% of the “news” are links to Huffpo, so you already know what kind of crap that is going to be.
But today when I saw the Yahoo page, almost every story was about how everyone in America thinks President “Not Hillary” is wrong about the National Anthem protests.
After several policy misfires (including DACA), Trump is getting the MSM to rally the people that support him !
The dimwits that support the National Anthem protests, are already the dimwits that won’t support Trump.
The MSM and all the other liberals (redundancy noted) don’t understand that only Trump can lose Trump supporters. As the past Presidential campaign proved, the MSM/Liberals can’t defeat him.
Saturday at the park, AKA, my brother’s backyard. Made quite a few improvements from last year. Indoor range time in my area is about $20 an hour. If you only shot once a month or less, that’s really not too bad. But 2-3 a month, that will add up quick. Also, it is just a hell of a lot more fun to shoot outdoors. Convenience is also something that is great. I can stop by with my four loaded magazines, do some quick shooting and go.
Still looks a little “Hillbillyish” (no offense). I pay my range dues by doing most of the grounds keeping around it. Still have to finish the back and fill in the dirt behind, and have my brother figure out where he wants to move the rest of the logs to.
Just shooting at paper targets for practice.
I did about 220 rounds. I have 4 magazines that each hold 15 and always have one chambered. I shot alone this day but reloading is when all the good discussions occur.
I can stand and shoot at paper targets ALL DAY LONG, but when the training is done, it’s nice to turn the “fun factor” up up 11 and shoot things that go boom !!
I have had very inconsistent results with the baking soda and vinegar bottles we shoot at. Some are really cool and some are complete fizzling duds.
So, enter Mr. Wizard. (science reference from way back if you are of my age group).
Going backwards, earlier this year I tried something to make it easier to mix the vinegar and baking soda. If you are not quick with the bottle capping, it can be a mess. So I thought up a way to make baking soda pellets. I did not photo document that so there is little to show. I had some plastic trays to use for a mold that could make pellets that were about twice the size of a 45 shell casing. I knew that just mixing water and baking soda would result in a crumbling pellet so I had the bright idea of also adding white glue. Well crap, I had no idea that would literally make “Slime.”
I sometimes think I am a genius. But unfortunately, it’s not the Einstein type, it’s more of the Wily E. Coyote kind.
But the pellets did dry out and they work fine except it takes quite a while for the pellet to dissolve. Need to have that be quicker, so I have some other ideas to try.
The other more simple idea would be just to go to Aldis and buy a 12 pack of crappy soda to shoot at.
Now, mostly just because it’s cool to watch thing go boom in slow motion, here it is.
The first four bottles were only 1/2 full of vinegar. That was the type of reaction that I was looking for !! I was only able to find one of those bottles. I suspect that the rest blew into the cornfield.
NOTE TO SELF: Put another bucket under the middle of the plank. Tired of the first shot knocking down other targets.
The next three shots were a 50/50 mix and the bottle was full. Two of the bottles were through and throughs with jumpy, fizzy bottles. Kind of cool, but not as cool as the first four bottles.
Next four were a 25/75 vinegar/water mix and the bottles were full. 3 of the shots were the “Jumpy Fizzy” kind like the previous 4 but the third shot that jumped straight up in the air was kinds cool, still not as cool as the first exploding ones.
The rest of the aluminum beer cans were full with a 50/50 mix. Almost all of them had a good explosive result.
The results of the experiment?
I haven’t a clue.
If the beer cans weren’t as almost explosive as the first four, I would think having a half full bottle was better.
The good news is that I will get more bottles and blow more stuff up !!!!!
Just wanted to take a little look at the shot placement on the bottles.
Only had one of the first bottles and it went at about the middle of the vinegar level. Interesting that the round went out the back, but there was damage to the bottom of the bottle.
The number twos had good solid hits. Can see the two that were jumpy & fizzy.
The number threes were all low shots. The bottle with the damage on the bottom must have been the one that went sky high up.
Always have to clean up at the end of the day. My dad’s property is next door and he doesn’t like seeing any messes or having any of the debris blow around. My brother’s place already has too many hillbilly piles of “stuff” around. He’s a hard worker and very industrious so I can’t give him any crap about that.
I even clean up the brass on the range. Brass laying around is kind of cool and adds to the ambiance, but I pick it up to take to the scrapyard. Get a few bucks back to buy more ammo !! The .22 casings have almost no weight, so it takes a long time to accumulate.
Done shooting the bottles and now going to use my last magazine to try some quick double shots.
I’m going from a low ready and shooting.
Bottom 3 inch target:
OK, that ain’t too bad for quick shooting !! I’d like to say that I am just a freaking bad ass spot on shooter, but really, I think a lot of that was luck.
Well, so ends another good, safe day at the range.
It was about $60 and from what I was told, it had been used originally to import olives.
So this is where the rain barrel is going to be located. There are two downspouts on the garage. (the other is in the backyard.) Every decorative rock in my yard was brought there by me. The picture does not show it very well but most of the rocks shown are blueish in color. That’s my favorite rock color. I do not know what kind of rocks they are because I really did not pay attention in Geology class in college !! I also make things out of concrete and the bowl there is one that I made. It is there for a birdbath and we get plenty of birds in our yards using the plethora of bird baths I made.
Step 1: Remove the rocks. I have other spots in the yard where they can be used.
Step 2: Excavation and forming. Not too much to it, dig a hole !
Step 3: CONCRETE DAY !!! When I worked construction years ago, concrete days were the best days. I forget how many bags of Quickcrete I mixed up but mixing and finishing only took about an hour.
Step 4: Strip the forms and a little landscaping. I let the concrete cure for a couple of days and had the finished concrete covered with a small piece of plywood so the rain wouldn’t erode the newly finished concrete.
Step 5: Place the rain barrel. It is placed on a platform about 12 inches high to get the watering can underneath it easily.
I had to do a little work on the downspout. There is a nice screen on the ingress of the rain barrel to keep out debris and insects. We shouldn’t have any concern about stagnant water and mosquito larvae !!
I had a piece of old damaged 5/8 inch garden hose that I cut for the overflow.
This is the “Rain barrel” that I’ve had in the backyard for a number of years. The yellow bucket is normally next to the black one to hold the overflow.