So, if you've managed to make it through my last blog, we know two things about you:
1) You need a life
2) You are waiting with baited breath about the check engine light.
Well - first the good news. I've driven the truck some more and it is still running well. So it appears that the misfire is sorted.
But now I'm fighting the CEL.
First thing I did was get myself a new scanner. Remember the rainstorm in my first blog post? Well I think it may have washed away my
This is a chronicle of the adventures of keeping my old truck running.
This truck is kind of a third vehicle now. I drive a Civic day-to-day and my wife drives a Pilot. But the Pilot was down for a week and a half getting the roof painted so one of us had to drive the truck. I drive 40 miles to work each day. She drives 1. So wifey graciously agreed to drive the truck. Which lasted about two days until she was tired if it not running right.
All of this meant I had to go head-to
There it is. It's mostly old and dated pages that I made while I was learning how to make web sites. For the newer stuff, I have a notepad full of very random stuff.
THE FAT BOY’S GUIDE TO CONCEALED CARRY:
By: Spats McGee
First and foremost, I’ve carried a concealed firearm in virtually every legally-permissible setting over the past nine years. I learned a lot by reading, and I learned a lot by doing. With that said, if you’ve been carrying a concealed handgun for years, I’ll tell you right now that this guide probably doesn’t cover anything you don’t already know. I wrote this guide for people who are either consider
The Ultimate Cliploader: A Review
For years and years, I owned a Ruger .22 pistol. You know the one, looks a bit like a Luger, long, thin, 10-round magazine? Actually, now that I think about it, mine was a 9-round magazine, but that's neither here nor there. I got it before they started calling them “Mark” whatever. It was a good little pistol, and I enjoyed shooting it. Right, wrong, or indifferent, though, so did Mrs. McGee. (As an aside, if you’re taking a wife or girlfrien
A Postcard from The Doghouse
As any married gun owner knows, there are more ways to anger a wife than there are wives in this world. What follows is a tale of a married man, bad timing, and five thousand rounds of ammunition.
Many gun owners will remember the .22 Drought of 2008-16, which began with the election of Barack Obama. After his election, .22 Long Rifle ammunition disappeared from shelves across the country. Every morning, the ammo flippers descended o
Hot-rodded them up!
So... I don't know what I was googling when I found (really. someone really needs to keep a closer watch on me) platinum-catalyst impregnated cotton. Remembering reading up on the handwarmers, that's kind of what they use in those. I bought a baggie-full, (which seems to be many lifetime's supply worth) for $5.
It's a bag of fluffy gray cotton. It's probably not dangerous. I didn't wear latex gloves. Didn't hurt.
The heads of the zippo warmers are
Holster Review: StealthGear Revolution IWB:
Many concealed carriers have a “box of holsters” that we rarely if ever use. The holsters that occupy these boxes are the result of trial and error in figuring out what we like in holsters. I’m no different. My first holster was an OWB leather, but I’ve tried just about every design out there: IWB, OWB, Kydex, leather and hybrid. OWB Kydex is fine if I’m out in the wilds, but not so well if I’m in town running errands. For that, I greatl
The Test of Time, Part II: The DeSantis Econobelt
If you read last review, you know a little bit of my history. My first actual gun belt was an Aker B21. Several months after I bought my Aker B21 that I mentioned in that post, I decided that I couldn’t wear the same belt every day. A lot of guys can, because they work in jobs where matching your belt to your shoes really isn’t an issue. By contrast, I wear a suit to work. I wear a suit about 4 days a week, and while it’s unlikely th
The Test of Time, Part I: The Aker B21
If you carry a gun on your hip, then your gun belt is the whole foundation of your carry system. Years ago, I discovered the value of having a good gun belt. It turns carrying a pistol from “always hitching up my pants” into “comfortable stroll.” Unfortunately, I figured this out at a time when money was in exceptionally short supply for me and my family. That meant that $100 for a belt was out of the question. Every purchase had to be ver
I used the battery ones, which I've had for a while but didn't use much. They are two 18650 rechargeable batteries with an on/off button.
They work good. Get 2.5+ hours out of them and they get nice and warm. Not hot. Not like the fuel ones.
Some places I go to forbid even a lighter in their complex, so these work.
Now... the fluid type...
Coleman white gas. I've googled it, but it all seems pretty generalized. (many say it's the same thing. With tweaks.) I tested it
Could be pretty bad. I didn't give it any acknowledgement or concern when it happened and just took some old pain-pills when I got home.
That was bad because I couldn't feel it hurt and I'm sure I made it much worse.
I am scheduled off this week and have just been sleeping and doing nothing. It seems to be improving.
I am trying to not go to the doctor. I hates them. It might be something I just live with.
I ate sausage-weenies today. 'Cause I didn't travel.
I got hurt at work. But I didn't know it. On this 'vertical conveyance'.
(My work has totally forbidden me from doing some vertical conveyances.
This one... is a rubber belt that runs up-n-down from the ground floor, to the roof. So, us workmen just grab this rubber belt, an just go up! It has no brakes. Or stop. or cage. Just the next floor. Coming. Fast.)
But this wasn't one of those. It was a cable. A motor-
Actually, not all that woo-y.
The are exactly like the other ones, but smaller[/b]!!!
Zippo now makes the fluid-type warmer less than half the size of the other ones. About 1 1/2 of the regular zippo lighter sized.
They say they are good for six hours and I played with one last night, and it did over six hours. Easy. If I fill it double-full, I'm sure I can get 10 or more hours out of it.
Like the others, these get HOT. If you leave them out of t
I've always grown catnip, for the FatCat and friend's cats. They say my homegrown stuff makes their cats go much much crazier than the lame store-bought dirt-weed.
I eventually graduated to a, like, 20 or 30 gallon ceramic pot. I haven't had to reseed or replant for years, because the roots (?) live through the winter and it just comes back on its own. It's technically a mint. You can't kill it.
I was making The Big Harvest, which I dry each year , so kitty can get stone
He fell, and his fall-arrest safety equipment failed.
I'm a contractor (non-union) and so was he (union).
The last I heard, the company, of course, AND the union threw him under the bus. They are claiming that if he had thoroughly inspected his equipment before using it (which is a mandatory rule), he would have known it was defective. I'm very surprised the union bailed on him, and I'm not sure what's up with that. The official statements have been vague to none, they tend to k
I've been frostbitten many times, (thanks hockey! thanks motorcycles!) starting when I was pretty young. It doesn't take long for my fingers to become completely unusable in cold weather. I've got every pair of cool gloves ever made. I got mil-spec "mutant-mitts" last year, which are pretty much the definitive glove. They are much too large for doing any work, but great for climbing.
The little powder-pack shake handwarmers kind of work, but not really. When it's very very cold, and th
I don't know why, but I'm really glad that the cold is here this year.
I like winter. It has more pockets.
In preparation, I just ordered $200 of mil surplus stuff. Cheap insulated bibs, I plan on wearing as a layer, expensive insulated pants, because the Army says so, that are supposed to be outerwear, but I plan on them being a layer. New Mickey boots. And these metallic-looking felt boot liners.
A suck-day working, in January, at 300', is suckey, but when it's over, I get