Monthly Archives: April 2007
>Mrs. Geezer told me “I’m kidnapping you Friday night, be home at 4pm”.
I was there, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. She had laid out my
costume clothing for the night. When I saw that it included my Snakeskin Cowboy Boots, I knew we weren’t going to play racquetball.
It was a lot of fun. We can watch it again on TV tomorrow night.
>At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be:
This will not happen again in our lifetimes. (as far as I can figure out)
Since I’ll be asleep, you’ll have to let me know how it went.
>Here’s some common sense from Ted Nugent:
Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby’s Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.
My hero, Dr. Suzanne Gratia Hupp, was not allowed by Texas law to carry her handgun into Luby’s Cafeteria that fateful day in 1991, when due to bureaucrat-forced unarmed helplessness she could do nothing to stop satanic George Hennard from killing 23 people and wounding more than 20 others before he shot himself. Hupp was unarmed for no other reason than denial-ridden “feel good” politics.
Better go read the whole thing.
We raised him since he was hours old.
Here he is with his mama, Bonnet, he’s probably a couple of days old in this photo.
We don’t get a chance to ride as much as we would like to so we decided to thin out our herd.
Robert, our Farrier, had expressed an interest in him so we worked out a trade.
Here’s Mrs. Geezer, saying bye.
He turned into a good looking horse, didn’t he?
She is 2 years younger than he is.
Here is her baby picture. That’s her mama, Bonnet, nudging her along.
>Our spunky neighbors to the east take a stand.
“HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer said ‘no, nope, no way, hell no’ Tuesday to national driver’s licenses, signing into law a bill supporters say is one of the strongest rejections to the federal plan.
We enjoy having the little Sparrows hanging around the back yard. Some of them are surprisingly colorful.
We hung some birdhouses on the Chicken Coop so we can watch them nest. Recently the Starlings have started terrorizing the Sparrows. They like to reach into the birdhouses and pull out all the nesting material that the sparrows have gathered. I stapled some chickenwire over the houses, thinking that would solve the problem. The sparrows can squeeze through but the starlings can’t. You can see the sparrows in the top photo.
Today I saw that one of the big birds was able to reach through the wire and get his head all the way inside the nest.
First let me explain that Starlings are such pests that even the Idaho Birdwatchers Club members hate them. They steal the nests of The Mountain Bluebird which is the Idaho State Bird. Some people go to great lengths and expense to try to encourage the survival of the very beautiful Bluebird. I have only seen a couple since we’ve lived here but they are quite striking.
I decided to take direct action against the Evil Starlings… If I caught them harassing the sparrows, I was going to shoot them with the air rifle.
First I had to make sure it was sighted in. I figured 2 pumps would be enough for the distance. I stood inside and shot through a crack in the door at a mark on the shed. Imagine my surprise when the BB bounced back and hit the house.
What the Heck!
I’m lucky I didn’t break one of my windows.
I know… “I’ll try a soft lead pellet, it won’t richochet as much”.
I dodged the bullet (pellet) again, when it also bounced back and hit the house.
Dude, you better be careful or you’re going to making an expensive trip to the Window Store.
For my final attempt I decided to use another BB and to shoot at the relatively soft, pine bird house.
You can see the BB embedded next to the hole.
UPDATE: FYI, I didn’t have to shoot any Starlings.
The Sparrows made nests in two of the birdhouses and have actually hatched some babies.
I guess the chickenwire worked after all.
>I’ll never forget the very first time I heard this song. Or the time I worked the Smothers Brothers show when The Who sang it live.
Stolen from my brotha from a different mamma, The Mayor of Mitchieville.
It’s a clip from the Jay Leno show where they see which is faster, Morse Code (which is 175 years old) or Text Messaging on a cellphone.
I actually was able to copy some of the code but when Jay started talking and the crowd started cheering, I couldn’t hear it.
H/T Tahoe Red.
>Here’s a pretty cool Astronomy Picture of the Day taken right here on Mother Earth. It’s a panoramic photo taken from the top of Mount Everest. You need to visit their site and scroll around to the right.
“What would it be like to stand atop the tallest mountain on Earth? To see a full panoramic vista from there, scroll right. Visible are snow peaked mountains near and far, tremendous cliffs, distant plateaus, the tops of clouds, and a dark blue sky. Mt. Everest stands 8.85 kilometers above sea level, roughly the maximum height reached by international airplane flights,”
It has a Service Box bed for tools, equipment and parts with a sturdy roof rack on top of the steel cap.
There are many lockable compartments and slide out drawers.
I tried many things to fix it including changing spark plugs, trying ultra-premium gasoline (with octane boosters), changing the O2 sensor and fiddling with the timing.
I suspected that the anti-knock sensor was bad because of all the knocking and pinging. Another symptom was that there was no water circulation through the heater core. I was told this was either because the heater was plugged or the valve wasn’t working.
Apparently (I hope) the problem was that the water pump impeller had become disconnected from the shaft. You can see how it has rubbed on the housing. It wouldn’t turn enough to force the water to move.
I have one of those ‘mechanic’s stethescopes’ that allows you to listen to engines. I was able to hear an occasional metallic grinding noise from the water pump.
When I removed the pump I found the problem.
I sure hope this fixes it because it’s a pretty nice truck considering it’s 18 years old. I hardly drove it so it has less than 85 thousand miles on it. That’s less than 5000 miles per year! Heck, I put that many miles on my Shoes.