Saturday, January 30, 2016

Happy birthday John Moses Browning

Took my new (to me) Springfield 1911 Loaded to the range for the first time last Saturday. I like it.

Oh, and it turns out the visit was apropos, since Saturday was the 161st birthday of Mr. Browning.

In belated honor of his birthday I refer you to the Gospel According to John (Moses Browning).
  1 In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good.  And behold the Lord said, "Thou shalt not muck with my disciple John's design for it is good and it workith.  For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain."
If you want to read the rest you can go to Father Frog's page at  He is the original translator of the Gospel from the ancient manuscripts.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Donald Trump is NOT conservative

I don't understand the fascination with Donald Trump.  He is not a conservative.  He has very few conservative beliefs that I can find.  If you are on the fence, or if you are currently supporting him, you may wish to watch this video.  Donald Trump in his own words.  These are not edited to ascribe beliefs, they are his stated opinions.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I am become death, destroyer of squirrels


I have no real issue with squirrels.  They run around in my apple tree, they are a part of the landscape, just like every other animal and bird that frequents my back yard,

However, they (he?) has become such a nuisance that I feel the need to perhaps end him.

I have tried to accommodate.  He figured out how to get at the bird feeders and would empty them onto the ground while digging through to get the stuff he wanted.  I read on line that providing squirrel food would help so I bought a squirrel feeder.  He eats that AND empties the bird feeder onto the ground.  I added another bird feeder higher up in the apple tree and he chewed holes in the lid.  I don't want feeders on poles, I want them hanging in my apple tree right outside my kitchen window so I am limited in the "squirrel proof" feeders that I could install.

Apparently, however, just emptying the feeders and eating what he wants is not good enough for this squirrel.

This particular squirrel has figured out that if he chews through the cord holding the feeder it will fall to the ground and he can dine at his leisure.  I have fixed the cord twice and here is the third iteration.

I think he must die.  I hate to do it but I have a pellet rifle and I have the will.  I don't know when because I don't often see him and I must get outside and have a clear shot without endangering the neighbours, but I sense that his end is near. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Looking for a Beach Boys concert recording from 1983

If you have a copy I'd be interested.  I was there, I remember it being quite horrible, but I was just recently wondering if it was as bad as I remember.

If you want to trade, take a look at my list in the left sidebar.  Those are the shows I have and would be willing to trade.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My German skills are rusty

Glogg is the name for mulled wine in the Nordic countries.  Spices, wine, sometimes sugar or fruit juice, it is served hot in the winter.  In Germany and Austria it is called Gluhwein.

My sister got me a bottle of SAF-T-GLOGG from Ikea.  No wine, just fruit juice and spices.

I thought it was really weird that they would call it "Safety Glogg" just because it had no alcohol, and even weirder that they would use the SAF-T abbreviation.

Then my sister reminded me.

Saft = juice in Swedish as in German.

Mulled Juice.

That makes so much more sense.  Mine is funnier though.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Honda Motorcycle USA kiss my grits

I don't remember if I mentioned before that Honda Motorcycle USA sucks.  I got my sister in law's 1989 Honda CBR600F a few years ago.  She doesn't ride anymore and it had been sitting for some time.  Originally it was supposed to be a "get it running" project, but years later and a fair amount of dollars in, there it still sits.   I did, for a while, get it running but had some problems with the carburetors (four of them) and it never really was right, then it sat over another winter and that was that.

While it was running I tried to get paperwork from Honda USA to import it.  They don't do that.

Seriously, that was their answer.  Identical in every way to the bike sold in the US of A, a bike which I owned at one point brand new in 1989, they don't issue compliance letters.  Can't import it.

Fast forward to today.  I have a work around, but only if I can get it running without putting too much more money into it.

Rebuilt the heads, new valve seals, lapped all the valves.  Just making sure cause it had a funny hesitation.  No bent valves, good news.

Installing new cylinder base gasket and I bend a piston ring.  Aagh!  They are really small and really thin, I bent one.

OK, not the end of the world, I can just put a new ring on.  Except that they don't make them any more.  No Honda dealer in the United States has rings listed for that bike with stock cylinders.  No aftermarket ring maker lists rings for that bike with stock cylinders.  Boring out the cylinders (and getting new pistons and rings) is cost prohibitive for this bike.

Got a note from someone on the CBR forums that a dealership in Australia had those rings in stock so thought I'd check it out.  Sure enough, still listed.  Thought it was a bit odd but maybe New Old Stock, just been sitting around for a while.

Brainstorm: call the dealer in Vancouver (Canada) and see if they have any.  Bingo. They don't have them but they can order them and have them in by Tuesday.

What the hell?  If dealers in Australia and Canada can get these rings why can't dealers in the United States get these rings.

Oh, now I remember.  Honda Motorcycle USA sucks.

Starting to get excited again.

Christmas movie review

Yeah, that's right.  I went there.  What are you going to do about it?

January 9, just watched Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas.  Faith Ford, Tom Cavanaugh (you may remember him as JD's brother in Scrubs), Gil Bellows (awesome as Tommy in Shawshank Redemption), and Gabrielle Miller (mmm!).

Hey, it was fun.  Ford and Cavanaugh trade houses for Christmas, him to her Christmassy town near Seattle, her to his un-decorated apartment in Boston.  Romance ensues, but not between the two of them.  That's all I'll tell you.  I enjoyed it even if it is after Christmas (and New Years).

So there you go.  Put it on your list for next year or just say "the heck with it", go crazy and watch it now.