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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

As I look back on the past year I can only say that I am stunned at the response I have had here. I have met many fellow bloggers both in real space and by phone. I am simply amazed at this. 

I live in a small town and social interactions are limited in this physical space. They are surely not so in this Blog space. I am truly thankful for this outlet and humbled that anyone would stop by here to check on my pedestrian activities. 

So for all my friends, if I have not met you yet in person yet I look forward to it this coming year. 

Several Bloggers were instrumental in keeping me here. I was freaked out starting out almost two years ago. I must say that I count Brigid as one.

After casually watching Dick Clark's show tonight I was approaching my "get off my lawn" stance. So I thought I would throw this link up for my blog mother. +1 for the bib overalls and again for the perfect words I think to describe my friend. 







Happy New Year everyone!

As for tomorrow? Well, none of this is going to shoot itself!














Range is open tomorrow!  I felt bad in WV as everyone is all about running the long gun. I think I comported myself well when asked to shoot one, but I am after everything is said a pistol person. It is what I teach and shoot most. 

 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Stupid Kindle Tricks

Besides all the blather about it not being an iPad (well duh), I have found several useful tasks for it. See all this?














Instruction manuals for oh, about everything. If it is on line I get the PDF file, if not, I scan it into a PDF and throw it up to the Amazon Cloud. Another bonus is if you get a manual like the ones that came with my camera that are printed on proprietary disintegrating rice paper making them virtually useless, you can transform them to this:

















Being able to take to your workspace helps and the bigger print and no bookmarks are just more perks! 

So for the first time the camera was converted from a PhD (Push here Dummy) camera and after some experimentation:


 














I was able to make the camera do what I wanted it to do:














(Teaser for upcoming review post)

They also have VNC clients for the Android platform. I guess I need to unlock the thing. That would make work a bit easier! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Changes in North Carolina CCH Law

Here is the PDF from the NCDOJ outlining changes to NC Statutes Effective December 1st of this year as they pertain to CCH (click to enlarge).





Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Smith and Wesson Highway Patrolman

Otherwise known as the Model 28-2.


















Shhhh.... She's soaking in it! 













Break Free that is! Will reassemble and go shoot this weekend with a full write up as well. Waiting on the Standard Catalog of S&W too for reference. Heaven forbid I get anything wrong about this gun! Tam would be all over me if I did that! 

She's not real pretty, but in good shape (uh, the pistol, not Tam. I assume she is all sweetness and light)! 

US Navy Speak....

"The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," said a spokeswoman for the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet. "Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated." 

Translation? "Come get some!"

Record Gun Sales

For the past two months in a row! CNN article:"



Good news! 

In the same article a bit of delusion as well: "The research we've seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns," said Caroline Brewer of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined."

Uh, right. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Music Meme Redemption!

Well I hope anyway! From the iPod to this:


















Anybody know how to play a pump organ? Its been restored and ready to go I am told. All I can do is to play "When the Saints go Marching in" one handed on it. 

I would pay real money for someone to give it a workout! 


Music Meme

Tam started it and I must say I don't jack the iPod into the car much. Without further disclamers here is what is reported for my top 15 on that media:

You will have to ask what the records were for line in tracks. I promise they are different! They were imported from 45RPM records.

Retro Tuesday- Smart Phone

Version 1.0-
















Comes with two apps:

1. Listening
2. Talking

This is what happens.....

As soon as Gecko45 takes the day off, this happens. Where's food court team six when ya need em?

Mall of America ramps up security after massive fight

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I again wish all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Before I ramble on about my events today, others that are of the cloth have remarked on the import of this Holiday much better than I. Rev. Paul and Bayou Renaissance Man do it with style and passion. God Bless them!

  "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7 

It was great to see friends and family. I am now back at stately manor awaiting local friends. I seem to be a pressure relief valve for others. 

First this (click to,well, you know)! 






















The tech gap here is wide! A 1955 Lionel boxed train set. More on it later. You just don't see that much anymore! On top of that a Kindle Fire.  

So I go to see my Curmudgeon yesterday. He and his wife had a traditional Holiday meal prepared. Ham, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, greens (with BACON!), deviled eggs, candied yams, corn bread, and other stuff! Some made it back here for some wonderful leftovers! 

Before we got to that though, Curmudgeon wanted to check the operational status of these:













Top to bottom: Smith and Wesson Model 28-2 in .357 Magnum, Colt Peacemaker in .22LR and .22WMC, and Browning BDA-380.

So we went to shoot yesterday. The S&W lives up to the press. Wonderful pistol! The Colt is just as wonderful, just needs some TLC. The Browning? Great! 


So after returning the Winchester Model 100 to my friend he determines that it was good enough to hand me this for the same treatment. It has to be good because it was wrapped in this, right?





















I was not disappointed. A Remington Woodsmaster Model 742 in .243 cal. 

















Bonus points for the Weaver scope mounting rings with a K-Mart scope! 

















For my friend that lives far away a gift:


























I think a former NRA youth rifle competitor will like that. 


Have a great evening!






For my Curmudgeon, I gave the Firefly DVD's. He is a Browncoat, he just does not know it yet, LOL!  

Friday, December 23, 2011

If Ma is not happy, nobody is!

I talked to my parents tonight for last minute preparations for Christmas. My Mother asked if I had the train that "Santa Claus" brought me was running. I told her, "What, you mean the train y'all got me in the hobby shop under Thalhimers Department store?" I was rebuffed. "No it was Santa Claus". She asked if it still smoked and made noise. I assured her it did. 


A "uncataloged" set. A mutt of the breed if you will amongst collectors of Lionel trains. The owner of the shop appears to have scrounged up some spare cars, a much derided "Scout" engine and tender. It is all O-27 scale. The smallest transformer that was on the books. A battery powered whistle control. 

The train survived my parents moving and sat in the garage there for many years.   This train will never hold the attention of collectors.

For me however it is priceless. After cleaning and repair of some minor stuff that really was not needed it now rides around here this Christmas and holds a place of honor in my living room the rest of the year.

I know how much it must have cost then. Especially for a painter and mill worker. Lionel was never cheap on any level. I am proud to have this here.

And once again I feel the wonder of the season and the love that parents have.

I will post on how you can do this under your tree soon. 
Merry Christmas! 



Christmas Eve.....1968


For everyone that comes here by I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lowe's stands by decision to pull ads from TV show | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

So now this. I now refrain from commenting on politics here but Lowe's is based in my home state.

Good on Lowe's.


Good. How dare Congress critters try to dictate to private companies how to conduct business. If you don't like the decisions Lowe's made, don't go there. 

How did we get to this state? What the hell happened?  

Vote them all out!

I went Christmas shopping today:


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Tree.. Train... Stuff....

So I have laid the track and am awaiting the new sound car from ebayness to replace my fried one. I took the time to at least put out the Ford Dealership:



Time is short this year. I do not have time to dress things as well as I should, but you get the idea.

Full video as soon as I have the new sound car!

I will also put a post out on what to do if you want to put a Lionel under the tree next year. First step though is to go get one if you can in a yard sale. Barring that, I will give tips on what to look for on a new one.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Whew! Almost done!

Remember this thing from last week? The PLC that had to go?

45er called it a "hot mess". Yeah it was. Behold the after pictures:










































It ran on time Monday. Small issues and working on points for style now. I am fortunate to have really talented technicians. They make me look good!