Monday, October 16, 2017

8:30 PM

Progress and frustration- I suspect the focus SHOULD be on the first (Progress) alas we usually focus on the negative first and foremost, at least as the first response. The Scout- is really apart now. Radiator to engine block. I have 2 of the 4 belts in hand and I’m confident I’ll find the pair I’m looking for – I’m avoiding one from one source and one from another – that may be why I’m replacing them except one may have come from my shed and the other might have been new. Yes I have done stuff like that and Yes it’s lasted for at least a few years but I’d really LIKE to avoid it when possible. The radiator came out more quickly and easier that I expected. I sort of had to wrestle it & out before. I’d like to avoid that again. Good thing it’s aluminum because the Ferris metal ones are kind of heavy when held from one side at full arms length, MY arms anyway. I know where the pivot point is and it’s my lower back- not a place I like to rely on or mistreat. It gets back at me with a vengeance.
The nature of “The News From Here” seems to have taken a change of direction. I’ve realized it and wondered enough to have come to a conclusion- It’s gone from a source of personal “news” for my kids & a few close friends to an outlet of a slightly more personal spontaneous nature- sometimes a rant, sometimes an observation, sometimes a clearing out of the mental cobwebs but mostly a focus of whatever is on my mind at the end of a day. Maybe a filter, maybe an outlet. Whatever – Yeah, Yeah it’s also therapy that I can edit before it exits my mouth -

Sunday, October 15, 2017

7:30 PM

I believe that I may be in a very foul mood. No in this case there is no “believe” involved I am in a foul mood. Now I know the question that immediately comes to mind - “WHY”, Correct? I know it would be true of me if YOU made that statement. It’s a lot like asking a depressed person “what are you depressed ABOUT?” Actually that question is pretty informative, it lets you know you may be talking with someone not familiar with depression. Ya might try to NOT do that if you hear someone make that statement. Probably the only real difference is “the bad mood” ?may? have some reason behind it, be it real, physical, mental or _____. In this case I can’t really think of what it could be. Actually “things” are OK and MUCH, even more than usual, to be Thankful for. Then there’s the “age thing:. “Thing” is likely a poor selection of a descriptive title. It isn’t a “thing” it’s a simple fact but it’s also a mind set, a realization of some limitations and in some cases the sense of mortality. I don’t think that mortality plays a giant role in my case. In my case I think it might be a cyclic thing – male menopause thing. Ha Ha Ha See I’m better already, making jokes and realizing the pointlessness of “why”. Does knowing “why” have any real bearing on anything? I’m not sure, it’s more the “go to” question when we realize “WE ain’t goin ta know “why” till it isn’t a factor” THEN we’ll know and it won’t matter.
Hope you aren’t reading this right before nighty night time or maybe you have something to contribute. . .
7:30 PM

I believe that I may be in a very foul mood. No in this case there is no “believe” involved I am in a foul mood. Now I know the question that immediately comes to mind - “WHY”, Correct? I know it would be true of me if YOU made that statement. It’s a lot like asking a depressed person “what are you depressed ABOUT?” Actually that question is pretty informative, it lets you know you may be talking with someone not familiar with depression. Ya might try to NOT do that if you hear someone make that statement. Probably the only real difference is “the bad mood” ?may? have some reason behind it, be it real, physical, mental or _____. In this case I can’t really think of what it could be. Actually “things” are OK and MUCH, even more than usual, to be Thankful for. Then there’s the “age thing:. “Thing” is likely a poor selection of a descriptive title. It isn’t a “thing” it’s a simple fact but it’s also a mind set, a realization of some limitations and in some cases the sense of mortality. I don’t think that mortality plays a giant role in my case. In my case I think it might be a cyclic thing – male menopause thing. Ha Ha Ha See I’m better already, making jokes and realizing the pointlessness of “why”. Does knowing “why” have any real bearing on anything? I’m not sure, it’s more the “go to” question when we realize “WE ain’t goin ta know “why” till it isn’t a factor” THEN we’ll know and it won’t matter.
Hope you aren’t reading this right before nighty night time or maybe you have something to contribute. . .

Saturday, October 14, 2017

6:45 PM

Wow a Sat. evening post. They are collector items! (chuckle) My “today” started a few minutes after 2:00 AM this morning with the landline ringing. Never a good sign & a little/lot scary but in this case I think it was just a wrong number but then I suspect it was not a good sign for someone – a local residential number. I went to bed early the night before so I had some sleep BEFORE but not so much after. Then just as I was dozing off again the neighbor rolled their garbage can out to the street and I’m wide awake again. He goes to work about 4:00 AM so I can’t even get irritated at him TOO much. Not so at that time, I may have referred to him unfavorably but corrected that attitude when I realized why.
The parts came in for the Scout so I started on it this afternoon. YES what was supposed to be a simple quick fix turned out to be simple but NOT quick fix but the source of some of that MIGHT be me. Nah I’m pretty sure it has to be something else that I didn’t realize and can’t recall now. Ha Ha Ha

It’s still early but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Get to the shower and THEN decide what the remainder of the ‘short’ evening holds – there might be a book & beverage involved AFTER the shower - - - Hum- - - or maybe not. . .

Friday, October 13, 2017

4:30 PM>

I tired! I’m not sure if it’s again or still? (chuckle) Met Kurt for breakfast. It had again been a long time. He’s a busy man just the way he likes it and maybe just a touch more than he likes it sometimes.
Downtown Mesa is gearing up for the busy season- Activities tonight – Costumes and prizes and bands all over etc. Tomorrow a car show just a few blocks away and there’s the Confederate Air Force show & car show at Falcon Field, That’s just this weekend. I’m skipping the Spook night up town this evening and probably will make the car show and maybe the Confederate Air Force show & car show. I haven’t been to an event out at Falcon Field for years- They are a big deal but a tad pricey and one heck of a lot of walking. I say pricey but not really just my frugal nature talking there.
As for right now it’s a book & beverage in the courtyard. I did a couple hundred deep knee bends today in the front yard, literally, trimming at ground level around a couple of low growing semi desert plants. I haven’t ever tried to trim them up off the ground but it’s a challenge to keep the leaves from next door from getting stuck all around their bases- no it’s more than a challenge it’s not possible. Maybe trimming them up a few inches will at least make it possible to just rake the leaves out and vacuum them up.
Did I mention a “ book & beverage in the courtyard”? It’s time, the question is will I be smart and get a shower FIRST or just wish I had?
8:00 PM I DID I DID

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:30 PM

I had a nice day – lazy – not motivated at ALL and didn’t mind too much. (chuckle) So on my way home after some errands I thought I’ll stop at the Legion, I haven’t been there in a week or so. Well it too was nice – my visits aren’t long. When I came out and started the Scout it burped a couple times. That isn’t normal but it seemed to run OK – For 2 blocks and died at the stop sign at County Club. Normally it doesn’t take much to start it but but it wasn’t going to start this time. It wasn’t a good place for that to happen but then . . . Traffic was backing up behind me and I had to keep waving them around. 3 different guys came by and wanted to help push it out if the way. It REALLY wasn’t a good spot. I told them all “it doesn’t push easily and I think I can get it going.” Finally I was able to get out and pop the hood. Didn’t take much of a mechanic to see what the problem was. The top radiator hose had split about an inch from the distributor and was spraying water/coolant directly on the distributor cap. In the mean time traffic was backing up behind me and getting them around me and onto County Club safely was a higher priority. Every time there was a break in traffic I’d go wipe the distributor cap off and give it a try. No Go! About then a guy came over and said “your in a bad spot I’ll push you back out of the way.” Again I said “It’s heavy and doesn’t push easily” then I took a good look at the guy- “Yeah I think he could.” I told him to watch out I would put it in reverse and run the starter if he could add a little push I think we could do it. I think he was disappointed and I also thought he probably COULD have pushed it if there hadn’t been a slight up grade. Between using the starter & his muscles we got it out of everyone’s way. One more wipe with an old rag and WHOOPEE – she fired right up and I got home OK – it hadn’t even heated up. While all this was going on a friend from the Legion had been waiting to make sure I was going to make it- I DID! And it’s inside the fence in back waiting for a part till Sat. Not the part that was the problem but one of those “really ought to while while I’m doing it” parts but. . .” that in many years in the past I would have said – it’s OK for now - not so much now. The “have to“ part was in stock but I intend to avoid those decisions made by expedience and excess frugal-ness whenever possible. I was very glad to get it home and am very Thankful for all those who offered to help and really wanted to help- pretty refreshing in today’s world. It’s inside the fence under the shade and I’ve sprayed penetrating oil on the bolts that haven’t turned in a very long time. I’ll continue the spray tomorrow through Sunday- till the parts come in. Then flush the system and re-assemble with new coolant & top hoses AND a new thermostat that I’ve been saving for years (special made for International Harvester engines only), knowing I’d need it eventually.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

6:30 PM

Yesterday the only real project I thought I could (wanted) get into was cleaning up the Mercury. It wasn’t muddy or covered with bird droppings but it was dusty and hadn’t been cleaned well but once since I got it. Granted I don’t drive it a lot but it’s pretty dusty & dirty around here right now. Light rail staging (trucks loading and unloading dirt and fill) 1/2 block away remodeling exterior next door and a block or two away big construction underway PLUS it IS Arizona. (chuckle) Oh Yeah back to actually cleaning the Merc – I maybe got a little carried away – imagine that – I spent the entire afternoon at it. Something satisfying about detailing a car for me anyway. Not something I’d like to do every day but . . .

I met the new property manager for the apartments next door. Seemed OK – The exterior is now battleship gray with a white stripe around the top. The plan is to put rock in the front yard of which I applaud – you’d never get grass to grow between the foot traffic it gets and the hard packed dirt from years and years of flood irrigation. I DID mention the TREE and pointed out the liability of the limbs over my power lines and that those line are anchored into an adobe wall with no other options. He actually recognized that as a significant issue and was going to try to get the new owner to authorize trimming at least those specific limbs that overhang the power lines. I hope he was sincere and convinces the owner to pay for it. Fewer limbs = fewer leaves for a while anyway.

IT’S OCTOBER! I’m sure YOU realized that and on some level I did too. I have thought about a giant pot of chili over an outside fire but Good Grief IT’S OCTOBER! Not close to Oct. it IS and it’s far enough along to be bill paying time. Yeah THAT’S what made it hit home for me I guess. My utility bill came- that’s my signal to pay the bills. I wasn’t expecting the city utilities to be so high and I remembered the EXTRA garbage dumpster! Oh I will pay it and can pay because I HAVE to pay it but it still irritates me - extremely. And if you put $3.50 with that you might get a cup coffee some places.

Oh Today! I trimmed cacti and washed some of them to get the mealybugs of them, cut & d-thatched the grass and cleaned up the back patio & courtyard. Nope I ain’t EXPECTING company soon. Just trying to get back into the routine. Tomorrow I may either attack some interior issues I’m been meaning to address OR I may attack the Scout. It’s over due a little TLC and I MAY be just the rascal to provide it. I’ve been planning to upgrade the headlight wiring for a very long time (years and years)– It’s a design issue that there’s a reasonable fix for and as it gets older (NOT ME – IT- as well as me ) brighter headlights could be a nice thing. Not talking about those super lights or blue lights just the headlights via relays with a little heavier wire and from a better power source. Hum that may be a bit more ambitious than I want for tomorrow- I can talk myself out of stuff faster than a . . . . Well pertty durn fast.