Monday, February 20, 2017

My Vehicle History ..46 yrs of car buying and selling

I have been a sucker and wasted money on cars since I was 16 yrs old. My first car was a 1951 Ford pickup that I bought with my own $$ for $165 in 1970. I drove that old flathead V8 for 3 years.

 This isn't mine but very similar, color and all.

Over the years since I have owned a crap load of vehicles and lost money on nearly every one of them. I started keeping a list a few years ago, and I don't know how to load an Excel file onto blogger so I just snapped pics and that's what you get. Hope they are readable.

Some guys are into golf, some hunting and fishing. Me? I blow my money on cars that I can't even work on. Not a mechanic here. never was.
I was a Caddy Freak for a long time, but prefer Lincoln Town Cars now. Caddies have become a rich guys sports car, hot rod in the last 25 years. What happened to those huge, smooth, classic, elegant road-hawgs of yesteryear? (see example of '66 Sedan DeVille below - not mine)

Here are a few old pics of my Cads from years past. From about 1981 to 1985.
Here is a plain jane, 6 cyl, 3 in the tree, Chevy half ton I had for a few years.
I'm down to 10 vehicles now. Only 4 of them tagged and insured to drive for now.

This is the one I really want to get back on the road. 1948 Packard. 327 Straight Eight with Overdrive.

Like Freddy Fender sings....."Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Retired and finally living the life with NO DALLAS COMMUTE..!!

Long time No blog, but guess I'll do a short one now.

Officially retired, sold our place in Aledo,TX.....a very hot market in DFW area. Put an ad on Craigslist and a few pics, had a cash buyer in 2 weeks, quick close. Bought a place about 35 miles further west near Mineral Wells, TX.
This is in the Texas Crosstimbers region. Hilly. Rocky. Oak Trees Galore. And tons of history with the Baker Hotel in nearby Mineral Wells. It's been sitting boarded up since the early 1970's....opened up in 1929 just before the Great Depression hit. Amazing building and facility. 14 stories and 400 plus suites. Many famous folks have lodged their...Presidents, Clark Gable, Tommy Dorsey, Lisa Minelli's mom ( brain fart here)....the Three Stooges.....and Bonnie and Clyde had a special room with a secret escape stairwell if the coppers rolled in.
I've figured out how to get access a couple times about 12 yrs ago and climbed to the bell tower . Mostly ravaged by vandals and thieves.

Anyway, wife is high school science teacher at small country town. Entire high school has about 105 students total. No football team, just basketball. She really enjoys the school, kids and administration.

I'll try to post pics in the next couple days, if I can figure out how to shift phone pics to the laptop.

Had a few calls from Dallas area apartment builders with high paying job opportunities, but regrettably I had to decline. With springtime just around the corner, I don't want to spend 3-4 hours a day commuting. I just fiddle with my bird feeders now.

Judy Garland....!!!! BINGO!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trip to Terlingua..Last week

Made a quick week long trip out west last week, weather warm, but mostly breezy and nice.

Our previous trip found a back door with broken glass and ALL food items gone, along with some blankets, bedrolls, and tarps. Obviously just immigrants passing through needing survival stuff. Most of the canned foods were getting a little overall - no biggie. Except the busted out door glass. I just screwed some scrap plywood OSB over the opening and it was still in place when we got there last week. Nothing else missing or damaged.
This is the new doorway, exterior shot...shorter now. Not the previous 8' tall salvage door.

This one is standard 6-8 door. Less likely to flex during strong head on wind blasts. Still need to close up header opening in this pic.

Got to take a ride in a good neighbor's classic Falcon...nice, comfy, powerful ride down to Study Butte one morning.

This was the view from his place while we were munching on hot dogs one evening. Rains developing over Christmas Mtns but all  moved north it seems.

Small tin shack belonging to a feller I know pretty well.

Rain clouds and thunderheads brewing up many miles to the east one evening. Beyond Christmas Mtns I'm guessing.

Sunset at neighbor's place...but phone camera doesn't do it justice.

Oh, and I got to see Rhonda H of Badlands Texas fame at the Cotton Wood Store.! Too shy to request an autograph, I just blankly stared down at the peanut package display as she walked out.

Lotta bird life, honey bees.....quail coveys (covies?) this trip and a teenage cotton tail rabbit that was sighted several times around the place.

Last couple of days there were very windy...guessing 15-20 mph breezes. Couple of warm nights, but with a water bottle mister and a 12 volt Comfort Breeze fan blowing across me and hooked to a Walmart car battery on the floor.....not bad. It cooled off after midnight...and sometimes a good breeze was hustling through the place some/most of the time at night. (always leaving both doors and all windows open - in spite of Cone Nose threat - no bites this time)

Planning on a return trip in a couple of weeks. But it will be warmer then....will have to drag out the swamp cooler and get it shoved in a window for some heat relief. (sure does use the water though)

Noticed THREE NEW PORTABLE SHEDS on different land tracts that have been moved in down close to 118 along our road leading into our place. Crap...!!! This place is gonna get crowded..!! 10 yrs ago we had one neighbor nearby within 2-3 it seems there are 9.

Okay....see y'all later..!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

West TX trip pics...Garden update.....(rain,rain...GO Away!)

RAIN RAIN RAIN in NE Texas..!! (when will it ease up?)

Forecast here doesn't show any full sunny days for the next 10 days...either thundershowers, overcast or partly cloudy at best. It's muggy as hell out today, skeeters swarming like flies unless there is a breeze blowing. I'm getting low on "OFF" spray, have to use that stuff EVERY time you step out side. Grass (what little I have - really just weeds) needs mowing twice a week nearly.

Last time I checked somewhere online....ALL the NE Texas lakes are full or 85% full - and that was 2-3 weeks ago. Bet they are all full now. Out in Central/West TX....not so much.

Funny how the main stream TV news channels locally freak out when we have a drought, but then when we are running way over yearly rainfall totals and lakes are brimming full....they don't even mention this fact. (not a scary enough news topic to keep us all stirred up, I reckon?) But I don't even watch MSM's mostly guv BS fed to us all.

Here are a few garden pics.

 Here are my strawberries in potting soil experiment....middle bag is "garden soil"...pretty lame. All planted within 2 days of each other. And, as you see, planted too close together. But we get a few strawberries each day....less since the sun went away a couple weeks ago.
 I have a crap-load of small to medium sized healthy green tomatoes...guess we oughta pluck a few for a nice pan of Fried Green Maters..?? I think it will take some UV Rays to get them to turn red eventually.
 Sort of an overall pic here of the main garden area. May 8 status...(surprised these pics even turned out with all the skeeters around my head.)
 This is my little area of Native TX grass mix....$100 for a 10# bag....fenced off to keep barbedo ewe out and rabbits too.
 Zukees and bell and banana peppers here.
2 rows of red potatoes....I think?....forgot what I bought and planted back around March 1. Before the ice and snow that hit us twice the first week of March.
Two long rows of onions, planted March 1....coming along pretty well.

And now...a few pics from a trip out west last week...

 Ocotillo plants...some leafed out...others next to them not leafed out.??
 Sunset...MOON set at 7AM one morning looking at west horizon and zoomed in.
Sunrise over Nine Points Mesa.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weber midget grill and more garden progress.

I found a good deal on a low level BBQ grill a few days ago. And I figured I'd have to dig a hole to stand in while using it, or modify the grill somehow. The grilling surface was about 3" higher than my kneecap.

I dug a shallow ring around a young Red Oak tree in the yard, and filled it with a few shovels of alpaca poop. Maybe it will grow faster this year.....we will see.

Garden is coming along pretty well, and we have had a good deal of rain in North TX over the last month, and more coming in the next few days. 
Same shot about 40 days later.
My new dog MoJo...part blue heeler, smart feller

And our other dog...she's kinda ratty lookin'....Lizzy

My Texas native grass mix....mostly buffalo grass it seems...fenced off to keep rabbits and Lizzy out.

Dat's all folks.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Still kickin....more or less.

Been over a year since I've updated this silly blogger thang, but here goes...!

Retired from work (not 62 yet, but getting there), just got tired of the big mega- corporate employee life. It used to be fun and easy to build apartment projects, but between corp insurance risks, accounting dept freak-out fears, lousy design teams, slickster development associates, and ever growing and over-reaching municipalities' rules and seem to spend more time protecting your back side than just simply building future slums! That 60 mile -Each Way- commute across DFW to Dallas wasn't fun either. Tried to depart in Oct, but bosses asked me to stay until after Jan one, so I did. Friendly split and no hard feelings on either side.

Anyway, the last 3 trips out west last fall resulted in 2/3 of those trips being in crappy, cold, windy, rainy, drizzly, miserable weather. Spending a week inside huddled around a propane heater playing fun for a day or so, then not so much. I mean you can only drown so much misery in a bottle of good bourbon, then you just wake up the next day feeling lousy, and still huddled around an LP heat source.

Been piddling with getting a decent sized garden started here west of DFW on the back/lower part of my hard-scrabble 3 acres. Previous attempts at Square Foot gardening near the house had mixed results, easy to get to, but summer heat eventually knocks out the producing of any veggies. Upper half of my place is rocky, scrubby, "Where the west begins" type land. Bottom, lower half was a thick tangle of tall skinny trees and undergrowth that a whipsnake snake slathered in Crisco couldn't get through. But I found some guys that had a service that could clear brush with a Bobcat and a front end attachment like a huge wood chipper about 7' wide, that was loud as hell, flung big wood chips as big as a foot ball 100 feet around, and could grind up trees up to about 3-4" diameter and just walk thru a forest like I had. I told them leave the good trees, and take out the rest. Ended up with me having to go back in afterwards and chainsawing down a few more to open it up, but over all very happy with the newly usable open land area. And the soil down there after years of leaves rotting was really nice and crumbly. So I found a seemingly good garden area, and have been fencing it off to keep deer, rabbits, etc out. Had to run a long hose down there, but I'm on well, with so far good water table, so watering shouldn't be an issue.

Snow, ice, sleet and cold has been delaying me after a few teasing weeks of 75-80 degrees in early/mid Feb. (shoulda known)...But 3" of snow 5 days into March? Al Gore, even though he invented the internet, seems to be off with these cold winters - esp up north.

red area is onion rows, future stuff in yellow box tilled up and ready
rented a mini-excavator to get tree stobs and roots out - worked "okay"
pickup load of alpaca poop compost - supposed to be top notch for gardens

sideways pic of potatoes planted just today
$300 nearly new pawn shop treasure that makes that soil like brown sugar (I hope)
Got two rows of onions in prior to last weeks snow and ice 5 day long event

Fenced in area...not fully fenced yet, but soon..!! with gates. Lucky it's easy digging down here.

Okay...that's all I got for now. need to get some more things into the ground tomorrow....MORE RAIN COMING SUNDAY/MONDAY..!! but at least the cold is gone seems.

Used the little excavator to dig a couple of holes for fruit trees, gotta get to Wally World for some now, their shipment finally came in a few days ago.

And gotta chop down a few of those lingering trees...too much shade for most veggies.