The car thread got me thinking about how much you can learn about other posters by the cars they have or have had in the past. And since I just got a new hunting partner I thought this thread might be a good one.
My new lab.
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- Thread: Family pet thread
- Thread: Family pet thread
This is Peanut. We adopted Peanut because she was an older dog and they aren't always so lucky finding homes. She was aloof and had a lot of heavy calluses on the sides of her feet as though she spent a lot of time on concrete. The calluses are mostly gone now. She and Bear are really close and she has adapted well to her new life. They both hate Mike the Mailman.
- Thread: Family pet thread
This is Zuma (Left) and Pismo (Right) Pismo was my our first dog when my wife and I started dating. We were living in NYC and came to visit her Mom in California on vacation. I had to have him when we saw him as a puppy. He was the goofiest looking puppy I’d ever seen. He was a Boxer/Lab mix. He’s probably about 7-8 in this pic. He was our first child. He road cross country with us in our U-Haul when we moved west. A real trooper. He was our ring bearer in our wedding. We had to put him down when he was about 13 We still have his run of ashes.
Zuma, in this pic, was just about 1 1/2. She LOVED her some Pismo. We also adopted her and she’s a Mcnab. She wouldn’t leave Pismo’s side for nothing. She wore him out. Zuma still lives with us today. She’s almost 14 and has never been the same since losing Pismo. That was 7 years ago. I still get emotional thinking about him, even typing this.
- Thread: Just bought a drone
No I haven't seen that but I've seen a little footage of drone racing online. I'll check it out.
I didn't get to play with the drone down in Baja as much as I wanted but I did video some of the places we stayed along the way. Learning pretty quick what you can and can't do and how to get set up for action shots, which isn't all that easy.
- Thread: Family pet thread
Have enjoyed seeing the photos and reading some of the stories about the dogs, even if they conjure up many emotions. That alone should be testament to just how important a part of our lives that dogs (and other pets) can be. I read one time that if a man had one good dog in his lifetime, he was ahead of the curve. I've been lucky enough to have three or four. My first lab, "Deuce," was the runt of her litter and the owner gave her to me because he couldn't sell her (and as a poor college student, I didn't have $200 to pay at the time). She turned out to be more than I ever could have imagined. I shot doves about every Saturday during the seasons back then (1980's) and she was my hunting partner. Not a field trial dog, but she was a cracker jack retriever, easy to train, and was an even better companion. Started taking her duck hunting and she was a natural in the water. We lived behind our family dentist's office back then. He was a hunter and I'd let him take Deuce with him from time to time. He eventually offered me a good sum of money for her, but I wouldn't have taken a million dollars for her. She had one litter of pups and raised all ten of them. Best mama dog I ever saw. She had more care and concern for those pups (and for me and my family) than a lot of the humans I know could muster. She went everywhere I did and got along with everybody. As good a friend as I ever had.
I had her six years when she got sick. Stopped eating and whined in pain if she had to move about too much. First noticed something being wrong when she labored on a duck retrieve. One of my quail hunting buddies was the vet in town and when I took her to see him, he came out in the waiting room after examining her with a long face. She had a cancer, advanced, and although he could keep her comfortable temporarily, the ordeal she would have to go through would be just terrible. The selfish part of me wanted to try and keep her going, but I soon realized that it would be an injustice to subject her to the pains of the treatments that would really only prolong her suffering. I remember looking into her eyes as I petted her and talked to her for the last time. She seemed to say with her look that "It'll be alright, we've had a pretty good run and I'll soon be in a better place. Just don't forget me!" And I haven't.
We've had several dogs since, but she was head and shoulders above. Our Brittany that we have now, "Gunner," isn't much of hunter, but is a great companion and has a very human personality. The neatest thing about dogs is that they will usually give back to you as much or more than you give to them and will love you unconditionally. We can learn a lot about ourselves through our relationships with them and as painful as it is when they leave us, I can't imagine not having one or two as part of our family.
Sorry to run on, but this thread hit a soft spot for me! I appreciate all who have shared.
- Thread: Pool/Fence Build Thread
The pool dimensions are 5 ft by 12 ft. It's made for 1 person. We have a chess timer clock where you only get 10 minutes of water time and then your time is up. We put the pool 6 inches from the house. We needed more backfill dirt, so we dug out under the foundation and filled that with styrofoam. We decided not to use a pump, I'm just hooking up my blower. And I finally decided on a pool heater:
I put those toilets that can flush a bucket of golf balls in my house... they work pretty good.
3 months ago my wife called me and said and I quote, "Ok hunny, I have something to tell you that you aren't going to like, so please don't be mad at me ok?"
I say: "ehhh, what exactly did you do?"
She says: "Well I accidently dropped a large tube of toothpaste into the toilet."
I say: "That's no big deal, just suck it up, reach down into the bowl and get it out."
She says: "Well, that's the part you aren't going to like. I was flushing the toilet when I dropped the tube."
At this point I'm thinking, "What the hell were you doing with a tube of toothpaste while hovering over the toilet anyway?" but I let the thought go for the time being.
I say: "Are you freaking serious? Is the toilet stopped up? Is it overflowing? Did the tube get stuck where you might could reach down there and maybe grab it?"
She says: "I already tried hunny, its gone. The toilet is not overflowing or anything, and it flushed."
I say: "Well hell, don't do anything else, and don't flush it again. I'll come home and see what I can do."
Later I get home, grab the long springy thing that you stick down in there to unclog the drain and go into the bathroom. Toilet looks fine, so I figure I might as well see what happens before starting. I flush it and it flushes normally and refills with no issue. Frankly I was shocked. The thing swallowed a full tube of Colgate without even a hiccup. I lingered for about 15 minutes, then came back into the living room, found my wife. Told her it was a pain in the ass to fix, but I took care of it and to be more careful in the future.
- Thread: Farmhouse makeover
In the last month I finally got the shed dormer portion of the bedroom expansion upstairs as well as roof over the master bedroom removed and the new gable framed. Its slow work and it seems like it rains 2 of the 3 days I am there every week. Last month we ordered the windows and siding and after the owner's check cleared we were notified that the windows and exterior doors would not be delivered until sometime in late February instead of December 24. Without the windows and doors we can't start the siding. I finally got the manufacturer to agree to split the order and at least make a partial shipment which they now have promised by January 18. I know this window and door situation is not going to end well but I have plenty of other work to be done.
Shed dormer and master bedroom gable foof framed. The window openings in these rooms have been framed but not cutout to minimize rain getting inside. The roofing has been completed in these areas with exception of some flashing. The porch beam replacement and posts set on rear, and the house wrap is now going on.
This is a view of the bedroom with the shed dormer expansion.
I have also started the masonry repair to the fireplace that was demo'd in what is now the master bath. The opposite side has a firebox that serves the family room that will remain and be functional.
Before closing this up I have parged the back of the throat and chimney with a heat resistant mixture of portland cement, sand, fireclay, and lime. As you can see about 20% of the chimney walls had been removed. This fireplace also supports a third masonry fireplace and 35 feet of brick directly above it. The brick and mortar are soft and somewhat crumbly so we are working to get it stabilized.
Needing a flat surface to begin replacing the missing masonry, I poured an 18" reinforced concrete beam.
One other little project we have going on is the old barn. High winds this year took out the upper front wall so we will try to keep this building from falling down as well.
You f'n millennial wussies. I'll bet you loved the one button mouse from Mac in the 80's. In my day, we started with tape reels and punch cards AND LIKED IT. When the world of DOS arrived, we batch filed our way through productivity and became text editing masters blessed by the upgrade to wordpad. So much for building character and earning your way in the world. You sit there with your Siri and Cortana, with your touch screens, surface books, and detatchable tablets and I shake my head. What has this world come to. I'll tell ya what ya need, a f'n Commodore 64 with a cassette player for a hard drive, then you aren't a slave to this namby pamby GUI ease of use net nanny safe technology. Back then you EARNED your way to getting anything done. If you needed a tool, you BUILT it yourself! You didn't have a dozen free apps to download and do it for you. You lazy SOBs.
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