It’s been a day
.After getting home this morning as it was getting light out because I put in an extra special long fucking day at work yesterday you would think this being a day off that I might sleep in a little, right?
Oh hell no, it never works that way.
I had to get up to piss at one point but I was still half asleep and didn’t have my glasses on so I have no idea what time that was but right at 11 sharp my fucking eyes popped open and that was that.
I staggered around in a haze, drank of cup of yesterday’s coffee because that’s how I roll around here and had a smoke while my head slowly cleared a bit and all the fucking things I needed to get done today presented themselves to my half functioning conscience one at a time in a never ending list of shit that says Me First.
I made a fresh pot of coffee and never even took a sip of it before I was out the fucking door and trying to get shit done.
First on that list was a trip across the river to pick up a few cartons of cigarettes. This is something you don’t fuck around with. You get over there early and get that out of the way or be prepared to sit in traffic.
I’m not even joking.
I tried a new place that is way the fuck closer than the one The Wifely Unit has been going to do and found a winner. It saves me a half hour on the trip even if there isn’t any traffic. If there is then it could possibly save me two hours, easily.
Got that shit out of the way and started in on the yard debris that her nephew was so kind to leave piles of all over the property the other day. I also loadedup a bunch of completely rotten lumber for the grumpy old bastard across the street on my second trip to the recycling joint and got rid of it for him. I was going there anyway and they were going to charge me out the ass for my trouble of showing up so I just did it and got it done.
I also came within whisker of getting a whopper of a speeding ticket on the way home but someone upstairs was looking out for me. There is about a mile long stretch of expressway I jump on and off of that dumps me one block away from the recycling center. It has a fifty mile an hour speed limit and there are stop lights on it every so often. On the way back I got the old Caballero wound up to about 65 to let the wind blow the excess leaves and crap out of the back. For some reason I decided to just back out of it after I got going that fast instead of the usual push it up to 75 just to make sure like I normally do.
I’m glad I did.
As I was coasting back down to the speed limit I peer in the rear view and see what appears to be a cop hauling ass in my lane behind me. Sure as shit it’s a Stater too. By the time he caught up to me I was back at the speed limit. He got right behind me, my ass puckered and that old feeling of here we fucking go again came over me when all at once he moved over and went around me. I got off the expressway about a hundred yards later and he kept going.
I may be an old adrenaline junkie but that flavor always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I eased back on home thanking God for sparing me that particular nightmare and started moving shit around out in the garage.
There is a guy at work who was wanting a wire feed welder and since I haven’t been able to use the one I bought three years go I told him I would make him a deal.
Which I did.
I told him I would sell that and the welder cart I bought at Harbor freight to him for $175.
Now this particular cheap wire feed actually had the regulator and hose for an Argon bottle. them ain’t cheap new these days..
I want to say I paid either $125 or $150 for it back then and got the cart on sale and put it together so I am either gong to break even or maybe eat twenty five bucks.
Either way, he came and picked it up today because even though he didn’t have the money for it yet, I wanted it gone to make hole out there.
The reason I wanted a hole out there is for this,
I just snagged this off a guy I found on OfferUp.com. It’s kinda like Craigslist.
It’s missing the front roller and a couple of other parts for the belt sander but I picked it up for $40.00.
Just for shits and grins I just went and looked at how much Harbor freight wants for a new one and it’s$249.00.
Nice guy, he said he got it from where he works, they were getting rid of it to get a new one.
He may or may not be able to find the front roller there still, I won’t know until Monday.
He did have the little plastic belt cover too.
Either way, I just picked up a 9 inch disc sander for forty bucks.
Not a bad deal the way I see it, the freakin’ motor would cost a hundred to buy.
Plus now I have yet another project to add to my list!
I swung by Harbor Freight on the way home and picked up some discs and belts, it was a whopping half mile out of my way so I have those.
Now that it’s after Midnight again, I will say that later this afternoon I am going to scrape the old sanding disc off, get that work table set and tightened up and see what it will do.
I did find a web page that has the manual and it does have a phone number to call and see about replacement parts. That’s a long shot but I may try it Tuesday just to see if anything at all is available for the thing.
At the same time I found this I also found a table top band saw for twenty bucks. I’m still debating on that one. There really ain’t room for that out there at the moment.
Have I mentioned I’m a Tool Junkie?
I should start a fucking business on the side for this shit.
Oh yeah, I need to thank Garry from Thomas W(h)ispered for showing an old dog a new trick.
Now I can create posts in advance and schedule them to pop up later on.