Steve left a comment on my last post where I scored a hell of a deal on a batch of Chucking Reamers saying that he has been following along with my misadventures but because he basically does wood working, is having trouble picturing what it is I am talking about sometimes. I get that, trust me. I am pretty new to this stuff myself and have literally spent HUNDREDS of hours watching Youtube videos trying to educate myself.
My advice to anyone having trouble imagining what I am trying to teach myself here is to do the same thing, get on Youtube. There are literally MILLIONS of machining videos out there and some excellent tutorials if you look.
I found this guy Stuart De Haro a couple of years ago and he has some EXCELLENT tutorials on the very basics of machining, the tooling and how to use them.
Instead of me trying to explain how reamers work, as Steve says, a picture is worth a thousand words, I figure a good video is worth a million.
This is only about 5 minutes long but there is a lot of great info in that 5 minutes. This guy knows his stuff.
With the state of our aging and completely vulnerable to sabotage power grid in this country my thinking is that you gotta be out of your fucking mind if you think crypto currency is going to take over for cash around here.
One good wind storm and you are shit out of luck.
But hey, those of you who think that’s the way to go?
After the extremely generous donations from you readers here lately I noticed I was very quickly running out of room to put some things and was mildly entertaining the thought of actually having to go buy another small tool box.
I already had a bunch of stuff sitting around in boxes from moving that great big green storage cabinet. Moving that meant I had to move a couple of Kennedy boxes and they were chock full of steel already. I just hadn’t gotten back around to putting it all back yet.
So night before last I get a text from one of my brothers, wanting to meet at one of my other brothers, to discuss some family business.
I went over there yesterday and wound up being there for several hours.
After we took care of business, my little brother asks me if I want to take a look at a couple of things that he had been paying to store at $200 a month, FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS !
Why of course I would.
So we walk over to this little garage that is literally overflowing out into the driveway.
I take a look at a couple of things, give him a maybe, damn I would but don’t have room and things like that. While I am standing out in front of this mess, something caught my eye and looked real familiar.
That Team Cougar decal jumped right out at me. Not something you will find just anywhere. A little closer look underneath all the shit piled up over and stacked around it confirmed my suspicions.
It was an old Craftsman roll away that I had given him so long ago that even now, I can’t remember when or where I bought it.
I do know that it had to have been before 1999 because it has stickers on it from the dealership I quit working at in ’99.
That Team Cougar was one and if you look at the top box you can see a Ron Tonkin dealership decal.
Holy crap I says. if you ain’t using that thing I sure as hell can.
Not only has he not been using it, he doesn’t even know what’s in it.
So we dug it out and went through it. There was mostly just a bunch of crap tools in it. He took what he wanted, I told him to leave the vintage wrenches in it and we loaded the thing up in my truck.
The bottom box is all fucked up. Both drawers are off the slides and jammed and there is a bunch of rust along the bottom in the back.
Add it to the list I guess. The top box is still in good shape though and like I mentioned, even still has a bunch of old wrenches I gave him back in the day. A couple of them still have masking tape tags with what I paid for them at garage sales stuck to them.
It’s almost cosmic that I had completely forgotten about that box and here it pops up two days after I was thinking about having to go buy one.
The Good Lord looking after my sorry ass yet again.
The lid for the bottom cover is laying down in the bottom of the thing so when I get some time the whole thing is going to get a good going over and then I am going to have to figure out what I am going to put in it.
I still have my very first roll away, that are basically the exact same boxes except it has all drawers in the bottom box. It is still some kind of red color and both boxes have quite literally been dropped out of the back of a truck MORE THAN ONCE. It is stuffed way back in the corner of the garage where I can just barely get to it. It’s basically full of crap also.
I may have to move a metric ass load of shit around and dig that one out too. Because they are so small they are fairly easy to move around and I could put a whole bunch of stuff that I use all the time in them and then maybe not have to climb over and around a bunch of other shit to get to my bigger boxes for that kind of crap all the time. Then again, some serious Triage and a couple runs to the dump might get the same results…
We shall see. In the meant time I have to get ready to go to work here shortly.
All 3 days off I just had had other people taking up my free time so I didn’t get a chance to do a damn thing out in that garage. That is two weeks in a row and I am just going to tell everyone this coming weekend that I am not available..
I do have one unavoidable road trip over to the In Laws I have to make time for but other than that, I have things to do, sorry.
A year after the frightening beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the world stands on the brink of a fourth wave of infection as nations race to vaccinate their populations and stave off a new surge in hospitalizations and deaths.
Total reported cases rose across the globe in the last week of February after six weeks of decline, driven in part by new, more virulent variants that transmit between people at startlingly higher rates than the initial strains out of Wuhan, China, and northern Italy.
“This is disappointing, but not surprising,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters last week. “This is a global crisis that requires a consistent and coordinated global response.”
The United States recorded about 66,000 new cases a day over the last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), down 73 percent from the apex reached in early January and similar to levels of transmission from October. But the precipitous decline of late January and early February has plateaued in recent days, raising fears that a new wave is just around the corner.
“We could not have made a more wonderful environment for this virus to take off than we have right now,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Prevention at the University of Minnesota. “We are not driving this tiger, we’re riding it. And the first time we may be able to drive it is with widespread use of the vaccine, and we’re not there yet.”
So far as I’ve seen they are still too busy going after Trump to take care of business.
Because of their fear and hatred of Donald Trump, they have spent the entire last several years spending all of their energy trying to neutralize the guy and the important business has taken a remote back seat.
This started the process of getting some kind of financial relief out to us Proles who were suddenly underwater because of the lockdowns. Under Trump, another stimulus check was wrangled out of the bastards a bit later.
After that proved to be helping and popular, the Democrats threw one of their patented hissy fits and refused to cooperate.
They dragged their feet, refused to cooperate and didn’t give a rats ass who lost their job, house, or business because any help like that made Trump look good and they couldn’t stand that.
So now they literally stole multiple elections, have packed our government with their Communist sympathizer cronies and what have we seen for their trouble?
NOT A FUCKING THING.
They finally, FINALLY got another round of stimulus agreed on in the House, passed it and sent it to their Commie Sympathizer cohorts in the Senate, who didn’t like some of it so the voted to change some things and have now sent it back to the House to get it voted on again.
It will soon have been ONE ENTIRE YEAR that they have kept the states locked down, have destroyed untold millions of jobs, businesses and personal lives and have not done a fucking thing to help the citizens they are supposed to be working for.
They have completely turned our nations capitol into a No Mans Land Have our National Guard standing around with their thumbs in their asses, are treating them worse than dogs by not supplying them the very basic necessities such as a decent place to sleep and decent food to eat while doing so and are absolutely scared shitless of their own shadows, as they should be.
All someone has to do is mutter the word Qanon under their breath and they have a fresh panic attack and use that as an excuse to tighten the screws another notch.
Not only are these worthless pieces of shit deathly afraid of us, they are as gullible as a Hayseed who has just left the farm for the first time in his life.
As they try harder and harder to insulate themselves from the very people they claim to represent, it is now painfully obvious that the only ones they actually represent are themselves and their little club, fuck everyone else.
They obviously slept through history class back when they actually taught something about it and have no freaking clue about what now appears to be cast in cement.
This is only going to end one way at this point and it is going to wind up resembling the French Revolution in many ways.
Americans will obviously put up with a lot of shit as we have seen first hand here just recently.
The tipping point is when one too many citizens hasn’t got anything left to lose.
I fear we are approaching that moment at wide open throttle now.