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Showing posts from June, 2014

First Day of PTO

Today is the first day of my PTO, Saturday and Sunday don't count, I get those off most weeks. So to celebrate, here's a little something something for you animal lovers. My dog, Cooper, watching for his nemesis, the squirrel.

Home Sweet Home

I think it's looking pretty good. The garage door is no longer pink, the new lights all match, the landscaping is coming along, and the lawn is mowed... Owning a house is a lot of work. Or at least, I make it a lot of work.   Oh, the car is outside the garage because, right now, the garage is being used as a workshop for painting and cutting trim for the basement remodel.

It's a Thing

Words to Live By

Lawn Care

Started my vacation off with some yard maintenance. Lady Ronn pulled weeds in the flower beds and I mowed the lawn. Once the lawn was mowed, I tried out my new battery powered weed trimmer. Ryobi Model # RY40210A 40-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless String Trimmer This thing only has a single string, I'd prefer two, but I was unwilling to shell out an additional $40 bucks for an extra string. Ryobi claims that this 40v model has a longer runtime than a gas model. I don't know if that's true, but it did do all my yard and still have juice... which is the real criteria. The head pivots 90-degrees so you can use it for edging, but I doubt I'll ever use it for that. I've found that a dedicated edger does a better job, surprise surprise. It also has a couple attachments that you can get for it; a pole pruner, hedge trimmer, and an edger. I have none of those. The battery charges in less than two hours and it has a year limited warranty, so that's all good. My only complaints

Summer Vacation Time of Year

I finally managed to get some time off work. Going to take myself a little vay-kay. Two weeks worth. No work. No website. Just R&R. Everything will be back on July 14th. I'll catch you on the flip side.


Such Wonderful Toys

Amazon Prime has delivered to my door another new toy. Today's tool is the Porter Cable 6 lb. compressor with three guns. I almost bought this at Home Depot, but I checked and it was $40 bucks cheaper on Amazon, and with Prime you get free 2-day shipping. I can wait two days for $40. Besides, I won't be using it until this weekend. So between the saw and the nail gun, I think I'm ready to reap destruction on some timber. I can almost see those finished basement bedrooms. So close. So very close.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ridgid Saw & Stand

I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but tonight I brought home and assembled my brand new, bad-ass compound miter saw. Saw and stand were $499 at Home Depot . That's the biggest tool purchase I've made in a long time, but I'll need it to finish trimming the basement, building the shed, and a hundred other projects I haven't thought of yet. Here's a look-see at the thing. It's a monster.  

Time, Heart, & Behavior

Planning is Overrated

Summer Visit

Well, he just got back from the east coast trip this morning and he's taking off again. I'm off to take the youngest to his dad's for his first extended stay; six weeks so that he can be back in time for football. I hope he has a good visit. I hope his mother doesn't crack under the weight of his being gone that long. My plan is to have his room finished when he gets home.

More Gard Sabre Than You Want or Need

I've always liked the German editions of the Dray Prescot series. They look something like this: So I was sitting around the other day, bored and listless, and I decided to create a little homage to that cover. I decided my Gard Sabre idea would be a nice choice for that homage. And while I continue my search for the perfect art for each of these covers, I think you'll get the idea. Some are better than others and the conformity I'd like isn't quite there, but I'm pretty happy with the results. So I present to you the complete, unwritten saga of Gard Sabre. As usual, none of the art is mine and I have no claim on it.    

Quotable Arnold J. Toynbee

"Write regularly, day in and day out, at whatever times of day you find that you write best. Don’t wait till you feel that you are in the mood. Write, whether you are feeling inclined to write or not." --Arnold J. Toynbee

It's Called Writing


Blades of Sunset

I don't get the BBC here, what with not being a cable subscriber and all that, but I came upon a bunch of images for The Musketeers series while doing a search for swashbuckling images. I'm intrigued and a little worried. Intrigued because I like most everything I've seen that is related to The Three Musketeers. And encourage more of such to be created. Worried because I liked the imagery of the BBC's Robin Hood show and it wasn't quite what I was looking for. Too irreverent. Too fruffy. Too much not what I was hoping it would be. But given what I was looking for, The Musketeers, was nearly perfect, so I used some of it on my latest idea. I guess you can call this fan art. It's just a collage of a couple images, but it's fitting. So at the risk of worrying my buddy Kevin, I'll repost this little introductory blurb for a story that came to me the other day. At fourteen, my father, stabbed me through the thigh with a sword. At fifteen, he cut me badly eno


Twenty-four years ago, today, it all became very real. My girlfriend was no longer pregnant. My life would never be the same; in so very many ways. I was now a father. A dad. This was the point at which I decided that it was time to start growing up. And I did, in fits and starts, and with much kicking and screaming. But it has all been worth it. Happy 24th birthday to you, Tyler.

Do It Again

Starting Something

At fourteen, my father, stabbed me through the thigh with a sword. At fifteen, he cut me badly enough to need stitching a dozen times. When I was sixteen, he nearly severed the fingers from my left hand. A year later, he trampled me with his horse, breaking my arm and cracking my skull. When I reached eighteen it was determined that I should leave his house.

That's a Long Time


Truckcast #102: Plan on Forever

Here is my plan for many, many more birthdays. It can be your plan, too. I'm generous like that. Truckcast forever! [powerpress] p.s. The latest update to the recording app seems to have resulted in an increase in those annoying audio glitches... my apologies. KNIGHT MOVES by Walter Jon Williams is the book I keep referring to in this episode.

A Roleplaying Evolution

Truckcast #101: The Greatest Leak

Well, the 100th episode party is over and we're all back to making the best podcast we can. But sometimes things come up that make you wonder, what the hell... [powerpress]

Quotable Tom Robbins

"Most really good fiction is compelled into being. It comes from a kind of uncalculated innocence. You need not have your ending in mind before you commence. Indeed, you need not be certain of exactly what’s going to transpire on page 2. If you know the whole story in advance, your novel is probably dead before you begin it. Give it some room to breathe, to change direction, to surprise you. Writing a novel is not so much a project as a journey, a voyage, an adventure." --Tom Robbins