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Here Be Adventure

on the plus side... you don't have to roll for initiative

Minor Changes

In the past few weeks I have been making small changes to the site. Maybe you noticed, maybe not. It's just little things. I changed the tagline. "An incomplete autobiography" is the new line. Which feels less ostentatious and more accurate to me than the old line. I added the shadow box letters to the header and updated it to reflect the new tagline. The macrome images have been relabeled, retagged, and a new featured image has been created to reflect the change to arohenIMAGE. I added the Truckcast to the Google Play podcast database and fixed the iTunes account. Links to my other web pages have been added to the main menu. Logo images have been added to the footer, but no associated links have been created yet. Like I said, it's all small stuff that you probably skipped past without a thought. But I thought I'd give you a peek behind the curtain and see that running a website isn't all glamour and adventure.

New Door on the Garage

They came and put up my new garage door today. This is what the old door looked like... it looks better in the picture than it did in person. The original color had faded to a dull pink and I painted it a couple years back. Which made it look like a painted garage door, kinda sloppy. Additionally, the inside shows signs of having been  bumped and damaged. When the spring broke, I took that as an opportunity to get something nice. [caption id="attachment_11333" align="aligncenter" width="735"] before[/caption] Here's what I came up with... [caption id="attachment_11334" align="aligncenter" width="735"] after[/caption] New garage door, new track hardware, and a new opener. Basically, the works. Those windows let in a ton of light and make the interior of the garage feel much more open. Insulated glass and R-20 insulation in the door itself. Which raised eyebrows with the installers. You've seen the inside of the garage

Working My Tail Off

Tomorrow is the big day! They're coming to install my new garage door and all the goodies that go with it. Tonight I came home and moved stuff around in the garage, so that they've got room to work their magic. Moving stuff around meant putting stuff away and organizing, which needed to be done, but still, I've got other things going right now... But I did it. That's done. Then I went through and touched up about a half-dozen small spots in my drywall where there were pock marks or missed spots and in a pair of corners that just didn't look right. I'll let those dry and then dab some primer on them and be good to paint. Speaking of which, I found some semi-gloss white in the basement that I'm going to use on the ceiling. Why semi-gloss? Because it's a bathroom and because I want as much protection from the water,  steam, and moisture as I can create. So, semi-gloss paint on all the walls AND the ceiling. It just holds up better than satin or eggshell, an

Bathroom: Sanding is Done

I finished up my sanding and put some PVA primer on the walls. I still need to vacuum the floor really well and then cut in the floor, but I had a issue with my Shop-Vac on Saturday. Seems, the filter got clogged and came loose from the weight and the bag blew apart.... I turned around and the hallway was just one big cloud of drywall dust. Anyway, here's what things look like after one coat of primer. [caption id="attachment_11315" align="alignleft" width="169"] first coat of primer[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11316" align="alignleft" width="169"] still a bit of a mess[/caption] I used the Kilz primer this time and I really like it. Last time, I used Behr and the coverage was terrible. It just seemed really thin and watered down. I think I used three coats, and probably could have done with some touch-up after even that. With the Kilz PVA primer the coverage was a little better, still not great, but the best part

Panda Advice

Word from the Facebook grapevine is that there is definitely some Irish in my ancestry. This comes from those who have had their DNA tested, so it's legit. And that's not even from the McCarrick side of the family. It's not all that surprising, but definitely more verifiable than a google search on my last name. ;) I did get some sanding and some touch-up mudding done this weekend, but not as much as I should have. I also started a project to build a rack, but it went off the rails and ended up being a waste of 2-hours. I did get laundry done... so that's a thing. The new plan is this; next weekend Lady Ronn is going to throw her sister's bridal shower and will be away, I'm going to have everything primed and cleaned up  when she get's back. Once that is done, things should really start to move as I already have all the finishing bits piled up in the garage and basement. And since it's Sunday, here's the inspirational image for the day... [caption id

Kiss Me, I'm... Or Am I?

It's St. Patrick's Day. Are you Irish? Am I? You'd think so, what with a name like McCarrick. But I really have no idea. I was born in the U.S.. My father, my grandfather, and his father were all born here in the U.S. So the barest of internet research turns up this from the first result in my Google search: [caption id="attachment_11302" align="alignright" width="335"] found at irishgathering.ie/clan_info[/caption] Results are from the Surname Database : This interesting surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Concharraige, composed of the elements "cu" meaning "hound", "dog" plus "carraig" "rock" hence "hound of the rock". The surname is found mainly in Ulster and County Roscommon. Recordings date back to the early 16th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one John McCarrick who appears in the parish records of Monaie in Scotland in 1683. Maria McCarrick married

Topping Things Off With arohen.com

I’m very excited to tell you about something. Today my package from Queensboro.com arrived. I’ve been waiting weeks for these things to arrive. As an added bonus they sent some of their own swag along with my stuff. I’m now the proud owner of a bag, mouse pad, notepad, and water bottle all emblazoned with the Queensboro name and logo. I'll probably use that water bottle, it seems kinda cool. [caption id="attachment_11285" align="aligncenter" width="735"] queensboro.com swag, free with purchase.... so, not free[/caption] I placed this order on February 19th and in truth, this stuff actually arrived early. When I placed my order I gave them a date of 3/21 for delivery and today is only the 16 th . But my box of hats has arrived… six brand new arohen.com hats arrived. So let's take a look at them, discuss the process, and talk about what I like and what could be improved. [caption id="attachment_11286" align="aligncenter" width=&

Scheduling A Year Out

It's that time of the season again. Time to pick classes and set schedules. GRCC opened up registration, for returning students, yesterday. With one little change, instead of registering for just the Summer 2018 session, they opened up registration for all of  the next year. So, after a bit of scrambling around to put together a full year schedule, get my financial aid in order, and figuring out what I still need to get my degree, this is what I came up with. Summer 2018 EL 144 Basic Electricity and Electronics (Tuesday & Thursday) (this one is through the electrical program, as opposed to the HVAC program stuff that I took last semester) TE 103 Intermediate Technical Mathematics (online) Fall 2018 PL 201 Introduction to Philosophy (Monday) HVA 121 Metallic and Non-Metallic Joining (Tuesday & Thursday) HVA 275 Commercial Refrigeration (Wednesday) Winter 2019 HVA 250 Basic Boiler Operation (Monday) HVA 276 Advanced Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating (Wednesday) I st

Almost Forgot To Post This

Firstly, I must confess that I neither started early enough nor worked hard enough to accomplish my goal of completing the main bathroom in our house. I had 9-days and that should have been plenty, but through a series of discouragements, demotivations, and distractions things did not progress quite as planned. I'm not saying nothing got done, but not enough got done. And I'm fine with that. Have I mentioned how much I dislike finishing drywall? Yeah. Yeah. Join the club. I know it's a big club, but I'm definitely in it. Hanging drywall is okay, what with all the cutting and fitting and screwing; it's the rest that is miserable. Mixing the mud is messy. Waiting for the premixed stuff to cure takes forever. Getting the tape to not bubble or keeping the mesh from coming through the mud is a pain in the ass. Spreading the mud and smoothing the mud always seem okay, but then you realize what a shit-job you've done of it. Which leads to the scraping and the sanding.

Alternate History

I stumbled over this on one of my ever-widening spirals down the rabbit hole that is the internet. Once I had seen it I knew I had to make some changes and share. Because I'm just that kind of guy. [caption id="attachment_11270" align="aligncenter" width="735"] Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world of the Knight Rider.[/caption] What would 4 seasons of this look like in the mid-eighties? Let alone three television movies: Knight Rider 2000, Knight Rider 2010, and the Knight Rider 2008 reboot that failed to gain traction. And, of course, we cannot forget the short-lived team Knight Rider from '97... the possibilities are mind-blowing. I'm no expert, but it may not have been a hit without the talking car.

Tru Dat

wisdom of the ages

Work. Create. Socialize. Whatever Works...

and less bored

Mixing and Mudding

Yesterday was quite full of not doing drywall, as was the weekend before. However, today, today was full of more drywall mudding. Much of the work has been done previously and I find that I am making single pans of 90-minute mix and doing mostly touch-up work. Well, that and sanding. Lot’s of sanding. It’s really not an enjoyable way to spend one’s PTO and I would not recommend it to most folks. But as I have proven, time-and-time-again, I am not like most, and so this is what I have tasked myself. This may be the least effective way to do this project, but it seems to be moving along pretty well. Anyway, if I made larger batches it would probably become unworkable on me, as it does not have 90-minutes of actual usability… it’s more like half that before it gets too stiff to apply smoothly. I’m at the point now where I need to, and probably should have done much earlier, fill the gap around the shower where the surround and the drywall don’t quite meet. The internet tells me that I nee

Testing the Equipment

I'm back on the sauce. I was trying to break the caffeine habit by drinking green tea, but the call of my weekend routine was too strong. That routine works out to a pot of coffee on Saturday and another on Sunday, no sugar, but lots of artificial creamer. So cheers to you and let's see what I got up to over the weekend. [caption id="attachment_11234" align="alignright" width="246"] not being careful enough[/caption] It's been a long time coming, but on Sunday I put the knife in the vinyl cutter and gave it a test run. I checked Amazon and apparently I ordered this thing on October 30, 2016. I've taken my own sweet time in getting any use out of it. I should be ashamed of myself. I used the green, because I can see no project in the foreseeable future that will require or necessitate green vinyl. My other choices were black, white, yellow, or red, and three of those colors have very obvious uses with regard to arohen dot com. As you can se

It's Not What You Say...

...it's how you say it

Keep an Eye Out for Phone Booths

there is no paradox here

Spring Break is Project Time

Yesterday was the last day of school for the week, which means that today is the first day of spring break for me and for GRCC. As a little extra something-something, I've taken the week off from work. So the idea is to get some serious work done on that bathroom project that has been hanging over my head since last summer. Wish me luck.