Taught Brother in law how to drive a T, then we decided to avoid the crowds and instead of shopping we went to a dinner theatre to see a stage play of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Good times had by all.
Drove my T in the pouring blowing rain!
Went over to another T owners shop. Drank coffee at a neighbor's house. Went and bought gas for the skid loader. Ate a turkey sandwich, drank a bottle of beer. Watched some TV. Watched it sleet/snow. Watched some TV. Burned a couple burgers for supper. Sat down on the computer. Watched some TV. Thought about temperatures in the 40's and how nice it would feel. Watched some TV. Then I was finally able to watch some TV. Only 6 more months till it's nice enough outside to take out one of the Model T's. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see what's on...
Replaced my deep-fried computer and made some effort to get my programs up and running
on the new machine. Replaced a dozen electrical outlets at my 80-year-old Aunt's house, as well
as repaired a vintage hall light fixture and rebuilt her bath fan to run quietly. It was pouring rain
all day in Portland. A good reminder of why I left the wet side.
Built a steam box.
Worked sending Neutrinos to Soudan Mn from 00:00 to 08:30, took a gaggle of kids to a Spinning/knitting shop to make presents then slept. Followed by dropping a handplane on my foot and breaking a couple toes. Decided to take the hint and go back to bed before work. Dreamed of driving the T... legally
Went deer hunting,saw one deer(a doe), got cold, came home, had dinner, read for a while then went to bed. The excitement is slaying me.
Helped air up the tires and push a 1914 T into a trailer on Black Friday, the one I posted about a number of months ago. 30 year old restoration of a very correct original car, and it was bought by a friend, the head curator of a major museum, so it's in good hands! I was so busy pushing forgot to get pictures...sheesh...
Spent some time setting the clearances on the rods in the engine out of the'22.
Then took my 16 year old daughter to cheer on the local rep girls hockey team as they played an exhibition hockey game against China. (My daughter plays on 3 hockey teams, but unfortunately this isn't one of them.) China has been on a tour of Ontario for the past couple of months playing in the small hometown rinks.
Took my T for a 16 mile drive, it was sunny and 35 degrees, but a little windy. It's supposed to be warmer today, so I'll take the T out again in the morning and then in the early afternoon go for a 26 mile ride in my Terratrike:
It's really cool that you're working on that project. One one my relatives (2nd cousin) helped design it. We used the Soudan mine as a tour stop on the 3-day Northern Exposure Tour that my wife and I hosted back in 2007. It was very interesting to take an elevator half a mile into the Earth.
Same thing I do on Black Friday every year. Made a concentrated effort to stay as far away as possible from any retail establishment (with the necessary exception of the supermarket, where I bought the ingredients for dinner).
Like Richard Wolf...nothing. Except keep the fireplace going. Only 26 outside and breezy. Too cold to do a damn thing!
You guys who live in warmer winter climates are lucky, and Mark, you must be one tough hombre!
I worked on the living room roof project, trying to get it ready for the roofers before real winter hits.
Then I went to town for Black Friday shopping and spent 74¢ for celery.
We spent the morning searching out the best deal on cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and a dozen cervezas at the local Mercado. Didn't get any celery Steve! The afternoon was spent poolside. It was sunny with a slight breeze and 78 degrees
Took the family out for a boat ride in Galveston Bay. Sunny and 73 degrees.
Went hunting. Got cold, wet and skunked.
Went to the pound and adopted a new dog.
We recently lost our Ally to old age.
John, A most productive day.
Piano lessons for five children in the morning. Scooted the Doodle Bug over to make way for putting a new complete top on the C-cab in the next few weeks. Today, need to do more re-arrangement before it gets a lot colder.
It cooled off a little here last night Michael. I worked in the shop all day trying to get some carbs done, sunny and about 50 out all day. Too busy in the shop to get anything done outside. This morning it is 4 below, snowing hard in Helena. South of here a hundred miles it is still 45 degrees. Montana weather. Subaru warming up to go to breakfast, shop heat on. It's a carburetor day today, too.
I don't want to go outside very bad but I'm hungry and just like the little fox in his den with his tail across his nose I gotta go see if I can find a warm mouse or something for breakfast.
Took the wife and kids out and whacked down a white fir tree for Christmas. Also ate sugar cookies.
Stayed in the dark. Then listened to my brother in law crow about the flat screen TV he Black Fridayed from a big box store. His tube TV finally quit.
Painted some wood for the car (black), then worked on the taillight/license plate bracket (it's black, too).
Here in England, I wondered what Black Friday was.
Worked on the sandblaster: New gloves, new glass media, new window protector. Then blasted the Ruckstell long nose shifter and put holes in the plug. Setback #347.
Steve, this is the second post that I remember you going to town for celery. Is there any particular health benefit of the celery or do you just like it?
To you furriners, Black Friday is the day when many retailers' balance sheets for the year turn from red (loss), to black (profit). That's how crazy the retail business is here in the US.
Every year Faux News starts a mantra about the "War on Christmas." They want all the merchants to say, "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays." It doesn't matter that the retailers have traditionally been Jewish.
Put up the tree, the good news its artificial and pre lit. Outside lights around the front doors. Assorted outside decorations including a couple of 66' strings of colored led lights across the top of the fence in front of the house.
Finish the inside decorations which required a tall ladder not my favorite job. Usually put it off to the last. Put up strings of lights around the back yard and hook up to timers. This included strings running up the 4 corner posts for our 10' Aero motor windmill, our visible gas pump and 2 birch trees by the fountain. Enough all ready.
Have left over turkey and the fixin's for dinner. Sit on the couch and watch tv until bedtime. What men will do for love !!!!!!
Went with some friends and took a practical defensive pistol class.
Went to High School Alma Mater's area playoff football game at Rice Stadium in Houston. We won, 63 to 21. Scored first TD on second offensive play; got the ball back and scored the second TD on fourth offensive play, outgaining the opponent, 599 to 313 yards, Scored on seven of the first eight possessions. Three games away from playing for state championship.
I did nothing but rest. I helped clean up the house and helped put the turkey in the oven Thursday morning and visited with the guests and took them for a T ride Thursday. Friday we were tired and rested. There are still leaves to rake, but I will wait until they all fall off to rake the rest. The east winds here take care of most of them and they go up to the fence along the west side.
By the way Justin, Among the health benefits of celery it is a good antacid. Natural relief for heart burn. Could be a good help for the over indulgence of the feast.
Ralph, you reminded me of a funny event in my life. After I graduated high school, I dated a Jewish girl for a while and once when I visited her home during the "Holidays" I met Grandpa, and respectfully wished him a Happy Hanukkah. Now, Grandpa was a long time and well loved merchant in Santa Monica, and I will never forget what he said. He looked at me over his glasses and said, "Around here it's Merry Christmas, How much money do you think I make off of my Jewish patrons over the holidays?"
So call it what you want but to Grandpa Tamkin, it was Merry Christmas time!
Ralph, leaving aside the fact that "Faux News" may have been cute the first few times it was used a decade or more ago and even mildly amusing the next 8,725 times it was used by everyone even slightly left of center after that, and that it has now reached a well-deserved retirement age, the word "faux," both in French as a loan-word in English, is pronounced "foe." "Foe News" makes no sense.
Oh, and Happy Holidays...
I cut trees for the annual boy scout Christmas tree lot, just like I have for the past five years. Here is a picture from a few years ago. It rained like crazy yesterday!
The tree lot is our one major fundraiser that will raise about four or five thousand dollars for the troop and for the boys to go to camp.
Since Spencer is nearly an Eagle Scout, this will be my last year to be in charge of this fundraiser!
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After 15 years of gathering parts, trying to put together a big drum Ruckstell as money would allow, I finally put it in my car this weekend.
With the invaluable help of my friend, John Von Karvaly from the Orange County Model T Club and my 19 year old son Michael, we did it.
The reason for the push to get this in is because I have been asked to drive several Veterans, one being a Pearl Harbor Survivor, in the Downey Christmas Parade next Sunday. Definitely a good reason to get the project done.
We went to Pensacola FL to visit my sister. Friday was spent on NAS Pensacola at the National Naval Aviation Museum and the lighthouse across the road from it. If you've never been, you should do so if you are ever in the area. It is the best collection of US naval aircraft that I am aware of plus some notable enemy aircraft like a German D-VII and ME-262, a Japanese "Zero" and "George". Excellent museum.
No shopping for us. No way would I fight those crowds to save a buck. On the contrary. I'd spend extra to avoid the crowds.
Went to town to the auto parts store and the hardware store and the tavern.
It was a good day because I hit ALL my favorite stores!
Getting ready for winter still. I knew the Friday sale at the local farm store would have a special I have been waiting for on generators. My 14 year old 5k shook itself to death last winter when we were out for 6 days but I kept it running then repaired it. Upgraded to a 7500 / 9k surge with a 30 amp instead of the 20amp breaker and better yet...no more pull rope for this guy in the dark at negative temperatures, a little switch to hit the starter. Changed out plug ends on the welder cord and ready to go.
The model T fire truck project was supposed to arrive on Friday but they called and said they couldn't move it yet. Doesn't matter to me, mine runs fine and theirs doesn't. It has sat for years, another week or 2 won't matter.
I carried in my 3 pails of corn and cleaned the stove! I avoided shopping!! Bud.PS,Yup without power about 4 hrs tuseday,and i keep a trickle charger on the gennerator battry.Bud.
Black Friday was spent in the Denver area.
We were there to have Thanksgiving at my wife's sisters house the day before.
So yesterday we got up and went out to a farm to buy two Christmas trees. One for my sister in laws house and one for her daughters house. The place was out a ways in the country but worth the trip(we got away from the city). One thing interesting was the porcelain sign above the door to the Christmas tree shop. It was a Ford authorized sales and service sign. Not for sale, but made it a Model T day. Then we took the trees to the houses and went to find lunch.
We ate lunch at a place called Merl's in downtown Littleton, Colorado. It is a converted automotive garage that used to work on cars but now is a really good restaurant. It has an automotive theme.
After that we ( my wife, daughter, her sister and myself)were driven by my sister in laws husband up in the mountains west of Denver. We then cut south a ways and got to an intersection that came to a stone building built in 1898 called Green's store. A lot ambiance there. The two story building is built out of square cut granite blocks. Then we went down a road that I think used to be rail road right of way that runs parralell to the South Platte River. We followed this road for a long tome taking in the scenery. There were huge granite boulders that had fallen in the river and help make pools for trout fishing. Unbelievable scenery to say the least. The water had been frozen last week when it was below zero there but yesterday it was a babbeling river(too big to be called a brook)with big sections of ice in it. If I were photographer for a calendar company I could have come back with some good stuff. We got to a place called Decker's and had an ice cream cone about dark and then made our way back to our host's house in Centennial CO.
This morning we got up at 3:12 am and got ready to come home to Missouri, arriving a little after 5:00 Missouri time.
A Model "T" Day…all the way!!!
Check out my Black Friday in the garage beginning my 1914 Frame-up restoration! My best friend and master mechanic Mr. John Torchia (84 years old), my son Kyle (14) and two of his friends met in the garage at 9:00 and by 3:00 we had the chassis done! All subcomponents have been completely restored, and every chassis element powder coated "mirror black".
We had a great day!
Gary - Great video and a must see.
Thank you! We had a blast
Gary that looked like fun!
Repaired 2 string trimmers to use or sell next spring.Kept the stove going. Not much else,arthritis is bothering me.And turkey gives me Gas so you could say I had a blast to!
For Cyber monday, since it is going to be 70 degrees out and sunny,I will be trimming grape vines and re-mulching blackberry's and so forth.No need to get on the internet super hiway and slow things down with my dial up.
Worked at home and tried to use &^%$#$% paint to reduce a photo of my '20 roadster for black friday.
The war on Christmas that RD refers to from Fox is the fact that they are the only network to point out that many retailers are willing to take your seasonal money yet not acknowledge the reason for the season. Isn't it ironic that the papers advertise Christmas sales yet the employees have been instructed to not mention Christmas?
If it wasn't for Fox News (that drives the left crazy) the IRS, Benghazi, Grubner, etc , etc. would never be brought to light. The left likes the "no ripples on my mill pond" approach to the news.
I forgot what I did on back Friday
I remember that the power went off on Wed due to a snow storm and we went to a friends house her RI for thanksgiving dinner.
The power was restored on Friday morning (good thing I have a generator) but I can't remember what else I did on Friday
on Saturday my wife and started to clean the basement. But I can't remember what i did on Friday
Come on, Gary. Those are not newsworthy. They all phony scandals. The president said so.
Stayed home and spent nothing.......