29 December 2018

Nicely Done!

The SCQueen and I went out to dinner at a local Mexican fast food type restaurant (we had a gift card).    Over in the corner were about 8 kids doing what 5-7 year olds do, exercising their lungs.  Dad yelled out "Gunner, knock it off!" as the SCQueen was filling her soda.

She turned around and asked "Excuse me, what did you call him?"  "Gunner".  "What a cool name" She gushed!

After dinner she stopped by their table again where they introduced their other kids Dillon and Barrett.  (Subtle - I like it!)  Mom noted all three names have double letters.

I think the SCQueen was a bit sad that we hadn't thought of it first :-(  That would have really set off my anti-gun relatives (If they figured it out :-).

Nicely Done.

09 December 2018

Dodged a bullet today...

Lost my wallet.

I prefer sweats in the winter as they are far more comfortable.  Today I had some business at the airport working on the tug moving SCS-1 into and out of the hangar.

I had a carb I was going to swap onto it until I found the fuel inlet was 180 degrees out :-(.   So at least while I have it off, I can spray it out with carb cleaner.

Off to the Home Depot down the road to purchase same.  I recall throwing my wallet in the right front pocket leaving the truck.  Found what I needed and made my purchase with cash from the other pocket.  Returning to the airport, I realized my wallet seems to have jumped out of my pocket.

I searched the truck, under and along the seats but nada.

Returned to Home Depot thinking about what credit cards etc I need to cancel.  As I put the keys in my RF pocket, it occurred to me "Probably lost it when pulling my keys out to drive home."  Checked my previous parking spot, also nada.

Walked into HD and approached the customer assistance desk.  There were three women there all with 100% attention to their phones.  I announced my self "Good afternoon... I was in here a few minutes ago... and my wallet is missing".  2nd woman: "What is your name?"  "SandCastle Dad".  And she produces the wallet.  CA#1: "Did you know you're not on FaceBook?"  as she showed she was searching for me on the platform.  Me: "Yes...  that's not an accident!"

I thanked all three and I thank the honest citizen that brought it in from the parking lot.  There my or may not have been an emergency Benjamin in the wallet.  I have not checked to see if it is still there...   (Nor do I care)

A good friend years ago advocated "every 6 months or so, you should take your wallet to a copy machine, put the conents on the face and make a copy and file it away."  That way if/when you lose it, you'll at least know what you've lost.

Good Call...  need to reinstate that policy.  Starting Tomorrow.

28 November 2018

I won the lottery!

I entered the CMP 1911 lottery back in September.

They received 8000 1911's from the DOD, but also received 19000+ orders during the 1 month open order period.  

CMP declared the process would be that every packet received would be assigned a random place in line.  With the additional admonishment "Don't call us, it'll only slow the process down".  And I have taken that to heart.

I was elated to receive an email with my number: 2606.  WhaHoo!  I feel like I've won the lottery.  They promise a call in a few weeks asking for grade & payment.

I can't wait..  But I will ;-)  This process started roughly a year ago.  I can wait a few more months..  And I will.  Go CMP!  TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY! ;-)

OTOH, I didn't connect with a single number on the Power Ball.

I'll take my chances with CMP :-)

06 November 2018

NFW on political "dynasties"

I don't ever want to see another "Kennedy", "Romney", "Clinton", "Bush" or "McCain"

Please all of you.. just go away.   I don't want to see any of these names on my ballot.  I will never vote for you.  Just go away!  Nor do I want you as an appointed senator.   NFW!  Stay Home!  Get a real job and earn your keep.

04 August 2018

New Shoes

The truck's tires were down to the wear markers.  The tires were OEM equipment with 55K miles.  No idea if that is over or under the design life.  No matter.  Baby needs new shoes.  The tire pressure warning has been on for months and despite verifying inflation, refused to reset.

The SandCastle Queen showed me a Sam's Club flyer.  If I read it right, I could save $80 on a set of four tires and get free installation (normally $60).  But it was a one day only sale.  I called to verify the deal.  They said "We're booked with appointments for the rest of the day but if you buy the tires we can install them later this week and book the savings.  Fair enough.

The SCQueen and I head on over and not only are the tires in stock, they have an opening in the shop right now, appointments be damned!.  Sure, let's get 'em done.

Before even starting work, they inspect the lug nuts.  I've not run into this before but they explained some manufacturers have used Aluminium lug nuts that plastically deform under heat and the pressure of the tire.  They will reject the job before it starts if their socket will not fit over every lug nut.

But here's what really impressed me: When re-installing the tires, they started every lug nut by hand.  I've had lug nuts cross threaded by ham handed installers living out their NASCAR crew member fantasies burning on the lugnuts with the airgun only.  Then they finished off the lug tightening via a torque wrench that he had just set to proper torque referring to the paperwork.  They even logged the serial number of the torque wrench on the receipt.

That's the way it should be done!  And I didn't even have to ask.  Good Job Guys!

(Nor did I get paid for this review either.  I just want to note a job properly done.)

Oh and while we were there we managed to find ways to spend another C-note :-(

04 June 2018

Crap news :-(

I  learned this AM a longtime college friend was in ICU/stable but critical condition.   Later learned he passed around 7pm PDT.

Well Crap!

I used to joke "at our ages, we meet for weddings.  Later on it will be for funerals"  And alas, time has caught us :-(

Word we are getting is "cardiac event" but not "heart attack" nor infection, nor... something else usual...  Bottom line (my assessment), his heart just quit.
A good friend and fraternity brother of 30+ years succumbed this eve. At our mid 50's we are too damn young for this crap! 

Godspeed & Tailwinds Brother!

07 May 2018

Update to my last

The shop that installed the new master cylinder barely 3 months ago stood behind their work.  They identified the problem as a defective master cylinder and said they would be charging it back to the manufacturer.  Sounds like something wasn't machined properly.

Anyway they honored their warranty and installed a new one at no cost.  They reset the two year warranty period and they didn't hesitate to cut us a check for the tow fee!

This is how it should be and this is why we used this shop in the first place.  The SCQueen handled the negotiations and they never tried to bamboozle her.

So our only "cost" was loss of use of the vehicle for the weekend + 1/2 Monday*.  Unfortnately the SCSon had to be at his $PARTTIMEJOB at 0600 two of those days.  Fortunately for me, the SCQueen is a morning person.  Have I mentioned I chose wisely? ;-)

Here's the unpaid plug:
Desert Car Care
95 North Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 726-6400
Good People!  I have a deeply rooted distrust of mechanics after finding a screwdriver left inside the timing chain housing of my engine, left behind by a mechanic).  They have treated the SCQuen well every time we've been there.

* I would not have been surprised if they would have covered a rental as well.  But we didn't push the issue.  They have offered a rental in the past.