So... Once Upon a Time...

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Tonight I'm sitting in an Italian joint with Mrs Fixer and in the ceiling speakers is playing this Journey song 'lovin touchin squeezin.' I said "did I ever tell you about the guy singing this song stopped in to get gas where I worked one year?" She said "no you haven't".

It caused a memory to pop in my head about a day when I worked at a gas station and this really nice 69 or so Chevelle pulls up to a full service pump and the driver kept the engine running. The fellow had long hair and when he got out he was wearing a full length fir coat like some rock star or something. He pumped his own gas, tipped me a $20 and drove off without saying a word.

Later that day I was telling my brother about this really nice Chevelle driven by a guy wearing a full length fir coat. He said "mobster maybe?".

Later that summer I was watching late night tv, probably Nite Flite or something and they have this new phenomenon singing their new hit lovin touchin squeezing live. "Holy Crap!! That's the guy with the Chevelle and the fir coat singing" I thought. It was his hawk beak type nose that was what I remembered about the guy. Next day I called my brother and said "that guy in the fir coat I told you about was the lead singer of a band called Journey". He said "who?" I said "no Journey". He said "never heard of them". I said "me neither but the lead singer pumps his own gas so he must be pretty cool".

Next year at school lovin touchin squeezin was blasting from nearly everybody's Jensen car stereos.
 
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My well went out on August 19th in the morning & have been without water ever since.
Had in two specialists and it's unrecoverable.
Problem is, really big problem actually, you cannot drive a well rig into my property....impossible.
So, there needs to be some disassembly of a retaining wall for the new well & then do directional drilling by a specialist to get water down to my house
...not even sure when all this will happen.




Never take your running water for granted
 

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Didn't want to edit my last post, but my well didn't go dry, that wasn't it at all.
Its super old/out of code., my pump is lodged in place about 100' down DOA.
We tried everything to get it up and out. nogo

Specialist said it was a 4" pipe that connected to a 3" pipe further down, code now is 6"
 

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It was a day like any other day. Watching a load of concrete get extruded out the rear of a machine like Play-Doh in the shape of typical curb and gutter along side a typical road. Ordinarily a slow steady process. I grab the concrete ticket from the driver before testing the material. He says "man, the radio just said some idiot just flew an airplane into the side of some building in New York. He couldn't see that big @$$ building?" I'm thinking alrighty then, sucks to be that pilot". Not long after that the driver gets out of his truck and says "man, some other idiot just flew a plane into another building in New York, what's wrong with those people?" A few minutes later we got word the Pentagon had been hit by an airplane and maybe the White House.

At that point I'm thinkin' "those North Koreans are sure going to be sorry but holy crap we're at war in my lifetime". I had no idea until later that day who it was. By lunchtime some guy on a bicycle rode past selling US flag bandanas. I still have the one I bought from the guy. I called my kids and told them not to hate certain people after this.

I got home after dark and saw it on the news. I remember thinking "I should never say this out loud but those guys were f-in genious. They took down America with f-in box cutters". I did tell my best friend that later. He said "don't you dare say that out loud, not now." We talked about how the gubment was going to swoop in and crack down not knowing the Patriot Act would soon become law of the land but that's what we were talking about and how Americans would gladly accept it.

Democrats and Republicans were holding hands and singing in church on 9/12. On 9/16 they were right back to business as usual, stabbing each other in the back. I also remembered a story in the Bible of Moses climbing down from the mountain and seeing folks worshipping a golden cow. My thought was those guys with box cutters had melted Americas golden cow but nobody would see it that way. With the extreme loss of life it was easy to see why nobody would though. Afterall, 3000 people had been murdered in just a few minutes.

Until I met a fellow from that part of the world I never knew why some people hate the western culture so much. The fellow is very peaceful and loves America. Yet he was able to explain the mindset of a terrorist to where I understood it. He too was a victim of a ruthless religious group who had murdered members of his family because they had become (somewhat) successful in his homeland. They hated him despite his feeding the poor and helping the war widows in his village.

It's a strange deal. A lot has changed since 9/11. Some for the good. It doesn't seem like it was 22 years ago, yet in some ways it seems like it was longer ago than that. It was sureal looking at the sky and seeing no vapor trails from airplanes for a few days. I remember seeing one on an afternoon and thinking 'we've gone back to as normal as we ever will'.
 
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A delapidated shed turned patio project.

Once upon a time I bought a house with what had once been a nice work shop but was in disrepair.
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It kept my lawnmower dry so good enough. One year it no longer kept my lawnmower dry.

Eventually I added another shed.
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One night the old shed fell over.
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It was cut up and hauled away except for the floor.
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Little by little the remaining junk was tossed or burned in the burn barrel.
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The floor was disassembled.
Underneath was an L shaped concrete slab and a bunch of balls the dogs had lost. It is now a budding patio project.
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There's still some junk. Lot's of work remains.
The ground in front was covered with rocks, and very uneven so for now the ugly carpet that once covered the shed floor is a stable walking platform until that is corrected.
 

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Wife has begun to hang stuff around the "patio" on 2 prong shepard staffs. Humming bird feeder, windchimes, etc. But today she came home with a spinny thingy with no center post. She said "it was $5 off". So I put on my thinking cap and took her to Home Depot.

I had drawn a napkin sketch of an axle idea that she didn't understand.
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$10 later I had the parts.
Nylon lined nuts ensure nothing moves around. Threaded rod for an axle. Clothes line turnbuckle for hanging it and to couple the I bolt to the threaded rod.

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30 minutes later her spinny thingy had an axle and a hanger.
The nylon nuts separate the three segments. The 3 foot rod was cut to 2 feet with a dremel. A spritz of graphite spray between segments ensures it spins freely.
 

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