S&W左轮手枪上的红点安装…

关于我的第三手69型车,让我感到高兴的一件事是,在重新设计时,S&W的远见足以将售后市场的可能性考虑在内。我在一个叫 EGW枪零件,这可能是大家都知道的,但对我来说是全新的。为了保持简单,我也从他们那里看到了这一点,所以我很确定他们是兼容的。

我很高兴在拆开手枪之前,我确保了这一点。事实证明,漩涡毒液的电池外壳确实存在问题。我把电池放进去后,不管我怎么努力,都无法拧下盖子!感谢互联网射击之王,因为这是一个 常见的 问题涡流解决方案(将螺丝刀插入印刷电路板外壳[!]按下通讯录)对我来说不起作用,对许多其他在Reddit上花时间大喊大叫的用户来说也不起作用。但是撬下盖子内侧的垫圈效果很好,似乎不会影响视觉功能。

取下库存后视镜非常简单…


…我可以说我再一次拍了拍自己的背,因为我得了一套 枪械螺丝刀. 半自动手枪没什么大不了的,但左轮手枪必不可少。

我决定在我涂上乐泰之前确定我已经弄清楚了安装方法,因为在盘子和视线之间,我面临着各种各样令人困惑的螺钉可供选择。我第一次就弄错了…


尽管螺纹是正确的,但我很确定这些是将金属板安装到手枪上的错误螺钉。当我试着把视线对准盘子时,我被证明是对的——关于我错了。把它拆开,再做一次,对吧…


然后将瞄准镜安装到板上,只需再拧两个螺钉。

我走到车道上的目标,弹了足够多的子弹,以确认我真的没有问题……然后就开始下雨了!我甚至没有注意到在我全神贯注的时候滚进来的大风暴电池。这是一个问题,因为ebike仍然绑在吉普车的后面。所以托比和我去了伊恩家。

Now I’m going to take it all apart again and apply Loctite, and then weather permitting I’ll go to the range with some paper and a shooting rest. Once I have it zeroed, I can turn my attention to the next problem…

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And here we go…

Oh, I’ve been waiting for this. Got the email late yesterday afternoon and just got back from riding my bike into town. Lords of shooting please don’t let me screw this up, because…


…I’m about to put a red dot on my everyday revolver.

I’ve got nothing else planned for the whole rest of the day. Stay tuned…

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“Alex Jones is where you go for real news, and CNN is where you go for outrageous conspiracy theories.”

I heard that phrase on a podcast that was playing in my ear while I cooked breakfast, and rushed over to write it down before I lost it.

It pretty much encapsulates the upside-down world I’ve been trying to wrap my boomer mind around for the past few years. Bizarro world. By nature I’m more of a news and politics junkie than is good for me, and lately I’ve tried to isolate my thinking from – as I constantly repeat to myself – all that bullshit. In my situation I can mostly get away with it, but never entirely. It all came back to mind when I ran into some neighbors a few days ago. These two are like my smarter, older brother and sister: I love them to pieces and would do anything for them, but I swear they get their entire worldview from what they’re spoonfed by the big box in their living room. They hate Donald Trump with all their collective heart and soul, had just finished raptly watching the first night of the “J6 committee hearing,” and they were both – how shall I put this – righteously outraged anew.

Longtime readers know I’m no big fan of Donald Trump, or republicans, or politicians and bureaucrats in general. But sheesh – I’ve never seen such a stereotypical example of ‘drinking the Koolaid’ and it makes me wonder how many people like that there are, waiting faithfully for the voices from the television to tell them what to think, say, feel, believe…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Moscow…

The bread shelf at the crappy little market in the crappy little town nearest where I live…


Glad I bake my own, though of course the price of flour is going the way of all things.

The rise in the local price of gas has paused. Last week it passed $5: Yesterday I poured the last of my bottled gas into the Jeep and brought all the empties to town. Last time I did that, it cost just about $80. Yesterday it was a hair over $85. And regular gas was the same price as last week. First time that’s happened in a while.

Really don’t know how you guys put up with it.

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The internet is not drunken-redneck-proof. For the record.

So shortly after I posted the below, my connection to the outside world 突然 离开了。


我住在荒野中央的一个洼地里,离牢房塔的视线很远。直到 几年前 我的手机服务完全退出并没有什么不寻常的。它总是很慢。部分进入价格。


但这就像有人扔了个开关,把我的服务马上关掉了。无变化,无边缘连接。只是“没有服务”我把手机走到山脊的顶端,在那里我总能收到信号。没有什么

第二天,同样的事情。开始有这种感觉 个人的. 大约24小时后,我开车去了附近的一所房子看看 他们 有服务。唉,家里没人。我可不能到处打电话。

昨天我去了迪力百货公司参加了周一的水上跑步,并学到了一些东西。令我欣慰的是,他们有着完全相同的问题。我们去了镇上,然后…


这正是谈话的主题。处处

这不仅仅是离我最近的一个糟糕的小镇。它分布广泛,至少占(大)县的一半。也许更多。传言是…

…有人用猎枪向(他的代词Joel)头部射击远程传输站。不知道这是不是真的,但我在两个不同的地方听到过。不知道为什么有人会选择这样做,假设这是真的。那是一把威力巨大的猎枪。或者一个设计非常糟糕的通信系统。

我不知道城市是什么样子的——我怀疑是这样的,但更多的是这样。如果互联网瘫痪,什么都做不了。尽管我们一再被告知不同的情况,但没有什么能真正阻止互联网在任何时候的衰落。

它昨天晚上回来了,在我这边太慢以至于无法使用,但对于一个正常的晚上来说,这真的很正常,更不用说县里每一个沉迷于智能手机的青少年都争先恐后地去修理了。今天早上似乎很好。

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他永远不会听到这一切的结束…

是的。我是一个女儿的父亲。我经常犯这样的错误。

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Reduce Reuse Recycle?

It’s funny: The political climate in this country has gotten so toxic that even ‘living green’ has an element of hostility to it. I’m kind of living the stereotypical green dream, but I imagine that your average greenie would rather see Redneck Joel dead.

I was thinking about that this morning, while reducing an old stepladder to its final incarnation. I’ve got this backbreaker somebody was going to throw away – oh, many years ago now…


Wow, it’s a wobbly thing and I haven’t used it in maybe seven years, because – cue the “people throw away the damndest things” logo – I have a much nicer old stepladder somebody was throwing away. It’s been cluttering up the yard and I kept meaning to get rid of it – and, since I scrounge all my firewood, “get rid of it” meant…


…break it to pieces…


…and cut it to stove lengths. Not much meat on its bones, of course, but every little bit helps. And the only part that ends up in a landfill is a little bit of hardware.


Tobie has apparently gotten to enjoy keeping me company through these little yard projects. He just sits there in the shade like a big boy, never gets bored and demands attention. Except for some evening zoomies Tobie has outgrown the more obnoxious puppy phase now, and he’s a lot easier to live with.

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Shadow and the Water Well

I was futzing around in my desk drawer last night and came up with a thumb drive that had gotten smooshed to the back. Had no idea what was on it.

Among other things were a bunch of stories I wrote 13 or 14 years ago, my last gasp as a would-be fiction writer. They all concerned a desert hermit called Shadow, who had kind of taken things to extremes.

The other thing the stories have in common is that most of them aren’t very good. The problem with Shadow’s life, as a fictional character, is that it wasn’t very interesting. Even when I wrote him half-mad, so that he was never quite sure if he was hallucinating or living in a magic world, I found him dull.

This is one of the best of a bad lot, and unfortunately he spends half of it doing a valve job on an old Briggs & Stratton engine. Which, take it from me, cannot be made to seem exciting.

But hey, it’s free. This is a short story in a never-to-be-finished anthology, and it’s called Shadow and the Water Well. Continue reading

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Hot showers forever!

Or until that expensive water pressure system’s sudden but inevitable betrayal, in any case.

I’m quite pleased with myself this morning. Right now the only thing in Ian’s place that uses propane is the water heater. Gas to the kitchen stove is turned right off, since I don’t want to spend propane on a useless oven pilot. So I know exactly when the propane bottle sucked empty: It did so during yesterday evening’s heavenly shower. But – heh – I didn’t notice at the time because it wasn’t important.

This morning while taking Tobie on his long walkie, I saw at a glance…


…that the indicator on my brand-new bypass regulator had turned red. Empty bottle! Been waiting for that: It was nearly empty when I put it back online. In fact it lasted longer than I expected.

So during morning chores I threw a third 20# bottle – from my barbecue, which I never use – into the Jeep, adding it to the shower propane rotation.


I can fill the empty at my leisure, and running out of hot shower water is no longer a worry.

Me so smart!

I was late in my conversion to the Church of the Bypass Regulator, as applied to a handmade house. I always thought of them as an RV thing. Should have put one on the kitchen propane at the very start, because it invariably got me out in the cold and dark on the most frigid morning in the winter before I could make coffee. But that was a rare and tolerable hassle. I didn’t decide the matter was important until the winter of ’17, after the bedroom addition and that wonderful vented heater. When 那个 瓶子被吸干了 巨大的 困难第二年夏天,我在卧室的丙烷上安装了旁路调节器。然后我想,到底怎么了?为什么不对厨房的炉子做同样的事情呢?现在我认为它们几乎是标准设备。

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什么是“降解袋”

我有问题。

我想,“母乳袋”是不言而喻的。但袋子真的是这种应用的最佳容器吗?

为什么人们总是给我发这种毫无希望的垃圾邮件?说得太多了:我是个沙漠隐士。市场上肯定没有大量的中国包。

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这些该死的东西…


四月份,我参加了很多风滚草采集会议,试图清除院子里的风滚草。不幸的是,四月通常标志着多风季节的开始,这一次是例外,当然风滚草只因一件事而出名,所以我知道我没有在我的院子里看到最后一株风滚草。我仍然在灌木丛下把它们拿出来,虽然不是在四月会议上看到的批发地。

当我得到一个,我敢说,我有一个最终的解决方案…


别告诉葛丽塔。

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我想这是品味的问题,托比…

我带回家了一壶意大利面所需的一切。打开一罐酱汁,把它倒进平底锅,刮掉罐后,我把它给了托比。小熊队 清洗酱汁罐。比起花生酱,他更喜欢它。拉迪没有他的品味。托比…


…完全同意Laddie的观点。

这就是他“你完全失去理智了吗”的表情。

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哎哟…

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当然他们还有马…

…马吃得很多。如果没有他们可以放牧的地方,代价会很高。所以…


…凌晨时分,我在D&L的谷仓里,帮助卸载和堆放另一托盘小球。早上好。

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活到死

昨天,D&L给了我一大堆他们要扔掉的狗粮的优先购买权,因为他们计划再也不要养狗了。我建议他们可能会把这个决定推迟几个月,因为我认识的几乎所有埋狗的人都发誓不会再这样做,而且大多数人都会在几个月内改变主意。但他们下定了决心,他们说:他们都老了,而且都很快变老了,每个人都有很多健康问题。他们下定决心,如果一条狗太老而不能照顾或已经死了,就不要把它遗弃在收容所里。

从人道主义的角度来看,我当然完全赞同。我最近提到我自己,如果我发现小狗活得比我长,我可能会后悔在我这个年纪,在很长的时间里养了一只小狗。正如我们在Laddie身上看到的那样,狗可以承受这种痛苦。

但是,我认为,仍然有可能达成妥协。如果他们决定真的想在家里养条狗——他们都抱怨家里突然变得多么安静和空虚——然后寻找一只在这种情况下被遗弃的老狗,那会怎么样?不,不,他们坚持说:他们在他们这个年龄就已经不再养狗了。

我遵循他们的推理,我当然没有争辩,但经过思考,我不确定我是否同意。对你的年龄和前景要有理性和现实,这永远是理性的。我不会很快参加跳伞或MMA比赛。但这和放弃、把脸对着墙、准备去死不一样,这是我从他们的声音中听到的。就我个人而言,我强烈支持 活着的 直到你死。

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D&L餐厅令人难过的一天

They lost both their dogs in less than a month.


Just got back from helping them bury the second one. They were both quite old: The female had been sick for a while, got much worse and they euthanized her in early May. Other than sore hips the male was in better health, or seemed so. But not long after he lost his lifelong housemate, he stopped eating and basically faded away.

I’ve known them both since they were obnoxious adolescents fresh from the shelter. They had happy lives.

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Solar water heater update

A sentence virtually never spoken concerning my attempts at improvised infrastructure is “It works too well.” In this case it originally worked so well it destroyed itself, repeatedly, so really didn’t work at all – at least never for very long.

There’s been a lot of simplification since the beginning, because every “improvement” I originally thought up turned out to be a disadvantage. But the biggest problem was that I was using a real proper solar collector box that a neighbor gave me, and…


…it just got way too hot in there. Hot enough to melt epoxy. Hot enough to melt PVC, for heaven’s sake*. Rubber gaskets couldn’t survive it. And anyway, when you open the hot water tap in your house you don’t want live steam. Which is what I was getting.

So the final and probably the most effective simplification has been to just not close the glass cover. This had a dramatic effect: Water temperature went from way too hot to barely hot enough. It’s been a cool May and I expect later summer water temperature to increase.

Overall, simplifications continued until my water heater was just a bunch of black hose in a fiberglass box…


…terminating at a bit of pipe stub and a faucet. And so far it’s working…adequately, but only just. I have hottish water in the afternoon, basically. Which saves me some propane for dish washing but is nothing to get excited about. With no cover on the box, the water temperature goes cold immediately at sunset.

This would all be more disappointing if not for the irony that my finally getting around to trying a solar water heater happened almost simultaneously with the appearance of a real shower at Ian’s place – after almost fifteen years of sponge baths at my kitchen sink. So the most important reason for wanting quantities of hot water disappeared just as I was getting some.

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*Yes, I did try to replace it with CPVC but ran into the “no available fittings” problem. Ended up just running the hose down to a bit of galvanized pipe.

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About time, Joel…

Sweartagod, every propane system upgrade goes like this.

This fitting/hose/pipe/whatever doesn’t fit. Wait a week, get the right part (alternate version: Wait a week, get the wrong part.) That hurdle cleared, move on to the next fitting/pipe/hose/whatever. Which won’t fit. Repeat.

But success always eventually ensues.

For the benefit of any reader who wasn’t raised in an RV park, the bypass regulator is the answer to the very important question, “what happens when my propane bottle sucks dry?”

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Guessed wrong. Freezing ass off now.

This has been an unusually cool May. I don’t object to that particularly, but normally the Spring wind has backed off by now. Instead it has carried on, and in fact has been starting up first thing in the morning the past few days. And that means…


In Spring my last decision before the long morning walky is ‘hoodie or not?’ Before the sun comes up ‘hoodie’ is definitely the right call, but things warm up fast after that. Unless the wind is blowing hard, which it wasn’t down around the Lair but definitely was on the ridgetop. Shouldn’t have taken it off. Hope the coat rack is nice and warm. Ah, well. Carry on…


…says Tobie, who wanted to know why the hell I stopped suddenly to fiddle with my camera for no apparent reason. Let’s go, Uncle Joel, you’re the one always pestering me not to dawdle.

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我讨厌煤气配件。

斯瓦塔戈德,在我背叛了革命,把自己定为终身总统之后,这里会有一些变化。


我每次都会经历这些。我想做的就是用旁路调节器替换伊恩丙烷站上的单一调节器,以防止热水器在淋浴时耗尽丙烷。这个巢穴有两个旁路调节器,一个用于厨房,一个用于卧室,每次我安装一个旁路调节器时,我都要爬几次才能找到 连接这个和那个的配件。我有一个装满它们的咖啡罐——当然都错了。因为有那么多gorram 许多的 其中之一。

伊恩的情况比可能的冷水浴要严重得多。伊恩最初计划购买一个大型家用储罐,当然需要丙烷卡车才能使用。所以他埋了很多管子。从我个人的经验来看,从瓶子到热水器的所有管路都出血是一件耗时的事情,我希望以后避免。

所以不管怎样:我在网上买了一个调节器,希望用我已有的两根辫子。他们自然是不相容的;不知道我在想什么。上周,我买了两条辫子,可以用。到目前为止还不错,但还没有完成。今天早上,我试着把调节器连接到通向伊恩家的软管上,当然配件的尺寸不对。

当然我没有 正当 尺寸,因为他的旧调节器不会在 监管者

我非常气愤,决定在那里我至少可以完成 某物:他有一个100#的瓶子,在那家车站存放了多年:我不能用它,因为它太多了,老人们无法来回走动。它不能再呆在车站里了,所以我决定把它滚下山去伊恩家。

如果当时我没有像前面提到的那样完全愤怒,我可能会想得更好一些。

让我们只说这瓶酒在之前有一个很好的卷…


…我意识到它不会停在车道上。它会冲出车道,直冲悬崖冲到水边。

可能不会伤害瓶子;下面是软沙。但仍然如此。悬崖这是一个僵硬的独腿老人,他尽可能地跑下山,试图阻止一场可能在至少一部《三个走狗》中占据显著位置的场景。

成功了。仅仅

喝得太早?

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