Another annoying mystery leak

Last summer I gave up on my improvised solar water heater because it sprang a theoretically impossible but quite substantial leak. This morning I pulled all the innards down to see if I could find it.


It’s just good quality black garden hose. Not made for the temperature in that box, to be sure, but it really shouldn’t leak until the hose completely deteriorates – and then it should unmistakeably leak.

I pressurized it, no leak. Left it out in the sun all day. No leak. So why was it leaking before? Tomorrow I’ll put it all back together and see how long it works. It’s kind of handy, if only the water would stay where it belongs.

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And – sigh – that’s what trifocals are for?

And that’s how you know you’re getting old, I suppose.

Maybe two months ago I stopped wearing my bifocals, which I got online and truly hate, in favor of dollar store reading glasses. At roughly the same moment, I stopped being able to shoot a pistol straight and for a while I actually blamed the pistol.

Since my cataract surgery my long-distance vision is actually very sharp. I badly need glasses for reading, where I used to be so nearsighted that my sharpest point of focus was an inch in front of my eyes. I was a funny sight, rebuilding chainsaw carburetors.

So I can count leaves on trees at 100 yards but can’t count the fingers on my hand at arm’s length. And a little farther than that is where I keep the front sight on my pistol.


This morning, after a very fitful seven hours of sleep…


…and after all the usual morning Tobie-related stuff, I finally did what I’ve been promising for a couple of weeks but kept letting other things get in the way: I dusted off my bifocals, took them and a box of commercial cowboy action ammo and a paper target to my driveway target stand, and…


Sigh…it’s not the gun. It’s definitely not the gun.

Even so, I’m thinking very seriously of joining the 21st century. My model 69 will take an adapter plate for a red dot, and I’ve about decided I want one. Problem being I have no experience with mounting one on a pistol and I can just about afford to do it once. So a logistical mistake would be disastrous. Analysis paralysis has set in hard.

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The AK is a versatile automotive tool.

Hood prop…

Jumper cable…

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I’m getting good at this!

Sorry about the lack of content, the spring wind has gone into extra innings and it’s got all the pollen going up my nose. I’m living on pseudoephedrine and getting nothing done whatsoever.

Personal best so far this week: Baking day.

And I must say…


…even though I do say it myself, I’m finally getting kinda good at this.

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最后一个公用电话?

昨天我碰巧和D&L在镇上谈了一件无关的事。他们在便利店停了下来:我看着大楼的角落,看到…


…或者更确切地说 没有 看,商店的公用电话!它不见了!而且时间不长——就在一两周前。

我早就想象过,这可能是不准确的,也肯定是毫无根据的,那是美国最后一个公用电话。接下来呢?不再有teepee形状的汽车旅馆了?天啊,我老了…

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有史以来最丑的花…

香蕉丝兰现在正盛开。


它们最棒的地方是没有气味。

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“我知道,我知道……”

“6点半以后了。一天已经过去了一半。”


在这个早期阶段,托比唯一真正的作用是让我诚实地出门,而不是翻身回去睡觉。我可以说他做得很好。

但他今天早上会很失望,因为我们不是像往常那样走很长的路,而是直接去邻居家,在那里,他会在外面泡上几个小时,泡上一盆水,欣赏任何他想欣赏的风景。

是的,很抱歉这里有个空白点。我曾经在邻居家做过一次实际工作,绝对没有拍照或写描述。没有什么有趣或秘密,只是——你知道的——隐私。美国隐士非常注重隐私。

无论如何计划今天早上结束,所以我一发布这篇文章,我们就真的要离开了,但不是为了Tobie特别赞同的任何事情。

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星期一跑步…


我和D每周都会把我们的饮用水瓶装满水。我在进城的路上提到,她遇到了另一个承包商——软水器技术员,在他亲自测试之前,他不会相信井水有多硬。935 ppm。这就是为什么,尽管我们都有室内水管,我们还是会把饮用水装进卡车。我直到十年前第一次患肾结石才学会。


我自己也不怎么用,但在经历了这么多激动人心的新闻之后,我很好奇商店货架上是否会有婴儿配方奶粉。不。

当我女儿还是婴儿的时候,这将是一个非常严重的问题,甚至威胁生命。妈妈想母乳喂养,但没有牛奶。


你知道当你在摩门教小镇购物时,他们会把你的六包打包。


看看谁是个好孩子!Hoozagooboy?没有在我不在的时候破坏这个地方 .

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Ben在评论中有个好主意…

在我们上一集激动人心的节目中,我在卧室加热器的火炉里发现了一只早起的老鼠。不允许。他们从外面的通风口进去。

侧栏:在通风加热器的好处方面,广告中从未提到过通风孔中的老鼠是一个可能的问题。

不管怎样:昨天早上我用塑料和胶带把它盖上了,但经常发表评论的本想出了一个好主意(事后看来很明显):那五金布呢?你可以把它永久保留下来。

呵呵。我怎么没想到呢? Continue reading →

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夜晚鬼鬼祟祟的脚步声…

这是我对拖延的惩罚。拖延是我的克星。

凌晨2点,当我听到一声微弱的金属叮当声时,我碰巧因为一些不相干的原因醒了过来,我马上就知道它是从哪里来的。


去年10月 我不得不从卧室的取暖器里钓出一个巨大的老鼠窝,把一位母亲和至少两个婴儿赶出房间,扔进寒冷的雪地里。我发誓,当春天来临时,我会用塑料和胶带盖住外面的通风口。

我没有忘记那个誓言,我只是一直推迟。昨晚我接到通知,说我懒惰的后果。 Continue reading →

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另一个ebike里程碑…

八月份就要三年了,那时我们可能已经穿越了一千英里。今天是800,有一个主要的电气故障,可能是冷焊点,还有两个刺状扁平。目前为止

一个有趣的消息:我在2019年第一次充电时跑了20英里。今天我跑了18英里,然后…


我停车时,电池显示电量已超过一半。现在:我对电源管理的知识比那时多得多,今天的大部分里程都是在相对平坦的路面上行驶,而不是在通常的丘陵地带行驶。即便如此,现在电池电量充足的情况下,它肯定比最初走得更远。这对我来说有点奇怪,但我接受了。在一个城镇,自行车很容易跑40英里,可能更像是充电50英里。

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“你都明白了吗?没有?你试过…”

托比喜欢花生酱,这是一个完全没有味道的小伙子。但托比没有小熊食蚁兽的舌头。


不过他试过了。为它工作了一个小时。

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无穷无尽的妖精…

我在想一个术语,也许你能帮我,因为我在画空白。

在上午的步行/Snifathon中,我在听一个播客,讨论与最新的抢枪者hobgoblin“幽灵枪”有关的神话在等待托比读完《peemail》的时候,我试图在脑海中列出我能回忆起的所有标签,这些标签曾在某个时候被使用过,目的是为了让民众叫嚣着通过无助来获得安全。这张单子肯定不完整,我的记忆就是它最近的样子…

周六晚上特价
半自动手枪
致命狙击步枪
隐蔽式枪支
机关枪
高容量杂志
攻击性武器
战争武器
现在,当然是“幽灵枪”

我遇到了一个心理障碍,那就是试图回忆起这种修辞手段的总括术语。我肯定有一个短语,但我完全是空白。有人帮我吗?

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我想有时候你只需要一个火焰喷射器。

即使对我来说,这句话听起来也很奇怪。

我记得很多年前,在得克萨斯州的狭长地带,当地步枪和手枪俱乐部的一些年轻成员想利用俱乐部地产上的马蹄形峡谷为每月的战斗手枪比赛开辟场地。问题是,峡谷被古老的风滚草堵塞了。年轻又笨,我们想到底怎么了?风滚草燃烧得很快,也很热烈。事实上,我们侥幸逃脱了惩罚。

今天早上我想起了那件事,这是我不记得什么时候第一次想起。我知道这个很酷的小峡谷,我第一次搬到这里的时候,经常和狗一起去。它离房东家远比离巢穴近得多,而且我已经十多年没去过那里了。老实说,我不太记得它到底在哪里。

这里有最酷的奇怪岩层…


…到处都是,我要去参加一个舞会拍照。问题是…


是 啊风滚草的海洋。


去年夏天雨季过后,我们收获了丰收,现在峡谷里到处都是。即使我准备忍受数以百万计的荆棘,那个特定的峡谷是一个真正的破坏者,你们需要看看你们的脚放在哪里。或者脚,在我的情况下。所以我的探险比计划的要短。

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随机狂饮时刻–“boony life中的失败”版

把洗好的衣服拿出来换掉那块木头做的目标架…


出于某种原因,我突然把所有的镜头都向左移了。保持将纸面目标调整到常规范围的意思,并找出是我还是什么。可能是我:我最近有一个光学问题,我可以很好地看到远处,用眼镜可以近距离观察,但我的前视力正好在哪里……其实不太好。


Speaking of being a boomer…I’ve got this smartphone, right? Landlady gave it to me: It’s the only way I’m connected out here. Had it for several years now, and the only way I can hear it is with a Bluetooth earpiece. And since cheap ones tend to fall apart quick, I actually have like three earpieces in various stages of decay. And this morning they all simultaneously decided they didn’t want to connect with the phone. No idea why. I rummaged around and found the old headset I bought first when learning about Bluetooth … and wouldn’t you know that works just fine with the phone. So now I don’t think it’s something I’m doing wrong. Confusing.

If I had a VCR, the clock would probably blink 12:00 at all times. Continue reading →

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I resemble that remark…

So Tam noticed something weird about a particular Charter Arms gun…

You may have heard that Charter Arms is offering a five-shot .44 Special snubbie entirely devoid of useful sights that they are calling the “Boomer”.

Well, I obviously had to follow the link, and sure enough…


And now I know I’ll never find out if it’s a play on ‘gun go boom’ (which this one surely would) or a comment on the probable buyer demographic…

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It’s so nice and quiet now!

One of the things I hate about portable generators – any generators really – is the noise. The incessant, teeth-grinding noise. I like quiet. It’s a major reason I live here.


One of the things I always liked about other people’s Honda inverter generators is they’ve got something called an “eco-throttle,”…


…which throttles the engine down to a very low idle when there’s no load on the generator. It’s quiet. Unfortunately, since I first took mine out of the box almost five years ago, that setting on mine hasn’t worked. There’s nothing wrong with the machine, apparently it’s an altitude thing. The engine ran too rich at 6000′ to idle that low.

应该有一个可以在高空购买的碳水化合物喷射套件,但我从来没有买过。所以我从来没有使用过这个功能。除了今年春天,我决定尝试一下,因为我不明白为什么,它现在可以工作了。我现在更喜欢我的酷发电机了。

不管怎样:今天早上,我有了它,还有一堆不同的电动工具,为我带来的金属靶制作了一个新的支架 不久前.


截至2018年春季,步枪靶场靶场由一个旧的 燃油箱架. 它在2017年的一次大洪水中倒下了,第二年我把它切成了角铁 适当的目标展位. 我把架子的末端留下了,与它们无关,但它们太大太重了,无法拖到垃圾场。侵蚀正在慢慢地将它们掩埋在山坡上。

但是今天早上…


…我把他们都切成两半。接着进行了大量的研磨和钻孔,当我发出噪音时…


我做了一件事!天哪,天气不会把这个磨坏的。

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沙漠中的花朵

五月是我最喜欢的月份。

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好样的好孩子?

今天早上,在漫长的晨步之后,我花了相当多的时间坐在阅读椅上。托比大部分时间都呆在床上,但偶尔也会短暂地走进卧室,看看他是否能让老人的任何动作变得活跃起来…

我偶尔会想,我是否应该为收养他而感到难过。我的意思是,到他计划老死的时候,这将是一场赛跑:我已经80多岁了。这意味着他对自己的未来有很多等待和等待,他显然希望得到比现在更多的行动。

尽管如此,他仍显示出成熟的迹象,我喜欢这种方式。在最初的日子里,我很快就让他摆脱了束缚,但结果并不好。当他意识到我在身体上无法控制他时,他决定这意味着我根本没有投票权。从那以后,他一直被拴在皮带上。

But that was almost a year ago. Laddie was on the leash for the first year as well, until he showed signs of actually paying attention. Once he proved he’d stay close, the leash went away and we spent the next (final, alas) year being real buddies. Now I’ve been testing Tobie with short, routine things off the leash, mostly to and from the Jeep, and he’s behaving himself very well. Soon we’ll try to and from Ian’s place. He’s unlikely to find ways to get hurt so close to the cabin, and I’m very interested to see how he behaves when – inevitably – he has to chase a rabbit. If he comes straight back, or – the platonic ideal – stops when he’s called, then I’ll know we’re getting there.

But I’m not rushing it: ASDs are supposed to take longer to mature than he’s had so far and I don’t really trust him yet. How much of this is just my own overprotectiveness, I can’t say. But this isn’t a park, and it does seem like I’ve buried an awful lot of dogs since moving here, so how much protectiveness is too much?

I was playing with effects on my new camera the other evening, and think this is the prettiest Tobie picture to date…

D&L had doctor appointments in the big town about 50 miles away, so at mid-day we went to feed horses and dogs…


Tobie got to commune with the horses till they went in for food, which he seems to enjoy though they regard him with complete indifference when they bother to regard him at all.

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Finally got a whole chore done in one go.

I spend every winter basically sitting around, which means that in spring I’m a superannuated sack of jello. Takes a while to get into some semblance of shape. Today I cut all that wood that’s been leaning against the cabin for 2-3 months.


First I had to chop up those pallets I’ve been bringing home from D&L’s expensive winter, a chore I tried 之前一次 但后来不得不为我的Sawzall换一个新角色。

在那起事件中,我们确定驾驶室的电力系统将运行锯叶锯,但不会运行桌锯。因此,几天前,我用樟脑球带上了我心爱的、非常昂贵的本田发电机,这是五年前一位慷慨的读者送给我的礼物。


盖德,我喜欢这东西,而且对待它很温柔。

总之:在第一阶段之后,我有了一堆旧木材,事情变得容易了。


我从这笔交易中得到了几乎四辆全轮手推车…


…更具讽刺意味的是,在温暖的季节开始时,木屋里有2.5层。


这将使秋天的事情变得容易得多。我不再年轻了。

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