Monday pieces and bits

By , March 31, 2008 8:50 pm

Called Apple A Day this am and they have the D-Ribose in stock so we headed that way. Got there and got it. Nice helpful folks. Then since I hate to waste a trip we went to Goodwill, browsed, and got a few books. From there went to American Thrift Store in Rainbow plaza shopping center. Again browsed around, found a few books and I found a dress jacket that fits like it was tailored for me for $2.00! Ate lunch in the parking lot and I took my first dose of the D-Ribose. Then went to Eagle Rock Thrift Store and got some more books. And home we came after a short stop for groceries. I had a reaction to something at Eagle Rock which wasn’t pleasent but otherwise the trip went okay. Dropped Cat and the books and stuff off at the house, got my tools, scope, and cap tester at the yard sale trailer and went and worked on a video game monitor that the parts had come in for. Got it fixed, adjusted and reassembled without too much trouble. Also got the parts in for a pinball machine that I’ll get on tomorrow. Came home and Cat had supper ready so ate and took the second dose. Supposed to take 3 5 gram doses a day. Seems to have an effect on muscle pain and soreness within 30 minutes or so but it could be wishful thinking. From what I have read should take 10 days or so to have a noticeable effect. Will see how it goes.

For now am gonna go through some of the books we got today and then hit the sack Till tomorrow…

Creative Labs’ Forums Filling With “Dear John” Messages

By , March 31, 2008 8:58 am

Global Nerdy | Creative Labs’ Forums Filling With “Dear John” Messages

😀 😀 😀 That’s what they get for telling their customers to piss off and cough up more money to get what they paid for when they bought their products.

Sunday on the road

By , March 30, 2008 10:06 pm

Not that we really went anywhere but we did spend most of the day going from one place to the other. Started out by heading to Flamingo and Bill’s Flea Markets where we got a few books and wandered around hither and yon till we had seen all we could see. Then headed toward Oxford with a quick stop at Peddlers Paradise (which ain’t) for a quick browse and back in the van and onwards and south east wards to the Antique Mall out 78 east. Walked and looked and left without buying anything. Then went and parked by Oxford Lake and ate lunch and watched the ducks trying to bite the hands of the kids that were feeding them. After all that we could stand it was north to Jacksonville and a slow stroll through the antique mall there, again leaving with funds intact. Then the grocery store for milk, eggs and bread and home.

When we got in I unpacked a box of sea salt we got at Apple A Day health foods in Gadsden yesterday and found a newsletter that the guy had put in the sack and looked it over. Turned out there was an article on a supplement I had not heard of that seems to help with FMS and CFS with no side effects, called D-Ribose. I looked it up online and found quite a few sources for it so figured it would be available where other vitamins and supplements were, as in most drug and grocery stores. So after eating supper we loaded up in the van again and headed to Walmart in Jacksonville. No luck. Then tried WinnDixie. Nada. Down to Anniston and Walgreens. Another strike out. Last try was another drug store in Saks whose name escapes me right no but they had never heard of it either. So back home for the night. Will call Apple A Day tomorrow morning and see if they have it. If so will head over to Gadsden and get some and try it. Everything I have read so far sounds promising and makes sense from an energy point of view.

Long day driving and walking so am gonna hit the sack. Till tomorrow…

Global Nerdy | Creative Labs: Where No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

By , March 30, 2008 4:12 pm

Global Nerdy | Creative Labs: Where No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

A MicroShaft Vista downgrade that I had read about before as well as a real good reason to NOT buy any Creative Labs products. 👿

Just updated WordPress to 2.5

By , March 30, 2008 8:22 am

Shouldn’t be much if anything visible to the user but lots of stuff is WAY different in admin. Looks good and the upgrade was quite painless. The WordPress folks did a fantastic job on 2.5!

Out and around

By , March 29, 2008 8:10 pm

Headed first to Goodwill in Gadsden this am. Found 3 books that were in good condition there then through to Attalla and spent several hours browsing through the Antique shops. Bought several books and a few other odds and ends. Cat noted the nasty looking clouds and we called it a day and came home. Got here and after checking the weather went to my folks house to get tomato and pepper plants. Sat and talked a bit till thunder ran us home again just in front of the rain. Cleaned up some of our plunder and ate then took a lie down with a book for a bit. Decided to get this out of the way and am gonna call it an early one in a few. Till tomorrow…

Another day gone

By , March 28, 2008 10:17 pm

Little done but lived through it. Which is better than the alternative I guess at that. Not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow. Figure we will see when it gets here. Till then…

Pinball machine Thursday

By , March 27, 2008 7:55 pm

Went to Oxford and spent most of the day working on an old electro-mechanical Super Straight (Poker) pinball machine. The owner had the manual and schematic (such as they are) which made it a lot easier but was still a real pain in the butt. It had been in a high moisture environment for quite a while (I’d say years) and most of the contacts were oxidized, as well as a WHOLE lot of the moving parts. Got most of it going and then it would start doing stupid things again. Work on it a while and get other things working and then it’d get stupid yet again. Finally figured out that it was a zeroing switch on one of the score units that was sometimes not making. Cleaned it and then the power in that part of Oxford went out. 😯 🙄 So I packed the tools up via flashlight and we came home. Gotta love stuff like that. Really wanted to give it one last check out but twas not to be. The customer is/was a computer tech from the punch card days so he should be able to finish it up should it need some other minor stuff but still…

Back is telling me I was on my feet too long today so am gonna eat then take a lie down. Till tomorrow…

Another so so day

By , March 26, 2008 9:29 pm

Got out and about a bit today. Checked out a piece of equipment and turned out it worked with the board reinstalled so didn’t have to do anything to it. Which also means that I didn’t make anything but a meal out of it. Came home and been either napping, reading or on the computer since. Hoping the parts come in fro another couple of pieces of equipment tomorrow so I can get them out. Will see. Till then…

Up and down Tuesday

By , March 25, 2008 9:26 pm

Still feeling quite a bit less than good most of the time. Did get up and out this morning and go to the yard sale trailer for an hour. Built a fire in the heater over there and puttered a bit moving books and stuff around. Came back over here to eat lunch and then just didn’t have the energy to do anything more so walked back over and closed it up for the day. Been sitting and going through feeds that I haven’t looked at in well over a month. Still got a lot of them to go but only so many I can sift through in a sitting. Hoping tomorrow will be a more productive day. Till then…

Another Monday down

By , March 24, 2008 9:15 pm

Up this am, made coffee and oatmeal then slept till noon on the couch. Spent the afternoon after lunch reading. Cooked supper then back on the couch till my gut started hurting and got up and fixed a couple of pieces of toast with strawberry jam and ate them. Seemed to ease it up. Figure I will read a bit longer then hit the sack. Till tomorrow.

Still going

By , March 23, 2008 9:30 pm

Just not as fast of as long as the Energizer Bunny. Got up and spent part of the afternoon cooking in the 12″ Dutch oven. Started out with 6 chicken breasts. When they were done, which took about 50 minutes put a pork roast in and cooked it for around 2 hours. After taking it out put 8 potatoes and 2 onions in and let them cook in the chicken and pork juices till supper. Overall was some good eating and will be for several days. Then came back in and settled on the couch again with another book. Here’s hoping I have at least as much energy tomorrow. Till then…

Long Saturday on a short couch

By , March 22, 2008 8:45 pm

Another day on the couch. Pretty much all there is to say about it. Not sure what I/we are going to be up to tomorrow. Suspect it will be spent about like today. Till then…

Good Friday

By , March 21, 2008 9:26 pm

My ass… Have had another nothing doing day. Not much sleep last night and absolutely no energy today so again spent most of the day on the couch reading. Here’s hoping tomorrow will be a better one. Till then…


By , March 21, 2008 7:20 pm


Pinball machine manuals in PDF. Quite an assortment.

Day is done

By , March 20, 2008 8:27 pm

And so am I. Had about 4 hours of energy and then it was gone. Been on the couch since with a pile of books. Will see what tomorrow brings when it gets here. Till then…

By , March 20, 2008 9:54 am

Mainly for my info. This site has a wealth of schematics and info on older arcade video games.

Another Wednesday done

By , March 19, 2008 9:10 pm

Feeling a bit better today. Gut is still kicking and back still out but was able to function a bit today. Went and worked on a video game for a bit this afternoon. Didn’t get it fixed but closer. Now to find the parts.

Still reading the Block short stories. The dude can write! Most of his stuff is crime fiction. I think the thing I like most about his writing is that he takes you into the heads of some interesting and sometimes really scary folks and makes you like it, and come back for more. Good stuff!

Calling it an early night. Till tomorrow…

Another one of those days

By , March 18, 2008 9:45 pm

Had plans to do things today. Didn’t. Another of the feel lousy all over and have a splitting headache on top of it kind of days. Guess I will try again tomorrow, but that depends on how bad the storms are when they get to us. At least they’re saying it will be daylight when they get here this time. Hate the night storms much worse than the daytime ones even though both will kill you just as quick. Guess I figure if I can see it coming I’ve got a better chance.

Been rereading some of Lawrence Block’s short storys today. Just finished Like A Lamb To Slaughter and am fixing to start on Sometimes They Bite, and then moving on to Some Days You Get the Bear.
Wonderful stuff!

Tis later than I planned to be up so am gonna close this for now. Till tomorrow…


By , March 17, 2008 9:10 pm


1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. each ground cumin, garlic powder, paprika, powdered oregano and sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Makes 3 tablespoons of seasoning mix, which is equal in strength to a 1/4 ounce package of commercial seasoning mix.

Taken from a post on Homesteading Today. Haven’t tried it yet but it sounds good so to save it am posting it here.

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