Monday, January 31, 2011

A taste of Early Spring

Wow two days in a row that were quite nice.  I actually got out in the shop yesterday and open up the doors so that it would warm up. That was nice. But at lass it will not last. Winter still has their heavy hand in the day.

I did yesterday decide that I would never again buy a Skill Router. No matter how much I tinker with it trying to refine it's use it keeps balking and showing me who's boss. Right now it has a favourite bit and will not give it up. I think it is time to start haunting the pawn shops and flea markets and see what I can find in a way of a 1 1/2 hp router or up along the lines of a Bosch or Porter-Cable.

Well I in the spite of family I loaned my old Isuzu Pickup out to my son and he was rear ended and knocked into another so. I am mini-truck less now. It doesn't help that the insurance company looks like they are trying to bail out on paying something for it. Anything would help towards getting another old mini-truck.

By the way did I mention that the truck that hit him and knocked him forward bugged out and left the scene of the accident. I think the terminology for this situation is screwed, blued and tattooed. O well.

I have begun to work on how and what form the next mini truck will take.  I am thinking about a 4wd one . The only thing is that goes against my philosophy of keeping it simple stupid.  Of course I will probably pick one that is quirky for me. I actually leaning toward a Mitsubishi Mighty Max. They are low to the ground get reasonable good gas mileage and are built like a tank. I have had over the years 3 of them

My favorite on was a little red  90 model  I owned. It was like a little skate-board.  Combined that with the fact that you can find one for about $2500 the rest speaks for it self.  Even so I will miss the old white Isuzu PUP. So long old gal.

Reading Material

Finished reading Alan Furst "The Spies of Warsaw.".  ---Excellent is all I can say. If you like your thrillers with a taste of history then Furst is the guy to go too.

Also Finished  "Collins- The Complete Woodworker" written by the editors of Wood Magazine and published by the Smithsonian's.. Good book to have around got me to thinking about a lot of different approaches to my wood work.

Starting Stig Larrson "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo".

Politics, Economy, and Life

Well, what can I say. the economy still sucks and the politicians are still playing the finger pointing game. In short expect nothing to happen.  What really blows my mind is the fact that on paper the stockbrokers and big fiance and big internationals are doing great. Profits are up. Bonus are up. So why is their no jobs no investment in the USA.

Because people the trickle down theory does not work!

Never has and never will. The Rich get richer because they sat on it and the poor or working people of this nation as usual carry the burden on our backs for what these people don't do in carrying their share of the tax burden and the government and politicians developing some backbone and saying it is time we do something about
  1. affordable housing - and I don't mean Mac-mansions
  2. universal health care - move us up to the rest of the major world players
  3. establishing a living wage - I don't mean minimum wage which is ridiculous
  4. decent public transportation
  5. investing in our environment
  6. investing in our infrastructure
  7. getting out of wars that has nothing to do with us.- If a country doesn't like their rulers then do what Egypt is doing.
  8. Education that means something. - No child left behind does nothing when it just causes kids to drop out because they are not good test takers.
These are just a few of what I talking about needing to be done.

Do I vote? Hell yes.

Because I vote to let them know that I am not happy by my vote and while it is possible to say my vote doesn't count. That the election is rigged. That all might be true but it at least I voted and I voted my beliefs . I may be a socialist in my thoughts and beliefs but it does not change the fact that I believe I am without questions right.
Liberal and Proud of it.

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