I've written several pet obituaries over the years, and when doing so I could never imagine what I could write to express how special Holly was to me. Tonight I came home from work, lights were out, not uncommon. Izzie was excited as usual. Holly was asleep in her usual spot, but tonight she didn't wake up.
In early fall of 1998, Donna and I, settled in a new house, having those nurturing feelings, decided it was time to get a dog. At the Nashville Humane Association, we found a cage full of fluffy Keep reading [...]
My tool addiction is getting ahead of me. With my life in flux, what I really need is a 1200lb drill press that's too tall to fit in my current garage. But for $200 I couldn't pass on this rare special piece of Americana.
It's not home yet. Actually it's going to a buddy's barn until I get settled.
Known problems - missing V belt, stuck back gear lever, crack in cast cover, missing gear teeth. The whole thing needs to be disassembled, cleaned, paint removed and reassembled. Why did I buy Keep reading [...]
So, I bought a Night Owl camera / DVR system and got it installed this weekend. No, you can't get near my house without being recorded, and backed up remotely. It's a Night Owl Security L-85-8511, http://amzn.com/B00H7OEK1M.
I had a lot of trouble getting the Night Owl Lite software to access my box remotely. I'm not sure what the exact cause is, but here are the steps that appear to have made it rock solid. If you're not technical, you might not be able to understand what any of this means. Keep reading [...]
So back in the summer, I bought a 1977 Ford F150 XLT truck. It has a 4" lift kit, big tires, big engine. I always wanted one in highschool so I guess that was part of my midlife crisis.
Anyhow, so the truck has almost zero rust, and of course I'm chasing mechanical issues constantly. The interior is in great shape for an almost 40 year old truck. But, someone chopped up a big hole in the dash and installed a Pioneer DIN style rectangular stereo system in it, while everything else is original. Keep reading [...]
I met State Senator Jim Tracy, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, at the Fiddlers Jamboree in Smithville several years ago. He was campaigning the crowd. Of course I struck up a conversation with him about alternative transportation (bike/ped) and we started having a very good interaction. He finally asked where I was from. When I told him Nashville, he was almost rudely dismissive with me. That tells me either he didn't want to waste his handshaking time, or he's just not interested Keep reading [...]
September 1999 - November 20, 2013
I remember the first time I laid eyes on her. Donna and I had caught Jetty as a stray kitten and we thought he needed some company when we traveled. A friend of Donna's knew a guy Tom, who was renting an apartment and was moving. He had three "teenage" cats that he couldn't take so we decided to go pick one out. I've never really liked scaredy cats - a stranger comes in and they run like some kind of demon has entered the house. Honestly I never Keep reading [...]
So this is my BLOG. I write something once in a while, when there's something I want to broadcast. I write emails for work, for nonprofit work, for personal reasons. I write endless Facebook one or two sentence updates, sometimes I tweet. Recently I decided to hand write a few letters. I'm not sure how I really came up with the idea, but the Art of Manliness article says it best "Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door."
In my usual Keep reading [...]
There is a good kind of stress - the kind that makes you obsess, the kind that drives you to think, create, wake up on the middle of the night with a new idea, inspires, drives you to do more than you think you can do, the kind that motivates you to exceed the highest expectations you even set for yourself.
It's the new opportunity, it's the change that inspires. It's the freedom to be outside the box. It's the opportunity to search for the edges of that new box.
When have you had that opportunity Keep reading [...]
Back in 2004, my big thing was gardening. I had just starting to get into bicycling seriously, and my weekend time was beginning to become a scarce resource. I was collecting daylilies, hostas and roses. I had even joined the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society. The first River Ride I had ever heard of was that year, and it fell on the same day I had volunteered to be a daylily show judge assistant. The whole time I wanted to be at that ride. The next year, I volunteered to work registration. Keep reading [...]
One more challenge was actually getting the welder from Bristol to Nashville. I had to rent a pickup truck, drive to Bristol. The welder cart was so big I had to leave it behind. The guys I bought it from loaded it in the truck for me. After returning to Nashville, I went to my buddy Sal's place and used a chain hoist to unload it from the truck, load it on a furniture dolly and loaded it on a tilting trailer. Hauled it to the house and rolled it off the trailer.
From there, I spent Keep reading [...]