Jun 4, 2012 - Bicycling, Uncategorized    Comments Off on 2012 Harpeth River Ride Review

2012 Harpeth River Ride Review

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 [...]
Feb 19, 2012 - A Better Place    Comments Off on United States Politics and the Presidential Election

United States Politics and the Presidential Election

We don't have kids.  And I'm not sure why I care about these things.  I should plan to live a selfish life, do what benefits me for the next 30-40 years of my expected lifetime, and live it up.  I think most people will tell you I'm a liberal Democrat. But I have lots of Republican friends and family that express their ideas regularly and challenge my ideas.  I appreciate them, especially those that have thought things out carefully, and present good logical ideas.  Many of them are just plain Keep reading [...]
Nov 13, 2011 - General News, Uncategorized    Comments Off on Latest on the TIG Welding Adventure

Latest on the TIG Welding Adventure

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 [...]
Oct 26, 2011 - Uncategorized    Comments Off on Welder on the way…

Welder on the way…

I started out with a John Deere tractor I wanted to trade for a TIG welder (I couldn't sell it.) Dad died in 1998, he worked in Mobile, AL in the summertime (between college to be an engineer) as a welding apprentice in the shipyard. Not a very good job. As I grew up, he had a stick welder, and was pretty good at it from his summer job. Every time we wanted to stick aluminum or stainless together, he would say "We would need a 'heliarc' for that." Since I was a kid, I always wanted one of those [I]exotic Keep reading [...]
Oct 21, 2011 - A Better Place    Comments Off on #OccupyWallStreet


I was in NYC last week and stopped by when they were in Times Square, and saw them again in Zuccotti Park (twice from a tour bus.)  What these protesters have found is another plane of thinking - many Americans don't even understand it.  Maybe it's because they're so brainwashed by the 1% that it's hard to explain?  Or is it the labeling that they're the fattest laziest dirtiest scum in our society? Matt Lauer this morning, on the Today Show, sat there and criticized them for not having a message. Keep reading [...]
Sep 17, 2011 - Uncategorized    Comments Off on WordPress – Android Market

WordPress – Android Market

So I've been trying to get WordPress - Android Market to work.  I keep getting: HTTP status code: 412 was returned.  Precondition Failed. I'm gonna keep trying for a little while.  Apparently folks hosted on ICDSoft (which I am) are having trouble.  I'm not sure I want to hack my WordPress code to make it work.  I'll keep looking. Turns out FactoryJoe has a fix, but it warns that it makes your site vulnerable.  Don't do this. Finally, I found this post that tells you to create a .htaccess Keep reading [...]
Aug 9, 2011 - Uncategorized    Comments Off on Comcast Xfinity Voice Service – a Nashville experience

Comcast Xfinity Voice Service – a Nashville experience

OK, so back several years ago, we switched our phone service from AT&T to Vonage.  We saved a TON of money since then.  But, occasionally we've had miscellaneous minor problems with the service, some were my home phone wiring.  Well, we got a call from Comcast today about combining our voice service and upgrade to digital cable. After quickly adding up our Cable and Vonage bills, we decided it would be worth doing it.  During the disclosure rambling, the salesperson said they would charge Keep reading [...]
Aug 6, 2011 - General News    Comments Off on Time for a Patclements.com Facelift

Time for a Patclements.com Facelift

I've been running my site on Geeklog for many years now, at least 5 or 6.  It's time for a facelift.  Contemplating the change for many years, even through serving for two years as webmaster for harpethbikeclub.com using Joomla, I finally settled in on WordPress.  It allows easy BLOG posting, it has wide support, interesting and powerful plug-ins, strong mobile support and it seems easy (honestly installing Joomla plugins are easier.)  Why didn't I simply use Blogger?  Well, I want the power Keep reading [...]
Mar 21, 2011 - A Better Place    Comments Off on Where Have I Been?

Where Have I Been?

It's been quite a while since I wrote an article about the death of Sharon Bayler. If you follow me on Facebook or you browse my Flickr page, you can probably figure out what I've been up to. But if you don't, read more below to find out more. Summary: - Bike Walk Tennessee: advocacy will suck up every ounce of time you have. - Work: I really should keep up my LinkedIn. Regardless, I've been very busy at work. I won't be detailing it online, but I'll share some general comments. - Life: Yes, I'm Keep reading [...]
May 18, 2010 - Bicycling    Comments Off on Tennessee Cyclist Killed – RIP Sharon Bayler

Tennessee Cyclist Killed – RIP Sharon Bayler

It always makes me very sad when a bicyclist is out enjoying a country road or their ride to work and is run over by a speeding car.  Sharon Bayler was riding just north of Taft, TN on state highway 274.  She was "sweeping" with a group of bicyclists.  For those of you that don't know what sweeping is, someone intentionally rides last and makes sure none of the beginners get in trouble or lost.  It's a very noble thing to do.  And I imagine Sharon was taking it Keep reading [...]