Sunday, October 30, 2016

With the new revelation of "5 digit number" of emails found on a laptop computer, we may see a reverse in the polls - of which I greatly distrust anyway - going for Clinton.  Even as of today, they are showing Clinton with only a few points lead which are in the margin of error meaning it's basically a tie.  Too bad the electoral college can just vote however they want to, in the end.

Well anyway.  In the midst of trying to get that trailer sold.  Getting lots of lowball offers on it.  I'm not going to sell it for less than $2,500 unless time marches on and it becomes obvious that I'm just not going to get that kind of money out of it.  But I've dumped so much into it, I would like to at least break even on it.  I'm going to hold out for a while and see if I can get anything close to what I want.  So far, the highest offer was 2 grand, the lowest was 750 and everything in between.  The interior of that thing is in excellent condition.  The only issue inside really is the cushions at the kitchen table which is a cheap, easy fix.  Well, anyway, Mark has done a good job of finishing the cleanup on it and he is dealing with it on that end.  I can only hope it sells soon.

Meanwhile, back at the "ranch".  I spent yesterday pulling the entire rear end of a 4 wheeler apart.  It was quite the chore because I kept getting stuck at points where something had to come off of something else and it's been on there so long, it took a lot of effort to get it off.  The huge axle nut was the worst.  It simply wouldn't budge. I spent an hour heating it up with a Map gas torch.  When push came to shove, I found a 5 foot long pipe, put it over a plumber's wrench, heated the thing up again and it finally gave way.  You have to screw the nut back to reveal a clip that has to come off to get that whole portion of it off of the axle.


Well, I got out there today and got stuck on a giant C clip.  I bought a tool to spread it out but it wouldn't spread it far enough.  I ended up in a town 30 miles away to find something to use to getit off - and I might have got the right tool  - but it was getting dark by the time I got back and though there is good lighting out there?  I decided to stop.  I'll get it back together but I sort of figured it would require tools I don't have.  I used to have all of these kinds of tools and then some.  If you want to do mechanics, there is a minimum amount of tools you are going to have to have.  I am slowly rebuilding it to acceptable levels. I at least have a Map gas torch now, not as good as acetylene but it works well enough.
I do not have a bench grinder, mostly because there isn't a bench.  Well, there is one in their big shed but they filled it up with their personal stuff.  Really, in real mechanics, you have to have an acetylene torch and definitely a bench grinder.  And a press. And a lot of other stuff.  But I'm not into "real" mechanics anymore, not the scale I used to be at. However, I am considering a limited reemergence into it once I get enough tools and enough refresher into it

Aspyn is still in heat, but I have effectively removed Addler from her - for days now.  Whether she is pregnant or not, I was getting very tired of it.  Hump hump hump hump hump, endlessly.  He got the point, it took a couple days to get it through to him: Stop It.  Natural instincts, sure.  Does it take over their brains? Yes.  Do I have to put up with it? Absolutely not.  Addler has not spent a night in my bedroom in 4 or 5 nights now.  Aspyn is in there, he is not.  Just not going to deal with it when I need to be sleeping.  And yes, it will go on all night long, all day long.  It's unbelievable, actually.

Well enough. My computer must have a virus.  I don't need to search it out anymore, I know the symptoms.  I'm going to have to do a virus scan and get rid of whatever is attached itself to my files.

Interesting day. Up early - 4:00, jolted out of deep sleep by the ridiculous phone alarm - annoying as all get out but that's the inten...