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Steps. [Apr. 1st, 2007|01:25 pm]
Doug Ayen
Got out a bit more this week. On Tuesday, I went to the local machinists group meeting (CAMS, www.cams-club.org), showed off the pizza cutter again (hey, they hadn't seen it yet), ended up giving a bit of lecture on damascus, forging, and the like. Got some ideas on how to simplify the machining of the disks (hand-grinding is out, do you know how hard it is to grind a circle with even bevels on both sides?), looks like I'm in the market for a lathe.

Several people at the meeting had been over to the workshop for various events, including the first-ever gathering of the club, and I was asked if/when I was going to hold more events.

Still finding it hard to motivate. I really wish I could get up in the morning and actually want to do something. Anything, really.

I did finally buy a tractor today. 56 ford 800. It runs on all cylinders, or at least close enough; while it didn't start up right away, that's probably mostly due to having sat around for a while and a mattery needing a good recharge -- and when it did start, a crack in the fuel bowl pissed a stream of gasoline dangerously close to the exhaust manifold. Fortunately, that's an easy fix -- I've already picked up the replacement, a stock item at TSC. Oh, and the tractor has two attachments -- a front end loader, which I hope will be useful in finishing off the pond, re-graveling the driveway, dealing with heavy snowfall, and so on; and a backhoe -- the network engineer's mortal enemy, but probably also useful.

The remaining problem on the tractor side is getting it home. It's about 50 miles away in Daubs, MD. Well, if worst comes to worst, even a commercial haul won't be more than $3-4/mile.

Oh, and it seems the mini has a leak in the radiator, which was its own adventure. I'll be driving the truck for a day or two while that gets fixed -- from what I can see, that pothole I hit on the way home on Friday took out the AC radiator, cracked bits of the bracketing holding the radiator assemblies, and put a pretty good crimp in the bottom coil on the radiator, from which all of the fluid has escaped. Sigh.

So, early to bed tonight so I can get up early and arrange for a tow and to make sure the local repair shop can handle this; I don't think this will require a visit to the dealer's specialist. Still, I don't expect this to be cheap.


[User Picture]From: ms_daisy_cutter
2007-04-02 05:35 pm (UTC)
Still finding it hard to motivate. I really wish I could get up in the morning and actually want to do something. Anything, really.

I haven't been keeping up with what's been going on in your life. You're currently unemployed, correct? You have my sympathies. I was there from early November until early February, my least favorite time of the year to begin with.

Are you hoping to find more work in high tech, or were you thinking of shifting gears into something else?
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2007-04-02 10:47 pm (UTC)
No, I"m fully employed.
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[User Picture]From: ms_daisy_cutter
2007-04-03 12:07 am (UTC)

Not that you're fully employed, but that you seem to be going through a rough spot.
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[User Picture]From: garnet_rattler
2007-04-02 08:39 pm (UTC)
If you need a driver for the tractor for a ~long haul, I actually learned to drive on a 1940's predecessor of that model. May not be useful, but I'm not overly busy right now either, sadly ...

Good luck on the job end, and be glad you're not in Baltimore; the job market up here is even worse.
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