Archive for February, 2013


February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m watching Gran Torino and there was just a scene where Walt takes Thao out to buy a tool belt and asks with his usual tone of racial insensitivity, “What are you gonna carry your tools in? A rice bag?”  It made me laugh.

I used to carry my lunch in a burlap rice bag.  Once, on a job site, our crew was moving from one floor to another. A coworker was looking for a box to put his loose tools in and since my lunch was already eaten I quickly threw a bunch of his things into my bag and offered it to him. He wouldn’t carry it because he didn’t want to look “ghetto.”  

He would not carry it!

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Being cheap bit me in the ass…but just a little.

February 23, 2013 1 comment

I had to completely re-do both hubs on my utility trailer today.  I’ve been re-using the same seals for 22 years and it finally caught up with me.  

I won’t feel too bad about it because the issue was discovered in a routine service rather than on the side of the road but imagine my surprise in pulling off a dust cap and finding the hub packed with mayonnaise.  I held onto a little hope as I wiped a bearing race clean but there was pitting…

The cost of new bearings and seals was about the same as what I would have spent on seals if I had bought them when I should have over the years so I was lucky.


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I’m really not a crank…

February 16, 2013 1 comment

…but I want to share.  The front of the apartment building where my grandmother and one of my uncles lives is decorated with an East Asian theme.  Near the front entrance there is a painting of a boat that doesn’t know what it wants to be and it bothers me a lot.  The hull is clearly a junk but it has a square rig.  

It really bothers me.  Why not a give it a wingsail or even a jet engine if any attempt to be accurate is being thrown out the window?  

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Relativity? BAH!

February 6, 2013 Leave a comment

When somebody says an ant can lift 20 times its body weight I’m not impressed.  In absolute terms it’s PATHETIC.

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February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

I saw some Idle no More protesters in Victoria yesterday and thought about protests from when I was a child.  Children incorporate what they see into their play and I was no exception:  When playing with model railroads no layout was complete without a native blockade.


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Attitude problem?

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Sometimes when I’m out in public and filthy from work I wish I could have gone home to clean up first but I’m actually more likely to take pleasure in a little épater le bourgeois.

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