Category Archives: Misc

Time marches on

I haven't posted anything in a while.

My life is rolling along.  The boys are healthy.  Spring is coming.  And, Daylight Savings wasn't too much of a pain.

I have a bunch of pictures I need to upload to Abe and Leo's sites.  I did not inherit the attention to archival detail that my grandfather possessed.

I'm excited that baseball season is nearing.  I promised myself that I wouldn't attempt to keep three fantasy baseball teams afloat this year.  I think that may be a smart decision.

So far, I have $166.70 accumulated on MTURK.  I think I'm going to set my sights on a 32" monitor instead of a Wii.

This is all rambles. 

A nice Sunday drive

Rumley 15/25
 
Dad and I got the Rumley running yesterday.  The magneto was still charged and the engine actually started without too much trouble.
 
The fuel pump wasn't bringing fuel in so we worked on it for a couple of hours.  We checked the fuel lines, cleaned out the check valve, and re-wrapped all the threads with Teflon tape.
 
Finally, we blew some air into the fuel tank and forced fuel into the lines.  The pump took right off.
 
Rumley Oil Pull
 
Abe said the tractor was too loud.  He stood on the platform with me and asked what all the pieces and parts did.
 
Now, we need to clean the exterior up and repaint some things.  And, we'll probably work on the rest of the engines next time.
 
I put more pictures in the BungoJungo Picture Gallery
 

Where there’s…

…smoke there's fire.

I had an interesting drive from Dallas to Wichita today.  As I headed north on Interstate 35, I started seeing smoke on the horizon just north of the Texas / Oklahoma border.  Just north of Thackerville, OK traffic was stopped in both lanes. I sat in almost exactly the same place for an hour.  During the first 45 minutes, traffic continues to progress in the south-bound lanes.  I could see flames in the distance and saw numerous firetrucks and assorted emergency vehicles headed past my location toward the source.  There was also a considerable amount of aerial activity.

Then, the smoke plumes increased in size.

Oklahoma Fire

I got tired of sitting there (and I was running low on fuel) so I turned around and headed south.  Fortunately, highway 77 intersected with I 35 just south of where I stopped.  I jumped off of south-bound 35 and headed back north on 77 figuring it would either intersect back into 35 or at the very least run into a town where I could ask how to get back to the interstate.

Many other vehicles had followed the same path, but I'm fairly sure I was one of the last.  I was on 77 for less than a mile before I saw flames very close to the side of the roadway.  I've never seen a prairie / brush / tree fire close up.  I was a little more concerned when I saw a group of firemen run across the road and passed three police cruisers heading south at a high rate of speed.

Then, I got into the heavy stuff.  I considered stopping to snap a couple of quick pictures with my phone, but I'm glad I didn't.  I rounded a bend in the highway and the flames were up to the shoulder.  I was fortunate that the road quickly curved in the opposite direction.

I had less than a mile before I was clear of the fire and smoke on the north side.   I took the pictures below from the north side looking south right at the junction of 77 with 35.

ok fire

ok fire

I got back on the Interstate and headed north towards OKC. 

Bitterness

This is what my Hallertau hop vine looked like on April 2nd of this year:

hop vine

And this is what it looks like today (July 23rd):

hops big

hops big too

Indeed, it has grown.  I've done a little better job this year of training it.  Next year, I'm going to dig the rhizome up and split it into two plants.  Then, I'm going to plant it along the back fence so I can train a vine on each one of the vertical pieces of fence.  It'll provide us some more privacy and hopefully increase my yield.

I also harvested some cone flowers last night and started drying them:

Hop Coneflowers

I've already harvested more than I had all of last year.  I'm hoping to have enough to brew a batch without supplementing the hop bill with anything bought.

I had enough time to transfer the hefeweizen to the secondary.  It looks, smells, and tastes fantastic.  I'm going to try to bottle the stout sometime this week.