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  1. Downeaster

    Just out of curiosity - Airplane Guys

    I experienced 22 years of Military PCS flying on overcrowded contract planes, stale sammiches, interminable flights (12-14 hours or more), half the plane filled with unwashed grunts still in their utilities, crappy terminals, delays, lack of information and a generally miserable experience (but...
  2. Downeaster

    I've embarked on another anti-shackwhacky project - wanna see?

    Haying equipment is complete - mower, baler, rake, wagons, and elevator. I suppose I could add a conditioner, but we never used one when I was a kid. Baler designed in TinkerCAD using measurements from a 1:16 model a guy sent me and then 3D printer. Not as difficult as I imagined it would be...
  3. Downeaster

    A former life.

    Until my wife developed allergies, we had dogs continuously. Mutts, a Doberman, a Rottweiler, a German Shedder...uh..."Shepherd" and several hound breeds of mixed parentage. Of all of those, some considered "dangerous", I can only recall one serious challenge to my position as Alpha, and that...
  4. Downeaster

    living in a small hick town!!!!!!

    I live in a "village". Houses all around, but nearest commercial enterprise is an inconvenience store about 3 miles away. Nearest McDonalds is 20+ miles, as is the nearest traffic light. If you ask for help, they'll give you the shirt off their back. Otherwise, Mainers, especially Downeast...
  5. Downeaster

    Billet for the win.

    I didn't want to say anything, but yeah, that snail version is fugly! Nice job on the billet tho.
  6. Downeaster

    I have an unusual request for help - medically related

    I don't know WHERE she gets her sense of humor...:umm:
  7. Downeaster

    I have an unusual request for help - medically related

    Well, after THREE (3) surgeries, they finally came back with a clean pathology report. If this one still found pre-cancerous cells, it was going to be a radical mastectomy next. So, dodged a bullet there. She starts chemo Monday and the original estimate of side effects is out the window...
  8. Downeaster

    What does your wife say about your hobby?

    My garage, and now my new shop, are "Nasty, stinky, dirty and repulsive." (So Plan A is working...) She doesn't know a screwdriver from a wood chisel. No, really. I caught her using one of my wood chisels to tighten the handles on cabinet doors in the kitchen. That was years ago, I put a...
  9. Downeaster

    Resurrecting an old bike - how much will it cost?

    Over several years of fixing up tractors and motorcycles, I have learned NEVER to keep track of expenses. Two reasons: 1. Sooner or later, the "total" column is going to give you chest pains. At our age, that's no fun at all. 2. There's always a chance SWMBO will come across it and then you...
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    Resurrecting an old bike - how much will it cost?

    While his thought process is good, I don't agree with some of his conclusions. "Sell it and at least break even." Riiiiiight. Good luck with that, Unicorn Boy. Also, he missed mentioning a basic item: Chain and sprockets. I can pretty much guarantee it's gonna need those. Of course, one...
  11. Downeaster

    A Vietnamese Alan Millyard

    And not a computer, CNC or a DRO in the place. Amazing. Very inventive hold-downs too.
  12. Downeaster

    I've embarked on another anti-shackwhacky project - wanna see?

    Nice, gggGary! Good lookin' Aitch too.
  13. Downeaster

    I've embarked on another anti-shackwhacky project - wanna see?

    The 20 acre addition to the farm now has a hay field and a corn field. The corn field was a pain, there are 400 plants that came as 20 strips of 20 plants. They were very two-dimensional as received, I had to pinch and twist each plant to give some shape to them, then plant two strips in a...
  14. Downeaster

    There'll be no brass monkeys conceived today!

    Nope just got them, worn them once. Yes poly of some sort. Slicker than puppy shit on a hardwood floor. As I said, NOT good for tasks requiring any level of dexterity. Got them mostly for sedentary tasks like running the snowblower, shoveling snow and feeding/watering the chickens. On the...
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    There'll be no brass monkeys conceived today!

    0°F and 20 mph of wind with higher gusts. Good chance to try out my new battery-powered heated gloves. I have circulation issues in my fingers and they get seriously cold (as in useless) at even 30-ish degrees. They worked very well even on medium heat setting while doing chores this morning...
  16. Downeaster

    Just Ride.

    @Mailman - That's the one time I envy you living in Arizona. The other 50 weeks a year, not so much...:laugh2:
  17. Downeaster

    A wasted afternoon.

    Well, I've never done anything like that. No, Sir! Not me. lately...
  18. Downeaster

    Just out of curiosity - Airplane Guys

    The narrator/narration is a hoot!
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