Friday, September 25, 2015

Gun show weekend

I am off for the whole weekend, and, there is a gun show at the armory, an auction all weekend long at the auction house, and, it is suppose to remain gorgeous outside. It is going to be a great weekend. Got home from work and the neighbor across the street was kind enough to bring over some leftover grilled pork chops fresh off of the grill. Awesome. She is  a great cook. Wish they made air fresheners scented like smoked meats, or bacon for that matter.

At work, I am getting a new to me toy. A CNC universal grinder. I have been requesting one for the last two years, and, it will be here next week. YES. Get to take a look at it before I go on vacation the following week. It has the exact same controller I use on the OD grinder I have now, but it has ID and OD capabilities, and auto gaging for checking size while it is running. It is almost like Christmas in October. It at least takes our capabilities up to the end of the 20th century. Not quite into the 21st, but close.

Tree limbs are all cut up and disposed of finally. Tomorrow, at some point, I will rake up the last of the old mulch and leaves. Gaining on it. All the dead wood is gone. Next spring I will have to start planting some replacement plants as it is getting barren around the perimeter of the house. Just have to make up my mind what I want. Ahh, two whole days off. So looking forward to it.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Steam show day

It was the last day of the Elnora Indiana steam show today.  They have a huge flea market, an antique tractor section, an antique car section, a working machine shop, a working wood shop, a pioneer village and lots and lots more. Very entertaining. I first heard about it last year. It is now an annual trip for me.

Here is a small section of their antiques on display. They go on around the room all the way to the ceiling. Another room has an old train layout, quite massive.

                      This is an antique horizontal saw, with a grinder in the immediate background.

                                        Here is the drill press. They had it running for display.

Here we have the drive for the whole metal and wood shop. I don't think OSHA would approve of the belt set up:)

                                  Here is the a front view for the grinder and horizontal mill

                                        This is the largest of the lathes they had on display.

                                                   Here is the small lathe running.

                                                   Here is the vertical wood band saw.

Here is the wood working side of the building. It operates off of the same motor that drives the steel shop. They are turning rolling pins at present. Last year, I got to see them make baseball bats.

They had a tractor parade. That was cool. They had about anything you could imagine from all eras. lots of great things to see and eat. Definitely be back next year. Next weekend is a huge gun auction. I probably will have to work, but I really hope not. Around 400 guns up on the block. A couple of broom handles are there. Machine gun shoot is still a few weeks down the line. I have a vacations set, so it is a for sure this year.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

well, it will still be a two day weekend...

Have to work Saturday, but I will still get Monday off, so that won't be bad. I was told I should be off  next weekend, which is the Elnora steam show, which is awesome. It is the one with the working metal shop. The working wood shop. A small town setup like pioneer days. Bluegrass music. Lots of good food. Plenty of steam engines. Huge flea market. All said, I would rather work this Saturday than next Saturday.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Well, that worked out great...

I thought I was going to have to move my antennae out of the attic, where I put it last weekend, and move it to the roof. Turns out, the tuner on the TV doesn't pick up over the air signal worth anything. I ordered a box late last week I can connect a hard drive to and I can then record my shows. I received the box today, hooked up the tuner and TV. Picture is perfect. I have to play with the record feature yet. I want to be able to record my shows as usual. Looks pretty straight forward. It does 1080p and surround sound, so it is better than VHS, and with a hard drive (which I already have) it will be cheaper than tapes. I am just happy I don't have to mess with the antennae anymore.