It’s Been Awhile

Well, it’s been awhile, but I’ve had very little to say. Too cold to do anything other than kind of hibernate.   Been feeling a little off for a bit over a month now. It started as a head cold, but after the first week it settled into my lungs and won’t let go.  I can almost feel myself gurgle.   Well, I’d better get something done, even if it’s wrong.


A New Year, A New Set of Old Problems

Well, it’s a new year, same as the old year, same problems, same annoyances, same anti-motivational clap trap that keeps me from wanting to even leave my house long enough to get food.  But I will muster the energy and keep plodding forward, as I must, if I don’t I can’t do the Fun Stuff, no Goth Cruise this year, but definitely next year, Not-Cincy this year, absolutely, even if it is no longer in Cincy, Street Machine Nationals, already registered, Bonelli mkI GTG, it’s a 28 hr drive, but a doable drive, as long as the Scirocco doesn’t let me down.

I know some of you might be reading that and saying” oooo, he’s depressed”, no, no I’m not, it’s just that I’m in northern Wisconsin and it’s COLD outside, -2 currently, with a -23 wind chill, it kinda saps a guys strength, I must be getting old,I’m actually considering moving the Arizona or New Mexico.

But to everyone out there:

Have a Happy and Bountiful New Year.


The Busy Season

Well, we’re finally getting into the busy season, I haz stuffs to doooo. Oh my goodness.

So they seem to be slowly working me into the schedule, mostly by my boss pimping me out to other divisions of the company.  I guess my wide-ranging experience, I get bored easily,  is finally paying off.  It’s been a rather busy few weeks, I’ve been to four meetings and a full-blown upgrade by way of ” Can you get here by tomorrow?”, next month looks to be rather busy too, then I’m thumb twiddling until Nov. Dec.   It’s been a busy month for recruiters too, at least 2 or 3 a day, most of them want me to take a 20-30% cut in pay and do more work.  I’m not a CAD guy, I don’t do CAD, I do Controls, in the field, I don’t ride a desk, I ride an airplane to my next site.  “We want you to travel 80% of the time and still do a month worth of office work on the 4 days a month that you’re here, oh and you’ll be salary so we will make sure that you have to put in at least 60 – 80 hrs./week for 40 hrs. of pay, and we’re only willing to pay you an entry level engineering salary”.  That is SOOOOO TEMPTING, but I think you need to find someone more masochistic, or just plain stupid.   I have a job, I have skills, I have experience, you need me, I don’t need you.  True I spend more time than I’s like going “Hey guys, does anybody have any office work that I can do for them?” but I get to learn what equipment each site has, just in case I need to go there, someday, maybe.

I’ve finally been able to get some reading done too, I picked up Cedar Sandersons “Warp Resonance” 5 short stories with female protagonists, a fun little two hour read.  The new David Drake Lt. Leary book, an enjoyable read, as usual.  So I’m down to about 200 books in my “to read” pile.

I’ve finally figured out how to tune my Megasquirt, pretty simple when you figure out what’s going on and why.  I was told that it had been tuned really fat, alcahol fuel fat, turns it thsat it was so lean that I was in danger of burning my valves and melting a hole in a piston.  The new tune is working quite well, not finished yet, but much better, it idles without the choke now.

Another Month Done

Well, here’s another month gone. I was actually allowed to do real work, with real people, imagine that.  I did a couple of system upgrades, even being sent back to the hotel for a day so the site could get their poop in a group and install the bypasses, which they didn’t manage to do, we were still able to get done ahead of schedule.  All in all, a good week, but I need to be able to string more of those together.

I guess it’s back to paperwork and twiddling my thumbs.


TTFN Everyone.


It’s My Birfday!

Or I like to call it Thursday.  Yep, I’m another year older and working on my birthday. To be honest, I usually forget it’s my birthday until someone wishes me a Happy Birthday, this year it was one of my sisters, and Arby’s, and Shanghai Bistro, and Applebee’s, Famous Dave’s, Taco John’s, Advance Auto, and several online forums, and a radio station down in TN, that one I don’t get, living here in the frozen north.  But I still have to work, but my “Give a Sh!t” is busted, but the work must get done.  

The heck with it, I need a dozen 1k resistors, so I’m heading to Radio Shack, yes, there’s one about 5 miles from me, you’d almost think I planned my home purchase based on the proximity to a DIY electronics store, but no I based it on the amount of acreage, lack of neighbors, and easy driving distance to a decent sized airport.  But I need some resistors so I can put some LEDs in the dash of my Scirocco, the LC1 needs an LED to flash trouble codes, and I’m building a digital dash for my Moto Guzzi, I have a set of digital gauges from Nordskog so now I need LEDs for the idiot lights, turn indicators and high beam indicator.

I’m thinking that maybe I should make this blog more useful rather than just using it for my meandering thoughts.   

Thoughts? Suggestions?  Hello? Anybody out there?  Just kidding.



Happy Birthday America!!!

OK, OK, more like Happy Conception Day, but that really doesn’t roll off the tongue very well now does it.  Well it’s technically Independence Day, a nice long weekend full of mowing my lawn and getting my old car ready for the Street Machine Nationals, and doing other peoples work because they’re “too busy”, I’ve seen their versions of this and I’m pretty sure my manager “encouraged” them to move the work over to me.  I’m still adding site data from three or four years ago, damned frustrating.

My yard is way too big, yet not big enough. I have just over 3 acres but about an acre is “navigable waterway”  which , according to the neighbor’s dog, means it holds just enough water to make a great mud puddle to roll around in, for almost two whole days after it rains. It takes almost a full day to mow with the rider, I mowed it twice with the push mower and it took three 8 hour days to finish both times, so I lived on ramen and beans  and just mowed the front quarter for three months until I could afford a 20+ horse rider.  So, as you can see, the yard is too big, but I can’t build another shop building on it, or go hunting on it, so it’s too small, but it’s the original house for the 40 acre farm and has an existing machine shed on it, but the machine shed has a dirt floor with a two foot drop over 60 feet, that’s going to be a lot of fill when I finally concrete the floor.

Squee!  I get to take my car to the Street Machine Nationals!  But I’m not geeking out or anything.  While I wish I was taking my ’69 Olds Cutlass S, I’ll settle for taking my ’78 VW Scirocco.  Will it win any awards?  I seriously doubt it. I bought it with most of the mods in place, and most of those only half done, it has 1 power window, it was installed on the driver’s side, it has a single gas strut for the hood, which makes the hood sit funny, the rear parcel shelf was replaced with pegboard and the rear hatch strap mounts were done quite well, the pivot was not well thought out and failed miserably as a hinge, I spent more time reseating the shelf because pivot shifted and the shelf fell down than I care to, but I fixed that, the speaker wires were cut off about halfway up the car, why, I have no idea, I fixed that too.  The car has 3 speakers, but no radio, I hope to fix that this weekend, and have 4 speakers and a radio, but first I need to figure out where all these wires go.  PO ran all red wires when he worked on it, two other people also worked on the electrical, each of them adding more colors to the all red mess, but there are still a lot of red wires, some are signal, some are hot and some are ground.  Yay. At least the engine swap was done fairly well, out came the 1.5 or 1.6l  and CIS and in went the 1.8l with Megasquirt, so from mechanical fuel injection to tuneable electronic fuel injection, unfortunately the tune is terrible, it runs a 10:1 AFR tune, gas should be 14.7, I could run pure alcohol on that tune. The brakes now work, installed a new master cylinder, worked like a charm.

Yes I’m rambling, so sue me.  This is just my personal space anyway, almost like an online journal, but less private.