Thursday, April 17, 2014

And nobody remembered.

The two ton anchor from the Grandcamp was hurled 1.62 miles.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I'm going to Denny's!

Unfortunately I doubt I'll be leaving with a sweet M60 as a present.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Yum, Yum

I do loves me some enchiladas at Casillias'.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Watch Fever: Airborne Outbreak

Obligatory "Shaggy pose"
My search for an Omega Speedmaster Professional continues. But in the meantime, I ran across this little gem. A 2nd Generation Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk "Blue Angels". It's pre-loved, but came with both boxes, all the manuals and extra links.

With my love of naval aviation, this watch definitely falls squarely in my wheelhouse. It will be the new "top gun" of my watch collection.

C'mon, you had to know that one was coming.

As you can tell by this picture it's also in dire need of a good cleaning and polish. Probably why it went so cheap. I'll bust out the Dremel and get to work with a polishing wheel and some jewelers rouge after I give it a good scrub with a toothbrush and jewelry cleaner. It will clean up nicely.

There are a couple of flaws, namely a deep scratch on the bezel and a chip missing in one of the yellow points. Other than that, it's normal wear and tear. I'm confident I can resell this for at least $100 more than I paid for it. Funny, because the guy that sold it to me probably thought the exact same thing when he bought it.
Watch the canopy, Goose!

Monday, March 31, 2014

15 Minutes Saved Me...

OK, it was more than 15 minutes, but it was worth it. I've had insurance thru State Farm for years. Same local agent. Her father inlaw was my Jr High basketball coach. I open pickle jars with the neat little rubber grippy thingy she sends out at Christmas. Small town warm-n-fuzzy stuff. The last year or so I have been inundated with junk mail from AARP. I finally joined up just to get the hotel discount and hopefully cut down the junkmail.

Yes on 1. No on 2.

In fact it only changed from offers to join AARP to offers to join AARP partners like The Hartford insurance. But I was happy with my current insurance. Hometown gal, know her family, knows me by sight... she would certainly be giving me the best deal out there.

Today the policy renewal shows up and so does more of that AARP junkmail. Oh WTF, let's compare policies just for shits and giggles. But I used Progressive's website instead of The Hartford because Progressive checks multiple companies. Turns out I can save almost $200 by switching to Flo.

Wow! That's not chump change. I call my friendly, down home, you're on our Christmas card list agent to get that famous "Discount Double Check". The girl that answered the phone reminded me of April on "Parks & Recreation". It was obvious I was really annoying her by calling asking for a lower bill. She even told me how it would be actually cheaper to stay with State Farm even though they were more expensive, because it's a big company and she's worked for them for over 10 years. For some reason that wasn't a big selling point for me. She did finally break down and admit she could save me $18 after I pointed out an anti-theft discount I had on one car, but not the other.

WOOHOO, $18! Let's take those savings and buy a 12 pack and some pork rinds! Might be enough left over for a slice of jerky, too.

Bitch pissed me off.

The Progressive page didn't list The Hartford, so I had to quote them separately thru the AARP site. Almost. half. price. State Farm was $949 for 6 months, The Hartford was $1120 for 12 months. $778 difference! I double checked everything to make sure the coverages were the same and they were identical. I even added some extra coverage on my F350 for custom equipment that wasn't listed on my SF policy.

Needless to say I won't be getting a new rubber grippy thing to open my pickle jars next Christmas and I could care less about being in AARP or getting their junkmail now. I hate those Aaron Rodgers commercials, anyway.

tl/dr: I saved a metric assload of money by switching to geezer car insurance

Fool's Roll

If I had only known about this sooner. I'd have been all in, Baby! Now I'll have to wait until next year. This has me written all over it. Fool's Roll  is a real life "Cannonball Run" style automotive event. (Call it a race you get your ass sued off)

Buy a car off Craigslist for <$2000. Drive it from Austin to Las Vegas. Sell the car and bet it all on 1 hand.

It's only Rock'n'Roll, but I like it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Illegal camping? El Chupacabra, you better take note. Stay the hell outa Nuevo Mexico.

On a side note, the officer (thru who's helmet cam we watch him kill the man) was hired less than a year ago on the promise he would not carry a gun due to his questionable background.

Folks, we have entered a whole new era in these United States. The terrorists have won. Now every citizen is a suspect. Immediate non-compliance is a justified death sentence.

The train is seriously off the track folks. The militarization of the police has fallen down the slippery slope. They have managed to outflank the Posse Comitatus Act with the Patriot Act.  The question is, can we ever pull them back?

Here's a link to the full shooting video: STRONG GRAPHIC VIOLENCE WARNING .