Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pick 'em, Clean 'em, Smash 'em!

Hmmm...They don't actually grind cranberries.  Well, it's close enough for me.

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not My Victrola: Across The Pond

Paul Harrison is a regular YouTuber with an historic record collection.  It's not just 1920's popular music; he has a very large collection of music hall songs from the early Twentieth Century.  Think Broadway and Vaudeville on the Thames.  These are songs you would hear if you went out for a night of entertainment back then.  This song by Billy Williams is a cute one with several amusing scenarios.  The money shot begins at 2:40, for the folks who have a hard time sitting through these old recordings. Yes, folks had impure thoughts back in 1910.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekend Steam

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat

We are going back a little more than a century with this Columbia disc for a couple of amusing songs performed by Bert Williams.  Turn up the volume and listen close.  These are good ones.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Take A Look At The Insides Of An Ignitor!

Gary Bahre pops the ignitor out of the Falk to clean the points.

We Love This Buggy!

 We bought the RTV two years ago and it has really improved our firewood gathering ability.  We can all ride to the woods, instead of only the guy driving the tractor and wagon.  I cut, Susan and her mother load, drive back to the house, dump the firewood, and return to the woods. In years past, I would cut, take the tractor and wagon back to the house and unload while everyone waited for me in the woods, then I would go back to cutting while they loaded.  I was always beat at the end of the day, and the loaders were cold from waiting for me to unload and return.

Now I cut, Susan and Pattie load. Unloading is done by pulling a little lever and letting the RTV dump the load, while I am still in the woods cutting the next load. We're handling the wood less, and we feel good at the end of the day.  Wood that has to be split is separated by load, so it comes off the RTV to the splitter, and then into the stack at the house. 

National Ammo Day!

Go out and buy at least 100 rounds today.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

Ruger's Auction this week is a stainless GP100® from back in 1987.  There is plenty of interest in this auction, with 21 bids and a current bid of $905 as I post this.  100 % of the proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and this beautiful handful will sell mid-day, Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  Click Here, or on Ruger's photo to go place your bid.

Monday, November 17, 2014

On The Cover Of The...

...Gas Engine Magazine!  I collected this 5 HP Falk Engine while I was in high school, and we have kept it under cover all these years, though we haven't run it in forty five years.  Gary Bahre has it in his engine shed now, and he has done a beautiful restoration.  You can Click This Link to read the article in GEM, and see the photos that accompany the article.

I've been taking Gas Engine Magazine since it came out in January 1966.  Seeing the Falk engine on the front brings this Golden Oldie to mind.

Tuesday Turbo Boost For Classical Music Aficianados!

This video is over on Facebook, and it's a winner.  If I could hook up my dancing cat with this little gray pounder we could all be rich. I really like the way he rolls his face on the keys.

Post by Suara.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Comment Moderation...

We get regular spam comments from the other side of the world; mostly from folks who want posting rights on this blog. Anyhow, comment moderation is a necessity, but we are going to drop word verification and see how that works. Reading and re-typing the combinations is discouraging many would-be commenters, so the settings have changed, and we will see how it goes.

Nothing To Do?

Head out to Azerbaijan and....

Back To The Old Grind!

Trail of Tears Prescribed Burn Photos/Vid

You can go over to my GooglePlus page and view all the photos from my camera.  Feel free to copy them and use them if you wish.  This Link has some smoke video. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not My Victrola:Let's Go Cake-Walking!

Pious, church-going people were catered to by the major record labels, but other brands could be more effective at showing folks a good time.  My record cabinets have had OKEH records for more than fifty years, and they can make you get up and dance.  KSPM shares a good one from 1925, and includes a great picture show of music covers from bygone days.

E. Taylor w/ C. Williams' Blue 5 - Cake Walking... by kspm0220s

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dropping A Snag With Fire In It

I had the pleasure of participating in a prescribed burn way down south in Union County this week, and I got to drop several trees.  This snag had fire in it and had to be dropped, bucked, and the burning pieces rolled down the hill on the black side of the line.  It was definitely weakened by rot, so sizing up included assessing where it would go if the hinge failed; which it did.  You can see the tree drop down when the hinge collapses, trapping the saw.  The backstrap let go and the tree fell where its weight carried it.  It's not a problem if you have it all sized up ahead of time, and you know where you need to be if it happens. I stayed out of the way when the tree dropped off the tall stump, and the photographer was safe behind a large tree that provided cover if things went bad.

Note the firefighter digging out the fire in the stump as the tree is bucked up. Everyone on a fire is good about taking care of problems.

Weekend Steam; World War I Vintage Road Locomotives

Merle, the most prolific e-Postal shooter, sent the link to this great video.  Great Britain did things a bit different than we did in the states with steam traction engines, and you will see some action you won't see in American steam shows.  I think the life expectancy of these engines would be pretty short if they came within range of German artillery spotters.

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat: He Went In Like A Lion

Billy Murray recorded this comedy classic 95 years ago.  I have had this copy for fifty years, and I always use a new needle when I play it. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This One's Retired

We have five miles of wide open space behind the barn, but we still like to stop bullets on the range.  We use the shooting lane for travel with the utility vehicle, so we don't want permanent berms, but we do have plenty of wood to work with.  We keep some tall sections at 25 and 100 yards, and in spite of the .22 LR shortage, we made daylight in this one.  In one summer!  We have also split a 12" diameter section of white oak into halves, also with .22's.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Prep Brings May Flowers (We Hope!)

We did our annual prep on the wild flowers at the end of the driveway.  If they pop up next year, feel free to stop and pick a few.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

This week's auction has a seldom used adjective in the description: "unique."  Yes, this is really one-of-a-kind!  Ruger is offering a Standard Model Pistol from 1980 with a receiver in the white, and there is not another like it.

100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, and this unusual pistol will sell mid-day, Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  There are only 7 bids as I post this, with a current bid of $605. You could own this pistol if you go place a bid!

$1380.67  Holy Cow!

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans' Day

Be sure to thank a vet today, and never forget our debt to the ones who serve.

Siegfried Sassoon (1919)

Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.

But the past is just the same-and War’s a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz-
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench-
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, ‘Is it all going to happen again?’

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack-
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads-those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget.

Tuesday Turbo Boost: Take Your Pick!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tell A MarineThat He Can't Do Something...

...and he'll figure out a way.  Take a good look at the Marine showing off the .45 and think about that for a minute.  Marines had to hide a .45 when they weren't fighting, or it would be taken away.  My father-in-law buried his under his bed in an ammo box so he would have it when he needed it. 

The pistol is shown prominently, and the flap is tucked into the fellow's trousers.  These fellows obviously wanted folks back home to take a good look when the film was developed.

And here's why.  The wooden grips have been replaced with plexiglass, probably from a wrecked airplane, and it tells anyone with a magnifying glass where they have been, and where they are.  Pretty slick, and that roll of film went right past the censors.