This is how it works, folks

I’ve said for years now we’re living in Fascist Italy, with better entertainment options. Nobody’s even trying to hide it anymore.

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All I needed to do is try

And it will be shown that I had not prepared properly.

Yesterday I attempted to begin the process of turning the sections of I-beam that had followed me home from work into bollards for the parking area in the front of my house that I no longer wish the neighborhood to use and was thwarted by bad planning.

I neglected to inspect my oxy-acetylene rig. If I had, I would have noticed that I was down to 30lbs of acetylene, which gets you about this far.


Squared the bottom edge freehanded, got one of the top corners cut into the proper shape, and got 9/10ths of the way through another before my fuel gas ran out.

For some reason unknown to me, weld shops are closed on Sundays (and most are also closed on Saturdays). I’m stuffed, schedule-wise, until Wednesday, so next weekend it will have to be.

For those of you who can read between the pixels, you will already know that I bought a circle cutter. For those of you who were not able to, I can cut circles now. As in ” Circular Shooting Plate” circles. Hit the email with any requests. The price will be quite fair, plus delivery if needed. 3/8in plate will handle all but the stoutest pistol rounds, and 1/2in will handle the rest. Rifle requires 1 inch. Freestanding w/a base plate or hanging. I can also build the frames for hanging them if you’d like. I’m also researching springs for self resetting poppers.

But onto other things…..

Like where I got the idea for these bollards!


This is a set of sawhorses we built at work for handling large structural beams. The piece in the above pic was “scrap” from this build. It is currently bearing half of the weight of a 24ft long beam that measures 14in x 22in.

But the coolest part of the build was this


The senior welder in the shop put this eight-layer weld on where the foot meets the cross member. This particular foot was two inches shorter than the one on the other side, so below this weld are two pieces of 1 inch plate.

Anyway, more updates on the bollard project next week, after I get more fuel gas and work a full day with my torch.

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I have not been paid for this post but whoever invented this is gonna be a multimillionaire

I speak of the innocuous defensive tool every aging Baby Boomer will want — the Car Cane.

Great name.

Brilliantly useful tool for those with aging knees and hips.

Handy emergency features — seat belt cutter, flashlight, glassbreaker

  It’s a crime to carry a club in Cali, but a D-cell Maglite is just a flashlight. A baseball bat is just a bat. This here headspiking implement? Why, it’s my car cane, Officer!

As seen on tv just now:


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Outside Livermore Costco, a Brutale RR resting on a trailer being speedily hurried to a destination unknown.

“In motion even at rest” indeed.

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These things are driving me mad!


But don’t worry, I’m not one of these folks. I won’t be bringing a gun to work and playing shoots and ladders.

Seriously though, you see these type off roof access ladders frequently enough, but never really think about how many pieces have to be made and how accurate the fit has to be and all the building codes that cover their construction. At least not until you make a half dozen of them, each one different from the next.

The far one is waiting for the diamond tread plate, the near one on the left is done but for the finish grinding and the near right one has only about a quarter of the way done.

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Pig Iron

  I saw a stunning motorcycle at the Madonna Inn last year and could not get it out of my mind — but what was it? I did not know.

  Some lucky couple parked one at the Hornet July 4.  

 It is a Victory. 

The most affordable, and yet most essential, step in planning the purchase of a vehicle in Cali is to reserve and secure one’s custom license plate. O future first bike, I dub thee Nessun Dorma. How to fit that into seven letters?

I suppose I should probably learn to ride, too.


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Big Iron

I keep finding things to beg Phil to weld up for me. The wife reluctantly admits she likes the ideas, so no need for me to divorce her, I suppose.

Thus: My wife and I helped create a robotics STEM summer camp for foster kids. Outside is this robust gate assembly.

Now, this is the kind of dangerous idea for the yard that will make me rip out a perfectly good wood fence.

Is that Avis-level work (“try harder”) or a good bead?

Sadly, I am old enough to remember when schools didn’t require steel barriers to keep predators out (or in, I suppose). 

But hey, using prison architecture for public schools is For The Children, right?

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Little Iron

  …at Costco today, Santa Maria “fun-size”* wood-or-charcoal grills, with the endlessly-fascinating manual rotating lifter. Yours for just $149.99!

Here’s big brother, at $299:

Well, I can beat that:

Size matters! What you see here is a custom grill, easily half again the size of the Costco one, crafted by a nice young fella named Josh in the Santa Barbara hills. It starts with a 55-gallon drum and goes from there.  

Custom touches we picked include casters on all four corners, side and end mesh shelving, full mesh bottom with extra reinforcing, and the wife’s and my initials at top (click to embiggen). $400 and I’m happy with the pricing. Just what I needed to try an Ike Steak.

And yes, the shelves serve double duty for the menfolk to rest our beverages post-feast while playing with the rotating handle. 

*that’s a shout out to my fellow losers of the late, lamented SFRedbook site, shut down by the Feds, those bluenose haters. Shoreline AMP FTW! etc.

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I am not surprised

Nor should you be.

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the city tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms.

Seattle would tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms under a pair of bills coming before the City Council.

City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the legislation, saying revenue from the new tax would fund gun-violence-prevention programs and research.

“Gun violence is very expensive,” Burgess said, noting that the direct medical costs of treating 253 gunshot victims at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center last year surpassed $17 million, with taxpayers covering more than $12 million of that. “It’s time for the gun industry to help defray those costs and this is a very reasonable way to do it.”

The tax, imposed on gun sellers, would be $25 on each firearm sold in the city and five cents on each round of ammunition.

So, $25 tax per gun sold and a $2.50 tax per 50rnd box of ammunition sold within the city limits.

First: This won’t happen. It’s called “preemption”. State law says they can’t.

Second: Can you tell what kind of retail businesses they are trying to drive out of the city?

Third: This is a blatant attempt to cover the cost the city has to pay for criminal activity via the wallets of law-abiding citizens. If they truly wanted to cover those costs, they would bill and lien the criminals for the cost of the investigations.

Fourth: I don’t know where, but I read something similar to the following phrase somewhere not too long ago “If you cannot show how your proposal would stop criminal activity, then you are simply pushing a policy item.”

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The statistics show

That at least 10% of the firearms owners in the US vote for the Democrat Party and favor Democratic Socialism

Gun Ownership and Uncontrollable Anger Go Hand in Hand, Study Shows

The more guns you own the more likely you are to be subject to angry outbursts that you cannot control.

This conclusion about Americans and their guns comes from a study published this week in the journal Behavioral Sciences. Researchers found that some 9 percent of people in the United States have both guns and significant anger issues.

“The new research also indicates that the 310 million firearms estimated to be in private hands in the United States are disproportionately owned by people who are prone to angry, impulsive behavior and have a potentially dangerous habit of keeping their guns close at hand,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “That’s because people owning six or more guns were more likely to fall into both of these categories than people who owned a single gun.”

The study, by psychology researchers from Duke, Harvard and other universities, states that “a large number of individuals in the United States self-report patterns of impulsive angry behavior and also possess firearms at home (8.9%) or carry guns outside the home (1.5%).”

Methinks they had a conclusion and built a study to show it off.

But, I have always said that 10% of any population will spoil it for the other 90%.

At least my theory was proven correct, even if theirs is defective.

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