Monday, November 5, 2012

Where's Dennis

It has been a few weeks since I have written any updates.  After being on the road for a couple of weeks and busy with work I just haven’t had much time.   I am home for a week or so and then off to NJ later in the month and then down to Austin.

I did get to the shop this weekend and made a little more progress.   I was able to get the underside of the hanging shelf completed.  I called my friend Norm up and he was ready to come on over.   He drove his 69 mustang GT500 and I could hear him coming from a block away.  Talk about a smoking machine.  He rebuilt and parted out a lot of the work and it looks and runs awesome.

He talked about taking it to the Mecum auto auction coming up in Kansas City on December 6th through the 8th.   If he goes through with it, I think it would be cool to tag along.

I learned about using a kicker to hang sheet rock above your head.   I basically made a T out of 2 2x4’s.    Once we cut the sheet rock to size we lifted it up and got it close then put the T up underneath then kicked it in to place so that it held up the sheet rock and we were then able to work with it to get it lined up and screwed in.  Sure made easier work.

Cut the last couple of pieces to finish out the top of the shelf and got them screwed in.   I have to finish the fascia but I can start putting stuff up and getting it off the floor.

This last week I have been working through a Beginner’s Guide to Java.  I installed Cygwin and setup a UNIX like environment.  Downloaded the current JDK and am on my way.  I am using VI as my editor most of the key shortcuts have come back to me.   Once I get further along I may choose an IDE to start working with.

Sunday I jumped on Craigslist and found a company that delivers fire wood.   They said that they would be by today between 9 AM to 1 PM.  Guy shows up about 10 AM with a dump truck load and dumped it in the yard/street.  He said he would be back in an hour with the other half cord.  I ordered up a cord and half, and we should be set for a while. 

So I started stacking, grabbing an arm full and walking up the hill and stacking it up.  I don’t now how many trips I made but my ass is sore tonight.  I don’t literally mean my ass just that I am sore all over.  I made a pretty decent dent in getting it stacked.  Eric came over after class and helped me with what was left.  I am glad he showed as I was ready to get this done.

Off to Ft. Collins in the morning so I get to do the I-25 battle.  Better have my Starbucks!

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