Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gone Fishing

A cousin from out of country came to visit from Lebanon (yes, the country, not Lebanon, MO) this past weekend.  The Boss, the Girl and I loaded up the truck and made it down to my parent's place in Wichita, Ks to see him.  They have a pond in their backyard and so I packed my pole and tackle.

I walked out back for 20 to 30 minute fishing sessions here and there over the course of the weekend.  I ended up catching six fish!  For me, that is great.  Here is some proof:

The first catch only took me 3-4 casts.  My nephew helped out on this one.  It was just a little thing.  Turns out that most of the fish I would catch were this size.

Nephew and I with the first catch of the weekend.  I caught all my fish on green rubber lizards.  The bass in the pond were koo koo for that lure.

The next fish was the largest of the weekend.  It was probably about 10 inches.  Unfortunately, it had swallowed my lure.

Trying to dig out that lure.
Alas, I could not get the lure out.  The fish was belly up shortly after.

RIP fishy.
Here was the third catch of the weekend.

5 of the 6 I caught were basically this size.
I probably fished for no more than 2 hours total.  I got 6 fish and way more bites.  I think the lizard was definitely attracting them, but it probably was a bit large for the smaller fish to chomp down on.  All in all it was good practice on setting the hook right away on a hard hit or, if I felt a nibble, waiting slightly and then setting the hook.

Hopefully, there will be more fishing in the coming weeks.  Have any of you been out fishing yet?  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blog of the Week: Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest

I thought I'd start sharing with some of you my favorite blogs that I read.  This week's is Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest.  Ryan does a great job of posting on a weekly basis (usually twice at a minimum) and his topics range from preparedness to gear discussions to current events.

He also runs contests from time to time.  His latest two were a long running "Fighting Load" contest that had 21 different submissions that everyone voted on and also a Solo Stove contest giveaway.

If you like the idea of being prepared and like to see how others approach it, then I highly recommend going to over to Ryan's site and keeping up with his posts.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Parts Deluge and Unfortunate Opportunities to Learn

The cliche "When it rains, it pours" certainly applies to this past few days.

My newest project(s) has involved two stripped lowers.  One will eventually become a standard carbine lower and the other a pistol lower.  I'll do a more detailed write up about the pistol build in particular at a later time.  However, I could not help myself and I started on the carbine lower last night.  I had never put together a lower receiver from its individual parts.  Here is a list of the following parts I used for the carbine lower receiver:
I did a fairly good job of not screwing up if I do say so myself.  My only screw up was minor marring of the finish on the "ears" where the bolt catch roll pin should go in.  Subsequently, the only thing left undone is the bolt catch and staking the castle nut.  I found that no way could I get it in with the tools I had on hand.  So, I held off and ordered a punch set, roll pin holder set, finishing hammer and a special bolt catch punch all from Brownell's.  This will make the subsequent pistol lower receiver build easier. I had to get creative to also get the trigger guard roll pin in without using a punch.  Having the right tools will make both roll pin insertions much easier.  Staking the castle nut requires a punch (unless someone else has done it another way?).

It's very minor, but there is some slight marring from my attempt to get the roll pin to seat.  It's up to the right of the hole on the bolt catch "ear".

Switching gears, the house has seen better days.  As I type this, the insurance adjusters (I think that is what you call them?) are checking my roof for hail damage from a pretty big hail storm on May 10th.  The dog tripped over a power cord and ripped the face of one of our wall outlets out last week.  And the latest was last night's leaking pull down faucet hose that we did not realize was leaking until it had flooded the cabinetry and onto the wooden floor.

Dog did a number on the socket.

I know nothing about roofing and it is covered by insurance so I do not think I will be tackling that one.  However, I have wired electrical outlets to already laid out wires in the past.  I refreshed my memory on YouTube and went to the home improvement store to pickup a voltage meter and a new outlet.  It should be easy peazy.  I just need to swap it out at a time I know my wife will not miss some electricity for a few minutes.

I also think I am going to take a crack at the faucet leak.  This "How To" webpage describes exactly what is going on with my leak.  Hopefully just replacing a seal or the whole hose will take care of the problem.

So, as you can see, it has been a week full of opportunities to learn new skills.  I hate it when things break or need maintenance around the home.  However, I embrace being able to try and fix it and learn something new.  Of course, within reason!  I encourage anyone reading this to try and fix "it" yourself next time a minor repair need pops up.  YouTube is your friend and you might just learn a thing or two while saving a few bucks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

America the Regulated

This little gem was brought to my attention from reading Tamara's post over at View From The Porch:

Game Changer: FDA Rules No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging

I just shake my head when I read these types of articles.  We are going to hamstring the American artisanal cheese industry even though cheese has been aged on wooden boards for literally thousands of years.  Brilliant.  But it's for your safety!  Frankly, I'll take my chances, thanks.

This brings to mind some of the other asinine stories I've heard about in recent years.  Has anyone heard about the Gibson guitar raid?  The linked article is to Hot Air who "who followed the money" so to speak and found some interesting clues on why the federales would send in raiding teams and force Gibson employees out of the building at gunpoint.  Whether you agree with Hot Air's analysis two years after the fact or not, the fact remains that this was over wood.  Nothing like that justifies a SWAT like response.

Another story that comes to mind is the raids over raw milk.  And, again, with guns drawn.

America is no longer the land of opportunity it once was.  Sure, relatively, it can still hold the title.  For now.  That won't last for my daughter or any of America's future generations if we stifle that opportunity with regulations and the threat of violence.  Which, I might add, are setup by people we do not elect.  How's that for a constitutional republic?

The freedom to pursue our lines of work and innovate into niche markets is what has given America it's edge.  Do we really want to give up that edge and promise of opportunity in the name of "perceived" safety and political correctness because some agency thinks we are too stupid to live our lives?  By the looks of it, apparently so.