My life goes through the shredder

As part of my final house cleaning I’m going through my closets and throwing away almost everything.  I came across three large paper boxes of bills and receipts dating back to 1986 when I got my first job and started writing checks for auto parts.  Wow.  I don’t even know why I have them.

It took me hours to sort through it all looking for anything that was important. There were bills, receipts, college records, insurance papers, work paycheck records, cancelled checks and more.  I sure spent a lot of money.  All stuff that might have had some sentimental remembrance value for normal people but since I’m getting my affairs in order I saw no reason to keep them.  Not even scan them.  Who cares.

I separated out stuff that didn’t have my personal information on it and dumped it in the recycle bin.  The personal information stuff all went to work and into the heavy-duty shredder.  In the end I had three HUGE garbage bags full of confetti.  Life takes up a lot of space.

I’m glad it’s gone.  I’m no longer interested in my past.  It’s gone like the shredded paper.

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Quick Movie Review – The Book of Eli

 The Book of Eli  Here’s a good postapocalyptic movie about a man walking across the USA carrying the last bible in existence.  Following his faith to bring this book to the west coast and pursued by a man wanting the book to use to control people.

Denzel Washington, of course, doesn’t make bad movies and this one doesn’t disappoint.

I love postapocalyptic movies.  I hope to one day appreciate the planet devoid of its human infestation before I leave it myself.

The Summer of my Discontent

SOMBITCH!!!!!  It is now September 25th and it is 102 degrees in San Antonio.  When is it going to end????  This isn’t funny anymore or ever.

The record for number of days over 100 degrees was set in 2009 at 59.  This year, including today, the count is 56 and the forecast includes more.  MORE!!!!

At least in 2009 we weren’t in a drought.  Does this suck or what?

I HATE this place!  Make it stop!

PLEASE send help!!!!

No more Last Meals in Texas

Condemned prisoners in Texas will no longer be able to enjoy ther “last meal”.  They will only be offered the same meal everyone else in the prison will be eating instead of getting a requested meal.

The majority of prisoners request simple meals like a burger and fries but a few request somethimg more extravagant.  Most states put a limit on the cost of the meal at $40.00.  This is not too much to spend for a dying man even if he did kill someone.

I don’t think it is right to do this.  Think what it would be like if you were the one facing the ultimate penalty.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a steak?  They shouldn’t be able to get away with this.  The world is truly going down the tubes.

Building a TARDIS – Part 13. The Final Chapter

Go to Part 1 if you missed it.

The End Has Arrived

It’s time go get the Police Box out of the garage and into the back yard.  If you have friends you might get them to help you carry it.  Two or three should do.  If, like me, you have nobody then you will have to manage on your own.  A person can do anything by himself with the right tools.

I put together a couple of temporary axles using 2x4s and some wheels off a disabled person’s scooter I had scavenged for parts.  Cut the axles to size then screw the wheels on with lag bolts.

It doesn’t have to be pretty.  It’s purely utilitarian.

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Use some clamps to hold them in place as you move it.

Due to the ceiling height in my garage I had to tip the TARDIS and drag it out the door on a cardboard sled before I clamped the axles in place.  I removed a section of the back yard fence and simply wheeled it ’round back.

That section of the fence needed replacement anyway so two birds, what?

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If you are going to have the sign on the door, use some scraps to build a frame that fits tightly in the door frame.

Use the same technique as building a window frame.

Paint it up.

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I made my door sign by printing the text on a 11×17 page and laminating it to protect it from the weather.

You can get the printable file here if you don’t want to type up your own.

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Now you will need to light the inside.  I picked up a cheap outdoor light fixture for under five dollars and screwed it into place on the ceiling so the bulb was right underneath the opening in the roof for the top light.

This placement works out perfectly so that one bulb lights the interior, the signs and the top light nicely.  Only 13 watts with a compact fluorescent bulb.  Use a LED bulb and it will only use 4 watts.  I’m going to switch to LED soon.  I love to be efficient.

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Route the cord down the corner and drill a small hole in the back to pass it through.

I used cheap lamp cord from the hardware store.  It is 39 cents a foot.  I got 75 feet and a plug for the end.

The cord runs long the fence and plugs into a timer so the light comes on automatically at 7:00 and goes off at 11:00.

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Here’s the finished TARDIS in its final resting place.

After you assemble the roof be sure to seal all the joints well with caulk and cover it with a final paint job.  Use some polyurethane to paint the roof to make sure it is watertight and the wood is protected.

I seated six stepping-stones on the ground making sure they were level.  The TARDIS will sit on these pads to keep it off of the dirt and protect it from moisture and bugs a little better.

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Here’s a picture in the evening after the light came on.  Awesome, huh?  Was it worth the work.  I think so.  It would be nice if someone had something to say.

Adding up the receipts I saved as I went along, the total cost was approximately $392.00.  It sounds like a lot but it is less than a simple shed and is much more TARDISey.

It was a great project to keep me occupied for four long,  drought-ridden, face melting hot summer Texas months.  Having something to keep your mind off suicide is always a good thing.

So what’s next?  I might remodel my spare bathroom.  I haven’t been in there in years.

Any comments?  Anyone?  Please?