Beach Trip!

I woke up early this Saturday morning to a strange buzzing sound.  After walking around the dark house and out in the yard I discovered my neighbor’s air conditioner to be making a horrible racket.  A very loud buzz that can drive a man insane in a few minutes.

Maybe it would be a good day to get the fuck out of town.  I haven’t really gone anywhere in who knows how long.  I spend most of my weekends puttering around the house which is perfectly fine to me because being at home is like being on vacation.

Today I’m feeling like I want go get some sun and water and run around in my speedo or naked.  I decided a spontaneous trip to Corpus Christi and Port Aransas might be in order.  I went online and booked a hotel.  I could have driven there and back in one day but why push it.  Sleeping in a hotel is part of the fun.  It’s a cheap trip.  The hotel, gas and food should cost me less than $200.  Totally worth it at twice the price.

I plan on taking my bike and riding down a blocked off part of the beach where cars aren’t allowed.  I’ll wear my little red speedo and maybe go naked if the beach is deserted.  What fun!

Yes. I’m going alone.  I have two people who I could ask but one would just not appreciate the awesomeness and the other can’t stay overnight.

That’s fine.  I prefer do do as I please and not be encumbered by dragging someone along who is only partially self-aware.

This should be a nice get-away.  Look for the trip report tomorrow.

 

Do glasses make your eyes lazy?

glassesMy eyesight was awesome until I hit 40.  They warn you but you never expect it to happen to you.  Suddenly I was unable to read menus in restaurants and the small text on my phone. Begrudgingly I started to wear reading glasses which restored my close up vision to perfect sharpness.  My distance sight is still fine so I don’t wear them except for reading and computing.

It kept feeling like my vision was getting worse and worse.  Now I can’t see shit up close without glasses.   I was concerned that wearing reading glasses causes your eyes to get lazy and lose the muscle that keeps them in focus.  I read that it is not true but I’m beginning to wonder about that.

A few days ago I decided I would go without my glasses for a while and see what happens. At first I couldn’t see anything and had to strain my eyes.  After a few days it wasn’t so bad.  Now, the text on my monitor is still a bit blurry but I can manage fairly well without my glasses.  At times it doesn’t seem quite so bad.  There are still times when I need them but for the most part, I don’t have to feel blind without them.

I tend to think that the things I read on the internet are true.  You would expect to be able to believe what you see on reputable health sites.  I’m thinking not so much.

There’s no doubt that my vision without glasses is better now than it was when I relied on them.  I’m going to continue my experiment for another week at least.  So far so good.

 

Properly watching Naked and Afraid

I occasionally watch Naked and Afraid on the Discovery Channel.  I’m not a huge fan but if there’s nothing else on, I’ll watch it.  Of course one should be naked while watching so I hope you’re doing it right.

I’m doubt I have the survival skills to last the whole time in such harsh environments.  Still, it might be fun to try it for fun.  I wonder if people get together in groups and go out in the wild and pretend to be on the show.  I would do it.  Too bad I have nobody to go with.  Anyone???

 

Dreamblog – The Jewish Party

I was at my brother’s house where he raised fish for sale.  I was helping him feed the fish and take care of the tanks.  There was one tank that I just finished feeding when I noticed a sign that said do not feed, religious fish.  Meaning the fish were not supposed to eat in order to stay kosher or something.

I was hoping nobody would notice but his wife came along and started picking the food off the surface of the water.  My brother was furious with me for ruining the whole tank of fish.  I felt like an idiot.

A lot of people started arriving and it turned into a party.  It was obviously a Jewish celebration with the music and dancing.  I was walking through the kitchen when I found a man and his wife following me.  The man put his hand in my back pocket and followed me as I walked.  I figured it was some kind of weird Jewish custom so I didn’t totally freak out.  It was still very bizarre.

I’m not Jewish and only know one Jewish person.  I kind of like the Jewish people because they are so family oriented and have customs and traditions.  I have nothing.  I never know what my dreams will turn up.

 

 

Built my model house

It’s July 4th 2017.  I am happy to have a day off from work.  Really not knowing what to do to celebrate Independence day, I decided to just stay home.  It’s far to hot outside and the world is far too crowded anyway.  I asked myself, if I could do anything I wanted on my day off, what would it be?  The answer was stay home and enjoy the time.  Besides, where’s lonely guy going to go all by himself anyway?

I had a brain idea the other day to build a scale sized model of the house I want to eventually build.  I did some googling and ended up on Youtube watching Adam Savage build a model of his childhood home.  It looked easy enough so today I popped by the store and picked up three sheets of foamcore board.  Thanks Adam!

I already had a 3d drawing I did on my computer using Google Sketchup and another using a program called SweetHome so I already had the dimensions on record.

I spent a good portion of the day measuring, cutting and hot-gluing my model together.  It’s far from finished but at least I have the basic framing done.  I might also build some furniture and accessories.  I’ll probably print out flooring and tile and glue it to the floor and walls where appropriate.  It might end up being rather detailed by the time I’m done.

You can see the room layout.  The roof slopes from 8 feet in the back to 12 feet in the front.  The large front room will be the kitchen and living room.  The back side is divided into the bedroom and the bathroom.  You can see a piece of the roof that shows how it overhangs the front to shade the top windows which will be electrically operable for air flow in nice weather.  It has a nice 10 foot wide porch that stretches the whole width of the house.  I’m really going to enjoy that.  I’ve always wanted a large porch to sit in my old-man rocking chair.

All the rooms are very large and spacious including the bathroom which will have huge shower and laundry rooms.  The kitchen is huge an will have a lot of counter space plus a large island.  I never have enough counter space in my current kitchen.  The whole house has a fairly modern and clean look while being very simple to build.  The simplicity is reminiscent of early house design before families exploded and houses became unnecessarily large McMansions.

It’s a 1/24 scale model and the design is completely my own.  I probably should have gone into architecture.  Apparently it’s in my blood.  I understand my father built a scale model of his dream house once too.  That’s kind of cool to know since I don’t remember much about him.

I believe I will be able to build this house pretty much all by myself.  I did the Sketchup model board by board as if I was actually building it.  That took me a very long time but that was during my last job where I had nothing else to do for 8 hours a day.

I really like the way this foam-core model turned out.  I impressed myself again.  I never cease to amaze myself.  It just goes to show that one can do anything he puts his mind to.

 

 

Let go of my past?

PHOTORITED

For most of my adult life I’ve been haunted by the wonderful memories of being a kid and having friends to play with.   The fact that I no longer have any of that hurt me deeply and permanently.  I spent so many years wishing back for the good times that were past.

I just realized the other day that I think I am finally over that.  I think it helps that I’ve let go of Facebook where I was constantly reminded of the existence of my old friends who no longer want me in their lives.  I feel that I have let go of my past life and I am finally living only in the present and future.   I no longer wish for those things I had.

I’m not really sure what more to say about it other than just wanting to say something to mark the occasion of my transcendence to the next level.   I feel good.  Better for sure.

Level Up!

 

 

TARDIS almost finished

Last year I, crazily enough, decided to build another TARDIS to sell.  Thought I might make some extra cash.  This will actually be my third.  My 1st eventually rotted away in the back yard due to rain infiltration.  The second is on it’s way to the same end due to lack of maintenance and rot.  It might still have a year or two left in it if I don’t do any upkeep.  Just too lazy and it’s way too hot outside.  100 degrees in the sun is most unpleasant and the winter slipped by before I had time to do any upkeep.

So the third was intended for sale on Craigslist.  It costs me around $400 in parts and a year of labor so I expect to get at least $1500 to make it worth my while.  More if possible because I’m not going to build another one anytime soon. I’m pretty sure this is my last one depending on how well it sells.

Number three is almost done.  Just a little more wood work, preparation and paint and it will be ready.  I may even have a buyer lined up.  There is a restaurant here in town that is known for such novelties.  They had an interview in the paper with the owner who said the he would like to add a TARDIS to his collection.  I’ll probably go and hit him up when it is done and see if he wants to buy it.  If not, I’ll put it on Craigslist and I’m sure it will sell quickly.  If not that, I’ll keep it myself to replace #2.   I’m sure that as popular as Doctor Who has become, it will be an easy sale.