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Well today starts Elvis Week at Graceland!

https://www.graceland.com/elvis-week

This is, and has been a big celebration that happens every August on the anniversary of his death on August 16, 1977.










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Outdoors / DIY Homemade Weed Killer......
« on: July 27, 2020, 01:34:38 PM »
I found a recipe for a homemade weed killer not using dangerous chemicals that seems to work pretty good so far.

1/2 cup of table salt.
1 cup of white vinegar.
about 3 ozs. of Dawn dish soap.
2 gallons of water.

Mix well and make sure the salt dissolves. Put into a garden sprayer and spray your weeds!

So far, it seems to kill just about anything. It's not selective, so be careful when spraying around plants you don't want killed. Works best with lots of direct sunlight and heat. Use during the hotter part of the day. You can see it start to work in just a few hours.

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Well today seems to be Shipwreck's official birthday.  :th_thicon_lol:

Happy Birthday Shipwreck!  :rocknroll2:

Go wait by your front door. We all chipped in for a stripper to come sing you Happy Birthday!  :th_thicon_funny:

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Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / Lights.....
« on: July 20, 2020, 01:22:29 PM »
I need to get some really cheap lights for my riding mower.  Really cheap!

I did clean up the housing and lenses, and replaced the bulbs, and rewired the headlight switch so that it operates off the battery, instead of the generator. That all helped, but the bulbs are just common 1156 type bulbs, so they don't really put out much light.

I'm looking for some ideas for some lights that are a little brighter than that. But cheap!

Advice, suggestions, ideas are welcome.....remember though cheap!  :wave1:

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A Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, and to mine as well. Thanks for all that you do, and have done for your children. Many times, it's a thankless job, and many times, one day a year just really isn't sufficient enough to recognize all that you do, or have done. The sacrifices that you make to make a better life for your children. Thank you, and God Bless you all for the choice you made to be a father.

We had planned on celebrating Father's Day today here at the house, for my father and my brother, but we are moving it to tomorrow instead.

Happy Father's day to my Dad, and to my brother.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Upping the Charges!
« on: June 03, 2020, 02:57:40 PM »
Looks like they are going to promote the charges against Chauvin higher, as well as charging the other three officers.

https://www.startribune.com/ellison-will-charge-chauvin-with-2nd-degree-others-to-be-charged/570984872/

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I knew there was something missing around here!  :wave1:

No beer thread. Shameful! How can you people call yourselves Texans?

So let's have a beer thread.

I really like Shiner beer!  :rocknroll2:

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What price are we paying for technology and convenience? The loss of our own personal privacy? The hands on approach of true craftsmanship? Becoming slaves to technology? The loss of actually thinking problems out and solving them ourselves?

As technology advances, it almost seems to me that society as a majority, and primarily among the younger generations, that we are being "dumbed" down to a large degree. Too many people tend to rely upon technology to solve problems, or to find answers as their solutions. That in some ways, we are letting machines do our thinking and work for us. At what point do the machines think we are no longer needed, or that we are the threat? Now, this may sound far-fetched, and sound like the movie franchise "Terminator" and to be honest, the thought of this idea came to me some years ago after watching the first "Terminator" movie. Carefully thinking it over, It's really not as crazy as one might think. For that movie to become actually real, and not just sci-fy imagination, AI, (artificial intelligence) would need to become a reality. That is one thing that many are working on as the next progression of computer technology. Once that truly happens, then the entire premise of the movies becomes a very real possibility IMO.

Another concern, is that we have placed convenience and a fast paced lifestyle above so many other important things in life. We are all in such a hurry, to do, exactly what? The same thing we did the day before. The week before. The month before. The year before. Seems like a being a rat on wheel to me. Not a lifestyle I would want. Seems also like trying to hurry to the grave!

I see technology as a two-sided sword. But are we the masters, or the slaves of technology? If there was some cataclysmic event in which technology was shut down, how would many who have relied upon it so much, survive? IMO, many wouldn't, because they became slaves to it, rather that the master of it.

Personally, I like technology. But I hope and try not to be it's slave. I still read an actual book, or magazine. I still like doing things with my hands, and making things. I still like doing my own research and not just accepting something at face value because someone posted it on the internet. O still like doing many things the old-fashioned way, like my parents, or grandparents, or even my great grandparents did things.

A country boy will survive!

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Who else has PBD? What is PBD? It's perpetual build disease!

I have had it as long as I can remember, going back to a much younger version of myself. What is PBD you may ask. It's never being fully content with how something is, and know you can either make it better with modifications, or after completing a project and using it for a while, thinking of ways you could have done it better to suit your needs.

Personally, I have had this all sorts of things, from cars, motorcycles, trucks, guns, tools, houses, ect.  Always looking at things, and thinking I can do better, or make changes better suited to me.

So who else has this dreaded condition? And what are some of your projects that have reflected this and even those still being made better or modified to your suiting?

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So how about a thread, just to post random stuff, that doesn't really fit in one specific area, or might just gain a few replies and not necessarily need it's own thread. Or just witty banter about various things. Or random questions about anything that might be perplexing you.

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I have a project in mind for a 1911 build. A custom target 1911 in 38 Super. I have been kicking this idea around for a few years now. I have longed for a 1911 in 38 Super for many years and now it's becoming possible.

I have looked at two possible candidates, new, which are the MetroArms American Classic, and the Rock Island Armory 1911's. Either can be bought for under $600. But, I'm not opposed to buying used if the price is right. I have searched several online gun auctions, but most are well out of my price range.

This, is what I'm looking for in the finished pistol.

https://images.app.goo.gl/6V5NVg4vabWvcoYb7

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Outdoors / Snakes Are Already Out!
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:08:02 PM »
Please be careful outside. The snakes seem to be out early with spring coming early and warmer weather.

I killed two copperheads, and a water moccasin last week, and saw another water moccasin as well, and very close to the house. One of our smaller puppies was also bit on the leg last week.

I have a feeling with all the rain over the last six months or so, snakes are going to be bad this spring and summer.

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Seems Schumer may have let running his mouth off on the steps of the Supreme Court steps, get him I to hot water!

Even some Democrats were critical and condemning of his veiled threats. There is talk of a resolution to have Schumer censured in the Senate.

Chuck needs to go!

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / FISA Reforms....
« on: March 07, 2020, 06:26:21 PM »
Well Trump says he won't reauthorize the FISA courts unless there are some serious reforms are put into place.

Trump seriously has a vested interest in seeing them reformed.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Antiquing A Winchester Model 94 Rifle.
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:25:55 PM »
I have a Winchester model 94 in 30-30 of about 1990's vintage, that I picked really cheap some years ago, in dang near mint condition. I carried on my gun rack for some years for coyote elimination, before switching to one of my AR's for that purpose.

Mine is the economy version of the model 94, with the cheaper hardwood stocks, no checkering, and plastic buttplate. It has the 20" barrel as well. This is a long term project, that once I acquire the necessary parts I will start modifying it. The idea, or goals are, to replace the barrel with one that is 24" or 26" in length,  replace the stocks with walnut, and refinish them, add a crescent style brass buttplate, and target style tang and globe sights to it. Then to "age" the rifle to make it look like it's over a century old.

Still some minor details to iron out in the planning to get the desired end result. But I think it will end up being a neat project to take on, and not too terribly expensive.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Building A Budget Target Rimfire Rifle.
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:04:14 PM »
I have this idea of building a budget-minded rimfire target rifle. The premise is fairly simple. Bolt-action, single shot, or repeater, preferably one with a box type magazine, heavy varmint, or target style barrel, and set up for use with a scope. And since my collection has a void in it of a 22 Magnum, that is the desired cartridge that I want build around.

I started the same similar thread on a few other gun forums over a year ago. The replies and suggestions were pretty varied. The naysayers were most assuredly in attendance! It can't be done on a budget, or a 22 Magnum can't be made accurate, and quite a few other negative responses. But, there were a few people that were encouraging of the project, even one gunsmith who tinkers with a lot of rimfires, who offered to do my chamber reaming of the barrel for free. One of the most frequent negative replies, was that budget and target didn't belong in the same sentence, and that I would dump a bunch of money into project that I'd never get my money back if I sold the rifle. I'm not planning to build it with intentions of selling it. This is for my personal enjoyment, and to see if it can be done.

The main focus, will be concentrating on the details. Such going to target style laminated stock, reworking the trigger and other adjustments. Trying out every 22 Magnum ammo available to find which is the most accurate in my rifle. Mounting a decent scope and rings on the rifle. Possibly even trying out different barrels in the search for greater accuracy.

Thing is, I think it can be achieved. I have done it before with other rifles in the past. Nothing can be achieved if you don't try.

The floor is open for tips, advice, or discussion. :wave1:

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / National Chili Day!
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:35:20 PM »
Today is National Chili Day!  :rocknroll2:

I love to make chili, almost as much as I enjoy eating chili! :wave1:

Chili was declared the state food of Texas in 1977!  :rocknroll2:

So y'all enjoy a big bowl of hot chili today! :th_thicon_idea:

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Defensive Tactics / Pistol Press Checks!
« on: February 21, 2020, 03:43:38 AM »
I saw this subject come up on another gun forum. Press checks of your carry pistol, to ensure that a round was chambered. Hmmm......

Personally, outside of Hollywood movies, and TV shows, I haven't seen anyone do such a thing with their carry pistol. Hmmm......

My thoughts? It's dumb! I revert back to one of the basic tenets of gun safety, all guns should be considered loaded, and handled as if they were loaded. ALL pistols in my home, or that I'm carrying, ARE loaded.  IMO an empty gun, is nothing more than an expensive paperweight. So why would I press check a pistol to see if it's chambered? I don't, and never have.

Thoughts?

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Tech Zone / Inexpensive Laptop Advice Wanted....
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:43:27 AM »
Our ten year old laptop went bye bye several months ago! Luckily I had most of the important things saved on a disc.

I need to replace it in the near future. All I have at this time to access the forum, is this small tablet.

Now my needs are fairly basic for a laptop. Access to the internet, and email, able to surf the net, and communicate on various forums, and such. I have a full size USB keyboard and mouse that I would like to use with it as well.

I have been searching Craigslist a little, looking at used laptops, but, concerned that I may end buying someone's problematic computer. I don't enough, not to be conned on such an item.

Or would I be better off just buying a new one? I would like to spend amount as possible, but something decent as well.

I'll answer any questions in order to point me in the right direction, and appreciate any advice or suggestions.

Thanks.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Ousted Democrats?
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:27:27 AM »
I predict that 2020 and some near future elections, are going to end ousting some of these obstructionist Democrats. I think this is going to be pivotal year, as well as very important, and telling to the Democrats.

They had better decide what is important, serving their constituents, or their own political agendas. My prediction? Even many democrat voters are getting fed up, and quite possibly will jump ship.

Many of the things Trump has made better in our country, are not partisan politics. Better jobs. Better education opportunities. Bringing more blue-collar jobs back to the USA. Lowering unemployment. Lowering taxes. Working on more affordable health care. A huge boost in the stock market.

These are reasons, that people will vote for Trump, and quite possibly replace Democrats, who didn't get anything done for the last three years.

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