Monday, November 23, 2015

"Every Puppy begins conceiving his master to be a god;
It is that master's business never to do anything to make that dog change his mind"
 - Archibald Rutledge - Hunter's Choice

This quote is posted on a large wall in the Bass Pro Shop. - Saul says it is good stuff.

Last weekend we were at Matt's and Saul made this sign for his door

On Friday, my pal Mark Walker send Saul a collection of books for teenagers.   He was slightly excited,  more older books, more reading, more learning!

While Sara is in Japan, her mom is visiting and helping with the boy.

Last night she was treated to gamer-boy-geekery.  We played Munchkin, ate Pizza and talked smack!

Monday, November 09, 2015

I know, I know,  I don't post enough lately.  -  i blame 75% of it on the ease of Facebook.  But I must own the other 25% of it, which is sadly - I am extremely busy, and time is my main issue nowadays.

so here is a smattering of photos, I'll try to caption each

Saul does not "DO" sports.  Neither did I, Neither did my dad.  BUT!  from no where, he told me "I dream of throwing a football with you dad"    I am not one to say no.  SO?  he has been playing in the neighborhood park.  What a happy fellow!

Tia Julia is getting into Falconry, her mentor brought a bunch of birds to the park,  here is Saul petting a great horned owl.

Because? any kid can get home from school in a minivan - Saul goes for the thunder!

For my health, I've been walking every morning.  We go to the neighborhood schoolyard/park during our travels.  Penny is offended that these Geese seem to park and poop there.   Penny headed toward them is the lower left black spot!  she is IN MOTION

Big San Jose news, Bass Pro Shop opened by our house.  Saul and I went to the grand opening festivities.  Saul said "Dad, fishing stuff, archery stuff, guns, dog stuff, boats, clothes, candy,  i get it.  this is the toy store for dads"

Our lad is a HUGE fan of 'graphic novels' - I do not think they stretch his vocabulary or brain.  Sure, I bought him lots of Calvin & Hobbes anthologies, but he also likes Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.   SO?   I ordered 14 1920's 1930's era "boys adventure books" from a seller on eBay.   Saul has to stretch his vocabulary, learn word meaning from context "Bomba the jungle boy was basking in the approbation of the white hunters"     and?  we have to talk about political correctness.  What was okay then, but is not okay now.   But still we understand it.  (WINNING)

on Halloween, our neighbors put on a bit of a big show at their home.  And it freaks Saul out.  He does not want trick or treating. he does not want to go outside.  He wanted to stay in, stay warm, and watch Tee Vee.   I allowed him.  We watched the David Niven "Around the World in 80 Days" -  brilliant actually.   And I let Saul borrow my Pith Helmet.

Sunday mornings, I go riding at Metcalf.  It's my activity, gym, exertion, and motorcycle time.  This is one of the creekside trails, with a selfie!

Saul & Sara at Bass Pro Shop, giant aquarium

It's raining and cold here, we know what that means.  Cold & Flu season.

By popular demand, here is a repost of the cure.

Googala Moogala 

There was recent conversation in my family about the famous Googala Moogala. This is a drink my Maternal Grandmother Sylvia (may she rest in peace) used to feed us when we were sick, it would make us better. 

My mom disagrees with the recipe, but she is known to disagree for the hell of it. 

What is a Googala Moogala? 

It is served in a small juice glass, with the hope of pushing a kid to be over a cold. 

1 raw egg 
1 shot whiskey 
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
1 tsp honey 
1 dollop whipped cream 

Break egg into glass, squeeze lemon into glass, make sure no seeds, dollop honey into glass, pour whiskey over the whole shebang, stir gently 2 or 3 stirs, put whipped cream on top. 

Advise child to drink quickly. 

According to Sherry: "I had one at the Bandera apartment and willed myself to get better or just stop coughing so I didn't have to have another. " 

She also suggests using a shot of dark rum, not whiskey. but I object, it should be whiskey. 

yes, I have had these, yes, even as an adult. I do not know if it really makes you better, but you damn sure sleep for a few hours. 

I should have had one of these when I had cancer, I bet a Googala Moogala and a hard candy could cure anything.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Saul's Clubhouse

We cleaned up some of the stuff in our storage shed

To convert about 75% of the loft to Clubhouse Space for Saul

It has shelves mounted on the wall to display lego and science projects

a desk

and eventually, arts and craft supplies

Many shelves to store legos

(by the way, yes, it has remote control rope light.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog updates -

I have two old (1936, 1956) .22cal bolt action rifles.  They were in pretty sorry shape, and I thought it'd be a nice learning project to restore them.

I've tried to keep the photos left and right, to show the different rifles through the process.  My photos are not the best.

First, break them 100% down.  completely disassembled, pull out barrel, receiver, bolt, butt-plate, etc.  

Then I used Jasco Paint and Epoxy remover.  I cannot recommend this goo enough.   Paint it on,  wait ~ 15 mins, then scrape off most of it old finish.

Then wash thoroughly in warm water.   Using 00 steel wool, under the water flow,  I scuff up the remaining finish, and prep the wood.   Both stocks had to dry for about a day.  Then I used bendable sanding sponges in fine grit, to wet-sand the wood smooth. - Again, a day of drying time.  They looked like this when dry:

after two FULL days drying in INDIRECT sunlight,  I put on my first coat of Tung Oil.  This will penetrate and seal the wood,  adding a nice gloss.  The process is to lightly rough the wood again with 0000 Steel wool  then wipe everything off with a clean cloth.    Put some Tung Oil on a blue paper towel, and wipe it in ONE direction only, starting at one end of the stock, working to the other.

When the whole thing is liberally coated with Tung Oil?  let it sit.   about 2 days.  You cannot rush this.  When it is dry, it feels smooth, not stickey.  Take a clean, smooth, lint free cloth, and polish it.   Rub in one direction, not swirly,  and polish
Again,  lots of drying time

After 2 days,  again with the steel wool, and the Tung Oil.  Repeat this for at least three coats.  Make sure its very dry.

Finally, polished,  I decided to experiment with Renaissance Wax.  This was developed in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950s - To quote a typical commercial supplier of conservation materials, it is used, to revive and protect valuable furniture, leather, paintings, metals, marble, onyx, ivory etc. Freshens colours and imparts a soft sheen.

Wax coatings for conservation are most widely, and least controversially, applied to metals. This has several objectives: to produce a barrier that excludes moisture and oxygen from the metal surface, to ensure against further introduction of contaminating elements by handling, and to provide a protective layer over anti-corrosion undercoatings.

I used the wax on all parts, metal and wood.   Let it dry, then reassembled.  they look GREAT

Went out dirt riding 2 weekends back,  I've lost weight, and went into a corner faster...  off the edge, down into the rocks and manzanita.    Got the bike back up,  rode more,  but hyperextended the thumb.  Muscles are healing,  all is well :)

 Matt and I tool Saul to Levis Stadium for Supercross.  He had fun, AND ate a Churro!

 For  Mothers Day, he wanted to get Sara flowers AND chocolates.   I helped him out,  he delivered.

his class is learning about giant Pandas. this is his interpretation of Bamboo, the pandas eat

and finally, PENNY!   who thinks she now lets ME sleep in HER bed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Photos and comments in messed up order (not specific, not chronological)

Sunday, April 12, Metcalf Motorcycle Park, - riding down some small trails through the manzanita

Saturday, April 11 - Saul got a big-boy haircut - letting Julie use clippers!

May 29th, Metcalf, Jumping the Super Tenere!  

Late May, in Lunghi, at Ugadi party at work  (Hyderabad New Year)

Took Saul to see the movie Home!

Had dinner with my pals at House of Prime Rib - Penny got the bones!

Penny hanging out in the front yard

Saul - correcting graffiti on our driveway - March 14th?

Before I shaved - the Classic Handlebar!

Saul got a Yamaha YSR 50 track bike   I made him disassemble it for work/resto

he twisted every bolt and nut.   got ALL the bodywork off by himself

Hanging in the park with the dog

Saul wanted to jump in a pile of leaves.  this was mid March

Matt and I went for dinner at the GrandView Restaurant up on Mt. Hamilton.  the Prime Rib was one of the best I've ever had.


The sunset was not half bad either

After shaving off the Moustache

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