A Passing….

My wife’s grandpa lies on deaths door. Though his health has been waning for some time, this looks like it is the end. Though he is barely breathing he has not woken in two days and the doctor says he does not believe he will awaken again.

E was a good man. Being a pastor he performed our wedding ceremony when my wife and I got married. He pastored a little church in Oklahoma, the kind of small church you probably only see now in paintings. No matter what, if he was preaching he was in a suit and tie, regardless of the weather, and though I had only witnessed him preaching a handful of times my wife assures me that he was quite animated.

Having moved to Kern county from Oklahoma he would sometimes recall the days he spent with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, apparently playing guitar and getting drunk the various garages. My wife says he liked to say, “They stood in the same welfare lines I stood in, they just decided to sing about it and I didn’t”.

Eventually he found Jesus and became a pastor.

I always liked him. Within two minutes of seeing you he would tell a joke or something goofy like that. Though he was a small and somewhat frail looking man you could tell he used to be a scrapper in his younger days.

He will be much missed.



Hey, Snapper, what’s up with you?

It’s been a while since I last posted anything of interest, and some of you out there may be wondering “Hey, Snapper, what’s up with you?”. Rest assured, everyone, I am still alive and kickin’, but have been so busy with various things lately I haven’t had time to post anything that required much thought.

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Week in Review (April 30-May 6th)

Last week, first week with the wife gone on her visit to Oklahoma. Not really all that exciting of a week.

As previously posted I got the sword I was working on done, though I’m not very satisfied with the results, mostly because I just forgot to do certain things until it was too late. For example, the hilt of the sword has four blue crystal diamonds in it, on either side. I had actually obtained some cool looking pool tile I was going to cut up and put in place for said crystals, but I completely forgot until after I was done putting on the clear coat! I also forgot to route the bottom and sides of the hilt and pommel until after I had already applied spray paint! Getting old sucks! Actually, I don’t think I can attribute the issues to getting old so much as I just got frustrated and started moving too quickly on the project. Overall it took me about a month of on/off time to start and complete the weapon, which is just too long for me. Of course, that was for the templates and everything, but still too long. With the templates complete (somewhat) I’m sure I could crank out another one in less than a week, even with drying times on all the liquids. Continue reading “Week in Review (April 30-May 6th)”

Week in Review (April 23-29)

Whew, what a busy week despite not having much to do! Did some travel for work, which is always interesting, but also spent a lot of time in the office doing squat. We have some programmable controllers that are not acting right and it is preventing our customer from using their control system the way they are supposed to. I have spent far too many hours troubleshooting, changing the program, troubleshooting, changing the program. At this point I think its a firmware issue that is messing up the sending of data from one device to another, and I don’t think its something we can fix.

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Week in Review (April 16-22)

A lot of travel last week for work, but it was all good as it gave me some extra hours on my time card! Got to listen to some Greg Laurie and Captain Capitalism during the hours on the road (talk about polar opposites, but both are good listening). Had some rain at one job site that left everything drenched and muddy. The dirt out on some of the job sites is super, super fine, almost like baby powder. When it gets wet it sticks to the bottom of your boots like dough, sometimes an inch thick! Since your out in the middle of nowhere there isn’t really a way to get it off, either.

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Lose 10 lbs, fast.

I don’t normally do ‘health’ posts, but today is a special day. Today I am going to tell you how to lose 10 lbs. particularly fast and fairly simply:

Get pancreatitis.

Yeah. I didn’t say it was the BEST way to lose 10 lbs. fast, I just said it was a way to lose 10 lbs. fast.

Rewind, last week, Tuesday morning I got up and made myself two eggs and a slab of sausage for breakfast, 5 AM. Played a little FFXIV and by 6:40AM decided that the egg and sausage wasn’t sitting too well and I would need to grab some stomach medicine from the local Walmart before I get to work.

7 AM I hit the parking lot, call my boss and tell him I am headed home, because my stomach is just in knots. Home by 7:10 AM and in bed.

Around 9-10 AM is where I lose track of everything because I imagine that, if one had been poisoned with a particularly nasty poison, by a ninja, in the night, who wanted you to die a good, drawn out and painful death, it would pretty much feel how I felt for the rest of the day.

Go to the hardware store and buy a good sized nut. Maybe half-inch or so. Now go home and put that nut in your oven and turn the oven up to say…I dunno, 450 and let it sit in there for an hour. Now take that nut and swallow it. That’s pretty much how I felt.

Not quite sure what was going on I took all manner of stomach medicine trying to alleviate the pain. I would eventually fall asleep for a short time, but wake back up to even more pain. Thinking I had perhaps gotten food poisoning I posted something on FB asking for prayer when my uncle, who is a medical doctor, offered to drive down from where he lives and pay me a visit. It was 8 PM and he is about an hour away, but I was desperate so I invited him. After a quick look over he recommended I go straight to the emergency room and I was glad to oblige.

Was taken in emergency Tuesday night, got out of the hospital 2PM Saturday afternoon after an acute case of rare drug induced pancreatitis. At least, that’s all my uncle could come up with. The doctors at the hospital have given me a diagnosis of ‘inconclusive’, as their battery of tests came back neither bad nor good, just ‘not optimal’. My uncle, however, indicated that the recent medication I had been prescribed by my normal doctor has been show to cause pancreatitis in rare cases, so lucky me!

I now return you to my regularly scheduled programming of girls, games, Zeppelin, Final Fantasy and everything in between.

Also, do yourself a favor. Try another diet. The pancreatitis diet works, but it hurts like hell and it will probably run you close to $40,000 after the doctors are all done with you.