Saturday, June 21, 2014

Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day

Taking up writing again is actually self rewarding.  No one reads this crap but hey, there is something to putting some thoughts down on pen and paper, er um, blogger and seeing what happens next.

It was like riding a bike, man.  I can't explain it it.  It felt good...  The wind blowing through your hair like a 5 year old going down a steep hill.

I mowed the lawn today.  Probably one of the last times all summer due to mandatory Stage 3 water restrictions.  I guess I have to shut down "wasting" water.

I don't let the kids water fight.  We don't dare wash our cars in the driveway.  That is simply taboo like putting bacon on a mosque door.

Supposed to be hella hot today.  96 I guess.  Time for a beer...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If a Tree Falls in a Forest...

In honor of the re-start up of Pure Gonzo Engineering, I thought I would contribute to the ole blogosphere like it was 2005.


We are all still here surviving in Obama's America or whatever that even means anymore.  I guess the key thing to life is some sort of happiness to cling to.  There is that...  Or the mundane workload as a now 17 year employee of a specialty chemical company that functions like a bad mix of Office Space meets Fight Club.  People continue to clean things...  I still drink beer.

But, then there are the simple things you can do every day.  Like humor... So long are the dedicated websites to just throw out humor day after day like or Ebaumsworld.  It used to be the thing to go there and tag something to your blog and say to the world, look how funny/exciting or how stupid that person is/was.  It's all fake and out of date now.

Now its more sinister.  Blogging mutated to websites like 4chan or  There are no holds barred on those sites and pretty much change every minute.  They can be educational.  Not like installing an Ikea Faucet educational... But more fascinating like reddit's Explain it to my like I am 5  Thousands of users find can ultimately find your topic and educate you like a 5 year old... or downvote you into oblivion because "op is a fag".  I still browse the front page and contribute to the fake point system.  Some sort of internet self worth that people need to feel redeemed in the sick sad world criss crossed by the information superhighway they warned us about in the 1990's.

I digress...  The kids are older now.  I am older.  Full head of semi gray hair.  I still have hair.  I started this blog in late 2004.  Almost 10 years ago...  Yeah... So I took a break for 4 years.  Maybe you'll see more or less but I have inspiration today from a tattooed freak that builds tractors and bitches about airline points to Europe.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I guess I haven't written in a while

First post in a mini series.

I am in the middle of restoring a Fender guitar. Years ago, like 1993, my brother found this old Fender guitar laying in the street. The body was carved like a butt. No joke. Being 19-20 at the time and an avid musician, I took it around to local music shops and basically got laughed at what I had.

It was a Fender Mustang. It was worth nothing. Probably made in the 1980's and no one played them: EVER.

Then Cobain blew a hole in his head. Kurt played Mustangs.

So I was bored once and I got some alder and "made" a new body for this guitar. It was playable, it looked unique but really, I did nothing with it. It basically sat in its (what is the original, I later found) case for the last 12 years or so.

Well... I stated a few months back that I would restore or build a Fender guitar this year and I am.

Started last week by buying a body on the internet from an original 1966 Fender Mustang. I then was researching the neck. I was searching the headstock out and everything on it said 1967-1968 when you looked at it but something was off on it. The tuners were from an older Fender. So I did the obvious thing this morning and took off the neck. I found I had a 1964 Fender neck. Why I had not noticed or convinced myself it was younger was beyond me. A nice little find!!

So now I have this neck that I have refinished. I am getting a new Fender decal for the headstock. All the hardware is clean and in good shape. The next step is to get paint for the body. I am going to go either the Fender Surf Green or Light Blue from 1964. I plan to tint the clear coat with a bit of yellow to "age" the look of it. I can't wait until this is done.

It would be something to say that I finished it. Hopefully then, I can move to the next one.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Week with the Boy

I love this guy. He is so awesome.

I took a week off work and spent most of it so far playing with Elijah each day. We went and saw Shrek Forever yesterday and he acted like an angel. The best he could for a 3 year old at a movie.

He saw the preview for the new Karate Kid and was completely mesmerized by it. I think I might break the rule and take him to it since it has a bunch of kids in it. I was a big fan of the first two back in the day so maybe adding Jackie Chan to it might make it something cool.

It's gonna be tough to go back to work. I will see Elijah again though next weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Been Awhile...

Scarlett is now 7 months old, working on 8. Has a double ear infection which sucks.

Remember back when I say I was out of pain? It all came back with a vengeance the past week and a half. Hard to stand some days and work in my big yard. Which I did anyway. Pain sucks!

I logged in to blog because eventually I will start writing more again. But for now, I just don't want some hacker taking over my page. I could write tomorrow.

I am off the next 10 days. Maybe I will post photos from my iPhone or something along the way. I need the 10 days off. It will be good. Probably finish painting and find a real doctor that can help out.

What do you think?