“Man Time” Monday

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Something about innuendos, yadda yadda, check the URL you clicked to get here if offended, blah blah blah …

Now that the important legal mumbo jumbo is out of the way, welcome to a slightly different but altogether the same (yet kind of different — but mostly the same) Man Time, brought to you by Dave!

Okay, back to regular-size type.

Now I’m about to confess some things that I’m sure will result in endless mockery and subject me to humiliation for days — nay, months — to come, but here goes:

I know about as much about cars/trucks/vehicles and whatnot as I do about the hydrogen-to-mercury ratio in the atmosphere of Mars. It’s just not my thing. Build a house? I’m your guy. Fix your ride? You’ll get better results from my wife …

Not actually my wife … yet.

I also don’t keep up much with the intricate details of firearms. Being a Marine, I could still likely out-shoot most folks, as I’m surgical with most platforms. But all the fun trinkets and gadgets you guys like to dress your weapons up with just isn’t my forte. So there’s your slander fodder. Have at it.

This week, we’ll shy away from those admittedly fun and awesome topics and foray into something I’m a tad more familiar with …

Weekend Garden Carpentry

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m an absolute disaster at keeping plants alive. True story, I once killed a cactus. A freaking cactus. In my defense, I was performing an experiment on it to see, if I ‘watered’ it with tequila, if the agave might come out stronger (note: it, uh … doesn’t. It dies).

However, I do enjoy doing some cool stuff in the backyard. So when my sister asked me to help her with her homestead, I did what any red-blooded man would do — I brought over a sleeve of whiskey shots and started to get dirty.

No, this isn’t a smattering of storm debris …

Keep in mind, this was actually a couple weeks ago, which was the start of warm temperatures and my give-a-damn to be outside. So as you see, it’s far from a finished product. Nevertheless, we stretched the red slat fencing temporarily with stakes (they’ve since been anchored permanently with ~5 foot wooden posts), did some “clean up” in the area, and started building this beauty:

Legend has it, these are the very same doors from a Cupboard that brought an Indian to life …

Well, I mean it doesn’t look too beautiful in this picture, but I assure you my sister has done her painting-and-decorating thing with it since this was taken.

My brother-in-law and I dug in the four posts (poorly) and used the ultra-professional “bucket and stick” method to mix up roughly 60 lbs of concrete to anchor the bases. After some last second fidgeting and anxiety when some things didn’t quite come out … right, we started on the sides:

Yes, that’s a pool ladder. Only the best of work equipment on our job sites …

As you can see, my sister had an awesome idea to re-use some old window panes. Her intention here is to have some kind of crawling plant-life scurry up the sides and top of the frame. I have no idea what, though. I just know I’d kill them.

The doors went on miraculously easy and actually closed without needing to adjust or shim them. That was a welcome outcome, because I’m fairly certain I was about 6-8 shots deep at that point.

Once done, we relaxed by the fire pit that we nearly blew ourselves up by when we used gasoline as an accelerant and waited too long to apply the match …

Mowing Season Has Returned …

Not that this is any kind of revolutionary statement or anything, but the grass is growing once more. The grande time of year when all the sticks, leaves, and months-old dog crap rears its’ ugly head and demands attention. At least it wasn’t cold or anything this past weekend …

After bringing the ol’ riding mower back to life, my youngest wanted to take a joyride. It takes about an hour or so to mow my backyard, so I let him ride on my lap. Roughly 30 minutes in and the little guy was fast asleep. In the cold. On a lawnmower.

The struggle is real.

Youth is wasted on the young.

Something To Watch

I finally got around to getting a copy of Draft Day to watch later tonight. It is draft season, after all. I would have liked to have watched it already, but between taxes, yard work, drinking, and other daily disturbances, it has sadly been put on the back-burner for tonight.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t watch anything, though. I, much like the rest of you, am absolutely starved for more Chiefs football. So much so that my buddy texted me a message that had ‘Mahomes’ in it, and it triggered my hunger to see some more magic:

I don’t know if I just have “sports blue balls” or if this really was as awesome as I think it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tons of voice-overs from media types poring over the best quarterback in the league mixed with excellent footage and some decent background music.

If you’re jonesing for the good stuff, make sure to give it a watch.

Okay, well, that’s all my boring self did this weekend. Now go ahead and ignore everything I just said and talk about guns and cars …

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BigBill

Hey Dave. What are you growing in your garden? I usually do carrots, bush beans, pole beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, radishes, lettuce, and spinach. This year, just bush beans, tomatoes, bells, jalapenos, and cucs. Marigolds deter Japanese beetles and borage is an effective draw for bees.

pompano
pompano

Does the door really need to open and close?

Berserker
Berserker

Man, carpentry is, like, my entire recreational goal at this point. I think I could be pretty good at it because, from what I can tell, it’s quite a bit like shooting – It requires careful planning and calm focus, but in the end it all comes down to being able to cover up your mistakes.

Trouble I have right now is, I’ve got more tools and materials than time and knowledge of how to use them. But I’ve got ambitions, and ideas for garage cabinets.

BigBill
BigBill

Carpentry isn’t difficult; I thought it would be too until I started working. Your’re an engineer right? Consider it like going from calculus to algebra I.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)
KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

Land quidditch?

Tyrone
Tyrone

Do you have 11 friends and a rugby ball?

sydenham
sydenham

Freezing rain and snow up here over the weekend. Swapped a rake for s shovel from the shed. But the garlic is coming up and I’ll be getting the fava beans in soon even if it snows more.

BleedingRedAndGold

Mrs. BRAG needed to go to the hospital today, chest pains that were not severe but needed a look. Just heard from her, so she’s OK and will be home in 30 min or so. That said, she told me last night that she hasn’t been reading AG much of late, so anyone who wants to help me leverage her into doing so, feel free to add some well-wishes for her in the replies to this comment.

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

Here’s hoping it’s a false alarm. Good news (for her) is women don’t have the correlation between chest pains and heart attacks like men.

BleedingRedAndGold

Not always, that’s true. In fact, historically it has been one of the reasons that the prognosis for women who had heart attacks tended to be worse then for men. But since she has a history of heart issues, better safe.

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

Indeed. Get well, ma’am

sydenham
sydenham

Yup: wishing her well.

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)

Wish her all the best.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Get well Mrs. BRAG!

workingmansdead

Send her my best, BRAG

Anthony Stratton

Wishing you the best of health Mrs. BRAG.

Berserker
Berserker

Get well soon, Mrs. BRAG!

My prescription would be watching re-runs of 2018 Chiefs wins. That always makes my chest feel better.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Get well soon

KC Dude (A.K.A Zif)
MasterChief
MasterChief

Total bummer.

CHIEFSandSABRES

France is quickly becoming a third world shithole. Not surprised. Even if this were just a standard workplace accident, France is toast.

Tony Sommer

Nah, I did a little tour of Europe last year, and Paris was clearly a much more “advanced” than even Italy and Greece.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Well Paris is a huge epicenter of that continent. It rivals NYC, London, and maybe some Asiatic capitals for tops in the world. The nation on the other hand is going to break real soon.

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

It’s a bellwether I’m afraid.

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

(Wasn’t sure whether a comma or period was appropriate so I didn’t punctuate intentionally)

Berserker
Berserker

I think Greece is a pretty bad comparison, though. I haven’t been there, but of course they’ve been in the news plenty….

Italy, I didn’t have issues anywhere I went there. But obviously, different neighborhoods can give vastly different impressions. Also, the Italian, uh, behavioral aesthetic I guess I’ll call it, is more chaotic than America’s….I’ve found that kind of difference can give us Americans a false impression that a country or people doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Tony Sommer

CHIEFSandSABRES

Nice picture. It is sad to see the culture go up in flames. I quit following news outta France months ago because its just so depressing.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

I was there in 1999. Horrific and sad to see it burn. Huge loss of history.

Berserker
Berserker

Wonder if we’ll find out who was working the construction.

Dave B.
Dave B.

I finally got the “new” truck yesterday and I must say I am thoroughly impressed with Carvana. The entire process was completely painless. I financed through my bank so I can’t comment on their financing process but the vehicle itself is fantastic. I was little concerned about cosmetic damage but they completely overstated it on their website so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could hardly even notice the two tiny chips in the paint. My only complaint was that the driver actually arrived EARLY so I had to change my plans to meet them at our agreed upon location. I would totally recommend them to anyone thinking about buying a car.

Anthony Stratton

Nice, glad it worked out.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Awesome! Thanks for reporting back! I’ve been window-shopping on Carvana and it seems convenient and the prices are very good compared to dealers and safer compared to private sellers.

How much more do you have to pay than the “sticker price”?

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

@Dave B -Glad it worked for you, too!

@MasterChief – WYSIWYG with Carvana pricing. I think the only add-on is an extended warranty. They even included TT&L in my official quote. (And they did all the work including plates)

MasterChief
MasterChief

Thanks! I’m a step closer to pulling the trigger. Now I’m just worried it all sounds too good to be true. lol

KC_SunDevil
KC_SunDevil

You can find cheaper if you’re patient. I didn’t have the luxury of time when my wife’s engine seized. Carvana was perfect in that scenario

MasterChief
MasterChief

I’m sure I could find cheaper with a private seller, but they don’t offer 7 day trials with returns and all the inspections they go through with Carvana. I think those things might add up to being worth any extra cost and it’s still much cheaper than a dealership.

Thanks for the info!

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Started the weekend trading our camper in on a nicer newer one. Now there is more room for the kiddos to roam when the weather turns to not great at the lake. After getting the “new” camper home I had some little fixes to do on it. Adjust the door latch, adjust a cabinet door that type of stuff.

Saturday my oldest son had a basketball game then we headed to Manhattan to relax with friends. It is nice because they have kiddos roughly the same age as ours and they really like to play together. A few beers for the adults and some food for all, it was a good time.

Sunday we had our older two kids in a outdoor obstacle course type challenge. It was pretty cool they went down a muddy ravine had to go over logs under logs up a very long steep hill over hay bales over a teeter totter type device and multiple other obstacles. My daughter got 6th out of 78 boys and girls and 4th in the girls. Note: they did have a longer course that I think many of the boys in her age group did which is why there was only two boys that finished ahead of her and three girls. But the longer course was already filled when we signed up. Our son ended up in the middle of the pack but he really fought hard and had a blast. It was a great time and we hope to get the kids in a few more of those events.

CHIEFSandSABRES

We Marines are funny folks. I own 16 guns, all iron sights. Not one scope in my inventory.

BleedingRedAndGold

If I ever get a rifle, it’ll get a scope. Nothing against iron sights, just bad eyesight in my dominant eye.

BigBill
BigBill

I use a scope, no shame here. No shit, I can put .308 rounds into a 1″ circle at 200 yards with my Ruger American but I can’t read the ticker on the TV from the kitchen.

Anthony Stratton

I have astigmatisms in my eyes, bad. Its very hard for me to use peep sights like AR’s are equipped with at anything past 75 yards or so. I have folding sights on all my rifles as backups, as optics do fail, but with a red dot or scope I’m nails.

BigBill
BigBill

I grew up in the country. When I was 12 our neighbor paid me $2 per groundhog that I could kill. He had a lot of cows and was afraid of them breaking a leg in one of the holes. I didn’t have a gun of my own so my Dad rented me his but I had to buy the bullets. Most shots were between 80 and 140 yards. My best shot was at 231 years; I aimed three inches above the hog’s head and hit him in the left eye.

Berserker
Berserker

Not just Marines, probably military in general.

Tony will probably be happy to ridicule my “skill” with scopes. I try to force myself to figure them out, though, because my goal is to be able to shoot anything I happen to come across.

Anthony Stratton

…even if its 1000 yards away.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Just watched that video…wow. That was expertly done. I think that Mahomes guy might be a pretty good QB.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

On another weekend note, I can confirm this to be true.

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Yeeeaaahhh! Definitely a reoccurring theme!

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

I’ve done the requisite first mowing of the year. After mowing it short, I noticed I have an area where our underground dog fence has pulled up out of the ground, so that is on the agenda this week. Other yard-related “to dos” include trimming all the various grasses (fountain, pampas, etc), rose bushes, and some limb removal from the oak tree in the front yard. I should overseed, but probably too late in the game for that, guess it will wait until the fall.

We all survived prom madness thankfully. My 17-year old daughter and 18-year old son managed to conduct themselves appropriately, which is nice (though completely within their character). Glad they didn’t take too much from their old man.

I also need to mow…again. I’m afraid there is a pattern occurring.

sportingchiefs

It’s about time for us to have the first mow of the year but, I’m in a bit of a predicament. Our tiny English house has a garden (yard) that is only about 5 feet wide by 7-8 feet long of grass (stone patio on the other half). Can’t decide if it’s worth my time/money to buy a cheap mower that I’ll only use 10 times or less this year or just pay someone else to do it. Yard probably only needs to be mowed once a month.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

I have a work colleague from Germany who bought one of those robot mowers. He too has a smaller yard and is completely head-over-heels for the purchase. It has it’s own little shed/charging unit and everything.

If you have a neighborhood kid that mows, might be worth just tossing him the $10-$20 he’d charge you and be done with it.

KCChef
KCChef

It’s My Birthday Today … ” I’m 59 w/ a Kick Like ‘Shine ” …OK …Mebbe O’Douls … So what does an Old retired Chef do on his Birthday ? ( Who said that ?! ) … Why I Cook of Course ! … I picked out a NY Strip Roast on sale Sunday & Today I’ll carve off and Grill a 2″ thick steak for myself & something more human for the Wife & Grill ‘Em ! …So there’s That & a Food Coma to look forward to aided by a bottle of Red Wine & a Rocks Glass of Single Malt The MacCallan over Ice w/ a 1/2 Splash … ” Good Noight Noice ! ” … : )

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Happy Birthday, Chef.

Anthony Stratton

HAppy Birthday!

Tyrone
Tyrone

Happy Birthday. Sounds like a good way to celebrate it to me.

something more human for the Wife

Not sure if you should be feeding human to your wife though

BigBill
BigBill

Happy birthday! I’ll have three beers in your honor. 🙂

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

Was a long weekend.
On Saturday made a home made harrow to pull behind the mower to brake up the ground to plant some yard seed. Ran that around the property for a couple or four beers. Spread some grass and clover seed then grabbed some chain link fence i had laying around. Figured i would tie it off to the mower and tossed some rocks on it. Commenced to drive that around for another couple beers. After that i was feeling pretty handy so I tore down the screened in porch area on the back deck (wife would like me to extend the deck) and started framing out the addition.
On Sunday had my sons 8th birthday party with all the family and cousins. Did some simple grilling of burger, dogs and brats and my first pickings of asparagus for the year from our garden. While my boy had tons of fun, the wife and i spent all morning cleaning the house for guests then spent the rest of the evening once the guest left cleaning up the mess they left.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Those are the best weekends honestly. Just piddling around the house.

sportingchiefs

Legend has it, these are the very same doors from a Cupboard that brought an Indian to life …

One of my favorite movies growing up as a kid lol.

This weekend I finally bottle the NEIPA and spent the majority of the morning doing that. I did get to test out the bottle washer my father-in-law built me and it worked spectacularly. Gonna throw more about that into a “What’s Brewing” article for a future time but there’s a video on my Twitter if you’re curious.

Other than that, the only project I did around the house was baby-proofing the TV. The little one can’t quite reach it yet but went ahead and bought some straps off Amazon that anchor the TV to the stand it sits on. Something easily overlooked but I’m glad I took the 3 minutes to install them cause now the TV won’t move at all.

Anthony Stratton

Books were really good. Movies did a pretty good job following them.

Tyrone
Tyrone

I’ve never touched a gun, I’m not very good with cars, and I can’t build anything.

I changed a flat tyre for a workmate today though because, being female, she had no idea or inclination to do it. So I can confirm I am a man.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Bravo, MAN

zulu trader
zulu trader

you qualify!

Anthony Stratton

She was good looking?

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

Asking for a friend????

Tyrone
Tyrone

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Anthony Stratton

I once did I u-turn on the highway in heavy traffic to help a girl change a tire…

She was good looking.

Berserker
Berserker

Tyrone = MAN name.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Tyrone is my middle name
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