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December 15th, 2017, 1:28 pm #681

This goes with the post above.
One member brought in lovely cupcakes with great icing on top.
It wasn't overpoweringly sweet and reminded me of a cream cheese icing.
 There was even the added bonus of a home made target decoration on top.
I just hope the decoration wasn't styrofoam.😮
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December 15th, 2017, 1:34 pm #682

Even the vegetable plates got torn apart with my favorite being
lovely small peppers just the slightest bit tangier than a bell.

That lonesome offering you see there is a courgette.
As far as I can tell a courgette is a small squash.
I would have snarkled it down but already had my fill.🤗
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December 15th, 2017, 1:41 pm #683

A continuation of the previous thread.
Pizza is pizza even when it is four large pies.
So let's see pic's of a bit of shooting instead.😀

The first archer in the last pic' is one of our better shots.
I gave him two shots to hit a small balloon at thirty meters.
His prize was a five dollar bill. Close but no cigar.
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December 16th, 2017, 3:12 am #684

I think that's good to do some inclusive "entertaining" from time to time.  I like to see that.
For decades, we had no juniors in the hand-gun section of the club that I belonged to.

All the same, we had some shoot-offs that were pure entertainment:
Gift cards and bottles of rum, all on strings, maybe 2" off the floor/ground.
Cut the string at 20m and the prize was yours.  Had guys buying extra ammo sometimes!
Bowling pin shoots were wild = 5 pins on a table and you have to clear the table ( no spinners).

Anyway, I drifted off into Trap as the range regs became more and more ridiculous for hand gun.

There was a core of trap shooters who went all over for summer matches.
There was a gang of old guys like me that shot trap as a weekly social occasion.
We would help to make up squads (5) but the comp shooters claimed that we broke their rhythm
until we told them that they weren't good enough to even concentrate on their own shooting.
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December 16th, 2017, 4:13 am #685

Robson Valley wrote: I think that's good to do some inclusive "entertaining" from time to time.  I like to see that.
For decades, we had no juniors in the hand-gun section of the club that I belonged to.

All the same, we had some shoot-offs that were pure entertainment:
Gift cards and bottles of rum, all on strings, maybe 2" off the floor/ground.
Cut the string at 20m and the prize was yours.  Had guys buying extra ammo sometimes!
Bowling pin shoots were wild = 5 pins on a table and you have to clear the table ( no spinners).

Anyway, I drifted off into Trap as the range regs became more and more ridiculous for hand gun.

There was a core of trap shooters who went all over for summer matches.
There was a gang of old guys like me that shot trap as a weekly social occasion.
We would help to make up squads (5) but the comp shooters claimed that we broke their rhythm
until we told them that they weren't good enough to even concentrate on their own shooting.
Isn't that funny?
I used to work in a handgun range called the N.F.T.A..
I never had the time or money to get into cowboy or I.P.S.C. much but enjoyed shooting a lot.
I had a Dan Wesson .44 mag with a ten inch barrel just for fun.
You could switch out the ten for an eight or a six.

Now if I shot even a nine millimeter the noise bugs me.😣
Thank goodness longbows make very little noise.😉
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December 16th, 2017, 7:07 am #686

I shot a DW in .357, .38 paper punching wad cutters.  Beautiful wheel gun.
Was not the 10" a real tube????   I liked the 6" the best.

S&W .22lr with lots of mods for ISU Standard Pistol and IHMSA Silhouette.
There's 50 in a box.  There's 500 in a brick.  There's 5,000 in a case.
I was shooting 2/year.

For pure entertainment, I shot a 7mm/.308 Unlimited IHMSA pistol.
Rebarreled Rem XP100 piece.  Creedmore was the only way to hang onto it.
I had the same paraplegic guy hand load for every thing CF  that I shot.

Now?  I'm not certain that I could stand up for long enough to shoot a round of trap.
Sporting clays might be alright if I can sit most of the time.
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December 16th, 2017, 2:51 pm #687

Robson Valley wrote: I shot a DW in .357, .38 paper punching wad cutters.  Beautiful wheel gun.
Was not the 10" a real tube????   I liked the 6" the best.

S&W .22lr with lots of mods for ISU Standard Pistol and IHMSA Silhouette.
There's 50 in a box.  There's 500 in a brick.  There's 5,000 in a case.
I was shooting 2/year.

For pure entertainment, I shot a 7mm/.308 Unlimited IHMSA pistol.
Rebarreled Rem XP100 piece.  Creedmore was the only way to hang onto it.
I had the same paraplegic guy hand load for every thing CF  that I shot.

Now?  I'm not certain that I could stand up for long enough to shoot a round of trap.
Sporting clays might be alright if I can sit most of the time.
As a tube for a barrel,do you mean long,ungainly and impractical? Absolutely😁
Is it possible you mean unrifled? Nope a beautifully rifled stainless steel barrel.

Anyway the Wesson had one end of the barrel threaded and screwed in to the revolver.
There was a gap measuring tool much like a spark plug gauge.
I got the gun as a pleasure to shoot with the possibility of hunting deer.

I could afford the toy because it was used and my employee discount.
I didn't need to buy a serious shooter as the rental guns were available for free.
I could shoot Glock 9s,Colt Trooper .357s,Ruger .22s to my hearts delight.
Shooters would let me shoot their guns as well. I have shot anything from
an elephant gun a cavalry officer's 45.70 the Death Wish 3 gun the ,45 magnum Wildey and
the .454 Casull. The Casull's rounds were three dollars each.😮
The recoil was so massive the lead in the unfired rounds would
sometimes unseat themselves so much the mag' wouldn't rotate.

Above the shooting ranges was an empty room we used to shoot bow.
When I was offered the job I asked how much I had to pay to work there.😊

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When I was out shopping it came to me you may have meant the outer shroud was a tube.
The barrel is just a plain cylinder with the sights and whatnot on the shroud.
It was very easy to install barrel and shroud. Many is the time I had it
apart to clean and wondered if it would fire safely without any barrel at all.🤔
Just set up a man sized target at three meters and blast away.😮
Common sense and a desire to keep all my fingers prevailed.🤗
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December 16th, 2017, 5:50 pm #688

I didn't like shooting next to anyone with the cylinder misaligned to the forcing cone.
The spit was quite un-nerving.

I liked the long 10" tube/barrel on the DW.  I'd load one at a time and try my best to really make them count.
I shot a Unique Vitesse in Rapid Fire.  Odd but the man-shaped targets in that day and time really put me off.
I see it's all .22 cal LR now.  .22 shorts are a thing of the past.  Cowboy Action was then a thing of the future.
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December 16th, 2017, 6:07 pm #689

I was taught that anything more than a male silouhette target was verboten.
No pictures of politicians or exwives. I teach the same thing at the archery range.
It is much the same safety rules to shoot a bow as a firearm.
Someone walking in front of the shooting line will happen once in a while.
Even the staff at the center will try to do it occasionaly. They say they are
security and must patrol. My whistle teaches them differently.😐

I kept on checking out that fat bike and have reluctantly decided it is not for me.
Too much weight,rolling resistance and handling issues. The final nail in the coffin
was the fact the riding position would kill my sore back.

It is much better tires and tubes for the hybrid along with a back rack/mudflap and safety equipment.
Maybe a new front wheel. The bike is going to be stored upside down on top of the defunct freezer.
Aside from hanging,upside down is the best. It also gives me access to both wheels and the drivetrain.
Three and a half months to go.😀

Below are a few pic's of seat post bike racks.
I prefer not to have to look at an extension bracket or
the lines of the one in black would captivate me.

The silver one is acceptable if it comes in black.
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December 16th, 2017, 11:21 pm #690

I checked out Kuwahara bicycles and you are in luck.🤔
You are not so old.🤔🤔 They are still being made.😊
Though they are no longer made with stone wheels.😉

Did yours look like one of these?
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December 17th, 2017, 2:19 am #691

Unless I can find a suitable bike light for a reasonable price a regular L.E.D. flashlight may get adapted to life in the slow lane. As long as the switch is water resistant and there is an o-ring where you replace the batteries an aluminum flashlight is pretty tough. A tip from Mag-lite. If you read the manual they advise putting a bit of vaseline on the threads.
This assists the o-ring in stopping water infiltration and corrosion.
L.E.D. lights burn forever on one battery.
I can always carry a spare

Below are two easily adaptable and affordable lights.
The third option is my last choice.🤔
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December 17th, 2017, 1:51 pm #692

Isn't that nice?🙄
Half an hour until there is a dwelling inspector coming and
Tracker did some kind of business on a white shag carpet. 😑
I say it was "some kind" of business because it is hard to determine which end it came out.😮

Now,in an emergency Tracker has my full if unwilling permission to do what needs
to be done where it has to be done. Poop happens,if you know what I mean.
I just wish it hadn't happened on a white shag carpet.😶

Soon the doorbell will ring and Tracker will go into full"please come in spazz mode."

I guess it was better that the accident happened half an hour before than during the inspection.🤐

Below are a few gifs of how Tracker should have acted.
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December 17th, 2017, 7:22 pm #693

My bike looked kinda sorta like the first one, the burgundy red one, but it was black.

It was pitch dark at 2AM.  I awoke to the sound of the cat yakking somewhere not far away.
She missed the carpet and hit the tiled floor for once.  I think that old pets yak a lot more than the young ones do.
Some new snow flakes today.  The Ravens use the long branches of my spruce trees like trampolines.  Somebody fed them 8AM as the gang all showed up with big pieces of bread again.

I used to like 19C in my kitchen in the winters.  I need 21C this year.
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December 17th, 2017, 10:01 pm #694

Nice bike you had there.

As far as modern bicycle assembly practices go it is easier to find  older replacement components now.
It is not to make it easier to find older parts which is good for the rider.
It is to make bikes easier to assemble which is better for the manufacturer.
Chinese bikes are rarely from one manufacturer. One manufacturer will
make a specially designed frame then buy components for it.
Unless you get into upper end bikes it is not cost effective to make every part.
That is how Canadian Moose bikes does it. Frame designed in Canada,
built in China with the components chosen from a list.

Even upper end carbon frames are made by a specialist.

It was yacking not cacking that Tracker did.
He proved that to me by resting his head adoringly on my knee and yacking in my face.😮🤐😮

It is hard to find a brick of .22 unless you go online.
There is one major hunting store that may have a brick but
they are completely across the city from me diagonally.

Canadian Tire did get my .22 mini mags.
I bought one hundred with the idea to pick up two later.
Now they only have one left. I will grab that tomorrow.
Really as two hundred rounds are four hundred birds I may not need that last hundred.

I found a great rear light for the bike.
It has a hook and also a magnetic mount.
There are maybe twenty white L.E.D.s in a puck sized reflector.
The rear light is supposed to be red and so I look for translucent red plastic to make a lens cover.
I looked in the dollar store for that red packing tape but couldn't find any.
Isn't it used in the construction industry? Can anyone think of where translucent red plasic can be found inexpensively?

I may even use the puck sized light for the front light though
a flashlight with a homemade mount is just the ticket.

Instead of thirty to three hundred dollars I will spend ten.
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December 17th, 2017, 11:46 pm #695

I think it was a Kuwahara Apollo model.  Nice.  I put a HD rack on the back.
To be honest, after it rotted, it disappeared in a yard clean-up.
Guy a block down the street here in the village must have 200+ bikes.
Made his own business and seems to have done OK this summer.

Sometimes, red cellophane is used for wrapping gifts.  Doesn't sound very durable.
But upside down indoors on the freezer, it might last until spring.

Look in a hardware store.  Some sell replacement lenses for farm machine lights 
or reflectors for country lane fence posts.  The local H/H here will ask: "What size?"

I have not needed to look for any ammo for years.
Even gave some away #4 and #5 to a guy going to hunt pheasant in AB.
I sold off 8 flats of trap loads to a big family that liked to shoot.

Tonight will be chicken curry.  I intend to use my flint blades for the prep.
They cut so easily, watch your fingers!
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December 18th, 2017, 3:30 pm #696

Like an addiction,after my first sip of coffee Paleoplanet awakens me.
Wow after reading that sentence maybe I am not so awake after all. 🤗

Today I have to figure out that last Christmas present for a loved one.😀
After that important task I have the boring pension people to deal with.🤐

Today or tomorrow the bike comes in. There is finally room.
With all the landlord's people showing up there is just not enough room for Tracker,me and the bicycle.


That building inspector came yesterday. I thought he didn't come when
he was supposed to the other day because of the first snow storm. That he didn't have
a vehicle up to the task.🤔 Today he shows up in his Chevy pick-up.😶
Four inches of snow the other day and he wussed out.🙄

He was in the middle of the inspection and the real estate agent showed up.
She opened my door and walked right in. If I hadn't expressly told myself to be civil,
she would have walked right out again too.😑  Twenty years ago my first landlord did that too.
She walked right in and I marched her right back out. "A person's home is their castle."

That building inspector wasn't much better.
Somehow he thought the landlords recalcitrance about doing repairs was my responsibility.
He expressed that in french to the real estate agent. I understand french much better than I speak it.
Really I do speak it fairly well. It is just sometimes my tongue twists up and there you are some people think I am unilingual.
A building inspector who isn't supposed to have an opinion expresses it in french like french is a secret code.
Trust me he could have been out the front door on his feet or out the back door on his astitude.

But that is over with now.
Tracker has had his first walk.
I have had my first sip and Paleoplanet awaits.😃

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Aside from bringing the bike in I will be taking off the wheels to clean them.
After that I go down to the bike shop and dicker for the components needed or wanted.
Two new top of the line puncture resistant touring tires,one inner tube and a back rack.
The shop probably doesn't carry the rack I want. I will see if they will buy it online if
I finance it along with all the other items. That may sound anal and not cost effective.
I have found out if you go that extra distance with people most really appreciate it.
Those who don't appreciate it don't do as well as if they did. 

The rack I want is one of the three below.
All are rated for more weight than I need.
I like the minimalist look of the one with the rack pack.
But it may not suit my needs. The one similar to that one is pretty.
The only way the line could be nicer is if the platform curved like the tire.
Unfortunately a curved shelf just isn't practical.

The silver one is tied for first place.
The clamp holding it onto the seat post looks the strongest.
That may be because there is no additional bracket holding it onto the seat.
The black one is the prettiest except for that bracket.
I have a simple practical idea to disguise that bracket.😉
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December 18th, 2017, 8:04 pm #697

Thank goodness for Paleoplanet

I am on hold with puny paltry pension people.😶
But I get to talk to you so everything works out.😃

I was looking at those seat post bike racks.
It got me to thinking. The racks I like are simple looking.
Why not try to make one out of wood or wood and metal.
The idea hangs upon what the rack uses to hang on. That clamp around the seat post. P
If I can get my mind around getting around that clamp the only issue is strength versus weight.
I wonder if a plank 3/8ths thick by four inches wide by twenty four inches long would be strong enough.
The fact is I have some lovely mahogany that is exactly that plus a bit which is perfect for fine finishing.
I used to think of mahogany as a heavy wood but the cashew I have is only slightly heavier than P.O.C..
The section around the place where I have to get around the clamp would have to be reinforced.
That would be a small price to pay for utilising a natural resource harvested from a construction site.
The fact is I have a piece of laminated bamboo flooring harvested from a construction dumpster.
That may be even stronger. I have a ton of mahogany and one plank of bamboo.
So careful thought would have to be taken if I used the 'boo.🤔

Hey guess what?
During the time I wrote that I was taken off of hold.
Everything was reasonably concluded 'til after the holidays.
I see a form letter from them threatening dire doings.😮
That is their idea of reasonably concluded.😄🙄😄

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December 18th, 2017, 10:47 pm #698

Well it's done.
Two of Schwalbé's best touring tires and one inner tube on lay-away.
The back rack got a pass for now though my bike shop's offerings got a close scrutiny.
They ended up having two seat post racks similar to the silver one shown above.
There is no way in Nature those babies can hold up to twenty two pounds.🤔
One even says twenty two pounds is a suggestion.
But ten or twelve pounds of groceries is all I need.

They do have one with downward brackets that hold more and are not horrendous looking.
But the bike itself can't tolerate more. There are decent fenders that don't look like
those old metal jobs that look and rattle like they were made from tin cans.
The fenders I like are supposed to go on mountain bikes.
Roughly the same price,cool looking and much more resilient.

They have a very nice floor pump from Cannondale. Reasonably priced as well.
No lever to flip just an ejector to press. That makes inserting and removing tires a breeze.
But that is next year. I talked over fat bikes with the owner and my mechanic.
We didn't get into riding positions but agreed they are not meant for snow on top of ice.
Even if you put studs onmthe tire rides on the snow which slides on the ice.

My mechanic is a die hard and rides all winter.
He runs a trail bike with premium studded off road tires.
His tires cost as much as my bike new.😮
As nice as they are I just don't need them.
The next step  down will be good enough.

I forgot to ask for a used tube so am going back.
When I do I will take some pictures. They have some innovative ideas.
Including one where the rain fender is the package it comes in.

See you in the Wild

P.S. give me a few minutes I will show you a riding light that
is very much like the one I want to make.
Who needs a ninety dollar light?  

Here you go.
The two smaller lights are this Fabric riding light which boasts three hundred lumens.
The other looks like a tactical flashlight supplied with a bracket. 
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December 19th, 2017, 12:43 am #699

Can anyone see the size of this bike?
It's a used bike and size isn't listed in the ad.
That is not unusaual unfortunately.
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December 19th, 2017, 9:42 pm #700

This is nice,easy to install and practical but expensive.

It's a kit to make your regular ride into an E-Bike.
A very low center of gravity for the whole shebang pkus
ease of removing/charging battery make this conversion doable.
You see that water bottle? That's the battery.

The drive wheel engages the tire automatically.
When you stop it disengages the same way.
You can set it so it only supplies when there is a demand.
That means no throttle is necessary.

It's a chunk of change but that may come down with time.
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