Archives for: July 2009

Innocence Lost

July 25th, 2009
I like Hondas. They go, don't fall apart, and their ergonomics fit me. Our '88 Civic went 234,000 miles before we gave it away to family. Parts wore out, but it never left us stranded. I was able to do most of the work myself. I was impressed after a… more »

Dog Turd & Tonic

July 23rd, 2009
There's been a trend of adverts for fast food restaurants (Carls Jr., Pizza Hut, etc.) presenting their product as actual food in an actual restaurant and "fooling" patrons, catching their reactions à la Candid Camera/Punk'd. What utter hogwash. T… more »

Skin Deep

July 7th, 2009
A couple of years ago, my wife handed me a woodworking magazine. "Can you do this for our closet doors?" she asked, pointing to a beautiful frame-and-panel room screen with different, spectacular veneers in each panel. Several thoughts popped into my… more »


July 2nd, 2009
With any luck, I'm going to grow old. I hereby solemnly promise that I will not be one of those silly old farts at the checkout counter fumbling with pennies from my coin purse to make exact change. I can be a patient man. I stop for pedestrians i… more »

Bringing in the Sheaves

July 2nd, 2009
I feel a little sheepish. I just learned that what I thought was a pulley (a wheel with a grooved rim attached to a shaft for transmitting force to a belt) is more properly referred to as a sheave. And it's pronounced "shiv". One or more sheave… more »