Friday, October 30, 2015

That weren't all that bad....but the prep was

I'm sure everbody is anxious....ha ha... to hear bout the outcome of yesterdays "hose pipe" episode.
Well yesterday weren't all that bad. Nuttin to it when your sound asleep. But by God, the day before sucked. Liquid diet day. My liquid diet consisted of mostly coffee. Drinked 2 pots before the dreaded 64 oz. Gatorade mixture start'n at 5pm. I hate Gatorade. I was fine for the first 4 cups of that stuff and then it hit me.....I wanna puke. I was sick for the rest of the day an' all night long. Belch'n up little Florida oranges. That what it taste like anyhows. Damn, I ain't never gonna do this again.

With my system completely cleaned out, I feel a lot better today. I eated me a egg at 2am...a slab of bread an' a few sips of coffe....'cause I was starv'n slap to death. Gonna brew me up a pot of chicken tater noodle soup here in a little bit. That should go down pretty good.

Anyhows.....nice doctor come in the room where I'm freez'n half to death an' she says..."Hi Mr. P, do you remember me"? Well yeah I remember you....you're that hot doctor from across the street. "Are you ready"? Yep, I'm ready...ya got a warm blanket? (it was cold outside an' they had the a/c run'n inside) No respect for us older folks!!

I'm wheeled into the water hose department. Nice lady injects some stuff in my already installed big ass needle an' says...."this is gonna be cold". Tells me to roll over on my side an' they stick this plastic thingy in my mouth. The nice lady says...."good night". That's the last thing I know. I was sound asleep.

All done an' back in the wake up room. Doc come in an' give me a report of what was found inside my poor old belly an' poop shoot. Damn!!! Good news, no ulcer. But....damn!!! I got stomach infection or something like that. Possible bacteria....won't know until lab results. A hiatus hernia....in my stomach, gastritis what ever the hell that is. Esophagitis...what ever the hell that is. A few other things I know nuttin bout. I'm gonna live.

All my recent attempts to work on the boat project ain't go'n so well. When I wanted to do some polyurethane work....it was rain'n. High humidity an' poly don't mix. So the boat is just sit'n over there on the trailer do'n nuttin.

I suppose I need to say something bout this cat. He's just a overgrowed kitten an' he has friends come to visit. That's the "in an' out the house ever 5 minutes" I was talk'n bout. Cat's play ya know. His litter box is in "da house" an' he refuses to use the outhouse outside. It's hard work for a cat to dig holes in red Georgia clay. Ha, he's sound asleep on my hobby table right now.

Nuttin wrong with Leonard other than he's a normal "cat attitude" "damn cat". He owns me....lock stock an' barrow. Damn cat!!!

Sure do wished I was in south Texas. It's get'n cold in Georgia. But that ain't gonna happen for a while. One my Walmart special electric heaters is bout to give up the ghost. Damn thermostat ain't work'n right. Somes time it don't shut off an' it get hot as hell in "da house" Other times it don't even come on an' it get cold in "da house". Time for a new heater. Also gonna have to get me a big propane tank before too long. With Mr Heater run'n, these small tanks ain't gonna last very long. Something like a gallon a day when it gets super cold. I don't look forward to that. $$$$$$$$$$ an' time to have refilled.  

Ok, got to give it up for the day. Soup is started. 


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Preparation day....this sucks

I know this ain't what ya wanna hear, but this shit sucks. For the last 3 days, the old Billy Bob has had him some really bad stomach issues. I don't care what it is or how good it looks an' smells, anything I eat, I get sick. My last doctor visit, I had lost another 2#'s.

That big cut on my back where they removed that growth is com'n along just fine. With the fear of get'n a infection, I been bath'n that sucker in alcohol an' put'n medicine on it. No itch so's it must be fine.  Feels like all them stitches is bout gone now. Out of all the health issues I been work'n on, this is the only one that is been completed....an' it weren't even a health issue. 

Ha, started my endoscopy preparation this morn'n. Liquid diet all day....coffee an' more coffee. Anybody like green jello? Damn I'm hungry for bout 6 slices of bacon, a pile of fried taters an' 3 eggs over easy. I'll just pretend each sip of coffee is a bite of one of those.

The boat project is still on hold while I decide on a name, order the decals an' put 'em on the stern. I thank everbody for your suggestions.
Why is it that everwhere I look, I cain't find metallic copper paint? That's for the bottom paint ya know. Bottom be ready for paint after I do me some sand'n an' stuff. Ha, when I get that done, the boat project is gonna be maybe bout half done.

It's get'n close to registration time on the "billy jeep" (February). This is stress'n me out even though it's still 3 months off. At a time like this....winter cold an' doctor appointments, I don't need no more stress. The "billy jeep" will be put in Robert's name here in Georgia. Then on top of that, I need to be in Texas when "Sally da house" needs inspection an' registration in Sept. Plus driver license in Sept. Hopefully by that time, my health issues will be taken care of an' I'll be back in Texas somewheres.

Man boy howdy, this damn cat is piss me off. I close the door....an' the cat wants out. Five minute later he wants back in. This goes on all day long. Then late at night he goes out an' don't come back for a hour or so. But I become attach to this damn cat. I worry he gonna run off an' never come back home. Maybe get eat up by a dad gum coyote, lion or something like that. He done eat bout 4 cups of cat food in the last two days. Back on yer diet Leonard. I swear, Leonard is get'n fat.     

I give Sadie Mae a haircut the other day. My God, that dog was covered with hair. She seems a little bit more happy now. Probly weigh a few pound less too. "Git off me dawg".

Nuttin else to write bout today. "Damn I'm hungry".

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Not much go'n on....

This is a bad time to be writ'n stuff on a blog. Ya see, we have rain headed this way an' as everbody know, the old Billy Bob ain't in no close friendship deal with rain storms. I ain't got no garden, so I don't need none that wet stuff. I'm a sunshine kind of guy.

An' speak'n of sunshine, man boy howdy we had us some here in Georgia. The dad gum air cond has been run'n every afternoon. Musta been a hunnert degs....or there bouts. Had to open them redneck winder blankets so's some the heat would go back outside. Hotter inside than outside.

Have ya ever have a endoscopy? Stick a water hose down yer throat an' take a hunnert digital pictures. Well that ain't so bad, 'cause they inject some stuff in ya an' you go to sleep. But let me tell ya bout the day before. Holy cows....drink a gallon Gatorade an' water. I hate Gaterade an' I don't like water one iota. Ya don't get nuttin to eat for a whole freak'n day. Ya cain't have ya no chew bakkee or Skoal under yer lip neither. Any obstructions to the bathroom must be cleared beforehand.
This is what I got to look forward to for the next three days.

Have ya ever builded a "cutwater"? Ok, so ya don't know what a cutwater is. Well, I'm bout to tell ya. Ya see, back when boats was builded out of wood, the hull planking was nailed at a point at the front the boat....like this /\. Go'n through the water a hunnert mile a hour, that was a weak spot an' all them pound'n waves on that weak spot, your wooden boat is gonna fall slap apart....an' sink. So some thoughtful dude invented a cutwater. Builded out of stainless steel so's them nails hold'n the boat together won't come out...an' sink yer boat. A cutwater looks like this.... /\ .....or this.

The cutwater from the kit is made out of stick on tin foil stuff what ya cut with a pair of sizzers (scissors). For a model, this looks kind of sorta ok. But, for the old Billy Bob, this won't do....."let's build one". A special drill bit was used to drill all them holes. Trick of the trade here....a big ass needle an' a hammer. (them holes are bout 1/64th inches) Just big enough to fit a straight pin through. Straight pins will be "fake" screws without the slot. Look pretty good from my house.

Ok crap, Leonard has turn into a killer cat. He done go outside this morn'n an' murdered a mocking bird. Bringed it in "da house" to show off his hunt'n skills. Cats do that ya know. Me an' Leonard had us a talk. Hope he don't find his way into the chicken house. I killed a chicken one time. But we ate it.

Speak'n of chicken, did I ever tell ya....I raised a chicken puppy an' a cat puppy. Them two play with each other from when they wake up until they get tired an' take a afternoon nap. Chase each other all over the house. I comes home from school one day an' my daddy had bringed a jail buddy home with him. My poor chicken was in a pot on the stove. That bastard stealed my radio too. An' hocked it for a bottle of beer an' a pack of smokes at the little grocery store. Costed me 2 hours of sweep'n an' scrub'n floors just to get my radio back.   

Oh shoot, I almost forget. The boat needs a name. A unique name. I spended bout 14 hour look'n at boat names on the internet. My God, you ain't gonna believe what people name boats. I got me a list of possibilities. Yes, "Billy Boat" is on the list. I could use some help in choos'n a name....what ya got? Here is what I'm think'n....."LONE STAR". That's Texas in case ya didn't know.

In place of Steakhouse an' Saloon....TEXAS. Just a thought.

But, I still like "Billy Boat". "Wooden Eagle" or Falcon or Nickle? "Barco de Billy"?

I have nuttin else to write about...I'm out of here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Damn it's been cold outside....beautiful today

"Hey Billy Bob, don'tcha think it's bout time ya say something"?
Well, I rekon it is. What's it been, bout 4, 5 days? I'm think'n, if'n I had me some stuff to write bout, I would write more offen. But damn, I ain't been "do'n nuttin".

Health issues are still bout the same. Some of 'em anyhows. The old back an' hip ain't bother me too much....but I sure as hell know they there. Maybe Nov. 9th the good doctor will schedule me a radio frequency ablation on the SI he just shooted that stuff in.

Me an' "yo mama" head off to the surgery doctor an' git that cyst thingy cut off'n my shoulder (upper back). I weren't worry bout nuttin 'cause I had one removed way back in 1980....or 81. Weren't narry a thing to it. Anyhows, the doc start shoot pain killer stuff all round that thing. Don't even wait, he start slic'n my back wide open....bout a inch long. I says...."whoa....that hurts". He shoot me some more an' go to town. Dig a big ol' hole for the next 15-20 minutes. Puts that cist in a little gar an' say...."lookie here". Holy cows, that sucker is big. Bout the size of a thumb up to the first joint (1/2 x 3/4 inches). Then he do some more dig'n an' clip'n remov'n more stuff. I'm think'n..."damn, I'm gonna hurt like a sum-a-gun. Wrong!!! I feel very little discomfort, a dull pain, but nuttin like I was expect'n. No pain killers. No aspirin. No Advil. Infection is the biggest concern. Follow up in 2 weeks.

While I'm talk'n, I may as well mention how my stomach is do'n. It ain't do'n worth a shit. Now, in the Atlanta area, there is a stomach virus go'n round. You don't think do ya? Boy, wouldn't that be a kick if'n that's all I have an' all I need is some pills? 

Remember that red wagon I bought for "yo mama"? Well, I was ride'n round the yard in that thing an' I fall slap off. Smokes are back up to 10 an' 12 a day. I'll find me a good excuse before I finish this post.

Boat build'n project is com'n along just fine. Although I did apply a coat of poly to one side an' had to sand it back off. Damn cat. There's cat hair float round in "da house" an' some land slap in that fresh coat of polyurethane. It ain't got no hair in it now. Looks wonderful. 

Speak'n of damn cat. Leonard is up to very close to 11 pounds now. Back on a diet he goes.

I modified the seats in the boat. From the thousand photos of full size Chris Craft boats, all the seat backs are thin....real life, bout 2 1/2 inches. Seat backs from the kit are wide/thick, 4 inches. I fix that on the table saw. Then....the front seat cushions was too high for a normal person to sit on. I fix (modify) that too. Much better look'n. A fresh coat of paint applied.
Remember when I was ask'n how to dull the shine on hi gloss paint? Ha, the old Billy Bob done figger that out too. Hint....hold spray can bout 18 inch from the seats. Damn, look just like brand spank'n new leather seats.

Well shoot, since we work'n on the boat, let's install the steer wheel an' the dashboard. May as well add a coat of poly to the mahogany in the cockpits an' set the seats in place. Yup, that was a good decision.

Remember I was tell'n ya bout install'n some blankets cross the front winders to keep the heat in an' the cold out? For a 'redneck' job, I'm think'n they look just fine. An' them suckers work goood. When it got down to 41 degs the other night, I (me, Sadie Mae an' Leonard)was nice an' warm in "da house". Two electric heaters an' a little help from Mr Heater for bout a hour or so....on low (4500 btu).

Still don't know what to do bout a trip to Texas. Until I get a few more medical issues took care of....I'm "stuck in Georgia". I need a inspection on the "billy jeep", but that can wait a few months after January. "Sally da house will require a inspection in September an' my driver license will expire in Sept. Not sure if'n they will renew the driver license through the mail. Ya see, the last time I got my license, they put a restriction on me. Gotta wear glasses for driv'n. Damn cataracts.

Ok, this is bout all I can write bout this time.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Boat build'n hints.....damn....my back hurts again

It's late Friday even'n, I got a big ass cat, Leonard, sit'n in my lap an' a loving dog, Sadie Mae, lay'n at my feet.
What could be a better end'n of a beautiful day?
"I know Billy Bob, I know. Temps in the 40's, that would be better, right"?

I would have to show ya, but I ain't. I'll just say that "moving blankets" are be'n installed to cover the windshields of "da house". Keep the heat in "da house" ya know. In "Alice", my first motorhome, Tiffin had installed insulated curtains across the front. It was absolutely wonderful to keep the cold out an' the heat in. Now "Sally da house" weren't built by Tiffin, so's I have to do the installation myself. Two moving blankets (72x80) aughter do the trick....Robert picked up at Harbor Freight. Half a inch PVC pipe was bended in my Weber grill an' strung up next to the roof an' behind the TV. Temporary of course. We gonna be "up town" this winter. Pics will be provided after I hang the "curtains".

Speak'n of up town, me an' "yo mama" was gonna go to Walmart today. I need groceries an' she wanted to ride along. Ha, little does she know, the old Billy Bob spends a good 2 hours in Walmart.
Anyhows....my back hurted too bad to go to Walmart. The 5 days of a great feel'n back an' hip, them days is history. Yesterday night, not last night, I had me one them god awful backards leg cramps. Spended a hour get'n that sucker to go way. Slept in the office chair till 10am. Back an' hip hurted like hell all day. Same thing today. Ha, back to Googl'n V-8 powered wheelchairs.

For my boat build'n friends.....
 So....you gonna build a boat. Before ya do anything, break out the instructions an' read them suckers no less than 2 times. Ya see, if'n ya only read 'em onest an' start glue'n stuff together, you're gonna find out further into the instructions that you had to do something before ya glued that stuff together. An' tak'n glued stuff apart ain't no fun. I'm liv'n testimony.

What ya gonna need before ya even start....take my word for it.
You definitely will have super glue on no less than 4 fingers...an' both thumbs...at any given moment in time. It can be scraped off with a sharp knife, sanded off with coarse sandpaper or you can pick up a can of Goof Off super glue remover at any Home Depot. Ha ha, some scrap'n an' sanding still necessary.

Paper towels....at least 2 rolls.

2oz of super glue (CA) ain't enough to finish build'n a boat....order 4oz. Don't get your super glue from Walmart or Home Depot. Buy it online in 2 oz containers @ bout $10 each. Along with 4 oz's of accelerator....a must have.
Sand paper an' sand'n blocks. 80 grit, 100 grit, 150 grit an' 220 grit. Bout 4 full sheets of each. This will put a smooth evenly fared finish on your planking. The sanding blocks guarantee you will have a perfect surface with no hi an' low spots. This is called "fared". A must for the mirror finish. I found 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches wide an' 4 inchs an' 8 inches length was perfect. Oh, while I'm at it, do NOT sand cross grain. Would you like me to show you the scratches what never come out? Ha, only I shall know where they are.

You gonna be cut'n wood. At the hobby places...Hobby Lobby has 'em, they sell miniature saws....itty bitty teeth....bout $4 or so. A must have tool no matter what it cost. For carv'n you gonna need a hobby knife with some spare blades. A utility knife will be needed. I fount a deal at Home Depot....plastic utility knifes with break off blades....smaller than a construction utility knife. Get some spare blades. Hint, with the blade fully extended, this is a wonderful tool for tak'n apart stuff what you glued too soon...see above...or you glued crookit.   

Ok, that's all ya get today. When ya get the sub plank'n glued on, let me know an' I'll tell ya how to install the mahogany planking. You DO know it comes in 2 different widths, right? 1/2 inch for the hull sides an' the 3/8 inch for the deck. Do NOT make the mistake of us'n the deck plank'n on the hull.

As of this writ'n, it's 49 degs outside...an' go'n down to bout 42 by morn'n. That's freak'n winter time temps....YIKES!!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A boring 5 days.....an' very frustrat'n

Just check'n in. There ain't nuttin work right for the last 5 days.

Well shoot, wait a minute......I shouldn't say "nuttin" ain't work right. If'n I ain't never tole you, I have a hip problem. You know... hurt'n all the time. The other day after my back doc stick that big ass needle in my back, inject some stuff in there, my lower back pains an' that hip pain is much less. I would love to say them pains are all gone, painless, but that ain't the case. I'll go with bout 60 to 80% better. I ain't ate a aspirin in a week. Had me a couple Advil one night after I climbed out a tree.
"Ha ha Billy Bob, you ain't been in a tree in a hunnert year".
It's been a few years since my back an' hip feel this good.

My preparations for a cold ass winter....I ain't done a damn thing. Well, yes I did. I breaked out my other electric heater last night. It got to 50 degs ya know. Beautiful day outside today. Sunshine, a slight breeze an' bout 70 degs. But look out, a cold snap is gonna hit in a couple days....mid 40's night time an' lower 60's day time. Shoot, where I normally camp for the winters, those are the normal temps. It's gonna git much colder in another month.

I don't get much help no more with Robert work'n all the time. He got a job work'n on a shut down at a power plant. Work 60 hours a week.....6 10's. I don't know what they do with a shut down, but this one is supposed to last a few more months.

Damn boy howdy....... sure am glad Louie reminded me of my next doctor appointment on the 19th. I had done forget all bout it. Not that it's a important issue or nuttin like that, but they gonna remove a growth on my upper back....ingrowed hair or something like that. Gonna be good to get rid of it.

Ok, back to nuttin work right. All that shiny finish on the boat, I blew it. Ya see, it weren't a final finish or nuttin like that. I just wanted to get 2 coats of polyurethane on the boat. That was one. I preped the boat for a second coat. Went outside in the sunshine an' swabs me some poly on the surfaces. Oh my God....something wrong. Very rough an' all that shine is gone.

That even'n, I resanded. Sit'n in "da house" with a heater run'n, I applied another coat on the upper deck. Holy shit, almost perfect. Now I ain't never really liked polyurethane....I'm a varnish kind of guy, but I'm learn'n through many mistakes how to use the shit. "da brush Billy Bob, you us'n the wrong brushes". 1" foam brush....but the wrong 1" foam brush. They come in different grades ya know, an' I got the cheapest grade they make. Ha, live an' learn.

I glue the seat together. As called for in the kit instructions. Look pretty damn good if'n I do say so myself. But.....Chris Craft didn't install these kind of seats in real boats. The tops of the backs supposed to be rounded...an' mine ain't. Now how the hell do ya take super glued seats back apart?

Here's a few pics of what's been go'n on with the boat.

How do ya spell mirrer? An' that's not even close to finish.

Nope, see what I'm talk'n bout? The shine is gone.

This one don't look too bad...one more coat.

Look pretty good....from a distance. Up close...it needs a little help. 
See, these are kit seats. That top edge should be rounded with no bead. But shit, who's gonna know? 
You would never believe how many times I sanded off coats of poly on the dash. Finally got me a final finish. Installed the homemade guages an' walla, we got a finished dashboard.

That's it. Nuttin excit'n to write bout. Unless warsh'n dishes is excit'n. Damn I hate warsh'n dishes.  


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blue blazes boat build'n....an' doctor appointments

Ok, it's late Thursday even'n an' guess what....I'm gonna write something. An' just you wait till I get to the hobby section.....my god, it looks like a boat an' trailer.

Just the other day, me an' "yo mama" jumps in her truck an' we go see a stomach doctor. Nice lady...an' she is "hot". Anyhows, the doc come in an' start ask'n me questions. Then this other nice lady come in an' say..."you got the wrong patient". Got all that straighten out an' I'm scheduled for a endoscopy an' a colonoscopy on the 29th. For the next 3 weeks I got to live with my stomach issues.
Oh, did ya ever have a case of internal hemorrhoids? There is a new, to me, method of get'n rid of 'em. Instead of surgical removal (with weeks of extreme pain), they place rubber bands on 'em an' they just fall off. Man boy howdy, I sure would like to get rid them things.
Ha, am I go'n too far talk'n bout "butt" things?

Today, me an' "yo mama" head off to see my back doctor. My God, that woman skeer shit out me with her driv'n. "Mary, slow down, roll the winder down an' git some fresh air....wake up".
It was a long wait in the wait'n room afore they call my name....got 3 ahead of me. The procedure went well ( steroid injection in SI). Oh wait, that cute little nurse girl done hurt the old BIlly Bob with a needle. I tole her before she stick me...."you hurt me an' we gonna have a discussion". I let her slide since she was so dad gum cute. I like cute ya know. Nov. 5th is the follow up.

The last two day has been perfect weather. Mid 60's night time, upper to lower 80's day time....with tons of wonderful sunshine. Yesterday I sit'ed outside for a good 6 hours soak'n up the great weather work'n on the boat. But guess what......weather changes. I'm  think'n tomorrow, we got some "this sucks" weather headed this way. More rain an' way lower temps.

I been spend'n lots of time think'n bout "what ya gonna do with the rest your life Billy Bob"? I know I sure am miss'n Texas an' "go'n down the road a piece". I wish it was just a matter of jump'n behind the wheel an' tak'n off....west. I don't think I would make it past the first day....two hunnert miles. I'm all set up for the winter here at "yo mamas". Welcomed to stay as long as I want. Robert is here in the downstairs apartment. Don't have to look very far for assistance if an' when needed. An' I get free food too. In fact, HIL Harry just bringed me a big ol' country fried balony, cheese, mater an' egg sammich.

Did I mention...." I MISS TEXAS"?

All the folks that insisted I post my boat building project on the blog....where the hell did you all go? I know there ain't a whole lot of people interested in hobbies such as mine, but damn, you could drop by "da house' an' say "Hi Billy Bob".

Ok, here we go with some more boat building stuff. The trailer has been completed. The boat has been sanded again an' a coat of polyurethane applied. Holy shit, you ain't gonna believe it.
Final coat of ivory paint applied.

 "Walk boards...step boards", or what ever the hell ya call 'em, fitted before 4 coats of polyurethane applied.

 See there, I tole ya, I builded a boat winch.

 Completed Chris Craft boat trailer......Yeee haa!!!

This is what I have to sand off the entire boat...make it smooth as a baby's butt.

 Before polyurethane.....all sanded an' just sit'n there.

 Oh yeah, we look'n good now.
But before we go any further, did you know polyurethane tends to run. Yup, I got me some runs to sand out.

 I got me a helper...."whats for dinner daddy"?

What can I say???

Holy cows, this post edited 8 times just to correct any misspelled words......dang!!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

" Oh where have you been Billy Boy....Billy Boy...Oh where have you been charming Billy"

Well shoot....let's write something. It's been a while ya know.

I been hav'n me some good days an' I been hav'n me some bad days. The weather sucks with no sunshine an' rain ever day. Ain't complain'n too much bout the temps thought....lower 60's night time an' upper 60's to lower 70's day time. Shoot, I could live with this for a spell.

Still cain't work on the boat project due to the high humidity an' cool temps. It's not that I ain't capable in these conditions, but it's the material, epoxy resin, what ain't do'n what it supposed to do. But I DID install the drive shaft an' prop.....hook it up to the motor. Damn, the prop looks too small.....1 inch diameter.

Work has continued daily on the building of the beautiful Chris Craft custom boat trailer. One coat of ivory paint has been applied. Damn, it's look'n super good. Tires an' wheels have been completed except for the installation of the makeshift VW hubcaps. Hubcaps will be temporarily installed just in case I find what I'm look'n for. Wheels have been "monkey" glued to the gloss black axles.....taped to the frame while look'n for itty bitty screws. Now where the hell is my itty bitty screw stash located? Fenders have been adjusted an' installed. Have ya ever builded a miniature boat winch? I'm gonna give it a try, but no guarantees. Mahogany planks have been glued together, shaped an' fitted to the trailer.

 Health issues....Ha, don't even wanna talk bout 'em. My stomach issues have got to change. This shit sucks. That new back pain ain't get'n no better. This is why I don't like go'n to no dad gum chiroquackers. Maybe my visit to the back doctor will give me some relief. Git'n a shot ya know. Ha, no coffee that morn'n.

Ok, I got sand'n to do, polyurethan'n to do, hubcaps to install, construction of a miniature boat winch....shoot, I got boat trailer build'n to do. By the way, them hubcaps look sharp as shit on the wheels.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh my God, it's a boat trailer

Ok, here it is way over half a day already gone....I'm gonna write something.

Speak'n of 3:30pm, I just now finish puff'n up on my second smoke for the day. Seven to seven an' a quarter has been my average for bout over a week now. Still have received no rewards.....you know, like a little gold star or something like that.  What the hell, I promised myself a huge Chinese dinner after I hit 8 for a day. Be'n I'm up an' about 18 hours a day, I'm think'n 7 smokes dur'n that 18 hour period is super great for a 60 year smoker. If'n I know anything bout calculators, that's a 77% decrease in the inhalation of nicotine an' a gazillion other death defy'n substances. I git a "WooHoo Billy Bob".

I had to grin at some the suggestions for "baby moon" hubcaps. I'm not build'n a 24th scale boat an' trailer. This sucker is 1/8th scale. 28 1/2 inches long boat x 9 inches wide. The correct diameter for the hubcaps comes out to exactly 1 inch in diameter. Have ya ever see a 1 inch diameter thumb tack (Louie).

After close inspection of the hubcaps in the photo, "what the hell"....them ain't baby moons. The look a whole bunch like the hubcaps on my 1984 VW camper bus.
 See what I'm talk'n bout....VW???

As some ya may recall, I builded a model of my first motorhome Alice. In order to have the correct scale tires for it, I had to purchase a Peterbuilt truck model. In the kit, there were two chrome round gas tanks. Exactly 1 inch in diameter. The ends of the tanks look just like VW hubcaps. With my Dremil tool, I carefully cut the ends off them chrome tanks. Oh oh, they got a glue seam right down the middle. That won't do. I sands them super smooth an' stick some shiny aluminum tape on 'em. This is where the screw ups come into play.  Two look good enough for government work, but not good enough for the old Billy Bob. More on this laters.
See what I'm talk'n bout.....major screw ups.

Ok, I got way head myself with the hubcaps. The trailer is com'n along just fine.
The side doo-hickies what will have mahogany on top 'em have been constructed, sanded an' primed...ready to be installed on the trailer.
These are installed as in the photo above....front an' behind the fenders.

Then I questioned how to build fenders with rounded edges. Ya cain't bend wood around corners....but ya can bend #8 electrical wire around corners. Perfect size. On a flat surface, the fronts an' backs were super glued to the bended wire. The the tops of the fenders were glued on. My God, that's *this* close to perfect. Opps, no it weren't. But ONLY I will know. Fenders were filled an' sanded, filled an' sanded, one more time, primed a couple times an' two thin coats of gloss ivory paint applied. Still not sure of final color.
Man boy howdy, you talk bout some serious cuss'n.

Oh, did I mention the sand'n of the wheels, prim'n an' apply'n 2 coats of paint?
"Ha Billy Bob, just wait till you attempt to paint the white walls an' the black tread section". I can do it....so's just shut the hell up.

That's what I been do'n in this miserable weather. Sit'n in "da house" build'n a Chris Craft boat trailer.

Now let me tell ya bout how screwed up a doctor office can be. My GP doctor renewed all the meds I take for the next year. When I went to Walmart to pick up meds, one was missing. My last doc visit I reminded the doc of this. They were called in again....along with some new shit he wants me to take. Only received one, an' that one was not the one I need. Calls to the office.....they called in ALL my meds. I now have 3 months supply of some just sit'n there...an' a couple meds I no longer take. Surprisingly, my insurance paid for 'em. This is what happens when you are just a number in a computer system an' they have no clue to who you are. It'll all work out in the long run....just don't buy no duplicated meds for a couple three months.