SATR means Sunday At The Ranch. It’s when we talk about the important stuff, not the “urgent” that fills up most days. It’s when we stop “working for the Man” long enough to do some work for ourselves.
With America likely headed into a more-obvious economic depression shortly (and remember the Fed doesn’t even think they can raise rates until 2024) it means real people have to be ready to “unplug” from “the Man” and start working for themselves.
It has happened several times in America’s past. It happened after the Civil War when another group of slaves was suddenly given its “freedom.” And it happened again in 1930-37 when another group of (wage) slaves found themselves suddenly free – a bit too free – such that they needed to work out a whole new way of being.
Which – at the high level – is what SATR is all about. Practicing our onboard skill sets in order to be ready for when the old system fails and movement of the herd will determine where we go next. In the meantime, in order to be most robustly ready?
What we do on the weekend is really who we are. That ghost of a person during the week – who you share a body with? Well, during the week they play at what we do. The difference between a stroll and a forced march, if you follow?
Sure Signs Of Fall
Since UrbanSurvival and Peoplenomics reside on a modest tree farm of 30-acres, we pay a lot of attention to the arrival of fall colors. Just beginning to yellow on a few trees now. But the leaves will be falling shortly.
Cocktail hour Saturday the main topic was (2-glasses worth of) trying to brain out whether shorter grass, or longer, is better for leaf blowing.
The short grass case is “There’s nothing sticking up to catch the leaves and for them to get hung up on…” But, the Long Grass theory holds that the leaves don’t “stick when wet” as much if the grass is long. Air can get under them and lift…
We have a matrix of tests which will be run over the next couple of months. By the end of the second glass of Italian Vitamins (resveratrol, right?) we decided it was a stupid thing to be talking about. But, when you’re in the 70’s, it seemed to make sense for a few minutes.
Second sign of the seasons changing: Water coming into the house runs about 74-F in the summertime. That’s when the ground has baked out in weeks of 95+ temps. But, not that the gates of Hell have been closed, water is heading back down to something closer to reasonable.
I have just noticed the shower diverter is in its Fall position. I don’t know about the water where ya’ll live, but around here, there’s a Summer position (mostly cold water since cold is 74F). By late winter, we’ll be at the other extreme when the water is down to 39F.
Right now (this week) we’re in the peaceful middle. Something America’s lost track of, by the way.
Yet Another Diet Note
In addition to the Peoplenomics article describing the Reaction Speed Diet, a small kitchen food scale showed up Saturday.
I’d read (in my research) that most people eat 4 to 5 pounds of food per day. I figure cutting down food intake to 3-pounds per day may help with the Battle of the Bulge.
Not sure how to weigh alcohol, but since we don’t imbibe much anymore, it hardly matters. Interesting approach.
(I blame my eye surgeries for an inability to “eyeball” portion control, lol.”
A Saturday Radio Project
I mentioned a week, or two back, that I had picked up an Icom M710 Marine SSB radio on eBay for $200 bucks? Add $23 for tax and shipping. Came out of a marine radio shop in New Orleans.
Finally had some time Saturday to slot an hour “instant radio repair and resto” and it came out pretty good:
There are a couple of small marks (rust) on the top, but until they become really obvious, restoring paint on older radio gear is shied from as a little “patina” is OK.
With 20 HF radio set-ups to choose from, why an M710? The answer is simple! I am not presently set up on the 60-meter band. Which, as hams know, is the only band that is specifically channelized.
Definition: Channels are arbitrary numbers assigned to radio frequencies. They keep life simple. A radio might have lots of frequencies stored in memory: 147.08, 162.45, 145.52, and so on. We might assign these (on a radio) as channel 1, channel 2, channel three, and such-wise. No magic to it, but people get confused by channels and frequencies.
Ham Radio “Tree-Shooting”
With a high of only 80, or so, it’s Antenna Weather! And we will be “shooting” an antenna over the top of a 60-70 foot high tree. There are two I have my eye on:
Everything is a trade-off. The tree on the left is little taller (which will result in slightly better overall antenna gain). But, the tree on the left will allow the azimuth of the antenna to be about 10-degrees more southerly. Which for this fixed, wire antenna, will result in a better signal into Europe on 20-meters.
Oilman2 and his son had gotten the right tree “roped” but Mr. Eyes didn’t see the antenna cord when brush hogging…. Ziiiing! (Oops!)
Setting Up the Launcher
The antenna launcher I picked up came with no reel. None do. So the first stop was in our “Hardware Store” here at the ranch. This is an important topic related to prepping.
If you’ve never lived “away from people” you may not realize how important it is to have “good stock on hand.” Sure, people talk about “prepping” but they never work back to what caused the prepping incident and figure out how to recover from that.
Like a big Earthquake for example. What’s the plan? Well, PVC pipe (and free pipe dope/glue/primer) comes to mind. Oh, and we keep about 10-20 joints of PVC on hand. City slickers may not know a “standard section” of pipe depends on where you’re buying.
At the local lumber emporium, a “joint of PVC” is typically 20-feet plus a bit for a fitting. If you’re out on a Texas oil rig, a joint of pipe is 30 or 40 feet. Depending on suppliers and such. (If you don’t bookmark the oil field glossary there, I’m going to have to slap you for not paying attention…)
Ure’s Hardware Dept.
One reason for an oversized shop out here is that it’s an hour and five minutes round trip to Lowes or 90-minutes round trip to Home Despots up in Tyler. Not counting shopping and checkout. Besides with many joints of tubular stock here, rebar gets stored inside, out of the rain.
We also keep stacks of boxed “hardware assortments…”
Which never seem to contain the exactly right thing. So we go over to the catch-all bins:
It is breathtaking how many odd parts it takes to keep a brush hog, tractor, lawn rider, ground implements, and so forth, in good repair. Somewhere on the property we have lost a small fortune in clevis pins alone.
(Seriously, how many people do you know who have a whole assortment of copper crush washers?)
Eventually, I found workable pipe clamps, although truthfully, I have a big boxed assortment of them somewhere which would have been more pleasing.
Ure’s Law of Large Shops Rule: You have three of Everything. But where the hell are they when you need them?
Ready to Launch!
Here’s now it looks: (tie on a white painted sinker, feed into launch tube, open bale on reel….)
The reel is mounted on a piece of 2-1/2 inch PVC and that value keeps the air inside the 3-foot (or so) piece of pipe. It’s filled down at the other end from here:
The max should be about 75-pounds and that ought to be enough to throw a weight 150-vertical feet, or thereabouts.
We’ll see how it works out.
In the “overkill” department, I have some aluminum that might be machined down into a glue-on sight rail. And I have a red dot reticular that could be added. Main sighting trick is to realize that up against my cheek when sighting a shot, the eye is out 2″ from the center. So the aim at the top should be 2-inchs right and that should about be on target.
Next Weekend’s Project
Working on the plans for the upside-down saber (jig) saw table. I will do a design/build of that and have it up next weekend. If you’re a “maker” looking for something worth making, this is a dandy first project for you. Budget is just $50-bucks.
Later on today, I hope to get the new (retro_) Tandberg D20A reel-to-reel tape machine (yeah, with 10″ reels) into the studio. Will sit on a garish green machine table. Love old-time analog audio…we have an extensive Sunday for audiophiles coming up one of these days.
Last note: Tropical Depression Gamma on this morning’s track looks like it may “hook” north from its location off the Caribbean side of Mexico. That could mean some rain in a week, or so. We’ll be keeping eyes on it. Texas can always use a little rain. But again, it’s that “portion control” thing we were talking about…
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