Summer/New Knife Thoughts.

An older thought line that didn’t het posted here. From mid May 2020.
Thinking about getting a new knife but unsure… this is the closest I currently have to the form factor of the possible new one… this is 4″closed, slim, single blade, slipjoint.

The other is 4.125″ closed, slim, single blade, lockback.
Carried this today to see how I might like the other. Not encouraging that this knife rung all the bells in design and concept a couple years ago, but didn’t in application, and I rarely use it.
And rarely do I get along with a lockback.
I find myself strangely drawn to a Case tribal lock.

Late May 2020;
Not really needing nor using a regular folder these days.
At work, and honestly most times not, I carry and use the CRKT Folts Minimalist wharnie. It does 95% of my cutting.
Otherwise I’m carying my Kobalt folding utility knife for really dirty stuff, the disposable blades get that duty. And its use is rare, I’ve actually stopped carrying it every work day.
Then, I have been carrying, (but applicable never using) a traditional folder. Sometimes I might carve up cheese and sausage with it. But I do carry a dedicated knife for that in the truck(Case single blade slim 6148 trapper).
But, like I say, I’m drawn to the tribal lock right now.
Or a bone scaled sodbuster(another pattern that seems perfect but has never really clicked for me).
If i cary just the CRKT, that gets me a durable work blade, a utility straight edge, and i can not carry the Kobalt.
Then I can have a second personal knife on me, for cleaner tasks, and for the option of a curved blade style.
Except the tribal is hardly a curved edge, being that spear drop pount thing case maked that I find useless. Not straight enough, and not curved enough. Get the feeling I wouldn’t have it long with out re-profiling, and raising the tip.

Categories: Case Knives, EDC, Funny, knives, Life-Philosophy, Pocket knives, Theory/Thoughts

Auxiliary truck lighting and 110V wiring. 

I now have a 110V cord hard wired, or permanently mounted anyway, in my truck. Run from under the center of the dash in the cab, out the firewall, and ending in the drivers side inner fender. Should come in handy for any 110V current tools I might want to run off of my power inverter. 

I’ve actually wanted to wire a setup like this in both the front and back of the truck for a while, just never got around to it.

So, Why now? your asking…


What do you get if I’m bored, not feeling the season, wanting to do something festive, and just plain silly fun, and have a brand new 20′ spare set of Christmas lights just laying around?

😀  ðŸ˜‰ 

Cut up a couple old cords, one from a dead fan, the other from a dead string of lights, to make a small extension cord. Cord ends wouldn’t fit through the hole in the fire wall, and I needed a custom length anyway, so I put it through, then installed the 2nd end, thus my now permanent cord.


Dug out the old power inverter I cary in the truck;


Lots of zip ties;


And voila!




Yes, I know I’m a total redneck… And that I’ll Never live this one down. But its just so freaking cool to drive around! 

One guy that passed me on the 4 lane, as he went by me slowly, his passenger suddenly did a double take as they came up even with my front fender… The guy just about Garfielded himself on the window! Just so hillarious! 

That reaction alone was worth it if no one else noticed… And a lot of other people noticed. Got lots of smiles out of people on our quick trip to town last night. 

If nothing else I “lightened” up a few folks evenings, hopefully for the better… Definitely got me feeling a lot better

Next year I’m thinking I’ll hang a wreath in the middle of the grill, and light it, and run the other lights on out down the full bed length.  ðŸ˜€

Merry Christmas everybody.  ðŸ™‚

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Automotive Work, Christmas, Custom, Customized, Decorating, Fabrication, Funny, GetOutdoors, Good Times, Just Plain Fun, MacGyver, MacGyverism, mechanical, Modifications, Sillly, Silly, truck, Truck gear, Winter

Reflections of the past?


Pulled an old motorcycle out of storage,  to fix, to sell.  Bikes here only require one mirror, left side… I’ve been wanting a mirror on the ATV…. The bike just happens to have loooonnng neck mirrors. 😆😇

Only hitch wad the windshield had to come off he bike to make clearance to unscrew the mirror. Never easy, right? Lol. 

Categories: ATV, Funny, Modifications, Outdoors, Vehicles

slingshot anyone?

;)😎 Found this on my back acreage a couple days ago. Tree is about 10″ Dia just below the fork… Fork is about 16′ off the ground.  Birch trees; they’re Always interesting!


Categories: Funny, Outdoors

Darth Vader’s voice and why imperial stormtroopers can’t shoot straight – YouTube

(Yes, I could embed the video, but I have absolutely no idea how to do it in this app… Just live with it, and take another 3 seconds from your life, I  doubt you’ll miss them, and click the bloody link;)😛)

Lol, well, there’s That explained, finally! ;)😂

I found this guy for something completely unrelated,  but just had to share this, it’s so funny!  Yet… Really rather plausable. And amazingly, the voice techniques sounded good!

The guy is a bit odd… Especially if your overly American… But his vids are good,  some really valid, and entertaining points on most things.

Categories: Electronics/Media, Funny

Someone likes me…

I just don’t know who…

Checking my mail two days ago, found a Popular Mechanics magazine!?


Surprised, I checked the Addy on it thinking it was in the wrong box… Nope, got my name on it. Tag says it’s a subscription good to Feb ’17.

So, some kind soul has anonymously gifted me a years sub to PM! :o😎🙌

Dad used to get it a lot, but we got burnt out on the increase in politics, and 90% advertising… they’ve cut back since then(6 or 7 years ago?) though it seems!  The mag is a lot thinner, but filled with articles not advertising…

I started to flip through it, and found myself reading half of it, engrossed for over an hour. Think I’ll enjoy getting it! Just wish I knew who to thank! 😯

Now, this gets stranger; that first issue was the April edition. Yup, I said the first one… The next day, I got another one! This time the March issue!! 


Sometimes, life is SO strange!

Categories: Funny, New Gear, Theory/Thoughts

Snow Day 3-7-15

Loooonnnngggg day plowing… We got a Good 6” to 8” of snow since Friday morning.. In some places it added up to I think a good 10” of loose snow from this last week.

Plowing was OK, although with only my rear chains on I was having a hard time if I got too far off to the loose sides than hasn’t been plowed for that 10” or even 12”… Need to get new bungies and get the front chains back on Monday, so I can finish up the road after the(hopefully) last of the snow we’re soposed to get on Sunday.. 

Made the day even longer getting the plow truck un-stuck after I found a 4′ ditch/trench to drop one wheel into… Had the fron axle housing/ differential pumkin, plow mount and the frame sitting On The Ground. Thats pretty good considering the gound clearance this truck has.. 

FUN. heh.







My chains, which are heavy digger lugged chains for a semi/tractor trailer that were cut down to fit a pickup.  Not the clearance over the wheel in the wheel well… a lillte more than there should be since the truck is twisted to the other side wheel in the hole, but you still get a good idea of the contrast of how the front is sitting, with this side wheel so high in the wheel well in the next pic…



 Gives a good idea of how far Down the other front wheel is in the hole… The axle on the other side is Literally sitting on the ground level you see the tire sitting on, in this side.

Here the closest hole you can see is where the wheel was sitting, and the bigger round one past it is the one we dug to use a handyman jack to try to lift the truck out(no go, wasn’t enough room to work the jack between the truck and the back side of the plow)

 The rut like hole the wheel was in was about 14” or 15” deep down to the snow in it… but it was just loose snow where the tire pressed it to, you could press it down another 1.5′ ish…

The hole further up where we dug the snow out of the rut for the jack is about 2.5′ deep( had some snow packed in the bottom, so its hard to tell exactly)








I gotta remember to go tomorrow or monday and cut a sapling, and flag it, to sit in that biggest hole we dug out, and fill them both in… Fill them both with loose snow, then when it freezed over night no one should be able to get stuck in them, but I want to flag them to be sure…

No, I have no idea why that trench is actually there… It was put in ~15 years ago, and goes all the way around the top of the property… I get the feeling they had a problem with too much run off and flooding from the property above them… but this is a little extreme even as a drainage diverter…  I dunno.


This all looks terribly bad after yesterdays adventure getting stuck/ditching on the highway.., But this wasn’t my, or anyone elses fault… Just sheer “luck” that I found that ditch…. I knew it was there close to where I was plowing, but with the new deep snow we got, the burm from the last time the road was plowed, and the burm I was pushing at the time, I couldn’t see it, and there was no real way to judge where it was.. So going where I was sure was safe, was a foot too far.. Just one of those things that happens, even when you are being extremely careful.  


Next year I’m gonna get me some 5′ poles with little orange flags on them and mark the ends of that ditch… and the corners, and maybe every 4 feet! So at least I have Something to judge off of… (If I don’t just go get a loader and fill the damn thing in along there and be done with it… of course, it is on someone elses property along the road there… maybe if I do it in the middle of the night no-one will know who did it… hmmm… 😉 😀  )


 I even tore a section of the frame… NOT the bumper mounts like usually get broken, but The Frame, trying to get it out…  I forgot to get a pic of that, I’ll have to add it later…

Thought I broke my tow chain again, but looked and it was fine.. “But that was hooked ot the fram??!?!?” *Go look under truck* 

Whoops. 😉

I about died laughing at the time… It was just SO epic, So surprising to actually tear a section of frame while jerking on a truck to get it out… NEVER have I had something stuck that bad, or pulled that hard on a truck before.  Broken bumers, or bumper bolts? yeah… Bent bumpers? yeah… Tonr bumpers off? Yup. All the same with hitches and hitch mounts? Yup.. Broken a chain even? Yes… Have even dented/mangled the frame slightly.. But torn? Nope.

(This is not a frame side rail, its a cross member that ties the side rails together at the back… But its not much difference, its the same shape, grade, and thickness of steel as the main side rails… it just runs the other dirrection forming the end of the frame… The two ends are still there, I tore it in half in the center..)

But, thats good proof why I only use a chain on MY trucks, or for guys that understand the risks… a Chain has absolutely No give, and is usually tougher than the vehicles, its well know to break bumper bolts, hitch mount bolts, or just tear the bumper or hitch clean off a vehicle using a tow chain for this… I use a chain becasue with the average stuck vehicle you can break a tow strap; but not a chain. Used wiith care the chain won’t dammage anything… Note I said Average stuck vehicle… This Was NOT anywhere near Average!

Also good proof that I do need to get a good heavy duty strap to carry again… For times where I’m pretty sure Something os going to break, I’d rather it be a strap than anything else… 😉

After a friend and neighbor of mine helped me with several attempts of sane, and insane, normal, and decidedly Alaskan Redneck means… ðŸ˜‰ None of which worked BTW.  Finally got it out with the great help of a good friend that has a BIG winch on the front of his 4×4… The winch, blocking his tires good, and me backing up(I was spinning, WITH my heavy digger lugged semi Chains On!), and it came after 3 or 4 tries. Rather Easilly considering the hole it was in, and all else that had failed… Winches are amazing in the sheer amount of torque you can apply!

Only took 4 hours from when I went in, to when it was out. Only about 3 hours actually working on getting it out, I took an hour at the end just before my friend with the winch was able to get here, and I ran to the store for a drink and a treat… Had to get away from it for a bit…”Step Back” as they say…   That was an adventure in itself, since no-one has plowed the highway yet today… Nor all week this far out from town, as far as I can tell… Its a rutted, snowy, washboard rough mess..

(God must like you this weekend Weston; two days in a row I have Epic problems with stuck trucks, and find solutions that don’t involve calling and bothering you… 😉 ) 



Categories: Funny, Outdoors, truck, Vehicles, Winter

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