Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year here... wish my wife was here!

Ok, so it's after midnight, I blew kisses to my wife via phone. bleh, wish she was here.

Anyway, previews to the blog, and what you have to look forward to:

-riducule of Liberals (almost too easy)

-posts on guns (mine primarily, and others if they let me shoot them)

-posts on teaching kids to shoot (a primary focus of mine)

-things Dad left me that I want to do cool stuff with. Back when I was a kid, Daddy bought a 1955 Chevy pickup from his dad (my Grandfather). A year or two ago, Daddy bought from his brother (Uncle A) a 1972 Caprice full-sized sedan. Said Caprice has a 400ci smallblock in it, and a TH400 transmission, IIRC. I plan on transplanting the engine and transmission into the '55 Chevy truck.

- July, 2005 - I hosted the First Annual FFFFDNM - Friends, Family, Fireworks, Fun Dick Neal Memorial - it was a little after Daddy died, held in the big Garage he left me. This year will be the Second Annual. My goal, which is terribly ambitious, will be to go pick Granddaddy up in the '55 Chevy truck. We'll see how that works out, and I'll keep you posted on this blog.

So stay tuned... Every once in a while, I might come up with something worth reading!

And Happy New Year to all!

Happy New Year, East Coast!

It's after midnight on the East Coast... Happy New Years, goobers!

I used to live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, so I can say that... I also got to see Star Wars: Episode One an hour before my friends back here in Texas.

It'll be another 35 minutes or so before it's midnight here in Fort Worth... and my wife, L, is at work, so I don't get to kiss her :(

Consider yourselves priveliged that I'm writing for you instead.

I had thought about going to where L works, to give her a kiss at midnight... but tonight is Amateur Drunk Night, and I don't think I want to risk that.

Us expert drunks should find a place to be, and stay put, and let the amateurs duke it out on the roads.

I'm at home, and staying here, and I'll give L a big kiss when she gets home tomorrow morning.

Happy New Year!

Doo dah...

Ok, so here we go. My first post on a new blog. Rivrdog tried getting me to start a blog earlier this year, when he hosted my posts about my trip to Mississippi after Katrina.

*Note: Any of the above links using leet-speak were sent via my cell phone... please excuse me for that*

At the time, I told Rivrdog that I just don't have time to run a blog, not to mention that I don't think my writing is that impressive. He didn't agree.

I've made a habit of emailing bloggers I like, and posting to forums I enjoy reading.

I guess I can probably spend a little time writing stuff and posting it here.

So, here's a preview of what you can expect to see here:

-Some political stuff
-Some car stuff (both maintenance/repair, and customizing old cars and trucks
-Home repair and remodeling

.... in no particular order or level of importance, it'll just be whatever's on my mind at the time.

Stuff about me that either I consider important, or somebody else might think is important:

-I'm generally a conservative, especially w/ regards to fiscal matters. Socially, I think I might fit in better with Libertarians - don't shove your views in my face, and I won't shoot you in yours. I don't have parades about making love to my wife; if you want to have parades about your sexual escapades, we'll probably have a problem. If you keep your love life private, then it can be whatever you want it to be, and I DON'T MIND.

Well, as long as you're not dating my daughter or my wife :)

- I think every law-abiding American should own at least 3 guns, and know how to use them - a handgun, a shotgun, and a battle rifle. Call 911, and tell them you have someone who's broken into your home, then call Domino's - see who gets their first. We're responsible for our own safety. Relying on the government (any government) to take care of us in an emergency is foolish.

- I think Liberals are idiots. NOTE - I said Liberals (with a capital L), not Democrats. There are some Democrats who haven't succumbed to the Liberal cesspit - and their ideas are worth rational evaluation. Big-L Liberals, on the other hand, need to learn to shut up while the adults talk.

- I live in a home built in the 1950s, and it has several areas where it needs either repairs, or updates. My wife, L, and I bought it knowing this, and I'll try to document the processes of what I do, so other folks can follow along and maybe do the same kind of thing, if it's something they want to do.

- I like cars. I work on cars any chance I get ("spinning wrenches"). As my best friend, Dave, once described me: "That sumbitch ain't happy unless he's got grease under his fingernails". Dave was pretty much right.

I work on modern cars for my friends, to help them keep their daily drivers running and getting them back and forth to work. I work on old cars by choice, because they're just fun. I'll be documenting several projects here, of old cars I work on, just because I consider them fun. If you like cars, stay tuned :)

- Less ABOUT me, and more something that INFLUENCES me: My Dad died 25 June, 2005. It was sudden, traumatic, and completely unexpected. And I lost not only my Dad, but also my best friend. There WILL be posts about him, as he was, and still is, a major influence on my life. He also left me the big garage where I'll be doing the majority of my car work.

- Also, less ABOUT me, than INFLUENCES me: L and I had a son named T, who lived for about two hours, in 2004, after he was born about four months premature. We're getting ready to try again. We both really want kids, and are looking forward to having them, we just have to be very careful after the warning signs T pointed out to us. You'll read more about this if you follow this blog at all.

I guess that's about all I have to say on my inaugural blog post. Please check the links, they are to blogs I really enjoy reading, because they generally have something worth saying.

We'll see where this goes from here!