Sunday, June 22, 2014

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Loving my family!

Wow, been a while! About 18 months... With two little kids running around calling you daddy, your priorities sure change. I will be back on a more regular basis, just not yet :D

Always remember...

If you prioritize your life in this order:
1. God
2. Wife
3. Kids
4. Yourself
5. Friends and family
6. everyone else

You will get through this thing called life and be able to say, "I did my best!"

God bless!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Build a Picnic Table - wikiHow


How to Build a Picnic Table


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

One of life's pleasures is eating a simple outdoor meal when the weather is pleasant, whether you cook on a grill, or just prepare sandwiches and a salad for a light lunch. Here are the steps to build your own sturdy, functional picnic table on which to enjoy your meal.

Steps


  1. Obtain a durable lumber suitable for the project. The project in the photos uses pressure treated southern yellow pine, recycled from an old deck. Choosing premium lumber, or even a synthetic material made from recycled plastics will afford a higher quality finished project. The table built for this article is 72 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 32 inches tall, and required the following materials:
    • 14 - 2x6 72 inches long.
    • 5 - 2X4 30 inches long.
    • 3 lbs. 12d (3 1/2 inch) hot dipped galvanized nails. (Substitute 3 1/2 inch exterior (deck) screws for greater strength)

  2. Cut the following boards, using a rafter or speed square to scribe the correct angles:
    • Cut 12 2X6 boards 72 inches long. You may purchase 6 foot boards, but they will need to be cut to length and the ends squared so they will be uniform. Using 12 foot lumber will likely cost less, and because they are halved, there will be little waste.
    • Cut 3 2X4 boards, 30 inches from long point to long point, with 45 degree angles on each end.
    • Cut 4 2X6 boards 35 inches long from long point to short point, with a 25 degree angle on each end.
    • Note that you will also have to cut the diagonal bracing underneath the table top, but it is best to scribe this board to fit after the rest of the top is fastened together.

  3. Lay out the top boards on sawhorses, setting them so the best side (least knots, cracks, etc) is down, since this will be the bottom of the table top.
  4. Nail the 2X4 boards with the 45 degree angle cuts to the bottom of the table top, spaced 4 inches from either end and the third centered between the ends. Toenail these to hold them in position until the table is flipped over, when you can finish nailing the top.
  5. Position the 35 inch 2X6s so they are centered over the short point of the table top end rails as shown in the photo, and nail them securely to the rails.
  6. Measure up (down from the top when the table is flipped) 17 inches. Drive a nail into the leg at this mark, half way to the head. This will support the seat rails, which you will install next.
  7. Center the seat rails (also 2X6 72 inches long), centered between the inverted table legs, resting on the nails you have driven in at 17 inches. Nail these through into the legs.
  8. Mark the centers of both the table top middle rail and the seat rails. Scribe a 2X4 to fit diagonally between these marks, as shown in the photo. Cut these, and nail them securely into place.
  9. Invert your table so it is now standing on its legs. Lay your seat boards (again, 2X6s, 72 inches long, on the seat rails that should be sticking out from beneath the table on each side. You will want to try them out for size, shifting them in or out along the rail until they are comfortable for you. When you have these rails in a desirable position, mark the location of the outer seat board, remove them, and saw a 45 degree angle on the rail so none of it will protrude from beneath the seats.
  10. Reposition the seat boards and nail them off. Drive nails through the table top boards into their rails to finish securing them.
  11. Cut the corners of the table top at a 45 degree angle about 2 inches from the corners so they are rounded, to make it less likely anyone will bump into them.
  12. Sand and finish the table as you want. You can use a silicone waterproofing sealer, an exterior polyurethane (many so-called polyurethane products actually degrade in ultraviolet light), or a semitransparent exterior wood stain for this purpose.
  13. Set your table up in a shady spot and enjoy it.


Video



Tips


  • Using bolts and wood screws for the described connections will offer a stronger finished product.
  • Use a weather and rot resistant lumber, or even a synthetic decking material for a long lasting table.


Warnings


  • Do not build anything that a child can touch out of wood pressure-treated with chromated copper arsenate, or CCA. Most pressure-treated wood produced before 2003 contains CCA.
  • Avoid breathing sawdust from pressure treated lumber.
  • Wear safety glasses when using a circular saw and hammer.


Things You'll Need


  • Lumber
  • Nails
  • Circular saw
  • Hand tools including measuring tape, hammer, and square


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Friday, April 10, 2009

Did you know...

Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $7.00, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there.

If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it.

He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $200 every second.

He'll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.

He'll make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

This year, he'll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined.

Amazing isn't it?

However...

If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 500 years, he'll still have less than Bill Gates has at this very moment.

Game over. Nerd wins.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Missing HAL.DLL or Invalid Boot.ini

After messin around with uTorrent a little too much I received the following error message on boot in Vista 64 bit...

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

After searching the internet a bit (on my Mac) I found these tidbits of information and thought I would share them...

If you are using Vista you can boot to the CD and choose "repair your system" and then "startup repair". Thats it, vista should auto repair your boot up problem.

Windows XP:

Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console Run "Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini" Delete the C:\Boot.ini file Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild" Run "Fixboot"

Hope this saves someone else some time :)

Friday, February 06, 2009

109 Random Facts You Should Know.

A friend sent me these in email. Many are quite interesting...

1
Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.

2
A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

3
40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

4
315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

5
On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

6
Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

7
Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.

8
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

9
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

10
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

11
Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

12
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

13
The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"!

14
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

15
Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

16
Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

17
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

18
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

19
Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

20
Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

21
The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

22
To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, prick your fingers into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.

23
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

24
The "pound" (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp.

25
The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

26
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

27
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

28
Dreamt" is the only word in the English language that ends in "mt".

29
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

30
In Chinese, the KFC slogan "finger lickin' good" comes out as "eat your fingers off".

31
A cockroach can live for 10 days without a head.

32
We shed 40 pounds of skin a lifetime.

33
Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines.

34
Mexico City sinks abut 10 inches a year.

35
Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.

36
Blue is the favorite color of 80 percent of Americans.

37
When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying "yes" in Sri Lanka.

38
There are more chickens than people in the world.

39
It's against the law in Iceland to have a dog.

40
The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.

41
There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.

42
The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

43
The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three Times each
morning.

44
The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the Combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

45
The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette Company died of lung cancer.

46
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

47
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

48
Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop growing.

49
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

50
A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks.

51
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

52
The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

53
When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.

54
Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned His wife or mother because they were both deaf.

55
A psychology student in New York rented out her spare room to a Carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. After Weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe Leaving her mentally retarded

56
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language

57
Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking Countries because Colgate translates into the command "go hang Yourself."

58
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

59
"Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters.

60
Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed People do.

61
The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every Letter in the English language.

62
If the population of China walked past you in single line, the line Would never end because of the rate of reproduction

63
China has more English speakers than the United States.

64
Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

65
Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.

66
An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.

67
Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our Bodies.

68
Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average Man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his Lifetime.

69
According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.

70
The longest place name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturi- Pukakpikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenua---anatahu - a New Zealand hill.

71
If you leave Tokyo by plane at 7:00am, you will arrive in Honolulu at Approximately 4:30pm the previous day.

72
Scientists in Australia's Parkes Observatory thought they had positive Proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space. However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a Microwave in the building.

73
Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.

74
More than 40,000 parasites and 250 types of bacteria are exchanged during a French kiss.

75
Men can read smaller print than women, but women can hear better.

76
Coca-Cola was originally green.

77
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

78
The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

79
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

80
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

81
Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!

82
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

83
It is impossible to lick your elbow.

84
People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

85
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

86
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

87
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

88
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

89
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

90
If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

91
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

92
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

93
Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this? Ans. - Honey

94
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

95
A snail can sleep for three years.

96
All polar bears are left handed.

97
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

98
Butterflies taste with their feet.

99
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

100
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

101
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

102
Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.

103
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

104
The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

105
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

106
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

107
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

108
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

109
Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Unclog and deodorize drains

The combination of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective ways to unclog and deodorize drains. It's also far gentler on your pipes (and your wallet) than commercial drain cleaners.

To clear clogs in sink and tub drains, use a funnel to pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

My new favorite soup recipe...

16 Bean Soup


4 cups 16- Bean soup mix
5 quarts water 2-3 Tbs. cumin
2 onions 1/8 tsp. cayenne
3-4 diced potatoes 1 Tbs. salt
1 lb. baby carrots or diced carrots 1-2 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ - 1 lb. ground beef (or chicken) 1 tsp. pepper
3-4 Tbs. bouillon (I use chicken)
3-4 cloves minced garlic

Brown ground beef (or chicken)and onions in large soup pot. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook about 8-10 hours.

All seasonings are really to your taste. Add your favorites and omit the ones you don’t care for. Be creative, you can hardly mess up beans!

Prepare for a Power Outage - wikiHow

Prepare for a Power Outage - wikiHow

And finally, here's one for "next time"...


How to Prepare for a Power Outage


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

If you need to know how to prepare for a power outage, then this is the article for you! Look to see what to do, the tips on preparation, and more.

Steps


  1. Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, Glow in the dark objects,etc.
  2. If there is a big chance of a power outage, you may want to tape the Glow in the dark objects along the wall.
  3. Be sure to have the things you'll need nearby.
  4. If the power outage occurs, turn on the flashlight or other light-up appliance that you have.
  5. Put your power company's phone number into your mobile phone's contact list or speed dial. Then, if the power outage is due to a fault in the power grid, you can call the power company and inform them of the problem so they can fix it.


Tips


  • If the outage may last for a long time, be sure to have some snacks close if you are taking shelter.
  • Making your self glow in the dark can be useful.


Warnings


  • You may not want to light candles in a room with carpet as it may increase the chance of a house fire if the candle is knocked over.
  • IF you smell gas, hear gas, know of messed up gas lines, do NOT use candles.

  • If your water depends on a well it wont work with the power out. Fill your tub with water if an outage is likely. Then you can pour it into the back of the toilet for flushing.


Things You'll Need


  • Radio
    • Preferrably a "Self Powered Radio" - This does'nt use batteries. Some are also solar powered as well as being "hand cranked"

  • Flashlight
    • Preferrably a "Self Powered Flashlight" - Same as the radio mentioned.
      • Some models of both the Self Powered Flashlight AND the Self Powered Radios can now keep your cell phone charged.


  • Glow Sticks - SAFER than candles
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Snacks
  • Keep a house key in a combination lockable key storage device OUTSIDE of your home. Electric garage doors do not work in a power outage.


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