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  1. I guess it's time to roll over again.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Of course it's also important to make money to fund these weirdo projects. This is some rails I helped my buddy install in a house in Austin. It's really nice to be working with a friend without some corporate bullshit making everything shitty. I told hom we should really string that upper left rail like a harp. He agreed it was a good idea, but said the customer probably wouldn't buy it.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I did most of the work on the passenger side last time, so my next goal is to get thd driver's side similarly outfitted with angle to replace the rounded bottom panels that always rust on these trucks. Then I can start filling and sanding.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I'm going to get BEATINGU licence plates.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Luckily all my income taxes are current, so that can't happen. Land taxes are what I haven't paid for the year yet, and I still have time. They are County though so I think people are still there. I wish the Chump in Chief would stop pouting over that wall. Only a very small percentage of complete morons even want such a monstrosity.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Since I've been working a bit to pay off taxes and I don't have money to buy materials for my house I switched over again to working on my 64 Chevy... since I have a buuuuunch of available free materials for that. It's a true Frankenstein. I've actually been referring to it as Frank. You might recall I put the cab on a 76 3/4 ton chassis, but I'm also planning on robbing seats from a Nissan Frontier and a gas tank from a suburban(among other things). Anyway, I pulled it up and welded the clips I made out, then created a bumper and finished the interior sheet metal.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    That sucks, Mike.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Happy New Year. So the recycling shack I've been working at has been struggling ever since Trump's tarrifs were put in place. Yesterday I was informed he wouldn't bd able to use me for a while and if prices don't come back up he may have to close up shop. Then this morning out of the blue I get a phone call from a guy I work for here and there(but not for almost a year) that he needs me for at least a month straight and probably two or three days/ week thereafter in perpetuity. Great timing I say, considering land taxes are due by end of month, I need truck tires, and my motorcycle is almost complete and that bill will soon be due. So Happy New Year indeed. I've cut up one truck, but now I'll just shuffle all that to the back burner and get back to making money while the metals market tries to recover from Cheeto's meddling. Looks like I won't have to sell off my Gibsons after all.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah, but the chassis is short iron if you cut it up. So is the motor. That brings twice as much per pound as "tin", which is what you get if you bring it in whole. Also. The aluminum brackets, manifolds, aluminum radiator, alternator and starter. All that brings more once separated. I work in a recycling shack part time and have for years. I know exactly what is worth what/lb because I buy and sell it. If business is good then it's not worth the effort, but in slow times you do what you can. I'll let you know what it totals out to per truck. Also, these vehicles are 80s models rather than the modern more lightly built stuff.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Happy Festivus. Started tearing apart junk pickups yesterday. I'm going to see how much I can recycle a pickup for if I separate it into it's base metals. Normally if you drag an entire truck across the scales it would be less than $200 at current prices. Anyway. Land taxes.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Having a Hot Dog Renaissance today(really just a fancy way of saying I bought hot dogs, bins, and canned chili) and I swear I can't seem to find a decent dill pickle spear. When I go to the bbq places locally and get the pickles and onions I really like them, but the stupid store has a huge selection of fancy ass pickles that don't taste very good.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Don't be all racist against goats and corpses. That would be wrong. Apparently it's important to be "woke" these days. Of course, those Woke Weenies still have their limited brainpower stuck on the importance of emotional support instead of building spaceships and getting all our eggs into multiple baskets, but I guess it's more important to argue about inane things and fear monger.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Says you.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    You ever notice at Christmas how every commercial has a dog or a kid in it?
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Watching the new Star Trek series. It seems good so far. Much better than the Disney Star Wars fiasco.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I don't know what this is from but it made me laugh.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Glad to hear it, Mike. Hopefully you'll at least be able to sleep comfortably. I slept upright in my chair for a week maybe? Laying down was just not an option.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Mike's probably dreaming about wood right now. Think it's hardwood or softwood?
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Too much hot sauce?
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Brown eyes never left. Everyone has at least one brown eye.
  21. Well Ronnie, the point is not to convince you. I have no idea as to your hearing range. Neither does the anecdotal "listen to this and tell me the woods used" argument hold any merit. By the time a track is run through all the processing in a recording studio and put onto a medium replayed by your own equipment of course telling woods apart would be tough indeed. What does matter is that the artist hears the tone he wants through his equipment so he likes what he's playing. In person in your own home where you hear all your music it's much more noticeable. Every one of us has a different opinion as to what is most important for a "good" tone. Build quality is also a very important aspect, probably more so than woods used. I find woods used have a greater effect than strings used, but more effect than the type of fretwire used.
  22. And none of it is to say acrylic or aluminum, etc have "bad tone", Pros. But talk of you want about a fence, "some" is still a completely accurate word in this context. Assuredly more than "all". Tonewood is subjective. There are many ways to achieve a desired sound. Denying any effect at all though is disingenuous.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    In buttcheeks overclamping results in a reduced crack. Too much crack reduction can have the unwanted side effect of turning blue eyes brown.
  24. Woods used do have an effect. That's obvious. Anyone who has made identical guitars with identical hardware and different woods knows this. Everything affects the tone of the instrument. Doesn't mean a guitar will sound bad if less than ideal woods are used, but you always keep in mind the sound you are after. You can definitely make up for bright woods with pickups that sound less bright, but it's certainly in your best interest to consider everything. I once made a guitar of maple and cherry and it was so harsh I couldn't stand to play it without adjusting my eq to dampen the unwanted frequencies. It's not uncommon though for years of playing at volume to desensitize players to a degree where it's barely noticeable though. Some digital amps kill most differences as well.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    You should never overclamp.
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