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Everything posted by westhemann

  1. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    What Wesley is doing tonight.
  2. Thought I would start 11 a bit early because I wanted to ask about something and didn't want it cut off short. So Elon Musk.That guy is really impressing me.How many people can be as dedicated as that to moving towards the future?I have never seen another man in my lifetime so willing to put it all on the line for something so many(foolish people) think is folly. That guy IMO is what every man should be.If we had a dozen more like him I would wager my entire life's earnings that we would be well on our way to spreading through the Solar System within this century.
  3. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Okay thanks. Got them on my list.
  4. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    That would be good. The Glenrothes were something they were promoting at the online store I buy from sometimes. I think it's something they just started carrying, and the unusual thing is they have Scotch, Bourbon, Sherry, etc of different types all in the exact same kind of bottle with a different label. Seems weird, but I had some "points" to use up.
  5. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Wild Turkey is pretty much a staple around here in Texas. It was always 101 when I was young. I didn't consider it too great, just marginally better than Jack green label. Bourbon is strange. You grow up drinking it and it seems great, then you try other stuff and realize how harsh bourbon really is. I did enjoy the Maker's Mark though. The American Honey is wearing thin after the first night. I can't see keeping that up. Too sweet.
  6. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I ordered some Glenrothes Scotch, including a "peated reserve". Trying to nail down what I like and don't like in my Scotch. It's nice trying new stuff. I just hate being disappointed.
  7. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    You'd think they'd work harder towards brain transplants into bad ass robots. I'd love that myself. Instead, the extent of our technology is basically welding sections of spine together. My vertical leg press came in today. It works well, but I must admit it feels weird being underneath all that weight.
  8. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Strangely, it didn't hurt my back. I've got bruises on my feet, shins, and forearm as well as scraped skin on my elbows and one shin, and surprisingly no marks on my face even though the Keurig caught me under my chin.
  9. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I used to have a huge family living close. When I was about 12 a whole clan of cousins moved here and lived behind us for about 4 or 5 years. It was actually kind of great, but then they all moved back to Houston. Left a big, gaping hole for a while until I switched High Schools and made a bunch of great new friends. Now though everyone has families and responsibilities and we never get to see each other. I guess that's why communal living seems so attractive to me. I remember what having family and friends so close feels like and I miss it. So, last night I was starting to move stuff into my conex for summer hibernation and I possibly had too much alcohol in my system. Long story short, I fell down the stairs. That shit hurts. Anyway, covered in scrapes and bruises now. Luckily I didn't break my Keurig. I did ,however, lie face down in the wet grass groaning for a while before I could actually move enough to get up. It's been a long, long while since I've been so hurt I couldn't get up. I've had fights that left me in better shape. Ah well, pain is only temporary.
  10. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Aaaaaaand hangover. I guess the surprise is the headache from whatever hidden ingredients are in there. Probably sugar.
  11. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Well shit...that Wild Turkey American Honey is downright bad ass. Jeez, what a surprise.
  12. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Yeah, too much smoke gets a bit bacon-y, but you can counter that with a touch of ginger ale. I'm thinking by the time I get through this bottle I won't buy it again. It's good, but Johnnie Black is much better.
  13. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    The scotch is not bad at all. A little more smoke than Johnnie black, but not quite as smooth. The Maker's bourbon is pretty great for bourbon, but still bourbon. I'll give it more time some other evening.
  14. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Yeah, the Maker's Mark was suggested to perhaps change my mind about Bourbon. The American Honey is Wild Turkey with honey in it. I guess that one was just curiosity more than anything. The glasses are supposed to reduce the alcohol burn so the flavors come through more.
  15. BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Went to the alcohol store. Came back with these for later. Don't know why i picked up bourbon. Temporary insanity?
  16. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I don't mind cold, but it should be cold and then slowly warm up. This shit where it's hot one day and cold the next then hot again is a bit hard on the electric bill.
  17. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Sleeping pills. I just take them earlier. Someone want to tell me why it's 46f right now? It's March in Texas...should be lows in the upper 60s right now.
  18. Stainless steel frets

    Actually, you can use standard nippers and tang cutters, they just won't last as long. Maybe two fret jobs before you replace all your cutters. Small price to pay. I use SS on everything, including when I refret a regular guitar. Mark the fret length you need(a hair longer actually), nip the tang, then cut the crown. After installation I use a file to carefully flush the ends up with the fretboard. The real key to a good SS fret job is to have the neck completely finished before fretting(minus the actual finish) and make sure the neck is perfectly flat before using a fret press to install the frets. Use a two way truss rod in your build so just have complete control over how flat the neck is. That way if you take your time and install them right you won't need to level and recrown, just bevel the ends and polish out any scratches you make with the press. Then, once the guitar is finished, string it up and let it sit under tension a few days before readjusting your truss rod to create the setup you want. I prefer flat, but some prefer to leave a tiny forward bow. Either way, do the job right and you shouldn't have to level and recrown. By far, the toughest part of SS frets is recrowning and polishing out the scratches, so take the time to avoid these things. Also, try not to pair SS with too much "bright" sounding wood. Mahogany body with maple neck is fine, all mahogany is great, but avoid an all maple guitar. Bubinga and SS pair well. For some reason, in spite of it's density, Bubinga is surprisingly warm. I think it may be the large pores. As far as industry standard, it's becoming used more all the time. Prefretted board won't help. You will still have to level and recrown after gluing to the neck.
  19. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I would be so proud of our Country if we would push the space race and if we had public healthcare and untouchable social security...yet we elected a guy who lives in the past and only cares about his wallet. We need people like Elon Musk in office. Actual visionaries who aren't limited by how "great we once were."
  20. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    On another note, I spent two hours yesterday rerouting my sewer and drain pipes. If anything stinks worse than our Country's current political agenda, it's that for sure.
  21. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    My Mom is currently dealing with a slew of Doctors and somehow she finds her way through all the billing and Medicare/Medicaid hurtles that come her way. Her health is poor because of a lifetime of horrible eating habits. I remember being a kid and her weighing of 300 pounds(which was insanely unusual in the 70s/80s) and she kept telling me how her doctor would always tell her she was "amazingly healthy despite her weight". Even as a kid I knew she was lying. I'm sure her Doctor said something more in the line of "You are okay now, but if you don't lose weight you will eventually not be okay." So now, she's borderline diabetic and constantly telling me she has to watch her blood sugar. Then, at the same time tells me I don't eat enough and that's "not healthy". A lot of denial going on there. Meanwhile, my best friend thinks I have "body dismorphic disorder", because I'm much thinner than the average person my age and I still watch my diet closely...as if I'm crazy because I don't let myself get past a "34" waist. It's an insane body image we've let ourselves believe...as if it's normal and healthy for a non-bodybuilder less than 6'4 to weigh over 200lbs. An extremely fit person is constantly called "skinny", as if it's a bad thing to run 2-5 miles per day. Then, conversely, we have the guys who think Chris Hemsworth is not an ideal specimen because he's not Arnold Schwarzenegger. For them, pure size means everything. I don't know. I just don't get it. To me, the guy who plays Loki or Captain America when he was Johnny Storm... those guys have a much more fit and sustainable form, yet no matter WHAT you do, someone is going to try to tear you down. On FB, every time I talk about my current restrictions in diet the people who are still fit like my posts, while the (forgive my bluntness) fatter ones says things like "you're going to ruin your kidneys" or "that's not enough food for a man your size." It's insane. Oprah and Ricki Lake have ruined the health of our Country by promoting obesity as a "positive body image". All I'm trying to do is stave off health issues as long as possible by working out and staying thin.
  22. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    A few years back a guy I worked with thought he was having a heart attack. He didn't have insurance, and after a few days in the hospital where they ran tests and said "anxiety attack" he got hit with a bill over 12k. His wife is a great negotiator, and after a few hours of back and forth got it reduced to $2500 cash lump sum paid in full. He came in to work telling me about it and saying the administrator told his wife they charge exorbitant rates because of insurance companies haggling prices so much... so an aspirin costs $5 because they know in the end insurance will pay $1 for it and they(the hospital) can keep the doors open. Administrator said if insurance didn't exist, healthcare would be much cheaper.
  23. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    Socialism is pretty much a dirty word in America. People my age and older( the people in charge) for the most part equate Socialism with the failed U.S.S.R , which wasn't even truly socialist. Combine that with a distrust of the Government we already have and you have a severe uphill climb to convince Americans of the merits of a non-capitalist society. The opponents of such a system point to Countries that are dirt poor in resources, like Venezuela , and insist it's a failed system. They never mention Finland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, etc who all have different degrees of social programs and are very successful. Truth is, all we need is a non-corrupt healthcare and retirement system. A National Healthcare system and the restructuring of SS to ACTUALLY be an untouchable retirement system instead of a bank for our government to steal from is all we really need. Sanders had some great ideas. Instead, we got forced insurance. Insurance is nothing but Socialism with a middle man in place to increase the cost to the citizenship while lowering the ability of Doctors and Hospitals to stay afloat. But try to explain that to the average American and they think you are crazy. By definition, forcing people to buy insurance is a more expensive form of healthcare than actual straight up National Healthcare. Our Doctors get all their best techniques from other Countries like Switzerland, yet the propaganda machine convinces our citizenry that social healthcare results in stagnation of medical expertise.
  24. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I think most Americans seem to have given up on that. I mean yeah, it still holds true on getting/staying in shape and somewhat in our careers, but over here it seems like the higher we rise the more the Government takes. Just the fact that we are only allowed to contribute $5k/year to our own retirement fund without having it taxed and then the SS we've been paying into our entire lives is constantly under attack and called a "handout" by almost half our politicians is pretty demoralizing. We can't get healthcare without insurance, which goes up the older you get until you can no longer afford it and has so many exclusions it's worthless anyway. It seems like our system is designed to make sure we all die broke. The yoke of tyranny gets heavier every year. I wish I had seen the writing on the wall when I was younger, because I could have immigrated to Canada or somewhere similar where they value their citizens. Anyway. I'm surrounded by people who are angry all the time and they don't know who to blame, so they blame "the left" for everything instead of recognizing that a strong Country needs a strong citizenship, and that citizenship should have guarantees like knowing that if we put in our years in our fields and do our part that we will have healthcare and retirement and not have those things called "entitlement programs". The only things I actually can control are diet and exercise. Ah well...such is life when you are stuck in a declining civilization.
  25. Misc stuff about life.This one goes to eleven...

    I go back and forth with the eggs. Sometimes scrambled, sometimes over medium. I'm not going for anywhere near that size. Think Matt Murdock from Netflix. I want muscle tone and energy rather than huge muscles. Your son is doing it very well though. I respect good form like that more than the typical meathead that can't run a block. https://www.bodybuilding.com/store/cellucor/no3-black-chrome.html You're getting me and Mike confused again though.