Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Thursday - January 09, 2020

That Ruse Didn’t Last Long

Iran Shot Down Uke Airliner With Russian Mobile AA Missiles


The Ukrainian flight that crashed just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran was struck by an anti-aircraft missile system, a Pentagon official, a senior U.S. intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official told Newsweek.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, a Boeing 737–800 en route from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airpot to Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, stopped transmitting data Tuesday just minutes after takeoff and not long after Iran launched missiles at military bases housing U.S. and allied forces in neighboring Iraq. The aircraft is believed to have been struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, known to NATO as Gauntlet, the three officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, told Newsweek.

Newsweek reported the flight that crashed just outside Tehran late on Tuesday was struck by the Russia-built Tor-M1 system also known as Gauntlet.

The two Pentagon officials told the magazine that the tragedy was accidental.

Reuters also cited US officials as it reported the plane was most likely brought down accidentally by Iranian air defences.

One US official said US satellites had detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the plane crashed, followed by evidence of an explosion.

Two officials said Washington believed the downing of the plane was accidental.

The Associated Press quoted two US officials saying it is “highly likely” an Iranian anti-aircraft missile brought down the passenger plane.

The crash occurred soon after Iran launched missiles at military bases housing US troops in neighbouring Iraq amid a confrontation with Washington over the drone strike that killed an Iranian general last week.

The Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800, flying to Kiev and carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, killing all 176 people on board.

Yes, “accidental” in that it was not officially sanctioned and ordered from the top down. And some unidentified Achmed will take the blame, if he’s ever found. Iran had fired 15 missiles into Iraq a few hours earlier, but managed to not hit anything. Pretty amazing, given that those missiles are precise enough to hit within 2 meters of their target; each carries a 650lb bomb in the nose. So either they missed on purpose (by agreement via back channel diplomacy; we KNEW the missiles were coming before they were launched, or because our guys can jamb or override their guidance systems), or the whole launch was just bearding the lion, trying to prompt a response ... like a bombing raid against Tehran, where they could then play the victim card while also shooting some Great Satan weapon out of the sky in full view of everyone in their capital city.

The reports say that the Iranians have the Tor-M1 system, but that’s old tech at this point. We have no idea if they’ve upgraded to the -M2 or later versions. Probably. While the system isn’t quite an “Iron Dome”, it’s pretty damn modern, mobile, linkable, jam resistant, fast firing, and effective. Each launch vehicle carries 2 packs of 4 of their 9331 anti-aircraft missiles, and can track and fire on multiple targets, small fast ones at low altitude, possibly while still moving. And now we know that at least 2 missiles were launched. With that good a system, that big, close, and slow a target, that means two hits, guaranteed.

The TOR-M2 / M2E is designed to attack aircraft, helicopters, aerodynamic UAVs, guided missiles and other components of high precision weapons flying at medium, low and extremely low altitudes in adverse air and jamming environment. The Tor-M2 missile system can be mounted on wheeled or tracked chassis. The Tor-M2 doubles the number of targets that can be engaged simultaneously by a single combat vehicle to four. The Armenian Armed Forces have received the latest TOR-M2KM surface-to-air defense missile systems, according to a statement published on December 21, 2019, to the official website of the Armenian Ministry of Defence.

So perhaps this is the actual revenge they promised, and the other missile attack was just a fireworks show. Now let’s find out just how many of the citizens of all those countries on board the plane were actually Iranian ex-pats, going home from a visit to the old country. Would Iran shoot down a plane filled with their own people, just to get some “sand cred”? Why not? We’ve got hundreds of SJW Climate Savers setting Australia ablaze to “prove their point”, and ... surprise!!! ... a large part of them are muzzy immigrants. Them people be nutz.
It’s possible that Iran didn’t know who was on board. They might not have cared if they had. It’s possible that this was a real accident, some nervous Abu at the controls, knowing that Great Satan was probably going to drop a shitstorm all over his capital city.  But there may have been Jeffrey Epstein “suicide” levels of planning here, wheels within wheels. And not all of those wheels would spin in Tehran.

The world will write this off as an accident, and quickly look the other way. The Assatollahs win, Trump wins, Boris gets to make some noise in London, Trudeau gets to go extra dhimmi in Canada. And Israel gets threatened. In other words, just another Thursday.

Good to know that our side has such a lock on Tehran that they can spot and differentiate two nearly simultaneous heat blooms (missile launches) coming from only inches apart. From space. The 9331 missile isn’t very big. 4 of them fit into a firing clip about the size of a king size mattress.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/09/2020 at 01:38 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 08, 2020

Yeah, but did they make pretzels?

Archeologists: Bread Is Older Than Farming

At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals, and thus contributed to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period.

A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, University College London and University of Cambridge have analyzed charred food remains from a 14,400-year-old Natufian hunter-gatherer site - a site known as Shubayqa 1 - located in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan. The results, which are now published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , provide the earliest empirical evidence for the production of bread.

How about that? It figures though; that’s the whole gatherer part of the hunter gatherer thing, right? No need to farm if the grains are growing everywhere around you.

But let’s get the story from PNAS. Because if the info comes straight from the PNAS, you know you can swallow it. Um, uh, right.


World’s oldest bakery. Sorry, no cupcakes today, or for the next 13,800 years.

Remnants of oldest bread made 14,000 years ago found in Jordan

AMMAN — The discovery of the oldest remains of bread in the world adds to Jordan’s reputation as a key contributor to civilisation, pundits said on Tuesday. [ July 2018 ]

Research published in the US-based journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on July16 said that the finding is the earliest empirical evidence for the preparation of bread-like products by Natufian culture of hunter-gatherers, 4,000 years before the emergence of the agricultural way of life in the Neolithic Age.

The flatbread, likely unleavened and somewhat resembling pita bread, was fashioned from wild cereals such as barley, einkorn or oats, as well as tubers from an aquatic papyrus relative that had been ground into flour, according to the research.

The bread was found at “Shubayqa 1”, which is dated to the early and late Natufian culture (from 12,600 to 9,600 BC). It is located in northeast Jordan, in an area known as the Black Desert, according to the research.

General Director of the Department of Antiquities Monther Jamhawi stressed that the discovery entails the “surprise” that bread- making dates back to a much older era than previously known.

Jamhawi said that the place has little ruins, such as remains of walls and chipped basalt stones.

“It is not about the site’s components, but about the finding itself, which is a milestone in the drive of archaeological discoveries”, Jamhawi told The Jordan Times on Tuesday.

Omar Al Ghul, an associate professor at Yarmouk University, said that in terms of importance, nobody can belittle such a finding because it adds to the story of mankind’s understanding of his environment, creatures, resources and geography.

“What was discovered supports the significance of findings that provide information about the daily life of prehistoric civilisations”, Ghul said, adding that such sites are no less important than globally renowned major sites, such as Petra and the pyramids of Egypt. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/08/2020 at 10:17 PM   
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kitchen chemistry experiment

I’m always on the lookout for a new or different recipe. I don’t haunt the foodie forums, but I do search things up every once in a while and look into them, along with whatever comments might be there.

I made a batch of my pretzels last week, using the recipe that I’d developed from lots of trial and error, which turned out to be a variation on the classic recipe from some famous pretzel maker’s book. Yes, there are famous pretzel people, and some of them write books about it. I have the book, purchased after I figured out the recipe of course, and I was pleased and surprised that my recipe was so similar, albeit a bit stronger. And I got the standard reaction when I gave a couple away; “these are the best pretzels I’ve ever had”. Uh huh, I know. The ones you buy from the snack bar at the bowling alley are junk. So are the frozen ones you get in the grocery store. And the ones at the mall aren’t a whole lot better.

So I read this new recipe, and the author actually instructed people to use a lye water dip. Most pretzel recipes shy away from this, because people are paranoid about lye. Sorry, it isn’t that bad. Even for a strong solution, you really don’t need all kinds of safety gear. No, it’s not going to hurt having it, but as long as you turn on the fan and work carefully, you aren’t going to corrode yourself. Get any on your hands and just wash them off, or wear rubber gloves. Be careful, that’s all. Boiling them in baking soda doesn’t do the job. Baking your baking soda into washing soda [ sodium carbonate ] (400 oven for 30 minutes) helps, but it still isn’t potent enough. A molar solution - 106gm in a liter of water - gives a pH of 12.16. That’s nearly 4oz of the stuff. You need the lye, period.

Anyway, the guy says to use a 3/4 molar solution. And I’m thrilled, because now we’re talking chemistry. Thanks to ... Avogadro’s number, 6.022 X 1023, the number of atoms of a substance in a unit quantity called a mole is equal to the atomic number of the substance times Avogadro’s constant. And this works out exactly to (atomic number) grams. Science rocks. In terms of solution, we generally talk about grams per liter of water. So a mole of lye, sodium hydroxide, NaOH, is 40 grams (Sodium, Na, 23, plus Oxygen, 0, 16, plus Hydrogen, 1). By the very definition of pH, this gives a pH of 14, which is as alkaline as it gets. pH = 14 + LOG10(decimal molarity); the logarithm base 10 is the exponent that 10 is raised to the give the resulting number; a whole mole is a decimal molarity of 1.0, and 10 raised to the 0 power is 1, so the pH of 40gm lye in liter of water is 14 - 0 = 14. This is some damn corrosive stuff, m’kay? This is as caustic as anything anywhere gets, period. Anyway, since the Log of 1 is 0, any number less than 1 will have a negative Log, since a negative exponent simply means “one over whatever”; it’s a fraction, but still a positive amount. The Log of 0.75 is - 0.125, so the pH of a 3/4 molar lye solution is 14 + (-0.125) = 13.875, which is still mighty caustic. By the same method, the pH of a 1/2 molar solution (0.5M) of lye is 13.7, and a 0.25M mix is 13.4. Two pounds of food grade lye costs $11.26. 908gms. (actually the lye itself is cheap. Safe shipping is 80% of the price). So, 30 batches of pretzels or 120 for the same cost? No brainer, right? Go with the 0.25M solution. But is it strong enough, or will I have to dip them for weeks??

And that’s the experiment. I already know that a 0.75M solution and a 15 second dip is nearly too much, so IMHO this guy’s instruction for a 30 second dip is way too much. The pretzels will bake up nearly black and be bitter. So I’ve got another batch of dough going, and tomorrow I’ll try a series of timed dips using a 0.25M and then a 0.5M solution. The weaker the solution, the longer it should take to get the same reaction, which gives the flavor and color. But if the solution is too strong, then the dipping time is going to be negligible and leave you almost no tolerance. I’d like to find one that works, uses less lye, might be a bit “safer”, and gives me a few seconds leeway in case I go 3 seconds over.

So, a 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 second dip with both solutions. Two pretzel rods each; 20 rods total. Maybe run a 0.75M control group. Take lots of pictures and analyze taste and texture. I’ll have plenty of dough; one batch of dough yields 8 32” long ropes. Ok, time to go knead the dough. Autolyse should be done by now.

Footnote: My recipe uses beer as the main liquid. I’ve made many batches of these things over the past few years, and I’ve tried many kinds of beer. I think this Radeberger Pilsner is just about perfect. For pretzel making; the beer geeks don’t think it’s all that special, just a typical pilsner. I’d give the #2 pick to the Czech Pilsner Urquell. Both of these beers have been around a very long time, so they qualify as authentic if you want to get all Bavarian.

Yeah, maybe someday I’ll try one of those pretzel recipes that use plain white flour and milk. Might as well load them up with sugar and put cinnamon on top.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/08/2020 at 08:39 PM   
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Escalations In Iran

So last night it was at least a dozen surface to surface missiles, but they didn’t hit anything. This blatant act of war follows closely on the heels of the attack on our embassy in Iraq, another blatant act of war, that was orchestrated by this Saleimeni salami guy, who we took out. And so the bloody ping pong ball goes back and forth again in this ongoing low key war.


Hours after the missile attack: This morning a Ukrainian airliner fell from the sky and all 176 people onboard are dead. Plane took off from Tehran, climbed to 8,000 feet, and then suddenly lost all contact. Somehow the skin of the plane is all full of shrapnel holes. Bystander video shows the plane falling, burning. Nothing to see here, move along. Don’t think about how tight Russia may be with Iran and how unhappy they are with Ukraine. Don’t think about any other airliners in the past that have crashed or been shot down when tensions with Iran were high. Oh, and the Ukrainian embassy there says no terrorism, don’t worry. Ignore the news that Iran has already stated that they won’t hand over the black box when they find it.

Sure, it could be a total coincidence. And the plane was another one of those problematic Boeing 737-800s. Sure, maybe. Or maybe not.

President Trump to address the nation this morning at 11:40am. With the reassuring message that “All is well”. Uh huh.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/08/2020 at 10:02 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 07, 2020

Not Loser Loaf

Ta Da, no Loser Loaf


Ok, came out better than expected. I was betting on Loser Loaf; sourdough just sits there doing nothing for so many hours. After 7 hours in the proofer it went in the fridge overnight to retard, then baked at 500 this morning. With 30% WW I was expecting a dark taste, but the spelt really sweetened it up. So, not bad. Good crumb, nice ear, robust flavor. A keeper. It’s half gone already.

200gm KABF
100gm Pillsbury AP
150gm KA WW
50gm Bob’s Mills spelt
14gm kosher salt
100gm starter, 100% hydration, well fed and tangy
385gm hot water
crust top with sesame seeds before placing in banneton

Whisk flours together. Heat water 1 minute in microwave; very warm but not steaming. Mix into flour to form the classic “shaggy mess”. Cover, let autolyse for 45min.
Add starter, mix it in while adding salt. Get it mixed, then power knead (speed 2) for about 3 minutes. Transfer to large lightly greased mixing bowl, cover and start the rise. Do a stretch and fold - a dozen rotations - every half hour for the first 2 hours. Let rise all damn day, at least another 6 hours. Get impatient, do another stretch and fold rotation, see that the dough is coming together and pulling away from the bowl. Preshape the dough on a floured surface, roll the top in sesame seeds, place seed side down in a well floured banneton. Cover and stick it in the fridge.

Heat the oven and a cast iron Dutch oven to 500°F with your morning coffee. Turn banneton over onto parchment paper, gently lift off the basket. Brush off extra flour. Into the Dutchie, covered. Bake 500F, covered for 20 min, reduce oven to 450, then bake uncovered till done (~20 - 23 min), then oven cure for half an hour outside of Dutch oven.

This is pretty much a half recipe of this guy’s mix, except 1) I did a hot water autolyse which is faster and more effective, 2) for the white flour part I used 2/3 bread flour 1/3 all purpose for some extra gluten power, 3) I didn’t have any la-ti-da einkorn so I doubled up on the spelt, and 4) I did the covered part of the bake at 500 not his 550. That’s too darn hot, but those Bay Area sourdough junkies are always dark roasting their loaves.  My loaf came out better than his did, taller with better crumb. Neener neener.

I will give props; his idea of putting a cold baking sheet under the Dutch oven once the lid comes off works well. It cools off the underside a bit and keeps things from scorching.


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calendar   Sunday - January 05, 2020

Mr. Busy Today

Got a whole lot of things done today, along with my usual Sunday cleaning. Even went out to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner, because sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. El Patron. It’s pretty good. Not the usual slapdash tacos and basic burritos. Got back here and set up our new home phone. The other one died after about a decade, although the LCD display had been going downhill for quite some time. The new phone is amazing. Caller ID, blocking, it talks to you, OMG the features are endless. I got one with 4 handsets, so we have them everywhere now. I put in all the phonebook numbers, the answering machine message, checked and cleared all the old voicemail messages, etc, right from one of the handsets. [ Ok, I kept the voicemail message from JayD (Peiper) when he called here just after hurricane Sandy, a week after we’d moved in. You know, I think that’s the only time I ever heard his voice. I spoke to his wife Jen several times in the years after that, but they’re both gone now. I miss them both so much. So I’m saving that one. ] No need to stand in the kitchen working the base station. So far it sounds nice and clear, although Panasonic put papers in the box telling me all about the additional handsets I can buy with super duper HD audio, or ones with mil-spec waterproof outdoor capability, or a range extender, and so forth. Maybe later. In case we decide we really, really have to have a phone in the bathroom. Um, no. I’ll call you back after my shower, not during it.


Ok, now onto a bit of laundry and then I can spend some time with my new book. I’m reading the Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie. It’s about a guy who did too many tours with the Marines, suffers from claustrophobic PTSD, and is trying to put his warrior life behind him, but he keeps getting pulled into violent adventure mysteries back here in the USA. It’s pretty good writing, not another one of these formula books that the top adventure novel authors are churning out these days. I’m halfway through book #1, The Drifter, though I started with book #2 Burning Bright and got hooked. Book #5 comes out the week after next, but won’t be in paperback for another year. I don’t buy hardcover pulp fiction, and I almost never get Kindle or other kinds of digital books. I want the book in my hands. I want to go to the library and borrow one, or to the store and buy one. I’d go to my local Walmart, but they’ve remodeled the place yet again, and now the book section is just 8 feet long, is way in the back of the store, and all they seem to have is books by James Paterson. Hey, Paterson is fine, but sometimes I want more than just another police detective murder mystery story.


We watched the movie adaptation of Les Miserables last night, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and half of Hollywood. It ran almost 3 hours, and really wasn’t that great. Some things might just be better on the stage. They did keep the songs, and the performance of Do You Hear The People Sing? was pretty good. Definitely gets you fired up emotionally. The French getting Revolutionary. And then they all get killed.

Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/05/2020 at 09:32 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 04, 2020

Not Worth Betting On

More than a day later, no additional news. Tells you just about everything, right?

Unidentified Man Stabs 4 In Paris, Gets Killed By Cops

Police shot dead a man who stabbed several people in a Paris suburb in a knife attack that left one person dead and at least two others seriously injured.

Armed officers were called at around 2pm on Friday after the man stabbed several people – apparently at random – near a park and busy shopping centre in Villejuif, south of the French capital.

Loïc Travers, spokesman for the Alliance police union, said the attacker was shot three times.


Junior interior minister, Laurent Nuñez, attended the scene along with the Paris police chief Didier Lallement. A representative from the anti-terrorist investigations unit also attended, but French officials said it was too early to determine any motive for the attack.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/04/2020 at 10:21 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 03, 2020

still blogging

No, I haven’t forsaken BMEWS. I’ve been pretty sick the past week, and I’m still a bit out of it. I just haven’t had the energy to cover breaking news, like the elimination of this Suleimani terrorist leader guy, and the Left’s outrage that our President act in America’s best interest.


The Suleimani thing


My only disappointment on this one is that our guys couldn’t also take out his #2 and 4 dozen of his top leaders at the same time. A real Hitler bunker bombing thing. But you can’t have it all, all at once. So you have to leave something for next week. Cut the head off the chicken, and it runs around in circles making an easy target.

How nice to learn that Suleimani was given amnesty by Obama in a dark corner of the annex (page 86) to his wonderful “pallets of cash” deal with Iran. If you haven’t figured it out yet: Barak Obama is a traitor, the Manchurian Candidate who set out to destroy America.

[ via Discover The Networks ] Rhodes: Death of Iranian General ‘A Really Frightening Moment’

Ben Rhodes, the former national security aide to President Barack Obama who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, worried on Thursday evening that the U.S. assassination of Iranian terror general Qassem Soleimani on Thursday would spark retaliation, calling it a “frightening moment.”

Suleimani led the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and directed Iran’s foreign military adventures, including terrorism. He was killed days after the Iranian-backed attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

“Agree – no question Suleimani has a lot of blood on his hands,” Rhodes tweeted. “But this is a really frightening moment. Iran will respond and likely in various places. Thinking of all US personnel in the region right now.”

This is the Ben Rhodes that was so tight with Obama that he was commonly described as having a “mind meld” with him, and was quoted as not knowing where he began and Obama ended. So his views are Obama’s views, pretty much.

And I’m sure you saw the pictures a few days back, of the two guys behind the attack on our embassy in Iraq, ... the pictures of them sitting with Barack Obama in our White House all buddy-buddy some years ago. This stinks to high hell and back.

And ain’t it one helluva coincidence ... at the same time NY’s Schmucky Chumer is crying that President Trump should have tipped him off well in advance that a strike on Suleimani was planned (so he could rat us out to our enemy), the NY Times ran a “what if” essay wondering about a strike on Suleimani just hours before the real strike happened. Coincidence? Hell no. It’s one more pair of connected dots between our leftist pols, the enemedia, and our actual enemies. They are ALL enemies. And that’s why Trump didn’t say a word: not one of these scumbag dog fuckers can be trusted a millimeter.


So we lost all the games at bowling tonight. Big deal. I did pull out a 227 in the last game, getting under the ball a bit and getting my thumb out earlier. No big hook action, but I moved around 5 boards and the ball went in the pocket for a big powerful strike each time. I’m on to something good here, but it needs a lot more practice.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/03/2020 at 10:59 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 01, 2020

Plumb Crazy: It’s Now And Official Project

Ok, I went to the hardware store and got all the bits and pieces needed. New sink trap, a nice flanged 12” long PVC downtube, and a little jar of plumbers putty. Gathered up a couple flashlights, a bit of carpet to lie on under the sink, and my giant C jaw Vise Grips. Then I figured out how the Insinkerator mounting flange was attached (the triangular pressure ring screws push against the underside of the sink, and pulls their sink trap attaching collar down tight by pressing against a big snap ring that fits into the lower end of their trap collar. Stick a flat screwdriver in there between the ends of the snap ring, give it a twist and the ring comes out and it all falls right apart. Use the screwdriver as a lever and scraper to pry the old paper gasket away and you’re good to go. It’s like watching this video in reverse, only without the cheesecake shots.). Then I did the plumber’s putty thing and got the new sink trap in, nice and centered and tight. Doing good. 

But it turns out that the main drain pipe is connected to the T fitting for the dishwasher drain connection that begins the P trap was originally offset so much because of the large diameter of the garbage disposer that the connecting tube inside and between them is barely an inch long. I need it to be about 3 or 4 inches long. It’s the same kind of flanged PVC 1 1/2” downtube that the sink trap uses. But I don’t have an extra one, so I have to drive 20 minutes back to Lowe’s, spend $2.88 on a 6 incher, and drive back. This makes this task an official project, because if a task doesn’t require at least two trips to the hardware store then it isn’t a project, it’s just a slapdash repair. Sure, I could probably, maybe, arc the downtube enough to make it go, but that would leave it under constant stress, which means it would either break or leak at some point. So one more trip it will be, and I’ll do the job right. That’s the proper man way to do it.

So I’m getting grubby with old pipe yuck and grit falling in my face, getting a sore back from lying under the sink, and starting to smell like old plumbing fixtures. She’s taking a nap on the couch with a cat or two on her lap. That’s the proper woman way to do it.


And done. Leak tests seemed Ok. Running the dishwasher now to make sure. It’s just about in drain mode, so I’d better go check ... yup, bone dry. Good. Done. Now to clean up everything.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/01/2020 at 06:29 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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