Adirondack Chair

Had been almost a year since I did some wood work, so I was eager to get back into it. I have been smoking some meats a lot recently and have been in need of some outdoor chairs. Found a simple Adirondack plan from Home Depot and Ana White so I gave it a go. As the comments stated, the stringers were the most difficult part, but got it right on the second try and only ruined one stringer! Actually, what was the most difficult part was getting that first screw in. I totally stripped it and had to use a screw Extractor. On the first screw!

It was not the first screw to be stripped during this build. I had to do plenty of pre-drilling and a few more extractions. All and all, a great learning experience. The chair is comfy but probably needs cushions.

Fear of Flying

I am not ashamed to say that I am terribly afraid of flying. Even though I worked at an airport for around 2 years, watching planes land all the time, I am still terrified. I really wish I was not so afraid. Especially after watching videos like this:

Cockpit View of Landing in Los Angeles, California

Now, That’s A Ladder!

More then meets the eye!

When I bought my home, John Lightner came out to do a home inspection and he broke out one of these ladders. First thing I said was, “Now, that’s a ladder!” He laughed and said he hears that a lot. Well, four years later, and Forty Dollars cheaper because of clearance I got me one. I figure I will be needing one for my freelance work. So enjoy the pics!


This is my favorite part! Two little ladders!

Thirteen Feet!!

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

No, not that kind of pimping!

As I said yesterday, I will be doing freelance Technical Support now so I went out to local businesses offering my services. I was nervous at first but after the first few offices it started to be fun. Everyone I spoke to was very nice. A few offices already had someone but they still took my card. What I heard the most was, “oh, we have someone from corporate”. When my business picks up I shall be naming it digiSal: Corporate, or something like that.

Some offices were happy I stopped by since they did not have anyone so that was a blessing. There was one place I really did not want to go in but then I thought “what if they turn out to give me the most business.” Any guesses as to what place that was? It’s on Stuart Place Rd.

At first, I did not know what to say when I got to an office but by the end I was saying “I wanted to stop by and offer Technical Support for your computers. I have a home office in Palm Valley so I would be close by.” If I got past the receptionist I would elaborate more to the office manager about my experience and even offer up my limited web site creation skills. Of course, the Palm Valley line was only for offices in my ‘hood.

What would you have said? lol

Know When To Fold’Em

Back in June of this year, I took a chance and started a job that was almost totally out of my range of expertise. As most of you know, I am a computer guy and for five years I took care of the network at Valley Diagnostic Clinic, so I was a tad burnt out and I was eager to try something new so I took a job at a dental office in Port Isabel. The job was mainly book keeping and other duties that could be qualified as an Administrative Assistant.

The best way I can describe how I felt towards the end is by saying it was too much for my brain. Too many numbers and too much stuff to keep organized. I also felt like I was bound to mess something up pretty bad, so I forfeited. Not right of way though.

A few weeks prior, I spoke to my boss about it and through that talk we developed a system that could potentially help me out but in the long run I thought it would help out who ever would take my place.

So what am I going to do now? Well, instead of trying to land another Full Time gig I am going to do freelance technical support. I took Monday off, so today is my first day. lol After I press publish, I am going to talk to some offices about my services.

Please pray for me and contact me if your office, or know of an office, that needs my help.

Big Johns BBQ Is For Sale

One of my top BBQ joints has to be Big Johns BBQ in Harlingen. My personal favorite thing to eat there is the Sliced Brisket and Sausage Sandwich. It is the sandwich to which all other BBQ joints are compared to. Except for that rare occasion when the sandwich is not good, it always has the right amount of grease and fat! Whenever I go to a new BBQ place, that is almost always the first thing I order and no other place has been as good. Pretty close but not as good.

Does that make Big Johns my favorite? I think so.

But now it is for sale! I literally lost sleep the other night as I tossed and turned thinking how GREAT it would be to buy it! I don’t know much about starting a business, much less a restaurant business, but it has always seemed like it is hard to open a new restaurant that lasts in Harlingen. So maybe it would be easier to take over one that has been around for a long time. The trick would be not to mess up a good thing!

As I tossed and turned, I thought about how cool (and hard) it would be to keep the food the same but eventually change it but have a “Big Johns Classic” still on the menu. The “Classic” would have all the BBQ flavors, grease, and fat that made Big Johns last all this time.

Of course, what is a BBQ Joint without Mac n Cheese and Corn Bread?? So those would go on the menu right of way!

I think if I can lure people to go with me to get a burger 30 minutes away at Wallbangers, I can lure people to have some BBQ at a restaurant I owned.

Reading Audiobooks

I guess I should say, Listening to Audiobooks.

It all started when I drove up to meet my brother upstate to pick up his kids. It was a long drive so I thought it would be cool to listen to a book. I couldn’t decide on a book so I chose a book I had started to read few years go. “Cell” by Stephen King. It was so good. The drive up flew by because I was so into the book. The drive down was another story. I had to actually talk to my nephew and niece! Oh, talk and play word games.

Anyway, so when I started working in Port Isabel, I knew I would use that 45 minute drive to listen to books. “Cell” was a really long book and just as good. It got so good that I would lay on my hammock here at home listening to it.

I tried another Stephen King book after that but it didn’t do anything for me. It was the “Dark Tower Series”. I still have the whole series in Audiobook if anyone is interested. A few chapters into it I turned it off.

So then I started asking people for recommendations. My friend Christi recommended “The Partner” by John Grisham. Forget it. I was hooked to Grisham books and Audiobooks after that. That was such an awesome book. Every book is compared to “The Partner” now!

As I said, I was hooked to John Grisham books after that so I have listened to “The Associate” and “The Street Lawyer” since then. I tried “The Last Juror” but it just didn’t do anything for me. They were not as good as “The Partner” but still really good. I have all of John Grishams books ready to listen to but took a break and started listening to some books my bosslady recommended. She got hooked on “The Partner” as well.

She recommended to me three books by Mitch Albom. “Tuesdays with Morrie”, “For One More Day”, and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. I listened to “For One More Day” and it too was really good and very sad. “Tuesdays with Morrie” started off ok but it turns out Morrie should have wrote Hallmark cards because that’s what it turned out to be. Cheesy advice from a dying old man. Normally, I wouldn’t read what a book was about but with a title like “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” I was compelled to find out if I would be reading some self-help book with a so-called Christian twist to it. It doesn’t appear to be so but it does sound like it is going to be Hallmark-y so I am going to pass on it.

Since I don’t like reading what a book is about, that is why I didn’t write what these books were about; the ones I liked anyway. So, if you know me well enough to trust my judgement, then read or listen to these books too.

I’ll probably start another Grisham book tomorrow unless someone can chime in before then to recommend something.