About Gary

Hunter, Fisherman, Wood Worker, Author, Artist, Songwriter, and All Around Great Guy.

Interesting Observation

Sunday morning about 2:30 a.m. I was out taking more pictures of the Milky Way. I put the pictures onto my computer and noticed in two separate pictures I had two shooting stars running parallel to one another. Now it could have been the same two shooting stars but the pictures were taken about one and a half to two minutes apart. Making them the slowest moving meteors or an absolute rarity. They seem to be heading in the same exact direction so I am inclined to believe they are the same two meteors.

DSC_3813 (Custom)They are to the right of the milky way about half way up in this picture.

DSC_3814 (Custom)They are about one-third of the way from the bottom in this picture which was taken about one and a half minutes after the first picture. Now it could be possible that they appear in the last second of the first photo and the first second of the second photo but there is still the issue that the auto noise reduction in my camera takes about the same time as the shutter speed.
If anyone has any ideas about this I would love to hear them or read them actually since this is a blog and I cannot literally hear it.

Starry Nights

So we’ve been taking pictures of night skies here at the house. My goal is to capture the milky way, but so far I have not had dark enough or clear enough skies to do that.

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Although some of them have come out pretty neat like the clouds in the night sky like this ( too much noise I think). Although we did catch a shooting star up toward the left top corner.

I’m really loving my Nikon D3300. I still have a lot to learn in using it though.

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Anyway here are a couple of pictures.

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The moon using a telephoto lens. J/K Nikon mounted on a Celestron telescope.

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So we decided to build a fountain in our front yard…..

DSC_1962So we decided that we would build a fountain in our front yard. Nothing fancy just use some of the things we had lying around as well as a few things Cindy brought up from her mom’s house.

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We wanted it kind of close to the house but not so close that it would get damaged during the renovations we have planned for when the house is finally paid off, (about three more years).

Then we began digging a hole. This is my son, running the tiller.
DSC_1497 (Custom)Once we had the hole dug we put in the plastic kiddie pool.

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Leveled it up and started filling the pool with water. The reason we put water into the pool before the base was to keep the base from grinding across the bottom and ripping a hole.
These pools are extremely thin. But for 20 bucks at Dollar General what do you expect?

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Hooked up the pump and made sure everything was working. Then backfilled and started adding flowers around the pool.

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After all the flowers were added we leveled off an area began adding some stepping stones I had acquired last year. They were on sale at Home Depot and I figured I could use them for something eventually.

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I then ripped a landscape timber to make some edging for the outside of the stones. Bought the timbers last year as well, they were on sale for less than two dollars apiece

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Then added a couple of bags of play sand to fill in between the stones. This will probably be changed over to crushed marble pretty soon.

DSC_1868 (Custom)Added some solar powered lights.

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Then some rocks around the rim of the pool

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We plan on changing the sand to crushed marble. I still have to install a weather resistant electrical outlet near the fountain and we want to get some submersible lights to put in the actual pool.
Our cost for this fountain was slightly more than a  hundred dollars total.
Stones were left overs from a previous project that were bought on sale for $1.05 each for a total of  $35.70.
One landscape timber that was left over from a previous project that was bought on sale for $1.49
The flowers were bought for a total of $23.68.
The pump was given to me by a friend.
The base was found here at the house, left over by the previous owners.
The statue and bowl were furnished by Cindy’s sister. They were originally used at her mothers place and since her death, they were more or less discarded in the back yard.
The pool was $20.00.
The sand was from a previous project and was purchased for $2.98 a bag for a total of $5.96.
The stones around the rim were given to us by a neighbor who wanted them removed from her yard.
Solar lights were $15.00

Our total cost was $ 101.83

Not bad for being able to sit out under the tree and relax to the sounds of the water flowing.

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Been Awhile

Sitting at home today sick as a dog. Thought I would update the old blog.
Good news is the telescopes I ordered have finally arrived so I can start some astronomy, bad news is as mentioned I am sick as a dog so I will have to wait a while.
Even if I were not sick (as a dog) I still would not be able to use the scopes due to the stupid weather we are having right now. I think the next clear night is scheduled for March 4 2019 or something like that.
The scopes I got are a Dobsonian and a refractor. The Dobsonian (named for John Dobson the inventor of the Dobsonian mounting system used in a lot of larger reflector scopes), is a Skyquest xt8 by Orion you can see more about them by checking out http://telescope.com.
The refractor (the scope that most people think about when they think of the word telescope) is a Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ you can see more about it by checking out http://celestron.com.
Buying a scope was an experience for me, sure I’ve bought rifle scopes and spotting scopes before but nothing to hunt galaxies and deep space objects with.
Hopefully in the future I will be able to post a few updates with some info of what I have seen and possibly some pictures as well. I figure I will take it one step at a time and learn about the scopes and how to spot what is out there before I start worrying about astrophotography.

If anyone that happens to read this is into astronomy and has some tips for a beginner be sure to comment below.

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
― Albert Einstein

Security Cameras

When it comes to your property, protecting what you have worked for is necessary especially these days. Security cameras mounted outdoors, high enough where they have a good field of view and where they cannot be easily tampered with along with a well hidden dvr are a great investment. Add in some motion detector lights and you will help discourage those that would seek to steal from you.
Granted these will not stop all property crimes but if you are robbed the perpetrators are more likely to get caught if they can be identified.

Security Lights

Its that time of year when burglaries are on the rise. One thing you can do to help prevent burglaries is to make sure all your outdoor areas are well lit. Motion lights go a long way to help with that. Mounted high enough that they cannot be reached without the use of a ladder or some other type of lift, a motion detecting security light mounted outdoors will light up the area of your home or shop providing a measure of security. Motion lights will not totally prevent someone from breaking into your house but the are a first step in making sure that the criminal is seen.
Follow these up with motion detected security cameras and a well hidden dvr it will make people think twice before breaking into your property.

New Truck for my Son

So my son is twelve years old, will be thirteen this year, and there is no way that I can afford to buy him a new or even newer vehicle when he turns sixteen, unless of course I hit the lottery or the publishers clearing house people show up and give me a million bucks. If I was wealthy enough I still would not buy him a new vehicle.
This old truck is a fixer upper and will take several years to get fixed up and running. Hopefully we will be done with it by the time he gets his drivers license.
It’s a 1962 Ford F100 Custom Cab. Not the unibody.
The bed has rusted away and been removed, of course I never like those beds. Ford thought the 59 models beds were so nice they continued to use them on into 62.
Finding a stepside bed for it is going to be rough, so my thoughts are instead of buying the componets and spending nearly 1000 dollars why not buy the sheet metal and make the components myself.
There isn’t a lot of rust on whats left of the old truck, from what I gather the original owner had garbage piled in the bed which contributed to the rust. Of course with any 62 model pickup Ford or otherwise there is some rust in the fenders and under the hood.
The original motor is still there it is a 292 y block with that wonderful crossover pipe in front (what the hell were they thinking with that idea?), but it is locked up so it will have to be rebuilt, if it can be.
Our plans are;

  • to build a stepside bed
  • rebuild the motor
  • replace the tires and wheels
  • add power steering (if anyone has any ideas on this they would be appreciated)
  • add a radio
  • I would really like to convert it over to disc brakes but those are pretty dang expensive.
  • Paint it candy apple red and black cherry for the trim
  • line the bed with wood

I know it is a lot to do on a very limited budget but it is a project for me and my son to work together on.

My Sons "New" Truck

My Sons “New” Truck


I will post new pictures as we complete stuff.

Global Warming, My Big Frozen Hairy Butt.

Al Gore can kiss my entire butt, infact his breath might defrost it a little.
This stinking weather here in the great state of Alabama has gone extremely haywire.
At least once a week we get these freezing temperatures and then BAM!! Back up to a nice sunny 40 0r 50 degrees.
Recently we had a nice little freeze along with a couple of inches of snow and ice.
Now I know all you yankees up there in the North where you deal with snow every day like to make fun of us Southerners for your perception that we don’t know how to drive in snow. Of course you might want to look around your neighborhood before you go to laughing to loud. Hundred car pile ups for fog!
See the problem down here is that all of our weather people get their forecasts from the same place, then they change said forecast to make the average watcher think they came up with it all on their own.
I get my weather from weather.gov and so do all the weather forecasters on television. I just don’t change mine from the original. Of course I’m not a weather man so why the hell would I?
The point I’m making is when you see snow and ice accumulation on the weather.gov site and you’ve got a little time to prepare yourself, no matter what any of the talking heads on the local news says, be prepared.
Instead of being prepared, everyone took these clowns seriously and then we had school closing all at the same time, so everyone took off to rush to schools and get their kids, of course they all wanted to get there ahead of someone else. PASSING ON ICE IS NOT SMART YOU NIMRODS! BUNCH OF FREAKIN IDIOTS… AH HELL BUY SOME SNOW CHAINS.. BE PREPARED.

One Fine Day In The Oval Office

We enter the Oval Office to see Barack Obama and his minions er… I mean the mainstream media discussing issues facing his presidency.

Obama – We have to figure out how to use these key issues for our gain.

Candy Crowley – Okay oh god one, give us the issues and we will create headlines.

Obama – Well in Texas they are trying to make abortion clinics cleaner and create standards for performing abortions. So that doctors have to be able to admit a woman to the hospital in case something goes wrong.

Crowley – Republicans Hate Women.

Obama – The republicans have effectively killed my immigration bill because we wouldn’t secure the border.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Mexicans.

Obama – I had to roll back obamacare as it applies to businesses for one year.

Crowley –  Republicans Hate The Uninsured.

Obama – My muslim brotherhood friend just got kicked out of office in Egypt and now I don’t know whether to crap or go blind.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Egyptians.

Obama – Hang on my dog groomer is on the phone…

Crowley – Republicans Hate Dogs.

Obama – No, that isn’t one of the issues….

Matthews – Republicans Hate The Issue Of Animal Rights.

Obama – No, I mean I am talking to the guy that has the grooming business, I took my dog to.

Crowley – Republicans Hate Small Businesses.

Obama – No. Yall wait a minute until I am through with this call.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Obama Phones.

Obama – Hang on a minute…… Look guys  this has nothing to do with the republicans.

Crowley – Republicans Are Inconsequential.

Obama – That is not a headline.. I’m not even talking about headlines right now.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Obama Headlines.

Obama – Good Lord, you guys are giving me a headache.

Crowley – Republicans Upset Presidents Stomach.

Obama – I  am not talking about my stomach.

Matthews  – Republicans Give President Diarrhea.

Obama – What? No. I don’t have diarrhea?

Crowley – Republicans Give President Gonorrhea?

Obama – What? Hell Naw! I aint never had no kind of sex with no republican.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Gay Sex With President.

Obama  – Have you lost your damn mind man? I have never had sex gay or otherwise with republicans.

Crowley  – President Abstains From Sex

Obama – That is not what I said.

Matthews – Republicans Try To Confuse The Issues.

Obama – Joe. I need you… and bring your shotgun.

Tune in next time when we hear  Joe Biden say. Just give a quick blast with both barrels.

To which Matthews makes the headline Biden Enjoys Three Way.
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July 4th

Wishing everyone a safe and happy independence day.
Buy lots of fireworks, grill lots of food, drink lots of lemonade or what ever. Spend time with your family and friends and remember all those that fought and died winning our independence from Britain.
God bless and Happy Fourth.

 
Ronald Reagan (the last great president) Knew What Patriotism Was….

…this national feeling is good, but it won’t count for much, and it won’t last unless it’s grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-sixties.

But now, we’re about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren’t sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom-freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs production [protection].

So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important-why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago on the 40th anniversary of D-day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do….