WTF, roller skates?

So group of us went roller skating at the local rink.   The rental skates sucked, but then I rented the old 1 dollar rentals.  Neither of the skates were set to the same tension on the cushions.   So each turned at their own rate, and trying to stand on one at a time was an experiment in terror.

I did not fall down!  My real only high point of the night.

So, I have bought skates, why?  because I am obsessive, I want to use my stuff not another. I want shit that actually works, not something apparently fixed by a person, or possibly a Racoon in the advanced stages of rabies.

So I found a pair of Dominion 718 Super X skates with 95a Carerra wheels.  Got em for 30 dollars!  plus 15 shipping.  that is still less that the price of the plates alone.  Bot is not top of the line but all leather, apparently well made and will do for a while, if not longer.  The plates are Sure Grip Super X, not the best plate but the rock solid plate you can do just about anything with.   And the wheels are not all that good from what I understand.


Yeah they lost me as a customer when the guy behind the counter could not find the wrench to loosen the lock nut on the kingpin.  How about chain that thing to the bench so it does not walk off?!?!



I bought my self one of those too.

Elephant_Wrench_4b0c52d70b6eaSo for about 25 bucks I replace the cushions, pivot cup and toe stops.  55 bucks all together for pretty darn good starter skates!  Not to mention I will be replacing the Kingpin bolt with a reverse kingpin setup, new laces, and replacement wheel nuts and kingpin nuts.


A picture to describe what some of the parts are, I sure as hell didn’t know until a few days ago!


So yeah, as soon as the eBay seller gets off their butt and ships these things I will have them!

NON-Edible blood glue


Using Washable Elmer’s Clear School glue, comes in a 5 oz bottle.  Unless you loose your mind and purchase a gallon somewhere!



I would have put this on Pinterest BUT AS USUAL, the link is just photos of links that really go NOWHERE.
REALLY PEOPLE!?!?  Take the time to find the real link and link to that, not linking to other’s Pinterest sites.

And just like any web page go check it again and again –BECAUSE THIS STUFF GOES AWAY!  — YOU SAVED NOTHING!!!

Anyway here is a basic recipe:
NON-edible fake/prop blood. (As created by Stiltbeast Studios.)
1. 1.75 ounces of Elmer’s Clear Washable School Glue (available at craft stores) 2. 1/2 teaspoon of McCormick’s Red Food Coloring
3. ONE DROP of Blue Food Coloring (any kind will work)
Mix well. Dries shiny and is vaguely water-resistant. Varnish if you need it water-proofed.  It is Washable glue so it will wash away in waster, laundering, and rain.

Here is the link to Stiltbeast’s video on testing this glue:

18 years and counting.


So I have been on CPAP for 18 years now.
Found old paperwork, my original Sullivan CPAP machine is still going strong, never a problem there.
but my original mask, which I replaced parts on around 2003, so what, six year later? I hate, have hated it and only had it and it was all I knew.
The Breeze SleepGear CPAP Mask with nasal pillows.
It is pictured at the top of the photo.
This year, 2003, I had to get a new sleep study done since I had no real prescription so I can get my gear updated or at least checked out.

Do you know they have updated equipment?
Dr Sullivan diagnosed and started CPAP studied only a year or two BEFORE I got my machine!?

So in the study I used a ResMed Swift mask, was very nice, I wanted one, and in searching came across the ResMed Airway p10. I LOVED the swift to sleep in, BUT, it has a harsh blast of air that turns down and pretty much blows on your arms. Not fun, and one thing I hated about the Breeze was the jet of air coming from the front, so I consciously slept facing the other way so air is not blowing at my wife. Not a good thing at least to me.
The P10 on th other hand has a gentle waft of air, and does not seem to be noticed by my wife and it SO TOTALLY QUIET!!

I bought one, it is also in the picture as a comparison of the wee tiny thing I now have strapped to my head. So much nicer. Nose can still be irritated, and it may move around a little more but I feel I get better sleep, deeper sleep with it on.

Technology, so much fun.
I do look forward to possibly getting a new machine as well, oh the joy of sleeping with a blower that reduces pressure when you breath out, is so fancy.

Tao Te Ching

“Better to remain unfulfilled, than carry around spilling. Sharpen weapons too much, and their sharpness cannot be long preserved. If you fill your house with gold and jade, you cannot keep it safe. If you boast about your knowledge and flaunt your possessions, you invite resentment and blame. When the work is done and it brings you honor, recede, not clinging to your achevement. This is the Tao of heaven. “

I want to be awesome too

So just returned from vacation out to western Washington and Eastern Oregon.  spent lots of time with friends and family, ate good food, made good food, wandered all over and looked at everything that caught our eye.

Scrolling through Facebook, everyone ion that list is posting their awesomeness in going to Pennsic war, and new things they made, and how awesome the time they had with their friends was and photos to prove it.

Food, was eating and being mindful, with people who were not driven by food but knew how to enjoy good food.  a few meals we ate to much, but that was the places that were totally unique and we do not have access to.  Like a Dim-sum place in Chinatown and a conveyor Sushi joint.  As we had things to do we ate when hungry.

Went to a weight watchers meeting, things I took away were that I am creating a new person, becoming a new me.  How will it turn out?  Is it scary?
So all these concepts get put together to mull over.

Another thing to ponder, as we wander through First People museums and the Chinese immigrant museums.  These people decorated with American flags and symbology, they were fucking proud to be involved, even through they were, do and still get shit on.

Many things were seen done and thought about, all part of becoming that we must undertake each day.

So how come I feel I am less productive, less important, and less awesome than the people posting all over Facebook?