Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another Pair of Boots

Has been a busy day. Ham Radio breakfast/coffee, INR check, Boot Barn, and Cavender's.
I have problems getting out of the western stores without at least shirts or boots. Today was no exception. Picked up some short-sleeve western shirts, a belt buckle, and a pair of boots at Boot Barn. Did not see anything I could not do without at Cavender's.
Here are the new boots and the appropriate buckle for me. Just in time to wear to dinner and a couple beers this evening.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Starr Brothers Brewing


Today's "Old Geezer" lunch was at Starr Brothers Brewing om San Antonio in Albuquerque.  I opted for the Red Zepplin Ale and Patty Melt with Fries. (They did not have an Amber or Scottish ale.)

The ale was palatable, but I have had better. The fries seemed to be good - firm, crispy on the outside, but a bit soft on the inside.  The beef pattie was cooked the way I like then - medioum well.  I did not like the pickle spear parts in the sandwich.  I would have preferred the pickle on the side which many other places have done.

We were presented out checks on a computer table.  I was just told the total and the server swiped my credit card.  I could choose my tip and then sign the check with my finger.  I did not get any paper copy of my check.  I would have liked to have a paper copy for my records (like what I had and what it was called for this blog).

I cannot recommend this establishment for lunch. In addition to the things about the food that I did not like, not getting a paper copy of my bill was most disturbing. I would have liked to see the changes.  The on-line menu shows the sandwich is $11, but no price for the pint of beer. 

Next week's lunch is planned to be at Monks in the downtown area of Albuquerque.  Not sure that I will make that luncheon because of it's distance from my house.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Trump Goes After Free Press

According to Bloomberg Report"

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top ‘media influencers.'”

I want to openly state that I detest the Trump administration and the Republican Party.  I will not stop posting negative comments and memes critical of them.  Go to Hell, Trump and your cronies!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Geckos Bar and Tapas

After attending the reception for photojournalist Richard Kozak, I joined friends at Geckos Bar & Tapas in Albuquerque.  The first time I have gone to this establishment. 

As usual, the music is too loud.  Had to almost shout over the music to carry on any conversation.

I tried the patty melt with curly fries.  I opted for a pint of Alaskan Amber Ale to wash down the sandwich. The fries were OK.  The sandwich left something to desire.  The best way I could say was that the marbled rye bread was "chewy".  With the loud music and the sub-par sandwich, I cannot recommend the establishment.

Richard E. Kozak Retrospective

This evening I attended a public reception for photojournalist Richard E. Kozak. He is showing some of his photos at the Rio Rancho Main Library.  The show is a retrospective "4 Decades of Photojournalism".

One of his photos really hit me home.  The photo shows Marines gathered for a memorial service - with 4 field crosses.

Kozak now resides in Rio Rancho. I had a chance to visit with him, gave him my card, and got a photo with him. (Notice, I was wearing one of my "Tom Winfield Photography" polo shirts!  Doesn't hurt to advertise.)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lava Rock Brewing Company

Today's "Old Geezer" lunch was at Lava Rock Brewing Company.  This is a new microbrewery on Unser Blvd North of I-40 in Albuquerque.  The brewery is so new that their own beers are not yet finished - another couple weeks, we were told.

Good food.  I have the burger with brown sugar bacon and cheddar.  It was accompanied with french fries (or chips if you preferred).  My beer selection was the Bosque Brewing Boot Amber Ale.

The "Old Geezers" have lunches on Wednesday.  Locations are selected to sample the food at beers at the numerous micro breweries and tap rooms in the area.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gilman Tunnels

This morning, I headed back up into the Jemez Mountains to photograph the Gilman Tunnels.  The tunnels were bored in the mountain for construction of a railroad spur. 

The route follows the Guadalupe Rio, visible below.  There is a small parking area above the second tunnel. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Desert Valley Brewery

Another Wednesday "Old Geezer" lunch. After some confusion (original plans went by the wayside because the place has not opened yet) had food and brews at the Desert Valley Brewery on Ellison near Cottonwood Mall.

Good conversation. I had the burger - thought I was ordering the steakburger but the gave me and charged for the Kobe beef burger ($1 more). Fries were so-so, looked like they were fried in very old oil as they came out very dark.

My beer was their amber ale. Not as smooth as the Ambers I am accustomed to drinking. Last week at Boxing Bear, I had 2 pints, today only one because of the beer.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Antenna Status

Cousin Don and I had dinner Saturday evening at Albuquerque's Billy's Long Bar.  I had much to discuss with don to help ne marry the "ham sticks" I purchased to the tripod. I had not inspected closely the new tripod.  We had made plans for a transition from the base to the antenna.  When I got home and fully unboxed the base, I started re-engineering the planned installation.

It became obvious my planned installation might be a "rube goldburg" installation.  Back to the Ham Radio Outlet website.  Found a better option (with the ham sticks I was looking of operating on 2 bands - 40M and 20M).  I found a "back-packing" antenna that has a better system for mounting to the tripod.  And, a big advantage is that it will cover 40M up to 6M!

Ordered the antenna - it should arrive mid-week.

As usual, we had additional conversation over sandwiches and pints of beer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lunch at Boxing Bear

This was the second time I had lunch with the Wednesday group.  Well educated seniors (my BSEE was the lowest education level).  This week, we are at Boxing Bear near Coors and Alameda.

As for me and at least 2 others, selected the "Cubano" sandwich.  A nice break from the routine burger. Washed down the sandwich & ships with 2 pints of their "Ambear" ale.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

AMBA Social

Attended the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association Winter social at the Palmer Brewery.  Stayed there long enough to have 2 pints of beer and had a short coversation with the President.  Since the social was in the back room of the brewery, the acoustics was terrible - I could not hear much and ended up with a light head-ache.

Steel Bender Brewyard

Today I had lunch in Los Ranchos de Albuquerue at Steel Bender Brewyard.  I had the bacon-cheeseburger, fries, and a pint of their local amber ale (Sparkfitter Amber).

Nothing special of the burger.  Fries were cook right - not soggy as like so many.  The Amber Ale is pleasant.  First sip gives a hoppy taste, but not noticed later.

The price is a little higher than I am accustomed to.  About 2 dollars over typical.

The place was not busy at this Wednesday lunch.  I have heard they are packed over the weekend - Friday through Sunday.

New group for me to have lunch with most Wednesdays.  Four of us at lunch.  Ham radio friend and next-door neighbor, Larry (food reviewer) and myself.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Antenna Connectors

Been accumulating parts to assemble an antenna to get on the air. Have coax, "ham sticks" (40M and 20M) a window feed, and a tripod. The photo here shows the connectors for the "ham stick" to coax.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Portable Studio

I used my new portable studio for the first time.  It' measures about 12 X 12 X 12.  A row of LEDs across the top for lighting (need a USB wall-wart to power it).  Comes with white, black, green and red backgrounds.

Not really worth the list price - but worth the money I spent on DealsKeeper.  Just the ticket for shooting small parts and objects.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

First (?) Air-Conditioned Combine

My dad and I spent many hours operating the farm equipment. When you spend money for the equipment, you need to keep it busy to pay for it. The self-propelled combine was a workhorse. My dad purchased a Massey-Ferguson combine with 13 foot grain head and a corn picker head.

The combine was running through the whole harvest season. First there was winter wheat and oats. New came soy beans. Finally, corn. In those days, corn varieties required longer growing season – so Beans were mostly done before corn was ready for harvest.

Most of the combining was done by my dad. The operator's platform was open. It was a dusty job, particularly with the soy beans. The fine “hairs” of the bean stalk would swirl as a dust cloud. The dust was having an adverse effect on my dad's health. The answer was installing a cab on the combine.

As I recall, there was a fan and filter to circulate the air. No problems in Fall, during beans and corn harvesting. Engine heat and the sun (lots of glass in the cab) kept the cab comfortable. The problem was wheat and oats harvesting. Hot Summer days in the fields.

During the Summer, we were very busy. Once I was old enough, my dad taught me how to run the combine. I am sure I was in high school (or summer break from college). This makes it in the mid 60s.

I was running the combine. It was a hot, sunny day. I had the roof and door of the cab open in an effort to keep the cab temperature bearable. My mom came out to bring me lunch. Back in the cab, the heat became unbearable. Trying to cool down, I was trying standing up on the seat, partially out of the roof of the cab. Suddenly, I felt cool, almost chilly.

I recognized the condition as being overheated (heat stroke) and nothing to fool around with. Drove the combine to the truck was parked and then drove the truck home. My mom was surprised to see me home. When I told here what happened, she got me cold water, started up a fan, and had me lay down.

When my dad got home, he said something has to be done. Can't afford missing the harvest days, but can't have heat stroke as a common occurrence. His solution was air-conditioning the combine cab. The local Massey-Harris implement dealer (Pederson Brothers Implement) said they had not heard to anyone doing this, but were interested in the concept.

Montgomery Wards had aftermarket automobile air-conditioners. They were willing to work with the implement dealer to design the application.

The Massey-Harris combine had a Chrysler slant 6 engine – no problem powering the AC pump. The evaporation unit was mounted top inside of the cab for fan blowing at the operator's face. Wish I had a photograph of the installation.

As I recall, other farmers and implement dealers came to look at the installation. The local newspaper published an article and photo about the installation. According to Massey-Harris, my dad had the first air-conditioned combine. Wards conformed this was the first time they had installed an air conditioner in a combine.

Typical, my dad did not look for any financial gain or royalty for the idea or design. As I recall, he basically let Wards and Massey have any possible financial benefits.