Used some Nexabond 2500 INSTANT wood glue to fix a problem on the mantle above the fireplace this week. This stuff really is instant. And it really does bond well. I had the whole mess repaired and cleaned up within just a few minutes of applying the glue. I didn’t want to touch the stuff, so I used the bottle’s applicator and a Qtip and made sure to have a wet rag nearby. But even with a small spill after knocking the bottle over, it cleaned up instantly. And when all was said & done, you would never know the mantle was ever broken. Thanks, Nexabond!
I got a Bosch DareDevil reciprocating saw blade this week. I’ve had a reciprocating saw for about four years. In that time, I’ve gone through probably a dozen blades (remodeling an aging house takes its tole on a saw blade). After using the DareDevil blade, I have a feeling I’ve been wasting my time until now. I went through four battery charges before even questioning the stability of the blade. And after inspection (after a full day of using the saw), I realized that the blade was still going strong. In fact, the paint was still intact. I’m impressed. The blade is still strong, still has a sharp edge, and still cuts just about anything I want. I don’t know that I’ll ever buy another blade. I couldn’t believe one blade could do all of my cutting chores prior to this blade, but now…. my tune has changed!!! If you need one, don’t even question it!!!!! Just go get the DareDevil by Bosch!
I got a bottle of glue in the mail from the good people at Elmer’s. It’s some sort of chemically enhanced glue, like the Captain America of the glue world….. without all the American pride stuff. It’s small but strong, has no questionable fumes, and does exactly what glue is supposed to do….. stick things together that God didn’t make naturally sticky.
It’s strong. Don’t question it. I reassembled a ceramic pot that I had clumsily broken months ago with the Elmer’s ProBond glue in just a few minutes and it worked like a charm. Not only is the stuff strong and not stink, but it didn’t foam up like other glue does. It took much less time to set up than most glue, left no weird residue on my hands or the table, and was a cinch to wash off after the job was done. Didn’t even need soap!
I guess if you’re looking for household glue, you should really stop using the regular white stuff and switch to this. It’s better. Way better. Look for it! Elmer’s ProBond Advanced.
I forgot that I had a blog for a while. Actually, every morning as I’d hit my usual ‘sites’ I just tried to ignore this particular place. And here I am writing after a mere three (more like four) months. Here are a few thoughts for the past few months… in absolutely no particular order.
1. Semi trucks have a very big responsibility that they don’t seem to remember some days.
2. Bluetooth sure is great when it works… even if it DOES kill my batteries a couple times a day.
3. Unexpected gifts are the same as expected gifts, you just don’t see them coming.
4. Sometimes anxiety needs to be medicated away because it’s not founded on anything realistic. But other times, anxiety is just nature’s way of telling you to RUN AWAY.
5. Never take the first landscaping bid. Ever.
6. Showing your cards is not always easy, but having a poker face seems to get easier with practice.
7. You can only work from a suitcase or boxes for so long until you end up doing something drastic.
I don’t want to promise that I’ll be back up and blogging regularly in two weeks, because I probably won’t be. However, if it happens, I guess this is sort of a letter of intent.
When I was in Idaho for a couple years, I told the teenagers I spent most of my time with that I had “the rage,” which was basically my way of keeping teens from doing truly stupid things. It kept them afraid of what might happen if they triggered my rage. It worked for about a year. After that, one teen called my bluff and I didn’t do anything. Woops. I couldn’t keep that fear tactic forever. Eventually it had to end.
Six months ago, a guy down the street was hitting golf balls in his yard on Memorial Day. The next morning I drove to work with a golf ball sized hole where a passenger-side mirror used to be. I found a dark place in my soul that smelled like burning and tasted like pennies. My breathing was deeper and my jaw couldn’t unclench. I got the rage. I contemplated shooting golf balls at the guy’s house and car with a water balloon slingshot. I thought about finding his dumb golf clubs in his garage and wrapping them around the tree in his front yard. Instead I spent a week shaking my head when I’d see the broken mirror and glare at the guy’s house every time I’d drive by.
Tonight my wife came in the door asking if I’d left the glove box open in her car. I hadn’t. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been in her car. I couldn’t remember what color it was at the moment, let alone if I’d been in her glove box. Well, somebody took something out of her glove box at some point within the past two days while her car was parked across the street. I got the rage. My first thought was to collect every teenager walking down my street and systematically punch them in the stomach until somebody fessed up. I wanted to look out the window of my house and see someone breaking into the car. I wanted to practice dentistry on the person leafing through my wife’s possessions. Instead I slammed the front door. I clenched my jaw. I parked my dirty old van in the spot my wife’s car had been parked in. I let the car alarm go off for about ten minutes, turned it off, then went inside and slammed the door again.
I know my anger isn’t coming from a good place. It’s actually more than likely showing signs of much deeper issues that I’m ignoring. But it also scratches an itch that I get sometimes. It feels kind of good to let people see me flare up a little. Does that make me crazy? Maybe. But really, I think this anger I get is probably just a sign of the fact that I’ve got a lot of growing to do.
But for now, I’d rather kick the teeth in of the kid that stole my wife’s stuff. Not really, but I don’t know that I’d be able to contain myself if I did look out the window and see some varmint knee deep in my vehicle.
I usually laugh when people tell me they are a part of a ‘community.’ I think that internally, my brain has translated that statement into something like, “I didn’t have a house, so some friends let me live in their crawl space.” or “For six years, I’ve been hiding from the cops by acting as this guy’s housekeeper.” or even “None of us are legally allowed to own a home, so we share this house that somebody’s grandmother left behind.” Not my idea of a legitimate reason to live with others and share my toothpaste.
The thing is, though, sometimes living in a community is a great thing. Jesus did it. Must mean it’s cool. I didn’t really set out to go to that place, so I’ll get to the point. When I see start-up companies use terms like ‘community’ and ‘mutual responsibility’ it kind of touches a nerve that makes me uncomfortable. BUT I found a cellular company today that really does have a very cool take on community. See for yourself if you’d like. Read their statements. See their plans. And after your 2 year cell contract is over, sell your iPhone 4s and sign with these people… unless their parents kick them out of the basement and sell their equipment.
I was at a stop light in Spring Arbor this morning (the only stop light in Spring Arbor) waiting for the light to change… as is my custom. Nobody else was at the intersection when I first got there, and I thought for a split-second about ignoring the light’s requirement and just driving through. But I stopped and waited. I looked in my rear-view-mirror while I waited and noticed that a tanker truck was coming up behind me… quickly. The light was red (and visible for half a mile), but the driver didn’t notice the light or the bright red van stopped at it. So as he approached, I guess he finally saw the oncoming vehicle (my oncoming vehicle) and put the brakes on. The truck didn’t squeal, which was surprising, because he fish-tailed and had to swerve into the turn-lane to keep from devouring my van. His cab was in the turn lane. His thorax (I have no idea what the big middle part of a semi truck is called) was sprawled across the turn lane, the main lane and the other turn lane, and his tail lights and bumper were in the gravel. There was significant smoke in the road from his brakes and tires. I was really upset for about two seconds. To the point that I wanted to stop him to ask what on earth was more important than the safety of others for him to ignore traffic lights and other vehicles on the road. But then I realized that me stopping to yet wasn’t going to do anything. So I drove on and he slowly did the same. I lost my anger within a few seconds and lost sight of the guy within a minute or two. Now I have to laugh at the thought of that greasy old trucker cleaning out his shorts at the next truck stop. Maybe that’s a better encouragement for focus on the road than some angry guy with a mustache pulling him over to yell at him.