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Friday Night Lights – Homecoming 2021

As I’ve said before, I’m here for the band. But I found myself getting into the sportsball a little tonight.

I even slipped and let the wife figure out after twenty-six years together that I actually know some of the terminology.


I loved the opening of the game tonight.

I do enjoy Friday nights though I rarely stay much past halftime. The band has done their thing, and I need to rest.

Tomorrow is another competition day for the band and I am all in.

As far as drug behind the bus kick and screaming can be counted as all in. 😏

I do have fun. It just doesn’t show on my face.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Day Ain’t Over

I went into work this morning early after having waited for some software updates that never came.

I hate when this happens. We have many folks that work overnight, and it puts them behind. Now I’m working overnight, just like them.

I came home and took a nice long four-hour nap. I’m a little groggy. But by the time I leave, I’ll be ready to go. That last sentence just made perfect sense, huh?

I’m by myselfβ€”no team after this week. And the extensive resets are about to come down on. And to tell the truth, I’m kind of looking forward to it.

I love a challenge.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Tomorrow Came

I’ve stuck with what I wrote about the other day.

I’ve done my work and gone home.

I’ve had to. There’s no other way to accomplish what I need to do and get home at a decent hour.

Still, it’s not me.

I’ve been reading through and about the South Carolina state constitution and its many changes.

I highly recommend that you look into yours. A lot of people talk about States rights and probably never have. You need to know your rights to defend them.

Off to work tomorrow, and I’ve figured out that I have scant few hours of my own time this week that with helping with the band and all. Football game Friday night, competition Saturday.

At least I’m there with my family.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Truck Stuff: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Well, it ain’t too cold yet, but the mornings are a bit chilly. Riding along in a truck with no heat, fogging up the windows until you get a balance between cracked window air and inside air, is a challenge.

I’m going to give 1A Auto a shout out tonight because I will always go to them first when I’m looking to do something mechanical or otherwise with Bruce.

This is a basic heater core flush and isn’t even the correct video for my truck but I have done this before and needed to refresh my memory.

DIY Pro Tip: If you’re gonna go to YouTube looking for answers, watch a couple of different content providers and see what works and what doesn’t.

Start with something simple. Believe me; even the pros won’t have all the answers you’re looking for online.

Just because they say this is what your vehicle should have, it may not. Keep looking.

Find someone that you’re comfortable with following their instructions.

I called around before doing this, and I got some prices that were outrageous to me on something so simple.

As I’ve mentioned before I also have the best shade tree mechanic in three counties for a father, and sometimes you gotta let the old man help to make him feel useful.

He thought there was a problem with the heater control valve.

He thought it wasn’t working, so he learned something today. That valve opens when the fan control is turned on, closes when turned off.

Heater Control Valve

Not all cars, even from the same manufacturer, are made the same. But you’d be amazed how much crossover there is in a lot of parts and interior/exterior body parts and pieces.

Mazda B-2000/Older Ford Rangers for example. This is a pretty good article explaining a lot of that.

Bruce is a pretty basic truck mechanically. I know where my limit is, and I keep pushing it every time.

Sooner or later, I’ll have a completely rebuilt engine if I keep going like this.

Heater core flushes are pretty basic affairs. I have heat. I had to write tonight, and this is what happened today.

You guys and gals that want to DIY you can do it. You are going to mess up. You are going to buy the wrong part. You may even screw up a major part. But don’t let that stop you.

I still remember almost crapping my pants when I didn’t really know about the firing sequence when I did a tune-up. Things happen.

Learn from your mistakes and pass the knowledge and the errors onβ€”everything you do wrong is a learning experience.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Rough Day For A Thursday (or I’ve Had Better Monday’s)

Work troubles.

Car troubles.

Troubles, troubles, troubles.

So many stacked one on top of another.

Sometimes it seems as if life and the world want to beat you down and keep you down.

But, if I stop to think about it, I have a job that provides for my family. One that I’m relatively good at (let’s not be modest; I’m excellent at it) and is there to give me troubles.

I do like a challenge.

I have more than one car. We have three, actually. Two of them are paid off and in reasonably good working order. There’s that.

I have a roof over my head. Food in my belly. A wife that loves me. And two kids that, for any of their faults, are probably more respectful, outgoing, kind, and well thought of than a lot of people I encounter.

Blessed beyond measure.

I hope I never really get what I deserve for my past sins.

I hope that I can make up for them.

I’ll take the troubles on my shoulders and keep moving.

Some might say that’s what I’m supposed to do as a father and a man.

And they’d be right.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Fall Has Fell

Fall came in with a bang today. A significant thunderstorm came through, ushering in a cold front. Maybe fall is here for real this time.

I can hear the Uggs being pulled on, and there’s the slightest hint of pumpkin spice in the air. I thought I heard a whooo earlier.

The four horsewomen of the Pumpkocalypse are upon us.

Or something…

I did nothing on my day off. I washed some dishes, mapped on the couch, played a game, and read.

I think I’m getting the hang of it.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Fall Has Fell

Fall has fell and it came in with a bang.

A significant thunderstorm came through the area ushering in a cold front. Hopefully Fall is here to stay.

I can hear the pulling on of Uggs, and there’s a hint of pumpkin spice in the air. The Four Horsewomen of the Pumpkinlypse are upon us. Or something.

I didn’t do crap on my day off except wash the dishes and shopped a bit.

I napped on the couch, watched tv, played a game.

Am I doing this right?

That’s it. That’s the post.


Day Off

I have a day off tomorrow.

I’ll make this short.

I absolutely, positively do not know how to take a day off.

I will work more around the house tomorrow than I do most days at work.

That’s it. That’s the post.


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