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Saw It. Bought it. So I Can Saw It.

I picked up the table saw today. Nothing big. I don’t need anything huge. It’s a Ryobi 8 1/4 inch compact saw. Good enough for anything I want to cut and build right now.

I need to see what I can do anyway before I continue.

This week I’m going to take my time and do my floating shelf project in the bathroom a little at a time. I’m going to go ahead and prep the boards and drill for the dowels. Once I’m satisfied with that, I’ll stain them and put on some lacquer.

I’m in no rush. While I don’t expect this to go perfect, what’s the point of hurrying to make mistakes?

This is a hobby right now. I’m doing something I’ve wanted to add to the bathroom. Maybe it will turn into something else.

Maybe I’ll make a pallet?!

Today started our #MobilEX week. We reset all the mobile phone mods for Walmart and install new displays and cabinets as instructed at least twice a year. It’s great when you have a partner that knows what’s up. It sucks when you’re aloneβ€”especially installing two 150 lb. cabinets with locking glass doors.

I enjoy what I do.

I walked in and went straight for the rough stuff this morning instead of building up with smaller projects. I just wanted to get the heavy lifting out of the way. My week doesn’t get a whole lot easier workload wise, but the physically heavy is out of the way.

I’m going to end this tonight with saying that you gotta love truckers. Sometimes they can be pretty heroic, eh?

That’s it. That’s the post.



I messed around in the shop today. I had the best of intentions. I was going to make some floating shelves for the bathroom.

I find that I don’t have the best equipment to do the job and so tomorrow I’ll be purchasing a small table saw. I’m a bit excited. It’s a new tool. I hate to part with the money, but…it’s a new tool. And Her Highness has given full approval for said purchase.

It’s not a ton of money. I still hate to part with it.

So today, I made a small pile of sawdust. And that’s okay.

I broke my own rule, and I should’ve had the right tool for the job.

Stay ready, and you don’t have to get ready.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Hobbies: Drones and Photography

I love exploring, especially abandoned places or places that nature has reclaimed. I can’t remember not having a camera and, as it is today, you don’t really go anywhere without one. Some do, but the majority of the country (US) has some type of phone with the capability to take a picture. Be it a flip phone or a smart phone, chances are you have one. You may even be reading this on it now.

Old parking lot. DJI Mavic Mini

I do have a Canon DSLR that I rarely use anymore. I depend on my iPhone 11 Pro for most of the pics I take while I’m out. Handy and smaller than taking a ton of gear with me.

And then…I have a couple of drones, ranging in size and capability.

First and smallest is the DJI Tello. I bought it because Walmart dropped it to $25 on a clearance sale over a year ago. And I was interested in learning to fly drones. I wanted that birds eye view.

Honestly it’s a capable little selfie drone. It takes great pics. The video is choppy if you get any real elevation. This is because the video is recorded directly back to your phone via WiFi so your range is limited. It only gets about 13 minutes flight time on a battery. So it’s very limited. But fun to fly.

Next up is the Yuneec Breeze. Yep, another Walmart discount that I picked up for half of its original selling price.

Not as limited as the Tello and has about the same flight time. Seriously great stills and good video. You can purchase it stand alone or as a bundle if you can still find one for sale. It’s a great flyer and not too bulky in the pack. So it’s good to carry along with you on a hike.

A favorite abandoned house from a different angle. DJI Mavic Mini

I just had a birthday and the wife and kids bought me a DJI Mavic Mini and I am a little blown away.

GREAT pics and vids. Smooth operation and an ABSOLUTE joy to fly. It had a learning curve coming from the previous two drones to this but I got the hang of it fairly quickly. Thirty minute flight time and it folds up into a neat little package. Add in the remote and it’s fairly awesome. This will be my go to wandering drone.

All this plus the GoPros and I’m all set. I’ll write on those later.

Links have been provided if you want to check out any of these drones. – Seegars.

DJI Mavic Mini

(This isn’t a review. Just me writing it down.)