Work at Home

I’ve had a reasonably productive day today.  Last night was my last shift before four blissful (I hope) days off.  After I got home, I started on my massive to-do list.

First, I planted the onions and garlic.  This involved moving soil from two of the unused (for now) planter boxes to replace the soil that settled and/or decomposed last year.  I had four whole garlic, but I had no idea just how many cloves that would turn out to be.  Let’s say that if they all grow, I won’t need garlic for a very long time.  Then I moved on to the onions.  I had four bags of 80 bulbs each.  I thought I only had three.  I don’t know why I thought I needed that many onions.  Anyway, I now have one and a half planter boxes with nothing but garlic and onion.  Not exactly how I had it planned out in my head.

Next, I installed some Thermwell (Frost King) roll-up gutter downspout splash guards, since the cheap plastic ones that came with the house have not stopped the erosion where they end.  The included tie wraps all broke during installation.  I hope this is not a sign of the quality of the remainder of the product.  I’ll let you know.

Then, I cleared the grass and weeds from an area approximately six feet by eighteen feet, in preparation for the next two planter boxes.  Once I have those in place, one entire side of my back yard will be planter boxes.  Despite the recent rain, this proved to be quite the chore.  Copious amounts of sweat and a blister later, I was done.

Next, I started investigating the starter on my truck.  The starter motor spins, but the drive doesn’t engage the flywheel.  I found that both bolts had come out of the solenoid.  OK, that makes sense.  I found bolts, reinstalled them, and got the same result.  The electrical connections to the solenoid are connected, so I have to assume that the solenoid itself is bad.

Of course, nobody has one in stock, and I need the truck this weekend.  I did find a remanufactured starter and solenoid in stock and for less than $150, so since the starter had been sounding weak since anyway, I decided to buy the whole damn assembly.

While I was out picking up the starter, I decided to treat myself to the local Chinese buffet.

After I got home, I called the peckerhead at Dallas Reloads to ask about my 338 ammo.  I got his voicemail.  Surprise, surprise.  I left a message, and sent him another e-mail to ignore.  At this point, I just want my money back.  He’s been sitting on $454 of my money of over six weeks, despite his advertised lead time of 1-2 weeks.  I don’t give a shit how cheap it is, or how good it is, if he can’t supply his product in a timely manner, it and he are worthless.

I’m too tired to fuck with the truck today, so that project will be pushed to tomorrow, along with the construction, placement and filling of the final two planters.  Then I get to connect the irrigation system, and recalculate what I’m going to plant where.

I noticed that precious metals prices took a bit of a dive today, so I ordered a couple silver Maple Leaf coins, and a couple silver Austrian Philharmonic coins.  I can’t afford much, but I like to take advantage of market dips whenever I can.

I also ordered a hundred pounds of lead shot for the Caldwell Lead Sled Plus rifle rest that I bought for Annie.  With that, perhaps I can handle her.

As of this morning, there were no kits.  Either I miscalculated, she’s late, or she lost them.  I’ll leave the nest box in her hutch for two more days, and we’ll see what happens.

OK, that’s it for today.  If I can stay awake long enough, I’m going to read a couple chapters of Partials, which I bought at the recommendation of my favorite author.

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7 Responses to Work at Home

  1. Erin Palette says:

    How did you pay said peckerhead? If it was cash you’re screwed, but if it was with a credit/debit card you can call the issuing institution and dispute the transaction, and if it was a check you could possibly instigate a “stop payment” on it.

    Also, if the peckerhead gives you static, say these magical words: “Small claims court.”

    • alaskan454 says:

      I paid by money order, because he doesn’t accept credit cards. (That decision cost him the difference between me ordering the 100 rounds that I had cash for at the moment and 300 rounds that I would have put on the credit card and paid off the following payday. In hindsight that may be a good thing, though.) It’s probably been a month since he deposited it, so a stop payment would probably be difficult at this point.

      He did call back later the same day, promising to ship the next day. We’ll see if that actually happens or not.

      • Erin Palette says:

        Yeah, with a money order you’re pretty much screwed. Still, you have legal recourse: small claims court, and you could possibly file a complaint with the po-po (feebs if it’s across state lines) and/or the post office for mail fraud.

        And of course there is the gunblog-o-sphere who will happily crucify the guy for bad business practices. So don’t think you have no options; you have far more than he does.

      • alaskan454 says:

        Legal action costs money, and even after getting a judgment, one must collect. I got a judgment against an asshole that I sold an airplane to back in the late 1980’s, but I was never able to collect a single dime. Last I heard, he still draws breath. Unfortunately.

        I’m going to give him a little more time before requesting a crucifixion, but believe me, when I run out of patience, I will ask every blogger I know to pass the word. And I know one or two. Dozen. And they know even more.

  2. Critter says:

    having planted my garlic in November i seem to have a boatload of it. i’ll probly be vampire free for months.

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