Posted on April 22nd, 2017 No comments
The Indiana General Assembly recently passed House Enrolled Act 1002, which provides a long-term, sustainable funding plan for building and maintaining Indiana’s transportation infrastructure.
The plan focuses on a user-pays approach, dedicating all of the taxes paid at the pump to road funding. This is the fairest system since those who pay the most will also get the most benefit.
When fully phased in, HEA 1002 will provide $1.2 billion per year in new road funding – about $850 million for state highways and about $350 million for local roads.
Under this plan, the average Hoosier driver will pay an additional $5 to $6 per month, which includes a 10-cent gas tax increase beginning in 2017, with a maximum one-cent-per-year increase thereafter for the next six years, and a $15 annual BMV registration fee.
The plan also includes a “fair share” fee for vehicles that currently pay little or no fuel taxes. Electric vehicles will have an annual fee of $150 and hybrid vehicles will have an annual fee of $50.
With these funds, Indiana can complete current and future projects while maintaining our roads and bridges for the next 20 years.
Posted on April 21st, 2017 No comments
We arrived back in Indiana at 0600 hrs after an all nighter trip from Sebring. We left at 1100 hrs Wednesday and fiddled around Sebring for a while and then headed up US-27 N to the Florida turnpike and from there straight up I-75 all the way to US-30 Fort Wayne. The trip back was better than the one going down for some reason and the 1200 miles clicked down to 0 pretty much on schedule. We did stop for about half an hour to eat lunch/dinner at SteaknShake: Both Dale and I like SnS. Abby was there to great me but was barking suspiciously. A few laters she was overjoyed, spinning and making her special good to see you noises. By then SAM was up to great me as well. I pretty much crashed for a couple of hours and had breakfast and then crashed again for about an hour. SAM and I had a few things to do for the rest of the day and then it was off to a full nights sleep. One of the things accomplished was finishing my windchime in C4 cord.
Today I was in the Technical Room by 0900, having eaten breakfast first, and stayed there until almost 1100 hrs talking on the radios and tackling my next project. I put the windchime outside but the wind was so low and out of the wrong direction to make much music. I did not bother with lunch today but had a smoothy about 1600 hrs. I spent the afternoon dismantling my old TV & sound system to hook it up to the TV I repaired. That is when I found out the repaired TV did not have and analog audio output: It has only SPDIF. With SAM’s permission, I will move the 42″ TV from upstairs and swap it with the repaired TV. The old 42″ TV from upstairs will become the basis of the new media room since I have moved out to the Technical Room. We also setup the AC for the upcoming season but this is no big deal at all.
Now, as I write this blog, I am busily trying to plan tomorrow’s move of the TV’s. There is more to this than meets the eye since there is the media Center to move plus the security cctv as well. I do not know what the evening will bring but I hope it involves some supper so moore later. Guess which one I am in this old photo!
Posted on April 18th, 2017 No comments
Last night I slept great. I had exhaustion and two benedryl on my side however. Anyway, I slept more than 10 hours so I felt decent today. I have been walking over to Dale’s place for exercise and while doing this looked for the places for sale. There are quite a few and turnover is high but the prices are cheap. The owner appears to be not too customer oriented and kicks out a lot of people. I found one place that might be appealing but have not heard the price yet.
Today, I pulled in my cards and told Dale I would like to go to Indiantown, FL. He said sure and we drove over there to see some people I know from online conversations: Matt & Jessica. Matt was there when I arrived unannounced and was pretty gracious about talking with me for about an half hour. Dale and I then drove the 1.25 hour trip back to Lake Placid. For me it was worth the trip but Dale got little out of it except a few minutes sleep. I found out it is expensive to store on the hard there. About $600 per month and that is more than twice the price of Green Cove Springs – Wow!
Tonight we ate at American Legion and I had fish, corn and mashed potatoes. It was pretty good and I was a little surprised. I am blogging right now and doing a few kill time routines. I do not relish the trip home tomorrow as it is a 24 hour marathon and would much prefer staying halfway. I will include a picture I took today looking out my hotel back porch. Moore later.
Posted on April 15th, 2017 No comments
Yesterday was Good Friday and I spent the day puttering around the house but mostly in the Technical Room. As is usual, most of the morning was spent reading emails, of which 90% are junk, and listening and participating in “The Little Red Barn Net” on 3820 MHz. This takes until about 1030-1100 hrs. Valuable research time was spent looking at Facebook, reading the 20 or so new emails and reviewing Youtube subscriptions ( I subscribe to 10± sailing, lock and technical subjects). By afternoon, I tackle the more difficult projects so it was the power supply for a Phillips 32″ LCD TV. I replaced 8-10 Electrolytic Capacitors and plugged this bad boy in and bingo, it worked again. I have not checked all functions but had to re-program the TV Controller to check major functions: AOK. Now what? Good Friday we went to evening service at FCC in Fremont. A pretty lively event with lots of singing and Communion but we were home by 2030 hrs and watched the remainder of “Approaching the Unknown” and then SAM watched La La Land ( not my cup of tea).
This morning I checked the recall notice for the Inspiration II dehumidifier we bought last Spring but it was not on the recall list so that issue is done with. I am not sure what to do with this dehumidifier since the other one is working well. Perhaps the Technical Room? The day has started warm at about 60 with a falling barometer and SW winds at 12 mph with a forecast of rain for Easter Sunday. Not a nice day for planned driving. It is 1044hrs so that is it for the morning and Karon should be arriving soon to cut my shaggy mop – BFN.
Posted on April 12th, 2017 No comments
The second day after tax day SAM spent putting stuff away and later in the afternoon went into Angola to do a little yard work for an elderly lady and to do a little shopping. I was left at my own devices so I went up on the roof and cleared some twigs off it and to install another larger line on the Amateur Radio 80 meter antenna. If you recall the antenna is conneced to the west vent pipe and when the wind blows it sings to us. SAM got tired of this so I am trying to figure out a way to dampen this oscillation out. The lead counter weights worked pretty well but I decided to try another approach. The second way to dampen it out was to install a larger
and softer line from the vent pipe to the insulator on the antenna. I wrapped it around the existing line a few times to insure good contact and then tightened it up just to the point of relieving stress on the bow tight smaller wire. My guess is that it will work well but only time and different wind conditions will tell. More on this later.
Having some more time on my hands I cut the copper pipe for the C4 chord wind chimes. I also cut the wooden top plate for the chimes out of 1″ Oak that has been laying around the shop for decades. I got to use the new circle cutter I just bought from Harbor Freight: Boy did it smoke as the cutter was friction cutting the hole and I had to stop several times to let the smoke clear out of the garage. Anyway, all I have to do is cut out the striker. I think I will use a saw tooth hole cutter on it. However, I do not have the hole cutter so up to Menards I will go tomorrow. Also, I need some 30# fishing line to string the chimes and some thinner material for the sail. I think that line will last out in the sun well.
Tonight we watched Arrival upstairs and SAM is watching Lion while I write this Blog. I think that is it for tonight so Moore later.
Posted on April 11th, 2017 No comments
Ok, this is the first day after the dreaded Tax Day. Our whole purpose in returning to Indiana early was to do the taxes before the deadline for the first time in several years. This was accomplished yesterday and was slightly more traumatic than the “normal” year. We were missing several elements for determining the initial buy price of stocks dating back to the 1990’s. However, Bob figured it out and our 2 hour tax party finished without too much frustration. The only downside was the $$$$ going out. To this I say “Thank you President Bush and BOO to Indiana”and this endes this topic.
Today we had a meeting uptown and went from this to the Chinese Buffet for a lunch and then back to home for a nap. My sister came over and we had a chat with her and my B-I-L about their Florida winter but after a short while they had to leave to take the RV to the dealer to get some things fixed – they seem to have as much problems with it as our boats :). Now, I am doen in the Technical Room watching youtubes and trying to return a defective product I ordered from China. I did spend some time trying to add some features to Kodi and that seemed to go OK. Now I am writing this and that finishes the day. Moore later.
Posted on April 8th, 2017 No comments
Many of you reading this blog will know I have long been associated with KANQ. I learned to fly in 1967 at Tristate and have been active at the airport every since. I am an ASMEL with Instrument rating, taildragger certified and aerobatic trained. Over the last 50 years I have amassed 4000± flight hours as PIC and about 500 of these are flying a Cessna 310R. What fun it has been. In 1969, I bought my first airplane, a Taylorcraft BC12D, and promptly joined the Experimental Aircraft Association and was a member of EAA Chapter 2 in Fort Wayne. I have a relatively low EAA number in the 50K range and they are now over a million or so. How things have changed. If I have sufficient time I will write of these tales here.
Posted on April 6th, 2017 No comments
Wow, whata difference a couple of days make! It rained most of the pre-dawn hours and through the daybreak and on into the morning. This is the report I gave to the Amateur Radio “Little Red Barn Net” on 3.820 MHz LSB:
- Rain 1.2″
- No Snow
- Wind 7 mph from NE
- Barometer 997.7 mb (29.46″)
Some of you might remember that the Little Red Barn was on radio station WOWO 1190AM. This station was one of the 10 or so 50,000 watt AM radio station and was a commercial station with emergency communication use when necessary. The LRB was aimed at the rural population of the USA and hosted many farm related broadcasts and some music and audio serials such as The Shadow, Dick Tracy and many others.
The afternoon brought some rain and snow and high winds of 45 mph gusts. I spent most of the afternoon in the “Shack” but before that SAM and I went to Angola for lunch at Suttons. We split a Italian sub of custom meats and cheeses. After lunch we went to Rural King to look at wind chimes so I could get some ideas for the ones I intend to make. The first one will be cut for C4 Chord with 5 chimes: C, E, G, B flat , D.
Into the evening I looked at a movie called Arrival on Kodi Media Center that I made from a Raspberry Pi 3. The movie was over hyped I thought and I was a little disappointed but maybe it was too deep for me to comprehend: Being a technical type it could be I am not sensitive enough to grasp the deeper meaning. Anyway, I have wanted to watch it for a few months and finall had the time and bandwidth to do it.
Posted on April 4th, 2017 No comments
Some of the family has asked that I expand on the visit with Aunt Mary so this blogline will try to add to the little that I said in the previous one. We arrived about noon and she met us in the main entrance in a jif. The place she lives is pet friendly and Abby, our Morkie, was welcomed by the many residents – they loved her. Since it was a little after noon AM suggested lunch in the dining room. We heartily agreed but there was an issue with what to do with Abby. A resident volunteered to dog sit while we had lunch.
What wonderful meals they have in the dining room. AM had toasted cheese and a plate of mushrooms while I had Salmon and Sharon had a salad with some sort of pasta. I have to say the Salmon was superb and flaky and fresh. There were plenty of mushrooms so we shared and they were excellent. We talked and talked and soon they wanted us out of the dining room so they could prepare for the evening meal. We went back to AM’s room and chatted some more until it was time for us to leave and try to get north of Charlotte before stopping for the night. We talked about Mamo and Zella and many others – what memories the discussions brought back.
We went to the front desk but AM, myself and everyone else could not remember who took Abby. I can tell you I was extremely nervous as we canvassed residents that might know who took her. After 10 minutes or so we found the name of the lady who was dog sitting and soon thereafter Abby appeared pulling at the leash with all her might to get back to Daddy: She was mad at us for an hour or two and then returned to normal.
I must say AM is in great shape and is alert and full of humor and laughs. We had a great time and the end of the day came too soon but we will be back. The trip from St. Pete was via I-75 then to US301 to Jacksonville. From there we joined with I-95 and up to I-77 into Rock Hill. Leaving we found the rush hour traffic to be horrendous on I-77NB but after that it was a great trip back to Indiana via I-77 to I-35 Dayton and back on I-75. The scenery was great along the way.
Posted on April 3rd, 2017 No comments
We left St. Petersburg from Martha’s house on Thursday the 30th but not before we had to visit Crown Honda for a new starter. They are not bashful about charging and the bill was $680 for just the starter and diagnosis. We did not leave St. Pete until 1200 hrs and drove as far as Savannah, via Jacksonville, on I-95. We arrived in Rock Hill, SC about noon on the 31st and stopped to see Aunt Mary for a few hours and then continued on to Jonesville, NC. Saturday April 1st we arrived back in Pleasant Lake in the late afternoon. The weather was sunny and warm but cooled off at night.
We unpacked right away but did not find everything until today – April 3td. The last things to find we parts for the antenna and the 5vdc battery power supply. SAM is arranging all the paperwork for doing taxes and paying the bills. Thank heaven for her paperwork ability as I would be stark raving mad by now.
Today I started working on wind chimes. I calculated the C4 chord lengths of the 5 chimes. Presently, I am trying to arrange materials for the striker and the top piece. I would like to use 1/4″ lexan as the striker and the same for the top piece. I do not know at this time what to use as the sail but it will probably thin aluminum that I can cut easily or, perhaps, an old license plate cut in half.
W9LKI just called and wanted me to order a gigbit switch for him so this will be the end of the session tonight. Moore later.