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  1. TomJefferson

    New hunting rifle for my (adult) son...

    Been very pleased with my Savage. Its a lot of rifle for the money.
  2. TomJefferson

    Stag Arms Announces Relocation

    Agreed, any AR company is not going to last in CT.
  3. TomJefferson

    Calling all forum diabetics: Help me understand....

    Type II myself. What I can add is I've learned the best way to monitor your sugar at home is one given time under the same conditions, typically after sleeping before breakfast same adrenaline level. None of them will be indicative of the whole but its a baseline which you can show improvement or loss.
  4. TomJefferson

    Nine American Family Members Destroyed in Mexico

    You couldn't give me a free vacation in Mexico. I've traveled there for business for decades and its worse now than its ever been. I got this measurement. If you go to a country and the bar is guarded by men armed with submachineguns, its a 3rd world hell hole. Keeping in mind I have successfully avoided the entire continent of Africa, hands down Mexico is the most corrupt country I have ever done business in. Its all about nepotism and bribes with a hand full of families controlling the whole damn country. I've directly or indirectly paid more bribes in Mexico than the rest of the world. When I see the media pretending Mexico is a real country, I want stick a finger down my throat and puke. While we spent billions crushing cartels in Columbia, we've purposely hidden thus supported the Mexican cartels. Think I'm kidding? Look at the Democrats policy on a closed border? That ain't Canadians packing in heroin in their backpacks in order to pay the coyotes. Everyone knows it but nobody is saying. The problem with old Noriega is he didn't spread the wealth around our corrupt politicians like the Mexicans do. Best advice I can give anyone is whatever you think you know about Mexico multiply it by 10 and if you go there for a vacation, don't get off the bus or off the tour plan lest you end up in a 55 gallon drum after your family is milked for every dime they have. What happened to this family wasn't tragic, it was business as usual in Mexico except this time they didn't have time to put all the bodies in barrels. The tragedy was this poor family thinking they could convoy across Mexico to a wedding like Mexico is a real country with a government and laws that apply to everyone. It won't surprise me if nobody every pays the price for these horrific murders and it someone does it damn sure be won't be who's really responsible. Should we send a military force into Mexico? Its been done before, many times. Its always been a hell hole. The only thing that's changed is our media and politicians hide it now. Quite frankly I'd feel safer in Afghanistan right now than Mexico. Even the Mequilladoras I did business with, American companies just across the border, all the Americans I know are quitting their jobs over concerns of safety. Don't believe the tourist that says its OK that's never been off the beaten path. They're like a sheep that was surrounded by sheepdogs and even then got lucky. Socialism with nepotism, if we're not careful how we vote a story coming to you. Look at the Clintons, the Bush's, and now the Obamas, Tj
  5. TomJefferson

    Pants poll!!!

    It seriously depends on what I'm doing and what time of year it is. About the only time these days I wear jeans is riding motorcycles. Can't beat them for that. Interesting note, while I use to buy nothing but Wranglers or Levi, now I'm a fan of the cheap Royal Kings. They're made pretty darn well with the deepest pockets of any jeans. There there's that can have four pairs for the price of one thing. Now since I retired, I ride motorcycle all the time so this is a record year for me and jeans. Generally I wear a lot of Dockers type pants. Better leg movement than jeans and long term comfort. Not picky on the brand but am on the features. Field pants I still wear the 60/40 bdu's. I have these in OD green, Kahki, blue, and when working on cars I wear the cheap camos. Funny one due to putting 15,000 miles on my motorcycle this summer, I haven't been wearing shorts at all. A biker tan is like the original redneck tan. My face and arms, I could pass for Hispanic right now and my legs are way too much contrast for shorts but when I do its cargo shorts. Once more not so picky on brand as features. Obviously my brand loyalty to pants is gone. I tend to not reward American companies that laid off thousands to pay a premium for jeans made in the same 3rd world hell hole as brand X. Buying by the features, material, design, and stitch, I don't think I'm missing out unless you figure name recognition worth money which I don't. TJ
  6. TomJefferson

    optics recommendation

    <-------------------Big fan of Nikon P223 with bullet drop compensation and online ballistic calculator.
  7. Small glimmer of hope that our entire justice center isn't dominated by bias libtards.
  8. AAA card and cellphone. Actually I'm over the silly level of stuff in my truck. Its my foul weather rescue vehicle. I could probably take up homesteading with it although I'd probably run out of TP is a few days. Now in my cars, they all have air pumps, plugs, and slime for slow leaks but then I live by a few rules like never go in a car if you are not dressed for the weather and if you see me I'm armed, etc. When I do trips, I have a "go bag" and keep some bottle water and tools for simple repairs. Winter a small folding shovel, large can of salt, and EM blankets are added. Tj
  9. TomJefferson

    What’s your fav reloading tool?

    Micrometer Anything else I can improvise.
  10. TomJefferson

    Barn Find

    Update! Spent about three hours Friday working on it enough to get it to be towed to my place where I have the tools to do such a project. Had it towed Saturday. Yesterday we fixed the one flat, added fluids, and did our first pass of what needs to be done. Good news is she purrs like a kitten with a nice deep rumble loping muscle car sound and we should be able to do the brakes and a detail to start enjoying the car on a limited basis. The cars simple amazingly beautiful inside and out cosmetically, almost like new. Bad news is its about exactly what you would expect from a 39 year old barn find that's been sitting in a barn over 13 years. Anything rubber that hasn't be replaced needs to be. At one point I just touched the axle bumper and it just broke in my hand. LOL I jury rigged that till we can replace them. Anyway a little TLC like a brake job and detail, we should be able to start showing this one and doing some limited driving. The paint and interior is that good. Back to total health is going to take awhile. Its back to autoparts stores, meets, and online shopping with a big whoopie when you find what you need. Finding this or that part is part of the fun. I'll have pics posted soon. Tj
  11. TomJefferson

    Barn Find

    I'm just learning about Vettes. Other than the average Joe, 50's, Stingrays, Coke bottles, newers. I don't know much on what changed when. I did know the Coke bottles were all detuned for the EPA pollution crap. Many buddies had them and hopped them up. When I first found this car, I researched and found it was one of only 40,000 and of the three models they had that year the L82 the most desirable with the L42 the least. Still I remember the era quite well. IN fact, I had three 1980 GM's and one 1979 over time. What they lacked in Hp, they made up for in torque and due to the older block designs designed for high compression their lower compression, the engines lasted one very long time. I'll not win any races with its 7 second 0-60 but it will look and sound damn fine getting there and though best to use "no alcohol" fuel with the lower compression I won't be adding a boat load of additves and possibly get away lower octane than my muscle car days. Man, I use to get all sorts of stares at stations adding crap to my tank. Funny part many didn't know the where the fills were in those days. LOL
  12. TomJefferson

    Barn Find

    Thanks guys. Car is still in the garage and I haven't picked it up yet. Buying a battery today, Sea Foam, brake fluid, and brake parts (rear drum wheel cylinder). I will need to access whether I can drive it to my place or call AAA to transport. Depends on how fast the wheel leak is. Can't even tell which wheel because its sat too long the stain is dried. Already have a buyer for the Z3 even before I've even finished detailing it for sale. I'll post pics once I get it home. Only pics now are barn pics which is with the car partially covered. Car looks show room and sounds great. We should have some fun before we sell it. If, the wife let's me sell it that is. She really enjoyed our show car days when we had muscle cars.
  13. TomJefferson

    Barn Find

    New car enters the Tj fleet a 1980 L82 Corvette. Black on black, all original, 77K miles, the thing looks immaculate. 2nd owner, a lady, drove it till the brakes went out and its been in a barn since 2006. If you are not familiar with Vettes, its one of the last years of the big coke bottle Vettes now an antigue. It was a hell of Barn find. I got the car for under $7K which means in the shape its in, I'll be able to flip it if I want and make some money. So far, what it needs is rear brake cylinder, battery, and windshield wipers though I may go ahead and replace the vacuum headlight actuators because they can't be long for this world. I may need to convert the AC, don't know on that yet. A little spit and polish this things show room man. Prettiest coke bottle Vette I've ever seen and still got all the pollution crap and a kick ass high end stereo with subwoofer the owner paid $1,500 for her only upgrade. Anyway if you are familiar with barn finds, it was a find it and then keep asking until you find the owner wanting some cash. They sold me the car then went on a trip to FL. I plan to detail our low mileage Z3 and sell it to replenish my "ready cash" then we'll show the Vette at the Friday car show and if someone wants it, we'll sell it, getting to enjoy it in the meantime. Usual sell prices around here is $11,500 to $14,500. I'll take a pic when I take delivery but can't over stress how great this car looks. If my wife wants to keep it, I'll upgrade the drive train but that's not really the plan. Tj
  14. TomJefferson

    Take it to the Limit, One more time.

    Thanks for all input guys. The doc didn't do a full culture or anything to know exactly what bugs set up residence in my lungs. Apparently in the middle of this drought and heat wave, its been pretty common. I'm doing much better. I now do take Ibutylrol, little inhaler, with me on the bike but haven't had to use it much. I've been taking the short way home from the mountains in the heat of the day and in addition to my normal drink stops, I take a thermos of lemon water (simple ice water with a slice of lemon in it). He did give me a sample of a 24 hour inhaler which I like so much I called him back for a script. Man that stuff is wicked. Makes you breath like a kid again. Looks like the weather is breaking by next weekend here, about a 10 degree drop. A little rain would go a long way to clean the air. It isn't helping my neighbors kids tree trimming business next hill over burned to the ground and without rain its been burning for three days now. Imagine a minute about a city block of cut trees stacked as high as a two story house going up in flames. Five alarm fire, with fire different departments showing up. Anyway biggest help hasn't been the meds but I now wear a mask when I ride in the valley. Nothing high tech just one of those then motorcycle masks things, camo, not the skull. I get home I immediately rinse my nose with normal saline, strip off all my stinky clothes, and shower. Two days in a row now, no problems. BTW, a heck of a lot of buddies are taking my lead now and dong the same and even the tour riders (tourists riding in from out of state are too). Its not uncommon now to see a dozen bikes go by all wearing masks. An exaggeration but not much, the air here is like soup and the foothills to the mountains are in a haze. It just can't escape and rain is the only way our air cleans. Its been four weeks since had a good rain. Nice we don't have to cut grass but breathing would be good. LOL If I ride today, I'll be on my little Indian Scout. High is going to be a record, 93 with high humidity. I'll shoot to the mountains where I can unmask and then remask the ride home. Part of my problem I think is I'm as tan as a Hispanic right now from riding all summer and very use to the heat body wise. I've been way over doing for my age. All day in the heat and muck, not good. Tj
  15. TomJefferson

    Take it to the Limit, One more time.

    Well old Tj did something stupid again so I thought I'd share with you all. As you may know, I retired June 1st and more days than not have been on my motorcycles ever since. We're in a drought here right now which living in a basin surrounded by mountains means the air quality is about as bad as it can be. After riding repeatably in temps above 95, I wake up one night and can't breathe. I'm talking can't get your breath that drowning panic feeling. I go to the doctor and he goes "Oh Shat". He gives me a shot in the butt of antibiotic, steroids in the arm, and a breathing treatment. Tells me if you dehydrate all that bad cap just stays down there and your lungs become a big petri dish. Dang. I should have known that. Anyway changed things quite a bit. I wear one of those masks now, drink way more fluids, and use breathing treatments. What I need though is a dang good rain to wash the crap out of the air. That's twice now this summer, I've taken it to the limit and ended up in front of my doctor. Getting old sucks guys. Tj