Monday, August 10, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020

best not to be wiched...

Psalms 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing. 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. 5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. 6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Pandemic Saturday

The really sad thing is...this appropriate mashup that first appeared on Twitter isn't nearly as embarrassing as the full interview.  "It is what it is" when speaking about the number of deaths from over 160,000 in the US.  This from a president that assured the country back in January, "It's one person coming in from China.  We have it under control.  It's going to be just fine,"...and has repeatedly downplayed the crisis and keeps doubling down on all his lies. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Weekend project...

I am way behind on my recycling...

Thursday, August 6, 2020


New watch stem from Bulgaria is a perfect match - although it will have to get cut down to fit the case.  I broke the stem on this Russian watch when I first began working on it over 2 months ago.  Now waiting on 6 identical parts movements that I got for 24 bucks including shipping from the Ukraine.  Need to replace a lost clutch wheel on this movement.  Servicing (and getting parts for) old watches takes a lot of patience. 92,102,78,0,C

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

mail order magic...

Five weeks later and I just received a watch stem from Bulgaria that I ordered from eBay (ten bucks including shipping) for one of my Russian watches.  Reminds me of the days when I was a kid and would mail in cereal box tops for a prize of some kind.  The delivery time was usually listed as 6-8 weeks.  88,95,78,0,B

Sunday, August 2, 2020

the work of thy hand...

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Pandemic Saturday

The numbers are still growing - but the good news is, Trump is finally going to take some definitive action in regard to the pandemic.  He wants to ban the social app Tik Tok.  That ought to save some American lives...

Friday, July 31, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

a non watch related project...

Trimming some newly installed windows for a friend.  Video soon.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Another Russian watch...

Servicing one I gave to an old high school buddy 30 years ago...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Pandemic Saturday

New worldwide record numbers for the past week.  
1,686,539 new cases and 43,183 deaths
...and I get this in my the email bullshit folder:

Together We Can Make Americans Free Again
During the contrived COVID-19 debacle, the liberties and freedoms of Americans have been taken away with breathtaking speed, and are still limited, even in states that claim to be reopening their economies. The size of gatherings is prescribed by the government. Businesses are expected to limit the amount of time customers can spend in stores. Children are required to wear masks at school, if they can even go to school. People are unable to visit their family members in nursing homes and hospitals; and even to be with them when dying.
In some states, conditions are even worse. Some cities are locked down for the rest of the summer. Restaurants are asked to collect names and phone numbers of patrons in case needed for contact tracing. People have been told that they cannot leave the house without being tested for COVID-19, and centers have been set up to quarantine children away from their families.
We all have seen significant evidence showing that the “end game” is mandatory testing, contact tracing, and vaccines with technology allowing law enforcement to determine who is and is not permitted to leave the house, shop, work, or go to school.
This is like a dystopian nightmare from which we can’t wake up.
But if we are smart and organized we can
make our people free again!

My reply to this email:
Contrived Covid-19 debacle?  The real truth is..."The liberties and freedoms of Americans that were taken away with breathtaking speed"  were too little / too late and reopening came far too soon.  Had the world taken more drastic steps early on such as zero non-essential interstate and country to country travel, this pandemic would be fading away by now.  The spike in the worldwide infection and death rates since easing restrictions is not a lie contrived by some nefarious group to control the population - it is a cold, hard fact.  Ignorant/selfish people believing stupid conspiracy theories (or anything Donald Trump says) are going to be the doom of this country and the world.  You are playing a very dangerous game by spreading this nonsense.

Note: Any Trump supporters or conspiracy theorists 
that would care to debate this - 
Don't bother, you'll just look stupid.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday Poll...

Question for the families of the 145,000 people who have died in the US in the past 5 months from Covid-19. Which of these statements by Donald Trump best shows his cognitive abilities?
A. "Person, woman, man, camera, TV"
B. "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It's going to be just fine."

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

old john's watch...

Finally finished restoration of a Russian watch for the blind that I bought in 1989 and wore daily for a number of years until it stopped running.  It has been sitting in a box for over 25 years waiting for me to learn the craft of watchmaking.  Serviced the movement, cleaned and polished the case and the band, and installed a new crystal.  78,100,91,0,B

Sunday, July 19, 2020

the only hope in dark times...

John 15
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Friday, July 17, 2020

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

pocket watch challenge...

Serviced and repaired a really nice 18 size New York Standard Watch Co. pocket watch that came in today with no back and filled with dog hair and dust.  The owner needs to find the back for it and it definitely could use a new crystal.  97,104,74,0,B

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday watch works...

FYI - I am confident enough now in my watchmaking skills to be open for business.  If you have a watch or clock you would like to have repaired.  The fee is $40 and no charge if I can't repair it.  Client covers parts and round trip shipping.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

What the Bible says about conspiracy theories...

Isaiah 8
“Do not call conspiracy
    everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
    and do not dread it.
The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
    he is the one you are to fear,
    he is the one you are to dread.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pandemic Saturday

In case you hadn't noticed, things are still getting worse - not better.  Seems the Covid deniers are getting worse as well.  Here is a Facebook quote today from one of the employees of The Little Burro Country Store where masks are still optional in direct contradiction of the state and county mandates..."It is as simple as this: IF YOU ARE THAT F*CKING SCARED STAY HOME. Leave the rest of us the F*ck Alone.  Thank you - K".

Friday, July 10, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

decided to buy the truck and camper...

Our local tax office finally opened up again so I am heading there tomorrow with the seller to do the title transfer for the Ford F250 I almost passed on.  I chose Liberty Mutual for insurance because of this commercial that ran on a number of my YouTube videos.  Normally I ignore sales pitches, but this one got me.  Not because they are offering anything different from other insurance companies - but because I appreciate the creative way they presented it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

test result


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Seeking God...

Many never seek God because of misconceptions and ongoing sin that they are slaves to because they selfishly choose to be "of the world" rather than just "in the world". Being tempted isn’t sin—surrendering to it is. Temptation is also an opportunity to do what is right by turning from it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 states, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” This “way of escape” is ultimately what tilts the scale toward seeking God. When we flee temptation, turn from sin, and seek God, the by-product is the gift of The Holy Spirit. The door of temptation swings both ways—you can enter or exit. But once you choose to enter, once inside, you will no longer see the exit sign as clearly.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Pandemic Saturday

The pandemic is still getting worse in case you have your head up your ass.  Another record setting week of new infections worldwide (and no, the illuminati is not fudging the numbers to gain control over you).  My test last Monday returned a negative result which thankfully means I am not one of the 1,272,461 new cases reported in the past 7 days.  Unfortunately, Terlingua Ranch seems to have a lot of idiotic Covid deniers that believe just about every stupid conspiracy theory out there.  This one seems to be a favorite of the locals - including the manager of The Little Burro Store.  79 101, 90,0,B

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Russian watch for the blind...

Working on one of my Russian mechanical wrist watches.  Got it serviced, cleaned up, and ordered a new crystal - but having a beast of a time regulating it even after demagnetizing the watch and band.  Its running about 4 minutes fast per hour which is unacceptable.  86,99,78, .05",W

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Eight Years Old

Tried 3 times to measure Ben's tip to tip today.  
He wasn't interested in cooperating.
Will try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Enter at your own risk...

Because of the recent spike in Covid-19 infections throughout Texas and the warnings from health officials at all levels, this mandate took effect today in Brewster County.

This was the response from the manager of one of our local stores. (It should be noted that it is a very small store and proper social distancing is nearly impossible inside.)

"The Little Burro Country Store per Judge Canos' order will ask our customers to bring your mask along.  We will not "mandate" our employees to wear a mask due to both physical and mental health issues.  Only if they choose or in the case of an emergency and only for a short period.  If you feel compromised, our help is glad to step back while running your card and you may lay your money on the counter and back away to the 6' distance.  We thank you for your patronage as our intent here at Jackass Flats is to raise the quality of life here in the Big Bend area.  Not to compromise our freedom and basic rights to make choices for our own health and welfare.  My staff are not children, they are adults and can make their own choices within the perimeter of the law and have their own health issues which you know nothing about.  As I stated, I am asking customers to bring their own mask with their own choices.  We still opt to distance for them and have masks available for short term wear if needed."

Guess where in this statement that she totally lost me.  And FYI - this is an emergency and the mandatory mask rule was issued because of emergency conditions.  I am curious - exactly what physical and mental health issues mean they don't have to wear masks?  Are they worse than the increased chance of catching and spreading the virus to the local community?  Are they somehow immune to Covid-19?  I suggest that if your intention is to improve the quality of life here, the store find new employees rather than jeopardize the general public as well as these current employees that have issues with masks.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

beware of falsehoods...

2 Peter 2: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Another restoration...

Today's pocket watch restoration.  New mainspring and case for an 18 size Elgin lever set movement made in 1891.  Still need to track down an hour hand for it.  89,97,76,0,B

Monday, June 22, 2020


brought back to life...

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day

Our Father who art in heaven...

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Silver Star

This one put up quite a fight getting repaired and reassembled, but I prevailed in the end.  One of the nicest dials out of all the pocket watches I bought so far.  In other news:  over 1,000,000 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the world in the past week - the highest rate since the pandemic started.  Thought you should know.  Chump is too busy performing for his minions in Tulsa today. (oops...did I type that out loud?)   86,102,70, .01",B

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pay attention...

I have been following this very carefully for 90 days.  FYI - the worldwide daily infection rate is going up - especially since everything has been reopening.  A major spike yesterday - higher than anything seen so far.  Over 1 million new infections worldwide in the past week.    For those of you don't see that as a problem because you think it is merely due to more testing - what that actually means is the pandemic is far worse than believed.  And if you still think it isn't a problem because your locality isn't seeing much action...keep in mind this worldwide pandemic all started with just one case in China and sooner than later it is going to hit home for you.  In the last week alone, Brewster County, Texas (where I live) was relatively unscathed with only one case and suddenly has 18 confirmed cases since things started to open up.  Meanwhile Donald Chump has stated: "We are going to put out the fires.  We're not going to close the country again.  We can put out the fires".  I don't know about you - but I smell smoke and all I have seen so far is our president fanning the flames.  The narcissistic idiot hell bent on getting reelected is about to hold a rally with 20,000 attendees (ignoring the advice of health officials) in a state that is seeing an increase in the infection rate.  (It should be noted that all attendees must sign a waiver admonishing the venue and the president of any liability if they contract the virus there.)  After the first confirmed case in the US, the president said on January 22, "We have it totally under control.  It's one person coming in from China.  We have it under control.  It's going to be just fine."  Tell that to the over 100,000 people who have died in the US so far.  96,100,67,0,B

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Profit and Loss

Matthew 16: 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.  

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Let's get political...

I have never had any respect for the White House Press Secretary - no matter who is in office.  They are nothing but a whore for their boss and they will double down on every lie.  It's only fitting that Trump's looks like... A. a prostitute, B. a porn star, C. a blow up doll.  93,100,74,0,B

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

pocket watch repair of the day...

An Ingersoll Graceline from 1939.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Sunday, June 7, 2020


Luke 21:33Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.  34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.  35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Late night blood sucker...

It got me 3 times last night before I found it and killed it...

Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Truck shopping...

1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty pickup with slide in camper, 460 cu in engine, 53,000 miles, 5 new 10 ply tires...should I buy it?

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020