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.