Archive for the ‘Jim’s Ramblings’ Category

Short Videos

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I came across a cool web site where you can upload some pictures and makes a short slide show.

Grand Canyon Pictures

CHL Training

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008


This weekend Rob and I went for our Concealed Handgun License training. It was an 10 hour class with the instructor reviewing lots of rules and laws. Did you know it is illegal to carry a locking knife with a blade longer than 5.5″ ? And in San Antonio you can’t carry one with a blade 5.5″ or shorter, in other words you can’t carry a knife with a locking blade in San Antonio. How would anybody know this??

In order to get the license you have to complete 3 tasks:

  1. Pass a written test, I got a 100 🙂
  2. Pass a target shooting test, I got 243 out of 250 🙂


3. Send in the paperwork to Austin for processing.

Soon there will be 250,001 names on the registry.

Cat Door

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

It took 6 months but it is here. Amy had a great idea to build a better cat door with a plexiglass airlock and real door hinges.

Back in May 2007 my Dad and I spent the afternoon cutting the wood and plexiglass. We then were faced with trying to hang the doors and decided that was going to be another day.

During the summer Amy painted the wood and now it was ready to put together. Also in September Amy and I spent an afternoon at a hardware store and looked at ideas to use for hinges. We picked up hinges and also some ring thingys. That was the last piece of the puzzle. Now we are ready to put it together.

One day in October I came home and Amy had glued the original door hinges so it was my turn to finish it. About a week later I had a day off in the middle of the week. I had to use the router to make the hinges fit and had it together and installed by the time Amy got home.

It took the cats a few times to figure it out. On the new design the outside door was moved to the other side. They are using it now but still like it better if we let them in and out through the regular door. The followin video shows the door in use.  After the first ca comes through, and meows his customary hello, you can see the other cat WAYYYYYY in the background contemplating his entrance. Then he approaches, assures that no predators are on the other side, and then he comes in.  Click below.

Here is a short video of them using the door, Albert first then Popcorn.

Wild Night

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Tonight about 6:00 P.M. a storm blew in. We had 4 inches of rain in 40 minutes with high wind. Around town there was high water and winds up to 75 miles an hour. We made it with no damages but the news was full downed trees, people stuck in cars in 2 feet of water and power outages. Here is the local radar 4 hours later.

Channel 8 WFAA Radar


Monday, April 30th, 2007

Hello, Welcome to our blog. This is where we can post all kinds of stuff for all to see. Here is a picture of Amy and I in south Texas in April 2006.