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Is that the replacement for Guido?

Actually his nephew. Guido had a sister that went wild on us, found her dead in the yard one day and could see that she had kittens somewhere. We searched the equipment and 4 of them barely 2 weeks old, one was already gone and the other 3 were about done from the heat and dehydration. I got my other half to pick them up and do her best. This one is the only one that made it. He's 6 months old now and she calls him "Guido II"... I call him Achmed the terrorist. No way in hell is she going to let him go back to the shop.
He even went with us to the Fall Shoot because she didn't trust the petsitter.
 

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Found a new use for all the Milwaukee tool bags I'm accumulating. View attachment 255991
Drop the white on the face and you have my Popeye. One of three littermates, he'll be 16 next year. My gymnast, my dancer, unreformed serial murderer. Sleeps on my chest and snores in my face.

ETA: Popeye behind me on the couch.



Popeye 2022.jpg
 
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First Monday of the new year sucked. Fuggin D5 cat was gelled up and no start, hour with the weed burner got that going, shit spreader truck had a frozen air system, got it going. Then the best... The big 9400 John Deere tractor started to sputter and die. Surprise! the fuel tanks had 4" of coolant in them. got it into the shop and figured out it has at least 2 injector cup O-rings leaking coolant into the fuel system. Six new cups and injectors on the way. At least Deere is a bit better off than Cat with parts.
 

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2023 just gets better, went in this morning, threw the disconnect on for the air compressors... one didn't start. Got Mr. Multimeter out and started checking things, the dead one only had 125V power to one leg. Both are hardwired to the disconnect through a gutter/raceway so I looked in there. Frikken electricians must have run out of proper wire nuts and used a couple that were at least a size too small and one of the wires slipped out. A quick trip for the right ones and all is good.
What's next I wonder. :unsure:
 

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I had a new trainee dropped on me a couple weeks ago. Finally had a need for him to do some electrical troubleshooting. He doesn't know how to run a multimeter......so I dug deeper....he doesn't know the difference between ac and dc. Putting together a basic electricity lesson for tomorrow. I just can't bring myself to torpedo another new hire. 2 of the last 3 have been canned on my recommendation...at least this guy seems to have a desire to learn. I am seriously concerned about the technical work force.
 

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I am seriously concerned about the technical work force.
I just saw a post recently by about the only guy left that can recondition Alco locomotive control cards, he's semi-retired now and can't find anybody younger capable of doing the stuff like he can.
I'm in my 40s, and have always enjoyed repairing things; my kids are young and part of me knows I need to pass down what I know but at the same time I need to provide for those kids. That's the hardest part o parenthood for me, trying to prioritize parental duties! Meanwhile, full grown adults that are young enough to be my kids are too clueless to change a light bulb!

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I just saw a post recently by about the only guy left that can recondition Alco locomotive control cards, he's semi-retired now and can't find anybody younger capable of doing the stuff like he can.
I'm in my 40s, and have always enjoyed repairing things; my kids are young and part of me knows I need to pass down what I know but at the same time I need to provide for those kids. That's the hardest part o parenthood for me, trying to prioritize parental duties! Meanwhile, full grown adults that are young enough to be my kids are too clueless to change a light bulb!
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I think the major functions of a parent is to teach them how to learn, not pass on the parent's knowledge. If you are teaching that ability to learn and getting it is important, they will have the skills needed to provide for their own families. If they are interested in what your knowledge base is, then teach them that as well as what else is important. Trying to pass on your knowledge to a child that isn't interested in it will end up with bad feelings and resentment.
 

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I think the major functions of a parent is to teach them how to learn, not pass on the parent's knowledge. If you are teaching that ability to learn and getting it is important, they will have the skills needed to provide for their own families. If they are interested in what your knowledge base is, then teach them that as well as what else is important. Trying to pass on your knowledge to a child that isn't interested in it will end up with bad feelings and resentment.
Yes but there are certain skills that everyone should learn... You don't have to like working on cars but you should be able to change a tire on the side of the road. Change a simple light fixture, door knob, prepare a simple meal, form a complete sentence, wtite a letter You get the idea. So many don't know how to do those simple things. Simple things ofter spark an interest in the more complicated things. Where's the 'tell me like I wear a mask in the car alone' meme? How many dads got the eye roll when maling their daughter pull the spare out and mount it up in the driveway so she would be able to do it on her own one day?
 

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I had a new trainee dropped on me a couple weeks ago. Finally had a need for him to do some electrical troubleshooting. He doesn't know how to run a multimeter......so I dug deeper....he doesn't know the difference between ac and dc. Putting together a basic electricity lesson for tomorrow. I just can't bring myself to torpedo another new hire. 2 of the last 3 have been canned on my recommendation...at least this guy seems to have a desire to learn. I am seriously concerned about the technical work force.
Well he impressed me a bit today but he has a damn steep learning curve ahead of him. Not sure what he told the boss to get hired, if he keeps at it he'll get tech school level training while making $30/hr. Used to take 5 years experience or a 2 year EE to even get an interview.
 

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Yes but there are certain skills that everyone should learn... You don't have to like working on cars but you should be able to change a tire on the side of the road. Change a simple light fixture, door knob, prepare a simple meal, form a complete sentence, wtite a letter You get the idea. So many don't know how to do those simple things. Simple things ofter spark an interest in the more complicated things. Where's the 'tell me like I wear a mask in the car alone' meme? How many dads got the eye roll when maling their daughter pull the spare out and mount it up in the driveway so she would be able to do it on her own one day?
My 2 oldest kids took a real interest in what I do and voluntarily helped out quite a bit. My daughter had no problem laying in the dirt running a 1" impact tightening bolts under a big dozer or running a front end loader in the sand pit at 15 years old. She would scold the fools that couldn't keep a flat floor. My son went on to get his Journeyman's card as a machinist and is now the top dog of maintenance in a huge industrial plant that blows carbon fiber for several auto makers.
 

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Those tight 22.5 deg cuts took serious skills
Not really, just a lot of good lay out work. 15 years back I had a business specializing in irrigation pipe work... Today I found out how rusty my skills are. Maybe just a bit of extra grinding to fit it up. Oops.
 
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