Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

T-Shirts and Trim Tape . . .

This morning I was back working on my magnetic solar shades, I went ahead and mounted the one on the driver’s, holding the shade up outside, while Jan stuck the magnets on the inside.

Faux Magne Shades

They seem to hold just fine, even with all the strong, gusty winds we’ve been having the last few days, so I think the magnets are plenty strong. After looking things over, I think I’ll have a solar screen place in Apache Junction sew the two pieces into one single piece so it will be easier to handle. And I’ll also have them trim off the bottom to the correct length and then hem it so it will look nicer.


Then after I get the solar screen configured like I want it, I will use 3M Trim Tape to permanently fasten the magnets in the correct position on the inside of the windshield.

3M Trim Tape

The stuff is super-strong and is used to fasten trim, moldings, and emblems on to automobiles. It’s the same stuff that the Magne Shade people use to hold their magnets in place.

So far it looks like it will work out fine.

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About 1pm Jan and I headed out on some errands around town, with our first stop at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Not to tour it, which we did back in 2010, but to get a new SR-71 T-Shirt from the gift shop.

SR-71 Shirt

I bought one of these shirts when we visited back then, but after 5 years of wear it’s looking a little worn out and faded.

Then it was on up to Bookman’s, the used book store, so Jan could see if they had the last 2 books in the Eragon series, which they didn’t. Guess we’ll just go ahead and get them on the Kindle,

Heading back over to Houghton Rd, we made a stop at the new Dunkin’ Donuts for some more Munchkins (holes) for breakfast. Still don’t know if we got what we ordered, since we got the same surly cashier as the other day, who apparently can’t count, and couldn’t keep our order straight.

Next up was the new Wal-Mart right next door. Turns out that this is one of those ‘Mini’ Super Wal-Marts that we first encountered in Kenedy, TX when we were gate guarding in 2012. It’s a ‘Super’ Wal-Mart because in has a full grocery section, but it doesn’t carry the range of products that the full size stores do. The quickest way to tell the difference is that unlike the big ones, the ‘Mini’s’ only have one entrance, not two.

Getting home a little before 4, we had just enough time to put everything away, and then head back out to meet our friends Al & Adrienne at 5pm for dinner at the Hog Pit Smokehouse, which is right down the road from the new Poco & Mom’s on Tanque Verde

Everyone enjoyed their meal. I even thought it was better than Brushfire BBQ where we ate last week, but Jan was kind of on the fence. She liked some things better here, and some things better at Brushfire.

Finishing up, we went back to their townhome here at Voyager for a couple of hours to keep catching up. As I’ve mentioned before, we first met Al and Adrienne in Fairbanks, AK in 2008, and later have caught up with them in Westport, WA and Cody, WY. They get around almost as much as we do.

Tomorrow they’re talking rain, so we’ll see how much work I get done outside before we leave on Thursday for Apache Junction.

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Thought for the Day:

Life is hard. Its harder if you are lazy, or stupid. And it’s really hard if you’re lazy and stupid. Don’t be lazy and stupid.

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