My First Love . . .

Well, besides Jan, of course.

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I may have made a mistake at work today. My client found out that I can ‘fix’ things. Well, things other than computers. Things like electronic devices and doodads

When I went in the back to ask him a question, I found him trying to check the output of a power transformer . . .  with his meter set to DC. And before I knew it I was elbows deep in an epilator (electrolysis) machine trying to figure out what was wrong with it.

EP-1000 Epilator Repair

It did take me a few minutes to trace out the circuit and find a broken wire up inside the unit on the back of a socket where one of the circuit boards plugs in.

With that one done, he set another one down in front of me and said, “Try this one.” And it short order I’d gone through 6 machines. Thinking I was about done, I ask him if he had any more. He beckoned me to follow him into another back room. It was filled with dead machines.

I want more money.

Of course with me and electronics it’s like throwing Brer Rabbit in the Briar Patch. Or to mix metaphors, I’m in Hog Heaven. I started playing around with radios and electronics when I was about 10, devouring every issue of Popular Electronics, Electronics Illustrated, Radio-Electronics, and others. Plus ordering parts from Allied, Lafayette, Burstein-Applebee, etc., as often as I could afford it.

By the time I was about 14 or so, I was repairing neighbor’s radios and TV’s in my garage shop. I think I wore out the tube tester at the drugstore. CB radio, Ham radio, I was in to anything and everything electronics. And now look where it got me.

I want more money.

This past Saturday we made another visit to Plucker’s, our new favorite chicken wing place. This time we went earlier so we didn’t have a wait.

Jan got a Garden Salad,

Plucker's Salad

and a order of 5 wings with their Ginger Peach Sriracha sauce.

Plucker's Wings

I had the Grilled Chicken Salad,

Plucker's Chicken Salad

and Jan gave me one of her wings.

I just wish they had hotter sauces. Their hottest, Fire In The Hole, is not nearly as hot as Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ sauce. And the Ginger Peach Sriracha is not as hot as BWW’s Mango Habanero, my favorite there.

But it’s all good.

They do have a challenge that if you eat 25 Fire In The Hole wings, you get your name up on the wall. Well, I can handle the sauce just fine, but there’s no way I can eat 25 wings. So I guess I’m just doomed to obscurity.

I mentioned the other day that we were going to take the rig out for a little test drive this weekend to be sure everything is working OK since we’ve been parked here for 5 months now.

Well, tomorrow I thought I’d do a pre-test test by starting up the engine and letting it come up on the airbags just so we don’t have any surprises later.

Tomorrow afternoon we’re meeting Rudy and Caroline Leggett at the Monterey’s up in Pasadena for lunch. Really looking forward to it.

Thought for the Day:

Texas' Seasons



2 Responses to My First Love . . .

  1. Snowbird says:

    Saw this on Drudge Report and though of you immediately.
    World’s Hottest Pepper Sends Man to the ER With Thunderclap Headaches


    • gregwhite says:


      Yes, I saw this online. I’ve not tried the Caroline Reaper yet. But I have tried the 2nd hottest one of the list, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and several of the 7 Pot varieties. In fact they’re both in my Vocanic Pepper Dust that I use regularly.

      Additionally there is some question whether or not the Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper not. Both the Dragon’s Breath and the Pepper X are now being rated, but are supposedly hotter. We’ll see.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate your comments.


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