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At It Again . . .

I meant to mention this yesterday, but somehow I left it out.

Yesterday was our grandson Landon’s 9th Birthday.

Happy 9th Birthday Landon

Hard to believe that he’s 9 ready.

I spent this morning before work looking at a YouTube video detailing a rear brake job on my 2004 Dodge Dakota, my Job One for tomorrow. Assuming it doesn’t rain like it did today, but they’re still only showing a 20% chance, so we’ll see.

Then this evening I watched a second one . . .  and found out I wish I had watched it first. It’s been 50+ years since I’ve replaced rotors and I forgot about the fact  that the rotors come covered in a lubricant to keep them from rusting.

I probably could come up with something to get it off, but I think I’ll make an O’Reilly’s run tomorrow morning for a can of brake cleaner spray before I get started.

I did tell them at work today that I might not be in on Friday if I couldn’t get the truck back together by then. And once I get the brakes apart I’ll have to take an Uber to get more parts.

I’m at it again.

Getting home this afternoon, I started disassembling our new Mr. Coffee. And it turned out to be as easy as I hoped after I looked it over yesterday. I just removed one screw underneath the front and the entire control panel just popped right out. And on this model the cable is long enough to actually work on the board.

And then two more screws and the board is loose. It really looks like this model was designed to be repaired.

New Mr Coffee Upgrade 1

Or at least for me to modify it.


Thought for the Day: 

Remember, it’s not whether you win or lose, but where you place the blame.

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The Operation Was A Success, But . . .

The Patient Died.

Also know as OOPS!

When you last were here, I had successfully interfaced my WiFi Module to my Mr. Coffee machine, allowing me to control it remotely from anywhere in the world, and also set up timed brewing without worrying about power glitches erasing the times. And last night it worked fine with no problems, making our nightly decaf brew.

And this morning, it again worked fine . . . for about 5 minutes, and then it shut off, never to work again. When I tried to restart it, it just beeped like it was finished brewing and then quit. Over and over.

Now, Jan’s first thought was that I broke her Mr Coffee, and she was not happy without her caffeine this morning. So to soothe her withdrawal pangs, I heated up water in the microwave and poured it over the grounds.

I looked back over my wiring and found nothing loose or changed. So was this somehow the fault of my modification, or just bad luck that our 8! year old Mr. Coffee just up and croaked.

Maybe it just died of old age.

About 1pm Jan and I headed up to the Clear Lake area for lunch at Snooze and then mutual haircuts for the both of us, as well as a Wal-Mart stop for more stuff.

Apparently we can never had enough ‘stuff’. At least that’s what I assume, because we just keep buying more.

And of course, one of the things from WalMart was this shiny new RED Mr. Coffee machine.

New Mr Coffee

And it looks like it might be even easier to get into to modify than the old one.

You didn’t really think I was giving this up, did you?

I will say that Jan made me promise that if I do kill this one, I have to leave the new new one alone.

Yes Ma’am.

We did have a nice cool snap today, with our temps staying in the 80’s with a lot of overcast. It would be really nice if it holds for Thursday for my brake job.

And assuming I not still working on my brakes on Saturday, or maybe Sunday, I’m planning on crawling under the rig and trying to replace the oil filter adapter gasket.

Hopefully that will fix my rig oil leak problem once and for all.


Thought for the Day: 

“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” – Hubert Humphrey

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