Once you pass Ellensburg on I90, to the south, there is a complex of white barns. It used to have plastic banners in Japanese and Korean that seemed to change pretty frequently on the ends of the barns; I planned on stopping while en route to Boomershoot this year to get pictures, but the banners were gone. Always wanted a translation.
Yesterday, I noticed that they had been replaced with digital sign boards, but I didn’t notice until I was past the exit, so I couldn’t get pictures. There’s a lot of Japanese going by on the signs, though.
90% of the timothy grown around Ellensburg is exported to Japan for race horses and dairy cattle. I read this was due to a good hay salesman convincing Japanese farmers that greener is better, and of course his timothy was the greenest.
Along the same lines, I was reading a thread that asked if the IJN was a peer, superior, or inferior to the USN in WW2. Apparently, the IJN was a near peer or peer at the start of the war, but couldn’t keep up after Midway. One thing mentioned a couple times was the IJN modeled itself on the British Royal Navy, to the extent that they had bricks fired in Britain imported to build the schools in which to train sailors and officers.
I have four plastic lowers on the way this week – with the two other plastic lowers (CAV ARMS) and three 80% lowers with one upper for the crowd, I’m short eight uppers. At $400 a pop, it will take a while to turn these lowers into rifles.
Bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s one of an incredibly long line of products clearly designed by thin people with perfect dexterity, vision, and nails.
Neither of the bands it comes with is close to going around my wrist. I made an extender out of the small one (cut the band off, stitched it together on the large one) and it fits! Too bad the big band broke after a single use (the silicone detached right at the sharp angle for the display). Wore it anyway for a couple days and discussed the results with a friend that works for on a competing product – I was seeing 50-80% difference between the Flex and my GPS. He said 20% error is about as good as it gets regardless of the product.
So now I have a cut up Flex and a broken band. I found I got readings as good as my wrist by putting it in my shirt pocket, so I’ll keep it. For now.
- The Surface Pro has the microSD slot on an angled surface. All of my microSD cards are black. Thanks, assholes. Removing the card means getting a fingernail into the microSD slot to pop it out, which invariably means I’m chipping a nail.
- The switch on all iPads is clearly designed for maximum nail breakage. I try to remember to use something else to switch the lock, but I don’t always remember.
- The power switch on my Kindle is the same.
Joe’s new shooter picked up his LE6920 today. He’s thrilled, I’m thrilled he’s thrilled, here’s to a convert.
I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.
TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.
I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.