Back in the shop

I actually made some chips today, first "normal" thing I've done for a month. (Doing taxes and settling an estate is not "normal".) A
friend and neighbor at the lake wanted some clamps made to hold a special ladder to his dock. They use it to enter the water from the dock to go swimming.
It's a very simple project, maybe more later when I finish it. The lake is still ice-covered but that'll change soon. They won't be swimming in it any time soon, though. All I did today was make eight 1/2" dia stainless posts about 1" long by parting them off in the lathe. I thru-drilled and tapped one, will do the other 7 when I return to that task. They're like threaded standoffs. They'll mount to an ally extrusion, and will receive stainless bolts that snug up stainless or aluminum crosscaps that grab the ladder posts. The extrusion fits the dock, came from the dock mfr. I made the posts out of stainless because I don't like aluminum threads around water. Stainless on stainless works OK.
Hm. Mary was always in the house when I was doing stuff in the shop. If something happened, she'd eventually miss me and come out to check. Maybe I should start calling or emailing one of the kids when I start something out there, and then call or email again when I'm done for the day. I never work with tools after Miller time. I never used to carry a cellphone but I always have one in my pocket now. Not turned on, of course. "Chatting" on the phone does not appeal to me at all. Going shooting tomorrow with my gunsmoke luncheon & social friends, really looking forward to that. I have technically shot since Mary departed but I didn't know she was gone until I got home from the range and answered the phone so that doesn't really count.
Later I'll visit my son and his girlfriend at their place for dinner. They are very good in the kitchen, I'm learning a lot.
I was alone today and tonight but I did see people today: the dentist and his staff, and the acupuncturist. The front desk gal at the dentist asked how Mary was. I broke the news to her. She lost it instantly and Dr. John, who was standing nearby, looked like he'd been sucker punched. People liked Mary and we'd been going to that dentist for many years.
Donna lost her hub about 4 years ago, said it took her about a year to recover. Man, I don't like hearing that but the story is pretty consistent across the sample of folks I've talked to. OK, so I'm 8.33% of the way, 1/4 mile into a 3 mile hike. The last half is always easier than the first half. The longest part of an all-day (or multi-day) journey is the first two hours.
I tried out the new veggie steamer and rice cooker last evening. Excellent! The rice cooker made perfect rice with no operator intervention. The veggie steamer overcooked the asparagus but it was uniformly overcooked. I just need to back off the time a bit. Nuked aspergrass is never cooked uniformly; the stems or stalks are underdone when the heads are done to overdone. Steam is better. Countertop appliance is better than stovetop for me because it has a timer; I can be outside grilling stuff and the steamer will shut itself off at a preset time.
Still takin' things one day at a time. Some days are better than others.
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Don Foreman wrote:

Sad for folks who never take the opportunity to make something! :)
(...)

> two hours.
Ain't that the truth!
(...)

I'm using my new electric grill/panini maker outside to cook bacon or ground beef. That keeps the atmosphere in the house agreeable. :)

And that is quite normal.
You sound more positive overall and that is a great thing!
--Winston
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Don Foreman wrote:

Put a netcam in the shop, so the friends / relatives can check on you periodically and send help if necessary. You can also setup a watchdog timer of sorts that you set when you start working in the shop and if you don't hit the button to reset it when the alarm goes off every 15 minutes, it emails/text messages the friends and relatives to indicate something may be wrong.
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Sounds like a good idea. But that idea made me think of another idea.
Consider taking pictures of the projects as you make them. And since you write well, write up a narrative on how you made them and why you took the approach you used. Then see if Home Shop Machinist would like the article, or collect and sell a CD or DVD of your projects.
If you do set up a netcam, maybe let the RCM people know how to access it in addition to your relatives.
Dan
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I won't work in my shop without my cell phone.
One day I had about 800 pounds more or less of sheet and plate steel lean over on me. I was trying to drag out a sheet behind and got the overweight stack just off center.
It pinned me between a surface grinder and the stack.
I was able to peal off some but not the heavy ones with one hand. Cell call to beloved in the house and between ourselves and my knowledge got the steel off me.
Phew.
Martin
On 4/20/2011 9:18 AM, Pete C. wrote:

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When I'm doing something where there is risk that I might not be able to extract myself like crawling down in the well pit or working in a crawl space, I give my mom or uncle a call letting them know where I'm at and to come looking for me if I don't call them back in a hour or so.
I've also learned the best way to have an enjoyable evening is to turn that damn cell phone off. Most calls I get are from people that want something.
I'm glad you are getting out in the shop. It is a good sign.
Hang in there,
Wes
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On Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:44:32 -0500, Don Foreman
SNIP

BIGGER SNIP
Hey Don,
A simple suggestion until you rig up something good.....
I don't know how far away the good neighbours are, but if they are close enough, consider an alarm clock-radio, set to any annoying station (Hip-Hop ??) and at full volume. Place it outside and set to go off when you think you will be done in the shop. Switch it from ALARM to OFF as you go back in the house. If you forget to shut it off, go push the button, and any time that they were being "serenaded" will show neighbours that you are "up & at em", and really just forgetful. (VBG) And if it's longer than say a minute, they should come and have a look. A phone call from them won't do.
And of course a "911" on the cell phone is good. And from "Neighbourhood Watch" literature... car keys with a PANIC button... good idea at the bedside too. Of course, both these, and any plan that requires you to "DO" something when you get in trouble, only work if you are conscious and have at least hand & arm control and motion.
Hey, you are a really inventive guy...get something figured out, and then get a patent !!!!! Hmmmm.... I think I'd head towards something along the lines of "If the lights in the shop are on, I have to perform a simple action at X time interval, and there will be an interior only "warning" signal at Y time as a precursor. Maybe some simple IR motion detector(s) constantly "resetting/re-initiating" the X time, in which event the X time could be pretty short, say even as low as 1 minute. Hey, maybe just a cheapo alarm system or one from a garage sale (that's fun stuff to do too !!) and fiddle with it so the IR detection works in reverse...lots of detection...no alarm, but no detection...sound off loudly. That gets the "15 minute noise abatement" too.
Take care.
Brian Lawson, Bothwell, Ontario.
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Create a very sensitive momentum detector that you'd wear. If you stop moving for more than perhaps 30 seconds, it beeps and if you don't jiggle it to reset it, it starts making phone calls / sets off an alarm, or does something to summon help.

Mine is off unless I'm making a call or expecting one. Calls are just interruptions to something else I'd rather be doing.
RWL
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GeoLane at PTD dot NET <GeoLane at PTD dot NET> wrote:

I can't understand why everybody seems to be on the phone all the time. Once, while walking to the corner store, I was waiting for the "WALK" signal, and some car was waiting for the traffic to clear or whatever; it had two people in it, and they were both talking on the phone. I remarked to them, "Please tell my you're not talking to EACH OTHER!!!"
They laughed. :-)
Cheers! Rich
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Remember just because you press the OFF button doesn't mean it is OFF. It has to stay on in reduced mode - still GPS... and keyboard scan to read your ON button when you press it.
So track you they can. Just not chat with you. I don't know if MOM's software can track with the phone off, but I suspect so.
Martin
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Nay, for that they would have texted each other ;)
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On Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:35:27 -0400, GeoLane at PTD dot NET <GeoLane at PTD dot NET> wrote:

SERIOUSLY, GeoLane? (My kids love shreiking "SERIOUSLY, Foreman?" Mary also called me Foreman most of the time.
A goal is to regain the ability to stop moving for more than 30 seconds and up to a couple of hours. I no longer have a Mary hand to hold in the recliner next to me in front of the TV while one or both of us nods in and out. I've not been watching much TV recently. I do the news at 10, that's about it.
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