Saturday, April 27, 2013

Project 100

Over the course of the last two years Yours Savagely, namely me, has been getting a bit plump. I am at about the weight I was when I was working for Cummin's Tools out on the road... In the mid to upper 290s (that's pounds). That's right, I got fat. I was doing so well, then I got a job where physical activity came to a stand-still. So I brainstormed and came up with Project 100 to get my fat ass self into a shape other than round.
A few of you may remember four or five years ago when I did at least 100 push ups a day for an entire month. That shaped up my chesticles quite nicely but of course I stopped after the month was up.

Project 100 is going along those lines but this is for at least a year. I plan to do at least 100 reps (through a course of several sets) of an exercise every day. I might do push ups one day, squats the next, sit ups on Tuesday or dumbbell curls, rows, dead lifts, you name it.

After the initial pain goes away I'll be letting you, my viewers, pick the work-out of the week wherein I will do at least 100 reps (in a series of several sets) of an exercise of your choosing, every day, the whole proceeding week. That being said, aerobic exercises aren't measured in my world by reps or sets so you can fuck a whole lotta that... Give me two or three weeks and you'll get to pick my punishment....

It'll start at too damned early in the morning on the 28th of April

Friday, April 26, 2013

Getting Dirty

While playing with my new garden tiller I somehow managed to extend Garden #3 a bit larger than last year's... Wait. I didn't tell you I have three gardens? That's because I don't. It's more like five and it's going to verge on six next year after I get done with my east field.

I have my raised beds which focus primarily on potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots.. I have a few beds unoccupied in the former primary garden so we'll see what to plant in those spots in the future (most likely hot peppers). Garden #2 where I grew miniature water melons and cantaloupe last year will be where I plant cucumbers and squash this year. Garden #3 is currently a more traditional garden in which I will plant corn and beans, some tomatoes and the hottest peppers I can find. I also have a berry patch up by G1 so I consider them a part of Garden #1.. Semantics... eh
Gardens #4 and #5 are the two tractor tires in which my mother plants her tomatoes and snow peas and whatever she feels like planting down by the house so she doesn't have to schelp out back where I do the major planting....

#6 is going to be the big undertaking it sounds like it's going to be. Hopefully it isn't as rocky as I fear it's going to be. I'll have an acre or so to play with there. Yikes... It's going to involve a bunch of tilling and a bunch of working, with four or five rain barrels to do my watering for me. I go to see if work is willing to part with some empty barrels. There I plan on planting some grapes and some other yummy things, mayhap a small orchard and of course the ever present hot as I can possibly find hot peppers.

So, what do you have planned today?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...

... You're fired.

No, seriously. I just got an email at work from corporate last night. We now have a "Social Media" policy.
Basically if I say anything that could be considered a front to the honor of the company can be written up and/or terminated. Simpering ass-clowns. It's a good thing I no longer mention the company directly. It's also a good thing I don't have a Facebook page.

In other news. This is my last night. I go to days as of Sunday. I'll be going from a 40 hour work week to a 42 hour week; three 12's and a 6 hour day.
I currently still have no vehicle. I'm going to try and remedy that in the morning after work.

I've been at the job for nigh on a month now. So far it's so much less stressful than the plant. I can't wait for my turn with the schooling. I'm going to try to fast track my certification. The quicker I get it, the faster I get a raise. We top out at around $19 an hour right now. I make a bit less than that but for the area I make pretty decent money.
Speaking of money, I got one of my bills out of the way. My garnishment will be gone very soon too. Woot!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Life Is Perfect, Never Better, Just A Phone Call To Ease Your Mind...

Flashback anyone? No? Read the title again. Yeah. That's right. Back to the 90's.
What? You don't get it? Well, click the link then.

So my car broke down. The engine is kaput. I now own three non-functioning vehicles.... Pretty nifty huh? Gads, I'm getting all red neck. Yep.. they sit in my yard in the country.... Remarkably none are on blocks... yet...........................

I'm missing a few things to get my forge going so until I find or replace them I won't be pounding hot steel to my whim and will....

Work is going pretty well. I have the basics down. I can do all the checks and calibrations required for nights. But the week after next I go to days and thank goodness. The guys at night, with the exception of one who started a couple weeks after me, are a bunch of whiny little bitches full of spite. They're the kinds of people who make Lindsey Lohan seem like a good role model for children on the subject of civility and common courtesy...

I'm going to be playing gardener today. I'm going to get a patch all ready for watermelon and cantaloupe, quite possibly pumpkins and honeydew as well....
I've got three of my gardens ready for the basics, plus there's my mother's tomato garden and her snow/sugar snap pea garden... I don't know if I should attempt flowers again....
Hopefully it won't get all wintery again. If it does I think we should find a nice nursing home for Mother Nature. I think the old biddy is getting senile........

Sunday, April 7, 2013

In this Post I Review....

Lowes and Menards of Sedalia, Missouri

(Dum, dum, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)

Considering I have some money from a loan, I decided that I should make use of the money and considering I have been wanting a garden tiller for a while, I decided I should spend some of that money on one. I went to Lowes first. Why? I'll tell you.

I have spent so much time at Lowes Home Improvement in the past that I know where just about everything is kept. I proceeded to the lawn care equipment aisle, took a quick gander at the tillers they had and then promptly proceeded to the rest room. My bladder informed me that I should go. I always listen to my bladder.
In the restroom I heard a couple employees talking about sleep problems they each have and one of the two guys (it is a men's restroom after all... they would have be very ugly women) had to outbitch the other, of course. I didn't get a, "How can I help you?" nor any other conversation towards a prospective purchase which was nice considering the man rules. I finished, washed my hands and proceeded back to the tillers.
On the way back. I saw a flat bed cart unattended with nothing on it and thought to myself, "Score!" I grabbed the cart. I looked at the four available models of tillers for 15 minutes or so.
One electric
One battery operated
One two-cycle standard gas/fuel mix
One four-cycle regular gas mix
All of them smaller

I managed to talk myself into going over to Menards Home Improvement after those aforementioned 15 minutes. And the differences had begun...

The first thing was a girl at the customer service desk who smiled her entirely beautiful smile and said, "Good Morning". It wasn't a rehearsed smile nor was it a rehearsed "good morning". It was the smile and good morning of a person that genuinely liked where they worked. The next thing was (I know where the lawn equipment is and the lumber and the garden stuff but not much more... okay I know where the plumbing stuff is... I've only been there a handful of times) I made my way to the lawn equipment and got the genuine smiles and genuine good mornings of people who like their jobs of at least two other employees, it was quite possibly three, one of which was a manager/supervisor.
At the place of lawn equipment I was looking at tillers of which they had four and all four were different brands but similar to the ones I saw at Lowes.

One electric (Cheaper than Lowes)
One battery operated (The same prices as Lowes)
One two-cycle standard gas/fuel mix (more expensive than Lowes, though not by much)
One four-cycle regular gas mix (The same prices as Lowes)
Ah, but the majorest difference was the four cycle was a honkin' huge, regular gas 5.5 horsepower 135 cc lawn mower engine sized engine garden tiller that can convert from 13 inches to 22 inches to 24 inches by adjusting and/or removing the blades. Not only that, another girl smiling the genuine smile and good morninging the genuine good morning of the person who not only likes where they work but LOVES the department they are working in helps me out and strikes up conversation concerning her and her husband's own garden and how she would probably purchase the same model I was vaguely drooling over because she wanted a bigger garden. We talked pest control and organic gardening and what we plant and how we did last year due to the drought and other things. Then she found me a cart, helped me lift the tiller I ended up ultimately purchasing, took me over to a desk to get some paperwork done, where two other employees good morninged me and smile the genuine smiles of people who liked where they work at.

So, did you notice anyone say anything to me in the part about Lowes? No? Me either, not a single "Good morning," and certainly not a "Have a nice day." I did notice that Lowes is looking for employees...

What this longer than lost post from Yours Savagely boils down to is I am willing to spend more money (not that I did) at a place where there is genuine customer service than at a place where I know where everything is.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


You didn't pray enough for me. I got the loan, well part of it anyway, but when I got to the dealership the beast I had my eyes on had sold. Some devotees you all turned out to be...
I suppose I can forgive you... (sigh)

Funny thing about that loan, though. I had bad credit. (note the word "had") I hoped that I had built it back up to at least average or slightly below that. Nope. Apparently I have no credit. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Ne, etc.... Somehow, somewhere and some way my credit up and vanished. It's like I'm 18 again with a new job. But unlike when I was 18 with a new job, this time I have a better and wiser head on my shoulders. I can build my credit like all those older people told me to when I wasn't listening because I was 18 and knew everything. Gladly I forgot most of it 19 years later....
So I got to get a battery for my car in the mean time. Pray for me and this time I mean it....

Friday, April 5, 2013

Blogging In the Name Of....

After two more weeks I go back to days... That's about the time it takes to get used to nights... Que Surprise...
I think I'll play with fire today considering I haven't in a long time. Sure I bar-be-qued last night but that's not pounding hot steel to my whim and will. Fire is nifty...
The temperature threshold of a diamond is about the melting point of copper which is less than the melting point of iron which is less than the melting point of steel. I can melt steel with a small bag of charcoal and a hair dryer. I can set diamonds on fire... Just saying.
I have a piece I started years ago. I cut the shape out of a piece of leaf spring with an arc-welder (more like melted than cut) and I have yet to start shaping it to my whim; a lanchero machete; a big, heavy blade not unlike a machete yet not unlike a shovel. It's a big undertaking but eh.. I got a few days off.
I really should get and post pictures of the process...
My car is caput-ish... So of course it happen after I spent all my tax money... I'm trying for a loan so say a prayer for me that I get it. Papa Savage needs a new set of wheels (well.. used is preferable)