So Tomorrow Came and Went

And this was all I got done…

They needed to be filled, sanded and painted.

But oddly enough I just didn’t feel like spending the weekend wearing a mask.

So here’s where they’ll sit
While the days, they will pass by
And I breath easy

A Sunday Roast

Booties

I finally got serious about booties for my vertical smoker stand. I was tired of looking at the flat wedges I was using to level it.

Water on the Smoke

I was burning some mesquite but I built the two fires in the in the side smoker/grill, and turned on the gas burners to cure the grill after a second soak of Canola oil.

It hasn’t rained in about ten weeks but here it is, our April Shower!

Sound up to hear nature sizzlin.

Upgrade for a Cheap Desk

A little less than a year ago, Tammy’s workplace started setting up almost all of their staff so they could work from home

We didn’t have a home office workspace for her at the time so we ran out and bought a small, cheap desk and put it in the master bedroom.

She brought home a small form factor HP CPU, two monitors, mouse, keyboard, and headset. As you can see the desk is a bit small for all of that plus a notepad, drinks and snacks. Additionally, @ 31″ in height, the top of the desk was a bit too high for Tammy to comfortably use a mouse and keyboard. Essentially her feet didn’t touch the ground if she adjusted her chair to a comfortable height for the keyboard and mouse.

Tammy finally found a keyboard/mouse tray attachment she liked, It’s adjustable so she can stand or sit and it frees up a tone of space on the desktop for more snacks and tchotchkes.

This thing is massive and weighs over 20lbs. It’s actually designed to mount directly under the desktop.

However that couldn’t be done with Tammy’s desk, it had to be mounted almost 4″ lower than the desktop. Fortunately with its range of motion it is still high enough for Tammy to stand while using it.
The desk is only 20″ in depth but the mount for the tray is 24″ and the wood screws they included for mounting it would have blown through the bottom shelf of the desk so I added a 1/4″ thick layer of MDF and a 3/4″ oak extension to the back of the desk so the full length of the mounting bracket was covered.
Even with the 4″ extension the arm would slide another three inches past it to fully retract the keyboard tray so I had to add a stop to it to keep it from banging into the wall.

It took about an hour to get it mounted and put back together this morning but she likes it so far. We’ll see on Monday when she has to work at it all day on Monday.

Spring Break Brisket!

I couldn’t get away so I decided to spend a day cooking. I bought a 20lb brisket.

Spring Break Brisket

I trimmed it, made a simple rub, and started a slow burn in my side smoker with Kingsford original briquettes and a few chunks of Hickory. I put it in the smoker at midnight.

Spring Break Brisket

About 7 1/2 hours later I pulled it, wrapped it in parchment paper, and put it back in the smoker. I need to get some real butcher paper for this.

At 13 hours it finally hit 205 degrees so I pulled it out of the smoker and put it in my big cooler

Spring Break Brisket

An hour later it was a jiggling, juicy mass on my cutting board…

Spring Break Brisket

Damaged Dresser – Continued

At the thirty day mark Hobedah finally decided to just send a whole new unit. It  arrived about a week later and it has a completely different color and finish from the original. The top also has a chip in one corner.

I was tempted to pack it all up, both units, and drop it all off at Walmart for a refund but I decided I could patch the chip in the top and I still really needed a new dresser. After about four hours of assembly I wish I had gone for the refund. The pressed wood they are made out of is really dry, brittle and course (porous). Several of the holes for the dowels were too shallow and I blew out one of the sides before I realized what was wrong. Fortunately I was able to glue it back in pretty cleanly.

The drawers are much smaller than they should be. Their is a strong 3 inches of wasted space at the back of each drawer making the cabinet far more prone to tipping forward. Each drawer is also very shallow vertically. Overall it will hold far less than it could. At least a third of the cabinet’s inner space is wasted space.

I really wish now that I had followed my initial instinct and returned it for a refund the day it arrived.

I won’t be keeping the original one. I’ve started repairing the damaged parts and will put it together as I find the time. Once it’s done I’ll probably donate it to Goodwill.

New Dresser

As you can see the top two drawers don’t line up correctly and even overlap if you switch them from one side to the other. Nothing in the direction state that they are anything but identical.

New Dresser

Adding insult to injury the handles are made of a really cheap, soft plastic. They likely won’t last more than a few months.

I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot considering the price but I also wasn’t expecting the train wrecks that I ended up with.

I cannot recommend any of Hobedah’s products after my experience with these two dressers. I’ve filled out a review with Walmart stating that but it has not been posted yet.

 

I’m done with GoDaddy

After way more years than I want to admit I am finally done with GoDaddy.

I bought the tamerand.com domain name more than ten years ago when I set it up as a reseller site for GoDaddy services. Mainly I used it to make sure my clients were getting the least expensive domain registration, hosting, etc. It was convenient at the time to have access to all of the domains on one account.

For years the quality of service has dropped but two years ago they began dropping applications and support for different platforms. When they dropped support on my hosting service for Drupal and made hundreds of pages of content unrecoverable I was done.

Unfortunately it took two more years for me to have the time and energy to move multiple sites to a new hosting service.

So far I am blown away at how much better this new service is but at this time I still have to move one client’s site, and tamerand.com as well as the newer webetal.com domains over. They are the two store fronts I have for the reseller services.

I’ll write more about all of this after I get them moved. I can’t move move until I’ve taken care of all of my clients. I have until March 30th to get it all done.

Update(a long time later): I got it all done with minimal interruption of service to any of the sites.

I’m just glad to be done with GoDaddy.