25 August 2018

I am not a mechanic...

Growing up, I was interested in D&D, computers, reading sci-fi books, playing video games, and girls. My brother is the one that had a subscription to Hot Rod magazine, took auto shop every year since middle school (small gas engines, then, so he could fix a lawn mower in 7th grade), and dropped out of school when he was 16 to work at a local oilry and work his way to head mechanic at the used car dealership where our cousin Johnny was a salesman.

I didn't care about cars, or about anything to do with them.

When I got my license I drove my mother's old '77 AMC Gremlin with the in-line 6 cylinder, until it died on me and i traded up to my grandfather's '77 Pontiac LeMans Station Wagon. I went through a few other un-noteworthy cars, until I got my '92 Civic from my brother. He and a buddy had bought it from a title loan place and fixed it up. That was the coolest car I owned, and that is where I got interested in cars. I put on a cold air intake, new exhaust and muffler, body kit, aftermarket lights, and got a set of R15205s from an '03 Si. It was decent fast, though not to compare with if I had a bigger engine in it, but I was happy. It worked well, until I went back and Sage drove it until it was having electrical issues, and Skipp took it to Kansas where his brother's kids used it as a trampoline. That made me nauseated.

Stephanie and I have an '01 Accord (my daily driver) and an '05 Odyssey. I've always loved Hondas - well, since I had the Civic - and I want to stick with them. Solid vehicles.

Last week the van started to make this awful noise when she tried to start it. *Grind!*  Ugh.

Well, I figured that if it has trouble when trying to start it, it makes sense that it would be the starter, so me, amateur shade tree mechanic that hasn't worked on a car other than to change oil and breaks since my Civic, I'm going to do it myself. I watched half a video on YouTube, took out the battery and air cleaner, pulled the starter, took it to O'Reilly to be tested, and sure enough, starter is bad. Lucky me it goes in as easy as it comes out and her van works great now.

For not being a mechanic, it's good to know a little about cars. I bet that would have cost me 500$ at a shop, instead of 120 for the starter and 50$ for a good set of ratcheting wrenches. Love a good set of wrenches.

What is a thing that you occasionally do that is outside your normal hobby? Do you sometimes have to fix the sink? or do you always call the plumber? Do you sometimes replace a breaker switch, though you are afraid of being electrocuted? Leave a comment below or on facebook.



Working in the shop

Just spent the last several days working on the 'Shop' for the site, making it fit in with the theme of the site. No easy task. Shopify uses a modified CSS code, so I had some new things to learn. I did some HTML coding way back when, but this was something new.

I'm most familiar with VB.net and C#, and people think, "Ah, a website... pshh.. that's easy." but when you mash up two different sites to make them look seamless (or, in my case, almost seamless) it takes some time and figuring. Move a pixel, compare... move a pixel, compare.. repeat ad nauseum.

I will be posting game product reviews and then selling them in the shop. i will be making t-shirts and selling them in the shop. I appreciate the business, it keeps me running and keeps my twins in diapers.

Thank you and welcome.



15 August 2018

I tried to start a baby store.

It didn't work out as well as I had hoped.

With the twins and the sheer amount of money that was being spent on stuff, I figured it was a decent market to break into. I started an e-commerce store, found items that were similar or better than the ones we purchased, ran ads, and got nowhere. I had a facebook blog where I posted almost daily amusing anecdotes about my babies, pictures of their cuteness, advice on raising them, and tagged products that were for sale in the pics or the stories. I could have done that forever, but I need to make use of the store, and it isn't happening, so I am moving on from that, too.

I'm trying again, but in a different niche. I know that you're supposed to pick something that will have a high emotional sales volume, that maybe you know nothing about but just find the right thing. I may try that, but I think instead I'm going to focus on what I love, which is the things in the link bar at the top. Games, reviews, comics, writing, blogging, and home. Note that there is a new one called Shop. Right now it will only have tshirts, but I'm in the midst of making a contact with a distributor to sell rpg games, I have found some absolutely amazing dice, and maybe I'll get together with some friends to make a table top game of our own. Most likely a board game.

Maybe someday I'll do something on YouTube as well. My daughter wants to, she is all hyped up, and I think it's great. She wants to do Let's Plays with her brother. I would love to see her succeed.

Swing by the store, I've got some great t-shirts up there, as well as my current favorite, Not Every Cleric is a Healer. A painting that I did based on one of my player's characters.

Thanks for visiting, and Happy Hobbying.


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