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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Two days off

The boat construction project has been put on hold for the last 2 days due to "circumstances". "My God, I thought I was gonna die".

Speak'n of boat build'n....not the big boats ya take on a fish'n trip, but the little ones ya hang on the wall an' look at. They are not TOYS like what ya would buy for $20 from the toy section in Walmart. These are replicas of the real thing....classic an' historic boats, down to the finest detail. Just thought you should know that.

Nuttin at all has happen at Billy Bob's house, other than health issues. An' I'm fed up to [here] with health issues. I'm kind of like everbody else when I think I'll get better. In the real world, it don't always happen that way, but we try anyhows. Ha ha....then we roll over in our grave an say..."what the hell just happen"? 

I keep think'n "Texas". You have no idea how much I miss be'n in Texas. Then I get to think'n, with my health issues, what the hell would I do in Texas? Rent a RV space? Sit on my ass an' "do nuttin"? Have nobody to come visit or to call on when in need? At my present location, "yo mama's", I have both. I am checked on daily. My needs are met...daily. I am provided food....daily. Shoot, I got it made.
But that still don't cure my desire to be back "home" in Texas. 

Today, I will attempt to make that long walk (50 feets) to the shed an' work on my model boat. For those that have some extra time on their hands an' ain't got nuttin to do...Google "1949 Chris Craft photos" . You won't be sorry. Will attempt to update today's construction on a post tomorrow...or the next day....or so.
This is the REAL thing......

Ok, got my shoes (sandals) sit'n next to me....got things to do. See ya laters.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When it rains, it pours

Holy cows.....this stuff sucks.

Let's take the most important problem at Billy Bob's house an' work from there. Last week I had ordered some hobby stuff through Amazon. I received a phone call from my debit/credit card holder from some dude I couldn't understand worth a poop. He was verify'n a couple charges on my card. Then he says..."Contact Edward Jones". Then I received a email for Geico..."your insurance" payment was rejected". Then I call the credit card holder...."you have a zero balance"....."Contact Edward Jones" Well that cain't be, I just installed a whole 5 gallon bucket of dollars in that account.

First thing this morn'n...I contact Edward Jones. Pat is such a nice lady. She bring up my account on the computer...."you got's a whole bucket of dollars in your account". Then she call the card holder. It seems I need a physical address. Me an' Pat take care of that lickity split....even though I don't live there. She call the card holder back, the restriction has been lifted. But...I only have access to a thousand dollars for the next couple days. All is well. *fingers an' toes crossed*

Ok, this "master boat builder" done screw up. I glued a piece of wood in the wrong place an' it had to be removed. I break out my trusty box cutter like hobby knife an' commence to cut between the two pieces. The knife slips. My thumb is in the way. A big ass deep gash in my thumb. Blood all over the place. Well.....maybe it ain't that bad, but it hurted like hell. Doctor Robert bandages it up an' I go back to work.

Go'n back to work, what little I got done, you cain't see unless ya look real close.
I painted the engine room compartment. While that was dry'n, I builded 4 mahogany side boards an' 2 floorboards for in the cockpits. 
Oh oh, I done forget to take pics of the construction of the "modified" engine room hatches. Modified from a single hatch to a double hatch. That's it right behind the foward cockpit...two little white do-hickies. That white deck covering will give ya a idea what I'm do'n. Pretty ain't it? 
 These are the sideboard thngys with 2 coats of polyurethane. I don't like it. Will sand the poly off an' sand out a couple bad places in the mahogany. In other words, start over.
The 2 decks come out lookn sharp. Hmmmm, did Chris Craft have grey floor boards?

 Health issues ain't so bad this morn'n. I've had much worse. Still no doctor appointment. But they did receive my records from other doctors. Dang, this is tak'n way to long.

 Just called Geico. My payment went through....Yeeee Haa!!!

Now it's time to go out to the shed an' work on a model boat.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A couple pcs.....Just a couple???

Man boy howdy. That's bout all I have to say bout that. Remember that "energy boost" I was tell'n ya bout??? Ha, that sucker was gone.....poooof, just like that. I know there's something wrong inside this old body, but try'n to convince the damn doctor of that, just don't work out. We call the doc office. Still no appointment to fix the first thing. What the hell???

I just knowed I was gonna do it, an' that's exactly what I did. My boat build'n table is a total disaster. I glue my fingers to everthing. Big ass hammers an' all kinds of construction tools lay'n on the floor. Leonard was chew'n on a piece of balsa wood.....my wood. Ya got the picture? I got some clean up to do before further boat construction. No pic, I done got it mostly cleaned up last night.

Speak'n of glue, have ya ever use the real thing....CA super glue? All ya gotta do is remove the cap an' you got super glue on a finger or two. I tryed the thin rubber (what ever) gloves. Ha, got me two pieces of wood glued together with a chunk of rubber glove between 'em.
Anyhows, I was think'n...how I gonna get all this glue off'n my fingers. Ha, I been wonder'n that for years. Input welcomed. I grabs holt to a container of Vasoline...I rubs it all over a couple fingers. With a box cutter type knife, I begin to scrape super glue off my fingers. It works, although not the best removal method. No cuts neither. I have clean fingers this morn'n.
Suggestion to anybody glue'n stuff with super glue....invest in some super glue deactivater/remover stuff. I didn't. But will in the near future. 

Speak'n of morn'n, I thought I was [this] close to slap dead this morn'n. I sleeped in the bed again last night. Just the short walk to the pee place, I hurted something terrible in the lower back. Appointment with "this" doc in a couple three days. I was dizzy. Cain't see straight. I cain't hardly breath. Somebody call 911. Now, three hours later, I'm feel'n much better.....somebody give me a light.

Speak'n of "give me a light....Ha, I'm do'n pretty damn good with the smokes. Yesterday I only had me one cough'n fit, an' it weren't bad at all. That crap come right up. Eleven smokes in a 18 hour day. An' work'n on a boat, some of them, burned down all by themselfs with out any help from the old Billy Bob. I'm sooo freak'n proud.

Don't say I didn't warn ya, here's what I been do'n for the last two days....bout 14 hours total construction time.
*I recommend you click a pic to see a much better view*




Boat deck stapled to a board before installation of frams an' bottom planking. Keep that sucker flat an' square so's it don't warp. 
 Much sand'n required before bottom planking. Dang, took me hours. 100 grit an' a 1x4 stick.
That's look'n pretty good Billy Bob, ya got the bottom planking glued down. "Let me see yer super glue fingers".
 Bottom is put on an' boat removed from building frame thingy.....chunk of plywood. Look'n like a boat.
 Side planking glued in place an' trimmed. Hot damn, we build'n a boat.
At this point, a batch of epoxy resin was mixed up an' the interior was resin coated. Water proofing an' extra strength. Topside curved frames installed. I quit for the day.....damn, it's dark outside.

At this point, I am at a stand still on the hull. Ya see, some "finished" parts need to be installed before the top PVC planking is installed. Painted floorboards an' "mirror finish" varnished interior side boards in the two cockpits. Interior to be painted.....dark red, like the red on the tug boat, or gray primer. Hard decision....think'n the red.

Here the red I'm talk'n bout. God I love this boat.

Ok, that's all the boat build'n stuff I'm gonna tell ya bout today.....BUT.....stand by, there's more to come.

Frick, it's been rain'n all morn'n an' it's still cold outside....68 degs.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Where my boat....Oh!! there it is

I'm gonna make a quick update on what's go'n on at Billy Bob's house. Not a damn thing.

Little things piss me off. Ok, we talk'n bout the USPS delivering a 1949 Chris Craft Runabout boat.
Yesterday early morn'n, my package was delivered to Carrolloton, Ga. That's where I'm camped....or close by. Out for delivery at 9:05am. At 11:30am the postal delivery lady zoom by the house do'n a hunnert mile a hour. She don't stop for nuttin. "Were my boat lady"?

So's this morn'n, I do a USPS tracking on my boat. What the hell, it's back in Atlanta again....after a trip to Acworth Georgia, where ever the hell that is. Now the delivery date has been changed from yesterday to Monday. Grrrrrr....where is UPS when ya need 'em?

Yesterday I feeled better than I feeled in the last 3 weeks. I actually had me a little energy. But I eat that up real quick. Back to sit'n on my ass do'n nuttin.

Did I mention my lower back pains? Well, tonight I'm gonna do something different. I'm gonna either sleep n my office chair or I'm gonna sleep in my "that chair" recliner. Seems like ever time I sleep in my number bed, the numbers do a hurt'n on my lower back. Got up again this morn'n hurt'n like a sum-a-gun. All bended over. Something ain't at all right.

The thought is cold weather is git'n to me. Stress level is way up there an' a slight case of depression has set in. I spended a winter in Deming New Mexico back in bout 2006 or 07. My God, I like to freeze my ass slap off. That was when I vowed to never ever in my remain'n days to spend a winter where it gets "super"cold under 40 degs. An' I didn't....until now. Well there was a couple occasions where it got into the upper 20's for a day or two. I'm talk'n night time temps ya know.

This winter, there will be a 150 watt light bub placed in two compartments under "da house". This is to keep my water lines from freez'n slap up an' I ain't got no coffee water in the morn'ns. You do know that the factory installed propane furnace has been removed....right? At 60% efficiency, that sucker had to go. But I do have sufficient heat to keep "da house" somewhat comfortable. A 18,000 BTU Mr. Buddy propane heater an' two 1500 watt (5000 BTU each) electric heaters. I've used this set up for bout 6 or 7 (maybe 5 or 6) years now an' wouldn't have it no other way.
"Well wait  minute Billy Bob, couldn't you reinstall the furnace"?

Hobby stuff: I got me 6 or 7 plastic containers all sorted out with my boat build'n stuff. These will be placed in arms reach of the hobby table Robert set up for me out there in the shed. For internet search an' building instructions, the laptop will reside in the shed. Until it gets too freak'n cold out there to build a boat. We even gonna build a hunnert-ten to 130 degree heated paint spray booth. What ya think bout that.
JB, make sure you order medium CA (super glue) an' accelerator to set the CA glue off with. The CA comes in 2oz bottles. Think'n two ain't gonna be enough, but that how many I got for a good start.

Louie, no I ain't got Windows 10 downloaded yet. It's ready to install on the new Dell computer, but not ready on the laptop. I'm gonna do the laptop first to make sure I like it before installing on the Dell. Laptop  Waiting on confirmation from Mr. Gates.
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Update....Oh shit, I forgot to publish this stiff. Better late than never I rekon.

Ok, I like USPS. The nice delivery lady pull up in the yard an' says...."Are you Billy Bob"? I am now the proud owner of a 1949 Chris Craft boat model. Of course I just HAD to take a look see what was in that package. Dang, a whole bunch of wood.
"Well shoot Billy Bob, let's build a boat". An' that's just what I did...I started. In nuttin flat, I had all the frames ready to glue n place. Then just the hell of it, I installed the keel an' the "butterfly" dooflotchy keel pieces. Well shoot, let's install the chine too. Sanding has been started for the installation of the PVC plastic bottom.
Pics will follow tomorrow. You be sooo proud of the old Billy Bob. He know some shit ya know.

Ok, till tomorrow....pooof, I'm gone.       

  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Let's build a boat....here on Billy Bob's Place

Ok, I'm just sit'n here with nuttin to do....I want to write something.
"What da hell ya gonna write Billy Bob"????
Shoot, I don't know....what ya wanna know?

After yesterdays comments...."to hell with Billy Bob's Hobby Shop". I was hav'n second thoughts bout it anyhows. But remember, you ax'ed for it. Any an' all boat construction stuff will be posted right here on Billy Bob's Place. In detail. Pics an' shit. Are ya sure this is what you want???

A comment from JB says he is gonna build the same model boat I'm gonna build. That's great news. I got some great links he may be interested in of other people that builded this boat. Let me know if'n ya wanna see 'em JB.
Ahh shoot Jb, here's a sample... Dumas Chris Craft 1941 Racing Runabout build. Enjoy...see ya in a couple days.

Gypsy, you can have a the 50's temps you want. I'm gonna close the winders, turn on some heat an' wrap up in some covers.....sleep like a baby.

See what I'm do'n here? Try'n to answer a few comments.

Shadow....I sure do hope you get yerself some relief from vitamins. I have too much damage from a few work related accidents an' Mr. Arthur Ritis. Vitamins would do me no help.

An' then there's Louie. Sorry Louie, but I ain't gonna get in your political questions.
Glad you tole me what year it was when we had that steak dinner. Ha ha Louie, I ain't gonna live in the shed, just work on my boat project until it gets too cold to go out there. Shoot, I may not even last that long before I'm build'n a boat in "Sally da house".

Ok, that's it. Now what ya wanna talk bout.
I know, let me tell ya bout a boat I had when I was way much younger. I lived in Texas City....bout 1967 I'm think'n. I fount this bout 24 foots Chris Craft cabin cruiser. It needed some help....rotted wood an' stuff. I fixed all that. Me an' XX wife "yo mama" took the boat out for a even'n cruise in Galveston Bay. Ha, we spended the night in Galveston Bay. Took on a few gallons of water too....bout 50 or so. A few more trips out on the water an' I burn the motor slap up. The boat was parked in the back yard an' wheels began to turn. I can make a open big ass fish'n boat out of this cabin cruiser. A few hunnerts $$$$ was spend on a stack of mahogany. The cabin was removed an' took to the dump--ster. A hunnert HP outboard motor was placed on the rebuilt transom. I got me a fine look'n fish'n boat. In the mean time, I weren't catch'n no fish an' I wanted me some fried shrimp. Let's convert it to a shrimp'n boat.

An' that's what I did. Picked up a rudder, shaft an' prop, with all the installation stuff. Throwed the hunnert HP outboard in the dumpster an' installed the engine out of my "up on blocks" Corvair....4 cylinder air cooled. Behind the Corvair engine was a 4 speed truck tranny. Don't laugh, it worked just fine. Well, there were occasions when things didn't go so well. Like the time the prop fall slap off an' we had to go overboard to find the not only the prop, but the nut that holds it on. Or maybe the time the clutch was no longer a clutch. Cain't go nowheres. Drive a few 16 penny nails on the clutch an' go like hell back to the dock.

I know I've touched on this story before....remember when the Coast Guard was look'n for me an' BIL Martin? Anyhows, a hurricane come very close to Texas City an' sink my Chris Craft shrimp'n boat. Throwed the boat in the dumpster.

Ok, now for the sad part of today's post. With all the health issues that took control of my life, I'm think'n "this really sucks". The first 10 or so years of back issues, I kind of accepted what it was...pain all the time. But it got worse. An' worse. That is where I am today. But it goes much further than that, I have a ton of other issues. After my heart surgery, it still works. Just don't know how good. Sometimes it beats like hell....shakes my body. My lung issue will never improve...accord'n to the doctors. I am down to less than 10 smokes a day, what helps with the cough'n situation. But shortness of breath, it helps none at all. I may need to get surgery on my foot. The Arthur Ritis is get'n worser. I have other issues that I won't touch on today. I feel I am stuck in Georgia for much longer than I was think'n.

Oh shit, this is too depressing. I'm out of here for today.    

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

YO....I'm back

It was 2 freak'n hours, try'n to make a link to 'Billy Bob's Hobby Shop'. There is no link.
Ya see, with all the boat build'n stuff I'm gonna be post'n bout, an' since nobody read'n "this" blog gits all excitis bout my boat building posts, I have decided to start a boat building blog with a link over there on the right. Ha, Blogger don't let me put a link over there. What the hell can I be do'n wrong?

An' you think I got a problem with that? Well let me tell ya bout E-bay. They have a item I can find nowheres else on the internet an' I was need'n it right now. So's I clickity click. "Your password is wrong". It's been a while since I order from E-bay, but this was a occasion of "have to". E-bay send me a email with a link to change my password. Ha, that don't work. Password to short. I add a letter an' it says invalid. Another 2 hours an' I still ain't got a E-bay password. I gave up.

My order for boat stuff was ordered last week. A whole bunch of stuff. All on one order. Amazon took my 1 order an' divided it up into 6 orders...scattered out all over the country. One order has arrived. The rest is due here between tomorrow an' next Monday. That sucks....I'm impatient an' very excitis. Note: The letter X works cause I'm on the other computer.

Ok, here' the deal on build'n the newest addition to my remote control boats. Robert has cleared a spot in the new shed an' placed a big ass fold'n table an' my old office chair for the construction of the 1949 Chris Craft Runabout. His idea is that it will get me out "da house" an' off'n my ass. We'll see how that works out. But I bet ya a dollar, in less than a week, I'll be build'n the boat in "da house".  

Did I tell ya bout the leak'n water line under the kitchen sink? Well, it's fixed. We replaced the flexible hoses with brand spank'n new ones. Well Robert did. No leak. Why the hell does stuff keep break'n at my house?

Still no word from the doctor's office for my next appointment. Something has got to be done. Everthng I told the doctor was hurt'n, he has not addressed any of them. Just a couple blood tests an' that's it. Blood tests all come out nuttin wrong.....I'm in good health....hahahaha.

As far as my back issues, "my god....I hurt". Other than the continual pain in my hip, the F5-S1 hurt like a sum-a-gun every morn'n. It ain't supposed to do that with a "killed" nerve in that joint. If I could just have me ONE day of no pain!!!! Git'n old has it's drawbacks. In fact it sucks.

Speak'n of git'n old, I'm 30 days away for another year on this earth. Think'n I'll celebrate this year. Maybe a trip to Longhorn Steakhouse.
Do you know how long it's been since I been in a steakhouse? I'm think'n it was back in 200? when I took Louie out to eat on one fine even'n in El Paso, Texas. For a few years, I didn't eat much beef. I was a chicken pork chop kind of guy. Now I'm burned out on chicken....an' pork taste just like chicken. I don't know where to buy good eat'n fish what ain't raised in China. Walmart is out on this category. Their fish comes from China.

It sure is hard to write a blog. There ain't nuttin go'n on worth a diddle to write about.

Sadie Mae an' Leonard are get'n along pretty good. Although, Leonard ain't allowed to mess with "da dog". We all sleep together in the bed at night, but not on top each other.
Speak'n of night, I been hook up a electric heater for the last 2 nights. May get into the upper 50's for the next couple nights....62 last night.   

Friday, August 21, 2015

Still kick'n....a little bit

It's been a hard four or five days....an' it's been a pretty good four or five days.

I am still hav'n a hard time try'n to get food into my belly, an' then when I do, I get the burps an' "da pharts". Been too weak to do much of anything. I have attempted to go out on the deck an' get me some fresh air an' sunshine....when it ain't rain'n.

My freak'n der'maters are in trouble. The split. Throw 'em in the dumpster. I ain't eat'n no split maters. They ain't full size neither. Take a whole mater to make a mater samich. We ain't talk'n bout no more maters....I'm done, finished. Did you know???.....Walmart here in Georgia sells some the best look'n maters ya ever see in yer life? At $1.97 a pound, they better look good.

Been spend'n a ton of computer time research'n the construction of a 1949 Chris Craft Runabout model boat. Oh my God, it's gonna take 14 years fore I finish one. It's not so much the construction as it is the finishing of the mahogany planking. Jist to give ya a idea, the planking of the mahogany will take no less than maybe bout a month to install an' sand it down to a fine smooth surface. It has to be installed perfectly, with no cracks, no surface glue marks, not a scratch nowheres. Ha, I'm think'n I can do that. Sections of the mahogany planking will be stained darker than the topside decks (color contrast).

The entire boat will be fiberglassed for strength an' seal'n of the wood. Three coats of finishing epo*y will be applied an' sanded to a "plate glass window" surface. Just to reach this point of construction should take no less than 2 months. But....the old Billy Bob, he don't mess around....maybe a month.

To give ya a idea what I'm talk'n bout, take a look at this beauty......Holy Cows!!!

Anyways, this afternoon, I bited the bullet an' ordered this sucker. Along with a ton of required "stuff". Should receive it in a couple days....Monday. Then, that'd all you gonna hear bout for the net 14 years....how to build a boat.

The macerator shit pump was installed an' the black water tank was emptied out in bout 5 minutes. Pump'n that grinded up stuff right bout 50 feet into the septic tank clean out.
I'm think'n this is gonna be a cats meow. Not never ever gonna use that nasty 3 inch drain hose for the rest my life. But I'll still carry it with me just in case. I was borned at night, but it weren't last night.

Ok, it's 3:30 oclock in the am. I got to go to bed...see if'n I can go to sleep. "I'll bee bauck".......