About Greybeard

What I know, I know well, what I want to know, I try to learn well, despite those who would rather I didn't. And from here on, I think I'll keep some of what I know, to myself. And we're approaching the time, that "some" will be changed to "most".

Internet Michigan Sales Tax BOOOOOO!

I heard the other day that our wonderful state government has voted to add an Internet Sales tax on all purchases made over the Internet from Michigan.  NOTE:  They only what to punish Michigan residence for using the Internet.  I think this great new law goes into effect on the 1st of 2015.   The effects this will have?

* It’s supposed to make the state millions of dollars in tax money.  Which will likely be sqaundered away  like our other hard earned tax dollars.

*It will definately cut back on the business online companies do in Michigan.

*It add’s just one more avenue for the state and the feds  to get their sneaky little hands into our pockets.

As for me,  I will weigh the costs of all purchases after Jan. 1st.,  and if I can’t save a few bucks on the Internet.  I will either not buy,  or wait until I can find it locally.

Gmail new is Not better!

I’ve been using Gmail since it’s beginning.  When they did the big update, I hated it, and forced my android devices back to the old version.  Since then I’ve been cruising happily along, until I got tricked into updating the app.  With the current update it appears that I can’t force it back to the older version.  So,,  I guess I’m in the market for a new email client.  Or I guess I could just use the web version, like I do on my PC.


Sold Red.

Well,  Red,  (the Jeep) has been sold.  I lost a little money on it, but I’m comfortable with the alternative,  (Black).  I did wind up putting $780 into the clutch on Black,  but it shifts like a sporty car now.  Black also now has it’s bigger tires.  We’ve had a lot of fun running northern trails, and saw a few Elk,  and there’s miles and miles of new stuff to explore.  “All Those Who Wander,  Are Not Lost!”

And a follow up on the Ruger 22/45.   An hour or so of internet searching learned me that a solid whack on the bottom of the magazine after insertion,  will seat it properly and cure the feeding problems.  If it was a carry gun,  I’d send it back,  but I can live with it on a plinker.  I also found a site that talks about how to actually fix the problem,  (maybe Ruger should have done that)

what is going on with new gun quality control??

I’ve purchased or won three new guns in the last year.  A Benelli 20 gauge pump, a Remington 770 in .308, and a Ruger 45/22 .22 caliber pistol.  None of the three of them were functional when I got home.  The Benelli had to be sent back to the factory TWICE!  Before it would function.  The Remington had  two separate problems,  ( I won it, not bought it). I found how to fix the most serious problem on YouTube, but returned it with the other problem still intact.      I traded it for the new Ruger.  Today I own a non functional Ruger pistol.  It needs to go back to the gunsmith/dealer, before it can be fired. (About  a 75 mile drive)  Benelli, Remington, and Ruger!  What ever happened to quality control??  Or for that matter checking out a gun before you sell it??

it’s just Minty

The move from windows xp to Linux Mint is coming along very nicely.  My biggest fears , the transfer of my finacincial data to Linux, turned out to be a snap. Only one of my programs didn’t have a Linux application, but it only took a few minutes to download “Wine” to the Linux box and fireup my obscure but occasionally important program.

Over all I’m pretty happy with the move, I should have done it years ago.  My desktop machine is faster, cleaner, and much safer than it’s been in years.

NOTE:  I don’t “game” on my computer devices anymore, that might have made a difference in my opinion.

Jeep? Jeeps :-)

So maybe I’m reliving my younger years,  but I not only bought the Red Jeep that I have previously mentioned,  but now I’ve bought a second Black Jeep.  They are both Wrangler YJ’s,  not the CJ-3 and CJ-5 of my younger years,  but they still look like Jeeps,  and drive like Jeeps. (more that can be said of some of the newer models)  The Red is a 1995 and the Black is a 1992.

The Red is an Automatic trans,  and the Black is a 5 speed stick, with a 4 inch lift kit.






Both have the 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine,  which is a little peppier than the L-4 in my old CJ-3,  but nothing comparable to the V-8 in my CJ-5.  “Black” is a standout in Michigan, because it has almost ZERO body and frame rust.  I was getting comfortable with “RED”, until I ran into “Black” up at “NortherThan”.   It was black like my old CJ-5,  it had a stick shift,  and a 4 in. lift kit.  I couldn’t resist.

Now I own two Jeeps.  I’ve pretty much got both of them  fixed up and ready to go,  Both have under 80,000 miles,  new radiators, brakes,  and both have good tires,  though “Black” is going to get a bigger set soon. OH,  and “RED” has a nearly new soft top.   I suppose when I get around to it,  I’ll have to sell “Red”.  It would make someone a  good around town jeep,  and/or a good trail riding machine.  If you’re interested,  keep an eye out here.  http://nmi.craigslist.org/cto/4661565773.html


I have a bunch of parts to put on “Black” when we get back to NortherThan.  It needs some fine tuning on the rear hatch, a new clutch master cylinder cap,  bigger tires, a new 12v power plug, and a good trail tool kit,  but, we should be on the trails a few days after we get back.  Oh yeah,  and I also have to take that silly aftermarket air conditioner off of it. (what a joke).