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.


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).

Mate is running

It took a couple of tries but Linux 17 Mate is now running on my old HP workhorse.  Still running along side of XP until I get used to it,  but XP’s day’s are definitely numbered.  It’s been a long run with Microsoft,  but “times,  they are a changin'”.

Mate Update

I’ve got the Mint 17 Mate disk and it runs fine from disk, so I guess it`s  just a matter of when I get the time to update this old HP box.  The from disk version runs as fast as XP so I’m thinking the the HD install will be pretty quick.

On other tech. issues,  I’ve learned that my big TV does NOT have an open HDMI slot in the back(or the front).  So It appears that I can’t stream video from my Kindle Fire or my Xoom to it.  (DARN!)   But I did learn that my old “WII” box will pull down Amazon Prime Video, (Cool!)   I also learned that Direct TV will not work with me on the price,  they’re sticking with the $100 bill a month thing, for local channels and a few other networks that we watch.  (of course they include about 200 other absolute JUNK channels for the C-note,  but that just ain’t gonna get it.) The Antennae Web website say’s we can get a whopping 2 over the air channels, (1 is public broadcasting).  So it’s looking like it’s gonna be Internet TV , channel 5 and channel 19 for us. (Thanks a bunch Uncle Sam!!!!)  Charter is the only other choice and they’re not offering any deals either.  The $99 a month special with Charter,  turns out of cost $150 a month for all three services,  (phone, TV, Internet).  That’s about $15 less that I’m currently paying,  but not enough to make the switch.  (and there’s the principle of the thing, $99 should mean $99)   If I wasn’t so tired of messing with these rip-off artists,  I might have fallen for the $15 savings,  but those day’s are long gone.

Mint Mate 17

Since I couldn’t get Mint Cinnamon to work correctly on the XP box, I contacted tech. Support and they suggested I use Mint Mate 17,  thinking that my video card isn’t up to snuff.  The Mate 17 disk is now in the mail.  I also have the option of updating the video card, but first I’ll see how I like “Mate”.

My other tech issue is it’s time to dump Direct TV!  $100 a month for TV is killing me!(that’s without any premium channels).  The big problem is , we get basically nothing on an over the air antennae.  I’m looking at Amazon prime, but I’m running into initial problems getting it onto the big TV.  Same goes for Hulu and the others,  I guess I’ll pull the big job out tomorrow and see if it has an empty hdmi port in the back, it doesn’t have one in front.





I gave Comodo a fair trial, and it didn’t turn out so hot.  My XP box got so slow on the Internet that it wasn’t use able.  I tried contacting their tech support, but to no avail.  I wound up taking it off and installing Outpost along with Avast av.  They still slow things down a bit, but it’s use able now anyway.  I suppose It’s still not safe using XP, but the Linux Mint Cd didn’t work either.  I’m now trying Ubuntu, but it seems awfully slow.  What a pain!  Why did MS abandon us?  I think I’m getting closer to buying a new machine…….  :-(

Ticks, Ticks, and more ticks!!!!!

We just got back from an extended stay at Northerthan.   The Tick population has  exploded over our very cold winter.  (contrary to what all the “experts” said)

Bottom Line:  If you even as much as drive though the Pigeon River Elk viewing area,  you’ll probably wind up with a tick crawling on you somewhere,  and if you get out of the car,  you might have multiple ticks.   The Mosquito problem is nearly as bad.   I’ve never seen so many mosquito’s in one place.

We learned to use Permethrins on our clothes and Deet on our bodies.  It’s to only way to stay somewhat tick free.

I just don’t know what ever happened to the Michigan I grew up in.  When I was a kid, we could play outside alll day,  and never find a tick or chigger,  and only a few mosquito bites,  (except after a rain).

And here’s a great link that talks about Permethrin’s and Deet  as tick repellents

Tech. Byte:  I’m typing this from my old XP pro box.  I suppose it’s going to have to go away soon.   I have Ubuntu and Mint disc’s to try out,  leaning towards Mint.  I’ve been keeping the old XP box locked offline with my firewall,  unless I absolutely need to do something online with it.  I’ll open the firewall for long enough to complete my task then lock it back down again,  and I’ve been doing my finances on a Linux laptop    It has been working fairly well that way. Today I updated ZoneAlarm (on XP) at their request,  and they secretly install Microsoft NET !   I’ve been keeping that off the old box,  but not any longer.  And of course,  NOW IT”S SLOWER THAN MOLASSES ON THE INTERNET.

UPDATE:  I uninstalled Zone Alarm after learning that it’s crashing XP boxes everywhere,  and now I have Comodo firewall and Anti-virus.   The old box seems to be running better now,  and is definitely  better protected.