Friday, September 28, 2018

I had not been down here since I got the news.
Toys "R" Us: Closed up for good.

Man, I have walked out of these doors with some
good stuff. Action figures. Jason Voorhees. I miss
this place. But the room I don't have for the figures
doesn't. It looks like the gangs have moved in. This
never was and never will be my favorite
town in the world.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Several years ago a friend bought this ashtray for me
as a gift. It wasn't meant to be used as an ashtray. It was
to be used as just a cute little decoration which is good
because I don't smoke. And today is my Fifteenth Non-
Smoking Anniversary. I have not had a cigarette for 15
years this go around.

Yes, I did smoke for many years. I picked it up when I was
younger than I want to say. I quit once or twice for 5 years
or so at a time if I remember right. Things are kind of a blur
after a while. But now I don't even want to smoke at all.
I don't even ever think about it. For real. Not at all.

Not smoking is good. It is not the paradise that it is made
out to be. But I feel better than when I smoked, especially
at the end of the day.

All of that said, and as I have said before, I am always on
the side of those who smoke. Folks who smoke get a
raw deal. Anyway, 15 years... Huzzah!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Star Wars Day at El Rancho.
I picked up my very own copy of "Solo: A Star Wars Story".
Dinero has been a liiiiittle scarce here at El Rancho in 2018, so
I have been passing up going to the movies unless it is something
that I am DYING to see. "Solo" was not one of those movies. I just
had a bad feeling about it. But I said that I would buy the
Blue-ray when it was released and I did.

I am still not totally excited, maybe I will be surprised.
The viewing will have to wait a few days anyway.... work.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I found the movie "Lights Out" in the $5.00 bin at
Walmart. I think people liked this movie when it
came out. It was much more expensive in the past.

I am anxious to see it. I am betting.... jump scares.
But oh well, I love having a new scary movie to watch.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It is Knife Day again here at The Ranch!
Above is a screen grab of Don Henley's video of his
song, "Boys of Summer". In the picture you can see
a surplus store that is/was in Van Nuys, California. I had
a friend who worked there for a time when we were
about 17 or 18 years old. One night when we went to pick
her up after work she brought out a present for me.

She knew that I liked knives so she got this Kabar "Rifle
Knife" for me. I guess it was just unusual enough to be
interesting. Stainless steel. Four inch blade with an overall
length of eight inches. I never really knew what this specialty
shape was for. I've never used it or needed to sharpen it. I've
just always had it and appreciated it.

That is all I know.

 The sheath is not the correct sheath though.
It won't hold it in, but it covers it fine.

Kabar. U.S.A. Nice.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The further Adventures of Tire.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happiness is when you find out
who left this garbage on your land.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We will not forget.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Another beautiful oak tree along the road.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

As I was walking through the parking lot on my way
into work today, I found this hex wrench. Although I do
not recommend walking along with your eyes to the
ground, if you do on occasion do that, you might
spot some cool stuff..... and lucky coins too.

This wrench is actually teeny. Teeny tiny. I will
put it in my toolbox and someday it might be
just the thing.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Sprinter.
I have never had the pleasure.

Monday, September 3, 2018

There are only a couple of movies that I will not watch
if I am alone in the house. To this point that list has included
all of the "Paranormal Activity" movies. But now?


Holy cow. I saw this in the theater two months ago and certain
parts of it are STILL giving me the heebie jeebies. Without giving
anything away I will just say "ceiling" and "in the shadows".

I am watching this one tonight.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Today's post kind of goes with yesterday's post. This is
a partial picture of my beloved brother-in-law. This is a
scan of a picture I took with a film camera twenty-four
years ago at Toontown in Disneyland, Anaheim. The reason
I am showing this picture is because of the knife on his belt.

This was back in the better days when Disneyland didn't
worry about such things. We weren't hooligans for carrying
tools. Sure, there WERE hooligans that carried knives, but
anybody could see that we wasn't them.
For us, wearing a knife was/is a non-issue.
Didn't even think about it.

Better days. In many ways, yep.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

 Knife Day at El Rancho De La Tex!
This is not a knife review. This is a "Hey, check out this
great knife I have!" thing. This knife has a LOT of
sentimental value for me. This is the Buck 112 Ranger
knife. I bought this knife in about... oh.... 1982 or so.
It has been with me during a lot of events in my life.

It came with a great leather sheath. I don't know about this
sheath, but the sheathes today I hear are made in Mexico.
But the knife? All American. Proudly made by Buck
in the U.S.A. As you can see, my sheath has seen a
lot of love.

The Buck 112 Ranger is a lock back knife and I have full
confidence in the strength of the lock. The grip panels are
I believe a resin infused wood that have held up great and
are beautiful. Great clip point blade. Back in the day Buck
called it a "California Clip". Don't know if they still do.

The bolsters are brass and if one wishes, with a little
Flitz or the like they will polish to a bright finish,

It is said that everybody from the casual collector to the
expert should have a Buck 112 or 110 in their collection.
The 112 is a smaller version of the 110. I have decided that
I am going to add a 110 to my collection in the next few
months. I just have that hankerin'.

This is a big and heavy knife. Belt/sheath carry is just
about mandatory. I think this is why many people don't
carry this knife anymore. Pocket clip light tactical knives
are the thing now. I am older school. I am good with the 112.

I love Buck knives.