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Small Part Rust Removal

In Did You See This? on August 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm

So I’m looking to clean up this thread pitch gauge and whimsically decide to try CLR which was taking forever. Decided to drop the jar in the ultrasonic and the gunk just jumped off the piece. The folks at one of the amateur gunsmith sites thought it was ingenious.

If you can’t be handsome, be handy.

In Be a Guy, Did You See This?, Tool Kit on August 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

True story…

Wednesday my buddy sends me this picture.

And asks if I know what it is…

Which I don’t. It fell off his kitchen faucet hose.

And he follows up with “do you know any plumbers….”

And that night I’m up under the sink…

Thursday I’m on line

Friday I’m back under the sink and don’t ask…

But the faucet is working.

Sunday I’m over there to eat dinner and he mentions the dishwasher still isn’t getting water, but he has a plumber coming on Monday.. and I holler at one of his sons and get back under the sink and turn that valve..

And over dinner Peter tells my girlfriend about how well he set me up.

You know what they say?

If you can’t be handsome, be handy…

Doggone

In Did You See This? on June 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

I ended the longest healthy relationship of my life this week; I put my dog down.

The differences in my head became immediately apparent; when I got home an ajar gate wasn’t cause for alarm.

A Power I Wish I Used Wisely

In Did You See This? on May 2, 2018 at 9:09 am

Sometime this winter I get a bright idea, turn to my girlfriend and tell her “Why don’t you send Carol a message that she should invite us over for dinner? She does, Jon and Carol are out of town. We make a plan for when they return and all are looking forward to it. They come back, Jon goes to get a checkup at the doctors the week they return, ends up in the hospital and passes away shortly. Too bad, I was really fond of Jon.

So about a month ago my buddy Warren’s aide calls to inform me that he and Bea want Lisa and I to come over for dinner a week from Tuesday. I tell her it sounds great, it’s a date. And the Friday before our planned dinner I get another call as my guy is in the hospital with something associated with being 90. We all promise we’ll reschedule ASAP. And Warren passes this morning. I knew him for 50 years.

Both of theses gentlemen, that’s what they are, had begun to mentor me into the League of Oldtimers; while my age might qualify me for membership, my accomplishments certainly don’t put me in that pantheon.

Hand to Hand May Day

In Did You See This? on May 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Sights

In Be a Guy, Tool Kit on August 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

IPhoto Jul 27, 8 29 11 AM purchased the shotgun shown here as a just divorced gift to myself, just for the hell of it. Vaguely I thought it might come in handy if I ever were to find myself in brown bear country (I didn’t worry back then about civil unrest). replaced the furniture with a Magpul stock and for end for comfort and installed an oversized safety button because i have arthritis in my hands. I can put slugs on a paper plate, with it, at 50 yards; the slugs are both store-bought and from shells I load. I find banging away with this to be cathartic and just plain fun. I also get a giggle out of being a 2A liberal. One of the specific selling points to this Mossberg was the ghost ring sight.

More and more Red Dot Sights are transitioning from rare and expensive to utilitarian so I decided I’d give them a try. But I’m cheap and I’ve been waiting for the prices to drop. At $ 25- I decided to give the Fieldsport a try.  I did not want to remove the factory sights so I had to modify the firearm to install a short rail section on which to mount the sight. Every tool is a kit; hammer handles need fitting, knives need sharpening and guns need tweaking.  The process was not difficult, I’ve got 50 years of puttering behind me. It did require some workarounds. None of my transfer punches was the correct diameter to match the whole in the rail and I had to shorten one of the screws. it would have gone more quickly and smoothly if I had a mill- but I’m not sure the outcome would have been significantly improved.

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The Transgender Bathroom Dilmena

In Did You See This? on August 30, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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I’m distressed that there were so many NC legislators obsessed with people pissing that they could pass the “Bathroom Bill” in one day.

My Experience with Trans People is pretty damned limited and I have more stories than almost anyone else i know.

35 years ago, after a burlesque show in New Orleans, despite my attempts to wave her off, my date accepted the suggestion that we head down the street to an after-hours bar with some of the performers. Now mind you, I’d just seen the sexiest strip routine of my limited experience [strip clubs have always escaped me] including the finale where the performer pulled her dick out from wherever she had it tucked and wagged it at us all. We have a few more cocktails and my friend says “I just realized I may be the only woman here” and some sweet young thing next to her at the bar quips “You may be the only woman here born with a pussy”.

30 some years ago, at the end of my drinking, there was a bar that had live music starting at 11-, that I habituated. There was someone there who may or may not have been transgender; my friends certainly thought that she was a he. By that time of night I was 3 sheets to the wind and ready to add a little cosmic dissonance to the world so I would ask her to dance; what did I care? Actually I did care as it drove my macho little buddies nuts.

Maybe 20 years ago, on a scorching day, I’m waiting for an architect on a corner of what used to be a notorious neighborhood which was quickly gentrifying. I kid you not- The Meat Packing District. I’m standing on the corner and this guy, I’d seen around before, is flouncing towards us in a lovely sundress with matching parasol and fuck-me pumps. Actually kind of charging as he had a body that any 165 # wrestler would be proud of. So I make some off-color quip to the little Russian junior engineer whose waiting with me; maybe I said 1’here’s your date”. He turns red, I laugh and then our friend is right up on top of us berating me. “Listen motherfucker, anyone one who looks like you has no business, and I mean no business (look at that gut) making any fucking fun of anyone” It’s game time in one of New York’s roughest neighborhoods, but I’ve been around so I come back with “Your right, your absolutely right. I used to be a swinging dick and look at me now; a fat white man in a suit. What the fuck happened to me?” My buddy steps back, twirls her parasol and says “Well now sugar, how long ago were you a swinging dick? I’m thinking maybe I can help you get some of that back.” Chucks me on the shoulder and walks away as I’m putting my hands up in the Football TD sign.

Five years ago I worked with an Italian guy, short, hairy and bald. We’re still friends, not a guy I’d want to move a refrigerator with but he was ok. Somehow we get to talking about proms and he asks “Have you ever seen my prom picture? I’ll email it.” I open the mail and there is a picture of a cute little dark-haired girl with a big polish looking dude sporting a mullet. I don’t spend too much time on it, I’m thinking maybe he was making a mullet joke. An hour or so later he sends another email “I’m the one in the dress.” Again, game, set match.

This year I’m talking to a friend who’s obviously upset and is reaching out to me, I guess, because I have a gay sibling. She had dropped her daughter off at college, the girl had come home for Thanksgiving and then kind of fallen off the radar. So my 6th grade sweetheart heads down south to see what’s going on and discovers that her daughter is on the way to being her son. Honestly, I laughed and said maybe my kids aren’t such a pain in the ass. I told her about Justin above and how he seems to be pretty well-adjusted for a neurotic writer. We’re talking about a young adult I’ve known and seen around town for 20 something years- hadn’t seen her smile in at least 10. A month or two later I ran into him and his father at the diner. For the first time I can recall he wasn’t in some kind of Goth self-torture rictus ball but standing up tall and smiling.

In the wild and wooly 70s and 80s it was not uncommon for women to get tired of the lady’s room line and crash the men’s room in bars, particularly C&W bars. Depending on how many stalls there were it was not that uncommon to see women drop their drawers, jump up and piss in the sink too- they may still do it, I just haven’t been to many bars for the past 30 years. Lately I’ve seen women crash the men’s room at concerts and sporting events- but I haven’t seen any piss in the sink.

So in 40 plus years of seeing men and women share public restrooms I’ve never seen a rape and any man who chooses to bitch about it gets booed  down pretty quickly by the other men.

And then there’s the meme thing running around the Internet- which basically says I’d be a lot more concerned about the longest-serving Republican speaker of the house being in the same restroom as my son than I am about a man who was born with a vagina.

 

 

What We Missed

In Did You See This?, Mobile Updates on August 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm

ColinWe are missing the fundamental disconnect in the Colin Kaeperinick story; that he even considers himself black & consequently set aside, despite being a 1% elite, is a terrible condemnation of the racial divide in America.
Google a picture of Ms. Russo who gave him up for adoption, she’s about as white a white woman as one could find. Then google the Kaepernicks a couple central casting sends over when the scene calls for a Wisconsin couple. We are still carrying that one drop tar baby prejudice deep in our psych and so is he. A few years ago I asked why Halle Berry & Lenny Kravitz are considered black and my brother set me straight- because they get followed around in department stores.

I’m intrigued that the folks, I know, that are rabidly 2A can’t support Colin’s 1A statement.

Drew Diaz
@standup2p
Standup2p.wordpress.com

The New Economy

In Did You See This?, Fleshed Out Tweets on May 6, 2016 at 5:58 am

With a daughter who graduated with a pretty good average from a pretty good school how do I explain things? I already explained to a friend who suggested there was an internship at her sisters ad agency- don’t you think you’re limiting your talent pool by only taking on the children of rich people? Christ on a bicycle, every person who ever worked for me was payed for their trouble.

The new economy:
Dating is the process of weeding out whom you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with- ie a probationary year for a new hire.
Friends with benefits, we know a lot of the same people and sometimes are together, but that doesn’t mean we will be together & at best we’ll split the tab- ie Internships.
Fuck buddies, we use each other and nobody has the right to feel abused- ie employment through a temp agency.
One night stands, if there’s nothing better at closing time lets hook up- ie Independent 1099 employees.

There was a time when companies prided themselves on their training programs and fostered advancement now it’s a zero sum game.

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Boys Brains

In Be a Guy, Did You See This?, Mobile Updates on May 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

I’m a 12 yr old at heart.
59 years old and I see this picture on the sidewall of an out of business store on 7th Ave. out of the corner of my eye.

And it registers.

And I back up and take the photo.
And I post it.
And I snicker.

@standup2p
Standup2p.wordpress.com

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