New Radio Antenna

This old radio antenna had to go. It had some rust at the bottom and I didn’t like the look of it. The antenna couldn’t go any shorter than shown here, but it seemed to work fine in this position.

The next picture is when the antenna was fully extended. Did people actually drive around like this? It would easily hit my garage door.

This new antenna is much shorter and I think it really cleans up the look.

I’m Giving “Fear the Walking Dead” Another Go

When Fear the Walking Dead came out I watched every week, hoping it would pull me in. After the first episode of season 2 I’d had enough and gave up on it, which is hard for me to do with any TV show once I’ve gotten through a season.

With the end of The Walking Dead season 8 I knew I had to go back and give FTWD another shot. It didn’t take long and I was hooked. I’ve been working through seasons 2 and 3 for the last few weeks and have two episodes left until I can start on the current season. I guess I gave up on the show too soon.

Season 2

Hello Fresh

In addition to getting prepared meals from Factor 75, I thought I’d try out one of those services that send you all of the ingredients with a recipe. I signed up for Hello Fresh since I had just received a coupon in the mail. My thinking was that it would be nice to cook a few meals each week so I tried out the lowest plan available, which was two meals with two servings each.


Just like Factor 75, I liked that they deliver on Tuesdays. Box had insulation and packages of frozen gel to keep things cold, just like Factor 75. Inside the box, each meal was split into its own bag plus an instruction card.


Here is a closer look at everything included for the tomato flatbread meal.


Over two weeks I picked meals that were on the low side of prep/cook time. Remember I’m trying to save time. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Hello Fresh uses quality ingredients. Here are a few photos of what I cooked.




Everything tasted great. It’s a really good service and one I’d recommend. I decided to cancel and increased the number of weekly Factor 75 meals from 8 to 12 because their food is so good and a lot more convenient.

New Dimmer Switch

I’ve never seen a dimmer (brights / high-beams) switch on the floor until I bought the 1968 Chevy C10. The old switch was rusty and ugly so I ordered a new one as well as a bezel for the hole in the carpet.


One of the bolts was extra rusty and stuck, so it stripped right away. After trying several other things, I drilled through the top of the bolt until the head popped off. Then I was able to remove the switch and used locking pliers to twist out the bolt.


I put a new pad on the brake pedal, which was also much harder than expected!

A huge box of parts arrived on Friday, so I’ll be making a lot of upgrades over the next two months.

Factor 75 Prepared Meals

I few weeks ago I signed up for Factor 75 and I’m loving it!

What is Factor 75?

It’s a prepared meal delivery service. Each week you get to pick your meals for the following week.


Why Get Delivered Meals?

I get extremely lazy when it comes to cooking and I end up getting fast food or take-out for nearly every meal, especially during the summer. Not very healthy! After hiring a housekeeper a couple of years ago I’m a firm believer in paying for the things you don’t want to do. I’d rather spend my time and effort doing other things I enjoy.


Why Choose Factor 75?

When I compared a bunch of these services there were 3 things that made me try Factor 75 first.

  1. Tuesday delivery. Several of the other services delivered on Friday, which seems pretty dumb. Anytime you’re going away for a weekend you basically have to skip an entire shipment.
  2. Pricing and meal counts. Most of these services are about the same price, but Factor 75 was slightly cheaper. They also offer a bigger selection of the # of meals per week you select. I started out with 8/per week and have already increased to 12 for next week.
  3. Flexibility and control. On their website you get full control of your account. You get to select exactly which meals you want next week and you can plan out several weeks ahead. You can pause for a week (or more) if you’ll be away. You can change the number of meals every week.

A few years ago I was getting a monthly shipment from Pre-Made Paleo (which is True Fare now). Each part of every meal was individually frozen in bags and you’d get 4 or 5 of the same meal with each shipment. The meals weren’t very exciting and the lack of flexibility was a big negative of their service.

After eating Factor 75 for almost 3 weeks, every single meal has been great. Nothing is frozen. Think of them as fancy TV dinners made with fresh, healthy, and quality ingredients. When I’m hungry, I pop a meal in the microwave and it’s ready in 2-3 minutes.

If you want $20 off your first order, use my Factor 75 referral link.

Every meal has heating instructions for the microwave and oven. There is also full nutrition info.


Map Orientation

Have you ever thought about rearranging your office so your desk faces north? Then when looking at a map on the computer it would match up to the way I’m sitting. I feel spoiled by mobile devices.

Link Dump – 2018/06/05