Saturday, December 19, 2015
It's Ethnic Engineering Saturday!!!!
I got up this morning before dawn to do the usual feeding and as I am prying my sleep sealed eyes apart and hit refresh on the blog page I noticed I lost like 11 or 12 followers over night.
I start ticking off in my head what I wrote this time. See the truth is my brave thick skinned followers that remain, I have more than likely lost far more followers than I have ever gained over the years.
So I start going over the key topics that usually end in the blog losing a follower or two.
I hadn't bashed Feminism in a while. It's been a few weeks since I did the Booneslick series of posts so no Faux Injun followers should have been leaving over night...
As a side note I did lose two followers during that Booneslick series of posts. It never fails when I do a pro-European colonist post that I lose one or two followers. I am guessing they retreat to their multi-Indian-cultural teepees and eat payote while throwing darts at an avatar of me.
I hadn't made any reference to America having been built by colonist and not immigrants in some time. That particular post was very interesting. I did it about the time the media started spamming the pictures of the drown Syrian kid and had a follower or two leave in disgust because I was speaking out against all this third world and Mooslim immigration. What's funny is I saw one of them who left bashing Mooslims in a comment on another blog recently.
I guess opinions change with the wind these days.
I haven't bashed horses in a while. Well other than the usual "worthless pain in the ass animals of pasture destruction" comment here and there.
I haven't mentioned not asking minorities about tools at the hardware store either....
Oh ya I haven't made a comment about over paid government employees or bashed on public service pensions in a while either for that matter. Both of those usually bring an angry comment or two and the occasional new follower leaving.
Honestly I was stumped. I thought I had been doing rather well at not pissing someone off recently.
Then I noticed that Google had been changing some things and I am thinking some old inactive anonymous ID's were simply removed. Certainly none of the recent followers or regular commenters disappeared so I am relived about that.
Anyway I was on my way out to clean the chicken coop this morning after feeding and I got a little side tracked.
It was turning into a very pleasant day. Wind under 10 MPH and it was coming in from the South and was pretty warmish, sun shining and well ya know I had been racking my brain about putting the trailer draw bar on the tractor and not wanting to take the blade off. You see taking the blade on and off is a real pain but I like to keep the blade on in case it snows or I need to drag a tree around.
Then suddenly I had one of those rare moments of Ethnic Engineering brightness.
Why not put a ball hitch on the blade?
Well because the bolt on the hitch is bigger than the adjustment hole on the blade that's why.
Then I remembered I had one of those odd pressure ball trailer hitch things that I have never used because I didn't trust it.
hmmmmm. Could I make it work? The bolt was of course too large for the hole but could I use a different type of bolt? One of those rounded head ones?
A big carriage bolt, a couple of nuts and washers and whaaa-laa. I can now move my little trailer around without taking the blade off and putting the draw bar on. This is huge trust me!!!!
Not exactly something I would want to use pulling a trailer down the road but for my purposes around the farm it should do fine. I never adjust the blade around backwards anyway and if I ever need to I can just take the new ball hitch off.
The only thing I have to watch is not raising the blade all the way up or it will drag the back of the little trailer on the ground. I have a hitch on the front bumper of the 850 but I did not relish driving the thing backwards all the way down into the field to cut a little wood or using it that way to get some more hay bales out of the enclosed horse trailer either. To be honest driving backwards like that makes my neck hurt. The 850 also has the post hole drill on it and it's sometimes as bad as the blade to get on and off and I really don't want to take it off either in case I get out and put some more posts in before Spring.
This way I don't have to!!!!
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!