Friday, January 29, 2016
Reader Asks a Question, More Tractor Parts and Blogger Still Not Working
Another nice day today if a bit on the windy side. I been working on prepping the old tractor's sheet metal parts for a re-painting. It ain't going to be some super slick high gloss job though. Just brightening up the colors a bit and removing some rust. She is going to go right back to work and going to get all dinged and scratched up anyway.
Between that and needing to split another load of firewood that's about all I got done today. Still not feeling enough like Spring to get me jump started into full motivation mode.
I had a reader email me and ask why I was wasting so much time on tractors if I felt an economic collapse would eventually leave us liquid fuel free?
A fair question I must say. The answer lies in the length of time it takes us to get from the point we have reached now to whatever point we finally level out at. This has been one slow, grinding decline I don't think anyone can deny that and as things wind down technology that was once thought of as obsolete often times comes back into fashion as it is a better choice. In the case of these old tractors they get smaller jobs done with much less energy consumption than the larger ones. I bet all told I didn't even use 25 gallons of fuel (either diesel or gas) all Summer last year. They are much simpler to maintain (Ok as long as you aren't rebuilding a diesel engine anyway) and were definitely made to last.
Of course when the fuel and lubricants run out they stop working no denying that but I figure I could still get a year or two's work out of them even after a full collapse just with the fuel I store on site. If things continue on the slow grind down for a few more years I might even have them for another decade before fuel runs out.
After that I can park em in the front yard and use em as props to tell my great grandchildren about the good old days and how man had machines to do all the hard work for him.
We aren't talking big money here anyway. Even with a two year window in a post collapse situation they would more than pay for themselves and the return on the investment in time to adapt would be priceless in my opinion.
As for blogger well nothing has gotten any better. I made a post yesterday at 4:00 PM and it never updated to other blog rolls until sometime after 2:00 AM this morning. That's at least 8 hours it sat there. Almost all my posts now refuse to update until sometime in the wee hours of the morning.
In other blogger related glitches. I have noticed I jumped up to 156 followers yesterday morning than fell to 148 by that afternoon and lost an additional two this morning to 146. Yet I don't see where any are gone now. Who knows? I also noticed that when I click on comments that my silver and oil price widgets disappear and the only way to bring them back is to reload the blog manually.
Not sure what's up with any of these issues but I guess there is nothing I can do about them right now but continue on and hope it gets straightened out. I put in a thread about it on the help forums and got one reply asking questions and then just crickets chirping.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!