Monday, August 1, 2022

I know that I am way late to the party on this.
I've used levels for a long time usually for simple projects
like hanging pictures and such straight on a wall. But it was
only recently that I came across this cross-check level.
A VERY cool little tool.

In this picture I have laid it on my table surface and you can see
that it shows the table to be low in back and high on the right. It
shows both at the same time. What a great tool. I like it.

Cross-check. You learn something new every day.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

This is my Tosari transistor radio. When I was young a friend of
my mom made a device that would hold this radio to the handlebars
of my bicycle. I used to ride all over (and mean ALL OVER) the city
listening to Red Rubber Ball by The Cyrkle on AM 93 KHJ Boss Radio
out of Los Angeles, CA.

You can still make out some of the psychedelic green black light tape
that I put all over it. Happen'n days, man. Happen'n days.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

I do not know much about these things, but
this would tend to make me a bit... nervous.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

~ Chapter One, The Chair ~
I REALLY need a new chair for my desk. My older chair
broke and almost knocked me on my butt in the process.
I went to Staples (office supply store) and looked around.
I ended up buying the gray chair you see in the foreground.

~ Chapter Two, Oh The Pain ~
After getting it home and putting the thing together it just
didn't work out for me... at all. The lumber support KILLED
my back and it wouldn't recline at all. Oh well.

~ Chapter Three, The Return ~
Staples let us know that we can return The Chair to them within
14 days of purchase, with receipt (always) and if disassembled.
My son was a huge help with ALL of this and I was eventually
refunded my $$$s in full.

~ Epilogue ~
I dislike returning things and in the last 20 years it has been
necessary for me to do that only a couple of times (defective
items). As for the chair? I still REALLY need one and will try
again sometime down the line.

~ The End ~

Sunday, July 17, 2022

I love these trees.

Friday, July 15, 2022

I thought I had shown this before, but apparently not,
so here she is! From my 2010 visit to the Gene Autry
Western Heritage Museum in Griffith Park, California.

This is a rubber prop pistol used by Kevin Costner in
his movie "Wyatt Earp" (1994).

Movie props are a trip.

This display is no longer there. The pistol MIGHT be
in another section of the museum, but this area was
torn out. BOO. Sadly, I don't think that The Autry is
what she used to be, but I will still visit when I can.

Monday, July 11, 2022


The King.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

When it's roundup time in Texas, and the bloom is on the sage.
Then I long to be in Texas, back a-ridin' on the range.

Just to smell the bacon fryin', when it's sizzlin' in the pan.
Hear the breakfast horn in the early morn, drinkin' coffee from a can.

~ Nat Vincent & Fred Howard ~

Friday, July 8, 2022

I used to collect decals from the states and
places we visited. This is from one of our visits
to Maine sometime around 1966.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

 This is an old pamphlet for a shooting range I used to frequent
in Ventura California in the 80's and early 90's. It was located more
or less in the mountains and was a really nice place to shoot. There were
two ranges separated by a concrete wall. One side was for police training
(you should have HEARD what would come from that side of the wall) and
the other side was for us, civilians.

Other than the occasional grumpy
rangemasters, this place was perfect.


Look at this! $3.50 to shoot not for an hour or two, but for the entire
day, and your first set of targets were included in that price. Wo. And
$6.00 for 50 rounds of .38 Special reloaded ammunition, and I never
had an issue with any I purchased. Dang good.

The range closed I think in the late 90's?

I had some great times with some great friends here.



Unfortunately I have no pictures of the range as we
did not have cameras every place we went like we
do now. The best I could do is a Google aerial capture
of what the place looks like now-a-days. Sad. It used
to be beautiful.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Whoever is responsible for this reads
waaaaaaay too much Dr. Seuss.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

A little out of... no, make that a LOT out for character
for me, but I bought "Major Payne" because I saw a bit
of it on the Internet. A bit of a touching moment and it
hooked me. Probably a big mistake. We will see.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

...later that night.
Wow. I actually did enjoy this movie. It made me laugh a bit.
I was surprised to find myself anxious to see what would
happen next instead of looking at my watch for an hour and
thirty-five minutes. I have always liked Damon Wayans, but
I am generally not a comedy person. Anyway. I rate Major Payne
6.5 out of 10 Push Ups. I would recommend this movie.

Monday, July 4, 2022

 ~ Happy Birthday America, 2022! ~

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Another sighting of Roger Murtaugh's house from the Lethal Weapon
movie series. Roger's house is on the Warner Ranch lot in Burbank,
California. This sighting comes from the television show called "The
Partridge Family" (1970-1974). Way before Lethal Weapon, but this
house DOES go back a long way.

Here you can see the Partridge Family bus driving by the home
headed to another groovy gig (the Partridge Family is a band FYI).
Not a great picture. It was a screen shot from a news story. Best
I could do. But it's ROGER'S house so it's gold!

Monday, June 27, 2022

America's Birthday is coming up next week and we bought a shiny
new barbeque from Walmart to help us celebrate the day. We did
not want anything expensive and this "Expert Grill"...



....fit the bill at $19.97. It is 17.4 inches which is great for
what we need. Just some burgers and dogs and BAM!
We are good! It is going to be a beautiful day.


This is the box that the barbeque came in.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Folks have asked and yes, Borden Cinema does
indeed have it's own dedicated popcorn salt shaker.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

A new Zippo lighter to celebrate the day. 2nd Amendment.
I bought it over at Walmart. It was a little pricy at $16.98,
but I went for it. This will be added to my little collection
of Zippos and remain unopened.

Huzzah!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

This is an 8x10 sheet with photos of some actors who at
one time or another played cowboys in Western movies, some
more than others. I'm not sure where and when I acquired
this sheet, but one thing is for sure, I am not the original
owner.

Top row left to right:
1. George Houston, 1896 - 1944
2. Robert Livingston, 1904 - 1988
3. Ray Corrigan, 1902 - 1976

Bottom row left to right:
1. Don "Red" Barry, 1912 - 1980
2. Bob Nolan, 1908 - 1980
3. Buster Crabbe, 1908 - 1983

Saturday, June 18, 2022



It is Knife Day again here at El Rancho De La Tex!
Today's knife is one that I bought because, well, it's a SCREAM,
baby (if'n ya know what I mean). It is the Buck Model 119. As far as I know
there are two models, the 119 and the 119 Special. I think the Special has
a longer blade. That's really all I think I know about this knife and I could
be totally full of it. The 119 has been produced since 1942.

My 119 came with a cordura sheath which
I don't love, for this knife anyway. I would have rather had leather.
There is a plastic sleeve in the sheath and the knife rattles around
inside of it, making a lot of noise.

Anyway, this knife is really common and there are those who love
them, and those who hate them (the synthetic resin handle material).
I am just happy to own one.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

I made this.
It is a Deep Space Probe Ship. Call sign B52.

And no, it is not for sale.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Just a random photo I took at the Gene Autry Museum of 
Western Heritage, Griffith Park CA in 2012. A barrel out
on Trails West. Trails West is no longer there, which in
turn makes this barrel no longer there. You know how
I feel about that.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

~ National Flag Day, 2022 ~
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under
God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Friday, June 10, 2022


~ Random Around the Ranch Photo of the Day ~
The oranges are looking a little thin on this tree.
They will come back.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Solar lights along the driveway.
This is inevitable.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

 I broke down and bought "Thor: The Dark World" and "Thor: Ragnarok"
 on DVD instead of Blu-ray for three reasons:

1. I have REALLY wanted to see these movies... for a LONG time.
2. I have "Thor" and it is on DVD, not Blu-ray.
3. The Blu-rays are pretty expensive and times is slightly tight.


Then I went out, made some pancakes and...


...enjoyed the day's hazy view.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Another beautiful American Election Day...


...and I voted - June 7th - 2022.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Quick!
Before he makes tracks!

My mom took this picture.

Friday, June 3, 2022

 "We're family!"
Lethal Weapon 4 onscreen at Borden Cinema.

And so another Lethal Weapon Film Festival comes to an
end at Borden Cinema. It was fantastic as usual. I will miss
my friends but we will be together again. I know that sounds
stupid, but I love those guys and I am always a little sad when
the Festival ends. But hey! Next week there is going to be a
Star Wars Film Festival! Yeeeee-haw!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Borden Cinema Lethal Weapon Film Festival is going
GREAT and will continue with Lethal Weapon Part 3 tonight!


One bit of sad news though, to those of us who are big LW
fans. I just learned (and perhaps I am late to the game), that
the Lethal Weapon house on the Warner Ranch Lot in Burbank CA
has either by now been or is soon to be demolished. This from
what I understand is to make way for 16 new sound stages.

This is not the only house/facade set for destruction. There is
going to be a whole lot of movie/television history erased. I was
always hoping that one day I would visit the home of Roger
Murtaugh. It was kind of a Holy Grail. I guess it is not to be.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

~ Pocket Dump for May 31st, 2022 ~
Serenity Prayer dog tag
Classic Brushed Chrome Armor Zippo lighter
Chapstick Classic Original Lip Balm
Victorinox Fieldmaster Swiss Army knife
Hav-A-Hank Bandanna

In other news:
The Borden Cinema Lethal Weapon
Film Festival kicked off last night with
of course, Lethal Weapon.

OUTSTANDING good time!

Monday, May 30, 2022

~ Memorial Day 2022 ~
Remember and Honor

Tuesday, May 24, 2022


05-24-22

Saturday, May 21, 2022

It fell through big time a few weeks ago but on Memorial Day,
Monday the 30th, Borden Cinema's (sorta) Week-long Lethal Weapon
Film Festival WILL begin! Four nights, four GREAT movies!

I am looking forward to once again visiting my friends Martin
Riggs, Roger Murtaugh and Leo Getz.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

I'm not sure when this was, but at some point in time
Knott's Berry Farm recognized my mad shooting skillz.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

I found the movie "Extreme Prejudice" on Blu-ray at Walmart. It is part of the
Vestron Video Collector's Series. I have had this movie on my Amazon.com
Wishlist since January of 2010 but never wanted to put out the shipping charges.
Sooooooo happy to finally have it. I first saw this movie on cable when it was
released in 1987 and loved it. I CANNOT wait to watch it again!

Look at that cover. Is that not cool?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Here is another leather crafts holster kit that I saw
when over at Hobby Lobby. Behold the
"Point Blank" holster kit. Weird name. This holster
is for large frame semi-automatic pistols.


And remember kids, before you get too excited,
the firearm is not included.
Aw shucks.

(Currently, this kit is on sale for $14.99
on Amazon.com.)

Friday, May 13, 2022

Happy Friday the 13th!
May 2022!


And playing late night at Borden Cinema will be
a Friday the 13th movie. I'm not sure yet if it will
be Part 3, but a Friday the 13th classic it will be!