My life in words and pictures

Well, mainly pictures.

Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking, hammock camping, and, I’m always, taking pictures.

Recent Pictures/Posts

  • New work profile pic

    Gary Allman, April 12, 2022. Copyright © 2022 Ginger Allman, all rights reserved.

    I received a request for a profile pic for my voluntary work, and I don’t like the goofy picture I’m using for my profile at work, so I got out the tripod, set up the camera, and asked Ginger to take some pictures and got both fixed.

    I also took a selfie on my way home from Kansas City this afternoon. I’ll get around to posting that sometime I guess.

    This is the one I picked.

  • Kitchen table still life

    Kitchen Table Still Life – I was eating dinner when I noticed the light on these pots that Ginger threw at a pottery class she’s been taking. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I was eating dinner when I noticed the light on these pots that Ginger threw at a pottery class she’s been taking. After I’d finished eating, I stacked the dishwasher and fetched my camera.

    Kitchen Table still life – what caught my eye. Sitting down to dinner I thought the light was looking good for a picture. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    The scene I actually saw is in the picture to the right (above if viewed on a phone). The clear glass wasn’t very photogenic, and one of my favorite pots was tucked away at the back. Half a poinsettia wasn’t going to add to the composition either so some slight re-arranging was necessary.

    Finally, the dark blue glass vase wasn’t visible against the black background (a large piece of black card I was using to remove the visual clutter of the kitchen counter). This was only supposed to be a quick five-minute picture, not a photographic masterpiece, so I opted for a simple solution and used a keychain flashlight, stashed behind the pots to light it up.

    And there you have it. A few minutes of tidying up in Lightroom and I was done.

  • Milwaukee Fastback 48-22-1990

    Milwaukee Fastback 48-22-1990 – I’ve finally got around to replacing the pocket knife I gave to Katie. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I gave Katie my old Milwaukee Fastback knife in 2019 when she was living and working in Colombia.

    It’s an inexpensive workhorse, but as I found out, this particular model, the 48-22-1990, seems to have been superseded by the 48-22-1520, which to me, looks to be an inferior product.

    Reviews by people trying to buy this knife on Amazon say they are sent the wrong knife, and even the Milwaukee website has pictures of a different knife in their product listing (below). Notice how the blade is a different shape. The description claims the wire pocket clip is reversible, which it is on the real 48-22-1990, but a close examination of the product pictures they currently have shows the knife does not have a reversible clip, nor does it have the model number stamped on it — which mine have.

    Update: Milwaukee have updated their website, and it is now showing the correct images, and an updated model number. But I still prefer the 48-22-1990.

    Not the Milwaukee Fastback 48-22-1990 that I’ve owned for many years… Image: Milwaukee Tool website

    I could have had one shipped to a store near me for $15, but I didn’t want to mess with being sent the wrong knife. Instead, I indulged in a bit of online research, which led me to a seller on e-bay who has a stock of the 48-22-1090s in their original packaging, so I snapped one up. With postage, it cost me a bit more than the $15-$18 it should have done, but I’ve now got an exact replacement for the one I gave away.

    I didn’t put a lanyard on my original knife, but given these are getting hard to find I think I will now.

  • Sunday cleaning & oiling. Sig Sauer P938

    Sig Sauer P938. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Sig P938 for a long time (over a year). For some reason, they are rarer than hen’s teeth. Everywhere I’ve checked they have been out of stock. This is the 9mm version of Katie’s 380 Caliber Sig Sauer P238 handgun.

    I probably paid a bit over the top for it, but I’m okay with that to finally get one. It’s a superb looking handgun, shoots well, and is very accurate. It’s a single-action only mechanism, with a thumb safety (no de-cocker), and firing pin block. It’ll hold seven or eight rounds depending on which magazine I use (six or seven rounds in the magazine, plus one in the chamber).

    The Sig is half the weight of my Beretta, and I’m planning on it taking over from the Beretta as my backpacking handgun. This evening I did a quick basic strip down, cleaned and very lightly oiled it ready for its first trip down the range.

    The odd-looking maroon bullets seen below are ‘Snap caps’ dummy rounds for practice use plus testing the feed and ejection mechanism. I also use them to protect the firing pin when ‘dry firing.’

    Weekend clean & oil – Sig Sauer P938. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Last set of shelves

    Last set of shelves – Fitting them was not easy… Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    We finally got around to fitting the last set of shelves bringing an end to all the major work on the Utility Room Project for the moment. The delay was caused in part by problems with the paint, and in the greater part by my reluctance to do the job because to get them fitted we had to take down one of the tall wall units. Those things are big and heavy, and I wasn’t looking forward to refitting it.

    The job went fairly well with only a small amount of cussing as we lifted the cupboard carcass and finagled it back into place.

    I still have a fair bit to do, but it’ll keep while I finish off some other projects (like my backpacking gear closet) and get the last of our planned storage closets built.

    Outstanding work to do here includes,

    • Fill and paint all the holes I made in the walls when I fitted ledger boards to hold all the cupboards up as we installed them.
    • Kickboards to be fitted.
    • Baseboard trim fitted.
    • Counter tops.
    • Build a unit to hold dirty washcloths and a space for a cat litter box.

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