Ryobi – My Favorite Flashlight

Flashlight by Ryobi
My favorite flashlight.


Ryobi makes a good work/home flashlight at a reasonable price.  Collecting tools is a minor hobby of mine.  I have some old tools left over from the farm and some from my engineering days of long ago.  I would have had a lot more beautiful old tools from my grandfather Marsh except my parents sold them to a scrap metal dealer while I was at high school for the day.  That was a sad event in my life.

I may not actually use all the old tools I own but this flashlight I use all the time.  It’s part of their 18 volt rechargeable battery system which I like primarily because I can actually afford these tools and they seem to last just about forever.  Ryobi is sold only at Home Depot.

The physical configuration of this flashlight allows it to snap onto a 2 x4 easily which is handy.  The end of the light can be swiveled to aim at your work when you set it down.  The detachable battery allows it to run basically forever on a project.  It is very bright and focused.  I dropped the thing from about 10 feet in the air onto a floor by accident and it actually survived although the battery was dented so I don’t use that battery anymore.  The run time per battery is many hours and depends on the size of battery that you use.  I typically buy the small compact lithium ion batteries because they cost less, weigh less, fit in spaces better and run long enough for any project I will ever do.

Flashlights are simple and common but this one is definitely a cut above the rest in my opinion.  You can see it is designed well when you use it.


At least we got the car out of the garage.


Garage door with broken spring that will not open.

It’s not real inexpensive to fix an old garage door with a broken spring.  We finally got the car out by doing a double lift on the heavy door then having one of us hold it in place.  Plan to lock the thing in place and let it sit until I can scrape up the cash to fix it.  The garage door opener itself also looks fairly ancient and will probably go next.

Would like to get a Ryobi garage door opener with some of the extra features.  It has a bunch of great accessories including fans, laser parking assist, bluetooth speaker and camera security system.  Yes, I know I’m dreaming because my wife would never let me use that much cash on a garage door opener.  It’s OK to dream.  Maybe one of my readers could buy one and let me know about their experience.


Garage Door Springs Do Not Last Forever.

wp-1506269946448.jpegI guess my garage door spring was not made to last forever because it broke today trapping my car inside.  Doesn’t look like I can lift it temporarily by myself to get the car out so I’ll have to get a repairman in here.  I am willing to bet they won’t be inexpensive.   I don’t think it’s a good idea to work on this old bucket of  rusty bolts by myself because it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

I suppose I could try to lift it up with Tony and hold it temporarily while we get the car out.  I am a little leery of this procedure because this thing is really heavy and I don’t want it knocking someone’s head off.  Better to get a local pro to take of it next week.

Make Money From Your Website With SEO

FreeVector-Facebook-Change I have read a few free books on how to make money from a website and I get emails from some successful bloggers on what to do.  I am certainly not making any cash from my blog probably because that’s not my primary purpose for my website and I am not willing to invest any of my limited money in a high risk venture. It takes at least a little money to make a return on investment for a website and there is fierce competition. It takes real work and an investment of time to make a website produce money and the failure rate is high.  The low hanging fruit has already been picked.

The best most reasonable book that I have read so far about ways to make money from blogging is 3 Months to No. 1:  The No Nonsense SEO Playbook for Getting Your Website Found on Google.  I recommend this book as a good starting point if you plan to operate a non-hobby website that is intended to make a profit.  I think the author is right when he says “A mediocre product marketed well can create immense wealth.”  Just look at all the stuff being sold on the internet.  If you can find some profitable niche market and get Google web searches to notice your website, you should be able to make some money.  SEO is the key to getting Google to notice your website but it requires constant technical work and will not happen by accident.  I think it is best to hire a professional to handle SEO if your website is intended to be a significant business.

Will Coombe is the author of 3 Months to No. 1…. and I find his book to be enjoyable to read besides being useful for business bloggers.

Twigby cell phones are a good deal.

iphone-6-458155_1920Twigby cell phones and service appear to be a good deal if you don’t need unlimited data.  We are going to give them a try for our cell service.  Cell service is available in reasonable price increments starting at $9 per month.  They have a data plan that will operate on WiFi only for free that works with any of the smart phones. Now they are beginning to get into my price range.  Some of my relatives have them and they haven’t had any problem with coverage.  Higher data level plans are also available.  If you need an unlimited plan then I would recommend  Boost mobile instead but I you have a little self control you can save a lot of cash with Twigby.

Can’t Wait to Switch to Boost Mobile.

I can’t wait to change my cell plan provider to Boost Mobile from US Cellular. The Boost price is better, their service seems better and there is no contract to break. I know people who have boost mobile and it works in the places I go. Unfortunately I still have an iron clad contract with US Cellular for almost a year. I plan to get an android phone with unlimited 3G and limited 4G for a very reasonable price with Boost. US Cellular has severe financial penalties for exceeding your limited data cap so my paltry data plan is just not that pretty to use. I am a heavy data user so I am forever maxing out my US Cellular data plan with some previous help from family. Superior price and a better service is a good reason to switch.

Wikipedia is a great reference!

Academic Reference police after Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great reference!  Many college professors believe that they are the only people that can provide accurate reference information which coincidentally gives them job security and a monopoly on how good academic information is transmitted. They despise Wikipedia and brainwash their students to have the same condescending attitude. 

I think that Wikipedia makes a great initial reference to go to provided you cross check it against other sources. Some types of information are simply changing too fast for academics to keep up.and Wikipedia fills a void for these types of situations.  It is not that easy for false information to stay on Wikipedia for any length of time because it tends to be self correcting particularly if it has some type of content that people have strong emotions about. Also, any reasonable person knows enough to check on any information from any source and form their own opinion.

Not everything you read is true. What a shocking concept! Instead of accepting everything from a self protecting academic elite as true you should think for yourself and compare different sources. College professors do make mistakes and they have their own types of prejudiced thinking so make sure you never trust them completely.