It's about time.

Many of you can relate to Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Running Better and 140th.

 Our Location today is Windsor, Ontario.

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I didn’t bother to think ahead as to what I should be working on, when I went in to work this morning, and simply left the decision up to Mile. Since he had the hard to machine Feedscrew that he wanted, he said after doing the Repairs on the Inspection Bench I could go back to the Rebuild. I just couldn’t hold my tongue and told him it had gone cold over the weekend. (Once a Feedscrew is all warmed up, you keep working at it until it is completed, or continued the next day.)

Out on the floor the first thing I did was to mount the Rebuild into the Plasma Transfer Arc, and set the Burners to slowly warm it up, while I would be busy. The first repair would take over Ninety Minutes to complete, while the second took all of Twelve Minutes. Everyone in the Plant now knows that if a Unit is wrapped in a Welding Blanket and is still warm, “Don’t Touch It”. Too many jobs were rushed that ended up Cracking.

Back at the PTA, I increased the intensity of the Burners, while I finished prepping to start the job. By heating the Screw while I was using the TIG for repairs, I was pushing on the “Begin to Weld” button within Twenty Minutes.

The first thing I welded was a touch-up where the Powder had Sagged due to too much heat build up, while trying to speed up the job. That took all of Twenty Minutes before I refocused on the Main Flight. All that playing with the Speed is paying off with the Torch tending to be more on track and only requiring minor adjustments. I kept the Amperage and Powder Feed below what had caused the other Sags.

After Two and a Half Hours the Fourth Pass proved to be too low for the proper height. I was talking with Kathy during my working lunch-break. I knew I had an appointment but reminded her that I might be slightly late. The Fifth Pass took just as long and I was in the process of bringing it to the Sandbox when the Buzzer sounded the end of our workday. I’ll do the Secondary Flight, from scratch tomorrow. I punched out at 3:38.

As soon as I got in the Apartment I headed for the shower, while Kathy got ready to come with me. I’d been home for less than Twenty Minutes when we headed out the door.

Thinking we would have supper before my appointment was a big flop when we arrived at Arby’s and I realized I didn’t have my Wallet. Back at the Apartment Building, I found out they are now making it so you need to use a Fob to enter the building and not the Metal Keys. (What happens when we have a Power Outage or we don’t have our Fobs?)

With less time available we went straight to the Canadian Blood Services building. It took Two Minutes to Sign In and book my next appointment, Five Minutes for the Questionnaire, Five Minutes for the Interview/Checkup and Ten Minutes for the Donation Process. In just over a Half Hour, I had made my 140th Blood Donation. It’s good knowing I am helping someone in need and it only cost me my time.

We finally had supper at Arby’s, while using a Coupon to save some cash.

We did stop at Dollarama for a few things we forgot about yesterday.

I’m going to try to get to bed earlier.

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Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Dentist: “You need a crown.”

Patient: “Finally, someone who understands me.”


  1. Good for Rick on the blood donations. Just think of all the lives you have saved. Inspirational for sure.

  2. Congrats on your 140! blood donation, you are an inspiration. New technology for the keyless entrance can be a blessing but also become a pain when it doesn't work.

  3. Congrats on 140!! Quite the accomplishment!