Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 11:55 AMAs most of you know, Grandpa Pat passed away last month. He was very loved and he is very much missed by his wife, children, grandkids, and many others.
Since he enjoyed getting online so much in the last few years, I couldn't help but post a few of his favorite links for others to enjoy:
Diocese of Sioux Falls Online Rosary
San Antonio Newspaper
Sioux City Journal
In addition, Grandpa's obituary from the Hansen Funeral Home can be found here.
Finally, as many people had requested copies of the eulogy from his funeral, I have posted a copy here .
We Love You Grandpa Pat!
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 11:09 AMI had the chance to go to Limerick Ireland for work back in October. Recent events kept me from posting about it until now. And though I spent most of my time in meetings, it was a lovely trip.
Here are some photos...
The first is the view from my hotel room, which looked out over the River Shannon.
Next is St. Mary's Cathedral, just a stroll down the street from the hotel.
The only flight I could get home required a Saturday stay, and one of the gentlemen I work with kindly offered to take me to see the sights. This is King John's Castle in Limerick.
Discriminating eyes will notice the castle tower features a domed roof. Hmmm, food for thought...
The picture above shows the average thickness of the inner castle walls.
This is Bunratty Castle near Shannon Airport. It was amazingly tall. When you stood on top you could see for miles all around. But I didn't get close enough to the edge for photos...
Finally, we went to the Cliffs of Moher – which were quite beautiful, and dangerous looking! It's a beautiful country for sure. Next time, I'll have to go when the weather is a little nicer though...
Many thanks to Colin Cummins for the tour!
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Saturday, September 2, 2006, 02:49 AM - VehiclesWe've had the Amigo for well over a year now. Yet we haven't really had the time to start making the improvements we wanted...
So, we had Bob's Service help us out by installing an Independent 4x lift kit while they did some brake work and changed the CV boots.
Above is the the Amigo before the installation...
And here she is afterwards with the full front and rear lift. The kit included new coils, a set of Rancho RS-9000 adjustable shocks, a manual hub conversion set, and some miscellaneous goodies.
It sure changed the look of the little blue truck. And it rides way better as well.
Next up, the in-cab shock controller.
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Saturday, September 2, 2006, 02:31 AM - NewsWe'll miss our good friend and neighbors, the Waldron family of Vermillion -- who left this last week for China. But we're glad to be able to track their progress on the new site we recently set up.
We wish them the best of luck during their year long journey!
You can check out their latest adventures as well, at WaldronsInChina.com.
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Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:25 AM - NewsIn order to help offset the cost of running this web site and some of the other non-profit ones we host, I enrolled in an affiliate program with amazon.com many moons ago. At the time I purchased a couple bookstore domains as well, but they were pretty much mothballed due to lack of time and energy.
Anyway, I finally found an automated tool to update the sites without any effort, so if you're in need of any related books -- please check out GalvestonBookstore.com and SailingBookstore.com
Or if you're looking for something else altogether from amazon, please use the link on the right side of this page -- as it will help the cause as well.
Many thanks to the folks at associate-o-matic.com for their very cool and FREE tool!
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Monday, October 24, 2005, 09:25 PM - DomesIt was going to cost a fortune to rent a skid steer loader long enough to complete Trinity Dome, let alone the other projects we have planned. So it seemed like a natural idea to go ahead and buy one.
After lot of shopping and consideration, we decided upon a Thomas 175 from Schuurmans Farm Supply instead of more mainstream brands (Deere, Bobcat, etc.). This was mostly due to the five year warranty and easier maintenance schedule.
It's a fairly basic machine without some of the fancy bells and whistles, but tough as nails -- and at least it has a heated cab for our South Dakota winters. So far it looks like it will be a great tool that will last many years building domes!
Here's a shot of Grandpa Pat in the cab. As you can tell from the grin on his face -- it's pretty fun to sit in the skid steer. And even more so to operate. For those of you with broadband, you can see a video of me running it here.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 10:52 PM - BoatsAfter much ado, I decided I didn't like using two tillers and a shifter with less than three hands, so a wheel steering conversion seemed in order. Here's what I opted do do:
1) Upgrade my tiller outboard to a different one with remote
2) Install a factory pedestal setup from a Macgregor 26M.
3) Use a dual cable rack and pinion steering system -- with one cable to control the motor and the other for the rudders.
That's the basic plan. It turned out to be quite a job -- defintely not for the faint of heart. So please don't take this simple presentation to mean it was easy. I think I invested about 80 hours and $1,000 plus the motor upgrade.
Step 1 - Here's the first set of about a dozen or so holes I added to the boat -- this batch went into the cockpit floor -- which gave me quite an odd feeling as I drilled.
Step 2- Meanwhile I assembled the steering pedestal, complete with controls and cabling for the new outboard and the steering system.
Step 3 - Bolted on the pedestal and custom made support plate, then ran the cables through the floor, across the bilge, up the aft panels, and out the hull. This took some trial and error, and I actually went through the bilge area because my cables were too long. In the end, it looks quite clean and didn't take up any sleeping space.
Step 4 -- We fabricated new rudder control arms to adjust the "throw" distance so it better matched the steering setup. Otherwise the cables pushed the rudders too far.
That's it in a nutshell. I still need to fabricate a permanant link arm for the rudders and attach the motor well boots, but it's pretty much ready to go.
Here's the finished product from the port side. Incidentally, you might notice I used thumb screws to secure the side panel of the pedestal. This will make it easy to access for future upgrades.
Lastly, for those of you with high speed -- here's a video of the rudders and motor turning in perfect synch.
Next up, a helm seat..
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 11:47 PMWell, nobody (including me) seemed to like the new webmail client I originally chose. So, I've updated it to a new one through the E-mail link on the right -- same passwords apply. I think you'll like it better as it has more features like address books, etc.
If you liked the old one, you still can use it here. Enjoy!
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Sunday, August 28, 2005, 01:41 AMSay hello to the new look for meylor.com. After several years of same 'ol same 'ol, it seemed time to mix it up a litle. I've had good success with this blog software on other projects, and thought it would work out pretty well here too. Plus, it makes it easy for me to speak my mind now and again -- which I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Speaking of enjoyment -- for those of you wanting a meylor.com e-mail address, please use the 'Contact Me' link above and I'll be glad to set you up. Incidentally, though you can no longer receive messages on the old setup, you can still acess old e-mails here.
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