Wish List ~or~ what even do you want?

I have previously posted a wish list that included modestly priced items, mostly books, for people to find something to buy me.  It had no links and was not maintained.  Well here is one with links to purchase items, and my self-imposed restriction on expensive (for my budget) items is lifted.  Prices are pre-Christmas “sale” prices as of December 12, 2019.  Buy one, buy all, buy none and wish me a nice day, I’ll be happy either way . . . but if you want to buy me something, here’s a list from which you may choose!

Cameras

Nikon D7500
with lens in a kit $1000 https://www.costco.com/Nikon-D7500-DSLR-Camera-2-Lens-Bundle.product.100365110.html
Or in a kit from B&H $1100 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1333200-REG/nikon_d7500_dslr_camera_with.html
or with any lens combination, or without lens, body only new $800 https://www.adorama.com/inkd7500.html
Refurbished by Nikon from a Nikon-authorized dealer is perfectly fine, I’ve bought a few things refurbished from authorized dealers and it’s always been good. . . and cheaper than retail new $570 https://www.adorama.com/inkd7500r.html

or the D750
With lens $1700 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082604-REG/nikon_d750_dslr_camera_with.html
without lens $1200 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1484762-REG/nikon_d750_dslr_camera_body.html
refurbished by Nikon $1050 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1237482-REG/nikon_1543b_d750_dslr_camera_body.html

Lenses

Lens: Nikon 18-140mm $496 https://www.adorama.com/nk18140.html?utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=rflaid21866

Lens: Nikon 85mm $425 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/838798-REG/Nikon_2201_AF_S_NIKKOR_85mm_f_1_8G.html

Lens: Nikon 18-200mm $587 https://www.adorama.com/nk18200dxnu.html?utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=rflaid21866
refurbished is fine $450 https://www.adorama.com/nk18200dxnr.html

lens: Tamron 18-200mm $200 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Tamron_18_200_VC/Ntt/Tamron+18-200+VC/N/0

Lens: Sigma 18-200mm $400 https://www.adorama.com/sg18200omnka.html

Lens: Nikon 16-85mm $277 https://www.adorama.com/nk1685vrr.html

Lens: Nikon 105mm $700 refurbished by Nikon https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/731072-REG/Nikon_2160B_Refurbished_105mm_f_2_8G_ED_IF.html

Lens: Sigma 105mm $470 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/806375-REG/Sigma_258306_105mm_f_2_8_EX_DG.html

Lens: Nikon 55-200mm $350 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1111441-REG/nikon_20050_nikkor_afs_dx_55_200mm.html

Still camera related with fewer numbers after the $ haha:
Focusing screen for D7000 $20 https://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Focusing-Screen-Micro-Prism-Cameras/dp/B0095PQP4Q

Tools
I’m not married to a brand or model, and I’m not a stickler for shiny-and-new.  Click a link or find a used working one and I’ll be good either way!

A biggish crescent wrench, 10″ or 12″ size
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Crescent-10-in-Adjustable-Wrench-AC210VS/203161607
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Crescent-12-in-Adjustable-Wrench-AC212VS/203161636

A little bandsaw https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-2-5-Amp-9-in-Band-Saw-BS904G/205503634
or a big bandsaw https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-10-Amp-1HP-14-in-Steel-Frame-Band-Saw-2-Speed-28-400/205112078

A small mill https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jet-1-HP-Milling-Drilling-Machine-with-R8-Taper-and-Worklight-12-Speed-115-Volt-JMD-15-350017/100489506

Albums (well, compact discs):

Pearl Jam, Ten https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Pearl-Jam/dp/B0000027RL

Metallica, Metallica https://www.amazon.com/Metallica/dp/B00EBDXU4A/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=metallica+metallica&qid=1575427950&s=music&sr=1-1

Weezer, Blue https://www.amazon.com/Weezer-Blue-Album/dp/B000003TAW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=weezer+blue+CD&qid=1575427993&s=music&sr=1-2

Joe, All That I Am https://www.amazon.com/All-That-I-Am-Joe/dp/B00CIOFXZI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=joe+all+that+i+am+CD&qid=1575428026&s=music&sr=1-1

Miscellany

IDEK what’s good, but I could use a set of good wireless over the ear headphones (headband, not earbud style)

Buck model 182, 181, or 186 folding pocket knives, preferably with 12c87 or ats34 steel blades.  They are discontinued a long time ago but still pop up on ebay.  Other knives will pop up when you click on ebay but the ones I want all look like this  ebay search link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=buck+182+knife&_sacat=0&LH_Complete=1

Weighted blanket, $50 to $150 depending on brand https://www.amazon.com/Qusleep-Diamond-Weighted-Blanket-naturally/dp/B07DBDKDYY/ref=sr_1_5?crid=24X0VTRGQDYHD&keywords=15lbs+weighted+blanket&qid=1575430186&s=home-garden&sprefix=15lbs+%2Cstripbooks%2C176&sr=1-5

A set of pots and pans, or at least one pan 12″ diameter, or a pot about 10″ diameter and 5″ deep.  Nonstick inside, steel or aluminum, with a lid.  Brand doesn’t much matter but my pots and pans are worn out!

Guns

Any flavor/color/material variant of a Walther P22 https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/111597/walther+arms+p22q+single%2fdouble+action+22+lr+342+10%2b1

Any variant of a Heritage Rough Rider https://www.cabelas.com/product/shooting/firearms/handguns/rimfire-handguns/pc/104792580/c/553829580/sc/105526980/i/105528780/heritage-rough-rider-single-action-rimfire-revolvers/1271908.uts?slotId=0

Ruger MkIV 22/45 https://www.brownells.com/firearms/handguns/semi-auto/mark-iv-22-45-target-22-lr-bl-syn-5-5-10-1-prod119975.aspx?avs%7cCartridge_1=AFF_22%2bLong%2bRifle&avs%7cMake_3=Ruger

Any amount of any sort of ammunition in .30-06, 7.62×39, .40 S&W, .380 ACP, or .22LR

Books, in no particular order. Soft or hard cover, used or new, so long as it’s on paper!

East of Eden https://www.amazon.com/East-Eden-Penguin-Orange-Collection/dp/0143129481

Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Trial-Lawyer-Affirms-Gospel/dp/1621574113

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer, William L
https://www.amazon.com/Third-Reich-History-Nazi-Germany/dp/1451651147/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=The+Rise+and+Fall+of+the+Third+Reich%3A+A+History+of+Nazi+Germany+by+Shirer&qid=1575430331&s=home-garden&sr=8-3

Hitler’s Monsters https://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Monsters-Supernatural-History-Third/dp/0300189451/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Hitler%27s+Monsters%3A+A+Supernatural+History+of+the+Third+Reich+Hardcover&qid=1575430419&sr=8-1

Doctors from Hell https://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Hell-Horrific-Account-Experiments/dp/1591810329/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Doctors+from+Hell%3A+The+Horrific+Account+of+Nazi+Experiments+on+Humans&qid=1575430454&sr=8-1

Killing Jesus https://www.amazon.com/Unknown-Killing-Jesus-A-History/dp/B00BQYW47G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Killing+Jesus&qid=1575430473&sr=8-1

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild https://www.amazon.com/King-Leopolds-Ghost-Adam-Hochschild/dp/0333661265/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=King+Leopold%E2%80%99s+Ghost+by+Adam+Hochschild&qid=1575430694&s=audible&sr=1-4-catcorr

Debunking Howard Zinn by Mary Grabar https://www.amazon.com/Fake-History-Generation-Against-America/dp/1621577732

Before Night Falls: A Memoir by Reinaldo Arenas https://www.amazon.com/Before-Night-Falls-A-Memoir/dp/0140157654

Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him by Humberto Fontova http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595230521/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1595230521&linkCode=as2&tag=michajtottesm-20

The Sheriff of Ramadi by Dick Couch https://www.amazon.com/Sheriff-Ramadi-Seals-Winning-Al-Anbar-ebook/dp/B00DKMWPSA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Sheriff+of+Ramadi+by+Dick+Couch&qid=1575430860&s=books&sr=1-1

Ice City of the Gorgon Richard Shaver https://www.amazon.com/City-Gorgon-When-World-Tottered/dp/1612870198/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ice+City+of+the+Gorgon+Richard+Shaver&qid=1575430881&s=books&sr=1-1

Life everlasting David Keller https://www.amazon.com/Life-Everlasting-Forever-We-Die/dp/1612873812/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Life+everlasting+David+Keller&qid=1575430964&s=books&sr=1-1

Henry Miller, Black Spring https://www.amazon.com/Tropic-Cancer-Spring-Colossus-Maroussi/dp/B000X6OGLA/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Henry+Miller%2C+Black+Spring&qid=1575431003&s=books&sr=1-2

Jack kerouack, On the Road https://www.amazon.com/Road-Jack-Kerouac/dp/0140283293/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Jack+kerouack%2C+On+the+Road&qid=1575431035&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0

To Hell and Back, Audie Murphy https://www.amazon.com/Hell-Back-Audie-Murphy/dp/0805070869/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=%28Audie+Murphy%29+from+To+Hell+and+Back%3A&qid=1575431065&s=books&sr=1-1

Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose https://www.amazon.com/Band-Brothers-Regiment-Airborne-Normandy/dp/1501179403/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=stephen+ambrose+band+of+brothers&qid=1575431177&s=books&sr=1-1

Mohave road guide: an adventure through time https://www.amazon.com/Mojave-Road-Guide-Adventure-Through/dp/0914224379/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Mohave+road+guide%3A+an+adventure+through+time&qid=1575431213&s=books&sr=1-5

From MACROSCOPE by Piers Anthony https://www.amazon.com/Macroscope-Piers-Anthony/dp/0380002094/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=78271535676793&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=macroscope+piers+anthony&qid=1575431787&sr=8-1

RINGWORLD by Larry Niven https://www.amazon.com/Ringworld-Novel-Larry-Niven/dp/0345333926/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=RINGWORLD+by+Larry+Niven&qid=1575431729&s=books&sr=1-1

The Bridge on the River Kwai https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Over-River-Kwai-Novel/dp/0891419136/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Bridge+on+the+River+Kwai%2C&qid=1575431251&s=books&sr=1-1

Game Change https://www.amazon.com/Game-Change-Clintons-McCain-Lifetime/dp/0061733644/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=game+change&qid=1575431276&s=books&sr=1-1

The Manchurian Candidate, Richard Condon https://www.amazon.com/Manchurian-Candidate-Richard-Condon-2013-08-15/dp/B01N2GBJGA/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Richard+Condon+%22The+Manchurian+Candidate%22&qid=1575431309&s=books&sr=1-2

Mile High, Richard Condon https://www.amazon.com/Mile-High-Richard-Condon/dp/0440156254/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mile+high+condon&qid=1575431373&s=books&sr=1-1

The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Atlas-Novel-Liam-Callanan/dp/0385336950/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Cloud+Atlas+by+Liam+Callanan&qid=1575431420&s=books&sr=1-1

The Baby Boomers by Paul Charles Light https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Boomers-Paul-Charles-Light/dp/0393306399/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Baby+Boomers+by+Paul+Charles+Light&qid=1575431440&s=books&sr=1-1

The Day Behemoth & Leviathan Died by Deal https://www.amazon.com/Day-Behemoth-Leviathan-Died-Disaster/dp/0933677014/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Leviathan+and+Evidence+by+Alistair+Young&qid=1575431463&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Amazing Evidence https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Evidence-Terrence-J-Hatch/dp/1434848051/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?keywords=Leviathan+and+Evidence+by+Alistair+Young&qid=1575431463&s=books&sr=1-2-fkmr0

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson https://www.amazon.com/MARS-TRILOGY-GREEN-BLUE-MARS/dp/B003U8LZBW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Mars+Trilogy+by+Kim+Stanley+Robinson&qid=1575431667&s=books&sr=1-1

 

Sadness I Will Remember Forever

The words still ring in my ears and make me want to cry. “My pony!” [deleted] I’m getting all misty just thinking about this.

When our first child was maybe 3 or 4 years old, she was all about her My Little Pony stuff. She must have had a dozen or so little horses, play sets for them, accessories, clothes, the whole works. When she got a little pink pony with purple hair from McDonalds in a happy meal, she was happy about it. She was super happy about it; she loved that pony.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home and when her door opened, the pony fell out and tumbled aaaaallll the way down into a storm drain next to where we had parked. The grates weigh like 300lbs and there was no way I could have got down there. I tried to play it off but it hurt me, to hear her plaintive cry of

“My pony!”

Sadness I Will Remember Forever

Oh man this is so [deleted] sad it still hurts me. You may think it is stupid.

When I was maybe 8 years old, M.U.S.C.L.E. figurines were the bomb. I had some and I wanted more. I would play with those things by myself and with my friends at school and I love love loved them. Had a little wrestling arena for them and everything.

One day my mom took us to a store on Highway 6 in Houston and I got a bucket of these figures and it had some of the coolest high level ones. My collection was really stepped up by having these. I was stoked.  I dropped the bucket and it spilled out all over the highway as we were crossing the road on foot. Mom had to hold me back from running across the ditch when I realized what had happened, because cars were driving through where we had just been, and running over my precious figurines.

Government: Worse at Everything

I made a note to myself when it was fresh news, to mention this as an example – but here we go since I remembered it again:

Travis Central Health had a nice program: if you need a ride to the hospital, we’ll give you one. It was initially given $19,000 but because of increased demand they put in another $9,000. By the time this made the radio news, it had given rides to 140 residents.

No, I didn’t drop a zero there. 140 people got rides, for $28,000. For the math-impaired, that is $200 per ride. You could literally hire a taxi for every drive and do this cheaper. But not if you want to layer a government bureaucracy on top of it.

And no, this is not ambulance transportation. This is *literally* hiring a cab, or giving people a voucher to get on the city bus which costs single-digits of dollars per ride.  The additional cost to get up to $200/ride is the bureaucracy.

Remember that, the next time someone says they want to put government in charge of another aspect of life.

https://www.centralhealth.net/connecting-patients-to-care-central-health-communitycare-providing-door-to-door-rides-to-medical-appointments/ fx

https://www.numbeo.com/taxi-fare/in/Austin

The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

~ or, Children Should Be Afraid of Their Fathers ~ 2004.06.14

Fear is fear. Fear is not equal to respect. Fear is not the equivalent of respect. Some folks will tell you that the fear of the Lord is intended to mean respect, reverence, honour for the Lord. I am here to tell you it is not. Fear in this context, means fear.

Now my children (#1 especially, 3 years old at the time of writing) don’t respect me. They don’t know what respect is, much less understand it, much less have it for me. But my children fear me, and this is proper; and let me tell you why.

Because their fear is the beginning of wisdom. Now my kids are too young to understand that they ought not to do something because it is wrong. They don’t care that we will be disappointed in them if they let us down. But my girl knows that if she does something she is not supposed to do, it is going to hurt when daddy hears about it. She is afraid of the consequence, and so she behaves (usually) appropriately. At this point I don’t expect reverence from her – that should come later. Right now what I want is simple obedience, which is brought on by her fear.  This is the beginning of wisdom.

How many of you by show of hands have never used a table saw? Of those of you who have never used one, how many of you do not know that a table saw is  dangerous? So. We know that if we touch that spinning blade it will hurt us. We fear that blade. I have used table saws. I have used bandsaws, routers, drill presses etc. and I have a very healthy respect for them now. I do what I should do now because I respect the danger. Now I am not afraid and I know the proper mitigation techniques. But when I was young I did what I had to do very carefully and minded my thoughts and my fingers with utmost caution; and this was the beginning of my wisdom when it comes to power tools.

But wherein should we fear the Lord? Doesn’t He love us and care for us, and actively seek the good of those that love Him?  Yes. But before you respect Him and live daily as He would have you to do, you need to FEAR the Lord. Why? Because only God can send you to Hell. Displease me and I might not talk to you – might even give it to you right in the kisser. Displease God and He just might condemn you to the lake of fire forever; You will be forever burning but never burned up. Always dying and in torments but never dead. Always suffering. Fear the one who can do all this to you forever. Fear God. This is the beginning of wisdom.

I love AM

I love AM. I feel a warm affection toward her that has only a very small number of equals in the world for me. She is:

  • my friend
  • my sister
  • a young woman about whom I feel as kindly as if she were my own daughter

The number of people with whom I can freely converse without being afraid to say something they will find weird or off-putting, I can count on both hands with some fingers left over. She is odd in a similar way to how I am odd, and we immediately relate to each other in ways that more conventional minds give funny looks when we say the same things. This friendship is very valuable to me. I wish I had an excuse to spend more time with her, because it is so pleasant to get along with somebody this way. The people I can get along with so easily are very few. I would hate to do anything which could jeopardize this relationship.

She is my sister in Christ, obviously. We have the same heavenly Father. I enjoy spending time with her because it is a feature of Christians that we (should) automatically get along with each other. We are also both obliged to obey to the same moral standard, which includes specifically “flee fornication” and eschewing adultery, and sex with her would necessarily be both of those.

I want the opposite of whatever might be something bad to happen to her. I would protect her from everything if I could but then nothing would ever happen to her. Bad things make us better, but I wish she would tell me any bad thing that happens because of Callahan’s Law (shared pain is lessened) and I want her to feel better.

She is the same age as my daughter. She is friends with my daughter. She is the daughter of my friend, the daughter of my other friend, the daughter of my brother, and the sister of my son’s friend as well as the friend of my son. All these people are my family. She is my family.

She is cheerful. She is pleasant. She is clever. She likes some of the things I also like. She has a sense of humor compatible with my own. She has nice hair. She has a pretty face. She has even (yes I admit it but I hope it will be only an admission of what is obvious to everyone) a nice body. But sex with her would be harmful.

For a 15 year-old young woman to have sex is necessarily going to be harmful. She (any teenager) is going to lack the life experience necessary to comprehend the true, deep, tremendously important spiritual and practical nature of sexual relations. Does it feel nice? Would it feel nice? Certainly it would but it would be HURTing her spiritually, mentally, psychologically. Children (and daughters!) are to be protected from sexual activity. Having sex with her would hurt her in ways she is not equipped to understand yet, no matter how mature she may be.

I love her. I don’t want to hurt her . . . so that means no, I do not want to have sex with AM. Note the timestamp on this post; this is for future reference because I can anticipate a number of plausible scenarios where the question would be asked.