Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

People Are So Irresponsible

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 13•17

So Monday I parked a customer’s Odyssey van in the Ready lot, next to the 7 ft tall chain link fence. Well it seems that the owner, who bought it new 200,000+ miles ago drives out and scrapes the entire left side of the vehicle. After 200,000 miles she hasn’t figured out that her minivan doesn’t bend in the middle. And somehow it’s my fault for BACKING INTO a tight parking space.

Now this morning,

A Pilot that I worked on Tuesday late, I parked it outside the fenced lot to be picked up after hours. I set the park brake like I always do.

The customer dropped off his grand-daughter at 9:00 last night and drove off. She drove away and heard noises from the back, beeping noises and the Brake warning light was on. So she sat in the parking lot for an hour until her family came back to pick her up. Apparently she has never used a park brake before, and it’s my fault.

I suppose I’m responsible for everyone else’s obliviousness. Come on people!

Would Have Been

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 13•17

He would have been 77 today.

Idle Hands, Shiny Brass

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 22•17

It’s that time of year that the garage business gets weird. Last week we had college students dropping in out of the sky because they were leaving for University of Missouri the next morning and ‘I’ve been meaning to get my car looked at…’. So we bust butt making a car worthy of a four state drive. Now, well it’s crickets.


How A Geek Builds A Computer – Part 3

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 03•17

So my wife’s computer is up and running, now to building MY computer. Her computer was for practice, now I get serious. (more…)

How A Geek Builds A Computer – Part 2

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 31•17

So it took 3 days for SpinRite to do it’s magic. No bad sectors reported, only a bunch of ECC (Error Correcting Cache) errors which unfortunately are the norm for today’s high density hard drives.


How A Geek Builds A Computer – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 27•17

So the last new computer I bought was in 2007. I normally build my own, but I was teaching a class at the time my old computer abruptly popped a capacitor on it’s motherboard. So I went to Walmart and ‘mastered the moment’.


I Hate Cars, And People Are A Close Second

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 27•17

OK, so I really don’t HATE cars or people, but some days it seems an eventuality.


More Appleseed

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 21•17

I returned for day two of Appleseed, the weather was much cooler than the previous day’s 92F and I started of better than the first day, but it wasn’t to last. A series of misfires and failures to eject hampered my shooting; then as fatigue set in my shooting started coming apart like my golf game.

A few minutes cleaning my rifle’s fire control group of unburned powder and soot along with a bit of CLP returned my Marlin to reliable functioning, but my frustration and fatigue had gotten the best of me. Fat boys can only jump up and down so many times before we’re tuckered out.

I’ll spend some time dry fire practicing and will do another Appleseed Project event later. I may also use the AR-15 for the next event, I just have to watch for sales and stock up on ammo, or pick up a used Ruger 10/22 or Marlin 795. The format favors box magazine fed rifles, I wasted many precious seconds on reloads in the timed portions, then rushed checking my NPOA (Natural Point Of Aim) and my breathing became ragged as I had to roll over on my side to reach forward to open the Marlin 60‘s tubular magazine. Not that it is an excuse really, it just is what it is; a time and cadence killer.



Written By: richardwcraver - May• 20•17

I spent day at Appleseed, going back tomorrow for the conclusion. No I’m not talking about burying old iPhones so that they can grow up as the next model.

The Appleseed Project –

What I went to was an event put on by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, it’s a two-day marksmanship training and enlightenment of the Revolutionary War and our American heritage.  (more…)

Picking Up Two Track Positions … Like a BOSS

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 13•17

The dude messed up my mirror!

Oh well, Keep Calm and Motor On … Like A BOSS!