Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Grandpa, Marty, Me and a bunch of high school kids all started working on making the truck into a dually with a little flat bed to go along with it. It has taken three years of our time and three years of welding and auto classes to finish the project.
Grandpa figured that they put in over 400 man hours of welding and fabrication work on the bed. Marty put on about 12 layers of paint, 3 coats of primer, 3 coats sealer, 3 coats color and 3 coats of clear. In the end, the entire truck was repainted. Marty and Grandpa teased me that everytime they saw me I was wiring on the bed. They figured that I had spent more time wiring than all of the other jobs. It has a few tricks that we can't tell anybody but here are the ones that I can tell you about the bed.
- The floor and the length of the bed stayed the same as the bed of the original truck.
- The box behind the cab is the same height as the sides of the original truck.
- The lights and wiring have been kept seperate of the original truck.
- The two little boxes in front of the duals are the only pre-made tool boxes.
- There are no handles on the tool boxes that we made and they open with remote buttons.
- The tool box doors all open with either a spring assist or hydraulic assisted rams.
- There are three seprate electrical selinoids that handle the lights and accessories.
- There are air bags that assist in keeping the truck running level.
- There is an air compressor system with an 100 gallon air tank hidden in the bed.
- The fuel intakes are both hidden.
- There are slideable trays in the lower boxes for bolts and electrical connectors.
- The upper tool boxes use car door latches to hold them shut.
There is a story about the latches. Marty, Grandpa and me were in a debate about the latches. I had purchased latches for the outside of the boxes but we couldn't figure out how to get them to hold on to the doors. Grandpa figured the the only way was to put the latch right on top of the lid which would of caught water and ice. We all knew there wasn't any easy, good places for the latches but we were at a stand still. Then Marty remembered putting on automatic door openers on a pickup for a kid a couple of years ago and so he suggested that idea. It was a winner. It is the best trick of the whole bed.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
because of these brave men, but I was hit with a sledge hammer on Monday witnessing this sight. I felt in awe of these young men, honored to be in their presence. I am appalled and embarrassed at my apathy towards the war and the efforts of all the young men who are willing to leave their homes, family and country to enable me to have freedom. It was an eye opening and humbling experience. I have a new respect and gratitude for Zack and my nephew Lyle who is still out, as well as all of those other soldiers. I am indebted to these men and women who serve, as well as, their families who let them leave and support them. It was a wonderful experience, one that I will treasure always.
Here is the Video from KSL News. Zach is walking between the flags.
The article from KSL Utah soldiers return home after 10-month deployment
May 26th, 2008 @ 10:00pm
Sarah Dallof and Sam Penrod reporting
Eighty Utah soldiers from the First Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Unit, had special reason to celebrate on Memorial Day: they're home with loved ones for the first time in 10 months.
Their plane landed at the Air National Guard Base at 765 N. 2200 W. in Salt Lake City just a few minutes before 2 p.m. Monday.
Before the landing, family and friends waited anxiously inside, holding homemade signs and American flags. Members of the 145th have been gone since June, and they've definitely been missed.
Evelyn Black was waiting for her sons. She said, "It's like a big pit in your stomach, and it never goes away until they're coming back to safe ground, back to Utah."
Two brothers had an incredible story to tell. One was returning, the other anxiously waiting. Their family excitedly welcomed Jon Carlson home Monday. His twin brother, James, is also with the National Guard. The brothers actually served together on a previous tour.
"He actually signed up before I did. Once he had signed up, then I figured, you know, I've gotta follow my brother," James said.
As the plane landed, the Carlson family was front and center. James was the first to hug Jon. Jon said, "It was amazing. Pretty much the best feeling in my life."
The twins and the family are back together and already looking toward the future.
There were a lot of cheers and tears as soldiers searched for their loved ones. After hugs, they started making plans. They were deciding where to eat, what to do and where to go on vacation.
Those are some hard-earned vacations. These soldiers were performing military-police duties in Iraq since June.
Spc. Christopher Braisted said, "It's pretty windy, sandy, the sky isn't as clear as it is here. It's pretty good to see some blue skies and see some mountains."
The soldiers in the 145th spent nearly the last year at Camp Bucca, Iraq, a prison camp built in the desert of Southern Iraq just across from the Kuwaiti border. It's where approximately 19,000 Iraqi detainees are held, including 2,000 al-Qaida prisoners.
Just last month, CNN got a rare look inside Camp Bucca, where the 145th has been stationed. The Utah troops worked as military police guards, providing security and responding to riots within the camp.
Sgt. Jonathon Carlson told us, "We worked a lot together, and we worked really well together. So despite being away from family, it was bearable, but it sure is good to be home."
The soldiers' homecoming in Utah is also a drastic change of climate, from 115 degrees last week in Iraq to what they came home to Monday.
Spc. Braisted said, "There's hardly any vegetation out there where I was. It only rained a few times, so it's pretty neat to come back and see rain for the first time in months."
This is the first of three groups that will be coming home in the next few days.
The soldiers have been undergoing the demobilization process at Fort Bliss, Texas, since arriving back on U.S. soil earlier this week.
The 145th consists of soldiers from Logan, Brigham City, Manti, Spanish Fork, Fillmore and Camp Williams.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Oh happy day, only 35 days until we have joint
custody with someone else with that sweet Tyler. We love that girl.
The other little gal sitting on a desk at the Wax Museum is Ashlee Thornock. She is a little friend of Paige.
Ellen Watson, dubbed by Wyoming newspapers in the late 1880’s, as “Cattle Kate,” was long thought of as an outlaw. Watson, and her boyfriend (or husband,) Jim Averell were hanged by vigilantes near the Sweetwater River in Wyoming on July 20, 1889, for the accused crime of cattle rustling. However, since their deaths, historians have theorized that their murders were unjustified, perpetrated by powerful land and cattle barons of the time. This was just one of the many actions taken by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association who controlled the cattle industry in Wyoming and was trying to run off the small cattle owners.
Though the six men who hanged the pair were charged with murder, key witnesses began to mysteriously die or disappear and all of them were acquitted. Both Averell and "Cattle Kate" were "tried" in the press, which was owned or influenced by the cattle barons, and branded as "outlaws."
Monday, April 7, 2008
19. When you hope the next wreck you're, in dents the same fender;