Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

August 14, 2016

​Hiking near Seaside Oregon

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 7:49 pm

We are planning a couple days in Gearhart and wanted to do a little hiking while there. Here are some of the options we found. We should have a fun trip .


http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=881018 half mile walk in seaside


http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/soapstone-lake-trail 3.8 mile hike easy 

Soapstone Lake-

-1.5 miles (plus a .9 mile loop around the lake)

-Elevation gain 250 Feet

-Clatsop State Forest-Soapstone Lake

Directions: Highway 26 west to Highway 53, head south 4.8 miles and turn left on gravel road signed-Soapstone Trailhead. Follow gravel road to trail head.



http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/oregon-beaches 3.4 miles seaside

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=881018 half mile walk in seaside

Bloom Lake 1.4 mileshttp://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/bloom-lake-trail

Haystack Rock hike
Ecola: The trail to Crescent Beach, a rock-lined cove between Chapman and Ecola points, is one of the park’s gems. Another is the trail that connects Ecola Point with Indian Beach, with its glimpses of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse perched on an island a mile offshore. This state park is on the north side of Cannon Beach.
Nehalem river area several trails and camping train tracks. 
Oswald West: The state park just north of Manzanita has two classic sections of the Oregon Coast Trail. The trail to the Cape Falcon headland takes in views of Cape Meares, Short Sand Beach and Neahkahnie Mountain. The hike to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain is the park’s other gem.

Bayocean Spit: Separating Tillamook Bay from the ocean, Bayocean Spit has a surprisingly remote feel because the only land access to the spit is from the south. That leaves a four-mile walk to the spit’s tip, farther than most hikers like to go in the sand. But if you do make it that far, return on the bay side, where an old road makes for easier walking.

Cape Lookout: One of Oregon’s best whale-watching sites, Cape Lookout State Park juts two miles into the ocean north of Pacific City. On a calm spring day, you can nearly always spot Alaska-bound whales spouting off the tip of the cape. Watch for resident whales in summer, too.

Cascade Head: A rare coastal grassland crowns the top of Cascade Head, where the view encompasses the Salmon River estuary and the long stretch of beach that fronts Lincoln City. The Nature Conservancy, which manages 300 acres atop the south side of the cape, asks that hikers stay on the trail to avoid trampling the rare Oregon silverspot butterfly and its habitat.
http://www.seasidevacationhomes.com/Hiking.htm  — tillamook head



August 13, 2016

The Blind Leading the Blind in Remote Computer Access and Repair

Filed under: Antivirus,Computing,How To,Linux,malware,Portable Apps,Settings — rmay4 @ 7:43 am

This is the beginning and a very rough draft of a project to explore the best ways to help anyone that is not tech savvy and when I am not so savvy myself as well keep and operate their computer and other electronics. This industry seems to have exploded since the last time I look at it and the options are many. I have started using Linux for more and more stuff and find that to be a useful tool for me in this process as well. This will cover Windows solutions,, cross platform solutions and web based solutions as well as mobile platforms under Android systems.

Trying to help the non-computer savy (i.e. parents or such) manage their computer. It becomes tough when they have issues that stop them from even logging in or connecting but here is the beginning of my search and results from my research and trials.

I started with the article found here (http://lifehacker.com/5846072/how-do-i-troubleshoot-my-parents-pc-remotely) at Lifehacker.com. It is old and dated but has some great info. Some of the options are relevant. The first one they mention is teamview which is relevant and maybe even more so as it is better than before and many of the other options are gone or costly for occasional used like this (i.e. Logmein no longer has a free option. Neither does GoToMyPC) Teamviewer also does not require much to install and set up. Specifically it does not require port fowarding and you can connect from your phone or tablet to the other PC.

Join.me – https://www.join.me/

This could be the easiest for quick attended and inpromptu assisting. It is the one I started with due to simplicity and familiarity.

Join.me is a meeting service (free and pay) from LogMeIn that also provides remote control. It’s convenient for impromptu support in that all you need on the controlling PC is a Web browser.

The process is simple:
The user with the computer that will host the meeting (and offer control) simply surfs to the Join.me site, selects Start Meeting, and downloads and executes the joinme.exe a file. After running said file, the meeting originator (computer desiring to be controlled) we see a 9 digit meeting number or pass coade. They will pass the provided passcode to the user or users on the other end, who in turn enter the passcode in the “Join Meeting” field on the Join.me homepage. The meeting originator’s desktop will appear in the browser. Once access to the originators screen is granted, remote access control can be granted as well. The host user can click on the small circle containing 3 dots at the top of the page and select “Share mouse control”or the guest can do the same to request it and then the host grant it. You can chat, send files, and more. This will give the guest who joined the ability to control the mouse and keyboard. That is it and you are in. It is simple, easy, and free requires little knowledge of computers at all to operate.

This does not require a download on the guests side, only the host who is wanting to be controlled. Easy-peasy, but note that Join.me isn’t suited for unattended remote control, which makes it only a partial replacement for LogMeIn.

I did also notice that it is not a perfect desktop share. As I was trying to install software and run programs remotely, there are things I could not see on the host PC. Pop windows asking for permission or other messages were almost never visible or accessible from the guest computer even when I had full access to share the screen and control the mouse and keyboard. This is where it shows its true colors and that it was primarily designed as a collarboration and team based tool. There was also more delay between me moving the mouse and it actually moving on the host computer. Enough that I clicked the wrong item several times.

All-in-all, it is a web based tool that does require installation and only the host computer has to download anything. It is a great tool that I am sure I will use again and reccomend for initial and light weight sharing of computers and resources. It will not however, be my goto solution. That falls to Teamviewer at this time.

TeamViewer — http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx

I used join.me to start the process repairing my parents computer but quickly moved to TeamViewer which operated in real time and responded much faster to mouse and keyboard input. As soon as I set up the short cut on the host PC, it became even easier to start up than Join.met. Believe me that easy and simple operation is important when dealing with people not that familiar with computers! I actually used join.me to download TeamViewer Portable on the host PC remotely so that I could run it with no install. They had so many isssues going on, that I was not sure their PC would install it properly anyway.

Team View is free for personal use and cross platform compatible, even the portable version I mentioned. Here are some of the other benefits of this program.

No configuration
Start and use TeamViewer instantly. TeamViewer even works behind firewalls and automatically detects any proxy configuration.

Free for testing and personal use
Test TeamViewer for free, without having to provide any personal information. Also, use the software at home for personal use free of charge.

Cross-platform PC to PC, mobile to PC, and PC to mobile connections that support Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Windows App, BlackBerry and a portable version.

Maximum compatibility
TeamViewer runs on a broad spectrum of operating systems ranging from state-of-the-art system software to older operating systems.

No configuration
Start and use TeamViewer instantly. TeamViewer even works behind firewalls and automatically detects any proxy configuration.

Easy to understand
Enjoy a state-of-the-art user interface that is clearly arranged, simple, touch-friendly, and quick to operate.

Unattended use
It can be installed and set up for unattended use.

This is now my go to software for remote access for my family members PC that I am trying to help trouble shoot or help them with.

There are many other applications that can assist with this and I have many listed after the break below. I also have links to websites that have info that I found to be helpful. There is even information and links about recovering PC that are in trouble from a remote location. I have not used most of these applications but wanted to list them for you here.

Good hunting and I hope my experience has helped.



Application Links:
RealVNC — http://www.realvnc.com/
WebEx Free — http://www.webex.com/

Website Links:












12 Excellent, Free Screen Sharing & Remote Access Tools You Haven’t Heard Of Yet

Quick Screen Share: Screen Sharing Without Client Software Or User Accounts [Cross-Platform]

Remote Desktop Roundup: TeamViewer vs. Splashtop vs. Windows RDP

How To Help Your Parents With Computers Remotely Without Freaking Out

The Best Tools to Easily Perform Remote Tech Support


Info on recovery and rebooting:

What it is dead and you need to recover or rescue it from that status. Obviously start with all the easy things like plugs, connectors, batteries, updates, security scans etc. Test the hardware if possible. If you are past all that and pretty sure it is software or can not get there becuase you are stopped by the software, you need a rescue disk of some kind.

There are several ways. First of all, is there a rescue USB drive or CD that was created on their machine when it was operating properly? If so, that is probably the place to start. Here is how to create one: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/how-to-create-a-windows-rescue-usb-stick-984726



How to Create and Use a Recovery Drive or System Repair Disc in Windows 8 or 10



Downloaded the “Media Creation Tool” and use it to create the bootable “Upgrade/Install USB” to Win10. After upgrading the systems you can wipe them out and used the same device to do a “CLEAN” install of Win10 on all of the machines in your home.

USB Windows Installation Disk:

If you are looking to create the ultimate rescue USB here is an article on that:


Linux to the rescue: How to use Ubuntu to rescue a failed PC

Ubuntu has a Live CD option that creates a bootable CD and a non logging session that installs nothing and leaves nothing but is crazy powerful and will work on older machines that will not boot from a USB drive. Here is a great article: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/31804/the-10-cleverest-ways-to-use-linux-to-fix-your-windows-pc/

You can use it to make and image of the entire hard drive: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/


If there will boot from a thumb drive then you can create a full bootable version of Ubuntu that will allow you to install programs and save settings to the drive for future use.




Put Ubuntu on Flash Drive using Windows

Install Ubuntu On Your Computer Using a USB Flash Drive



If you do have access to your parents computer before you head off for college, you may consider setting up VNC, which is completely free remote management for Mac, Windows, and Linux, but does require that you set up port forwarding on your parents’ router (if they have one,) change the default port that VNC operates on, and lock down the connection with a username and password. Additionally, you’ll have to install the VNC server on their desktop and the client on yours. VNC is a great, completely free option that gives you a way to connect directly without a middleman in the way. Also, there are dozens of different VNC applications, so you can pick one that works on your OS and works best with your connection. However, VNC also means that if you have trouble connecting, you’re on your own figuring it out – there’s no support line to call if you or your parents have problems. If you want to go that route, here’s a guide that can help you get set up.


Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop has been included in every version of Windows from XP on.

It does require you to either do or talk the the other user through these two steps:

1) Enabling remote desktop (rt-click My Computer—>Properties—>Remote—>Allow Users to Connect Remotely…).

2) Browse to WhatIsMyIP.com to get the address you will use to connect.

If the computer to be controlled has a simple single connection from a computer to the internet modem, this should work. If it is connecting wirelessly or through a router, then port forwarding will need to be set up and that is usually too complicated to do over the phone and should be prepared in advance. For those that want to consider it, the default RDP port to forward is 3389.

RDP apps abound for computers, tablets and smartphones making it possible to easily support mom and pop from anywhere at a moments’ notice.

Nothing is more versatile and full featured than RDP, certainly nothing free.

The basic concept behind Windows Remote Desktop is to let users control their office computer remotely so that they can work from home. Hence, although all versions of Windows (Basic, Home, and so on) can establish a Remote Desktop connection and control a PC, only the Professional, Business, and Ultimate versions of Windows can be controlled.

As most office computers are one among many on a network, you need to have the office router tweaked to forward a port (3389) to the PC you want to control. You can edit the Registry to allow control of more than one PC by adding more ports, but that’s a very techie task.


Microsoft Live Mesh is a good consideration as well.  The live service lets it cut through firewalls easily. It’s also a very easy install since it is packaged in the Windows Updates in the optional catagory (simplifies the install and does so from a trusted source).

VNC comes in many flavors. Some with little to no support and require knowledge and experience to operate. It can be tricky to set up if you are trying to walk someone through it over the phone. Here is a good example.


Free for personal use

The widest platform support in the business. Control a huge range of Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX computers from practically any desktop, or from iOS, Android and Chrome-powered devices wherever you happen to be.

Amazingly versatile

Our customers use VNC to remotely access office computers from home, provide support to staff, customers or friends and family, collaborate on projects, demonstrate to classes, virtualize software or services, conduct automated tests, and much more. So whenever you need to connect people and devices, VNC provides the answer.

Intuitive to use

VNC is simplicity itself. There’s a VNC Server app for the computer you want to control, and a VNC Viewer app for the device you want to connect from. Connect the two, and VNC Server continuously transmits screen updates to VNC Viewer, which sends back your keyboard, mouse and touch inputs as you make them. And the user interface is available in English, French, German and Spanish.


VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, isn’t itself a product, but an open-source remote-control and display technology that’s implemented by Tight VNC (free), Ultra VNC (free) and RealVNC (free and pay), among other parties. VNC isn’t hard to use, but it’s not as simple as Join.me and TeamViewer, which don’t require user knowledge of IP addresses.

VNC is a good option if you need to control multiple PCs regularly.
To use VNC, install it on both the PCs you want to connect and then set them to listening. To control another PC, simply open the VNC viewer (client), enter the PC’s IP address, and have at it. You may also have to open port 5900 on your firewall and router, and to direct said port to the PC you want to control.

You can use VNC to connect to multiple PCs behind a public IP by opening and using more ports. Most VNC implementations install both the server and viewer software by default, so (as with TeamViewer) you can control in either direction.

Though it’s a tad difficult to set up, VNC is cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux), and it works extremely well once installed.


Another to research for the purpose is WebEx

WebEx Free: Not just for multiuser meetings.
Most users think of WebEx as a tool for multiuser boardroom meetings, but it’s also perfectly suitable for small-scale, live (not unattended) remote control and support. WebEx works a little differently from Join.me in that installing software is required at both ends, but that’s a relatively painless procedure.

Once users have joined the meeting, initially they can only view the originator’s desktop, but the originator can make another person the presenter, pass control over the mouse and keyboard, and share files, chat, and utilize webcams for face-to-face interaction. There’s a bit of a learning curve if you stray from the main features (available from the usual drop-down panel at the top of the display), but overall WebEx is quite easy to use.



May 17, 2016

Top Down Tourers


I am looking to start a Sunday afternoon convertible club at Sonrise Church for the purpose of fellowship and fun. The post will be part of my research and planning. We will taking afternoon jaunts on Sunday afternoon. It will be focused on convertibles, day trips and scenic destinations and routes but not limited to convertibles only. Anyone is welcome.

My initial plan will be to plan for routes roughly about 2 hours from Hillsboro, OR. Ending at a scenic destination or a place for coffee or a snack and then return home. Photography could be a theme of some as well. A short hike included or even a swim in a cool river or lake.

The routes will be scenic and not focused on performance or aggressive driving but cruising and enjoying.

My early searches gave me these pages to study. I will also check trails.com as there are driving trips on there as well.

A great idea is to look for local events like fairs or markets or local attractions in nearby towns or communities that we can drive to an experience. Maybe even a car show or cruise in! I can also look at trips and adventures other car clubs or motor cycle clubs have gone on or maybe tag along with them if they are open.

I am sure there are meet up groups planning similar trips that I can check out and get ideas from as well.






10 Portland Day Trips





14-Day Best of the Pacific Northwest Road Trip Loop






10 Portland Day Trips


6 Must-See Day Trips from Portland












2. Willamette Valley


In 1979 celebrated French wine and food magazine, GaultMillau, organized a wine Olympics bringing together a total of 330 wines from 33 countries. When a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley placed in the top 10 of their category, the region was catapulted to international fame. Beginning 100 miles southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries. It also plays host to the celebrated International Pinot Noir Celebration every July. A journey here is not complete without a stop in Portland, a city whose wine is perhaps only bested by its limitless dining options. Also not to miss is Domain Serene in rural Dayton, OR, where you can ponder which is more fantastic, their Pinot Noir or their picturesque views.

Columbia River Gorge

It’s incredible to find such natural beauty so close to a major city. Mere minutes out of Portland, Oregon, starts the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Drive the Oregon side for stunning views of waterfalls, some of which you can see without leaving the freeway. For a more intimate drive, get off the Interstate and cruise Historic Highway 30. Watch the scenery change from lush forest to high desert as you go east. Be sure to spend some time in quaint towns along the way like Hood River, Cascade Locks and The Dalles.


How a Road Trip Helps you Experience Local Culture

Are you trying to decide where to go for your next vacation? Instead of flying, try a road trip. A road trip will help you find off-the-beaten-path destinations, and it’s a great way to get to meet locals. Here’s how a road trip lets you experience local culture.

Visit Unique Small Towns

Often, when people are traveling, they seek out famous tourist sites and big cities. But there are plenty of fascinating things to see and people to meet in those out-of-the-way small towns that dot the highway. When you’re on your road trip, take the time to stop in these small towns. You could visit for lunch, or do some shopping. While you’re there, you’ll be able to talk to locals.

Check Out Local Events

A road trip also makes it easy to go to the types of events that are mostly attended by locals. This includes festivals, farmer’s markets, and holiday celebrations. Many small towns have their own unique events that celebrate their town’s unique history and traditions. This is an especially great option for traveling with kids–they’ll love getting the chance to try out fun new celebrations and festivals. After you map out your trip, research the towns you’ll be passing and see if they have any special events that are worth checking out. If there are a few events that look really interesting, plan your trip around them.

Stay With Locals

Websites like AirBnB make it easier than ever to find homes to stay in on the road. Instead of staying in hotels, try using these types of websites to connect with town residents. This is one of the best ways to meet local people and to get to know about the towns you’re passing through. You’ll end up with many more stories and memories in these types of accommodation than you would if you only stayed in hotels.

Whether you’re going on a famous route 66 road trip or making up your own route, plan time to meet locals. Once you have planned your itinerary, hit the road and go experience local culture!


Top Road Trip Destinations From Seattle, WA




February 15, 2016

Hiking Trials near Portland to Explore in 2016

Filed under: Adventures,Day Trips,Hiking,Photography,Travel — rmay4 @ 8:16 pm

I am researching my activities for the year and am thinking hiking and waterfalls will make up most of it.

Here are the links that I am using to start my research:


10 Beautiful Spring Hikes in Oregon
















Psalm 35:1-16

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:26 pm

Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good.
I am sick with despair.
Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
I denied myself by fasting for them,
but my prayers returned unanswered.
I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
as if I were grieving for my own mother.
But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
they slander me constantly.
They mock me and call me names;
they snarl at me.

The idea of praying for those that hate you and loving your enemy was not a brand new concept conceived only in the New Testament. It is found also in the heart of David in the old. Moses also intercede on the behalf of the Israelites even when they attacked him. I would also say that since these two men were men who lived near to the heart of God, that this has always been the heart of God. That would also be supported by the fact that Jesus came to reveal God’s heart,  to live it out so it could be seen in perfect action not to create something new or different from God but a completed revelation of what has always been God’s heart snd his desire for us.

Proverbs 9:11-12

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:11 pm

Proverbs 9:11-12
New Living Translation (NLT)

Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

October 29, 2015

Pellet Guns

I have always had a thing for air rifles from shooting in the backyard, my indoor range in the garage or starting the kids out on safety, control, aiming etc. Pistols as well but there are more options and more capacity in the rifle category for sure.

Recently, I got back into it after a break and one of springers, actually my best springer, did not survive the hiatus that well. I started looking at options as I actually wanted to move up to a better rifle anyway but compressed air. I looking at my options, the single pump air springs, Nitro springs, etc had really improved since the last time time I was looking at them.

I am thinking I am about to buy another gun. I will post the links here as a research tool and book mark location for the guns and info I access.

Here is info on the Air Spring/Gas Ram/Nitro Piston Technology


I am currently shoorting this one: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682505/stoeger-atac-suppressor-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4-16x40mm-scope

Here are the main resellers and manufacture sites I used so far in my search


Here are the guns I am researching broke down by price range

$150 or less
$140 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375509253/crosman-genesis-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-wood-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-3-9x-32mm-matte
$139/149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-air-rifle.html
$139 http://www.airgundepot.com/beeman-grizzly-x2-air-rifle-combo.html
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-shockwave-air-rifle.html
$119 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-phantom-np-air-rifle-22-caliber.html
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/ruger-yukon-np.html#item-specs-container
$130 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Nitro-Venom-Dusk-NP-.22-Air-Rifle-with-Scope/16536075?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=16536075&placement_id=irs-106-m3&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=3ce12037-b3ac-4cc3-8de0-6f60afe5756a&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=25174756&parent_anchor_item_id=25174756&guid=094121f3-d7ff-44f2-a804-599b6cb22cfb&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-xs-air-rifle.html
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/721311/crosman-fury-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/876789/benjamin-prowler-nitro-piston-air-rifle-177-caliber-black-synthetic-stock-blued-barrel-with-4x-32mm-scope
$144 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/681443/beeman-grizzly-x2-gas-ram-air-rifle-177-and-22-caliber-pellet-hardwood-stock-black-barrel-with-4×32-scope
$110-149 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2083851792/benjamin-titan-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-fury-air-rifle.html
$149 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_Gas_Ram_Dual_Caliber_Air_Rifle/3620
$89 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Breakbarrel_Air_Rifle/1789
$109 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Air_Rifle_With_Nitro_Piston/2806
$119 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375156916/crosman-shockwave-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$146 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/446831/crosman-tr77-nitro-piston-tactical-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-overmolded-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$219 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ruger_Yukon_Air_Rifle_Combo_Gas_Piston/3102
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-mtr77-nitro-piston-scoped-air-rifle.html

$164 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-397-.177-Air-Rifle/8586191?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=8586191&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=b9f1f691-ed61-4966-bd0a-8bc4c7766483&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=5420297&parent_anchor_item_id=5420297&guid=1e5cdc91-354a-41c8-80f5-f81aee5e8386&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

$250 or higher
$259 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Discovery_Air_Rifle/1543
$367 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-Discovery-.177-PCP-Air-Rifle-Kit-with-Pump/19426362?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=19426362&placement_id=irs-106-t1&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=d0cf4917-fc3d-4969-b845-91ce5bd62bd7&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=14234837&parent_anchor_item_id=14234837&guid=f4a83e12-d6bc-4b7b-a6b8-d90783009313&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

Pellets and Accessories

September 19, 2015

Word Press new editor I hate I hate!

Filed under: Blogging,Creating a Blog,New Blog,Writing — rmay4 @ 6:33 am
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I really dislike the new form and function or lack there of in the new WordPress. I am going to research what I can find out about not using but keeping my blog. I believe there are ways to access the old dashboard, edit, stats and admin pages that will allow me to continue to edit and add too my blog.

Here are some of the links and info I have found. Some of this is for people who edit locally and then upload. I edit and host on wordpress.com at this time but might have to change in order to avoid this editor.

This link goes to the classic dashboard: https://rmay4.wordpress.com/wp-admin/















Mazda Miata MX5 Cup Holders

Filed under: Adventures — rmay4 @ 6:12 am
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It is kind of crazy when thinking about a car that in a car known for prowess on the track that so much is devoted to its cup holders, lack there of or improving and adding them but there is.

I have a 2000 Miata and the next year they improved them! I thought I would put together an article on the ideas, mods and hacks that people use to improve the cup holder situation in the own Miatas both for my research on improving my own car and as a source of ideas and info for others online as well.

Come back as as I add to and improve this post.

Miata Cup Holders

Filed under: Adventures,Automotive — rmay4 @ 6:02 am
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Here is the first installment of articles focused on driving and enjoying my Mazda Miata MX5 convertible. I have a 2000 Mazda Miata MX5 5 speed manual. I really enjoy that car. I had a Triumph Spitfire as a teen and developed a love that type and style of convertible. It still persists today!

A couple of searches online and you will quickly realize that there are tons of people who enjoy these two but the camps are very different. You have a group of radical hot rodders doing v8 conversions producing 400 HP animals that can not stay connected to the road. There are racers making 250 track cars designed to stick to the road like glue but hang on to your wallet loosely! They are easy to add turbo or super chargers to and the list goes on.

There are a couple other camps that are  not even really in the race camp at all. There are the young kids who think they are cool and affordable as well as dependable. There is a camp that wants to re-capture the old MG/Triumph classic look with retro luggage racks and wooden shift knobs and steering wheels and more.

There is another camp and that is the adventure driver. I belong mostly in that camp. a trip that can last all day or few days and tour the scenic byways and back roads (the curvier the better) with the top down and the sun and wind battering you for hours and hours. Unique small towns and hotels and motels that people forgot years ago. People you would never think of meeting but are glad you did. A hidden coffee or sandwich shop owned by a local and typically only frequented by locals but all with a story and personality. That is the element in which I enjoy the Miata the most for sure!

The other thing I enjoy is customizing it to make those adventures more fun and enjoyable. Being it comfort for myself and a better set of cup holders or performance and handling to increase the adrenaline rush in the curves.

Come join me and lets go down the road!

Randy May

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