Friday, September 30, 2011


This is the one.

The wrecker guys came out to scout out the barn Wednesday afternoon. They were all for picking it up on Thursday but the weatherman was forecasting some rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph. I didn't think that would be too prudent so we're shooting for Saturday. I'll double check with them after school today and as long as they don't have a bunch of car wrecks by all the drunks around here on Friday night, we should be on for tomorrow.

As you can see in the photo, it's a big wrecker. They've got about 40 plus feet with the boom fully extended. We need about 24 to go from the top of the barn to ground level. That should leave plenty for the spreader bar and the cables/straps to the hook. I've got some tag lines tied off on the corners already. They'll have to pick it up and then back up about 12-15 feet so we can't get it swinging too much. I got underneath the lid and swept the area with a magnet the other day to make sure there weren't any nails under there. About all I have to do now is worry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


"3 Bevel" Sharpening Job

I found a set of chisels in the Woodshop but they look like they were sharpened by throwing them at the grinder (the photo is the before image, just so you know). I got them looking pretty good and a kid wanted to use one the same afternoon. After explaining to him how to hold the piece in the vise and how to keep his hands out of the way, he came back about three minutes later looking for a band-aid. I know they're sharp enough to cut skin anyhow. This got me to thinking about who teaches sharpening skills anymore.

No school around here wants a kid carrying a knife to school. We're lucky to still have a traditional woodshop type course that uses edged tools but that may change next year with the new Career Pathways program. I remember being taught how to sharpen things in ag class when I was in school. Of course if no one is using edged tools, no reason to worry about anything being sharp. If you take classes now to teach Tech Ed, it's all different than it was back in my time. Now the focus is on Project Lead the Way and pre-engineering. The Purdue Engineering/Technology Education degree doesn't teach much in the way of skills, so an instructor will never have been taught how to do any sharpening or any real manual skills. It used to be that degree had you take a class in small engines, electricity, woods, drafting, etc. You weren't an expert in anything but you had a little knowledge in a lot of things. Plus the program appealed to people who had probably grown up around tools. Going back a couple of posts, it's no wonder your teenager can't use a hammer. I'm simply amazed every day at what these guys can't do - even more amazed that I was doing some of this stuff in 7th and 8th grade. It won't be long and all skills will have to be picked up from a Saturday morning workshop at the Home Depot or watching a You Tube video. Can't really blame the kids for all of it, though. Hard to learn things you've never been exposed to.

I did get a new catalog from Lindsay Publications and they list a book called Back to Shop Class Metal Working. I couldn't find it on the Lindsay site but the link will take you to it on Amazon (if you read this blog with any regularity, you definitely need a Lindsay catalog). Apparently someone has seen an opportunity to give people what they used to get in shop class.

All you grandpas and grandmas out there need to be teaching the young-uns some practical skills, because you're about their only hope. Every kid needs to know how to sharpen a pocket knife and with all the cooking shows on television, who's sharpening all the kitchen knives? My mom used to buy iron-on patches for the holes in the knees of my blue jeans but grandma did a real nice job of sewing a patch on. Mom said it was iron-on or do it yourself so I got grandma to show me how. Great resource that older generation.

So I'm going to try and teach some basic skills in the Woodshop and try to instill in them the pride of being a craftsman. Hopefully by the end of the year they'll all be able to cut to a line and know which saw should be used for what. Maybe they'll even be able to use fractions. I can only hope. It's going to be a challenge but so far it's looking doable. Just have to keep my fingers crossed.

Note: The link to the Purdue page has been changed. It will now take you to the plan of study for the Tech Ed degree - should make a little more sense now. Thanks Kevin for the correction.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Egg and I

Finally reaping the rewards of having a big flock of chickens around the place - I've got two of the Golden Comets and one old Black Java rooster. As you may remember, the rest of the Golden Comets were the victims of the attack of the killer mink. The remaining two are doing well. They aren't much bigger than a Bantam but the egg is a decent size. I need to finish up securing the perimeter before next season so I can get a few more. Financially speaking, they're not too practical but I like chickens, so that's reason enough to keep a few.

As I approach retirement, I'm trying to get myself positioned to be somewhat self-sufficient. I'm planning on expanding the garden a little. This year it just went to hell but I did manage to eat a few tomatoes, peppers and cukes. The apples and the peaches didn't do much and I didn't do much with what I did have. I picked an apple from out in Belfast when we were there and saved the seeds. I'm going to try and get a tree going from that. I planted one from a apple along the ditch bank close to the house a couple of years ago. I know that apples don't always come true to seed but if Johnny Appleseed could plant them, why can't I? I've got some cherry trees planted that should do something in a couple of years. I do have persimmons on the trees out back. They should be ready to pick soon. The Missus makes great persimmon bread. Same with the rhubarb.

So the plan next year, barring any repeat of the 100 mph wind, is to get a little more planted and do a better job of tending, eating and preserving it. The weather will be closing in before too much longer and I'm planning on dragging out a couple of the old books on small farming, curling up in front of the fireplace and doing a little advance planning. The way the economy is looking, both here and abroad, might be a good idea for all of us to be working the plan.

Have a good week.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ready For Lift-Off

Spreader Bar

Roof Panels Are Off

Lifting Lugs Ready to Go

The weather looked a little shaky for barn work today but I got everything done, plus made it to the gym this morning. I didn't want to crawl up on the roof if was wet but it dried out nicely this afternoon and I got that taken care of. I'm not all that crazy about getting up there at all, to be honest, but it didn't take long and the roof has got a pretty gentle pitch on the top section. It'll be a little scarier putting them back on when it's about nine feet higher but I'll worry about that when the time comes.

Bringing the spreader bar home was a piece of cake. I had it up on pipe jacks at school, so I just backed underneath it as far as I could then slid it the rest of the way in. I've got a bicycle rack across the front of the truck bed so I clamped the front down to it and put a strap around the back and off we went. I bought a set of towing lights at Harbor Freight for ten bucks just for the barn job - money well spent . When I got it home I pulled it out a ways and then drove out from under it. No muss, no fuss.

Other than a little cleaning up and drilling some holes in the top plate of the walls, I should be ready for lift-off. I'll check with the wrecker company and the weather man and hopefully the lid will be back where it belongs next week. Been a long time coming but as long as the lift goes alright, the rest should be pretty easy. Surly says he can help me sheet the walls, so that should go pretty fast. I'm planning on putting a little deck on the end with the big doors, so I need to check with the Building Trades guy about that. When he pours the approach ramps he can pour a couple of footers for the deck at the same time. I'll be able to set my telescope up out there and I'll be able to watch the 4th of July fireworks from there as well.

If the rain holds off tomorrow, I'll try to get most of the clean up done. If not, I think I'm going to relax and watch some football. I think I deserve a little rest.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Power Tool Repairman

In the never ending battle for truth, justice and a functioning woodshop, I did a little work on the router the other day. In order to make fine adjustments to the depth of cut, you loosen the clamp as seen on the left and then turn the non-existent knob on the black shaft running vertically in the photo. According to the manual it's supposed to have some kind of graduated dial on the shaft as well so you can make accurate adjustments. I ordered the knob and the screw that holds it on but the other business is no longer available - figures. If you push the black button on the right side it releases the fine adjustment so you can run it up and down easily. Except it didn't do that. I took it apart and found a burr on the shaft that was causing it to hang up and polished that out. Also the body of the router itself was kind of galled up in a few spots so I polished things up a little and now it all seems to be working as designed. The knob will be in on October 3rd, so I should have that problem fixed pretty soon.

I also had to take my hand grinder apart the other day. It's a B&D Wildcat. Without a doubt, no finer grinder for any money. I've been using them ever since I started teaching and they're like a Timex - take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. There used to be a service center for Black & Decker close by so it was easy getting parts but they closed up. Every thing is Internet now. The one I worked on the other day is 17 years old and has seen a lot of use. I need to order in a couple of parts and it'll be back up to snuff. I've always maintained that shop teachers should have a class in college on repairing and maintaining equipment. That would be a lot more helpful than a lot of that pedagogy stuff they throw at you.

Homecoming football game tonight. It's been a pretty quiet week so far but they'll be buzzed this afternoon. I'm thinking maybe show a video to the aspiring woodworkers. Might be a bad day to put them in harm's way.

If the rain holds off, the barn should be ready for lift off this weekend. 'Bout all that's left is to take the roof sheets off and bring the spreader bar home. I've been pretty nervous about the lift but now that everything's in place I'm feeling a little more comfortable. Find out as soon as they take the slack out.

Enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guzzi Anniversary

Moto Guzzi is celebrating their 90th anniversary. This photo came from Rocket Garage. It was posted Monday along with several others. The captions are all in Italian and you'll have to scroll down past the Aermacchi photos. Neither of which is necessarily a bad thing. Italian Motor magazine blog also has a couple of shots of the Guzzi anniversary thing. Every thing's in English there. If you're into Italian motorcycles - check it out. If not, we'll all just have to wonder where Momma went wrong.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two of My Favorite Things

Two of my favorite things

plus Guy LeFleur

We had a two hour delay this morning due to heavy fog so I got up and turned on the TV to see about watching an old black and white movie before heading out. Nothing good on but I noticed that there were several starring Sophia Loren scheduled for the day - thought about calling off. I could finish the lifting cradle and reward myself with a couple of Sofia Loren movies. Cancelled that idea and went to work instead. On my way in I heard that it was Sophia's birthday and Guy LeFleur's as well. My favorite actress and one of my favorite hockey players. She's 77 and he's 60.

I didn't get to see LeFleur play too much for much of his career with the Canadiens. I watched the Blackhawks quite a bit when they were on Channel 9 but when they went to pay-fer, that was it. I did get the Madison Square Garden channel right after I got cable many years back and they had the Rangers' games on. He wasn't what he used to be but he was still one helluva hockey player. Phil Esposito was the coach with the Rangers at that time as well, if memory serves. Another of my all time favorites.

By the way, Surly started a fitness blog to track his new fitness program. I'm assuming it won't be quite like Jack LaLanne but it's good to see him working out. We all should. You can hit the link to see what he's doing and watch the amazing results. You can also rag his ass if he doesn't stay with it.

Business as Usual

Chop Saw Repair


I got rained out on Sunday, so I didn't get the lifting cradle all finished. I don't have too much more to do though. I should be able to get it done in the next couple of days and then I can get the top reunited with the walls. I'll be glad when that's over with. Really looking forward to getting the sheets on the sides so it looks like a barn. It'll be even better when the Missus can park her car in there.

I'm still working on getting things serviceable in the Woodshop. The miter saw had a piece broken on the back fence from someone over tightening the top extension piece. I pulled it back in place and welded it up, then got the saw aligned with the rest of the table so we can make nice, square cuts. We did put together a little bookshelf for me. It's nothing fancy - just something to organize a few of my books and close in the end of my train board. I want to get going on my HO layout one of these days. Now the train board is just a catch-all for junk. Sometimes I wonder how I ever became such a slob.

I've got lots of things I want to make in the Woodshop this year. I need to outfit the upstairs of the barn, of course, but lots of other things as well. I bought a new worm drive saw for the barn job and I want to make a case for it. I'd like to try a little furniture just because. Surly posted that he'd like to design and build some modern design furniture. Maybe we can build a piece of his design. I would like to get better on the wood lathe so in addition to the Indian clubs, I want to try a couple of bowls and some other chuck and face plate work.

Weather is supposed to be good the next few days so I'll work on the barn and enjoy the nice weather while it's here. I'd suggest you try to get outside and enjoy the nice weather too.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bicycle & Barn

Big sprocket there. Motor pacing started with "Mile a Minute" Murphy. He managed to go 60 mph behind a train on sheets of plywood between the rails. The current motor paced speed record is 167 mph, set by Fred Rompelberg. Before that, the record was 152 set by John Howard in 1985. I don't know much about Fred Rompelberg, but John Howard is nothing but a stud. He did the Race Across America, competed on three Olympic teams and won the Ironman. Pretty impressive resume, that. It's amazing what the human body can accomplish given good genes and an all consuming desire to excel.

That's not me. But I did get some work done on the barn yesterday. I got one of the beams lifted up into position and the stretchers lifted up and fastened into place. I didn't get quite as much done as I wanted but the chest was starting to get sore so I figured I ought to quit. Lots of crawling over and under to get the 2x12 stretchers lifted up and screwed into the bottom of the trusses. I'm putting five of them in to space the lifting beams apart and to keep them from wanting to shift or roll over when the crane picks thing up. Plus, they'll keep the beams up tight against the floor after the top gets set down on the walls. I'm going to put some clips on the beams also to help hold them tight as well. I'll need to be able to cut the crane loose with out them coming down after the lift or else they'll need another 8-9 foot of cable/chain when they make the lift so they can unhook. Depending on the weather, they're calling for rain today, I'd like to get the beams finished up. I need to police up the area and get everything off the floor and then take the roof sheets off.

Getting real close to lift-off.

Friday, September 16, 2011

I need to finish about a dozen projects so I can get me one of these.

I did finish up the spreader bar the other night at Open Shop. It's 17 feet long, so now I need to figure out how to get it home. I could bring the trailer with the spiral stair on it back to school and then load up the spreader bar. I need to get that into school anyway. I wanted to get a couple of other things out of there first, however. I could throw it in the back of my truck. With the tailgate down the bed's about 9.5 feet long. I've got my bicycle rack in there so I'd have something to tie it off to. Just hang a red flag on the end hanging out and take the back roads home. Probably the way I'll go. Maybe today, even.

I'm looking into turning some Indian clubs from the big elm that came down along with the barn this summer. I need to get a little more info on turning green wood so they don't split after I get them done. I know they sell some stuff to paint the ends of the piece with to slow down the drying process but I don't know much more about it than that. I need some practice turning things, so even if they split, it wouldn't be a total loss. I've got a grinder and sharpening set-up coming for the Woodshop. As soon as that comes in and I get the lathe tools sharpened up, I want to get the boys working on some spindle projects. My sister-in-law gave me some wood turning magazines to look through. Like every other skilled trade, so much to learn and so little time to do it.

I'm hoping to have the lifting beams in place this weekend. It will depend on the weather and the back/chest thing. I was doing real well and then I over did it last weekend and have been real sore all week. I have to get the barn job going again regardless. It's been a month since I've done anything. If I get it done, I would have a nice place to park the Moto Guzzi. I'm sure it would look good in there.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ramping Up

A Rose is a Rose

Spreader Bar

Things are starting to come along in the Woodshop. I got the fence on the jointer set to 90 degrees. It was set on about 80 and the adjusting mechanism wasn't allowing it to move. I took it all apart and got things unstuck but it still needs a little TLC. At least we can use it and the edges of the board are square to the face. The router is now functional but it too needs a little more work. One of the previous teachers made a really nice cabinet/table for it but after he left it got knocked around a bit. I need to order a replacement knob and screw for the router to be able to adjust the depth of cut like you're supposed to be able to. We got one of the sleds for the table saw finished up as well.

We're starting on making a few things but I can see that anything requiring math is going to be a struggle. I'm not sure what happened with how they teach mathematics but a lot of these guys can't do simple arithmetic. Most shop math is pretty simple arithmetic with a little geometry thrown in once in a while, at least on our level. I did a little exercise to have them compute the length of material required to make a picture frame and some of them really had a hard time. Makes you wonder what they've been doing for the last ten years. But if 13 year olds can't tie their own shoes or button their shirts, why expect 15 year olds to do 4th grade arithmetic? Regardless, I see a wooden boat project in our future.

We're working on the spreader bar for the barn project in the Weldshop. I need to get back on that project post haste. The Building Trades instructor will pour the concrete for the ramps this fall for me, so I need to get the top put back on the bottom. Money wise, I'll need to pay the tab on the big wrecker, buy a new man door and a few replacement sheets of siding and the concrete but the insurance settlement was pretty generous, so I'm good there.

I'm working on some designs for a router and miter saw table for in there after I get the siding on. The boys in the Woodshop should be able to build those. I can then get my table saw and bandsaw out of the basement along with the jointer I bought from my sister-in-law up on top and I'll have my very own wood butcherie. I might buy myself a planer sometime down the road. I'd like to have a wood lathe as well. I'll have to see where my interests and finances take me.

I got an e-mail from my buddy Kevin yesterday - Kevin is the one who had the good sense to get out of the classroom last spring and start on his PhD. The e-mail contained an link to Children's Technology and Engineering journal for those teaching at the elementary level. I'll admit I didn't even know such a journal existed until he sent this along. This issue of the journal deals mainly with integrating art with engineering and technology careers and the importance of this, especially at the elementary level. It's a very interesting concept and one that has been over looked for way too long. That's why I threw the picture of the rose in there. Man does not live by fabrications alone. Kevin co-wrote the article on page four, by the way. I'll be glad when he gets to be king.

An all education post and nothing too negative. Sometimes things actually work like they're supposed to.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Can't Use a Hammer

Grumpy Unk sent this along to me: "Why Your Teenager Can't Use a Hammer". It's a real good little article, won't take but a minute or so to read it, so be sure you do. One line I find especially interesting:
“We see 13-year-olds who can’t do up buttons or tie laces,” she says. “Parents just avoid it by buying Velcro and T-shirts.” Items that—not incidentally—chimpanzees could put on.

You'd think a kid 13 years old would be embarrassed enough by the fact that a friggin' chimpanzee can tie his own shoes but he can't that he might want to spend ten minutes mastering the skill.

The article also points out the role the hands play in the development of the mind. The same thing Doug Stowe is always preaching about in his Wisdom of the Hands blog. Interesting article, sad, but interesting.

So button up your shirt, tie your shoes and get outside and enjoy the weekend.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Belfast #3

Tommy and the Two Tones

These were the guys playing at Pollywogg Holler. Real good musicians. Played a nice assortment of stuff - all of which I liked. I got a chance to talk to the lead man, I'm assuming that was Tommy. He said some of them have been playing together since high school. I put a link up in the first Belfast post if you're interested in buying a CD of their music. I think I might, it's good stuff.

Jimmy and Jen Getting Some Licks In

Tommy and the Two Tones were kind enough to let Jimmy and his sister play a number. They did the Georgia Satellites' Keep Your Hands to Yourself. Nice job - crowd loved it. Jimmy won over even more fans there.

Cabin Steps

All the buildings at Pollywogg Holler were some type of cabin. All nicely done. There's no outside electricity there. The musicians were being powered by batteries charged from solar panels. I also noticed a pump that was powered by a weed whacker. I'd like to be a little more self-sufficient like that. Maybe a dual power set-up with batteries for backup or for most of the lighting. Just use the grid for appliances. Most people out there don't have AC but that's a must at my house. That would take a huge investment to be able to get enough wind and solar to keep everything running like it is now. Still, something is better than nothing.

New Cabin

Along with the regular cabins, there were a couple of three sided things you could stay in. I would imagine they had a tarp or something they pulled across the front at night or if it was raining. Just a really cool place.

Original Sign

This was the sign capitalizing on the fact that John L. Sullivan trained in Belfast with William Muldoon. Muldoon was no light weight either. He was the Greaco-Roman wrestling champ, an innovator in the field of physical training and culture, and an actor. He later owned a big health clinic in White Plains New York. He only had 6 weeks to get Sullivan into shape for his fight with Kilrain and Sullivan arrived on crutches, he was in such bad health. The story of Sullivan's training and fight is very interesting. The fight itself, even though it lasted over two hours, was kind of anti-climatic. Kilrain stayed away from Sullivan as much as possible and went to the ground whenever he could, as well. He still took a hell of a beating and his seconds poured so much alcohol into him he was drunk by the time the fight was stopped. I'm about three quarters of the way through the book I got at the book signing about Sullivan's training and the fight. The fight was illegal and as such everyone got on a train and left New Orleans for an undisclosed location. Sullivan was the first athlete to earn over a million dollars and long johns are named after him.

Checker Marathon with Landau Roof

This old rust bucket was sitting across the street from the barns. It's not often you see a Checker Marathon anymore, they don't even use them for taxi's now, probably because they quit making them in 1982. I've known a couple of people who actually had these things as a family car but this is the only one I've ever seen with the landau bars on the roof. Gotta wonder what they were thinking.

100 Years Old Exercise Stuff

Here's three pieces of equipment that still haven't gone out of style for boxers. The dumbbell is the one pound version but there were some other, heavier ones there. There were some 25 pounders that had the round balls on the end like you used to see in the cartoons. The item on the right is a hand/grip strengthener. Instead of the new style with the hairpin spring, this one had compression springs. I suppose you could change the springs to increase or decrease the force required to compress it. The big guy in the middle is a chest expander. You can pull on it a couple of different ways to work your arms and chest. It would be pretty simple to make one and it's effective.

Indian Clubs

These things are the berries. I don't know why they fell out of favor, they're an extremely effective way of working the muscles of the upper body. They come in a variety of weights - the ones in the photo run from one pound to six. I worked out a few days while I was there and I incorporated them into my routine. Good way to tone and stretch the arms and back. I'm going to see about making some in the woodshop this year. I did a little checking on the internet and found some for sale and it appears they may in fact be making a comeback. I'd like to have a couple of three or four pounders. I'm going to start looking for some stock - good practice for me on the lathe.

The Barns

Here are the famous barns. They were moved to this site a few years ago from a spot about 1/2 mile away. They've been painted up and restored and if you know anything at all about boxing, you know they are sacred. The statue out front is John L. himself, of course. There is no electricity and no one wants to burn the place down with candles, so it's dark in there come night time when the ghosts come out to play.

The second night we were there, Scott had a fire outside and we all sat around and yakked and even played a little music. Right after we hit the sack, I'm upstairs in the rubdown room and I here voices downstairs. I figure someone came in and is talking to Jimmy. I put my boots on, grab the flashlight and head downstairs. Not a soul around! The last night, Matt is sleeping upstairs and he hears voices. He comes down, shines the light around, everyone's sound asleep. The same thing I experienced. The night before I hear a thump, three times in a row like the noise my boot would make if I dropped it on the floor at about a two second interval. Later that night I hear the same thing again. I asked Jimmy in the morning if he'd heard anything in the night and he described exactly the same thing I heard. The night previous to that I wake up when I heard someone calling my name. I heard something I can't quite decipher from Jimmy's end of the barn and figure he's just dreaming. He tells me in the morning he had this terrible nightmare, and he never has nightmares, and in the nightmare he's calling my name and he can't talk because it's like he had a stroke. He was trying to call for help because some big square with light all around it was coming at him.

We're all convinced now that the barns are spooked. Whether it's the ghost of John L. or William Muldoon, I don't know, but something's going on in there. Regardless, I want to go back. It was a great trip, I met some nice people and I had a lot of fun. If you're ever in the western part of New York, you need to stop and check out Belfast and the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Belfast #2

Spike's Roses

Jimmy at the Anvil

Spike Looking On

Tough Guys

Press Conference

Jimmy in Tights

Jimmy & Annie

As stated previously, we had a great time in Belfast. I took a lot of pictures and Jimmy's wife and sister were video taping everything to put a documentary of some sort together. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone got a picture of the coolest looking tattoo I've ever seen. This young guy showed up there with John L. Sullivan's picture on the top of his arm with St. Pat's church spire in the background and Belfast written along the bottom of it. I'm not all that big on tattoos but I really liked that one.

Matt, one of our fighters, came out to spar with Jimmy. His dad brought him out on Friday after leaving about midnight, took a 30 minute tour of the place and then turned around and headed home. Nothing like a father's love - not many of them would do that.

The sparring sessions were the highlight of the day normally. We usually had a few people checking things out even though it was a work day. We got quite a few old farts who used to do a little boxing back when Hector was a pup. Once it's in your blood you just can't shake it.

The local press gave us a lot of coverage. We had several newspaper articles and Jimmy and Scott did a live radio spot that was really nice. This is quite the labor of love for Scott. He's got a lot of time and money invested in this operation and hopefully he'll get some kind of return on his investment one of these days.

I'll post the final installment in a couple of days. You'll get a few more photos and the ghost stories. Pretty scary!

Monday, September 5, 2011


Made it home from Belfast today about 4:00. Great week we had. Met a lot of nice people. Did some interesting things and got woke up by the spooks inside the barns a couple of nights. Spent my birthday at Pollywogg Holler listening to Tommy and the Two Tones, went to Spike Jones' house to do some blacksmithing, helped Jimmy while he was splitting wood, and got everyone set up on the sparring sessions. I'll be posting some pictures and adding more about the events of the last week in the next few days but the guys from Enchanted Mountain Martial Arts Academy warrant special mention.

Scott, the owner of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame, somehow connected with these guys to come up and spar with Jimmy. A bunch of young guys, most with some type of military background it seemed, and I personally am real glad they're on our side. Nice guys, all of them. Extremely polite, very pleasant to talk to and be around, but real tough guys. I don't mean guys that are real tough but guys who are the real deal tough. Physically and mentally tough. The kind of guys who are so tough they are nice because they have nothing to prove to anyone and know themselves well. Master Barry I'm thinking is cut from the same cloth as well. I'm proud to have met all of them and really glad they came out to spar.

Enough for now.