This past Tuesday, I received an email saying that I hadn't posted anything in a while and asking me to tell what I've been up to. I can't imagine why anyone would be interested, but since you asked, here goes. Mostly I've been sitting around the house monkeying with the computer, watching the grass grow, and listening to some of my grandkids' romantic fiascos and troubles related to drugs. There are several reasons for this. One is that, due to family problems, I'm teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and can't afford to do much else. Mostly I'm trying to hold this financial house of cards together until I can get my mortgage paid off, or I die of old age, whichever comes first. (I'll be 80 the first of Sept.) The cure for this is to go back to work. Its hard for a geezer machinist to find work in north central Alabama that pays very well and isn't so far from home that commuting cost eat up most of the wages. I can't go to work now anyway, because on July 27, I had a new right ball joint put in.(Total shoulder joint replacement) and have to have my arm in a sling for six weeks. No driving a car and no lifting until the sling comes off. After that one heals(Three month minimum) The left side needs to be done, so it looks like I'll be tied up until after the first of the year. How this is going to effect my shooting abilities, long term, remains to be seen. When I go to the surgeon for my post-surgery check-up on Sept. 7, I'm going to ask the Doctor(just for giggles) when I'll be able to shoot an elephant rifle. His reaction should be interesting! Now I don't own an elephant rifle and elephants are mighty scarce around here, anyway, but it should get some conversation started. The last time I was at the range(Swan Creek) before surgery, I didn't have any problem with a Ruger #1 in .223, but shooting a FM#1 in 6.5mmx.257 Roberts with a 100 grain bullet HURT! I think there's bound to be some improvement over that. The biggest things I have access to are a .35 Whelen and a .45-70 rolling block. Oh, and a .44 Mag. Ruger Bisley and a 12 ga. pump gun. So that's what's going on. No gun smithing projects until all the surgery and rehab are over. It'll be limited then since I don't have a lathe or milling machine at home. L. O. G.