Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
I took the kids sledding at the Will Rogers Memorial yesterday so I shot some wipeout video. The fella with the Carhart coat doing an endo is Stenton. Stenton chases with us quite often. Good stuff!
EDIT----stay tuned for big news in the stormchasing world!!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Well, I was in the local Sprint store checking out the HTC Hero & the samsung Moment, and I see this little gem. Me thinks "Hmm....way cool!" so, you know what came next. "How much" and "I'll take it NOW".
Brought it back to work and a few minutes later...WALLA! I am a mobile hotspot! Feels kinds good...lol
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I can't help but think about the kids that don't have a family to share Thanksgiving with. Kids that have fallen in between the cracks of life and our little social world. Kids that need encouragement, love, compassion, kindness, security, hope, joy, kids that need to see a real God that really loves us and who works in our lives. They don't need to see the fake world that so many people live in, they need real love, real support, real dedication, and a real God.
I visit a local shelter for troubled youth every week. I share the love of the Lord with them, and offer them friendship. The kids here have seen it all. From drug addiction and criminal activities to victims of all forms of abuse, from abandoned kids to runaways, they often end up here.
Let me explain the type of shelter that this is. RCYS really cares for the kids. They have counselors on staff to help the kids, offering several programs aimed at getting and keeping these kids on track to become a positive part of our future. It's not a lock up facility, but it is a place where kids can feel welcome and loved. Yes, they have to abide by rules but it is not like a boot camp. I have seen several kids come to know Christ during their stay here.
I said all that to say this. I am trying to help raise awareness and publicity for Rogers County Youth Services. They have been facing budget cuts as well as many other agencies but you can help. They have a wish list and a needs list on the website. If you can help, please contact them--your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
While storm chasers are the best people in the world, they can also be the most eccentric, and can be out and out jerks. There are a lot of ingenious minds in the meteorological/chaser world, and my experience is that geniuses can at times be odd in character-I can’t tell you first hand though, I’m far from being a genius..lol. With all that said, all of our personalities and preferences can clash at times. This clash seems to rear its ugly head during the off season. I mean, one just has to browse the threads over at stormtrack.org to determine what season it is. Winter=multiple chaser drama episodes that can bring out the ugly in all of us. Yes, it has happened to me. I was drawn in to drama and bashed someone with whom I have never even been privileged to shake his hand. That was very Christian of me—not.
When a hobby turns a person into someone that can not have fun or someone that regrets what he/she says to our fellow man, then it’s no longer a hobby, it’s a burden. When that burden comes between two friends, it’s time to release the burden. How? Several ways come to mind.
First there’s the extreme view: Chaser retirement. This option does not seem viable because you will alienate other friends in the chase community and you will lose out of that camaraderie and friendship.
Second: become a recluse. This option parallels the first and should not be given much thought either.
Third: The Smith approach. This I believe is the best option for all and should be widely used by chasers in conflict. Step one-do not log on to Stormtrack during the off-season. I know this is extreme, but there are very few useful threads on there that will make or break a storm chaser at this time. There are several other threads and chaser blogs available for your enjoyment that will keep pressure to become involved in flame wars to a minimum. Read up on chase accounts from chaser websites, compare your forecast to theirs and see if you agreed or not. Finally, the most important step in chaser syndrome is to BAACK UUUPPP from the computer and get out & enjoy your families & friends, and enjoy life! It’s too short for adversities to ruin things for us!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Here's a low-res video. I just threw some chase video together....WARNING!! It is pretty boring...lol. Turn the volume up & you can hear me trying to educate a less experienced friend. I will admit the tornadoes are very hard to see and I'm not sure you can even see them due to the low resolution, but they are there....enjoy!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sorry about the powerlines. I shot this at lunch time today. a line of storms that is now currently severe were developing over Tulsa/Broken Arrow. I decided to shoot a little time lapse...enjoy!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ok, so I got the photography bug again last night---my family went to our church and had portraits shot by a local, well-known photog company. We get a free 8x10 but of course we can order additional prints-they had us do several poses and had the "package" prices conveniently available. I was observant of everything going on and particularly observant when I saw the prices!! WOW I thought, I gotta get me some of dat!! So, stay tuned for more pictures through the eye of Jeff Smith!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
For all of you that have been wondering.....the boat ran flawlessly last weekend!! Finally got it right! Just in time for the boating season to wind down...oh yeah......
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well, yesterday was a bad day. I rarely have them, but they do happen. You see, I lost one of my brothers yesterday. He was older than me by 20 years, and lived by himself on land that our dad had given us. Growing up, I always looked up to my brother, even in later years as we grew distant. I know that he had problems, and serious ones, but I tried to overlook them when I could, and tried to simply see my brother. He and I got "sideways" with one another in recent years, and I haven't spoken to him for a while, and that is what I want to convey to my readers....
The last words that we had were fierce, with him calling me every name in the book, and me threatening to call the sheriff on him. I now feel terrible for not going to him and reconciling because I will now never get that chance. I have to live with that pain now.
In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that if we have a problem with our brother, to leave the altar and go to him fast and reconcile with him. He didn't say that it was okay no too if it wasn't your fault, He just said go and do it--and do it now. This passage had been on my mind lately and I had been thinking of going to Donnie to make up. We had argued over a stupid 350.00 worth of hay! 350.00 isn't even a car payment in these days, much less enough money to keep two brothers apart!! I believe this is why Jesus told us to do this; we may never have another chance. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Please, if you have family that you haven't talked to in a while, please give them a call......tell them you love them.....forget your differences and swallow your pride and just go to them. I will never have that chance to do that with my brother, and that hurts deep within me right now.
Farewell my brother, Don Eldon Smith 1949-2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Where would you go?
What would you do?
Who would you see?
Let me offer you an exciting and unique vacation idea. Have you ever thought of chasing storms on your vacation? Let me introduce you to http://www.extremechasetours.com/ ECT is owned & operated by veteran chaser & good friend Lanny Dean, who has witnessed over 250 tornadoes! Check out his website and book a tour. You will not be disappointed. Yes, a tour is expensive, but when you think about it, most family vacations can be very costly and ECT offers many tour options and discounts!! I understand that not all people are fascinated by severe weather and tornadoes therefore a storm chase tour would not be for folks wanting to sit at the beach & watch the pretty sunsets. It is for those wanting to witness stunning views of our planet's wildest weather and those that want to witness the exciting thrill of the chase!!
No, Lanny didn't pay me for this, but he is a good friend of mine and Lanny is a stand up guy. There are lots of chase tour companies, but ECT will treat you right and your money will be well spent!! Who knows, you might even see me out there chasing!! Book your tour today!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My last post I wrote that I suspected detonation as the problem, eating away the #2 piston. That was a pretty good call except for the fact that the 5 metal “chunks” that I found in said cylinder were steel (as demonstrated by holding a magnet near them) pistons are aluminum and not attracted to a magnets. There was a possibility of the “chunks” being parts of the top compression ring in the piston, but disassembly of the block revealed the piston rings intact. These steel chunks were not more that ¼” long, and sort of round-ish. I thought the worst….I thought that I had dropped something down the intake when I built the engine despite being very meticulous about it.
After consulting with many of my mechanic customers and a wild dream, I went to the garage to inspect the carburetor- a Rochester Quadra-Jet. I picked it up, turned it over and was amazed at what I saw. One baseplate screw was missing!!! I realized then that I was at the machine shop’s mercy—they had nothing to do with the problem therefore they didn’t have to warranty their work. I was kinda sick. I mean, who would have ever checked to see if those screws are tight—outta sight, outta mind, right?
Well, after calling Jay at Custom Motors and revealing the truth (after a little objections from others) he said that he would treat me right and was glad to know the cause. Well the head took a lot of work and the block had to be re-bored and the one cylinder sleeved but it’s finally ready! I am going to pick it up at lunch today!! The total bill? $497.00!!! Well below what they could have charged me! If you need an engine, take it to Custom Motors!!!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have about 6 hours on a boat that I bought in May----something is way wrong with this picture!!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Here's how this story goes.....just whistle the Beverly Hillbillies tune while reading.....enjoy!
Come and listen to a story 'bout a man named Jeff...
Poor crazy dude pullin the hair out of his head...
Tries to make his family happy by buyin' a big boat,
Then he can't even get it to float....
Motor that is...
Heap o junk, goes "ker-chunk"!
Y'all come back now, ya hear???
...guess you can tell I'm kinda bitter. Well, here's the story. The boat was finally fixed! All my problems were gone...until last night. We took her out after church last night for a quick dip in Oologah--had a blast!! We were returning to the dock when, as I powered down into the no wake zone, I hear "funny" noises coming from behind me. The boat starts missing, and metallic noises grow louder. Then it dies! As I grow more upset, I finally get it to restart, engine is now "hammering" loudly at me. We limped it to shore, and got it on the trailer. I bowed my head in defeat and drove home. Tonight I will run a compression check and pull the valve cover to confirm my suspicions of a dropped valve......later.....
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I am thinking that the exhaust manifold is cracked, allowing water to bleed into number 6 cylinder. When I get back from camp, I'll look into this....
In other news, this may be the last blog entry for a bit. I am heading up to Winderemere Missouri on Monday for youth camp. Yes, I am taking 8 of our youth to camp!! It will be our first trip this far away, so pray for us!! This is the same group of kids that have been with us on several Mission of Compassions...I'm very proud of them!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tonight after church I am replacing the riser gasket in hopes of finally resolving the problem of me being mad at the boat and very grouchy:-)
I'll update later...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Occaisionally the starter "drags" and will not turn the boat over. After several tries, it usually fires off, but not always...
1. I have charged and tested both batteries=tested good
2. I replaced the starter with a brand new unit.
3. I replaced the dual battery switch.
4. I changed the grounding location from the bellhousing to the starter.
5. I cleaned and inspected the battery cables.
6. I have "jumped" the starter at the solenoid, it just clicks..
7. Pulled my hair out.
8. Stumped my toe kicking at it----j/k.
If I have missed anything, please chime in & let me know! I would like to have this thing running reliably soon!!
************BREAKING NEWS************* I found the problem!!
I pulled the starter & guess what? It's defective!! Brand new from O'Reilly's too! It will not turn when directly connected to a fully charged battery via jumper cables. The solenoid just clicks. I can bypass the solenoid and the starter motor turns, but does not kick out the starter drive. I will get the starter replaced tomorrow & also I will replace all cables with heavy duty 2 guage cables....
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Video as we were in Ponca City trying to jet south but had to turn around & take cover at a gas station!!