Last Call: How quarantine has me feeling at this point

Quarantine has me feeling some cabin fever at this point and my sense of humor is suffering because of it. When I saw this on Twitter I genuinely laughed way harder than I probably should have. I don’t know why, but I guess it just felt relatable. I can just picture a grown man playing with his son and his Legos holding this thing up and exclaiming, “we’ve LS swapped a sheep!” like Albert Einstein. The thought is what actually made me laugh and I’m hoping it will give you a chuckle too.

This quarantine needs to end soon or I might just go insane. What are you doing to pass time?

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, but it’s also encouraged.

My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

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  1. Quarantine might get more interesting for me. I just borrowed a MIG welder from my workplace. Reason 1 was to weld up some holes in the Econoline and try to restore the “rain gutter”. Reason 2 was to weld up a rack for all the lumber that’s been accumulating around here. Housemate expressed interest in a MIG lesson, too.

    Quarantine has been good for my HAM Radio hobby. I’ve been fixing up a corner of the place as a HAM shack and testing some mobile radios and antennas indoors before trying them out in the van and on the motorcycle. Maybe I’ll actually talk to another HAM over those things soon. Imagine that.

    I bought an extremely shiny version of the classic CB antenna ball mount. Shiny!

    https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/8a957c70-bb69-412c-9e2a-dbd4ab66d8ee/3.jpeg

    1. I spent the weekend setting up a reloading bench to deal with with the current ammunition shortage. I also need to get my Ham radio stuff in gear, I have a technician license and a handheld but Covid-19 shutdown the local radio group meetings before I could connect.

      1. I wish I had some reloading equipment for my 12 gauge; that would keep me busy. I’ve still never gone through the background check.
        I’m off to get a 16 foot metal pole to put inside my warehouse for the antennas to mount to (roof is off-limits). Tomorrow I’ll drill through the concrete slab and sink a 2-foot copper rod in as a ground point for the HAM shack.
        I only made it to one radio club meeting before the lockdown, and that was after 5 years of having my license!

        1. A stealth antenna sounds cool, as long as your warehouse isn’t made of metal.

          Where do you live that you need a background check for reloading stuff? If you do take the plunge, Lee shotgun loaders are pretty cheap, I’ve spent more than i want to admit setting up for rifle and pistol cartridges. On the other hand I can justify some of that cost by the amount I can save on some of the more expensive stuff

          1. I’m in California. I’m not sure if you need a background check for reloading supplies. It wouldn’t surprise me, knowing this state.

  2. The plural of Lego is Lego.

    I’m sure the Aussies are disappointed he didn’t swap in a Baaaaaa-rra.

          1. Well, I think it’s just another yarn., and you ‘ll be sheepish about it later.

          2. I am neither spinning yarns nor weaving a tail. Although I am known for honking a bighorn.

  3. It is a bit weird to say, but we’ve been enjoying the society-on-hold somewhat. Of course, we hope everybody gets through it alive and well and that the economy doesn’t get wrecked in the process. But work has been ok from home, my wife with lots of responsibilities and me finally being able to do a lot of stuff that has been sitting in the “later”-bucket for years. The kids are fine with home school, but miss their friends. They’ve got lots of options to chat and game together though, so they get their need for drama fulfilled.

    The weather gods have been kind here, at least. One day we get a lot of snow, so we go sledding. Then a day on ski, or in the boat, or a very warm day like yesterday at the sea. Or we go biking or hiking or whatever. Our kids are in good shape now, outrunning us uphill, after a month of good, solid activities outside. It’s a bit wistful, actually, to see how well we can have it with more time together – and we already work parttime for that exact reason. Still feeling busy doing nothing…

  4. Yeah, quarantine was all fun and games until my wife forced me to start cleaning out the garage.

    The real problem here is not all the old junk, paint, and car parts… I can deal with those (there’s still room in the garage attic and she never goes up there): it’s my books. Some years back I went on a trip of about three weeks and when I came back I discovered she had ‘cleaned’ my tiny den. By cleaned I mean she had move out ALL my bookshelf units (which admittedly had made the place more of a dark book closet with a tv and a comfy chair than a “room”, and put them in the garage. I don’t know how the hell she did it alone. I was enraged unhappy, but although she is only 5’2” (157 cm) she has documented Samurai blood in her family history and so she could probably beat me in any kind of a fair fight. She argued (and correctly, dammit) that I never read any of those old books. However those books are friends and just having them brings me pleasure. I drop people from my life more easily than books. So….. I just moved my headquarters to the garage. Now the last Citadel is under attack…. Yeah, most of them are just paperbacks …. but it’s America dammit, and humble origins and appearance are not considered valid indicators of worth right? Right?

    Sigh…..

    1. This is quite funny to read for me right now, as I am done moving my books to my new study in the basement at this very moment. I also got a “why not move your books from [rooms], too?”, and I had accounted for these ‘spontaneous’ ideas while building the shelves. Let’s say there’s roughly the weight of an empty, original Fiat 500 in paper here, that I won’t really touch, ever. But I’ll look at it with joy, a lot.

      Finally, my collection of GAZ 24’s and Wartburgs that I actually played with as a kid have a decent showroom, too:

      https://i.ibb.co/NLBWB2h/IMG-20200411-191918.jpg
      https://i.ibb.co/8xGdct9/IMG-20200411-191952.jpg

    2. This is quite funny to read for me right now, as I am done moving my books to my new study in the basement at this very moment. I also got a “why not move your books from [rooms], too?”, and I had accounted for these ‘spontaneous’ ideas while building the shelves. Let’s say there’s roughly the weight of an empty, original Fiat 500 in paper here, that I won’t really touch, ever. But I’ll look at it with joy, a lot.

      Finally, my collection of GAZ 24’s and Wartburgs that I actually played with as a kid have a decent showroom, too:

      https://i.ibb.co/NLBWB2h/IMG-20200411-191918.jpg
      https://i.ibb.co/8xGdct9/IMG-20200411-191952.jpg

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