Thursday, August 01, 2019


I just posted a video about an RR bell that I and my friends 'borrowed' in 92 from an old abandoned RR crossing!!!!!

And while doing this, I felt nostalgic and Jack, my nephew and I went hiking on those tracks and got some old rusty RR spike. In part two I am going to show Jack how to clean them up........

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Another You Tube video! 'POP'S VICE'!

 If I recall, my grandpa, my dad's dad, gave this to him back in the 60s. I did a 'half@$$ed' attempt to restore it back when I was a teenager but now I am going to do it right this time. Check it out if ya want, If not then that's OKIE DOKIE to! FREE WILL!!!!!!


 I forgot I have my step grandfather's pipe vice too! Same old story of doing a 'half@$$ed' job on that thing as well. BUT after watching someone restore the same one on YOU TUBE I decided to clean it up and look like the day Russ bought it, probably in the 30s. As you may know, I LOOOOOOOOVE history and I 'Googled' 'Trimont Tool MFG.' and learned all about it...

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

trip-pa-looza 2019

 I haven't done one of these in a few years. Being most people on this God's green earth have the attention span of a freakin' gnat, I made a SHORT video of it and posted it on You Tube.

Saturday, June 01, 2019


This is my old friend Todd!1.

 He and his girl Elouise are very good to me and come down and help cut up trees and are just groovy people! It's a WIN/WIN situation because he gets to use his Stihl chainsaw and I get some crappy trees taken out! I say this because they are getting married this month and I am very blessed they are in my life...

 This is a busy month for me:

  • Going up to Todd and Elouise wedding.
  • Going up to Duke for my annual check up, FYI- I ALWAYS get nervous.
  • Taking a trip:
          1. Seeing my old radio buddy Kenny in West Virginia.
          2. Heading to Pittsburgh to see a Pirate's game with an old friend! MIKE C. IN DA HOUSE
          3. Driving over to Mansfield, OH to see my cousin Chris.
          4. Heading up to Erie to hang out with Kaye and her kids.
          5. From there, I am heading to Bolivar, NY to see my relatives.
          6. Having 'tasta-pa-looza 2019' at casa de Wilson.
          7. Going up to Buffalo and having lunch with Scott C.   
          8. Having a 'yummy in my tummy' Burton Burger with Marci
          9. AND finally going to install a back splash for my cousin Joe and his wife Amanda.

Should be a good time! Talk to you next month and remember "If you choose not to decide, you STILL have made a choice, FREE WILL" Free Will by Rush 1980. Oh and don't forget that I will be posting one, possibly two, videos in the near future.

1. He went to Virginia Tech and he became friends with Mike Boike, my good friend. So he and I became good friends even though the first time I met him, I thought he was a TOOL! HA!!! Let me explain, Boike brought him down for July 4th which we ALWAYS spent at Boike's Lake house on Lake Wylie. Todd showed up with a HUGE white boy afro, like the one John McEnroe had and a wet suit and thought he was the 'S#!T'. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


    I have been debating doing this for a while. HECK! My major in college was 'Electric media and broadcasting production' so I KNEW how to do this stuff. Now granted, things have CHANGED A LOT in 20+ years 1. BUT I am fairly confident in my abilities BUT be kind! It's my first video in YEARS! I know I NEED a new computer because editing takes a TON of memory that my old computer just does NOT have. KRIPES it took me three freakin' days just to edit it! ANYWAYS, my first one is of 'modifying' a tap handle for my brother's neighbor, Greg, who has a keg-o-rator. He is a cool guy even though he NEVER remembers my name, HA! Anyways, here it is ENJOY!

1. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 1997.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The day was......

 April 2nd, how do I know that???? It freakin' snowed that day!!! GOOD LORD! And it was cold at casa de McBride. I went to turn up my thermostat and (low and behold) the batteries were dead. I went and put some new ones in it but it STILL didn't work. SON OF A! I guess the life cycle of the thing was NOT over 14 years (I installed when I first moved in, and folks, that was in 2005!

 Well it's new to me, Mike my brother, gave it to me years ago, and I assume it's 'TOP NOTCH'.....He NEVER buys cheap crap, unlike his younger brother (ME).

 WHOA!!!! I just 'googled' it and I was right! The cheapest I could find one was for $150! SWEEEEEEET! I've said it before and I will say it again, I LOOOOOOOVE being his 'GOOD WILL'!!!!!

 I can promise that I will NOT need it for the next 6 months, but you are saying," But Andy you will need it for your AC during the summer." No I won't, you see my AC went out YEARS ago and I never got a new one. I just went to Walmart and bought a cheap window unit that I use when I sleep. CHEAP I KNOW!

 Talk to you next month and "if you want to kiss the sky, you better learn how to kneel, ON YOUR KNEES BOY!"

Monday, April 01, 2019


 Some, well most, think I am a SIMPLE MAN and if I can still do it myself, DANG NABBIT, I will! This is a guide for my nephews so they are not like the 'punks' I work with that don't even know how to wipe their own @SS if there mom or dad were not there to do it for them..... PLUS girls, not 'burn your bras' ones, love a guy that knows how to actually do stuff.1 NOW I am not talking about building a freakin' house or anything, just simple stuff that will make your life easier. 

  • KNOW how to do required maintenance on one. It will save you $ and you will know it was done RIGHT. PLUS it will run for a VERY long time.
  • Oil change 
  • AIR FILTER change 
Mike C., Joe W. and I in 1992

  • ALWAYS have an emergency kit (part I and part II) in the trunk of your car BECAUSE trust me, you will need to use it one day! 




  • Now your parents might not appreciate this 4 BUT I know that you will be at a keg/field party or two in your teen years and if you want to impress the ladies instantly,
                 1. Know how to build a fire. FYI- GIRLS LOOOOOOVE to be warm.......

                 2. Know how to pour a beer from a keg WITHOUT a ton of foam.
3. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, FIRST you need to know how to tap one.


 These are just a few thing I can think of 'right off the bat'. If you have anymore questions, just ask. 85% of the time I, your 45 year old uncle who has so far lived a good life, will know the answer. Take care and I will talk to you next month and remember that you just can't fix 'stupid'.

1.Let's just admit that 95% of the stuff guys do is to get some 'action'. This may not be P.C but it's TRUE!

2. 3. If you do these things for a lady, she will THINK you are a GOD!

4.  Do NOT get mad at me for this because I can guarantee they would simple 'google' How do you tap a keg?

5. Thanks to Todd and Dave for teaching me this at one of Dave's parties in 87. Oh and FYI- YOUR DAD partied right along side of me!


I just posted a video about an RR bell that I and my friends 'borrowed' in 92 from an old abandoned RR crossing!!!!! And ...