Care Packages! “Look at all this Spam” edition.

I haven’t seen Landlady in five weeks, and some of this stuff has sat at her house for longer than that. So apologies if you’d given up ever hearing what became of your kind care package.

About five weeks ago, in the wake of a problem with D&L’s generator starter battery, we had a discussion about battery load testers. I was aware that such tools existed from my time as a dealership mechanic – but that ended like 35 years ago and my mental picture of a load tester is something the size of a small desk that GM probably soaked the franchise a thousand bucks for. There was no reason for me to give the matter any thought, because as far as I know – and I’d probably know – none of my immediate neighbors owns such a thing.

Until now!


Big Brother said, “I’ve been using that style tester forever. I was surprised to read that you didn’t have one, given that batteries are central to your lifestyle.” Yeah – in hindsight, me too. It never occurred to me to check if there had maybe been some technical advances in the past several…decades…

We had a discussion sometime back in October about a need for a belt kibble shelf, and Generous Reader Terrapod got right on that. It just sat at my maildrop for over a month – sorry about that…


It won’t actually fit that corner of the bedroom, but I know exactly where it will fit, and be a big improvement over what it replaces. And as he often does, he added some odds’n’ends that will certainly be put to use, like coathooks and misc hand tools. Thanks, Terrapod!

I’m not exactly certain who sent this…


But he/she was apparently afraid I was in danger of Spam deprivation. Thank you! Don’t … quite know what else to say.

Somebody else hit my Amazon wishlist just in time for woodburning season…

And Landlady brought me a case of Three Buck Chuck Shiraz, as well as good coffee and assorted other forms of holiday cheer.

Thanks very much, guys!

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5 Responses to Care Packages! “Look at all this Spam” edition.

  1. mattexian says:

    Funny thing with the Spam: I found those decoy can safes, now with Spam labels on them, for sale at my store.

  2. Ben says:

    Don’t know why, but I always look forward to your Care Package posts. Perhaps it’s a vicarious Christmas?

  3. Swami Rabbitima says:

    Glad you liked the spam! Should set you up for a couple of weeks.

  4. Frank R Longtine says:

    I’ve had the same battery load tester for 20 years, found at an auction. It looks like something out of a mad scientist’s laboratory.

  5. Jim Price says:

    Obviously, email isn’t the only way to get spammed.

To the stake with the heretic!