Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kalamazoo Type-In

Our Typists

Andy and Andrea

Andy, Dorothy, Bill M

Andrea, Mrs. M (Debbie), Dorothy

Andrea and Andy discussing her Remette

Andrea giving her Remette a test run

Andy & Debbie discussing one of many subjects

Our Hosts.  On a very short notice Andy & Dorothy were able to organize our gathering.   Many Thanks!

I took my Montana Luxe

Andy brought this wonderful Brilliant Junior

Dorothy brought her wonderful Olivetti Valentine

Andrea brought her wonderful Remette
None of this would have been possible had I not been in contact with Richard P during my trip.  Richard graciously introduced me to Andy in one of our emails.
I got in contact and we had an instant gathering planned.

Our trip had been quite a challenge this time.  We were delayed 3 days for a paperwork problem with our insurance. I forgot some travel paperwork at home.  Later we got delayed by construction.  I missed one of my routes.  We finally made it to Cleveland for a day.  Then we were off to Kalamazoo.  Later we are stopping at Hell and then on to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Richmond, VA.

Friday night's Type-In was great.  We typed a bit, downed a few brews, talked about the world of broadcasting, shortwave listening, ham radio, and back when broadcast radio was great.  Oh, we talked about typewriters and our typewriters also.  I do not know all the ladies talked about. I do know they talked about some of the birds in Florida, especially Mrs. M's favorite, the roseate spoonbill.

I started this post last night.  Got delayed today.  Lost the paper I typed last night that I was going to post from the type-in.

All-in-all a great experience. 

A very hearty thank you to all.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Birds and Books

This tall stool is just right for typing on the Signet

An afterthought from yesterday as we were driving back to town for our lunch is that I should have at least taken some photos of the Preserve.  The numerous deciduous trees are covered with drapes of Spanish Moss which makes them look really unique.  There are wide areas of saw grass in the marshes and along the lagoons and other bodies of water, and the general landscape along the trails is unlike that of many other places in the U.S.A.

While there, I thought who would want to see trees, grass, water, and people with binoculars?  I have a typewriter blog.  Besides, many of the plants that should be green are brown, like shown in my previous post.

Since the hurricane there was so much salt water flooding the lowlands, and no rain since, the plants are dieing (yes, Blogger spell checker states wrong spelling, but dying means to dye clothing). This is also one of the reasons we are not seeing the normal winter population of shore birds and some other birds.  The plants are not healthy so they do not produce the normal flowers and seeds.

Then, since I did some outdoors typing about our day I should have had some photos.  For our next trip I'll buy some film and post a few days after the event. I do not have a darkroom in my tiny house.  Plus the iron in the water would make it difficult to do proper processing.

As far as film, Kodak still makes Ektar professional films and even brought back Ektachorme!  Maybe Kodachrome is next.  I used some Fuji film last year to one of our trips to Merritt Island.  I did not like the results.  Then I never seemed to have liked the results of any Fuji film I've used.  Colors are way too exaggerated.
Agfa, Ilford, or Kodak are still the best.

Now for the books.
While typing and grilling the doorbell rang.  Mrs. M answered it taking possession of gifts from the postman.  Gifts I purchased.  My copy of The Manual Typewriter Repair Bible and The Olympia SM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 Typewriter Repair Bible arrived.  These books are compiled / produce by the Right Reverend Theodore Munk.  I thought I'd use that or I could have said Activist T. Munk as he has on the books.

I briefly paged though them.  They are great resources for typewriter repair people.  I can use all the help I can find when I dig into repairing my own typewriters.  I know these will be put to good use.  If you have a typewriter hobby and like repairing typewriters I highly recommend getting a copy of which ever book you need.  He also has a book for the Olympia SG typewriters.  Here's the link to his post on the books.

Much better packaging than Amazon.  Amazon loosely packs books in big boxes and many times they arrived with minor damage. The last few I got from Amazon were not even wrapped and were smudged.

Both books.  The Manual Bible is about an inch or more thick.  The Olympia Bible is about 3/4 of an inch thick.  Both are packed with information.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fourteen Years and 364 Days

This is really a two day typecast.  Mrs. and I spent yesterday together for one of our special days together.  I started it last night.  Got tired and quit.  Finished it today.

We are parked beside the dune to watch the ocean. I decided to take a photo looking North toward Flagler Beach

A perfect day to be on the beach.  Not many people at some areas.  Many of these areas are sparsely used in the summer also.  At about 80 to 81 degrees F and a breeze being on the beach yesterday was great.  Going into the water...probably not that great.  Then I have gone into the ocean in February already and the water is quite fine.

The ocean was quite inviting yesterday.  I was too cheap to rent a boat.  Maybe next time the water is this calm.

The greenery is not green yet even though some of the flowers are blooming.


We stopped North of Flagler Beach to watch the ocean and some trawlers that were out. I decided to show how crowded it gets.  At least until summer when the road is really crowded.

This was my first project typewriter. It arrived with a bent frame, damaged platen, and a few other things that needed repaired.  This one was made in 1966.

This is my first Hermes 3000.  When did Hermes change from the round body typewriter that typed really nice to a square body that is not that great of a typewriter?  1966!  This one is from 1966 too.
Here is how the round body Hermes started out.

I did not get any photos at the Preserve.  Since Mrs. is handicapped and the preserve is not handicap accessible we stayed near the parking lot and the hard surfaces behind the Environmental Center and Library.  I could have taken photos of scrub palms, scrub oaks, and very tiny birds.  I use a pocket camera that is not good enough to photograph birds.  I did take my 35mm to use if I got close enough to use a 500mm lens.  Even 500mm is not long enough.  To properly photograph birds I need a good 1000mm to 1500mm f1.7 or better lens. Good lenses like that are out of my budget.  I miss working for the company where I had access to all kinds of great photography gear.

I thought about taking some photos in Flagler Beach and of the damage to the dunes.  All of that can be found on line already.  If I had before and after photos of the damaged dunes I would have posted them. 

The grassy dunes and the cactus all got washed away during Hurricane Matthew.  Most of the little picnic pavilions along the road and many of the pedestrian cross-overs all got washed away. 

We miss the little picnic areas. They were only large enough for one or two tables and over the winter they are great little places to go and have a picnic lunch.

I mis-spelled Lyonia Preserve in the typecast. Here is a link to the website.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Speak about starting a year off right. I am still being sloppy with my typecasts.
I noticed typos after posting again.  I need to add typing proficiency to my goals; 100% accuracy. The Tippa was also my 2015 gift.  I would not mind 2 of them, but I only have one.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Post Man Fit the Entire Fox Typewriter Company Into My Mail Box

I did not notice I mis-spelled Luxe until I had this uploaded.

The pages are perfectly straight. I could not get the book to lay exactly straight and aligned in my scanner so they display a bit tilted.

I planned a longer typecast, but I used Mead Erasable Bond Typing Paper that was so thin, even folded in half, that it would not feed properly through my Montana.

The calendar was from a Kikstarter project. I do not know if it is still available.

I got the book from Tyler's Blog.  Here is the link to the book.

At one time I chose my Hermes Baby over this typewriter.  Then I cleaned and lubricated both of them.  (Both have hard platens and soft feed rollers.)  Now I prefer this one over the Hermes. The Montana Luxe is a much nicer typer and loads paper without the paper catching on the ribbon covers.