House Project #2 Complete. After a few weeks of making, I finally got the fish tank stand complete. Krissy got me a 55 gallon tank for my birthday, however we needed a stand. Rather than spending $140 on a plain black painted stand at Petco, I decided to make my own, which I could customize the way I wanted.
So I could have spent many hours at the library on researching how to make a 55 gallon fish tank stand, or just take 5 minutes on Google, and find plans for a 75/55 gallon tank stand.
I spent a night going through his design and modifying what I wanted with it, and designed my own tank stand. It took me a few weekends to get everything together and get it built and stained and stuff, but it is finally complete, and the tank is running. In a few days I’ll have fish in it.
No support in the front center for easy access to the inside of the stand.
Turned out pretty decent I think, custom made with no center support in the front at the doors, no support to get in the way, double braced for the weight though. As you can see it is pretty basic, no background, not much inside, but it will improve as we find stuff we like for it.
The trip started by Krissy and I flying out to LA to catch our flight to Beijing, leaving at 12:40 AM, 11/8. We got to LA about 6 PM, the 7th, grabbed some dinner there, and then went through the process to get our ticket, and get our flight to Beijing.
It was about a 12 and a half hour flight from LAX to PEK, Bejing China. Twelve hours of barely any sleep, and when we got there, 5:30 AM local time, we started our touring. No break for sleep, start the sight-seeing.
We went to many places on the trip which I’ve never personally heard of, but indeed were really cool to see. Some key points were: Tian An Men Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Summer Palace, Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, Lingyin Temple, and took a cruise on West Lake. We went to a few different cities, Beijing, flew down to Shanghai and drove to Suzhou and to Hangzhou, and also toured Shanghai.
Why China you ask? Well, this was a trip called a “Business Leaders Trip To China” offered by Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and was so cheap we couldn’t resist, Krissy’s parents and brother and sister-in-law also went. Given how inexpensive this trip was, including food, hotel, airfare, and tour guides while we were there, I was a little skeptical and wondered what the catch was.
Overall this was a very nice and informative trip. The food was good at first, but quickly got old, as you can see the last few days we had to hit KFC. I soon realized what the catch was. This trip is so cheap because this trip is sponsored by Chinese government, and they want us to spend money there. So while we did get to see the Great Wall and a few of the other Chinese tourist destinations, we spent a lot of time in these “factories” they called them. Well, it was just a big store, a big store to get us to buy stuff. So we would spend an hour at the Great Wall, and 3 hours at these factories. Don’t confuse these “factories” with a real factory, they made hardly anything there, only showed us a few details on how to make silk, a carpet, etc. Then made us walk through floors of shops and stores.
So this trip would be even nicer if we could spend more time sightseeing and less time shopping at their high priced American tourist stores. However with that said, and what we paid for this trip I really cannot complain. I would suggest for anyone to go on the trip, you do get to see everything, but as any tour is, you have to follow them.
Being China is the production capital of the world, there are a lot of factories there. Driving down the road you can see why there is lots of air pollution there. Lots of pictures show factories, and a lot of construction. China is a building country; they have buildings going up everywhere. Another interesting thing is that the average income in Shanghai is the equivalent of $200 USD per month. That is not even close to enough to live on, even there. So needless to say we can see why everything is made in China, labor is extremely cheap. Considering USA just hit 300 million people, and China has 1.3 billion people there, the value of the person isn’t that much.
As usual, I took a total of 2,685 pictures, went through them, deleted some blurry/duplicates and got that down to 2,333. I’ve got most them here:
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Also note that all the picture date and times are in CST, Shanghai and Beijing are 14 hours ahead of CST.
Oh, by the way, Krissy and I are now engaged.
Thanks to Mo and Aza for capturing this (the photo was not planned, they happened to see me doing it, and took the picture).
Yes this is the real one as apposed to the (fake one).
Many have asked, requested, inquired: What does Phil want for his birthday and Christmas? Here’s your answer folks. I know you all will mark these items on your shopping lists. Seems like this is a yearly – thing. I mean c’mon it’s my 25th, quarter century, birthday.
I’m still waiting for the GTO, they now have a bigger engine in them, so more the reason to buy it for me now.
If that’s a little too much, I’ll drop it a few dollars. A Grand Prix will do, but unlike 2005 wish list, now I would like the Grand Prix GXP with the in dash GPS navigation, Blue please, with leather. Here’s what it should look like when you’re finished ordering it:
If you can’t get the car, at least this for my current vehicle will suffice:
The Garmin Nuvi 660 please.
We’ll keep going down for you, next is a lens, Canon 10-22mm lens, very inexpensive.
So you ask where can I get it? www.bhphotovideo.com has a great deal on them, $15 rebate too, woohoo you.
Minaswell add this one to your cart on B&H while your at it:
Canon 580 EX flash.
Who wouldn’t have this on their list.
Phil wants to join the crowd? No, not I, I would use it for picture backup, there are readers I can use with it for pictures. Sure music is nice too. I’ll need the 80 GB, 30 GB is just not enough, plus for $100 more it’s worth it.
Still too much? Alright, a HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer, this has many uses, something I will probably buy eventually anyways.
Oh, this is also $60 cheaper if you buy it at Sam’s Club, otherwise you know where you can get it.
This is going to be a must have, something I can really use. Not only something I need, but something to play with as well.
Final Cut Express HD
Next, well we’ll switch gears, how about a table saw, something like this:
It’ll have to be foldable/collapsible, so I can put it away, a Craftsman isn’t too bad..
Or if that’s still too much, we’ll go really cheap, how bout woodworking plan books? These would be books like this:
Except maybe with furniture plans, like a really nice corner computer desk plan? Shelving? Small furniture projects? How about those in the book?
There is way to much to list on here for things I’d like for the house, but here’s one. A under cabinet light set for the kitchen (Florescent lights!, not hot halogens or dim LED’s). Not sure if this is more for me, or for Krissy. I guess for both, I want what makes her happy. These light sets look like this:
Click the picture to go to a site that has the units I’m talking about. Krissy and I saw the lights at Meijer, they’re much more reasonable priced, and you can also get it in a kit, 3 lights with the wiring and mounting.
Hmm… How about a small digital scale, like 5 or 10 lb scale that measures in ounces?
Something I’ve probably needed for a while. A new battery powered beard (or gotee) trimmer.
Something like that, they have a lot of nice kits out, many different heads. One with a universal head, for a couple different lenghts would be nice.
This is really cool, and useful for bike rides. I already have the GPS unit, just need the mounting bracket.
I made it easy for ya, click on the picture to order it. I saw a smaller all plastic one for about half the price before, but now I can’t find it. This one is the same idea though.
Also 3 of these cases for Digital8 tapes would be nice (I have 95 tapes to store):
www.tapeandmedia.com has these at a reasonable price.
I guess I should stop now, I mean I don’t want to make it seem like I’m a needy person.