Heard today that the Florida Senate has passed a bill that prohibits rifle sales to people under the age of 21, and also brings back the 3 day waiting period for sales. So an 18yo woman living by herself cannot purchase a weapon for herself, but can a family member “give” one to her?

– Raise the age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18;
– Require a three-day waiting period for firearm purchases, with some exceptions;
– Ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon;

TMac, sold… again

This week, Taco Mac was sold by Dallas-based private equity firm CIC Partners to a team of independent investors and experienced restaurateurs led by Atlanta resident and longtime Taco Mac guest Harold Martin, Jr.

Harold Martin, Jr. will lead the company as CEO. The company headquarters will remain in Atlanta, where Taco Mac was founded in 1979. The new ownership team is comprised of Martin and three of his partners from Fresh Hospitality, a Nashville-based restaurant incubator currently consisting of eighteen concepts. Of the group’s many concepts, only a few are open or coming soon to the Atlanta Atlanta market such as Biscuit Love (coming to Alpharetta), Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and I Love Juice Bar. Taco Mac will not be a Fresh Hospitality concept.

The four partners – Martin, Michael Bodnar, John Michael Bodnar and Mike Tidwell – are investing their own money in Taco Mac “because they believe in the brand’s Atlanta heritage and reputation for serving great local craft beers and award-winning wings in a warm, welcoming environment.”

A graduate of Morehouse College, Martin has lived in Atlanta since 1998. Last June, Martin was appointed interim President of Morehouse College. He was previously an associate partner with McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm. After leaving McKinsey & Co., Martin built a successful independent consulting practice and private investment firm in Atlanta. In addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse, Martin received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Martin will work closely with Michael Bodnar, who brings 45 years of experience running public and private companies. Martin and his co-owners plan to spend the first few months of their ownership on a listening tour, gaining feedback from guests and employees to continue to improve the Taco Mac experience in each neighborhood. The team also plans to continue investing in the popular Brewniversity program.

“Customer engagement is something we are aiming to enhance because we want guests to truly identify with their neighborhood Taco Mac,” he says. “We will work with staff to ensure that the quality of the dining experience remains consistent across the board while retaining the unique character of each neighborhood restaurant.”

Taco Mac has gone through a number of changes in recent years including a short-lived name change to “T. Mac.” More recently, Bob Campbell, former CEO of Taco Mac parent company Tappan Street Restaurant Group, with a few other former Taco Mac associates, launched a BBQ themed sports-bar: Loyal Q. The first Loyal Q opened in East Cobb last year followed by a second location in Alpharetta last month.

In January, two former Taco Mac restaurants were “deflagged” and reopened as Morgan’s Sports Grill in Marietta and Woodstock.

The first Taco Mac, which is still open to this day, opened at 1006 North Highland Avenue in Virginia Highland in 1979. Taco Mac currently has 27 locations across Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

The bill, H.R. 1865, is euphemistically named the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), despite the fact that there’s nothing stopping state authorities from punishing sex traffickers and their allies at present and despite the fact that trafficking victims can already sue abusers in civil court. FOSTA’s actual targets are adults consensually engaging in prostitution as well as web platforms that allow user-generated content.

H.R. 1865 creates the new offense of intentional promotion or facilitation of prostitution while using or operating a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, such as the internet. A general violation of this offense will be punishable by a sentence of upwards of 10 years.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), has had bipartisan support in the House from the get-go, despite objections from a wide range of stakeholders, from victims’ advocacy organizations to the U.S. Department of Justice, which has already declared the bill “unconstitutional.”

Foggy this morning in the 60’s and then the sun popped out and the temps rose to the upper 70’s. It maybe springtime soon.

We had the last of the CCloud class, things I wasn’t really interested in. Except for the language barriers I think it went really well. A tad boring at times.

Watched the launch of a SpaceX Falcon with a satellite from Vandenburg AFB this morning.


124-Spider Scorpione

This is a special Fiat 124 Spider, for about #30,020 or 41,800 USD. Lots of racing parts and things.

There is also a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth sold by Fiat that is only about $30,000 USD and a Fiat 124 Spider starting at $24,000 USD.

All are built at the Japanese plant where the Mazda MX5’s are built, the whole interior and chassis are just like the MX5. Just the outside skin and several upgrades.


Only a  Partial Lunar Eclipse will be occurring in Lawrenceville since the moon will set about half way to it.

Time Phase Direction Altitude
5:51 amWed, Jan 31
Penumbral Eclipse beginsThe Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face. Map direction West277°


6:48 amWed, Jan 31
Partial Eclipse beginsPartial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Map direction West-northwest284°


7:31 amWed, Jan 31
Maximal Eclipse visible in LawrencevilleThe maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Lawrenceville would be around this time.
Since the Moon is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to West-northwest for the best view of the eclipse.
Map direction West-northwest290°


7:33 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible MoonsetBelow horizon Map direction West-northwest290°


7:51 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible Total Eclipse beginsBelow horizon Map direction West-northwest293°


8:29 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible Maximum EclipseBelow horizon Map direction West-northwest298°


9:07 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible Total Eclipse endsBelow horizon Map direction Northwest304°


10:11 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible Partial Eclipse endsBelow horizon Map direction Northwest316°


11:08 amWed, Jan 31 Not directly visible Penumbral Eclipse endsBelow horizon Map direction North-northwest328°


President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a nearly three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8, a senior administration official said.

The Senate passed the measure earlier Monday 81-18.

DACA? Immigration?

Made my first box joint, not a full box though. The joint on the first try was really loose, The pins were too small I think, re-aligned and made the “kiss” on the blade a bit closer and then made the “fit” of the slot a bit tighter. I think I measured the blade without making sure the tooth was at it’s highest point. I kept forgetting to tighten and un-tighten things as I was setting stuff up.

I need to get what I need to do if things are a bit tight, or loose.

Need to get more .5 by 2.5 inch poplar tomorrow and possibly get over to Woodcraft to pick up some clamps.