March 2024

Notes from the Edge 03-22-24

Posted on March 22, 2024 by dello

Notes from the Edge 03-22-24

Well fancy meeting you here. Are you stuck in the Blizzard of 2022 like I am.

I think I was being a bit of a smart-ass last Monday when they announced this coming snowstorm. They always exaggerate the possibilities; it seems but this time they nailed it. It swept in Wednesday, right on cue for the Northeastern seaboard and began piling up. It is now Friday and still snowing like crazy.

The porch door.

The front door.

The side porch, drifted in.

The van, buried.

The side yard, also buried…

The woods behind the house and the shed buried. There is about 5 feet of snow on the level, except the mouth of the driveway which is at least seven feet high and growing now that the plows are running again. But I got up early to shovel (Until I realized the snow was not yet done) and I made coffee, so we will be fine, or at the very least caffeinated 🙂

I hope all of you are safe, warm and have a coffee/cocoa maker, tea, something that dispenses warmth and alertness.

I will be waiting out this storm so I can shovel out the driveway, find the mailbox or buy another one and get things straight before the next storm smacks us up.

I will leave you with a free, true short story I wrote about my days driving cab in the city. Love you guys and appreciate you as well and I’ll be back tomorrow, Dell…

TRUE: True stories from a small town #1

By Dell Sweet

Original Material Copyright © 1976 – 1984 – 2009 – 2014 by Dell Sweet

PUBLISHED BY: Wendell Sweet

All rights reserved, domestic and foreign.

This book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This book may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Cover and Interior Artwork Copyright 2013 Dell Sweet

TRUE: True stories from a small town #1 is Copyright © 2013 Dell Sweet

No part of this book may be reproduced by any means, electronic, print, scanner or any other means and, or distributed without the authors permission. Permission is granted to use short sections of text in reviews or critiques in standard or electronic print.


It was early in my shift. I owned my own taxi so I could pretty much pick which 12 hour shift I wanted to drive. I drove nights so that I could be home with my son during the day while my wife worked. I’d told myself for most of the last year that I should stop driving taxi, settle down to a real job and be more responsible. But then a Conrail contract came along and then the opportunity to work with another driver who handled the Airport contract, and suddenly I was making more money than I could have reasonably expected from what I would have considered a straight job.

The hours were long, but there was something that attracted me to the night work. I always had been attracted to night work.  Like my internal clock was Set to PM.  It just seemed to work and after a few failed attempts to workday shift work, I gave it up and went to work full time nights.

I was never bored. The nights kept me awake and interested. They supplied their own entertainment.

Conrail crews, regulars that called only for me, the assorted funny drunks late at night when the bars were closing. Soldiers on their way back to the nearby base, and a dancer at a small club just off downtown that had been calling for me personally for the last few weeks. Using my cab as a dressing room on the way back to her hotel. It was always something different.

Days, the few times I’d driven days, couldn’t compare. Sure, there was violence too but it rarely came my way and never turned into a big deal when it did. At six foot two, two hundred and twenty pounds most trouble looked elsewhere when it came to me.

It was Friday night, one of my big money nights, about 7:00 P.M. and my Favorite dispatcher Smitty had just come on. He sent me on a call out State Street that would terminate downtown. Once I was downtown, I could easily pick up a GI heading back to the base for a nice fat fare and usually a pretty good tip. My mind was on that.

My mind was also on that dancer who would be calling sometime after two AM and who had made it clear that I was more than welcome to come up to her room. It was tempting, I’ll admit it, and each time she called she tempted me more. I figured it was just a matter of time before I went with her.

I really didn’t see the lady when she got into my car, but when it took her three times to get out the name of the bar downtown that she wanted to go to I paid attention.  Drunk.   It was early too. Sometimes drunks were OK, but most times they weren’t. This one kept slumping over, slurring her words, nearly dropping her cigarette. I owed the bank a pile of money on the car and didn’t need burn holes in my back seat.

I dropped the flag on the meter, pulled away from the curbing and eased into traffic. Traffic was heavy at that time and I pissed off more than a few other drivers as I forced my way into the traffic flow.

I had just settled into the traffic flow when a glance into the rear-view mirror told me my passenger had fallen over. I couldn’t see the cigarette, but I could still smell it. I made the same drivers even angrier as I swept out of the traffic flow and angled up onto the sidewalk at the edge of the street. I got as far out of the traffic flow as I could get so I could get out to see what was up with the woman in the back seat.

I was thinking drunk at the time, but the thought that it could be something more serious crept into my head as I made the curb, bumped over it, set my four-way flashers and climbed out and went around to the back door.

She was slumped over into the wheel well, the cigarette smoldering next to her pooled, black hair. In her hair, I realized as the smell of burning hair came to me. I snatched the cigarette and threw it out the open door, then shook her shoulder to try and bring her around. But it was obvious to me, just that fast, that the whole situation had changed. She wasn’t breathing.

I reached in, caught her under the arms, and then suddenly someone else was there with me.

He was a short, thin man wearing a worried look up on his face. Dark eyes set deeply in their sockets. His hair hung limply across his forehead. He squeezed past me and looked down at the woman. He pushed her eyelids up quickly, one by one, and then held his fingers to her lips. He frowned deeply and flipped the hair away from his forehead.

“Paramedic”, he told me as he took her other arm and helped me pull her from the back seat.

We laid her out on the sloping front lawn of the insurance company I had stopped in front of and he put his head to her chest.

He lifted his head, shaking it as he did. “Call an ambulance,” he said tersely.

I could feel the shift in his demeanor He wasn’t letting me know he could handle the situation, like when he had told me he was a paramedic, he was handling it. I got on the radio and made the call.

The ambulance got there pretty fast. I stood back out of the way and let them work on her, raising my eyes to the backed-up traffic on occasion. The paramedic had torn open her shirt. Her nudity seemed so out of place on the city sidewalk. Watching the traffic took the unreal quality of it away from me. I watched the ambulance pull away, eased my car down off the curb and back into the sluggish traffic and went back to work.

I got the story on her about midnight once things slowed down and I stopped into the cab stand to talk to the dispatcher for a short while. His daughter knew someone, who knew someone, who knew someone at the hospital. The woman had taken an overdose. Some kind of pills. It was going to be touch and go. He also had a friend in the police department too. She did it because of a boyfriend who had cheated on her. It seemed so out of proportion to me. I went back to work, but I asked him to let me know when he heard more.

2:30 AM:

The night had passed me by. The business of the evening hours catching me up for a time and taking me away from the earlier events. I was sitting downtown in my cab watching the traffic roll by me.  It was a beautifully warm early morning for Northern New York. I had my window down letting the smell of the city soak into me, when I got the call to pick up my dancer with the club gig.

“And, Joe,” Smitty told me over the static filled radio, ” your lady friend didn’t make it.”

It was just a few blocks to the club. I left the window down enjoying the feeling of the air flowing past my face.

The radio played Steely Dan’s Do It Again and I kind of half heard it as I checked out the back seat to see if the ghost from the woman earlier might suddenly pop up there.

The dancer got in and smiled at me. I smiled back but I was thinking about the other woman, the woman who was now dead, sitting in that same place a few hours before. The dancer began to change clothes as I drove to her hotel.

“You know,” she said, catching my eyes in the mirror.  “I should charge you a cover.  You’re seeing more than those GI’S in the club.” She shifted slightly, her breasts rising and falling in the rear-view mirror. We both laughed. It was a game that was not a game. She said it to me every time. But my laugh was hollow. Despite her beauty I was still hung up on someone being alive in my back seat just a few hours before and dead now. Probably being wheeled down to the morgue were my friend Pete worked. I made myself look away and concentrate on the driving. She finished dressing as I stopped at her hotel’s front entrance.

“You could come up…  If you wanted to,” she said. She said it lightly, but her eyes held serious promise.

“I’d like to…  But I better not,” I said.

She smiled but I could tell I had hurt her feelings. It was a real offer, but I couldn’t really explain how I felt. Why I couldn’t. Not just because I was married, that was already troubled, but because of something that happened earlier.

I drove slowly away after she got out of the cab and wound up back downtown for the next few hours sitting in the parking lot of an abandoned building thinking… ‘I was only concerned about her cigarette burning the seats.’

I smoked while I sat, dropping my own cigarettes out the window and onto the pavement. A short while later Smitty called me with a Conrail trip.  

I started the cab and drove out to Massey yard to pick up my crew. The dancer never called me again…

Hey, get ready for summer because it is almost here. Thanks for reading. You can find my books on Apple or Amazon andfollow me on YouTube: or FaceBook 

Stay safe and warm, Dell…



Earth’s Survivors books – Sam Wolfe

Posted on March 21, 2024 by Author Sam Wolfe

Earth’s Survivors books – Sam Wolfe: Earth’s Survivors: Apocalypse: Earth’s Survivors Apocalypse follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite hits and becomes the cap to a series of events that destroy the world, as we know it. #Dystopian #ApocalypticFiction #Readers Earth’s Survivors: Rising from the Ashes: Candace: The streets are a mess. I met a few others today, and…

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Notes from the Edge 03-20-24

Posted on March 20, 2024 by dello

Notes from the Edge – 03-20-24

(From this past Thanksgiving)


I have my own YouTube channel, but aside from some modeling builds, book videos and some of my own music there isn’t much there.

It seems to me a few years ago I looked at YouTube, and although it was great for a few minutes of distraction it didn’t really appeal to me that much. Then my writer friend recommended it as a place to find all kinds of content, do-it-yourself videos, off-grid, boat sailing, and marble collectors: Really anything you want. Do you like bald-headed three-legged dogs? I haven’t searched but I am sure they are there.

Still, I went, used nearly no imagination because I truly didn’t believe I would find much and so I didn’t.

Then I purchased an MXQ Pro Quad Android Box. 8 gig Android 7.1. I still have that. I purchased it to replace my old Roku.

Totally different than Roku, but the YouTube app fascinated me; it came preloaded with some channels and within just a few days I was a YouTube junky.

I had a few subscriptions prior to that for car shows, alternative building shows, etc., but after watching a few shows on off-grid living, alternative living, shipping container home building, evolution, Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal history: Yes, I was red eyed and binge watching and wondering how the hell I was going to fit sleep in there. Hooked, yes, I was hooked.

The MXQ Android box was okay, but it wasn’t Roku, so I bought another Roku, installed it, went to YouTube and searched for all the stuff I like and began subscribing. I think I have about 39 subscriptions now.

I have Spectrum Cable that I never watch, I think that is 200 channels. It actually costs more to get just the Hi-Speed Wi-Fi (10 x 10) than it does to get the Hi-Speed Wi-Fi with the basic 200 channels and mobile phone plan all bundled together. So, the channels are there, and in the evening, I go over to my mother’s side of the house and watch a few hours of cable with her.

I work on my side and normally binge watch/listen to Netflix or my Plex server content. Music, TV shows, Documentaries. I can hear it, work on editing or modeling or scripting and the days pass and I couldn’t care less about cable. Then I got the Roku YouTube app and added 39 subscriptions and I couldn’t care less about anything except my YouTube Subscriptions. Still, as I said the Wi-Fi, and the Mobile phone plan, and my mother’s peace of mind are worth having Spectrum.

So, I noticed on the second day I wasn’t getting much of anything done because I was too worried about Nike (Nicky or even Niko to some) and whether she would get Carl (Her sail boat) working. You can find Nike’s adventures with Carl, Joanna and Maria at White Spot Pirates

There is a six-year diary of sorts there and she updates regularly. Awesome woman, great sense of humor and since I love the idea of sailing, doubly awesome, and I learned enough watching up to date that I’m pretty sure that if society comes to an end like my books, I can locate a sailboat, live on the ocean and be good. Ha ha, maybe, after watching what Nike went through, I’m not so sure. It isn’t easy but I would have the knowledge.

The next channel that got me was My Little Homestead. Parents, children, moved the kids from the city to the desert and began living closer to the land. They build-out the whole home-place and the construction method they choose is Earth-bag. But to say that is all it is about would be an understatement. They build their own little homes, show how to do it, run successful channels besides the main one, make interesting art, materials, even a sustainable water filtration system and fish farm… In the desert. Unfortunately the patriarch passed away a short time ago, but the kids and his wife are keeping the work going. My Little Homestead:

There are videos going back ten years, and compilation videos showing construction start to finish. They update regularly too.

Another I have enjoyed watching is Life Uncontained. Life Uncontained chronicles a couple and their dog Bear as they build a home out of shipping containers in the Texas outback somewhere. With cows, bulls, donkeys and Lady bugs. I watched a few others in a similar vein that seemed to be really just playing for hits, these two may want the followers but they provide reality for it not manufactured life. And a few years later they are still going only now they have two children and another on the way!

There are a years’ worth of videos and they are in depth, great learning tools and they are both likable people. Looks ideal and I love it.

The next thing I got hung up on was This Farm Wife – Meredith Bernard. As a kid I helped the next-door neighbor, who worked on a farm, all summer long a few summers in a row. I was nine, ten, and it was awesome work, and it gave my family free eggs, milk etc. It gave me an appreciation of hard work and this channel shows that same thing. Think it’s easy to run a farm, kids, family, crawl under the farm equipment and help the husband fix it when it breaks down? It isn’t of course, but this is as close as most of us are ever going to come to it. Cows, dogs, kids, husband and her life on the farm trying to keep it all balanced.

About a year of videos and she updates regularly.

My latest one is Wonder Hussy Adventures Sarah Jane. Yes, I only watch her for the desert destinations and history… Okay, she is also sassy, funny as hell and I watched one video where a guy called her low-brow entertainment, or entertainment for low-brow people. Something like that, and that decided me. If someone is so threatened by you they have become a hater then you are definitely good enough for me.

She investigates Ghost Towns, Lost Mines and other places in the desert with her friend Larry, most of the time, but sometimes her sister and or her girlfriend. Awesome. I love it.

8 years of videos and she updates often and you truly never know where she’ll be next.

Music. Music used to be the only reason I went to YouTube. I know there are people who still think MTV is great, but I’m not one of them. It used to be great when It didn’t have an agenda, but that is neither here nor there because we all see life differently, but if you like the way it used to be, never fear it is still that way on YouTube.

Want to see a video of Ironic by Alanis Morissette?

Johhny Cash Hurt?

Mazzy Star Fade into You?

Semisonic Closing Time?

Dido White Flag?

Natalie Merchant Carnival?

Like Creed Arms Wide Open?

RHCP Dani California?

More of an Elvis Man?

Black Sabbath N.I.B?

Metallica Nothing else matters?

Mazzy Star is a band I had never heard of. I write my own music and songs, play guitar, build my own guitars in fact, and for the longest time I was stuck in a rut only listening to certain bands and music, and only playing music derivatives and or covers of those bands.

When I got into YouTube I discovered that YouTube kept track of all the music I listened to, and it provided a Playlist of My Music. Ha, I thought, but to give whatever algorithms they use credit, they did a great job of playing what I liked and then introducing me to music they thought I would like, like Mazzy Star.

So there is my free YouTube plug, like YouTube needs my help. Yet, it is awesome and maybe, like me, you missed it when it got great. I am listening to Collective Soul as I write this. Full of Thanksgiving Day turkey, and, oh yeah, my subscriptions are up to 42. Dell…

Mentioned here:

Roku Express 3900 R: About $35.00 on eBay or Amazon, Walmart.

PRO Quad Core Android 7.1 Smart TV Box 1+8GB HDMI WIFI 4K Media Streamer: About $25.00 eBay

Plex Server: Download free and make your own media server. Add a TV card and record live video too. I opted for the $5.00 a month charge to allow live video and allow me to share my server with whomever, relatives, and friends pretty much anywhere.

This review is my own. No one paid for or offered products for it. I purchase my own products, test them and review them.



3D Game Content

Posted on March 19, 2024 by dello

 3D Game Content


Muscle Car Chassis Setups

Muscle Cars 01

5 new setups for Rad Sandbox. You will need Rad Sandbox. Download the setups and add them to your P Car modules. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Muscle Cars 02

Another 5 Chassis setups you can use with Rad Sandbox. Chassis setups are fully animated, ready to go car wheel and chassis setups #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Rally Cars

Rally Car 01

This is a rally car. This can be used for rally type racing. It includes all graphics and UV work to reproduce the vehicle as shown in the pictures. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Rally Car 02

This is another rally type race car. This model includes all image maps/graphics/UV work needed to render it as shown in the images. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Stock Cars

Stock Car 01

This is a stock type race model you can use in your racing game. It is formatted in Direct X but can be converted to the format of your choice with the free model viewer/converter app. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Stock Car 02

This is another stock type race car body. This is formatted in Direct X but it can be easily converted using the free utility available here for viewing and converting models. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Stock Car 03

A stock type race car formatted Direct X. You can easily convert this model to the format of your choosing using the free model viewer/converter utility #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer


Car 1: This is a brown metallic Crown Vic look alike car model. A detective model. Modeled in exquisite details. Direct X format. Includes all UV work… #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $8.99

Car 2: This is a tutone black and white police prowler car.  This model is Direct X formatted and includes all UV and Graphic work as shown. $7.99 #3DModels #Gamer #GameModels #GameMaking

Car 3: 2 Dr dodge like muscle car. This car comes with the UV work and is in the direct X format. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.00

Car 4: 2 Door police cruiser. This is a pursuit vehicle. A 2 dr police cruiser. It is rendered in the Direct X format and it includes all of the UV and Graphic work. It can be used in any personal or commercial project. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Car 5: A Mustang look alike. This model is not to tech specs. None of my models are to tech specs for the exact car. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 6: This was a suggested build. Someone asked what the AMC Gremlin might look like if it were still being built. I came up with this suggested render. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 7: A hot purple Challenger like muscle car. These are not exact measurements/duplicates. This model was built for a commercial representation of the GameBuilder software. It includes all UV and graphic work. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

 Car 8: A muscle car for your game play. This designed as an American muscle car and includes all graphic and UV work to render the model as shown. This model is in the Direct X format. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 9: Another muscle car build, this one designed along a Japanese curve in design. This model is in the 3D Direct X format and includes all of the UV and graphic work as shown. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 10: Another import look alike. This car is a great muscle car to add to your game models. This model comes with graphics and all of the UV work needed to make it the same as shown in the images. #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 11: This is a Korean based model, and it was a requested model. Tis runs slightly larger tires than the real model and a few other things have been changed.  #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99

Car 12: A mass produced American styled car. This car is formatted in the Direct X format, and it contains all of the graphic and UV work to render it as shown.  #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer $9.99


Wastelands model pack 1

All 12 models are in the Direct X 10 format and include all of the UV/Graphic work to make them look as illustrated.  #3DModels #GameMaking #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory

Wastelands Model Pack 2

This is the second round of Wastelands models. Another Ten pace which includes all of the UV/graphic work with it. The models are lo-poly and ready to drop into your game. #Gamer #3DGameModelers #GameModels #GameInventory

Wastelands Model Pack 3

This is the 3rd set of Wastelands vehicles. As the rest, these are all formatted in Direct X. Some of these models are also in FBX format. The models contain all the graphics and UV work to render them as shown. #3DModels #GameMaking #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory

Roads and Streets

Universal Street and Road kit

Curves, straits, roads, banked track, everything you need to create the track you want or the city layout you need. Modeling #LandscapeModeler #Editor #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #3DLandscape

Cities / Terrains

City 01

This is a complete City and Off-Road build. I included this model in Sandbox.

The model is set up for a race game that is included in Sandbox. This model is Direct X and it includes all of the UV work. #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #Buildings

City 02

This is a closed city landscape. An older model I put some work into to use and repair. This is a closed circuit but there is a lot of space to customize or use as is and make a game with it as the foundation. #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #Buildings

City 03

A huge city layout. You can customize this model or use it as if. Streets, street lines, buildings, oil storage facility, a large drainage system that can lead to another model. Car park. Gas station. Bridges and more. #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #Buildings

Dirt Track 07

This is a dirt track set up as a SkinMesh but it is also a full model with all UV work and graphics/image maps. #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #Buildings


Truck 01

This is an off-road racing pre runner truck. As all of the models I build, this is in the direct x format and includes all the UV and graphic work #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Truck 02

This is rendered in Direct X and it includes all of the graphic and UV work you will need to render it as shown. It also includes the image maps you will need. Converter #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Truck 03

Pre Runner truck model. It is rendered in Direct X and can easily be converted with the free model Viewer/Converter #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Truck 04

Pre Runner truck in the direct X format. This model can be converted to any format you need using the free model converter downloadable at #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Truck 05

This is another style of the Pre-Runner truck you can add to your racing game. This is in the Direct X format and can easily be converted #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Truck 06

This is another desert racer truck or off-road type Pre-Runner. It is formatted as Direct X but can be converted easily #3DModels #GameModels #DirectX #Gamer

Race Truck Pack 02

A second Race Truck set. These are available to use in any personal or commercial project, game, game build with no additional cost. #Editor #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory

Race Truck Pack 01

All are game ready drop in lo-poly models. These models may be used in any game system, game, project personal or commercial with no further costs. #Editor #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory

70s Cars

70s cars pack 1

These are rendered in Direct X 9 format. It is easy to translate these models to 3DS, FBX or any other format you need. All models come with all graphics and UV work. #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #3DModels

70s car pack-2

These were made for a racing game I built out. Old style racing, arcade style. I made several of these 70s style cars. #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory #3DModels

70s cars-3

These are 70s style cars I built for an arcade style game build. All of these models are game ready, you can download tire setups from the free model directory or use your own. #Editor #Gamer #Gaming #GameModels #GameInventory


The pro modeler offers everything you need to build models and use them in your games. #3DModeler #3DModels #GameBuilding #GameBuilder #ModelingCars

This is a full feature game maker including a compiler that allows you to package and sell the games you create or give them to your friends. #BuildGames #GameMaker #3DGameBuilds #MakeA3DGame #DirectX

The terrain editor can be used to create professional terrains in the OBJ format. You can then change the format using a file convertor. #Modeling #LandscapeModeler #Editor #3DLandscape #3DTerrainMaker

Model viewer and converter

This is a free utility to download and view 3D models. It is useful for converting among files to then be able to use them in your video game builds. #Modeling #LandscapeModeler #Editor #3DLandscape #3DTerrainMaker



The Zombie Plagues from author: Geo Dell

Posted on March 19, 2024 by dello

It’s the end of the world… Safety? Gone. Police? Gone. Military? Gone. Governments? Gone. What is left is strong men forcibly controlling whatever they please, and the dead are rising… #Apocalyptic #Zombie #Horror #Fiction #Readers #Books #eBooks

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