I used cougar's lighter trick on the shrink tubing, it seemed to work okay. My lighter is giving up the ghost, which is inconvenient because my goddamn electric ignitor on my grill is fouled out and I need it. I got my dolly out (aw man, a pneumatic-tired dolly is sooooo much better than those rinky-dink plastic wheel kind) and brought that 200 pound hydraulic press onto the porch, and grabbed some whatnot out of the cab, in case my friends wanna ride in my vehicle. I swear this apartment is getting relatively spic and span here and I'm finding myself disoriented, with my usual landmarks such as trash and soda cans by which I navigate early in the morning, vanished and I'm likely to end up shipwrecked on the rock of Gibraltar if I don't get my bearings.
I hear that Albion armorers will be at the Texas Renaissance Festival and might have some of their new Maestro line of swords for sale there. If so, I might go ahead and buy one, as expensive as they are. They are likely to be pretty nice, and dull (which is what I want). If I wear my ARMA shirt, they might give me a discount..