Gangs and gas

January 30, 2008

 On Thursdays at 8pm, the History Channel has been showing a series called ‘Gangland’. It can get a little gory, and not for small kids, but it is informative. The few episodes we’ve seen concentrate on one gang an episode. If you think this would be interesting, or just want to learn more, you can go to-

 Times listed on this webpage on the schedule are Eastern time. If you look up the upcoming shows remember, it’s on at 8 here.

gas Yeah . . .  I remember!

and with a fill-up you got-

The gas pumped for you,

Your windshield cleaned,

Oil &  fluids checked,

Tires checked,

Green stamps,

A free map, if you wanted it.

And greeted in ENGLISH !!!

Yeah! I remember!!!

Comments on any subject are welcome.

Recalls and a ward meeting

January 29, 2008

The Federal Citizen Information Center has updated their Recalls page once again. We wish this list would get shorter.

 In the automotive products section there again seems to be a lot of busses and RVs. The children’s products is mostly lead paint again. Consumer products has electrical, candles, and bicycles. Food products has ground beef, fish, nuts, beans and more. Health products has flush syringes, test strips, and a childhood vaccine.

 To check the list go to the site at-

 There is also supposed to be a 5th and 6th Ward meeting tonight at SAU. It will be held at the Rogalski Center starting at 6 pm, and run until 7:30. Alderman Lynn and Alderman Barnhill will also have Finance Director Allan Guard there to discuss the city budget. We don’t know how the weather will play into this, but we’ll try to make it.

 We didn’t make the car show at the Expo Center, but talked with some people who did. According to them, there wasn’t much different from last year. We would have liked to seen the NSRA give-away car, but we just couldn’t make it.

 Comments on any subject are welcome.

the ’48 is 60

January 27, 2008

One of my favorite cars of all time, the 1948 Chevy, is 60 years old this year. This post is about the ’48 Chevy.

the 1948 Chevrolet- 48
 Some facts-
Model year was introduced in February 1948 with 775,982 units sold during the calendar year. First year for precision interchangable main engine bearings replacing poured babbitt bearings. The business coupe had a front seat only, the Fleetmaster station wagon was a true ‘woodie’. Chevy dealers could install a woodgrained ‘Country Club’ trim package on the Fleetline Aero Sedan and Fleetmaster Town Sedan for $149.50, but few were ordered.

 All models had a 116 inch wheelbase, three-speed manual transmission with a 4:11 rear axle ratio, and 16×6 tires. The engine in all cars was the 216.5 cubic inch stovebolt six that produced a blistering 90 horsepower.

 Convenience Options-
Standard radio, deluxe push-button radio. Standard below-dash heater and defroster, deluxe in-dash heater and defroster, and deluxe under-the-seat heater. White sidewall tires, spotlight cowl windshield washere, low-pressure tires on wide rim 15-inch wheels, bedford cord Fleetmaster upolstery, front and rear bumper wing guards, chrome plated gravel shields, radio antenna, clock in the Stylemaster, cigarette lighter in the Stylemaster, engine canister-type oil filter, oil-bath air cleaner Country club trim package (mentioned above), wheel trim rings, directional signals, and windshield visor.

 GM also toyed with the idea of a compact, along the lines of the bathtub Nash, called the Cadet. After designing a smaller stovebolt 6 and millions of dollars in investment, the idea was scrapped. Chevy found it would cost almost as much to make as a standard Chevy, and there was no market.

 Being the proud owner of a 1948 Fleetmaster Sport Sedan, I did some checking. According to our files the list price of our vehicle was $1,345. For that grand sum the car came with a 90 day or 4,000 mile warranty, and did not cover the tires.

 Breaking-in went as follows; not over 40 miles per hour for the first 100 miles, not over 50 miles per hour for the next 200, and not over 60 miles per hour for the next 200 miles. And you were warned not to attempt continuous high speed driving until the car had been driven 2,000 miles.

 This car also had a manual choke and a throttle control.  To start the vehicle, you would turn the key on, pull out the choke, and step on the starter button next to the accelerator pedal. On colder mornings you’d also want to pull the throttle control out a little because stovebolts don’t like cold weather.

 We also like the vacuum windshield wipers, and the cowl vent. Oh yeah, these cars also had wing windows in the front and a split windshield. There was a choice of Methanol antifreeze or Ethylene Glycol, which was more expensive. The car rode on 16 inch rims with 6-ply non-radial tires with 26-28 psi. Why’d we ever change?

 Our ’48 is by no means stock anymore, but still has the 6-lug hubs, and torque-tube drivetrain. It has a ’53 235 stovebolt in it with a solid cam, two carburetors, and dual exhaust. We did keep the vacuum shift, starter button, and 6-volt electrical system. So there’s the nickel tour on 1948 Chevrolets, and why we love em. I also like the fact it’s a couple of years older than I am. Comments on any subject are welcome.

Terrorism and parking tickets

January 26, 2008

Here’s a link to a neat site. It’s a world map with all the terrorism and suspicious activity going on in our world. It’s interactive with alot of features. To check it out, go to-

 Since the city started the unpaid parking tickets program, through Novermber 2007, the city has sent 25,130 tickets to the collection agency with a value of $508,000. The agency collected about 7,900 unpaid tickets with a net value of $112,000, and a gross value of $149,000.

 The remaining 17,200 unpaid tickets have a value of $354,000, and are associated with 10,940 different vehicles. The average number of tickets associated with a vehicle is 1.6 tickets per vehicle.

 Of the outstanding tickets; 10,553 are for $100 or less, 346 are for $100-$200, 28 are for $200-$300, 9 are for $300-$400, 2 are for $400-$500, and 2 are for $500-$600.

 Of the outstanding tickets; 10,670 have 1-5 tickets, 208 have 6-10 tickets, 46 have 11-15 tickets, 9 have 16-20 tickets, 5 have 21-25 tickets, 0 in the 25-30 tickets, 1 in the 30-35 tickets, and 1 also int the 35-40 tickets.

 Also worth noting is the vehicle with the largest number of unpaid tickets has 37 tickets with a value of $550. The vehicle with the highest balance due has just 9 tickets, but the value is $580.

 Some new approaches have been tried, and some old ones discussed. Things like sending out reminder letters, and talk of turning the balance in to a credit bureau. Towing of vehicles has also been discussed, but it also has downsides.

 There’s the nickel tour, comments are welcome.

A couple things, and a clean toilet

January 25, 2008

The Indoor Car Show at the QCCA Expo Center starts today. Discount tickets are available at HyVee stores, Auto Rons Speed Shop, and other locations. You save a buck a ticket buying them in advance, and you don’t have to stand in line at the show to buy one.

 Got an email from a site that looks like it might cure some cabin fever. The Online Car Show is up and running, and even has a few local clubs listed. To check it out go to-

  It’s that time again. The updated recalls page is out. We suddenly don’t feel like riding the bus. The automotive section also includes, Cadillac, Pontiac, Saturn, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and more.

 In the children’s products, lead paint seems to be a big offender. In consumer products, candles and John Deere tractors are mentioned. This section is way too long to mention more. The Food products section has ground beef, beens, fish and more. And in the Health products secion pre-filled syringes, test strips, childhood vaccine, and a dietary supplement.

 To look at the entire list, go to-

 And lastly, we recieved an email tip from Doc. It sounded like a plan to us, but we haven’t tried it yet. Here it is-

Toilet Cleaning Instructions :

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids.

You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a ‘power-wash’ and rinse’.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

Sincerely,  cat    dog
The Dog

Barrett-Jackson news

January 24, 2008

 The following is a newsletter from Barrett-Jackson. We appologize for not getting it posted sooner.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – January 20, 2008 – A new generation of muscle cars took center stage last night when American automakers Ford, General Motors and Chrysler sold their latest performance vehicles at No Reserve and raised nearly $2 million for charities at the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR sold for $550,000, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for $1 million and 2008 Dodge Challenger for $400,000. The Challenger was purchased by Barrett-Jackson CEO/Chairman Craig Jackson, with all proceeds benefiting the Phoenix-based charity Not My Kid, Inc.
“The great American muscle cars are back,” said Jackson. “During the 1960s and early ’70s, Detroit demonstrated its stronghold on automotive performance and power with cars like these. We’re thrilled that Barrett-Jackson provided the stage for the rebirth of these amazing vehicles. When the new Challenger crossed the block, we decided it was a great opportunity for the Barrett-Jackson team to jump in and show our support for Not My Kid, a deserving local charity.”
Each manufacturer donated money from the sale of the cars to a designated charity. Ford donated the proceeds of the GT500KR to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; GM donated a portion of the proceeds of the Corvette ZR1’s winning bid to United Way; and the proceeds from the new Challenger were donated to Not My Kid, Inc.
Among the stars present last night was “Tonight Show” host and avid car collector Jay Leno, who drove the Corvette ZR1 across the block. Automotive icon Carroll Shelby addressed the crowd during the sale of the GT500KR, along with “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Events™” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla. and Las Vegas. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit or call (480) 421-6694.
Media Contact
Luke DeRouen or 214.520.3430 ext. 301 (

 This is from the Barret-Jackson newsletter-

 Tommorrow, Doug Geerts is going to be  laid to rest. He died after a battle with leukemia. We enjoyed seeing Doug at various events, and the drag strip before he got to ill to attend. Our condolences to the family.

 Comments are welcome

The FBI and a sign

January 22, 2008

The FBI has released more pictures of fugitive Cesar Armando Laurean. He is wanted for unlawfual flight to avoid prosecution-murder. The FBI has a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. For more information go to-

                    Here’s your sign-

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Whiting,Indiana. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.
However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty.
And after all, it is just a sign.
You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign.
 Answer: Owen’s Funeral Home
(Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)
You gotta love it!!!
God Bless America

 Comments are welcome.

Fifty years of math

January 21, 2008

 Since the talk seems to be about teachers and their union, we figured we’d post a study on how math has changed in the last 50 years. We don’t know the author, but feel they come close to pointing out how things have changed since some of us oldfarts were in school. Here it is-

                                                             NEW MATH
                                          Fifty Years of Math, 1957 – 2007

    Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl
took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket
and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while
looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell
her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he
tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.
    Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the

    1. Teaching Math In 1950s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
    cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

    2. Teaching Math In 1960s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100 His cost
    of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
    3. Teaching Math In 1970s
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
    cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
      4. Teaching Math In 1980s
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His
    cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your
    assignment: Underline the number 20.
    5. Teaching Mat h In 1990s

    A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation
of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think
of this way of making a living?
    Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the
birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong
answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok).
    6. Teaching Math In 2007

    Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El

    costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero  hahecho?

 Comments on any subject are welcome.

New Council Update

January 18, 2008

 Mr. Malin sent us the January 18, 2008 City Council Update.   We were surprised when he admitted he is a Barrett-Jackson fan. We thank him for keeping us in mind. For the pdf file go here. For Webtv users here’s the text link. 

 Since it’s supposed to be a cold weekend, we hope you catch at least some of the auction. It is amazing the amount of money spent at this event. When you take a break from the auction you can read the update. It ends with, we think,  Martin Luther Kings ‘I have a dream speech’. Comments on any subject are welcome.


January 18, 2008

 Since we’re not working today our thoughts turned to those questions one always ponders with extra time on their hands. People have been asking these questions for years. Scientists have tried to solve these riddles and failed. Enjoy a little food for thought.

 Why is it the weather always turns nasty just in time for the weekend?

 Why is it when you drop a tool while working on your ride it always rolls to the exact center of the car?

 Why is it when you buy groceries and someone bags your groceries and puts them in the cart, the bag never rips open until you take it out of the trunk?

 Why do we spend 2 years teaching our kids to walk and talk, and the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut up?

 Why do we keep childproofing our homes, when the kids keep getting back in?

 Why aren’t there any father-in-law-jokes?

 Why is there a “s” in the word lisp.

 Why is it this time of year we keep our house as warm as it was in the summer when we complained it was too hot?

 Why would you beat a dead horse?

 Why are there still apes if people evolved from apes?

 Why do people believe you when you say there are 4 billion stars, but check when you tell them the paint is wet?

 Why doesn’t glue stick to a bottle, but gets all over your hands?

 Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

 How do those dead bugs get into the enclosed light fixtures anyway?

 Why do they use steralized needles for death by lethal injections?

 And one of my favorites-
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

 Comments, or answers are welcome.