Tax rebate

March 31, 2008

The government will soon be sending out a loan check to stimulate the economy. They are calling it a rebate, but we don’t buy it. We did however come accross a solution on how to keep the money here-

As you may have heard the Bush Administration said each and every
one of us would now get a nice rebate.

If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs, if we
purchase a computer it will all go to India, if we purchase
fruit and vegetables it will all go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala,
if we purchase a good car it will all go to Japan, if we purchase
useless crap it will all go to Taiwan and none of it
will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America, so the only way to keep
that money here at home is to buy prostitutes and beer, since those
are the only businesses still in the US.

Comments are welcome.

Bench racing

March 28, 2008

Since it’s spring, and this time of year a car guys thoughts turn to cars, we stopped by a jobber yesterday. As with a lot of bench racing, talk turned to the fact we’re losing a lot of friends. People who participate in our hobby are getting older. Now instead of dying in car wrecks, or racing, our fellow car people are dying of old age. With cost involved with our hobby we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Talk also got around to the demolition of the muffler shop at Brady and Locust Streets. Nobody had an answer as to why it was torn down without allowing someone to salvage doors and other reusable materials. It looked like the shop just moved out and demolition started.

And we talked about how in todays world people throw too much away. It used to be if somebody was putting a ride together, they would find somebody to take the old parts that they didn’t need. Now it seems people just load up parts and go to the scrapyard. While used parts may not be for everybody, there are some of us who prefer to rebuild original parts. They were made in America, have stood the test of time, and in most cases are reusable.

That was talk over the parts counter, your comments are welcome.

Thursday rant

March 27, 2008

Well it’s Thursday again and that means we’re going to rant a little
bit. Our zoo is still in the news, and we still think it’s a keeper.
We don’t know if our learned mayor has a fear of llamas or not, but he
seems dead set against doing anything to save our zoo. Don’t forget the
meeting at Fejervary park, the Wiese building, 1757 W. 12th. St.,
at 6 pm tonight. We now return you to our regularly scheduled rants.

What’s with all these cranes falling off tall buildings? Is it the
riggers fault? Maybe a structural defect? If we continue to build
high rise buildings, are the inspectors going to get tougher? We haven’t
heard of a crane accident in years, now two in a row.

Pachino Hill caught a lucky break from a bleeding heart judge on our
side of the creek, but it seems like Rock Island doesn’t feel the
same. His lawyer seems to think he’s being picked on and his police
record exagerated. We just know he sure seems to be in the news a lot.

There was a letter to the editor in the QC Times today that stated the
Bix at 6 training runs are a minor incoveniece to us who live south of
Kirkwood. We can’t speak for the rest of the residents in this part of
SoLo, but that is not the case. Our major beef is that if it starts at 6
pm, give us a chance to get home from work before you start running.
More than once we’ve been stopped by Police at 5:30 trying to cross. Our
minor inconvenience means a 12 mile detour round trip. With todays gas
prices, and people worried about the environment, that’s not minor. We
feel that since you visit our neighborhood, you should display some
common sense also.

There’s a couple of our pet peeves, your comments are welcome.

Day of silence?

March 26, 2008

The following paragraph is taken in its entirety from the Snopes
website. It is not a hoax.

Friday, April 25, several thousand schools across the nation will be
observing “Day of Silence (DOS).” DOS is a nationwide push to promote
the homosexual lifestyle in public schools. Family-oriented groups are
urging parents to keep their children at home that day if their local
school is participating in the DOS project. By remainin silent, the
intent of the pro-homosexual students is to disrupt the classes while
promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

The entire story on this is on the Snopes website here-

We don’t know quite what to think of this. We’re not even sure what
‘the homosexual lifestyle in our public schools’ is. We’ve never
heard about the heterosexual lifestyle in our public schools! Comments
are welcome.

A couple things

March 26, 2008

Our son has graduated high school early. As part of the deal, I’ve been telling him that if he graduates I’ll give him a vehicle. It started out simple. He gets a diploma, he gets the 1948 Chevy. Then I rethought the agreement. That’s when I said he could either have the 48′, or the 60′ Ford pickup. Now that he has chosen the pickup, the plot thickens. I’ve gotten a good offer to sell the 48′. Seems like I have a decision to make.

I’ve been known to do some goofy things around my birthday. Since it’s a couple weeks away, I didn’t disapoint anyone. After 30 years of being without one, I went out and bought a chin-up bar. It fits in a doorway and helps one workout. One thing I forgot, being middle-age and not doing this kind of exercise for years, is that the pictures in the manual make it look a lot easier than it is. To other middle-age guys out there, be careful. While some of us think we’re in good shape, one of these torture devices prove otherwise. I figure everything will quit hurting sometime next week. That’s a couple things going on, your comments on any subject are welcome.

Auction weekend

March 25, 2008

Car and auction enthusiasts have more choices this year. On March 29,
the Daytona Classic Car Auction will be webcast live. And it will be in
high definition. We hope it’s a big success. A nod to Bill Towler for
sending us the information. If you want to check out the website, go to-

 Also this Saturday an aution to settle the estate of Alvin Siefers is
going to held starting at 10 am. Mr. Siefers was car guy and the auction
has some of his toys. There will be 3 Crosleys and a 26′ Model T Ford
along with parts tools and many other items. The sale will be held at
2200 East LeClaire Rd., Eldridge, Ia. Just look for the sign in front
that says Siefer Foundations. If you’re interested, or have any questions
you can call Jamie at 563-285-2150.

 That’s a couple car things going on, comments are welcome.

Non-snow trip

March 22, 2008

 The wife and I just got back from a little overnight trip to Dubuque. QCI started it when he mentioned his trip. Seemed like a good time to get away. It was part business, part pleasure, and part to keep our sanity.

 We thought with a predicted 6 inches of snow it would be perfect. The wife could stay in the motel room and check out her purchases, and I could make snow angels on the lawn until I tired of it, or the cops took me away.  Therein lies the problem. It didn’t snow.

 We did notice a lot of new construction. The University of Dubuque has build dorms right on the side of highway 20. And a quick cruise over to Dyersville also was enjoyable. The Farley Speedway sign claims they’re ready for the new season, and there seemed to be a lot of development in Dyersville also.

 If we do this again, I’m going to want it in writing that it’s going to snow. That’s how it went, comments on any subject are welcome.