Bench racing

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.

14 Responses to Bench racing

  1. anonymous says:

    A couple years ago neighbors were saying that the muffler shop would be torn down and a new Walgreens would go in it`s place, and the old one next to Aldi would close. Is that still the plan for that corner?

  2. anonymous says:

    One of the Times comments was really great. They refered to the new Riverfront Park as The Malin Mounds. Getting all that stuff up out of the floodplain will make it look exactly like that.

    A few years ago, the feds came in and slapped us silly because city restrooms weren`t handicapped compliant. Hopefully the people who drafted `The Malin Mississppi Mounds` have considered the handicapped so we won`t be forced at a later date to pay for changes.

  3. cruisin2 says:

    anonymous,
    As far as we know Walgreens is going in there. As for Centenial Park, they’ll have to do something because it’s in a floodplain. If the city keeps building higher ground at these places, who’s going to get flooded out in the next flood?

  4. d-4 says:

    Is small time crime rising as people look for ways to buy gas, groceries, rent and pay utilitiy bills?

  5. anonymous says:

    If Keith Meyer was still 3rd Ward Alderman, he would have a plan with public works to get the trash, leaves and sand left from the last two ice storms because of lack of salt cleaned up before it rains hard next week and goes right into the storm water system. All that debris will clog some of the storm drains for some more job security for city employees.

  6. cruisin2 says:

    d-4,
    We haven’t seen any increase in crime. We do think a crime wave could be coming though because of the reasons you’ve stated.

    anonymous,
    We’ll just have to see if anyone picks up the slack. We have a feeling the city isn’t going to be quite as clean this year without Keith Meyer on the City Council.

  7. joe says:

    I just thought Keith just spent his day picking up trash himself while he walked the dogs. Has anyone been down to the skatepark to see how the youths are treating it this season?

  8. Ilcantar says:

    This is off the topic but the QC TImes had a story from a few days ago called Ultimate fighting expands to include children as young as 6 Just today some guy has decided to bring the Guardian Angels into the discussion just this morning and he reminds me of that poster a year ago called Niceguy since hes using the same wording and arguments. Any of the other Angels want to jump in and shut him down?

  9. anonymous says:

    A couple weeks ago, the `children` using the skatepark decided to have a mudball fight, so there was mud on the sidewalks, parking lot, and in the skatebowl itself. If public works hasn’t cleaned it up yet, possibly the spring rains will.

    In the plans for the restroom next to the skatepark, there is supposed to be a room to house electrical equipment for lighting and electronics for everything along the new 3 million dollar park area. That is just one more thing that should be built high enough so the water won’t damage it when the floods come rolling in.

  10. cruisin2 says:

    joe,
    We went through the skatepark on Friday nights patrol and it looked ok. We noticed a lot more kids with the lights on, but no problems.

    Ilcantar,
    Some of the comments on QC Times articles aren’t worth responding to. We’ve seen some comments on the QC Online site sometimes that make us shake our heads also. We’ll wait and see how crazy it gets.

    anonymous,
    The skatepark itself is built up and it looked like the electrical box was on top of the berm. We haven’t kept up with plans for the park. As you said it doesn’t make sense to do all those improvements in a flood plain.

  11. anonymous says:

    Cruiser: This week Malin released the latest drawings for the park. The skatepark restroom project has been enlarged to include concessions, a covered pavillion type area with many picnic tables, and another room he’s refering to as the electric room, which is supposed to be for the whole park, including the spraypark and basketball courts. You can bet the electric will be oversized so it can control charlies water cannons.

    You are right about this causing additional flooding. Just making the flooding into buildings an inch or two higher can cause tens of thousands in damages. Soon flood insurance will be so expensive that it won’t be affordable.

  12. Ilcantar says:

    I usually don’t respond to stupidity, but in this case another poster had asked what the GAs were and he was giving a very negative view of us so I posted the website and the usual general info of what we do. I figured if a few actual GAs responded with correct info the others who were curious would ignore whatever he had to say. Since the story is passing 3 days old I don’t think it will go any further

  13. cruisin2 says:

    anonymous,
    Thanks for filling us in. Let’s see what happens when it does flood.

    Ilcantar,
    That’s the problem. The other commenter will never see our side of the arguement. Even though they’ve never attended a meeting, a training, or went on a patrol. We actually train for over 130 hours before we become eligible to graduate. And if the Guardian Angels are as bad as some say, why would we have our own laison officer in the PD. The group is more a visible deterent to crime than anything. And I personally know of no bullies in the group. On the other hand talk is cheap, and everyone is welcome to their opinion.

  14. anonymous says:

    One thing I really miss about the riverfront that was changed many years ago is how there used to be parking spaces right along the bank of the river and people would set in their cars and just watch the river flow by. It was just so relaxing watching the occassional barge float by, or the fisherman lining the banks pulling in a catch. Sure beats the views of homeless people sleeping on park benches currently.

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