Owned your car long?

December 23, 2010

A friend sent us an email that we found interesting so we thought
we’d share it with you. We imagine nobody has heard of Mr. Allen
Swift from Springfield, Ma. We hadn’t either until the email.

It seems Mr. Swift received a new 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1
Roadster from his father as a graduation gift in 1928. He drove
this car until his death at the age of 102! He was the oldest
living owner of a car since new. At the time of his death, he
had owned the car for 82 years.

He must have taken really good care of this car because it has
170,000 miles on it and is claimed to run and look like new. He
donated the vehicle to a Springfield musuem upon his death. One has
to wonder how much 82 years worth of license plates would be on a Rolls-Royce.
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Pizza hangover

December 22, 2010

Last night our son, his friend, and myself ordered a couple pizzas and watched some DVDs about cars. I guess one could say it was a bachelor party for our sons friend, with Coca Cola instead of booze.

Godfather’s makes some good pizza and we decided on a large Taco pizza, a large sausage pizza, and some monkey bread for the three of us. I have since discovered I may be getting a little too old to eat the taco pizza, with hot sauce, just before turning in for the night.

This does have a happy ending as Matt is now a married man and everyone involved survived. We are now going to shift into Christmas mode again. Of course that means lil’ smokies in sauce and more car DVDs but I think we’ve had enough pizza for a few days anyway.

Once Christmas is behind us we will be looking forward to the indoor car show next month at the Expo Center in Rock Island. We’ll have details on that shortly after the new year. Until then, Merry Christmas.
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Getting rid of the trash

December 21, 2010

Since Christmas is almost here we thought it time to remind
everyone about how and when to get rid of the extra garbage
and Christmas trees. This will be for people who live in
Davenport. If you live in another city it could be different.

December 27th through December 31st we can set out up to
three extra bags of garbage without stickers. The city asks
that the bags not weigh over 50 pounds apiece with one bag on
top of the garbage bin and up to two more within 4 feet of
the bin.

If you wish to dispose of your real tree, you may do so
until the yard waste collection ends for the season on
January 15, 2011. If you procrastinate and don’t get around
to it until after the 15th, you will have to take the tree
to the compost facility to drop it off. Doing this will
cost you $1.

When you put your tree out for disposal, don’t wrap it in
plastic and remove all decorations. Don’t forget to remove
the tree stand. If you have wreaths or garlands to get rid
of, they can be put in the garbage cart.

If you have any questions call Todd Jones at 563-326-7732.
We’d like to thank our friend who sent us the information
and appologize for not getting this done sooner.
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Merry Christmas

December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas to one and all. We know it’s getting close
because I’m about to start my Christmas shopping. If you are
one of those people who have all your Christmas shopping
done in August I admit to being envious.

The wife usually doesn’t like to tag along on the Christmas
shopping cruise. She claims shiny things distract me from
the task at hand. And although I haven’t noticed it myself,
she claims I like to go to the toy aisle and push all the
buttons on the toys.

Although it appears to be a little colder this year we also
hope that everyone can get together with family and friends.
We wish one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New
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Did you know?

December 18, 2010

In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘big wig.’ Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair man.’ Today in business, we use the expression or title ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chairman of the Board.

Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’. . Wore a tightly tied lace.

Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of Spades.’ To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t ‘playing with a full deck.’

Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TVs or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to ‘go sip some ale’ and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. ‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’ The two words ‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term gossip.’

At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the term minding your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s

One more and betting you didn’t know this!

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem…how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations.

However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’ Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled.

Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’ (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)
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Sounded easy

December 17, 2010

Sometimes the more you look into something the more
confused you get. After spending a few weeks looking into
the global warming issue we are more confused than ever.

One site visited mentions the weather in the last 65 million
years from the Paleocene Epoch through the Holocene Epoch.
It also claims that during 65 million years the earth’s temperature
has raised 18-27 degrees.

One site claims there were 4 periods in our planets history that
were hotter, and while warm this current trend is waning and could lead to another cold snap.

Another mentions a ‘Little Ice Age’ that killed off the Icelandic
colonies of Greenland from 1450 AD to 1890 AD. This site then
goes on to mention that we’ve been warming up since then.

Other sites say the temperatures weren’t accurately recorded
until the late 1800s. Still another site claims global temperature
cannot be measured scientifically or numerically. This site
claims there are too many anomolies for even the fastest

Add to this the fact that some claim greenhouse gasses are the
cause while some say there is no problem. Still others claim
that the problem can’t be man made. Of course most have graphs
and charts to prove their version.

Then there are the groups who blame it on the space program,
wars, big corporations and governments. We don’t pretend to
have an answer, just a gut feeling. We may do a post with all
the graphs, charts, maps and numbers at a later day.

Unless we see something to change our minds we’ll continue to
believe it is a hoax started by some rich folks to make some rich
folks richer.
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Holiday depression

December 15, 2010

The Christmas Holidays are here and for most of us it’s a
joyous time. It is also the time that some of us get a bad
case of depression. The problem could lie with the loss of
a loved one, financial woes, inability to find a job, or a
host of other problems.

If you happen to be among those who get depressed this time
of year we offer some tips to help. Some will seem obvious
and some may not, but we’ll post them in the hope that you
can use some of them to beat the blues.

The tips-

We have to take care of ourselves and make sure we get
enough to eat and enough sleep. Loss of sleep makes us
irritable and contribute to a bad mood. Over eating and
drinking too much just make the problems worse.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call a family member or
friend. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that seek out
a priest, minister, rabbi or similar person. If it gets
really bad call 911 or a hotline.

Don’t spend more than you can honestly afford. It isn’t
worth going without to make an impression. We should try to
remember that it’s the thought that counts. If you can’t be
there personally, call. There are times when words mean
more than anything we could buy.

Set realistic limits. While it may take your mind off your
problems in the short term, going from event to event will
only add to the stress and any financial problems you may
have. Learn how to say no, it will give you more time to
say yes to those invitations you want to accept.

Make time for yourself. Take a break from all the family
gatherings and group events. Take a short walk, go in a
different room and do some deep breathing, or meditate.

Do something for others. It may make you feel good and will
help someone else. Shovel your neighbors walk, help in a soup
kitchen or charity, or just say hello to a stranger on the

Try spending some time with kids. Sometimes just talking
with kids can melt the coldest heart. They seem to have a
simple and enthusiastic approach to holidays.

Be realistic about your problems. The death of loved one is
always hard and gets harder during the first Christmas without
them. Celebrate the loved ones life instead of suffering your

If you are having money problems and/or can’t find a job, try
to put the worries away for the day. You didn’t get laid off
because of who you are, it’s just the economics of the day.
Nobody is taking applications on Christmas anyway.

We hope these tips help you enjoy a great holiday, be it Christmas,
Hanukkah, or whatever you are celebrating.

Comments are always welcome.