Ghost post and bike path bandits

July 31, 2012

We’d like to give a nod to Ghost.
Ghost saw fit to take up a cause that
we believed dead in the water. And did
so eloquently.

He did a post that involves this blog
and the question that came up about
visitors to our blog. He mentioned
Quadsville as a possible source and I
explained that I was no longer on the site.

He was surprised when I told him it was
my understanding our blog was banned a
while back, and that I couldn’t find a
link to Quadsville on the QC Times
homepage either.

While I did enjoy being on the site for
a while, it got to the point apathy set
in due to never knowing if a post would
go through or not.

And we heard on a local news station
that the bike path is becoming a dangerous
place to be for some. It seems a band
of youngsters are robbing citizens who
happen to be on the path.

These kids, we believe we heard they
are around 13 years old, should be
sentenced to patrol the same bike path
and remove any and all liter under armed

Being juveniles they will probably
end up with a slap on the wrist, but
something should be done. The police
have made arrests, but the punks were
released to their mommies so it may

A police spokesman stated the police
didn’t have the manpower to do daily
patrols of the bike paths. We thought
this is what the VIPs were for.

Nothing like having these fine amenities
that people are afraid to use because
of pint-sized bandits.
Comments are always welcome.

What a day!

July 30, 2012

The way our Monday went around
here I was all set to rant like
3 gallons of crazy in a 2 gallon

Instead, we’ll look at the bright
side and even give a thank you to
local business who went out of
their way to make the day easier
for a couple of old farts.

It started when I went to give
our son a call. The phone was as
dead as a doornail. The wife got
hold of the company we have every-
thing bundled with on her cell

Turns out our wireless router
decided to go goofy on us and the
wife reset it. We had a phone!

Then I decided to make bacon for
breakfast. We like to cook the
bacon in the oven as the pieces
stay bigger than if frying.

Baked them until done, took them
out and put them on paper towels
to drain some grease off them, and
started drooling.

About this time we noticed some of
the bacon pieces had silver globs
on them. Turns out our non-stick
cookie pans decided to come apart.

Not a problem, just get a knife
and scrape off the metallic gobs
and we were good to go.

Then the wife had got a battery for
her watch on the way home and she
said she couldn’t get back on.

No sweat; how hard could it be?
After trying the usual thumb pressure
approach, I realized we needed a
little heavier ammo.

A trip to the garage produced a
2 pound deadblow hammer. A check
of the junk drawer produced a good
size chunk of felt weather-stripping
and we were set.

Wrapping the watch in the felt, then
setting the watch on the kitchen
table, I proceeded to thump the time
piece with the deadblow hammer.

The TV remote, 3 pens, and a pack
of tic tacs jumped off the table but
the watch was still backless.

No problem, I had a solution. Take
it to a jewelry store. We stopped at
a Walgreen’s where she bought the
battery and were told they didn’t have
any tools to work on the watch.

Since I had bought the wife several
pieces of jewelry at JC Penny’s over
the years, we went there. The manager
came over and listened to our tale of

We told her we didn’t know where we
bought the watch, and didn’t buy the
battery there, but needed the watch
put back together.

She took the watch, disappeared
behind a doorway, and returned about
two minutes later with the watch

We asked her the cost and she replied
“enjoy the day”. Needless to say, we
left the store smiling and have had a
nice day.

We’re sorry we didn’t get the lady’s
name, but she made our day.

Now I just have to take the hammers,
pipe wrenches, chisels, and drill
back to the garage.
Comments are always welcome.

Another tax?

July 29, 2012

We recently read about a rumor that
we can neither confirm or deny. That
being said, we also find it interesting.

Like any good rumor, parts of it are
true. The problem lies with the parts
that sound plausible but could be a
complete fabrication. So here goes.

We received an email telling us that
regardless of who got elected in 2012,
the stock market was going to crash at
some point between now and 2016.

The email claimed the reason is a
bill some of us have never heard of
which does affect most of us who work.

ERISA (Employee Retirement Income
Security Act) was enacted on September
2, 1974 and signed by president Gerald

This bill gave us the groundwork for
401(k)s and IRAs. It required financial
disclosure about retirement plans to
the beneficiaries, established codes of
conduct for fudiciaries, and provided
access to the federal courts.

Enforcement of the bill is done by the
Department of Labor, the Department of
the Treasury, the IRS, and the Pension
Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

It began with president John F. Kennedy’s
Committee on Corporate Pension Plans, to
study problems like when the Studebaker
Corporation closed its doors and could only
fund 60% of their pensioners.

This left 2,900 former employees with no
pension, and some with only 60% of what
was promised.

The rumor says this bill is all smoke and
mirrors, and that once a retiree turns 70
and a half years old they could lose half
of their retirement account, if they own
stocks, and don’t sell after April 1st of
next year.

A minimum yearly withdrawal was mentioned,
but no specifics.

The rumor goes on to say that a large
number of Americans will be turning 70
and one half and will sell their stocks to
avoid the a penalty (tax), thus causing a
stock market crash.

Here is just one site that mentions
the issue. We will keep looking, but as we
mentioned, it is interesting.
Comments are always welcome.

Cruise-in pictures

July 28, 2012

The weather was perfect, the heat stayed away,
and there were tons of great rides and great
people. For all the pictures, go here.

We met a lot of friends and didn’t get to
catch up with others. If we didn’t bump
into each other it wasn’t from lack of
trying. We’ll hook up at the next one.

In the mean time, enjoy the pictures.
Comments are always welcome.

Crazy days

July 28, 2012

We had a busy Friday, a short nap,
and are ready to start another day
after a few cups of coffee.

This post is going to be a disjointed
collection of random thoughts from a
disorganized mind.

Earlier a friend sent an email that
said, in part; it’s so hot in Iowa
that the Baptists are starting to
baptise by sprinkling, the Methodists
are using wet-wipes, the Presbyterians
are giving out rain-checks, and the
Catholics are praying for the wine to
turn back into water.

Keith, if you get that compressor going
and need a gauge for it let me know. I
should have one around and forget while
you were here.

We have been getting suggestions on
how to make the blog better, faster,
flashier, get more traffic, and really
stand out. All with good intentions
we’re sure.

But we consider this blog an enjoyable
hobby and would like to keep it that
way. If it became work we would stop.

Later we’ll get some pictures at the
NorthPark Cruise-In and try to get
online. We haven’t taken many pictures
this year because we haven’t made it
too many events.

It looks to be nice weekend and we
hope you get a chance to enjoy it.
Comments are always welcome.

Enough already

July 27, 2012

This post may offend you if you are
a politically correct card-carrying
left-wing wingnut. It is our opinion
of a recent event that we feel has
gotten out of hand.

When we first heard that Chick-fil-A
president Dan Cathy stated he believed
that marriage was between a man and a
woman we didn’t think much about it.

This caused the muppets to “go to war”
with Chick-fil-A, several pro-gay
organizations to boycott the company,
and even Mayors to threaten them.

Really? Did we wake up in Nazi Germany?
Since when is someone’s opinion reason
to belittle their beliefs? Where has our
freedom of speech gone?

Well here goes. The religion that my
family has practiced for generations
DOES tell us homosexuality is a sin. But
being an American, we also believe you
have the right to do whatever you like
as long as it’s not illegal, or you
don’t get caught if it is.

We also believe that while our country
was founded on Christianity, it is
governed by man. This tells us that
though we may not agree with some laws,
we do acknowledge their existence and
obey them.

But why is it freedom of speech for a
leader of the Black Panther Party to shout
“Kill crackers, kill their cracker babies”
during a speech but not “marriage is
between a man and a woman”?

Mr. Cathy was later quoted saying “I
think we are inviting God’s judgement on
our nation when we shake our fist at him
and say, ‘We know better than you what
constitutes a marriage.'”

To which Carlos Maza of Equity Matters
responded “This solidifies Chick-fil-A as
being closely aligned with some of the
most vicious anti-gay voices in the country.”

What? Deal with it. If Mr. Maza is the
one who is supposed to be more open to
diversity we’ll save him the shipping
cost on his bull.

So if you are gay and happy, more power
to you. Just don’t start your hate rhetoric
every time someone doesn’t embrace your
Comments are always welcome.

More events

July 26, 2012

It looks to be another beautiful, if not
hectic, summer weekend. Once again we will
sit in air-conditioned comfort and watch
those who actually run in the Bix 7.

Here are few events that we know to be
going on this weekend.

Friday, July 27, is the Friday’s Cruise
on down to Advance, at the store in the
Village Shopping Center, 902 W. Kimberly
Road in Davenport. Things should be going
good around 6 pm.

Friday, July 27, the Classy Chassy Cruisers
are hosting another Friday night cruise-in
at the Sycamore Mall in Iowa City, Iowa.
The event runs from 5-9 pm.

Also Friday, July 27, is the Poopy’s Car
Cruise at 1030 Viaduct Road, in Savanna,
Illinois. DJ will be 3D Sound.

Friday and Saturday, July 27, 28, is the
Hot Rods in the Heartland in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa. The event is hosted by the
American Street Rod Association and the
link should have information. If not call
319-350-8586 or 319-491-9836

Saturday, July 28, the River Valley
Classics Car Club is ‘Rollin In The Oldies’
at NorthPark Mall, in Davenport. The cruise
in starts around 5 pm and we should have
some pictures to post on this one.

We hope you get a chance this weekend to
enjoy whatever it is that trips your trigger.
Comments are always welcome.