Hanging in there

December 31, 2014

I realized that when the wife left for work
tonight I wouldn’t see her until next year. So I
had a plan.

I spent most of the day cooking up a big pot of
beans and some taco mix while checking my frozen
provisions of pizza and TV dinners. I will survive.

And while cruising the information highway I came
across an interesting video about Michael Frolich.
He is credited with being a former fashion
designer, a racer, a philosopher, an artist, and a
classic car dealer.

Some say his greatest achievement lies in his own
backyard and is called the Auto Skulpteren Park. A
museum/park with 50 classic cars that were parked
when he turned 50 in the year 2,000.

The audio is in German, but the cars speak a
universal language.

Oh yeah, Happy New Year!
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2014 in review

December 29, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Motorized Monday

December 28, 2014

We haven’t mentioned cars or trucks for a while,
so if you have garage fever too, enjoy.

Heard about the huge barn find in Portugal? Some
say it is a hoax while others claimed to have seen
the cars. If it is a hoax, here is a video of the
180 cars that aren’t there.

We’ve mentioned the Chatillon auto graveyard in
Belgium before but thought we’d share a short video
again. Chatillon car graveyard is actually nothing
more than cars in the woods abandoned by American
soldiers since WWII when they returned home.

Then there are graveyards for unsold cars. When
automakers can’t sell the cars they store them in
lots and let them sit.

If you missed the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction last
year, this video shows a few of the cars that were
sold.

A friend sent a video about the ‘Train of Death’,
which we found interesting. It looks like fun, for
the lead driver anyway.

Finally, in an attempt to infuse some class to our
humble site, a video on the Delahaye. We believe
some models to be the most elegant cars in the
world before or since these were being produced.

And that concludes our cruise to all things
automotive and not regularly seen. Enjoy the ride
and keep the shiny side up.
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Sunday snickers

December 27, 2014

Ever wonder how the Bible would look, and sound
like, if it used product placement in a video?
What a coincidence. It bothered me so much I
fired up our electronic machine and went cruising
the information highway.

And I found an answer! Here is Christian comedian
Chris Stanley sharing his take on the issue.

And now we know.
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Salaries

December 27, 2014

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There are times, no matter how hard we try to
avoid it, that talk turns to politics. A friend
sent an email about state executive salaries for
2014, and that got us started.

We found this to be an interesting read and will
share some of what we discovered. Data is given for
the salaries of Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney
General and Secretary of State.

The highest paid Governor in the U.S. is from
Pennsylvania and makes $187,818 a year. Here in
Iowa, our Governor makes $130,000, and the Governor
of Alabama did not accept a salary.

The highest paid Lieutenant Governor is from
Pennsylvania and makes $157,765. In Iowa, the Lt.
Governor makes $103,212 and in 7 states the Lt.
Governor gets no salary.

The highest paid Attorney General hails from
Tennessee and makes $176,988, in Iowa the AG gets
$122,669, and the lowest salary is in Arkansas at
$72,408.

The Secretary of State in Tennessee is the highest
paid at $190,260, in Iowa $103,212, and the lowest
salaried Secretary of State is in Arkansas gets
$54,304.

Remember a time we citizens called the people
who filled these, and other, positions as public
servants?
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We survived…

December 26, 2014

another Christmas. We gave gifts, I spent some
time with my family as the wife had to work,
talked to our son on the phone, and we received
gifts. We were also thankful we got to spend
another Christmas with our families.

what

Even hearing of the protesters/rioters saying they
weren’t going to give the police Christmas off
couldn’t dampen our spirits. It seemed almost
magical.

Thanks to all who called to wish us the best,
those who wished us well in person, and those who
sent cards and emails with heartfelt messages.

I did learn that if I’m ever in the emergency room
again, I won’t mention it to anyone. People must
think an ER visit is a reason to show sympathy and
be condescending.

All that being said, we are looking forward to the
coming year. While we do live today we see no
problem with looking to the future. After all,
without plans that have to be changed, there would
be no need for high blood pressure medication.

We hope your Christmas was as enjoyable as ours,
and if wasn’t we hope you at least had a sense of
humor about it.
Comments are always welcome.


Christmas day

December 25, 2014

It’s almost here and we won’t have a post on
Christmas. So for now, why not watch how some of
us have fun during the time off.

Please don’t try this at home unless you are a
professional, or from Sweden.

Comments are always welcome.