A few things

May 24, 2018

Today is Moms birthday and I’d like to wish her a Happy
Birthday! She died on June 18, 2010, and would have been 89 had
she lived. I’ll be looking for some cardinals this morning and
at the Heavens later.

And since she couldn’t believe she raised a Republican I’d like
to present the following. Let’s pretend for just a moment that
I’m a Liberal/Progressive politician and I’ve just heard of the
rise is car thefts and shots fired calls here in our little part
of Iowa. What would I do?

Since we’ve heard the campaign slogans of some Liberals running
for Governor we have a pretty good idea. As the pretend
politician I would jet off to Washington, D.C., and give a
command performance before Congress on the evils of cars, and
guns, that can be stolen.

Then I would lobby for a retinal scanner to be put in the barrel
of all weapons so the gun wouldn’t work until you did a scan of
your retina. What could go wrong? And as a Progressive, far left
leaning politician I would also have a fix for the car theft
problem.

I am a pretend politician so these two separate problems
could not be solved in one day so I would have to return to
address the Congress on the solution for the car thefts. Since
gun control advocates believe the gun is the problem then the
car and not the thief has to be the problem.

Thumb print recognition technology would have to be installed
on all vehicles to recognize up to 3 prints of authorized
drivers of said vehicle. Even with the key in the car it would
not start until the sensor recognizes a thumb print. And of
course the vehicle would automatically shut off when the
shifter is placed in park.

This should only add about $10,000 to the price of new
vehicles but would soon pay for itself as there would be no more
vehicle thefts. Either that or we could just build all vehicles
with manual transmissions and the juvenile offenders who steal
them couldn’t drive them.

Saying all that, enjoy our Thursday as it looks to be a hot one
here on the east coast of Iowa. Now for some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

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New week

May 21, 2018

It’s a new week, we survived the weekend, and I haven’t started
myself on fire again. What a great day! It may be raining
outside but we’re nice and dry in the house. And I haven’t
watched any TV news in days.

I did hear from a friend who seemed upset about the royal
couple leaving on their honeymoon in an electric Jaguar. When
that was mentioned I felt that nothing important was missed by
my avoiding watching any news.

Talked to our youngest over the weekend and learned something
new about the Fusion that surprised me. The wife got the car in
for the recall of the nut behind the wheel but I haven’t noticed
a difference. Perhaps it takes a while.

And I have good intentions of getting outside with the camera
to snap more pictures as soon as this rain stops. We do need the
rain though as the weeds can’t grow without it and some of the
weeds make interesting pictures.

This is going to be a short one as breakfast is going to be
ready soon and even though I may not look like it, I do like to
eat. So enjoy our Monday as it’s the first one we get this week.
Now to get some coffee and see what’s on the menu.
Comments are always welcome.


Some upcoming events

May 17, 2018

I haven’t been putting any upcoming car events here for a while
so thought it time to enter a couple now. Most have heard of
these by now but some have not so here they are.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 will be the Classic Car Cruise-In at
Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa. sponsored by the Veterans Car
Club of the Quad Cities, the event will run from 5 pm until the
last car leaves or the cows come home.

The event is held in support of military/veteran programs and
Toys for Tots and all donations will go to these programs. This
event is also in honor of all active military and veterans. If
you wish to learn more call Bruce Cheek at 563-349-4129 or Mike
DeGeeter at 563-370-2635. Rain date is June 2, 2018.

And on Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Quad Cities Cruisers will
host the Open Run XXXVI Car Show at Southpark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. The event runs from 3-8 pm and it’s $15 to enter a
car in the event.

If you want to double check you can call the Club Event Phone
Line at 563-355-0036.

So there are a couple of things to do if you need something to
do on the dates listed. Great events, great people, good food
and music, and acres of cars to gawk at.

Enjoy our Thursday as we’re almost to the weekend. Now I need
more coffee and shower as I finished the lawn.
Comments are always welcome.


It’s official

May 10, 2018

Our country is has gone crazy. I saw a picture of a couple
standing between a 66 Mustang GT and a new 2018 Audi S5
Sportback below the headline “Internet Revolts After Couple
Trades in Husband’s ‘Dream’ 1966 Ford Mustang for a New Audi S5.”

Things got so bad the dealership that did the trade had to take
down their Facebook page. I’m wondering what happened to the
America I grew up in? If it is his car and he has the title in
hand he should be able to do whatever he wants with HIS car.

Faces were blurred and only the first names of the former
Mustang owner were used in the article and the dealership stated
the guy gave up his dream car for love. It did not say if love
of the new Audi or love for his wife was the driving factor.

The couple must have been happy and dealership thought putting
on their page may bring some enjoyment to others or perhaps get
potential customers into the showroom. But all the negative
feedback is crazy. If the guy wants to trade his car is should
be his concern and not those who don’t like his plan.

Nowhere did I read the salesman pulled a gun or made threats
to make this deal and people are upset. One commenter even
declared that when they get divorced he won’t have the valuable
classic car but an overpriced VW! What optimism. If you want to
learn more just go here.

Last time I checked he could give the car to a complete
stranger or turn it into a planter if he so wished. That said,
the picture above is from the website that I linked to.

Enjoy our Thursday as we won’t see another this week. Now for
coffee and a critter check.
Comments are always welcome.


Going to be busy

May 4, 2018

We had another senior moment that lasted a couple weeks so will
mention Vintage Torquefest 2018 now since it starts today. All
proceeds from this traditional hot rod and motorcycle show go
to Helping Hannah’s Heart. The show runs through tomorrow.

The wife mentioned today is also National Nurses Day so we’ll
thank all the nurses and wish them a great day. Today is also
Military Spouse Day.

May is National Electric Safety Month, National ALS Awareness
Month, National Burger Month, National Foster Care Month,
Mental Heath Awareness Month, National Military Appreciation
Month, and Older Americans Month to name a few.

The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day and the week beginning
May 6th is National Nursing Week.

May is the 5th month of the year and May’s birthstone is the
emerald. If you were born in May your birth flower is the Lily
of the Valley.

With that said we readily admit we know just enough to be
dangerous and list only things that interest us so if we missed
a day or week or month observed in May it was not on purpose.
If something is listed wrong while we didn’t make it up that
goes back to our drinking days when we liked to find something
to celebrate before we hit the saloon.

And any rate, enjoy our Friday as it’s looking to be great
weather here. Now for more coffee and some Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Comments are always welcome.


The party’s over

April 26, 2018

The automotive rumor mill has been working overtime and until
recently I ignored the gossip. Now it looks like the rumors are
true and Ford will stop selling all but two cars here in the USA;
the Mustang and the Focus Active that thinks it’s a crossover.
Ford won’t end Mustang production because people would throw a
fit and probably boycott their business.

According to Ford, Taurus production will end in March 2019 and
Fiesta in May 2019. No timeline has been set for the demise of
the Fusion. If we understand correctly, Ford has decided to
focus on trucks and plan to make said truck will be 90% of its
offerings.

These trucks will fall into three categories; trucks, utilities
and commercial vehicles. The timing coincides with the debut of
the Ranger pickup and Bronco. Ford also announced it will
explore potential new models that combine the best attributes of
cars and utilities, such as ride height, space and versatility.
Think crossover SUVs.

If you’re not a certified car geek all that basically means is
that Ford doesn’t make enough on the cars sales so if they stop
selling them people will buy a truck and make Ford more money.

I guess Ford wants everybody in an overpriced, oversized money
making machine. When the time comes for the wife to buy another
vehicle and Ford only has two car models we’ll look elsewhere.

Enjoy our Thursday as the working folks just have to get
through 1 more day before they get a couple days off. Now I
need more coffee and that bag of donettes I found.
Comments are always welcome.


Looking back

March 21, 2018

A friend who I’ve known for almost 50 years called today and we
took a stroll down Memory Lane. Talk of things we’ve done and
things we wish we had. And a whole lot of bench racing went into
the mix also. It was a nice visit but we knew it had to end and
we had to come back to the 21st century.

Before we entered reality again we were stunned at the sheer
number of cars and trucks both of us have owned in theses 50
years since we started driving legally. He always brings up my
Model A and Impala SS and I fondly remember his 46′ Ford Coupe.

Looking back I honestly don’t remember it being a slower pace
as we’d get together after work and wrench on each others rides
until the neighbors complained, lay down for a few hours sleep
and go back to work the next day to afford the go fast parts. I
do remember stores closing before it got dark out and not being
open at all on Sunday.

This was before computers, FM radio, and putting something
together with a store-bought kit. Telephones had dials and we
were told children were to be seen and not heard. If we did
something wrong we got a whooping and going to church was not
an option.

Even with all that we managed to survive and get old enough to
collect Social Security. So enjoy our Wednesday and remember,
we’re not old we’re classics. Now this classic needs more
coffee.
Comments are always welcome.