Wait, what?

November 1, 2017

We survived to see November and I’m still waiting for my White
Privelege card to arrive. We seem to hear the complaint that we
white folks don’t know what’s like to be stopped by the police
for driving while black. I don’t.

That being the case one would assume they don’t know what it’s
like surviving while white. So here is a sample of what we put
up with breathing while white. As an older white male who has
owned several vehicles over the years let’s put dealing with
the DOT while white out there.

Here we take a number and sit until our number is called, and
to be fair, everybody does this. My problem with the DOT begins
when I get to the counter. The lines move fairly quickly until my
turn comes up. I hand a fist full of paperwork over to the
clerk only to be told the seller forget to sign line 14 and did
not put sale price on the correct line so it would have to
initialed by said seller then sale price added on the correct
line and signed on line 14.

So I leave to find the previous owner who makes the correction
and return to the DOT only to be told, by the same clerk, that
since the title is out of state it has to signed in front of a
Notary and get their seal on it. So I hook up with the previous
owner, find a Notary, and get the seal before returning to the
DOT confident that this time I will walk out with a new title
in my name and new license plates.

Oh no. I was informed, by the very same clerk, that now the
title had too many signatures on it and I would have to get
hold of the original owner so he could get a duplicate title
that we could sign, once, in front of a Notary before I could
legally get the car in my name. And that was only one time!

So I would gladly trade that for being pulled over for driving
while black anytime. Enjoy our Wednesday, after all it’s the
middle of the week already. Now I need more coffee and a
candy bar to wind down.
Comments are always welcome.

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A tragedy and the car show

August 20, 2017

We’re going to show you some of the cars that were at the VVA
Car Cruise-In but before we do we have to mention something that
happened 107 years ago on this date. Bear with us and we’ll get
to the cars.

The Great Fire of 1910 occurred when hurricane force winds
prodded hundreds of small fires into blazing infernos. When
all was said and done 3 million acres were burnt in Washington,
northern Idaho, and western Montana. Two towns in Idaho and
five in Montana were completely destroyed in the fire before
a cold front brought in a steady rain. There were 87 fatalities,
mostly firefighters.

And now some pictures from the car show. You can click on any
picture to get a better look.

There were many more cars, but this should give you an idea
of the show. And now I hear leftover pizza and a coffee pot
calling my name.
Enjoy our Sunday as that means some of us rejoin the rat race
tomorrow.
Comments are always welcome.


I don’t get it

July 25, 2017

In the corner of my mind where empty boxes gather dust an idea
started and began to grow. As I lay down to have a nap this idea
took over and while the body was tired the brain was on high
alert. It got to the point I had to get up, make more coffee,
and try to reason things out.

The whole fiasco started yesterday after my brother stopped by
to show me his new Harley. When he was gone I cruised the
information highway and paused at a story about a 71 year old
man who died when he rolled his street rod. The short article
planted a seed and the comments heaped on the manure to help
it mature.

Back when I first started cruising the information highway
condolences to the family would out number comments of any
other kind. And there were a few of these, yet what surprised
me is the majority of comments were split between ‘it can be
fixed’ and ‘why wasn’t he wearing a seat belt?’

Has compassion and common courtesy died along with common
sense? This man was probably someones husband, father, grand
father, and brother yet the comments question his desire not
to have seat belts in his 40′ Ford.

The accident happened on a city street on a Sunday morning. I
noticed no comments about the possibility that he had a medical
issue that caused the wreck either.

If this is what our society has become, count me out. In the
first place all the safety equipment in the world won’t help
you if it’s your time to go. I would imagine his relatives
haven’t given much thought to the car. If he didn’t want seat
belts, it was his choice.

I guess this old redneck outlaw just doesn’t get it.

Enjoy our tuesday, it’s the last one we’ll get this month.
Comments are always welcome.


Overkill?

July 24, 2017


Picture is from article mentioned

I read an article yesterday about a man in Virginia who had
his Cadillac CTS-V confiscated because he had drag radials on
it and aftermarket exhaust. The article claims the man was obeying traffic laws when he was pulled over.

He was written up for too dark a tint on the windows, no front
license plate, having a modified exhaust, and not having street
legal tires (drag radials). The policeman asked the car owner if
he had a way to move the car and the owner made a call on his
cell phone then told the policeman his truck and trailer were
on the way. But before the rig could get there a tow truck
showed up and the car was towed after the plates were removed.
This cost the car owner $300 to get his car out of impound.

I have no problem with police and didn’t when I was getting
pulled over in my youth, but this is extreme to me. In the video
it isn’t raining so the drag radials would perform on the rear.

Back in the day we ran cheater slicks and got pulled over too.
But since the cheater slicks had two deep grooves most police
would cut you some slack. I have always had loud cars and the
police usually give me a thumbs up when I cruised by.

All that being said I don’t know the police man involved, the
car owner, or the laws of Virginia regarding modifications to
a motor vehicle. This just seems like overkill to me and I can’t
see the justification of impounding the car. That’s my opinion
and you’re welcome to yours. If you go to the article by
clicking on the link above the article has a video at the
bottom that tries to explain what happened.

Enjoy our Monday, we’ve only got one more left this month.
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Weekend wrap up

June 19, 2017

We made it out to the Heartland Nova Reunion show, met up with
an old friend, and saw a few more while checking out the cars.
Held at the Casino nestled on the banks of the Mississippi a
constant breeze made the morning perfect.

We haven’t been to a show in a quite a while so it was nice to
get out, meet some old friends, and stretch the legs a bit. We
had good intentions to go along the levee later and get some
pictures of the river but I got distracted so it didn’t happen.
That is on the list.

Back at home we noticed the critters were out in abundance and
acting goofy. Don’t know if they were celebrating Father’s Day
early or got into some fermented fruit. One little bird just
kept jumping in place. He didn’t go anywhere but he sure was
working his legs.

There was even a cardinal who I think believed he was Jack
Nicholson! You could almost imagine him shouting “Here’s
Johnny!” We glad the critters were enjoying the cool down and
they did put on a show.

And as the sun set here on the east coast of Iowa we gave a
nod to our God for allowing us to share another great day.

I stopped by Dad’s Sunday, had a good visit, and we may
write more about that in a later post.

Enjoy our Monday. We’re going to give it our best shot. Now I
smell some leftover pizza that wants to be my friend.
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Rain and a car show

June 14, 2017

After 18 dry days we finally got a little liquid love from
above. It only rained long enough to wet the pavement and
raise the humidity, but we’ll take it. We need a little more
rain.

When things like this happen I’m reminded that a thermometer
is needed in the office. It has natural heating and cooling,
it’s hot in the summer and cool in the winter.

And starting tomorrow, the 10th Annual Heartland Nova Reunion
will be at Isle of Capri Casino in Bettendorf, Iowa. This event
will be located in the northeast parking lot and will run until
around 2 pm Saturday. This even is free for spectators. This
show is for Novas only and we’re told this one will have one of
the biggest assortments of Novas and Chevy IIs in our area.

Friday from 7-9 pm the Neverly Brothers will play inside the
casino. We’re told this is a great band who play everything
from Elvis to the Beatles and admission for this event is $10.

The proceeds from the 50/50 drawing will go to the charity
Retrieving Freedom, there will be trophies, and the show is
participant judged. There will be vendors and a lot more. The
Casino is located at 1777 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Great show, great cars, and a good group of enthusiasts to
check out. It’s not supposed to rain this weekend and might
even cool off a little so those won’t work for excuses.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to weekend.
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Short list

June 8, 2017

Sometimes as we cruise through life we need to stop and smell
the racing gas. There are a few events happening here on the
east coast of Iowa that will interest some of you who live here,
or close. And here they are.

If you know Yogi’s Rod Shop, now known as Yogi’s, Inc., and
you don’t have much going on tonight, they are hosting a
cruise-in from 5-7 pm tonight. Yogi’s is located at 260 Welter
Drive in Monticello, Iowa.

Saturday, June 10th, the Quad Cities Cruisers’ will host their
Open Run XXXV Car Show from 3-8 pm at SouthPark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. A good show with great people and plenty to do. You
can call their event phone line at 563-355-0036 for up to date
information or changes.

On Monday, June 12th, the Hot Rod Power Tour will be stopping
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa from
noon to 6 pm. The Tour starts in Kansas City, Missouri on June
10th and ends in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 16th. We went
the last time this tour stopped through and saw several cars
we normally don’t get to see.

We’re told this is a free event for spectators and that you
should park at West High School and take a shuttle bus to the
fairgrounds. We are correctable on that as it is what we’ve
heard.

There are more events going on, our intent was to list these
three. Enjoy our Thursday as that means the working folks have
another day before they get a break.
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