It’s Here

January 16, 2019

Yes, Barrett-Jackson is in Scottsdale, Arizona again and the
live coverage started yesterday on the Motor Trend channel and
others. After watching a few hours yesterday I once again was
amazed at the quality of the vehicles going across the block and
the amount some went for.

According to Barrett-Jackson there are 5 must-see cars at this
auction. There favorites are: a 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring
Edition, a 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta, the first pre-preduction
hardtop 1965 Mustang, a 1970 Chevy Chevelle Custom, and a
1965 Shelby GT350.

And there are charity vehicles. Last year the charity sales at
Scottsdale totaled $6.21 million. a few of the charity vehicles
are:

on the block Wednesday is 2019 Bennington SW series boat and all
proceeds will go to the Mayshad Foundation.

on Thursday a 2015 Ford Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GT will
be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Barrow Neurological
Foundation.

also on Thursday, Rusty Wallace’s #27 Kodiak NASCAR race car, a
1986 Pontiac Grand Prix will cross the block with all proceeds
going to the Task Force Dagger Foundation.

on Thursday a 2018 Ford Fusion NASCAR race car will be sold
with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

For the entire list go here. You can use the links to
learn more, or if you’re not a car person, ignore them.

Enjoy our Wednesday as ours started out cunfusing but is now on
calm seas. Now I need to get more coffee in me to be ready for
the telecast this afternoon.
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New month

January 3, 2019

The sunset last night was amazing to watch but with the sun
being further south than in the summer there was no way to get
around the trees. In the coolness of the late afternoon it was
quite a show here on the east coast of Iowa.

And we are in the first week of the first month of 2019. We
have been through our coldest day, our warmest day, and our
wettest day. So here are a few things that happen in January.

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Mentoring
Month, Stalking Awareness Month, Be Kind to Food Servers Month,
and Hot Tea Month to name a few. Today is Chocolate Covered
Cherry Day.

The new year means the Rod and Custom Show at the QCCA Expo
Center later this month. It will be held January 25-27. This is
an indoor show and is just the ticket for getting rid ov cabin
fever. Not sure if we’ll be there or not but we are going to
try this year.

If you need a quicker fix <A href=”http://www.fiveflagscenter.com/events/2019/retro-rewind”&gt; Retro Rewind</a> will be at the Five
Flags Center in Dubuque this weekend. For more on the this one
just click the link above.

And we’re going to a little warm up in out weather here and
that means when the warm up ends we’ll dip back down again. But
enjoy it while it never lasts long enough.

So enjoy our Thursday as I have to go out and feed Mama cat
because she has claws and I don’t.
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Here we go

November 29, 2018

Mary Barra, GM CEO, announced a few days ago that GM would
close several plants and cut 15% of its salaried workforce.
In her 5 years as CEO, Barra has made some decisions that were
not popular but she has made the company a profitable
enterprise.

Along with plant closures she is removing money pit sections
like Peugeot, has authorized getting out of Russia and India,
and is getting rid of cars that aren’t selling. Two mentioned
were the Volt and the Cruise. Instead GM will develop a Blazer
and full electric vehicles.

GM will keep investing in self-driving vehicles as they claim
there is a profit to had in that sector of the market. Deep
discounts have also gone the way of the dinosaur in the name
of profit.

And despite Michigan and Ohio taking hits financially due to
the plant closings and thousands unemployed, insiders claim
this is the best plan since sliced bread. So the buying public
will have fewer choices while spending more money to get their
next vehicle and former employees will scramble for new jobs.
Thank God GM will make a bigger profit.

Won’t people be needed to build the new SUVs, trucks, electric
cars, and self-driving vehicles? I’m guessing that the Camaro
will still be around along with 1 or 2 other models, but if you
like a car that doesn’t make the cut you will be looking for
something else.

We haven’t heard a timeline for when all this is supposed to
begin but once again feel like the redheaded step-child here.
One feels like we, the buying customers, aren’t given a thought
and going for the gold is all that counts. It bothers me and I
won’t even be affected.

I quit looking at new cars when the wing windows and standard
transmissions left. I don’t need 47 cup holders, back up
cameras, and a knob to change gears.

Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is almost upon us.
Now I need to calm down and have more coffee.
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Day 2

November 27, 2018

The snow hasn’t gone away yet, but the sun is out. It’s been a
busy day and not a lick of work done yet to boot. A cruise over
to see the Antique Farmers told me Locust Street west of
Division Street has all 4 lanes open now.

I went over to Dads thinking I’d hear about the blizzard of 1936
once again or at the least the many uses of a John Deere Johnny
Popper. Instead we talked a little about the weather and about
how winter isn’t even here yet.

We chatted about new vehicles with back-up cameras, computer
displays in the dash, and built-in GPS. He talked a little of
his years driving a big rig and how Thanksgiving went. He seemed
to be having a good time.

Just about the time I was getting ready to leave he blurted out
‘the Model T was the best car ever made’. He appeared sure of
his statement but I thought in todays society one wouldn’t sell.
The Model T was a workhorse in its time yet not many today would
go for a car with no starter, no side windows, no heater, and no
automatic transmission or power steering.

I have heard the Model T could run on Kerosene and even pure
alcohol and with only one windshield wiper visibility could be
a chore. When you have a 2 foot high windshield with only a 6
inch wiper blade clearing it could get interesting.

If more people around here would have one our vehicle thefts
would drop as kids today wouldn’t have a clue how to start or
drive one. Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday as this one got away
from us. Now for some coffee before I go back out and shovel
more white fluffy love from above.
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One of those days

November 9, 2018

Our Friday started like any other except for the little bit of
white fluffy love from above we got last night. It got a little
strange as we piled in the car to cruise to the grocery store.

We noticed that every time I had to stop a buzzer went off and
a warning text lit up the dash that the front parking assist was
on. And if I had to stop for a traffic light the buzzing just
kept going until we got a green light and started moving again.

It took us down memory lane to the first computer we bought
which ran Windows 98. Being novices the first pop up that stated
we had a ‘fatal error’ almost gave us a heart attack. Once we
learned that didn’t mean we killed the computer we relaxed.

This was the same feeling. After a short talk we discovered
that neither the wife nor myself had turned the front parking
assist on and we didn’t know how to turn it off. Trying to come
up with a fix mentally I thought, just turn it off.

The problem was we didn’t know where on the touch screen in the
dash the proper icon to turn it off was. And with myself driving
I wasn’t about to pull over to find out. Pull a fuse? No. I did
that once on an Oldsmobile we had and while it did stop the
noise it also knocked out the radio and digital gauges.

By the time we got back home the buzzer had me feeling like I’d
been to dentist and told them not to use anything to deaden the
pain. I have just gotten to the point that the smallest noise
doesn’t have me jumping up and grabbing the ceiling fixture.

Guess it’s time for a short course on car computers to find out
how to disarm this unneeded and unwanted accessory. Either that
or crank up the radio and drown out the noise of the evil buzzer
from hell.

Enjoy our Friday as we will. Now I need more coffee and a book
on how to turn off whatever a parking assist is.
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Strange ending to Halloween

November 1, 2018

It’s somehow fitting to end Halloween with a nightmare. I just
should have stayed up. Things started pleasant enough with me
doing some wrenching on a ’50 Mercury I had bought and went to
hell in a handbasket quickly after that.

Taking the car for a test drive I was pulled over which was no
surprise as the open headers get attention, but there it got
strange. Another squard arrived and after being searched was
escorted to a very large house and marched inside.

Once the three of us reached the dining room I was released and
told to sit at the table. As I looked around at my table mates I
knew something was up. A judge, two members of the clergy, a
big monkey, my ex-wife, and more policemen sat around the room.

I was then told I was not under arrest but could not leave
until the reason for my being there was explained and
understood. And that’s when the dream got weird. It was stated
that reason for this dog and pony show was my ex-wife wanted to
marry me!

Since I had remarried, and had no intention of ending it, and
I knew the ex really didn’t want to marry me, I refused. The
judge tried to change my mind, the police made it clear they
weren’t happy, the clergy prayed, and the monkey scratched his
armpit. I just sat there.

I was then told my current wife wouldn’t take a large bribe to
let me go so I should just sign on the dotted line, be married
to my ex, and live in the big house. But I couldn’t do it and
said no again. Although the house was huge and the lot it
sat on enormous, it didn’t have a garage!

I was threatened with more days of the same until I agreed and
that’s when I woke up. One eye popped open as I glanced around
the familiar room and saw my current wife sleeping. I think the
dream means I should cut down on my hot sauce with my midnight
snack.

Enjoy our Thursday as Halloween is over and November is here.
Now for some more coffee and a stack of pancakes.
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Ever think about….

September 19, 2018

Had a hard time falling asleep last night when something got
into my head and wouldn’t let go. The thought was that the
steering wheel has to be one of the most significant inventions
of the 19th century.

If you think about it gauges are now digital, some shifters
are just knobs on the console, and dimmer switches aren’t in the
floor anymore. But after all these years we still have steering
wheels. A lot has changed but we still steer with the wheel.

Locking steering columns have been around since the 1930s,
Ford came out with the safety steering wheel with spokes that
flexed in 1956, and collapsible steering columns were required
by law in 1968.

Almost everything about our vehicles has changed over the years
except the steering wheel. Brakes are now ABS, we drive by wire,
shift with a knob, we start them with a button instead of a key,
and no longer have vent windows for climate control.
Yet our steering wheels are still front and center.

I think we need a National Steering Wheel Day to celebrate one
of the few things on our vehicles that hasn’t changed since its
invention. We’ll leave that decision up to the lawmakers and
perhaps it will keep them busy with something important.

So enjoy our Wednesday and enjoy it as we will. Now I need some
coffee and about a pound of bacon.
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