Selling a dream

December 11, 2017

We follow car auctions just to see how certain cars stand up
to pre-auction estimates. We’ll be paying attention in January
2018 when the RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale comes around. There
will be what we consider a rare car there and pre-auction
estimates are between $1.25 and $1.5 million.

The car is Preston Tucker’s personal Tucker 48. A rare car to
begin with as only 51 cars were built by tucker in 1848 before
the company folded. Tucker cars were advanced for the time and
had features many others didn’t.

The third head light in the center turned with the front
wheels, the engine was an adaption of the Franklin 0-355 flat
six aircraft/helicopter engine converted to water cooling. It
had 355 cubic inches, made 166 horsepower and was installed in
the rear of the car.

For a transmission Tucker used an adaptation of the Cord 810/
812 with a Bendix electric shifter. Tucker’s personal car had
a Tucker Y1 transmission, a larger, more improved version of
the Cord tranny.

The car being auction has less than 20,000 original miles.
The vehicle was Preston Tuckers personal car from 1948 to
1955, was then a daily driver of future Arkansas governor
Winthrop Rockefeller, and was in the Francis Ford Coppola’s
1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”.

When we hear the results of the auction we’ll put them up.
Now we know a little more about this event. Enjoy our Monday
as we’re one step closer to spring.
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What a week

November 29, 2017

Just got back from visiting Dad, getting some Christmas
decorations out of his attic, and checking the breaker box in
the basement. Didn’t find everything he wanted but found enough
to make him happy.

Monday as I went outside to watch the sunset I noticed a huge
bird in a neighbors tree that turned out to be a full grown
hawk, and yesterday I got pictures of 12 different cardinals
who were spread around our yard.

Both nights had great sunsets and clear skies to view the
moon. The wife goes back to 3rd shift next week, and I have
enough pizza and Snickers to last a while. Even heard the
bugle on the Arsenal at lights out last night.

I don’t know why there were so many cardinals around but am
glad they chose our yard to party in. The ones in the pine tree
made for some great seasonal shots. The red birds in the green
tree were almost like Christmas, all that was missing was the
snow on the branches.

Also read that when one sees 12 of anything in mature,
according to Native American lore, it means good luck will find
you in 12 hours, 12 days, or 12 months. I’m waiting for me pot
of gold as you read this.

It’s a fine day when the good in ones life far outweighs the
bad and if this is a streak, I’m running with it. Enjoy our
Wednesday as that means we’re halfway to the weekend. Now, I
need more coffee and a Snickers to complete the morning.
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Good start to the day

November 15, 2017

Had another visit with Dad, got the wife off to work, and
finally have a minute to sit down. At Dads we talked of the
snow storms of 1936, the heat wave of 1937, and the blizzard of
1940 among other things.

He seemed confused over the city council talk of turning two
downtown one-way streets into two-way streets. If I understand
correctly, their thinking is that if they make it more of a
hassle to drive through downtown it will open things up for
pedestrians and bicyclists.

There are more people downtown than ever before, but if these
residents aren’t visiting the businesses now I don’t see how
changing the street to a two-way solves anything. If you don’t
want cars downtown, block it off and make it a pedestrian town
square.

Some forget that these streets used to be two-way and decades
ago were changed to one-ways for many of the same reasons the
city wants to change it back. We were for removing the parking
meters, but have to say that this idea just doesn’t make any
sense to us.

It will probably come to pass as surely as the mini golf
course at the ball park will, and nothing we say will alter
that. We’ll leave it there and get busy with things that should
have been done yesterday.

Enjoy our Wednesday. After all, it’s the only day of the week
that is spelled so goofy. And now I need more coffee, I hear
it’s good for you now.
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Who would have thought?

October 26, 2017

It’s that time of year when strange looking green fruit will
show up in the produce aisle. Maybe. The Osage Orange, or
hedge apples will be ripe for the picking. But the price may
be on the upswing. Why you ask?

It now seems that companies are buying the hedge apples to
get the hedge apple oil. Those in the know claim it has been
known for about the last 80 years the oil can have many uses,
but getting the oil out was the problem.

Over that span of time progress has been made and we’re told
companies are jumping on this new investment. The oils of the
hedge apples can be used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and in
essential oils.

Settlers once used the trees as fencing which stopped when
they found the trees invasive. Then they were considered
worthless by farmers and country folk. The hedge apples, horse
apples, hedge balls, monkey brains, or whatever you call them
are now said to be bringing $180 a ton at plants where they
extract the oil.

Osage orange trees are easy to spot once you’ve seen a few,
but not all the trees will have apples on them. That’s because
some Osage orange trees are male while others are female.

The Osage orange is inedible and can even irritate you skin.
Squirrels like them and shred them to get to the seeds while
cattle have been known to choke on them.

Then there is the debate as to whether they actually repel
spiders and other pests or if that’s an old wife’s tale. We
will put some out if we find them just in case. Hard to believe
these oranges, once considered a nuisance, may become a crop.

Enjoy our Thursday and the frost is on the hedge apples here.
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Heading home

September 27, 2017

The fickle finger of fate was pointed my way again. I had to
wonder why I love these mountains yet the altitude leaves me
out of breath. We will leave here early tomorrow and head home,
which is about 3,000 feet closer to sea level and my breathing
isn’t quite so labored.

We’ll miss waking up in the morning and leaving our room to
marvel at the mountains in the distance, and our family here.
The irony in all this is the fact I spotted a 40 acre plot just
outside of town for sale that set my imagination on fire.

I imagined buying said plot and building a house on it so we
would wake up with the sunrise and watch the sunset from the
back deck with the mountain range always to our north. Then
reality sunk in.

Yeah, the fickle finger of fate is funny that way. All in all
we have admit this trip is an overwhelming success. We’ve been
pampered, well fed, walked off the good food, saw the sights,
got some pictures, and laughed more than we have in some time.

Saturday we should arrive back home to catch on up all we missed
while we get back to reality. We’ve put over 2,000 miles on the
car and that may double before we make it to our driveway. So if
you’re staying at the Motel 6 tomorrow, we left the light on for
you. Now I think I heard some chocolate doughnuts calling for me.
Enjoy what’s left of our Wednesday.
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Sunday morning bliss

September 24, 2017

I got outside just in time to miss the sunrise. That wasn’t
a problem because the good Lord and the crick don’t rise
I’ll see many more. But I’m beginning to think I need an
interpreter when I go out to eat.

Case in point, we went to an eatery next store and while
perusing the menu I spotted ‘chicken fried stead and eggs’.
It came with hash browns and toast. Great! All major food
groups in one meal.

Now, while I am 6 foot tall I only weigh 150 pounds. The
waitress brought my meal to the table on a 15 inch plate
and another side plate for the toast!

Naturally I assumed people sized portions and not a
family size feast on a platter, and I was wrong. I got
most of down it but felt guilty eating enough food to
feed a homeless family for 2 days. Yet strangely
satisfyed.

The lady who follows me around got an omelette and almost
couldn’t finish that.

I think I’ll return to my biscuits and gravy breakfast as
after those I don’t need a 3 mile hike to work it off.
Here’s hoping your Sunday is as great as ours. Now we’re
on the road again to see what we find.
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The good, the bad, and the stupid

June 30, 2017

Tomorrow is July 1st, the day several new laws go into effect
in the great state of Iowa. Some make sense to us while others
have us scratching our heads saying ‘what in the hell were they
thinking?” We’ll list a few here that we like followed by
some we haven’t made sense of yet.

HF 517 goes into full effect. Stand Your Ground just makes
sense. Our doors aren’t locked for our benefit but to keep you
out if you mean us harm. By the time you kick through one of
the solid core with 6-inch screws in all the hardware you will
be looking at the business end of my 45.

SF 444 prohibits the use electronic communication devices
while driving. If you use a device to write, send, or view
an electronic message while driving it will be considered
evidence that you driving in a recless manner with willful or
wanton disregard for the safety of other persons or property.

HF 516 is the Voter Integrity Act dictates a state approved
ID must be shown to vote. We’ve been showing ours for years at
the polling place anyway.

And now, those that don’t make sense to us.

SF 362 involves claims against Fairs for damages arising from
the transmission of pathogens from certain animals housed on
the fairgrounds. If you’re allergic to animals, don’t go to
a livestock.

HF 473 establishes multiple pathways to obtain a High School
Equivalency Diploma beyond an exam. Isn’t the test enough? Or
is this another politically correct idea borne of the
everybody gets a trophy train of thought?

And finally, our favorite. SF 447 will allow farmers to
present an affirmative defense if sued by neighbors who claim
odors or other aspects of an animal feeding operation is a
public nuisance and interferes with their enjoyment of life.

City folk never cease to amaze me. If you aren’t smart enough
to plow around the stumps or didn’t know farms can be smelly,
animals have sex in the open, and dust could be an issue, you
have no business living in the country.

For a more complete list of the new laws that go in effect
July 1st, go here.

Enjoy our last day of June. Don’t know about where you’re at
but it’s noisy here on the east coast of Iowa. Now for a
smaller version of the new pizza I tried last week.
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