Strange tale

March 13, 2018

Not the rig mentioned in the story.

I read the following and wondered, what are they putting in our

Loaded tractor trailer stolen from Pilot Fuel Island in Satsuma, AL., by 5th grader and two younger brothers. Halted 550 miles later by Texas hwy patrol buckshot to left steer tire outside of Tyler Texas.

This came from a truckers site that usually has reliable
stories yet this is one on that can’t be confirmed. So let’s
just say it’s true and speculate a little.

First thing that came to mind is a trucker left his rig running
at a truck stop and the kids jumped in a took off. After all who
would think three kids would steal a semi? Perhaps if spotted
people would think they got bored and were just walking around.

And, if true, how can a 5th grader drive a big rig 550 miles
and not hit anything? Or it could be that he did hit other
vehicles and it wasn’t in the report. Kid must be tall for his

As mentioned, we don’t know if it is true or not, but the site
does usually have road closures and weather reports that are
accurate. If it is true it’s scary and if it isn’t it’s food for

Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday as it has been a long one here on
the east coast Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.


We’re number 1?

March 1, 2018

Talk here in Iowa has been about the fact that on February 27,
2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa the best state in
the United States.

And it’s said they are the global authority on rankings. This
involved evaluating our 50 states across 77 metrics with
thousands of data points in eight categories. They are: health
care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and
corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life.

Truth be told, we didn’t want the secret to get out. If you
don’t mind a harsh winter occasionally it is a great place to
live. So let’s look at a few of the reasons our politicians are
now patting themselves on the back.

Iowa ranks 3rd in healthcare which is up 2 spots from 2017.

Iowa ranks 5th in education, up 3 from last year.

We rank 17th in economy and that’s up 13 places since 2017.

In opportunity we are at 4th, up 2 from 2017.

With infrastructure we’re number 1, up 15 slots from last year.

Quality of life is a new category for 2018 and I’m not sure
where we rank there. I do know last year we were the 6th best
state. As some one who was born here and came back after my
Navy hitch, I have a hard time believing we’re first in the
infrastructure category. But that’s just my opinion.

So if you’re thinking of moving out of your state and are in
search of another to call home we’d recommend Missouri or

Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as it is almost gone. Now I’m
up for a pot of coffee and a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Got it wrong?

February 28, 2018

A friend sent a link to a site that promised the honest truth
about you according to your birthday. Not usually having any
success with such sites I decided ‘why not?’

His birthday is about a month after mine and his result said:
“He puts on a brave face every day, but the truth is that he
feels everything very deeply. He is an incredibly sensitive
person and he cares for the ones he loves more than anyone could
ever imagine.”

Sounded almost like poetry to me, and the results would have to
similar for me, or so I thought. Mine turned out slightly
different and sounded more like a judge announcing sentence.
Mine said “He will never give up without a fight. He has been
through a lot in his life and it has built up an inner strength
that cannot be easily broken. He has the confidence to know what
he deserves in life and he has no problem fighting for what he

Wait a minute. Why does mine mention fighting twice? This may
have been a good description 25 years ago but not today. It
sounds like a stranger to me yet when I read it to the wife and
mentioned my thoughts she laughed. Granted I have been through
a lot, but I am 66 years old! And I am bull-headed and it’s
pretty hard to change my mind. And I do go in with confidence
when I believe I’ve been slighted.

Oh. Perhaps it’s a better description that I first thought.
Enjoy our Wednesday anyway.
Comments are always welcome.


Auction thoughts

January 19, 2018

After watching hours of the Scottsdale auction today I came to
the same conclusion as other years. Some people have more money
than sense. Being the start of the weekend most cars brought six
figure prices.

A good example of this is the 2019 Bullit Mustang that went for
$300,000 to a charity picked by Steve McQueens son. The first
car built, a good cause, and every penny went to the charity.

Some of us remember the Charger from the Fast and the Furious.
It was one of the cars built and had a small block chevy with a
single 4 barrel under the non-functioning blower. It brought in
$140,000. That was either for bragging rights or somebody
doesn’t work hard enough for their money.

In todays auction the restored cars kept up with the muscle
cars, resto-rods, and custom builds. That seemed like a good
thing to this humble observer. Tomorrow the gloves will come off
and the prices will escalate. It will be interesting to see a
vehicle hit $1 million.

If you get the Velocity channel you may want to tune in
starting at around 3 pm again tomorrow. Or, coverage goes until
until 3 am tonight also.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday as it’s the last one we get this
week. Now I need some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Almost forgot

January 18, 2018

We are well into the first month of 2018 so here are a few
things January is known for. The January birthstone is garnet
and the flower is the cottage pink. It is National Codependecy
Month, National Mentoring Month, National Healthy Weight
Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,
and Stalking Awareness Month to name a few.

Yet being a car guy I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this
weekends indoor Rod & Custom Show at the QCCA Expo Center in
Rock Island, Illinois. And the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

After watching the Scottsdale auction on TV for a few days, when
the chance arises, it looks like rods and muscle cars are showing
bigger numbers than the antiques and classics. Of course, those
of us who regularly follow this auction know the big numbers will
come this weekend.

It’s not looking like we’ll make the indoor show this year even
though the weather has calmed down. If you are thinking of going
to see the mobile eye candy the top link above has hours and
information. The Barrett-Jackson link is specific to the
Scottsdale auction.

And now that you know as much as we do, we’ll wish you an
enjoyable Thursday evening and a pleasant Friday. Time for a
coffee and pizza break.
Comments are always welcome.


Last dance

December 31, 2017

Since today is last day and last month of the year and soon
people will be celebrating a new year with a new dance, it felt
fitting to do this now.

The February edition of Motor Trend magazine arrived in the
mail yesterday and was set aside until a short while ago when
there was time to peruse it properly. You may notice the text at
the bottom of the picture which says “Supersized Subaru
3 rows 19 cupholders.

Naturally I assumed it referenced a 19 passenger SUV type
vehicle that looked like a station wagon on steroids. After a
quick read of article inside it was discovered the 2019 Subaru
Ascent would carry 7 or 8 passengers. Which made me wonder if it
had so many cupholders because it didn’t have any other options.

Turns out it will be the biggest vehicle Subaru ever made and
will be powered by a 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
with a variable speed transmission about the size of a Toyota
Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Nissan Pathfinder. Prices will
start around $30,000 and the American version will be made in
Lafayette, Indiana.

It can tow 5,000 pounds, has Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and
has a smart rearview mirror that gives the option of camera
views. It has power outlets, Wi-Fi, and 8 USB ports to reduce
the need for seat mounted DVD screens. The vehicle also has
ledges in the front for phones, Starlink for connectivity, Apple
Car Play, Android Auto, a Harman Kardon stereo, and the earlier
mentioned 19 cupholders.

All this leaves me with a couple questions. Do all those
features allow for any time to drive the thing? And; what in
the hell do 8 people need 19 cupholders for?

Enjoy our Sunday for tomorrow is a new day of a new month in
a new year.
Comments are always welcome.


Distracted again

December 28, 2017

I was outside observing the critters and the white fluffy love
falling from above when I decided a morning post was in order.
Since the white fluffy love from above was falling out of the sky
a flake at a time it is a perfect time to do so.

It’s no big secret I’m easily distracted yet the lady who
follows me around continues to follow me around after all these
years. This goes way beyond having to check out shiny things
seen out of the corner of my vision.

I’m been told others believe my lights are on but nobodys home.
Like this morning, the wife was watching the talking heads on
her favorite ‘news’ program when I asked if it was 10 to 3
today. She thought I was referring to whatever the talking heads
were talking about when I meant if that was the hours she
worked today.

We have a TV over our refrigerator and an erasable calendar on
the refrigerator. Said calender never has the month filled in
and I assumed she updated for January but she had not. Good
thing too as I’m not ready for New Year’s Eve yet.

She has to come find me when we go to the big box stores as I’m
always staring at something. There are as many distractions in
those places as Disneyland. Like yogurt. I’d don’t eat the stuff
but I’d guess there has to be at least 266 different flavors of
yogurt displayed at the grocery store.

Or baked beans in a can. Did you know that a part of the
label on one brand would be the perfect color to paint a 40′
Chevy coupe? And last night I tried to figure out what the
world would be like if dogs walked backwards. Haven’t figured
that one out yet other than people who walk their dogs would
have to find a new place to put the collar.

We’ll keep you updated. Enjoy our Thursday. Now I need more
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