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Best Laid Plans

Filed under: Family,Fun!,Movies — dave @ 1:05 pm 2008/07/28


The movie “Meet the Robinsons” has some great lines in it, but one that comes up two or three times is, “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.” The best delivery of that line is from the T-Rex, all mumbled (with subtitles, of course) with his big head, little arms comment; funny stuff.

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What’s really noteworthy is how often this line comes to mind in everyday life… Something doesn’t go exactly as it was planned, and my first thought is “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.” Though usually when I think of it, I hear it with the T-Rex’s mumbled voice. And if I’m with family, that’s how it comes out, and they know exactly what I’m talking about!

Daniel’s Big Trip

Filed under: Just Stuff,Links — Tags: , , , , , , — dave @ 10:38 am

Jalopnik linked to a great blog a while back; I had Really Good Intentions of posting about it, but apparently ADD took hold and the brain went on to other things as quickly as it usually does.

I’ve decided that since I gave 11.5 years of my life to this country, and even lost body parts fighting for it, I want to SEE it, and the people who live in it. My plan is to drive basically a big circle around the USA from TN to Maine, then Oregon, down Cali and off to Key West. I have a beat up 1984 Suburban I’ve been preparing for the trip, and my plan is to live in it, along with my mildly retarded Boxer. I hope to see a lot of sites, stay off the interstates, and meet a lot of interesting people along the way…

The blogger, Daniel, is a retired Army chopper pilot who lost his right arm in a crash in is making a cross country trip. Doesn’t sound so special, but

Now that he’s finished his trip, he’s posted a Google Map with placemarks showing places he stopped along the way. I invited him to stop over in Sioux Falls for a meal and a visit, but I never heard back from him.

From the map it looks like he stopped at the Palisades near Garretson, then hit I-90 and headed west, stopping at the Badlands. That’s a little disappointing because he missed a lot of sights and historic sites along the way. So much for his wanting to stay off interstate highways… Oh well, his loss I guess.

His blog is still an interesting read. He writes well, and shares some pretty entertaining stories.


Trailer Wiring On The 2005 Ford Freestar

Filed under: Cars!,Geek,Just Stuff — dave @ 11:25 pm 2008/07/27

I just went through a bit of an ordeal getting our van wired up to pull a trailer, and I’m hoping to maybe help someone else who is needing to do the same from going down the path that I followed, which caused a lot of frustration and wasted a lot of time. The short of it is, if you need to add trailer lights to a Ford Freestar (or most any late-model Ford product), just buy the kit from the Ford parts desk; you’ll be glad you did.


Obama says, “Vote For The Other Guy”

Filed under: Politics — dave @ 11:14 am 2008/07/24


I read something interesting today that Barack Obama said in an interview with Katie Couric; the short of it is, he wants to be President pretty badly, yet he admitted in this interview that he’s not fit for the job.

Couric: You reportedly chaff when your foreign policy expertise is questioned. If foreign policy is not your weakest area of expertise, what is?

Obama: Well, you know, I … the last time I was asked a question what my biggest weakness was, I said …

Couric: You were disorganized.

Obama: …I was disorganized. This ended up becoming a big political issue. You see … we need somebody who’s organized in the White House.

So there you have it. He says that the guy in the Oval Office needs to be organized, and he admits in the same breath that he is not.

Yet another reason to vote against Barack H. Obama.

The Harrington Junior

Filed under: Cars!,Just Stuff — dave @ 10:35 pm 2008/07/23

Here’s something pretty cool: The Harrington Junior.


The Junior series includes the Bugatti (pictured above), plus a Porsche Speedster, a Jaguar E-Type, a Mercedes 300SL and a Willys Jeep. All are about half-scale replicas of the originals and look pretty realistic. If it weren’t for the steering wheel being in the middle and a little larger than scale, it’d be pretty hard to tell they’re scale replicas.



Of course, put real people next to it and it’s pretty obvious.




Not sure who the manufacturer is; sounds like they are built in Vietnam, but the company is managed from Great Britain. Also no indication of what the selling price is; no doubt they’re pretty spendy.

They also build & sell replacement parts for Isettas, and Isetta replicas. The thing that drew me here was an electric-powered Isetta replica… Would that be cool or what?! I get the feeling that it’s probably little more than vaporware, but it’s a great thought.

Barack Obama & Salvation By Works

While listening to the radio one day last week I caught some snippets from a stump speech Barack Obama gave over the 4th of July weekend at a church in St. Louis. In that speech, he was talking about his Christian faith, and going into far more detail than I’d heard from him before. But there were a few things I heard that made me a little concerned, so I dug a little deeper to find out exactly what he said. And it’s not just me; Cal Thomas wrote an article for Fox News entitled, Obama Is Not A Christian. Strong words, and I can’t disagree with what he wrote.

I found a video of that speech on YouTube which confirmed my concerns about Barack’s newly ballyhooed Christian faith; it’s just plain old-time salvation by works, nothing more. (more…)

Allergies Suck

Filed under: Family,Home Life,Just Stuff — Tags: , , , , , , , — dave @ 2:15 pm 2008/07/13

I hate sunflowers. It’s not how they look; it’s what their seeds do to me because of my allergies that I hate.

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Avoiding sunflower seeds is fairly easy, but these days food manufacturers are putting sunflower oil in everything from coffee creamer to potato chips, and it’s getting harder & harder to avoid. I was at the grocery store last night and one of the items on the shopping list was chips; I was hard pressed to find anything that didn’t have sunflower oil in the ingredient list.

Sunflower oil can be found in places you would least expect it, even in prepackaged pudding cups! I bought a pack of Hunt’s SnackPack chocolate pudding cups a while back, thinking it’d be a cheap & easy snack, but got a nasty headache after eating one. Checked the ingredients, and sure enough — sunflower oil. Often the ingredient list will contain the phrase “one of the following…” and list two or three different kinds of vegetable oil; the further down the list sunflower oil shows, the better the chance that it’s ok for me to eat, but never guaranteed so I’ll still avoid that product.

Yes, I do a lot of ingredient list reading in the grocery store aisles, but I need to proceed very carefully when I don’t see the ingredient list. I can usually tell within a couple of bites whether a product has sunflower oil — or something else — in it, and I’m usually ok if I stop after a couple of bites. But when I can’t tell right away and I eat more than that, it’s only a matter of time before I can feel my eyelids get a little puffy and the headache sets in. That’s what sucks about sunflower seeds. And other food products.

I despise peanuts and peanut oil too; that’s another thing that I really have to watch out for… It used to be that I enjoyed eating all kinds of peanut products, and peanut butter was almost a staple food for me — there’s nothing like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup on a cold day (better yet, grill that PBJ! Yum!) — but not any more.

I discovered my peanut allergy one year around Christmas… I stayed up late one night in Santa-mode, wrapping presents, watching TV and eating salted-in-the-shell peanuts (readily available at the grocery during the holidays.) The next day I was crabby as all get-out. I don’t recall having a headache, but I do remember that even the smallest thing just enraged me. After that I suspected the peanuts and experimented for the next few days, watching for similar symptoms; it was definitely peanuts. I don’t know how to fully explain the Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde reaction, and neither does my doctor, but it’s more than just a little scary. The littlest things will set me off and I can fly into an almost uncontrollable rage.

The last time I remember it happening was after eating a couple of Keebler chocolate chip cookies (where I didn’t read the ingredients); later that day I found myself getting incredibly worked up over stupid little things. Now that I’ve become better able to recognize the symptoms, I can catch it before it gets too bad — taking an antihistamine tablet and some ibuprofen helps immensely. But before I figured out what was going on, I was considering counseling for my anger problem, and I’m sure my wife would’ve been more than encouraging in that.

I’m ashamed to say that it’s those who are closest to me that saw the worst of this malady; I recall times when I would scream and shout at my kids for the stupidest things, punishing them harshly for things that would normally require just a word or two of reprimand. Now that the older two are nearly grown I need to sit down with them and try to explain this to them, and hope they can understand and forgive me. And I do need to ask their forgiveness, because my rages were nearly uncontrollable; the kids would see the worst in me when I knew no one else was around to witness it, and that is what shames me most.

Stupid allergies.

Eating out can be a real crapshoot at time; there’s really no telling what kind of oil they use in their fryers or on their grill or in their recipes. And it’s not just what I eat either… The Ace Hardware store near home always has a batch of popcorn popped near the door of the store, and anybody can get a bag for whatever donation you drop in the cup. Great tasting stuff, that. But eating that popcorn seemed to trigger allergy symptoms for me, and I found that just visiting the store would give me a headache, even when I didn’t eat the stuff. One day while waiting at the checkout, I noticed the bottle of oil someone was using when starting a new batch — peanut oil. That explained a lot.

They have since put up a pathetic little laser-printed sign saying that peanut oil is used for their popcorn, but that doesn’t really help me much because just being in the store can cause a reaction. A while back I bought a canvas tool bag at that store, and it still has a the distinct smell of that store on it, so I make sure I don’t keep the bag too close for too long.

Sometimes it feels like there’s really no safe place for me in this regard; even at work… Sunflower seeds — or “spits” as many call them — are a popular at-work snack food for a lot of people, and a very messy one at that. The eaters pop them in the mouth, suck the salt from the outside, use their teeth to crack open the shell, then pull the slobbery shell out of their mouth & throw it away. When doing that while using a computer, that sunflower oil-infested slobber gets on the keyboard & mouse. A large part of my job involves desktop computer support, and there are a few users whose computers I dread working on because an allergic reaction is almost guaranteed. Makes me want to go in with a rag and cleaning spray. Maybe rubber gloves and respirator would help too.

Allergies really suck.

And the strange part is that some people don’t even believe that allergies are real; they think that it’s psychosomatic. There was a Neatorama post a while back about a kid who is allergic to almost everything, and one of the comments on that post just floored me… The guy basically said that people with peanut allergies are faking it. I scolded him for that and he softened his stance a little, but there really does seem to be this undercurrent of people — people with no allergy problems — who hold the opinion that because they don’t remember hearing about allergies years ago, they are a hypochondriac’s imagined malady. If only that were the case.

I’m still waiting for that miracle medical potion that can alleviate all allergic reactions, but I don’t think it’s coming any time soon. At this point the best I can hope for is the new body that is promised to us when Christ returns. Come quickly!

Hemmings Auto Blog

Filed under: Cars!,Links — dave @ 10:37 pm 2008/07/12

Another site I visit regularly is Hemmings Auto Blog. Always some photos of some great looking cars and interesting stories about them. It’s an offshoot of the ever excellent Hemmings Motor News; the place for buying or selling classic automobiles.

Well worth a visit.

Go, Democrats!

Filed under: Politics — dave @ 9:34 pm

The latest poll from Rasumussen Reports shows that for the first time ever, “The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits.” (link) A mere 9 percent of the American people think the Democrat-controlled Legislative Branch of our Federal government is doing a good job; the other 91 percent of us see things more clearly.

So yeah; do we really need or want to have the Executive Branch controlled by another Democrat for the next four years?

Actually, a low approval rating means that Congress isn’t doing much, and when that happens, it is a Very Good Thing.

The Cheetah

Filed under: Cars! — dave @ 4:17 pm

Here’s another machine that we saw at Automania 2008. What a jaw-dropper!

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When I saw the car at the show, I had no idea what it was. No sign on it, and the owner was talking with some other folks when I was there. I only overheard parts of what he was saying about the car — something about 500-plus horsepower in a 1,500 pound car…

Then earlier this week I was poking around online and at random clicked on an ad in the project cars section at carsonline.com, and ended up at Nickey (with a backwards K), and found this listing for a 1965 Cheetah for sale — same car! And only $99,500.

The Cheetah was commissioned by Chevrolet as a competitor to Carroll Shelby’s Cobra, and was built in limited numbers by Bill Thomas. I won’t attempt to explain the history of the car; others have done that already, and all you ever wanted to know can be found on the Cheetah Wikipedia page and Official Bill Thomas Cheetah Website. Production on the car was pretty limited back in the early sixties, but a kit car version of it has been available for some time, and is still being sold. Not sure, but I think the one at the show was an original fiberglass-bodied version.

It’s a mean looking car in pictures, but the photos really don’t do this beast justice. In person though… Wow.



More photos: KitCarMag.com, BillThomasCheetah.com, Wikipedia, CheetahCars.com, and others.

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