Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Minnesota Whiskey Plates. Once someone gets a DUI, they get a license plate that starts with W. Black or blue letters, white background. On the vehicle for a year after the conviction

it makes looking at license plates far more amusing.... as the dui types are at their worst when doing something illegal, with a DUI plate proving they make bad decisions.

like parking at a liquor store

I bought my friend a bike pump, and was immensely happy to find it was cooler, better, and easier to use than I thought it would be. It's effing great to be surprised and get more than you paid for

 this is what it looks like when packaged. Not all that impressive.
But I bought it based on the price, and the dual use - it's both a compact hand pump, and a CO2 pump

then it shows up, and I'm okay. Only. See, I forgot after ordering it that it has the pull out flex air line. Ever used a bike pump that is rigid metal, and has no flex air line? Every time you pump air in, you're jiggling your bike around. That sucks. Sometimes you get to over doing it, and your arm movement is too much, and you knock over your bike. We all hate that. Either you have to pick it up, clean off the dirt, or fix scratches, or all 3. Totally sucks, and happens too often. 

But this one is way awesome. I love it. No, I didn't get one for free. I paid Amazon for it. I'm not a big enough deal to get free merch for a puff piece post. I post cause I dig the stuff, like that Dewalt folding work bench... also really cool.   23 dollars, really great reviews 89 ratings, 100% approved!

WTF of the week

there is something evil, or smelly, inside their vent system!

Something wicked this way comes

When all else fails…

worse than just being a bad design, it's also a PT Cruiser

parking like Mr Magoo will get a result

the algae/moss is a good indicator that it's been parked quite a while. License plates are Oregon

excavators in a marble quarry

Rock Saw Excavator

found in the Star Wars Celebration parking lot.

The Kei Tora is a type of small truck used throughout Asia primarily in the agricultural industry, so the ‘Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors’ designated it as a canvas for its annual Kei truck garden contest.

decided that they weren't gonna wait in line and tried to drive over the median

Should have turned right and went up the grass into a parking lot.

it was officially announced last week that Ford has bought Detroit's long-vacant Michigan Central Station and will revitalize it in the middle of Corktown.

The automaker is expected to renovate the train depot and make it the hub of a campus for advanced automotive technology in the Corktown neighborhood.

The three-story depot with attached 18-story office tower has become a convenient symbol for Detroiters and preservationists to both criticize the city’s development practices and celebrate the ability of its unique as-is built environment to inspire the cultural class.

The Beaux Arts-style train station, designed by the same architectural firms as Grand Central Terminal in New York, opened in 1913 as the tallest train station in the world.

Before renovations begin, Ford is offering the public a chance to attend an open house at Michigan Central Station from June 22-24. Highlights of this complimentary tour include:

Exhibit: Curated in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, an open and airy exhibit allows guests to explore the rich history of Michigan Central Station and Detroit through visuals, text and artifacts, while taking in the grand architecture around them. The exhibit includes pieces from local artists who capture the spirit of Corktown today.

Self-guided tour: Visitors will have rare access to the entire first floor of the train station with a self-guided tour that showcases images of what the train station once was, juxtaposed with how it looks today. Documentary preview: Visitors will get a first-look at “Detroit: Comeback City,” a HISTORY documentary that charts the mutual rise, fall and rise again story of Detroit and Michigan Central Station in the words of real Detroiters. The documentary will debut at 9 p.m. eastern July 1 on HISTORY.

Community Area: Ford is hosting community engagements in partnership with the Ford Fund inside the station, highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs and the youth from Corktown. Activities include live mural making with Corktown artists and a student STEAM lab.

more flooding photos

Michigan Tech University's admin bldg... the dorms are all built on higher ground

the above is looking downstream from Mt Ripley, into what was Cynthia's back yard.

the house above, on the right, the light tan one? Cynthia's.

The water first went crashing through her house, and woke her up by knocking over her fridge. That's in the middle of the night... scary as hell to wake up to a flash flood running THROUGH your house

Above is the far side of her house

 This is her back yard, and one of the worst of the flash flood rivers which destroyed her ground level floor, and the below photo is the debris field in her front yard and street, that was all washed down from her back yard

 and below, further downstream, and that house on the right is her house again