Friday, October 19, 2018

Respect to the hero of the day! Dalton Shaffer, of Steve’s Pizza in Michigan, drove more than 200 miles to Indiana to deliver a terminally ill man his favorite pizza.

25 years ago we lived in Battle Creek, MI. We were young and money was tight but every pay day, Rich would pick up Steve's Pizza for dinner. I can't possibly describe how delicious this pizza is - but several moves and all these years later, it is still the gold standard and we've never found a better pizza yet. Rich has frequently critiqued other pizza as "good but, it's no Steve's."

They moved to Indianapolis. Recently Rich landed in ICU for five days where he learned that his valiant cancer battle was coming to an end.

Rich is spending every minute reminiscing and visiting with family and friends.

The topic of that fantastic pizza must have came up, because his father in law contacted Steve's Pizza and spoke to Dalton and asked if the shop might send a friendly text or card to us.

Dalton asked what kind of pizza we wanted (by the way, Steve's doesn't deliver) and left after he closed the store. And so at 2:30 AM, Dalton rolled into the driveway, left the car running and delivered two extra special pizzas.

Dalton brought the best pizza in the world - at a really difficult time. While "thank you" hardly seems adequate - from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Dalton from Steve's Pizza in Battle Creek, MI for making your epic middle of the night pizza delivery!

There are heroes and great pizza among us my friends... and I'm thrilled to let you know about it.

the Gimli Glider

 July 23, 1983 an Air Canada 767 ran out of fuel and attempted to land at the Gimli Air Force base, what they didn't know was that the base had been closed and the runway converted to a race track.

When the plane touched down the nose wheel collapsed and it skidded down a guard rail installed in the middle of the runway during the race track conversion.

The pilots stood on the brakes and she came to a halt, blowing two tires in the process. What could have been a major disaster ended with only 10 minor injuries to people using the emergency slides.

Young people... can be so damn stupid. Wanna read how stupid? How about the NASA intern that was given the job, and lost it before finishing the celebration tweet?

the college student who just got the news of winning the internship with NASA tweeted "Everyone shut the fuck up.............I got accepted for a NASA internship"

and out of no where someone replied with a recommendation to not use swear words about this.

That wasn't in line with the (I just won the lotto of career beginning) happy exuberance, so, Naomi responded harshly to the stranger who was on her own page, and not on NASAs.

well... if you were at sea, in the engine room, and you were surrounded by friends who are just as young and wild as you are... that's an acceptable response.

But... when you are on the internet, Twitter specifically, anyone at all can join the conversation. You really can step in the deep shit fast. It's even a good idea to find out who you are talking to. But... Naomi didn't. Not quite. Homer Hickam was gracious though, and volunteered this info:

Which still isn't exactly conveying the info that really is meaningful, after all, there are people on the National Space Council who probably don't matter very much (Tim Ellis, Dean Cheng, Tory Bruno, and Newt Gingrich for example Homer isn't one of them.

He's a highly admired and decorated Vietnam Vet, who then became an engineer at NASA. (and a famous book writer, and one book was made into the 1999 movie October Sky with Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, and Laura Dern, it's his biography - basically)

Homer H. Hickam, was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia where his father thought his fascination with rockery was foolish, and fought him ceaselessly about it, but Homer kept at it and learned everything about rocketry.

 He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering.

Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Hickam was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama, and Germany. He began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer.

During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission.

Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.

In 1984, Mr. Hickam was presented with Alabama's Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a rescue effort of the crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. Because of this award, Mr. Hickam was honored in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic Torch through Huntsville, Alabama, on its way to Atlanta.

 Mr. Hickam has received many awards and honors. Among them are the prestigious University of Alabama's Clarence Cason Award and the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award for his memoirs and fiction. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Marshall University.

NASA managers who are paying attention to what Homer does on twitter noticed the #NASA that one of her friends used in the tweet storm, and fired her. She hadn't even had a party since getting the good news, but had already insulted a guy who tells NASA what to do, so, effectively their boss... and a very admired retired NASA engineer, and Army vet.

But, he kept his cool, as you'd expect, and replied:

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.

a pile of junk was put back together into a TT, not running, just yard art, but so much better!

a masterpiece of painting

1904 Brilliet Brown

the Tennessee T's "Not for Sissies" Tour.

Chevrolet built 15,000 of these Novas into police cars by fitting them with Z28 engine and suspension parts at the advice of former Motor Trend staffer (and reserve L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy) John Christy

Most of them went to California law enforcement agencies. When their service was complete many of these cars were sold to film studios, and most of those were destroyed in movies and TV shows. A man who runs a 9C1 registry, who goes by Alex, figures that just 20 have survived.

This one was bought at auction by a film editor who garaged it for 34 years

the rare “liquid tire chain” option in the trunk. “Only 200 or so Camaros got that option,” he says, “and maybe only two COPOS had it.”

homebuilt lookalike Lakewood traction bar to replace the originals that went missing in the years since this 1969 Chevelle first was tearing around the streets

I don't see what this traction bar is going to accomplish... but then, I'm a mopar guy, they were engineered better and didn't need, nor could they benefit from (as far as I've ever seen in 30 years of owning one at a time) a set of traction bars.

Don't misunderstand, I know what its SUPPOSED to accomplish, but from this photo, I don't see how it mechanically, physically, does anything the boxed swing arm doesn't

Thursday, October 18, 2018

just how much a car means to it's homeless owner it was stolen from, and to a scum sucking creep who wants to profit off a 200 dollar car, can be understood by reading this short, amazing article (A serious WTF of the month)

Summed up, the homeless woman who lived in the car, with help from a legal aid service, won in court a couple times, but the tow truck (Dick's Towing, I shit you not) impound yard scum slurping bastard wasn't giving up.

The two sides had incredibly filed 21 different pleadings totaling more than 300 pages. The judges saw this whole matter simply, her car had been stolen, recovered... and the tow truck mfer wasn't going to win.

After a grand total of 369 days, 22 hours and 51 minutes to extract her car from tow-company hell, Amanda Ogle was given back her vehicle. But not the title.

All over a 91 Camry

This happens to be the city of Seattle’s official tow partner.
Seattle is an accomplice with a company willing to charge homeless people car-storage fees higher than the average apartment rent.

Years ago the newspaper wrote columns about an $800 tow and how Seattle was the price-gouging Wild West of towing.  Politicians rushed in and passed new ordinances and state laws, then proclaimed they had fixed it all?

Take it from Amanda Ogle: They didn’t.

take a look at this New Zealand logging truck that Transpress NZ posted today! (thanks Steve)!

expensive way to pull out the shrubs

I bet he backed out of a parking spot onto it... and will regret that a lot when he gets the bill for the damage

maybe they are trying to evade their stalker, or their ex... or their crazy room mate? But the blue van and black hatchback are up to something strange

Day 2 1969 Camaro was left looking very 1970, with only 27k miles

the 1st owner had it 2 years, the 2nd owner kept it 2 years, and th 3rd owner has had it ever since

morning radio traffic reporter names

Eunice Versaljoint
Ann Tenna
Lisa Nucar
Ruth Sixtysix
Juan Myleanaer

Whoa... check out this mid 30s Chevy car transporter moving Buicks from Detroit to Indiana

the car bumpers are just above the trucks fuel tank, behind the car's wheel

this trailer in particular... I don't think I've ever seen before. It's like they were a step away from making the full size transporter, but at this point were good with keeping the pivot point in the middle of the load for getting around small town streets

here's another odd trailer set up

Andrew Fare has an interesting method for making partly colored old photos pop as art.

this has a large gap between the expectations implied by the advertised name and hood ornament... and the car

still out there in Big Sky country for the past 50 some years

one of the famous La Carrera Panamerica Lincolns on the hauler after a crash

some factory Dodge van for use in the race track pits

Eddie Pagen - Darlington 1958 - he came out of this with crash with only a broken nose and black eyes

dune buggy? beach buggy? Doodle bug? Jalopy? Not a lot of leg room in whatever it is!

With nearly 60 teams on the entry list for this weekend’s Lake Superior Performance Rally, every class is stacked with talent.

#25 Seamus Burke/Martin Brady // 1977 Ford Escort MkII (Group 5)

Burke and Brady are regularly among the fastest competitors in Rally America, and won the 2WD battle in their most recent race at Southern Ohio Forest Rally in May by just over two minutes ahead of Michael Hooper and Alison LaRoza. Their vintage Escort was within three minutes of an overall podium at SOFR.

#82 Mike Hurst/Susi Little // 1974 Ford Capri (Group 2)

One of the most respected figures in the North America rally community, Hurst returns to Rally America action for the first time since Sno*Drift Summer Rally, where he posted the best 2WD time for the second year in a row. This time out, he’ll be joined by Little, who competed with Paul Johansen at SDSR.

The official 2018 Lake Superior Performance Rally spectator guide  is now available! Featuring 20 pages of content, it’s got everything you need to know about watching next weekend’s Rally America National Championship event. Stage and spectator access information is in there

Holy shit that is a lot of Subarus! Damn! For a race that isn't sponsored by Subaru, they sure are getting a hell of a lot of drivers to buy Imprezas and WRX STIs!

Found after 60 years in the workshop of a mechanic, a De Dion Bouton bike with a Motobecane engine and 20" Wooden Propeller

sewing machine tractors

I just stumbled across a petroliana Facebook page "Garage Antique Déco"