Saturday, December 12, 2020
1957 Plymouth Plaza Commercial Utility P-30 station wagon that belonged to the District 3 Chief on the Camden, New Jersey Fire Department. (thanks Steve!)
Steve filled me in on coffee service companies, and in particular, the Boyd coffee company. Thank you Steve!
They tried to compete with by opening Red Wagon coffee shops (named for the color of their trucks), but retail wasn't their talent. They really just wanted to do what they did best - roast coffee and deliver it to a restaurant or an office coffee service.
They had an opportunity to go head-to-head with Starbucks and flat decided not to go in that direction, instead they closed their brick-and-mortar stores and went mobile food truck style. With revenues dropping, in 2017 Boyd Coffee was bought out by…wait for it…longtime rival Farmer Brothers.
In 2018 the Portland facilities were shut down and operations moved to the Farmer Brothers' facility in Texas. Back in the day Boyd liked panel trucks, but later changed to vans:
well friends, it has not been a good day. In fact, 2020 just took a roundhouse swing followed up by kicking me when I was down. So, let me pass along a lesson learned, maybe you can spare yourself the same grief
I forgot to lock my car last night.
so someone either walking their dog as a cover for cruising the neighborhoods while checking for unlocked cars, or someone who lives nearby, decided to help themselves to my stuff. They even opened the hatchback and grabbed my toolbag... that's because I brought it over to a friends to help them with some work, and forgot to take it out of my car for the last couple of days.
and then last night when bringing in two bags of stuff, I forgot to lock my car.
But wait, that's not all. That was the roundhouse punch, then there was the damn kick when I was down.
I decided, this day has sucked, I need a little pick me up, so I went to In n Out to get a double double. Paid for it, and was number 90.
Then sat waiting for them to call my number. They didn't. They lost my damn order "tab" I think he called it.
The guy was nice, you know, when I walked over and asked if they were ever going to call number 90.... he instantly made me one. But still... 15 minutes of waiting, cause you never know what the reason is that they don't always call the orders out in numerical order. So when they called number 97, I got suspicious that something was up.
So, I hope you lock your stuff up and no one steals from you. I'll find out what the insurance company says... but after 4 minutes on the phone with the computer before getting through to a human, while an electrical storm was causing everything I tried to say to need to be repeated, I found out that the stuff stolen from your car gets a claim filed against your renters policy, if you have one, and I do, and not your car insurance.
I'll soon find out just what Allstate is about, and if their slogan about being in good hands will Allstate means anything, or, if they only insure what you have receipts for, as few people have receipts for stuff, and some things were gifts, Hell, I have hundreds of books without receipts, hundreds of blu rays, hundreds of sockets, hundreds of cds, and hundreds of magazines, and hundreds of cassettes etc etc. If they only insure what I have a receipt for, I won't be needing much rental insurance anymore.
Now, after many, many changes in the business, his son Peter (born in 1940) runs the company. Some of the changes cost them customers as larger institutions went for the lowest bidder, as opposed to the best quality. They now no longer supply local hospitals, and only a few nursing homes. They used to be the main supplier of the local school district (hence the advertising photo in the high school yearbook) and even the local jail. Caterpillar, which had been the company’s biggest customer from the 1940s through the ‘70s, had their own in-house people running their cafeterias, and they bought locally (several truckloads a day, in fact). But Caterpillar, most hospitals and school districts switched long ago to mega-distribution companies (think SYSCO
Today the company can still deliver and install “ranges, refrigerators, coolers and other machinery necessary to get a large kitchen up and running.” They can outfit the restaurant front of house as well, with everything from the furniture to the plates and utensils. Then they will happily supply you with the foodstuffs – that being the Nugget brand of canned foods, paper goods, frozen food and produce. Nugget is a high-quality brand that gives you more food (product) in its drained weight, as opposed to its net weight (product plus liquid) than other brands.
Now, for the courtesy car - that is - if you are still reading. The car would belong to the “road salesman” (route salesman) who, as a courtesy, would stop by your office/school/cafeteria/restaurant and check your inventory for you, then write up your order for you – thus sparing you the time and effort. Usually, these route salesmen drove sedan deliveries, and not windowed wagons such as your 2-door 1955 Chevrolet 210 Handyman.
While GOP supplied everything, companies such as Boyd in Portland (coffee and spices) and Farmer Brothers in Los Angeles (coffee and tea), serviced local companies direct. For example, if you had an accounting firm and you offered coffee service to your employees, Boyd or Farmer Brothers would supply your needs right down to the coffee pots, without any employee having to make a store run. If the percolator breaks, give Farmer Brothers a call and you will have a new one delivered within an hour or two, if not faster. Farmer Brothers was established in Torrance, California.
Agustín Aguaviva's v8 Ford rear engined midget was a revolutionary design, so small that in order to sit in the Midget's seat, he had to remove the steering wheel. An engineering feat because at this time, only the Union cars were designed as rear-engined race cars
and this was in Argentina
following the concepts soon to be found impractical, Japan's leading political idiot declares Japan is set to follow the U.K. and California by banning sales of internal combustion engine-only cars by the mid 2030s.
According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is currently weighing up plans to stop the sale of new diesel and gas-powered cars by 2035 as a key part of its plan to become a zero-emissions society by 2050.
Unlike the moron California governor, and the equally imbecilic English tag a long, Japan at least realized that there will be no working electrical supply grid in the event of the very common large earthquake, and instead of declaring electric only, said it would be fine with hybrid only.
Now would be a good time to invest in Tesla's battery making company, or any other company that will be the battery supplier for electric and hybrid cars
17 years of work, 227 bullet holes, and probably a small fortune later, this 32 5 window is better than new
I have posted them hiding by the nozzle, inside the pump
Friday, December 11, 2020
it's getting to annoy me that now that I'm working this new job, I have no time to do deep research posts, no time to post a lot, and very little of the extremely interesting stuff out there is getting posted, because it takes so damn long to find
So if you, too, are noticing a lot less of everything that used to get posted on a regular basis, you're not alone. This blog was a hell of a lot more fun to look at when I had 2 or 3 times as much time to surf the internet to find things for it.
And there's no car shows to go to all this past year, and probably none next year.
We used to be able to count on the LA Roadster Show, the Grand National Roadster Show, some concours de elegance shows, and SEMA...
not this past year, and probably not next year.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Q: You know why there are big tires in back, and small ones in front?
A: Because everything goes faster when it's going downhill. (Dad joke found in a Readers Digest, remember them?)
that must have been a kick in the back to push the button and turn it on