Saturday, January 22, 2022
Snoop Dog driving in his car, listening to his hit, “The Next Episode ” in a commercial for the Superbowl Half time show, created and directed by F. Gary Gray
all of these musicians are talented, but I only get a kick out of Snoop Dogg. For one thing, he's a fan of cool 1960s cars, and owns (according to the internet) a 66 Pontiac, 67 and 68 Cadillac, and 68 Riviera, for another, my favorite songs he's made are relaxed and chill
learning something new every day, the late 70s Pontiac Esprit sales and marketing effort to make the boring cars that didn't have the Trans Am bird and motor appealing enough to boost sales, was nothing but a color choice
Simply boring, but they chose to call these V6 Pontiacs, a Yellow Bird, Red Bird, and Sky Bird - as no doubt the idea of naming a car a Blue Bird wasn't going to fly. Yes, I said that.
Factually, Blue Bird was already trademarked, probably by the bus company https://cartype.com/pages/2016/pontiac_firebird_sky_bird__1978
photos from https://autopolis.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/1977-1980-pontiac-firebird-esprit-special-editions-birds-of-a-different-color/ but only because I learned of the Sky Bird from https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/curbside-classic-1977-pontiac-firebird-esprit-sky-bird-pretty-bird/
And Curbside found out about the Sky Bird from watching C.H.I.P.s, which had a dozen background cars, which were used in a lot of scenes, just to make it appear that the show wasn't filmed on back lots or empty streets a permit for filming would empty so no bystanders were involved, and one of the background cars was a Sky Bird.
A facebook friend posted this photo of his Great Grandfather Evans at his Steam Engine, back in the 1800's, he was the Engineer
what a great photo (please, ignore the glare) to pass down in the family!
cops spraypainting suspects impounded cars, with swatikas, and smiley faces, colluding with the tow truck company to wind out the clock on the one year statute of limitations for litigation had expired? Yes. The District Attorney has pressed charges, so, there's enough evidence for a conviction of 13 Torrance California police officers
I learned today that Joe Sherlock had already written his goodbye post, it was posted today, here it is, very eloquent
In early December, I suffered a major heart attack and arrived at the hospital by ambulance. Surgery was attempted and was stopped because my other organs were affected. After numerous attempts to increase my blood pressure and organ function, I elected to be given palliative care only and arrived home a week later. I am now in hospice care. My prognosis is grim, so any prayers or good thoughts you'd like to send my way would be appreciated.
Hospice is doing a good job for me and I have lots of family support. While I can't get around without an electric mobility scooter, I am relatively pain-free, although I am taking a bit of supplemental oxygen as I write this.
I can no longer drive or walk more than a few feet without getting winded. Sadly, there will be no more drives for me in my old '39 Plymouth coupe, nor am I able to work the controls of my model train layout.
Most of us do not leave behind lasting markers of our presence on this earth. The garden projects, home remodeling work, business reports, spreadsheets and other little footprints disappear with the passage of time. We can only hope that the good deeds we've done, the lessons and values we've passed along to our children and grandchildren and/or the societal changes we've helped to create will somehow make an impact on subsequent generations.
When one visits the great cathedrals of Europe and marvels at their massive magnificence, a little research will often disclose the name of each master builder. But not much else. Yet, what makes these structures so interesting are the details which reveal themselves upon close examination. The 15th Century artists who carved detailed cornices, lifelike statuary, gilded ceiling bosses and fanciful gargoyles at York Minster are long dead and their names forgotten. But they live on through their work over five centuries later.
This blog is perhaps my version of those gilded ceilings and fanciful gargoyles, and I've asked that it remains available as an archive, including my collection of essays and car drawings.
I sincerely thank those loyal readers who have been 'regulars' at The View Through The Windshield as well as the many who have offered favorable comments and encouragement during my blogging years. I wish all of you the best that life has to offer.
Happy Motoring. God Bless. Godspeed. Joe Sherlock
The Oshkosh Defense USPS carrier beat out two other finalists to replace the long-running Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV) last February, scoring a lucrative contract that’s worth a whopping $6 billion over ten years. In spite of some legal troubles and political opposition, the new Oshkosh Defense USPS carrier is on track to become the next Post Office mail delivery vehicle, and now, a full-scale design model of the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) being unloaded for a commercial shoot has been spotted in Saticoy, California, for the very first time by a Reddit user.
2022 has been rife with celebs dying, and I wanted to memorialize one that no newspaper or magazine, or Entertaintiment Weekly is going to mention... Marlan Davis. Hot Rod's tech editor for most of my life.
honestly, I didn't read many of his tech articles, I'm not that focused on cams, transmissions, and I don't give a shit about Chevy heads.
But damn it, I respect the work. The world was a better place with Marlan deciphering the engine trigonometry and stuff.
Hs started working for Hot Rod as a mailroom gopher in the summer of 77, and spent 42 years focused on everything mechanical, and it was luck that landed his family as the neighbor of Dick Day, publisher of Hot Rod in the late 70s, but it was tenacity and extraordinary work ethic that made him the exceptional stand out in Hot Rod's pool of talented employees.
Fyi, Bob D'Olivio passed away in July 2021
I'm not familiar with him, or his work, but I'm certain many of you are, as he worked for Petersen Publishing from 1951 to 1996
Because he worked for Petersen, and not Hot Rod specifically, he also photograhed for all the magazines in the Petersen Publishing company, who published Guns & Ammo, Teen, Photographic, Skin Diver, and dozens more.
As a result, D'Olivo swam with Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan of movie fame); photographed Sandra Dee and Annette Funicello at home; created scenes for The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Fabian, and more; worked with Zsa Zsa Gabor, Natalie Wood, Lloyd Bridges, James Garner, and Jack LaLanne; and even photographed Ronald Reagan at his ranch post-presidency.
Friday, January 21, 2022
When Florence Ilott began working at the House of Commons in the early 1930s, she learned that the staff there had set a standing challenge: to run across Westminster Bridge in the time it took Big Ben to strike noon. An amateur sprinter, Ilott donned her running gear and on April 14, 1934, became the first person to fulfill the challenge
They all board the train. The MBAs take their respective seats but all three lawyers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, ‘Ticket, please.’ The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The MBAs see this and agree it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the MBAs decide to copy the lawyers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the lawyers don’t buy a ticket at all. ‘How are you going to travel without a ticket?’ asks one perplexed MBA. ‘This time we can’t tell you,’ says one of the lawyers, ‘it’s a professional secret.’
When they all board the train the three MBAs cram into a restroom and the three lawyers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the lawyers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the MBAs are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, ‘Ticket please.’
— Marc Galanter, Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2022
WW2 bombing buried a cake in a German house (which seems to have fell into the basement), and it was just recently discovered , t
Researchers found the eerily preserved artifact in the basement of a home that collapsed following the British bombing raid in March 1942 , which the British carried out in retaliation for a 1940 Nazi bombing raid on the English city of Coventry. What’s left of the hazelnut-and-almond cake includes remnants of nut fillings, as well as a wax paper covering.
With over 7,000 potholes, Oakland’s streets are ranked the worst in America. And city governments, and state elected officials, only make promises, they don't fill potholes. So some great people became the Pothole Vigilantes
in Vladivostok, Russia, during the final days of December 2021, a crowd began to gather around the ironically named Sun Rio, a ship that is registered in Panama. The huge ship, along with all of its cargo, was completely encased in a thick coat of ice.
“When one compares the energy consumed in moving a certain distance as a function of body weight for a variety of animals and machines, one finds that an unaided walking man does fairly well (consuming about .75 calorie per gram per kilometer), but he is not as efficient as a horse, a salmon or a jet transport. With the aid of a bicycle, however, the man’s energy consumption for a given distance is reduced to about a fifth (roughly .15 calorie per gram per kilometer).”
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the U.S. oil benchmark, traded as high as $85.74 per barrel on Tuesday, a price last seen in October 2014.
"Today, a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system was inadvertently sent to wireless devices statewide. The Patrol regularly tests the Blue Alert system to ensure it works properly when needed. During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public. There is no Emergency Alert at this time. The Patrol appreciates the public’s understanding and support of the Emergency Alert program."
Bylines appearing in L&N Employees’ Magazine, a house organ of the Louisiana and Nashville Railroad, in the 1940s:
Railroading Heritage of Midwest America is buying the former National Railway Equipment shop complex, (90 acres large) in Silvis to use for the preservation of historic rail cars and engines, and with the goal to make it largest steam locomotive museum in the US
The 90-acre facility used to be the largest locomotive repair shop of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and once renovated, city and organization leaders think it could be largest steam locomotive museum in the U.S.
Originally, the complex was built in 1902 as a service shop for the Rock Island, Chicago & Pacific Railroad
The Silvis complex includes a wheel shop, warehouse space, and multiple overhead cranes powerful enough to lift steam locomotive engines and passenger cars.
The car has a black interior and fancy aftermarket gauges. It also has a voodoo camshaft sticker (a skull with the word Voodoo underneath) on the rear spoiler.
Detectives believe the people in the photos possible may be related to the theft of the car.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
the civil war locomotive "Texas" was in the war's Great Locomotive Chase in April 1862. Its crew, running the locomotive backward, caught up with Union raiders who tried to destroy track between Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Lotus actually in the underwater scenes of the James Bond movie 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' was found in a storage unit, about bought for a 100 dollars
Back in 1989 a couple in Long Island, New York, paid about $100 for a storage unit without knowing the contents.
The husband was planning to fix the car, but he got a call while hauling it home via CB radio. The man on the other end said, “You know you have a Bond car?” They rented the movie and realized what they had.
After getting the Lotus Esprit authenticated by the original builders, the couple put it up for auction in 2013 at RM Sotheby’s. It was sold to a secret buyer for $997,000. That buyer was Elon Musk.
In 1868 (!) Zadoc Dederick and Isaac Grass patented a steam-powered robot that pulled a cart. They invested $2,000 in a prototype, hoping to mass-produce top-hatted walking servants for $300 apiece.
89-year-old Willie Fulton, recently retired from the Ford Dearborn Stamping Plant after 68 years with Ford Motor Company.
He did not retire at age 65, he kept working another 24 years....
Many people I know haven't worked 24 years, not yet. But he had one job for 68 years. Most people, won't work 68 years.
This is quite amazing, HE is quite amazing.