That's me, I'm him...

DISCLAIMER: Although I am a car guy this is not solely a car blog. I will talk cars, but this is also a blog about how I view the world. Just ask my mom and she will tell you my first word was "car". I do have a slight fascination with them. Luckily I have a supportive family and a very understanding wife...

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's not just a hunk of metal...

Washington lawmakers are drafting a large economic stimulus package to help create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. They want to include a nationwide scrappage program which would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn-in older cars to have them crushed, as a misguided attempt to spur new car sales. The lawmakers need to scrap this idea.
The stimulus package is being drafted right now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to introduce the bill on January 6 and have it approved by Congress by January 20, so that President Obama can sign it into law after he is inaugurated.

Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi IMMEDIATELY To Oppose Cash for Clunkers!

Call: 202/225-0100
Click here to send an electronic message:
Talking Points
Oppose the Use of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars for Cash for Clunkers
• I am [calling/writing] to urge lawmakers not to include a “Cash for Clunkers” provision in the economic stimulus bill. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a "minimal" payment to purchase a new car. This is a misguided attempt to spur car sales and claim that the country’s air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.

• “Cash for Clunkers” programs threaten enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. The programs also risk destroying classic, historic and special-interest vehicles, our American heritage.

• Cars turned in for scrappage often barely run, or are rarely-driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy or emissions.

• “Cash for Clunkers” programs will reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers. It will also compete with the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart and other charities that rely on vehicle donations to raise money.

• “Cash for Clunkers” ignores better policy options. If Congress wants to act, support for repair and upgrade is a better choice and a win-win for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and repair shops. Significant emissions and fuel economy improvements can be achieved in older vehicles through relatively simple and inexpensive means: repaired/replaced exhaust systems, tune-ups, etc.

• We hope we can count on you to reject “Cash for Clunkers.” Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dream car of the week...

Billy F. Gibbons phantom '50 Ford three window coupe. Black paint, cooper interior, and a 312 T-bird Y block motor set this one apart. This thing would still be just as cool in my opinion sporting it's factory roof:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

I swear...

I know I have been on Christmas overload the last couple of weeks, but I promise more cars tomorrow...

Merry Christmas...

Be safe, and spend the day with those you love the most about. And I'm not talking about the car out in the garage... maybe.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

First day before Christmas cartoon...

It was too hard to just pick one:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Third day before Christmas cartoon...

Monday FREE ad...

FREE: One mixed tape. I made this for a girl "back in the day". It is a grey / tan Memorex recordable audio cassette with black and orange lettering. It features classics from Lionel Richie, Meatloaf, and John Tesh. It didn't work to well for me - obviously - but you may have better luck with it.

As always this is FREE so you will need to arrange pickup. Leave me a comment if interested.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

High octane Christmas tree...

These little jewels, and a few others, are available from Summit Racing.

Fourth day before Christmas cartoon...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fifth day before Christmas cartoon...

A different Christmas poem...

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

'What are you doing?' I asked without fear,
'Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!'
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said 'Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
'It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,'
Then he sighed, 'That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.'
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.'

' So go back inside,' he said, 'harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.'
'But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
'Give you money,' I asked, 'or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.'

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
'Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.'

Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.
Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead,
who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sixth day before Christmas cartoon...

Dream car of the week...

Bob McCoy's 1940 Ford:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tenth day before Christmas cartoon..

Monday FREE ad...

FREE: Belly button lint. I seem to have an abundance of it. If you have an "outtie" and can't seem to produce your own I am willing to share. The good news is since this is an ongoing operation I will be able to help more than one person out!

As alway this is FREE so you will need to arrange pickup. Leave me a comment if you're interested.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Eleventh day before Christmas cartoon...

Please read - seriously...

From Cherokee's blog:

As of February 10, Knuckleheads Clothing and thousands of others in the children's industry will be deeply affected financially and or will be out of business.

Remember the outcry last holiday season over lead in imported toys? In order to combat such safety issues, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has passed legislation called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The law sets stringent guidelines for children's products containing lead and phthalates (a chemical used in some vinyl products).

It is supposed to go into effect February 10th, 2009, and after that date any product intended for children ages 12 and under must meet these guidelines, and have a certificate of compliance from a CPSC-accredited laboratory. This includes not just toys, but clothing, jewelry, blankets, sheets, books, bibs, strollers, carriers, and anything else that a child under 12 might come in contact with. Sounds great, right?

In theory, maybe. But in actuality the law is so far reaching that it may succeed in turning the economy upside down. For starters, the CPSIA requires end unit testing on every product intended for use by children under 12. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to do this testing, regardless of how small the business. That means that manufacturers (like myself ) will have to pay to get every different product they offer tested. These tests have to be done at a CSPC accredited lab, and cost tens of thousands of dollars. For example if you offer 3 different types of dresses. Each dress contains 2 different fabrics, as well as buttons, and thread, so that's potentially $600 to test one dress. But if you have 3 or more styles, that's $1800. And when you get a new bolt of fabric, you need to start all over again.

At present, there are no exemptions for small businesses and "micro" manufacturers and most handcraft artisans. There is no exception for quantities made, where the garments/products are made or anything else. Nor is there an exception for unadorned fabric components, unfinished wood components, materials which, by their nature, are free of lead and phthalates.

Also, the Act takes a "guilty until proven innocent" approach, which would treat a handmade, unfinished wooden toy that doesn't meet the certification deadline of 2/10/09 as a "banned hazardous substance" which would be illegal to distribute in this country. Each infraction carries a $100,000 felony charge. This legislation is also retroactive for any pre-existing inventory as of February 10th, 2009. This means that everything on the shelves in those big (or small) stores will also be "banned, hazardous substances" - contraband.

Larger corporations that can afford testing will incur thousands, maybe millions of dollars in fees, and this expense will be handed down to the consumer, probably making the prices for children's products go through the roof.

This also means that after that date, even selling your kids old things on eBay or Craigslist will be illegal. Charities will not be able to accept donations without a certificate of compliance either. February 10, 2009 is being dubbed "National Bankruptcy Day" by many people in the apparel and toy industry. If this legislation is not amended, it will affect everyone from port workers to parents looking for legal products. Billions of dollars worth of children's products will have to be destroyed because they can't be legally sold, and this will cause major environmental problems.

While I am all for higher safety standards and keeping our kids safe, this law is so overreaching as to put thousands on manufacturers of children's products out of business -hurting our economy and causing even more loan defaults. Though this legislation was well-intentioned, it cannot be allowed to stand as is.

Please help us defend the American dream and our entrepreneurial spirit! This law affects every stay at home mom trying to help put food on the table and every grandmother knitting blankets for the local craft fair. It makes the thousands of us who have found a niche in the burgeoning handmade market have to make a tough decision - continue to produce items illegally and possible incur a $100,000 fine, or close up shop and maybe not be able to pay the mortgage this month. Please help us!

Contact your Congressperson using this link:

It only takes 30 seconds!

If you have an extra minute send a hard copy of the letter as well!
To sign the online petition:
Read more about it here:

Please copy and paste this on your blogs, we need all the help we can get!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Twelfth day before Christmas cartoon...

Let's count down the twelve days before Christmas with a random Christmas cartoon each day...

Friday, December 12, 2008

And, I still wanna shoot you...

I hit on this awhile back, and the desire is still there. Let me know if you will let me.

Yeah, I shot her...

As I stated earlier this year it has been over a decade and a half since I formally photographed someone. Not that I do not enjoy taking pictures of people - the opportunity just never presents itself.

Well yesterday as I was helping Shannon with a bridal session I snuck in for sometime behind the camera. I don't know if I am quite up to par with her yet, but hey i don't think they're that bad...

I did take more than these shots, but I won't bore you with all of them - for now.

And thanks to Julie for putting up with me.

Dream car of the week...

Ed Roth's Mysterion:

I would even settleDave Shuten's for recreation:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Buy it...


Or come by and we can still go see it in the theater!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday FREE ad...

FREE: I have three "single" socks. One is solid white, one is white with grey toe and heel, and one is white with HANES embroidered in the toe area. These are perfect for someone who may need a mate for a lonely sock. I do not believe they are big enough to use a Christmas stockings.

As always these are FREE so you will need to pick up. Please leave me a comment if interested before my mother claims them and tries to turn them into rags.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dream car of the week...

This week's dream car is actually a painting by Keith Weesner. I am totally in love with this lil' roadster:

Heavy gold flake, white firewall, grill insert, and tuck 'n roll. Pie crust slicks mounted up on Radirs and a full dressed chromed out Hemi - what's not to love?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Holy gas mileage...




Tough economic times have reached everyone - including Bruce Wayne's alter ego... Looks like Gotham's darkest is no longer as dependant on foriegn oil, can use the "compact" stall in the parking garage, and even the car pool lane even when the Boy Wonder is back at the cave sick...

Lookin' back...

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