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...

Friday, May 30, 2008

Just a gimmick or more...

Last night I heard an ad for a car sale and the announcer stated "...and just to show that we value our customers we are giving away a fifty dollar fuel gift card with any new or used car purchased. Hurry in now for this limited opporitunity..."

Immediately I thought "Hey Spanky have ya noticed this? ------->

I don't know when the last time you got intimate with a gas pump was, but $50 bucks won't even get me back home from your lot! You better up the deal a little more in my opinion."

“K-BER 101 will be broadcasting live from 10 to 4.” he added.

“blah, blah, blah, blah…”

“And will will have free hotdogs and soda from 11 to 1, So come on down to…”

Holy cow! Now ya got my attention. Free food, entertainment, and a fifty dollar gas card! Sounds like the makin’s of a date. Hunny put on your good shoes ‘cause we goin’ inta town!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Expanding my mind...

All of us just need to get away at one time or another. Some people go for a driver, others listen to music, some presue a hobby, and others grab a book.

My father-in-law is a book freak. He has an immense collection. His collect is so vast it gives me nightmares - literally. I have dreamt that he has passed and willed my wife and her siblings his collection. Her share was somewhere around 350,000 books and I had to move them by boxes of 10! I do not share his passion for the written word. I am not one to read the hot new best-sellers or the all-time classics. Never really have and never probably will. When I need that "peaceful retreat", "brief escape", or just some "me time" I reach for the Calgon, pop in some John Tesh, and grab one of these:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Plain Lorraine...

I would have used "plain Jane" but my mom hates that. So here a few months ago I "rescued" a truck (see previous blog - We've adopted!). It stayed the way the previous owner had it for probably just a few days before I started changing it. I wanted a no frills truck. I kicked around a few ideas with my buddy Randy and soon decided to repaint it what I have come to call "header white". If anyone is familiar with exhaust headers you get the picture. I have also replaced the old black vinyl interior with a factory gray pieces and a rubber floormat. New wheels and tires have already been posted previously. I am still re-assembling the truck, but here is a quick sketch of my vision:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Exes...

Some of mine have been on my mind lately. Don't lie to me you know you think about yours every now and then too! It's human nature. We miss 'em.

The good times and the bad even. Long roadtrips, drive-in movies, dinner dates, long weekends, camping trips to the lake, sleeping together in the park...

Which one do I miss most? Hmmmm, good question. Maybe it was the cheap one, the one that nickel and dimed me to death, the one with a hint of pyromania, or maybe it was the sexy redhead. Ok, ok, it is all of them.

I even miss soapin' them up and given them baths!

Here's a couple of mine...

Monday, May 26, 2008


What more do I need to say.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Peddle power...

Yeah, so I think bikes are cool. And no I don't mean bike - I actually mean "bike". I rode bikes long before I could drive. Shannon and I have been kicking around the idea of getting a couple of cruisers. I still have a mountain bike, but it isn't exactly what you need for the street scene around here.

Today we stopped and looked at a few at a local shop. Crazy! They have them "car / hot rod themed"!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Indiana is back (Part 2)...

So we went and saw it. It was pretty good - not all that I had hoped for though. I really tried not to find out anything about the film until I saw it. If you pay attention to the year and the place in the beginnig, or you remember where they put the Ark in the first film, you pretty much know where the film is headed - at least I did anyway.

I think my biggest disappointment was the ending of the film... just not where I wanted it to go.

I did get to see the '50 Ford though and it was better than I thought. In the opening sequence you see a '32 black highboy roadster barreling across the desert. It finally meets up with an old road where an Army convoy is traveling. The teenagers in the roadster talk the driver of the Army sedan into racing on a two lane highway with on coming traffic!

There was also a gorgeous black Plymouth coupe out front of the University once Indy is back in "teacher" 'guise.

Yeah it was a good time and bonus points that it was free! Go watch it. If not for the story - do it for the cars.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Indiana is back...

I grew up watching the Indiana Jones films. I had Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark action figures and playsets. I dreamed that maybe i could live a life like that - kind of a modern Robin Hood / pirate lifestyle. Now I am older, but I still enjoy the films today. It isn't that they have the best special effects or anything. Infact I kind of enjoy that they look more like a classic "B" flick. It has been almost twenty years since the last Indiana Jones movie was released, and yesterday Shannon told me she scored four tickets to the premire here. She received them in a package that was sent to her. She has no idea how they got her name, but whatever, and as long as they aren't from some freaky cult that is trying to sell us something or gonna dance around naked chanting I think I will be ok with it... Heck, I might even do they dancing thing for free tickets!

Anyhow back to the movie. I wanted to see the movie, but I did not get totally excited until I saw one image in one of the trailers. It may seem a little freaky to ya, but I am a car guy, don't forget that. The image is:

And yeah - I'm talking about the car!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rules of Engagement...

I just have to give a plug for probably my favorite sitcom right now. The CBS show Rules of Engagement. It has two of my favorite actors Patrick Warburton and David Spade. Doesn't hurt that they have also cast Bianca Kajlich, Megyn Price, and Oliver Hudson.

Last night Jeff (Patrick Warburton) went shopping for a birthday present for his wife (Megyn Price) and ended up buying a green '69 Camaro. I thought Shannon was going to pee her pants when he made reference to revving the engine and scaring nerds so bad they fell of their mopeds.

If you haven't seen it check it out on CBS Mondays...

Monday, May 19, 2008

The nephews...

Yesterday we had two of the nephews over - oh yeah and Shane, Sharon and Erin too! For such little people (the nephews - my bro and sis's in law are average height!)it never ceases to amaze me the things that come out of their mouths. Their little minds (once again the nephews - just to be clear) must go a hundred miles an hour. We have a box of toys at our house with things like Legos, balls, hundreds of Hotwheels, etc. Well after about ten minutes of play Owen pulls me aside and this is our conversation:

"Where's the rest of the toys...?" Owen asks me.

"This is it." I replied.

"Ok, where's YOUR room?" he asks.

"Upstairs, why?"

"Cause I bet that's where the GOOD toys are."

Another was when he was trying to talk us into letting him go outside.

"Can I go out there?" as he point to the back door.

"There nothing to do out there." Shannon replied.

"Maybe you could just turn on the water then for me to jump in."

"We can't go out there it is all muddy."

"Oh! So I can jump in mud!" and he ran off to get his shoes...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Britney vs. Ethyl...

For the last year or so I've been wondering what would replace Britney in the headlines. Don't get me wrong I personally have nothing against her, I was just tired of hearing about her marriage, her failed marriage, her divorce, her carwrecks, losing her career, losing her family's support, losing custody, losing her hair, losing her panties, losing her mind, etc. But hey she did gain a freaky British accent...

Well it seems that Britney has been replaced by Ethyl (aka gasoline). Everyone is talking about it. It is on the news, in the paper, at work. It's everywhere. And although it may not look as good dancing with a yellow python or kissing Madonna Ethyl is American's new Britney.

I will admit prices are high, but we had $3/gallon gas in 2000 in CA! Where was the rest of the nation then?

It has affected everyone though. I see so many people walking now. Credit card purchases are up just for gasoline. Bikes are being sold out locally. Motorcycle sales are up from what I hear, and just the other day I saw that the hardcore tattoo artist down the road is driving a Daewoo - you know it is bad when that happens. I am bracing myself for the day when I see the local Hell's Angels chapter burning through town on Vespas!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo...

Now I don't speak a lot of Spanish, but roughly translated it means something like the 5th of May.

Many believe this is the Mexican Independance Day, but in all actuality it is a celebration of when Spanish soldiers defeated the French Army in 1862.

Once again my "cleavage makeup" (see previous post) friend amazed me. Here was a little bit of the conversation we had:

"Hey, how are ya?" I said

"Good, you?" she replied

"Ok, thanks."

"You know what's weird?"


"For like the last 15 years or something my son's birthday has fallen on Cinco de Mayo..."


"Well, I just think it is weird. I have a friend and sometimes her birthday is on Thanksgiving and sometimes it is not."

"Hmmm, go figure."

Sometimes just a smile and a reassuring nod can go a long way.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Dave Fowers "Tikis by Dave shop truck"...

This is a design I did a couple of years ago for a buddy of mine. He had a F-250 Ford that he wanted to build a faux shop truck out of. The truck sports a chopped bed, tonneu cover, "tucked" bumpers, tuck & roll black interior, shaved emblems, and suede apple green paint. Under the hood was an overcarbed FE Ford motor & three pedals in the cab. Wheels would be black steelies with chrome lugs and rings. It also has obligatory door art like any true shop truck would. Even though he sold the truck before it was complete I still wish I could see this one done...

Thursday, May 1, 2008


ok, ok so I turned 'em after countless emails, letters, and calls...

My people can't keep up with it anymore.

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Cleavage makeup...

So there is a female I deal with several times a week with my work, and on several occasions she has removed her cellphone from out of her bra while talking to me. Today while we were talking she did it again. This time though she began to "wipe" the phone on her pant leg. She must have notice the perplexed look on my face.

"What?!? You have to get the makeup off..." she said

"Ummmm, ok." I replied in a puzzled tone.

"Ask your wife - she will understand." she reassured me.

"I don't think so."

"No, really she will tell you all about it."

"I don't know about you, but all my wife ever puts on in the morning is her face..."

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