Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dream machine; 49 Woody

1949 Ford Woody - click to enlarge
Photo: Mike Berry, The Wichita Eagle
The Hurley's of Kansas were looking for a "shoebox" Ford.  They wanted a convertible but found this Woody in Maine.  It was love a first sight.
A truly wonderful 8 passenger wagon, now fully restored by the Hurley's is a shining example of 1949.  Of course those of us who were alive when it was new have loved them a long, long time.
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Lot's of wood inside too! - click to enlarge
Photo: Mike Berry, The Wichita Eagle

Friday, November 21, 2014

He could have left well enough alone, I think.

  We might have had a more "peaceful" two years starting in January.  We might have, maybe.  But all that is behind us now as the President seems to have set off a new round of intolerable polarization of political parties.
  Going on nationwide television and radio and daring Congress to act is stupid.  STUPID!  All that will happen now is that Congressional Leadership will begin trying to chip away, word by word, at what the President said, or didn't say.  None of this was done in concert with the Constitution of the United States.  It was done with rancor and with the intent of spreading ill will in the Capitol.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not again!

I did it again this morning,
it happens to me without warning;
sleeping along then a need to arise,
no going back.  It's not a surprise.

Too early in the middle of the night,
and I have nothing to offer in that fight;
just staying awake to do what I do.
Puts a little too much in the old awake stew.

We'll see where this brings us, in our daily plan,
and I hope there's not much because I'm not a fan..
..of being awake at midnight or before one;
but I did it again.  Sun of a gun!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's all in the timing.

This is for Wilbur
  You've probably read about people who have great timing.  They're able to complete some difficult thing or another, or tell a good joke.  I should have listened more closely or watched the thing a little better.  I could use good timing today.
  Peggy has an early appointment at 8, Linda needs to be at an appointment at 10 and me at 10:45.  The timing has to do with driving 15 miles sometime in between the first and second of those.  The reason is that Peggy wouldn't have eaten.
  I'm packing a breakfast for Peggy so I can leave her at the doctors and drive home to pick up Linda and drop her off at one place and go retrieve Peggy.  The rest is just like clockwork.  And people worry that retired people don't have enough to do.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How things appear arond here. Maine the way life should be.

Canada geese in a Cumberland corn field - click
Photo: Gabe Souza, Portland Press Herald
Love Locks on a Portland Wharf - click
Photo: Gordon Chrbroski, Portland Press Herald
Fetch!  at Willard Beach, South Portland - click
Photo: Carl D Walsh, Portland Press Herald
  Just a look around southern Maine, up here in central Maine, it's even better.  Come and join us.

Monday, November 17, 2014

What's the weather like out there?

Part of the aviation weather map - click to enlarge
  What's the weather like where Aunt Elsie lives?  First you need to know a bit of geography and find the airport that's linked to the NOAA weather service.  And, you need to find it on the map, State, City or Town and the location.  Look it up in a place like Google Maps and make a mental note then go to:
and find a reporting station in that general area.  When you find some place close you can click on one of the dots for a very detailed report, or you can "hover" your mouse over the dot for a quick glance.  The detailed report looks like this:
Click to enlarge

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sweet '33 Ford for a couple

The end of the project
Photo: Mike Berry, The Wichita Eagle
  Rex and Denise Sageser teamed up to build the beautiful ride.  It was built from scratch and involved hundreds of hours of hands on work by both of them.
The start
Photo: Mike Berry, The Wichita Eagle
  This was the "end" of the beginning, or the frame and chassis with engine put back together.
Just some of the detail work.
Photo: Mike Berry, The Wichita Eagle
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