At the Intersection of Awesome and Buick: Ecurie Ecosse's Tojeiro-Buick

It was the first occasion I realised just how good Jackie Stewart was. On our first lap he accelerated hard out of the last corner on to the main straight and the Tojeiro was hitting close on 140 mph when we hit the bump which was right on the start and finish line. There was an almighty crash and the Tojeiro actually left the ground by a few inches and then came down on the track again with a wollop and clearly the weight of an extra passenger had made all the difference.” – Graham Gauld


The Tojeiro-Buick came out of a successful and stored collaboration between engineer and race car designer John Tojeiro and the famous Scottish privateer racing team Ecurie Ecosse, which had previously produced some seriously tweaked Jaguars loosely based on the D-type but with bespoke chassis. A few years and a few specials later, Tojeiro designed the -Buick, which was originally fitted with a Coventry Climax FPF motor and called the EE. With a Buick 215 subsequently hung out back, the T-B was apparently a brutish racer, definitely not the cream of the Ecosse team. Nonetheless, it’s a reasonably pretty car (at least from the front, where it resembles the hauntingly stunning Jaguar XJ13), and it was raced by Stewart himself and is eligible at Goodwood. And it’s for sale, POA, at Anamera (which is my new favorite addiction).
Follow the link below for the rest of Gauld’s memories of the lairy Tojeiro-Buick.
Initial quote courtesy of the Ecurie Ecosse website.

52 Comments

  1. What a pretty car, at least from the front. If one were to magically appear in my driveway I think I could manage to live with the unfortunate ass-end. You don't look at that while you're driving anyway.

    1. Hello MZS! How is your day? It's been very very windy all day here. Mother Nature really wants it to rain! I think it's amazing that you got to see the former Indian President! That must of been amazing! I looked at The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), And that place looks incredible! So I kinda have an idea that you mash space particles together all day among other science stuff? Sounds like fun 😉
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    2. szm, msz, rtd…..Very neat on meeting the former Indian President! I met the President of the PTA once. 😉
      It sounds like you've been busy and also had the flu again, and of all times to have ridden your bicycle. Did the family pass it around? The flu, not the bike.
      I had a super busy Monday and Tuesday, but today is a little more normal (whatever that means), and I can catch my breath.
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    3. zms, mzs, ufo…..Were you able to get any pics of the Indian ex-President? I think that would be fascinating.
      I just talked to a girlfriend in Colorado Springs. She said she just saw an older Volkswagen with a surfboard on the roof, both the same color. The driver was a hippie-looking guy with long hair and a beard. I wish she could have gotten a pic of it. That's hilarious!
      Thanks for the telephone paging message. Those guys are toooo funny.
      Have a good evening!
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    4. mzs…
      That's some exciting stuff! Luckily, because of the "Ask A Physicist" segment on io9 I was able to understand some of what they were talking about in those two discoveries. It's amazing to me how much we have been learning in the last 100 years, and also how strange the universe keeps becoming.
      A chance to meet a (former) foreign leader must have been very exciting! It's interesting hearing you talk about his peacefulness. I'm definitely not familiar with Indian culture but I always seem to take leaders as being aggressive so it's interesting to hear you speak of him.
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    5. Good morning Skaycog,
      See told you you're more than a meme! Do you know my daughter watches TV upside down. I don't get it, but that's her favorite way to sit on the couch. I don't care much for connotations like VW is hippie, though I am guilty of some like SUV is cellphone-distracted-soccer-mom-going-to-run-me-over-on-my-bike. The guys I see with old VW though, they tend to have beards, that's one thing that sticks out to me, at least the ones at car shows.
      Anyway I did have a camera, he walked very close by to me, but there was some security and I was worried to pull something out of my pocket and point it at him suddenly. In fact we were not supposed to talk about this, it was supposed to be announced Monday morning, but Friday evening already there was speculation and it was finally emailed to us, but not circulated outside of the lab, for example the list of talks omitted it. See he was president when India became a nuclear power, there are some people that are upset about that. Anyway, here's a picture of him, he's in the middle: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/images11/Dr.Kalam_O… The guy without much hair is the director of the lab, the guy with more hair on the right is Leon Ledderman, former director and Nobel prize winner.
      Have a good one,
      7256

    6. Hi Tower,
      Email notifications have not been working for me recently, and it looks like we commented at the same time! Anyway I had a friend from India until he moved back. He described to me a certain kind of old man, one that would sit shirtless under the shade of a tree with friends smoking and eating mangoes while discussing politics or just plain gossiping. I could imagine this former president doing that, or maybe writing poetry during such times. Also I think pacifism is more common to find in India, a very pragmatic sort. I saw the same in Japan.
      About the Higgs thing, twitter and facebook comments are making it seem now that with more data, the bump disappears: http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2011/04/atlas-shr… There has been a lot of discussion, even here, about ethics regarding this: http://gordonwatts.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/the-e… I'm worried it was someone with an axe to grind that leaked this. I hope the post docs are not harmed because of that in their careers. I just hope it was somebody really excited and stupid that wanted to get the word out.
      Compare to how fermilab handled the recent bump that may or may not be of significance later as more data comes in. I'd say over all Fermilab is much more free about talking about mistakes, but the researchers here do a much better job of keeping things to themselves until just about before they should. CERN groups have done this a few times before and it's harmed them, so for example when they have problems they are so bad PR averse they try to keep it internal or worse blame others. Recently that had been improving, but I worry about this may make things take a step back.
      It's important to keep in mind that physicists are human, and in fact a lot of young ones who do all the work really are very A type personalities and want others to recognize them. I noticed that a smaller percentage of mathematicians and statisticians are like that. So it's interesting for example to compare what the physicists write in comparison to what's on the "Not Even Wrong" blog.
      Have a good one,
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    7. szm, msz, aol…..I imagine that when I was Michelle's age, I liked to be upside down too……anything to be different.
      I understand about not pulling out a cell phone or camera with any dignitaries, actually. That's a day you'll remember forever, in a good way.
      The tornado devastation in Alabama is so sad. My heart goes out to those people. I've visited a friend in Texas during the month of April several times, and a couple of times, there was a tornado warning. Once, they had me put my car from their front driveway into a building in back. The winds were so high that they knocked a huge tree over onto the driveway where my car had been sitting. I think I'll try a different month to visit from now on.
      Happy Thursday!
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    8. szm, zsm, ira………I'm so glad it's Friday! I'm so glad that wedding is over too! I have a girlfriend from England, and she kept emailing me all sorts of things about the wedding that I could have cared less about. I had my fill just by watching the national news every evening.
      What's up for you this weekend? Since you got your lawnmower running better, does that mean you're going to mow?
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    9. Hi Skaycog,
      I hope Aga mows instead, vacuuming is more my thing. But yes we had at least 4 days in a row of rain, so the grass is long. I like when she mows, she gets all sweaty, wears shorts, and then comes in to cool down with a cold drink 🙂 It's like those old 7-Up ads, ahh. Anyway I noticed this morning a weather story on jalopnik yesterday, no assembly of stormies though, dang… Here's good news though, 203.4lb! Anyway that's where I was before I put on the pounds this winter, I am staying always under 205 like it used to be the case. I wonder, should I get serious again? I think I should, but it's hard to lose weight, surprisingly so. Also food is so tasty, we've learned that here 😉
      The weekend plans are that Jake and I have soccer. Then also we have a party at my parents' place for my father, belated big birthday party (he was on vacation, then we had a mini when he came over one time). My mom likes to throw big parties, so I assume lots of guests. Well you already know our family needs little excuse for a party. Then Jake has swimming. Other than that just relax and chores.
      Racin is hoping to race, wish him luck! First time out with new engine and suspension setup.
      Have a good one,
      7262

    10. msz, szm, dod………I'd rather mow than vacuum, and I say that because I gotta vacuum today. After my coffee, I shall do just that before I run errands.
      I went to dinner last night at Italian restaurant (my favorite) and had my steak, baked potato and salad. That's the ultimate meal for me.
      With summer approaching, you should be able to maintain your weight with all your activity…..like bicycle and vacuuming. 😉
      I do wish Racin luck with his new engine, etc.
      Have fun on this Saturday!
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    11. Hi Skaycog,
      Doggie door is done:
      <img src="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228150_661505450640_2912893_35011304_7369211_n.jpg"&gt;
      There were some garage sales this weekend. Yesterday a neighbor gave-up on selling some of the doors from inside his would, I think this one was from the pantry. I snagged it, put the doggie door in the bottom. I still have a bit to do to make it even more wind tight, but it will do for now. I also got the wrong color stain, so I will try that again later too.
      I did mow the lawn, I also stained the walls around the hot tub. Was a busy weekend. But get this, Aga saw a raccoon go under our front porch, and a door fell off of one of our sheds. Plenty of work coming-up 🙁 Racin has bad news, still not sure exactly what happened, I'll let him tell you himself.
      Have a good one,
      7264

    12. zsm, zms, blm…….That's a nice looking doggy door you have there. Does Max use it yet? So you did the mowing. Who vacuumed?
      What will you do about the raccoon? He probably heard about the new doggy door and wanted to try it out.
      What happened to Racin's car? He has sure had some bad luck with it.
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    13. Hi Skaycog,
      I just spoke with Aga, Max is still scared of the doggie door. I think he thinks it's a trap, or he does not understand that it opens when he goes through. We have to be on either side and lift it for him to use it. It has magnets on the bottom that keep it closed, it makes a sound that is bugging him. I guess we just give it more time. The raccoon, oh man that is going to be a job. So we wanted to redo the landscaping on our house. At that point we would dig-up the ground in front of the concrete pad as the floor of the porch. I have some metal chicken wire like stuff I was going to use there. Some neighbors had trouble with chipmunks and squirrels. When I fixed the lock to their bedroom door they gave me the left overs. But this year with all the uncertainty at work, we decided that the vacations are enough spending. So we put it off. Drat, now I will have to dig the ground up and hope the raccoon leaves. Then put that wire down and fill it back up. I wonder now if we will or will not landscape, depends on how much it will cost, maybe we can only do the portion in front of the porch.
      Oh nobody vacuumed here and I'd rather Racin tell you himself, because just polite and also I really don't have the full scoop yet either. He wrote that the engine seized, but I gather his engine more just stopped three laps in on qualifying. It's really frustrating and it could be very serious or not. Anyway it was very nice to meet with my family again .Aga, Michelle, and I took a walk. I ate a ton but am still 203.2lb. Kevin went with my dad to watch the movie Soul Surfer, very nice famil;y film apparently, did some outdoor playing with all the kids, and planted a tree with Kevin.
      Have a good one,
      7266

    14. @MZS: Sounds like you had a very full day! Oh and who is Racin'? and I have another question, What is Portal 2? like what's it about?
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    15. mzs, msz, byob……I hope Max gets used to his door after all the work you've put into it. Surely, there's a way to train him to use it.
      I haven't talked to Racin since the end of the game, and I don't see him commenting all that much. But I don't have time to read all the posts either.
      Have a good evening.
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    16. Hi BB!
      Good to hear from you! How are you and your family doing? Today was Kevin's first baseball game. He did really well, improved a lot from last time.
      Racin is a person from jalopnik. I think he 2was one of the original stormies as well. He lives in the same town that my uncle does. We've become friends in the real world as well as online. He has a circle dirt track racer, open wheeled modified class, G73. He also has a step daughter that is close to age with Michelle my daughter.
      <img src="http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/27965_10150182222355046_540820045_12185447_3264980_n.jpg&quot; width="500">
      I always have a hard time with video game descriptions, I never want to spoil a game. Basically Portal is a first person shooter, but you get a gun that shoots orange and blue portals onto white painted walls. Then you can travel from on to the other, like a worm hole or something. All your momentum is conserved in the jump. So it ends-up being like a puzzle platformer. The neat thing is that you are a test subject and a computer is putting you in test chamber after test chamber. You need to figure-out how to get from the start to the finish without getting killed. But an interesting things happens as you play, and I do not want to spoil the surprise, just I will say things are more than they seem. If you explore a bit during the puzzles you encounter hints about the big spoiler before you get to it. And then it's like a completely separate game after that suddenly.
      Portal 2 expands on that, it now has gels as well that alter the physics in addition to the portals. It also has a 2 player cooperative mode where you are robots. It also has two big spoilers that are even better than the first plus the best part is when you feel you have time traveled to the past and are playing in the '50s, '70s, and '80s (you haven't they are clever). In this second game there is a part that feels very much like the game Half Life if you ever played that, I don't want to spoil anything again, but oh man there's more to it than I thought at first. Both games have a very peculiar humor as well which really makes them memorable. The games have been released for computer (in a box), steam (computer online download), and PS3. The forst game came in a package called the Orange Box that had a bunch of games in it, really a great value, though I don't play those games as much. It has some Half Life Episodes, and a Team Fortress which is like a comical shooter, like if you ever played Golden Eye on N64, but it tries to be more funny where everyone looks all cartoonish and there is an oddball humor basically lampooning the genre.
      Have a good one,
      7269

    17. Hi Skaycog,
      Maybe I should call animal control, but what's the fun in that? Max still has not mastered the door, dang. Here's the bad news:
      <img src=http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/215909_10150577573190046_540820045_18293613_8369924_n.jpg" width="500">
      You should not be tearing apart an engine dirt splattered everywhere like that. It's not a good sign. Racin wrote that on the third lap the engine seized. Now I think he meant more stopped suddenly. They still do not know what was the cause, they thing maybe the cam. If I understood correctly they turned the engine over to see if the rockers moved with the valves, so that could not be a seized engine then. I think he'll know better when he takes it some place. He was running really well before though, keeping pace with a guy that made it into the final. Drat.
      Good night,
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    18. mzs…
      That is quite the nice doggie door you built there. Hopefully that raccoon doesn't go testing it out, although it looks like you accounted for that with a clever sliding apparatus. Got a lot of work to do here still, I'll try and get some better reply's in later today!
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    19. Hi Tower,
      Don't feel any pressure, did you hear about the levees near Cairo IL? They blasted them recently.
      Hi Skaycog.
      Thanks for the good link, we might have to do something like that. I did not even think to not do the ingress soon after the egress, that Max would think he did something wrong if we made him return right away. I hear d back from Racin that he will use a different builder. Also those black things I assumed were some hoses, those are bent push rods I now thinkg, whoa!
      Have a good one,
      7273

    20. zms, smz, mta……Bent rods….holy cow! I feel so bad for Racin….he tries so hard and really loves the dirt racing.
      It has been a great Taco Tuesday! I have never won COTD before…….I'm ecstatic! It was a pretty cool picture.
      I hope you had a good day. Tomorrow is Hump Day! I can't believe how fast time goes.
      Have a great evening!
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    21. Good morning Skaycog,
      I can't believe you never won before, you certainly had a lot of great ones. I never have, but I never was a very good commentator. One time Ash replied to me that he thought a joke I made was headed for COTD, that felt great. I saw that some old faces showed-up to congratulate you, that must have been nice!
      Have a good one,
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    22. $kaycog…
      Congratulations on COTD! A very appropriate answer. I got a kick out of the comments too. Watch out for that scotch though!
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    23. mzs…
      That's a bummer about Racin's car. I hope he can get everything sorted and get back out there.
      I did not hear about the levee being blasted and just read up on it!It just sounds like a bad situation. Dubuque had their 5th highest water level ever recorded but luckily they have a pretty substantial flood wall so there was no water in town. I feel pretty bad for those farmers and I hope that they get reimbursement for their sacrifice.
      Back to work for me!
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    24. Hi Skaycog,
      Yeah I wish they had kept their mouths shut. I just emailed some people and also I sent 'messages in a bottle' to some facebook people. I also asked Dearthtair to get the word out because he has many people that follow him on facebook and he did so everything went really splendidly! I'm glad it made you feel great! In fact I wonder now if tempesjo was playing a little word play in this congrats to you based on what another Wisconsinite wrote on FB… That guys clever and funny. I know I was when I wrote 'faces' and not 'names.' I was not so clever and funny.
      Hi Tower,
      I think he will but in June I believe he wrote. The guy really loves racing though, so you can never count him out. I read earlier that they were going to do more exploding today, didn't have a chance to read and see if that happened though. I'm optimistic that the farmers will get reimbursed.
      Now I am off to east something quick and then to coach, see you all tomorrow.
      Sincerely,
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    25. zms, mzs, byu…….That was a very thoughtful thing to do, and I thank you! It all blew me away!
      Tempesjo is very clever and funny. I left him a PM several weeks ago, wondering about him, as he hadn't commented since February.
      How has your week been going? All is well with me…..nothing newsworthy to tell anybody. Life is sweet!
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    26. mzs, smz, brb……….How was your May 5th Mexican lunch? To celebrate the day, I went to an Italian restaurant and had a chicken calzone. Ha! It's the same restaurant I go to when I'm ready for a steak.
      The temp got to almost 80 today, and is supposed to be that way through the weekend. I'm making tentative plans to go to the mountains on Saturday. Not sure yet.
      Enjoy the rest of the day!
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    27. Hi Skaycog,
      I hope you get to go to the mountains. When I lived in CA I liked to go, it was to get away from everything, just absorb nature. We went here, the video did not play for me though. It was featured on a show we watch. It played at home for Aga, she says that people on the show liked it too:
      http://video.wttw.com/video/1633626404/
      It was great, I'd say the food was like Spanish+Portuguese+Mexican. First we had ceviche which is like raw fish soaked in lemon and oil. Polish people east stuff like this too, though we use vinegar instead of lemon. We also had carrot soup. Then we had something like quesidilla with peppers but the cheese was really good not mozzarella. Next was chicken and beans taco on crispy shells and beef and chorizo tacos on soft shells. All of the food we shared and was excellent. We also had three margaritas, well more Aga did and I tasted. The best one was avocado margarita which sounds crazy I know but really it was great. Looked like something people would drink on Star Trek. Also two watermellow margaritas, great too, they had crushed peppers instead of salt.
      We've been to Bien Trucha before, it ends-up having huge lines if you do not get there right as they open. The first time was great too. I'd say the carrot soup was the best thing simply because it was so surprising the taste, but like I say everything was great. Tomorrow is supposed to rain, hope not so that all the games/practices go on. It is going to be a busy Saturday with all that is on the schedule.
      Have a good one,
      7284

    28. $kaycog…
      I can't believe I forgot about Cinco de Mayo! No Mexican food for me on Wednseday, instead I had some very delicious brats (I love you Johnsonville!). And speaking of more food, I transplanted a set of raspberry and strawberry plants from my dad's garden to a new one I made at my house. They probably won't produce much this year but I'm going to love it next year!
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    29. mzs…
      Happy Friday! I have a chance to catch my breath today and am looking forward to the weekend. It's my girlfriend's birthday and mother's day so I will be quite busy…but it will be fun! And celebrations always involve good food!
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    30. szm, zsm, dob…….Your Mexican food sounds very good, except for the raw fish part. I guess I should knock it if I haven't tried it, but it just doesn't sound appetizing to me.
      I'm definitely going to the mountains tomorrow. The wild Spring flowers should be in abundance. I always look forward to it……nothing like it in the world.
      Too bad you're going to have rainy weather tomorrow. It's supposed to be dry and in the low 80's here.
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    31. Hi Tower,
      Alright! Have fun with those parties! Aga's and my mom's mother's day presents were supposed to come in today, I hope they did! We got big photos that Aga took printed to frame and hang on a wall. I hope they like it. What did you do for gifts? You're thoughtful guy. When we were at the restaurant, there was an older couple next to us. The lady had a few drinks. She was all lovey dovey with her guy, it was sweet. She even took her heels off and was rubbing the guys legs. Old people, go figure, but they kept the fire burning somehow. Guess there is hope for us.
      Hi Skaycog,
      How about smoked fish, ever had that? That's another Polish thing, I particularly like smoked eel. It's very well almost gooey. It's sort of a may rain thing, could throw a wrench into the works regarding how we have everything planned for everybody to get where they need to be at the right time. We'll see. Oh I forgot something, yesterday Aga was not going to drive after the 3 margaritas so I drove her home and then drove back to work in the Volvo. So as I was putting my bike in the back the lock cylinder flew out and I had to go find it. Ha! Anyway I see a place with some rust I had not noticed before thanks to that, funny how that works. Oh I forgot, there are some new photos on Aga's blog, Michelle is upside down jumping on the trampoline in at least one of them, funny picture!
      Have great weekend everybody,
      7289

    32. zsm, smz, php……….No, I don't like smoked fish. I really don't like fish period, except for cod. I do like seafood though, especially shrimp.
      Nice pics in Aga's blog, and that is a great pic of Michelle upside down! Aga is really good with the camera.
      Have fun this weekend!
      7290

    33. Hi Everyone,
      Busy day here. We had a great weekend, it did not rain. I did a lot more staining outside. Max has learned to used the doggie door. We used treats. But yesterday was the first time he figured it out by himself. He had gone outside with some encouragement. Then it was time to come in. He was waiting at the other door for a long time until somehow he realized, "hey I can come in through the doggie door!" He did and then he was incredibly excited, just running around jumping. I don't know what he was thinking about at that point. Anyway we gave him a treat. On Sunday we made breakfast for Aga. Then we went to a park. Also we played baseball. It's funny, since we rode bikes we are all wearing bike helmets in pictures. Then we went over to my parents. At one point my mom and wife stayed back to make donuts while everyone else went on a walk with Molly (my parents' dog). Unfortunately Kevin got stung by something on the foot. Other than that it was fun. They were climbing on logs, all that fun stuff. At one point another funny thing happened and Kevin fell a little bit and a sappling stopped him by being between his crotch. Yes the kids thought that was really really funny. so did I 😉 So then I got home and I ate 4 doughnuts, they were great. My dad put plum filling in them, he has this thing that looks like a caulk gun that is thumb actuated instead. He's so serious when he does it, it's funny. Like the cylinder is graduated and he very carefully checks that every single donut gets precisely the same amount of filling! Also I had cucumber salad, pickled herring (if you don't l;ike fish don't eat this, I love it though), bbq pork, and sausages. It was a good time. Oh on Saturday the kids had a birthday party to go to. That was fun but it's awkward. My mom does not get along with the granddad of the kid, sigh. So everyone else have a fun successful weekend?
      Have a good one,
      7291
      PS: 204.8lb, Aga gave the rest of the donuts to friends already, it was going to kill our weight loss successes to have those at home!

    34. mzs, zsm, omg…….I see you posted this 3 hours ago, but I didn't get a notification. Oh, well, stuff happens sometimes.
      I'm glad Max is using his private door. I bet it was funny seeing him jumping for joy when he finally came in. Does he use it more and more as time goes by?
      It sounds like you had a full weekend, as usual. I went to the mountains Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the incredibly beautiful scenery. We saw lots and lots of deer too, so driving was very watchful. The aspens aren't leafing out yet in the higher elevation, nor are the wildflowers blooming yet. We had lunch at Cripple Creek, which is an old mining town turned to gambling town. It is still very quaint, and we even threw a few quarters into the slot machines. It was a fun day!
      On Sunday, I went to church and then brunch with friends. Sunday evening I went for Mexican food with a girlfriend. My friends saw to it that I was kept busy all day.
      Today brings warm temps and WIND. Later!
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    35. Hi Skaycog,
      Dang-nab-bit H.L.Nibbles you right honorableness of a pest! Glad to hear you had a lovely time in the mountains! Drat about the no blooming wildflowers yet (ha, day that with a British accent in mind), just means you will have to go again! Oh the raccoon is gone, yippie. We did a bunch of noises and he left eventually. Then I covered it up the hole he had dug. But my dad says that was a bad idea. He said the raccoon would have kept other smaller animals away like chipmunks and squirrels that might get through wood into the house itself, eek!
      Have a good night, can't wait to check-out COTD soon,
      7293

    36. zms, szm, gop……..I didn't know raccoons were omnivores until now. I never thought about it until your comment. I'm glad the raccoon is gone and would take my chances about little critters eating their way through your house.
      I have to go out-of-town today, but it's a short distance away. I'll be having Chinese buffet for lunch while I'm there. Hmmmm!
      I saw a rusty 1968 Dodge Charger R/T on a trailer going down the highway. A friend later told me that he had seen it parked at a restaurant, and it was for sale for $8000. It was really rusty for a CO car, so it must have come from out of state. It's a rare enough car though that somebody will fix it up.
      Happy Taco Tuesday!
      7294

    37. mzs…
      Happy Tuesday! You had a busy weekend as normal I see. Way to get Max using the doggie door! I got my girlfriend a handheld electronic Yahtzee game (she loves playing Yahtzee!), a Travelocity Traveling Gnome (she loves collecting Gnomes and always mentions the Traveling Gnome), and chocolate because well, she's a she and she's love chocolate. I also got my mom chocolate covered peanuts from her favorite chocolate shop along with a multifunction cheese grater.
      Have a good Tuesday!
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    38. $kaycog…
      Too bad the wildflowers were not blooming yet…you'll just have to go again! Our plants are way behind here. The grass is greening up but the Lilacs (my favorite flower/bush!) which are normally blooming about now don't even have leaves yet! Things will probably explode in the next couple days now that it will be finally warming up and rainy.
      So a food report…lol…I'll just stick to the interesting things. On Friday night I went out with my girlfriend to her new favorite restaurant in Dubuque called Crust. I had a parmigiano-reggiano and garlic pizza that was quite tasty and my girlfriend had a French-dip sandwich. On Saturday her mom made chicken Tacos, which were new to me and were surprisingly tasty despite their healthier nature. On Sunday we went to an old-timey ice-cream shop where I got a raspberry-truffle blizzard type thing.
      Have a happy Taco Tuesday!
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    39. Hi Skaycog,
      I hope you enjoyed your lunch, I had lunch with those old friends from HS. We went to a Mexican place. Aga was mad at me last night. She went on a walk with a friend. I had her take Max, she does not like to, but I only had time for a short one with him earlier. (Michelle had piano, Jake was being slow getting shoes on, etc) Before she left, she asked me to make sure the older kids read. But Kevin told me that he did not have to read for homework and wanted to practice guitar, so I let him. Then Aga got home mad that Max had been barking at other dogs, and that no reading had set her off. Kevin has to read some books in the next two weeks, so technically he did not have to but he was really fibbing since he has to not fall behind. Drat, so I could not fall asleep until after 2AM, just worrying. Aga was really upset with me. And was being even mean, like not taking her wristwatch off so the ticking would bug me, pulling covers off of me, etc. I mean people get pretty downright nasty when upset, she was. Anyway things are much better this morning, we all made-up. It's funny how marriage is, but I did not get much sleep. Anyway other than that is was a good evening. I played Say Anything with the kids and mowed most of the front lawn (Aga did the back earlier) too.
      Hi Tower,
      First off the multipurpose cheese grater, that makes me smile, you funny Wisconsinites and your fascination with cheese! Nice gifts, good food! You know I ended-up eating three tacos this day, how appropriate! I'm glad about Max too. It's funny I think that he was all jumping around after that first time thinking he is the smartest dog in the world. It dawned on him that he can use that door when ever he feels like and just seems to have made him so excited. The kids, they are not so excited about it. Yesterday I got home and noticed the slide was over the doggie door. I took it off. Then the kids came in side, "Who opened Max's door!?" So apparently Max sees them jumping on the trampoline and goes outside to jump on it with them, and well bite their pants/dresses. It was funny later, he'd see a moth or leaf, and he bolts out to catch it. He's using it all the time now.
      Have a good one,
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    40. TowerofPower……I'm glad you had a nice weekend. Yes, I hope to see the wildflowers in the mountains in a couple of weeks. There is a whole field of wild irises in the mountains that I would like to see again. I saw them once several years ago and was dumbfounded, as I never knew CO had wild irises in the mountains. They aren't the size of domestic ones; they are very tiny. I too love lilacs……there's nothing that smells as good as a lilac.
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    41. msz, szm, ira…..Aaah, the ups and downs of marriage. As long as you make up in the end, that's part of it. The making up part is the best part.
      My Chinese buffet was outstanding! I had chicken this, chicken that and chicken other things, broccoli, green beans and two sesame balls. It was so tasty. I probably will just have yogurt and fruit for dinner tonight.
      I hope your Taco Tuesday was productive.
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    42. NEW PLACE EVERYBODY https://hooniverse.com/2010/02/14/modern-art-monda
      Considering the little sleep, I had a productive day. I've been having a problem at work. I like to create new code as little applications instead of changing the system. I had an issue of how one of those could run and notice something changed, forward the the change, then not wait around to find-out if it took (it's slow). Then if it did not an operator could try again. In another case like this would compare the readings, in this case there are control and status mixed together. I figured that out with some functionality that's already in the system that was intended for some other old hardware. It can set some registers that are really memory, then the app can flip the bits. If they are ever the same, that means a new setting was done. I read this now and I see I am not only not clever, but also really bad at explaining things.
      Have a good one,
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