Hooniverse Asks – How Far Do You Plan To Drive This Thanksgiving?

For our neighbors to the north, Thanksgiving was last month, so they’ll just have to sit on their hands for this one. But for those of us living in the contiguous 48, as well as Alaska and those lucky bastards surrounded by all that warm water in Hawaii, we’ve got a date with tryptophan coming up, and some of us will be hitting the road.
Despite the looming threat of holiday gas prices, and an economy that’s more Chevette than Corvette, a whole herd of us will be packing up and hitting the highway this month. The Thanksgiving weekend is typically the busiest travel time of the year- probably due to stuffing, I mean when else do you get that?

Ill bet theres no darkmeat at that table
It's family that makes the day so memorable

So, today I have a two-fer for you: First off, if you’re planning to travel, how many miles do you plan to go? And, if you’re going to go, are you driving something fun, or the family truckster? Holiday roooooaad . . .
Image sources: [Uglymailbox.com, Hillbilly White Trash]

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        1. I automatically assume that most aren't as bad as my Polish uncle-in-laws, but still it can be quite an extravaganza depending on the house and the family.

  1. We are headed only about 30 miles away. The rest of the weekend I'll probably get the Christmas stuff down from the attic and put the snow tires on.

  2. For Thanksgiving we're driving 26.2 miles (I remember that because it's a marathon) to Canton, MI in my Mustang. We might also go to Mrs. engineerd's godmother's house in Dearborn Heights, but that's kind of on the way home so it doesn't really add any distance.
    Christmas is a different story. We're going to my parent's house in SoCal. Flying. Gotta get that carbon footprint back up. So, all you SoCal Hoons get ready!

    1. The 18th mile of that drive is really hard. That is when the glycogen stores are gone. Have some Gu or a bite of the sweet potato pie Mrs. engineerd made and you can finish strong.

      1. Thanks for the advice! I usually hit the wall around the 18th mile and have trouble getting my second wind. I'll be sure to have an extra slice of sweet potato pie just to help.

      1. My wife's family lives in Canton. They lived in Plymouth until she was 7 or so. Fortunately, they live in the older part of Canton and not the newer subs with their overly snobby residents.

  3. I'm driving my killer 'stang as far as I can get before I get pulled over for not having a rear bumper. Not eating no trip-toe-fans, tho. Just PAHsta!

    1. Enjoy this model from Pomona!
      <img src="http://sigma.octopart.com/10275558/image/Pomona-Electronics-5252.jpg"&gt;
      Hi Tower,
      On the way to the vacation there were many storms in the south of IL, even tornado warnings! And I got a speeding ticket! I was trying to get away from all of that. There were a bunch of cars doing so But I was going slower than many. Then when it got clear I was still speeding along for a bit, and I got caught doing 78 in a 65 🙁 Oh well, at least I was actually speeding this time. How was your game night? Our vacation was great! You might know, was there a lunar eclipse while we were away? Or does the moon look different over Texas? https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-a
      Hi Skaycog,
      Wow Elk and lots of them, neat. The weather varied from 60s-90s on our vacation. I will write more about it when I get a chance. Here's a photo of that horse on the beach, it made me smile: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-p… Here's another funny image, MiL trying to read, Kev under blanket, because little brother and sister are goofing off annoyingly and loudly in the back: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-a
      Have a good one.
      5252
      PS: Some more photos
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-a
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-a
      https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-a

    2. zsm, mzs, zip……..It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. That's a beautiful horse on the beach picture. My favorite picture that you've ever, ever posted is in the one with Jake's meltdown riding on your shoulders. You should enter that in a contest. You got a speeding ticket, I see. Tsk, tsk. 😉
      We finally had some snow today. It was too warm to stick, but I think we got a lot of badly needed moisture. I guess that waaay South of here they got several feet. I haven't heard the amounts elsewhere yet.
      I did go to the mountains again last Saturday. We saw a total of about 40 deer in the morning. It was a fun day, and the mountains were majestically beautiful, as always. I never tire of them………or the wildlife.
      5253

    3. I thought we might enjoy to see the sales of "Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 2" during it's first two weeks of sales in Japan, so here goes. I was wrong. <img src="http://garaph.info/linecomparegamejp.php//dayend/10/width/500/height/300/gid-0/5254/title/5254+-+Busou+Shinki%3A+Battle+Masters+Mk.+2+-+PSP"&gt;
      Hi Skaycog,
      Speeding tickets bug me since fundamentally they are so unfair, some random people get picked-off and often with no regards to actual safety. In this case there was a Suburban that was speeding very badly, zipped past me, moments before the cop put his lights on. But I slowed way down when he put his lights on and since there was a big gap behind me I think the cop decided to just pull me over instead. I ashed him about it, and he said that guy must have had a radar detector since he hit the brakes right as he saw him. On the way back there was another cop tailing me for quite some time looking for a reason to give me a ticket I am sure. He had just given someone else a ticket right at an exit and almost pulled out right in front of me, did not even signal before hand, another car was trying to get off there so I sped-up so that him and the other car could have room. I think that upset him, so he followed me for a few miles. At one point a truck pulled off to the right ahead of me to the narrow shoulder in the area where 55 joins 355 and I turned on my flashers and passed slowly on the left shoulder (only one lane there, like a ramp). The cop did not even stop to see if the truck driver needed any help. After that he sped off around me once we were on 355. Anyway like I said, one time I got a ticket for speeding when I was not speeding, that really bothered me, but what can you do? In that case I called the officer later and he said he was even on a different road than he was and told me, "Who is the judge going to believe?" Sigh. Anyway this time I was speeding, so deserved it, oh well, it's been more than seven years since my last speeding ticket now, not too bad then I guess.
      It has gotten colder here. I saw on the news yesterday evening about all the tornadoes in the Dallas area! We really lucked-out. We left right before all the hail. It just looked foggy that morning, but other mornings had been like that and cleared-up. Man we are lucky. So are all those people there. They said on the news that the tornadoes were very strong, but slow moving, and that probably has a lot to do with why no one has been reported as seriously hurt.
      Have a good one,
      5254

    4. zsm, szm, inc……….How much was the speeding ticket? After reading your story, I agree that it was unfair, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I used to speed when on the highway, like about five miles over the speed limit because I always heard that the CHP wouldn't stop you for that. I'm trying to break myself of that habit. But when in heavy traffic, I go with the flow if they're speeding or not.
      Our off and on rain/snow yesterday and last night netted my town .25" of badly needed moisture. I think most of CO got a lot of relief from that storm.
      Happy Taco Tuesday!
      5255

    5. Yesterday was Wednesday! Right? Anyway I did have tacos, and tortillas. Here have some. It was funny, I was supposed to meet Aga and my MiL for lunch, I called and made sure she wanted me to meet her at the restaurant cause that seemed strange to me. Why not she pick me up or I go home and we all go together? I get to the restaurant and it is closed. I wait for twenty minutes, decide she much have gone somewhere else to eat, and drive around the likely places, then head back and stop and the last likely place and eat there. Turned-out she was not paying attention to me either and thought I was coming home to meet her there first! <img src=http://www.katom.com/largeproducts/231/231-5256.jpg">
      Hi Skaycog,
      So I have to tell you about the vacation some. Well first we stopped at Graceland. There Elvis had some cars, his favorite was the Stutz Blackhawk! Shocking I know. My favorite was the Ferrari. Also he had two (!) planes. The tour said that one time his daughter said she had never seen snow so they all flew to CO, where Lisa Marie played in the snow for 30 minutes, then got bored, and they all flew back home. Also there was a room that Elvis and his buddies used for shooting guns. Oh and he liked racquetball one time, so he built his own court in another new building. I admire all these stories! More another day.
      Have a good one,
      5256

    6. msz, szm, bug………I got a laugh out of the mixed up lunch story. All you can do is laugh about that kind of stuff. I've been to Graceland……it is so interesting. It's hard to fathom that it was out in the country when built. I too liked all the stories. I bought a cookbook that Elvis' cook wrote (supposedly). I don't know whatever happened to it.
      Yes, yesterday was Wednesday, but you're supposed to have tacos on Tuesday. Ha! Geez…….tomorrow is Friday already.
      5257

    7. <img src="http://www.1000steine.com/brickset/images/5258-1.jpg"&gt; I don't need these anymore, want them?
      Hi Skaycog,
      I'm glad it made you smile that story. Another funny thing happened this morning to me. I'm trying to catch-up on my sleep from the vacation, so I went to bed at 10PM. I woke-up from a dream at 5 something AM though. In it I was trying to remember the password to unlock the GPS. So I wake-up and think, "Dang what is the password to the GPS anyway?" My groggy mind is now starting to think I have Alzheimer's when I realize that we do not have any password on it at all. But by then I am fully awake. Oh well, could not go back to sleep either then.
      Aga has more photos online now: http://agamama.blogspot.com/ So as you can see the next part is Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. (Arkansas is not pronounced at all how you would expect.) That's where Jake had the melt down and it cut down the sight seeing for us there. But we did see a lot. The springs were very hot and the view was nice from up high, but neatest to me was the old sanatorium we visited. The funniest thing was this metal cabinet where only the head would poke out of and inside steam would shoot at you. It looked like some kind of medieval torture device, but people used it for all sorts of illnesses back then. There were three other old places that were still open and operating, and it was not bad, $30 for a range of things, but like I said, Jake had a melt down, so we could not go. I wanted to and I bet I could have convinced some kid too, while the others went shopping otherwise. So we left shortly after the tour. Oh another neat thing were the "needle showers" again looked like some torture chamber thing, shot hot water under high pressure at you from every direction, really steam punk looking. Oh and the mercury (!) baths used to treat syphilis (!!) I'm not making that up, crazy world before antibiotics I guess. Also there were baths that could be used for polio patients, that was sad. The history of the place (Indians, people building hotels on land they did not own, the Army was involved, used to be casinos there, and the mob) is pretty neat as well as the geology (the water coming-up now is from 4,000 year old rains!), if you get a chance ever, read about it.
      More another day, got any plans for Easter?
      Have a good one,
      5258

    8. mzs…
      Happy Friday!
      Your stories from vacation are fun and Aga's pictures are very cool as always. I really like the roller coaster ones. Peoples expressions on those things are always funny.
      Game weekend was fun. We played lots of olderish games that we used to play back in college. It was nice out on Sunday so we also went for a hike at a park nearby.
      I wasn't aware of any lunar eclipse, not to say there wasn't one. Your picture though looks like a good example of earth-shine, which is where the sunlight, reflected off of the earth, lights up the dark part of the moon, which then gets reflected back to us so that you just barely see the whole moon. It's pretty neat I think.
      It's a good thing you got away from those storms. They kind of took people by surprise but thanks to some good work by the local news stations and the National Weather Service, no lives were lost! Amazing considering their power and proximity to major metro areas!
      A little write up with some detail…
      http://www.tornadovideos.net/component/content/ar
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    9. $kaycog…
      It looks like you are kicking us off on the numbers game again! Fun! That's interesting that Elvis' cook made a cookbook. I wonder what The King would eat? Speaking of food, I recently read an article about iron skillet cooking and, realizing that I had one, decided to start using it. I made a Chicago style deep dish pizza in it 2 days ago. Really good! I've got some other things I want to try. Apparently the iron heats better and more evenly, thus cooking the food better, and it is also non-stick. No pizza stuck to it for me (we will see if this stays true)! I definitely like that I don't have to worry about scratching it like you do with Teflon.
      Also, would you enjoy a mini or chic headset?
      <img src="http://cloud.lbox.me/images/v/200911/Bluedio-5260-Bluetooth-Handsfree-Headset–5-Hour-Talk-70-Hour-Standby-_ffsf1259122302523.jpg&quot; width=500>
      Have a good weekend!
      5260

    10. <img src="http://www.bluedogink.com/images/me-5261.JPG"&gt; Need to label stuff? Who doesn't!
      Hi Tower!
      Whoa that was a scary video 🙁 My bet is that Elvis liked really good but very unhealthy food, now I really want to know from Skaycog. I think she told us before that he liked fried PB sandwiches in particular! Never clean that cast iron. We had them in scouts, and we always wiped them out by hand (not particularly well) and then rubbed oil all over them to prevent rust. That pizza must have been great. If it has a cover, you can make stews and cakes like cobbler in it as well! It must have been earth shine, I've heard that the sky looks different over Texas, maybe that was it. We like old games, Aga and I play Dr. Mario, Yoshi, or Tengen Tetris almost nightly. I hope you all have a great weekend!
      Have a good one,
      5261

    11. szm, zms, egg……The only thing I remember in that Elvis cookbook was the grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. I tried it once, but didn't think it was so great. Actually, grilled peanut butter and jelly is really tasty!
      I do know how Arkansas is pronounced. There is the Arkansas River in Colorado. I wonder if it ends up in Arkansas. Hmmm…..might have to check that out. I'm enjoying hearing about your trip. Did the kids really enjoy themselves? How about your MiL?
      What's going on for you this Easter Weekend? Saturday will be like any other day for me. Sunday will be church and Easter Dinner at friends' home…………HAM! I love ham!!!!!!!
      Happy Easter to you and your family!
      5262

    12. TowerofPower……..You'll love the cast iron skillet. My Mom had one, but oddly enough, I've never used one. I remember the cornbread she made in hers……….none better! I think if I ever got into cooking again that I'd probably get one. What are you doing this weekend? Have a Happy Easter!
      5263

    13. <img src="http://i.imgur.com/h3IfJ.jpg"&gt;
      Hi Skaycog,
      Aga posted images of the rest of the trip on the blog, I'll let her speak for me now in describing, since I did not even have time to add a number caption to that sunfish and me image. I think it is funny because I have plastic cutlery in my pocket. looks like bad news for that little fishy, but really it was that we went to my wife's aunt's and uncle's for Easter dinner and my cousins did not come, so the kids got pretty bored. I took them to feed some ducks, play in a park, and I had some fishing stuff still in the back of the car, so we fished too. I take plastic stuff to cut line and whatnot but I happened to find finer nail clippers too in the car, so that was really useful. Anyway you can see the stuff we did in the blog post as well, yes it was busy weekend. Also we went for ice cream on Friday and yesterday Kevin DMed in addition to the regular stuff like dog walks etc.
      I think we all really enjoyed the vacation. With my MiL it's sometimes hard to tell, but to be fair to her she did have kidney stones in the beginning and still there are photos of her smiling. She is back in Poland now. I hope you had a good Easter, we did, and now I want corn bread 🙁
      Have a good one,
      5264

    14. szm, zsm, wee………what a hilarious picture of that poor little fish and the plastic fork in your pocket. LOL! You should enter that in a photo contest. Did you throw the baby fish back or was it dead?
      My Easter was lovely. I went to church in the morning and ran into a guy (and his SO) that I hadn't seen for years. We had a nice visit. Then I went to Easter Dinner at some friends' home. It was delicious and a lot of fun. A couple of us played Kings In The Corner card game with the two kids.
      I'm glad Monday is winding down………very busy!
      5265

    15. <img src="http://www.olavsplates.com/foto/j_tkt33mi5265_rear.jpg"&gt;
      Hi Skaycog,
      Oh man I mess-up the number for the image, but it's great, it's a Japanese plate of the style used by diplomats in the USA or Canada, gotta admit that's neat-o!
      That's nice you played cards with some kids! I took my kids kite flying yesterday, was too windy in the end, had to retrieve a kite from the trees, oh well, we tried. Jake did the best for a while. The fish was very funny, but you cannot see the bugging-out eyes in the photo. Fishy was fine, I put it back in water. Going to try to go to lunch with Aga, new Italian place. Got any questions about any of the vacation photos?
      Have a good one,
      5266
      PS: I miss the Monday Classic Car Captions 🙁

    16. msz, zsm, tub…….Your vacation photos are great, as always. I loved the flamingos and flowers………so colorful. Yeah, I too miss the Monday car caption contest. I wonder why they discontinued it. How was the new Italian restaurant? I went to my favorite Italian restaurant last night to celebrate a couple of friends' birthdays. I had my delicious steak, baked potato and salad. The restaurant gave my friends two pieces of their chocolate cake for dessert. It was fantastic cake, baked in the restaurant kitchen.
      Happy Taco Tuesday!
      5267

    17. <img src="http://www.prolexdesign.com/images/hp5268a.jpg"&gt; I bet we have some more of these somewhere here, have a spare.
      Hi Skaycog,
      <img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XkiyQ7Z50TM/T4G2u7Kd7XI/AAAAAAAAD3c/TZgApwvF2b0/s500/100_0509.jpg"&gt; Alright you got the steak! And two birthday parties, cool! I had one in Dallas at a restaurant called Houston's, but maybe I have that backwards. Anyway, a Texan told me that BBQ and steak are the best in Texas, better than anywhere in the world. I was convinced that the BBQ pork at The Texan Roadhouse BBQ sort of near to my parents' place was unbeatable. Well I was proven wrong at Ruby's near Houston 🙁 But still I was convinced that the steak I had in Kobe Japan must be better than the steak in Texas. I explained to the server the discussion I had had with Eric (that Houstonian I knew from college) and he said that it would be hard to beat Kobe beef. I got a rib eye and it was the best I have ever had. It does not beat the Kobe beef, but it was different and still good. There were lots of different parts on that steak there, rare on the inside, crisp on the outside, some parts falling apart in they mouth (but again not like the tender Kobe beef or a great prime rib even), and then great fatty parts. The #2 chef came by later to ask me about it, had made it special for me. I hope that did not mean he dragged it along the toilet or something first. Anyway, it was good, so probably not. The new place was very good, though they are just getting everything together. I hope they get kinks out soon. For example no Italian sausage and no soup of the day. Oh and the Parmesan cheese was that sort that is in the shaker. For the price it could have been better. But the meatball was great, so was the gnocchi, as well as the cannoli. Te meat ball was a lot like Polish ground pork cutlet with garlic, nice. Gnocchi a lot like Polish potato dumplings, I could tell they were fresh, it was good. Aga's choices were not the greatest, oh well. Oh the coffee was very good, at least the first double espresso. The one I had for desert they messed-up. Again at a classy place like this I would have expected them to make another and not even bring it. Again I hope they smooth some of the rough edges soon, it's hard to be a successful classy Italian place in this economy with cheaper places all around and if you don't get the little details, people will stop coming. We'll try again later.
      But I just realized I have not written enough about vacation food! Dang… Anyway on the trip I went to the best Italian place I had ever been to. I have a feeling it was like a way for mob to launder money. See it was only open to the general public 15 hours a week or so. Otherwise it was a private club. That place had fresh Parmesan for example. But it was great, you went in and basically decided how many courses you wanted. I took four 🙂 I had the best fish pasta I had ever had in my life. I think the fish was first smoked and then cooked for the pasta, it was great. But all the little things like bread, soups, antipasta, was all exceptional as well. Outside was the new Maserati GT. And inside was the owner, surrounded by others. Then there were lots of Italian tradesmen. The waitress was extremely Italian curvacious gorgeous, the chef kept coming out and talking with us. Again it was best Italian I ever had.
      I think about two weeks back Jim said work was interfering with Classic Captions. I put one in the forum yesterday, I did that once before. I may make that a weekly thing if the Classic Captions go away here.
      Have a good one,
      5268

    18. zms, zsm, cow……….I've never had Kobe beef, but I heard that our Japanese restaurant serves a Kobe steak. I'm so hooked on their Yakitori Teriyaki that I doubt if I try it. My favorite Italian restaurant gets their beef from a place in the mountains, and it's superior to any other beef in town. Rib eye steaks are so flavorful, but they do have a lot of fat in them. Like you said, the Italian restaurant you tried will get the bugs worked out and be much better……hopefully, anyway. It takes time.
      I didn't know you've done Classic Captions here. I don't have time to even read all the articles, let alone the forums. Do you give away caps? LOL! We had a lovely rain shower this afternoon. It smells so fresh and clean outside now.
      Happy Hump Day!
      5269

    19. <img src="http://www.technikboerse.com/pictures/49113465/49113465_11848-1.jpg&quot; width="500"/>
      Img from techikboerse.com
      (I didn't even know that Fendt made combines!)
      I had a particularly unhappy moment today. I got to work and someone had an old Durango parked with their tires on the north boundary line of "my" parking spot, so I decided to park in the next one over that has a lightpole at the end of it. I almost always back into a straight parking spot, so I was looking east into the morning sun and trying to judge where that lightpole was… and failed. Now I have a crack in my Challenger's bumper on the top surface, and a scuffed spot along the edge where it hit the concrete lightpole base. I was planning to have my Dakota's front bumper fixed (it got cracked by a suicidal pheasant 2 winters ago) so I'll just spend that $$ to fix the car instead now.
      Probably the Durango was there instead of somewhere else because my company (Case New Holland) is having the upper management meeting at my location today and tomorrow, so the entourage's fleet (new Mopars, rented from the local Chrysler dealership… a bunch of vans, a Durango, and a couple uplevel 300's) gets the front row and takes a few spots out of circulation. Marchionne's supposed to be here, but I haven't seen him. I did get to meet my boss' boss'… boss (5-6 levels up the organizational chart from me?) though. It's been fun to peek out the 2nd-floor office windows once in a while and see who's out taking a smoke break. If I had those folks' responsibilities, I'd probably smoke too.
      5270

    20. <img src="http://www.colombianjeanslevantacola.com/images/5271.png"&gt; Maybe this will help you forget about it PT. What was it again Skay?
      Hi Skay,
      Try that Kobe beef once, take a chance! I wonder if it really is from Kobe? We had a goodbye lunch today for a Russian guy I was chums with 🙁 I had some basil beef rice, very good. Well I had a bunch of stuff, it was all on the center of the table, but that was the best, and when everyone was done I finished both plates of that. Would have been a shame to let it go to waste, and I have no shame, so why not. Now I am full, good feeling 🙂
      Hi PT!
      I had no idea FIAT owned CNH, neat. Somehow I doubt you will see Sergio smoking outside, no doubt he smokes though. It's too bad about your Challenger but should look as good as new after a repair. When I started work here I backed into a guardrail and shoved the concrete cylinder it was resting on some ways back. It was right under my new bosses window and very embarrassing, ha! Maybe get this pickup instead of fixing-up the Dakota? Fred found it, and has photos of the inside even, but it looks better from the outside in my opinion.
      http://www.ebay.de/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemn
      Have a good one,
      5271

    21. ptschett……….Oooooh…..sorry about your Challenger. It seems that light poles and pheasants are awfully hard on your vehicles. That is a shame. When my Explorer was new (2003), a deer hit me (actually, I hit him) on a mountain road. It cracked my bumper and grill, and I was devastated. One thing though……I don't speed anymore.
      It's nice to see you!
      5272

    22. szm, mzs, ddt………….I would imagine that if a restaurant advertises Kobe beef, that it really is from Kobe. Or maybe not. I'm going out to dinner tonight………Chili's. At this time, I'm hooked on their steak or chicken nachos, so that's probably what I'll have. I'm dogsitting some friends Black Labrador for a few days. I go over to their house in the morning and evening to feed, play and love her. She's such a sweet dog.
      Tomorrow's Friday! Woo! Woo!
      5273

    23. mzs… suddenly I feel a Sir Mix-a-lot song coming on.
      Also on the brighter side, this came today! That dastardly solenoid has failed me for the last time!
      <img src="http://pics.campl.us/f/2/21bf3f73480a740155ca6fc7f87bb7b1.jpg&quot; width="500"/>
      skaycog… deer are evil (though also tasty). One got me in the pickup about 4 years ago, on the very last day that I had to commute the 85 miles one-way from my former home to my current work. He was in the middle of the road and I slowed to go around him, and he decided to zig instead of zag and got my left side (breaking the mirror glass – though not the housing – and putting a few dings down the left side.)
      5274

    24. ptschett……..As a kid I ate lots of venison and elk meat, as my dad was quite a sportsman. I preferred the elk over the venison though. I haven't had either one for several years, so my tastes may have changed. I have eaten moose, and it was very good. It's very lean, more so than elk and venison. Bison? Yum! Have a great weekend. My plans are up in the air due to a friend not feeling well. We'll see.
      Happy Friday 13th!
      5275

    25. <img src="http://www.skypic.com/planes/5-5276.jpg"&gt; Right Honourable H. Nibbles esq. here comes a subtle hint to you about email notifications.
      Hi PT,
      Your number photo is wrong, oh wait. Oh and that was a link! Neat, nice song. Ever seen the Friends episode where Rachel and Ross are singing Baby Got Back to Emma? Pretty funny – oh wait it's probably on the right, but I clicked on a song about thongs to the tune of Elenore Rigby it seems. Oh and Enrico E. – What? I never knew that Challenger had skip shift, I thought it was a GM only thing. How did it work out?
      Hi Skaycog,
      Dog sitting must be fun! They are so full of love dogs. Our kids like Chilis too, since they have this touch screen doodad for them to play with while they wait. I like them too since they donate a to soccer here. Did you enjoy the tacos? We went out to eat on Saturday, I had again rib eye, and it really highlighted how spectacular the one in Texas was, cause this one was great, but still a pale imitation! Man I'm lucky. Anything neat going on? Kevin is trying to learn how to program computer. I hope it goes well.
      Have a good one,
      5277

    26. smz, szm, dog……..This video of a black lab was on the national news last night. The black lab stays beside canine friend who had been struck and killed by a passing car.
      "A dog's loyalty is a treasured thing, but sometimes it can be heartbreaking, too. Such was the case with the 2-year-old black Labrador in La Puente, Calif., who refused to leave the side of a canine friend who had been struck and killed by a passing car. Another motorist put down traffic cones on Hacienda Boulevard to protect the guard dog until animal control officials could attend to her. Now Grace, as they're calling her, is at a shelter, awaiting a claim from her owner or possibly adoption by a new family — who will get a companion as brave and true as they come."
      I'm sure there were hundreds of offer for adoption. Such a touching story.
      My weekend was fine……….no big deal. It was a bit cooler though but no precipitation where I live. I hope Kevin likes computer programming. If so, he should do quite well
      5277……..correction.
      [youtube 10PNTNt2hpQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10PNTNt2hpQ youtube]

    27. $kaycog…
      That's a sad story about the dog loosing her friend. I hope she does find a good home.
      I see everyone has been eating steak since I last posted and, ironically enough, my girlfriend and I also went out for steak over the weekend! We went to Longhorn Steakhouse, which is like a chain restaurant I believe. It's fairly new to town and we decided to try it out. I'm always a little nervous of chain steak but it was quite tasty and it came with a really good stuffed mushroom. My best steak ever though is the one I had in Wyoming at a local restaurant somewhat near Yellowstone National Park.
      After dinner we went to see the movie The Hunger Games. Very intense, they did a great job making me feel generally uncomfortable about everything going on, and rightly so.
      Happy Monday!
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    28. mzs…
      I need to get cooking more with that skillet. I made some eggs over the weekend, and they were tasty. They definitely cooked differently in the skillet. A bit slower but much more consistent throughout. I also just wipe it out with some water and then just drop a bit of oil on it and rub it around. I think I'm going to try some stir-fry with it next.
      Is Kevin taking a programming class in school or just trying out coding for fun? It's definitely a good thing to have at least a little experience in…I'm sure you know all about that though.
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    29. @MZS: Hello MZS, I'm glad you had such a good stake in TX. Sounded wonderful. The weather here is awesome, it's 79 Degrees right now, and very windy. It might rain. It was hot yesterday too, and a lot of the trees are blooming as well. I hope Kevin likes Computer Programming. In High School (right before I took HS online) I took a computer website class on building and designing a website. It was hard work, but could be fun at times. Although I seem to have forgotten most of the class. Haha 😉
      @Skaycog: Hello Skaycog, I hope your Monday is going well! Mines great. A few days ago, my friend just moved into one of the Apartments near the Townhouses, and it's pretty cool having my friend so close to hang out with. Although he does work a lot. Last Friday I spent a few hours over at his new place and it was pretty nice. it was like a smaller version of our townhouse.
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    30. <img src="http://www.iwholesalehandbag.com/images/handbags/coach/coach-handbags-5281.jpg&quot; width="500"> Yippie the gang's here, have a goodie bag!
      Hi Skaycog,
      Man I can' t watch that, I know it will make me too sad. The dog of one of the cub scouts was run over by a car and killed about two weeks ago. Aga tells me that the mom is still taking it very badly. Dogs are amazing, yesterday Max tried to run to me after work, realized he was not going to make the turn in the kitchen and tried to leap over the cabinet to get to me, did not even phase him. He's managed to bounce over the couch to greet me in the past, he's like Dino from the Finstsones, I love that crazy dog 🙂
      Hi ToP,
      Everything cooks very evenly in skillet! you really have to try a cobbler, line the inside with foil though, it's very easy to burn though. Wait those things we used in scouts were called dutch ovens, maybe cast iron skillet is completely different thing? Whoops. So Kevin and Michelle have been using this thing called Scratch. It is a neat program from MIT that lets kids do all sorts of funny things with a computer. In some ways it's like programing by moving these little gizmos, connecting them-up, and then changing their properties – something like NI Labview but simpler. Kevin tried to make pong with it, which was pretty ambitious, but it was never very satisfying, just no way to get it moving fast enough, responsive enough, etc. So I have been teaching him pygame, it's going pretty well. Our pong has a title screen with spinning letters, a game over screen, and a ball that moves right so far. So he is learning python and the vim editor. He impresses me, first time we were trying things in python we had i = 11 and k = 'kevin' where k was 10000 before and I asked him to add them together again, and he said, "Dad…. That's going to be an error." 🙂 Also there is a nice PDF explaining pygame with sample games, we are using that, in fact we started from the code for the wormy game.
      Hi BB,
      Weather was very windy here recently, but today seems nice. Another dad and I are organizing a food drive for the local food pantry, I need to get the flyers out, today would be a good day, but the cub scouts have an outing. Hope tomorrow will be good too. The outing is at a place called Pump It Up. It's great, this indoor place with all these inflatable things to jump, slide, and climb on. I really like the basketball court, you are almost falling over and the ball bounces every which way, ha! This morning Aga made french toast, a new kind, was still good, but not as good as that other style she makes. Was worth a shot, people online that wrote it's the best french toast recipe are wrong, that's my opinion 😉 I am glad that you are near to a friend.
      Have a good one,
      5281

    31. szm, smz, yup……..That Black Lab who watched over her friend was reunited with her owners. I saw it on my homepage…..didn't have time to read it. My dogsitting duties are over, as her owners got home late last night. I guess there are changes in Gawkerland. Nobody will have stars anymore and other things are changing, I guess. If it works, fine, if not, no big deal to me. I'll see what unfolds. I've been through a lot of changes there in four years.
      Not much going on in my life…….joy and peace! Happy Taco Tuesday!
      Buickboy……I'm glad you have a friend near that you can visit and is in walking distance. I don't know what I'd do without my friends. Is you family still looking for a car? Have a great Tuesday!
      TowerofPower……….Every time you say something about a black cast iron skillet, I think of my mom's cornbread. As I stated to mzs, that Black Lab in the video was claimed by her owners. That ended well for her anyway. We're having a beautiful Spring, although it's a little early. I have a feeling it's going to be a long, hot summer. Good to see you!
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    32. <img src="http://i41.tinypic.com/30jmzyw.jpg"/&gt;
      Image from here.
      It's even something in my state, though in the corner farthest from me and I haven't made it that far northwest yet.
      The skip shift delete went all right though I couldn't see what I was doing. I had the car sitting on ramps under both left tires and it still wasn't quite tilted enough for comfort (darn low clearance, that and my beer gut I probably should do something with.) But I was able to get it on there and it seems to work. Problem with testing it is, I'm so used to not driving the car at that speed & load in 1st gear that I had a hard time encouraging myself to drive it that way and watch whether the "1-4" indicator showed up on the dash display, and then try to shift to 2nd at that time.
      That dog video is so sad. We always had cats in the house when I was growing up, but my grandparents always have had at least one larger breed dog at the actual farm site where they live (3 miles away from my parents' house) so I grew up liking both species. The current dog is a big Golden named Wally, he has a bit of hip displasia (sp?) but he doesn't give a darn about it and runs around the yard following you anyway…. he seems like he's just happy to be a dog.
      Anyway, I should figure out what I'm going to eat for supper.
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    33. <img src="http://www.spraguephoto.com/stock-photos/5284-Woman-with-jackfruit,-Pinkulam-Village,-Kerala,-India.%7C7996.jpg"&gt; Here is a women handling Jack's fruit for us. I saw some of this at a the Korean store yesterday, odd looking fruit when sliced open, looks sort of like a fruitcake that just occurs in nature.
      Hi Skaycog,
      Well you made me go to jalopnik, I see nothing different. There were two good articles though, the one by Peter about the Lotus and the one about the 14 year old girl fixing up a Fiero, cool! In that second story OA says you once had a GT-500 but sold it, holy crap! I wish to be enlightened. Yesterday was a pretty crazy day, The weather is going to be ugly here much of the week, another dad and I are organizing a neighborhood food drive on Sunday, and basically yesterday was the only day to get flyers-up. Jake was swimming, Michelle was babysitting while a neighbor mowed her lawn, so Kevin went with me. We got back in time for Kevin to do some homework, then the kids had a cub scout thing at a jumping place, and then I took them to that Korean store, and then finally Kevin finished his homework. Aga is getting the garage ready for that big garage sale she does every spring, she got testy with me, said I had not done anything that day o_O Anyway, she was just stressed-out. The Korean grocery store was fun as always, crazy foods and the like, kids got candy.
      Hi PT,
      So what did you have for supper? See I did not have much time yesterday, so crammed some McD down the gullet. It was the Angus burger, surprisingly good for McD. I had time for some beer at night though. Aga had some raspberry wine. It's hard to break old habits regarding the shifting, ha! I'm sure you'll know soon enough. I think the synchros on 2nd gear are unhappy in the Volvo, I really have to get on that 4spd to 5spd upgrade sometime I guess. I have been avoiding 2nd, doing a skip shift of my own 1-3, and I started in third on accident. The car was all bucking. I said to Kevin that it was lucky I did not kill it. Kevin had saucers for eyes, like he thought it would really kill a car 🙂 Oh that reminds me, there was that PV that Jim posted about recently. I showed Kevin, said it would be a great first car for him, told him it was a sports car (All the PV544 in USA were labeled Sports, ha). And he really liked it, the bumpers. I said that car looked like it had won a few times with other cars, Kevin seemed to like it even more. So I'm really excited, like man maybe we buy this and he pays me back of the next few years while we fix it. Turns-out Kevin wanted to run it in demolition derby 🙁
      Have a good one,
      5284
      PS: Are email notifications working for any of you?
      PPS: Skay, is the numbers games still going over at jalopnik for you? You mentioning changes just worried me a bit if they break that again.

    34. msz, smz, & PT……Yep, a '70 Shelby GT500 with 428 CJ, and it was the most awesome, incredible car I ever owned. I've posted it several times over yonder in the past few years, but guess you never saw it before. I was surprised OA remembered it. It was exactly like this picture.
      <img src="http://www.thewallpapers.org/photo/14450/1968_Ford_Mustang_Shelby_GT500_Convertible.JPG&quot; width="500">
      Yes, I'm getting email notifications from here (so far anyway).
      The original stormchasers seems to have gone kaput again, but I don't know why. No big deal.
      The changes at J. haven't started yet, but the Gawker site is closed today for changes to be made. I think J. will close down for a day to in the near future. Ray said in Oppo yesterday that he's be letting us know.
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    35. Holly Crap go Lightly Scay, wow WOW!
      (Dang, I got so excited I clicked Logout instead of "All new comments, abbreviated response…)
      Dang! I need to know more! What did it smell like? Where did you drive it? What were the most memorable things related to it? Most memorable trips/drives? What inspired you to get it? Why oh why oh why did you ever sell it????
      Celebrate Life Indeed!
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    36. mzs… dinner wasn't much to write about, but I was surprised how good it was, considering that the main dish was a 1/3rd lb. burger with lowly origins… it came from a 4-pack in the Walmart non-frozen meats aisle, and I cooked it in a frying pan on a stovetop burner. I do like the bacon version of the McD's Angus, haven't tried the other versions.
      skaycog…. that car. OMG. I used to drive a '73 Cougar in high school and always appreciated the early Mustangs and their kin… enough that I wrote my high-school senior-year English-class research paper about the history of the Mustang up to that time ('99), LOL. IIRC those had the most airscoops of any Mustang variant ever.
      5287
      PS I know it's one off, but I can't help myself… the IH 5288 is one of my favorite tractors.
      <img src="http://www.triplertractors.com/uploads/6/7/3/8/6738965/399887_orig.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    37. PT……..I've always liked the Cougars, but I've never even had a ride in one. How cool that you had one in high school. I'll tell about my Shelby below. It sounds like you like to cook?
      szm, zsm, man…….A friend in Denver owned the Shelby and decided to sell it. We happened to be at the right place at the right time. It wasn't a DD, but I probably drove it the most when my ex was on business trips. I'd drag Main Street in my little town on weekend nights on occasion, and the teenage boys went nuts over it. I did drive it to Colorado Springs a few times…..it was so much fun to drive! Once as I was leaving city limits, I accelerated to over the speed limit (just a little). I met a Highway Patrol car on the crest of a hill. He waved and gave me a thumb's up. Whew! A guy made us an offer we couldn't refuse, so we sold it. Needless to say, I wish I still had it. Oh, well………life goes on! BTW, it smelled wonderful!
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    38. <img src="http://i28.servimg.com/u/f28/11/78/93/70/arna10.jpg&quot; width="600"> I'll take liberties with the image as well PT, since it's a special day for the ALFA fan.
      Hi PT,
      That sounds a perfectly fine supper. The ones from ALDI I do not like, just they way they are ground, a texture thing. I've probably had the Walmart ones too. Why is the 5288 one of your favorites? Man you had a cool car in HS! You know I never bought a car in HS, back then it was expensive to program computers, like Borland C++ was $450 with a student discount, and computers themselves not just the software cost a lot, so that's what I spent my money on. It got me a decent career though. The software came with excellent manuals back then though, no better C/C++ reference yet than the tutorial and reference volumes from the books that came in that heavy box.
      Hi Skaycog,
      Awwwww I love that story, well except for the offer you could not refuse, sounds ominous, like the mob was involved, but I bet it was a ton of cash instead, I still don't like it that way. I bet whoever has it now loves the car anyway. Don't old cars smell awesome, and they all have a different smell. Ever been in or even near an old Mercedes? It's one of the best old car smells in my opinion, they should make it a fragrance for men. Your story reminds me, on Saturday I thought I had gotten another ticket, this time in the Volvo. I did not think I was speeding, but with that speedo, who knows. Anyway a deputy pulls along beside me and flashed the lights once. I am waiting at a red, and I roll down the window, turns-out he had one, bought it from an old chief back in the '70s, I love this stuff that happens because of old car. Light turned green, still talking, but nobody honked, I wonder why, anyway we did not delay anybody much, everyone still made the green. Also now I have mental image of Skaycog cruising getting looks from HS boys.
      Have a good one,
      5289

    39. skaycog, I'd say it's more that I like to eat. Usually by the time I start fixing supper I'm pretty hungry so it tends to be something quick and/or easy. I used to make banana bread once in a while, that's the most complicated I've ever gotten with cooking.
      Here's my Cougar in its rusting place, on the hill north of the grain bins at the family farm.
      <img src="http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab40/ptschett/old%20cars%20on%20the%20farm/DSC00244_1.jpg&quot; width="500//">
      It's been in the family almost from the beginning, my grandparents (dad's side) were the 2nd owners and got it in mid-'73. My grandma drove it from '73 till '90 when they got her current car, an '88 Coupe de Ville. My folks took ownership and used it as the spare car till me and my sister were at driving age, and then it was both of our's car till I was a high school senior and my folks helped me buy my Thunderbird. My sister's a year younger than me and the car hung on long enough to get her through high school, then the summer before she went to college she was driving to work one morning and something let go in the motor. The car's all there but it's pretty used up, it has 170,000 miles and was using a lot of oil, and it was a wintertime driver so it has a few minor battle scars.
      mzs, I like the 5288 for a few reasons. One is that the "50 series" (there was also a 5088 and a 5488) was one of the last all-new tractor designs from IH before they ran into financial trouble and sold the farm machinery business to Case. IH had a 2nd generation they were working on, but didn't get it to market in time… after the merger, Case sold red-painted versions of the old white Case tractors for a few years, then replaced those with the 7100-series Magnums that were basically the 2nd-generation 50-series but with a Cummins engine and a Case style grille and dashboard. Also a silly reason, my dad had a 5288 when they were new, I was quite small at the time and I had (and still have) a good collection of the 1/16 and 1/64 scale toys.
      Argh, I forgot!
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    40. pt…….That's a neat story on the Cougar. It really was a family car. I think it's wonderful that it's final "rusting" place is on the family farm. May it Rust In Peace. Any thoughts at all of ever restoring it? Have a great weekend!
      msz, szm, fry……..Just got back from out-of-town appointment and Chinese buffet. There are new owners now and the dishes have changed somewhat. I miss the orange chicken and the sesame balls, but the food was still excellent.
      Any plans this weekend?
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    41. http://www.schoyencollection.com/music_files/ms52… Time for a song, created with Vedic hands!
      Hi PT,
      Farmers always leave the old cars, trucks, and equipment on their property like that. I wonder why? Just cause it is more convenient? For parts? For maybe they will give it to someone later that needs it? To try and fix someday, but the farm gets in the way of time? Anyway it's nice, I helped Fred to pull an Amazon out a of barn not too long ago. I get the IH 5288 connection now. My grandfather had a Ford tractor, really something in Poland back then. It is one of my earliest memories.
      Hi Skay,
      Well all the more reason for you to try the Kobe beef. Tia Maria became Tia Jose here recently, just not the same. I probably would have liked it had I not been to the original, matter of expectations. The weekend's busy. We have soccer games and soccer photos. On Sunday is the food drive, and Aga is taking the kids to a tour here at my work. Tonight Aga and I have a date, yippie! Going to drink and watch Titanic. I have to get ready for the garage sale as well, we lost a small part to what she wanted to hang the clothes on, Michelle used to have a princess bed, that frame that the curtains were on. I tried to make from PVC something for at least three of the rods to go into, did not work, will try wood next.
      Have a good one,
      5292

    42. skaycog, I've thought about fixing it up but logistics are an issue, I live 3 hours drive away so it would have to be a weekends project. In between it would be one more car taking up space in the shop building and my dad already has 5 permanent automotive residents in there (Mk1, Mk2, and Mk4 Austin-Healey Sprites, a '93 Dakota and a Scout 800.)
      mzs, a lot of those things are factors for keeping old stuff around. Sometimes it's a source of parts to keep another, similar vehicle going, sometimes it's because you aren't using that machine but want to keep it in case you need to, sometimes it's something you'd fix if you could but just don't need badly enough or have the time for it. I'm going to have to try Kobe beef someday.
      Anyway, it's about time for me to turn back into a pumpkin.
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    43. Hi Pumpkin PT,
      Wow your dad's garage/barn is pretty neat place! The mkII sprite did not have the bug eye look did it? It was more like the later ones? I don't know a lot about cars actually. One of the funny things was a great mix-up of mine. My buddy lived on a farm in HS. His dad had a lot of old stuff around, one summer we got what I remembered as a Volvo Amazon going. I got the luck to drive it the first time, it stopped about 2.5 times, then I stopped it in the bushes of some neighbors that they did not like. So when I decide to look for an old Volvo I asked his dad. He had no idea what I was talking about, turns-out it was an old Jaguar, ha! But he was friends with a guy that has owned 20 Volvos now and helped me a lot, funny world.
      Have a good one,
      5294

    44. pt……I understand about not fixing up the Cougar. It sounds like the shop building is full already. How was your weekend? Was it fun being a pumpkin? Yum……..pumpkin pie with whipped cream……my favorite!
      mzs, smz, pie………Zoom! There went the weekend. I had a great weekend but did nothing out of the ordinary. Papa Murphy's chicken, bacon, artichoke pizza Friday night. Saturday night for dinner was at a Mexican restaurant where I had a beef taco salad. Sunday was church, brunch with friends and relaxation with a little NASCAR in the afternoon. On Friday evening, I saw an orange Lotus Elise on the highway. My mouth dropped open a foot.
      <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Jnkm0bqSjBI/TTpu07SA6uI/AAAAAAAAALU/7ULMcIjaQpI/s1600/LOTUS+ELISE+%25284%2529.jpg"width="500"/&gt;
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    45. <img src="http://www.jpopasia.com/img/album-covers/1/9772-5296-k5kk.jpg"&gt; Along the lines of music, the album cover of a numerically named reproduction of a set of sound waves.
      HI Skay,
      Oh no better than even pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup! Aga has made it a few times, it is excellent. She uses canned pumpkin, so none of the complex recipes I have found just now online are not it. If anyone is interested, let me know, I'll get the recipe from her. Nothing out of the ordinary ehh? Artichoke pizza and Lotus! Anway look at those wheels, neat, an odd number of spokes and with material taken out of the middle. Glad you had a nice weekend. We had a busy one, all that stuff I wrote about, plus Aga had me do a bunch of stuff. The funniest was to put different lights outside, she got them from a neighbor. There they were on the floor of the garage with a note on the kitchen table to install them before she got back and we went to visit my parents. Well they were a different size and it took me two hours of making a bracket that would work from stuff I had in the basement and garage just to get one up. She got home, mad about the lights not done, I told her about the PITA it was, then she went and pulled the brackets that came with the lights out of a box, ha! The rest of the lights went up really quickly the next day 🙂
      Have a good one,
      5296

    46. skaycog, instead of being a pumpkin I slept like a log. I was tired that day… it started with getting up at 4:something for a 5:30am conference call (most of the other folks on the line were in Europe so it was just after lunch for them.)
      mzs, that's a funny story. I could see that confusion a little. On the Sprites the Mk1 was the Bugeye, all the rest had the lights at the front end of the fenders kind of like an MGB.
      My weekend wasn't much, Saturday I lazed around the house a while then in the afternoon I took the pickup out toward the Sheyenne River area for some photography and I hiked the little Oak Ridge trail in the state forest to see what I could see. The main thing I got out of it was wood ticks, I didn't think they liked me so I didn't use repellent but I got 5 of them… ick. They weren't attached though, just wandering aimlessly. Sunday I watched the NASCAR race then took the Challenger out for my annual "screw Earth Day" hooning, in which I saw a fellow Challenger in that "green with envy" color they only had for a little while last year.
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    47. $kaycog…
      Those Lotuses (Loti?) are really neat. I have a funny pic of one that I thought was on my facebook but I can't find it. I'll have to hunt it down on my computer tonight. You didn't get any taco's at the Mexican restaurant this weekend! Wait that's what Tuesdays are for. Happy Taco Tuesday! (I'll find us a new spot)
      mzs…
      I've never heard of NI Labview. It sounds fun though and it seems like Kevin is enjoying it! That's funny story about forgetting the type of car. It's weird how the details in memories end up different from reality. I forget details all the time. It's probably not good for my cognitive future, haha! Happy Tuesday!
      I'm finding us a new spot!!
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  4. Probably the usual 100 or so mile round trip that we make a couple of times a month anyways. About 45 minutes to the wife's folks, then another 30 minutes to my folks, then about 70 minutes back home, it is sort of a big loop. Left overs at the the in-laws for lunch, the mother-in-law usually cooks everything the night before. Then a HUGE fresh dinner at my folks place. Way too much in one day, as usual. It will probably be followed Friday night with a big birthday dinner for me.

  5. Driving to Tucson with the bosses, hundred or so miles. Then get on a plane for Charleston, SC, and my parents, sis in law (little bro is soldiering in Iraq) and House Ape nephews, who worship Uncle Severe because I was on the teevee lately (Discovery Channel's Ghost Lab filmed a thing in Tombstone). Along with plenty of turkey, I will gorge on fresh oysters. Many of them. We don't have them in the desert.

  6. I'll be making the 210-mile haul from Fargo to my family's farm in the middle of South Dakota. Odds are I'll use the '05 Dakota (it's just as nice to drive as my '96 T-bird, marginally more likely to get there in one piece, and gets about the same gas mileage since I'm less likely to engage in aggravated hooning with it.)

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