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1) New job still going well, still busy as ever!
2) Sold the burnt orange GTX, it was just sitting around not being used now that the blue GTX is back on the road (with spanky new 11.75" disc brakes and 11" drums out back) and 4.10's spinning in the 8.75 again.
3) Neon is for sale too, it was a great car but it was time for something new (see below)
4) Been working around the house trying to get things settled. Roof repairs, furnace upgrades, rebuilt the porch, etc. I don't feel I can go racing when there is stuff pending on the house.
5) Reliant has made it back in the garage, I miss driving that little stinker.
The new daily driver, 2014 Dodge Challenger
Happy New Year!
1) Not much to say aside from were going through the long hard slog of winter. Getting all our ducks in a row at work has been a grueling process but getting there.
Kyle and I at dealership Halloween party, we crushed it out the park.
For Halloween 2013 I put the pedal to the metal to whip up a costume for Kyle. With not a huge amount of time left he decided to take me up on my offer to resurrect my old Proton Pack. So we were off and running! Scored a flight suit and beanie and button off Ebay for the basic costume, already had spare gloves and belt kicking around and Photoshop'd an id badge up. After that it was a matter of firing up the tablesaw and making the new sections of the old pack I had robbed when constructing version 2.0.
Speaking of version 2.0; I completed it a few weeks before Kyles. It has a wand assembly from MMM which I finished assembling and then screwed everything together with a rechargeable battery. I'll do a new update to the page with pictures.
I did pick up another car, my last one for some time I hope. They follow me home like strays. I need to focus and get rolling along on the ones I have.
1) Sold the Spirit, that didn't last long! The reality is as much as I like the car the Neon is a pretty reliable beater and as a development car for the Reliant just not suitable. I'm going to use the Dart which is just sitting in the garage at the moment to do engine work for the K-car. This way I don't have to worry about breaking transaxle parts and just focus on engine tuning and reliability.
2) Changed jobs! Less stress but more responsibility. I'll take it! Much happier now, the old place was getting rather toxic on my health and I wish anyone working there all the best.
3) Picked up a car trailer for cheap, cheap, cheap!! Were going racing next year!
4) As you can see on the index page the hood finally showed up for the GTX and it looks rather sharp now. No racing yet, the car still needs a disc brake front end on it and some other odds and ends but is nice that its back on the road and looking good!
Last Berlin Turnpike cruise for Make a Wish, 2013.
Halloween is coming, who 'ya going to call? This year will be epic.
1) Politics. As predicted, things are going to hell in a hand basket. The whole world is laughing at president jug-ears over his feckless handling of the situation in Syria.
2) The old garage got a huge facelift- Stripped it, insulated the walls, 250 feet of new wiring, new wall covering, shelves, benches, lights, new ceiling beams, the works! Its now the "workshop" where all the sub-assemblies are built and stays warm enough during the winter I can work out there year round. Took about 3-4 months to get the major work completed but well worth the effort. The reduction in clutter has been incredible and I'm mostly organized now with inventory sheets and a book of parts pictures coming soon.
This is actually an older picture (I wasn't done yet) and doesn't show the window trimmed up or the a/c unit in the wall)
3) The family is doing well and everyone is in good shape. Leah had a major medical issue this summer which was addressed by the fine people at the Hartford Children's Hospital and they did a fabulous job! She was back to her snarky self in nothing flat. She is going to be 13 in October! I'm getting old..
4) The GTX. Well if you have been following the page you know I have been picking at the original GTX, this year I cranked the knob to "11." I heard once to often "the car has patina" which to me translates into "battered looking shit" as far as I'm concerned. The car was stripped, shot off to the bodyshop and been primped and preened since returning. And I'm not done yet! The interior was tuned up, the tunnel ram reinstalled (the carb refurbishment alone was an epic task) a 3" exhaust system was installed and there will be more coming soon. Head over to the GTX page for more pictures, the brown GTX has its own page too!
5) The job I was at for 6 years? Gone. I gave my notice and got out of Dodge. I start in a week at a new facility as Director of Environmental Services.
6) Just spent a lot of time cleaning house and getting my ducks in a row. The Lull forklift has finally been sold off and I have been busy cleaning around the property. Carted off a 1000 pounds of scrap yesterday and did several dozen others things in an attempt to clean off my plate so I can move on to other things.
7) Picked up Jon's old Spirit R/T with an SOHC 2.2, not sure what I'm going to do with it. Use it as a daily driver or go racing? Hmmm. Speaking of which, one reason the GTX was given a makeover (which will tide if over for a few years) was so that the other cars get moved up the "work queue." This winter we hope to get rolling on the Dart which is resting in the garage and come spring/summer can finally get the Reliant back in play.
1) The election? America choose poorly, that's all I got to say.... It will end badly I predict.
2) The garage is complete! Updated pictures here. Now I can get some work during the winter...
3) Updated the kitchen this month with three new double hung replacement windows. Every year I work on the house to make it a bit more energy efficient. Amazing how quiet it is now with the new windows! I might do a new storm door too as the old one is pretty leaky.
4) Hurricane Sandy- Lots of hype but no real damage here in this neck of the woods. Lost power for four days and had to run on generator but for this go around I had installed a transfer switch so I could power up the whole house which worked pretty nice. The power inverter went down though which I use to keep the refrigerator running through the night, need to shop for a more reliable model.
5) Spent a few weeks working on an old friend... enjoy the pictures below. I replaced both front brake lines, one wheel cylinder, replaced the headers, welded up the exhaust, sanded and painted the rims, installed new rubber, replaced some fuel lines, reinstalled the Thermoquad I used when racing, replaced the intake gasket, replaced the alternator, did some minor repairs to the interior, reinstalled the grill which I restored a year or two ago and repaired and repainted the fiberglass front bumper which had gotten damaged 20+ years ago. Sitting hasn't been kind to the old girl as the top is shot and the paint is peeling but at least she is inside for good and slated for full rework in about 2 years time. The reason I put the time into it is that I figured it would be at least 2-3 years before I can get started in earnest and the car is still plated and insured so why not make it totally road worthy?
Taken right after the bumper was reinstalled...
Doing the brakes...
First road test to the gas station!
Last cruise, Berlin Turnpike.
Building a garage, getting overdrive working in the Duster and purchased another car! Not to mention all the fun stuff like fixing broken gutter drainage, servicing the fleet, pipes leaking, etc.
1) The Duster is about 80% through its upgrade to a late model 42RH overdrive transmission, see details here.
2) Work on the new garage is finally starting! Permits have been obtained, building ordered and foundation work starts this weekend. By the end of May I should have a new four bay garage, will be nice to finally have all the toys in one spot =) We have been clearing brush and trees like crazy and the concrete guy will be here this weekend to start stripping topsoil.
3) Did a bunch of updates to the 3dfx page if you are interested a few weeks ago..
4) Proton pack page updated with some work I did a few months ago, not done but I can wait a few months to finish.
The garage is a long time coming, I'll finally be able to work through the winter and get started on the GTX and Reliant again.
Updated the S107 and proton pack pages.
Welcome to the new year, perhaps some improvement over the old. We can Hope for better Change eh? On with the updates!
1) The Duster- It broke. woops!
After a cam change and an electric fuel pump to do away with the Mickey Mouse adapter setup on the front of the camshaft we were off the the track! The car was running superb and pulling hard, I expected at least a half second improvement.... but something in the back of the transmission didn't like being towed on the dolly and almost locked up while a half hour out. So we pulled the drive shaft and headed back home. I have heard of it happening, first time it has bit me on the rear end though. Plans are to rebuild and install an upgraded 42RH (that is a 904 with lockup and overdrive in simplistic terms) to improve the car's cruise by lowering highway RPM (thus noise levels and fuel consumption) and improve launch with lower ratio first gear set in the trans. Aside from gathering of parts, no work yet but soon.
2) The Dart- No work yet since the Duster broke, it has priority. I did do some repair work on the enclosed trailer the car is stored in, it had a broken corner from a tree branch strike by the former owner. I reinforced the backside of the damaged area with fiberglass and then ground down the cracked & broken area before filling with body filler, spot putty and primer. A few coats of white paint and you can't even tell it was broken! I'm not sure it is a "correct" repair but sure looks great and will keep the rain out.
3) New garage- Moving forward on this, hired a local attorney that knows the town permit process. Once the garage is up and settled in work will really start proceeding on the Dart, GTX and Reliant. Most of the work will be centered on the Dart for now since a good chunk has already been done but it never hurts to have other irons in the fire to pickup in case you get bored or have to wait on a part.
4) House- Boys are still settling in, we reworked their bedroom. I installed two new windows, installed lots of shelving and made a pack and coat rack to keep things off the floor. The room is two tone blue and green with a white ceiling.
5) Helicopters- For Christmas I purchased the kids and myself a four pack of Syma S107 helicopters off Amazon. Cheap and fun as hell! They do have some issues time to time though and I thought I'd throw up a quick page with some tips. Don't waste time buying "Air Hogs" from Wal-Mart when you can get these for as little as $22 shipped! These things rock! I see them sold in Radio Shack and Brookstone under a different name but if you look close at the chassis they appear to be the same heli. As a bonus they come with USB chargers so you don't have to waste the controller batteries.
6) Halloween- For Halloween this year I had the crazy last minute idea of going as a Ghostbuster, see this page for the buildup and continuation of the project.
1) Changed the main page logo to reflect newest arrival.
2) Added 67 Dart page
We survived Hurricane Irene with minor damage, just no power for a week! However we were well prepared with a generator and plenty of fuel along with an power inverter for backup.
Hoping to go racing this month or next as changes were made to the Duster! An adapter on the front of the camshaft for the fuel pump almost failed and was removed. Rather than risk running another I installed a an electric fuel pump and replaced the slack semi-stock magnum roller cam with something a bit more lumpy! Car really stands up and goes now! 14.2 isn't bad for a 3600 lb car but still... Now the car is a bit more fun to drive.
Mark my words, Facebook has jumped the shark this week. I deleted my account and know a bunch of others who have as well due to recent changes and plans to introduce more.
This "Timeline" feature they are going to impose on users which they expect you to load with your personal information just changed Facebook to stalker central and a large number of people want nothing to do with it.
Duster page has been updated! Lots of new pics!
Been busy the last few months- Have Faiths two boys living here now (Kyle and Jacob) so the house is pretty jumping, both boys show and interest in cars though, that is very cool! Kyle has been helpful with getting the Dart project off the ground and make progress.
Car has been stripped to the bare shell, all the trim holes welded up and is almost ready to go to the body shop.
You can follow the cars progress here at the for a-body only forum.
I'm still refining the Duster, info can be found here.
Been a long time hasn't it? On with the news! But where to start?!
1) Just finished renovating another room in the house- Gutted the walls and ceiling, pulled the old electrical cable and single outlet, added new wiring, 8 new outlets and a dedicated 15 amp breaker, new ceiling box (fan rated), media outlet box (coax, Ethernet and phone line) sealed all cracks in the tongue and groove walls, 1/2" of poly insulation + fiberglass insulation, 1/2" sheetrock, new argon filled double pane windows and trim, fan/light assembly, new trim for closet and door, light sand on floor and sealed (going to carpet in future) pressure washed and painted radiator, sanded and painted the doors and polished the brasswork. 6 weeks start to finish, whew.
Old room with "Beaver Board" walls and no insulation.
Walls gone, time to seal and insulate!
Walls done and painted, fan installed!
Clean and sparkling!
2) Duster- Since I last updated the Duster has been treated to a set of stripes, replaced the motor with a 5.9 Magnum and swapped out the 8.25" 2.45 rear axle for one with 3.55's and a locker rear. At The Valley dragstrip last year the car ran 14.2 at 94mph.
You can read about the Dusters build here over on the For A-bodies forum
Right after the stripes were done...
Lining up at the strip.
Its a good car but bores me to tears some days, just lacks a little something. In the near future I plan on installing a 44RH overdrive transmission for better low end grunt and overdrive. Other projects to work on first!
July 18th 2009
Quick hardware review and warning!
Pinnacle Dazzle DVD Recorder, DVC - 100
I have piles of VHS tapes I have laying about I was going to covert to DVD but have not found a suitable device to transfer to disc till now. The Dazzle was on www.buy.com refurbished for $20 shipped so I gambled and was pleasantly surprised.
Easy setup, cheap, audio/video stays in sync, hardware also works with other Windows applications like Movie Maker. DVD Instant Recorder software will let you burn to disc or store on hard drive (this is important, more later)
Included "editing" software is so crippled as to be useless, you have to purchase plug-ins to do just about anything, DVD Instant Recorder software breaks Windows Media Player CD burning ability and some bugs!
This post is for all the people getting Windows Media Player error "0xC00D1176: Cannot find a CD recorder" when trying to burn MP3 files to audio CD. The DVD Instant Recorder software installs its own burning driver that breaks Windows Media Player CD burning functionality. All I did was uninstall the Dazzle software and the CD burning function returned to Windows Media Player.
What I would do to capture my video was-
1) Run Instant Recorder *saving the captured video to hard drive*
2) Open captured files with DVD Shrink (free) and choose re-author. This was done for two reasons! Reason one is that you can edit the beginning and end of the video stream in DVD Shrink so you don't have to worry about getting it perfect while capturing. The second reason is that sometimes DVD Recorder sometimes more often than not generate an odd DVD file structure that will crash most DVD playback software. DVD Shrink will fix this.
3) When in re-author mode, just drag the main movie over to the left pane, click the edit button to set your beginning and end. Set how much compression you want and hit the backup button and you are finished!
4) Remember to uninstall the Dazzle software if you want Media Player burning to work again.
Now I have gobs of racing tapes stored on DVD and my hard drive, be fun to do some editing now if I can find some decent software that doesn't require a degree to operate...
Still picking away at the house and other projects, should be getting a bunch of stuff on Ebay soon! I'm trying to de-clutter the house but it is so hard with time being in short supply...
June 27th 2009 (This sun room is driving me insane edition)
The sunroom project is heading into the final laps... some pictures below.
The walls are all tongue and groove planks- All the seams were filled with caulk before insulation was laid.
Here you can see the new windows on the right compared to the old on the left.
The walls have a layer of reflective foam to help keep heat in and seal out possible drafts.
Then a layer of R-15 fiberglass insulation was laid in.
Mike & Tim handle the sheetrock work as I'm running out of time.
The reflective foam is just laying across the beams upstairs. After the ceiling was in place fiberglass was placed between the beams with 4 x 8 foam sheets over the tops of the beams. This will support a 1 foot layer of fiberglass without loading the sheetrock causing it to bow in the future..
Sheetrock roughed into place.
I did the electrical work which consisted of moving the old outlets and boxes, installing boxes into code friendly locations, installing 8 new outlets and boxes with a new 20 amp circuit and adding more boxes with connections for cable, network, phone and video feeds.
Another view of work in progress.
Walls in primer!
Left side of room.
The carpet will be coming up after the painting is done, it is a beautiful finished hardwood floor that has been covered with carpet for the last 20-30 years I bet. If I'm lucky the paint will be done this weekend and all that will be left to do is trim the windows up.
I did sneak out to the garage a few weeks ago and slipped a aluminum 4 barrel intake on the Duster. After the sunroom is done this week I'm spending 30 days out in the garage and have some fun ;-)
Did I mention I have a Neon? 2001 with a SOHC and a stick.
The Spirit R/T is being retired, the body is just falling apart.
Let me know if you like the font change, trying to make the site easier on the eyes.
P.S. The new Star Trek movie was rather fun even if the story did have a few glaring plot holes in it while Terminator Salvation sucked I'm afraid. I didn't think it was possible to make a worse Terminator movie than T3-Rise of the Machines but I have been proven wrong.
May 10th 2009 (Mothers day edition!)
What is going at the Dodge Garage...
Still a period of clean up here.. too many projects and not enough time. Projects around the house, projects out in the garage, projects at work!
Was looking at building a new garage on the property for this year but, the town looks like they might make it difficult so I'm going to do the projects that I can do in the mean time.
Need to re-shingle the roof, replace the furnace system and I'm in the process of insulating and sheetrocking a sunroom and replacing 12 windows, fun eh?
This month I pulled the transmission out of the Duster to replace some leaking freeze plugs, rebuilt the trans while it is out and did some valve body mods too. Car is mobile again and at least for now I don't have to worry about that. I'd like to install the dual exhaust and 4 barrel intake this month too but the sunroom needs to be finished before mid-June. Has some other stuff planned, just going to have to wait till July though. Trying to avoid any heavy work to the car since we are getting into prime carshow and cruise night season, so far have not missed much as the weather here has been horrid.
Speaking of the Duster, I'll be starting a mods page soon detailing what has been done to the car plus some tips one installing a Magnum engine in an early car. The Magnum engine is a project for later this year, I have all the parts, just a matter of downing the car so the body shop can paint the bay and I have a lot of brackets and pieces to strip and paint.
Spent some time cleaning out the workshop and setting up a work area. Picked up a sandblast cabinet on sale with 20% off coupon from Harbor Freight, loaded with Aluminum Oxide this things rocks! It make short work of rust and paint and will really help out when I start restoring the GTX in the next year or two. Already I have blasted a few brackets and the wiper motor off the duster and it is fantastic. I have waited more than a few years to pick one up, was well worth the wait.
Leah is doing good, school is almost done for the season, she will be in 4 grade in the fall. Might take her with me to SDAC this summer if I can work out the schedule with Heather.
Other than that just been keeping a sharp eye on the news, don't like what I see at all. 6 million people out of work since January 20th, we look to be in for a rough ride the next few years.
Best to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
April 6th 2009.
Parts page update- Hauled a bunch of stuff down to a Shelby Dodge dyno event in Lancaster PA, had a great time guys! Was great to see Steve Menegon, Cliff Sebring, Brian Slowe, Mike Marra and all my other good friends I have not seen in some time.
Been busy working on the house (upgrades that have to be done this year), getting a 5.9 magnum motor freshened up for the Duster and just in general getting my house in order so I can move onward to other projects... Priorities guys, priorities.
It is going to be a rough ride the next few years.
November 5th 2008
Who is John Galt?
Some of the CNN reports sited as references have already expired from the web, but many other sites still are interesting to read!
Part 1: Remember the election in 2006? Thought you might like to read the following:
A little over two years ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.
Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!
Remember it's Congress that makes law not the President. He has to work with what's handed to him.
Quote of the Day........
that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who
is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too, my attitude is that if
the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for
everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for
everybody." -- Barack Obama
So Obama wants to spread the wealth around? I'd perfer people who generated the wealth to keep it. Why should you or I give my money to people who didn't earn it?
Let's make something perfectly clear- When Obama speaks about taxing those who make over $250,000 a year he was very clear that was $250 in REVENUE not PROFITS.
My little company Relentless Performance pulled in more than that in a year, but profit is a far different story than the total of checks coming in- You have rent, salary, shipping, local taxes, electric, inventory, R&D expenses, etc. The list goes on and on. After your monthly overhead is paid for there wasn't a lot of money left (the profit part) to feed my family.
Obama wants to tax based on the dollar amount coming in, not the profit after bills are paid.
Can anyone say Jimmy Carter II?
To a few of you that means nothing, but to someone who lived through that disaster in the 70's it is to be avoided again at all costs. Were still living with bad choices made by Carter when he was in office.
Cuba got change in 1958, be careful what you wish for.
Part 2: Taxes...Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.
Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250
Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest
President ever. If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened.
PART 3: You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:
Boy, am I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html (dead link, I'll try to find a good one)
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html (dead link, I'll try to find a good one)
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html
5 $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
12. The National Policy Institute, 'estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.'
Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm
14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States.
Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/articles.html
The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
The Duster page is up (with more to be added)
As you can see by the changed front page image, I have been very busy =)
Picked up a 1974 Plymouth Duster in distressed condition 2 months ago in an effort to get motivated to working on the GTX... as you can tell by the picture it has really come a long way! I'll post a Duster project page soon so you can see the before and after results.
Update on the fleet- Yes I still have the Reliant, the Spirit still is alive and kicking (pulling over 30 mpg with 53pph injectors, ha!) the Dodge ram now has plates (no more dealer plates) the Town and Country van was sold on Ebay, the GTX is in storage still and I still have the Honda Magna motorcycle which I have put more miles this year than any other I think.
Leah is doing great! Just celebrated her 8th birthday, we had a party over Heather's house. She is living locally now which minimizes travel time and the stress on Leah.
Work is steady if a touch boring (IMHO) but it beats worrying if a dealership is going to have it's doors open or not the next day!
P.S. I think only one person has figured out the quote at the top of the page, too obscure perhaps!
Yes I'm still alive.
Heather and I went our separate ways last year and there was some difficult times... For the most part they are behind me now and I'm in the process of getting things back in some sort of order.
Leah is doing well and is happy and I have a new job as an Assistant Director of Maintenance of a healthcare facility in southeastern CT. The pay is about the same as I was making before plus health benefits so it is all good.
August 18th 2007
A joke sent to me by a friend entitled "You have to love the Irish..."
At a U2 concert in Ireland , Bono (the lead singer) asks the audience for some quiet. Then he starts to slowly clap his hands. Holding the audience in total silence, he says into the microphone...."I want you to think about something. Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies."
A voice from the front of the audience yells out...."Then stop clapping, ya asshole!"
July 23rd 2007
Blackhole II is back online. (an inside joke for you that use to work for 3dfx, no one else will get it of course nor do they have too)
Hello my friends I have returned from beyond.... more tomorrow.