Friday, August 28, 2009


so Ted Kennedy was known, among other things, for his boston accent. If you ever watch SNL or listen to howard stern you'd here them mocking him for all of his "era's". He tended to start every sentence with an "era".

Which makes me wonder, as i look at the headlines of his passing, if some news organizations aren't having one last bit of fun with his accent?

An Era Ends With Death of Kennedy

Kennedy takes with him a time and an era

Massachusetts mulls place in post-Kennedy era

Ted Kennedy: End of one era; bridge to the next

Oh those retired people,

Funny stuff!....

Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.

(I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Great Stuff

It amazes me what constitutes auto repair for some people. I was reminded of how creative people can be when i cut off the quarter panels on my alfa yesterday. Behind the steel i found gobs and gobs of "great stuff". For what purpose? i have no idea...but it sure made a big mess when i scraped it all out of there!

I also got my rear clip on Thursday. Because the rear sheet metal was in such rough shape i had a few options to fix it...all new sheet metal (expensive!), fiberglass (tough to attach), find original sheet metal from a donor car. I went for the last option. I found a rear clip for 50 bucks (+shipping)! What a deal. My biggest problem now is room. what seemed like a voluminous two car garage is now woefully inadequate!

Not sure why the pics are rotated!

few more pics at,

2009 07 Metal work