WRR0369 posted on Joshua Sorry, I must've offended, by using my smoothbore's name. Will try not to do it again. But she does shoot either round ball or shot, and at ranges further than I can see now on raggedy days.
January 6 at 23:31 EST .
Joshua posted on The Road Automobilia My first car: '65 Mercury Monterey convertible, except in maroon. It wasn't actually mine, my mom bought it, but I pretty much took it over when I got my license when I turned 17, the year after she bought it.
It was a boat, with a 390 c.i. Ford big block motor. The transmission let you lock it in 2nd gear. I am guessing that was just in case one needs to spin the wheels on snow. But I was never really sure what the point of that was. The selector went P,R, Neutral, Drive, Low, 2nd. Any insight into this would be interesting.
I spent as much time under that car as in it. We were a good ways toward getting it restored when I got t-boned on the West Side Hwy.
December 30 at 17:33 EST .
Sal My first car was a '73 Dodge Sart Swinger. The folks wanted me to have a safe, rather sedate vehicle. Wow! Huge V-8, automatic and air - was wall-to-wall engine under the hood. Had the big MOPAR engine and would do well over 100 mph without a shimmy (or so I was told :)!) Traded it years ago for a family-type car but found it again, still in rather good shape, for sale by owner in the neighborhood about 8 years ago. Passed on buying it back, though. I hope she found a good home....
January 1 at 11:30 EST .
Eagle's Dominion My brother had a 69 Dodge Dart.Standard power was the high-winding, 340-inch, LA-series small-block. That car was one that just came of the assembly perfect! Stock car that just screamed. You had to be running 440 or better to be that little sucker. Great car! MOPAR power. ;-)
Jes' me My first car was a '69 Chevy Bel Air, my "living room on wheels". My next car, my favorite, was a 1964 Dodge Dart with slant-six engine and push-button transmission. Drove that sweetheart 'til it couldn't drive no more.
January 5 at 00:17 EST .
Ole buzzard In 1971, I took my first reenlistment bonus and bought a 1965 Thunderbird with a 410 hp 390 with dual quads. It was a one of 500 because that was one of the cars Ford was running in the NASCAR circuit that year (back when the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing actually ran STOCK cars). It was a flying lead sled!! It had L715 tires all around. I could smoke them from a standing start with no brake torquing. But the greatest thing about it was that I could get 18 mpg or better if I kept it under 70 mph. I made one trip of 165 miles from my brother's house to Chanute AFB in 1 hour and 40 minutes. I started out with a full tank of gas (26 gallons), and when I gassed up the next day, I took 25.4 gallons. Oh, and it also had interceptor suspension. Do I need to say that car was FUN to drive?
Joshua I would pass out trying to keep this up. Saw this while posting the bottle band video in today's Must Read's on Lcom
December 30 at 09:01 EST .
Nugoddess ''Honest, Mom! I'm not drinking - I'm tuning my instrument!''
January 4 at 08:29 EST .
Joshua posted on Main Page The Lobby Check the bunch of new pictures of the NYC mess for a real idea of what is going on and why Bloomberg needs to back given some slack. The city is broke and this is the absolutely the worst storm sine '77
December 30 at 06:43 EST .
Joshua There are a bunch more on the Blizzard of '10 Wall
December 30 at 06:49 EST .
Rake King We learned in St. Louis with a 22" snow in 1983 you can't plow that deep a snow, you have to haul if off.
December 30 at 08:09 EST .
Joshua That's what they usually do, Dept.s of Sanitation & Transportation will load it and truck it to the rivers throughout the city and dump it. I suspect that we are not seeing them truck it off for a couple of reasons: One the city us broke and Bloomberg is trying not to blow the whole winter's snow budget when we have plenty of snow season left. I remember the '82 APRIL blizzard. And two, Most of the haulers are still being used as plows, still busy getting snow out of the way and spreading salt.
December 30 at 08:20 EST .
Shooter1002 Besides that, a river is a few blocks from most places in Manhattan. Look at a map of Queens or Brooklyn! Hauling snow from the middle of Flatbush or Flushing ain't gonna happen! Shovel it down the sewers. Who cares about el Bronx? Tell 'em to call in April. Forget about Staten Island, its really part of Jersey anyway.
December 30 at 09:01 EST .
Belwhatter The NYC Dept of Sanitation was on strike because of the effects of a down ecomomy - that's saying it politely - and deliberately messed up the streets - and we hear today that the aid vehicles could not get through so a woman died and a newborn baby died. Well dome Bloomie - would that Rudi was at the helm.
December 30 at 12:44 EST .
Shooter1002 Bloomberg reminds me of Mayor Lindsay, another super wealthy impudent effete snot from the Upper East Side. Imagine saying 'stop complaining, go see a play' to New Yorkers while the streets are clogged with snow and they can't get to work. Giuliani would have kicked some union butt and got it done. I'd like to ram a few fatburgers with extra mayo down that impudent Bloomberg's throat!
December 30 at 14:50 EST .
Rawmuse I was in Boston in '77. This looks worse. California may be hosed, but I am in short sleeves and sandals right now...
December 30 at 16:59 EST .
MsCharlotteVale NYC wouldn't be broke if I could take a Magic Marker to its budget. How much is it costing for Blooms to have people looking for smokers, transfats, salt, colas, etc? Nannyism doesn't come cheap by a long shot. We pay govt to take care of things we can't do as individuals; that's what govt's supposed to be about.
December 31 at 01:58 EST .
Joshua posted on Main Page The Lobby A word from Ben Stein and wishing a Jew "Merry Christmas." Ben Stein is just so sensible.
MMC I love Ben Stein! I had the privilege of meeting him and dining at the same table. He is a delightful man-witty and serious- very intelligent.
December 28 at 18:02 EST .
Phooey Thank You, Joshua! Just read this after my rant. Ben Stein gets it. We are on our own against a formidable foe and maybe that is ourselves...complacency.
December 28 at 18:18 EST .
Lawsy0 What a wonderful read. Stein is a favorite of mine, and to think I'd never heard of him before ''Ferris Buhler!''
December 28 at 18:55 EST .
OnTheBall I've enjoyed and admired Ben Stein since I first encountered his wonderful wit, intellect and personality. One can only ponder what an angel he is married to, to inspire him to the extent he is.
December 28 at 19:08 EST .
Surfhut Thanks for posting this Joshua. I'm sending it to my email list. I met Ben about 25 years ago. He is a wonderful human being, warts and all.
December 28 at 19:19 EST .
Joshua posted on Blizzard of '10 This is from the East window of the Lcom NYC office. People have already dug the cars out - - - but the plows will go up that street and rebury them.
December 27 at 15:40 EST .
10sgal67 be How many inches of snow did you get in your area? We got 2 inches Christmas Day and that is plenty. Here in Greenville, SC, we haven't had a white Christmas since 1963. Have a great week, Joshua!
December 27 at 15:58 EST .
Joshua We got 21 inches here in Manhattan. This was the 6th largest one-day snowfall in NYC history. City gov't takes care of Manhattan first, so we have well plowed streets. There are people in B'klyn and the Bronx and Queens who won't see a plow for a couple of days.
The really bad part is going to be in a day or two when this stuff starts to melt. Then is when the mess really starts.
December 27 at 18:16 EST .
Surfhut When it melts and re-freezes overnight is when it gets really dangerous. Take care, Lcom staff.
December 27 at 18:52 EST .
Dartriley Friends from the Bronx posted some pictures on my facebook wall this morning...looked pretty, but what a mess! They started to dig themselves out as much as they could. I guess parts of NJ were hit hard too.
Joshua BTW, that is looking South on Broadway so it has been plowed several times. It is 6 lanes wide and has one lane cleared on each side. The reason you don't see snow on the tree lined mall running down the middle of the road is because the subway under the middle of B'way is keeping the ground warm
December 27 at 15:16 EST .
Joshua posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters Norman, the first Lcom office dog (who passed away a few years ago) would be loving this snow today. Bassets are remarkably agile for a dog that looks like it was built by committee
December 27 at 14:59 EST .
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Paget51 Awww, I have a special place in my heart for Bassets! My parents had one named "Muffin". She passed away years ago too. She was a big sweetheart. :)
December 27 at 15:32 EST .
Paget51 LOL just read the last part of your comment. Yep, they certainly get around well considering the way they were put together!
Ynaught Kind of envious but kind of not! We had a light dusting of snow and some icy roads in the coastal part of SC. Would love to play in snowbanks like I did as a child in Massachusetts, but would hate to have to dig my car out of the snow as I did when I was in college in DC. Think I'll stay in the south and hope the rumors of the coming ice age are just rumors! Algore couldn't be wrong, could he?