Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Extreme Rustproofing

The owner told me the entire vehicle in coated with Line-X bed liner top and bottom.

And a good idea I haven't seen for awhile.
Business card holder fairly weatherproof on the outside window.

I truly enjoy "doers"! Color outside those lines folks, progress and innovation can be small or large steps. You don't need to be an apathetic ass sitter.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Well whoop de doo, President Trump ruffled some feathers in Helsinki. Now politicians of every stripe are trying for attention. Chance to get their name out in front of the voters for free.

My take is President Trump dismissed the whole issue as trivial. That is, the Russian attempts were so pathetic as to not warrant a lot of attention.

Colorado’s two Senators, GoAlongtoGetAlong (D) and GoAlongtoGetAlong (R) are braying along with the rest of the pack.

President Trump reminds me of several people I worked with or for. Irritating as hell on a personal level and very effective on a business level. Fill my rice bowl and you can be all you can be asshole wise.

Think you can be a dominant success and be universally loved? How about Bill Belichick, New England Patriots.

As someone who won’t suffer fools, gladly or in any other way, I admire the man. So refreshing to hear something other than rehearsed focus group tested sound bites.  That is not to say I like him. See the second paragraph above.

The man today is the same man that was the candidate. When did that last happen?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Time Sink

What a time trap this Internet can become. This morning reading the Greeley Tribune online and the weekly “100 Years Ago”, came across this item.

A Denver man was arrested in Greeley for possession of 15 gallons of whiskey. His car, a Drummond Eight, had a large copper tank hidden under the rear seat with a faucet coming out underneath. His customers could fill their whiskey glasses by holding them under the auto.

Drummond Eight? Never heard of it. Google and Bing to the rescue.

Along the way looked at this site. Big mistake.

Beechcraft made automobiles! Yep, two in 1948. Aircraft engine driving a generator driving electric motors at the wheels.

Glanced at the clock and realized I had twelve minutes to make a 10 am appointment. Started looking at all this “stuff”  just after 7 am.

Damned fool supplement

Neighbor, mid 40’s, beta male with a drinking problem parks next to me in our assigned spots. A casual acquaintance but he asked me for car buying advice. After some discussion, referred him to an old colleague who fixed him up with a nice ride.

A month later?

Shit for brains still drinks and drives.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summertime Fools

Summer driving in farm country has an occasional hazard not found the rest of the year. Harvest convoys.

With the cost of a combine, used three weeks a year, approaching a half million, many farmers opt to hire out the work.  These crews travel the back roads in mile long convoys of over width combines on flatbed trucks pulling the harvesting heads on another trailer, long grain hauling semi trucks, large travel trailers, etc., and miscellaneous trucks of all kinds.

They move along at a good clip but there is always some damn fool (me, for example) that wants to pass them.

Yesterday I was headed South from Kimball, NE on Highway 71 to the intersection with Colorado 14 when I met a harvest convoy going North. Highway 71 has no shoulders, just two blacktop lanes with ditches on each side.

Yessir, the damn fool tried to pass the convoy. This not being my first rodeo, I was on alert and immediately stood on the brakes slowing me down enough to go in the ditch at a slow enough speed not to roll or even damage the precious Toyota Yaris (with 263,000 on the odo).

My apologies for the borrowed photos as I was a tad too busy to take my own.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bad Bars and Shuffleboard

My recent post on the Greeley Police Blotter may give the impression Greeley is a tame town. Not so, and not in the past.

1967-1968 found me ferrying single engine general aviation airplanes for Dirty Dick Nolan, Nolan Aviation, Greeley, CO in order to build flying hours without renting or owning an airplane. Dick offered fuel, oil, and a bus ticket back as compensation but kept you busy. He did pay for repos.

Here I met Bill S____, an 11th Air Assault group veteran, fellow time builder, and one time Norte Dame football player. We each had a room at an $8 a week flop house in Greeley and had sleeping bags for nights out of town.

One night we were both in Greeley and hit one of the bars along the tracks for a beer. The place had a shuffleboard and Bill and I started to amuse ourselves. I had never played and he was giving me pointers. Two individuals were watching and decided to interject themselves in our activity. One lined up all four pucks across the very end of the table, one on each corner, and two midway across. He went on to explain it was impossible to knock all four off with one shot. Me, not knowing better, let fly and all four went off the table. Yeah, couldn’t do that again in a hundred tries.

The puck setterupper became prody, got in my face, and got knocked on his ass. His buddy jumped in and Bill took care of him. Both of us were fairly fresh from the Army and had served in units with daily fights the norm. The other two were your basic mouthy bar toughs.

The bartender requested we leave but did allow us to finish our beers. As we left Bill picked up the bar toughs money from their table. When I raised a questioning eyebrow, he explained,

“They lost the bet”.

Strange, I never heard a bet being made. Must have been otherwise occupied.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Unalaska Envy

Rev. Paul ( often reported snippets from the Unalaska Police Blotter. Unfortunate the officer doing the blotter has taken on other duties and no longer has the time.

Contrast those exciting and interesting events to the mundane events in my town as reported by the Greeley Tribune.

July 2
7:30 p.m.: Greeley police responded to the 500 block of 21st Avenue for a report of an intoxicated man drinking a beer while riding his bike who appeared to be looking for trouble.
10: p.m.: Police responded to the 200 block of North 45th Avenue Court for a report of a man selling doorbells door-to-door. Interestingly, the salesman didn't ring the caller's doorbell but banged on the front door instead.
July 3
6:30 p.m.: Police responded to the 1400 block of 10th Street for a report of a "little jerk head" on a motorized scooter trying to run down people on the sidewalk.
July 4
7:45 p.m.: Police responded to the 2400 block of 24th Street for a report of an intoxicated man who threw himself against a wall when he wasn't given a cigarette.
11:30 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a 14-year-old who would not go home with her parents. Officers provided the parents with resources for parenting help but said they wouldn't parent their child for them if there wasn't a crime.
July 5
1:30 a.m.: Police responded to a fast-food restaurant in the 2400 block of 8th Avenue for a report of an intoxicated man passed out in his pickup with music blaring in the drive-thru lane. Other customers were forced to drive around him.
6:45 a.m.: Police responded to the 2100 block of 28th Street for a report of a man who tried to sell the caller a cutting board and towels. The man left the items on the caller's patio.
9:30 a.m.: Weld County Dispatchers were called about a city of Greeley employee driving and talking on his cellphone near the Family Funplex. The caller didn't want the employee cited but made aware of the laws "the rest of us are supposed to follow."
12:30 p.m.: Police responded to the 1000 block of 5th Street for a report of a stray cat the humane society refused to take because "it smelled like death" and was drooling from its mouth.
2 p.m.: A man with a broken-down car on U.S. 34 near milepost 105 in Greeley called dispatchers and asked them to send a cop with some tools so he could repair his vehicle. The man was advised to call a tow company.
2 p.m.: Police responded to the 400 block of 37th Avenue for a report of a suspicious person. The caller said a man drives into the neighborhood every couple days, looks at the houses and then leaves. The suspicious person was a nurse who regularly checks on the caller.

Perhaps a lower level of alcohol consumption is partly responsible for our more mundane problems? Not to say we don't have our share, just not epic ones.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Once again President Trump goes after Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry.

Who doesn’t think she did a DNA test under an assumed name?

The site I used,, gave me several links to possible relatives. I still get an occasional email from someone with DNA links, usually of the third cousin profile.

I wonder how many users have noticed a relative pop up and wonder, “Who the fuck is this?”

She used her fake minority status to fuel her career. Will it propel her into the White House? Who knows? It has worked for other Presidents, hasn’t it?

Somewhere there must be a close relative of hers that can’t stand her. Have them take the test!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Almost Tempted

Drive by this business on the way to the Post Office. The name has changed but the type of inventory hasn’t.

Since I like older cars, I’m almost tempted to apply for a sales job. Almost, until I bitch slap myself.

They seem to be a little heavy on GM right now. Not my favorite manufacturer. That 1959 Ford Skyliner quickens my pulse.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Pushed the limits yesterday and the body said, whoa! Intermittent sleep leads to a rambling blog posting.


Do stupid things, win stupid prizes. Consider this, now deceased, local. About as clean an intersection as you will find. Warning signs galore. A jowl shaker.

Then we have this rocket scientist who never learned, “Don’t go bothering something that ain’t bothering you”.

All the others involved aren’t too bright either.

Their contribution to society must be bad examples. Some may learn from their examples. Nah, dumb shits will be dumb shits.


Because when you pull the trigger they fire. Consider the case of 82 year old Anna Mae Blessing of Arizona. Upset with the idea her 72 year old son might put her in a care facility; she shot him twice, fatally. Lost in the clutter of details is the revolver she used was last fired, according to her, in the 1970’s.


Ban or no, fireworks were going off in my neighborhood yesterday. Sounded puny compared to the overhead thunderstorm.

A bad year again in Colorado. The screen shot is just major fires. 

 Many more smaller fires.

Every state has fires but I only live in one. Part of nature, in the long view, but in the short view let’s blame Al Gore.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Going 4th

Wandering around the local festival which is kind of a big deal in these parts, pard.

Needed my Indian fry bread fix.

Putting my charm to work on the ladies.

Fuck off, dude.

Hated this as a car salesman. Leave me at the store and hire a bunch of bimbos in bikinis to pass out brochures, thank you very much.

Maybe six other people were wearing long sleeve shirts. SPF 50 and a large brim hat are your friends.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spotted In My Hometown

As a Mitsubishi Mighty Max owner, I was pleased to talk to this gentleman.

Dodge sold the Mighty Max as the D-50 and Plymouth as the Arrow.

This is a D-50, 1986 2.6 5 speed 4x4 one owner. The gentleman standing in front of it bought it for, he remembers, $11,204. Some of his children drove it from time to time. Told me it has had one repair, the valve gasket repaired, and he spent $48 for the Ram hood ornament.

Reminds me the valve cover gasket riding around in my pickup bed needs to be installed.

He vehemently states the truck is not for sale.

Not a speck of rust on it (very, very rare) and the paint, other than the hood, looks new.

The encounter made me smile.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Making a Statement

This gentleman seems to have opinions, and is willing to share.
A new client had an assignment 26 miles up the Poudre Canyon on Highway 14. Was a nice, relaxing drive as no one was in front of me. Often you are stuck behind some mindless dolt even though there are slow vehicle turnouts every mile or so. The following are just some random pictures.

The area has been hit hard by beetles and fires. Imagine having to fight fires in that terrain! 

Saturday turned out to be a 20 hour, 560 miles driven, day. Pleases me I can still hack it but not without a lot of pain.

Four hours into my sleep cycle was up rubbing leg cramp cream into a thigh and a calf, drinking even more water, and drinking a glass of pediatric electrolyte.

Fuck this getting old shit!