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Jeffrey´s Track Side Diner - December, 2019 - Christmas in Vermont/Maine Locked

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:14 PM

Track fiddler
I love George Carlin!  

When I was still living at home, a friend of mine and I were playing George Carlin's ".....Dirty Words" track on my stereo in my bedroom. Since my parents didn't have a music system at the time I had hooked up a couple of speakers in the living room too. What I failed to realize was that I had the living room speakers turned on when I was playing the George Carlin record. My mother was not impressed!!!LaughLaughLaugh

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Posted by "JaBear" on Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:43 AM
Gidday John,White Island, the unfortunately extra active volcano is thirty miles out to sea, in total 60 miles away, as the crow flies, so while it is terrible for those who have lost loved ones, there are no physical problems for us.
 
A large geothermal mud pool 3 miles down the road.
Sulphur Point by Bear, on Flickr
 
Mr TF. You are right, it is summer for us, the average high temperature for the last 30 days, being 73° F.
Here’s a world map to help you with your geography.Smile, Wink & Grin
 
world-map-upside-down-new by Bear, on Flickr
 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:21 AM

Good morning.

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We had a torrential rain storm yesterday, purely something we only expect in the Summer months.

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Today is supposed to be beautiful, and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible.

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I hope everyone is content and safe on this Sunday.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:50 AM

Good Afternoon!

It´s getting dark in my neck of the woods - time to capture some Christmas spirit by lighting up our mini Christmas tree!

I have not been posting much lately, as there is not much to report. Life just goes on without any high - but also not any "low"-lights. I guess I should be thankful for that. Right at the moment, there is nothing I can do to facilitate our move to Denmark. As things develop here, I have growing doubts that we will ever make it.  It´s a dream to cling to, food for the soul in times of need.

 Edit: No room for a layout? Watch this!

The layout footprint is the same as am A4 sheet of paper!

Happy times!

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Posted by York1 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:20 AM

Good Morning, everyone.  Cold and snowy today.

 

JaBear
Gidday John,White Island, the unfortunately extra active volcano is thirty miles out to sea, in total 60 miles away, as the crow flies, so while it is terrible for those who have lost loved ones, there are no physical problems for us.

Bear, I asked because I just had a cousin visit here who had been to NZ seven years ago, and went to see this volcano.  There were warnings already then that it might be dangerous to visit.

 

SeeYou190
Today is supposed to be beautiful, and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible.

Go ahead, rub it in.  I just came in from scooping several inches of snow off the driveway.  Not enough to get out the snowblower, but enough to get tired scooping.  It's also harder because we drove on it to get to church this morning, so there are packed-down tracks on the driveway that are nearly impossible to scoop.

 

Tinplate Toddler
I have not been posting much lately, as there is not much to report. Life just goes on without any high - but also not any "low"-lights. I guess I should be thankful for that.

I missed your posts the past days.  That railroad is really something.  I've never seen T scale before.  And I think I have problems with N Scale.

 

Hope everyone has a good Sunday.

 

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:31 AM

The Route of the Broadway Lion The Largest Subway Layout in North Dakota.

Here there be cats.                                LIONS with CAMERAS

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:26 PM

York1
Go ahead, rub it in. I just came in from scooping several inches of snow off the driveway.

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OK... It is 72 degrees out, clear blue skies, gentle breeze, and low humidity. A truly perfect day.

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The last time I was in Georgia I bought some stuffed bacon wrapped jalepeno peppers from a butcher shop. I decided to cook them today.

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Just incredible!

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-Kevin

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:02 PM

Good evening all.

Zoe - A peppermint hot cocoa please. Thanks. 

Been very busy lately, but not for anything fun... 4 different funerals, with possibly another one shortly.

Garry - Condolences on the loss of Shelly’s Mom. 

Ken - You would really dislike the delivery car I use most days then. It is a Ford Focus.... Really small car for someone with your height! My 5’6” frame fits in it well though.

Ed - Yep, crazy idiot drivers everywhere! I seen a couple yesterday myself... Story will follow.

BTW, If I didn’t know any better, I would say I bumped into you yesterday in NW PA, but I know it was not you.

Bad drivers story - I had to w*^k yesterday, and it was snowing pretty good for a while. Coming back from a delivery, I was right near where I live and was taking it quite easy due to the weather conditions, as I know this road very well.

I crested a hill, and came up on a troublesome curve, and witnessed a blue minivan spin out to the inside of the curve and slide backwards down an embankment into a farm field. (Traveling a bit faster than conditions allowed.) I stopped (about 15 yards beyond the crash, because of that small hill.) to check on the occupants, as the embankment was pretty big. (The top of the van now sat below the level of the road.) The lone occupant was a gentleman from the Cleveland area. (But not our Ed.) He was uninjured. 

I informed him of his exact location for emergency dispatch, and then chatted for a minute just to make sure he really was indeed okay. I then instructed him to get back into his vehicle, as it was a bit dangerous to remain outside. (Very dangerous as will be shortly seen.) 

I then began walking back to the delivery car (Focus) and was approximately 15 feet from the car when a 4wheel drive Superman idiot approached WAY too fast. He then saw me, and the stopped delivery car. He then hit his brakes, and immediately began sliding. He sailed between me and the car, straight off to the outside of the curve, and went airborne. (He missed the parked car by only 12 inches, and me now quickly backing away by about 6 feet!) He was airborne for approximately 40-50 feet or so, before slamming into a different farm field that sits approximately 15 feet below the roadway level. (He skipped the entire embankment up to the roadway while airborne!) 

I began sprinting towards where he landed, as the gentleman from the first crash also began exiting his vehicle as well. I shouted for him to get back into his car, as I was not hit. He asked if the truck flipped over, which he did not. 4 wheel drive Superman was also uninjured. I instructed them both to remain in their cars, and ran back to mine. 

i then pulled the w*^k car into a nearby driveway, before calling emergency dispatch over the second crash. I then contacted the PSP (Pa State Police) dispatcher directly by calling to the station nearby, telling her of what had just occurred, and informed her of who I was, where I lived, and what my phone number was. I then stated that, while I would normally wait for a trooper to arrive on scene, I was "getting the heck out of dodge" as it was "too dangerous here for my blood."

I then went to my home, and took a break. (I did call my boss to say I would be delayed by an accident, but I was not involved and there was no damage to the company car.) 

I hope Superman learned to slow down!

Hope all are well, and all enjoy the night!

Ricky W.

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Posted by cudaken on Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:59 PM

  Eveing Diners. Sigh

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please's and Dirk half of a dog treat.

 Not been a good day for my family. Sigh

 Lets start with the good stuff!  My BLI B&O Heavy Pacific Presdent Adam's broke it traction tires a few months ago. I did get a free set from BLI this last week. Today I took it to K-10 Model Train and Don is installing them for free. I hope to have it back next week. I miss steam engines I think? Whistling

 Now the bad.

 Walking Dirk Pip. Sigh I am Diabetic and have had major feet problems before. I don't know if this problem is from the longer walk's or the new Diabetic Shoes I got Friday? Last night before I went to bed I had a Bad Blood Blister on my right foot arch. Today it has poped and got a lot of blood inside my new and old shoe. I am treating it with antibiotic cream and bandaging it for now. I will be calling Hanger Prosthetic for a refit, hope to get in next week.

 Son In Law was in a car accident today and his car maybe totaled. Our second snow of the year and people forget how to drive! He was sitting still and rear ended at a light and shoved into the car in front of him. I have been told his neck hurts a little but for now he is OK.

 Is this a bad Christmas Present for the wife? Whistling My dad was the King Of Bad Christams Presents! Laugh My Mom told him and me (at age 14?) she wanted a pair of Diamond Ear Rings! So what does Dad buy her? Laugh A Garbage Compacter!

 Well I don't want to do something stupid like Dad but? My wife keep's saying she want's to buy a Carpet Shampooer (we do need one!) Would I be as big of a idiot has Dad if I bought my wife one for Christams?

 Mom was no better at buying Christmas Presents. When I was 14 she bought me underware!?

 Later none smoking Ken and Dirk says Woof Woof.

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Posted by maxman on Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:35 PM

cudaken
Mom was no better at buying Christmas Presents. When I was 14 she bought me underware!?

She must have bought a quality pair if you are still wearing them.

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Posted by Railroadfan1 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:56 PM

maxman

 Bowyou earned joke of the day.

 
cudaken
Mom was no better at buying Christmas Presents. When I was 14 she bought me underware!?

 

She must have bought a quality pair if you are still wearing them.

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:00 PM

Evenin' Folks:

SeeYou190
The last time I was in Georgia I bought some stuffed bacon wrapped jalepeno peppers from a butcher shop.

It may sound odd but one of my favorite hors d'oeuvres is bacon wrapped around pickled watermelon rind thev broiled. Dinner Yes

cudaken
I don't know if this problem is from the longer walk's or the new Diabetic Shoes I got Friday?

Well, Ken, my advice might be a little too late for you but I'd say never wear a new pair of shoes longer than an hour or two at a time until you can break them in. I hope your blister clears up OK. Bloody poop in your shoe? Ick!

cudaken
Would I be as big of a idiot has Dad if I bought my wife one for Christams?

I suppose you could kind of hint at the idea to Sue and see what her reaction is? I recall one year, maybe 1979 or so, GE was closing the employee store at our plant. Lots of GE appliances at dirt-cheap prices. I loaded up with mixers, blenders, toasters, make up mirrors, heated curlers, you name it.

Well, that went over like a bad joke. I learned my lesson there. Next year was definitely selections from the intimates department, jewelery, even a stuffed teddy-bear or two.

IF you decide to get your wife house cleaning equipment as a gift, maybe add a little something extra to sweeten the deal?

Great to talk with you tonight Smile

Grumpy old curmudgeon department:

Tonight we got together with my sons and their families at one of the popular local restaurants. After a few minutes I realized this wasn't going to be very pleasant for me at all.

The noise level was astounding. By design as I now realize. Conversation with the person next to you or across from you was difficult and nigh impossible for anyone farther than that. Trying to communicate with the server was nearly as impossible.

I looked around and all the wall surfaces were tile, glass or flat plaster. Nothing sound absorbent at all. Hummm, well I guess this is what the dining masses thrive on. I'll pass thank you.

Next year I plan to go someplace quieter, maybe the Greyhound station or a boxing match? Turns out, I guess I'm not alone:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/11/how-restaurants-got-so-loud/576715/

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:23 PM

Here’s a world map to help you with your geography

LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Sorry Bear, don't take me wrong, but I have never seen a world map oriented that way! I had to study it for a bit before I could get my bearings. I'm sure TF will make perfect sense of it, or not.

North Americans and Europeans tend to be very narrow minded. They refer to themselves as being on the 'top of the world'. Who says what the 'top' of the world is?!? Your beer stays in your glass just like ours does!

Cheers!!

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Posted by up831 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:33 PM

Hi Everybody,

Ed:  I feel your pain.  Being hard of hearing, modern restaurant design just throws me for a loop.  Not only can I not hear the server, but also the people I’m dining with for the most part.  It can be very frustrating.

You‘re also right about the hard surfaces.  You get six hard surfaces like that and the sound just bounces all around creating a din.  The design theory is that the noise suggests activity and excitement.  I disagree with that suggestion To a large degree.  While a little noise doesnt hurt too much, a lot of that din could be subdued with sound absorbing materials in strategic placements.  But, no one is going to listen.

Less is more,...more or less!

Jim (with a nod to Mies Van Der Rohe)

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:48 PM

up831

Hi Everybody,

Ed:  I feel your pain.  Being hard of hearing, modern restaurant design just throws me for a loop.  Not only can I not hear the server, but also the people I’m dining with for the most part.  It can be very frustrating.

You‘re also right about the hard surfaces.  You get six hard surfaces like that and the sound just bounces all around creating a din.  The design theory is that the noise suggests activity and excitement.  I disagree with that suggestion To a large degree.  While a little noise doesnt hurt too much, a lot of that din could be subdued with sound absorbing materials in strategic placements.  But, no one is going to listen.

Hey Jim-

So, are you and Ed are talking about ordinary sit-down restaurants and not sports-themed restaurants that have 15 or 20 big-screen TVs, each one turned up to 11? My ears buzz for two days after visiting such a place. And the hot wings are not even all that good.

Robert

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:57 PM

Yes, one of my favorite restaurants, a local craft beer brewpub, replaced the old, comfy restaurant with a new large glitzy place, and also threw out the old menu in favor of burgers and pizza.  Needless to say, they lost our business.

Many of the bars and brewpubs we frequent have TVs on the walls, all tuned to sports, but the volume is off and there may or may not be captions.

Sometimes, bad drivers do get caught.  I was driving home tonight, with an aggressive driver in the next lane over.  It was light traffic, but I don't typically use that lane anyway.  As we approached an intersection, the traffic light turned yellow, so I slowed down as he sped up.  The light turned red just before he sped through the intersection, but as he did, I noticed a couple of strobe lights go off.  He will be getting a fine for going through a red light, captured on film.  This is a technique being used more and more by police departments trying to get more coverage with fewer officers.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00 PM

gmpullman
Tonight we got together with my sons and their families at one of the popular local restaurants. After a few minutes I realized this wasn't going to be very pleasant for me at all. The noise level was astounding. By design as I now realize. Conversation with the person next to you or across from you was difficult and nigh impossible for anyone farther than that. Trying to communicate with the server was nearly as impossible.

Hi Ed,

I totally hear you! (Sorry for the bad pun).

There are several restaurants in our area where the din is beyond unpleasant. Montana's Steak house is a prime example. They have the music turned up so loud it hurts my ears. And, as you have experienced, the food isn't worth the pain. We went twice. We haven't been back in twenty years. Somebody should mention that to their marketing people.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:06 PM

Ed & Jim - There are a few like that around my area as well. Both are "old time" style diners, with a 50's theme. 

While the food at each is terrific, the constant noise is very off-putting, making them a less used option when I go out with friends. There is a couple of other options nearby that are more frequented due to the design making them "less earsplittingly loud" atmospheres.

We also avoid the "sports bar" scene, for the same reasons. 

When I go out with friends, I enjoy the conversation as well, sometimes more than the food. I like being able to hold conversation without needing to shout. I also dislike having to yell my order to the server.

Ricky W.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:18 PM

I'm sure that everyone here is aware that I don't normally contribute to this particular thread, but a good friend reminded me that yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Jeffrey's passing. 

It's good to see this thread continuing as a tribute to him, but I'm sure that many newcomers are not aware of the way Jeffrey was criticised by many people on this Forum, denigating his modelling abilities and his too-frequent photo contributions.

I'm not sure when that attitude started, but it was very prevalent here when I joined in 2004, and I came very close to leaving because of it.
 
He never seemed to waver, though, and I think the fact that he received a good reception on the old "Gauge Forum" gave him some hope, as he blossomed into a very competent modeller, which in-turn earned him a better standing here.

I'm not posting this to point a finger at anyone, as we've clearly moved on to a better attitude, but I thought the reminder of his passing to be worthwhile.

Wayne

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:22 PM

doctorwayne
I'm sure that everyone here is aware that I don't normally contribute to this particular thread, but a good friend reminded me that yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Jeffrey's passing.  It's good to see this thread continuing as a tribute to him, but I'm sure that many newcomers are not aware of the way Jeffrey was criticised by many people on this Forum, denigating his modelling abilities and his too-frequent photo contributions. I'm not sure when that attitude started, but it was very prevalent here when I joined in 2004, and I came very close to leaving because of it.   He never seemed to waver, though, and I think the fact that he received a good reception on the old "Gauge Forum" gave him some hope, as he blossomed into a very competent modeller, which in-turn earned him a better standing here. I'm not posting this to point a finger at anyone, as we've clearly moved on to a better attitude, but I thought the reminder of his passing to be worthwhile.

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Jeffrey was a true gentleman and a scholar. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with him. It bothered me to no end when people were nasty to him. Apparently some people went out of their way to send him nasty PMs. That is sad. Sometimes we need to be reminded of what Thumper's mother said in the Bambi movie. "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:55 PM

doctorwayne
yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Jeffrey's passing

Wayne - thank you for reminding us! I can hardly believe that 4 years have passed since we lost our friend Jeffrey.

Most of us would have just given up in the circumstances he had to live in, but he kept on going strong! He taught me patience and endurance and I am thankful to have been able to communicate with him.

Happy times!

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, December 16, 2019 12:04 AM

Good morning everyone (at least almost morning... according to time at least)

Yes I am still alive, at least I still feel alive (<<reference to a favorite song of mine, it's new but is straight up 70s groove)

 

Condolences to those whom are grieving.

 

I got my car!

Here she is,

Manual 2012 GT, she has a few surprises such as shorty headers, cat delete, true dual exhaust, cold air intake, tube, and probably an aftermarket clutch, I'm looking at probably 450+ hp and is the exhaust LOUD!

https://imgur.com/BkHWOHy

 

I learned how to drive it in less than 5 minutes, a few laps in the bank parking lot and off to work I went, stalled it about a dozen and a half times but I've got it down now. Most importantly I did it all on my OWN, no cosigner, no help from parents, I did all the footwork, dealt with the bank and dealer, took care of the insurance, everything!

Steven

Crooner, Imagineer, High School Graduate, living with Aspergers, President of the Republica Pacifica micronation,  President of the NWP-SWP System.

Hook'em Longhorns! 

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, December 16, 2019 12:30 AM

NWP SWP
I got my car!

Hey Steven!!

Well done! That is a really nice ride!

NWP SWP
stalled it about a dozen and a half times

HA! I did the same thing when I got my BMW 2002 tii years ago. I was used to a clutch pedal that pivoted at the top of the pedal MGB style. The BMW clutch pedal pivot was mounted in the floor. It took me a while to learn how to keep my heel on the floor and pivot my ankle properly to control the release.

Years later I had a real father/son moment when my son Glenn bought his Porshe 924. He had a hard time letting the clutch out smoothly at first. I took note of that when I was riding with him, so when he offered to let me drive the car I knew the clutch would be a challenge. I played things very carefully and let the clutch out very slowly with the result that my first start was very smooth. Glenn called me a "show off"LaughLaughLaugh

As I have said before Steven, please respect the power in that car!

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, December 16, 2019 12:50 AM

Yes, first gear I cannot get into the throttle at all, second I can if careful but will still spin the tires, I need more rubber especially in the rear.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, December 16, 2019 1:21 AM

NWP SWP
...and is the exhaust LOUD!

As you don’t live in my neighbourhood, I approve!!Thumbs UpThumbs UpLaughLaugh
 
The first thing I did with my motorcycles was to remove the factory mufflers and fit straight through megaphone exhausts. Back then the only way the traffic cops could quickly check a noisy vehicle was to inset a long screwdriver down the exhaust and would get you if they didn’t hit a baffle, so I’d jam a small ball of chicken wire down the pipe and never got done, just had to remember to replace the chicken wire ball when the old one burnt out.
 
As Dave says though, please respect the power in that car!
 
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Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, December 16, 2019 1:24 AM

NWP SWP
I need more rubber especially in the rear.

Hi Steven,

I respectfully disagree. You do not need more rubber! If you take that approach you will spend a fortune on tires and you still won't be able to drive in heavy traffic. You need more practice! Go find a parking lot with lots of space and just practice starting off and shifting into second gear as smoothly as possible with slow acceleration. You will get it! It just takes time, and given that you are dealing with 450 hp, it might take a bit longer than learning to drive your basic Ford Focus (do they even make those with standard trannys any more?) Practice, practice and more practice!! Actually, I predict that it won't take that long.

I'm not a Ford fan, but now I'm seriously envious of your ride!

Dave

 

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Posted by NWP SWP on Monday, December 16, 2019 7:54 AM

Dave, the more rubber is to make the car less squirrelly, like it's a rwd, live axle muscle car so its going to be squirrelly but running stock rubber in the back? I have traffic and starting down mostly.

Steven

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Monday, December 16, 2019 8:22 AM

Amblin was Speilberg's first film, hence Amblin Entertianment. 

Cold damp Monday morning here. Threat of winter precip tonight. I doubt we have much here. 

 

I am tired already and it is just MOnday......

 

 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, December 16, 2019 8:27 AM

moelarrycurly4
Speilberg

I think the bloke´s name is Spielberg.

 

Happy times!

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Monday, December 16, 2019 9:07 AM

Yeah I got my E before my I

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