Saturday, August 27, 2016

Metro Cruise...

...2016...featuring my 1920's flapper wife ready for a ride in Mr. T...

...and me, the far less attractive driver, also arrayed in 1920's finery.

Funny the effect a Model T has on modern day people...lots of smiles, thumbs up and friendly waves as we did the slow crawl along 28th street with all the other classic cars.


And when they heard the klaxon horn ("ah-OOOOO-ga!") they smiled some more.  Of course, that's really a model A horn, not a model T, so we probably offended a few purists...but most folks just laughed at the classic sound.


Indeed, we had our picture taken more times in the 45 minutes we were cruising the strip than we have in the last decade...I'm sure the period correct outfits helped in that regard.


A good time was had by all.

And I know; you're wondering how Joe Average ends up with a beautiful woman like Karen.

Can I let you in on a little secret?

I have no idea.  I assume she's suffering from some sort of delusional condition that renders her ability to discern good looks inoperable.  I hope she never recovers.

Might go metro cruising again this afternoon, but so far it's been raining this morning...

...the view from Mr. T...
...so I had breakfast with Rodger, and just finished a halfway decent workout.

A favorite aviation triptych above the entrance to our dining room...

...the beloved Ford Tri-Motor...

Got some good news from the Model T Ford Club of America...they're displaying my Papa's Model T books in their museum in Indiana and plan to sell them during the upcoming Christmas season...pretty excited about that.


Ideas for the first five have been pretty easy to come by, but so far I haven't found a real inspiration for book six...it's percolating deep in the dark recess of the neural network that passes for my brain, and I know something will eventually bubble up to the surface.

I try to combine an interesting adventure for Ike and Papa X along with some historically accurate person or event from the 1920's, and that decade is a fertile field.

This day is clicking on by, so perhaps I'll check back in later with a few more items.

For now...

Later, mcm fans...


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Up In...


...smoke...on a late August night...actually a very early August morning...there's some symbolism here but that's for another day.

Did manage to push up this much weight on bench recently...
...that's 300 on the bar, and I count the bar itself as 10...not really positive how much the bar by itself weighs...I think 10 lbs is conservative.  Anyway, no one is ever going to confuse me with Mr. America but I turn 60 in a few months and I feel ok about where I'm at physically.

Watched part of one of my favorite movies the other night...and here's one of my favorite scenes from that movie:

...a little hard to see from this pic...taken from the theater screen downstairs while I was watching the movie...that's the Rocketeer flying toward my favorite plane, the Ford TriMotor.

Always love watching that flick, and always think about how he would have certainly fried his butt and legs to a crisp wearing that jet pack.

And apropos to the above, finished book 5 of the Papa's Model T series...this one is called "The Tin Goose":


The back cover blurb is as follows:

Life is better down that old dirt road.

This fifth installment of the Papa's Model T Young Reader series finds Ike and Papa X on another time traveling adventure.  This time they're flying on the airplane that changed the world, The Tin Goose.

Along the way they get to meet one of baseball's most enduring and misunderstood heroes, the great Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Old fashioned car, old fashioned values, a great read for your young reader and you.

It's being edited by KRB Book Services at the moment; hope to have it live and being ignored by millions in a week or two.

Finally went to see Cafe Society at the Woodland Mall theater...absolutely love that theater's art deco styling...from the spectacular sign out front:

...to their beautiful light fixtures in the movie halls themselves:

All of this was perfect for Cafe Society, set in the 1930's...the movie itself was just ok, not one of Woody Allen's best efforts...but the scenery, the fashion, the cars, the color palette used to evoke that era...all of it was superb...will def buy the dvd when it comes out just to enjoy the ambiance of that time.

The big excitement happened just before the movie...a tornado touched down in Grand Rapids, and did quite a bit of damage...but evidently we were in the right place bc the stores near the theater actually evacuated into the theater...we were undisturbed and continued watching the show.

Afterward we stopped into Red Robin for a bite to eat...they have cool decor as well, mostly from the 1950's...


Some of it is just pop culture stuff...visually interesting...and the food is really quite good.

Power was out when we finally made it back home, but came back on around 9:30 pm.

Now, to plagiarize our favorite singing terrorist, Cat Stevens, another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody, I think I'll cruise around in my model T...


If you read that in a certain cadence with a specific tune in your head, I know how old you are.

If you heard the voice of the great Sam Cooke in your head instead of Cat Stevens, you're even older than I thought.

Later, mcm fans...


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Can You Say...

...Random?
That's a Sunday bulletin from a church in North Carolina dated November of 2014...check out the 4:00 pm Book Club...yep, "The Flowers Fall" by yours truly.

My youngest son was searching for my story online to show a friend...this was one of the search results I guess.  Apparently I'm quasi-famous...I think I'd rather be filthy rich...

But speaking of writing I'm almost finished with the fifth installment in the Papa's Model T series...this one is subtitled "The Tin Goose".

A few teaser pics...
The great Cuban boxer, Teofilo Stevenson

Captain Renault and Rick watching Ilsa and Laszlo depart Casablanca on the Lockheed Electra 12A

Papa X confronting an unwelcome guest
and of course, the beloved Tin Goose
This has been bachelor weekend for me...Karen and kids are up north for the end of the Rogers City Nautical Festival...

Karen on the right with two of her friends/cousins at the tent...
I've spent much of the weekend writing, though I did enjoy a fire in the chiminea last night...


Today I plan to meet #2 son for lunch and see if I can finish PMT5...then it's back into the salt mines tomorrow...

Later, mcm fans...

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