Sunday, April 28, 2019

Goodbye Mr. T...

 ...it was a good ride...that's the picture Karen took of my last ride as I was driving back from having him serviced at Eclectic Motors a few days ago...was only in the 40's and very windy so I froze all 9 of my fingers on that little journey.
Here he is loaded onto the trailer and just about to pull out of the driveway for the trip east to the showroom.

Yes, it's possible it's a little bit early to bid Mr. T farewell, but my 1923 Model T truck is currently for sale at Grand Rapids Auto Gallery out by the airport...my contact there assures me he'll sell him in less than 60 days...says if nothing else there's a hot overseas market for them.

Guess we'll see...in the meantime here's a pic of us arriving at the new homestead back on July 2nd, 2017...

...and here are a few from the two years prior to that when I drove him around a bit closer to the Grand Rapids area...
he goes in the snow...
...but needed repair now and then...
...looked great just sitting there...
...or primed and ready for a jaunt around town...
Inspired me to write 7 "Papa's Model T" books...
...definitely gonna miss him.
While we're on the subject of last things...
...this may very well have been the last fire of the season...
...because I hope - by all things decent and proper, for the love of chicken gravy, I hope - this is the LAST snow of the season...
...ENOUGH ALREADY!!

Ol' Man Winter has to be one of the rudest individuals I've ever had the displeasure to meet...he comes 'round every year but some years he lends new meaning to the unpleasantry of "overstaying your welcome"...
While Karen and I were out and about yesterday we stopped by the bookstore and grabbed a coffee...while we were there we saw a bargain bin of low priced movies so glanced at a few of the titles.

I was surprised to see 1996's megahit The English Patient there, a testament I suppose to the fleeting nature of praise and acclaim.
It was the biggest hit of 1996, though not in box office receipts.

Jerry Maguire starring Mr. Bizarro himself, Tom Cruise, takes that honor.

But TEP dominated the Oscars that year, getting nominations in 12 different categories and taking home the grand prize in 9 of them

(Of course, in keeping with the long standing tradition of incompetence at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, neither Ralph Fiennes nor Kristin Scott Thomas won the Oscar for Best Actor / Actress.)

This is an epic film in every way...running time (2:42), subject matter, the number of years it covers, the historical backdrop against which it unfolds, the method in which the story is told...
...but spoiler alert...it's a relationship flick - not a chick flick, a relationship flick - and it does not have a happily ever after, feel good ending.

I know some of  you just tuned out and I totally understand, but by so doing you're depriving yourself of experiencing some breathtaking scenery and fabulous acting...
This one is well worth your time.

But don't take my word for it...

No, wait...scratch that...do take my word for it.


On the diet front...
...I'm thrilled to report I've been stuck at 207 lbs for 5 days in a row now...perhaps that's my ideal weight?

Mr. Mirror is screaming otherwise...and to be honest, Mr. Mirror has become almost as much of a pain in the ass as Ol' Man Winter is...

...so it's been a tough few days, but planning to dust myself off, climb back in the saddle and keep plugging away at it this week...
later, mcm fans...

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter...

...may you rejoice that Christ is risen...because without the resurrection, "we are," as the Apostle Paul noted, "of all men most miserable." (I Corinthians 15:9)
Did battle with the unseen forces of dufferdom again this weekend...
...they're merciless buggers, but I did my best while freezing my buns off and went down swinging.

It was another sunny but cold morning...38 degrees when I started...and the course is still soaked...
...but I enjoyed my round, nonetheless...even snuck in a par on the long par 3 much to my amazement...was on the edge of the green and left my 1st putt way short, but managed to drop a 15 footer in the cup for par.

Also dropped this one...
...dead center in the cup, but have to file that effort under the "dumb luck" category.

I was 3 feet in the fringe and so far away I didn't even bother trying to line it up...just eyeballed it and took a whack at it with Calamity Jane hoping to get it close...and to my amazement my shoot from the hip guesstimate was right on...was so unlikely - and non-repeatable - it made me laugh out loud.

In general I did ok...sprinkled just enough good shots in the mix along the way to make me want to try it again.

As Alexander Pope famously expatiated, hope springs eternal.
Looks like Mr. T is headed over by the airport to the folks at Grand Rapids Auto Gallery this week.  The cretin who said he was going to stop by was a no call no show so I guess that's that.
The good news is Mr. T starts pretty easily now and Karen detailed him so he's looking and running well.
Also in the no call no show department is a guy who said he was stopping by to look at our troublesome roof...we eventually got hold of him and he begged off, not just for this weekend but forever.

There's an old saying that opines if your roof leaks, that does not mean you live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house; but if you live in Frank Lloyd Wright house, your roof leaks.
Ours is definitely a close relative of a FLW design and so we have roof issues...and finding a roofer with the cojones to work on it is proving to be no small feat.

My opinion of roofers has gradually sunk to a point where I hold them in the same regard as I do politicians, drywallers and carnival workers.
Starting to get after some outside work now...trying to decide what to do in our courtyard...it's the first thing people see as they walk to our front door and so should be some coherent design statement.

What it resembles at the moment is an abandoned pet cemetery...
...which, ok, may be a slight exaggeration but not by much.

We've left it alone mainly because we've waffled a dozen times on what we want to do with it, but we've decided this is the year...it's not going to be a pool or hot tub or putt putt golf course so by mid-May we'll have something definitely underway.

Stay tuned for the big reveal...
...which in all honesty, probably won't be all that big...but hopefully better than a pet cemetery.
Re-published "Last Flight" this weekend...
...read it again and found a few things I wanted to change...nothing major, but tweaked it a bit here and there for clarity, including the ending.

Other than that it's been pretty quiet on the writing front...hit a dry spell as far as new ideas go...frustrating...I need to be writing but it's low tide at the moment.

Time to push Timmy back into the well, I guess...
later, mcm fans...


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Friday, April 19, 2019

I Sing...

...of Spring...not literally, of course...don't want to be arrested again.

But finally...beautiful daffodils and some actual greenery.  So pretty!

And so much nicer than our view less than a week ago...
...in mid-April, that's just rude.
...even had the turkeys wondering what the heck was going on...
Have to admit, it was pretty at night...
...but I'm over it now...we need warmth and sunshine so I can do this...
...in my back yard again.
Did manage to snag that knock-off DC-3 lamp on ebay...not the 1939 version...the one from the 1970's...
...bought the appropriate craft paint that adheres to glass last night and Karen plans to work her magic...pics to follow when complete.
Someone's coming to have a look at Mr. T this weekend...
...not a recent pic, but a fond memory...loved driving that iconic symbol of a bygone era.

If he's not interested, it's off to the folks at Grand Rapids Auto Gallery on consignment.  My contact there claims he'll sell it within a month or two and get my price for it.

We'll see...but either way it's tough to part with it.

Time to move on...
On the diet front...
...ok, not quite that bad...nor have I lost that much weight...but after 2 weeks I am now 9 pounds lighter...and still need to lose another 9 or 10 I do believe.  I think 200 lbs or just under is probably my best weight.

Karen is doing well, too, and though I will be but a fond memory if I utter any numbers, she's looking fab and pleased with her progress so far.

We soldier on.


and now, without apology...
...how do you stop a charging rhino?
...take away his credit card, of course...

later, mcm fans...


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