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Almost time to stop hating the Mustang?

In cars on January 25, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I have never cared for the Mustang past the 1960’s, largely because it got worse as Ford crammed it down our throats for 50 years, but also because I feel a better muscle car was the 69 Dodge Charger…

As I said, the ‘Stang should’ve died when we had the first oil crisis when Jimmy Carter was president, but no, Ford crammed a whole new Mustang out there and people bought it, despite not much changing from the MKI ‘Stang.

And that’s how every Mustang ever produced was created. The interior changed slightly, the engine remained a V8 with 500 BHP, abd the suspension never changed from the leaf-springs fir the front, and a “live” suspension fir the rear. To put it in terms mist can understand, that’s akin to giving a cancer patient a bloodletting as opposed to chemotherapy.

However, Ford, apparently discovered an invention called Independent Rear Suspension which means that you can drive the ‘Stang around a thing they have in Europe called “Corners” without winding up a tree! Because if this, and the new front suspension, the 2015 Mustang might just have the handling to match it’s great looks.

Before you get butthurt, lets take a gander at why I believe the Mustang should be a revival project much the way Dodge remade the Charger and the Challenger and the Camaro. Ok. In the seventies, we had a massive fuel crisis and no one was allowed more that the government deemed necessary. Goodbye General Lee, hello, Toyota. The Mustang, however survived because Ford tweaked the engine and fuel consumption, but not much else. Think about it, when’s the last time you saw a seventies, eighties, or even, God forbid the hatchback Mustang of the 90’s? Hopefully the younger crowd never will. That’s another thing about the Mustang. Volkswagen had the Golf, which is basically a muscle car hatchback, and Ford though they could do it, too, but instead of spending money and tune developing one, they took a classic American icon and gave it a hatchback! That’s like John Wayne saying he hates westerns, for corn sake! You just don’t do that. Luckily, that hatchback was never popular, and Ford used its platform for the Focus, a proper hatchback (that wishes it was a Golf GTI). Ford also got the message that sports cars and muscle cars should be a proper manual transmission, something that Dodge forgot (Challenger, I’m talking to you).

The Mustang isn’t all bad, however. I like the GT 500, even it it’s a damn lie. (The 500 comes from an engine that produced 500 BHP…it actually produced close to 450…). The Shelby Cobra was a fantastic car, as was the Roush Racing and the Cosworth (I think). But, fir going in a straight line, the Stang only has one true competitor, The Corvette…who, oddly enough, used the same style suspension until recently.

So, if Ford makes good on its promise, I expect to like the 2015 Mustang a damn sight better than I have in almost its entire 50 year run.

In defense of legalised pot…sorta

In Rants on January 21, 2014 at 1:30 AM

As I sit here reading posts from various social media sites about pot, I got to thinking, do these people know that the plant can be used for more than smoking and getting high?

As a person who loves science, I had to investigate this matter. My findings turned up that hemp, the plant that you get the weed from, can be made into a wide variety of things. Things like clothing, paper, and, according to one source, insulation for your home. Hell, just ask Woody Harrison!

I, personally dont smoke it, but wouldn’t mind if it where used in things other than smoking. Maybe it’s the hippie enviromental wackjob in me (been living in California too long) but if we can find a way to save the trees that the unwashed masses are complaining about losing, then shouldn’t we be looking into it? Of course we wouldn’t be smoking it because it would be used in clothing…right?

As I have posted before, if you are inclined to smoke it, for whatever reason, then we should separate them from the rest of the population, as my aunt, and many others are deathly allergic to the smoke and particles that attach to clothing after smoking it. I know it sounds a bit wrong for a man who has a Confederate flag tattooed on his shoulder to talk about segregation, but still. Hell we would inject a ton if money into the economy because when your high, call up any fast food burger joint and they would deliver to you so we can get the stoners off the road. Not to mention that it would be safer because they wouldn’t be driving commercial buildings like forklifts and buses.

Sure, the taxes from legal hemp would be nice, as I’m sure the logging companies could send a few workers out to harvest it. Im not calling for an end to logging, as we would still need wood, but at the same we could find another use fir the abandoned fields that pepper the cityscape, right?

So, see, not everything about pot is negative

Who needs drugs when you have fountain pens?

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2014 at 2:59 AM

I recently got a new ink refill for my fountain pen, and I’m over joyed because too me, they are the best thing ever. From their simple elegance tho their smooth feeling and writing style, they are just fantastic!

I received my first fountain pen for Christmas. That “Classic Pen Set”that was sold in every pharmacy around Christmas. I’d see it advertised and as a young child (the same commercial ran for about ever) and think, “wow, such a beautiful writing instrument”. So, one year, I was shopping for a few items with mama and Rite-Aid had two sets left, and a week before Christmas, they weren’t expected too get any more. That night I told mama “I’m not expecting anything, given that I’m not working and money is tight, but I did notice that Rite-Aid had that classic pen set.” She gave me some typical noncommittal mom answer, and I took care of some business I had. Christmas morning, I woke up, showered, ashamed and noticed the family was up. I headed into the living room, where I saw mama, my sister, aunt, nephew and brother-in-law. Mama handed me a copy of Wall Street (that came with the terrible sequel) and one rather large box. I opened the classic pen set, and was actually stunned; stunned to the point of silence!

My second came from the last that I took care of in Utah. She found it in a box of who knows what and said that if u can clean it up, I could have it. Well, sadly, I was unable too clean out, but I did manage to knock the broken bladder bits out. And I still have it to this day!

My third was a calligraphy pen that I had to file down the nib tho make work as a fountain pen. That was a learning experience because I found out the difference between a calligraphy pen and a fountain pen…still have that one, too!

My third fountain pen is a beautiful Cross number that my aunt bought me before we left Utah. I used it while in, and leaving Utah, especially on the train. It took some digging, but a place that sells the ink at a great price. I discovered this by going into OfficeMax too see about their pen set that had everything from the ink bottle, converter, vs syringe, pen, book and a cleaning cloth…too bad out was almost 79 dollars! Needless to say,I found the ink for it after cursing Cross for being so damn difficult in making their barrels Twitter, thus creating the need for a custom ink cartridge and no option for a converter!

So, as I stated earlier…Who needs drugs when you have fountain pens?

The real holiday

In Hockey on January 1, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Tomorrow is the real holiday. I, and many others will be spent watching the NHL Winter Classic.

That is, of course unless Gary Bettman plans to carry out his asinine idea that the 2014-15 season needs a whopping 14 outdoor games! And seriously, what the fuck is the point?

The Winter Classic and the Heritage Classic where all that we needed. The heritage classic was always played by Edmonton and Toronto because the Canadians didn’t care that two American teams played in America, but, then Gary Bettman decided too cancel it and include the few Canadian teams in the fold of the Winter Classic. Now he wants to expand the one day a year we have to shut off the terrible NFL games and the 30,000 college games.

For that matter, remember when the Rose Bowl mattered before they added the other 50 billion college games? Now every college team has a game they can play on New Year’s day! The only NHL trends that need outdoor games are the teams that actually play in the snow. The Detroit Red Wings, the Wild, all five Canadian teams; basically the teams that actually play where it snows. Haas L.A.ever seen snow? Has Doger Stadium? No. Minnesota and Boston should have one!

I’m not saying that the Outdoor Series won’t be entertaining, because it’s hockey, it will be! What I’m trying to say is that we don’t need a hundred outdoor games a year. Pond hockey is fine because that’s just kids playing the games in a frozen bit of water, something that cities like Phoenix can’t understand, nor should they.

I hope that the powers that be realize that the Outdoor Series shouldn’t be played in every town, but rather only one game a year is what makes it special. We don’t celebrate Christmas every day and it’s special as fuck!

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