Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If I were to title this blog entry it would be "misc". It starts with an update of what we are doing. The "misc" is after that.

It looks like we won't break the record for days of snow on the ground. The record is 63 days. This is the 62nd day, the official measure was 2 inches yesterday, and the weather is warm. That said, in the shade the snow is still deep. When I stepped on a spot in our yard that was not ice my foot went in over the top of my boots.

Snow on the ground combined with having two large dogs creates other issues. It is memorable, but no pictures. Also, we still don't know what damage has been done to the landscaping, and in some cases probably won't until later in the melt-off.

This weekend Dianne and I went for a drive. While Dianne was driving up a canyon I aimed the camera out the windshield and took this picture.

We went up to Estes Park, then up a road that we drove in July. We turned around at a lake we hiked around in the summer. This is the July picture.

This is the same lake on Saturday.
Lunch was at the Other Side Restaurant in Estes Park. I had the best view in the house.
This is the start of "misc".

Dish network is not sponsoring a race car. (In a department wide meeting someone asked the Chief Financial Officer what the Return on Investment was. He danced around the issue.) One day they brought a show version of the car to the office. This is an actual race car that shows signs of being raced previously, but is not actively raced. I had never look at a stock car up close. The head lights, bumper, chrome, etc. are phony. They are printed decals stuck on.
I have seen several signs recently that I think are funny. Here are three of them.

If I leave something by the fax machine, how many times will it be shredded? For clarification, for how many days will they keep shredding it?
This is an actual Budget truck.
A Health Savings Account is an HSA. So, do I or do I not contact Human Resources.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The snow is melting! We have less snow on the ground than any time since the New Year, and it is melting fast. We might even see lawn before the next snows at the end of the week.

That said, many streets are still hard to drive. Our block has a single snow free lane down the center of the street, but some neighborhoods have yet to be cleared. The block I parked on to go the Tri-State Swap Meet (more on this later) had two ruts about 6 inches deep. On the right side of my car was a wall of snow higher than most curbs. As of a few days ago there were places where even garbage trucks were getting stuck.

This Saturday five Forward Look Network members met for breakfast and then went to the Tri-State swap meet. The Forward Look Network is a network of owners of 1955 through 1961 Chrysler Corporation cars.
I almost referred to us as old Chrysler owners, but decided someone might object to being called old.

The swap meet was huge! It is held in the National Western Stock Show Complex, and filled both floors of the exhibit hall. Even the hall ways were filled with spaces. This picture is of a small corner of the show.

There was a car corral with rows of cars. There were also complete cars scattered throughout. Here is an original Mini Cooper in one of the hall ways.
The vast majority of items were for Fords and Chevys. One person from our group said that you could buy everything you needed to build a Chevy in the parking lot. It probably was not an exaggeration. You could start by buying the frame, move on to the suspension, then get the running gear. You could select original or reproduction body parts.

If your thing is toys, they were there too. Note that behind the toys on the floor is a truck tool box, and behind that is a pile of old parts.

There were also non-car related items. I saw one shop doing a good business selling antiques, old low quality Native American items, and general junk.

I bought a parts book covering my car, and information to mix the correct color of paint for my car.

On the home front, I am finalizing the plans for the garage. We hope to start that project soon.