Every week or so I rescue amphibians from the “Window Well of Death”. Other days I think the local raccoons dine on the amphibians in the window well. Today while checking on the sump pumps during the big wind storm I found a salamander in the WWD along with a frog and a toad.
Cleaning off my desk yesterday I found some photos of Dad and Sally from Labor Day of 2002. Today is the day he passed so it was nice to find the photos.
Dad was really proud of the work he did on Sally.
Going for a ride smoking a cig. Dad started young with smoking and never could kick the habit. Please do not start smoking. You to may not be able to quit even when they start killing you with the Cancers.
It stopped raining and the sun came out so I think I will take Sally out for a spin.
Today Rick and I washed Sally. Afterword we went to a small hamburger joint and had cheese burgers and chocolate malts. Then I decided it was time for him to learn how to drive stick. Since I have been driving stick shift cars for most of my life it thought it would be easy for him to pick up.
That being said as I was describing to him how to work the clutch, gas, brakes, and shifter this may not be easy. He did kill the car a few times and did a lot of jack rabbit starts but eventually was able to get the car moving alright. He just needs more practice. At corners the whole turning, signals, clutch, brakes, and gas thing got overwhelming. Cars are too easy to drive these days. This is why people think they can do other things besides drive while driving.
I have a second “Girl” putting on mascara story. I am sure you all hear the first one where I almost got killed by a girl putting on mascara. The only thing that saved me and the cars behind me was driving into a ditch to avoid her. Any way Friday morning I was behind a drunk driver I thought until she got out the mascara. Then he deployed an extra mirror so she could put on the mascara. Of course her speed control was not good. One time there was a two car gap between her and the car ahead of her. So a person in a Mercedes decides to make a left in front of her. They really stopped on the gas a barely cleared her path. Of course she did not slow down or brake and I believe she does not even know how close she came to t-boning the left turner.
Anyway girls doing makeup and driving really scare me.
Today we when for a hike around Volo Bog. It is a state natural area and one of the few bogs left in Northern Illinois. It was formed by peat moss filling in a large lake left over by a big chuck of ice from the last ice age.
Volo bog is one of my favorite spots to go in the fall. The first time we went there Rick was a baby. He fell asleep in his carrier. Today he just ignored us. We had to carry Sofie for a little while but she enjoyed the hike.
Since changing the 12 Bar Blues Bar’s sound system to JBL 4412 speakers I don’t need my 901s any more.
They will be sold as a set that includes two speakers, two speaker stands, and one equalizer. These speakers don’t sound right with out the equalizer. Three years ago over the holidays I replaced all the foams on the drivers. These speakers should be good to go for another fifteen or twenty years but this is no warranty.
Yesterday I sold the Sally’s old front tires to a guy named Tim. He hauls cars as a side job. He is from Nashville TN. So I asked him if the flooding this spring affect him. They had a 1000 year flood there. He said no, but then he tells me he is originally from New Orleans and he moved his family to Nashville after Katrina.
He has a 1934 Ford Pickup that was Street Rodded. He wants to put the pickup back to original. It is nice to know that the wheels will be put to use by someone else instead of rusting in my garage. It is also nice to know that I help out a Katrina survivor in a small way.