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Old 06-30-2015, 02:28 AM   #127
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FORD enthusiasts will want to review this. Many great ideas, (Ford had many) that have been forgotten over the years.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:14 AM   #128
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To resurrect a good idea lost in more recent history, back in the days of DOS, you pretty much had control over what was going on inside your computer. Nowadays, there are hundreds of programs operating inside my computer. If I try to find out what they are, I get a long list of gibberish names that mean nothing to me. They turn themselves on and off whenever my computer wants, and most of them have no bearing on what I'm actually trying to get the computer to do. I'm sure my computer thinks that having these programs going in the background is far more important than anything I might want it to do. You can hire people to clean them up, but they quickly reappear, like the undead. The result is that the computer slows to a crawl. At times, I can be typing several words in front of what is showing up on the computer screen; if I stop typing, I can watch as the letters I have just finished typing laboriously appear at about one second intervals. Heck, the old manual Royal typewriter was about a thousand times faster than that! What we need is a button we can push that will turn off all computer programs not actually needed to get the job done that we are trying to do. Since as mere humans, once we push the button, we will probably forget to unpush it when we're done, I wouldn't object if the button would automatically unpush itself after an hour or so. Otherwise, our computers would probably rise up in revolt and kill us all in the middle of the night.


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Old 06-30-2015, 10:57 AM   #129
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Sounds like a "MILLION DOLLAR IDEA!".

You need to get at it and apply for the patent.

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Old 06-30-2015, 11:32 AM   #130
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I often think back to my father's '54 (I think it was '54) Pontiac Chieftain hard top convertible (maybe it was a Star Chief, not sure). I think it was cream and tan colored. I thought it was beautiful and when I see photos of that model, I still like it. But a real one, not a photo, would look small because I'm bigger than I was in 1954. And driving it would mean poor braking, suspension and performance. Better to dream about it than to actually have one.

I think my father was having a midlife crisis (he was 41 that year) because he bought that flashy car in '54, sold it in '55 for a red Buick hard top convertible, then sold the Buick and bought a Lincoln Premier in '56; another hard top conv. He really wanted the Continental, but at $10,000 that was a bundle of money. The Premier cost $5,000, still a lot. It was an enormous car, charcoal and pink. When I drove it I thought I was driving a tank and it could go 80 mph and feel like 40. My parents were not too happy with my 80 mph habit out west when we toured, but I figured it I went 80, they would complain and when I slowed down to 70, it felt slow. Worked every time. He kept that about 3 years and moved on to Thunderbirds for a while, then by the time he was in his early 50's, he started to go more conservative. I remember a black Buick in the late '60's that almost made me want to throw up with its squirrelly suspension on country roads.

His 2nd Thunderbird was a girl magnet. I borrowed it for a while when my car was getting fixed and my father was recovering from surgery. Girls kept staring at it, but I was married and didn't take advantage of the opportunity

Some were pretty and some were garish, but all needed frequent maintenance and didn't last very long. I buy dull trucks now and they keep on going and going. I have no need to magnetize girls as I have my best wife yet now.

The '50's had some cool looking cars, but I think it only seems that way because I was a teenager and fascinated by cars. My favorite designs come from the '30's and French cars were especially beautiful. As for American ones, I like mid-'30's Auburns. Everyone was guaranteed to go 100 mph. They were reasonably priced, cool looking and the Depression killed the company. The company also made Cords, quite advanced styling, but it doesn't do anything for me. And Deusenbergs, more a statement of being rich than anything else.

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:34 AM   #131
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"His 2nd Thunderbird was a girl magnet. I borrowed it for a while when my car was getting fixed and my father was recovering from surgery. Girls kept staring at it, but I was married and didn't take advantage of the opportunity

Some were pretty and some were garish, but all needed frequent maintenance and didn't last very long."


That is the trouble with most girls Gene, frequent maintenance!!!!!!!!



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Old 07-03-2015, 05:03 PM   #132
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That is the trouble with most girls Gene, frequent maintenance!!!!!!!!

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I guess I should have been more exact in my writing, though perhaps my subconscious was writing that. I do recall some girls didn't last very long until I found Barb 29 years ago.

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Old 07-30-2015, 08:40 AM   #133
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71 years OLD, Martin Mars working at Lake Cowichan earlier this week.
This is for those of you who think newer is better!
Most everything that was designed and built in the 20th Century was made to be durable and last as long as you wanted to maintain it.
This is an historic demonstration of true dedication from the drawing board to the assigned task.
I will post another short one from this week also.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:59 PM   #134
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:19 AM   #136
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Took the CLIPPER for one last test run yesterday, (Aug 2) before heading to the east.

Bev and I visited the MARTIN MARS base camp at Sprout Lake, on Vancouver Island, and we just missed the takeoff of the active Mars, leaving for the Harrison Lake alarm.

The MARS dropped 17 loads yesterday at Harrison Lake, a new record for a single dispatch. Closing in on 1/2 million liters of water on that shift. Harrison is approximately 200 miles east of the Sprout Lake base, so this once again proved the value of these old birds, to work and produce better than anything built today.

As we were given the tour of the base, we were told the MARS was in the air within 15 minutes of the emergency callout, just before we arrived.

The Harrison Lake fire is still out of control today, but blowing away from the community.

We got to see the Philippine Mars, which is being prepared for a move to Pensacola Florida, to the naval museum there. She is a beauty in the original navy blue.

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The Past, Great Ideas we need back

Seeing a takeoff would be a heck of a sight. That's a place I'd also like to visit. Thanks!
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Who's Bev? Glad to see you are recovering and have found a new friend.

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Things are looking a lot brighter now Gene!

Bev was my girlfriend back in 1962 when I left to join the RCAF. She was just 16 at the time, and letters continued for a year or so, but being apart did nothing for that relationship.

Bev and I reconnected earlier this summer and this just proves once again:-------------- THE PAST HAD SOME GREAT IDEAS!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are going to Tofino on your visit to the Island Gene, the Sprout Lake base camp for the Mars, is just a couple hundred yards off the road. Lots of room to pull and turn a trailer down there.

Make that stop at Cathedral Grove, (McMillan Park) also. If there is parking, it is a nice cooler place to stretch your legs on a hot day. Very busy with small parking area in midday.

We are heading to the east on the weekend.

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