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Old 04-06-2012, 02:21 PM   #41
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Just talking to Kirk and Andy T qualifies you as a towing geek, Zlee.
If only it made me better at backing. I remember going out with Kirk and making a complete hash of the backing thing, and then going back to CanAm's yard and watching forlornly from the Bambi while Kirk quickly moved trailers around the lot with inches to spare on all sides to make up for the time we'd been out...

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Like you said the topper was expensive but the 5lb material is incredible.
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Well, it took ten minutes to make it into position moving this 32' from one space to the adjacent. Nothing like the day I came in originally when I could move all over empty spaces. (That was kinda ugly, but it worked well enough).

And we avoided the telephone poles across the road, the neighbors truck that stuck out into the road, and we did nose right up to the other across-the-street neighbors fifth wheel hitch . . and luckily the old retired guy next door (Rocky Flats engineer) came over to hep me get past the 3" clearance on the water spigot on one side, and the 9" on the shed on the other. All at an angle. And no backing due to those (blessed) hackberries in back to straighten it out, and impossible to do going forwards for any straightening. Crabbed it like a mutha. Back & fill. [Chorus] ". . bottle baby boogie, Ain't gonna do it no more . . . . "

I am much the longest trailer here on Millionaires Row.

But if I'da whacked this TT on something it wouldn't have hurt anything but pride. There's old. And there's ugly and old (which this trayla is. Not, though, the ugliest. But almost. For what this will sell for -- the next owner will have a great deal if he does some work I refuse to. Bring your trailers down here to sell 'em ya'll. . they don't last long what with the boom on).

What mattered is that I have s-h-a-d-e.

Off to Homers' Depot for another 1x10 to jack up the port side. I cut up the pressure-treat from the recent A/C install in six foot lengths to fit under the tires but am heeling over too far.

And, . . tomorrow move the old guys trayla to get some wood under his tires since yanking the H/A hitch head off left me tired. Couldn't afford that extra foot-and-a-half today.

But . . . I'm in the shade.

A/C was off two hours. And now it's down to 68F and 48H . . "Bob Wills is still the King . . . ."


From one of the legendary Tiffany Transcriptions (ca. 1948) to match to the turbocharger whine running up through the gears on the way outta here . . (earned this fuel penalty acceleration run today, ha!). Start winding it at :46 and you're into the transmission high side at 1:23. (V1 and V2 for you, Bob Cross. Heavy, hot and high altitude).



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Old 04-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #43
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Shade is good. We like shade. I'm waiting for the trees to start with the leaves already, except I know that we'll get at least two more spring heavy snows if weather patterns hold good (not necessarily so these days), so maybe it's good they haven't leafed out yet, it just means more broken branches. Don't have any shade for noon time, though, drat it.
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You've probably read about voudon . . when Legba or one of the other orishas is aboard one has to divide conciousness. What comes forth is something different.

Anxiety (here, about backing) is normal. Can't see. Have to feel it, a form of conciousness expansion.

Angela Gheorghiu said it this way (about oppression):

"Because I grew up in a country where there was no possibility of having an opinion, it makes me stronger now. Lots of singers are frightened about not getting invited back to an opera house if they speak out. But I have the courage to be, in a way, revolutionary. I want to fight for opera, for it to be taken seriously. Pop music is for the body, but opera is for the soul.".

Have to let go. Some visualize it (from above). Some, like me, feel a bass beat. Something arises that can do it. Has to swing.

Popular music isn't worth much in too many ways to list, but when it's right, it's just right.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #45
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I keep telling you, every thread seems to degenerate into That Thread these days...hmm...wait...it's always when YOU're on the thread, Gene...Coincidence...? I THINK NOT!!!
It's Bob Cross.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:28 PM   #46
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It's Bob Cross.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #47
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Nuvi, the trailer walker sounds like a great idea. When do we go into production? Bear urine being the other business. I was thinking adapting the wheels used on rural gates to the jack, but I doubt they would take the weight. The European models weight a lot less. And yes, they should have a brake.
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I have thought about making a trailer walker for myself. It wouldn't be hard to make. For that matter one probably shows up on eBay now and then. Can't see going into another manufacturing business. Been there, done that--too many headaches. And if the trailer walker ever caught on, next thing somebody would be making them in China and retailing them for less than our cost for the materials.

Something else I have thought about is a hand steered trailer dolly powered by a small electric motor. It would get its power from the trailer umbilical cable, which would also give us a connection to the electric trailer brakes.

Been dreaming up a business plan for the bear urine business. I guess first thing we would have to get it approved by the FDA. Would take a double-blind experiment whereby we would douse half our subjects with our patented organic bear pee and half with a placebo--such as the hot dog juice suggested over on the "bear" thread--and expose both populations to hungry bears. If fewer of our bear pee subjects were mauled than the control group, we would have a winner. (Might be hard to find experimental subjects, though.)

Then there's the problem of finding a clean trademark, harder than most people realize these days. The ursine urine business is already crowded.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #48
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I love you guys. I'm not sure why, though.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:14 PM   #49
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Backing up

Just keep practicing you'll get it, The funny thing I'm noticing is my wife, her brother and her Dad all cringe at backing up. All of them are lawyers. Maybe the ingrain fear of litigation. Boy, three attorneys in one family. It dosen't get much more dysfunctional than that. I hope I don't have to do much camping with them this summer.
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Dan, you are a very lucky man having 3 lawyers in the family. Of course, getting them to agree on anything must be interesting.

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Dan, you are a very lucky man having 3 lawyers in the family. Of course, getting them to agree on anything must be interesting.

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Specially if they want to stay in practice.
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Gene, I'ts ok. My FIL has been semi retired for years and her brother took over his practice years ago. My wife has a one women office and most of her work is with non-profits which translates into plenty of Pro Bono. I retired last year at 60and got very bored this winter. I like the bear urine idea. "BURINE"tm would be a hit. I know a few guys in TV production who could produce a half hour informercial for me. If Ron Popill can sell spray paint for bald spots "BURINE"tm should fly off the shelves.
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I love you guys. I'm not sure why, though.
Because they're sweet, and funny, and clever, and mischievous.


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I like the name, BURINE—for the unnecessarily queasy, they won't know what it really is. Nuvi, are you listening? The production process (beer to bear to urine) needs to be patented. I wonder if bears can be trained to be spotters for backing? Maybe the BURINE production facility can also be an Airstream CG?

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I like the name, BURINEófor the unnecessarily queasy, they won't know what it really is. Nuvi, are you listening? The production process (beer to bear to urine) needs to be patented. I wonder if bears can be trained to be spotters for backing? Maybe the BURINE production facility can also be an Airstream CG?

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Burine is good--I like it! And, amazingly, nobody is already using it. (Although we'll probably get a lawyer letter from Prestige Brands.)

Don't think there's any patentable subject matter in the production process. Chemical processes are frequently protected as trade secrets, of which I am sure we will have many by the time the details have worked out. Training inebriated grizzly bears to pee in a container may have a steep learning curve.

Having the bears also serve as spotters in the Bear Back campground might be a little dicey. I see some potential liability issues even without getting into BUI (Backing Under the Influence).
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Burine is good--I like it! And, amazingly, nobody is already using it. (Although we'll probably get a lawyer letter from Prestige Brands.)

Don't think there's any patentable subject matter in the production process. Chemical processes are frequently protected as trade secrets, of which I am sure we will have many by the time the details have worked out. Training inebriated grizzly bears to pee in a container may have a steep learning curve.

Having the bears also serve as spotters in the Bear Back campground might be a little dicey. I see some potential liability issues even without getting into BUI (Backing Under the Influence).
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What do you mean nobody is using it? Look at the time of my posts last night. I'll share though.
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BURINE tm

You guys get up to early.
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You guys get up to early.
They do, and way too smart for the hour of the day...
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They do, and way too smart for the hour of the day...
Not that smart. BURINE was all my idea after several sips of Crown Royal last nite. Hows the backing up going?
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In my mind, I'm always backing up.

eta: it's amazing how creative people get on alcohol...
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