April 25, 2005

A couple of quickie links

Shank is a sometime commenter here, and he keeps an interesting blog, The Reluctant Werewolf. It's full of fun anecdotes and unconventional wisdom.

Like this:

At work, we employ some Musical Therapists. Basically, they go around the oncology wards and such - places where people are pretty sick and face a depressing prognosis - and kind of help them become comfortable. They play music and sing and shit like that. Lots of patients and families really appreciate that kind of thing, but it's a little too new agey for me. So I'm going to make fun of it.

That's just the opening paragraph of a pretty funny post. He's always worth a visit, especially for his insights on the wedding-planning process, which he's also going through.

Rob and Carol have just gone through the wedding-planning process, followed by the wedding process and now the honeymoon process. Stop by their place at Left & Right and go through the comment process to wish 'em a big congrats. They're due back today.

This next blog, The Smoking Toaster, defies classification. Your pal, Bitterman, is the author and holds forth on everything from the pussyfication of the classic Dodge Daytona muscle cars to topical humor. Added to the mix is some pretty good photography from the Bay Area. He's a smartass, but too on-the-ball to be a dumbass. He's a daily read for me.

LeeAnn is the CheeseMistress of Munuviana and Queen of the evolving banner. She also offered up some living will suggestions. These are my favorites:

3. If I am unable to recognize or interact with friends or family members, I still expect gifts.

4. If I am unable to feed, clean, or dress myself, I would like to be referred to as "Mr. Trump."

There's more cheesy goodies at her place, each and almost every day.

More daily reads:

Stephen at Hold the Mayo. He's got his act together, so I don't have to.

That's an example of stealing an advertising slogan that doesn't quite fit.

Debbye, the Fierce American, is my main source of Canadian news. I guess I'm typically clueless about our northern neighbors because, well, there are plenty of domestic nitwits to deal with (and no, I'm not saying *all* Canadians are nitwits).

Finally, just because:

Boudicca.

Paul.

Random Nuclear Strikes.


Posted by: Ted at 05:37 AM | category: Links
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1 I have to agree with Bitterman on most of his points about the new Mopars.However,as a die hard Mopar junkie I tend to forgive Mopar a bit more than most people.Just so long as the cars are true Mopar design* and as long as it has potential.
As far as the revamp of the old nameplates,that is a mixed blessing.While being good media the old addage "The ain't what they used to be" does come to mind.However,on second thought,in many ways the new cars(and trucks) are better.They may not have those killer looks but they do run pretty well and are just about as reliable.Also,they still have that ol' Mopar tough.For instance;The fellows over at Team Mike Crawford/Mopar are running their 2.6 liter 4 banger in Hot Rod division at over a thousand horses using stock heads,block,rods, main bearings and crankshaft as well as a boatload of other stock stuff.Oh and BTW the old 2.2 and 2.5 liter eighties Mopars where anything but "junk".They where good to start with and with the help of Carroll Shelby and the Archer Brothers the old Direct Connection catalog wound up with all sorts of goodies.I know a few Dodge Omnis pumping out 700+ horses and running mid-tens in the quarter.
Now one thing I will agree on is the fact that the Germans are ruining Chrysler.They have been ever since the buyout(don't fall for that "merger" shit).I wonder how pissed Bitterman would be if I told him the story that i'm thinking of?Right after the buyout the Dodge division of Chrysler had approximatly 850 million dollars in cash in the bank.The nazis stole almost 700 million of it to bail out(read as buy a third of) the Mitsuwishy corp.This was after Mitsu had gotten itself 800 BILLION indebt.Yeah that's BILLION with a BIG B.It's been almost all downhill ever since.
Given that if it weren't for Chrysler we all would possibly be speaking either Japanese of German how ironic is all of this.Ted,do you want a script for a REALLY bad movie?Look no farther!
Well that's all I'm gonna rant on that for now.BTW,that is one mean looking black Bird on Smokingtoaster.I've seen a bunch of Birds in my day but that has gotta be the nicest.Awesome!For those not in the know the Superbirds and Daytonas where the most stable cars ever built.If you where cruising along at around 250+ and you where to jerk the wheel to either side it would litteraly rip the suspension out from under the car rather than spin around.Now THAT'S stable!That wing isn't just a show piece being billet aluminum.I actuall have a pic in the Sox and Martin Book of Drag Racing of Ronnie Sox standing on the wing of my all time fave Bird,the Sox and Martin drag Bird.
*When I say Mopar design I mean cars designed by the guys at Mopar and not any of that Mitsubishi crap that they used to simply fill orders.Cars like many of the mini vans,Colts,D-50's and even the 1980 Dodge Challenger one of which we owned.I still give my mother hell about trading in our beautiful pristine 78 Aspen R/T for that piece of crap.
Contrary to popular belief th eighties 2.2's and 2.5's where all Mopar and not Jap in design.

Posted by: Russ at April 25, 2005 01:14 PM (ObxzR)

2 I do indeed have my act together. The problem is I don't remember where I put it.

I fear it may be in one of the boxes we of stuff we donated to the Goodwill. I will have to go and buy it back for $1.00

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at April 25, 2005 01:53 PM (UquFN)

3 I'm tempted to click on the Smoking Toaster links, but I'm afraid I'll discover yet anothe daily must-read. Yikes, there aren't enough hours in the evening.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at April 25, 2005 11:08 PM (VncbK)

4 Thank you for the link! I'm clicking through all you have here now... I already read LeeAnn; she's a riot.

Posted by: Boudicca at April 26, 2005 07:22 AM (z7nbM)

5 Thanks, Ted. The weasels and I appreciate the kind words; as opposed to the words we usually get, which sound something like, "Hey you freaks, get outta my trashcans!"

Posted by: bitterman at April 26, 2005 10:52 AM (94VhM)

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