How much room do you leave between vehicles?

Posted By on September 25, 2016

A photo is worth a 1000 words — and this photo is a chilling reminder for those of us who travel regularly on the interstates.


I purposely allow for more buffer than many when following a line of traffic (a car length for every 10 mph) AND in particular give semi-trucks even more breathing room. This Chevy Silverado pickup truck crushed by an 18-wheeler is a frightening example of what can happen if there is not enough space between vehicles (I read that neither driver or passenger of the pickup survived).

Tim Ellison, a Christian entrepreneur that Walks the Talk

Posted By on September 24, 2016

We are humbled to call Tim Ellison of Mr. Godwrench our friend. A few years ago when he started his automotive repair business I knew his unabashed and outspoken Christian "modus vivendi" was attractive to me, so I quickly MrGodwrench_Rax4promoted his automotive services and did as much business with him as I could. Due to his integrity and excellent service (and perhaps blessed by evangelizing faithfulness), his business has flourished. Tim continues to do for others, especially for those in need. He regularly does a charity outreach seeking to make life a little better for those struggling. I knew about his "bikes for kids" during Christmas and helping widows and single moms with oil changes, maintenance and giving of vehicles … so instead of selling our Rav4 (we shouldn’t have waited so long), we asked Tim if he could give it to someone who needed a car. With a smile he took it and fixed and polished it up and let me know he would find someone in need. He recently sent me a photo and told me he was taking it to Jackson, Kentucky to give it to someone who needed a reliable car— and it "was" reliable for many years we owned it. I only wish it were in better shape.

So … if you live north of Cincinnati and need automotive service, call Tim Ellison at Mr. Godwrench (513-755-7146). He is a faithful man worthy of Matthew 25:21.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ rumored to be expressing interest in Twitter

Posted By on September 23, 2016


While Twitter shareholders seemed to like the rumor of showing interest in $TWTR, those holding shares of $CRM are not quite as enthused. This has happened before so we’ll see if there is any real substance … OR if others might be interested? Google??? Inc. is considering a takeover of Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, as the social-media company’s efforts to ignite growth sputter.

The exploration is in early stages, one of the people said, and might not lead to a deal. It’s unclear who else might be circling Twitter, which had a market value of about $13 billion as of Thursday’s close, down from its all-time high of $40.7 billion in December 2013, according to Thomson Reuters.

more at the WSJ


Other European Diesels of Polluting More Than VW TDIs?

Posted By on September 23, 2016

Volkswagen isn’t the only automaker skirting diesel emissions laws—many automakers build cars even dirtier than VW.
Source: Study Accuses Other European Diesels of Polluting More Than VW TDIs

A study concludes that Volkswagen TDI diesel are among the cleanest of all the European brands. That could be the reason the Paris Auto Show are showing fewer diesels and more EVs? (more…)

Spoiled with better coffee after our trip to visit Katelyn and Drew

Posted By on September 22, 2016

First off, I am not a snob when it comes to coffee. I have my likes (and quirks) when it comes to coffee, but drink all coffees … even the cheapest DunkinDonutsHazelnutCoffeeboiled campfire coffee will do. That noted … I do enjoy a few of the specialty roasts like the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Kona bean coffees, but the price usually keeps me away. A decade or so ago I also developed a taste for a local Coffee Beans & Brew establishment as well as Caribou Coffee likely because I regularly met a friend or was killing time there waiting for my son to get off work at the Vietnamese restaurant next door — pre-driver’s license (now all are closed in our area). I regularly drive-thru and pick up McDonald’s basic coffee on my way to northeast Ohio or mostly make my daily Chock Full o’Nuts coffee in my one cup brewer. Whatever way you slice it … I’m  addicted to coffee.

BUT … on our recent visit to Wayzata, Minnesota (see posts one, two and three) to visit my daughter, husband and "baby in womb," they perked up my taste buds to flavored coffee. So I added the Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut coffee to our grocery list  — I’m going to blame Katelyn and Drew for this extravagant splurge (although I’m currently only adding a half-tablespoon to my cheapo grounds!)

Generator cage project and relearning TIG welding skills

Posted By on September 21, 2016

GenCageProject160918In a previous post, I sketched out a "Generator Cage," for the lack of a better term, for our sailboat Encore. The idea is to slip off a Sunbrella cover so we can use the Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator mentioned here on the aft deck when needing power at anchor to charge the batteries and power higher wattage devices. The aluminum cage permits the generator to be locked securely to the deck, but run with unimpeded airflow and moved to be stored below or onshore.RichWeldMask160918 

The "cage" will have two matched keyed locks on each side that holds the "eventual" lid, step, seat, worksurface on top. The cage as mentioned will be thru-bolted to the deck and be fitted with a cover for sun and weather protection. It has been sized slip in from the front with the lid removed but locked in place if the lid is in place.  The final fitting with nylon washers for leveling might change a few things, but I’m planning a foam insert under the lid to semi-secure the generator from wiggling around. (yet to be seen)

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Above — a few expendable items I need to replace from Lincoln as the previous eBay ordered part from last year were incorrect. Of course I didn’t check them until I tried to use them!


Tidbit how-to tip: Use a clothespin to help hold a small nail

Posted By on September 20, 2016

Here’s  a last minute blog filler for those who have ever (or might) hit their fingers when hammering in a small nail or tack. For years ClothespinToHoldNailI’ve used needle-nose pliers to hold the nail, but since we have a bunch of extra "bag clips" (it is what we primarily use clothespins for) laying around, I figured passing along this tip wouldn’t hurt. I’ve tried it and it works great.

It just occurred to me that most of our clothespins were left over from my photography darkroom days where I had them strung up on a coated wire line to hang up rolls of film and RC paper prints — prior to that we used a "print dryer" with a polished stainless steel plate in order to achieve a glossy surface — wow, I dug deep for those memories!


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.