Legend Bob Riggles rolls his car with Jay Leno inside

Posted By on June 27, 2016

Whew … luckily no injuries.

Phrases You Never Knew Came From Sailing

Posted By on June 27, 2016

Here are a few phrases that you may not have realized were born in the days of sailing ships posted on the American Sailing Association site.

“A clean bill of health”
According to dictionary.com this phrase derives from the days when the crew of ocean going ships might be a little less than hygienic, so they needed to present a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship’s crew and at the port from which it has come.

“Feeling Blue”
How often do you hear people talking about feeling blue or have the blues? An entire genre of music comes from this phrase. Who knew that came from the world of sailing? See-the-sea.org explains the popular phrase comes from a custom that was practiced when a ship lost its captain during a voyage. The ship would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her hull when she returned to port.

“Pipe down”
Parents have been screaming “pipe down” to their kids forever, but where does that actually come from? Apparently, Pipe Down was the last signal from the Bosun’s pipe each day, which meant lights-out, quiet down, time to go to bed.

Finally closing in on a 2010 BMW X5 35d worthy of driving

Posted By on June 26, 2016

BMWX535dtinta160620It has been a much longer process to get our BMW X5 35d back to road worthy than I initially thought. When I bought the used diesel SUV last year, I knew there were a few things I needed to repair, as well as a few items I wanted to tweak. After tinking on our previous Volkswagen TDI diesels (1 & 2), I knew what could be done to enhance this diesel’s performance. Several months and nearly $4000 in upgrades later (including a $$$ BMW service call), I’m feeling like it is finally a decent SUV.

BMWX535dtintb160620One of my recent updates was the addition of a dark window tint (click for larger), something I’ve added to almost all my recent vehicles over the last 20 years … likely due to using my vehicles as mobile offices while in sales. I prefer the cooler interior in summer and ease on the eyes when the sun is bright, although I don’t mind the look either.

There are still a few plastic molding parts under the hood to search for as well as a spot or two of rust to repair underneath before I bolt the skidplates back on, but for the most part it is drivable … except for this nagging "high temperature" code that keeps showing up on my Carly for BMW app? (click) I’ll keep plugging away at it. Although the X5  has added a few pounds with the new hitch, it has shed quite a few overall — that’s a lot of parts!


A broken tool, a stuck part and fixing them

Posted By on June 25, 2016

In rounding out and connecting the dots in a couple previous posts, I’ll summarize with a short post and what happened.


When reinstalling the brake caliper slides the other day on the BMW X5 35d, I snapped off my Craftsman branded hex socket when tightening down the slide. It was careless on my part as I’ve grown use to using "wobble extensions" and was putting undue side pressure on the hardened steel hex bit. ReplacingCaliperSlides160622So … the tip snapped off "inside" the slide bolt and it was of course fully tightened. No amount of finagling could get the broken tip to come out. Even after tearing the protective rubber boot off the slide and gripping with small lock-jaw pliers it would not loosen. So eventually I ground a slot big enough to either use a flat bladed screwdriver … or as it would turn out, rattle out the tip of the hex bit with a little "picking" with my late father-in-law’s dental tool — thank you DadH!

Now all was good … except that left me with needing a new slide bolt and rubber boot (so I ordered from Amazon with Prime like a millennial would).
Winking smile 
No problem anyway because I attempted to "cheap out" and not purchase a new Front Brake Pad Sensor and instead carefully removed the "still good" old sensor.
Tip: That is a bad idea, because the Carly for BMW app I used to reset the computer requires a new sensor before resetting the ECU service monitor.  Ugh!


The difference between a good company and a great one is?

Posted By on June 24, 2016

Customer Service.

Sailrite does it right. Thank you … and many returns and referrals from me.


The UK out of the EU. Cameron Resigns. The #BREXIT recoil.

Posted By on June 24, 2016


Financial markets around the globe are reeling Friday morning from yesterday’s historic BREXIT vote in the UK as the people have chosen to exit the EU. Big picture is that life has not improved for citizens of Britain under the real or perceived central control — some suggesting it is "their" Independence Day. Even though most probably recognized there would be at minimum short term pain due to such a change and exit from the European Union, the status quo was not acceptable anymore either. The people have instead chosen to bear the cost of having their own "say" as to what happens with trade deals, environmental regulation and immigration were all in the minds of voters (Muslim refugee crisis and the terrorism threat was likely a scale tipper in the end). Like his brash arrogance, rhetoric, mindset, solutions or not, Donald Trump does have his finger on the pulse of ordinary people.


As the WSJ stories says Brexit Vote Wreaks Havoc in Markets: It was the surprise direction considering most expected that even with all the debate and frustration that both the poll and mindset was that the UK would stay the EU course and not head off in a new direction — the were wrong.

Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union battered the British pound by more than 11%, sent European and Japanese stocks on their steepest fall in years and broke records in government-bond yields as the world’s financial markets braced for an uncertain future for the politics and economies of Europe.

It was a historic drubbing for investors who had stacked up bets that the U.K. would choose to stay.


Installed a 2 inch hitch receiver and flat 4-plug on the BMW X5

Posted By on June 24, 2016

I’m behind on my BMW X5 35d updates as the hitch installation happened over Father’s Day weekend and I failed to get the photos to my computer.



The process started by peeling off the body moldings which have every combination of plastic locking tab. Suffice to say, I broke a few trying to figure out how they work. As the extra structural components came off, the process started to make a little more commonsense, although if I were ordering a car new, I’d order it with the factory hitch package already included.  After all was said and done though, I’m happy with the results and will now be able to tow a trailer once the Honda Pilot give up the ghost.


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.